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Long run of 7 miles

Saturday, January 07, 2012

My distances are getting longer but I'm slowing down a little instead of getting faster. I'm not sure what the reasons are. I didn't sleep too well this past week, that could have something to do with it. In any case, I will just keep going and hope that I'll see some improvement in the next couple of weeks.
I ran 7 miles at average heart rate of 134, total time 1: 37:19, average speed 4.3 mph.
The run felt great and I felt like I could have gone a lot longer.

I will take two rest days after my long run and then run again on Tuesday. Tomorrow I'm planning on a trail ride since we are expecting sunshine in the afternoon.

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JERIBERI1 1/9/2012 12:26PM

    Everyone here is right. Speed will come later. Just focus on the miles for now. There are so many factors that go into each run -- your nutrition, your sleep, the weather. One run will be slower, one run will be faster. Some runs leave you thinking, "What the heck?" And then other runs just come together for a perfect run. Your speed will come. Just keep running :-)

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OUTDOORSY_DAD 1/8/2012 5:23PM

    It will all come together. Keep plodding at those long runs. You will find they get faster over time. I am recovering from a calf strain just now and have been doing 1.5 - 3 mile runs and for some reason i am stuck on 12min miles.

Awesome accomplishment on the 7 miles.

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Outdoorsy Dad

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HOUNDLOVER1 1/8/2012 11:41AM

    Thanks everyone for your encouraging comments. And you are right of course, I can't have more length and more speed and stay at the same heart rate. And I still have quite a few weeks before the Half- marathon to improve. emoticon

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DEC2DEC 1/8/2012 10:29AM

    You can't work on distance and speed at the same time. Having both comes eventually, but they aren't added at once. Do short sprint workouts and long, slow distance.

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KRISZTA11 1/8/2012 5:37AM

    Great run!
Even if you run at a speed comfortable to you, running so long makes you stronger, and you will find you run faster.


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JOEKHUL 1/7/2012 8:21PM

    Don't worry about adding speed while you are doing your long run. It is counterproductive to increasing endurance. Big runs are supposed to be done slow. Worry about your endurance first and the speed will come later.

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Big ice skating day

Friday, January 06, 2012

I was on the ice for about 90 minutes today. There were only about 4 other people on the ice, perfect to practice circles on one foot, working on inside and outside edges. The most important thing is that I learned to relax the muscles in my feet a lot more and to put my weight further back which makes it easier to turn. I do have some sore muscles in my legs and decided to not go for a run today as well. I don't want to be too sore for my long run on Saturday.
I also found some stuff I wrote down from about a year ago. I recorded a run where I was running for 4 miles at 4.5mph but my heart rate was close to 160 at the end with the average heart rate around 148. That means that I have significantly improved since then.
I'm curious to see how my longer runs will go over the next couple of weeks.

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KKINNEA 1/6/2012 1:08PM

    Smart plan to save for the long run - ice skating sounds like plenty of activity for today!

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SAFETYSUE 1/6/2012 2:38AM


I used to ride hunter/dressage for years. Ran a lot of races, 4-H horse club leader, stay at home Mom, and fire fighter. I fell from a fire engine and was paralyzed...now I am in a wheel chair, old show horses have passed away, and I have miniature pinto horses.

Never stop all that activity spark friend, take lots of pictures and cherish every step, feel every muscle, be thankful you can feel each and every thing you do!!! None of us know what tomorrow will bring.

Do not take anything for granted, find the extraordinary things in your ordinary day!!!
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Computer trouble and warmer weather

Thursday, January 05, 2012

My computer crashed 3 days ago. After taking it in to a repair shop I found that the problem was not just a virus, which I knew about, but also a dying hard drive, which I suspected. The computer was getting old, over 4 years and was stilling running with Vista, so it's time for a new one anyhow, unless I want to buy a new hard-drive for the old one which may not be worth it for a laptop. If anyone has advice I would love to hear it. emoticon

Still no chance to try out snowshoes, but I'm happy with the warmer weather and the sunshine.

All this distracted me from my running a bit. I did run two days ago, Tuesday after I needed two days off after my long run.
My feet and legs were still a tiny bit sore so this run was slower than expected. I hope it was an exception.
I went 4 miles on a chip-sealed road, nice warm weather, no wind with a big uphill and downhill section in 55 minutes, average heart rate of 133, average speed 4.3
Come to think of it, I didn't run on a bigger hill in a while. I also suspect that even the smaller stressors in life will affect my running more than they would some people.
Yesterday I just walked dogs and then also talk the horse for a long walk around town. Because the weather has been so warm there was fresh green grass everywhere which she loved.
I'm planning on 90 minutes of ice skating in the morning and then a run this afternoon.

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HOUNDLOVER1 1/5/2012 12:34PM

    Thanks Lamary, that's what I suspected.

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LAMARY9 1/5/2012 12:01PM

    Just from experience with my own laptop both my IT administrator sons said to replacing it was less expensive AND would get me more for less since technology is constantly upgrading.

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A nice long run to finish the year!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

My husband and I ran together, well, let's say at the same time. He covered almost 8 miles during the time it took me to do 6 miles.
The whole run was on a gravel road, slight elevations, so I expected to be a little slower. Overall I'm happy with the results.
Temperatures in the upper 30's, very little wind and sunny.
I ran 6 miles in 1:21 hour, average heart rate 133 (a little slower again because it's a long run), average speed 4.4 mph, calories burned about 600.
From now on I will increase my long runs by about 10 minutes and, hopefully, by about 1 mile per week until 2 weeks before the half-marathon when I'll start to taper.
Tomorrow will be a rest day from running so I'm hoping to go for a trail ride with my daughter.

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OUTDOORSY_DAD 1/1/2012 6:05AM

    What an awesome way to end the year.
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Looks like you have put a successful training plan together.

All the best with the coming year and your half.

Outdoorsy Dad

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DEC2DEC 1/1/2012 12:00AM

    Sounds like a great way to end the year. Hope your ride tomorrow has good weather!

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HISTORYRUNNER 12/31/2011 9:10PM

    A great way to wrap up the year. Way to go on your perseverance in running! Happy New Year and keep up the good work! emoticon

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PERFECTIONISM - The killer of all joy

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Are you God? No? Then you aren't perfect! Shame on you! When are you finally going to get this right? emoticon emoticon
The coming New Year seemed like a perfect time to remind myself of this. So how can we avoid the trap of New Year's resolutions that don't stick? We could have a challenge for perfectionists to not do things perfectly. For every week that you set yourseIf a goal and don't quite reach it happily you win and you have proven to yourself and everyone around you that you aren't perfect and that you might as well quit trying (being perfect only, of course). My head is starting to spin, what am I really trying to say here? Am I talking to myself? I'm sooo losing control! emoticon

So let's try again: How about setting goals that I have a reasonable amount of control over like:" I will try to eat junk food only on one day of the week" or I will get my heart rate up for at least 30 minutes/day. When we set the goals we should allow margin, like "I know I can usually fit in 45 minutes of exercise/day but I'll plan on 30 minutes and do more if I enjoy it that day," or, "I was planning to only eat junk food only on Sunday but if I end up having a little on Monday I can still do well from Tuesday to Saturday. If I don't feel the need for junk food on Sunday it's a bonus. emoticon
I skip goals that I have little control over altogether, like planning to not get sick, never to get mad at anyone, remembering everyone's Birthday, you fill in the blank.
Most people are disappointed or discouraged not because bad things happen but because bad things happen that they did not expect. Another definition of perfectionism is to never expect myself to make any mistakes.
So, unless you are working your way up the ladder to become God sometime soon (and the position isn't even open right now) don't let perfectionism kill your joy this coming year! emoticon

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/31/2011 8:36AM

  This blog came straight from heaven.

This is another one of my big lessons that Jesus is working on with me everyday since I have been to the cross.

Everyday I spend time with Him He reminds me daily that it is His grace that does it all and I have to stay tuned up to hearing His voice to keep in step with allowing His grace to lead me and help me to live another day of my life.

His grace reminds me everyday just how much I need His perfection and not my pride of depending on me being peefect.

I so agree with this blog and once we realize just how much we are lacking in being perfect then we can start going forward in reaching our goals, and visions and hopes and dreams which all come from heaven above.

thanks for a really inspiring word of truth and happy new year.

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NDTEACHER1 12/30/2011 11:30PM

    I suffer from this disease in fact my fear of not doing something perfectly leads me to procrastinate at times. Nobody is perfect except for God-wonderful reminder.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/30/2011 6:51PM

    Great blog! I voted for it. I needed your message today. Thanks. -Marsha

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SAVANNAHZMOMMA1 12/30/2011 11:33AM

    I love the blog title--it's all so true! I comfort myself with this little mantra, "Perfect is the enemy of Good Enough."

I really like this idea and can adopt it, for sure! "When we set the goals we should allow margin, like "I know I can usually fit in 45 minutes of exercise/day but I'll plan on 30 minutes and do more if I enjoy it that day,""

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KRISZTA11 12/30/2011 5:07AM

    Thanks for sharing!
I'm a perfectionist myself, and must remember this.

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MAGGIE101857 12/29/2011 8:46PM

    When I was learning to quilt, I was told by a very wise person that no quilt is perfect - only GOD can create perfection! It took the pressure off to make a perfect quilt. I have gotten better about applying this "rule" to other areas of my life, but still have a tendency to beat myself up on occasion. Thanks for the reminder! I'll try to be better in 2012!

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LESLIELENORE 12/29/2011 8:34PM

    Too true! I have a perfectionist streak that is difficult to handle at times. Thanks for reminding me that I shouldn't expect it of myself. I needed to hear that tonight!

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MARTHASPARKS 12/29/2011 8:33PM

    Oh, wow, do I agree with this, B! I used to tell my daughter (who like her daddy tends to be a perfectionist) that there was only one perfect person who ever walked this earth and we nailed him to a cross for it. I was a perfectionist until i decided that it was a pretty arrogant way to live. Now, i do the best i can with what i have on the day i am given. I sleep well and forgive my lapses, leaving me smiling most of the time.

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