Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Today really is a new day. Thank you Chicken Little. An Easy breezy day. That's what my 3 mile run was anyway. But why? Why was it so easy tonight and so difficult Sunday morning? Same miles. Same route. I don't get it. 3 miles in 29:26. That's freakin awesome. Really. But I have no consistency with my running. Tomorrow night it will take me 35 minutes or more, I'm sure. Oh well, another thing for me to obsess about. Just add it to my list.
Today is a new day
Monday, September 28, 2009
Hello blog, old friend. I have missed you. I have been too busy and it has been too long. But enough with the excuses.
I am so behind. I didn't get enough miles in this week. It is my own fault. I will do better. That being said, here's what I did do...
I took Thursday night off. I was exhausted and just couldn't seem to get myself out there and run. That was mistake number 1. Friday was homecoming. I had to take off work because Grant got out of school at 12:00. Yes, they were released early for homecoming. This is Texas baby and everything revolves around high school football. Anyway, instead of running after I dropped Grant off at school, I went to the grocery store. Mistake number 2. Then comes Saturday. Normally Saturday is Team run but Jeff was working and I couldn't go. I'm especially bummed out because everyone was heading to Grapevine for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition's 5k in honor of our friend Lannie, ovarian cancer survivor and hero. Woo Hoo Lannie!
Jeff didn't get home until late on Saturday so I decided to run Sunday morning. Mistake number 3. I get up early Sunday and head out. My calves hurt so bad I can hardly take a step. What is going on? I'm tired of this. Does it ever get to a point when you are pain free? I run 3 miles then quit. It's all I can do. Why did I not take ibuprofen before I ran? Mistake number 4. It was not a good run. I sat with ice on my legs for an hour when I got home. I am frustrated.
And why can't I seem to do the same thing twice? Why do I have such a great and easy run, then 4 days later hardly be able to move? Again, I am frustrated.
So today is a new day (thank you Chicken Little). I will start over. Not think about the crappy week I just had. Do you think it will work?
Why ohhh why?
Lovely picture of Lannie's Ladies! What an inspiration! You go girls!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Seriously, mile 1 always sucks. Why is that? I've mentioned this many times before...My legs always hurt. My throat is always dry. I'm breathing like I've been running for miles already. Come on. It drives me nuts. At least now I know that if I can just get through that first mile then everything will be gravy from that point on. Maybe.
I ran with Meg tonight. Thanks Meg. It was nice to have someone there to make the miles fly by faster. Well, fly by is probably stretching the truth some but it was nice. There is one hill on that stupid 4 mile course that is just ridiculous. Honestly. But I made it to the top. That's always good. Right?
I am really sore today. Not injured sore or anything. Just really worked my muscles sore. I had to set the cruise on the way to work today because I just didn't think I could push down the gas pedal anymore. Seriously. And the stairs at work. I've talked about these stupid stairs before too. Here. Anyway, I took the elevator. I know. I know. It's ridiculous. But I'm really sore people!!
Just take some ibuprofen.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I didn't make it to Team run tonight. I just couldn't seem to get it together after Jeff's scare on Friday and then Grant's parent/teacher meeting Monday. I was mentally exhausted. I'll go on Wednesday.
Soooo...I ran my three miles on my own. The weather was beautiful! Perfect really. The first mile was still tough. It always is. If I am ever going to give up, it would be during the first mile. Every step hurts. Every breath hurts. It's all mental I know. Or maybe I should say I'm mental. Either way, it's tough.
THEN....something always happens right after mile 1. I straighten up. I run better. I breathe better. So I ran. Meaning I didn't stop. At all. I ran my 3 miles with no walk/run intervals. I just ran.
I had this epiphany at about mile 2. Why do I stop to walk for a minute? I don't slow down very much? I'm still covering the same distance? Why not just keep running? I know. I know. I probably should have come to this realization sooner but whatever. I still did it. Honestly, there really is no stoppin me now people.
Just keep running.
Monday, September 21, 2009
That's right. 6 miles. I ran 6 freakin miles today. I finished. No pain. No wanting to die. No wanting to vomit. I'm awesome.
So, I've never run the 6 mile course. I didn't know the mile markers. I was a bit thrown off but just decided to walk 1 minute about every 15 minutes or mile and a half. Worked out well in the beginning but I lost track of time around mile 3. I ended up running about 2 miles before I looked at my watch. I kept thinking if I could just make it through this hilly section then I could stop. The hilly section went on and on. And on. And on. So I ran much further then I normally would have. Woo Hoo!
It was a good day. I am proud of myself.
Just make it up the hill
Total Miles Run So Far:
Since I didn't run last night because of book club, I decided to run 4 miles instead of 3. It went well. No rain. Nice breeze. My iPod died about a mile in which completely sucked. I can't run in silence. All I think about is the steps I'm taking. One more step. One more step. One more step. How many more steps?!
So I sang. Yes, that's right. I ran down the road singing. I'm sure I looked like a crazy person. Maybe I am. But the 4 miles went by fast.
Let It Be
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I had book club tonight. So glad that I ran on Monday instead of resting. I would much rather join my girlfriends at book club then run in the rain. Yes, it's still raining. Day 6 of it. Come on. We need the rain but this is ridiculous! It better stop before I try to tackle 4 miles tonight.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
...the need for speed.
So tonight was speed training. Ohhh speed training! Not as bad as I thought it would be but still a little tough. My right leg is still giving me some trouble so this wasn't my favorite exercise. Plus I'm super short and can NOT keep up with all those long strides of my super tall friends. Why are all my friends so tall? I'm not talking average normal tall. I'm talking crazy tall. Seriously, I was taking 2 steps to their one. Whew! I was worn out. Speed work is not my friend. I will continue to do it but only when I have to. No more. No less. Got it.
(tonight was supposed to be a 3 mile night, but again, we get extra credit for the speed work)
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
OK, Mondays are never going to be the rest day that they are supposed to be. Jeff is usually home at a decent time so I can always run. I'm just not going to pass that chance up.
So, it's been raining for 4 days straight. Ughhhh! It finally stopped and I went out for my run. It was actually a bit chili when I set out. Can you believe it? I can't. There was a nice mist and I felt great. For a while at least...
I've decided to push myself a little harder this week. I normally run 1 mile then walk 1 minute. Tonight I ran 1.5 miles before I stopped. Woo Hoo! I felt great! Then I stopped to walk. Ohhh my leg! My achin' leg. It hurt. Not horrible hurt, but it hurt. I walked for about 1:45 minutes, then started running again. Eventually the pain lightened up some. I ran the remainder on my 3 miles before stopping (about another 1.5 miles). I was hardly winded. I felt great. Except for the horrible pain in my right leg, of course.
I took ibuprofen and iced my leg. The pain went away. Mostly. Now to figure out what is causing it. Form? Strain? Stress Fracture? I really don't have time for any of those. Maybe it will just go away. ;)
Just run through it!
Instead of our normal Saturday morning group run, my fellow Team In Training folks and I participated in the Heros for Children 5K. It is a wonderful cause and was an inspirational morning.
For most of us, this was our first official race ever. I was actually a bit nervous. Dad was in town for Maggie's bday, so he joined Team In Training for the day and ran with us. Or with me anyway. He ran next to me the entire time. I know he was bored out of his mind...I'm way to slow for him. I could tell he was physically trying to slow himself down. Oh Dad, it's gonna be a long 13.1 miles for you in December. Are you sure you want to run next to me? You can bail at any time! No hard feelings.
Now, on to the race...
As I said before, I was a little nervous. Partly because this was my first race and partly because I was afraid my leg would start hurting again. I took the first mile slow. No leg pain. Second mile was still pretty slow. No leg pain. Third mile still slow. No leg pain.
I finished strong but I had way too much energy left. I should have pushed harder. Run faster. I said this in front of both David (coach) and Dad. In unison, they both said "No you shouldn't have." It was kind of funny. But I still wish I would have pushed harder. My official time was 34:11. I finished 218 out of 515. It should have been around 32 minutes. It will be next time.
Team In Training is about raising money and awareness for blood cancers. It's not about your race time. It's not about how you finish. It's about finishing. I get that. But I grew up with a runner. That concept is harder for me. I will always count how many people come in after me. It will always be about time. It will always be about how you finish. It is a race. It is a contest. I can't help it. I should have pushed harder.
Push harder next time!
Total Miles Run So Far:
Below is directly from the Heros for Children website...
Currently, an estimated 12,400 children, ages 0-20 years, are diagnosed with a form of cancer in the United States . With diagnosis comes the challenge to provide financially for the family. In order to provide constant care for their child, parents frequently lose or quit their jobs. The money Heroes for Children donates directly to families helps relieve some of the strain and stress during this difficult time in their lives. Whether it is to pay a medical bill, buy gas for the frequent trips to the hospital, or keep a family from having their electricity turned off, Heroes for Children is committed to helping families. There is no other organization that provides such versatility when it comes to financially assisting families. A social worker at a Texas children's hospital said, "The impact of the aid and the hope that you have instilled in these families cannot be measured." With your help, Heroes for Children can continue to assist these families and make a difference in our community.
Rest or run? That was the big question today. My leg is finally feeling better after the awful run I had Wednesday night. Do I run? Do I rest one more night?
I chose to rest. I'm not exactly sure if my decision was made because I really thought I should rest or because I had way too much to do to get ready for Maggie's 1st Birthday. Either way, I rested.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Ohhhhhh the pain! My right calve is K.I.L.L.I.N.G. me!! I was fine the first 1/2 mile or so. But ohhhhhhh the pain! At 1 mile I stopped to stretch just to see if it would help. I was having trouble putting weight on my leg again. The stretching did seem to help but by the time I finished my second mile, I just couldn't go on. I actually stopped. I quit. I think this is the first time I've really quit in the middle of a run. I feel like a loser. I know nothing major is going on. If it was then the pain wouldn't go away after icing. Seriously, feel like a loser.
I iced it again and took ibuprofen. The pain went away. Mostly. I can still feel it today but nothing major.
So what's going on?? I called my Dad. His advice...it's probably just a strain. Not that big of a deal. I just need to take it easy and continue to ice and ibuprofen. Maybe walk my miles tonight instead so I'm not a total loser. I can handle that.
I will make it up!
Tuesday night Team run. It was hot and humid. I'm back to hating Tuesdays again. Great. I ran my 3 miles at about an average of 10 minutes per mile. Not bad considering just how humid it was. But my right calve has started hurting. I actually had some trouble even putting any weight on it when I was done running.
Per David, I stretched, iced, and took ibuprofen. The pain went away completely after about an hour.
Get over it. It's been hotter!!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Labor Day! And technically a rest day. Jeff was off and I hate to waste a day when I know I can run. So I ran. Our schedule is just so crazy, I couldn't pass it up. David, I know, I know. Run the schedule. Don't try to make up days. I really am trying to follow the rules. Kind of.
On to the run...3 miles in 29:14. Yeah!! That's about a 9:71 minute mile. Not so bad. I will probably try to stick with that time. After all, I am going to have to run 13 of them...eventually.
Just run! 3 miles is nothing!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
So today is the big 4 mile run. Oh Dear Lord. Really? I've hardly trained at all this week. And you want me to run 4 miles? All while pushing a jogging stroller? Crap. OK, if you say so.
Mile 1 - good. My arms and back muscles hurt. That stupid jogging stroller is not easy but I'm doing it.
Mile 2 - not so good. I just couldn't get past the stupid stroller.
Mile 3 - feeling great. Why? Because Corey (one of our mentors) took the stroller from me. She pushed it up the hill (small mountain) so I wouldn't have to struggle.
Mile 4 - even better. Again, why? Because Corey still had the stroller. She decided she liked the extra workout. (I would also like to point out that Corey had already run 5 miles this morning before meeting us. Yes, that's right. 5 miles before she came to run 4 miles.)
I have to say that this was so much easier than I thought. I think mostly because I had Corey there pushing me along. Making conversation. Keeping my mind off the run. I never once felt like I wasn't going to make it. I will probably follow her around like a puppy from now on.
I can't believe I'm running 4 miles!!
I'm adding a new segment to my Saturday Team Run posts...
Total Miles Run So Far:
Fridays are rest days. I should have run since I didn't get to last night but Fridays are just too busy. Plus it was the first football game of the season and I promised Grant we would go. Go Eagles!
Oh well, I'm sure it won't be any big deal. After all, I'm just running 4 miles tomorrow. For the first time. After 2 days of rest. And 2 days of hill practice, not distance training. Yeaah, no big deal at all. (note sarcasm)
I was scheduled to run 3 miles tonight. I'm all geared up and ready to go and Jeff calls. He's working late. Great. He didn't get home until around 9:45pm. I suppose I could have gotten out to run but I just couldn't do it. Not that late. What a disappointment.
It will be fine.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Hill training again. Crazy? Yes. I actually felt really good on Wednesday so I decided to join the group for round 2 of hill training. I'm glad I did but woo! I'm feeling it today. My thighs hurt. My calves hurt. Nothing major. Just hurt. Tonight is a 3 mile run. Wonder how bad things will feel then? Should be interesting. Hmmmm.
Ohhh! What was I thinking?
about 2 miles
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Ahhh Tuesday. Do I still hate you? No, I don't think I do. The weather is cooling off and I no longer want to die.
We had hill training last night. I don't know why but I kept envisioning the scene where Rocky is running up the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and raising his arms in triumph. Da na na na. Na na nuh nuh nuh. Needless to say, I was not looking forward to my Rocky reenactment.
It wasn't that bad. No steps. Just hills. The Italian Stallion would have probably been disappointed. We ran about a mile out to a pretty steep hill. It didn't look that steep but after the 4th time up, my thighs disagreed. All in all, I actually enjoyed this exercise. I think I'll go again tonight. Ha! Maybe even download "Gonna Fly Now" or "Eye of the Tiger" to get me pumped up.
Da na na na. Na na nuh nuh nuh.
(our milage was actually supposed to be 3 miles but we got extra credit for the hills. Woo Hoo. I love extra credit!)
I'm supposed to be active on Sundays. No Running. I had a horrible headache so no running was fine with me. Unfortunately, I wasn't really active either. Oh well.
Day 43 Monday August 31 - Rest day
Yep. Love the rest days! Not necessarily because I get a day off from running but because I get an extra hour at night to catch up. I know that doesn't seem like a lot but I am burning the candle at both ends right now. An hour is golden.