Sunday, August 19, 2012
Yesterday I ran my long run - 10.5 miles around the city of Newark, DE. I started out about an hour later than planned - hard to get out of bed on the weekend! It was on the humid side, but I completed it. I stopped three times for water. Twice was at the gym, which is part of a running loop I do twice. It is on Main Street and I love running down Main Street. I sort of "window shop" as I sprint by.
As I ran I thought about how far I have come. It was only a little over a year and a half ago that I started walking on my treadmill. I never imagined that I would be running a Half Marathon a year and a half later. I am also so happy that I got a bunionectomy last fall. Running three miles caused me great pain for days, I would have never been able to run farther.
I "tried out" my new running clothes yesterday. I bought a new pink Under Armour tank top which is totally awesome. It is extremely light. I bought Nike running shorts which are good till about mile 6 - I have learned what "chafing" is - gotta work on that one! My prescription sunglasses totally rock! I love them and my eyes felt great and didn't start to feel dry from contacts or sting due to sweat. (My brother taught me to wear a sweatband on my wrist to wipe sweat off my forehead when I am running - it works really well!) I also tried peanut butter flavored Gu at mile 7. It tasted like peanut butter - yum! My mother suggested drinking a lot of water with it which I did. At mile 9 my legs didn't feel like concrete blocks (good thing), but I found myself feeling the need for more water as I ran. It was pretty humid out by that point, (around noon), so I am not sure how much Gu was the factor.
All that's left is new running sneakers. I bought some a couple weeks ago, but I don't like them. I have to exchange them tomorrow. I have decided to buy the same pair I have now - Ravenna 3's. It won't take long to break them in. I have put a lot of miles on the pair I have now and want the best support I can possibly have.
Well, now I am on a day of "rest". Headed out for a boat ride with my hubby, one of my sons, some friends and Roxy. We are going to anchor and swim in the Chesapeake Bay for a few hours - aahhhh!
Quote of the Day:
"Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success." Henry Ford
Thursday, August 16, 2012
This morning I ran 4 miles before going to work. After running 11 miles Sunday, I thought about how 4 miles felt so quick! There was a time when I never thought I could run 4 miles - and that wasn't too long ago!
During my lunch break, I went to the mall and bought two running shirts, a pair of running shorts, Gu, and prescription sunglasses. I have found that I am more comfortable in the morning not wearing my contacts. Since the race starts at 5 AM, I decided to buy an updated prescription. Using my health insurance, my new RayBans ended up costing what they do when they aren't a prescription! Tomorrow I am going to try out a new running shirt and shorts. I read that a runner should run ahead of time in the running attire they want to wear in a race to make sure they are comfortable. This weekend when I run 10/11 miles I am going to try Gu at mile 8 and make sure it agrees with me.
At the recommendation of my chiropractor/acupuncturist I bought CoQ-10 (100 mg). It's supposed to be good for heart and blood vessel function and great for runners. The girl at the store said she takes one in the morning and one at night. My Doctor said it starts to work in a couple days. We'll see what happens!
Quote of the day:
"Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it."
Sunday, August 12, 2012
This morning when I woke up I realized that three weeks from that moment I will have completed the Disneyland Half Marathon! Yikes...it is a little scary to think about. It is coming up so fast now!
Today I ran 10.7 miles. I drove to the City of Newark (Delaware) to run because I keep running the same streets over and over around my development and I am getting bored! It's a good run for up to 5 miles, not so good for long runs. So, I went running all over a neat little town I grew up in. Actually, I moved from Newark three years ago, so...
I parked at a central location and left water and a towel in the car. I tracked my miles with my runkeeper as I went. I had different places in mind to go. Around mile four I was getting thirsty (it was humid out) so I ran back to my car, got a drink then kept moving on. The same thing happened around mile 8.
Mile 9 seems to be the "wall" for me. I kept the same pace throughout mile 9, but my legs felt like concrete blocks. It actually was ticking me off! I gave myself an assessment - I was breathing fine, could sort of talk, my feet and knees didn't hurt; so I made myself trudge through. Of course my mind was trying to talk me into walking, but I had made it that far running and decided I wasn't going to walk when I was so close to ten miles. When I hit about 10.5 miles my legs felt light again!
I think it is time for me to buy some honey or an energy bar to eat at mile 8. A friend advised me to do this before and I remembered her suggestion at mile 9 today! Yes, it would have been a nice time to try and see if my legs eased up! I am going to run at least 10 miles next weekend and want to try it before the marathon to make sure I don't get sick, etc. I have decided I will not run 13.1 until the half marathon - if I can run 10 - 11 miles okay I will be fine. It is also time for me to figure out what I am going to wear, I want to be as comfortable as I can.
After I ran today, I went to the gym and bought a peanut butter/chocolate protein shake (made with skim milk, of course!) Then I drove home and fell asleep on the couch for two whole hours! 10.7 miles plus the humidity wore me out!
Quote of the Day:
“The trouble with jogging is that by the time you realize you're not in shape for it, it's too far to walk back."
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Today I ran 4 miles...I was supposed to run 5 miles, but my stupid iPhone rang and it was work, it was early so I stopped short to answer it. It ended up not being something I should have been called for, but I did thank God - My business is early childhood and I don't want any hurt or an emergency with the building. Anyway, I did get four miles in at 6 am so I won't complain.
My husband wanted to take me and rox to Annapolis, MD in the boat overnight so I got out of work and away we went. I encountered a running store and bought a running shirt that says "will run for wine". I like another one that said "I run like a girl and I am beating you" but they didn't have my size!
I am thinking about running a 10k Saturday. My brother (my running coach) told me to run one 30 days before. I am waiting for his opinion. I will be 21 days out - don't want to risk injury!
Instead of a quote tonight, I am going to leave you with the message on the headband I bought today to wear during the half marathon...
" unless you faint, puke or die, keep moving!"
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