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!"
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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