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Run #103 The antidestination run

Friday, May 18, 2012

Today I started out with no destination in mind. I just decided to run randomly two blocks one way, then turn and run 3 blocks another way, then turn and do a block in another direction, etc. Along the way I was thinking about a friend who recently took up running and is going to do the June 5K with me. She asked me last week if I could run for 30 minutes, and I said yes, because I have. Then I thought about how I don't think I have actully run continuously for 30 minutes in a while, so I had to prove to myself that I could. I did. But 30 minutes continuous is sheer will power still. It really seems like that should be easier. I've done it before, I should be able to do it every run--assuming I am feeling my normal self. Or I should be able to go faster in that time. But I don't seem able to. Is my level of effort too high still, so I am pushing too hard? Or am I not pushing myself hard enough? How do I tell? Questions with seemingly no answer, so I'll just keep running.

3.08 miles this morning.

  
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BLUE42DOWN 5/18/2012 4:20PM

    Day to day, things do change. I've had days where something that is normally easy is harder - whether it's what I ate or how hard I worked out the day before or something I don't even know. My own personal experience / mantra is just to work higher than my comfort level, but not so high I'm struggling and not enjoying the accomplishment of doing better.

It might seem a little odd, but sometimes in order to improve one aspect of our running (or walking or jogging), we have to strength other aspects. We might want to work on our posture, our form, because that affects how well our body can get oxygen from our lungs. We might work on our distances, which helps the muscles build up for endurance. We might work on speed with short burst intervals faster than we're used to, which helps the muscles build for faster response. We might work on strength training, to build up the ligaments, tendons and bones that the muscles pull against. We might swap to a different activity occasionally, to give our muscles a little different challenge or even help other muscles build up.

So if you want to push harder, try alternating the area you work on - faster one run, longer another run, slower and focus on form yet another.

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Run 102 Baby Ducks!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I missed my Monday run. We were up til 2:00 Sunday and I thought I needed the sleep more. I did walk to work that day to help wake myself up. I thought about running yesterday, but I was still kine of tired and I thought I might need a break. So I resumed my regular scheduld this morning. I went to the park. Half of the waterway is still drained, but I did finally see some baby ducks at the other half. I might actually have missed them but a mom and son on their bike were pointing at something so I went over to see what. Sure enough, baby ducks! I also saw a lot of geese and remembered the downside to spring--lots of goose poo in the park. No baby geese, which seemed odd. My run was ok, feeling a little stalled out these days. I shook it up with a couple sprints at the end.

When I got to work this moning the wild turkey that has been hanging out in the neighborhood was sitting right in front of the front doors. That was pretty cool, getting to see it from about 3 feet away. He did not seem spooked by my presence at all.

  
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BLUE42DOWN 5/16/2012 2:01PM

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Glad you got to see the baby ducks. I hope it's not a bad thing for the wild turkey to get so comfortable around people.

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Just have to tell someone...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

I went shopping for shorts yesterday as the weather is finally warming up and I didn't have any that fit. On a whim at the rack I picked up both 8's and 10's. I was sure the 10's would fit, but didn't have much expectation for the 8's. I tried an 8 first. It fit. Wow. I have to say I never thought I would see that size again. But maybe I really will!

  
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BRENNAGIRL 5/19/2012 12:36PM

    Very exciting indeed. I'm celebrating the 9/10 fit, but can't wait to see size 7/8 on a piece of clothing in my closet again.

Congratulations!!!

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TERESANAVARRO 5/19/2012 12:27PM

    WTG!

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CATLADY52 5/15/2012 6:08PM

    That's great to fit into the size 8. emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 5/14/2012 6:31PM

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What an absolutely exciting Non-Scale Victory for you!

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BFMONICA 5/14/2012 12:42AM

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QUIXOTIC-HOPE 5/13/2012 1:50PM

    That's so exciting! Congrats!

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Run #101 Sprinklers, dog walkers & joggers

Friday, May 11, 2012

Either it was the day, or it turns out that cross-island on Grand Street is a very popular morning route. I didn't notice this on previous runs, but today there were a lot of joggers and dog walkers out. I got hit by the sprinkler at one of the churches and had a nice, cold, early hose down. I tried to dodge it but ran out of room and it just kept tracking me. Grand St turned out to be a good choice for my run today. I was having a bit of a slog, and I just kept telling myself, I can run to the next stoplight (nearly every block) an I kept going that way. Total 3.12 miles. I had plans for increasing my mileage early this year, but that doesn't seem to be happening. I think I am still becoming a stronger, better runner though, and increasing my fitness, I just feel like I should be able to do more, Maybe I am not pushing hard enough. On the other hand, I only have so much time to give, so I have to go faster if I can't go longer...Just stuff I think about.

  
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BLUE42DOWN 5/11/2012 3:21PM

    emoticon for a mostly nice run. I've come across sprinklers like that ... they seem to be determined to catch people!

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Run #100 The no baby duck, baby duck run

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Today on my run I struck out on my original running route, which I have not done in months. I discovered my original run was about 2.4 miles. I went to the park, looking for baby ducks. Apparently baby ducks sleep much later than adult humans. I saw lots of ducks, and a night heron, and a robin, but no baby ducks. I didin't play any music on the first half of my run, because the battery in my player was low and I wanted to have it if/when the going got tough. I just focused on the sound & rhythm of my breathing, the sound of my footfalls, how hard my feet were striking, how my arms were swining, etc. Then when I headed for home I turned the music on. My calculations were a little off for the turn around point and I came in at 2.92 miles. All in all a decent run.

  
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BLUE42DOWN 5/10/2012 11:49AM

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emoticon on Run #100!!!

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