Thursday, May 26, 2016

A new chapter of running

         A new chapter in my running journey, the chapter of no running. Well, I AM running but it's currently taking a back seat to other exercises. I've been exploring swimming, the elliptical, walking, walking hills, even low-impact running. All exercises are under 138BPM and about 30-45 minutes long. Not having to satisfy an ever-hungry monster of more and more effort, more and more miles and stress is a new feeling and one I really am beginning to like and more importantly, trust. I trust that this time of 'dormancy', if you will, WILL lead to a better, stronger runner in the future, leading up to my second Marine Corps Marathon in October. 


Friday, May 13, 2016

Injury Update.....

          who would have known an injury would bring about so many new adventures. For the past week and a half I have been going to the gym and doing cardio and some weights. What I most love about going is how little I have to mentally struggle to make it out the door. Secondly, I love seeing the same people there day after day. Today, a guy I've seen doing weights for over a week now finally managed to look up and say good morning. Tomorrow is the first day I have to pay to be a member and I cannot wait to take advantage of all the perks this set of recreation centers have to offer. My hubby too has been taking advantage and going in the afternoons after I get home. What I most look forward to is being able to do some swim workouts, but right now, seeing as I am just taking lessons to get better, that will have to wait.
           The way I see this working is for me to continue to build by aerobic capacity by working out at 138 BPM or less. This week I will do my best to bring up my workouts to at least 40-45 minutes. Once I get that in gear I can begin to plan for my fall races. In addition, I will need to dial in my eating. I am reading (listening) to this book, Primal Endurance right now and once I am done with that I suspect I will have plenty of new food ideas to implement. But until then I am having a blast working out most mornings before work.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Gym

            I feel so silly sharing my gym story. I have spent most of the past 3.5 years avoiding the gym....not only avoiding it, but proudly avoiding it. Nope, I was a natural runner, I would run outdoors in all types of weather. This past month something unexpected happened that changed my entire running routine. I fell. This was a fairly simple fall. I slipped on a tiny piece of white paper in my classroom and did not feel any pain until the next day after attempting to run. I walked that day instead and vowed to stay off running for a week. a week later I try running again and only managed 2 out of the 4 miles planned. NOW, I knew I had a problem. Fast forward a few more days and I had a doctor tell me to stay off running for two weeks. Seeing as my entire emotional well-being is tied to my workout routine I needed to do something fast....not running (too painful), not walking (not intense enough), not swimming (I'm not a good swimmer)....the doctor mentioned rowing. For rowing I'd need to join a gym. And that, my friends, is how I got to like the gym.

           The Universe has a way of breaking our most stubborn streaks and if we can continue to stay positive through the curve balls she throws our way, we might actually find that it's a blessing in a disguise. Yes, there will be those folks that will never see a misfortune as anything more than just that, a misfortune...but like all those who see salvation, samsara, God, not all make it to the top the first time. Although a part of me is immensely sad about not being able to run for now, and yet another a bit panicked about how I will struggle once I DO come back, I do see some positive to all this. One of them being finding that other forms of exercise might be JUST what I need. So like a parent, the Universe, throws us these apparent misfortunes and we initially whine and kick and scream, but as time moves and we adjust we begin to see the wisdom behind it all. This pattern has happened over and over so many times in my life, I now know to blindly trust its path and recognize its pattern. So I will continue to accept change and welcome whatever comes down the pipe and have it help transform me into a stronger, more fearless human being.


Sunday, April 17, 2016

When and who we talk to about running...

       Do any of you contain yourself when you talk about running to non-runners? I do. There is this little voice inside my head that will begin warning me within minutes of talking about any of my running accomplishments with a non-runner. It will whisper things like, "they don't care" to me or, "don't you see their eyes rolling!!?". I grew up with an older brother that was very humble and looked down upon bragging. As a young child I adopted his ways and to this day see bragging as a desperate attempt to get attention, so I try my best not to delve into my favorite of all subjects, running. 
          I think God daily that I have a handful of people in my life that I can talk 'running' with. It very much can seem like a totally different language. there are words and phrases like paces, taper, PR, BQ, fartleks, chafe, hit-the-wall, base, kick, single-track...and on and on and on. Who do you talk running with? 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Local Hills for Hill Repeats

These are local hills in my neighborhoood. I put in a question on the Facebook page for Springfield chapter of Mom's Run This Town (MRTT) and these are the suggestion given to me by other local (mom) runners and MRTT members. I thought of sharing what was shared with me so that others may benefit.

"Lake Braddock Drive through the signal hill neighborhood is basically one giant hill. If you run Braddock to Mount Burnside Way, it's about 1 mile steady downhill, turn it around and it's a steady 1 mile uphill. If you just want half a mile, do just Lake Braddock or just do Mount Burnside, both are about 800m. Neither are super steep, but they are long!"
"Hillside is pretty long, but it basically one big hill.", "start at Moverly (sp?) and run Hillside up to the signal light on the intersection with Rolling

"Olley Lane would be a good candidate. I mean the Olley Lane between Twinbrook and Guinea off of Braddock road. "
"Greeley Blvd. From Old Keene Mill to Rolling Rd. is a long hill. "
"Kings Park West, East Lake Drive is a nasty long hill! Gainsborough Drive (by the lake) and Powell Road also have hills that qualify for this length."

Powell Road