Keep Going…Just Keep Going

I have noticed in just a short amount of time that my runs are getting easier again. But, I know that there will be things that will make it harder to keep up with my training. Grad school has started up again and that sucks up a lot of time. (But graduation comes in May!!!!!!) And the weather is still, well, winter. And, it’s not out of ordinary to walk in and find several piles of cat barf on the treadmill. (Thanks, Buddy….) But, I am determined to keep this going.

It’s time to start registering for spring/summer races.

What races are your favorites?

Kick Starting 2017

A few months ago, my treadmill died…..and then grad school happened……and then the weather turned colder. All of these added up to me completely stopping my training. *sigh* So, after some important conversations and a visit to a local gym, we made the decision to buy a second (and much higher quality) treadmill. Important reason #1: this one is covered by a warranty for several years so if the motor dies on it, it can be fixed. Important reason #2: although a gym membership is enticing, any gym that we go to would be required to have child care on site because I would have to bring the girls. Important reason #3: the convenience factor of having a treadmill in our house so I don’t have to go outside (in weather) is pretty high.

So, here’s my new friend. I’m looking forward to working with her so that I can keep up with my training. Goal? I want to be able to register for any 5K or 10K that I want to without having to worry about whether or not I’ll be ready. And…..I am planning on doing the Glass Slipper Challenge in 2018. Run Disney, here I come!

Plus, it gives me a chance to catch up on my Netflix.....

Plus, it gives me a chance to catch up on my Netflix…..

Fall Running is the Best Running

I know I’m not the only one who believes that running in the fall is the best. It’s the time of year when I actually “enjoy” running. (Ok. I’m never going to be a person who loves running. I love the after of running, not the during. But, it’s better in the fall.) I find that on longer runs, I get bored really easily. This was a real problem during the half-marathon. But, there is so much to look at during the fall that keeps me a bit more focused. Beautiful leaves. Cooling winds. Yep. So much better than being a sweaty  mess during the summer. 🙂

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen these pictures. (So, sorry.) But, going for a fall run among the trees is just so incredibly peaceful! Even if you are surrounded by 100s of other runners during a 5k. 🙂

Run Walk Run Walk Run Walk

My training has been a bit nuts this summer. We’ve been on two separate week long vacations and those threw my training off. (Although I did go to the gym one morning while we were at Disney.) Luckily, I was able to get most of my training done before the summer really got going so I’m kind of repeating a lot of what I’ve already done so that I’m ready for my first half-marathon….in just a little over a week! AAAAAHHHHH!!!!

I know that I can do it. Well, at least, I know that I can finish it. I don’t know what my time is going to look like. But it feels kinda crazy to think that just  a year ago I was getting ready to do my first 5K. And now, here I am….at a point that I never would’ve imagined….where I’ve completed several 5Ks, one 4 miler, two 10Ks,  and now…..now something with the word “marathon” attached to it.

Realistically, I’m as ready as I’m going to be….last Saturday I did 10 1/2 miles – my longest to date- and tomorrow I have one more long run …..but, please, do me a favor….think warm fuzzy thoughts on September 4th….. 🙂

 

Just keep running. Just keep running.

When I was toward the end of my pregnancy with baby girl, I somehow got it in my head that I wanted to train for a 5K. For someone who has never run, who has never enjoyed running, who has never liked exercise…..this surprised…well…me. People who have been friends with me for a long time will recall that I would announce that “the only reason to run is if you are being chased.”

It seemed a bit daunting but I felt that a 5K was probably doable. Not too strenuous and I wouldn’t have to spend hours running.

Soon after I got it in my head that I wanted to run a 5K, I started to think that someday it might be fun to run a race at Disney World. I guess that I figured that adding the fun of Disney might make me enjoy the running, or at least not dislike the running. I shared that thought with Ryan. He agreed that it would be a good plan. My birthday present was an iPod and a card on which he wrote “if you run, we’ll fly” meaning that if I did the running, we would fly to Florida so I could do a Disney race.

*flash forward a year*

I did not get as much running/training done during baby girl’s first year. That first year of baby stuff is a tough one. Juggling baby girl, big girl, teaching, AND grad school classes meant that I had absolutely no time. But this summer, that changed.  I started doing a 5K training app and eventually I graduated from the 5K training and began the 10K. I still kind of have a hard time believing that I’ve been able to do this. I’ve noticed a difference in my energy level. I had noticed a difference in how my clothes were fitting…..until the holiday candies/foods started appearing in my kitchen. And, I’m doing all of this while raising money for Special Olympics. I’m actually looking forward to running. (Well….not every morning….some mornings I am definitely not looking forward to running. Especially now that the colder weather has appeared.)

I’m proud. I’m proud that I’m doing this. I’m proud that I’ve stuck to it. I’m proud that I’ve been able to do this for myself. I’m proud that I’ve been able to do this for my girls. And, I’m proud that I can do this for the athletes in Special Olympics.

If you would like to donate to my fundraising (any little bit helps!!), please click here. The link brings you to my fundraising page. I would also love to hear from anyone with stories about their training. How has it gone for you? What has been the hardest part? What has been the most amazing part?

A running tutu

I recently ran a 5K that was held in a corn maze. There were lots of welcome-to-fall activities for the kiddos and at the end of the 5K I got a complimentary pumpkin and cup of cider. Yay fall! A friend of mine who was gonna run with me and I both decided that we needed to have some fun with this run by making tutus. Now, I’ve never made a tutu before so I basically made it up as we went on.

What I learned this time around:

  • Um, you will need way (!!!!!!!!!!) more fabric than you ever would’ve thought. At this point, I actually have no idea how much tulle I used. 12 yards maybe? I could’ve used less but I wanted the finished tutu to be really full and fluffy.
  • I started making a long tutu but changed my mind after I had reached the halfway point with the tulle. Not only did cutting the pieces into shorter pieces save me a bunch of fabric, I think it will also be better for running since the tutu will stick straight out instead of clinging to my legs.

I used ribbon as the base. This means that I’ll have to tie it to wear it. For me, this is fine. If I were to do it again, I think that I would try to make it with elastic. I feel that it would probably stay in place better.

It ended up being huge. Kinda surprisingly huge. I felt kind of like I had a innertube made of tulle.

Big pile of tulle

Big pile of tulle

Seriously. Seriously big.

Sorry. No more room in the car.....

Sorry. No more room in the car…..

But, it was a lot easier than I thought that it would be. And now, I’m looking forward to more running tutus for myself. 🙂

 

I guess I’m a real runner now

So, I ran my first 5K a few weeks ago. Yay! Yay me!

It's official!

It’s official!

It was a challenge because it was my first 5K but it was also a challenge because I happened to fall down some stairs just before getting in the car to go to the 5K. So. Yea. I sort of….landed right on my left knee, while slamming the back of my right leg onto a stair, and….hitting my back on the car door…. Fun! But, I ran the whole 5K! I did it! Yay! Yay me!

Then….I did a second 5K the following weekend. Although the second 5K wasn’t much of a race since the course was in a corn maze and it had rained nonstop two nights before. Instead of a race, it was like an episode of a reality tv show…where the contestants had to try to climb through miles of mud….all while wearing a tutu. Not sure what show that would be. But, I lived it. That was my reality. (It was fun – but next time I will not wear my mostly-new running shoes. We passed many shoes that had simply been abandoned in the mud. I lost a shoe but luckily, a guy walking by us helped to wrestle it out of the mud. I did check each one just in case they were a size 7….)

Now, since this whole running thing is still new for me, I’m not quite sure what to do about my legs. I’ve been elevating. And bracing. And elevating while bracing. I am hoping to make an appointment with a sports medicine doc this week (since the race was two weeks ago). So, please think positive-knee-so-I-can-keep-running thoughts.

In the meantime, tomorrow’s training session will be a walk/jog/walk/jog/walk/walk.