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Runner's Commandments

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

I stumbled across this and wanted to post it:

1. Donít be a whiner. Nobody likes a whiner, not even other whiners.
2. Walking out the door is often the toughest part of a run.
3. Donít make running your life. Make it part of your life.
4. During group training runs, donít let anyone run alone.
5. Keep promises, especially ones made to yourself.
6. When doing group runs, start on time no matter whoís missing.
7. The faster you are the less you should talk about your times.
8. Keep a quarter in your pocket. One day youíll need to call for a ride.
9. Donít compare yourself to other runners.
10. All runners are equal, some are just faster than others.
11. Keep in mind that the later in the day it gets, the more likely it is that you wonít run.
12. For a change of pace, get driven out and then run back.
13. If it was easy, everybody would be a runner.
14. When standing in starting lines, remind yourself how fortunate you are to be there.
15. Getting out of shape is much easier than getting into shape.
16. A bad day of running still beats a good day at work.
17. Talk like a runner. ďSingletsĒ are worn on warm days. ďTank topsĒ are worn to the beach.
18. Donít talk about your running injuries. People donít want to hear about your sore knee or black toe.
19. Donít always run alone.
20. Donít always run with people.
21. Approach running as if the quality of your life depended on it.
22. No matter how slow you run it is still faster than someone sitting on a couch.
23. Keep in mind that the harder you run during training, the luckier youíll get during racing.
24. Races arenít just for those who can run fast.
25. There are no shortcuts to running excellence.
26. The best runs sometimes come on days when you didnít feel like running.
27. Be modest after a race, especially if you have reason to brag.
28. If you say, ďLetís run this race together,Ē then you must stay with that person no matter how slow.
29. Think twice before agreeing to run with someone during a race.
30. There is nothing boring about running. There are, however, boring people who run.
31. Look at hills as opportunities to pass people.
32. Distance running is like cod liver oil. At first it makes you feel awful, then it makes you feel better.
33. Never throw away the instructions to your running watch.
34. Donít try to outrun dogs.
35. Donít trust runners who show up at races claiming to be tired, out of share, or not feeling well.
36. Donít wait for perfect weather. If you do, you wonít run very often.
37. When tempted to stop being a runner, make a list of the reasons you started.
38. Never run alongside very old or very young racers. They get all of the applause.
39. Without goals, training has no purpose.
40. During training runs, let the slowest runner in the group set the pace.
41. The first year in a new age group offers the best opportunity for trophies.
42. Go for broke, but be prepared to be broken.
43. Spend more time running on the roads than sitting on the couch.
44. Make progress in your training, but progress at your own rate.
45. ďWinningĒ means different things to different people.
46. Unless you make your living as a runner, donít take running too seriously.
47. Runners who never fail are runners who never try anything great.
48. Never tell a runner that he or she doesnít look good in tights.
49. Never confuse the Ben-Gay tube with the toothpaste tube.
50. Never apologize for doing the best you can.
51. Preventing running injuries is easier than curing them.
52. Running is simple. Donít make it complicated.
53. Running is always enjoyable. Sometimes, though, the joy doesnít come until the end of the run

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    I LOVE this; thanks so much for sharing it! Happy Running!

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Marathon Training: Week 4, Day 3

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

I strongly questioned whether or not I would run tonight. A very warm and humid day. But I have long runs ahead of me and goodness knows it is going to be warm. I was thoroughly hydrated, so that was not an issue. It had been an hour since I ate. I decided to give it my best shot, but remembered that my pace could be slowed significantly because of the heat. Note to not lose track of the visor because the hat holds the heat in and that is not good. So here it goes:

Temp: 90 degrees
1:07'37 time
15'40 pace
1173 calories burned

I did meet a runner (an avid one and a distance one at that) and we shot the stuff for a few minutes and shook hands.

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JOYINRUNNING08 6/3/2009 9:15AM

    Good for you. There are so many days when you can reason away why you should run. It's awesome that you grabbed your shoes and ran out the door into the inferno. :)

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A Leap of Nutritional Faith

Monday, June 01, 2009

Knowledge is power, right? I've been using an HRM since March. I know I burn more calories when I run than when I use the elliptical. It has helped me to understand my body a bit better, and justify eating on the high end of my caloric range some days. I appreciate having this information. Trust me! But I have been losing too. On average...1-2 lbs a week. In the current range.

SP has told me over and over how I have gone significantly above my caloric deficit for the week based on my nutrition goals. I didn't really figure it was a huge problem. I asked but no one ever really said 'yeah well you do this'. So I looked at my goal list under the Start menu. It stated that I agreed to burn a certain number of calories. Next to it is the word 'change'. A change will do you good, yes? That's what Sheryl Crow says. emoticon I closed an eye and clicked on it. I saw what my cardio and strength training goals are, and below the cardio goals (days of week) it says 'if you know how many calories you burn per week, enter it here'. A white box. All empty. Waiting to receive input.

I decided that I am really burning some calories with the long runs. Heck, the long run yesterday nearly put me at my goal for the week. I was worried I'd either begin to lose too fast (and maybe end up sick or injured or malnourished), or it would come to a halt (not horrible after a 30 lb loss...but still). So I did it. I plugged in the average number (a little under what I actually burned Sunday), plus the average on my short runs (again, a little under what I actually burn).

Stay tuned. We'll see if I gain, come to a halt, or keep on losin (don't stop, no....)


Marathon Training: Week 4, Day 1

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Before I went to bed, I checked the temps/weather, and needed to get an idea on distance/route because I was going to attempt extending my run by 2 miles. I figure I could extend by 1 mile...but at a couple points during my run schedule I have to bump it up why not give it a go. I had two options...cross over the main road at the cross walk and go as far as the sidewalk and loop back to do my usual route...or take a new route. I opted for the more familiar. I'll save the new when I can't stall any longer. I did not go first thing b/c there was a chance of weather, and I knew I would take even longer. I couldn't keep my husband up waiting on me after his graveyard shift. I definitely had a few moments where I needed to give myself a pep talk and my legs felt like cinder blocks. Thank heavens for the Galloway method. I needed every one of those walk breaks. And I wore my fuel belt (Nike). No jostle or annoyance at all. I will have to carry a 16 oz water bottle for the next one b/c the water I have on my won't quite cut it. I did hydrate in advance. I did bring 3 Cliff Bloks and enjoyed them after an hour in. They were a nice treat! So here are the details of my run:

Temp: low 80s and sunny (the breeze was like heaven!)
8.54 miles
2:03'50 time
14'29 pace
1926 calories burned

I walked to the grocery store afterwards to cool down and get a sugar free powerade zero and a Cliff Bar, followed by some long stretched. Gobbled up a partial pb&j too. Then a dip in the kiddie pool with my girls.

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KATYDID22 5/31/2009 9:56PM

    WOW Julie, that is just too awesome. Way to go!! I can't believe you have only started losing weight in Jan of this year. That is when I started. You really are an inspiration, I need some more motivation. I did drink alot of water this weekend with lemon slices. Thanks!!

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JBOTELHO 5/31/2009 9:46PM

    Hey Julie,

I cant even imagine running over 8 miles. You are truly an inspiration! I would never think of keeping track of the details either, im learning alot from you. I cant wait to start "jogging" more than 30 seconds but when i can, watch out sister! LOL

Your doing great, counting down to marathon day!

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Marathon Training: Week 3, Day 7

Sunday, May 31, 2009

I had two kids and a dog in tow for this run, and I just needed to get my miles here goes:

Temp: 75 degrees and sunny
3.5 miles
14'44 minute mile
51'39 minutes
806 calories burned


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