Monthly Archives: November 2009

This is what it is about

Today is Monday. That means in my world it is a run day.  T was commenting the other day that he was proud of my consistency and mileage that I have been achieving.  He was also a little jealous.  His schedule doesn’t usually allow him the consistency needed to stick to a plan.  I have my neat little orderly life (in terms of a schedule) and I pretty much stick to it.

Today I ran.  Since I ran an extra day last week I figured that I would take it easy today and just do a relatively leisurely run of 4 miles.  So I did.  I set my iPod for a distance of 4 miles and hopped up on the treadmill.  It started out well. I was feeling like I had a good pace and was comfortable.  After a while I realized I hadn’t yet heard the voice prompt telling me that I had hit 1 mile.  Ugh.  I thought it was going faster than that.  Which, not even 1 mile in to a 4+ mile run, is not a good thought.  But I focused on the music and kept jogging along.  Finally I hit the 2 mile mark and upped my pace by a couple of notches on the treadmill.  I did that for a mile.  When I finally hit the 3-mile mark I was thinking that I couldn’t keep the pace for another mile if I wanted to sprint the last 0.25 mile.  So I lowered my pace back down a bit.  I just wanted to be done.  Lucky for my mileage, I told that inner wuss of a voice to shut up and kept going.  I finished out my 4-mile run with a 0.25 mile cool down in 36.04.  Not bad.

Running, even when you don’t want to.  Exercise always makes me feel better.  In the past I have always found it so easy to convince myself to NOT work out.  But I’m still feeling confident that I like how my body feels when I do run, so I don’t want to disappoint myself by getting out of shape and having to start over again.  Mind over body.  That is what it is about.

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Posted by on November 30, 2009 in Uncategorized


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Saturday Run

Today I got up and ran earlier than usual.  I ran on the treadmill, which is my norm.  I only had a limited amount of time to get it done as T was going to a friend’s house to brew beer and that left me without someone to watch Sweet Pea. I decided I could crank out 4 miles in about 30+  minutes.  Because of running the Turkey Trot on Thursday and sprinting the last 200 meters, my legs were sore so I started off at 6.3 for the first 2 miles.  For the third mile I bumped up my pace to 6.5.  I ran there until the last 1/2 mile where I went to 6.7 and then to 7.0 for the last 1/4 mile.  Then I walked as a cool down for another 0.2 miles.  It felt good to get my run in.  That tops my total for the week of 20 miles.  This also brings my total to 50 miles from the beginning of the Globetrotting Challenge at The Sisterhood.  Woot!!

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Posted by on November 28, 2009 in Uncategorized


New Running Home

HI!!  Did you find me?  I’m really excited about this new blog.

I decided that since I am going to start running more half-marathons and more training and more insanity that I wanted this journey to have it’s own place.  I am going to try and figure out how to get my running posts from my other place and put them here.  I’m not very technologically talented, so that might take me a while.

But to talk about my first Turkey Trot.  T and I ran a 10K Turkey Trot in Sparks this morning.  It was cold.  Only about 27 degrees out when we started.  My lungs are not used to cold air and it took a little getting used to.  My goal was to definitely get under an hour and maybe close to the 50-minute mark.  I usually only run on the treadmill and I have always found it easy to run on the treadmill because I can pace myself so easily.  For the first 3 miles I was about 8-minute miles – I checked my iPod at that point and it said I had been running for 25 minutes.  The last 3.2 I slowed down.  Because it took me another 30 minutes to complete the race.  I crossed the finish in a sprint at 55:25.  It felt wonderful!

I am planning on getting a run in on Saturday afternoon.

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Posted by on November 26, 2009 in Uncategorized