It’s almost Friday!

First of all, thanks for the awesome supportive comments yesterday. I’ve decided to see how my body feels on Saturday and then determine which distance to run. I am running a shorter distance on Friday night just in case.

Four mile buddy run last night was a breeze… and the most awesome part was I did not have to put on my headlamp! I really love that the days are getting a bit longer. March 10th (Daylight Savings) can’t come soon enough, in my opinion.

I have a lot of baby bok choy in my produce bin this week. Anybody have any suggestions on tasty things I can make with it?

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Hump Day is here!

Yesterday I ran 3 miles with the jogging stroller and then I got a great workout at Zumba in the evening. It was a good day!

Tonight I am running 4 miles with a buddy.

I recently stumbled upon this blog piece, and it really spoke to me. I have two half marathons approaching this spring, and I have been training hard for them. Running 4 times per week, often at night, in the winter, with no treadmill… I am proud of that. It’s almost spring, and I’ve persevered, when so many times it would have been easier to stay in my yoga pants, sit on the couch, and eat snacks. With the full marathon looming somewhere on the horizon, it’s easy to downplay the feat that is the half marathon in anticipation of the Big One. However, doing so removes me from the present, the here and now, the daily celebration of progress. Losing that valuable perspective will make my marathon training suffer. So I read and re-read Amy’s thoughts on the half marathon and it is giving me a lot to be proud of.

Looking forward to the race this weekend. I am STILL undecided as to whether or not I will do the 4 mile distance or the 13 mile distance. I am leaning toward 4 as I typically do a longer run on Friday nights. If I decide to do the 13 mile distance, I will do a shorter run on Friday night. DECISIONS, DECISIONS…

A part of me really wants to run the 13 miles. Sorry–this is about to get stream-of-consciousness–I know I can run 13 miles and have fun doing it. I feel intimidated about running a half at a running club event. Does that resonate with anybody else? The course is open for 3 hours, and I know I can finish close to 2, but I have this fear of being the last one to finish. This would also be my first half without any frills or pomp. It’s just 13 miles of rural county roads. Oy, I don’t know. Just contemplating the half makes my stomach flutter a bit. The race organizers ARE calling it a walk/run, so maybe I need to put on my big girl pants and go for the jugular.

Happy Hump Day Running!

Make-up day

I didn’t go for a run yesterday. My daughter was home sick and my husband and I were swapping shifts so that we could make critical meetings at our respective offices. By the end of the day, we were both pooped and decided on some take-out Thai food and wine.

I am home again today with my girl, but she is feeling better and so I plopped her in the jogging stroller and ran around 3 miles this morning. It’s a sunny day and we both enjoyed the fresh air. Running with a stroller is so difficult for me!!! I guess it is good strength training–plus the company isn’t bad.

Tonight I have Zumba and I am looking forward to dancing and getting stinky and sweaty.

Today was a make-up day… running in the morning and my regular cross-training this evening.

My shoes are breaking in nicely!

Oh, and before I forget–I registered for the Portland R&R half marathon (this May). Two exciting half marathons on the docket for this spring! More later…

Monday, Monday

Productive weekend! We did several projects around the house, including putting a new coat of paint on the dining room and installing knobs on the kitchen cabinets. I mowed the lawn for the first time since early fall (it was sunny for long enough that I could do this) and I planted early spring arrangements in the hanging baskets. Our house was built in 1895 and we bought it last June. It was not what I would call a fixer-upper, but definitely needed some TLC. I love weekends when we can pour some love into those old wooden bones.

I ran 7 miles Friday night and 5 miles yesterday. I would like to run at least 2-3 times this week before the race on Saturday. Still haven’t decided between the 4 mile or the 13 mile distance!

My intention this week (besides continuing with hydration and whole produce) is to cut back on screen time–specifically in two ways. I would like to limit Facebook to a check-in once a day, rather than an ongoing presence. I feel like Facebook is such a drain on my time, and so meaningless when all is said and done. I would also like to stop checking my work email after 6:00 PM on the evenings. I realized last night when I was responding to a work email at 10:00 PM that I need to establish better boundaries.

So–less Facebook, keep work reigned in as close to 8-5 as I can, close the laptop or put the phone away, spend a little more time playing with my daughter and spend my evening hours reading more of a book and less of a news feed 🙂

How was your weekend?

Week in Review

It finally happened… this morning I lost my right toe nail. I pulled off the dangling nail and was relieved to find a very thin new nail growing underneath. Thankfully, no pain at all. Running=nasty feet, but that is okay, I love running anyway 🙂

Sunday= 3 miles

Monday= REST

Tuesday= 4 miles

Wednesday= Yoga (at home, nothing fancy)

Thursday= 5 miles

Friday= 7 miles

Saturday= Zumba

Total: 19 miles

My new shoes feel so good! I am excited to go for a run tonight.

I want to revisit a few intentions I’ve mentioned over the past month. First, drinking more water. I’m getting the hang of this one. One of my tricks is that before I can have coffee in the morning, I fill my mug to the brim with water and drink that first. The other intention is eating more whole fruits and vegetables. The weekly produce delivery has made this incredibly easy! Aside from the time I used the cauliflower to make a chocolate cake, I’ve used fruits and veggies to plump up stir fries, salads, quiches, and I’ve enjoyed them roasted and raw… all of this has been a great addition to the variety of food in our house.

I am running a race a week from Saturday with my running club. There are two options; 4 miles or 13.1 miles. I am still making up my mind!

Happy Running and Happy Friday!

Play that funky music…

I had all the intentions of posting yesterday, but my Hump Day was hectic! Not in a bad way, just very busy. I have been running though!

Spring, I am ready for you! These winter sunsets are pretty, but not long enough for my runs!

I have this on-again off-again relationship with listening to music on my runs. Full disclosure: I absolutely love running to music. However, I can’t always do it (for example, road running in the evenings I need all my hearing!). I do also believe that running is its own music and sometimes taking the headphones off can truly unlock an entirely different level of clarity. That being said, music can really help to make a run enjoyable, faster, help me get through a wall… help me get up the motivation when I’m slacking… sometimes a new playlist is like a reward for running. And because I have a toddler, I don’t get to listen to a lot of stuff outside of the Raffi genre when I am in the car. Without further ado, here is a short playlist of some of my favorite tunes for running these days (it’s eclectic):

What are some of your favorites???

Do you listen to music when you run races???

 

 

When to retire shoes

Happy Tuesday!

I’m sharing this article from the New York Times which provides some interesting commentary on how to gauge when it is time to retire running shoes.

My new shoes arrived today, and I’ll be breaking them in a bit at Zumba, followed by a shorter run tomorrow evening.

I just finished mapping my long run for the weekend, and I am so excited for this route; I’ll be running by water almost the entire time. Hopefully it doesn’t rain too much!

I am toying around with the idea of running the Portland Rock ‘n’ Roll Half this May. We have family down there and it’s right between Mother’s Day and my daughter’s second birthday, so I thought it would be a nice way to celebrate. I know I have some readers from the PNW–has anybody done this race before? Would you recommend it? Rock ‘n’ Roll events in general… fun or over-hyped?

Any feedback appreciated!

And yes, I realize celebrating by running 13.1 miles is unique–but I know you understand.

 

I am a runner

This last week brought renewed vigor and commitment to my running practice. Being back to health after a lingering cold has underscored the utter freedom I feel every time I get outside and run. I met my distance goals for both Friday and Saturday; double header 10K distances actually worked out nicely. I feel like 6 miles is this really round, doable distance that gives me a satisfying workout while remaining comfortable. On Saturday I ran the distance with a running buddy and the weather was just blissful; felt like a spring day and the combination of an easy-going run with sunshine was magical.

Today I was going to do some cross training or rest, but I felt the itch to run as early as mid-morning. By the time we were home from a lunch date with friends, I had to lace up my shoes and go for a run. I took advantage of the daylight (and dry, albeit cloudy weather), and ran my 3 miles on trails rather than roads. The softer surface was a good change (I think my joints appreciated it), and I worked a bit on maintaining a faster mile time on hills.

Also, today marked what I believe was my last run in my trusty Mizunos. They have more than 300 miles on them at this point, and I know they are at the end of their life. Off to the shoe farm they go… Replacement Mizunos (a slightly updated edition) are on the way and should be here by early this week. For the first time, it’s a bit emotional saying goodbye to this pair of shoes. I feel like they have been with me through so many miles, hours, triumphs, and just the ordinary rhythmic pavement pounding of my normal day. It is also a new chapter in my journey as a runner that I actually ran a pair of shoes to death. These shoes were only used for training and races, and I have had them for months, not years.

Goodbye, my friends.

As I quickly changed into my running clothes this afternoon, I caught myself in the bathroom mirror before leaving the house. I had to do a double-take. Running is changing my body and strengthening it in ways I never would have imagined before! I looked into the mirror and you know what I thought? I am a runner. I am a runner. I am a runner. Some days I still can’t believe it, but today I was certain.

Feeling good.

How was your weekend? What are your goals this week?

Week in Review

Sunday- XTrain (Hike)

Monday- 5 miles

Tuesday- XTrain (Zumba)

Wednesday- REST

Thursday- 3 miles

Friday- 6 miles

Saturday- 6 miles

Total: 20 miles

THIS is more like it! I thoroughly enjoyed my week and I look forward to a double-header of 10Ks tonight and tomorrow morning.

I started watching “Spirit of the Marathon” yesterday and, I am not going to lie, it made me pretty emotional. I am excited to finish it this weekend, and I have a feeling I might be re-watching it a few times as I train for the marathon. Speaking of inspiration, have you seen this episode of NOVA? When I saw it many months ago, it cemented my determination to run a half marathon. Now I’ve done two, with a third lined up just two months away.

I enjoyed an amazing run last night. It was not a long run, but I felt incredible and I actually set a new PR for my 5K (25:18). Considering my 5K time was around 33 minutes in September, I am very pleased to take note of the progress. Runs and results like those remind me that this whole training for a marathon business is more than just an exercise in unapologetic masochism 🙂

Looking forward to completing some solid mileage in the next 24 hours. Happy Friday, and Happy Running!

Heart Day

I woke up this morning to a beautiful card that my husband made me and lots of hugs and kisses from my little girl. We all put on something red and went our various ways.

My figurative heart is full and well taken care of, and so I’d like to match that physically with a run tonight. My singing class isn’t meeting tonight, so I think I’ll get in a few miles. I swapped out yesterday as a rest day because I was inspired by too many cooking projects using the produce from our weekly bin.

I brought some treats in for the staff at work today, and I did enjoy an Old Fashioned, because that is my favorite kind of donut 🙂

A Happy Valentine’s Day to you!