Sunday, August 26, 2012
This afternoon I ran 7 miles around the city of Newark with my brother. We had planned to run 10 miles first thing this morning, but, we still had relatives at my house and wanted to visit with them before they left.
We didn't get out until 12 and it was very humid. My brother is from San Diego and is not used to it.
Around mile 3 we were running down a long hill (side of road). I didn't see a little acorn and went flying, landing on the palms of my hands, left knee, and right elbow. After moving off the road I noted that I scraped my knee and elbow pretty bad, rinsed my knee quickly with my bottled water and kept going. My brother wanted me to walk for a little bit, but I knew I didn't twist or break anything so I pushed on. I had it in my head that I was running my long run today and i had no intention of stopping. I had blood running down my leg - must have looked like quite a sight to people driving by! Around mile six I could tell the humidity was taking a toll on my brother. I got us back to the car and he said we did enough.
I am flying out to San Diego Tuesday evening. We are going to run Wednesday morning - probably 5 miles. On Thursday and Friday I want to run 3 to 4 miles and I will not run on Saturday.
Saturday I am going to check out Disneyland! I have been to Disney World at least 50 times. I have never been to Disneyland. Saturday night we will be eating "Pasta in the Park" with other runners - it's getting really exciting!!
Quote of the day:
"A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive."
~ Walt Disney
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Yeah, it's getting scary!! Getting really close. I have trained - I can do this!!!!
"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph"
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."
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