Thursday, July 12, 2012
I haven't had time to go on the computer and blog in a few days. My husband and I are hosting 2 Chinese Exchange students. They know minimal english and we are having the best time. We all laugh all the time as we try to figure out what eachother are saying. My husband and I found the translator in our cell phones the first night (thank God!). The apps have been a big help. Pictures are also. We are out from early in the morning until late at night with the girls. This morning we let them sleep in, so I got a nice 34 minute run in.
It is the first run I have done since Friday when my knee hurt. I have read enough articles through SparkPeople, Jeff Galloway and Running Magazine to know to "cool it" until it felt better. I didn't want an injury that would prevent me from running the 1/2 marathon. I have to admit, it was hard not to run. But, after foot surgery last fall, I knew to take a break. I did swim Saturday and did hot yoga Sunday. Wednesday I was going to run a couple miles at lunch break but it rained. So, today was my day.
How did it feel? Well, before I went out, I decided I would run to the first hill - which is the steepest, walk fast up the hill then run the rest of the way if my knee didn't hurt. My knee felt "irritated" the first part I ran, then was fine walking up the hill and running the rest of the 3.4 miles. It has felt fine all day and isn't making a cracking/popping sound anymore. I don't know if it was just a little out of alignment?
So, I am going to get up early again tomorrow and see how it goes. I have to get two more runs in this week, one is supposed to be 6.5 miles. My mom, who has run several marathons, suggested running on my treadmill. She noted that I have been running on concrete and asphalt and that it may be irritating my knee. The treadmill is a lot friendlier to my body. The best part about training is all the excellent ideas and advice I get from fellow runners!
Quote of the Day...
"Remember the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running."
Sunday, July 08, 2012
As I was running, I decided to blog daily about my training to help keep me focused and give me something to think about as I run, and maybe motivate others to try running, or running farther.
I wasn't always a runner, in fact, I just started running a year and a half ago, when I was 47. One of my friends had lost a lot of weight walking, then running 30 minutes per day. She posted her walks/runs every day on facebook. It motivated me to start.
I started by imagining myself running when I first woke up in the morning. I would visualize and imagine how it felt to run. I did this for several months. I then started walking on my treadmill. I kept a hallmark calendar book (the one you can get for free at any Hallmark store). Every day I would write how long I walked, how many miles I walked and calories burned in the book. This kept me motivated to fill in each day, and celebrate when I walked faster or further.
At first I would walk while I watched the evening news. I told myself that I would rather do that than sit on the couch and watch the news. I started staggering two minute jogs into my 30 minute walk, then I slowly started increasing my jogging time and decreasing my walking time. I then started using my IFIT module with my treadmill. I ran my first virtual 5k and then went through several Jilian Michaels workouts using the IFIT Module. I can still hear her voice telling me "I can do this" when I am running and feel like cutting it short or walking!
Two months later I bought a Fitness Magazine to keep me in the right mindset.
It was there that I noticed a SparkPeople.com ad. I joined that day, and started tracking my walking/running miles, calories burned and times. I read tons of articles, and created my goal list. I tracked my food and water intake. I made several Sparkbuddies who helped - and still do - keep me motivated to keep going. The first summer, I ran five 5k's and a one miler. This was huge for me. I had always gone and watched everyone else run while I handed out water, thinking I would NEVER run a race - and here I was running them!
I have a free RunKeeper app on my iphone which tracks my distance, speed, time and calories burned. Every once in a while, while I am running, a woman's voice pops in and tells me how I am doing. I used this to create my running playlist, which I will cover in another blog.
So, last fall I created my list of goals for 2012. I again listed five 5k's, and a one miler, but also added Delaware Marathon Relay Team (6.55 miles) and a Disney 1/2 Marathon. This was an optimistic move - at the time I created my 2012 goals, I was down with bunionectomy surgery. The surgeon assured me I would be running again by January, 2012. So, when sign-up time came, I registered in a Delaware Marathon Relay Team and the Disneyland 1/2 Marathon being held September 2, 2012.
I did start running again in January, ten weeks after surgery! I have trained this Spring for my goal races one by one. They all build up to the next one. I actually ran a 10K before the Delaware Marathon to help lead up to it. I have already ran four 5ks this year.
Now I am preparing for the Disney 1/2, with 56 days to go.
So, how am I preparing? First, I read Jeff Galloway's Half Marathon book and am using ideas obtained from his book. I did try the walk/run method, but found that for me, I am better running the whole time. Right now, I run 3 to 4 miles four days per week, and a long run 1 day per week. This week the long run was 5.5 miles. Next week my long run will be 6.5 miles (adding an extra mile each week). I run in two different areas. One area is flat, the other has various inclines and hill through out. Sometimes I run in the morning (the hilly run), other times during lunch break (the flat run). I have found it helps to have variety.
Friday my left knee hurt after the 5.5 mile run. All week I have been feeling like my legs are "tight". So, yesterday I traded running for swimming. Today I tried "hot yoga" for the first time. My knee feels a lot better. So, I am going to intertwine the hot yoga into my schedule. I am also going to visit the chiropractor and get an adjustment. - I recently had a pin from foot surgery removed from the bottom of my foot and think I was overcompensating with the other foot so my body is probably out of whack.
This afternoon I am going to figure out my running/yoga time schedule for the week. I put my schedule in the calendar in my phone with a 10 minute alert. The temperature is supposed to cool off after today, so I am looking forward to several lunch break runs this week.
"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Well, today was an awesome day. Had my annual gyn visit - one of those things we hate to do, but, as we walk out we feel relieved to have done. My gyn came and told me she was happy I had lost weight ( never had said a word when I was heavier!). She told me I was peri-menopausal and needed to add calcium and vitamin D to my diet since I was a "skinny white girl"!!! (at higher risk for osteoporosis). I was stunned and flattered that a Dr said that to me. I would love to lose more weight, but if she feels I am good, I am good. She said she was happy that I lost weight - I could not believe it-no other Dr has ever said that to me before!
So, I ran right out and bought tums (calcium). I have to consume 1200 mgs per day. I also bought vitamin D. I need 100O mgs per day. I am going to track both nutrients daily to make sure I get enough of both.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
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