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Faster?

Okay, so I’ve realized something. While I recognize I will probably never place in my age group (unless of course I’m still running when I’m 99 and there are only 2 other people in my category), I can run faster than what I’ve been telling myself I can run.  I think I’ve been phoning it in lately, and I’m not sure that I like that. It’s been two years since I’ve started this journey, and I think I’m finally ready to BAM, Kick it up a Notch (but just so we’re clear.. NOT a Carl Lewis notch).

To help with this endeavor I purchased some new shoes:

After much research I went with Asics Gel-Neo 33. They are more along the minimal line than my current shoes, but are still in the Stability category. I’ve run about 6 miles total in them so far and gotta say, I LOVE THEM. I think they encourage a mid-foot strike much more than my Kayanos, and they are much lighter to boot (8.5oz compared to 10.4). Both runs were around 3 miles and I averaged 10:54 on Friday  and 10:13 today. While this isn’t jaw dropping, it is much faster than I usually run. I wasn’t sure how much I’d like the black, but it’s growing on me….plus it was my only color option. During and after my legs felt fantastic. I did feel a little more “tiredness” (for lack of a better description)  in the ball area of my foot, but I think that could be due to the whole mid-foot strike thing. The next day, my legs still felt great. So I’m taking that as a good sign. I’ve yet to wear them on a longer run, but will do so soon.

I’m running a 5k in April, and my goal is to train to feel comfortable at a 10:00  to 10:15 avg. pace. I’m also thinking about signing up for Longview’s Alley Fest 10k in May and seeing if I can PR. My overall goal is to have a faster “base” when I start training for the Tyler Rose Half in June (the half is in October). We shall see how all this goes.

In the end, my running has to be fun or I won’t do it. But at the same time I think I can give more than what I’m giving. I like the idea of pushing myself a little bit further (every 2 years isn’t too bad).

 

Happy Running (or whatever makes you happy)!

 

What’s Next.

So, I ran and finished this thing called a Half Marathon, and some of you may be wondering “What’s Next”?

I want to keep fresh goals and races in my future, to help keep me motivated. After the Half, I took about  week off, and really think it helped me refocus, and get ready to run. I felt great coming back and my legs haven’t been giving me any problems! WooHoo! Now that’s what I’m sayin’.

So, what is next up for me?

In March I have the Azalea 10k run. If you’ve not been to Tyler, TX during the Azalea Trails, you are really missing out. This course meanders through the Historic Azalea District, with all it’s flowering beauty. I’ve heard there are some hills in this course, but I think it’s going to be fun. I’m looking forward to the 10k distance as well. Right now my daily runs are right around 5 miles, so I think I’ll really enjoy this distance. The run is scheduled for March 26th at 10am, so it’s actually a Saturday run.

Then in June I’m hoping to run the Cherry Festival 5k in Illinois. A lot depends on our summer schedule, but I’m penciling it in right now.

Then comes the next big race in October… another Half Marathon! I’m very excited and think I can train even smarter for this one. Again, I’m not going to get super hung up on time and speed, but know I’d really like to finish stronger than I did with the first one. I dropped the cross training toward the end of training for the Miracle Match, and think that really effected by performance. SO….. this time, I’m diligently sticking with weights and elliptical work on my cross days. I’m not running 4 days a week, but think I can make up the miles of the day with 2 days of cross, so hopefully I can still meet the 1000+ challenge.

Right now, for the past week or so, I’ve averaged about 19 miles total- 3 days of running (2 weekly and 1 long) and 2 days of elliptical. It will be tight, but I’ll come very close to meeting the challenge.

It’s good to be on the other side of the Half, and I feel like I have really accomplished something important. I have a friend who has been running for 15+ years, and I hope to follow in his footsteps! I’d love to be 70 and still running (he’s not 70… I’d just love to be 70…).

Thanks for sticking with me! Here’s to another 13.1 miles to go!!

TAG!

Crystal over at Am I a Runner…or Just Crazy (click on the blog name to go check out her wonderful blog) tagged me! Thanks, Crystal! So now I have some questions to answer.

1. What are you most fond of accomplishing in 2010?
I am most proud that I have run this entire year! I’ve taken off a week here and there (mainly to rest potential injuries and what not), but I have stuck to this running thing. And I admit, my attitude about running has completely changed. I’m glad I started (thanks, Beth for the push… or just the encouragement), and really think I’m going to stick with it. I’m committing to another year, and we’ll go from there!

2. What was your favorite race in 2010?
Well, I’ve only participated in one, Jingle Bells for Jimmi, so I’m going with that. It was a fun 5k fund raiser for a local family, so it was a relatively small race. It was fun though, and gave me an idea about what it would be like to run with other people.

3. What are your running goals in 2011?
The first and foremost goal is January 30th… the Miracle Match Half Marathon! This is the race that started all this crazy running in the first place. Beyond that, I’m not sure. I know I’d like to run at least one 6k and another Half (because I still have to run with Beth!). I think having a couple of “races” (I call them races, although I’m not really racing) to aim for will help keep me focused.

4. What is your favorite holiday guilty pleasure?

My favorite holiday guilty pleasure… hmmmm. Let me think about that one. I’d have to say it’s probably being pretty lazy around the holidays.

5. What is your most embarrassing running moment?

I’m not sure I’ve had any truly embarrassing running moments. I usually run alone, so if I do something stupid, there is no one around to see it. I might have a story after my Half, but I hope not! Okay, there is one, but I’m not sharing it on THIS blog!!

I’m not sure there is anyone left who hasn’t been tagged! So here are my three, and if you’ve already been tagged don’t worry about it:

Lindsay over at Chasing the Kenyans

Steve over at Run, Forest, Run

and Courtney over at I Can Do This!

If I don’t get back on until after Christmas, I hope all of you have a Very Merry Christmas!!

Magnificent Lazy-Butt


My husband and I have very strange senses of humor, which is fine because we like it. Today he told me he “could stand a little more hero worship around here”. I asked him if calling him “Lazy Butt” would be considered hero worship, and he said, “Only if you call me, ‘Oh, Magnificent Lazy-Butt”. I love our marriage! (As a disclaimer (and so people don’t think I’m a horrible wife) anyone who knows my husband knows he’s not a lazy butt. I know he’s not a lazy butt and tell him that quite often. This is all said in good fun and with both of us laughing hysterically….) (yes, we are both easily amused).

I ran a bit today (20min/ 1.55 miles) at a VERY “comfortable” pace (meaning: “slow”…. but “comfortable” sounds so much better). Over all jim was good, so I think if I’m just careful and don’t get all stupid (meaning: going faster than I know I should) things may just be okay. I’m hoping that this issue will go away sometime in the near future, and that I haven’t done something irreversible. I guess all I can do is go on from here, and just learn from my mistakes. I just wish that mistakes didn’t have to hurt so much!

Lots of good giveaways out there in the running blog world. Make sure to go check them out (the list is over on the right). Thanks to all the great companies and people (some bloggers purchase the stuff they are giving away with their resources) for being so generous!

Hope your Sunday has been a great one. Good luck and congrats to everyone who ran this weekend!

Biding My Time

I’m biding my time until:

I can run again.

my compression sleeves come in (no, yesterday apparently wasn’t the magic day).

I see my best friend.

my dryer works again.

the repair man comes to make my dryer work again (my scheduled time is sometime between 8am and 5pm today. Glad they could narrow that down).

my kids figure out that “doing the dishes” includes the ones that don’t fit in the dishwasher.

my new shoes come in the mail!

the race in January.

the cooler temps hang around permanently.

they make a self-cleaning house (who “they” are, I’m unsure, but “they” need to hurry “themselves” up).

Lots of things to look forward to, and to be patient about. For most of these things (in fact all of them) I want to scream “Come on, HURRY UP!” but I’m almost 40, and realize doing so would be childish…. so I refrain (although I might do that to the repair man).

Jim is on the mend! It no longer hurts to walk, and going up and down the stairs is MUCH better. Only the slightest bit of pain, and only if I use my toes too much (I’m not sure that even makes sense, but sometimes I go upstairs on my tip toes… never said I was normal). SO… Saturday is looking good. If / when I run on Saturday I will take it very easy and wear my compression sleeves proudly. I’ll even get to try out my new shoes! Whoop!!

I’ve missed my runs more than I thought I would have, and that’s kinda freaky. I’ve gone from a person who always said she’d only “run if some big person intent on my bodily harm” was chasing her, to a weirdo who misses running. When, exactly, did that happen?!

FYI: A few of giveaways here (Brooks shorts or jacket), here (yurbuds earbuds), here (OutsidePR goodies), here (Running Chics shirt), here (another OutidePR goody bag) and here (GU products). Go check them out, the worst thing that could happen is that you win!

Have a great Wednesday!

UPDATE:

I’m now wearing my compression sleeves! Patience does pay off….

The Relaxed Runner

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about this thing called “running”. It’s like a lot of things…it means different things to different people (bet that was a shocker…). I’m full of amazing facts…just ask my husband.

In the almost 40 years that I have been alive I’ve learned a couple of things (yes, literally 2 things): 1. Chocolate should be eaten at least once (okay, maybe 5 times) a day; and 2. You can’t live by someone else’s standards. Both of these are EXTREMELY important.

I can’t take someone’s idea of what a runner is and try to shape myself into it. I have to look inside of myself, and find out what it is that I want to accomplish out of this thing called “a running lifestyle”. For some it is pushing their bodies to the ultimate limits, and sometimes beyond those limits (kind like me with pantyhose). For others it’s racing in marathons and half marathons and 10ks and 5ks, competing against those in their age category to be the best. Then for some it’s being able to run without stopping to walk for whatever distance they’ve chosen. And all of these are great definitions of running (I honestly mean that, totally non-sarcastically… I REALLY DO). But they aren’t MY definition.

Here is mine. I’m calling myself a  “Relaxed Runner” .  I run for enjoyment, relaxation and health. I run to have some alone time. I don’t run to break records. I don’t run to be faster than others. I run with walk intervals. I run slow on some days, and what I would call fast on others (okay, let’s face it, by fast I mean a little faster than slow). I run because I want to eat brownies. I run because it’s fun. I have no desire to run 26.1 miles. I have no desire to push my body to its utter limits. I do have the desire to do the best I can with each run, but I don’t want to give running the dedication it would take to achieve what others would perceive as “greatness”. And I am very okay with that. I still read Runner’s World magazine, and read a lot of awesome blogs by a lot of awesome runners. But I’m ME, and always will be. This is what makes my running personal and meaningful. I believe it will also be what KEEPS me running. Because in the end, my goal is to keep running… for as long as I can (age wise, not like the Energizer Bunny).

I can honestly say I’ve been bitten by the running bug.

So, as you think about your running, parenting, job, life (whatever) really consider if you are doing it by YOUR standards or someone else’s. I encourage you to know why you do what you do… to OWN it and be YOU.

On a totally unrelated matter, I ordered some compression sleeves today. I’m hoping that on long runs they will help my legs out a little. I’ve read great things about them and will let you know how it goes!

Be YOU today!

Don’t get me wrong… I admire those people who do push themselves. I think it’s great (if not a little nuts) that they have the energy, desire and determination to do that.

UPDATE:

I will be trying the GU on my 6 mile run TOMORROW. We celebrate a friends birthday last night… I had too much good Mexican food, played a great game and stayed up to0 late (yes, it’s sad when 10:30 is too late). So I will be doing that run on Sunday.