Monday, December 05, 2011
big time! The race on Saturday was not a "flat" course like I had blogged before (or had hoped). It was very, very hilly and very hard! I added 2 min. to my PR. It was a fun race though and I'm glad I went.
I was a little concerned because it was supposed to be in the low 30's at race time, so I ran out to WalMart the night before to try to find something to wear. It was already 9:30 pm. and I was already tired from DD#2's basketball game (they got creamed and the fans were obnoxious - come on people, it's middle school and your team is winning. Do you really need to yell at the referees. What an example - although the girls played like the parents yelled - dirty!)
Anyway, I digress. I woke up pretty tired, but the race was @ 9:00 am., so at least I didn't have to get up @ 6:30. I had my bib, so I got to the event @ 8:30, warmed up and headed to the start line. I did this one by myself again (I'm so brave!). This was a pretty big group for me. There was about 500 people and a lot were dressed in Christmas "stuff" and everyone was given jingle bells in their race packet (it was the Jingle Jog). It was actually about 40 degrees and actually got warm during the race, so the cheap WalMart stuff was fine.
The race started on a big hill, and when you got to the top of that hill, you turned right and started back up another big hill. At the top of that hill, you could see all the runners ahead of you at the top of the next big hill. I decided to plug along and just run as long as I could. A lady came up next to me and said she was going to run with me because she liked my pace (slow?!). She said she had done the Savannah Half Marathon and that was "easy" compared to this race. I asked if she ran the whole time and she said she walked a lot of it. We started to go down hill so she went ahead of me, but I kept my pace. We got to the turn around which was about half way and started back up the hill. This was a major incline and really didn't flatten out. I don't know how there were more ups than down, but I swear there was!! I had to walk most of that hill. The finish line was past where the race started, so we really didn't get much "down hill" at the end, but at least we weren't going back up again. I could just make out the clock at the top of the hill and it was already 38 min. so I turning it on and finished @ 38:31. My slowest race of the 6 I've done (even slower than the one that we ran back in July at 90+ degrees @ 8:30 am.) I did end up passing the marathon lady back up the hill, so at least I beat her!
I was worried about my shoes because I am in dire need of new shoes and my feet have been hurting me while running. My insoles helped, so my feet didn't really hurt during the race. I did notice that my toe on my right foot was bothering me a little. I had a small cut or something, but forgot to put on a band-aid. When I got home and was taking off my shoes, my right sock was soaked in blood and it had even soaked onto the shoe. I showed my daughters my sock and saved it to show DH when he got home. I was a warrior and was proud of my battle scar. Even though it didn't really hurt much during the race, I'm still awesome because it was a lot of blood!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I drug myself to the park yesterday to run after work. Actually my DH was dressed & ready to go when I got home, so I had to go. He's making me look really bad with all of his motivation! We were just getting ready to leave - in fact we were in the car and got a call from a Girl Scout mother from DD#3's troop where I'm a co-leader (drama!). DD#1 caught us before we left. Anyway, after I finished my call with her, it had started to rain again. DH still wanted to go (did I mention that he had already run 2 miles that morning in the rain/snow mix - darn his motivation!) We got to the park and it was still raining/drizzling. It was a very cold rain and it was windy. Still not feeling it, but we stretched and started out. It wasn't too bad behind the soccer/la crosse fields, but at soon as we got back around to the road where there is no tree coverage, it was really windy (and did I mention the rain/drizzle). The wind kept blowing off the hood of my jacket. Also (TMI here) - my nose was really running! All in all I was miserable, but hey, my DH was plugging along and I'm the one that had the race on Saturday. I also noticed that we were the only crazy people on the trail. There were a few kids getting to the soccer fields, but their more intelligent (or lazy) parents were staying in the car!
I digress from my title. I've noticed the last week or so that my feet were hurting after a run. I had an achilles heel injury a year and a half ago playing softball, but I really didn't have any trouble running. I would feel a lot of pain when I did other things like softball (I had to retire), tennis, badminton and running sprints, but was usually o.k. with running/jogging/walking.
Anyway, my heels and the bottom of my feet have been hurting. To top off this miserable run yesterday, my feet were hurting during the run and then my shins started hurting. I actually ended up walking the end of the run (after I stopped in one of the bathrooms to blow my nose!).
I've known it was past time to get new shoes, but I didn't think it would make that big of a difference and I've been putting it off. I've been really busy and believe it or not, I'm a woman that doesn't like shoe shopping (of any kind!) So, shoes really do make a difference. Now I can't decide if I should put my insoles in my old shoes (I'm going to try that tonight) or get new shoes and wear at the race on Saturday? Any experts have any suggestions?
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Thank goodness DD#2 had to run during Thanksgiving week for basketball. Since they didn't have practice, they had to keep a running log. Since we don't have a treadmill, someone had to take her to the park to run. It gets dark now by 5:30, so we had to run a couple of nights on the football track (lights). She liked doing that because she also had to run 50 yd. sprints. It was pretty boring for me because you had to run 12 laps for 3 miles. To break it up a little I would also run through the lit parking lots. Anyway, between her mandatory running and my husband's increased desire to run, I managed to run everyday last week except for Thanksgiving and we took a nice long walk after we ate.
I also signed up for another 5K on Saturday. I didn't run yesterday because it was cold, windy & rainy. I'm going to force myself to run tonight (still cold & windy, but the rain stopped) because tonight & tomorrow are the only days this week I can run. Thursday & Friday are DD#2 basketball games.
I'm doing this race alone again because DH has to work and sister and daughters don't want to do it! Oh well, I'm actually looking forward to this one because I think it might be a pretty flat course (hope I'm not wrong!). It actually kicks off the Christmas celebration and there will be a Christmas Parade later in the day which I'm also walking in with DD #3's Girl Scout troop. I think the parade route is only a little over a mile, but there's a lot of standing around and getting ready to walk, so I'll be a tired "puppy" when I get home. Just in time to watch the SEC Championship game - GO DAWGS!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
My husband started running with me a couple of months ago. He started in August in the middle of a heat wave. We would try to go at night to avoid the excessive heat. He would do his own run/walk thing. I've mentioned before that he's got a real bad foot and when he's tired, has a noticeable limp. He also works all day on his feet either at Home Depot or doing remodeling (often 7 days a week). I tell you all this because in no way has this running thing been easy for him! Yet he's already running the whole 5K.
I'm very proud of him, but a little jealous too! I started running with a C25K program back in April. Every time I go out to run, I struggle to finish my 3.1 +. I do finish and my time is getting better.
We ran a 5K together a couple of weeks ago and I did beat him. On Friday we went running and I used the excuse that I didn't want DD to be at the dog park by herself to stop running and walk with her and the dog, but really I just wasn't in to it. DH kept on plugging away at his run. We went last night and I was determined to beat him (competitive much?!). He was ahead of me most of the time until the end and I finished in 35:05 and he finished in 36:49. Much better than our times at the 5K, but we run this trail all the time, so I think that makes a difference.
BTW - he has lost about 30 lbs. in the last couple of months. Most of this is attributed to the running. He's a big guy (6'5" and now about 280). It took me 6 months to loose 46 lbs., but hey whose counting!
I really am proud of him, and I must say I enjoy some competition because I was getting a little lazy with the running and the maintenance. I can't stop running now because he might beat me!
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