Staying on top of my runs?

Posted: August 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

Over this past week I have tried to do 2 miles minimum every other day. In the past three days i have done my run/walks 3 days in a row! Proud of myself. Am also trying to get back on track with blogging which is why I’m allowing myself to post short posts.

Have a great evening!


July Runs

Posted: August 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

In July I ran more than I had in May and June. Went for three runs over a five day time span. Decided to take it easy with my starting out. First two runs were actual runs. Did two miles and both times did okayish. My first two miler in four months and it took me 29 minutes. While that isn’t too painful, my second run was much better. I ran it in 26 minutes and did a 11:19 mile. That’s pretty good for someone that has a 10:20 PR for a mile and hasn’t run in a long time.

Now my goal is just to get back on track. My last run was more of a walk and I did 2.5 miles. August has come so its time to kick it into gear ūüôā I have also relocated so that gave me a whole new scenery to run in.

I’m hoping I’ll get to do the Tucson marathon but I’d only do the half. We’ll see how I do this round! Don’t tell me I didn’t warn ya about me being fickle!

I’m running again!! It feels awesome getting back into the game! My sister in law wants to do a marathon so I’ve told myself it’s time to start again so I have run four miles in 3 days. Two on Saturday and two today. While it’s not much, it’s a start!¬†

More later.

Such a Disappointment

Posted: May 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

My running has been non-existant lately which is why I haven’t had the courage to post on here and admit it. My weight hasn’t increased so in a way I’m OK with that but at the same time, it’s almost as if I’ve given up on my dream! I need to get back on track and I’ve been saying that for awhile. What can I do to push myself? What do you do to push yourself to run again?¬†

My husband wants me to run with our dog, Athenae but I don’t know if I want to. But, I want to! She is such a sweet puppy and I think she could be my best running buddy if I would just train her to be adequate and know how to stay near me. She has done really well in the past, I just haven’t continued that habit. Thoughts run through my head as I know I should get back on track and I dread that first month or two where you are just re-shaping yourself into something that can tolerate endurance.¬†

Adventure begins once again! See you all tomorrow…. I hope!¬†

Getting Back On Track

Posted: March 14, 2013 in Daily Running

We all have life changing events and this one came without warning. I have been working part time as a prep chef and as time went, the other members on my team started making mistakes. Not the kind that’s unavoidable but the kind that you shouldn’t make after 2 months on the job. This caused our employer to decrease their hours and increase mine. Needless to say they quit, one at a time.
As soon as this quitting happened, I kind of figures we would be OK. Going from 5 to 4 people wasn’t so bad. Everybody was fine. Soon enough the next round happened but this time last week, two people quit at the same time. Now, the next part is predictable. The last person other than me quit yesterday. My day off was called off.

Clearly this has had a slow but drastic impact on my scheduling. Going from fighting my last employer for more hours to having them handed to me is a bit odd for me. With more hours on my plate (standing all day) I work from 10 AM to 8 or 9 at night. After long hours, I don’t feel like going out running. The only answer to this is to run before work. Last night, I got an email from my boss telling me to come in at 9 now. This just means I have to get up an hour earlier so I can get some exercise and leave in time.

This morning, I told myself to get up and go run. 1 mile is all I got out but it’s a start. I’m getting back on track and I refuse to let my job ruin my ability to exercise!

Running Shoes

My new running shoes!

Image  —  Posted: March 2, 2013 in Uncategorized
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One of the biggest issues I have with my running is I have not been focusing on my distance and focusing more on speed.While that’s a good thing if I were worried about my pace, I’m not. The only thing I need to be making sure of is that when I run my half and/or full marathon I need to be sure I’m running faster than a 15 minute mile. That’s only because it’s the cut off time for marathons. (6.5 hours)

Training is supposed to get you ready for the distance and endurance. Speed should come by itself. I’m losing weight so speed will come eventually. This is one reason why I don’t use the treadmill, because I don’t have a stable speed yet and when I do run on the treadmill, my shin splits come back. So, for this month; I’m going to change my focus to distance rather than speed. It’s no longer about how fast I go but how far I go. I want to do a half by May 5th so that’s my main goal. Today is Saturday, I need to either go run a good run or do a easy/rest day or cross training. It’s either run those seven miles today or tomorrow.¬†

Perhaps instead of saying I will do it tomorrow, I should say… “Lets map it out and I’ll get my butt moving!”

It’s almost noon. I have plenty of time to get moving. I’m a bit worried because starting next week I work during the day so that just means I need to re-adjust my sleeping schedule and start working out earlier in the morning or be willing to run at night. It’s just a matter of preference but I am going to get those 40+ miles this month even if it hurts me!¬†

Well, hello March!! It’s so nice to see you once again. I am super excited about this month because

1. St. Patricks Day is in March

2. I have set the goal of two runs this month. Right now they’re both 5K’s

3. I have set a goal of running more than 40 miles this month. How many exactly, I don’t know. The goal is “MORE” than 40 miles.

4. Winter is coming to an end. That means warmer days!

Getting your foot out the door is what matters. I have been reviewing what kind of runs I want to do over the next few months and I can’t figure out which one to pick! I am definitely doing the color run in April and am doing the Dash down Greenville this month on the 16th. I want to do the heels and hill half which is in May (the 5th). My mother emailed me and reminded me that my¬†Grandmother’s¬†birthday was in May (the 21st) and so this would be a great way to remember her. She had recently passed on in November of 2012 so this would be the first birthday she isn’t around.

Kicking off the month with a great start, I’m going to go running this morning. No set goal or time. Just going to go out and enjoy the day.

I don’t claim to know much about dietary requirements for runners but I do want to bring up some interesting things every now and then for my readers to think about! My rants usually mean I am considering or am thinking about the very topic I am discussing! In this post, going gluten free is something I’m considering. I do experience a lot of bloating and feel fatigued a lot and that means I need to think about what I’m eating and perhaps that’s what is causing me to feel tired.¬†

I stumbled across a great article in Runners World called, “Goodbye Gluten?” In this article it indicates that considering a gluten free diet might be for you. There’s no¬†guarantee¬†that it’s a great idea because usually when people talk about feeling better after giving up gluten, that’s usually because of their poor diet including processed food. That is one reason why it’s important to eliminate only one or two things at a time in your diet as you go.¬†

There are some great grains that we could be eating instead of wheat and they include Quinoa. Quinoa is a grain I have had in my cupboard for the last two years and I absolutely love it! There are some other grains that I haven’t tried such as millet and so forth. It’s¬†something¬†worth considering especially since I’m still losing weight and want to change my diet for life.¬†

For a list of gluten free items, Celiac is a great website especially since it’s for people with celiac disease.

I started this month after only running 23 miles last month believing I should at least add a few miles this month to feel better about how badly January went! As of today (with only one day left of the month) I have 6.48 miles from doubling the milage from last month. I don’t know if I should be ashamed that I haven’t doubled my miles or if I should be proud of the miles I’ve run this month. So far, I have run almost 40 miles. This just means I have to up the ante next month! We shouldn’t forget that this month is 3 days shorter than January.

Coach Mark reminded me that it’s not the short term goals that matter in running, it’s the long term results! We need to focus on what makes us happy and keeps us going. Today I told myself I’d run at least 3 miles and I ended up doing a .78 mile warm up and then doing 5 miles in 1 hour 10 minutes. I know that’s super SLOW but I am proud of myself for finishing a long-er run of five miles. I had argued with myself in my head about whether I should keep running or go home and I had decided to go home because my water bottle was empty.

It was, in a way a good choice because I ended up feeling really tense around the same area I’ve had trouble with my right leg. At work later tonight I limped and it was not a fun event. Spending 3 hours on my feet limping around the restaurant is not my idea of an ideal recovery but I made it through. I think it might have to do with my new running shoes! Yes, I got new running shoes along with my watch so I’m all set for long runs but need to break in my new shoes.