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Day 1 Run

Posted: February 14, 2013 in Daily Running, Running, Running Decisions
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Today I was to do a 25/e and this run beat me. I have been slightly sick but I was hoping I could make it through this run without much trouble. I ran for about 12 minutes and then started coughing. Kept going, and then I started hacking and by 15 minutes I decided to stop. While I am bummed out I didn’t make it the full 25 minutes, I still went and did the best I could. Covered 1.4 miles and other than my cough, my body feels fine. I did notice one thing though…

It got really hot in my gym. I work out in an apartment gym and it felt like a sauna when I was running. Last time I ran on that treadmill, I had to take my coat off and was sweating. I sweated even though I only ran for 15 minutes. I think my core temperature is really shifting and I’m not sure if that’s because I’m sick or because of how my body has been changing. We’ll see about that. I’m definitely bummed out but I know I did the best I could today!

 

Before getting to the gym today I decided I would do a 2 mile run. When i got half a mile done I was telling myself I might need to change my plan but it was for no obvious reason. I wasn’t in pain or exhausted. Instead of listening to myself I realized something important. I had set a goal before I went to the gym and unless I’m in pain, sick, or unable to for any other reason; there is no reason why I should cut it short.

For those that use boredom as an excuse, don’t! You have a goal, you are supposed to be striving to reach it and succeed. During your long runs, there are many ways to beat boredom, but one of my favorite is to have a conversation with yourself. Often running on the treadmill, we stare at the screen and try to figure out how much longer we have. Instead of doing that, think about things that are going on in your life, your favorite movie and how excited you are about it coming out, or even look up good quotes and debate with yourself about how the quote applies to your life or does not apply.

Some people enjoy listening to their iPad while running, other people prefer the silence so they can hear their feet pounding on the asphalt or even treadmill. It’s also nice to have someone running with you so they can help you keep your mind off the run and rather just talk about things. This is one reason why running clubs exist, so they can keep up the motivation of running for each other.

Sure, at first; running is hard. It’s a difficult hobby to pick up but once you’re doing it for a long time; it becomes a second nature. I often find myself running to the car or going in small spurts on my walks. This is one reason why i don’t like running on the treadmill. I enjoy being able to change my pace and run however fast I want whenever I want. That’s why interval training is such a favorite among runners. It keeps your mind off the fact that you have to run six miles today.

In case you’re wondering, I did my 2 miles as required and am sitting outside enjoying the chilly weather as I write this. Do not give up on your daily run because you’re bored or because you just don’t want to do it. Live, Love, and Conquer!

How fast is Running

Posted: February 10, 2013 in Daily Running, Running
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Newbie runners have so many questions sometimes we over-analyze things. It’s the simplicity of putting one foot in front of another that confuses us. There has to be more to it than that! No, actually there isn’t. If you read elsewhere that running isn’t putting your right foot in front of your left foot and repeating with your left foot, let me know! As always, sometimes questions can be clarified with answers and others can’t. Here’s one question that can’t be clarified at all.

“How fast is running?” or “At what speed am I running rather than jogging” The truth is, nobody can tell you that. As many runners will tell you, it is an individual sport and only you can decide if you’re walking/running or running or jogging. In the end, it’s about how you feel about your daily trek. It’s a trek, that’s what it is.

I remember when I started out trying to run. My warm up would be at 3.5 MPH and then I’d speed up to 4.0 for the rest of my work out. That was the fastest I could go and it felt like I was jogging. Now when I do 4.0 it’s a regular or almost brisk walk for me. I figured that my speed would gradually increase to a certain speed through building endurance. Sure enough, I can run comfortably at 6-6.5 mph now for about a quarter of a mile and then slow down to 4.5 or 5 and then speed up. Interval training has been defined as one of the best ways to actually increase your speed.

Here’s an example of how different people are: My exercise partner told me on text she was to focus on speed rather than distance. Her focus was to increase how fast she could run, mine was to focus on increasing my endurance. She does not run anymore and I’ve been begging her to sign up for a 5K with me.

After my run yesterday I feel pretty darn good and am excited about getting ready for a half marathon in the near future but maybe I’ll do a 10K sooner than later. Speed doesn’t matter, getting out there and doing it does! Remember, running is what you make of it.

 

This morning I sat down to read a few blogs and boy are there some great people out there!! One of the blog entries I read today was on runtorunfor. She was going to go for a 18 mile run and that in itself is inspiring so I decided if I could, I’d try to go for a 5 mile run which would beat my previous distance. I ended up running a full 10K distance plus .01 which in the beginning was insane to me but at the end I couldn’t feel any prouder.

Here I go, breaking three PR’s today

Longest Run – 1:23:23

Furthest Run – 6.21

Fastest 10K – 1:23:18

My 10K speed was roughly 13.38 minute per mile pace. While I would like to be much faster, that is not too bad to start with!   I would like to thank all those awesome running bloggers out there because your blogs are what makes me inspired to beat myself!

Run Update

Posted: February 8, 2013 in Daily Running

I ended up not running until 8 tonight and I didn’t even run. I ended up walking at 3.5-4.5 MPH for 2.5 miles. My shin pains haven’t gone away so I didn’t want to risk it by forcing myself to run tonight. Still completed a total of 3.5 miles today so that’s right in my goal range. I’m not going to beat myself up for the fact that I don’t want to be in any more pain.

Now I’m off to do TurboFire and hopefully I can make it through the video without hurting my muscles again. Today I haven’t felt one twinge of pain from my hip area yet so I’m hoping that injury is healed for the most part. If it flares up again tonight I’ll know it’s definitely going to take a bit longer for my muscles to heal.

Disappointing Run

Posted: February 8, 2013 in Daily Running
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While the word disappointing shouldn’t ever be before the word run, that’s what happend to me today. I got on the TM and ran a 11:28 mile. While that’s faster than my race pace, I didn’t seem to be too bothered by the pace which is a good thing but then I started to have shin pain. I decided to stop running and take a break. I’m going to ice my legs and then maybe try again.

I guess that’s one bad thing about having a race pace of 11:55 is you hold yourself to that expectation. I ran mostly at a 11 minute mile pace which didn’t bother me. It could be my posture on the TM that caused me to start hurting so I might try to run outside in about an hour. Keeping my fingers crossed for a better run! Want to run about 3 or 4 miles today.

When we run, our muscles are damaged and then giving ourselves time to recuperate from a run helps us be in better shape. For the longest time, and even to this day, I didn’t believe it. So, when I got my marathon training schedule yesterday, I looked at it and what the heck? There are so many rest days!! How am I going to get any real running in?

In this running schedule, it has the runner run 4 days a week and rest three. Ideally I should use the three rest days to do TurbFire but sometimes I will do TurboFire too on days I run.

Thursday is my day off right now from work. I never know when they’re going to change things up on me. (It’s been pretty consistent so far though) so I don’t run on those days. Shouldn’t I do my long runs on those days?! That would probably make more sense eh? I don’t think I should get up and run 10 miles then go to work.

Running on rest days is supposed to be a bad thing. But then again when we’re trying to decide our routine, we should think about our own preference,

some runners are better off running daily and not cross-training, others are better off running three or four times a week and cross-training on non-running days, and many runners are able to fare equally well on either schedule. (Matt Fitzgerald)

Often people don’t realize that running truly is an individual sport. Choosing your routine and your training schedule should be based on what you want and how you handle increases in miles. It’s just like any other good fitness program will say, listen to your body. Do what your body tells you to do. If your shins hurt, take care of those before you do any more running and focus on optimizing. It’s easier to start running when you have a week’s rest rather than six months.

There are some serious injuries associated with runners such as runners knee, pulled groin muscles, pulled muscles in general, shin splits, etc. That is why when you have a rest day, do not run! Take time off and focus on yourself and recover so you can continue running.

New Personal Record!

Posted: February 6, 2013 in Daily Running
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I started thinking about setting a long term goal for running and decided I’m going to shoot for the Tyler Rose Marathon If I don’t feel ready by the time the marathon rolls around, I’ll do at least a 5K or Half. I really want to do the full marathon because I feel like it’s something worth doing. That’d be something off my bucket list!

So to kick off training I jumped on the treadmill and cranked out 3 miles today. My newest PR is 10 minutes 20 seconds for my fastest mile! That beats my previous PR by 1 minute and 17 seconds!! Way to go me 🙂 That’s what I like about smaller PR’s. You can celebrate as each one is beat and feel great about it!