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I did it!

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Yesterday was the first day the training app had me running 28 minutes. I did it, and it wasn’t all that bad. I was supposed to run 28 for three days before moving on to 30. I said “fuck it” this morning, and I ran 30. This is a milestone for me, as it was my first really solid running goal. It also allows me to make the loop around the greenway in just the amount of time I have available for running (on weekday mornings, anyway).

I’m going to reward myself by taking it easy and just working on getting more comfortable with the 30 minute runs around the greenway before I tackle any new challenges. The direction I go is relatively mild hill-wise, and the hardest part ends right about the time I hit the halfway point. I think that when it starts to feel a little easy, I’m going to switch directions, as there are a couple of challenging hills when going the other way. I’d like to have a nice butt at some point in my life.

Oh, I also rewarded myself with some Peeps, because I FUCKING LOVE PEEPS.

I listened to a playlist that is borrowed from one I found on Design*Sponge. The theme should be relatively obvious. Some of it isn’t really running-friendly, but I enjoy it, so who cares? Also, I’ve had Astral Weeks stuck in my head all day!

Better than no run at all

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I’m tired.

J. ran with me on Saturday, since he’s doing The Color Run and Color Me Rad with me. He ran in high school, so he has a lot more experience and was able to jump in and do 25 minutes without working up to it. I did it as well. It was tough, but I didn’t feel like I was going to die or anything. I think I ran a little faster than I would’ve liked. I guess I was trying to keep up. In addition to having running experience, J. is 6’4″, so he can cover a lot of ground.

I had every intention of running another 25 minutes on my own Sunday, but I realized that my legs were really tired and could use a break, so I skipped it.

This afternoon J. and I set out to do another 25 minutes, but it didn’t really work out. First we couldn’t find an available grandparent to watch Z. for 40 minutes or so, so we had to bring her a long and run in consecutive shifts. Unfortunately my shift ended early. I think I got in about 18 or 19 minutes of running, which isn’t bad, but it’s not progress. I was having a tough time, but I kept pushing through until I just couldn’t do it anymore. I was out of breath! I think I was running too fast.

After that, I traded off with J. and took the stroller so he could run. I think he only got in 18 minutes as well. I’ll just have to try again tomorrow. Anyway, all of this pushed my training schedule back a couple of days, but I’m hoping I can keep it together from here on out – meaning I would be able to run 30 minutes by next Tuesday. There’s not any reason for me to be in such a hurry to hit 30 minutes other than it being a goal I’ve set for myself.

I was really disappointed with my failure this afternoon until I looked at the numbers. I ran 2.43 miles, and then I walked an additional 1.31 miles after that, totaling 3.74 miles – a little more than I currently do on a successful run. Better still, the estimate of calories burned for both activities came in at 380. When I ran 25 minutes on Saturday, the estimate for calories burned came up at 330.

I listened to most of the mix I made the other day. Meh. It serves its purpose. I am willing to listen to some stuff while running that I wouldn’t enjoy in other situations. I guess it’s the tempo.

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March 11, 2014 at 5:29 am

Back at it

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What a sucktacular week. Between ice storms, a driveway blocked by a tree, and an awful stomach virus, I was glad to get back to the greenway this morning. Running went well – I did 22 straight minutes this morning (a new record for me), and I handled it pretty well. Apparently I’m not fully recovered from the hell virus, because it shook my stomach up a bit, but I think I’ll be fine tomorrow.

It was around 30ºF which, at this point, isn’t a big deal to me. I did two consecutive days this week (or maybe last week… I don’t know what day it is anymore!) in 22ºF, so that has changed my perspective. I’ll be thankful when things are a little warmer though, because I hate dragging so much shit along to stay warm. I’m ready to leave the gloves, hat, neck gaiter and jacket behind.

Tomorrow I jump from 22 minutes to 25, and barring unexpected occurrences like those of this week, my schedule shows that I should be doing 30 minutes by next Saturday. That was my first running goal, so I’ll reassess from there.

I’m overdue for a fresh running playlist, and I figured that I should make one that fell around 40 minutes to cover the warm up and cool down in addition to the run, so I threw one together. There aren’t any songs on here that I feel super strongly about, so I don’t know how much I’ll enjoy this one. At heart, I’m a music lover, so I have it in my head that every playlist has to be this epic thing into which I’ve poured my feelings. In reality, I don’t have time for that most days. So if it sucks, that’s my excuse.


Ice storm

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After Saturday’s run, I said that the one on Sunday would seem easy. I was surprised to find out that I was wrong. I didn’t have trouble breathing – I think my heart and lungs have really caught up – but my legs were sooooo tired. Luckily, I was scheduled for a rest day today anyway.

Of course, I wouldn’t have had a choice on not running today. We’re in the middle of a bit of an ice storm, and I’m stuck at the house. I can handle running in the cold, but I’m not running on ice. Do people even do that? Surely not. Add to that the fact that we live on a really steep hill, and the idea of trying to navigate it is like instant death.

I’m stressed about tomorrow, though. I’ve quit running in my immediate neighborhood since a neighbor told me that someone tried to pull a woman into a car nearby. I think it may have been several years ago, but still… Anyway, I go to our nearest greenway, which I love. Unfortunately, the makeup of our neighborhood and the distance from my house to the trailheads makes it just this side of “too inconvenient to walk there,” so I have to drive to a trailhead to run.

Running tomorrow morning is starting to look impossible. First of all, with the wind chill, the temperature at my normal running time is supposed to feel like 7ºF. I’m capable of running in cold, but that’s a little extreme for me. I don’t think I even have appropriate clothes to handle it.

I’m hoping I can find time later in the day to make it over there, but there’s a big obstacle which may prevent that. Literally.


Sorry for the partially obscured upstairs window photo – I’m too tired/cold/lazy to make a better effort.

Thanks to our lovely winter storm, we lost a tree overnight. We were fortunate in that it didn’t hit the house or anything else, but it did fall right across the driveway. I’m concerned that it’s going to prevent me from getting out to run tomorrow, and even worse – it could keep me from going to the hockey game tomorrow night. We’ll see.

In other news, my oldies playlist from last Thursday wasn’t all that great for running, but it was a good playlist for loving music. I’m going back to my old standby until I have a chance to put a new one together.


What just happened?

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I ran 20 continuous minutes this morning. I can’t believe I did it. I’m incredibly proud of myself, which is not something I say often. I know 20 minutes isn’t a big deal for a lot of people, but I surprised the hell out of myself.

Weirdly, it wasn’t all that tough… UNTIL THE LAST TWO MINUTES. I wasn’t sure I was going to make it, but I would’ve felt so stupid if I’d given in so close to the end.



The training app I’m using went from a day of “run 8 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 8 minutes” to “run 20 minutes”. Up until now, all of the increases have been really gradual, so I thought it was weird and that I’d never make it, but I guess the person who created the training plan knew what they were doing. The workout for tomorrow will include 5 and 8 minute running intervals, and that’s going to seem easy.

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March 2, 2014 at 11:28 am

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Tumbling Dice

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My legs are fine today, but I forgot that today is one of my rest days. That’s lucky because it is suddenly cold again, which sucks. I am capable of running in the cold now, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

I walk with a friend once a week on one of my non-running days, so that’s on the agenda for tomorrow. When it’s cold like this, we go to the nearest community center, and we usually only do a couple of miles because the track is boring. The community center is brand new and really nice, but the track is small and it takes 20 laps to make a mile. It’s monotonous. On the plus side, I strap a nearly 30-pound child to my chest on our indoor walking days, so I’m guessing that burns more calories than pushing the stroller.

I really hate rest days! I feel lazy. I feel fat, too. That may have something to do with the soy sauce I used with my lunch, though. In any case, running is my best “me time” of the day, so they days I don’t do it suck a little.

Running is quality time with me

I’ve really been enjoying my last running playlist, but I figured I should change it up a little for my next run. Since that run won’t be until Thursday, I figured I’d give it a Throwback Thursday theme and use some older songs. I didn’t put a whole lot of thought into it, so I don’t know how enjoyable it will be, but here it is:



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Whew. The C25K app I’ve been using got a little more difficult on me today. Running for five straight minutes is nothing to a lot of people, but it was a challenge for me. I think that was about as much as I was able to do before I got hurt last October, so everything from here forward is progress.

The previous level of the app had me running 1.5 minutes, walking 2 minutes, running 3 minutes, then walking another 2 (these are always sandwiched between a 5 minute warm up and a 5 minute cool down) twice. Today it was running 3 minutes, walking 1.5 minutes (I think), running 5 minutes, followed by another 1.5 minute walk, then repeating the whole thing. I had to slow to a walk for a little bit during the second 5 minute stretch, but that was more because I had been running up a relatively steep hill than because of the length of time I had to run.

I covered a lot more ground and cut my time quite a bit today. It’s not that I was running faster, but that I was running more of the time than usual. In fact, I did a pretty good job of keeping at a slow and steady pace today. I’ve had a tough time doing that, so I wear out fast. It’s important for me to get a handle on that, since I’ve got those 5Ks coming up.

Speaking of… I got around to registering for The Color Run yesterday, this time as part of a team. I’m very excited about it! Plus, who doesn’t like getting free crap?

The Color Run - swag

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February 23, 2014 at 2:52 am

Oh yeah, I forgot about that

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About that 5K…

I knew I wanted to do one of the color races, since those look like the most fun. First I looked into The Color Run, as it’s the one I’d heard about the most. Unfortunately, that one is coming to town on March 29, and I didn’t feel like I could possibly be ready in time.

Eventually I found my way to Color Me Rad, which won’t be here until June 22nd. I feel like I will probably be able to run the whole thing by then. Anyway, I signed up myself and J, and later convinced my mom to sign up so she could walk Z through it in the stroller.

I didn’t really realize at first how casual these races are, so I was a little freaked out and intimidated, but now that I’ve read that there are a lot of walkers and first timers, I’m really excited – which brings me to today’s decision…

A friend mentioned on Facebook that she wanted to do The Color Run, and I decided, “Fuck it. I’m doing this.” I was excited enough about Color Me Rad that it was going to be tough to wait until late June anyway.

I realized, too, that I don’t have to feel pressure to be “ready,” since I have the option of walking if that’s what I need to do. The Couch-to-5K training plan I’m using should be within a couple days of its finish by then if all goes according to plan, so I may be doing better than I think running-wise by the time the race rolls around. My goal at this point, though, is to have fun. So yay.

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February 20, 2014 at 2:03 am


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Running’s going well. I’m getting faster, but busting my ass and loving every minute of it. Ok, there are some minutes I don’t love, but it’s mostly great. I tacked a long walk onto the end of my run yesterday and got caught in the wind and rain. The result:


Yes, I wear makeup when I run, and I’m not sorry.

The weather was beautiful this afternoon (around 60ºF and sunny!), so I went out again. I know I’m not supposed to do it consecutive days at this point, but I do it anyway. My preference is to go four days in a row as long as my body doesn’t tell me differently, and take two days off. Maybe I’ll pay for that later. I took a short walk with J and Z (but not Jay Z, unfortunately) after my run since they were strolling on the greenway while I was running. It was nice.

I made another playlist that I used yesterday and today, and it’s pretty great. REALLY love “Is This How You Feel?”

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February 19, 2014 at 9:16 am

I like it

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I love running again. I’m not where I was before, but I’m getting a little better and faster every time. I think I may even like it better now than I did before.

One of my favorite things about running is listening to music. I’ve had a lifelong love affair with music, but for some reason I’ve neglected it a lot in recent years. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that I watch waaaaay too much tv.

Anyway, I decided to give Spotify another chance for running purposes, and I’ve been very pleased. In order to make the music available away from home on the app, I had to sign up for a free month of Spotify Premium. I’m going to be sad when my month is up because paying for it just doesn’t fit in my slim budget right now.

Right now my workout consists of a five minute warmup, 20 minutes of run/walk intervals and a five minute cool down. With that in mind, I made a Spotify playlist that’s about 30 minutes long, and I kind of love this one. You can find it here.