Don’t worry

but I am. I’m not sure if it’s my blood sugar, or if I’m tired or if it’s that I’d rather be any place than at work right now but I feel out of sorts today. I’m sure it’s only temporary. It doesn’t help that work is not so intriguing right now and a little mundane. It could be that I’m getting a little nervous about the half marathon I have coming up. I only have 6 weeks left to train and I haven’t done much running in the past 2 weeks. I’m also kind of bummed that my hubby will be in Kentucky during that time. I have come to really enjoy having him watch me or more recently be there to run the races with me. It’s just been so awesome to have him along for the ride in our new adventures of running and getting healthy together. I really didn’t think I needed or wanted to share my races with anyone but it has been much better than I imagined. Anyway I thought it might help to get some endorphins going by hitting up my Body Blast class after work but last minute kiddo watching (my niece and nephew) has gotten in the way of that. I’m not sure I was up for it anyway. On a positive note it’s a new week and here’s the training plan for the week: 4/25 – Rest 4/26 – 4 miles 4/27 – Cross training 4/28 – 3 miles 4/29 – rest 4/30 – 10 miles (yikes) 5/1 – 3 miles EZ Not sure I will get the 10 miler in on Saturday as Robb and I are looking to check out/run/walk the course for the trail run we have in two weeks. I also have a birthday lunch for my sister and cousin tentatively planned for that day too. So it might have to wait till Sunday. So my first run of the week (tomorrow) will be my version of Galloway’s run walk run method. I still need to read more about it but I think I am going to plan on running for 3 minutes and walking for 1. I just really need to make the time to get out there and run even if I’m not fully informed yet on all the specifics of his plan. I have come to realize that to make the most of this training journey that walking will be part of it and that’s okay. I have been feeling some pain post run especially on the long runs and think this change in training will help. The idea is to enjoy it and finish injury free.

Overcoming Doubts

Every time I start to think about running 13.1 miles I begin to doubt that I have what it takes to complete that distance. I get a bit overwhelmed thinking I have to do this 3 mile run 4 more times and then some. I worry about my back, my feet and whole body taking a pounding from all this running.  Then sometimes I’ll have a good run and think I could run for miles and miles. So I have to focus on not demanding too much too early. I remind myself to take it one day and one run at a time. Not all runs will go well but some will. Plus I have a little less than 3 months to train and really that is plenty of time. So be gone doubts I will do this.

So for my past week running training plan in review:
I had my second longest miles run in a week with a total of 13.07 down from 14 the week before so not too bad.  This included two runs with hubby – a 5k in Malibu on Saturday and our loop  around our house two times for about 2 miles yesterday.  I also did one of my mile loops 5 times for my long run on Thursday night.

This week:
Today is a much needed day off. However, I plan on doing some stretching and some physical therapy excerises for my back tonight when I get home. Then the rest of the week I have 4 runs to complete ranging from 3 miles to the long one of 6 on Saturday. I also have the option of cross training so I might get a bike ride in for 15-20 minutes.

Happy Running! 🙂

Another Good Run

I got off work yesterday and headed over to see my nephew and niece. One of the kiddos forgot their jacket in my car. At any rate I had asked if they wanted to go on a run earlier in the day and they said NO! It sounded definitive. So I didn’t bother to change into gym clothes before I left work. Well I got over to their house and helped them with homework and when Tom was done he said “Do you want to go for a run Auntie?” I was a little surprised as it seemed he didn’t have that much interest, but I quickly changed. I figured this was the moment. I had to make a choice and I decided it is true that the hardest part is sometimes just getting out the door. So we did. Tom and I on foot and Tia on her scooter. I had mapped out a loop which was about .58miles per loop. So Tom and I thought two miles would be good. So that was four times around. Tia made it twice around before she headed off to soccer practice and Tom and I finished the laps. I was doing pretty well the first lap and part of the second but then I think trying to keep up with a 12 year-old caught up with me. I slowed my pace but I could still feel a stitch coming on. I kept going but slowed down, concentrated on my breathing and it seemed to help a little. It wasn’t as good a run as the day before but it was a good run and I enjoyed the time with my kiddos.

I finally ran

it wasn’t much but I decided that after taking off a week I had to get back out there and get a run in. My original plan was to do a loop around our condo complex but then I forgot I was supposed to pick up some chicken from my mom and the idea struck me…why not run to my mom’s house. The tricky part was that I knew I would never get back in time for dinner so I had to take a chance my mom would not drive over herself and secondly she would have to take me back home and of course she drove me home. Mind you also…it’s only less than 2 miles away and the first part, about a 1/2 mile is all down hill. I tell you though it was a really good run. I am not sure if it was because I was starting the run going downhill or if it was the new tunes from Lady Gaga and Katy Perry blasting in my ear. It all seemed to flow just right.

It also might have had something to do with watching a NOVA special about taking people off the street and training them for a marathon. It’s called Nova: A Marathon Challenge. It’s on Hulu I think or PBS. It made me think if they can take people with no previous athletic skills or routine exercise and train them for a full marathon I should be able to train for a half as overwhelming as that seems at time. At any rate I feel like I’m going to be heading in a better direction this week and that makes me happy. Happy running!!

Come Rain or Come Shine

I have to go for a run. I might have to hit up the dreaded treadmill at the gym but it must happen. I have been procrastinating all week for one reason or another and mostly none of them are good enough. It’s just easier not to and today of all days it seems there is going to be a big rain storm…well anytime it sprinkles in LA it’s a big deal but this one just might be a good storm. I have to get going on my 1/2 marathon training or I will never make it. So run it is! Maybe a run in the rain?? On a side note I must say I did not meet my water consumption goal for yesterday! I made it to 5 glasses only. So today I am going for the goal again. I am also having yummy soup for lunch and will need the extra water. So let’s see what happens!!

the scale was kind this morning

and I am back on track. Down to 138. Week 2 ended with a nice long run at lunch. I decided at the spur of the moment to extend my lunch time run by going a little further down the road and then loop back. I had no idea how much more this would add on to the run, but I was pleased when I got back to track it and found out it was 3.38 miles. I had debated about going because of a pain along the back of my right thigh, but I felt good and decided to keep going. It seems to feel a little easier to run. I’m not saying I love running but I am beginning to see the appeal. Plus, for me it was ideal weather, overcast, cool and even some mist. I continued to feel good after the run but while I was home walking Mattie. I got a shooting pain in my leg and up my back a little and for a second I couldn’t move. I kept walking and got home and finally broke down and took some Aleve. I woke up this morning and there was a little pain but so much better. Going to take today and tomorrow off and then run again Friday, take off Saturday and then do the Fourth of July run on Sunday. 

All this running talk reminded me that I wanted to post a little something about 2 documentaries about running I discovered on Hulu and watched over the past week or so. The first was Spirit of the Marathon which followed runners from the professional athlete to the amateur training for the Chicago Marathon. I especially liked following the stories of the first-time marathoners. It was inspiring to watch these runners train long and hard, struggle with doubt and injuries, and finally realize that they accomplished their goal.  I highly recommend this film.

The second was The Long Green Line which as Hulu’s synopsis says is a Cross Country Running documentary about legendary coach, Joe Newton, and his quest for his 25th Illinois State Title in 50 years, as he teaches boys how to be men. I so wish that more kids had access to coaches like Joe Newton. I guess my one take away was not about the elite members of his team, but all those boys who wanted to be on the team even if they would never help win a meet. All Coach Newton asked of his boys what that they finish what they started. It’s a simple yet powerful statement and can be used in any aspect of life not just sports and that’s how Newton sees it. I would recommend this film as well and it’s free to watch on Hulu for now. Time for lunch!

Love Run Results

Well I finally got the results from the Love Run 10K race I did on Sunday. Official time 1:10:53. I was hoping to finish in under an hour but I have to admit I slipped on the training for this one. No excuses plain and simple. So with that in mind I am going to set my sight on another race. I think it will be a 4-miler on the 4th of July if hubby and I are in town. I did this race 2 years ago and the best part of this run is the pancake breakfast after!! So yummy and exactly what is needed after a run.
On a side note I STILL need to work on my weight-loss goals. I think not procrastinating is going to have to be one. Okay almost time for Losing It with Jillian. We will see if I can stay up for this. I guess that’s what Tivo is for :-).

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