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Maybe now?

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So yesterday I was starting to feel a bit better. And then this morning I woke up with a massive neck- and headache. I took some medicine and went back to bed for awhile. Then I laid around on the couch for awhile. And then I took a nap. And now I think I’m finally starting to come out of it. I still feel ridiculously tired, though. So I’ve lost another day to this flu. I’ve gotten another day behind in my work. And I missed my mini-marathon. It was today. And it was gorgeous outside. Perfect weather for a long run. And since the route goes right by our apartment, I could hear people cheering on the runners as they zoomed by. I felt so pathetic just sitting inside. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t have made it one mile today, though. Gah. Stupid stupid flu.

Okay. I’m done complaining. Moving on. Feeling better. Finding my energy. Buckling down. Working. Working. Working. Working some more.


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November 7, 2009 at 11:17 pm

There’s nothing like a pregnant woman smoking to get your attention.

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I’ve been slacking off big time with running. So this morning I jumped back on the wagon and went for a jog around town. I am definitely out of practice. I did okay for awhile but then my side started hurting and I walked back home. As I’m walking I’m checking out the people hustling to work and the people waiting at the bus stops and just taking in the city sounds and smells and the incredible weather that I can’t believe we’re having in July. And then my beautiful, relaxing walk home came to a screeching halt. I pass by this young couple walking hand-in-hand and first notice that the woman is pregnant – like 6 or 7 months pregnant. And then I notice that she is smoking! What the hell are you thinking?!

Absolutely appalling.

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July 24, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Running Update

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Well, the bad news is that I didn’t stick with the 10-week plan at all. In fact, I didn’t even stick with the first week of it. I have yet to run 4 miles. I also took almost a whole week off. I’ve also been running more on the treadmill than outside because it’s been rainy. The 10-week plan is a bit too ambitious for where I’m at right now with my running.

But, the good news is that I am getting there. I think I just need to have a few weeks of running consistently and seriously (which, for me, is a few miles a few times a week) before I start trying to increase my distance too much. This past week I ran 3 miles on Monday, 4 miles on Thursday (3 in the morning and 1 in the evening), and a 5K this morning.

That’s right, folks. I ran my first 5K! Well, technically it’s my second. I did the Jill Behrman 5K a few years ago, but I walked almost the entire race. So today was the first time I ran in a 5K race. And I truly ran almost the entire thing. I took a walking break for probably one-two tenths of a mile after about 2.5 miles.

It was the 3rd Annual Run for Ronald in Indy, benefitting the Ronald McDonald House. It started at 9am this morning, and thankfully, the weather was gorgeous. It was cool and breezy when we started and got a little uncomfortable just as I was finishing. We ran along the Canal, which is really pleasant and peaceful. There are fountains and ducks and murals (and only a little bit of trash here and there).

The best part about it was that Jon ran it with me. He agreed to do it awhile back when I was signing up, but he’s not really into running. I figured he’d end up walking most of it. But this last week or so he’s been doing the treadmill with me and was all ready to go today. We ran together for some parts of the race, and even when we weren’t side by side, we were in the same vicinity. And, we finished together, which was fun. I passed him right at the end and finished just a few seconds ahead of him.

The second best part about the race was that I ran it faster than I thought I would or could. I am a pretty solid 12-minute-miler. This past week, though, I tried increasing my speed a bit on the treadmill. And this morning, I ran the 5K in 34:14.2, giving me a pace of 11:03/mile. My place was 186/373. Not too shabby!

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June 20, 2009 at 7:04 pm

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Week 1 Running Plan

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Now that I’ve decided to be serious about running, I figure I should have a goal and plan. I worry that if I’m not working toward something I won’t stick with it. So I found a few races that I’m going to try to run. A 5K later this month, a 10K in August, and a mini-marathon in November.

I’m going to (sort of) follow a 10-week training program for a mini, but since I have so much time to prepare for the one in November, I’ll probably take it a little easier to extend it a bit. When a week is particularly tough, I’m going to repeat the week’s plan instead of moving forward.

For week 1, I need to run 13 miles total. Here’s the breakdown with links to the routes I’ve planned.

Monday – 3 miles

Tuesday – rest

Wednesday – 3 miles

Thursday – 3 miles

Friday – rest

Saturday – 4 miles

Sunday – rest

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June 1, 2009 at 11:19 pm

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I passed the test!

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A couple days ago I had a breakthrough with my running. I ran 3 miles straight with no shin pain. I finally felt like this was going to be the time that I would be able to stick with it.

But I had a real concern about whether or not I would be able to run outside. I thought maybe the hard sidewalk would bring back the shin pain. I thought maybe I wouldn’t pace myself well, run too fast, and then be out of breath after a mile. But, I figured if I’m going to run a 5K next month, I’ve got to give it a shot. I told myself that if it doesn’t go well, I can at least walk the 5K.

I woke up with really sore feet yesterday morning, but as the day progressed they got much better. So yesterday I rested. And then today I woke up feeling great. It was sunny but not too warm out this morning, so after Jon went to work, I suited up and went out.

I ran. And I ran. And I ran some more. My breathing was fine. My shins weren’t hurting. I just kept going. I went north for awhile and then headed east. My legs started to get a little sore so I headed south again toward home. I didn’t have a watch on, and I didn’t really know how to estimate how far I was running. I figured for my first real run outside I shouldn’t worry about that, though. It was really just a test to see if I could handle it. I could figure out the distance later.

I made it back home and other than being a little tuckered out, I felt great! I must have gotten over some hump with this shin issue. They seem to be in fine working order now – even on concrete. Big relief.

So to figure out how far I ran, I used mapmyrun.com. Awesome website.

I mapped the route that I took, and it ended up being 3.19 miles! I was shocked that I ran so far. This 5K is going to be a breeze.

Here’s a link to my route today.

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May 29, 2009 at 3:47 pm

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I am a runner.

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For the past few years I’ve had an on-again, off-again relationship with running. I really enjoy running, but it hurts my shins. So from time to time I would try to make running a habit and just put up with the shin pain, hoping it would go away. But I’ve always given up after awhile because the pain didn’t go away. I thought something was really wrong and I might be doing more damage by continuing to run.

Last winter we went to Bally’s for a few months, and I got into a pretty regular habit of riding the elliptical machine. It’s a great workout, but I missed running. I wanted the freedom that comes from running. I always felt like the elliptical machine was too controlling of my movement.

So now that we’re using the workout room in our apartment building, I’ve decided to give the treadmill another chance. I want to be serious about running this time, though, and do it right.

First, I got new shoes. I visited the Running Company and told them that I’ve had trouble with my shins. They had me run on a treadmill for a bit and video-recorded it. When they played it back, it appeared that I was normal, after all! I was so excited to see that I was running properly and there were no real problems with my form. I picked out a pair of new shoes. And then they showed me some exercises I can do to build up the muscles around my shins. Apparently, it’s not uncommon for beginning runners to have shin aches, but it’s a temporary problem.

Along with doing my new exercises, which really are just about pointing and flexing the toes, I read online about the suggested way to get into running. A lot of people advocate for a run-walk-run approach to building up endurance. I had been just warming up by walking for a couple minutes, running 10-12 minutes, and then cooling down by walking for a couple minutes. So a couple days ago I started the run-walk-run thing by alternating 2 minutes of walking with 5 minutes of running for twenty minutes or so. I decided my goal was to work my way up to running 30 minutes. But after twenty minutes, my shins were killing me. So I stopped. The good news is that my legs and lungs are a lot stronger than I thought. Other than my shins hurting, I felt like I could do at least double what I had already done. 

Yesterday I was all set to do the run-walk-run thing again. I was going to try alternating 1 minute of walking with 6 minutes or running this time. So I started with a 1 minute warm-up, and then I started running. Since my shins had really hurt the day before, I was trying to be really gentle with them. I tried just barely picking my feet up off the treadmill and tried to be very soft in my landings. I made it to 6 minutes of running, and I was feeling fine. Typically, my shins start hurting about 5 minutes into running. So I decided to just keep going and see how long I could make it. I got to 12 minutes, and I was still doing fine. And, since I’m only running 5 miles an hour, that was my one mile, which was really exciting. I ran a mile with no pain! So I kept going. I thought I’d try to make it to 20 minutes of running. I got to 20 minutes and I was still doing okay, so I decided to go for 24 minutes or 2 miles. I hit 2 miles, and I was feeling great! Well, not great, but I wasn’t hurting. I was crazy hot and sweaty, and my legs were starting to hurt. But I could handle it. At that point I was thinking, if I can do 2 miles, surely I can do 3. And I did! I ran for 36 minutes straight! I ran 3 miles! And my shins were fine!

I don’t know if it was the soft running or if my shin exercises are really working or if I just broke past the beginning runner shin aches, but I was elated that I made it so far without hurting. I want to run a 5K next month, and it’s really exciting to feel like I could do it now. I imagine it would be more difficult outside on the hard sidewalk and I want to get better before I do it, but I think I could do it right now. That’s an awesome feeling.

If things continue to go well, I might just do a half-marathon in November. There’s one that I have my eye on, but I’m not going to register until I survive the 5K and have managed to really make running a serious habit. I think I’m on the right track, though. Last night, I finally felt like I could legitimately say that I am a runner.

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May 28, 2009 at 1:46 pm

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