Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
So I heard from a reliable source (aka Angela) that to do the 1.8 miles that they advertise, you have to run a figure 8. After my relatively "fast" mile there on Tuesday, I decided to attempt the entire 1.8 miles. I felt like I was moving so slowly. Moxie was begging me to go faster but I just couldn't. The only time I mustered any speed was when I ran past the police officers who were standing outside on a break. Having about 10 of them clustered around the path sure inspired me to look like a pro. Maybe I should pay them to scatter themselves around the track?
Anyway, I was shocked to look at my time and see I had done the 1.8 miles in 16:15! I have to say there is really no way that is possible so I'm kind of questioning if I actually did the full 1.8 miles. I can't think what other combination would add up to the 1.8 miles, so I want to think I am actually that fast. But it's really too good to be true.
I walked for a few minutes after finishing the loop, then ran for 4 more minutes for 20 minutes of running. I guess for the ego boost I will tell myself I really was that fast today, until I am proven wrong the next time I run.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
So I did the first loop in 10:10, which I was happy with. Of course 8:30 would have been even better, but for now I am happy. I really pushed myself at the end and that is when the lung pain started. Usually if I'm short of breath I feel tight and a slight burn. This time was extreme burn and a sharp pain that still hasn't completely gone away. But I have to admit I was so happy to be out running that I basically ignored the pain. That's what real runners do, right?
In the end, I ran for 15 minutes straight, walked 3, and then ran 4 more to finish the second loop. So that was about 2 miles today. I'm glad I finally had a chance to go out again, but I feel like I am starting over yet again.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
I had planned on at least doing the yoga video today but even that sounded like too much. Here it is 8:30 on a Friday, and I'm ready for bed. Angela and I talked today about how we just need to accept these minor setbacks as a part of life. We run because we enjoy it and for the health benefits, but we aren't running to stay alive. If we miss a few days (or weeks), it's not the end of the world. At the same time, it really is frustrating being kept from doing something we enjoy.
Maybe we should just accept it that January is going to be a bad month, and start looking towards February as our comeback!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Snow on the ground+36 degrees+iPod with no power+loose dogs taunting my dog+partially ripped off big toenail+already feeling sick=why would anyone be so foolish as to run?
The foolish person in this story is me. Luckily I came to my senses quickly and returned home right away. Today's summary is as follows:
Time ran: 10.5 minutes (out for 15 altogether)
Length: Probably a mile, maybe a bit more. I had to run fast to get away from the loose dogs!
How I felt: Very, very cold.
I hate to go too long without running, and today seemed like the first feasible day. Just standing outside it doesn't really feel that cold, but once I started running I could really feel it. Every breath was just killing my already pathetic lungs, so I headed back home. I guess it was better than nothing, although I'm not feeling so great right now. Hopefully I didn't just make myself even sicker!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Time Ran: 22:30
Length: 2 miles (according to Google Maps)
How I Felt: Crummy.
I ran with my husband, dog, and daughter, and we started off strong. We went a different way that featured two "hills" and pleny of gentle up-slopes. It was very challenging! Towards the end I was barely moving at all, it was really quite pathetic. As my mother-in-law says, at least I was out there!! :)
I just need to know though, when is it going to get easier or better? When will I run two miles and not collapse? When will I actually feel like I'm losing weight or getting shape?
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
My name is Shana, I am active duty Air Force (stationed at Pope) and have a wonderful husband (also an Ed) and a beautiful little 3 1/2 year old princess named Olga. We are expecting a boy (Laith) on 30 Jan and I expect to be running that next week (I never said I was practical). Anyway, thanks for letting me join the group... I'll only talk about running from now on. I just received the book "The Runners diet" from my recent Runners World renewal so I'm looking forward to combining diet and runs to shed the 50 or so pounds I'll need to shed (I did mention I'm a bottomless pit right now didn't I?) once Laith arrives.
I'm glad I'm doing 2 miles, and it is definitely hard work, but I'm always left feeling unsatisfied at the end. I wish I could run more. I also want to move faster. My pace seems to be 10 minutes for the first mile, 11 or 12 for the second. Doing 10 minute miles consistently would be great, and 9 minutes would be even better! I'd better not get too greedy though. For now continuing to do 2 miles at least 4 times a week is my goal.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
I drove my course after I ran and it was almost exactly 2 miles, just a hair under. So that makes me really happy with my pace. Am I finally running a little bit faster? I felt like I was going slower than ever before but my first mile was under 10 minutes. Almost unheard of for me! Obviously I can't sustain that pace though since my second mile was slower. But still. Victory in our time!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
It has been a really long time since I've had to push Laura in the stroller so that added some extra work. But managing her in the stroller and the dog on the leash was much easier than I expected, and it was nice to be out with Laura again. I did 4 minutes warm up walking, ran 11 minutes, walked 3.5 minutes (would have been less if a man with 3 dogs hadn't been walking by-Moxie was awesome, but I didn't want to taunt the dogs by running past them with mine), then ran for 9 more minutes. Did a long walk on the end for a total of 32 minutes.
This was a tough run for me and I felt pretty tired at the end. I was pleased with my running though and at one point even managed to sprint up one of our neighborhood "hills". It's really just a long upward slope, but definitely a work out to sprint up pushing a stroller. Laura said I was running "as fast as Daddy" which was probably untrue but flattering nonetheless.
I plan on running tomorrow to get on a better schedule. Every three days is too infrequently for me!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
But, today is another day.....and I'm going to try it again. It must be noted that I made a visit to the chiropractor this morning (he said I ran too far, and has now limited me to two-mile runs for the next ten days) and I've also made an appointment with my primary care doctor for Monday morning. I'm working at this from all angles, and trying to be a grown-up about my running in the process. It also must be noted that this SUCKS and I'm bitter. But we knew that already, right?
Thursday, January 8, 2009
It will definitely be a while until I'm back to running 3 miles straight, but I think I'm on the right track.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Now my goal is to build back up to 4 miles and/or 40 minutes of running....but not until next week!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
My run/walk went really well. By the end my legs were tingling and I felt like I had had a really good performance. I did the 2min run w/ 4 min walk x4. I am really happy with myself. And I have already had 2 glasses of water and the sun is not even up. Way ahead of the game today!!
Monday, January 5, 2009
Regardless, whether through extreme devotion or sheer stupidity, I was determined to get out today and do something. I haven't run since last year (so long ago!) and now that everyone is back to work and school, I don't really having any excuses-not breathing doesn't count.
In part because of my breathing and in part because I felt like I never really recovered after my sickness in November, I decided to start the "Couch to 5K" program over again, about halfway through. I picked week 5, since it seemed doable, although I may have picked the wrong week since by the end of the week I'm supposed to be running 20 minutes without stopping. Sadly, that seems really hard right now!
Today was run 5 minutes and walk 3 minutes. I did a 3 minute warm up walk, then did the rotation 3 times for a total of 15 minutes of running. I then did a long cool down walk, mostly since I had the dog with me and wanted to give her some more time out. I was out for 31 minutes, which I was pleased with. I'm running about the same amount of time I was over the last few weeks, but I'm out and moving a whole bunch more. Plus when I got home, Moxie and I played in the backyard for a few minutes which bumped up my "work out" a bit more.
To be honest, I am disappointed by this setback. I wish I was able to run 30 minutes without stopping like I was (oh so briefly) a while ago. But I think my bad runs were really discouraging me, so much so that I went 4 days without running and really didn't care. That's not the attitude I want to have. I'll admit, today was tougher than I had hoped it would be, but I met the goal I set for myself and that feeling of satisfaction helped offset the disappointment of starting over.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
The treadmill does have an iFit program to train you for long distance running. I am going to have to check that out. Not sure how much that costs. A trainer you can turn off and on.....how nice.
I also went online and found Omega Sports that does shoe analysis. I will go in and check on them next week. My shoes are definately not for running. I got onto Runner's World website and never knew there was so much to learn about shoes!! Go figure!!!