Monthly Archives: June 2010

What to Say?

I really want to type something pithy and inspiring. Thought provoking, even…. but this is me we’re talking about, so don’t set your hopes too high (unless you love disappointment, that is). This past week I didn’t run at all. Of course I have my excuses, which I will share, but in the end I just decided to take off. Period…. Now on to my excuses.

Firstly, I’ve been working at the local children’s theatre here in town with a 2 week academy. It started this past Monday and for me the hours are 8:15 – 3 (or there abouts). I’m responsible for all aspects of the set, props, building, painting, costumes, etc. etc. It’s a big job but I have great interns and apprentices working with me so it’s not too bad. The thing is I like to run in the morning…. 7:30 to be exact. That is the perfect time for me. I can slowly wake up, check my email, update my Facebook and then head out to run (I am spoiled, and I openly admit it). I tried to tell myself that if I could head out by 6:15 I might still be able to squeeze in a quick run. But to get out by 6:15 I’d need to wake up by 5:45 AM. As I’ve found out this week… that just isn’t going to happen. At least not without a will of steel, which apparently I don’t possess. So I didn’t run in the morning.

That’s cool, because I told myself I’d run in the afternoon when I got home. Here comes my second excuse: I just didn’t want to. Plus I had all this housework and laundry waiting for me when I got home. Now, I’m not one to balk at going to the gym instead of doing those kinds of things, but when everyone in the house has run out of underwear, I suppose it’s time to do something. And when your house is on the verge of looking like it could be on TLC’s “Hoarders: Buried Alive”…..well,  need I say more? So this week, house stuff trumped running stuff.

In the end, I doubt that taking off this week will seriously affect anything I’m doing. It might even help, because even though I didn’t run this week, I found myself wanting to run. I did get a 5 mile run in on Saturday, so that was good. We were in Waco this weekend and Beth (my SIL) asked if I was able to run Saturday morning. My answer was “Yes, just a short 5 miles”. We kinda looked at each other and she said, “Did you ever think you would say ‘a short 5 miles’?”… then we both started to laugh. It made me remember when I started this thing. How my first 5 mile run loomed and I was quite nervous about it. Now during the week my short runs average about 4 miles, and I’ve run an 8 mile long run! I never thought I’d see the day where I would tell someone, “Yeah, just a short 5 miles”…. too funny.

Oh, I also got the try out my new “QuickDraw Plus” water bottle on Saturday, and I loved it! I’ve tried to run just carrying a Gatorade bottle, but found that actually having to “hold” it was quite a pain.

This bottle had a handy little strap that fits around your hand so you don’t have to grip it at all. It even has a pocket for keys and such, but I haven’t used that yet. I filled it half full with G2 and froze it. This in the morning I filled it the rest of the way so it stayed cold through most of the run. I would have to give it 5 out of 5 stars! I got it from Road Runner Sports, if you were wondering.

Now, get out there and do something you’d never thought you’d do!

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To Interval or Not to Interval…

I “ran”  a little test today (hahaha I crack myself up!). I wanted to see what, if any, difference running the whole distance made on my time as opposed to interval running (run/walk). What did I find out, you ask? Well, I run about the same pace either way. The difference come later, as I’m nearing mile 4. When I interval I have much more reserve and can finish much stronger than when I don’t interval. Take for instance my run on June 3rd: 4 miles @45:41, and my run today: 4 miles @45:39. My interval on the 3rd was 10/2 for the whole run and today I ran the whole distance (I took 1 walk break after the first 3.1 miles, but not enough to call it an interval). My times were almost exact, but the way I felt was not. With my run on the 3rd I was able to finish strong, I  was tired and spent, but felt good. Today, I was huffing and puffing. I really had to take the last .9 miles at a very slow pace (probably close to 12:00, if not slower). I could really feel the difference in my legs too, and that didn’t help my time. I don’t think the over all drain was worth the 3 seconds I shaved off. I do know this, I would have been hard pressed to run any further today.

Basically, I can totally see the benefits of running with an interval. It helps me pace better and enables me to give more at the end of the run. Am I glad I can run 4 miles with just one walk break… sure. BUT, on the whole I’d rather finish feeling great than feeling like a truck hit me. In the end, it’s about fitness and whether I run/walk 4 miles or run 4 miles, it’s still 4 miles… and THAT is what’s important.