Week 2- Year of Marathon

This week was slower for me on the treadmill. I think I have a cold or at least been fighting one. I ended up taking off on Thursday, snow came through and I had to being Hermione to the vet for a followup after her surgery.

On Sat (the day I try to spend as much time as possible there), I started on the elliptical to try something different and see if that would help with timing. It did backfire on me slightly but only because I was right next to the fan and that flared up my allergies/ cold. I only made it 15 mins on that before switching to the treadmill. I did a lot of hills because I was struggling more with breathing after the fan thing… I finished my first book, which this has been great to do to keep me on the machines longer. I don’t think it helps much with the speed though. I ended the week gaining a mile. 12 weeks until my first race of the year… 20 until my first 1/2 marathon, and 38 weeks until the marathon. So I have to start gaining a mile in my longs runs pretty much every other week starting in Feb.

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Week 1 – Year of Marathon

2018 has started off a bit on the rocky side. Monday was a tough run after celebrating the night before. I do not do well for a few days after staying up past 10 (really 9 but lately its been more like 10). I was on the treadmill for 47 mins but barely could do 3 miles.

Tuesday was yoga day and it really felt good to do this after yesterday’s workout. I started a 30 day series on You Tube. I also did 10 mins of Pilates abs. Wednesday- back to the treadmill. Today was much better but I couldn’t find my headphones which was not as bad as I was dreading it to be. I did 40 mins running and 20 walking on a incline fast paced. I did day 2 of yoga in the evening. The run was great but did get a bit tired at the end. Thursday is repeat run day but at slower pace. I was very sore this day so although I spent 56 mins at the gym, I was much slower- I was exhausted from sleeping hard too, not a great combo. Did day 3 of yoga that evening.

Friday is always yoga day. It was 33 mins this day and normally I aim for an hour total but did day 4 of the series and was still pretty sore. Saturday morning, I got up late, had my morning coffee and forced myself off to the gym- long run day. Got there and the parking lot was completely full. I mean even the school side was packed. I figured a mix of things going on here but thought fine, I’ll just go this evening. I headed out to visit my day and by the time I got home, I barely wanted to do my yoga routine but at least squeezed that in. Then made the excuse on Sunday that if I run, I’ll throw my next week’s run off so I just did yoga again.

Eating wise, I did okay. I haven’t started the Paleo but I’ve been doing better with avoiding cream in my coffee. This is hard. I’ve cooked more from home but did drive out to get a deep dish on Friday night. I need to start making this from home. I know it. I did pull out the pressure cookers last night and made an excellent version of our Chipotle Chicken and rice with veggies.

I do wonder how I’ll ever make it to marathon ready but at the same time, signed up for a couple more races that will make me want to run more sooner. No said it would be easy but I’m glad I have my journal to really take note of how I am feeling what I am doing and to try an work harder to the future. It is always just 1 step at a time and I know I can tackle anything I set my mind too even if my mind tries to counter it.

For those just starting out in running- imagine yourself doing it as much as possible. See the success and you will do it. Don’t let that piece of you that says nope never going to happen take over, counter it every time with a vision of your crossing that finish line. Start with the starting line, all those people around you, where you are starting, speed you want to go (I personally like the back so I can force myself slow at first than I do better over all), imagine the trail and those around you as you run, some will pass you and you will pass some, feel the breeze, see the hill, hear your music and even imagine the water stations, how you will run up to it, pause to grab a water cup, drink it down as your walking away, throw your cup and a way you go again. See that finish line now, now you push it forward, run more, you want to finish strong, you see that camera coming soon, try to smile with your body so you don’t look so dead in the photo (I hate how I look crossing the line every time- lol) and there you go, you did it!

Multiply this for longer races and you will get there. You can run and you can do this for your workout plans too. Get your mind wrapped around you doing this. You are strong.

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Some questions that I get

I always think its funny the questions that I get asked when people hear about my workouts. I’m not super skinny, I’m a mom and well, I have a chest. I worked out with a trainer at my previous work and he would put us through a series of different workouts. One of his favorite exercises is jumping jacks.

Oh how so many of us hate this exercise and I think for a variety of reasons. Gym class as a kid, trying to figure out the coordination of this exercise to start. Well as you get older or if you had kids, you have a new reason to hate this exercise. It is hard to hold your bladder! So a question that I’ve been asked is how to I handle that. For me personally, just making sure that I’ve gone before a workout has been good enough. But I am a firm believer that the more strength that you build, the less likely that you have to worry about this.

My daughters and I teach Sunday School. Yesterday, at Church, we were in the family gathering portion of the Sunday School hour. The director or missions had told one of my daughter’s co-teacher that I was doing the marathon with her. This lady, then asked my daughter how I run. And said that I was like her and she really wants to run. So E being very embarrassed called me over. It was funny. I told her that I get the double duty bras at VS. They clasp first than zip and I feel that they have made all the difference. I tell people about these kind of bras all the time. You can now buy them anywhere but I have yet to try other brands. Maybe, now that I’m starting this new journey, I’ll have to review some products and see what works and what doesn’t.

Isn’t life fun? Enjoy your Monday run or whatever exercise you are doing today. Just remember to get out there and do something- anything to move.

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Running update- week 8

I’ve been in a lovely roller coaster pattern of emotions and just plain and simple doing. Running is so fascinating. As you know, I started this journey with running about 2 years ago working out with a trainer. Sure I was doing great things with him but I was not losing much weight. My back was still bothering me regularly and well, I was always scared to try anything because of my hip. I still have these mental road blocks but today, I push right through them, which is probably something running has taught me.

So as far as the roller coaster goes. My first one is really my patterns. I was doing either yoga or running every day for a little over a month when a week where my schedule was getting the best of me and well, I could’t make it to the gym- yes an excuse. I have not done much of the cold outdoor running because well, it’s cold. I hate the way it feels on my lungs and it just seems so much harder but easier at the same time. Okay, yes- I need to do better with this, we will get there- goal for next year… 😉

With this one week of throwing me off, I did get lazy. I made more excuses the following week on getting to the gym and finally got myself there. I’ve been reading the book Running for Women by Danica Newon and in this, it suggested a different running pattern than I’ve been using (still sticking to the 80/20 but thought I’d give it a try this week). Much more math involved and well I definitely was not perfect but who is?

I did enjoy the difference but I do think it’s because I was changing it up- keeping in my for further reference. I also, took the tip of listening to a good book while running the long runs. I have been doing this my last couple of runs and I really don’t want to get off the treadmill because I want to keep listening. The fun part is I really don’t have time to do it any other time so it does help me to stay focused if I want to know what’s going to happen in this book.

Emotions- I hate missing a day. I beat myself up mentally on it. If I get a good yoga session in, I’m less likely to do that but it is hard. This leads to me questioning, can I do this? Will I be able to run 26.2 miles in a year??? Which brings on this whole new set of anxiety. Then I remember to take it one day at a time. I think of all I have accomplished. I remember my first mile run test with the trainer. OH man, was I going to die and what was it? 13. something mins for that run- not horrible but he had told me goal to be in decent shape is 12 mins. Then my beautiful daughters are doing it in like 8-9 mins. My son could in like 7 mins.

I thought man, I’m never going to hit 12 mins and at that time, I said I would never be a runner. Then a friend of mine posted to facebook her list of runs for that year. I’m like okay, everyone I know that runs is in good shape. They look great, feel great- lets give it a try. This friend was running in my town and why not sign up for that one. At the time, it gave me 3 months to learn to run 3.1 miles- simple enough. I knew I could do a walk/ run of 2 miles and adding a 3rd shouldn’t be terrible. I finished that race in I think 48 mins. First mile was 13 something, second 14 something and third 15 something.

I now can do a 5k in under 40 mins and run a 12 min mile. It isn’t easy doing this on the treadmill because on the treadmill, my mind gets the better of me and I really do have to push through mental road blocks. But when I’m outside and don’t know how far I’m running or how fast that I’m going, I’m free and run so much better. Knowing how far that I’ve come, helps me to focus on how far I can go. Now, to get myself feeling better so I can get back to my long run today would be great but probably tomorrow- now this is going to be hard…

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Biblical Inspiration this morning

I am on a 24 day streak and before you freak out- It is a movement streak so I am doing yoga or a light activity 2-3 days a week to give my body a break from the grind. It is amazing though- my longest streak ever but I was burnt out a bit this week from working way too hard the week before. I was need inspiration for sure the last couple of days. In fact, Tuesday and Wednesday became more about stretching and yoga than anything.

I listened to my body but was frustrated since I’ve had a hard time wanting to run. This morning I opened my missions book- Poverty Cure- as I have missed a week and had to leave early this week. And this bible verse was blaring at me. (I will put it below)

I felt this inspiration that okay, I am going to do this marathon and prepare for it. So now, is there a book that will help me feel the inspiration and train me at the same time. I found 2 on audible. The second one was the 80/20 run. And wow was this just what I needed. So I found out that I need to really, really pace myself more than I am. Right now I am sooooo scared that in a year, I will be the slowest runner and it will take me so long to finish that I will quit just because I’m bored. So I’ve been pushing my slow runs.

You are suppose to have 2 slower, well paced runs that are more about distance than anything, 1 moderate run and then 1 all out run a week. My 2 slow runs have been moderate so no wonder I was burnt out. I use my 5 day for an alternate intensity activity. Mostly HIIT workouts so far but also will get on the elliptical or bike on these days.

So today, I forced a 5.0 speed on the treadmill- omgosh was that ever so slow. lol But I feel good. It was what it was supposed to be. I will continue to read this book to train myself more but I am always amazed by where reading the Bible takes me on my path- Journey with me!

Hebrews 12:1-2New International Version (NIV)

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross,scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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Running is emotional

Running is full of tears and I am not just talking the “fat girl running” image of tears. That does happen (and for you that don’t know what that is- it is the kid that was in the back getting teased for running so slow in gym class- the one that constantly got teased for their weight- the one that never felt good enough). But what I’m talking about is the tears that come for emotional build up.

Running is a release, you have no choice to let go when you run because you need to breathe, you need to move, and you don’t have time to concentrate on holding it all in. Yesterday was hard on me with my girl still missing. Today, I ran the path that we run together. Running certain ways at certain times reminded me of her training and I paused to let a tear come out.

Did you know it is healthier to pause in running? Get a heart monitor- one for running- the app will tell you your ideal heart range and then when you hit your max, you back off and walk to get it down to the low end. Helps to not stress your heart as much as straight running- plus you’ll find you get faster doing this and it will take your heart longer to hit that high end so you will have to run faster to get it there. This will help prepare for those distance runs where you will want a nice steady pace.

Anyway, I wanted to just say it is okay to cry while running. Run it out though. Take a moment, walk, and then gather yourself and run it all out of you. Stress will go down and you will feel great!

On my journey- I’ve had a great week. Monday- Power Yoga, Tuesday- Ran 2 miles, Wednesday- Yoga for the back (was a little stiff and sore from Tuesday), Today- ran 2 miles and did my pre and post yoga workout. Tomorrow will be runner’s yoga and then bigger runs for the weekend. Next week, I will try and reintro my weights again on my shorter run days.

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All signed up

Well, technically I haven’t signed up for the race itself but for the cause. I joined our team at Church and ready to run for World Vision! Very exciting and scary at the same time. I will be running my 2 miles this morning and meeting a friend for coffee after.

I developed a schedule over the next year to get me to 26 miles. I really need a treadmill or gym membership! Or I will be running in snow in rain to start. lol Say some prayers for me and my dedication. I will need to learn a lot about eating right for running. I can only imagine how much fuel I will need to store. 😉

Thank you all for your support.

 

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Say what?!

A couple Sundays ago, I was watching the TC Marathon app for my friend who decided to do a marathon this year. I saw her train all summer to get there. And thought I’d never do that. I’ve said never a million times. It’s crazy 26 miles who has the patience for that? Then in Church, I found out the missions leader was running too but not just because but for a cause. And next year she was bringing it to the church to join her. Suddenly I thought I want to do that. I didn’t say anything. I went home and napped. I checked in on my friends and said I can do this. I’m going to do it. So I’ve been mapping out my year of running to get to 26.2. Every time I say that number I’m like what the heck am I thinking!?!? I decided what better to keep up with this than to have you join me? So here I am starting my path to a marathon and by the way I’m turning 40 this year so that’s encouraging me a bit too. Lol

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