Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
i can't believe that. i never thought i would be the runner type- or rack up that kind of mileage so fast. i have also had some other firsts since i have started:
- gotten excited over spandex clothes (i'm a mid length pant fan myself)
- bought socks that costs over $10 - FOR ONE PAIR!
- said to myself- those 4 miles were easy.
- ran 6 miles in 60 minutes - non stop!
it's also been a time where i feel as though i have really treated my body like something i am truly relying on. until now- i never thought of my body as something to help me in my everyday existence. but now i am constantly thinking about whether i am eating enough of the best foods (ie eat oatmeal and eggs every morning) and often enough; what sport supplement will i fuel myself with during runs; what exercises ans stretches will strengthen my core to help give my back and shoulders the most support- and so on and so forth...
i think for the first time i am giving my body the respect it deserves. that sounds funny to me - but that's the best way i can describe it.
but this saturday, halloween, i have a 5K to get some race practice in. i'm hoping to get in around 30 or less-- last 5k i ran it is 31 - so a ten minute mile pace. now that i am in better shape i think that that - plus the adrenaline will help me shave some time off. but if not - no big deal - as long as i finish- i'm ok with that.
in a book i read they talk about how it's not just about race day- but all the time spent preparing. and i can say- in a total after school special way - that i know i will look back at this time in training with a lot of pride and accomplishment.
( i must note i am expecting to have some poopy day posts- it can't all be this good).
but if homer can do it....
Thursday, October 22, 2009
so to continue my quest for distance- and great abs- i have been focusing my strenght training works outs on my core. to support my back/spine and rest of my body during the long runs.
my one main health concern i have during this training is my back. about 10 months ago i started to notice my feet would go numb when i would run. i thought it was shoes - but nope.
i went to my primary dr (who i did not care for) and she had an ultrasound done on my legs to check circulation. it was perfect. then she told me to go see a personal trainer. wtf?
since then every dr i have talked to has said it is probably a nerve being compressed by a disc or something like that.... i have since then made an appt with a new dr who i think will be able to help me out.
luckily it is not as bad as it once was. i think since i have been doing lots of strength training in the last 10 months my core has gotten stronger helping me keep my posture while running and possibly not causing a nerve to be pinched.
but monday's run was no fun- by mile 4 i could not feel my feet- which is really weird and just hard to keep form overall. but i think because it was post vacation (PS- i ran 8 miles in two days in cold hilly ohio!!!) i wasn't concentrating on standing upright- which i usually do.
so i have been on the hunt few good articles i found on strength training for runners. and theses in particular i came across for the core. and another here.
but i think this will help greatly- along with stretching. keep fingers crossed. i cannot imagine running 9+ miles with feet that fell like blocks of ice!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Instead of focusing on pace, distance, and heart rate, I want to focus on having a great time with each run. Clearly, I will track these things, and ultimately aimed to improve, but more than that, I want to enjoy my time outdoors and enjoy the feeling of running.
Running tonight was nearly perfect, and for the first time in a long time, I ran with a friend (that isn't of the canine species). We took a route that lead us past half a dozen friends' houses; a few friends hollered at us as we past. The smells of garlic and BBQ wafted through the neighborhoods as we chatted. The setting sun's white light bounced off the trees.
We ran 3 miles and I came home to my honey cooking dinner. Bliss! I'm a happy girl.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
i dont know if its the anticipation- the fear- too much reading/crazy tv competitions= i dont know- but when i'm out there i love it. and i know the work will pay off for that feeling of crossing the finish line.
so i just need to focus on that. lets see how i do this AM.
Monday, October 12, 2009
There is sunlight blinding me, potholes to maneuver around, kids on bikes yelling at me...I could go on and on. I'm making a resolution to run at most once per week on the treadmill. I think it harms more than it helps. Bummer.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
i am totally excited to report that while looking for some interval training podcasts- i found an awesome podcast with running tunes- Indie Soup Runner.
They have all kinds of mixes with clever lil themes - such as Heat Stroker, Chest Chafing, and one of my faves SWEDISH INVASION- and much more. So it will be nice to have some good tunes.
Right now I am also going through my 30+ gigs of music on my lovely new hard drive to pull together all of my tunes for a mega playllist.
This is no where near the last post about music- but very excited about this initial discovery.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
i'm doing 4.5
gonna TRY 5
i got it mapped out
you take walk breaks?
look at this one!
what about food? do you "gu"
its a nice watch
i have one
soeone told me not to do solids
i like it
i do PB and half banana
liquid gu for me
before you run
like 45 mins
i have to test out what i cna eat
i get cramps easy
the gu is good
ill try it tomorrow
i still gotta get a water holder
what do you use?
i also have some "FRS Energy Chews" from publix
i read a review in runner's world.
dude tried alot and like the hand held one best
IM GONNA GET THE WATCH!
also i have one of these
its tiny. and when you race, you attach your bib to it
it holds keys, ipod, gu, money
and no bounce
is it worth $20?
can i get it cheaper?
what else do i need== lets make this a one stop shop...
i paid 20 for mine
i LOVE that belt.
check their website
i like the black and red
this has a pouch too
i want to try before i buy with those
i worry about bounching
i thought about this one
but one never knows
the reviews sometimes are so un helpful
well ill just get the pouch and watch for now
omg running is breaking my bank
but it is so worth it!
i just signed up for that turkey trot
AND soon will have to buy longer capris or pants
and my current clothes are getting too big already!
shit. i'd rather buy running clothes
how funny is that
oh my friend ani is going to run with us too!
she is moving back to gville from alaska
and a fast runner
so....she probably won't be running "WITH " us
we CAN DO IT!
i mean in general... little running surge there
i totally think so
i'm really getting better
you should try spin for a cross traiinng
i do ride on my own
the spin people at the y are kinda nuts
so i steer clear
i'm off sugar too. today was day one
it started to sick me out
but i'm eating seafood and eggs
im cutting back but i need the protein
and im not a huge seafood person
but chicken tuna mostly
i'm getting some hemp protein powder
yeah i do whey
and trying for lentils, beans, nuts, all that
we will see
i'm not attached, but my bod doesn't want the meat right now
do you use body glide every run?
no.. i use pants right now
but someday id like to use shorts
the thighs get in the way
right me too
i got the riding up issue
just nike knee lenght
got em at tj maxx or sometihgn
just a lil elastic
i want the brooks ones cause they ahve drawstring
just in case...
i gotta study
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
i did the same run with ease on tuesday and am feeling good. today i did my cross training with my favorite spin class that is hardcore sweating the whole time- builds great endurance and leg strength.
now i have to start getting together the things i need to start the official training- so i can do this the RIGHT and SAFE way.
right now i have:
- my sweet new shoes.
- padded socks
- anti-chaffing gel (did you know guys get bloody nipples from their shirts? OUCH!)
the official training will begin when i get my:
i still need:
- water bottle carrier
- more socks
- heart rate monitor (mindy i am may be buying yours!)
- more running clothes- bras and bottoms of all synthetic material- mindy does the skirt thing - i think i am more of a pant person- and shorts with the help of that gel!
tomorrow is my day off from working out- and i am hoping for a package in the mail to start the planning!
problems-dog wants to smell and pee the whole time. also, dog refuses to run in a straight line
trash day-garbage trucks and recycle trucks coming at me like i was in a video game. in front of me, behind me, at one point they were coming at me from both directions.
yard day-thomas center doing yard work. lawn clippings blowing on my sweat body and boogery yard workers staring at me
shirt-falling off my shoulder because i cut the neck like flashdance
hope tomorrow is better.
i'll have to start coordinating my runs with trash day.
part two of this post:
a bad run in the morning can lead to general frustration throughout the day.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
This blog will follow the training adventures of Mindy (of Gainesville, FL) and Katie (of Hollywood, FL) for their first half marathon, the ING Miami Half Marathon, which is on Januray 31, 2010.
This blog hopefully will help others as they to start to learn and train (as we too are total novices) and also provide a place for us to keep each other motivated as we are on opposite ends of the state.
To start, here is the course!