Today will go down in history for a lot of folks down south as another day of cold/snow/ice. While here in Cincinnati there wasn't any snow that I saw and thankfully the only ice was in patches along the streets, but wow did we have the cold. It was the type of cold that made you second guess if you should venture out for an 8.8 mile run or run of any mile for that matter. Thankfully I was able to overcome that hurdle and made history for myself because I've never completed an 8.8 mile run before.
A bit of change for me: This time I wore a lighter pair of gloves then my usual thick, Thinsulate, gloves. They were working too well (my hands would be sweating inside-I did have them in tow in case). At first I thought I was going to need those gloves but around mile 3 or 4 I took noticed that my hands were warm! So with timer in hand set at 5:00 minutes (4 run/1 walk) I completed the run. What was interesting was I passed those who ran the whole time. One runner's comment sounds like she may join in the walk run pace. It does work and keeps you from getting that embarrassing fatigue.
Next Saturday's run is another up week between 10-11 miles. I may try 3:50 min run/1 min walk to see how I do with going an extra 2 miles.
I never cease to have things to blog about of a run with the marathon group. Last night our focus what hills. Running the Flying Pig Marathon, you'll encounter a number of Cincinnati's hills. It was a challenging run and I do have a bit of soreness, though nothing major. Well two interesting things happened. One was I participated in the Clothing Clinic just before our run and got an answer right. The prize was a pair of running socks!
The other cheery/scary. Our run took us to a loop which went up and then down and our plan was to do the loops 4 or 5 times. The area featured beautiful million dollar homes and wow were they huge! One home we called 'City Hall' is was so big.
Well a problem I noticed was the lack of street lights. It was dark as we ran. We had just finished our up hill and were going hill when the coach yelled out "Car Up" this lets runners know a car is coming. As my attention when towards the approaching car on my right, I all of sudden hear really fast steps coming at me from the left. I barely turned when flying past me went a deer about 2 feet in front of me. I screamed out loud calling on the Lord! It scared me. After a while I calmed down, but each time we got back to that area I gave some extra looks to see if anything else would come.
All! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on my question about the stepper. I have resolved that I will NOT make a homemade stepper with stone. You all are right, there is too much risk for injuries.
I did get back on Ebay and found some auctions that I'm now watching. Target and Walmart both have a stepper(s) that I'm interested in so I'm keeping those options open too.
Either way I'm okay for now (I have to remind myself) with all the other DVDs I have, I have plenty of new moves to learn and I strengthen and tone!
Okay I've been thinking about the stepper issue I have. The issue...either I can't find one or the one I found was too low and didn't adjust high enough to make the exercise effective.
So I was thinking of purchasing a stone block from Lowe's or Home Depot and placing it over a mat and that would be my stepper. What do you think? Oh and I did check out eBay, but nothing catches my eye there.