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Fast 3-miler

Something about taking a break from running seems to suit me, in that I run faster afterwards. It’s not something I want to do long term but I find it very interesting!

As I mentioned in my last post, I haven’t been doing much lately, other than a 5k here, a yoga class there, but not working out every day. I’ve been feeling under the weather (allergies) which explains some of it, but it’s still just not like me.

But today I decided I had to get out for a good run for sure! I was ready.

We lucked out with the weather! Right when Farrah and I were set to meet, there was supposed to be a big downpour. But it rained sooner than expected and cleared out just in time for us. It also stayed dry during our whole run, thank goodness!

When we first got started, it hurt. My legs were stiff, not used to running and I was out of breath. But I slowed up a bit, my body warmed up and eventually I was on cruise control. We reached a point where we could turn and finish two miles or keep going for three and I said “Let’s go!”

We were both kind of shocked when we saw the time on our watches…

  • Time: 28:35
  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Avg. pace: 9:32/mile

It was pretty much my fastest 3-miler that wasn’t a race!

The funny thing is, we were just out “jogging” and talking the whole time. Imagine if we’d been pushing ourselves even more!

Ahh, let’s save that for another day. I’m going to enjoy this one now. 😉

Movin' on up (again)

I am so glad I took my time, working my way back up to running a more mileage.

While I probably didn’t need to, I think it made it easier on me, both physically and mentally, and definitely made yesterday’s run feel absolutely glorious! It was pretty hot and sunny outside, so I took it to the treadmill, but for some reason, I didn’t mind that at all this time.

  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Time: 31:40
  • Avg. pace: 10:33/mile

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Woo hoo, 3 miles! I am so happy to have reached this milestone. It’s weird to say that when I think that just a month ago, I ran a 10 mile race and then a few weeks ago ran/walked a mini marathon!

But all of that was overwhelming towards the end, so it feels good to just be running for fun now 🙂

I warmed up walking for 5 minutes, then started out jogging at 5.0. Then I went up a little bit in speed each 0.25 mile lap. It looked something like this:

  • Mile 1 – 5.0, 5.3, 5.6, 5.9
  • Mile 2 – 5.3, 5.6, 5.9, 6.2
  • Mile 3 – 5.6, 5.9, 6.2, 6.5-7.5 (I sprinted at the end!)

Then I cooled down for another 5 minutes and drank A TON of water. I was pouring in sweat when I was done but it felt so good! I went into the other room and stretched myself out for a good 15 minutes. I cannot stress the importance of stretching. It not only prevents soreness and promotes flexibility, it just helps me calm down and really focus on the amazing things I’m doing for my body, which makes me feel good.

I also did another quickie ab routine: 35 sit ups holding 4 lb medicine ball, and 70 (35 each side) side-to-side twists holding 4 lb medicine ball. I’m kind of obsessed with abs right now! 🙂

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I have to keep reminding myself that I am doing a 5k on Saturday! I’m so excited though, it is going to be a blast.

There is something so relaxing and not intimidating about this race, I guess because it is the first time I’ve ever done this particular one and it is my first race back since the mini marathon. Plus the weather is going to be great. I can’t wait to report back to you guys! 🙂

Getting out of my own head

Yesterday, I was ready to run. It had been five days since I had last and I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. You see, I’ve been pretty stressed out lately and not handling it so well. But I do love to run and always feel better after I do, if I can get myself out the door.

I decided to keep it simple. I would wear a watch but not look at it. No iPod. A 3 mile course I am familiar with. No plans to run intervals or not. Just go. Run.

  • Time: 29:05
  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Avg. pace: 9:42/mile

It was one of the best runs ever. At the start, my legs felt a little stiff so I said a few things to myself:

“What is good about this run? Well, I’m out here. The weather is perfect. I can breathe fine. I look good.”

“And what is bad? My legs feel weird. I’m doubting myself. And…Is that all? Well then, I GOT THIS!”

I managed to work through some stress and negativity on this run which made it that much better. I enjoyed working up a sweat and the long stretches I did afterwards. And I am going to enjoy this half marathon on Saturday, rain or shine.

Because I can 🙂

Thank you all for your sweet and supportive comments. I’m a work in progress but I have hope that I can get back to a more balanced life soon!

Ozone action day

I did not end up running yesterday for many reasons. It was 85 degrees, even at 7:00, my legs were hurting for some strange reason and mentally, I just didn’t feel like it. I chose to have a glass of wine, watch a movie and sit on the couch with my dog. And participate in the #fitblog chat on Twitter!

I knew I could get one in today though 🙂

I heard on the radio this morning that today is an “Ozone Action Day” which basically means, it’s going to be really hot and the less cars on the road, the better. Also it means don’t go outside if you can avoid it, especially if you are prone to respiratory problems.

Thankfully, I am not, but I was still glad that I planned my run for first thing this morning on the treadmill!

I would’ve taken the bus but it was 6 a.m. when I left the house! I also hit a slight detour on the way to the gym. It was very early and still dark and I accidentally passed up my exit on the expressway. But I managed to take a few turns and get back on the right track. Only set me back a few minutes 😉

I had a great run. I started out at 5.0 mph and worked my way up to 6.0 and sprinted at the end (6.5-7.0).

  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Time: 31:48
  • Avg. pace: 10:36/mile

It felt so good to get my run out of the way early and still have the rest of the day to get everything else done. No need to “fit it in” when it’s already taken care of.

I’m also starting to think I run better in general in the mornings (like races). I might be onto something here 😉

When do you prefer to run? Morning, noon, or night?

Sticking to the plan

Go check out my guest post over at Namaste Mari, where I share my running story! 🙂

I decided earlier today that during these last two weeks of training, I am going to do my best to follow the program. The weather is no longer an issue and my schedule is pretty flexible so I should be able to do it.

Today was 3 miles! I ended up putting off today’s run until after dinner! The weather has been so nice, I thought it would be a good thing to do and that way I could get more done during the day.

It wasn’t as easy a run as the one on Saturday but after the first lap (1.5 miles) I was in the zone and hoping to get done within thirty minutes…success!

  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Time: 29:59
  • Avg. pace: 9:59/mile

I came back and stretched for a while and took a nice hot shower. And enjoyed some wine and strawberries 🙂

Do you follow a specific training plan? Or do you just wing it?

My old "friend"

We had quite the rainy, cool day on Friday so I was forced inside to visit an old enemy friend, Ms. Treadmill!

I warmed up for 5 minutes and then ran 3.25 miles in 35 minutes before cooling down for another 5. I’m not worried about pace since this was on the treadmill. I gradually increased my speed from 5.0-6.0 over the course of 33 minutes and then the last few I sprinted between 6.0-7.0 which felt really good.

I was a sweaty mess when it was over!

I also decided to do some weights yesterday because I had time. I didn’t feel like doing multiple sets of anything, so I just did a bunch of exercises and tried to hit all the muscle groups I could.

  • Chest press + flyes (combo move) – 10 lbs, 12 reps
  • Bicep curls + Shoulder presses – 7.5 lbs, 12 reps
  • Lateral raises – 5 lbs, 12 reps
  • Front raises – 5 lbs, 12 reps
  • Bicep curls alone – 10 lbs, 12 reps
  • Tricep overhead extension – 12.5 lbs (single dumbbell), 12 reps
  • Bent over rows – 7.5 lbs, 12 reps
  • Reverse flyes – 7.5 lbs, 12 reps
  • Dead lifts – 10 lbs, 12 reps
  • Push ups – 10 reps
  • Tricep dips on bench – 10 reps
  • Side bends – 5 lbs, 25 reps (each side)
  • Leg curl machine – 55 lbs, 12 reps
  • Leg extension machine – 55 lbs, 12 reps
  • Sit ups with medicine ball – 25
  • Side to side twists with medicine ball – 25 (each side)

It never ceases to amaze me how I don’t feel like I did that much until I come back here and write about it! I feel pretty darn proud now 🙂

I’m hoping to take my dog for a nice long walk later today since I’m off work. The sun is out but I’m still waiting for it to warm up a bit more out there!

Happy Friday 🙂

Warmest run of the year

So far!

Our training schedule called for another 4 miles today but I was feeling a little stiff and sore from the day before. But I still wanted to take advantage of the lovely weather, in which I wore shorts and a short-sleeved t-shirt. Man, it had been too long!

So, we just ran three miles.

  • Time: 29:40
  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Avg. pace: 9:53/mile

Part of the course we ran today will be in the 10-miler I’m running on Saturday. As we ran this part, I started to get a bit nervous that I am not quite ready for the race. At least not to run it all.

But I know I can run 6-7 miles, so perhaps I can walk/run or even walk the rest. Because honestly, finishing a 10-mile race, no matter how I do it, is quite an accomplishment. I need to take Kim’s advice and stop comparing to last year, the year before, etc.

Just have fun! That’s going to be my mantra this weekend.

Annoyed while running

Do you ever get annoyed on a run? Oh my gosh, did that ever happen to me today!

I had a great attitude as I was getting ready and even when we first headed out the door, even though it was so windy! Talk about resistance.

But then, my arm band wouldn’t stay in place, my Pandora app wasn’t working on my Blackberry, the wind blew my hair in my face…ahhh!

Eventually, I got over myself and the run ended up being really great. How had I become such a diva?

Distance: 3 miles

Time: 30:14

Pace: 10:05/mile

We’re getting there! I’m looking forward to the 5K this weekend and not worrying so much about time. My PR for a 5K is 29:28 and at this particular course, my best time is 30:25, so I’m sure I will get close.

But I haven’t done a race since that disaster last month, so I’m just hoping to have fun this time!