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Ok so, I was to run FIVE miles yesterday. Let me tell you before you die of anticipation  it didn’t happen. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to do it today! Here’s what happened…. Life! No, really, I had gotten ready to go out and run around 2 yesterday afternoon and right before I left, my husband says: “Please take Pyro with you”. If you know me, you know Pyro is a pretty well behaved dog. He’s also a brat when it comes to running. Not exactly the best running buddy. 

So, story proceeding forth… I went out with Pyro and started running. Of course I started hack coughing again which got on my nerves and on top of that the dog was irritating me. I came back after a very measly .6 mile run. By the time I got back my husband had gotten into this cleaning mess. While that is an oxymoron, you know what I mean! 

The rest of my day went by so quickly by the time I was ready to run again I had to go to work. I work a night job and usually I finish early but that was not the case. Which leads me to telling you this…. I took my rest day yesterday, today I’m all geared up and ready to run! I WILL finish my 5 miles! 

Day 2 – No Running

Posted: February 15, 2013 in Daily Running, Running
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Today I was given the choice of doing 20 mins ez, cross training, or a day off. I chose to do semi-cross training by taking a nice long walk. Walked for 62 minutes and did 3.73 miles at a leisurely 3.5 – 3.9 mph. Felt really nice to be able to just relax a bit and walk. I am getting all geared up for tomorrow!

Tomorrow morning I have a very unusual meeting at work and then I get to go on the 5 mile trek! Mark has really gotten me a bit excited about this run because I know it’s either going to be great and I’m going to get a good time or I’m going to do badly and end up taking 2 hours to do it. The latter probably won’t happen but I am hoping I’ll get my five miles in under an hour.

If I don’t, the world isn’t going to end but that’s my average pace.. about 12 minutes per mile. Right now that’s my “race pace” but we’ll see what happens tomorrow! For now, I’m going to lay in bed with my puppy and watch tv, relax, and get some sleep before my long running day.

I think it’s about time I tell the truth about me….

I’ve been running for about 3 months now. Have really been trying to watch the increase because I’ve been very scared about getting runners knee and know what it’s like to have shin splits and side pains. Shockingly enough, I haven’t had any side pains while running YET. I don’t want to jinx it! I’ve been having some short episodes of shin splits but nothing too severe and I have been taking it easy.

I am a 5 foot figure and started out at 172 pounds. Yes, I know… (mutters) my bmi was 33.6. While this is a shocking number for me, it is not the highest I’ve ever weighed. I used to weigh 200 pounds when I was 19 years old. When I had maxed out, I decided to start losing weight and my love/hate relationship with the gym started.

I am 27 years old. I rang into the new year and told myself I’m never going back. I had already started my running in December, eliminated soda almost completely out of my diet. (I’ve only had 1 since december 1st) and learned to have a love affair with water. The worst thing about my love affair with water is that I prefer bottled water over tap water.

Today, I weigh in at 141 pounds which is the lowest I’ve weighed in 9 years. Running has helped me break my 143 pound low point which was reached 2 years ago and then I gained most of it back hence the 172 starting point. My BMI is now 27.5 which is only 2.5 points away from a healthy weight range. That is one of the biggest things running has done for me.

Interesting enough.. I haven’t even done any measurements since January 7th so I’m interested in finding out where I’ve lost the most. I think this weekend, we will do that. So the point of this post is, the biggest consequence of running is you will probably lose weight.

So, GO ME! Looking forward to hitting my goal weight of 125 pounds sometime this year.

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!

 

As a little girl I have always loved the idea of running in the wind with my hair blowing behind me. The dream still exists today. Only one thing was stopping me, my tendency to run too fast too early. That was what killed my ability to fall into running as a child. As time went, I continued to love the idea but not the pain associated with it. I’ve tried to start running thousands of times over the years but just now am able to run faster and further than ever. How did that happen?

Three months ago I decided I would get into running but told myself to pace my intervals. Starting with a walking pace and speeding up as time went by. This meant I would have to walk at 3.5 and do my speed at 4 as running for .1 of a mile and walk at .1 in intervals. Because I had taken the slow way into running this time, I was able to gradually increase my running speed. I might not be at my “ideal” speed yet but this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship with running.

Take it from me, you don’t want to start running too fast too early. It’s not something you will easily recover from and can ruin your desire to run. Of course if you focus on what you should be doing rather than what you want to be doing, you will find that it’s much easier to build up to an “acceptable” speed. Set your goals and sights on a lower speed than your long term goals. What you should be doing is figuring out your average weekly milage and your comfortable pace. (This means you aren’t wheezing while trying to run)

I’m going to end this with a quote

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!

For me, getting up at 4 AM would be torture and there’s no way my energy level would be up to par to run the distance that is necessary. There is this woman that was in one of the runner’s magazine that runs at 4 30 in the morning because she needs to be home to make breakfast for her 12 children. She makes time to run because she’s training for a marathon. So, for those that say you have no time to run, you just don’t make time.

Either go to bed early and get up super early so you can run before work or go to bed late so you can run after work and after the children go to sleep. It’s a matter of preference. Also, like Chalene Johnson would tell you, figure out which time of the day you have the most energy and are able to contribute the most to your work out.

The reason why you want to have a higher level of energy during your runs is because you want to be able to give it your all. The more you give to your work out, the more calories you burn. It’s a win-win! So, focus on figuring out when you have the most energy and time to do your run.

Not only should you think of the time of the day, you should also figure out which day of the week you will most need your rest day and set it up that way. Remember, if you need to take more rest days than what your schedule says, don’t worry too much about it! Just do what you need to do and get going. No need to burn yourself out trying to run too much.

There are so many different marathon, 5K, 10K, and half marathon training schedules you could follow and too little time to compare all of them! The best thing to do right now is be honest with yourself. How long do you think it will take you to get to have a run of 3 miles? 6 miles? 10 miles? The truth is, if you have already been running 10 miles regularly, you are just about half way through a marathon training program or in shape to run a half marathon without much training. If you can barely get a mile out before being tired, your training schedule should be much much longer for a marathon or at the beginning of a 5K training program.

There are several training programs for marathons that expect you to have been running for six months already. That means being able to run a 3-5 mile run without much trouble. While that is one of the most ideal situations you could be in, it’s not realistic to expect everybody to have that kind of patience. Pick a training schedule that fits you. Beginner, Novice, and Advanced are different levels too.

As said before and I can’t emphasize this enough, every training program has to be modified to fit Y O U! Nobody can train you better than you can solely because nobody else knows your body the way you do. You might think this is a false statement because you haven’t learned how to listen to your body and what it’s telling you. Don’t worry too much if you take a lot longer than the length of the original training schedule. Getting out there and doing your weekly runs is what matters. If you can’t meet the milage, repeat the week as necessary and push yourself. Don’t hurt yourself in the process of keeping up with a training schedule if it really is too much for you.

I find myself sounding like a broken record but it is entirely necessary when I say… Listen to your body!

Sometimes we look at inspiration as something that must come from friends and family but the truth is it’s everywhere! Yesterday, I had been inspired to go on a long run because I saw a blog post about a blogger taking a 18 mile trek. There is nothing more inspiring than knowing you inspire someone else. (Which is why I mentioned it TWICE now!)

Today I took the day off from running but the day isn’t over yet and I’m itching to go for a short-ish run?? Instead of going for a run, I can gather all my running data and put it in one place. I had seen this beautiful calendar posted by another runner showing all of her work-outs and days that her and her husband had been exercising. Having a calendar full of results can be very inspiring for some people.

Another way to be inspired is to sign up for races! There have been many people that talk about the need to have a “push” to get started running. The best way to get that little push is to pay for something and tell yourself that you’re not bailing! Post those races on your calendar and get busy training!

It doesn’t take much to be inspired but it takes a lot to follow up with the inspiration! The support from your family and friends is invaluable especially when you’re getting ready to train for a marathon or if your’e already training and your diet sucks. Use that to inspire you to go and remember what you do inspires other people whether you realize it or not!