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Marathon Training: Week 1, Day 7

Saturday, May 16, 2009

I should have run yesterday, but I had roadblocks (2 sick kids, 1 kid started school on time, and another started 2 hrs late). I usually run while all 4 kiddos are in school...but that did not happen. So on to today. I eyeballed the elliptical, and it was not attractive in the least. Give me asphalt! I decided to do a tempo run (sans Nike chip) with 3 kids and a dog in tow. At least they could get some fitness in with me. The dog surely needed it! I did not take as many walk breaks as I normally would...but did just fine. Running helped me pass the itching leg moment rather well. I'm recouping from an unknown skin irritation. So I ran today just to get my 3 days in. Tomorrow I will run again...sans kids and dog.

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OBXFIREGUY 5/16/2009 1:00PM

    I am thinking of starting to train for a marathon. Had thought I would start training for one in Nov of 2010 but I think now it will be 2009. Tomorrow I am going to run to the gym (7 miles) instead of driving. How much are you running a week? I found a training program on the net I think I will try to follow.

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Running buddies? Maybe!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I'm a little psyched this morning. I joined a local running club and I have been reading the forum boards. There was a poll about running and music. I participated, and some folks were going on about safety if you are plugged in and such. I piped up at stated that I run alone due to schedule, so music helps me pass the time. Well wouldn't you know...a known member says that they (the club, collectively) should help resolve that so I am enjoying the company of another and getting my fitness in. This will make a difference on my long run days. I know I need someone to help me keep the focus. To be continued!

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LIL_FROGGER 5/14/2009 8:26PM

    That's awesome! You will LOVE being able to do some long runs with friends. I tried to get into a running group in my area. As a whole they were a bit snooty and I never really connected.

That being said, my sister and I did much of our long runs together. It was a great bonding time for me and helped keep my pace where it should be. Not sure how this training will work for me as my sister is now pregnant. I can say, though, a running buddy who really "gets" you is an invaluable training tool!

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SUZYQUZY7 5/14/2009 8:25AM

    Cool Julie, that will be fun.

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CHARQ09 5/14/2009 8:22AM

    Good for you, Julie. Joining the club sounds great! It sounds like they will collectively help you keep the focus!


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Marathon Training: Week 1, Day 3

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Yesterday was a rest day for me. I've been dealing with some mystery tummy upset. Don't know what is up. But it isn't debilitating. Just annoying! So today was filled with excitement and insight. My BFF, Shana, sent her Nano to me. My Shuffle died last week. I must have music when I exercise. It motivates me! Her DH got her a new one, so she happily sent it my way. Well, while that was in transit...I heard about a very cool gizmo made by Nike. It is a chip that can either fit in the sole of the Nike shoe, or you can buy a little pouch and lace it up on the top of your shoe and calibrate it.

My first 6-8 minutes of today's run consisted of calibrating the device. It was so helpful to me! I decided to run constant after calibration because I had an appointment to donate blood. I went. I set the chip to track me for a 3k. I was sort of in a dark cloud, feeling like a lump...that I was a slow runner. I was consumed with thoughts of 'can I really run a marathon?' All of those negative left brain nonsensical words. Boy was I surprised to learn that my average pace for the 3k was 22:48 minutes; my pace was 7:31 min/km. Go me!

I picked up my first bit of energy to try once my runs extend further. Clif Bar Blocks. They were recommended. I don't like that they have caffeine (I never have had an energy drink (besides coffee or tea) in my life)...but I think I have to get over that. Ugh! Maybe I'll skip my coffee on long run days and that will be my cuppa joe.


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JKHEIMBACH 5/13/2009 9:48PM

    Great job... and glad you like the chip! DH got me a Garmin last year and I in love with it. Gone are the days where you just went outside and ran. Now I have to have my HRM, my garmin, my ipod, my phone stuck in my sports bra and a bottle of H20!!

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Marathon Training: Week 1, Day 1

Sunday, May 10, 2009

I seem to have a quandry. I extended my run slightly. I am not one to focus on fast...just finishing. Overall I kept a good pace...running for 2 and walking for 2 and so on. My entire route (with added distance) was 55 minutes total. The quandry is that I do not know the distance. I'll forgive myself on this first run, but I have to have some idea for future long run days. So I have a week to be absolutely certain. This is important because I don't want to extend too far and overdo it. Nothing could be worse than going to far and risk injury.

I used fitness maps on SP and thought I went a specific distance...but I mapped it again on fitness maps...and double checked on mapmyrun...and it is 2 miles shorter than I first calculated. I did not worry about it prior, but I have to now. I am wondering if I should shorten my walk break time. Run for 4 and walk for 1. I think that, over time, this would make a difference when it comes to events.

I talked to another runner this morning and they told me about a Nike chip. Apparently, you don't have to buy the Nike shoes to make use of it, and it is not costly. Just get a pouch. I need to look into this. I know I could just break down and get a GPS based device...but I want to know my options.

I have a day of doing other activity (strength or cardio) and then run again. My run days will be Sun, Tues, Fri. Long runs on Sunday.

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1XTRAMILE 5/10/2009 11:50PM

    Hi- I use to map my runs. Another option- when I was talking to my dad about when he was training for his marathon in the 80s, he drove the route in the car and clocked it on the odometer. Low tech yes, but effective.

Good luck with your marathon- I'm considering signing up for the Baltimore one in October.


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Reflecting on Mom's

Saturday, May 09, 2009

This time of year is actually more emotional for me than any other time. Some folks get this way around Thanksgiving or Christmas. I tend to get this way because of all the sentimental hand-made things from my kids....telling me what they love about me or what makes Mom special. I want to frame every one and never let it go. All the white hairs and angst make it worth it. I just melt when I get those things.

It is also a bit tough because I reflect on the generations of mothers that won't be here physically to celebrate. I know they sure are having a wonderful time with the Lord, but I get selfish. I'd love to have them here to tell them how much I appreciate them.

The best thing that I can do is bring a little something of what they did and I loved so much into my children's lives. Whether it is a PB sandwich cut into triangles with a side of Kool-Aid, or homemade macaroni and cheese, or Easter Egg Hunts, telling stories of these past generations of women to my children.

Treasure your mother...even if you have disagreements...even if she is critical of your life...even if she makes choices you cannot support (or she yours). We only get one...and sometimes we are lucky because we have more than one...and sometimes we have someone who loves us just as much as a mother would because every child needs that in life. Tell them every day that you love them (and everyone else in your family too because life is too short).


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