Day 13 down . . . .

Today was a success!!

Got up and ran this morning at 4:45 a.m.  Ran 4.40 miles, including the Pine Street Hill . . only 1 45 second walk break.

Ate cleanly, no crap, no sugar, no coffee.  Drank more water than I have recently.  Didn’t drink a gallon like I had hoped, but I did drink more than usual.

Came home from work and lifted for an hour.  That felt good.  It’s been a while since I’ve lifted, but I did what I set out to do and now I’m off to sleep to get a good 8 hours.

12 days til the Go Girl 10K!

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Preparing for the Go Girl 10K Trail Run

Today I am exactly 14 days away from running the Go Girl 10K Trail Run — I’m excited.  This will be my first trail run and my first 10K!

My plan is to eat right (clean with no sugar) every day; run 4 – 5 times a week, trying to gradually increase my distance without walking; and to lift 3 days a week (Cathe STS); we’ll see how it goes.  

My goal is to run the entire 10K without walking.  I’m sure I can do it if I put my mind to it. . . I just have to put my mind to it.  If I follow my intended plan it should be almost effortless to do it!

Day 1:  Hmmm, wanted to run this morning but walked instead with a girlfriend.  She texted me at 5:30 and asked if I wanted to walk.  I had slept in my running clothes (a little trick I read about in Runners World to ensure you actually get up and out every morning) and was ready . .  I hadn’t seen her in a week and thought it was worthy of missing my run.  Thought I’d get in a quick track run by the end of the day, but it is Sunday, I had my boys and it’s hot — til at least 9 and I’d like to be in bed by 9 so I can get a solid amount of sleep before I have to get up at 4:30 to run 🙂

So I did get some exercise, even if I didn’t run.

Eating was okay til the end of the day.  I had eggwhites and spinach for breakfast; some granola and yogurt for snack; a big salad from Whole Foods at lunch and then I waited much to long to eat and got crabby hungry. . . when I took my oldest son back to his fathers I told my youngest son we needed to eat IMMEDIATELY and under those circumstances we went to Pizza Schmizza and had a couple pieces of pizza.  I had the greek veggie (I’m vegetarian) and a greek salad — and a diet coke.  I think I feel the worst about the diet coke . . . isn’t that strange.

Okay, well for a first day I think it went well. . . only 13 more til the race!!

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The Pine Street Hill

I just finished my morning run.  When the alarm went off at 4:30 this morning I really DID NOT want to get up, but I did!  My regular old town loop is 4 miles, but I wanted to add a little to it and see if I could make it without walking.  I zig zagged through old town and caught a glimpse of the Pine Street hill, straight up . . . still not sure how it happened but my legs took me there and I ran it the whole way up!  It looked so long and daunting — I’ve walked it many times and it IS long and daunting, but I did it!  Ran all the way to the top.

I walked for about 45 seconds after I made it up and then ran on home making my total distance 4.39 miles in 46 minutes.  Not a great pace, but I’m happy nonetheless because now I know I can run up Pine Street!

It’s going to be a great day!

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Learning a new love . . . .

I’m new to running.  I guess what you would call a  novice.  I started running in July of 2009, so it’s almost been a year, yet I still feel like a novice.

Years ago when my ex-husband and I would walk (and we did a lot of walking, as our primary form of exercise) we would see runners and shake our heads.  Why did they feel the need to run?  Didn’t they understand what they were doing to their bodies?  Banging around like that — they could get there in a lot better shape, albeit slower, if they simply walked.  Not only that they could enjoy the beauty around them if they walked — what could they possibly be seeing as they ran down the street?!

My how things change.

I love running.  That surprised me. 

Walking my dog every morning I would see runners and think “wow, I wonder if I could even DO that!”  That I was even questioning my ability should have been a red flag to my subconscious. . . I clearly wanted to try. . . and so I did.

Started rough.  I could only run a couple of minutes before I had to walk and my walk breaks were really long.  Quite honestly the first time I ran I think I ran 3 minutes and walked 45.  Seemed reasonable and about all I could muster, that 3 minutes totally wiped me out.

Fast forward 11 months later and I am running 4 miles without any walk breaks on the streets and about 4.5 miles on a track without any walk breaks.  Amazing.  had someone said to me a year ago that I would be able to run a 4 mile route that included multiple hills without walking I would have thought them mad and laughed in their face!

I’m so happy that I am where I am.  I love running. 

I love that so many people do it and that everyone has their own way of running.  While there are some basics that are always the same people all run differently and they are all doing it correctly.  Amazing.

What other sport can total novices and world-class athletes participate in together??  I love running.

In February of 2010 I signed up for a 1/2 Marathon that will be run this October.  I thought, hmmm, can I really do this?  Run 13.1 miles?  Looks like I’m going to find out!  I’m very excited.

On my way to the 1/2 Marathon I thought it wise to experience the thrill of running with others in a race setting so I could get use to it and not have the 1/2 be my first experience.

Earlier this month I ran my first 5K — my time was horrible, and I will not bother to post it here, even though there were multiple factors that played into my horrible time 🙂 What’s most important, however, is that I did it, I finished it and I loved every second of it! 

What struck me most was the friendliness and encouragement among the runners.  One woman in particular who was clearly far from novice ran the race rather quickly and then ran the race backwards so that she could pass the rest of us and cheer us on “You’re doing great!  Finish strong!” Were the words I remember her saying to me and it made my step that much lighter!

Next up is a 10K trail run on July 11th.  A little more than two weeks away.  My goal is to be able to run it without walking.  I have proven to myself that I can run 4 miles without stopping, but can I do 6.4?  I think so.  I’ve got a little over 2 weeks to prepare, and I think I can get er done!  At the very least I’ll have fun trying!

Wondering why I started this blog . . . I like to write and I like to put my thoughts down on paper. . . I just don’t like looking for the paper later . . . so while I’m late to the blogging party I think I’ll enjoy it nonetheless.

Stranger things have happened. . . I love running after all!

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