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Heart Walk 2013-2014

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I’ve finally picked my next run! As you can see, I have chosen the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. More specifically, the Wall Street Run and Heart Walk, which will take place on Wednesday, June 18 at 6:45 pm.

The race is a timed 3-mile run/walk. It should be interesting considering I haven’t done an actual 5k since 2007! It’s been so long, I can’t even recall my personal best.

I have exactly 51 days to prepare and my foot still doesn’t feel up for any running. Normal people would probably wait until they can run pain-free to sign up for a race, but I’ve always been a bit stubborn. I’ve been biking and swimming a few times per week and will continue doing so until I’m ready to hit the pavement. I also tried some strength training on Friday- let’s just say that I have neglected my arms for far too long. I perform much better on leg day, I swear!

Anyway, before I go I wanted to share my donation page in case this cause is special to any of you, or if you just want to help!

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I’m Back!

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It’s been almost two months since my last update. That’s because between the relentless snow, ice, and my pesky little foot problem, my running has been nearly non-existent. I was practically ice skating on my way to work this morning! And I’m hearing more snow tomorrow. Sigh.

There is a silver lining though! In the absence of running, I have become more consistent with my cross-training. I might have mentioned this before, but I work at a gym. A gym I have rarely made use of until this year. I figured that if I can’t get in the runs I want, I might as well work on other areas. My cross training has mostly consisted of elliptical machines (I am not a fan of treadmills), cardio/toning circuits and my personal favorite, yoga! I also consider teaching swimming for a few hours a week a workout. 😉

My half marathon is a week from today, but I haven’t decided if I’ll run it or not. We’ll see what happens. 🙂 If I decide to, you can all expect a detailed update next weekend. Also, stay tuned for my next post, which will be on things to consider when buying running sneakers!

That Little Voice..

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“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.” – George Sheehan

When I ran track in high school, beating other runners was the motivation. That isn’t the case anymore and I like that. I participate in events because I want to run, not because I want to win. Obviously I still want to do well; the dynamic is just different now. I’m my own competition.

It has been that little voice inside me that’s kept me from sticking to running after high school. However, since starting this blog I find myself itching to run most days. Most days. I still have days where my couch looks comfier than my sneakers. 😉

How do you guys stay motivated? 

Taking My Own Advice

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It’s been a week since my last training update and just as long since my last run. I thought the pain in my foot had gone away, but it came back a few minutes into my run last Friday. A few days ago I told you all to give cross training a go and decided to do the same. I haven’t mentioned this before, but I work at a gym as a lifeguard and swim instructor. My swimming background combined with the fact that I am always around a pool makes me more inclined to choose swimming for my cross training.

This week, when I’ve had gaps between swim lessons I was swimming laps. And during my lessons I tread a lot of water, which, if you didn’t know, is a GREAT workout. 

How you work out in a pool depends on your swimming abilities. Swimming differs from running. A mile is considered a long distance in swimming. A mile in running is considered a warm-up by many. Don’t be discouraged if a few laps tires you out. Think about how tired a day at the pool or beach makes you. When you swim you are constantly fighting the resistance of the water. There is also the presence of water pressure on your chest that makes it harder to breathe. It gets easier though! (That’s something I repeat everyone I teach swimming to.)

Did I just go off on a tangent? Maybe. I’ll wrap up this up soon! 🙂 But first, I just want to give you guys an idea of what you could do in the pool.

Lets just say you have 30 minutes.

-Warm-up with 10 minutes of swimming. You can choose the stroke, but if you have knee problems avoid breaststroke. 

-Move on to 10 minutes of kicking. If you have access to one, a kickboard will make this easier on you. 

-Tread water for ten minutes. If you can’t tread, split the time between kicking and swimming. 

Also, take breaks whenever you need one. And If you can’t swim well, avoid deep water or pools without lifeguards! 🙂 

 

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“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.”
-Oprah Winfrey

I’ve Been Lazy..

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My first week back at running went pretty well. I ran three times and logged about 6 miles (I’m starting off SLOW guys). The last time I ran was on Saturday and while I felt good, the ball of my right foot did not. In high school, I would have ignored the pain and gone to practice everyday until I started limping. I’ve finally learned my lesson from that stress fracture sophomore year. 😀 

The pain most likely isn’t from running; my guess is that it’s from wearing very high heels last week to attend a few birthday outings. (Including my own 23 birthday surprise!) 

Anyway. I’ve been resting it as much as possible and I finally felt no pain yesterday. Which means I will be going for a run the second I post this update! My goal for today is 2.5 miles. And I’ll finally be trying out my Saucony Powergrid Cortana 2s from Road Runner Sports. I had to exchange the last pair for a half size bigger. Another lesson learned- size up when the website itself advises it. >.< 

Have any of you started running? If not, tell me what’s keeping you from it! 

It Begins…

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On Saturday I finally sat down and signed up for my first half marathon- the Central Park Half Marathon. I’m both excited and nervous. I’m planning on running three times a week (more if I can manage), although yesterday was my first day. I ran about 1.5 miles during a break from work. My hip flexors are already tight! After some stretching later today I’m going to log another two miles.

My fellow lazy runners, I cannot tell you how important it is to ease into running. Don’t try to sprint your first run. Don’t run so far out that you can’t make it back home. By doing too much too soon you are just begging for shin splints or a stress fracture. Personally I’ve never suffered from the former, but I am told shin splints are incredibly painful. Now stress fractures I am familiar with and OUCH. I suffered from one my sophomore year of high school during cross country. I was stubborn and ran a week with the pain before finally limping into the athletic trainer’s office. I wasn’t allowed to run for a month after that. Injuries are nothing to play with!

Now, back to the half marathon. I have just under four months to train, which is more than enough time if I keep up with it. Each will I will slowly increase my total mileage.

To help motivate myself, I have invested in a GPS watch – the Garmin Forerunner 10, and new training sneakers- Saucony Powergrid Cortana 2 from Road Runner Sports.

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