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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 🙂 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
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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! 

Running Shoes

My new running shoes!

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! 

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.

Sometimes when you set a schedule, you have to accept it when things don’t go the way you expect. Instead of dropping off the face of the earth, you can accept that you had a reason for not running. Mine was my calves. Goodness gracious, my calves were sore and I don’t usually get sore calves from running. I think it had to do with the shoes I was wearing or with the fact that I ran nonstop for 20 minutes. 

I usually end up doing a few walks during my runs so that way I can relax a bit and then start up again. The point in me running the full 20 minutes was to help me get used to running longer periods of time. It’s okay to take a few days off but get back on the horse as soon as you can and focus. Today I am doing two different work-outs so that way I can make up for missing my work out yesterday. One is to be TurboFire which is my cross training, the other is my wednesday run. 

“The miracle is…

Posted: February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized
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“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”

― John Bingham, No Need for Speed: A Beginner’s Guide to the Joy of Running

Hot Food for Runners

Posted: February 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

Hot Food for Runners

Great article on hot food for runners. We’re at that time of the year where everybody’s getting ready to train for their next big race! (and gosh darn it, it’s still chilly!)