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Rejoined My Running Group Today!

Monday, August 25, 2014

I haven't run with my group in over a year and a half because of an injury & then homeschooling my daughter last year. Well, today she started back to school! A new school since we moved... & it's her first year of high school! How did that happen? emoticon

I've been running well for about 6 weeks & building my weekly long runs. My last run was on Saturday and I did 7 miles! I was a little disappointed that I only averaged 13 mins/mile while I had averaged 12 mins/mile the previous week for a 6 mile run. However, each run is different! And, I'd taken my daughter to a concert the night before & was up until 2 am & only got 5 hours of sleep. So, I'll not worry about it!

Some good news: I'm now down 10 pounds from my recent high in December!!! WooHoo!!!

And, other good news: I re-joined the running group I was with a couple of years ago. I debated & debated about joining. First of all, they don't start until 8:30 & I could be done by then! And, it's HOT here in Texas so that really matters! Also, they are a pretty fast group (compared to me) & it bothers me & makes me feel slow. But, I like the safety aspect of running with a group. And, I like that they push me... though sometimes it might be too much. I have to watch myself!

I did 3 miles today (the choices were 2, 3 & 7). My average pace was 11:20, which is about what I've been doing on my short runs. But, at times we were running close to 10 min miles which is too fast for me. At about the 2 mile point, I walked & was on my own for the last mile.

But, I talked to an 'old' friend & she encouraged me to come back. She takes walk breaks, too, and runs a little slower. She was only doing 2 today & I didn't run with her.

Sorry I feel so scattered brained in this post! I'm excited about running. And, I'm excited my daughter's in school & I have a few hours to do the things I need to do... & want to do! But, first a lot of 'need to do' things. So, I'm off to shower & get things done!

Wishing you all a wonderful, healthy day!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/7/2014 5:35PM

    Hope everything is still going great!!! Would love to hear an update! :-)

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GHK1962 8/26/2014 12:09AM

    High-5! I think its great about the running ... and the wt drop.

I run at about the same pace you do ... and the run group I go with is UBER fast ... and yeah, it can get a bit discouraging. But then again, I'm not running to beat others ... but to be healthy. And I have to stop and tell myself that at times ...and let myself know that ... even at 10 ...11...sometimes 12+ min-miles ... I am wayyyyy faster than those sitting on the couch not doing anything!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 8/25/2014 12:29PM

    SO happy to hear your running & joining the group again. Congrats on the 10lb loss emoticon

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I_CAN_AMY 8/25/2014 12:02PM

    GREAT JOB on your run! I joined a running group , too! It was really fun running in a group! My group runs a 10.30 min pace for 5 min and then walks for 1 min. I am training for a marathon, so the slower pace works for me. I can run faster and with out the breaks, but as I hit higher mileage, I think I'll be grateful for the breaks! I hope it works out for you! Keep yup the awesome work!


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Training Again!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

It has been a tough few months... as we moved for the first time in more than 17 years! I don't feel completely settled in & I have some work to do on the old house still, but we are moved. And, I've been running consistently now for a month. I miss my SP friends & the support & just sharing the good & the bad. So, I'm back! And, I'm training again... this time for a 10 mile race in October. It's my second time to run this race, & I want to PR!

It has been REALLY hot here! I did my long run today, 6 miles, & the heat index was in the mid-80's even at 7 am! But, I had a wonderful run. Last week I did a 5 miler & it was really tough & I had to walk a LOT. So, it was thrilling to have such a great run today.

I've been having a lot of great runs:

One of them was a modified 1/4 mile repeat. Instead, I was running for 3 minutes at a time, then walking for one. But, I was going for speed. I ended up averaging 11:15 minutes a mile which is a wonderful time for me! And, the last mile was under 11:00!

The other run was on a treadmill. It's the first time I've been to a gym in many months! I was doing 3 minute repeats on those, too, but each time I'd make the treadmill go faster. I did two of those at 11:06, then two at a click faster, & two faster, & the last two were at 10:32 which is really out of my comfort zone!

Another was trying to go for distance without walking. Over the past month, I've been working up my running time (since I usually do a run/walk). I started at only 2 minutes & kept adding a minute at a time until I got to 7 minutes. Also, I often run the entire last mile! Well, on one of my runs this week I ran for 2 miles without walking! Then I ran the 3rd mile, too!

Today's run I went with a 4:1 because it was SO HOT & because I didn't want to burn out like my last run. That run, I did terrific on the first two miles & then it all just fell apart. So, I knew I needed to take it easier. And, it worked!

My daughter starts school (high school!) in a week & I have two possibilities for running groups. I really have mixed feelings about those as I love being with a group to chat, for safety & it just makes the time go by faster. But, I love challenging myself & listening to my body. So, I might run with a group 2 of 3 days a week or something.

I look forward to catching up with all of my SP friends! I hope you are doing great this summer & are ready for a fantastic fall!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 8/21/2014 4:43PM

    emoticon Sooo happy your back & doing awesome :)

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GAILANN48 8/19/2014 10:56AM

    Sounds like you're doing GREAT!

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LIV2RIDE 8/18/2014 2:42PM

    Welcome back! Sounds like a lot has been going on in your world. Good luck with your training.

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WONDERWOMAN 8/17/2014 10:10PM

    Welcome back! Sounds like you are making a lot of progress - even with the move. I can't imagine moving...and totally dread the day we will have to.

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Great Bicep/Tricep Workout (Day 75 of 100)

Friday, May 09, 2014

Busy day so I only got in a 15 minute workout this morning. But, I might be able to squeeze in something else later today. The workout I did today was one of my favorites... and it's a killer! It's Fitness Blender's "16 Minute Bicep & Tricep Super Set Workout - Resistance Band Exercises." Whew!!! (Remember, these are FREE online! And I love 'em!)

I hope everyone has a great Friday & wonderful weekend!


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GAILANN48 5/11/2014 7:42AM

    WELL DONE! You did something with the time you had - what a victory that really is. Keep it going!

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What's an "Easy" Workout? (Day 74 of 100)

Thursday, May 08, 2014

I did an 'easy' workout today working my glutes and a little stretching. In 32 minutes, I only burned 125 calories. emoticon

But, yesterday's comments had me questioning what I've been doing. I know you are supposed to have 'easy' days and 'hard' days. But, I think that about 90% of my workouts are hard. I almost always push myself really hard. When I was running, I would run 3 days a week. But, during each run I was pushing myself pretty hard. So, maybe I need to learn how to do 'easy' workouts?

So, what's an 'easy' workout? What's an 'easy' run? If I can run at an 11:00 pace for 3 miles, is it running at a 12:00 pace? But then I'm worried that my body will get used to it.

If you have thoughts on what makes up an 'easy workout', I'd love to hear it! I think I need to find more balance.


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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/14/2014 7:11PM

    There are a lot of great pace calculators that will give you your "easy" pace, or long run pace depending on a recent race time. I think you are definitely on to something here especially because you have gone through some nagging little DO need to take it easy sometimes and give your body a chance to heal from the hard efforts and in preparation of the NEXT hard effort!

I'm glad you are striving for balance in these things! You can do it!!

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SEATTLESIMS 5/8/2014 4:30PM

    I've read some articles that say that running slower sometimes is actually good for your overall pace? Don't ask me how! Maybe not slowing down a whole minute/ mile, but even 30 seconds can be good.. or an easier route? If you are taking rest days and you have variety in your workouts, I don' t know if any one has to be 'easy', but maybe more for your mental outlook? I took it easier today, just didn't go as hard and modified some moves and I'm glad I did! enjoy your journey!

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STEPHM-ARATHON 5/8/2014 3:11PM

    An easy run for me is when I don't really go for a pace at all. It's an easy pace. It can be whatever I feel like that day. Audiobooks help me have easy runs, personally. I listened to them on my long runs when I was training for my last half to keep the pace nice and easy.

I consider yoga and some pilates to be an easy workout, but they can be hard workouts. It really depends on your intensity. I've never tried Jillian's Yoga Meltdown but I hear it's intense.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 5/8/2014 12:48PM

    I consider an 'easy' run to be a run where I don't push myself. My pace differs every time..depends on my energy level..but if I did the 'talk' test...I'd be able to talk full sentances easily. emoticon

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LIV2RIDE 5/8/2014 11:27AM

    I think we all forget about rest. Rest is just as, if not more, important than the workouts. Your body needs time to recover. I was also guilty of always going hard. I figured if I was working out I wanted to feel it. I did more damage to my body than good. Do something different. Try yoga or something like that to help stretch out your muscles. I don't know what you have access to so not sure what to suggest. An easy workout could be a walk, like an active rest. I used to go for walks and wear my HRM and keep in Z1 or Z2 the whole time. It's harder than you think.

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More Energy? Or Less? (Day 73 of 100)

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

I just finished my workout. I did 30 minutes of kettlebell & 20 minutes of HIIT with Fitness Blender & burned almost 400 calories.

I have been on this 'journey' almost 4 years. I have heard so many times that working out gives you more energy. But, so far, I find just the opposite! I'm worn out when I exercise! But, maybe 'they' mean overall? Yes, if I went on a vacation right now, I'd probably have more energy than 4 years ago. But, day to day? If I've worked out, then I'm tired!

Anyway, I'm happy to once again have finished my workout in the morning! Now, on to the rest of my day! Hope everyone has a happy, healthy day.


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BRADMILL2922 5/8/2014 2:56AM

    73 is impressive! Way to go!

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LIFEASMRSA 5/8/2014 1:07AM

    Wow 73 days in row!!! Wooooo

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SUGIRL06 5/7/2014 2:56PM

    It depends on teh day and the work out for me. Sometimes I feel more energetic and other times I feel miserable. I think it has to do with how many calories you are eating too. If you eat too few, you won't feel energetic at all!

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LIV2RIDE 5/7/2014 1:43PM

    Crazy how that happens! I think a lot of times calorie restriction does more to deplete your energy levels. That along with intense exercise it not a good combo. Make sure you are eating enough.

Having said that, I am super proud of your streak. 73 days!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 5/7/2014 1:03PM

    Yes they do mean overall. But it also sounds like you are over training. Every workout should not be at 100% effort. You need a mix of hard ones that wear you out and easier ones that do leave you feeling energized. Are you allowing time for full recovery in between your hard workouts?

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/7/2014 11:37AM

    I hear ya...I work out just about every day and all I know is that by the end of the day I am WIPED OUT! hahaha

But yes, I guess I would say I have more overall energy. :-)

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