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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Good Morning!

Things have been going ok since school started. I've been managing to squeeze exercise in but it has definitely required creativity and organization.

Since we were not able to make the Y last night, I went outside for my running. During the summer, I ran solely on treadmills (with slight incline) or on the very flat measured indoor track at the Y. Last night I ventured out, my C25K app geared up and ready to go, and ran. Can I just say "ouch"! I'll be honest. I didn't get as long of a routine in, time wise. I fully expected it to be challenging. My neighborhood is very hilly and there are a couple of monster hills that almost defeated me, haha. I made myself go up these hills but was so winded afterwards that I had to cut my run intervals off a minute and half earlier than usual to walk. This happened only a couple of times. I know I burned cals (probably more so) and that the hills were good training, but I felt a bit disappointed that I didn't go as long as I "should". I know with repeat performance, I'll get better though.

What I didn't count on is what an impact uneven sidewalks would also have. I live in an older neighborhood near campus and the sidewalks are sometimes cracked or the pavement slants from one segment to another. My knees were very, very unhappy afterwards and I have to admit I was a little worried about them. I took a big dose of ibuprofen last night and I feel ok today so that's good. While out, I noticed a very nice looking shirtless male runner who was running on the street. It made me think of other times I've seen runners on the street and aware that perhaps there has been a reason for it and that people don't just like getting a grand feeling from running in the road, haha. The nice level pavement is much kinder on the body when running. I should probably do the same but I think I will feel awkwardly conspicuous. Regardless, if I expect to ever do any timed races again, I am going to have to commit to do more running on "real" road! You don't always know how hilly a course will be. I know for sure the 5K I plan on doing in December will have some small amount of hills, if it's held in the same place as last year.

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    Girrrrllll I hope you are okay after this ordeal. I study better after a good workout and I am sure the same is true for you! Hope you are doing well. Keep your sanity and I will keep mine, were in this together. I am a century older but I am still in it to win!
    Sorry for your pain but time will heal everything!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2035 days ago
    You found the time to do it! Battle Girl!

    Run in the street...who's gonna judge you? I say do you care what someone sitting around in their house thinks - while you're out doing it! You got this!

    Out run the excuses not to run....and you are the one who finishes the race.
    2041 days ago
    can you find a park to run in while you get into your running groove? Maybe even a trail of grass or woodchips. Pavement is super hard on your joints, and hills are bad enough, you need to get used to them before going full on. That said, AWESOME JOB! Bonus for good looking runners of opposite sex sighting. emoticon emoticon
    2042 days ago
    I have the same issues you do with the bad, slanted sidewalks, so I run on the road whenever possible!

    Great job on fitting that exercise in!
    2042 days ago
    Look at you go -- Ms Half-way-there! I give you a LOT of credit for running, and even more for working it into your very hectic schedule. Maybe Mr Shirtless will be an incentive to do this even more! hehehe Whatever it takes -- you GO Girl!!

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    P.S. Great minds really DO think alike. I was expecting Stephi's blog to be blank today too! heheh
    2042 days ago
    Yah, glad you went outdoors. Once you do the same route your body develops motor memory for the route and it definitely gets easier. I love running but my joints can't handle it anymore. Glad you are young with good body parts to endure the impact. Running is one of the most efficient cardio exercises. The more you stick with this the easier it will becomes! I know exactly what you mean about the side walks, theres one in Lexington that has my implant from a major fall several years ago.

    Thanks for your comment on my climbing at the gorge. I am sure it would not have been something I would have ever considered myself but my DH surprised me.

    Glad you are being creative with your exercise options. Another way I used to get exercise is just going up and down stairs for 60 min. It's a fantastic workout with a little music, if you don't mind the repetition.

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    2043 days ago
    I have been too chicken to tackle our hills were we live. I have just been running in our pasture. I need to go tackle those hills before our 5K in about 7 weeks. emoticon
    2044 days ago
    Boy you are way ahead of me on this one. I can't get the running thing to work at all for me. My back just won't cooperate with it. I have for now decided to just pursue the walking and build endurance. Kudos to you for hanging in there. Running can be hard on the body. Treat it nice and protect what you can. You are a trooper! Good luck in the 5k training. emoticon emoticon
    2044 days ago
    So glad you've been trying to squeeze the activity in! It will help with stress!
    2044 days ago
    You may want to grab some support for your knees at a local store. They can help with the stability of your knees...protect them a little. Good for you for doing a hilly run! emoticon hugs, Laurel
    2044 days ago
    Creativity and organization are your SPECIALTIES, Holley!!! :-)

    And run in the street Mama...your knees will thank you!!! :-)

    love you!
    2044 days ago
    Great blog! Stay motivated, one pound at a time.
    2044 days ago
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