Sunday, May 06, 2012
I have been very busy with school and work. I have been logging my food and updating my status, but haven't had time to blog or check in with my sparkbuddies as much as I like to. I have a presentation Wednesday night and then school is done -- can't wait to be free again!!
I had a sinus infection last week, too. I didn't get to run for 6 days straight on account of Not being able to breath and having a fever for three of days. My allergies have not been great. There is pollen EVERYWHERE! And, of course, I love to run outside, so... I am now using nasal spray and a saltwater solution twice a day. I just finished a 5 day antibiotic and was finally able to run yesterday. Yesterday I ran slow to wake my muscles up. Today I was back to my normal speed. I am preparing for the Delaware Marathon on Mother's day. I am on a 4 person relay team and will be running 6.55 miles. I set this goal last fall - and signed up last fall so I would do it - I can't believe it is almost here!
This week I am going to run every day and vary my run intensities and distances. I do not plan on running more than 4.5 miles. I will mainly be running during my lunch break, so all the runs will be flat. I want to pick up my speed a little bit more. I am also "tweaking" my running music. I have noticed a couple songs make me run a little bit slower, so I am going to remove them. I am also going to put the final cut on my ipod shuffle. It's nice and small. My iphone feels bulky and sweaty on my arm when I am in a race.
As far as food, I am back on my strict 1200 cal diet from now until race day. I goofed off the past two weekends, and now it is time to focus. Don't worry, there are lots of veggies and fruits involved; no alcohol. I want to feel at my peak on race day.
So, now I am off to buy the team running shirts. I am going to go look for bright orange shirts so we can find each other - maybe - there are 3000 runners attending!
Saturday, April 28, 2012
I did it! I was nervous, but I persevered!
Several runners were using ipods, iphones, etc. I could have used mine... But, it was interesting to hear my breathing, being more attentive to my foot - which didn't hurt at all, hearing runner's conversations, and mother nature. We were running around a charming, little, waterfront town with marinas, and historic houses. Today is their town celebration, so quite a lot of the residents were out on their sidewalks cheering us on.
This is me coming into the finish line!!
My time on the clock was 56.07 The person in charge couldn't get the chip readings and is going to work on it and then post the "real" times. I wanted to run it under an hour so I am happy. I definitely run faster with my music and will use my ipod during the relay two weeks from today. I think I am also going to run one more 5k next weekend for speed in preparation for the relay.
I would love to hit 55 mins or under!!
Saturday, April 28, 2012
I got here an hour early, all checked in, now waiting for the 10k to start. I think I am as nervous as the first time I ran a 5k race! Looks like there's a lot of serious runners here. As I pulled up I thought "what did you get yourself into??" I reminded myself that I have trained and I am going to do this!! Its going to be strange not listening to music as i run. I played my running music the whole 2 hour drive down here. I am interested to see my time without it. It's about 40 degrees - no rain yet. Everyone is very friendly, I just need to calm my nerves...thank God I didn't drink coffee this morning! I think I would have a heart attack! I think I will go jog a little bit now to stretch out and calm myself down!!
Thursday, April 26, 2012
I kept going back and forth about signing up for this 10k - which will be my first 10K. I am running a 10k as part of a relay team for the Delaware Marathon in two weeks and wanted to run one beforehand to get the "first one" out of my system since three other people are counting on me for the next one. I went back and forth because the one saturday is over one hour away and it is supposed to be in the 50's and raining.
I again made myself press "send" so I would have to go, no matter what! I am sooo mean to myself!!
I know I will be happy when I finish it. We cannot use ipods, iphones, etc so this will also test my speed without music...should be interesting!!
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