Chocolate: It's Why We Run
A community of runners (or others) logging in their progress for encouragement and motivation.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
What not to do....
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Yesterday I ran further than I have in over 2 1/2 years..since the Chicago Marathon...before I was even pregnant with Max.
It was only about 7 miles, but I'm getting there. After the 2nd lap around the lake, I was just ready to be done, but I made myself go a third time, pushing Ella of course.
I can't really say it felt good...it felt hard. And to think I'll have 19 more miles to go in the marathon.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
I felt like an entirely new woman this morning when I got up! Since the husband is off work today and home I was able to go for a morning run and I felt so springy in my step- like the first run in new shoes. I even dared to take the short version of the hilly route and pick up the pace a bit past a shuffle (to a shuffle-step?) Had to walk on two of the top bits of hills though. My next goal is to be able to run regular version of the hilly route with no walking- but that is partially dependent on little man beginning to spread out his feeding a little longer. Good goal for maybe in a month or two.
:) I ran AND showered today so even though I continue to accomplish nothing on the growing pile of writing and work to be done- I'm feeling very successful. (Besides, I'm finding actually doing work so, so, so unimportant when compared to holding and playing with and even just sitting around looking at my little guy. Good thing I stopped the tenure clock for the coming year....)
It's beautiful weather here today- hope all of you are also having a sunny running day.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
I'm Cari's friend Lauren and proud to say the one who gave Cari the idea of doing the San Fran women's marathon in the first place. Once I heard about the Tiffany necklace I was hooked! Couldn't do it last year as both Cari and I were pregnant, but was excited about the possibility of this year's race. Unfortunately, while I was dithering about whether I could possibly run a marathon less than 6 months after giving birth (ask Cari for my intricate and insane plans to breastfeed en route) I missed the sign-up for it. So I'll be here virtually rooting all of you on instead.
I'm hoping I can still join in here and post once and awhile as I begin to run again for the first time in a year. My little guy was born on April 15th and I hit the pavement for my first run at 3 weeks 4 days. So far I've been going about every other day for about 30 minutes. This has been dependent on being able to feed the munchkin around 6 so I can get out there while my husband watches him before he leaves for work. Since the little man still hasn't figured out what nighttime is all about and wants to have a hoe-down from 12-5 am, and seems to think a regular pattern for eating is something for the birds, the every other day notion is a bit of stretch- but I have been running somewhat regularly this last week.
The running itself is very interesting as well. I stumble quite a bit (not sleeping can do this- see little man's ideas re night and day and eating above) and have been passed by groups of (fast?) walking seniors and moms with packed double-strollers. But the biggest struggles have been with the "effects" of breastfeeding. I bought myself a very imposing looking jog bra that I'm hoping will help. I know there are lots of moms on this blog so any supportive advice would be appreciated! (hee hee)
I'll be checking in to read your posts regularly. I think I may look for a local 1/2 to run the same day as SF so I can train along with you.
Friday, May 19, 2006
Monday, May 15, 2006
What I Did, I Was Compelled to Do
It was such a beautiful day last Sunday, I HAD to get out. I felt so free, so empowered, and I wasn’t even running, but I was MOVING. Let me backtrack a bit:
I have been having problems with daytime sleepiness, and my doctor thinks I may have sleep apnea (that can be serious), but that won’t be diagnosed until I have a sleep study (which is scheduled to happen within the next couple of weeks – which is why I’ve also been hesitant to register for any races yet). In any case, I have had such little energy for the last few months; I didn’t think I would ever get out. Since we have PS2 at home, I decided to buy Dance Dance Revolution (or DDR), so at least I could be a little active. Most days, though, I just wanted to sleep as soon as I got home – and that’s what I usually did.
I HATED being so lethargic – especially on sunny days. On my way to and from work, I would see countless runners, and all I could hear in my head was, “I should be out there, too.” But, nearly every day when I arrived home from work, I would head for the bed (or couch), and I’d take a nap, until it was time to make dinner, then go to my second job, or to fellowship.
I did have some days where I just pressed through, and did DDR for ½ hour or so. I felt great, but then, about an hour or two later, I’d feel like I was just hit by a bus. I could literally hear my bed calling out for me – and I would struggle with the Sandman until I got home.
Last Sunday, however, was different. I was determined to get out and move. I’d already missed out on registering for the Nike Marathon that everyone else is doing, but I had to set SOME sort of goal and this was it. I would do at LEAST a 2 mile walk – the day was too nice to waste! I put on my running shoes, turned on a teaching tape, gave myself 30 minutes on my watch and set out to reacquaint myself with my neighborhood on foot. I wanted to run, but I just kept it at a brisk walk. It was invigorating! It was also very warm, but I really didn’t care – I did those two miles!
I felt so alive, so free, but most of all, I felt AWAKE.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
How many miles equals a can of chips?
And then after running yesterday, I ate almost the entire can of Pringles.
I gotta be better or this weight will never come off.
Oh yeah... I did a search and found what last year's necklace looked like. I hope no one was expecting diamonds or anything. I do really like that it's a running pendant. Now we can finally wear our finisher's medals out in public without looking like a dork!!!
Its All In My Head...
This week has been kind of hard motivationally speaking. It's not a matter of being out there or even not thinking that I'm not going to finish, because I KNOW that I can. It's more so been, "How come I can't get myself to run?". After I finished Tuesday, I was pretty bummed.
But something was different about yesterday. I was in the middle of Washington Crossing Park on the Continental Trail and something said you could get back to your car a lot faster if you picked up the pace. And I did. And surprisingly it didn't hurt, my chest didn't cave in and I felt good. All of a sudden those 13.1 miles don't seem so bad anymore.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Friday, May 05, 2006
Yesterday when I went out for a long run (1 hour in 87 degrees!) I was worried that my route might not be long enough for the hour (little did I realize how far out of shape I was!). So I thought let me look on my NEW navigation system of my NEW MDX to see if there is some other road I could use to lengthen my run. I sat in the parking lot of where I planned to start my run and looked on the navigation map to see where else I could possibly run. As I moved the cursor, I noticed that mileage was showing up on the screen. Lo and behold, it was showing me how far up the road I had moved the cursor from where I sat in my car! I clicked up to the street that I wanted to run to and it told me how far away it was - so I knew exactly how far I was going to run!
Unfortunately, it doesn't help me run any faster - it was a bit better when I thought that I was able to run 6 miles in 60 minutes instead of only 5!
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Tylenol or Percacet
Someone please pass the Percacet, so I can get right back out there today....
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Then Ella woke up immediately after, so I had to feed her. Needless to say, I was exhausted today...almost falling asleep at the hair salon.
BUT, I had a babysitter, and wanted to get some miles in. So I ignored the fatigue and found a new lake to run around a couple times, admiring all the beautiful homes backed up to it. It took me about 35 minutes to run around it twice...not sure how far it was, but I ran.
What training are you following Lanette? When do you start your long runs?
5 miles down and 21.2 to go
Monday, May 01, 2006
Now both Gayle and Lanette said they were going to start running on May 1st.......did we do as we professed????