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Back to running

I realized the other day that I haven’t posted here in a long time. So, here’s what has been going on with my running.

I took a TWO year break as I was having issues with my IT bands and I sought out a PT for this. I noticed that I was sitting with my legs tucked underneath me when I would sit down. Once I changed this strategy, I had no more issues with my IT bands. I had pain just walking and sometimes when I was trying to sleep at night my legs would throb and hurt.

Looking back on my running history, I can see where I started to walk and run more often now that I didn’t have any pain in my legs at all.

I’ve gotten past doing intervals and I’m currently running about 3-4 miles at a time. I run the entire thing. I’ve been slowing down as I run if I feel I need to. Just running the entire thing is a huge accomplishment to me. I’ve been pushing my body to see how far I can go without stopping.

I started with just 2 miles on the rail trail. Then I decided to do three, but I ended up doing a 5K. The rail trail here is split up on one end by a 2 mile increment. I knew that my body could do the 4 miles, I just had to wrap my brain around that. I accomplished this for the first time on October 2, 2017! I did stop here and there, but, I did it! I did it again on November 4, 2017, this time without stopping. I have done mostly 2 and 3 mile runs lately. I think I’m due for another 4 mile run, or even beyond, soon!

I’ve signed up to do a Santa Fun Run on December 9, 2017. This will be the first time I’ve run in December. It’s a 5K on a farm and I’ve heard it’s a nice run with pretty scenery.

I’ve signed up to do my first 8K on April 29, 2018! This is the Inaugural National Women’s Half and 8K run! I’m so stoked!

I’m seriously considering entering the MCM 10K next Fall. The registration opens in mid-April, 2018, so I’m going to see how I feel at that moment and think about it after my first 8K, then decide.

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Virtual Races

I’ve decided to keep training for races over the Winter. To do that I personally need a goal in mind. I signed up for my first virtual race on Cupcake Day, December 15, 2015! I’m so excited about this! And how cute is the medal??!! You can find out more here: Virtual Run Events. I’m considering doing another one in January, but, I want to see how my training goes before committing to a race in the middle of Winter. I can also see my first 10K being a virtual run.

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Zombie Run II

This was my 4th 5K race. The second one that I’ve done with an actual timing chip in it. I did pretty well on Sunday…I ran the entire thing! I pushed through the last bit to get my fastest time for a 5K and my fastest mile as well! Yay! Hubby ran with me and we had matching shirts and I made a note of all the things I didn’t like about the race, there were more than 5 things and I don’t know if I will do this one again. It’s for a good cause, I may just donate next time.

It was COLD, not even 40°F and windy. Yup, that’s a frost advisory you see.

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I wore a base layer that was long sleeved and a running shirt that was short sleeved over it. Long running pants and new socks along with my Brooks Ravenna 4’s, gloves and a hat.. Hubby wore the same thing, except he wore a long sleeved shirt on the top. We warmed up after the first mile, then we were running in the sun and I pushed that last mile so I was nice and heated when crossing the finish line. I created shirts for us, hubby helped design them and I put my Yoga, Run, Smile logo on the back. A few people mentioned the name on the back and one lady asked if I was smiling! We had our faces painted and if I do another race like this one, I’ll probably skip that part. I was on the fence about it for this race, but, they didn’t do what I thought they would and I would rather just not have anything on or apply it myself.

I achieved my fastest mile and my fastest 5K to date!

Our shirts and makeup before the race. We had a nice gal take our photo.

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Runtastic hits pretty perfectly with my Garmin.

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Things I didn’t like about the race:

  • It’s on a Sunday. I will try to find races that are on a Saturday. I  know that sometimes they will be on a Sunday.
  • The timing chip was off.  I don’t know if this is common or not, but, it was over a minute off. Even hubby said that it was way off and he’s done races for years. My Garmin is always in sync with my Runtastic and hubby has a TomTom watch he runs with. We are usually at a decent pace.
  • I don’t like that they corral all the 25+ finishing time  last. That means that I’m pretty much starting out with the strollers, dogs and little kids. I would rather they break it  up into times. I noticed this two years ago, the first time I ran this ace and that was the first time they held this one. There were no distinct times, just a range. I would like to have more of a distinction. Let the strollers and kiddos have their own starting point. That way I don’t have to weave around them when I’m trying to get to the start gate. It took me 4 minutes to get to the start gate. I started my watch when I crossed.
  • Thank you for feeding us. I really appreciate it. I was hungry! To make it easier, maybe have two lines, put the condiments on both sides of the food. I had a party of 6 jump in front of us and they didn’t even run. The kid was holding their place, he had run I guess? That was pretty rude of those people, but, it could have been easily avoided. The line was long for a burger or hot dog and chips. I would have been through it and eating faster with more than one line.
  • Medals and shirts. It would be great to have the shirt that I purchased and a participation medal. The race was $30, so raise it $10 and include a medal. The plaques at the end are for the top finishers in each age group. I feel a little let down about that. Not that I have to have a medal or actually win, but, just a shirt isn’t doing it for me.
  • Have adults supervise the makeup. A giggling 8th grader did mine, I would rather not next time have that at all. I’ll just do my own if I want to have face paint.
  • Earlier starting time. This race didn’t start until 10 a.m. Instead of having all the speeches and things start at 10 a.m., do it earlier. In fact the 8-10 a.m. time frame for face painting was unnecessary as only 160 people actually ran it. I like an earlier starting time, maybe 9 a.m. or even 8 a.m. I don’t know if the weather made people not show up, but, the makeup was done on everyone easily in an 1.5  hours.
  • Common courtesy is always something I notice when I run. I pass on the LEFT. If you are in the middle of the sidewalk, it makes it really hard for someone to pass you. Don’t get all huffy when I say excuse me and we both are weaving to get around you. That REALLY irritated me a lot. But that’s not in the race control, just something I noticed.
  • Have more photos of actual people that are running in the middle of the pack. Not just the people in the front. That was really disappointing. I was not super surprised that this happened, it seemed to happen when I ran this race before as well. I did have a photo taken by my daughter at the finish line though. I saw a photo of hubby and I at the finish line that was taken by someone associated with the race.
  • With all that being said, I’ll think hard and long about doing this race again. I’m going to try different races and venues in the future.
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Training

Since the Zombie run isn’t until Sunday, I thought I would get some training in during this final week. It’s also my birthday week! I will be 51 on Friday October 16th.

Weekly Run Total: 3.50 miles

Average Pace: 12:56

Tuesday – Yoga and Elliptical

This felt really good. It stretched my muscles out and I did 50 minutes on the elliptical. I managed to work it into my day. I did yoga and some crunches as well as other floor exercises before going onto the elliptical. I watched two Mindy Projects and one Modern Family while working out. 🙂

Wednesday – Run – 1.37 miles

I went and did a local street run today. I wanted to run at least a mile, maybe a little more and that’s what I ended up doing too! It was easy, even with some hills in there.

See the orange and green bracelet? My grand-daughter made that for me to wear on Sunday. 🙂

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Friday – Run – 2.13 Miles

This was my birthday run! What a pretty day for a run!

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For some reason my watch didn’t pull down the same time as my Runtastic. But, I know I did over 2 miles. 🙂

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And I received a nice little surprise!

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I’m ready for the Zombie 5K on Sunday! I plan on running the entire thing and I want to get in at around 39-40 minutes.

Saturday – Yoga – Foam Rolling

This felt really good and I am ready for tomorrow!

We are heading to another town to get hubby a new pair of running shoes.

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Later Saturday:

Not only did hubby get new Brooks shoes but socks too! I bought a bib belt, socks and gloves. The running store was really stocked and filled with nice and knowledgable people!

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