Chocolate: It's Why We Run

A community of runners (or others) logging in their progress for encouragement and motivation.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I'm Upping the Ante....

Fellow runners:

As I follow your training progress and having been inspired by the same, and, as I have received the "green light" to start running again, I have, as you know, registered for the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n Roll 1/2 marathon in January (the 14th). I now put to you a challenge to join me in this race. As you will be far enough from the Nike Women's Marathon to have recovered sufficiently, a 1/2 marathon should be no problem for you. Plus, it's a holiday weekend (and right now, R.T flights from Newark on Continental are quite reasonable!). There are many, many lovely hotels and resorts in the Phoenix area (including some villas that can sleep from 6-8 people, keeping costs low, if that is a concern). A bonus - it's a nice family vacation.

To sweeten the pot, I submit to you the following: Keiko will be running with me. She is officially registered and we will formally start training this weekend and is in the process of attempting to recruit some other friends to run with us. I must give you a quick background - Keiko HATED running. She said she would only run if someone was chasing her. Now all of that has changed, and I am both elated and proud to know that she is serious about this committment.

Will you accept the challenge and set this new goal after finishing the Women's Marathon in October? I await your answer.....

Friday, August 18, 2006

I hope your run went better than mine!!!!

Today was a good day for a long run. It was in the 70s, cloudy, almost drizzling. I was wearing some new running shorts and new running shoes. I had a babysitter, and time to run.

However, not 1/2 mile from my house, I stumbled and fell...hard...right on my knees. Blood was dripping down, and my knees were hurting, so I decided to turn back, get cleaned off and just do a few miles on the treadmill.

After only 1.5 miles on the treadmill I had to stop because the sweat oozing into my scraped knees caused too much stinging. When I sat down on the weight machine next to our treadmill, feeling defeated, I was immediately taken aback by how my right new actually appeared. It looked like someone stuffed a golf ball inside it. It was so scary looking.


Later, the swelling went down some, but then my skin turned black and blue. And the scrapes are still burning!


I better go get some ice, take some advil and try again next week.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

I'm Back in the Game, Baby!!

After finally receiving a clean bill of health from my doctor (nothing so serious that diet, excercise, Nexium and iron supplements can't manage) to start running again, I decided to set my sights on a race in January, someplace warm. I just registered for the P.F. Chang's Rock n Roll 1/2 Marathon (there's a full marathon, too, but I'm easing back into the mix), so I'm committed. I'm also very excited - it's a relatively inexpensive race, a beautiful backdrop to run, I have family there (and family going with me), and I get to see the Grand Canyon! Here's the link: http://www.rnraz.com/home.html. I know you all are training for the Women's marathon in November, but this is in January (a birthday/holiday present for myself), and both races are still open. Anybody interested? What a way to start out the New Year - I'm getting so pumped!

Along those lines, yesterday, I ran along the towpath in Kingston, which I haven't done all summer, and missed so much. It was invigorating - the weather was beautiful, and I felt quite well. In fact, as I was finishing my run, I began to wax poetic in my mind, taking in everything around me. Wrote a poem about it - want to hear it-here it goes:
released from my metal cage, I set off on my journey.
starting slowly, getting my bearings, then
steps coming lighter, faster, stronger.
I am a gazelle, bounding free, breathing easy,
cheered on by squirrels; my footsteps the percussion
to the songs of birds and cicadas.
a dragonfly - my bodyguard - leading the way,
pausing only to allow me to catch up, then flitting
off again, setting my next goal.
I return to my cage, stronger than when I began;
looking forward to the next time - my next
flight of freedom...

Friday, August 04, 2006

Exhausted

With the extreme heat and rain, it has been hard to find a day to do a long run. Finally, today I decided to venture out and attempt to do a 2 1/2 hour run. Who cares that it was still 85 degrees. Who cares that it was in the middle of the day. Who cares that I would be running where there was very little shade.

My body cared!!!!!

Ugh!!!! I did 50 minutes before stopping for a drink, banana and powerbar. Then I continued along, finding new lakes and trails in my town. But by 1 1/2 hours, I was really beat and found myself walking a lot. My legs felt fine, but the rest of me didn't at all. But I had to get home, so I trudged along. At about 1/2 mile until my house, my legs finally gave out. I had "charlie horse" type cramps in both my front quads. Oh how I just wanted to get home.

So I actually only ended up running for 2 hours and 10 minutes...with lots of breaks. And with the ending walk, it was closer to 2:25.

This run made me think of 2 things:

1. I need a running partner. Someone to help pace me and encourage me and prevent me to do stupid things like run the route I did today, at midday.

2. I now recall why after my last training for a marathon that I said I was only going to do 1/2 marathons.

I hope the rest of you are having better long ones!!!!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

11 weeks to go....

well, we have 11 weeks before race day! what is everyone doing??? it has been hot in New Jersey Pennsylvania and Minnesota (don't know about Utah ) these past weeks, but are we presevering? Gotta get those runs in.

I just watched an on-demand show about training for a marathon - not chocked full of info but interesting as they suggested you can train for a full marathon in 10 weeks on three days of running a week. A long run, mile intervals at race pace, and a tempo run. strength training was important too, twice a week. so anyone who is really behind in their training like me, there is still hope!!

I have been feeling very good lately, I actually did a fartlek workout last week (3 min jog, 3 min run for 4 miles) and a negative split 7 miler, I think I actually went under 10 minute miles for one of the miles!! What a change in two weeks! and, sorry Cari, but I have a new training partner - my son! He rides his bike with me, right next to me, and puts out his hand if he hears me breathing too hard or if I say I'm tired. He carries our water/propel bottles. we also use walkie-talkies when he feels like riding ahead. Now, if I can only get him to trades places with me......