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12 Miles Done!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Well this morning was our 12 mile run. Our longest run before the half marathon and now we begin to taper. It was a little warmer than the last 2 Saturday runs, but a little windier. On our way out we went in a different direction which included some sidewalks and I have a very economical step - I don't pick up my feet a lot. I hit a little rise in the sidewalk and went down! No time to react it happened so quickly. I was holding my Nathan Speeddraw Water bottle (I wrote about it in My Favorite Things Blog) and it has a vinyl pocket on the side). It caused me to slide forward onto the sidewalk and I went forward almost into a plank position - I guess that core strength is paying off! End result - did not have any cuts or bruises, did not even hit my knees on the ground. Bounced right back up and kept running and everyone said it was the most graceful fall they have seen.

I was feeling pretty good for the rest of the run - but did I mention the wind? Around mile 9, my breathing was getting to me. Made me regret not bringing my rescue inhaler. I think it would have helped and at least I know that I need to bring it for the half marathon. I have chronic bronchitis. I ended up the run at an 11:14 min/mile pace which is OK and I'm happy I finished it. I'm feeling good and healthy heading into the half!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Still working on my base miles and tapering towards the date!
Noreen

  
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CHEENY 10/21/2014 6:42PM

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MRSP90X 10/21/2014 10:54AM

    Wow! Praise God you didn't get hurt!! Grace is not my middle name, but it could be yours!! You are going to have the best emoticon Cheering you emoticon on!!

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BAKER1009 10/20/2014 1:46PM

    Wow, you are doing great! That is an awesome pace! So sorry to hear about the fall, but glad you came out of it with no injuries!! Keep up the awesome work! I cannot wait to read all about your half!

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JUNEPA 10/19/2014 11:33PM

    Yay for 12 miles and a graceful fall recovery
You are so ready
Now begins the sweet anticipation of the taper
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FINDING_SANDRA 10/19/2014 1:58PM

    Glad you didn't get hurt. Even better you just kept right on going!

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SANDISOCAROLINA 10/19/2014 10:29AM

    Way to go- on all counts! That core work really does pay off. Even at my weight I've stuck with yoga for years and it saved me from a fall I took bounding up some concrete steps and tripping a few years ago. The balance and core kicks in and whew! that was close. Another time I tripped on a suitcase on the floor- went flying but stayed upright and never hit the ground. Sorry to talk about me on my response to you but it is just so true about the core, balance, etc. Now I need to get busy and get to the BMI YOU are!! Glad you discovered ahead of time you may need your inhaler- you are more than prepared all the way around. Exciting!! emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 10/19/2014 10:14AM

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GAILANN48 10/19/2014 8:40AM

    I think falling is part of running anywhere but on a treadmill. Sounds like you handled it beautifully! Sorry to hear about the bronchitis, though. I assume it may get more challenging as the air you're breathing gets colder - glad you have a rescue inhaler. So now the tapering...and then the race. It sounds like you're SUPER prepared for this one. Well done!

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STAY39 10/19/2014 1:06AM

    You are so awesome! And so ready!

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MSHEL7 10/18/2014 10:44PM

    I"m so glad that you were not hurt in the fall. Yay for core training!! Great time!!

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TERI-RIFIC 10/18/2014 8:21PM

    I'm glad you were saved by your core! You are ready for the half. I can't wait to hear about it. My daughter is tapering right now for a half. emoticon

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A Few of my Favorite Things...

Monday, October 13, 2014

I was going to call this blog my favorite running gear. Then I started writing it and ending up talking about more than gear, so this is really about my favorite running/workout resources:

Well, running really starts with a great pair of shoes and I really recommend finding a great running store in your area. For me, it is Naperville Running Company. They not only fit me for my shoes, if they donít work out I can return them and get a different pair. They also have a lot of events: Running groups, running clinics such as learning how to use a foam roller, and this is where I took Running 101 (go from walking to running a 5k), Running 201 (go from running a 5k to running a 10k) and my current Half Marathon training program. The owner is great and the staff is awesome and supportive.

Workout pants: Love my FILA SPORTģ Pocket Reflector Skimmer Capris Ė the back pocket holds my phone. The waist band does not roll over and they stay up. Iíve had more expensive brands and these are my favorites!

Cold weather running gear: Last year I bought Paradox Merino wool base layer Ė pants and ľ zip top. These are great for wearing under a pair of running pants and a long sleeve running shirt. I wore them the last 2 weekends in mid-30ís and that was all I needed along with a pair of running gloves!

Headphones: When I run alone I listen to music and really struggled with cords pulling, drove me crazy. I splurged on a pair of Bluetooth headphones Ė Jaybird Bluebuds and I love them! They stay in my ears and I can even answer the phone when Iím running if I have too.

Apps: I do use RunKeeper to track my runs and my progress. They have a free version but I did upgrade to Elite. It lets me know my pace as Iím running (sometimes accuracy is depending on the weather), but also marks my distance which helps me. The Elite version lets me compare my runs historically.

Visibility: Itís getting dark early! I run mostly on the running paths near my house during the day, but sometimes after sundown. At some points I do need to cross the street and I want to be seen. Our running store sponsored a Pub Run by Nathan products and they have all sorts of cool visibility products. I ended up getting 2 clip-on LED Strobes. The batteries last for a 100 hours and they can be set to a solid light or a flashing light. I put one on my shirt and one on my shoe. They have a lot of cool products at nathansports.com

Hydration: Another shout out to Nathansports.com Ė when training for the Half Marathon, I went back and forth, did I want to wear a hydration belt? If I was running a full marathon I think I would need that or a vest, but for a half marathon in the Fall? So, I am sticking with my Nathan Speed-draw Plus insulated bottle. It holds 24 ounces of water and the grip fits in my hand Ė you cannot drop it. My car key, license and misc. items fit in the zipper pocket. It is pretty handy.

My Running group: I donít know that I would get out there for these long, long training runs on my own. Running with my group on Saturday mornings has me feeling really confident about the Half Marathon coming up in 27 days!

A good playlist: OK, I like my tunes when Iím running alone and I know Iíll want my playlist updated for the Half Marathon. Especially, now donít get me wrong, I like U2, but I donít like that their new album has infiltrated my playlist when I did not purchase it. Not a fan that iTunes allowed this! I have U2 in my mix, but songs of my choosing.

Foam Roller: I have a cheap one and will probably upgrade soon. I cannot emphasize the importance of stretching and rolling. Rolling out my IT bands and my quads makes such a big difference. If you have not tried it, you should. Videos on YouTube and SparkPeople.

My trainer: Katie makes sure she really challenges me in my workouts and pushes me more than I would push myself. She works on my balance, my agility and exercises for runners. When I went to a seminar at the running store, the physical therapist said that you can run a 5k, but when you go to run longer distances, if you donít have the leg strength or core strength, youíll end up being a hot mess. She really stressed strength training and I know it has made a difference for me.

My Asthma/Allergy doctor: getting my sinus infection cleared up and getting my inhalers has helped my breathing immensely! Now I can run much better and my times have improved!

My Sparkfriends: Every day you inspire me, cheer me on, and encourage me. What a great community.

My Family: Last but certainly not least! My husband sometimes thinks Iím crazy, but he calls me on Saturday morning when he thinks my long run is done. He does need to work on the math and figure out how long it takes to run 11 miles and adjust his call time! My nieces one of my daughters have signed up to volunteer at the Half Marathon and will be there to cheer me on!

Iím sure there are things or people I am forgetting, but that is my list for this Monday morning!

  
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MRSP90X 10/21/2014 10:56AM

    Can't be without Sparkfriends!! That's what makes this journey special!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STAY39 10/15/2014 9:26AM

    Wow this is the best blog ever especially for runners! Thank you so much for sharing all this great information! You have such a wealth of knowledge and are such an inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 10/14/2014 9:02PM

    Love the blog. I saw these songs on my Itunes and I wondered where they came from they had like the cloud to the right of them and I was like I don't want these songs. You wrote about your wireless headphones before and I went out and bought some. I went cheap at first and they wouldn't sync to my Iphone. Got another a little more expensive but about $20. They synced to the iphone but they don't hold a charge long. So I bought the ones the salesperson had originally recommended in the store and it synced and according to the box battery last about 10 hours with music. So I'll see how it goes.
You are very thorough and focused with your running and you will get maximum benefit for a long time because of your approach.

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IC0ME1ST 10/14/2014 4:34PM

    Thanks for the headphone tip! I've been looking for something that will work best at the gym.

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CHEENY 10/13/2014 9:31PM

    Great list but I'm guessing of all the great equipment you review, the people are the key: your running team, your family, your trainer, sparkpeople friends! What would we do without each other! Keep running! emoticon

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GAILANN48 10/13/2014 7:58PM

    Thanks for the tips, the reviews, and the inspiration. You're such a winner, Noreen! :)

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MAWMAW101 10/13/2014 7:43PM

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JUNEPA 10/13/2014 5:09PM

    Great support and infra structure. You have put time and smarts into being where you are now!! Who knew running was so complicated haha. It looks like the sport with the most minimum of equipment and skills requirements
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LOUIE-LILY 10/13/2014 4:38PM

    You've given some great information here, on products that others might want to check out. You're such an inspiration tho me...and I know to so many! You're encouragement means so much to me! emoticon
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SANDISOCAROLINA 10/13/2014 4:19PM

    WOW what a great list of favorites!! I remember when most of my favorite things were food items......that's changing and I love that you have NO food items on your list!! I'm interested in the water bottle you describe....sounds great. You have come such a long ways...it's exciting to see the changes as time passes. You are a great friend- thanks for all you do here too. emoticon


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MSHEL7 10/13/2014 3:48PM

    This is a great list, I will check out some of those things for sure, especially the water bottle. I know a 5k isn't very far, but I don't want to pass out somewhere along the day if I'm not hydrated enough. Doc and I are working very hard to get me passed the pass outs. Thanks for all of your support too. You're great.

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CBRINKLEY401 10/13/2014 12:33PM

    Love the list. Does the running store carry shoes for walking, and in wide or extra wide widths? I have to order all mine online it seems.

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11 Mile Run - Done!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A cool morning - 37 degrees but sunny once the sun came up for our run today. It was a small group for our 11 min/mile pace group - just 5 of us today. But we did great! Finished in just a little over 2 hours averaging around 11 minutes per mile. Stopped twice for water breaks, but no walk breaks. Last week my legs felt heavy and I was tired, today I felt strong. It all depends on the day.

I'll have to fit my runs in this week with my travel schedule and next Saturday we run 12 miles. Then we start to taper - 10 miles the following Saturday, then 6 and then hard to believe but the Half Marathon will be here! It is now 29 days away! My confidence is building with every mile I log. My running group and our pacer has really helped me get these long runs done and has help me run a consistent pace. I also think my strength training is a big part of it - my legs have the strength to carry me and I have the core strength now too.

I'll keep plugging along until race day. But this is probably the most prepared I have been for a race. Hope everyone's training or activities are going well! Enjoy the rest of the weekend! Now off to bring my in-laws to see my daughter's new place and to bring her the rest of her belongings.
Noreen

  
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JEANKNEE 10/13/2014 10:53PM

    Wow! 11 miles!!!

Best wishes with your remaining training. That half marathon will be here before you know it.

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1SURFWALKER 10/12/2014 10:30PM

    That's excellent Noreen! Keep up the good work!

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GAILANN48 10/12/2014 8:19PM

    You're such an inspiration! I remember well the joy of running (as well as the sometime pains and the sometime heaviness). These days, I can't run anymore, but I often dream of it. Good for you to stick to this training schedule, and I wish you the best experience ever in the coming race!

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JUNEPA 10/12/2014 12:49AM

    You are doing great, your second double digit run, everything is going well, your taper and HM are in sight !!

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STAY39 10/12/2014 12:03AM

    I agree, it does often depend on the day. Some days I feel I can't go another minute and others I feel I could keep on going. It's weird. You are doing so great! I can't even imagine running for that long. I am so glad you will be going into this race strong and confident! All of your consistent training is paying off! emoticon

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CHEENY 10/11/2014 9:35PM

    You are an inspiration! For me the only good thing about running is stopping! LOL. I've tried to get into running so many times but I don't think I gave myself enough time to build my stamina. Plus, with 65 extra lbs on me, I'm worried I'd kill my knees.

But your goal is amazing! Half marathon and then of course you will have to do a full marathon, right??? emoticon

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    Sounds like perfect weather for a run!
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10 Mile Run!

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Well, Saturday was a little chilly for our run. 37 degrees, a little rainy and a yes a few snow flakes. I was trying to be prepared, really I was! The night before I was looking for my energy things that I bought earlier in the week and told everyone not to touch - they were nowhere to be found! Then I could not find my running gloves anywhere in the house, car or garage - really??

Friday night, my hubby and I went to see the 7pm Gone Girl which was sold out, so we got tickets for the 8pm Gone Girl. We grabbed a bite to eat and some wine while we were waiting. Great movie - we both loved it - I read the book and he did not. Come early Saturday morning - we run at 6:30 around 20 minutes from my house and I was tired. No way I can skip as one of my running buddies went to see Fleetwood Mac the night before and said she would show up to run because she knew I would be there to run with her. How do I not show up? She is out at concert until 1am and I'm in bed by 11:30.

Well, it was chilly, we were tired, but we rocked that 10 mile run! We finished with just under 11 minute per mile pace. Legs felt heavy, it was a little chilly and windy, but we were out there and we were in it together. I love my running group! There are about 8 regulars in the 11 minute per mile pace group - strong women and so much fun. Diana is our pace leader and she is awesome. They have me feeling so positive about this half marathon.

After the run, home, showered and drove into the city to spend the rest of the day and evening painting my youngest daughter's condo in the city. It is small, about 700 SF, but it is now all freshly painted - living room/dining room/bedroom/bathroom/kitchen/hallway. A friend of hers from work helped on Friday night, we were there most of Saturday and then they finished up on Sunday.

I organized her stuff today and we packed up the moving truck today. Wow, I'm exhausted! Hope everyone had a great and productive weekend!
Noreen

  
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SPARKED2BFIT 10/10/2014 8:01AM

    WOW..that's all that comes to mind right now. your commitment to run after hitting the sack at 11:30 pm the night before... and the energy you had after your run to help paint your daughter's condo.... WOW again!! Oh...and under 11 min milers...that's totally AMAZING!!

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MRSP90X 10/8/2014 2:51PM

    emoticon Here you come!! You ARE going to Rock that emoticon

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GAILANN48 10/7/2014 11:12AM

    You're amazing! :)

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SWEETNEEY 10/7/2014 7:58AM

    You were partying all weekend. Movie, a run and then a workout. The euphoria you feel from running is awesome. When I was in my teen years - we used to plan how we could go for hours starting Friday night clubbing, going to housewarmings during the day and then clubbing some more on Sat then breakfast on Sunday morning, church and then crash Sunday afternoon. This was usually during the Christmas season when people have alot of things going on. I now try to replicate that through exercising. Maybe not continuously but continual.

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STAY39 10/7/2014 12:53AM

    Sounds exhausting but Awesome news all around!!! You are going to kick that half marathons butt! emoticon

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CHEENY 10/6/2014 2:05PM

    Congrats on that 10 mile run! Sometimes it just takes a friend to motivate us. Sounds like you burned some extra calories with all the painting and moving too. Good for you!

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MSHEL7 10/6/2014 9:27AM

    I'm so glad that you got out there to run, even though you were tired, it can be such a hassle, but such a good thing.

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MAWMAW101 10/6/2014 8:23AM

    What an awesome woman! I am in awe.
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TERI-RIFIC 10/6/2014 6:46AM

    What a day!! Getting out there can be so hard - but after you finish- wow it feels good! You are SO prepared for the half. How great that you are in shape to put in a full day after the run!
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