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Run # 129 A tougher one

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Today felt tough. I just couldn't seem to get up a good head of steam and I felt breathless a lot of the time. I took a few walk breaks, but I still chalked up 3 miles, which I didn't think I was going to make at the beginning. I made sure I ran on asphalt today. My feet started hurting a little at the end, and one set of toes felt like they were going numb. That was a new one. It seems like it is a bit early for new shoes but I have been a bit sore after the last couple runs, and normally it does not hurt. So I ordered new shoes last night. I have been running on the sidewalk a lot and I probably need to get away from that more. The other possibility is I know that I run toes out and I need to fix that to keep running long term, otherwise I will feel it in my knees/hips. That is exactly where I have been sore the last two times, so it is either that or the shoes or both. (Well, ok, maybe my longest run plays in there too.) I will be listening to my body very carefully the next few weeks. Should have new shoes for Friday's run. emoticon

  


Run #128 4 miles for 44 years

Monday, August 06, 2012

Today is my 44th birthday. I ran 4 miles to celebrate it. It was a bit challenging but really just the right level of challenge and I feel good. Two records fall today. I ran the farthest I ever have at the oldest I have ever been. Not bad for an aging chick.

  


Run #127 Focus on speed

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Today I decided to work on faster and a little more intense versus distance or time, but of course meeting my criteria of a minimum of 30 minutes exercise. My first half of my run appears to have been averaging 6.3, which would definitely be a new high. The second half was around 5.3-5.5. I held the faster pace for as long as it felt comfortable, and was pleasantly surprised to find I lasted about 10 minutes before I had to start scaling back to breathe comfortably. It was an intense but pretty awesome run.

  


Run #126 Making Progress

Monday, July 30, 2012

Today I ran with my heart rate monitor for the first time in about 4 months. I had quit taking it for a while because it was always alarmng on high heart rate, minutes after I started running. I was interested to know if anything had changed. Today my alarm beeped briefly at me only 3-4 times, and when I looked my high heart rate was 173-175, instead if in the 180's. And my heart rate didn't stay that high, It dropped back into the 150's. Also the first time it went off I was about 25 minutes into my run, not four. And at that point I think I had sped up a little--because I realized I was a long way from home and my run was going to go a bit long. So it seems all the hard work really is paying off! emoticon

The new portion control plan I started on about a month ago seems to be working really well. I'm rarely overeating. In fact some days I feel like I can't possibly eat all the food I have planned. My weight hasn't changed much, which is good. (I would stil like to lose another 5 pounds.) My weight hasn't gone up any. And I haven't counted a calorie in over a month. Counting calories was really hard to let go of. I was so tired of it after 4 years, but very afraid if I stopped I would gain again. This new method is easy, and it feels good. And I think I am eating better too. I think if I just stay relaxed and keep at this that the last 5 will come off. It's just time...

  
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JOJOX303 8/2/2012 1:50AM

  Good Job! Your blog is inspiring me to start running again! Keep it up :)

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Run #125 Thank goodness it's Friday!

Friday, July 27, 2012

I really need to get back to my 7 hour minimum of sleep each night. Today I woke up so tired. It wasn't that I didn't want to run, because I actually did; I just didn't want to get up. I thought about that extra 20 minutes sleep, and how good it would feel. Then I thought, "but if you just start moving everything will be fine." So I rolled my sorry butt out of bed, checked my work email while I tried to figure out which end was up, then went for a run. It was a short one, but it was ok. And I was glad I went.

Next week my in-laws arrive for a visit. I am not sure if I will be able to get my runs in while they are here, but it is only two. I'll try. I am going to claim I need a birthday run on my birthday. That will be hard to say no to emoticon

  
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GAELA-I-CAN 7/27/2012 9:29PM

    You are very committed Very inspiring emoticon

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LALMEIDA 7/27/2012 9:28PM

  emoticon happy birthday. Have a good weekend and get some sleep

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