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Back at the gym

I finally made it back to the gym yesterday.  I delayed a few extra days due to the cold and I was eager to get moving.  I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and while it felt good, it also felt like I had a cold.  Everything below the neck was fine, but my head continued to get heavier as I went so I kept things light.

Last night I went back to the gym for my first yoga class.  I can definitely see why runners should do yoga, though I don’t think yoga could ever stand in for a crosstraining session.  My instructor was great at explaining all the moves, and I really enjoyed the deep stretch.  I really felt it in my Achilles, but I am not sure if that was the focus or just where I am really tight.

The best part was waking up and not being sore today.  I felt much looser this morning and hope I can catch the class a few days a week.  I am not very good at meditating, so maybe this is the beginning of a deeper, more focused, me.

This weekend, I am focusing on shopping and getting in my first post-half run.  I also need to tweak my training schedule (again) and decide if I want to through another half in the mix for April.  Things may be getting out of hand, but at least I am having fun!


December 11, 2009 at 9:33 pm Leave a comment

The Future

You reach that point in high school when you have to begin thinking about college; you reach that point in college when you have to begin thinking about a career. You even hit that age when you have to start thinking about families, but I am avoiding that one for the time being. I can’t however deny my looming race date and the reality that I must explore the future beyond it.

I am sure there are people who are blessed enough to focus on one goal or one race at a time; I am not one of them.  I have always done too many things at once and need to know what I will be doing next week in order to do what I will need to do today.  So I woke up at 7:00 this Saturday morning to think about  (dom dom doooooohm) The Future.

An hour later, I had mapped out the next six months of my training life in painstaking detail.  The good news is that it can be done.  The scary news is that it is way more than I have ever done before.  But if I do it, I will have run my first half marathon and completed my first sprint triathlon in my thirtieth year of life (with literally no days to spare –I turn 31 the day after my tri).

I would be lying if I said the challenge before me was not intimidating, but I am also thrilled by the idea of new challenges ahead.  I am also super-psyched that boyfriend will be training with me for the tri.  Which is to say, he is doing the tri, though has made it clear he has no desire to train as much as I do or take it as seriously as I do.  And he may still beat me…but that is yet to be seen.

So here’s what the next six months after my first half marathon hold.  I hope a few of you will stick around for that journey as well! I am running 10 miles tomorrow and then just 25 miles till race day.

My 2010 Event and Training Calendar for Half marathon and Sprint Triathlon

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November 21, 2009 at 11:45 pm Leave a comment

Just 35 more miles

There are no two ways about; I procrastinate.  More than once after finally doing the thing I’ve been dreading, I have found myself thinking, “that wasn’t so bad,” or “that was much quicker/better/more fun than I expected.”  I procrastinate about a long list of things including cleaning, work projects, taking the dog out and even going to bed.  Lately, I have put off running until the last possible moment too, which makes my blog even later!

I can say I sort of had a good reason to stall on running this week, or at least I thought I did.  After my 9 miles Sunday, my right knee was really sore.  After icing all day Monday, I was afraid to run on it Tuesday and opted for the gym instead.  Thursday I was supposed to run, but I was so afraid of finding out my knee was really “messed up,” I waited until today.  A week’s worth of worry (and rest) resulted in a fine run today and very little pain afterwards.

Running really is 98% mental.  I have just 35 miles to go before my race and I need every one of them.  Putting them off is not an option.  No room for procrastination or excuses.  Just 35 more miles.  I can’t believe I have come this far, and you better believe I am going all the way!  Next up: 10 on Sunday.

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November 20, 2009 at 10:38 pm 1 comment

Brought to you by the color purple

Well, I did it.  I ran 9 miles on Sunday, making this week’s long run my longest run ever.  I am still slightly in disbelief that I actually ran 9 miles, but my knees are both assuring me with each step that I did.  My split times were all a little slower than usual, but overall it was a solid run and I am not complaining—well, not complaining about anything other than my knees.  (Ice and Advil do your thing)

In an effort to totally freak myself out motivate myself for the year ahead, I plotted my races and training weeks on a 2010 calendar.  I think my New Year’s resolution will be to sleep as much as possible because after training that is all I will have the strength to do.  At least I have a few weeks to look at the seemingly impossible 5 months of training before committing with entry fees in December.

Today, the purchase on my mind is my half marathon ensemble.  I know I will be wearing one of two pairs of black tights, my favorite of which has a little purple accent stripe.  I keep debating about making purple my “color of the day” and ordering a shirt to match.  It seems silly when I have several other perfectly good shirts, but somehow the purple is calling to me. And I need to decide now so I can wear it a few times to break it in.  Hmmm…I’ll let you know.

The other thing calling my name is meat.  It’s the last night of downtown dining, and we will be at Texas de Brazil for an all-you-can-eat meat feast.  OK, truthful that much meat the night before a morning run sounds disgusting to me and I am hoping no one will notice if I load up at the salad bar instead.  I think one week of good training and sensible eating will have me ready for a much better time on my 10 miles this Saturday.

My countdown calendar is a constant reminder that Decemeber 5th will be here before I know it.  This week I am feeling much more prepared.  Pilates today to stretch out and get ready for tomorrow.

November 16, 2009 at 9:11 pm Leave a comment

Two-month Running Anniversary


I checked my training log today and confirmed that yesterday was the two-month anniversary of my first run. Wow, two months. When I think of all I have accomplished from that first 1.75 miles to today I can’t help but be proud. I’ve run a 4-mile and 8-mile race, as well as committing to run a half marathon. And with that half marathon a month away, I feel very good about running it.

I have completed 25 runs and have 13 more before my half. Some have definitely been better than others (my training long only had on word for my run on Sept 5—pukey), but overall they have been good. Each run builds on the next, and each improvement is built on previous struggles.

My long run of 7 miles on Saturday went really well and the 4.75 miles I put in yesterday were smooth, too. I needed these runs to boost my confidence and they did just that. My commitment to follow my training schedule and run a strong half is through the roof.

Maybe the most important thing I did to show (force) my commitment to my training this weekend was finalize my training schedule and reschedule any runs disturbed by travel and the holidays. I now know all my runs will fit into my schedule and that I better do them because they don’t fit anywhere else.

It was hard not to run during lunch today, because I just feel so good, but looking back at my training log also reminded me of the consequences of overtraining. Instead, I read Runner’s World and dreamed about my own dramatic race finish.

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November 3, 2009 at 8:26 pm 1 comment

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