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Running Journal 3/7/2010 (5 miles)

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Today's stats:

Cloudy 44 degrees w/ light wind
Snow not even a factor anymore (woot!)

5 miles (4/:30 intervals)
Time 1 :01:11
12:13 av pace
4.9 av MPH
480 cals burned

Split times:
M1: 12:38
M2: 11:45
M3: 11:57
M4: 12:18
M5: 12:21

I usually do alot of thinking while I run and this time was no different and my thoughts were all over the place especially with my running. I have not run since my race last Saturday in Florida and physically and mentally I now feel fluffy and not real together. I am starting to think that I am taking things a little too fast for my own good and have decided not to run the Half on Mother's Day. I am going to slow things down a bit and mainly concentrate on getting truly ready for running the Bix at the end of July. I plan on running about 15-18 miles per week and keep building mileage. Along with that I will run a 5k or two during any given month. I will also continue with my running ST in order to keep improving my core and legs for endurance. During the month of June I will start training for the Quad Cities Half Marathon September 26 of which I am already registered.

A sense of relief came over me when I made this decision. In the past I would put 200% into something only to burn myself out. I am very proud of myself for catching my personal warning signs and stopping the burnout cycle NOW. I don't think I have ever done that before so I am making great strides in creating a new me. How wonderful is that?

I also had a smile on my face when I found a shiny dime duing mile 3!

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    Great job with your run and making adjustments to your plans! emoticon
    3024 days ago
    You are listening to your body, when I fail to do that I get an injury.

    You are an inspiration my friend!
    3024 days ago
    Lol, I love that you ran five miles, but the dime outshined the rest! Just kidding Laurie. I'm glad you're listening to yourself and giving yourself some time. They always say time is SO important when you're running. You can run for a race, or you can run for a lifetime. I'm glad you chose the lifetime!
    3024 days ago
    Rock on Laurie!

    I too am trying to listen to my body more and not push so hard all the time. I have to say that following a training plan has kept me from burnout. It's much like having a personal trainer.

    Since you had such a great time in Florida recently; thinking about the half in Miami next January?
    3024 days ago
  • TIGGER622
    laurie you are awesome!!! great move deciding not to push it too much - feels great hving a breakthrough like that isnt it??? sounds like you have a great plan! i am sitting down today and making my plan! thanks for the inspiration!
    3024 days ago
  • JEM0622
    I think you are right on the money, Laurie! I pulled myself back after my marathon and I think it was a good idea for the long haul. I'm enjoying it more right now! HUGS ~Julie
    3024 days ago
    Awesome, Laurie! Way to listen to your body and catch your own personal warning signs, and making the decision to slow down with your racing! You are doing so great and you have made great decisions!

    And you found a dime! Can't beat that!

    Sounds like you had a great day for a run, too!
    3024 days ago

    Glad to hear you decided to slow down on the racing schedule. It will be better with a better base. Take your time and enjoy each step you take.
    3024 days ago
    Coach Nancy would be proud...she's usually the one that finds the money!

    Way to go on figuring out you needed to ease up a bit. You are really tuned in to your body and that's great!

    I admire you for your consistency and the way you share with others.

    Have a wonderful week Laurie,
    Deb emoticon
    3024 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/8/2010 1:45:32 AM
    I'm so pleased you listened to you warning signs and have backed off accordingly. It's so important to keep it fun as well as challenging. I too appreciate seeing your stats because I'm learning too!
    3024 days ago
    I'm not sure I'd be as happy at 4 degrees as you sound! That's very, very wonderful to make that kind of progress in your care of yourself and your needs. It really shows how all these strides we're making connect with and strengthen other areas of our lives. Good job!
    3025 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/7/2010 8:28:57 PM
    Awesome! Love the numbers. :)
    3025 days ago
    Nice job getting back out there, and nice run. Pretty consistent splits.

    I knew you wanted to do the Bix and the Quad Cities Half. I was a bit surprised when you started talking about the Mother's Day half. So congrats on refocusing and I'm glad you feel good about the decision.
    3025 days ago
    Great blog,
    I learned alot about how to track running. Thanks for your information, I am new at this
    3025 days ago
    Sounds wise to me. I say, trust your gut and that "sense of relief" is telling you something. Give yourself a chance to build up to 12 and 14 mile long runs before you try a 1/2.
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    3025 days ago
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