Saturday, July 30, 2011

New shoes.

I had high hopes for my new shoes. I went and got fitted for shoes, insoles etc. The woman that helped me was great, but I found out when I got home that she forgot to mention a few things. 1) The arch molds need to be baked 2) Do they go in with or without the insole that comes with your shoe. I ended up baking them, but the directions on the box were not has thorough as the directions online. Needless to say I over baked one and ruined it. Called the store today and they said oh we have an oven, they should have done that for you. They didn't. The result of this? Sore/hot feet and a sore arch. Run was okay. Will try again tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Worst running day so far.

It wasn't so bad, but I didn't run as much as I have in recent workouts, but I was still out there the full 35 minutes. I just wasn't feeling good and it was slow and hot and sweaty. I just didn't like how it went. I went so that's good that I didn't miss. Back at it tomorrow morning, but on the track. Not the hilly uneven neighborhood!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Another day down...

Last day of this weeks training is done. New running shoes are in my future. Can't wait. I'm pretty sure the warn out kicks are what's causing the pain, it couldn't be the running itself! I'm trying to increase speed for the last minutes of my run to change things up with hopes of increasing speed over all. I'd really like to be at 10 minute mile by race day.

The day ahead will be spent at the pool then a show tonight. Looking forward to some sun and fun.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Raining in Seattle...Big surprise.

I woke up at 6:30 or so to go running, only to hear it raining. Not drizzle not sprinkling..RAIN! So, I went back to sleep and two hours later the weather was a little improved. Brighter out with less rain. As you know if you've seen the news our summer is practically non existent here in the great northwest. I got my run/walk in. Yes, I ran more than I walked. I ran 2 miles (in a row) and walked a mile for a total of 50 minutes. I missed my cross training Thursday. It was a crazy day with too many things going the wrong direction. So I had two days in a row of rest.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Best day yet...

Today I decided to run on the track at the junior high. My hilly uneven neighborhood makes it hard to determine how far I'm walking and running for each workout. Today I hit the track. I ran 1 1/4 miles in a row! I know this is not a big deal for very many people, but for me who hardly runs and mainly walks fast (probably faster than I run) this is HUGE! I think I'm at a 12 minute mile. Also huge! I think the first time I ever ran a mile in jr high was 14 minutes or something awful. I'm pretty excited. My total 35 minute workout was spent 1.5 miles running and 3/4 mile walking. Not too bad! It's the little things and I have a long way to go before I'm at 26.2 miles or even 10, but I'll get there. It's the hardest I've pushed and my body is already being vocal about it. Have a great day! I certainly will.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Week 2 has begun.

I ran more today than yesterday. Every post should start out like that. Which means I ran more than I walked. I'm doing the first two weeks of training twice. I wanted my training to end with a race and this training fell short two weeks. Yes, I could have just waited two weeks to start training, but that's too long. The likelihood of me not starting is as likely as rain in Seattle.

I talked to myself a lot (in my head obviously), who runs and talks? Not me. I like the idea of running with someone, but I don't want to use what little energy I have on talking. I found myself talking more and observing what was going on with me while running. You know poor form, leg pain or the side ache from the spit I swallowed. I have no idea how I'm going to eat and drink will running a marathon. I get a side ache from swallowing my spit. I rarely eat before working out unless it's two hours in advance.

I'm keeping track of my running/walking on the schedule on my fridge and also on the DailyBurn. I don't think I like that site all that much, but I really signed up to enter food and keep track to make sure I'm eating what I should be. Or at least know what the pizza I ate last night cost me. I didn't want to be rude and tell my friends know I can come over, I'm training for a marathon and don't eat pizza. At least the pizza didn't cost me in weight gain. Maybe in energy.

I took a slightly different route today. I'll measure it later. I went up a hill to avoid another hill. Where's the logic in that? No idea, but my neighborhood is full of hills and I wanted to run on flat spots so I had to avoid some hills and take others to get more flat spots.

Day 1 of week 2 is done! Tomorrow is a rest day. Rest days are a great way to start and end the week. I took my training schedule from "The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women: Get Off Your Butt and On With Your Training" It's funny and practical and certainly worth reading.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Week 1 of training complete!

I'd be doing the "Week 1 of training complete" happy dance, if I wasn't so hot and tired from my 45 minute walk/run today. Today I ran the furthest I've run all week. I still walked most of the 45 minutes, but I also ran (okay maybe jogged) more than any other day thus far. I haven't figured out the eating and training part yet. I made the mistake of having a smoothie this morning and then running. I don't do well with food before a workout.

We'll have pasta with dinner tonight and see if that will be sufficient to get me through tomorrow's workout. I prefer to go in the morning, but that doesn't always happen. Like today for example. I slept in until 10. Which I needed more than air!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Marathon training

In order to achieve some fitness goals, I've decided to train for a marathon. I'm a stop starter when it comes to running and going to the gym. I need a goal. The marathon is scheduled for November 27, 2011 and that's the goal. Hopefully by blogging about it and keeping up with it, I'll stay motivated to run and complete the marathon. Even if nobody reads the blog, it's still good to write this stuff down.

I haven't decided if I will run a full or half marathon. If training goes the way I plan, I'll have run a half marathon or two by the time the full comes around. The schedule is on the refrigerator and the first 4 days of training are in the books.