Sunday, December 6, 2009

I haven't posted for over a month. Bad Blogger! During that month, I've run a 10k, a couple of 4- and 5-mile runs, and today, 7 miles. Seriously - 7 miles!

After my run earlier in the week, I posted on Facebook about the donkey and the goat at the top of the dirt hill. My animal adventures continued today.

Since I ran 3.5 miles down a canal path and back, I passed many farm properties. There were dogs, horses, cows and donkeys. Even one pony. As I ran, I also saw a LOT of ducks, usually in pairs - the males had green heads and black/grey/white bodies and tails, and the females were brown all over. Toward the end of my first mile, I saw a huge flock of ducks (more than I've ever seen in one place at one time), near a farm that had several llamas. I thought that was going to be the highlight of my day, but I was wrong.

A little further down, I saw geese flying in a V-formation. Except that the formation was more like a backwards check mark.

I also saw some young bulls wearing what I can only describe as "bovine orthodontia" - they were all wearing some type of head gear around their small horns, seemingly to make sure that they grew uniformly and symmetrically.

And then my favorite - the "family" of five ducks. There were two males, one female, and one that had a green head, a black/grey/white tail, and a brown body. Not sure which side of the fence he/she was on, but the rest of the family didn't seem to care! :)

And yes, through all that, I ran 7 miles. Further then I've ever run, but barely halfway to the big goal.

Time to keep at it! :)

Monday, November 2, 2009

This one is for Moxie...

Ok, first my brags: I've done 5 miles (twice) and 5.5. I am ready for the 10k. My new shoes aren't great, but Roadrunner has a great return policy, so I'm covered.

So the other day, I was about 1.5 miles into the 5.5, running around a lake (pond) in a nice residential neighborhood. I came around a curve and found myself about 10 feet away from a bird. A large bird. A ginormous grey crane that stared me down as I ran past. He was probably wondering what MY drumsticks tasted like. Ok, no biggie - I'm not afraid of birds.

So then about 4 miles in, I was running along a canal path and I looked up at the overhanging electrical wires and I saw buzzards (or vultures - I'm not really sure which). But I know there were at least 20 of them, watching me. Maybe hoping I'd collapse from exhaustion? Still not afraid of birds, but seriously - buzzards?!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I've been running, I promise! I just haven't been writing about it.

Ok, the bullet points over the past couple of weeks:

Race for the Cure 5k - 39 minutes
Chandler Challenge 5k - 40 minutes

Longest run so far - 4.75 miles

Good news - I found a belt that fits. And the pocket is big enough for my phone (which will make Mr. Sweet Buns happy).

Bad news -I already need new shoes. And those suckers aren't cheap!

Worse news - Jet is sidelined for a while. She's going to have to sit out a couple weeks to let her tendonitis and plantar fascitis heal. And then she'll be back to running circles around me.

Best news - I am still loving the running (even when I am hating it)!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Remember when a 5k seemed SO far?!

Have you ever had one of those days where you felt like you could just run forever? Me either. But I ran 3.5 miles today, and I could have kept going if I'd had to. That's good, because it only gets longer from here! :)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The big day!

After a grueling three-plus months, the day finally arrived - Race Judicata, my first official 5k. My time was not anything to brag about (41 minutes), but I ran the whole thing with no walks. I wasn't prepared for the hills, but all in all, I felt good the whole time. KBB ran with me - I'm sure I slowed her down, but having her there motivated me to keep moving. Next time I run in the daylight, I need sunglasses!

Next week starts the 10k training. Bring it on! :)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Nice, strong end to the week!

Yay - Jet is back on the road with me! And as usual, she ran circles around me!

Yesterday, we did an "easy" 2 miles. We talked the whole time - talk about huffing and puffing! Today was 3.5 miles. I think the idea of it was worse than the actual run. We did chat for the first couple of miles, and then when we hit about the 2.5 mark, I was winded and needed a bit of a walk-break. Over those 90 seconds, Jet go so far ahead of me, I could barely see her in the distance! But she circled back to me for my last .25 miles or so. All in all, I felt good afterwards. And ready for a long nap!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Off to a good start this week

According to my 5k program, I was supposed to run 3.25 miles yesterday. I went to and found a route that fit the bill. I ran for about 41 minutes (though 1 minute of that was a short catch-my-breath walking break), and when I got home, I checked the map again. It turns out the maps pre-date the completion of the subdivision I ran through. I knew I was supposed to run to the "end" of the road on the map, but in real life, the road goes farther than the map, so I actually ran closer to 3.5 miles. Yay me! :)

Today was an "easy" day on the schedule - only 2 miles. I am amazed that I can run 2 miles at all, let alone as an "easy" day in the middle of the training!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Change of plans...

I didn't get to run the 5k on Saturday. It's all good- I got to spend a "bonus" night with my girls. But it did throw off my training schedule for the week, since I only ran Tuesday and Thursday in anticipation of the race.

This morning, I was already out the door when I realized that the battery my iPod (a necessary accessory!) was so low that the sound was distorted. I turned back to grab my husband's iPod, but his charge was also extremely low. I ended up using my youngest daughter's iPod which, fortunately, nearly mimicked my own play list.

My route was 3 miles, but I struggled a bit and had to take a couple of short walking breaks. I've decided that 3 runs in one week isn't enough to maintain my schedule. Time to get back on track!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

So close, and still so far (that's a good thing!)

I've gotten used to running 5 days a week. Today was my second run of the week, and I only have one to go, but it's a milestone.

Tuesday, Jet and I were going to do our first 3-mile continuous run. Unfortunately, Jet has an injury, and even though she fought her way through the pain, we agreed after 2 miles to walk the last mile home. I really hope this isn't a season-ending injury for her - I am so much more motivated when I'm trying to catch up!

Today, I mapped out a 3 mile run. Along the way, I made a minor adjustment because of some construction and figured that as long as I ran for as long as 3 miles should take (at my pace), I'd be good. I ran for 36 minutes (yes, I am the slowest runner ever!) and ended up within a block of home, so I used that one block as my cool-down. When I got home, I used (thanks, Jet!!) to chart the route, and it turned out to be "only" 2.92 miles. That's close enough, right?

By the way - my one more run this week is a real 5k. :)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

I didn't write much this week, but I have been running. In fact, I'm about finished with the first week of the 5k training program.

I ran with Jet on Wednesday - good run, but still about .25mi. longer than we intended. I was on my own on Friday. The run was pretty solid, but the humidity was a killer. I'm ready for my training to NOT include days that reach over 100 degrees or any type of humidity!

I went today as well. I felt like I needed to do two days in a row, not just to make sure I did enough runs this week, but to make sure I can push myself without a day of rest in between. I was off to a good start, but the not-so-distant thunder and lightning caused me to cut my run short - only 1 mile today. I guess that means I get to try again tomorrow!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Back on track!

Much better run this morning - Jet and I went 2.5 miles without stopping. And I didn't even feel like I was going to die afterward! Runs like this give me the confidence that I'll be able to push just a little further to make that first goal (5k) and keep improving even after that. The idea of going 13.1 miles still scares the crap out of me, but I know it's do-able, and I'm going to do it!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

I should have stayed in bed this morning...

Have you ever had one of those days where you knew, just knew, that you didn't have "it"? That was me today. I woke up early as always, dressed in my customary jog clothes, and headed out before the sun was even hinting. But as soon as I started, I could feel that it was off. My legs were heavy and the road felt like sand. I went for a mile (no stops, thank you very much) and then passed one of those digital signs that shows the time and the temperature. It was 87 degrees at 5:45 am. That sucked the wind right out of my sails.

I started walking, rationalizing that if I just got myself home today, I'd have more energy to "start over" tomorrow when Jet and I start the 5k program. Then my Internal Athlete (I didn't even know I had one of those!) reminded me that my first race is 2 weeks away, and it's entirely possible that it will be 87 degrees and that my legs will be heavy. So I started running again. That lasted for another few minutes, then my External Wimp took over and I walked the rest of the way.

Grrr - no french toast for me today!

Friday, August 28, 2009

I earned my French Toast!

This morning, I ran two miles without stopping. It took me a really long time, and I let myself do a 5-minute cool-down walk afterward, but hey, that's 2/3 of a 5k! 1/3 of a 10k!

So I celebrated with yummy French Toast for lunch. :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Almost not a "beginner" anymore!

Great run this morning - the 30-second breaks are already starting to feel unnecessary, and I had no problem extending a couple of the jogs to 7 and 8 minutes. Jet says that this is the last week we time ourselves, and starting next week, we measure by distance. Then she said that it's almost time to phase in 10-mile runs. Ex-squeeze me?! Aside from the sheer intimidation factor, I'm a little worried about finding the time to run that long, even if it's only once a week (especially at my pace). But hey, if I can run 10 miles, then 13.1 will be no biggie!

On the downside, I got a migraine about half an hour after I finished running, but I refuse to believe that the two are related. As soon as my head stops throbbing, I'll be itching to lace up for tomorrow morning!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Watch out, Granny!

Solo today - not so bad, but I'm always more motivated when I run with a partner.

I did manage to convince myself to move forward in the program: 30-second walks between the five-minute jogs. Not so bad, right? Ok, well there was the one time I lost track of the clock and ended up walking for about 1 minute, ten seconds. Oops!

I fully admit that my struggle of the moment is not my stamina, but my speed. This morning, I was in the middle of one of the jogs (I think it was the 4th), and I noticed an older woman walking on the other side of the road, going the same direction as me. At first, it seemed like she was walking faster than I was jogging, but I quickly came to realize that it was just a trick being played by my oxygen-deprived imagination. Before long, I left her in the dust. Still not sure it's something to be proud of, but I'll take it!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Shameless, as usual

In my typical "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" way, I am (of course) starting my blog on a day that I had a GREAT run. I promise I'll include struggles and off-days too, but for now, I'm starting on a high note.

I jogged 3 miles this morning. To be fair, I took 1-minute walking breaks every 5 minutes, but I still finished in 40 minutes. Now I have a "time to beat" when I do my first official 5k in about a month. By then, there won't be any walking breaks and I'm sure "Jet" will keep me in line! I'm a little more sore than normal, but this was my 5th run for the week, and I didn't feel like I was dying when I finished. Big improvement from early June!

I'm on my way!

Ten weeks ago, I would have said, "I'm not a runner. I've never been a runner, I'll never be a runner, and the only way you'll see me run is if someone is chasing me."

Don't get me wrong - I'm not a complete slug. Every now and then I'd take a long walk around my neighborhood, sometimes with my dog, sometimes with my husband, sometimes all by myself. I thought I was cool when I was going for one-mile walks two or three times a week.

Then my friend (let's call her "Jet") asked me if I wanted to do a beginners running program with her. She was already about a month into the program, but she was willing to "start over" with me so we could be on the same pace. I took a look at the program, got completely intimidated by what would be expected of me over the eight weeks of the training and was about to tell "Jet" that I wasn't into it. Then I looked at what would be expected of me during the first week - "Walk for 30 minutes at a comfortable pace," then "Walk for 5 minutes, jog for 30 seconds." Heck, even I can do that! So I told her I'd do it.

We live in Arizona. We had the brilliant idea to start this program in the middle of the summer. Therefore, we start between 5:15 am and 5:30 am. Most days, I get to see the sun come up. I love it!

I try to run five times per week. "Jet" and I usually do three or four days together, and then I run on my own on the other days. We've repeated a couple of the weeks of the program, but we're nearly at the end of the beginners training. Starting next week, we jog for 5 minutes and walk for 30 seconds. That gets us about 2.5 miles in our 30 minutes. After that, we run for 30 minutes with no breaks.

We're planning on doing a half-marathon in January. If I think about it, I still get intimidated, so I'm just focusing on what I'm doing now. I guess I am a runner after all!

Wish me luck!