My Running Stories

Earning my stories one run at a time. Finding my way from 3 to 26.2 miles.

Mixing is some observations from the mat & reflections from the field.

Type 1 Diabetic.

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The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other but to be with each other.
Christopher McDougall, “Born to Run”  via Runner’s World

Plan: 5 miles 

Ran: 4.96 (including 2 strides) 

Path: Briddle Path / Lower Reservoir 

With: TFK group 

Splits:

Mile 1 - 11:25

Mile 2 - 10:56

Mile 3 - 11:00

Mile 4 - 10:39

Mile .96 - 10:42

Intensity: Wasn’t exactly conversational pace at mile 2 - felt stronger at mile 4. Chatting it up with some new & old TFK’ers made it feel a little easier. Also stopped at water fountains. The run was earlier than my norm and it was nice for it to still be light out. Time to get back into morning runs! 

Injuries: Didn’t wear compression sleeves but didn’t bother me. Left hamstring / glute was a little tight 

My first track/ladder workout! Moved it to Thursday instead of Wednesday

Plan: 5 miles [see chart below] 

Ran: 4.38 miles + mile walk [see chart below] 

Path: Thomas Jefferson Park 

With: Solo 

Splits: 

Intensity: Loved it. Read my full recap here

Injuries: nada 

moveyourbooty:

#IRUN… I run to sweat out anything I don’t need and breathe in everything I do. #moveyourbooty

Why do you run?

(via Nike Facebook)

Celebrates #runningday with 3 miles in Central Park post sunset

You see, my “action” of running became habit. Running represented more than putting feet to pavement. It became a shift in lifestyle, a conquering of will, a throwing away of “should” and an embracing of “can”.
What Marathon Are You Running?”  post from Life Without Pants

                             

Sunday was suppose to be a rest day but I couldn’t miss out on another group run with @UrbandGirlSquad & @Athleta_UES

Since Saturday was the first long run of training and I potentially have two soccer games this week, I made a deal with myself in that I could go but I’d take it easy. And here’s what I love about the group - I’ve gained the confidence to be completely ok with taking it easy.  

Despite my last run with them being not the best, I stuck with the intermediate group, trying to keep it conversational pace from the beginning. It was a wide range this time : 11 min - 8 min. 

I ended up chatting with someone new and we stuck with the same pace throughout the run. It was her first time with the group and a come back from a break in running. When we slowed down to a walk some where after mile 2  I was ok with that - I forgot my compression sleeves and was feeling the shin splints (but yay for no hip pain!).  

It was perfect weather - sunny but with a cool breeze (didn’t stop me from sweating!). The run was exactly what I’m trying to focus on - being ok to walk when needed, hydrating (I brought water!) and keeping control / not over pushing every time. Oh yeah - and having fun.  It became more about the social aspect than pushing myself as hard as I could, we chatted about Girls on the Run with one of the coaches (I’m a running buddy for the 5k next Sunday) and various volunteering stuff. 

We ended up knocking out

{planned for 3} 

Next run is June 17th - you should come!

Got my official training plan from Team for Kids for the New York Marathon.

Game on. {read about & support my involvement here: http://www.runwithtfk.org/Profile/PublicPage/7462}

Only, I went to the gym to knock out three miles and struggled. Like had to crank the pace down to walking struggle. Uh oh, that’s now a good sign. This rest for injuries really killed my endurance.

It’s comforting to know that I can knock out under 10 minute miles but it’s frustrating to realize I have to work my way back to it…and to be careful that it doesn’t come at the price of an injury.

Elliptical

Time: 10m

Intensity: lazy 

Distance: 0.83

Stairs

Time: 5

Intensity: knee hated it, planned for 10min but had to switch

Treadmill

Time: 10m + 2m cool down

Intervals: started at 5 & got up to 7 for last 1.5min Intensity: was testing out knee for run club next day. Started out slow but then went for a mile

Distance: 1.03m

Injuries: knee hated stairs, didn’t like elliptical & was cool with running.

Mood: tired & not in the mood to but gym pact made me - ended up being short & sweaty.

Treadmill
Time: 25min + 1(?)m cool down
Intervals: new treadmill - says I was doing 8.5 w. avg speed of. 7.8 #lies wasn’t even at a jog at 5 … Guessing more like 6.5 
Intensity: felt light & speed but tried to keep conversational
Distance: said 3.25 @ 8.5 - took a few min to start running so guessing just around 3 miles

Injuries: very faint hip

3 #plankaday for 1m each

Bailed on strength training (shocking) bc stressed for time but made sure to stretch.

  Sunday was another group run with : 

                                 

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Again I started to slow drop back, first a few steps behind the front of the pack but not quite with the second group. Then they were about a block ahead, finally all but one were out of eye view. There was one girl with a purple shirt that I recognized as being part of the group so I kept focused on her. It was as we hit the AIDS walk that I became separated from the pack so among the sea of red I focused on the glimpse of purple. Because she began a walk/run pattern I was finally able to catch up and we stuck it out together on the end. With my lovely sense of direction I thought we were on the north side of the reservoir slowly making our way west, feeling doomed because all the groups were suppose to gather back around now. Somehow I was completely off - we were still on the east side - and we quickly met up with them. 

I made sure to join in the group stretches this time. And not fake stretch either but really make sure I felt it. 

This week’s tied-in event was with Jack Rabbit….it introduced the gang to shoe analyze. Since I’m still on a pair that they fitted for me (and I love!) I went back to grab my purse. But I ended up going back to JR’s with some of the girls where I stocked up on fuel anyways.

The run was another reminder - I’d rather be pushing myself at the back of the pack than being ahead and not giving it my all! And truly, it’s these group runs that made me realize it.