Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The morning of the race came around. My husband and one of his friends were going to do the 5K. We got up early and headed to Rocky Gap. It was COLD...really cold. Knowing that I get really hot while running, I opted for a long sleeve tech shirt and some running capris (which look like full length pants on me since I'm so short). I was shivering so bad until a few miles into it.
The area had been hit with a snowstorm shortly before this race so there was still snow on the ground. We were told minutes before we started that we'd be going through a short trail section and while he (race director) started shoveling it, he didn't finish. What?!?
We headed off on what seemed like a round about course. I think they had to make some changes to it last minute because the mile markers were completely off (like when I saw mile 5, I was actually at 6.5 or so...talk about a blow to the ego when I thought I was only at 5) and there were some odd run up to here, then back down to here and then go over here sections. I have no idea how long the course actually was.
My sister and I were together until we hit the previously mentioned trail section. Apparently I need to practice a bit on trails, mud and snow. I was just tip-toeing through it and trying not to fall. My sister decides to pop up in front of me thinking it'll be easier for me just to follow her. She was off like a shot and that was the last time I saw her. Trails are much more her thing. Here I am stumbling out of the trail section. Hopefully this will improve with practice.
The next couple of miles were just fine. Went up and down some rolling hills but all like I was used to. Then, probably about mile 7-8 or so, we hit it. The monster hill. It seemed like we were going straight up. This is the furthest I'd ever run plus one hell of a hill. At one point, we went around a curve and I figured that would be the end of the hill...wrong! Kept going up. At that point, I said 'You've got to be kidding'...I think I even said it out loud and started walking. There was this old guy who started walking at this point so my plan was just to kind of stick around with him. We finally made it to the top. Then, guess what? That trail section, had to go through it again to finalize our loop. I lost the old guy during the trail, he's quite good on muddy, snowy trails too.
From there, everything was great until the finish and I made it there in 1:28:31. Who knows if it's accurate but I think it was close. I forgot to stop my watch at the end but when I did, it was at 1:30 so that sounds about right. I was thrilled with the time. What I hadn't really disclosed to anyone was that I had signed up for a half-marathon the next weekend. I did it just a few days before this race because it was in my town, the prices were about to go up and I figured I'd regret it if I didn't try.
After the race, my quads were killing me and I spent the week thinking about how bad of a decision it probably was to sign up for the half marathon next week...but, we'll get to that shortly!
Monday, June 28, 2010
The previous week just didn't seem like I was doing enough and when I ran 4.5 miles and that felt hard, I already started having doubts about the marathon...it's way too early for that! I had started to think I'd like to go back to the way it was a couple months ago where I basically just winged it every time. I almost feel like I've read too much about running at this point.
But, this weekend's runs were great. I was up and out the door by 6:30 each morning and was able to beat the heat. It was certainly warming up but still manageable. About 7 or 8 miles into the 11 miler was when I started feeling really good. I was in a groove where I felt like I could just keep going and going...love that!!
By the time I was back home, I still had the whole day in front of me. Yesterday was exceptionally good...went out to breakfast after the long run. Then, came home, cleaned the house and mid afternoon drove out to the state park to take the dogs on a hike. They get so excited when they know they are going. Of course, today, when I went to take the dogs on their daily neighborhood walk, Kasey, the beagle wouldn't even come downstairs. So, I took the other dog and just left her here. I guess the heat and the fact that's it's just the boring neighborhood walk aren't enough to motivate her! She's been getting more and more that way lately but I usually drag her along anyway. Guess I'll just leave it up to her each day!
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I love the show Glee. It's pretty much the only show I watch regularly. After seeing it advertised for the first time, I anxiously awaited to watch the pilot episode on Hulu. It lived up to my expectations and I've watched all the episodes since (thank goodness we switched our cable package and now have a DVR! - hubby isn't quite the fan).
Knowing how much I love the show, my husband did think of me last year when he found out he needed to attend a benefit dinner and the cast of Glee would be there. Normally, I wouldn't go to those types of things because he just needs to go to represent his company and I get all nervous and feel awkward in any sort of big, formal, fancy events. But, it sounded like a good time and I definitely agreed to go to that one. I must say, however, that the cast of Glee was overshadowed by the fact that President Obama was also there and spoke.
But, anyway, I love the show and have lots of the songs on my MP3 player. I find they are great for running because they just make me happy and feel light on my feet! Other people, such as my husband, might disagree.
Here are a few that I enjoy for running:
"Somebody to Love"
"Gives Me Hell"
Anyone else like these songs for running?
Monday, June 21, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Second, since it sounds like there are lots of strawberry lovers, I had to share yesterday's bounty. They are so yummy! Too bad it's the end of strawberry season!
So, I've concluded I enjoy blogging and it's going to stick around! I've been reading lots of blogs for several years. The first series were weight loss/fitness type blogs. Next, I added in some knitting/craft blogs. Then food/cooking and most recently: RUNNING! I was never one to comment on posts, I just enjoyed reading them for information, motivation or enjoyment. I started searching running blogs for music playlists and quickly kept adding different blogs to my Google Reader. I really enjoyed reading race recaps and hearing about how people were training. So, eventually, I thought, what the hell, I'll sign up for account, it should be good motivation.
Now that I actually starting commenting on people's blogs - it's even more fun to read them! I never thought I'd really have anything interesting to say on a blog, but figured I'd give it a shot. What I've discovered is I just enjoy doing it for myself. I started a list (have I mentioned I like lists?) of all kinds of posts that will be upcoming...Don't know that they will be very interesting to anyone else, but writing the posts will be a great way to document the memories for myself.
Coming soon, look for posts about my previous races (who cares if it's a race recap a few months after the fact), my history with running (from long before I ever thought I'd be participating), my forgotten first race from a few years ago, some music posts and lots of other random stuff.
For today, I'm glad it's Friday, my rest day. I have a tight left quad muscle (too many squats in the strawberry patch?) and don't think a run would be enjoyable. Hopefully a day of rest is all it needs!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
At least that's the idea, we'll see how it goes. Well, after that long post, you'd think I would have made some exotic meal yesterday. It was anything but, however, what I love is the season for fresh produce! Last night was salads, grilled chicken, rice and asparagus, with strawberries for dessert. The lettuce was out of our own garden, and the asparagus and strawberries were local. Much more local produce to come and can't wait for more to start growing in our garden!
Monday, June 14, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
- No work for a week. Going to try to not think about it and will keep e-mail checking at a minimum.
- No work means morning runs are possible. Much, much better than the hot, hot, hot afternoon runs I've been suffering through lately.
I'll probably be quiet next week!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Two years ago we were at the Outer Banks getting married. Three years ago, we got engaged there. Four years ago, we adopted the dogs (although almost a year apart). Five years ago, we bought our first house. Eight years ago, we met each other. I'm sure the upcoming years will provide many, many more great times!!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
For the first few, I still didn't really feel like I belonged because I still didn't consider myself a 'runner', even though I did feel a high at the finish line. I find myself in the middle of the pack but still wasn't sure I'd hit the point where I was an official runner because I didn't believe it yet. Even after doing two half marathons, the idea sounded so foreign to me. I even went out of my way not to look too 'into' it by carefully choosing my outfit. I've gotten over that now and after the 5K I ran this weekend, I feel like I runner.
This past Saturday, I ran a 5K at Antietam Battlefield. I signed up for it last minute because I'm already starting to freak out about the marathon I'm signed up for in October. Everything I've read indicates the course is hard. One of the harder sections is Antietam Battlefield due to the hills so I thought I'd run this 5K to get a feel for the area and see the roads I'm going to be hitting 20 miles into the marathon.
I went to the 5K alone and got there plenty early. It was starting to get very humid by the race start. I started in the middle of the group and started slow. I always start slow, which is good, but since most of my last races have been longer distances I didn't even have a clue how to start out on this. I was trying to keep it conservative but also kept thinking, this is only 3 miles, this is nothing and started moving up shortly into it. Passed mile two and decided to keep passing people, I was feeling good. We rounded a turn and I could see we were coming back to the area where we started and I was still feeling good. I hit the finish line at 25:30. I honestly couldn't believe it. I never run fast in any of my runs since I've been training for distance but will occasionally throw in some quicker segments. I guess this training stuff pays off because that's faster than I've ever run 3.1 miles. I even high-fived some guy at the end and that is out of character for me...I'm typically very reserved and don't show a lot of excitement in public. Immediately at the end, I thought I could definitely do that faster with a little bit of work.
That's not the kind of time that's going to win me any awards, but that doesn't matter. What matters is seeing how much I've progressed in just 5 months.
I'm a runner and I finally feel like it!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
In high school, I played tennis but loathed any running we had to do. I also distinctly remember failing my phys. ed. final of running the mile. I think it took 16 minutes or so. Things pretty much continued the same way in college. Despite my university having a huge recreation center that was for student use only (no classes), I never once stepped in it. Fear of not knowing the procedures and looking out of place kept me away. Instead, I stayed holed up in my dorm room. For a long, long time, I had about as low self-confidence/self-esteem anyone could have coupled with being very shy with social anxiety. It wasn't a good mix...
But, things started to change post-college. I didn't have a clue what I wanted to do with my life at this point, so I moved back to my hometown and started my first post-college job. It was going to be temporary until I figured out what to do with myself. There, I met my now husband. We were working together and he kept trying to break me out of my shell. Apparently, me constantly rejecting him made him try harder. Little did he know my rejecting him was more out of my own fear and had absolutely nothing to do with rejecting him as a person. Either way, it worked out!
About a year later, we were living together in a new town. By this point, although I started to have more confidence in myself, physically I was heavier than ever and not happy with myself. But then, I had my moment. I was shopping for new bras and becoming frustrated. At that moment, I decided it was time to lose weight and get healthy. Which, I did and haven't looked back. I lost 50+ pounds mostly by using workout videos and just eating better.
After we bought our first house, we got a treadmill and I used to continue to stay in shape but that was the only purpose. Just get my 30 minutes in a day, either by the treadmill or some other exercise. Every once in awhile, I'd run outside, but rarely.
But, then, last year my husband wanted a goal to get on his own healthy kick and somehow we decided to sign up for a 5K. That was on Thanksgiving 2009. I walked/ran it with him and something in me clicked. I knew I would have been able to run the whole thing and suddenly the idea of 'training' for something was totally appealing. So, since that first 5K, I've done another 5K, a 5 miler, 15K, 2 half marathons and another half and a full marathon scheduled...guess I got hooked. Seeing my progress has been extremely exciting for me!