Archive | October, 2011

Day 106 – 5 miles

31 Oct

My first 10K is this Saturday and I am excited to get this accomplishment under my belt.  I love that any time I go for a new race it is a  personal record! The training for the 10K part of this journey has definitely not been the best.  I started off with the shoulder injury and then followed up with some wicked bronchitis.  Thank goodness for the advice of others who told me to lay off while I had the bronchitis.  I look at the pictures of the race a few weeks ago and I really looked worn out.  But I am feeling so much better now and ready to keep pushing forward.  Had my training gone as planned I would have been steadily increasing to the 6 miles for the 10K, but of course life is rarely as we plan it.  Therefore, I decided to jump up to 5 this weekend so that I would not feel so worried about the 6.2 coming next week.

The run went surprisingly well!

5 Miles = 56:06

This is about a 11:13 pace which is a little higher than I would like but for my first attempt I am just ecstatic to have made it! This run was the first time I have EVER run 5 miles in my life.  And I know I have said this a million times before but I would never have believed in 3 months I would grow this much.  The picture is me attempting to smile when really I was about to fall over from exhaustion! I was so hungry and tired after this run.  My breathing was very consistent and not labored at all, but my hips were really aching by the end.  But I made it! 

As the distance increases so does my need for new running gear and toys. 😉  My newest and maybe favorite addition to date  is the FuelBelt 10-ounce Palm Holder water bottle! This thing is amazing and I love love love it!  I find that a quick sip of water really helps with my breathing and endurance.  The water bottle is so comfortable and weighs next to nothing.  A great addition to my runs!

The other thoughts that will not leave my head were about endurance from the church sermon this weekend. Although the endurance speaks to our spiritual endurance, our pastor was relating his message to all aspects of life, marriage, work, etc and it really hit deep with me as I continue on this fitness journey.  The series is called Supernatural and the teaching was on endurance.  When faced with a “desert” or obstacle in your life will you dry up, get soft, and stray off? Or will you go deeper, grow stronger, and get focused.

More simplly stated he said to tell yourself:

I can’t…

*dry up

*get soft

*stray off

I will…

*go deeper

*grow stronger

*get focused

To do this you have to

—> be still (rest and listen) —> so you can go deeper

—>say “I can still fight” (demand endurance) —> so you can grow stronger

—> say “I still have things to do” (no excuses) —> so you can get focused

Running has definitely not been a walk in the park for me, I have felt sore, apathetic,  exhausted, defeated, and ambivalent at times but I have to remind myself to DEMAND ENDURANCE.

Day 106 advice – go deeper, grow stronger, and get focused

 

 

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Day 91 – Perfect Fall day and the 50 burpees in 50 days challenge!

16 Oct

Yesterday I ran the Candler Park 5K.  Going into this run, I was really not feeling well and was totally exhausted.  My eyes in the pictures confirm this! 🙂 I swear they were open! I was really working hard to convince myself that I could run the whole race.  My goal is always to pace myself appropriately so that I run the whole course and do not have to walk at all.  I have been doing fine with this but on my run earlier in the week I had to walk because of my chest cold.   The first 5 minutes of the race were the very hardest for me because my lungs began burning the minute I started running.  Of the three 5K’s I have run so far, this was by far the hardest! Very hilly and very windy. The view while running though was wonderful, through the park and surrounding neighborhoods. I love this area because it reminds me of where I grew up!

I was running with my friend Kristin which always helps with the motivation factor.  Although we were not by each other the whole race, we ended up crossing the finish line together which was perfect.  We ran it in 30:24 which surprised me given the difficulty of the course and my chest cold.  I realized the importance of training either with an incline when on the treadmill or practicing on hilly courses.  Also, the importance of training through a cold when possible, because you never know what will be going on with your body on race day.

My kids came to the race with me again which is quickly becoming my favorite part of these races! I love that they are being exposed  to different places, people, and experiences.  Now obviously I can’t just let my 2 and 6 year old fend for themselvs while I run, so I am lucky to have my Aunt Margot come along and share in the fun of these races and hang out with kids while I hit the pavement. I am so blessed to have such supportive and encouraging people surrounding me!

This week I have really been feeling like I hit a plateau so I have decided to do a challenge posted on a fitness page I follow on facebook.  The Facebook page is called MyFitness Motivation and the challenge is 50 burpees a day, for 50 days! Now if you have never heard of a burpee, don’t worry, neither had I.  In fact, it reminds me so much of slurpee from 7-11 that I am craving one now!  Here is a picture of how to do a burpee.    When you are in the down position you can add a push up.  I will not be starting with those but will be working up to them! The 50 days run from October 17th until December 5th.  I will be starting with doing them in sets of 10 throughout the day and working up to doing them all at the same time.  I will keep you posted on my results. Wish  me luck. 🙂

Day 86 – hard work ain’t cute! :o)

11 Oct

My training schedule is a off this week because of taking time off for my shoulder and the 5K I have coming up on Saturday.  I went to do 4 miles on Monday but because of a light mist and a cold/cough, I quickly decided that 3 miles was enough. I ran 3 miles in 34:25 because I had to add in a few short walks.

Today was my 2 mile + strength day.  On these days, I like to push myself as hard as I can pace wise.  Through some new fitness friends/mentors I have been learning so much about the different types of training you can do for running.  I am definitely training for distance as opposed to speed.  However, on these 2 mile days I push as hard as possible so my body works outside of it’s “pace” once a week.  Today I ran on the treadmill because of the rain.

2 miles = 17:08!

This is definitely my fastest 2 mile time to date – 8:34/mile. I wish I could say that I was just cruising through this pace with ease but I was not. I was working – hard! I love to run these 2 mile runs because it allows me to really push my hardest.  At my 10:00/mile pace, I am working but I am comfortable.  At this pace, I am pushing, and let me tell you, it ain’t pretty! 🙂 Just to prove this fact, I took a charming picture of myself when I was done! I ALWAYS get a red face when I run and this red face typically lasts for a few hours.  And although you can see that a little in this picture, in real life this was multiplied by about 10!  I am pointing all of this out to say that although it gets easier, pushing yourself is never easy.  Today at the gym I know people were probably worrying I was about to pass out based on the color in my face, but internally I was doing just fine. Although it has always made me nuts that my face goes to shades of scarlet, at least I know it is from hard work!

 

Day 86 advice = Push yourself, even when you look crazy doing it! 🙂

Day 81 – Bum shoulder

6 Oct

I have been very lucky so far in this journey not to hurt anything.  Unfortunately I have problematic shoulders/scapula that I have had since I was a teenager.  I had arthroscopic surgery on both shoulders at 15 and 16 and it was minimallysuccessful and a very slow recovery.  I spent a lot of time in physical therapy and although they would flare up every now and again they were never quite as bad as before.  Over the years I have been able to get it down to a pretty good science of controlling the pain.  Then after all this time, I woke up on Tuesday in major pain! I went to get a massage that night hoping for some relief, and while it did help temporarily, when I woke up Wednesday I was still hurting.  I went to work but left by 10:00 because I was in so much pain.  The reason it is so frustrating is because the only way to really relieve all of the pressure is to lie on your back, which you can’t do real well as a teacher!! 🙂  I first headed to the chiropractor to get adjusted.  After lying in bed for several hours I went to the doctor that afternoon and because of the inflammation and spasms he put me on steroids and muscle relaxers.  After mobilizing it in a sling all day today and then doing some stretches tonight, it is starting to feel better.  The point of all of this though is that I have not been able to run all week! 😦 After my first 4 mile run, I was feeling so excited to press forward.  If the sling and steroids help this much again tomorrow, I will be trying to run on Saturday for sure.  I will be beginning physical therapy on Monday and there is almost a sense of relief in that. I know that the physical therapy was very instrumental in reducing the pain in the past.  And I definitely don’t mind being forced to add strength training 2-3 times a week to my regimen for the next 4-6 weeks.  When my upper body is strong, I feel stronger all together!  In the scheme of things it is only 1 week off but it feels like a million years after running so consistently the last few months.

Day 80 advice – Listen to your body and know when to take a break (even when you don’t want to 🙂 )

Day 76 – 4 Miles and still smiling!

1 Oct

 I lost some steam in the last couple of weeks and felt like I was kind of plateauing. I was discussing this with Glen when he said to me, “you are doing the work but not really changing your eating very much.” Needless to say, I did not really like the comment and replied with “I don’t want to change my eating.” He followed it up with “you are in training, babe. You are not just working out. You are in training. For a half marathon.  If you want to see results and feel better, you need to eat better.” (silence) Me – “bah, why did you have to point that out?” 🙂 So I guess the time has come and I can no longer ignore my eating habits. I really do not eat horribly, I just don’t really eat foods that are good for fuel and I don’t eat consistently so my goal over the next month is to really pay attention to my eating.  The raw fruit and vegetable detox did help me notice a lot of my eating habits so now i just need to utilize the information.  If I want my body to run a half marathon, I have to give it the right food.Feeling inspired by our talk, I had a healthy lunch so I could run my 4 miles later in the day.  I had already clocked a course earlier in the day so I was set to go.  I had to remind myself not to be discouraged by the idea of 4 miles.  2 months ago, 4 miles would have been unrealistic, but now it is an achievable goal and I don’t want to be psyched out by the number.

I took off and was shocked by what a great run I had. I definitely began to feel it on the last mile but I was able to complete the run without stopping!

4 miles = 45:48

I have never ever run for that long of a time and I am thrilled with my first 4 mile run. Here is the 10K training schedule I am following.  It is Hal Higdon’s 10K Novice training schedule.  I make sure to always do all of the runs and then try to fit whatever else in that I can. I am in week 3, so I have 5 more weeks until my 10K on November 5th.  After successfully completing 4 miles today, I actually feel like I am going to be able to run the 10K.  I am very excited!

Week
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
1
Stretch & strength
2.5 m run
30 min cross
2 m run
+ strength
Rest
40 min cross
3 m run
2
Stretch & strength
2.5 m run
30 min cross
2 m run
+ strength
Rest
40 min cross
3.5 m run
3
Stretch & strength
2.5 m run
35 min cross
2 m run
+ strength
Rest
50 min cross
4 m run
4
Stretch & strength
3 m run
35 min cross
2 m run
+ strength
Rest
50 min cross
4 m run
5
Stretch & strength
3 m run
40 min cross
2 m run
+ strength
Rest
60 min cross
4.5 m run
6
Stretch & strength
3 m run
40 min cross
2 m run
+ strength
Rest
60 min cross
5 m run
7
Stretch & strength
3 m run
45 min cross
2 m run
+ strength
Rest
60 min cross
5.5 m run
8
Stretch & strength
3 m run
30 min cross
2 m run
+ strength
Rest
Rest
10-K Race