Archive | August, 2011

Day 45 – Getting so close

31 Aug

My main goal today was to run with Glen and see how far we could make it.  Tomorrow is a week until the race! The outside runs are definitely way harder than running on the treadmill. As I mentioned before, our neighborhood is VERY hilly and it was kind of hilarious running with Glen because his long legs really help on those hills, whereas I basically look like I’m running in place trying to get up them.  🙂 We did pretty well though and I am just hoping that the race course will be a tiny bit less hilly.

2.7 Miles = 29:36

My longest distance outdoor to date.  Going for 3 miles on Saturday!


Day 44 – Holy intervals!

30 Aug

Today I decided I wanted to start doing some interval training on my inbetween days.  Now before I started this whole running thing I had an idea of what this meant but no idea of how to put it into practice.  The basic idea is that you run short intervals at a faster than normal pace to teach your muscles that they can! Once you get settled in a pace, you can get pretty comfy there and you will never get any faster if you don’t push yourself to get faster.  Reminds me of what my parents used to say to me when I was younger, “if you always do what you’ve always done, then you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”   I ran 1 mile to warm up and then did another mile with intervals.   I did the interval mile anywhere from a 2.0-4.0 incline.  Because I was on a treadmill, I did timed intervals, running about 45 seconds at 7.2 and then 1:30 minutes walking, back to 7.2, then walking, etc etc.  The intervals actaully got easier towards the end although I have to admit that one time I almost bit it big time!!!  I don’t know if anyone saw but coming out of one of the intervals, I lost my footing and almost went flying off the treadmill! I almost hurt myself pretty bad, so lesson learned there, be carfeul with your footing.

Day 44 advice: You can always push  more, you can always get better. Just be careful doing it 😉

Day 42 – 11 Days until my first 5K!

28 Aug

I’m almost there! Only 11 more days until my first 5K.  I have been dreaming about running a 5K since my Freshman year at WMU when I volunteered for the Campus Classic on Homecoming day.  I volunteered every year for the next 4 years and loved it but I was always wondering in the back of my head why I didn’t just sign up and run. After graduation, life took over and I never took the time to accomplish the goal.  So now 12 years after volunteering for that first 5K, I am finally going to run in one!

I have definitely improved over the last several weeks but I am not quite there yet. Counting today I have five more times to run before the race so I want to make sure I make them worthwhile.   It is much easier to run in the morning, but this race begins at 7:00 at night. Therefore I am going to try to simulate the race by running outside and running at the same time of day.  Today was the first of the 5 runs until the race and I went running but didn’t clock the distance until afterwards. 

2.6 Miles = 29:25

Although I felt like I had run a little further distance wise I am still happy with this time considering the course was quite hilly.  I am looking forward to running with Glen sometime this week and think having someone with me will definitely help! Also I have to say that the number of people who read my blog, comment on it, are inspired/encouraged by it is an incredible motivator.  Thank you for reading and thank you for the encouragement and I am glad it has sparked other people to get training too!

Day 37

24 Aug

Day 37 was actually yesterday but I was WAY too exhausted to blog. I got up early in the morning to head to the gym and do 2.75 miles for the first time.  Although the progress is slow and steady, I love how the small increment increases allow you to feel like you accomplish something each week.

2.75 miles = 27:24

I was able to run the whole thing without stopping and after I finished, it was the first time I felt confident I could run the whole 5K without stopping.  (Another 4 minutes and I would have been at 3.1).  I also realized I ran for 27 minutes straight!!  When I started this process, running for 10 minutes nearly did me in, and now I am doing 3 times that much. Now before I get carried away, I have to say I am quite sore this time.  My schedule this week is CraZy busy so I will only be running 3 days and resting each day in between and then walking on Sunday.  No in between workouts this week.  I will be set to try 3 miles for the first time, next Tuesday and the 5K is the week after that.  I am starting to get pretty excited about running my first race ever!

Therefore I NEED a new playlist!

Three songs I’m feeling right now:

  Diddy – Coming Home

  Lupe Fiasco – The Show Goes On

  Monica – Still Standing

I need recommendations.  The title of this playlist is Endurance, so I need songs that make that word come alive. Suggestions??? 🙂

Day 34

20 Aug

 After an amazing massage last night I was so relaxed and I really did not want to get out of bed this morning.  It was the best massage I have had to date! The massage therapist was so knowledgable about my shoulder and did an amazing job relieving the pain.  The most important thing she talked about was how my breathing while I’m running can increase the pain in my shoulder if not done correctly.  When I am breathing I tend to try and pull air from my chest/pec muscles instead of my diaphragm which results in shallow breathing and tension in the chest muscles.  The muscle that I tend to overuse the most from this type of breathing is the pec minor muscle which attaches into your shoulder.  So with this new knowledge I headed out for my run this morning.  I was really astonished at the number of times I caught myself breathing from my upper chest and had to force myself to pull from my diaphragm.  Every time I consciously went back to breathing from my diaphragm, I felt I had much more energy/stamina to keep going.  After looking more into the whole breathing thing I realized that breathing incorrectly causes people to think they are not made for running when really they are just not giving their body the oxygen it needs to run smoothly. 

Today I ran 2.5 miles outside in 26:10.  This is a 10:40ish pace. I would love to complete the 5K with this pace.  I feel confident that if I keep the training up, adding .25  each week, I will be able to accomplish this goal!!

Day 34 advice: Pay attention to your breathing, decide what breathing pattern works best for you and practice it!


Day 31

17 Aug

Ran 2.5 miles for the first time today and I am really sore/tired.  But I made it! 🙂 Running at night is always quite a bit harder for me and I feel much more worn out afterwards. And although I did eat less than normal, I ate dinner right before I went running. :/  May not have been the best idea ever, but I didn’t want to run on an empty stomach. As I was running, I realized again how this whole running thing is all about stamina. Around 18:00 minutes I felt really worn out and thought about stopping but I made myself keep going because the harder I push, the easier it will become.  And I can say that with certainty because I have seen the changes in my stamina from Day 1 until now.

Day 31 advice: The harder you push, the easier it will become!

Week 5 – Day 29

15 Aug

Yesterday was a walk day but I had WAY too much energy to only walk and decided I would try to run 1 mile at a faster pace than normal just to see what would happen. Much to my surprise I ran a mile in 8:48! Obviously I could not have kept that pace up for a 5K but it was amazing to me that I ran it in the time I did.  I am not sure I have ever run a timed mile that fast. While I know some of you are saying to yourselves I would not define that as fast 😉 …that is SUPER fast for me. My mile time on Day 1 was 10:26, so in 29 days I have improved my time by 1 min 38 seconds so I am okay with that! 🙂

As I near my first goal of this crazy running training, I want to say that it is my ultimate goal that keeps me going! My ultimate goal is to complete a half marathon.  I have no shame in saying that one of my favorite places in the world is Disney World and I need a goal that will keep me super motivated.  Therefore…

The Disney Princess Half Marathon!

The family events are the day before so Glen will be running a 5K and Alana will be running the 1 Mile Kid’s Race! So of course if us girls are going to be racing together, it is imperative we have matching outfits!  I picked these up at the Disney Store so I know we are all set. 🙂

On top of getting a chance to complete this goal, I will get to go to Disney.  Which makes me one very happy girl.