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Run # 108 The Bail Out

Friday, June 01, 2012

I had been waffling on whether to run today since I have the 5K on Sunday and I want to be well rested. But I figured I had my usual recovery time, so I headed out, feeling dog tired. The mental battle was on. My mp3 player decided that it was bouncing too much and turned itself off three times in the first 3 minutes. I knew I wasn't going to make it through today's run without music. While this was going on my body decided to chime in with an ankle twinge, then a knee twinge, then a foot twinge, then just whining in general that everything was tired. Usually after a couple mintes the body settles down into the rhythm and I can have a decent run. Not today. I couldn't fight the battle on both the mental and physical front and win today. So I went for a two mile walk and sucked up my bottle of water and called it good. Total run time about 2-3 minutes. Some days I guess you just need a break. I'm not going to feel bad because this is the first time I have bailed out.

  
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BLUE42DOWN 6/1/2012 2:57PM

    Definitely true - there are just some days the body tells us it isn't up to what we're asking for. Hopefully the easier walk gives your body a better chance to be raring to go for the 5k!

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TERESANAVARRO 6/1/2012 1:26PM

    You're right not to feel bad. It's important to listen to your body. Every few months I need to take an entire week off from running and I really think it keeps me from getting burned out. You know you'll be back at it when your body and music are ready to cooperate!

Have a great run Sunday!

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Run #107 Note to Self...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Note to self, when you run intervals you can get farther from home faster than you meant too, and then you still have to get home.

At the 27 minute mark this morning I realized I only had a rough idea where I was, and it was farther from home than I meant to be. Then I turned the corner and realized I was only a long block off the main drag that goes home, and only a couple blocks down that. So I ended with about 35-40 minutes again. I started out walking 5 as I usual, then I ran for five, then I ran fast for 2, walked for 2 etc. I did I think four intervals of this. I was really tired after the fourth bout, so I walked longer after that one-funny how those intervals get harder emoticon Then I ran for a few minutes to get closer to home, and walked the last 5 as usual.

This weekend is my See Jane Run 5K. I think my buddy has dropped out. Too much foot pain. She actually had it xrayed yesterday and has arthritic developments in her foot, whatever that means. The Dr recommended she stop running. Seems like that is always the first thing they say...

  
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TERESANAVARRO 5/30/2012 7:08PM

    congrats on your training and have a great time at your 5K!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/30/2012 4:33PM

    emoticon on your walking and running. (And good advice there. I've only done that once - forgetting that I had to walk the whole way home, and being pretty darned tired at about the 2/3rds point since I'd gotten so far.)

Depends on the type of arthritic developments, but since some arthritis develops with age from the normal wear and tear, causing less wear would be the first recommendation. Is she going to come out as a spectator to cheer you on or just skip it completely?

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Run #106 The blustery day

Friday, May 25, 2012

There is a front passing through here so when I got out this morning it was really windy and cold. Deciding where to go was easy, just run downwind until I was warmed up, and do the upwind leg on the way home. I did my 5 minute warm up walk then started my run, and I was really feeling like "screw this, I'm going home" but we have a client with a mast in the boat yard, so I decided to go see it, and after that I ran out to Clement St, and I could see the light at Park street, and thought that it wasn't that far, I could make it. When I passed a friend's house (which is a 10 minute walk from home) I checked and I was on track for about a 30 minute session, But only 25 minutes of that would be running, and I told myself, "you're better than this, you can do 30" so I extended my run. In the end I was out 39 minutes, and did 3.2 miles. I worked on varying my pace some. I watched my heart rat a lot, just to see what was going on, and it stays around 171 the whole time. My breathing feels pretty consistant and regular. All in all, it felt pretty good today. emoticon

  
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BLUE42DOWN 5/25/2012 3:04PM

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That sounds like a very good run!

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Run # 105 Points for consistency

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Today I am giving myself points for consistency. I did another 2.6 miles, and I pretty consistently turn in 2.6-3.1 miles, though lately it has been on the low end. My heart really wasn't in it today, nor was my head, and the first block I really thought about just going back home. (I had a weird message from my parents last night to call home, and the phone call was looming, and I knew it was for unpleasant news.) But I was there and running, so I just kept going til I felt like turning around. Then I walked a block to bring my heart rate down, then ran home again. I know I should feel good about this, and I am so grateful I can move my body and run at all. And my body has never been pushed this hard physically before. But part of me feels like I am failing. My friend doing the 5 k with me next weekend just started running a few months ago, with less regularity than I have, and she is up to 20 minutes as of Friday. I have been doing this almost a year, and 30 minutes takes brute will power. And I'm running on a flat island; she has all hills at her house. Shouldn't I be able to do better? Faster or longer or something? Yet this is me and my body, and I'm still learning. And I'm tired. I've got work and a life, and a tight time frame to fit all this exercise in. And as of June 18 my office is moving and I have to fit a commute in too. That is unbelievably depressing and I think I may send my resume out. All these things together make me think I should say that really I am doing just fine for me and my body. Still, am I too hard on myself or too easy on myself? Oh, and the news was that my grandmother had a minor heart attack. I was braced to hear she had died, so that was actually a relief.


In other exciting & good news, DH is becoming a bicycling fiend; he circumnavigated the island yesterday, 14 miles! And the rest of the parts to fix my bike should be here this weekend, so soon I will have a bike to cross train on, and maybe that will help with the running.

  
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BLUE42DOWN 5/23/2012 1:18PM

    emoticon Glad your grandmother is okay and recovering.

How much do you vary up your runs? Do you do any strength training? Little things like improving our form which can help us breathe easier or doing a shorter run at a higher speed one day and a longer run another day can help us improve our current level.

And, I know you already know, but comparing to someone else's progress just doesn't go well. Look back at your progress, not hers. How were you doing 6 months ago, for example? Everyone has a unique path, and what is a challenge for some is a breeze for others.

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Run # 104 Monday Monday

Monday, May 21, 2012

Off I went again this morning, on 5.5 hours sleep...oops. Anyway I got another 2.5 miles in and was gone for about 33 minutes. It is really amazing the difference in calories burned that my Forerunner calculates for 33 minutes vs 43 minutes. It calculated about 250 calories today for all that work! Yesterday accidentally turned into a caloric disaster and I am going to have to be really good this week to offset that. Not even today's run can save me emoticon Anyway, back on track today. The See Jane Run 5 k is now two short weeks away, or 5 runs away is another way to think of it. I was planning to take the Friday run before it off, but now I see the race is on Sunday, so maybe I will run Friday anyway.

  
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BLUE42DOWN 5/22/2012 7:30PM

    Nice run!

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KOUNTRYFIDDLE 5/21/2012 11:54AM

    Great attitude! Keep up the great work!

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