Monday, May 28, 2012
So my last post was a while ago... I decided to stay in the walking group and found I could still challenge myself doing my own intervals. I also found someone that was a good pace buddy for me. She and I helped each other through our minor aches and pains.
Week 9 was a great walk/run... I found myself in the zone and really enjoyed it. That was Wed. night..... 2 evenings later I decided to take my motorcycle out for a little ride and less than a mile from home, I laid it down. When I leave my house on my cycle, I ask God to watch over me.... That He did! I am a newbie rider and there were all sorts of warning signs for riders.... hill, big curve, RR tracks and loose gravel. Needless to say, I didn't make the curve. Thankfully I was wearing a full face helmet and all my gear. After vividly remembering my helmet bouncing on the asphalt I came to a stop. I sat up and found my left leg pinned under my back wheel. Good Samaritans came along to call 911 and 2 kids (my son's friends actually) got the bike off my leg. I know God was with me because I came home the next morning from ER with a broken thumb and sprained knee!
I remember thinking in the ER that night how this could have been so much worse... but I also remember thinking.... "How will I run that race on June 2nd??---- Oh... I'll be ok... i will just walk it!!" Sat when I knew everyone was getting ready for the Sat morning run, I teared up knowing I wouldn't be able to finish this up. For ONCE I was accomplishing something and enjoying it. Monday I followed up with my Dr. to confirm it was only a sprain, I asked her if I could walk the 5K, she said "no" :(
I visited my group of fellow runners & walkers on Wed. night and received my New Balance running jacket.( our "graduation gift" for completing the course) I talked to my coaches and mentors and will be joining them at the finish line to watch my team-mates come through. I may not have physically finished this race, but there was more growth along the way than I ever expected.
My hope is that I will be ready to start the fall session in August and try this again!!
Saturday, April 21, 2012
It's been a while since I have updated this with my running. It's been a couple of weeks with a cold thrown in the midst of it. This WI weather is crazy. Our first few weeks of the NOBO running class were HOT and now this morning I went out to frost on the ground! No wonder why everyone has been sick!
I missed one Wed. night because of the cold I had, but still tried to keep up with the training schedule. I am finding that it is hard to get out and do walk/runs on my own just because of my schedule. My daughter is playing high school fast pitch softball, so I am at her games on Tues. and Thurs nights. I find that if I don't get out to walk or do some kind of cross training between the Wed. night class and Sat morning class, I am out of sync.....
Which brings me to my latest realization.... RUNNING IS A MENTAL ACTIVITY. I really didn't come to that conclusion till last night. It is mind over matter! As I am now officially half way through my 12 week program, I am really being challenged by the upped intervals. This past Wed. night I had the worst run ever! I had a bad attitude and was dreading the now 3.5 min run/1 min walk X 6 intervals run/walk I had facing me that night. I have to admit... I whined! I complained and guess what? Everything hurt that night... shins, knees and hips hurt. When I slowed to a walk it still hurt... but I persevered and got through it. After that night and then looking ahead at the training schedule I was certain that I was going to go walk group. The walk group has different intervals of walk/ fast walk & running shorter times. I know I can do that and figured I could still be challenged by that group too. So, as I planned it out in my mind, this Saturday (today) I was going to switch groups and finish off a walker.
Friday evening I had a talk with my friend (Cathy) that is doing this class with me. She is loving it and seems to be running faster and with less trouble than I. While we talked, we agreed that it is mind over matter, she cheered me on and FILLED my "half empty glass" attitude to being half full again. Shortly after we talked, I went out for my little 1.46 mile neighborhood jaunt. No intervals reminding me to run or walk, I just did what my body told me to do. I was happy to have arrived back home in 22 minutes and realized that I ran quite a bit more than I was expecting to. Why??? Cuz I heard the words of Cathy say "I am not going to let this running defeat me!" I saw myself a runner... I was half FULL and had a positive attitude.
Today was soooo much better.... It was a frosty, chilly morning with the NOBO friends that I have been making. I knew we were out to run the same times (3.5 run/ 1 walk) but we were up to 7 intervals today. Some how with my more positive attitude, I DID IT! I will say, I walked a bit of the run time but for the most part, I DID IT!
So, it's not just the breathing that I was worried about, it's not just the legs (and pain) I was worried about.... as I become a runner, I am learning it is all about my attitude... and that positive attitude is going to make running & many things in life easier to tolerate too.
On another note.... the confidence that is being built out of this has encouraged me to take on another new "sport". I have signed up to play Women s Softball in the rec league in town. I am so looking forward to playing again and being part of this team. Oh... yeah... and the One Tough Cookie mud run in Sept.... I decided to participate in that too with some friends. Now really, what was I thinking........ : )
Saturday, April 07, 2012
We are officially now about a quarter of the way through my No Boundaries running class. Week 4 has proven to be a little bit tougher to get through. We were running 3 min - walking 2 min (5 sets) this past week. I am not quite sure how I did it. But for the most part... I DID! There were a few times I found myself walking when I should have been running. Still, the fact that I am running for 3 minutes at a time is HUGE for me!
I have to mention my April Fools joke that my GPS played on me! Last week Sunday I decided to go out on the walking path nearby. I thought I had enough time to get in my half hour walk/run before the sun went down. I set my "jog tracker" on my phone, I set my interval timer on my phone, got my music going and took off. (oh yeah... I even got to see HERD of deer(like 10 of them) cross my walking path a little ways up front of me) I felt really good out there that night.. I kept up with the intervals and as it got darker faster than I thought it would, I decided to run a little bit more to get back to my car asap! Once I got back there, I stopped my tracker... WOW, really??? 2.46 miles in 30 mins! I got home and logged into SP and entered my mileage.... that was a 13 MIN MILE "walk" that I did! Let me just say, I was rather pumped about that. UNTIL.............................. last night! I went after work to do the same path, and came back at 1.86 miles in 30 minutes. OK.... I thought about this... how was it 2.46 one night and the next time it was 1.86. So I zoomed in my my maps and realized that some little "gremlin" took over my gps on APRIL 1st and in some areas... it went back and forth and added on an additional half mile! LOL yeah... April Fools to me a few days later!
So, as I am going through this journey I am learning some things..... time doesn't matter, what matters is that I am out there. Running doesn't matter either... I am doing the best that I can. I push myself at times and other times I take it easy. Wed. night's group run wasn't fun! I was DEAD last in returning and was just not "into it" that night. I am learning that too... some runs are just better than others. Oh... and one more thing I have learned... CHECK MY MAP BEFORE I LOG IN MY MILES to make sure it's accurate! I will not be fooled again!
Easter Blessings to all!!
Monday, March 26, 2012
Last Wednesday was another class and we ran 2 minutes, walked 2.5 minutes with 5 intervals. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be to run 2 minutes straight. (Gosh, that sounds kind of pathetic! LOL)
I did it on my own Friday night... although I walked a bit more of the running time without having people along side of me pushing me. Since I was out of town chaperoning my son's drumline show for the weekend, I missed out on Sat. mornings' run. Unfortunately I missed out on my Sunday walk too. So, I am feeling a little "behind schedule" with the training. I need to get out there tonight and start with this week interval training schedule.
However, I am dragging today, (long weekend with messed up sleeping schedule along with a Sunday night wine tasting and dinner at Samba Brazilian grill) I am not feeling very motivated to get out there and do this. But I will! I am in this game!! :)
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