In which I crack a foot joke and talk about moving out of the honeymoon phase with the current pair of trainers I've been running in.Read More
Sometimes you just forget that you're supposed to be keeping track. It was a supershort run anyhow.Read More
15.01 miles. The furthest I've ever run. I'm trying not to focus on how slow I was going and just be proud of putting one foot in front of the other for that long.
Noah biked with me the whole way (bless him). He had bananas and Gatorade, and every five miles I refueled... a good choice, I feel... it kept my sugar levels up and my electrolytes, too... and hydration is important.
Also, after the 13-mile run I had some pain in my right arch, which I have determined was due to pronation, which I blame on the holes in my socks. So today I made sure to wear durable socks and every once in a while reminded myself to spread out my toes and run on my whole foot. So far it seems to have helped.
Last week the last couple of miles (11-13) were pretty hard and slow for me. Even with lovely Lauren and Leslie there to cheer me on, my mind and body were pretty stressed at that point. This week it was miles 13-15 that caused me pain. I'm hoping it's just a mental hurdle, and that I'll keep pushing it back the further I go.
The time until my big run grows shorter even as the mileage of my training runs increases!
You've gotta come at this thing with a plan if you want to make it to the finish line.Read More
Sometimes you run first and figure out where it fits in the training program after.Read More
Don't be down on yourself for walking for a while if it means you will be able to finish the distance. And don't forget: When you want something you've never had before, you're going to have to do something you've never done before to get it.Read More
Sometimes you have to do the thing that scares you to become the person you've always wanted to be.Read More
I'm passing into the land of long long runs and "shorter" recovery runs that used to be "long" runs for me. Things are getting real!Read More
If it's important to you, you'll find time to get it done.Read More
As a side perk of Noah accompanying me on my seven mile run, we talked through a couple of major story revisions I'm working through for my novel, Chasing the Wind, and I'm excited that he thought my changes were strong, excited for what that means for my story and the progress I'm ready to make on it. Yay for synthesis of running and writing!Read More
I really, really hate running in the rain.Read More
What do you do when your brain says it's time to quit, but you're pretty sure you have further to go? Just keep running. Just keep running. Sometimes it's the short runs that mess with you the most.Read More
Sometimes you've gotta improvise to get through what you've gotta do. And sometimes you've gotta walk through a really deep puddle to get where you need to go, too.Read More
I'm shooting for the right balance of levity and determination. In all things, really, but especially with running 26.2 miles all at once.Read More
On a benchmark run, you're supposed to start out slow for 7 minutes, run hard for 3 minutes in the middle and then finish with a slow, solid cool-down for 5 minutes. Well... here's what my pace looked like for this run.Read More
You might be a runner if your training program tells you to run 2.75 miles and you lengthen it to 3 because who runs 2.75 miles on purpose?
I was supposed to do this run yesterday. But yesterday it was cold. And I was tired. And other excuses that add up to missing the run yesterday. Well, I got out today at least. I'm going to call it a win.
I gauged the distance well, so I didn't have to compensate too much at the end. Running for distance makes so much more sense to me than running for time. It's something about the way my brain works right now, I think.
And anyhow, the sun was out and I was here in Davis and all the conditions were perfect. Yay for getting the running done! Pressing forward. Not letting myself backslide. This is the point where backsliding happens for me. The distances will start to accumulate, and suddenly I'll be way behind.
And I have goals. I can't forget. The pain is temporary. The feeling of accomplishment will never go away.
Running in a giant circle is... surprisingly satisfying when you need to motivate yourself to finish a distance and you're pushing yourself to run faster than you usually do. I was supposed to do 4 reps of 400 yards. And as you can see, I almost did that. I had a really bad side cramp at the end of the last round (surprised? not at all), and so I gave up before the end. Sad. But hey, all effort is good effort at this point.
Lauren and Chris and Noah joined me for this particular run, which made it the more bearable to do. And Tag, my lovely, ridiculous collie, enjoyed sprinting back and forth across the infield and trying to knock us down.
The point of sprints (as I understand it) is to help raise my endurance over long distances with short distance speed intervals. I'm interested to see how the speed training effects my running in the long run. Which... I suppose... means I need to keep doing it.
Why so cold, California? I thought we were friends.Read More
Thanks again to Lauren for putting up with my need for short running.Read More
Hey look! I ran!Read More