Monday, June 07, 2010
I skipped out on my friend's Sunday night run (she wanted to do a timed 5k, I wanted to do an easy 2 or so since I had run longish Saturday) and ran this morning. Nice breeze, beautiful morning. I ran 3.1 about 30 seconds slower than I did on Saturday (gotta get Bodyglide or ALWAYS wear tights/bike shorts. Yeah, TMI, I know - but that chub rub on the thighs was no fun!)
My other a-ha experience of the morning was that I have been training almost completely on roads or paved paths.... the race on Saturday is mostly gravel. I ran a little on gravel today and it was a little slower going. Guess I should've thought about that a while back to train more on gravel. Oh well, maybe race-day adrenaline will even it out.
I also have been figuring out my Garmin 305 more and now have it tell me my split/lap time at every mile. It is so cool! Before I was just getting my overall pace. I love having it broken down and it will help me plan for races better.
There is a growing group of new runners in my church. We were at a kids' birthday party yesterday and were talking about our training and plans. Very fun. We are all pretty slow and new to this, but it is fun to have encouragement to take care of ourselves!!
Have a great day, everybody! If you don't get Runner's World, check it out for a hilarious article this month about passing people in races. I laughed til I cried!
Saturday, June 05, 2010
I have my next (second!) 5k coming up on 6/12. The first one was brutally hot and I was glad to have survived the heat, and I ran with a friend and stayed on pace with her. We are both running in this one, but I plan to run at my own pace and hope to run it at around 31 minutes. We ran the other in 33:35. I didn't love the time, but it was my first "real" race and, as I said, it was REALLY HOT!
My training runs at the 5k distance have mostly been in the mid-32 minute range but I ran just under 31 this morning. I would love to some day run it sub-30, but would be thrilled with sub-31 for this one. I ran 4 miles this morning, may do a short (2 miles), easy run with my friend tomorrow night (I don't run twodays in a row as a rule, but I want to get in a run with her and hope, hope, hope it isn't a mistake. I've promised myself to make it an easy run. Then, no more runs til an easy 3 on Wednesday and off again Thursday and Friday to have fresh legs for the race!
Friday, May 28, 2010
I am completely dependent on ice. Yesterday I ran and didn't have time to ice before work. I think the school nurse (where I work) thinks I am little nutty but I went in there for ice as soon as I got to work. It makes an amazing difference in my knee maintenance to ice after every run. Sometimes I ice again later in the day.
This morning I did not plan to need the ice. I was doing a simple band workout and felt a pop in my back (in the same spot where, die to arthritis in my spine, I was brought to tears for much of last summer). In my younger years I might have worked through it but I have learned my lesson: straight for the ice!
If you tend to need to ice frequently like I do, I highly recommend getting some of those nice, squishy, fabric covered reusable ice packs. SO much more comfortable than real ice. In a pinch I have used frozen peas, but then worry I might forget which ones have been thawed and refrozen and feed them to m y poor children ;).
Thursday, May 27, 2010
We Are the Decisive Element
I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or dehumanized.
If we treat someone as the limited person they think they are, we support their sense of limitation.
If we treat people as who they could be, we help them become all that they are capable of becoming.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
PS My favorite blog is momastery.blogspot.com
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I got a Garmin 305 for Mother's Day - whoo-hoo! I am really excited about it. It is ginormous but the newer, smaller version was more than 100 dollars more and didn't seem to do much more except look better.
This morning I ran with it for the first time. I ran 3.2 miles in a neighborhood behind my hosue, which involves a lot of back and forth because it is a small neighborhood. It is nice to be able to just leave the house and start running, though, and it has both little hills and flat portions. I have measured the distance with the SP maps (which I also LOOOOOVE) but the watch allows me to be able to just run without counting where I have been.
The weather was perfect, so I expected to run 5k significantly faster than I did in my really hot race a couple of weeks ago. Not so much. Turns out I am just, well, slow ;).
But I am not worried about my speed at all. I know that I will run more with lots of good info (distance, pace... I have already had heart rate with my old HRM but this does that, too) that will help me get faster. I am really excited about my new gadget!!
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