Thursday, September 22, 2011
The last couple of weeks have been weather paradise in North Georgia. We broke a record this year with over 90 days of temperatures 90+. I know that's nothing compared to Texas, but this started in early May and we had a miserable summer.
Anyway, as I mentioned above, the last couple of weeks have been great - in the 70's and low humidity. I mentioned to my husband on Tuesday that I wanted to run as soon as I got off work and not wait until taking DD#2 to basketball carpool since it's starting to get dark @ 7:30. He got off early yesterday, so when I got home @ 4:30, he was waiting in his running clothes ( he's been running a couple of days a week with me and is really doing well). So since I already committed myself, I got dressed and ready to go. I really didn't want to, I had a long list of reasons (main one being cramps!tmi) and it was back to being hot and humid!! Not 90, but it was in the high 80's.
We get to the flat trail, stretch and then I realize I didn't have my ear plugs or a watch (2 more reasons not to run!). He takes off and I keep to my pace. He passes me at the "turnaround" (he does the run/walk thing) and I kept plugging along singing little songs in my head and trying to estimate my time with the little .10 markers (I think I've mentioned before that running & math don't work for me). I looked around at where I was and realized I hadn't even run a mile yet! Am I running in place? I didn't think I was going so slow, but I clearly wasn't into it. I talked myself into keep going. I eventually saw my husband ahead and caught up. He was at one of his "walking" parts, so I told him to wait up and I was going to walk (we had probably done about 2 miles). He told me he was getting concerned that I had fallen because I usually catch up with him by now! My plan was to walk a little and then finish off the last .5 running. I just couldn't get started back up - although I think my walking was as fast as my running, but since I didn't have a watch, who knows.
Anyway, I guess the moral to my rambling is that even though I didn't want to go, I wasn't into it and I really "sucked", I did sweat, got in about 40 min. of exercise and had a nice walk at the end with my DH and an opportunity to actually talk! So, ignore your excuses, don't worry about how well you're doing and just enjoy the opportunity!
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
We finally got rain in N. Georgia on Labor Day (from Tropical Storm Lee) and apparently some kind of cold front came in. We really needed the rain, but I feel so bad for the people that got hit with tornadoes & all the damage (1 county west of where I live - about 25 miles).
The cloudy skies and the cold front brought the temperatures down yesterday (the high was 75 degrees @ midnight). At 5:00 yesterday afternoon, the temperature was 65 degrees. It was cloudy and drizzly, but DD #1 and I decided to run. She's been hating the hot weather and has refused to run since her miserable time @ a 5K on 7/30. As I've mentioned, I've been struggling to run the entire time. So we set out last night to our "hilly" trail and I'm happy to report, I was able to run the entire time. I actually felt great - my legs were hurting a little, but I had no problem running. I sprinted down the big hill and finished in about 36 min. Not my best time, but I'll take it! I actually finished before my daughter.
It's still cool today (low 70's), so I'm dropping DD#2 off at basketball carpool and heading back to the trail. It will be back in the high 80's this weekend, so I gotta take advantage of this unseasonably cool weather. Bring on Fall!!
Thursday, September 01, 2011
As I mentioned, I'm trying to get my running "mojo" back. I decided to dust off my sheets from my running class that I completed back in June and try to build back up some endurance. The last couple of weeks I have been struggling big time to run a complete 5K. Anyway, I went to the "flat"trail last night with my husband. We dropped DD #2 off at basketball carpool and DD #1 & #3 stayed at home doing homework (although DD #3 wanted to come).
My husband works a lot of hours at Home Depot and doing remodeling work, so he's on his feet all day long. He has bad feet (no arches and broke a foot as a teenager that was never set completely) and big feet! He's 6'5" and wears a size 19. Anyway, he's been wanting to run, so if I go to the "flat" trail, he'll go with me. He's doing his own walk/run combination and he doesn't push it so his feet will hurt. He has some definite challenges with running, but he's out there sweating away. I figured I would stop whining and just keep going. I walked briskly for 5 min. and then set out to run. I decided I would run at a good pace for a mile and then walk briskly for 5 min. and then run 1/2 mile and then walk the rest of the 3+ miles. I finished my first mile is 10 min. (pretty good for me) and then started walking. I walked a little more than 5 min. so I could get to the next marker (I really have trouble with math & running!). I started running again and after 1/2 mile felt pretty good so I thought I would do a mile. Right before that some old guy was passing me (although he was probably close to my age) and said "you have a pretty good pace for a girl", now I'm not sure if I should have been insulted, but I commented "you mean an old lady" and took it as a compliment. I finished that mile, but was definitely struggling (12 min. mile). I started my brisk walk and was going to walk the rest of the way back to the car. I had one more burst of energy and really ran to the trail entrance. I met up with my husband and felt pretty good!
Back to square one? Not quite. I don't really feel now that this is a set back. I'm out there when I can and doing the best I can!!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Somehow I've lost my run "mojo". The last time I ran the entire 3.1 miles (without coming to a "walk") was a week and a half ago. I ran on a Saturday morning and was able to run (but it was a major struggle!). Last week I had some challenges, but I still exercised 3+ days - bike ride, run/walk w/basketball (working with middle DD on her drills), run/walk w/basketball and then a strenuous 3 mile hike on Sunday. So I haven't been a complete slouch!
Monday I had the opportunity to get in a complete run. It was my turn to drive the carpool for basketball camp that's at a high school with a nice track. I dropped the girls off, plugged in the Ipod and walked to the track. It was nice and breezy, the sun was behind the trees - perfect conditions! I started out at a nice pace and before I even made 1 lap around the track, my legs started to hurt (reference previous post about steep hike @ waterfall). I wasn't winded, so I pushed on. I was pretty sure 4 laps = 1 mile, but I started telling myself that couldn't be true because I already wanted to start walking and haven't even completed a mile! I finished the mile, but had to start walking. I walked 2 more laps and then started to run again. I kinda lost track of how many laps I did, but I figured I at least ran/walked 4+ miles because I was out there for over an hour. I finished off the track with a jog up the steps and then cooled down by walking around the school.
I know I got in a good work out, but I gotta tell ya, I'm a little concerned about not being able to "complete" a run. How did this happen? I'm a new runner, so this is new. Apparently if you slack off a little on your run, you loose some endurance. My sister is experiencing the same thing, but she went a couple of weeks without running. I think I'll probably pull out my sheets from my running class and go to about Week 4 or 5 of the program and start from there and build myself back up. I haven't registered for any runs in September, but there's a gazillion of them locally in October & November, so I'll be ready!! I won't be discouraged!
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