Tuesday, July 17, 2012
We are so often judged by our size and our looks, so I thought this was appropriate to share here on SPARK. So inspirational and motivational, well worth watching. Take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to watch this and marvel. You will get goosebumps, take out the hankies.
Hope you enjoyed it. Never let your size hold you back.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Do you feel the pain every time you gas up your car? Gas prices are still high, not as high as they have been, but we all still feel a little pain in the wallet every time we fill the tank. Tired of putting money into the gas tank. A simple solution.....RUN.
I run to work once a week, and I'm hoping to be able to make it two or three days once the weather permanently cools down. Today was my run day. Super run, even had my running buddy with me this morning. Feels good knowing I can run to work and not have to use gas or hit any red lights, lol. In fact it felt so good to run to work, I'm considering running home too, provided the weather holds out. Severe t-storms predicted for this afternoon so it may be hubby to the rescue.
I got to work this morning and checked my email. The first email I opened was from SAMI. She knew I was running to work today and had sent me these really cute running pics, made me laugh and totally made my day. Thanks lady.
Still working on getting to the 26.2
I am hoping to meet another one of my SP buddies this weekend, she's in town with her DH and wants to meet up, hope we get a chance to get together. I am so blessed to have so many SP buddies. I am hoping to meet several more in the future, so if you are ever in my neck of the woods, please give me a shout.
Happy Friday everyone and enjoy your weekend. Love to all.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
It's gone from one extreme to the other lately, oppressive heat to torrential downpours, sheesh. I'm definitely not complaining about the much needed rain that we've been getting and it's really helped cool things off.
I've been up at 0430 every day this week - 3 whole days in a row - WOW, and for those that know me this is quite a feat....a huge accomplishment getting out of bed. I'm proud that I have at least gotten up and I've even had my running gear ready only to wake up to horrible weather, ugghh.
Monday morning run: Rain. Made up for it with a steamy afternoon run - felt like a sauna.
Tuesday morning run: As NASA would say..."Scrubbed it". No rain but didn't think I needed to be out in the middle of a thunderstorm and there was some pretty heavy duty lightning going on too, darn it. At this point I was a little miffed after waking up two days in a row and no run, bummer.
I decided to pack my running bag to take to work just in case I could work in a lunchtime run. It rained most of the morning and I was hoping for a break so I could get out there. I managed to do a 3.25 mile run, but guess what????? It started to rain as soon as I got about a block from the office, and instead of heading back I decided to just do it. How refreshing.... wish i would have had on a hat to keep the water out of eyes, but I really hadn't planned on running in the rain. I didn't see the usual lunchtime runners out, guess some people are more afraid of a little rain, than the heat. I was out there and doing it. I ran across this pic this morning, it truly described how I felt. Yep I was out there all right, looking like a fool running in the rain.
Got up this morning again for a run, and it was raining cats and dogs. I was prepared to go if it was just a gentle rain, but we are talking torrential downpouring and street flooding - monsoon like rain, so I scrubbed the run AGAIN. I had planned on taking a rest day on Thursday so I might as well just take it today instead.
Rain is a good thing.....Hey, there's a song about that....
Thank you crazy weather.... you're making me a well rounded runner. I'm ready...Bring on the rain, sun, snow [ok maybe not snow, I'm getting a little carried away, lol] .
Are you channeling your inner champion?
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I have been staying indoors a lot and I have found that I am suffering from a particular winter disease known as..... cabin fever. I always thought of cabin fever as being cooped up in the house during the cold winter months waiting for Spring, but this is not the case this year. I don't think there is anyone out there in the continental U.S. that does not know that it has been one super hot summer.
The only cure for cabin fever is to....get the heck out of the house. Well it's hot, too hot to run [whine, whine, whine]. Yes it's hot and that's not going to change anytime soon, so should I just sit inside sulking and wishing for cooler weather? or should I just learn to deal with it?
I want to keep my running game sharp so I've been venturing outside in the heat lately, experimenting with different things to beat the heat and to get myself acclimated. I have a fun race coming up on July 28th...The Military Challenge. Last year I was a spectator at this race because I felt my abilities could not keep up in the intense heat, I know it was probably 95 degrees with high humidity on race day last year. And I'm guessing this year will probably be a repeat of last year's weather, so do I sit on the sidelines as a cheerleader again and skip it? OH HECK NO!!!! I've made a team commitment and I'm going to do it and I'm going to have FUN doing it.
I have been reading a lot on running in the heat. Here's some helpful tips I've picked up along the way from Runner's World articles, some of the following are excerpts, some are my own words.
Best Times And Places to Run in Summer: Do not pick the hottest time of the day to run, it places unnecessary strain on your body. The best times to run is as early as possible in the morning or late in the evening. Alter your route that is more shady and stay out of direct sun as much as possible.
Acclimate: Recommended period to help your body to adapt to the changing temperatures is at least two weeks. Decrease your normal running distance to a comfortable distance. Should it happen that your running program requires you to run 25 miles or more, make effort to alter your program to adapt to the environmental factors.
Hydration: THE MOST IMPORTANT. Incorporate drinking water while you workout and practice. Making sure that you do not dehydrate while running is not a skill that comes instinctively. It is a skill that one needs to learn and practice to do it the right way. Taking in some fluids while running is certainly not easy! Have you ever tried to drink from a cup while walking? You need to get a proper grip on the cup to prevent spilling most of the content and if you drink to fast, you start wheezing and coughing; or if you waste time at the water stations to drink properly, you waste your valuable running time. The best way to make sure you will be able to consume enough fluids during running in hot weather is to practice drinking water while you are training.
Tips on How to beat the heat while running
1. Before You Run: Drink enough water up to two hours before you start running. Your body will pass all fluids that you consume in excess, in the time before you run, through urine. Make sure to remember stop hydrating at least one-and-half hours before you start running though.
2. While You Run: It is recommended to start consuming fluids again in small quantities moments before you start to run. The moment you start running, you will transform the excess liquid into perspiration before it can get to our kidneys to produce urine. You need to consume fluids while running even if you are only practicing, in particular when the weather is warmer than what you are used to. The advantage of keeping hydrated during the run is that it will help boosting your performance and your recovery after the run will be much sooner. It is strongly advised to run with a water bottle when dealing with high temperatures.
3. Walk and Drink: When approaching a water station, take the time to walk while you drink instead of trying to drink hurriedly. You will be able to consume fluids more effectively than you would if you keep on running. You might think that you will lose more time, but in fact, because you are hydrated properly, you will be able to perform better and make up for the “lost” time without noticing. [TRULY...it is not a waste of time to stop at a water station if it will keep you from a heat stroke - that has been drummed into my head by dear ole dad]
4. After You Ran: As soon as you stop running, consume some fluids immediately. It is important to note that once you have quenched you thirst it is not enough and you still need to consume some more fluids.
5. Do not overrate your capabilities: It is only good common sense that you will not be able to run as fast and as far as usual in warmer weather conditions. Be reasonable to yourself and do not anticipate a personal best time when running in hot summer weather. Once you start feeling exhausted either slow down or call-off the run when you realize that you are dehydrating too much or start to overheat.
Things that work for Me:
1. I carry three water bottles on my fanny pouch - one completely frozen, one half frozen and one not frozen. But the time I've run about 4 miles the frozen bottles are defrosting. I use the frozen bottles to rub on my forehead, neck and face to keep me cool, and as the ice melts I use for drinking. I read somewhere that if you carry a frozen bottle in your hand while you run, it keeps you cool. I tried this yesterday on my run and it worked great.
2. I put a frozen facecloth in a ziplock bag in my pouch. This works super fantastic to put on the back of my neck when I have finished my run. I use when I am walking the last 15 minutes - a cool down...LITERALLY.
3. I run into the wind the last half of my run, it helps to keep me cool and I usually go out of my way to find shade. Last night I discovered that it's not always the shade that cools you off. I usually run on the sidewalks down a few streets usually lined with privacy fences. Guess what, no air/breeze comes thru the fence so I moved out onto the road and lo and behold....a breeze.
I can't say that I love running in the heat, but it's better than sitting around wishing and hoping. I had to include this pic.
I've been asking myself this question...............Can I survive???
Answer: JUST WATCH ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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