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Running craziness

Wednesday, July 29, 2015      1 comments

Okay, first of all, it's NASTY HOT outside. Yes, I know it's summer, and summer tends to be hot... but we have excessive heat warnings and air quality alerts in effect. If you live anywhere in the northeastern United States, this is not news. ... Read more


Wednesday, July 22, 2015      3 comments

Welllll... Nothing quite so humbling as spending two hours in front of huge mirrors in a dance studio. I have lots and lots and LOTS of room for improvement. Feeling a little blecchy about it. I'm doing great - my runs are awes... Read more


Monday, July 20, 2015      1 comments

Yesterday's run was four miles of slow torture. I don't think I've ever done anything THAT physical in weather THAT hot/humid before. I was entirely soaked afterward. I got it done - and even managed to take some seconds off my pace! - ... Read more

Sunday's run...

Friday, July 17, 2015      4 comments

I can tell it's already going to be ugly... the high is forecast to be 97 degrees. Looks like a pre-dawn run will be the order of the day...... Read more

Headlong into Week 2

Thursday, July 16, 2015      1 comments

Soooo I'm using Hal Higdon's Half Marathon Novice 1 training program, which is 10.5 weeks. In case you're wondering what that is, here's a link:
novice.pdf I wan... Read more


Monday, July 13, 2015      7 comments

And I didn't even need to walk once!! I'm really happy with this. I have good days and not-so-good days, but Saturday was a really good day. ... Read more

Rain running

Thursday, July 09, 2015      1 comments

As I got up to run this morning, I knew it was going to be gross and humid. There was condensation on the outside of my home's windows, and a thick, grey mist hung in the still air. I checked the weather conditions from my phone: temperature ... Read more


Tuesday, July 07, 2015      1 comments

How is it possible to run AND WALK a 5k (3.1 miles) faster than straight-up running 3 miles with no walking? I ran/walked the 5k on Sunday in 38:52. This morning, I ran (no walking) 3 miles and it took me 41:26. I don’t get it... Read more

First 5K: A Learning Experience

Monday, July 06, 2015      3 comments

So, I ran my first 5k. I'm not going to be ashamed to admit it: I was disappointed in my performance. I'm trying to not let it diminish the personal importance of what I did and the learning experience of it. It was both of those things,... Read more

Ridiculously good mood

Thursday, July 02, 2015      3 comments

Even in spite of being nervous for this 5k, I'm still in a really great mood... three day weekend coming up, office closing early... I'm pretty jazzed. :) Going to spend tonight really resting and relaxing. I'm going to get my hair done a... Read more

Crosstraining and Chasing One's Bliss

Tuesday, June 30, 2015      3 comments

So, I keep fussing with myself about crosstraining as I'm wrapping up my final (!!!) week of Couch to 5k. After this week, I run the 5k on Sunday, and then I start training for the half marathon in earnest... and if I don't start crosstraining ... Read more

Time to put up or shut up

Wednesday, June 24, 2015      1 comments

Well, I am now headlong into Week 8 of Couch to 5k. Today is another milestone day in that my total distance walked and ran was 3.01 - just under 5k - and I did it in 38 minutes. This leads me to believe that I could probably run a whole 5... Read more


Wednesday, June 17, 2015      3 comments

I ran two miles with no stops today! I haven't done that in years! I'm feeling pretty darn good about that. *~*~*~* I started hooping last night. Fun! HARDER THAN I REMEMBER. When I was a kid, I could keep a hoop spinning arou... Read more

The seeking of solutions

Friday, June 12, 2015      1 comments

Encountering problems doesn't mean you stop what you're doing. It means you have to find solutions or ways around those problems. This week's challenge is the unbearable heat and humidity. I spent most of yesterday hydrating more than usu... Read more


Monday, June 08, 2015      1 comments

I had a sports massage on Saturday. I swear to you, my run on Sunday felt as though I was running on brand-new legs!!! The difference was beyond remarkable. I ran the entire 20 minutes without stopping (woot!!) and I felt like I could hav... Read more

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