Morning Run

13.Fun!

Good Morning Fellow New Runners!!

**Yes, I am aware I “borrowed” my headline from the amazing ladies at Another Mother Runner.  Click on the link to see what you are missing…it is a website chock full of great stories, tips and links to their hilarious and amazing books. 

Well, I did it.  My first ever 13.1 mile training run.  It took longer than I wanted and I certainly ached more than I expected during it, but I can no longer ask myself “if” I can complete a half marathon.  Now I know I can.  

4:30am wake up call on Saturday?  Must be a runner!

4:30am wake up call on Saturday? Must be a runner!

VERY early (5:15am) last Saturday morning,  I met up with my running partner and we headed off on long run.  Neither of us had a good running week the prior week.  We were both battling sickness, me a nasty head cold/chest congestion/sore throat thing and she a stomach virus.  So neither of us completed our weekday training runs like we should have.  But, like the troupers all us runners are, we set off on Saturday morning determined to at least get some miles in.

The first couple of miles weren’t hard, but it was darn hot out so we stopped for water breaks almost every mile.  My running partner had more stomach issues during the run so we kept walking for longer than either of us wanted.  With the walk breaks, our legs and feet started aching.  However, that eternal struggle that all distance runners know made us keep going.  We had to get back to where we parked our cars.  So, the last 3 miles we put our headphones in and trudged through.  I kept going until my Garmin read 13.10.  Man oh man was I excited to see that!  Even though my running partner has completed quite a few half marathons and is currently training for a marathon, this was her first 13.1 training run as well.  

We had to get to our cars to take us home...to the food!!

We had to get to our cars to take us home…to the food!!

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Once we got back to our cars, the aches and pains subsided into joyous elation that we had done it!  We downed a bottle of water each (we had both gone through the 4 8oz water bottles on our hydration belts during our run, summer running in Florida is fun!) and headed home, she munching on a banana, me on my protein shake.  What a way to start the day.

Enjoy the Run!

Yvonne

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Of Running & Sleep

Good Morning Fellow New Runners!

I’m baaack!  It as been a few weeks, yes weeks, since my last blog post.  My half marathon training has been more draining than I was prepared for.  I’ve been following the plan, taking the prescribed rest days and pushing my mileage only when I felt up to it.  However, my exhaustion level has been higher than usual.  Why?  I think I know.

Should I be asleep now?  My body has no idea!

Should I be asleep now? My body has no idea!

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Runners need more sleep than most, 8-10 hours at least.  Don’t believe me? Read about it here or in this true life tale here.  I don’t know about you but 8 hours of sleeps seems like a glorious dream.  Between family, home and just every day life, getting 8-10 hours of sleep is hard for even the most organized and disciplined.  Add in my varied running schedule (some days it is early morning, other days it is late at night, somedays it is mid-day..) and my body has no idea when it should sleep.  So inevitably I am wide awake at midnight and having trouble keeping my eyes open at 2pm.  It’s a mess.

For the past week, I’ve been trying to get to bed earlier, when I can.  I’ve found an app that tracks my sleep so I have a better understanding of my sleep patterns and how much sleep I’m actually getting.  I’ve utilized the treadmill so I can run during the day vs. waiting until night to run (because running at 4pm in Florida in the summer is just a bad, bad idea).  I’ve also worked on getting more water and making sure I limit my sugar intake as this also affects my sleep.

Will all of this help?  I can only hope so!  The good news?  My running is really coming along nicely.  Last week I completed my longest ever, over 12 miles and my speed is improving as I had a sub 10 minute mile!  I am excited about how much stronger I feel during my runs and even though I’ve been tired and the past few days I’ve been battling a cold, my legs still move when I ask them to.  I know this is a good sign as running is becoming more second nature than it was before training began.  Yes!!!  

Enjoy the Run!

Yvonne

Question: How much sleep do you get a night?

How to have a terrible run. My week of boneheaded decisions.

Good Morning Fellow New Runners!

Last week was week 2 of my 10 miler/half marathon training plan. Remember in my last post how my runs seemed so much easier? This week that did NOT happen. Mainly because of boneheaded decisions by yours truly. I share in the hopes that you all do not make the same mistakes I did.

Monday: This was “fun workout” day on the calendar. I did a 30 minute pilates video and a 30 minute aerobic video. It was fun, the munchkin even joined me in doing some of the moves. I used muscles I don’t usually use in running plus had fun in the process.
Boneheaded move: Forgot to stretch afterwards. This would haunt me for the better part of the week.

Tuesday: After an air conditioner meltdown on Monday night into Tuesday morning, I got about 4 hours of sleep. My parents were willing to take the munchkin (we still had no a/c in the house and it was going to be 93 degrees) so I ran her up to their house and decided to get my 5 mile run in.
Boneheaded move: 4 hours of sleep. Zero hydration. The run started at almost 9am. It was brightly sunny and around 86 degrees. I brought no water with me. My lack of stretching from the day before was haunting my legs.  Horrific, horrific run. If you can even call it that.  Brisk walk with lots of huffing and puffing might be more appropriate.  

Wednesday: rest (thank God)

Thursday: 4.50 mile run. After the fiasco on Tuesday, I got out early for my run. This one fared better as I didn’t have the sun beating down on me.  However I forgot to hydrate the day before and even woke up with a slight headache due to dehydration. Was also STILL sore from not stretching on Monday.                                                                                                     Boneheaded move: Didn’t drink enough water the day before so I was dehydrated when I started the run.  I conked out around mile 3 and had a terrible pace for mile 4 and beyond.

Friday: Should have crossed trained but went to a 4th of July BBQ instead.

Saturday: 7 mile run. Shockingly this one went right. I brought my hydration belt with me, had a plan for my pace and stuck to it. I hydrated well the day before and ate a bit more knowing I had this run planned (can beer be considered “carb loading”? It should).  Got up early and got most of the miles in before the sun came up.  It was a great run.

Sunday: rest

Let’s chalk this week up to a “learning” week.  I did everything you aren’t supposed to do, but came back at the end of the week and had a darn good seven miler on Saturday.  It felt amazing, especially after how terrible the runs at the beginning of the week were.  Training is showing me that I can dig deep and finish what I started and that I am stronger than I thought.

Enjoy the Run!

Yvonne