Friday, July 31, 2009

Day 13 - Rest

Fridays are a rest day. Woo Hoo!! I cleaned, did laundry, and addressed letters. So much for rest.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Day 12 - Ooooouch!

My hip hurts. I have been waiting for this. Kind of surprised it hasn't happened sooner. Oh well. I'm not stopping now. I can run through the pain. And hopefully the pain will stop when I get in better shape.

Trinity and I ran the park tonight. 7 times around is 2.1 miles. We went further last night but we pushed ourselves harder tonight. My muscles are screaming at me right now but tomorrow I will feel good. No pain no gain, right? I've always hated it when people said that, but it's true. If it were easy, we'd all be athletes.

Daily Mantra:

No pain no gain

Distance:

2.1 miles

Side note: I broke my pelvis about 10 years ago in a car accident. My left hip has hurt off and on since then.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Day 11

My partner is back! Not that Trinity actually went anywhere but our schedules have just been off. It is soooo much easier running with a partner. We push each other to do more. To run longer. And to work harder.

On another note...

My iPod died in the rain from Day 9. Crap. I am so pissed. I need my iPod to run!!!! Crap.

Daily Mantra:

Run! Run! Run!

Distance:

2.5 miles

Day 10 - Rest

Today was a rest day. Back to the grind tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Day 9 - Rain Dance

Rain. Rain. And more rain. I can't get motivated. It's been raining off and on all day. How can I run when it's pouring down? I'll tell you how. You JUST DO IT! Get off your LAZY butt and RUN! Water isn't going to kill you!

So I did it. At 9:00pm I set off. I was NOT coming home until I ran 2 miles. No ifs, ands, or buts! I'm doing it! The first half mile was great. I was hardly winded. It was barely sprinkling, just enough to keep me cool. Perfect! I can totally do this! I'm still doing the run/walk thing so after half a mile, I walked for 1 minute, ran another half mile, then walked 1 minute, and so on. I was just about to walk after my 3rd half mile when the bottom dropped out. It was pouring! I stuffed my iPod down my shirt and RAN!!! Ran as fast as I could! After about a minute I couldn't see anymore. The rain was so bad that my contacts wouldn't stay in place. I was only a half a mile from home but I COULDN'T SEE! So I just kept running and prayed that I didn't trip and face plant into the concrete. Or worse, stumble in the road and get flattened by an oncoming car. Seriously people, it was that bad.

I made it. When I staggered up to the house, Jeff was getting in the car to come find me. I'm glad he didn't because I MADE IT! I DID IT! And I have to say, that was the best run I've had yet. I felt great when I made it home. Really proud of myself.

Daily Mantra:

JUST DO IT!
(This is a good mantra. Thanks Nike. I'm sure I will use it again.)

Distance:

2.4 miles!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Day 8 - Kickoff

Today was the actual Team In Training Kickoff! We met the rest of our team running for North Cities. This is the group of people we will be running with every Saturday and Tuesday until December 13th, Race Day! We also met our coaches and mentors. The coaches obviously will be training us and the mentors help with our fundraising. Fundraising scares me more than anything. You MUST raise at least $1800 to participate. I'm a little nervous that I am not going to reach my goal. I actually think I'm more worried about that than the actual running.

Daily Mantra:

It will all work out somehow.

Distance:

0 miles Rest Day

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Day 7 - Quitter

I haven't had my running partner in 2 days. I'm no good without her. I want to quit. When Trinity is with me, I don't quit. I still want to quit. I just don't. I figure if she can do it, so can I. And I don't want her to think I'm a quitter. Anyway, tomorrow is going to be another rest day. I've got the Team In Training Kickoff where we meet the other runners and get to know our coaches. Then I'm heading to Aunt D's for Jeffrey's birthday bash. No time for running. Why am I looking so forward to tomorrow?

Daily Mantra:

I will not quit!

Distance:

1.6 miles

Friday, July 24, 2009

Day 6 - Hard!

Tonight's run was hard. Wanted to quit, hard. I didn't. The last three minutes or so were painfully miserable. Again, I wanted to quit. Again, I didn't. I made it through by jamming to Kelly Clarkson (OHHHHHH KELLY CLARKSON!) and Justin Timberlake. That's right folks. Kelly and Justin. Don't judge me. In my mind, I'm totally going to look like Jessica Biel when this thing is over. I needed inspiration.

Daily Mantra:

Jessica Biel. Jessica Biel. Jessica Biel.

Distance:

1.6 miles

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Day 5 - Rest

Today was my day of rest. No running. I felt really great though. No muscle ache. No wanting to cry. I totally could have run.

I have no mantra today. I guess that's a good thing. We'll see.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Day 4 - I can do this!

Today was a good day! I went to Run On for some new shoes. Mine were starting to rub a blister on my right toe. Not good if I intend on keeping this up...and I do. Trin and I ran around the park tonight. I felt good. Still panting most of the way. Muscles still hurt. Still feel motivated.

Daily Mantra:

I can totally do this!

Distance:

2.1 miles



I totally look like a runner now. Right?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Day 3 - It's only day 3?

My office is on the second floor. I never take the elevator. I run up and down those stairs 10 or 15 times a day. But just the thought of doing it today made me want to throw up. I’m actually surprised that I didn’t.

I do realize to most of you healthy and fit people out there, the amount of running I’ve done seems minimal. Please remember there is a whole group of us that get winded chasing our children around, walking up stairs, or just simply watching other people exercise. I fall into that category. Today was tough but I did it. And I have to say that after our run tonight, I didn't feel awful. Every muscle still hurts, but I'm not discouraged. I think that is improvement.


Daily Mantra:

I will NOT take the elevator.


Distance:

1.4 miles

Day 2 - Pain is a four letter word

We walked today. Just couldn’t seem to pick up our feet and run. Every muscle in my legs hurt. I want to cry.

Daily Mantra:

It’s only the second day.

Distance:

2.18 miles

Day 1 - What have I gotten myself into

07/19/2009 Training has begun! I ran with my friend Trinity on run/walk intervals today. This is the first real exercise I have done in a long time. I am crazy. What have I done? I am going to die! Can you die from running? Am I that out of shape? The answer…yes, yes I am. And yes, I believe you can die from running.

Daily Mantra:

Dear Lord. Please get me through this.

Distance:

1.3 miles

The Beginning

I have decided to chronicle my journey into insanity (the running world) one day at a time....

One of the moms from my mom’s group (Co.Co. Moms) suggested we attend a Team In Training meeting. The below is directly from the TNT website. They explain so much better than I do...

Over the past 20 years, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training® (TNT) has grown to become an unparalleled sports training program. More than 389,000 participants, from first timers to seasoned athletes, have trained with the Team and achieved their best at marathons, half marathons, triatholons, 100-mile cnetury bike rides, and hiking adventures.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. We have invested more than $600 million in research since 1949 - over $71 million in 2008 - specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Last year alone, LLS made 6.3 million contacts with patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals.


The meeting was so inspirational. We went expecting to sign up for relay (5 miles each) and left signed up for the half and full. Are we crazy? I have not yet decided between the half or full. I know that I can complete the half but the full scares THE YOU KNOW WHAT out of me!