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Turn That Frown Upside Down

1 Apr

I woke up on the wrong side of bed this morning. I slept great, however, I woke up and couldn’t get it together. I took the puppy outside, fed him and played with him and then before I knew it was time to go to work. I hadn’t made breakfast, my hair was only halfway dry and I was not in a good mood. I’m having some trouble coordinating my mornings with Mr. Franklin. I really need to make a morning schedule and stick with it. Because I was hurrying to work with a wet head and I had to buy breakfast which has been a regular occurrence lately.

I’m trying to shake my no good, terrible mood because I know my day won’t get better until I do.

Let’s talk running, shall we? It’s time for a #600in2013 update!

600 miles in 2013 March

 

I once again failed to hit that 50 mile marker for the month. Sigh! Considering the weather we’ve had this March, I’m not really surprised. I clocked a total of 2.39 outdoor miles all month! Looks like the weather is starting to finally warm up, so I’m sure I’ll be pounding the pavement in no time. This brings my 2013 total to 141.46 miles — 8.54 miles short of the 150 miles I should have for this quarter, but I’m really not worried about it. I have a few 5k and 10k races planned in the spring, summer and fall, so training alone will make up some miles. One thing that the #600in2013 challenge has taught me is to get out there get those miles in. If I ended up at the end of the year short of my 600 mile goal, I might be bummed, but the good thing is even if I lose, I win, because all this running definitely has its benefits. For example, I’ve noticed that I’m getting faster! All this treadmill time makes it easy to monitor my pace, and I’ve noticed my fitness level increasing quite a bit. I can hold faster paces for longer amounts of time and my walk breaks have become rare. I’m really seeing benefits from all this running! I like it!

One goal I have for April is to get some strength training workouts in beyond Crossfit. I’ve been counting on Crossfit for all my strength training, and that’s no good. I need to keep up with a full body strength session a couple times a week after my run, so I’ll focus on doing that this month.

Question of the Day:
What’s a good source for full-body strength workouts? 

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All I want for Christmas

6 Dec

I’ve seen a few bloggers posting their Christmas wish lists, and it seemed like a fun thing to do! I have a Pinterest Board where I pin things that I come across them, but this reminds me of Oprah’s Favorite Things, except I don’t actually have any of these things, and there will be less screaming.

wish list

From L-R:

  1. Harry and David’s Triple Treat Fruit Classic: Oh, those pears! Plus, who doesn’t love fruit? I know I do!
  2. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13: I’ve recently learned that I need more stability in a running shoe than I thought.
  3. Mizuno Breath Thermo Fleece Glove: I need gloves in even the highest of cool temperatures. My hands get so cold! These sound perfect for me.
  4. Mizuno Wave Alchemy 12: Supportive and lightweight!? Sign me up.
  5. Race Medal/Bib Display: Love this! Most of these don’t have a space for the bibs, too.
  6. Reebok Crossfit 1/4 zip warm up jacket: Love, love, love this jacket!! I love how the thumb holes are separate from the top layer of the jacket. TOO cute!
  7. Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS watch: Love that they made this less-complicated (and cheaper) version of their Forerunner!

Question of the Day:
What’s on your Christmas wish list? 

Marshall Half Marathon Recap

12 Nov

 

 

Yesterday, I completed the Marshall Half-Marathon in Huntington, WV.

As of yesterday, I have completed two half-marathons in two years. I’m often envious of other bloggers who log many, many miles a week and seem to breeze through distance races with ease. I love a good 5k, but half-marathons take a bit more mental and physical preparation for me.

If I’m being honest (which, of course I am) my training was not up to par. I didn’t get the required mileage under my belt, and I didn’t run as often as I should have. As you may know from my previous post, I paid for it in what seems to be an injury to my right leg. After sleeping on it, I can localize the pain to the outside of my right knee (IT band?) and my Achilles tendon. I can walk (slowly), so I don’t think I’ve sprained, twisted or fractured anything. It’s weird because I can’t pinpoint any moment during the race where I actually hurt myself, so I guess I just pushed too hard and my legs weren’t ready for it (is that a thing?)

The first 5 or 6 miles went really well. I was pushing my pace, and was definitely on par to PR under 2 hours (which was my goal) or at least come in a few minutes over 2 hours. By mile 7, my leg started feeling a little weird. I took a few breaks to walk/stretch it out and kept running. Mile 8 was painful. I started feeling terrible pain and was in tears (p.s. don’t cry while running. It turns into hyperventilation pretty quickly). I knew that Zach would be waiting for me right after mile 9, so I pushed it until then. By the time I saw Zach, I just collapsed. I was hyperventilating because I was crying so hard, and my leg felt terrible. I wasn’t in a good place. I honestly considered just quitting. Then I thought about getting that medal, and I thought about having to report a DNF here. I couldn’t do that. I had started this race, and I only had about 4 miles to go, so even if I walked the entire time, I was going to finish.

Those next 4ish miles were hell. I tried running some, but it became so painful that I had to stop and walk. I think maybe I ran more than I think I did, because my finishing time wasn’t quite as bad as I expected (2:22:40). By the time I was about half a mile from the finish, I went ahead and pushed it. I ran the whole way, even sprinting across the finish line. At the very end of this race, you go down a steep hill to enter the stadium, and then you run the length of the football field, and then another length to the finish line. The downhill entrance was probably the worst part of the whole race. The pain was so intense I thought I might fall.

But, I finished. I immediately started crying when I crossed the line, luckily Zach was right there. He’s incredible, did you know that? He told me so many times yesterday how proud of me he was. His pride rubbed off on me, because despite the fact that I have a lot of reasons to be disappointed with yesterday’s race, I’m not. I’m proud that I pushed through to finish. I’m proud that I managed a halfway decent time despite an injury. I’m proud that I just did it.

I took my first ice bath yesterday as well, which wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, and it made my legs feel much better for a while afterwards.

We had beautiful weather yesterday.

So now I have a decision to make. I really would like to finish a half marathon in under 2 hours, but I’m not sure I’m a distance runner. I enjoy races of the 5k variety, but the training involved to do distance races ends up being a problem for me. I enjoy doing so many different types of exercise that the time that you must put into training never really works out for me. I’ve got some time to think about it, because I think the next time I’ll consider running this distance is next year.

Until then, I’m planning on trying out Jamie Eason’s Live Fit Trainer starting as soon as I can comfortably walk again.

The first four weeks require you to do no cardio at all, which shouldn’t be a problem considering I don’t think I could even run a mile right now. I guess 4 weeks will be just the amount of running rest I need!

Question of the Day:
What’s the longest distance you’ve ever run? 

My Running Story and A Lesson Learned

19 Oct

I have a confession to make. I’ve been running pretty consistently for a long time now, and I pretty much never stretch after running. Well, I used to never stretch after a run. Now, I have to. Here’s my story.

I started running in 2010 (it seems like longer ago….) after losing about 50 pounds and deciding that I wanted to focus more on fitness (I started out focusing mainly on diet changes, which turned out to be a great way to lose weight). I did the Beachbody Insanity program from start to finish and after I was done, I thought I’d start running. I just…did it, starting out with walk/running and moving up to running consistently. I ran 3 miles non-stop for the first time one week before my very first 5k. I ended up finishing that hilly course in 30:05 and finishing third in my age group:

After that, I set my sights on doing a half marathon. Remember, I had only run 3 miles non-stop as of August, and the half marathon was in November. I immediately set about a training plan, during the hottest summer/fall that I’ve experienced in West Virginia. I was nervous, but I knew if I just paid the $50 entry fee, I’d have to run, so I did it. I finished that race in 2:15:45

Photo courtesy of my dear friend Jenni. The race finished in my Alma Mater’s football stadium, and she was up in the stands.

After that race, I signed up for our local Turkey Trot and got my fastest 5k time ever. I’m planning on running it again this year, because I think after training for and running a half marathon, 5k’s seem like a breeze:

After the Turkey Trot in November of 2010, I took a big break from running and started focusing on other forms of exercise. I purchased a YMCA membership and got really into doing group fitness classes and weight training. I still ran here and there, but nothing like before.

In spring/summer of 2011, I signed up for a local 5k class which was sponsored by my Alma Mater (Marshall University). Once a week, we went through running and agility drills, which led up to the West Virginia 5k Championship (the largest 5k in the state). I set a PR in that race of 27:31:

That’s when I was running in glasses. So glad I don’t do that anymore.

I get side stitches sometimes because I forget to breathe, so that’s me in pain. Also, that guy in the gray shirt in front of me? Yeah, he beat me pushing a stroller. Sigh. After that 5k, I didn’t run another race for a while. I kind of felt like I had lost my running mojo. I had thought I would run the half-marathon again, but I just couldn’t get into a consistent training schedule. Zach and I had started dating around Halloween of the previous year, so I was focusing a lot of time on just falling in love 🙂

Fast forward to this spring. I decided that I wanted to start running again, in a big way. I had to push myself, but I started running consistently and signed up for the WV 5k Championship again. I focused on getting a PR, and ended up doing it — barely. I finished the 2012 WV 5k Championship in 27:28 — beating my previous time by 3 seconds. Hey, a PR is a PR, right? I’ve done a few other 5k’s here and there, but I’ve never run a 10k or a marathon. Someday, perhaps.

Now, we are about 3 weeks outside of the half-marathon and I’m in the same place I was 2 years ago. I’ve trained, I’ve paid my $50, and I’m hoping to just make it through. I’m faster than I was then, but I’m also not as healthy. Which brings me to the lesson I’ve learned since I’ve started training for races again:

Never, ever skip the post-run stretch. 

I never stretched after I ran. Ever. I used to think I was super-human or something. My muscles were alway loose, and I always felt great. Well, after my re-introduction into the sport of competitive running, I’m feeling it. My hips are tight and sore. My hamstrings hurt after a run. It’s awful! I wonder if I had focused on a proper stretching regime when I started running if I’d be having these issues today? I guess I’ll never know. But here is what I do know: If you’re a runner, please focus on the stretch and strengthening your muscles as well as logging your miles. Trust me, you’ll thank me.

I’ve got to give a big old shout-out to Tri-State Racer, a local website that has all of the local races listed, links to the online registrations, and most importantly: A database of all the race results, dating back to 2000! I’d never know my race times without them. Thanks!

Question of the Day:
Be honest, do you ever skimp on your post-run stretch?