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."