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35 Days Until the Disneyland Half Marathon...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Today I planned on getting up early to run 8.5 miles...I ended up not getting up so early.

So, I went out at 8:53. It was really humid, so I ended up running 2.5 miles. I came in, stretched, cooled off, and ate my breakfast. As I checked my facebook account, I noticed a post from a friend who had run 10 miles on her treadmill this morning while watching the olympics. Inspired, I decided to run a couple more miles on my treadmill and get up early tomorrow to run 8.5.

I hopped on my treadmill and watched the men's bike race as I ran another 2.7 miles. As I ran I thought about how I use to use my treadmill all the time and that I should be incorporating it more in my trainings. It definitely was a lot cooler - I have a/c, a ceiling fan and a floor fan aimed right at my treadmill! My treadmill has cushioney shock absorbers under the belt, making it a nice, smooth run. It is also convenient to have water and a towel at my disposal whenever I need it. I also found that watching the olympic competition kept my eyeballs away from the time and distance trackers on the dashboard - it didn't seem to drag.

In the end, I got 5 miles in this morning. I am glad that I decided to keep going.
Now I am off to the running store to buy a new pair of running shoes - yayyy!

Quote of the Day:
"The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!" Life is Good



  
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FITFORMYFAMILY 7/31/2012 11:59AM

    Isn't it fun when something inspires you to do a little bit extra like that? Running while watching the Olympics definitely sounds like it would be motivating. Much better than eating ice cream while watching the Olympics!
I hope you got a great pair of shoes!

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39 Days Until The Disneyland Half Marathon...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The countdown is in the 30's now - holy crap! I am getting close.

I got 5 1/2 hours sleep last night. I couldn't stand the thought of running on a treadmill at lunch again, so I made myself get up and run the development at 6 AM before having to get into work.

I was a slowpoke the first mile and a half! Couldn't seem to get going. My music finally woke me up and I was on my way. I ran 4 miles. The weather was perfect for running and no one was out. I love mornings like that!

I ended getting out of work early (4 PM) so now I am just chilling on my couch with Roxy. I can't wait for the weekend!

Quote of the day...

"Just remember - right, left, right, left...repeat". Author unknown.

  
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INFLATED 7/27/2012 8:07AM

    You will do fine. Your adrenaline will kick in once you are there and you will do fine.

We put a new liner and bottom in the pool, then between the pool motor and skimmer, a leak developed. Water was running out like a faucet and draining the pool.

The spa place just called at 8 AM, it was $62.10 to fix everything on the motor. He said it needed a new impeller (whatever that is, lol!)

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FITFORMYFAMILY 7/26/2012 10:29AM

    It's been a LONG time since I've gone on an early morning run. It sounds wonderful!

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SABLENESS 7/25/2012 9:44PM

    You're getting there! I'm jealous of your perfect weather. It's HOT and humid here in Fla.

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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 7/25/2012 7:36PM

    I'm glad you were able to run this am...I turned off my alarm and went back to sleep :(

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KALANTHA 7/25/2012 6:12PM

    Great job!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/25/2012 5:55PM

    good advice here! Keep Sparkin!

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PARAN0RMAL 7/25/2012 5:36PM

    Good for you! I am starting a "Couch to 5K" program today. I've always wanted to be a runner but I let my laziness get the best of me (and of course the heat of an Arizona summer always manages to talk me out of it). Hopefully by the wintertime I will be done with this program and ready to hit the pavement too! emoticon

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40 Days Until The Disneyland Half Marathon...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Yikes! Only forty days left! Sort of scary when I thought about it after one of my Sparkbuds pointed it out - thanks Karen!!

So, today I ended up working from 7 AM through 10:30 PM. That left no time to run at home, so I went to "plan B" and signed up at a gym down the street from work and used their treadmill and shower during my one hour lunch break! I got 3.5 miles in. I have to say my treadmill at home has spoiled me on the days I have to run inside. The ifit module makes running on a treadmill such a different experience. I was so bored on the gym treadmill. I had my music going but there was nothing interesting to look at. They have tvs in front of the treadmills but I couldn't focus. 3.5 miles seemed to take forever! But, I did get my run in!

I took another 45 minute break later in the day and got my weekly adjustment from my chiropractor...I am determined not to get injured! I want to do hot yoga a couple times per week to stretch out, but not sure where that is going to fit in! I have two more weeks of very long work days - I might have to wait until the long work days are over.

Quote of the day:
I always loved running... it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power.  You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.  ~Jesse Owens

  
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FITFORMYFAMILY 7/25/2012 10:13AM

    I don't think you have any reason to be scared for Disney. You are an excellent runner who has put in a lot of training time. You'll be fine, and hopefully have a ton of fun! Awesome job getting a run in during such a long work day, too!

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LANAHAUTH21 7/24/2012 11:32PM

  Don't you just love Disney.

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41 Days Until the Disneyland Half Marathon...

Monday, July 23, 2012

Today I ran 2.5 miles before going to work. (I ran my long 7.5 mile run yesterday). The weather was pretty good and I was glad to get it in before work. I am trying to get up early (6 ish) to get at least a half hour run in.

Work has been real busy and I am trying to stay focused. I play my running songs in my office to keep my "in the zone". I hear them a lot on the radio in my car too, which helps! I always visualize myself running when I hear my running songs on the radio - hey! whatever works!

Won't Back Down Lyrics
Songwriters: PETTY, TOM / LYNNE, JEFF

Well I won't back down, no I won't back down
You could stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won't back down

Gonna stand my ground, won't be turned around
And I'll keep this world from draggin' me down
Gonna stand my ground and I won't back down

Chorus
Hey baby, there ain't no easy way out
Hey I will stand my ground
And I won't back down

Well I know what's right, I got just one life
In a world that keeps on pushin' me around
But I'll stand my ground and I won't back down

Hey baby there ain't no easy way out
Hey I will stand my ground
And I won't back down

  
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FITFORMYFAMILY 7/25/2012 9:42AM

    Isn't it funny how once you run to a song, and especially if you run to it more than once, you want to run every time you hear it? I love that feeling!

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MARJORIEWRIGHT 7/23/2012 9:27PM

    Good luck!!

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42 Days Until The Disneyland Half Marathon - My Running Music...

Sunday, July 22, 2012

This morning I ran 7.5 miles. I ran at a slower pace the first 1/2 mile then picked it up a little bit. It was 66 degrees. Perfect weather - I didn't need water the whole time I was out!

Today I decided to share my Running Music List. It has taken me one year to perfect it! I shuffle these on my iPhone - they always inspire me to keep going!

Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
Dancing With Myself - Billy Idol
The Edge of Glory (running workout hits 2011)
Hollywood Nights - Bob Seger
Poker Face - Lady GaGa
Runaway - Bon Jovi
Moves Like a Jagger - Maroon 5 and Christina Aquilara
I Gotta Feeling - The Black Eyed Peas
Stronger - Kelly Clarkson
Born This Way - Lady GaGa
Believe - Cher
Drive By - Train
Country Girl (Shake It for Me) - Luke Bryan
I Won't Back Down - Tom Petty
Summer of 69 - Bryan Adams

I also have a separate 5k Music List that I use when I run races. They are the fastest songs from above.

So, how did I arrive at this list? Using my Runkeeper app, I noted the songs I ran faster with. If my average time per mile was not at least a certain time during a song - it was OUT!

Quote of the Day:
Music cleanses the understanding;
inspires it, and lifts it into a realm
which it would not reach if it were left to itself.
~ Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)



  
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COMEONMA 9/22/2012 8:57PM

    Hi there, are you running in the Food and Wine 1/2 in Nov? My sister in law is making that her 4th 1/2 this year to celebrate her 40th. I can't run too well, so I am doing the 5K in the morning through Animal Kingdom.

One other question, with the songs you have above, do you know what you average per mile in time? I was going to try to put together a song list for the same reason and I like your choices above!
thanks,
Mary Ann

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FITFORMYFAMILY 7/23/2012 5:17PM

    Music definitely helps. I don't use it outside, as I like the sounds of nature/life around me, but I'm sure it would help to use it more on the treadmill. I'm glad you've got a list that works so well for you!

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BLUE42DOWN 7/22/2012 9:10PM

    What a cool idea. I know there are definitely songs that just make me want to move too.

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KAREN_NY 7/22/2012 7:31PM

    Love it!! What a cool approach to determining the list -- gotta try that! I don't generally use tunes on a run though until fall/winter, when I find myself on the treadmill more than I'm outdoors.

So excited for you on this Disney countdown!! emoticon

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KALANTHA 7/22/2012 6:03PM

    You have a great system! I'm sure you're going to do really well in the Disney 1/2 Marathon! Keep up the great work!

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