Monday, October 29, 2012

A cold start



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.

Yummy Black Forrest-ish oatmeal


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...

How was your weekend?

How are you starting this last week of October?

Any goals to reach before Thanksgiving?


Thursday, October 25, 2012

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!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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?

Monday, October 22, 2012

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?

Saturday, October 20, 2012

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!

Friday, October 19, 2012

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!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

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! (maybe our grandparents weren't lying)
  
I feel I should be able to do more than that by now. Everyone says learning to run is hard. I believe that, but I'm impatient. I'm going to keep trying though!

I plan to start running bleachers for more leg strength/tone also. And I need new shoes. I began my running journey with the intention to run trails, so I have trail running shoes. And only 1 pair. That I run in every day. That I bought from Academy Sports. On sale...on clearance. Shamey shamey.

I have gotten one person to be as crazy as me at least. She runs with me most days, usually pushing her 2 yr old in a jogging stroller. I'm so intimidated by that. I just know that when we do our first 5K this weekend, and she isn't behind a 3 wheeled kid cart, she's going to blow my curls straight with her impressive speed. A little competition should be good for me!

So here's Good Luck to us for Saturday. We will totally crush it. God gives us power to do what we cannot do on our own; and He can run 3.1 miles. So, I'm not worried.

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