Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Here is the front...
I have not raced in a long while so my goals are simple:
Positive self talk and not to be my own worst enemy with negative talk
Under 1:10 with an 10:30 pace
Not to start out to fast
Off to bed so I can rock the race tomorrow... Good luck to anyone else doing races tomorrow!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
1. My new I-Pod shuffle- I won this in a raffle. My old ipod died and I was too cheap to buy a new one. It had been over a year since I had an I-Pod. I realized how much I miss having music whenever I wanted it. I have been having some kick ass runs with my new I-Pod. Sometime it helps to gives you that extra boost. I was speckitcal of the shuffle and might not have bought it on my own but it was free. I love it! I love how portable it is and that it is compact enough to itn in your pocket. Plus I downloadedsome new songs from Glee and that just makes me happy.
2. Travel--- I always knew I loved to travel but after spending the last two days sightseeing it really reminded me how much I love it. I love seeing new places, learning about that city and people watching. I really wish we were able to travel more.
3. Healthy Eating/ Exercising while away-- My goal on this trip was to stick to eating healthy, exercising and drinking water. I have done a pretty good job so far. I am lucky that there is a grocery store next to the hotel so I was able to get a few healthy snacks, fruit/veggies, and water for the room. I have gone for my scheduled runs and walked over 4 miles each day. I did treat myself to a cookie and a glass of wine tonight opps...
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I started out coming out of the Metro and just starting running. I got luck and after about a mile I ran into this
I took off towards my favorite spot in DC...
I don't know why but I love the Washington Monument and the area around it. Then I ventured down to the Mall and ran along there. I looking at Smithsonian Museum's and remember my childhood trips there. I stopped and snapped this picture.
I was hoping to do to run up the stairs ala Rocky ( I know that Philadelphia but I was going to pretend) but it was closed. So I just headed back down the mall and over to the Metro. It was such an amazing run. I wish all my runs could be in new and different places each time.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Once I had L Boogie, my insomnia got better for a while probably because I was so tired I slept whenever I could get it. Once we were on a schedule and I was back at work my insomnia came back too. Unfortunately I cant sleep in anymore and I cant sneak in missed runs at night due J's schedule. I used to put L Boogie in the jogger after work but now it is dark and getting cold to do that.
The only conclusion I have come to is I either have to suck it up and run on 3 or 4 hours of sleep or we need a treadmill to try to get some workouts in. Now if I can only convince J that we NEED a treadmill and find a place to put.
I guess there is no real point to the post... just some middle of the night ramblings from an insomniac runner!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
This is my first week blogging and keep track of my goals…I think it will be a great motivator this week. I have a unique challenge this week as I am traveling for work Wednesday through Saturday. I know this is not a big deal for most but I never travel for work so this week is challenge. At least I am traveling to a little warmer climate, the hotel has a workout room and there are great safe areas to run.
4.5 miles at 10:15 pace/ lift 20 minutes
Spin 45 minutes
3.5 miles at 10:15 pace/ lift 30 minutes
1 mile warm up then 3 minutes at 8:50 pace and 3 minutes at 10:30 ( four times ) 1 mile cool down
1 mile warm up 1 minute hill/incline at 8:50 pace and 1 minute downhill/no incline at 10:30 pace 1 mile cool down (five times)
6.66 Halloween Run
Other goals for the week:
*To stay within my calories for the week and to track everything I eat include the bite here and there
* Make healthy choices while traveling
* Drink more water
Happy Running and have a great week!!
Friday, October 22, 2010
Any votes on which costume? How about you... do you stick to just running gear or embrace the spirit of the race?
Thursday, October 21, 2010
1 mile warm up to the gym
Then did the following 3 times on the treadmill
3 minutes at 8:40 pace (10k pace)
3 minutes at 10:30 pace
1 mile easy run back home
I prefer to do speed/fartlek runs on a treadmill during these time of year when it dark on the track. And for some reason I cant just do them just out on the road. Any tips on that??
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Here they are in no particular order:
I ran because:
~I can. I may not be fast but I have the ability to run so I should
~I love to break a sweat!
~you can do it almost anywhere anytime.
~I want to be a healthy role model for my son.
~It makes me a healthier and happier person
~I love racing
~it is my therapy and alone time
~I like to push the limits of what my body thinks it can do
~I have some great runner partners
There are probably a million more reasons but these are the ones that popped into my head.
Why do you run??
Monday, October 18, 2010
On Sunday, I had the privilege of going to Lowell, Ma and cheering my best friend, Becky, in her first marathon. I was so proud of her. This was my first time going to a marathon to cheer someone I knew personally. It was quite the adventure…
A few highlights:
~Made a kick ass shirt for my son to wear
~Getting to see my best friend at mile 13, 25 and 26.2!!! (Would have love to be there sooner but L Boogie would not have love it as much)
~Experiencing the excitement of the crowds it was awesome. I teared up several times… who knew running got me so emotional
~L Boogie high fiving Becky at mile 13
~Being part of Becky's special moment and watching her complete her goal
~Someone breaking trying to break into my car or setting off car alarm thus draining the battery
~Waiting for AAA to come jump my battery for over 90 minutes on the side of a busy road with a wiggly toddler
~Forgetting my camera so only getting one picture
Overall, it was such a great experience and I was so happy to cheer on my friend. It was an honor to be part of her accomplishment. It made me even more excited for my own marathon in May. And who know maybe I will even do the bay state next year!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
When I was thinking of how to introduce myself, I immediately wrote I am a mother, wife and runner. Unfortunately, over the last 18 months, the runner part has not been entirely true. Sure, I have done my share of running and even a few races but I have lacked a sense of dedication and motivation toward running and my overall health. Becoming a mother and adjusting to life as working mom of energetic toddler boy has certainly come at the cost of my running and healthy lifestyle. I would not change a minute of the past 18 months nor would I blame this lacking of running on anyone but myself. I have a completely supportive husband, a little boy who to go for a run in the jogger, and really love running. See no good excuses not to run… I just need to learn how to balance it all. Honestly, I am not sure I ever will but who does???
In an effort to regain a commitment to running and health, I have decided to run a marathon. The Vermont City Marathon on May 29th 2011 to be exact. I have always found the best way for me to get back into something is to jump in head first. So this blog will document my journey back to running and that 26.2 on 5/29/11. Also now that I have published this post I can't back down!