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It has been a while!

Sorry blog fans! I didn't realize how long it had been since I last posted. I don't have the internet at home, and it can be time consuming to blog from my phone.

I'll give you a quick no-frills update.

I ran the Dam 5K on 11/17. I PR'd, which was good! Knocked 2 minutes off my last time.

I finally got new shoes. They aren't the best, but they have tread and are actually made for running. And they fit. So I'm doing better there.

My POTM goal will probably not be met this month, but I have already beat last months miles.

I had Thanksgiving with my sister, her boyfriend, ORF, her fiance, and their super, super cute baby girl. Worked on Friday, had a wedding to go to on Saturday, went to the ER saturday night (more on that later, nothing serious), and church Sunday!

Whew! Weekend over!

I promise to get back and get you some pics of all that has gone on.


Stay tuned!

Oh yeah, and BOOMER SOONER!

1224!

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Nerd moment: my blog has had 1224 views.

Facts about the number 1224:

1: 1224 is the smallest number that can be written as the sum of 4 cubes in 3 ways.

2: 1224 Fantasia is a Main-belt Asteroid discovered by Belyavskij, S. and Ivanov, N. at Simeis.

3: In the year 1224 AD war between France and England broke out when Louis VIII of France attacked Poitou and northern Gascony.

Those are the fancy facts about the number 1224. Here are my facts:

1: 12 is half of 24!

2: Jesus had 12 disciples!

3: There are 12 numbers on a clock, 12 months in a year, 24 hours in a day.

... you get the picture.

Congratulations to me!

Boomer Sooner and the lame mile

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Friday night I had a horrible headache so I didn't run. I thought for a second that running may beat it out of me, but I'm glad I didn't try. The people at the gym may not like me enough to clean up after me if I barf on the 'mill.


Saturday I had free tickets to the OU game, so of course I went. I overslept til 9am when there came a knockin' at my door. It was myfriends there to pick us up! I had time to get ready, but no run time. We didn't get back home until 10.30pm, so no running then either!

BOOMER SOONER!!!





(side note: bossman saw this and said it's sad if that is the best pair of jeans I have. Yes, yes it is...)




Sunday I finally got out on the road after church. Now, I've heard you are supposed to take time off from running to recover, but I had 2 days off and almost died! It seems over my start to running that time off = bad run for me. If I were a big-time runner like some of the ladies whose blogs I follow, recovery time would make sense. But …

Wipeout!

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I'm growing tired of my iPod. I have new music on it, but it doesn't motivate me anymore. Maybe it's because I'm 'mill running and don't have to cover up my pounding feet, or maybe it's that I'm beginning to appreciate running organically. Thoughts?  Because of this, I've found something new to occupy my mind while dragging my butt through the miles: Wipeout! Hahaha! Have you ever tried to NOT laugh in a crowded gym? Tough. I'm loving watching this while working out.


Before i went tonight i made sure to stretch extra good, as I've been having some calf tightness. Meatball wanted to stretch with me, as seen here...

He is a much more interesting stretcher than me.

After I stretched, I did another 3.1, my 4th for the week. This time may have been the easiest yet. Thats promising. ORF came with me and signed up at the gym. Now we can continue to encourage each other. Having someone go to the gym with me helps. And knowing she wants to excel as …

That Dam 5k

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I found out yesterday that there is a 5k coming up in my area. The 'That Dam Lake Texoma 5k" is on 11/17. I feel like physically I am prepared for it, but gear-ly I am not. I still haven't bit it and bought new shoes. I won't need special shorts, shirts, socks, belts, sleeves, hats, etc. as a 5k doesn't require much fanciness. I need shoes, but first, I need the funds. Le sigh. This isn't a cry out for money, it's more like a cry out for someone to convince me to spend my money. I haven't spent that much on a pair of shoes in years. I became a frugal fanatic and push all belongings to the limit. Help!

Last night I was back on the 'mill. Not defeated quite as early, but about 1.7 miles in I hit my wall. How silly! I pushed pushed pushed, and made it to 3.1 in just under 39 mins. S       L        O      W.
I need to stop being so hard on myself, but if I'm not, how will I get better?!

When I got home I started dinner. In a pinch I always make st…

How long is a tenth of a mile?!

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Tonight I put in another 3.1. Workout description: hard.  As soon as that treadmill reached 4.7 speed I was in trouble. Only 30 seconds in and my knees felt stiff, my shins burned, and my calves felt heavy. I was already defeated. But then i remembered runner friends like HRG that hasn't run because of injury. Or the people on the east coast that can't think of anything but survival; for them giving up because of physical exhaustion is not an option. My weakness is nothing, and i can overcome it. I finished, just shy of 38 minutes. Slow but complete.




Then it was on to dinner. I was in the mood for something simple. Eggs always win. Tonight, eggs with mushrooms, red onions, garlic, fresh basil, a little cheddar cheese, and yummy avocado.

Time for a shower and off to bed.


What did you do tonight?


Racking up the miles

Yesterday I decided to push myself a little and get in some extra running time. As you know, I did 3.1 on the dreadmill treadmill Friday. Yesterday I tried 2.5 outside, including 2 hills.  I.Need.New.Shoes. That's for sure. I pushed as hard as I could. Walked about 1/10th total, and finished in about 30 mins. That comes out to a 12 min mile. Blag! Afterwards I crawled to my car, went home to have a pickle, changed my socks, and met a friend for a 2 mile walk/jog. By the end I was beat.

Since time rolled back yesterday there will be no outdoor running during the week. It will now be dark by the time I leave my office, and I have a 30 min commute. Off to the gym!!!

In personal business, I had burgers and played Apples to Apples on Friday with running buddy. I won. Woot Woot. On Saturday my wonderful mom came to visit. We had a fabulous time, but she had to go back home. I cried when she left. Stupid loving relationships. Hmph. While she was here we got to check out the Dia De Los M…

Here comes the BOOM

Who is that girl? That's me. What did i do? I just ran a 5k as my evening run. What?!?!?!?! You know that's right.

A cold start

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Last week was the week after my first race. Getting back out on the running path was harder than I could have imagined. I only made it out one day!

Thursday the temperature dropped and we are starting our days with temps in the 30s. The sun sets around 6:30 and after next Sunday it will set around 5:30; I get home from work at 5:30. Uber-boo.

Today i'm optimistic that I can get moving again. I may have to head to the gym and run on the deadmill treadmill. Regardless, I must get back back to it.

I started this a.m. off right with my version of black forrest oatmeal. Quick oats, a little brown sugar, chocolate chips and dried cranberries. I'm on a no-caffeine kick right now, and a little jerked that chocolate has caffeine in it, buuuut I'll just have to deal with the little amount.


I need to run to get out all this anger from a really bad football weekend. My Sooners lost, my 'Boys lost, I forgot to switch out a QB on my fanatasy team and that cost me 110 pts.   Grrr.…

Sorry

I'm sure I had 1500-1600 fans check in for my daily news. But, I don't have any!
Today was the first cold day here in my neck of the woods. I strongly dislike cold weather. I was unprepared. So, in my regular fashion I sulked, I whined, I complained. I decided to not run. I also decided to make homemade pizza, which I burned due to long-term whine-baggin' on the couch.
Hurumph.
Maybe tomorrow...
Night!

1st run.

Yeowza!
I trained daily for 3 months doing only 1.6 miles per day, TOPS, then ran a 5k in 37:53. But today! Today, I tried 2 whole miles as training. Just 2! And....D.I.E.D. I am d-e-a-d, dead. Geez running is tough. That next 5k better buy me a present when i'm done, cuz this is gonna be hard.
What was your first "wall"? Did you get up to 5-6 miles before it was tough? Or like me, have you been struggling to earn every tenth?

Challenge!

Since I'm not a super blogger (yet), I'm having trouble adding a widget...or a gadget..? A thing. So head on over to www.runeatrepeat.com and join the Pile on the Miles challenge that she is offering up. As runners we need to encourage each other, and RER is top notch at this! Sign in, add your info, and run the challenge with me!

...and if you figure out how to get that darn gidget code to work for you, comment and let me know.


Tonight, I'm headed back out on the road to get back into my training.

How many miles are you running tonight?

Day of rest

Today was a no-run day. After doing my first race on Saturday,  I was extremely tired yesterday and napped. I never nap. So, that just shows me that a 5k is a real physical event, and i'm not as tough as I thought.
Tomorrow it's back to the pavement. I need to look into some new shoes, and maybe some fun extra gear. I'm thinking about Mizunos. And for fun, maybe some compression socks and maybe a SPIbelt.
What do you think?

Go! Run! Finish!

5k #1 down!ORF and I completed our main street 5k a few hours ago. We were not the fastest, but, we finished strong, together, and running. 100% of the course run. 100% of the effort put in. 100% of the glory to God. He gives me strength when I have none.Many of the blogs I follow mention the volunteers in their race recaps. Now I see why. They make a difference! Ours were ready with the water/gatorade. Ready with the signs, applause, cheers, encouragement, directions. Ready with the juice and fruit, burritos, muffins...everything! Thank you volunteers!!Nothing compares to that final corner and seeing the finish line.Now, on to 5k #2, #3, and then a 10k, a half, and maybe a full.Couldn't have done it without ORT and the support of friends and family. Or without the encouragement from other runner blogs. And God!

Feeling successful

Preparing for my first 'real' 5K has brought a lot of emotion and mental fighting. I know that I know that I know I can run 3.1 miles. But I also know that my body hasn't been able to get me there all on its own. Usually it is worn out by 1.5 - 2 miles. Even today, 24 hrs from the race, I haven't gone over 2 miles. I have been back and forth with frustration and joy. I have felt successful at 1.5, and I've felt like a failure at 1.5.

Last night other running girl and I went for our last pre-race, regular route jog. We did 1.6, like normal. But when we got done, we felt like we could have run a million more! That gave me hope for tomorrow. Hope that I can do the entire 3.1. I'll have my running buddy with me to push me, I'll have 600+ other runners inspiring me, and God will be carrying me mile by mile...by mile. There are only 3, so it should work out. :)

Press on runners. Press on!

Running

I guess I should actually talk about running, since I have decided to make this my running blog.

Running has always been a goal of mine, but i was unable to commit. Over the last year I have started, stopped, started, stopped, started, ...you get the idea.

Enter August 2012. I commited to run every day that I could stand up and put my shorts on. Or, like some days, my tennis skort that never got any use...because I quit playing tennis. Go figure.

Oklahoma is suuuuuuuuper hot in August, but, that's just too bad. Shoes on. Hair up. D.O. for my B.O. And GO!

I started by just walking what I thought was a 2 mile loop through a neighborhood, with a big downhill/uphill dip right in the middle of it. After a week or so I made small goals to start running here, stop running there, etc. After 2.5 months, I can run the entire loop, without stopping or dying. ....and then I found out it is only 1.6 miles. *blank stare* Great. Well, at least I can do that, and I have to run uphill, both ways…

Life altered

I don't have a twin...but I have a connection with some people as if they were once a real, literal part of me. When things happen that cause me to feel, or see, or know what they do I get a little weird. I sometimes make 'predictions' as to what will happen with a new t.v. show, or the plot of a long-running series. Often I imagine what I think will happen in a store or traffic situation. Other times, I think about someone and their life comes into my view, as if I'm there, and I see what is happening. But it isn't what I know to be their life, so what am I seeing?

When my ideas come true I ask myself: "Did I know that?",  "Did I really think that?" "Was that an outcome that most people would have assumed?" "Did I cause that to happen?"

Recently, I dreamt that my husband was married to a very close friend of mine, but in love with me. When I woke up, I wasn't upset about it. I actually had a very heavy heart for my frie…