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Or maybe I’m just taking names? Hmmm.
So last night I kind of tricked Tim… I’m sneaky like that. I asked him if he would be interested in going for a run with me when he got home and after some careful consideration he was kind enough to say that yes he would be interested. So around 7pm last night, after he rolled in from doing some volunteer work (imagine how weird I thought it was when I saw “Barberton Pregnancy” on our shared to-do calendars) we laced up our tennis shoes and headed out to the tow path. I waited until the very last minute to delivery the good news to Tim…
The goal for the night’s run was 7 MILES! He was resistant at first and even actually exclaimed that he WOULD NOT go but after a little coaxing we were on our way. Had Tim not agreed to the run I was actually going to try the whole idea of books on tape for my run. Ashley had recommended it a few days ago when she sent me this inspiration text picture…
She said that she enjoyed listening to Jen Lancaster’s book while she runs and has found that it keeps her engaged and motivated during long runs. I was pleasantly surprised when I downloaded the “Overdrive” app on my i-phone and was able to connect to my local library and download “Bright Lights, Big Ass” by Jen Lancaster (clearly Ashley knows me well enough to know how much that title would intrigue me). With an easy click of “download” the book is now on my phone for FREE for the next 14 days.
Thank you Clevenet Library!
Additionally, I keep seeing that commercial where the kid uses his books on tape app on his phone (is it the same app? I have no clue) and he runs to like Moby Dick and stuff. WAY further than my little legs would take me but the commercial is still entertaining nonetheless.
My review of the run- went awesome! It has been MONTHS since I completed my first 7 mile run (which I couldn’t even track because my phone died so that was a guess) and I was surprised by how good it felt to get out there for a long run. The hardest part for me is just thinking about how long you will be running for. Setting aside over an hour of your day for a run is a long time… it’s not like a 20 or 30 minute run that you don’t really have to mentally prepare for- it’s a long sucker and you have to be in it to win it or not in it at all.
The really nice part of going on a long run with someone else, at least for me, is that I like to keep my pace at a conversationalist pace so Tim and I were able to catch up on our day with each other. Tim started his new job last week and is starting to get acclimated to the work and the people so I really enjoyed hearing about his new co-workers and workload. While it is probably a very fair statement to say that Tim and I understand about 10% of what the other person does on a day to day basis I do think it helps to keeps things interested. I have taken a more active role with my new position on the financial side of the business and have been coming across what would seem to Tim to be very basics questions in my meetings so it’s nice to be able to go home and get all of my answers from him! I think we spent a good 3 miles chatting about the balance sheet haha.
Very exciting right? Be jealous!
At the end of the 7 miles we went for a fast sprint to the car and guess who won?!?
Are you still thinking about me? ME silly.
But I never did warn Tim that we were racing- I just starting sprinting so perhaps he could have caught me.
I guess we’ll never know.
So with my Hal Higdon app on I was able to get a recap of my run and since you can’t really see the entire screen here, my mile breakdown looked like this
- Mile 1: 11:34 pace
- Mile 2: 11:15 pace
- Mile 3: 11:40 pace
- Mile 4: 11:51 pace
- Mile 5: 11:56 pace
- Mile 6: 11:40 pace
- Mile 7: 11:18 pace
So if you are good at math you would know that we averaged about 11:35 min/mile. And in case you are really observant you will notice that below it actually says I am a REST DAY well good for me for going running anyway.
As if that makes up for all of my slacking lately.
This weekend the app is suggested I do another 7 and I think I may try to make 8 happen. I figure it’s only actually a half of a mile longer than we went yesterday which is only another 5 minutes or so- I can do that right?
Yes of course I can!
Also, I was given (by my running buddy Ashley of course) a really neat little item to hold my keys for me while I run! Check out this little buddy…
It’s also. Since Tim and I both have push-button starts on our cars we really just need to pull out the little remote control and slip it in this handy holders which tightly connects to my shoe laces! Easy to put on and easy to remove. Easy to put in your purse too.
Off to Crossfit tonight! Hope my legs don’t give out on me.
So the other day I was asked by my friend Kari to do a little recap of my running experiences. It has been about 8 months now (can you believe I’ve been engaged that long already) since I started documenting my runs…. I had dabbled in some running for maybe 8 months or so before the blog began. So today I will you through an overview of how I got started, where I struggled, where I succeeded, and I’m sure I’ll remember some fun memories along the way.
Remember Day 1? I got up in the morning at 5:30AM and headed out to run! I started my running journey with intervals because there was no way I would have made it running even 10 minutes straight at that point and time. I had my usual breakfast of toast and peanut butter, laced up the tennis shoes and headed out.
My first interval looked like this
- Warm- Up 2 min
- Run- 5 min
- Walk 2 min
- Cool-Down 2 min
*Complete 3 rounds for 25 minutes total*
I thought about the wedding, about the running, and about the very funny and determined dog that I ran past. These runs were filled with thought… all of the time. Constantly thinking of things to do and everything going on in my list. At this point and time in my running career it worked for me to have my thoughts wander. That way I wasn’t worry about my heavy legs or shallow breaths but rather everything else going on in my life.
So after my first great interval run, it was less than 3 days later when I was just too darn tired to get out of bed! This was the day that I started to feel disappointed in myself but was also the day I realized well to be frank, shit happens. Sometimes you are going to feel too tired to get out of bed, sometimes your legs will just hurt like hell, and sometimes you just won’t feel like running and I didn’t know it at the time but that is OK. It is OK to take a break, it is OK to prioritize something else if you have to, it is OK not to run every single freaking morning at 5:30AM. I wished I had known that back in July!
So after feeling disappointed and just defeated I still got myself back up again and started running again.. and Tim started to come with me! At this point we were at week 3 and still on intervals. I really found this was the best way for me to train… run a little then take a break and walk a little. It allowed me to last a lot longer than if I would have just ran until I couldn’t anymore. So week three my intervals looks like this…
- Warm-up: 5 min
- Run: 6 min
- Walk: 1:50 min
This was the week when I really started to realize that if I had set my interval trainer for 25 minutes of a straight one I probably would have given up long before my mind was ready to! Since I did it a little bit at a time my body could keep up with how much my mind wanted to succeed! This run totaled a little less than 30 min which was a little over 2 miles. I repeated this interval for a few days until I was ready to move on to a new one!
*special note here… don’t move on to the next goal until you feel confident that you smashed the one you are currently working on. There is something about accomplishing that goal that will strengthen your mind and body!*
It was also during this interval that I really started to realize that it takes some time to hit your pace, catch your breath, and warm up those legs! Your legs aren’t just automatically warmed up- especially if you are exercising in the morning so it was really important for me to remember that just because the first 2 six minutes of running were tough didn’t mean the rest of the intervals would be just as tough. Usually- they just got easier!
I started to up my intervals even though some days I just wanted to quit. I was tired A LOT and my legs were sore and tired A LOT but I knew that the hardest part was just getting my butt OUT OF BED! Once I was out there and doing it I felt 100% better. For the next month I essentially just increased my running intervals my 1 min at a time and decreased by walk by 20-30 seconds!
In the middle of August I ran in a 5K with some friends and made it in about 32 minutes which I was very happy with. At this point I hadn’t done much more than interval run so I was thrilled with a time that was under 35 minutes! It was tough and I had to walk a few minutes during the race but I FINISHED which is an accomplishment in itself!
Then at the very end of August I finally did it… I just ran! I started stopping at the park on the way home from my parents and had made a goal to run at least 2 miles after rowing class. Then I ran for 45 minutes!!! I just kept going… just felt like it was a good time to reflect back on all of the hard work I had put into learning to love to run. I totally and completely cleared my head- didn’t worry about a thing- and just ran. This was one of those days when I really didn’t care how far I ran- because I ran for me… not for time or fitness or miles but for me. This was the run that I finally declared myself a runner- not a good runner but a true to yourself, run because you want to run, runner.
September was a great month! I did the Susan G. Komen in record time for me (which is still my record by the way). I was so committed to running I ran in Milwaukee when I was visiting for Casey’s bridal shower. I completed a 5K for work. September was just a great race month. Races really inspire me. There is something about the event and the people coming together for a cause that really inspire me to do something good for myself and others. Honestly, I would run in a 5K every weekend if I could because I LOVE these events and I really think it helped to contribute to my love for running.
After the races I started to amp up my running to include runs that were 20-30 minutes long with around a 11:50 min/mile. Slow but steady was my moto. It was about making the most out of my runs in terms of how much I enjoyed it- not how far I could run. I also started using the IPhone RunKeeper app and I very much recommend using an app if you can. It helps keep me accountable because I can track my progress. Plus, it allowed me to share my screen shots with all of you which was truly inspiration. I kept this up until winter hit hard and I just couldn’t run outside anymore!
So the last few months have been a world wind! I have been trying to up my mileage and managed to do 4 miles and then 6 miles a week later. I’m on track to finish strong for the halfathon in September!
But more important than training has been the journey to get there. I’ve struggled. I’ve cried. I’ve been disappointed. I’ve been let down. But mostly I’ve felt strong. I have more confidence. I’ve been more positive. I feel like a better me.
I think the benefits far out way the bad stuff right?
Look, if you are interested in running (Kari or otherwise) just get out there and try it! You are a runner as soon as you decide you are. It truly goes not matter if you can run 2 min or 2 miles- it is up to you to decide who you want to be! Get out there- put one foot in front of the other- and just go for it! If I can do it- anyone can!!
Welcome to the first edition of Savvy Sunday! I know that most people think cutting corners and using short cuts is a bad thing but I am hoping to change that mindset a little! So today I am gonna talk about a shortcut I recently came across that really seem to be very helpful!
How to ripen avocados quickly! So usually when you buy avocados from the store they just aren’t quite ready for guacamole but when I go to the store and I purchase them I am usually ready for guacamole so I recently did a Google search how to quickly ripen avocados. I found this website which was perfect! It essentially said that to ripen avocados in 3-6 days put them in a brown paper bag and if you want them to ripen in 1-2 days put in a banana or apple with those avocados and TADA they are ripe! I am running a test on this to confirm but I have faith that it will work. An example of a GREAT short cut. and P.S. my favorite avocado is the HAAS avocado.
It’s visually a very easy process…
Now, it is also important to know when NOT to take shortcuts… like on my run this morning! I was excited to wake up to the sun shining and the not too chilly 30 degrees it was outside. So I made the decision to get a run in before Tim and I headed to church… the best part was that Tim went with me on the run! Turned out to be a pretty nice run… we even saw Casey and Brody on our way as they were taking their morning walk. We stopped to talk to Brody and he looked sad when we ran away but his momma is good to him! Tim and I managed to get in almost 3 miles this morning which I thought was pretty impressive considering the lack of running we BOTH had been doing (or not doing I suppose)…. better than nothing right!
And yes I still believe that Run Keeper App on my iPhone is an AMAZING app for training purposes! I have started to read up on some other halfathon apps… call me old school but I love this one!