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Winter Time Blues

Monday, January 17, 2011

It's been really hard to stay motivated with exercise this winter. After I completed my 5k training program and ran in two 5k runs my motivation went downhill with the declining sunlight. It's really hard to maintain a running program when it's not light long enough in the morning or evenings. I made myself download a 10k running app program and it's been quite challenging doing the first week. I was able to do though! It's a six week program and I finished Week 1, Day 2.

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LCORTEZ7 1/17/2011 2:07AM

    emoticon job Stacy! emoticon

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Renewed Energy - Morning or Late Afternoon

Saturday, November 06, 2010

I went on a difficult walk that I hadn't done since I started running and unbelievably, I was able to walk the gigantic hill without stopping! I wasn't sure if running would help with hill climbing and now I now that it does.

The last 3 times I've ran have been horrible. I couldn't finish most of them, I was gasping for air. Well, today I ran this morning and it was a great run. I felt like I could have run forever. I am glad I had that run because I was getting very discouraged. I wonder if anyone else notices a difference in a morning run and and afternoon or evening run. I don't seem to be able to finish my runs in the evening but have no problems in the morning. I can't wait for daylight savings to start so that I can try to exercise in the mornings again.


Running on Dirt vs. Pavement

Friday, October 22, 2010

I usually run on dirt because it feels better, somewhat soft and springy. When I run on pavement it seems more difficult, very hard, non-forgiving asphalt. Concrete is even worse, I never run on that. Does anyone else notice a difference in their running ability on different surfaces?

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DIXIECHIC60 10/22/2010 5:12PM

    When I run on trail it is like running on a cloud. As you said asphalt is not forgiving and concrete is pure hell.

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PAMATX 10/22/2010 4:37PM

    My order of preference is: (1) Dirt; (2) Asphalt; (3) Concrete. There's a nice trail near my office that is dirt and runs along the river. Now that it's cooling off, I'm going to be hitting it on my lunch break more often. I feel lucky!

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ADKONKLE 10/22/2010 1:29PM

    You don't appreciate trails until you run them. I started on the Mill, moved to sidewalks, now the open trails are calling me.

Ran yesterday at Lunch 2.5 Miles in the October Glory. I used to chuckle at people running in Shorts on a 50 degree day, but I get it now.

I don't think I go as fast on soft surfaces, but you can really enjoy the effort of the trail and let your mind clear.

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ANMISU 10/22/2010 1:13PM

    Yes, I find the same. I always like to opt for the dirt, or small gravel, paths when I can. Unfortunately where I live I have to drive about half an hour or so to get to one so I usually only get to on the weekends. Worth it though!

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Nerves at the 5k Harvest Run

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Well I did my first solo 5k run. I have to admit it was not as exciting when you are by yourself but it was very satisfying to participate and finish the run. I started the race a little late, my watch was wrong or they started a little early, so I had to run fast to catch up and then I became too breathless and had to walk some of the first mile. I am able to run fairly easily on a dirt path I use but when you are running on pavement with the slopes and rough surfaces to deal with it makes it much harder. I feel that I am very nervous when I first start, trying to stay with the group when it's not my pace. After a while, I just decided to run at my pace and try not to pay attention to other participates. It's discouraging when you are running next to someone who is walking. My pace is about 15 minute miles. I need to relax. It's hard when you are in a group of people. When I run by myself, I can maintain a good pace for myself. I ran a little over 46 minutes better than my last time!

The race started at Jelly Belly.

Just starting out.

At the finish line.

Done at last.

A sense of accomplishment.

Oh my aching feet.....just kidding.

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MOMMYRUNMOMMY 11/10/2010 4:36PM

    That's awesome! Sorry, I just found your blog - I love it! I'm also in Fairfield. I wish I could've run the Harvest, but I wasn't quite ready. Are you doing the Turkey Trot at Solano College?

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KT-NICHOLS-13 10/23/2010 12:15AM

    OMG! Great Job. We would make great running partners ... I run a 14 to 15 mile too. Love your photo's!

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SWELL10 10/22/2010 10:54PM

    Great job girl! My race was almost identical as far as my times and feelings about running against others who were much faster, but we did it! emoticon

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LCORTEZ7 10/9/2010 8:39PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Hooray for you Stacy!

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PAPAMIKIE 10/9/2010 3:55PM

    Great Job!

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PAMATX 10/9/2010 3:33PM

    Good for you for completing your race! Awesome! And beating your previous time. WooHooooo! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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5K Run - All by Myself

Friday, October 08, 2010

Here's my number for my 5k run that I will be doing solo. I am very nervous about being by myself but I paid the money, it's too late now!

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EDWINA172 10/8/2010 9:41PM

    Good luck and have fun!

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LCORTEZ7 10/8/2010 8:58PM

    Great Job Stacy!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JETTER4 10/8/2010 8:20PM

  You will do great..

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