Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Darlene - Naples Half Marathon.
Caroline - Carlsbad Half Marathon.
Tanya is training for her second half marathon and Elizabeth continues her training for her first half marathon. Kim is also in training for a half marathon. Genevieve ran a 10K. Sarah received the OK to ease back into running after an injury. Bobbie is three weeks into her marathon training (don't worry we all have bad weeks!).
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Reading lots of running blogs can be a double-edged sword. On one side, there's nothing better to motivate you. Seeing the accomplishments of others is inspirational. Finding out about new events, watching others ups and downs and seeing how others train is better knowledge than any reading any training book. It is real life. Being able to make real life connections or online only has been great. You find people you connect with, you start to know people through comments/e-mail or in some cases real life. It's a wonderful support system. However, it can be easy to fall into that trap of comparing yourself too much to others. To think you aren't stacking up enough, that your accomplishments are falling short in some way. To be honest, this is partly why I deleted my DailyMile account. I wasn't enjoying keeping track of miles in that way.
I used to be a blog lurker. I read for inspiration and motivation but certainly never thought anyone would want to read about what someone as boring as me was doing on a day to day basis. I felt the blogs I read were truly interesting people with many different things going on in their lives. This blog is for 100% me but having it started to open those doors of making connections with others.
In regards to running, I remember every milestone along the way. I remember the first time running 5 miles, 8 miles, 13.1 miles, 26.2 miles. Every milestone along the way felt huge. Being able to run a 10:00 minute mile used to feel very hard. Today it feels really easy. It just happened along the way. Now, it's miles in the 8:00 minute range that feel like a challenge to me. Yet, at the same time, I can go through the blogs I read and find many who running an 8:00 minute mile would be a snail's pace for them. They would laugh (not literally) at a pace like that being difficult. For others, running that pace is completely unfathomable. It's all relative and constantly changing. The great thing about running is being able to push your own limits, not what limits anyone else tries to set for you. It's a sport in which anyone can participate. Regardless of the event, your best competitor will always be there if you choose to show up.
I certainly used to feel like I didn't belong. It was very hard to go to the first 5k. My stomach has been in knots for every 'first' along the way. I'm sure most people have had those thoughts of, what if I am last? What if I can't complete it? What will others say? What will others think? Well, the more involved one gets, the more you realize none of that matters, others will support you. Maybe there will be some bad apples along the way, but they'll be the minority, and if there are any, it's easy to ignore.
I met with the local running group yesterday for a trail run (Hi Chuck!). I am not a trail runner, but want to start. This was my first time on trails, except for a rail trail/gravel/canal towpath. It was my first time trudging up and down hills on snow covered trails. But, I went out and had a great time. It felt good, but it also felt hard. We were on the last loop I was going to do and I had to push myself. I felt like I was unearthing many unused muscles. I can go out and run 7+ miles on the road, and not be the least bit sore or tired. After yesterday's 7, I felt it that evening. But, I went out, ran what I could and am ready to tackle the next adventure. I'm never going to be the best, I won't be the worst, but I can always work on improving myself.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
I hadn't run since Tuesday. My hip had been bothering me and still felt a bit off on Friday when I took the dogs for a walk. By Saturday morning, it felt normal again which was such a relief! So happy to not be cranky anymore. I made the drive, arrived super early and waited around to the start.
This is a small event so we all gathered at the bottom of a hill and soon we were off. Uphill for the first half mile or so. I was feeling pretty good but wanted to try and pace myself because I couldn't really remember how bad hills were. Luckily, it's an out and back, so I could try to be a bit conservative on the way out and then try to remember what I'd just run for the way back. That didn't really work out though.
Photo credits to the race photographer - gotta love little events where you can easily save your own photos from their site.
The hill that about killed me last year still was hard this year - it starts a little before mile 4 and definitely felt easy on the way out on the downhill, very hard on the way back. Several guys in front of me were walking it but I passed them and kept running - although it felt like I was crawling. It wasn't long until we were in the last downhill to the finish line. My clock time was 43:00 exactly and the Garmin shows me at 5.05 miles in 42:57. Not a PR, but I was happy with it. Last year's time was 49:40. The funniest thing was last year I actually was 2nd in my age group. This year, next to last in my age group. Guess it really depends who decides to show up!
I used to never wear my Garmin to races. I always felt funny about looking like I was too 'into' it since I'm not that good. Since I've become more and more attached to the Old Garmin, it's been creeping into races and I've gotten over feeling awkward about it. The stats:
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Yes, I was actually excited at the idea of a treadmill. The idea that I could get back to watching TV on a few mid-week runs, I could sing along to my music, make funny arm motions to dance along to the music and not have anyone (other than my dogs) looking at me like I was a crazy person. I didn't have to worry if we just got a ton of snow and the roads were covered in ice. My husband would be happy because I wouldn't be running outside at 5 AM in the dark anymore. I'd get in some easy runs during the week to keep myself sane and I'd still have my weekends to run outside - sounded like the perfect balance.
The first run on the treadmill felt hard. Why was a run on a treadmill at a 10:00 minute pace and 1% incline feeling difficult? That feels really easy to me outside these days. I totally expected the treadmill to feel easier than outside - it used to. Also, I'm pretty sure that little flashing track thing is broken. There's no way that thing moves that slow, maybe the clock is broken too. I didn't know seconds and minutes moved by so slowly.
After those first couple of treadmill runs, I figured I just needed to get used to it again. Maybe my form was different. Maybe that's why it felt difficult. Maybe it was the shoes I was wearing. I kept switching the different ones I have in my rotation. Maybe I was starting too fast. Maybe I start slower outside than I realized and need a longer warm up. Tried that. Why does stuff just seem to hurt when I'm on the treadmill? I never have pain outside.
Maybe it was just because it felt so boring. OK, new plan. I'll use the treadmill for speed workouts and just tough out those couple of other easy runs that feel boring. Perhaps that will help - I don't really care that much about speed, but hey, if it makes these treadmill runs more exciting and I get a little faster in the process, that can't be a bad thing. I printed out a handy little treadmill pace converter because doing the math in my head wasn't really working out very well. I had a new plan and once/week I'd try some speed workouts.
It made the runs more exciting. I actually felt good during the run, it was no longer boring and I felt like I was actually accomplishing something. I went about it the correct way - 1 mile warm up, some intervals with recovery and then a cool down. Looking back, I may have been doing the half mile intervals a little too fast.
But, the treadmill and I still aren't friends. I've only run once this week. Something I'm doing when running on the treadmill is causing my hip to hurt. I stopped doing the speed stuff, that had to be it, but it still hurts after I finish the run. When I run outside, I have no pain and no pain in the days following. It is only the treadmill. Hoping to not make this an actual issue, I decided to take it easy this week and hope it goes away. I really want to make this relationship work - hopefully a short break will make us grow fonder.
Until then, I'll just keep being a royal bitch because I'm stressed out at work, I can't run, and I'll whine about it all on a public blog.
**I've been tagged by two people - that post coming soon...I have a couple others half written too. I just felt like complaining today.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tanya already completed her first marathon on the first of the year. Her recap can be found of the Hangover Half. Congratulations!
Caroline has her first half marathon coming up in a few weeks. She recently completed her longest run yet!
Kate, whose first marathon had to be put on hold last year, is getting very close to the Surf City Marathon in early February. Jessica is also training for a February marathon.
Genevieve and Fran are our two international members this time around. Genevieve is training for the LA Marathon and Fran is training for her first half marathon. As more people get deeper into the training, more updates will be posted. For now, check out all the people who are training for their first half or full at the Distance Dreamer page here!
Friday, January 7, 2011
Oh, and my number 5 goal, I decided to take a 'before' picture (it won't be posted here). Seeing those jeans was a great reminder. Tracking my progress sounds like a good idea.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
1. First, limiting/removing some social media items, mostly ones I never logged into. The only one I actually used was DailyMile but I deleted it today. I like my spreadsheets and hard copies - I'll stick with those, no more redundancy. The only ones I'm keeping are:
- Facebook, which I hardly log into anyway
- Athlinks, not that I use the social aspect, but there's no better way to look up people's past race times...don't act like you've never done it!
- Ravelry - all things knitting!
2. Google Reader - I've started unsubscribing to blogs I no longer care to read. My list is still huge but it's nice to get rid of a few that I don't ever really read that I always skip over anyway. The ones I enjoy will still be read daily.
3. E-mail Subscriptions - As they are coming through, I'm taking the time to unsubscribe instead of just continuing to hit delete. Just because I ordered some random Cubs T-shirt two years ago does not mean I am going to again - no need to keep getting their e-mails.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
1. Try to get faster in particular distances
2. Try to go longer
3. Try something completely different
I'm not that overly concerned about speed. Sure, I want to get better, but nothing too crazy. I could try to go longer, but obviously need to be realistic about what I'd be capable of at this point. I'm quite happy with running so I don't want to switch - maybe just branch out a bit. Therefore, I decide to combine all three and make goals to accomplish all of the above - all while remaining injury free and enjoying every bit of it, of course!
With that, my goals for 2011:
1. Run 1500 miles
2. Run a half marathon under 2 hours
3. Run a marathon faster than my first (under 4:42)
4. Complete an ultra
5. Superficial goal: Get to a point where I'm comfortable enough with my body to run in just a sports bra & shorts.
The plan so far:
January - Snowflake Chase 5 mile. Repeat and already registered.
February - ??
March - Chambersburg Half Marathon. Repeat, registered and will go for 2 hours.
Race for the Birds - 7.7 mile trail run and CVRT 15K
Both new to me. April was supposed to include another marathon - Mountain Maryland - but it was cancelled just a couple of weeks ago. Yes, I was going to be crazy and attempt two marathons close together, but it wasn't in the cards...guess I'll play it smart this way.
May - Pittsburgh Marathon. Registered - goal to have better time than my first marathon.
June - some sort of 5K/10K?
July - some sort of 5K/10K?
August - Ausherman 5 mile, repeat
September - some sort of half marathon or equivalent.
October - Bald Eagle Megatransect - registered! I was waiting for registration to open on this before listing my goals. This is a 25+ ultra-hike. Considered an ultra-hike due to many areas that are basically impossible to even try to run.
Fire on the Mountain 50K - hopefully.
November - ?
December - ?