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Never Give Up! Don't Give In!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

My intention was there but I just did not have the energy to do a long run as planned. Instead I chose to do a 5k with the hill route just to check the distance on my Nike+ with the Garmin. It turns out my nike+ is about 1/10 of a mile off, but I already knew that.

It was not the best run but it was not bad either. I managed to jog up that hill and keep going once I got to the top. emoticon I am starting to feel empowered because that has been a goal for so long, now I made it up that thing 4 times now.

As I looked up and saw that hill my mantras: Never give up! Don't Give in! Keep On!


My running class experience

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I signed up for the 201 class because I had been running for a while even though I am not very fast. I am so slow compared to the others in the class that during the long runs, I end up running solo. I was hoping to get to know some people so I could maybe find a running buddy. I may go to the 101 group when they start doing longer run times in their class.

Last night was speed workout. We did a ladder workout: 200, 400, 600, 400, 200. It was on a track and the first 200 I paced myself for the wrong corner to stop at, meaning I started out way too fast.

I had to struggle with feeling self consciousness because I was always to the halfway point when every one finished. But, hey, I am doing this for me and not them. I was happy with my times for the laps and that is what is important.

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TIME4CHANGE814 4/21/2011 10:54AM

    I get the same way! when i run im not the fastest and i always let it get to me, when people are done enjoying their break im still running. But what i have learned is that YOUR DOING IT! so many other people cant say the same!! instead of aiming to keep pace with them aim on your time per lap, shave off a sec or two!! keep at it your doing great!!

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Conquered that Hill

Friday, April 15, 2011

I am in a gloomy mood today (matching the weather), so I am going to blog about my accomplishment on conquering a hill on my running route. My running route near my home is hilly and starting my run is fine because it is downhill. I usually cross a main road then run back and forth on a flat stretch for a couple of miles. Then when it is time to come back all I see is this hill staring me in the face. Many times I'd tell myself I was going to make it up that hill without walking only finding out that the hill got the better of me. It seems like it goes on forever (especially at the end of a hard run).

I have been doing this route and routine for some time now and that portion of the route got to me every time, that is, until recently. This past week I managed to conquer that hill and managed to jog all the way to the top without taking a walk break. Albeit, my pace may have been slower than a walk but it was still a jog.

So, that is twice now that I mastered that hill and the last time I even managed to continue jogging on once I made it to the top.

Shouting out emoticon !!!!

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HENRYSC 4/16/2011 2:01PM

    Great job.

You might want to challenge yourself one day a week and just run down the hill to warm then turn around and run up the hill, than jog down, than run up until you get three or four hill repeats....

Could be fun! (LOL)

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KELLEEH 4/16/2011 10:26AM

    What a great accomplishment!

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10 miles today

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I heard it was going to rain today, so I decided to go for a run in the morning. I was thinking about skipping the running class if it did rain and I wanted to make sure I got some miles in.
It was sunny and in the upper 40s this morning, but it felt warmer. It felt so good running (with a few walk breaks) that I kept on going after my planned time. I ended up with a 6.59 miles run/walk.

I will say that although I have not gotten faster I am able to run for longer times now. I love it when I am going down the road and come to the realization that I am actually running. Awesome!! Three years ago I would have never thought that possible.

It still did not rain in the evening hours, so I attended the running class. We met at the track and it was speed work. I am still really slow compared to everyone else but they all seem to ignore me and I just do my thing. Afterall, I am not competing against them, I just want to improve my stamina and running time. It is me time and I do enjoy it.

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BARNABABY1 4/14/2011 1:35AM

    emoticonCongrats on getting all of that running in! Keep up the determination and keep on moving! emoticon

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Second Week of Running Class - My Imaginary Winning the Race

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Assignment was to run for 40 minutes. I succeeded! . emoticon
Again I was lagging behind the rest of the class; but I do not care about that because I am not competing against any of them. My competitors are myself and the clock.

We were told to turn around at 20 minutes. The 20 minute mile mark for me was 1.75 miles. I turned around and realized I was now the leader of the pack. Hey! My imagination went wild - I was winning the race, all other runners were way behind me.

All in all, it was a good run. I kept looking at my Garmin Forerunner to check my pace and noticed that I seem to slow down mid-run. I think that is something I'll need to work on as I do these distance runs.

My total run distance was 3.54 miles in 40 minutes


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