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Category Archives: running
Can I just say how much I love running with these two? When you’re going and you just feel like you can’t go anymore, Elsie starts yelling (quite loudly) “LET’S GO DADDY! LET’S GO MOMMY! GO GO GO! FASTER!” And Drew. That smile. He’s just a ham.
Seriously. It’s the greatest thing ever. It really helps to have your own personal coach while running Nevermind that stroller is as heavy as get out to try and push while running…
I’m going to be completely honest. We’re talking about confession time. I feel like I should say something like “Forgive me, Father, it’s been XX since I’ve ran.” (those two XX would represent three weeks… yes. It’s been that long).
It’s sad really. Three weeks ago when I ran the pain in my calves/shins was so bad. With every stomp of my foot. Yes, stomp. After listening to me complain for the umpteenth time, Andy finally watched me run. And we came to the conclusion that I run to hard. I mean. You can literally hear me coming.I have no stealth mode. None at all. Sad thing is, if I try to go into “stealth” mode (as we so loving call it…and when I say “we” I mean me) I end up looking like a drunk gazelle (nope, I really have no idea what a drunk gazelle looks like. I can only imagine it looks like me when I’m trying to run in stealth mode).
I’ve heard about this great thing called fore running, but seriously when I try to fore run or run on my toes or “stealth” mode run, I just can’t do it. I end up wasting a crazy amount of energy going three feet. I need help. I need tips. Throw all your crazy running “correctly” tips at me.
Another thing we realized is my running shoes are six years old. SIX! Yes, I got them the year we got married, and no, I haven’t really ran on them (seriously) until this year. They’ve been through almost nine moves, and even if I wasn’t wearing them all the time I’d say that’s enough moves to ware them down. Hence those amazingly bright shoes at the top of this post. Completely comfortable and at $50 cheaper then what I was going for, they made my wallet happy too.
And on a side note — IT’S TO HOT TO RUN. Seriously. Arkansas. Heat. Humidity. It’s insane. Last week we actually reached the 113 mark. I need to go to the gym to run in the wonderfully nice AC (wimp), but really who has time for that/actually enjoys that after running outside for 5ish months (sad note: I’ve been “running” for 5ish months and I still can’t run a mile — I’m a total wimp).
So here it is. My update on running. Gone are the days of running on the treadmill at the gym. Gone are the days of running the track at the gym. Sheesh gone are the days of even going to the gym (after three times of Drew getting sick two days after coming home from the gym I said forget it). Now we run as a family.
Yes. As a family.
My aunt generously gave us her double jogger stroller. Every morning (ok generally it’s three times a week) Andy and I toss the kids in the stroller and jog the neighborhood. Our goal is 30 minute each day. Don’t ask how far we run, neither of us have any idea we just run (and walk). We aren’t running the full thirty minutes yet, I’d say it’s more half and half.
Jogging outside is so much more enjoyable! A few things I have found out about my running – (1) I like to run in the shade. Much of our jog is very shadeless. Saturday when I ran by myself (as we need to repair a flat on the double jogger) I found I stuck to the streets that had shade. (2) I need music to run. No matter if I’m jogging by myself or with Andy I have to have music blaring in my head. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that it keeps my mind off the run or keeps me paced all I know is I run better with music. (3) I can’t breathe. For the life of me I can’t figure out how to breathe right when running. Even though Andy tells me to breathe like I’m having a baby — I wasn’t very good breathing then either…. (4) Ashlee Simpson, Arvil Lavinge, and earlier Katy Perry all suck to run to.(5)My calves are weird. Since running on the road I’ve gotten the weirdest shin splints — if you can call them that. The pain is more in my calf and wraps itself around my leg ending in me either jogging weird or stopping altogether. (6) I need new running shoes. My current shoes are about six year old. They feel heavy. I’ve starting running without sock (gross I know) just because it feels better. I like these (but I don’t really run trails) so I should get something like these (7) I can do this.
This review first appeared on Luxury Reading — You can read this and other great reviews here.
The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women is a book on running. No, seriously. I know what you are thinking. How interesting could a book on running really be? Especially one geared towards non-runners (non-runners running is somewhat of an oxymoron)? I am here to report that this book was exceptionally good. I honestly could not put it down!
I have wanted to run a 5K (yes, only a 5K) for quite a while now. I figured it could not hurt to read this book (after all running is running, right?) Reading this book has almost inspired me to run a full marathon – almost (not sure if I am that crazy just yet). Dawn Dais’ book tells of her real life marathon training experience going from a self proclaimed couch potato to an all out full marathon runner. She provides a training schedule as well as many much needed checklists, such as a checklist of gear for a novice runner.
I think what makes The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women so interesting is Dais’ wit and humor throughout the entire book. She includes excerpts from her running journal that she kept while training for her marathon – which are laugh out loud hilarious. Dais also added extra pages to the back of the book for you to journal your own marathon training experience, prompts and thoughts on running related issues, and much more.
Whether you are a seasoned runner getting ready to train for a marathon, someone toying with the idea of running a marathon, or a bonafied couch potato who is just wanting a good read, I highly recommend picking up Dawn Dais’ The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women. However, I must warn you that her story just might inspire you to start running yourself (she does bring up a good point about eating all the carbs you want…)
While running, I generally just listen to a random Pandora station (such as P!nk or Britney Spears — normally it gives me good upbeat music to run to). Then I realized that Pandora has a “workout” genre! Seriously the best ever! While listening to my random running Pandora stations, I starting stashing away songs that help me get through the “running” part of my run (yes, that means that when I run, sometimes I’m walking). I thought I’d share. (For best results and not to listen to two playlists at once, you’ll need to scroll to the bottom of the blog and turn off the normal blog music). Warning: Just like me, this running playlist is totally and completely random.
(Note: Party Rock Anthem is totally for my brother Adam… only reason it’s on there…)
Running is difficult. Let me re-phrase that – finding the time to run is hard. With two kids, I can’t run with both of them (Elsie I could have taken to the gym day care – D is to young and I don’t have a double jogger stroller) and I can rarely leave them both at home, have time to run, before making it back for D’s feeding.
I am not a morning person. I can not get up and go run at 6 – besides lately that’s the time that D has been waking up for the day and E normally gets up and has to be put back to bed. I know studies show that early morning workouts are the best, however, in my case that is not true. I don’t work out well in the morning. I’m very sluggish (probably has something to do with going to bed around 1 and getting up multiple times to feed and then up for the day at 6-7:30). With Andy working Thursdays-Sundays and not getting up until 10-11 that leaves little time for me to run before he has to go to work.
Also, I am not a patient person. I know — two kids, I want five and I’m not patient. Call it God’s sense of humor. More accurately I’m not patient with myself. IE I started running two weeks ago. Since then I’ve gotten five runs in. I can maybe run a full half mile. Maybe. To me I should already be running two without stopping. Yeah… like I said I’m not very patient with myself. (I also should be about 115 pounds right now, but that’s a whole other story). When I start something I want and expect to be good/be able to do it right then and there. I know that’s not how it works, but it’s how I’ve been my entire life. If I’m going to do something I just want to do it. I don’t want to work at it… is that laziness? Who knows. It’s probably just God’s way of teaching me something.
Most people would throw in the towel, and I’m not going to lie I was very very close. And then my brother shows up with an amazing binder that he spent hours on just for me to record my progress. Everything from duration, days, weight, inspirational quotes and healthy snacks. And everything is neatly labeled (just how I like it). So — tomorrow is a new day. A new day that I’m going to get a run in during nap time.
The 5K is coming in two weeks. I’m no where even close to being ready. Maybe I won’t be able to do this one … or the one in November. I really need to be realistic. I should probably shoot for one in January — which would give me a little over two to three months. Maybe that’s more of a realistic goal for me. Because let’s be honest. If I can’t run most of the 5K, I’ll just feel like I’m wasting my time. I also need to find a good verse to meditate on while I’m running. Or a couple. Throw your best ones at me! I’m up for some scripture memorization.
How do you combat frustrations?
Today marked day one in my running adventures. And guess what … I’m still alive! I know. I’m quite surprised too. Since I’m semi following the “The NonRunner’s Marathon Guide For Women” marathon training schedule (why? seemed like a good idea? no, I have no intention of actually training for a marathon) today I had to “run” for 35 minutes. I was actually semi excited to get started (on Friday…) Monday (today) came along and I had been dealing with sick kids all weekend (and night) hadn’t gotten much sleep and SURPRISE! had a sore throat myself (just perfect). Since the dear husband got in rather late from work the night before I figured there was no way in Pittsburgh that I was going to be able to go run this morning — which was fine by me as I wasn’t exactly feeling top of my game (shame on me already). Well, thankfully, I wasn’t going to get out of it that easily. Andy got up, since both kids were awake anyway, and told me to go run. Yay. Can’t back out/say no now. So off I went to pound out my 35 minutes of running. Pound out is very accurate. Have you ever heard me run on a treadmill? I’m pretty sure they can hear me in Timbuktu. I tried to fore-run after watching countless of YouTube videos but apparently I don’t have the hang of it yet. I came armed with Pandora on my iPhone. The “Pink” station has never let me down when I need a burst of energy for working out. Well, today — not so much. Today the “P!nk” station decided that love ballads and country music was good for me for running (uh, no) and apparently you can only skip so many songs. I like Bleeding Heart, Jar of Hearts and Love Story just as much as the next guy (which is not a lot) but when you need a peppy song for the last two minutes which you promised yourself you’d run and you aren’t letting yourself chicken out, Love Story just doesn’t do it. But of course having already used up my skips, I had to. I ended up imagining I was some character in a movie running towards the love of her life (you know the bridge part of the song… it kinda builds… you see it? …. no? oh ok). Stop judging. I had to do it to get through my run. I actually ended up doing a lot better then what I thought I was going to do. 2.07 miles in my 35 minutes. Not awesome, not wonderful, but a lot better then the almost 1 mile I thought I was going to accomplish.
My cousin wants me to run a 5K with her at the endish of October. This is a far far cry from the April/May that I was actually planning on running my 5K. Hence the fire under butt to actually start running (thanks, Lauren). Now. I just need to curve 5-10 minutes off my 35 minute time and add a mile plus a little … in five-ish weeks. Here we go.>
So. I want to run. I don’t really just want to run, I want to fall in love with running. I want to be one of those crazy insane happy people who get up in the morning to run. Really I do.
Wednesday I’ll be going to the doctor and she’ll “release” me to start working out. I’m planning to start training next Monday for a 5K — just jumping right in.
Here’s my tools I’m planning on using: as you can see in the photo above, my trusty running shoes that will actually be getting use. These still have a few miles left in them, however, when I wear them out, I’m hoping to get the Nike Frees. I already have a pair picked out. Second I’ll be using “The NonRunner’s Marathon Guide for Woman”. Yes, I realize that a 5K is only 3ish miles and a marathon is 26.3 but the resources in this book are great and the author is hilarious (I’ll be doing a full fledged review on this book over at Luxury Reading later this month, so stay tuned there). Also, I’m planning on using Elise Blaha’s tips on this post — particularly the part about writing down how much you run daily. I think that will have a big impact on me.
So, there you have it. My game plan of sorts. I really am seriously (in a weird way?) excited to get started.