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Friday, September 28, 2012

Stalker

I know I still need to post the details about my 18 mile run last Saturday, but they are still stuck in my Garmin and I've been lazy about uploading the run and writing it down, so I thought I would write about my stalking tendencies.

Ok, so I don't really think of myself as a stalker - I mean, bloggers want their blogs read, right? Maybe I'm just a person trying to pass the time at work with too much time on her hands?

I have found so many awesome running & fitness blogs over the past few years, but every once in awhile I find one that I enjoy so much that I just have to go back and read from the beginning to see how it all started! I've gained a ton inspiration and motivation from so many people and it's great to go back in time and see that at some point they were beginners, too.

In no particular order, these are some of the awesome ladies I've stalked over the past few years :-)


Aron at Runner's Rambles - I am in the thick of it reading Aron's blog and so. freaking. impressed with her! I am famous for getting sucked down rabbit holes while surfing the webs, so I don't remember how I got led to her blog initially, but I was immediately drawn in because she is an ultra/trail runner and that's kind of my new obsession! After reading just a few posts, I decided to start from the beginning, and WOW. I will never come close to BQ pace in any race I run, but I just love hearing about her adventures and successes and imagining what it must be like to run a 70+ mile week (although not what her annual investment in SHOES must be!).

Keep up the good work and the good writing, Aron. Many of your adventures I will only ever live vicariously through you and other runner bloggers, but you definitely have inspired me to stretch myself with new goals!


Meredith at Swim.Bike.Mom - One day I am going to meet up with this girl over a pitcher of margaritas (it's ok, I've already admitted my girl crush to her and she's ok with it). Lawyer, wife, mom of two young 'uns, triathlete, author, ass-kicker, name-taker, wisdom-sharer...the list goes on. She is amazeballs. 

Her second blog post ever, on August 27, 2010, was "I have decided to become a Triathlete. …" and that she has! I had a triathlon seed growing in my head for awhile and reading her blog has been the sunshine and water I needed to really grow this seed into a belief - thanks to SBM, I know I can totally rock a tri (next year, though, after I rock my marathon!).

She has her first book coming out soon, which I can't wait to read. The thing that sucks about "catching up" with a blogger is that then you have to wait for new posts! I am looking forward to curling up with her book after a long run and reading her funny stories and awesome advice for hours!


Beth at Shut Up and Run - First of all, she has an awesome name, just sayin'. Second, she's from my home state of Maryland (though I'm not sure exactly where, I hope from the cool part of the state, like me). Third, she is freaking hysterical. She never, ever fails to put a smile on my face when I need one. I haven't gone back and properly stalked her yet, but I imagine I will very soon!

Totally jealous of where she lives and gets to run (Colorado).

She's a running coach, too, and I'm saving the pennies I don't spend on running stuff (cheap hobby say what?!), gas to get to my soul sucking job, and stuff my children demand from me (like food and clothes and food) to hire her :-)

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Kerrie at Mom vs. Marathon - Again, I don't recall how I stumbled across Kerrie's awesome blog - I remember exactly the post and the picture, but I don't remember whose blog I was reading! I just love her story of going from a new mom in pain from a herniated disc to running her first few steps in summer 2009 to super speedy accomplished runner today (and looking toward her first tri - another adventure on my bucket list).

I am super jealous of her, too, because she lives in such a beautiful place with so many awesome places to run! The North Olympic Discovery Marathon (or half) is on my wish list thanks to Mrs. T (although it appears to always fall super inconveniently on the weekend before my kids' last week of school, GAH!).

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Ann at Twelve in Twelve - I first came across Ann through Prior Fat Girl and I related to her right away. The name of her blog comes from her quest to run twelve races in twelve months, which she did! I drew inspiration from this as I planned to do the same last year, but I totally fell off the wagon - hopefully it is something I can achieve at some point going forward!

What I love about Ann is that she is so transparent and honest. She talks about her struggles with exercise, food and weight loss, especially regarding eating her feelings, and sometimes I think she took the words right out of my mouth. She just recently finished the Whole30 challenge, which is just WOW! So proud of her and what an inspiration and motivation for me!


Janae at The Hungry Runner Girl - I totally wasted my youth on being young and stupid, and lazy, so I love reading about this girl who's doing it all right! Janae makes me feel old and jealous (the girl is serious about her food, just looking at her pictures packs fat onto my ass), but I LOVE reading her stories. Now that she has a new hungry runner baby girl, I love throwing pillows at the computer monitor when she shares the stats from her long, fast runs just 6 weeks post-delivery. 

Seriously, she is cute, fast, funny, genuine, fast, adorable, positive, fast, and I look forward to her posts. She is a prolific poster, which means I don't ever have to wait too long for a new post, but I think it might take me a lot of weeks of slacking at the soul-sucking job to read her archives so I'm just looking forward to what amazing things she is sure to accomplish in the future!

There are so many other blogs in my blogger rotation and I could go on all day about how great they are and how they have inspired me over and over. I know that had I not found this community of runners I might have given up long ago! Here are some of my other favorites:

Amanda at Run to Finish - I learn something from her every day

Monica at Run Eat Repeat - Reading her blog makes me hungry!

Mel at Tall Mom on the Run - I may have found Kerrie through Mel, or Mel through Kerrie. Either way, another awesome blogger. One day I will join her 1000+ club!!!

Dorothy at Mile Posts - This girl LOVES to run and it shines through every post. Many times she is out there pushing a triple stroller, running faster than I do in my dreams!

Jen at Prior Fat Girl - this was the first fitness/weight loss blog I stalked from the beginning, and it was the perfect blog for me to find at the perfect time. She provided so much motivation for me and also gave me the idea to start my own blog!

Keep on running and writing, ladies! Thank you for all your inspiration and motivation!



Friday, September 21, 2012

Slacker


This week, I have been a total slacker. I only got two short runs in, skipped swimming, skipped my strength workouts, and skipped tracking my eats on My Fitness Pal. Also, I abandoned most of the good eating habits I have been practicing since marathon training started.

And you know what? I'm ok with that!

I think it's pretty safe to say that my body just needed a bit of a rest this week, so I am looking forward to a good, strong 18-mile run tomorrow.

I can say with 100% certainty that I needed a mental break from the "gain two, lose two" frustrations that have been plaguing me for months, and after a week of abusing my body with carbs! and fast food! and other crap! I am totally ready to get back on the healthy eating train next week. In a way, it was a good reminder of how awful I feel when I don't fuel right.

Week in review:

Sunday: cross-train - stand-up paddleboarding (most. fun. ever)
Monday: run lay around in bed all day REST
Tuesday: strength, swim run (4 miles treadmill intervals)
Wednesday: run (5 miles/13:05 average)
Thursday: strength, run mow grossly overgrown eyesore of a yard
Friday: REST

Wish me luck on my longest run ever tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Different Kind of Treamill Run

Normally Tuesdays are swim days. I go to the YMCA on my lunch hour and swim a mile or so. I love Tuesday swims!

However, this week I did not get my Monday run in. It had rained all day Sunday, so I figured the trails would be slick and muddy in the morning and figured I would get some stuff done around the house and go later. But really, I was just not having a good day - there was some DRAMA weighing me down, and I never quite got past it to get out for a run. I also forgot E had soccer practice at 6:00. Boo, me.

I decided to go ahead and run instead of swim yesterday - there is a really nice path along a river near where I work, so I brought all my stuff so I could change and head over right after work. Unfortunately, more rain. I don't mind running in the rain, sometimes I even like it, but this was tornado watch torrential downpours. So...I resigned myself to hitting the YMCA for another dreadmill run.

It was dark and dreary when it was time to leave work, and I considered just changing at the Y, but I knew that if I did not get my running shoes laced up before I got in the car, I would end up just driving straight home. Yay, me.

I formulated a plan on the way to the gym that I hoped would make my run more tolerable: instead of trying to run a particular distance, I decided to do progressive intervals, since really the treadmill is the perfect way to do that.

I was a little bummed that the (pink!) treadmill in the ladies' locker room was out of order - I prefer to hide out work out in there, where there is a big tv with a remote I can control and a fan I can aim right at myself. Instead, I headed out to the cardio room, where there are no fans by the treadmills and the tiny tv's are set to various news channels. The treadmills also overlook the gym where a class is usually going on, which I find distracting (thought last night's actually looked like something I may like to try in the future).


Thankfully, I happened to have my Kindle in my purse, and had randomly found a pair of ear buds in the car, so I was armed with reading material and tunes. 

I won't go so far as to say the workout was fun, but it was definitely more than just tolerable. It was challenging, I felt great, and I can honestly say I will do it again! Here's what I did:

5 minutes @ 5.0 mph (12:00 min/mile)
4 minutes @ 5.1 mph (11:45 min/mile)
3 minutes @ 5.2 mph (11:32 min/mile)
2 minutes @ 5.3 mph (11:19 min/mile)
1 minute @ 5.4 mph (11:07 min/mile)

~~~walk 5 minutes~~~

5 minutes @ 5.1 mph
4 minutes @ 5.2 mph
3 minutes @ 5.3 mph
2 minutes @ 5.4 mph
1 minute @ 5.5 mph (10:54 min/mile)

~~~walk 5 minutes~~~

5 minutes @ 5.2 mph
4 minutes @ 5.3 mph
3 minutes @ 5.4 mph
2 minutes @ 5.5 mph
1 minute @ 6.0 mph (10:00 min/mile)

Total running time: 45 minutes
Total distance: ~3.94 miles
Average pace: 11:25

The whole thing felt very doable (maybe too doable?), so next time I will definitely push the pace a little more, and try increasing the incline as well. I think I will even Google some treadmill workouts to keep in my arsenal for the next bad weather day!

Calling this one a big WIN!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

18 Miles (a long review of a long run!)

Holy cow, what an amazing run yesterday! I will try and recount it in detail, but I am never very good at remembering everything (I really admire bloggers who recall so much)!

We met up at the Art Museum, which pretty much means one thing...HILLS. In the past we have headed down Reedy Creek Rd to Umstead, but this time we took the Greenway behind the museum, which was a nice change (i.e. different hills). I haven't run this way since spring, and since then they have opened up the connections so that the House Creek Greenway runs all the way to Crabtree mall and beyond.


The night before I printed out a pace band for my marathon goal finish time of 5:45 (which is ~13:00 minute miles), but instead of wearing it I decided to write the split times for 4, 8, 12, & 16 miles on my arm next to my Garmin. This turned out to be a great idea and I definitely plan to do it for my last two long runs (18 and 20 miles).

The first 4 miles are the hilliest, but apparently mostly downhill heading out. I was running with my friend Erica, and was telling her that my goal was to try and hit 12mpm during the run intervals, but going down the hills we were going a lot faster! When I mentioned it to her, she said I was the one pushing the pace, so I told her to yell at me next time I got too speedy!

My plan was to fuel every 4 miles or sooner if I started to flag, so I took a Gu (vanilla bean) at mile 4. It didn't go down easy, but it didn't make me gag, either. 

1-11:53;  2-11:56;  3-12:05;  4-12:26
4 miles: 48:20 - average pace 12:05
4 mile split goal: 52:38 (4 minutes ahead of goal!)

At the 4-mile mark, we passed a McDonalds and I took a bathroom break. I had turned the Auto Pause on my Garmin on, so that was kind of convenient, it stopped on it's own!

The next 2 miles were MUCH flatter and took us to the end of the Greenway (literally, there was a sign that said "The Greenway ends here," which was kind of cool!). We originally thought we were going to hit the end at 7 miles and knew we would need to make up 2 miles, but instead we were going to have to add 4 miles somewhere, so we decided to just run the 2 miles back to the McDonalds and back to the end of the Greenway, and then head back to the parking lot. Mentally, though it sucked to have to double back, it was WAY better than having to tack on an extra 4 at the end of the run!

I forgot to fuel at the 8-mile mark, so when I looked at my watch and we were at 8.40, I ate half a package of strawberry Gu chomps (with caffeine) - I think at that point I was starting to flag a little. I am really working on getting fuel on board before I start to drag so I keep my energy more even.
5-12:13;  6-12:27;  7-12:37;  8-12:08
4 miles: 49:15 - average pace 12:19
8 miles: 1:37:35 - average pace 12:12
8 mile split goal: 1:45 (8 minutes ahead of goal!)

Like I said, it really kind of sucked to turn around at mile 8 and head back the way we just came, especially since it seemed that more of this part of the trail was not shaded and it was definitely getting warmer. There was a water stop along the way, so each time we passed it and stopped, I poured some water on my head. 

At the end of mile 10 I was definitely feeling draggy, so I ate the rest of the Gu chomps - I am thinking I may have to stick with the Gu and just try and eat it slower because these just don't seem to do the trick. Somewhere in here I also took a salt tab.

9-12:15;  10-12:55;  11-13:05;  12-12:18
4 miles: 50:33 - average pace 12:38
12 miles: 2:28:08 - average pace 12:21
12 mile split goal: 2:37 (9 minutes ahead of goal!)

I knew that the last 4 miles were going to be heading back up the hills we came down at the beginning, so I stopped at McDonald's again for a bathroom break and to refill my water bottles with ice and water, and tried to prepare myself mentally to hit the hills.

We hit 13.1 miles around 2:43 and change, a new PR for me for that distance! I also took another Gu at that point (I was hoping for an espresso, but what I grabbed was another vanilla bean). I took my time getting it down, which was much better. Took another salt tab somewhere in here, too.

Not long after that we came across some people throwing rocks across the trail and wondered what on earth they were doing. Turns out they were trying to scare off a copperhead snake who was camouflaged perfectly right at the edge of the trail! Thankfully it was on the other side, but I NEVER would have seen it! Another reason to run in the center of the trail (I prefer to run in the middle anyway because the camber bothers me.)

By this point, we were hitting the hills, in the sun, and my left leg was bothering me. I clearly adjust my stride in some way to compensate for my heel pain, and my left hip flexor and knee were also starting to bother me. When we started coming to the long hills that never seemed to end, we agreed from that point forward to ignore the interval timer and walk the ups and run the down, and then ran the last .10 in for my longest run ever!

13-14:19;  14-12:28;  15-14:00;  16-14:19
4 miles: 55:06 - average pace 13:47
16 miles: 3:23:15 - average pace 12:42
16 mile goal: 3:30:32 (7 minutes ahead of goal!)



I was really really looking forward to my ice bath, but that had to wait a bit. Right after I was done stretching, I had to head over to watch the end of E's soccer game (thank you so much, my awesome friend Heather E., for picking her up and getting here there on time!). I sat on a towel next to the field and stretched, so I wasn't actually feeling too bad by the time I got home with my big bag of ice.

Aaaaaaaaaah!

I did not make the mistake of taking a nap like I did last weekend. After my ice bath and a shower, I hung out on the couch and watched tv for awhile while my favorite girls made Squirt cupcakes, and then we all went to see Finding Nemo in 3D. I love that movie and I often sing Dory's swimming song in my head as I'm running! After that we hung out at a friend's house for another movie, but her couch was just too comfortable so I did fall asleep then (plus I wasn't into the movie). Overall a much better recovery than last weekend. Yay!

I was really pleased with just about everything about this run! I still can't quite imagine running 10 miles further than yesterday's run, but I have surprised myself every week as our runs get longer and I get through them. Being that our longest run is only 20 miles, I know I need to prepare mentally for the last 6.2, especially since I will probably be running alone.

I realized at the end of the run as I was stretching that my extra-wide feet are poking out the edges of my shoes in the same spot my Sauconys used to fray, so I'm going to be ordering new shoes in the next week or so to be sure I have them ready but broken in by race day!

I'm also thinking of ordering another fuel belt to have my sister hang onto to trade out around halfway so I don't have to worry about running out of water. I drink a lot of water on my long runs and get panicky if I feel like I am running low, so this seems like the best idea.

Next Saturday is 18 miles. My running buddy Erica won't be there, so I am planning to try running with music to keep me motivated and speedy! The following week is "only" 12 miles - haha, who ever though I would put the word "only" before "12 miles." I can't believe it, MCM will be here in no time!


Friday, September 14, 2012

Did I Mention I'm Training for MCM?

So it occurred to me that I talked about last week's 14-mile run and mentioned my marathon goal pace but I failed to mention that I am training for the Marine Corps Marathon! I can't believe how close it is - 6 weeks from Sunday I will be in Washington, DC for my very first 26.2! Training has been going well - I'm definitely the tortoise and not the hare and have spent more than a few agonizing moments calculating and recalculating my time to make sure that I am going to be able to "Beat the Bridge" (I'm mostly reassured that I will!). Ever since I decided that I was one day going to run a marathon, I knew that I wanted MCM to be my first and I knew that I wanted to do it with Team in Training, which I am!

My TNT experience has been AWESOME so far...except for the fundraising aspect. Apparently I suck at fundraising and clearly overestimated the support I would get from my family, so with just a month to go before the deadline, I am still scrambling to raise nearly $1500.00. YIKES!!!! I definitely have to step it up in the next few weeks to get it done.

Not sure there's anyone out there reading, but if you've made your way over here and want to help me out, you can visit my fundraising page to make an online donation. Thank you in advance, you are awesome!!!

My main goals for my first marathon are to finish in under 6 hours and stay healthy doing it. I was having so much trouble with my calves and plantar fasciitis, I took a month off running after my second half marathon because I was in so much pain. I was terrified I would break down during marathon training! At the start of training, I switched shoes from my Brooks Ghost neutral shoes to Asics GT-2170 stability shoes, and also worked on trading my heel-strike for a mid-foot strike.  Not sure if it is the shoes or my form or both, but I am definitely doing better. There is still some pain but not nearly as bad, so I am just crossing my fingers that I can keep it at bay as my mileage keeps going up.

I read other runners' blogs and compared to many who are training for a marathon, my weekly mileage has definitely been on the lower side. I would love it if I can increase it in the future (assuming I decide to do another one of these things...TBD!). Early on it was quite low but there was a lot of hiking going on - J and I went on a backpacking trip at the end of July for her birthday - 20 miles in 3 days. My running miles increased after that:

Week 9: 18.5 miles
Week 10: 22 miles
Week 11: 18 miles
Week 12: 22.5 miles
Week 13: 21 miles
Week 14: 28.25 miles
Week 15: 30 miles (after this Saturday's 16-miler)

Now that I just went back through my training log counting up my miles, I realized that I should probably go ahead and order a new pair of shoes before marathon time! Wow - people who put in 40-50 mile weeks or more must go through a LOT of shoes! I don't know if I can afford that, LOL.


I have not been following any specific plan exactly - I've sort of used the plan the TNT coaches provided (we do group long runs on Saturdays) combined with the Hal Higdon novice plan weekly runs tweaked to fit my schedule. Right now my weekly plan looks like this:

Sunday: cross-train
Monday: run
Tuesday: strength, swim
Wednesday: run
Thursday: strength, run
Friday: REST
Saturday: long run

I've been able to stick with it for the most part each week. Getting my cross-training in on Sundays has been hard as my Saturday runs have gotten longer - I feel like I need a little more rest. My goal is to try and do something fun on Sundays, like kayaking or hiking. This Sunday I will be taking a 90 minute stand-up paddleboarding class - SO EXCITED!!! I'd also like to get back to hiking, which fell by the wayside after our trip (I'm sure the Big Red Dog would love it if we did that, too!)

Overall I am very pleased with the way training is going. Not only am I in uncharted territory on my long runs, but I am really improving on my other as well. I run 4/1 intervals during long runs but am working on no intervals for my shorter weekly runs. So far I've gotten up to 5.5 miles, which was my longest training run last spring before my 8k race (when I felt speedy and strong), so I could soon be setting a distance PR for running with NO walking! It feels great to push it and know that I can do it!

Of course, I am frustrated about the lack of movement on the scale, but I knew going into this that my weight loss goals were going to have to be put on the back burner during training. Still frustrating, but I'm dealing with it and ready to HIT IT starting October 29!

Well, guess I had a lot to say about training today! I'm excited and nervous about tomorrow's 16-miler, but my plan is to NOT nap the day away afterwards but to stay "quietly busy," so hopefully I will find some time to sit down for an update. My fundraising page needs one, too.

Wish me luck! Go Team!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Duh!

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Sometimes I am just so dumb! I have wanted to go trail running forever, well, pretty much since I started running, if my stash of Trail Runner magazines that goes back to 2010 is any indication. But I haven't. Why? Because I thought I needed special trail running shoes!

Duh.

I mean, really. Sometimes I am just so dumb! I find something that I really, really want to do and then proceed to make excuses as to why I "can't."

On Monday I ran on a trail - not the nice, wide, flat Tobacco Trail, but a glorious, winding, undulating, rock and root covered single track trail with a lake view! In my road shoes! And I survived!

Duh.

Last night I met running friend Heather for 4 miles in Bond Park. We stuck to the Greenways and had a nice run, but I wanted to run a little more so she headed home to pack for her vacation (lucky girl!) and I headed to my new favorite trail around the lake.

I don't know what it is about trail running, but it's like I feed off the energy of the trail. I just kept going and going, feeling good, a giddy smile plastered on my face that no doubt made everyone I passed think I was nuts (then again, they probably "got it!"). So, why didn't I try this sooner?

Gah.

I am already searching for some trail races to put on my calendar next year. Trail shoes or no, you will find me out there smiling like a freak at least once a week from now on!

And hopefully, I've learned my lesson. Nike nailed it, man. JUST. DO. IT.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

14 Miles & A Trail Run

I survived my second 14-mile run on Saturday! It was on the nice-n-flat Tobacco Trail, which makes for an easier time of it than, say, lat week's 10-miler in Umstead:













I managed my first 14-mile run (and longest run EVER) two weeks ago in 3:03. I got to run the entire way with E from LLS/TNT, which was awesome - don't think I could have mentally managed it all by myself. Unfortunately, there is no one else in my TNT training group doing the same distances and intervals as I am, so I usually run alone. She is also a little speedier than me, so she pushed me to run a bit faster than I would have on my own, and as we chatted, the first 8.5 miles went by like nothing!

I was a little nervous going into this Saturday's run because my weekly mileage was higher than it has been during my training and I was feeling it! Also, after Thursday's 3 miles on the treadmill, my left quad/hip area was achy, so I didn't know if I was sore from the higher mileage, or the treadmill run, or if something else was going on.

I had arranged to run with another friend who had 18 on her calendar for the day, so she got 3 miles in before meeting up with me. Our first 4 miles together were at what I'm considering my goal pace for the marathon, but I think she was struggling with dehydration so our next few miles were a quite a bit slower. We separated at the halfway point so I could keep my speed up. For awhile there I was feeling quite speedy, but the second out and back of the run was downhill out and uphill back, and that really sucked! Total time 3:07, average pace 13:22.

Mile 1: 12:29
Mile 2: 12:49
Mile 3: 13:03
Mile 4: 12:44
Mile 5: 15:01 (lots of walking!)
Mile 6: 14:18
Mile 7: 14:45
Mile 8: 13:36
Mile 9: 13:24
Mile 10: 12:10
Mile 11: 13:01
Mile 12: 12:34
Mile 13: 13:42 (coming back up the hill now)
Mile 14: 13:37

Overall I was pleased with the run. I'm definitely learning what works and what doesn't work for race day. I keep finding new places that need Body Glide! I tried Gu Chomps instead of my favorite Clif Shot Blocks, which don't have caffeine. They seemed to work well, which was a good thing, because when I tried to suck down my yummy espresso Gu gel at mile 11, I could barely get it down, so I still need to play around with what's going to work best for fuel. I guess I was just stiff at the start, but it worked itself out and I didn't experience any pain.

I did learn that maybe a nap is not the best thing after a long run. After my ice bath and shower, a nap sounded so nice, but I tossed and turned and ached and stiffened and woke up feeling like this...

Where's my oil can?


Turns out these work just as well for loosening the joints...



Now to get mentally prepared for my 16 miles this Saturday - and I think we are headed back to the hills for that run :-(

I've done a little bit of whining about my super hilly 10-mile run in Umstead, but after it was all said and done and I survived, there was a part of me that kind of wanted to do it again! I have wanted to try trail running for awhile, and after that run I dug out my old issues of Trail Runner and reread them all, getting more and more excited about hitting the trails and one day trying a trail race.

Sunday, on a 5-hour drive resulting from a failed attempt to take the kids to Kings Dominion (closed to the public for a Booz Allen company day), I listened to various Pandora stations to find some good running music (I am too lazy to make playlists!). I was loving the Alternative Endurance Training station, and between the cool tunes and the amazing Fall is Almost Here weather, I just could not wait to hit up a local trail for a run on Monday.

After dropping E off at school, I headed straight over to Bond Park. The weather was perfect! I knew I wanted to get in around 5 miles, but I hadn't looked at a map so I ended up doing a little exploring. I started on the Greenway, and after about .5 mile turned right onto the singletrack trail that winds around the lake for about a mile, then took the Pine Cone trail, a nice mulched trail that eventually took me back to the Greenway for another lap around the lake, and then for the last mile I picked up trails here and there until G beeped 5 miles. IT. WAS. AWESOME. I have officially designated Monday as Trail Run Day, and I can't wait to explore other trails in the area.

When I was done stretching, I found a bench near the water and sat with the ducks for awhile, wishing a little that I had the kind of life that would allow every day to be Trail Run Day! At least I have this to look forward to!

Bond Lake

Today is cross-training day, so I will be off to the YMCA for a 1600 meter swim at lunch time!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Dreadmill

I was supposed to meet up with a friend after work yesterday for a quick 3-mile run, but she had to cancel and it was pouring rain, so I decided to hit up the YMCA for a treadmill run. I do not like the treadmill. Not even a little bit. Not only is it So. Freaking. Boring. but I feel like it messes up my stride. 

Once before I managed 6 miles - looking back I have no idea how. I am trying to make friends with it so that on days like yesterday I can still get a run in, but it's kind of like that kid you were forced to hang out with because your mom was friends with his mom, only when the moms weren't looking he would steal your cookies and pull the heads off your Barbies.

So anyway, I got my 3 miles in. Watching Yes, Dear made it marginally better, but not much. Maybe an iPad with Netflix would make it better? Maybe, but I don't have an iPad and there is not one in my future, so I guess I will have to keep playing stupid mental games with myself when I am forced to dreadmill it. I did push the pace a little bit (mostly to get done quicker) so that felt good.

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How do people do it? I'm trying, but honestly, I'd rather run in the rain!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Remember Me?

It's been awhile. I've been around. Still running, still dreaming, still working, still trying to hack life. Still trying to get to my goal weight and still feeling WTF frustrated about my total failure despite doing what I feel like are all the "right" things (but, clearly not!). Guess I needed a blogging break, but since I seem to keep writing posts in my head, I figured it was time to try again. So, I'm back. 

Is anyone still out there?