First “Failure”

Sunday I was supposed to run 8 miles. Unfortunately I didn’t make it all 8 miles. It’s the first time I haven’t finished a long run. It was super hot, but the middle of the day was the only free time I had that day. I was probably running low on energy and definitely dehydrated, but it was the first time so I was upset. I know it happens to everybody, but it was a hard pill to take. I didn’t like the feeling of being unsuccessful.

Today the weather is amazing and I had a good rest day yesterday, so hopefully I’ll start this week with a good run this evening! looking forward to Dad and I’s race next Saturday!!

Mileage – 4 miles

QOD – The only real failure in life is the failure to try.

Heliophobia!

So yesterday the sun came out… and it was very warm. But I had to run 5 miles in the afternoon. So I did and I wasn’t particularly fond of the sun. I – of course – brought no hat or visor to run in back to school with me after spring break. Yet today I am looking forward to running in the sun because it’s cold and it always feels nice to have a little warmth on your face to keep you going. So the sun and I will continue to have a love -hate relationship when it comes to running.

Tuesday I didn’t get to run with Chelsea 😦 BUT that meant I got to run the first mile of my run with Allen. And he did awesome 🙂 Yesterday I also discovered it is exactly 2.5 miles from my house to the entrance to N38 – that makes for a nice 5 miler round trip however the whole thing is hills besides the very beginning and end luckily it’s also mostly downhill on the way back minus a big hill to start and one 3/4 of the way through. It was not fun though.

I am still struggling with eating enough to feel energized and full on days that I run. My biggest problem is eating before I run, afterwards I always feel like I could eat a bear. I’m going to ask around and see if people have any tips. HAPPY THURSDAY!

Mileage – 4 miles

QOD – The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.

No more 3’s

Sunday was another 7 miler!!! 1:19!  so that is pretty exciting took a nice cold then hot bath afterwards. I was going to cycle yesterday a little bit but I decided to take  a complete rest day. But after looking through my plan I just realized I only have 1 more 3 mile run in all of my training! How upsetting. haha I guess I’m finally moving up in the world, all my short runs have turned into 4 miles.

Today I’m running with Chelsea again! Yay! a light day this week. Hopefully it won’t pour the whole time. This weather is really depressing and I’m not fond of running in cold rain or thunderstorms.

Yesterday morning I registered Dad and I to run my first official race. A 5K on his birthday!! It’s in Frederick during their running festival. The registration fee includes free beer after the run which I’ve never seen before (so Dad can celebrate and I’ll finally be 21!) I am pretty excited to run my first race with other people running as well, because I’ve really never had that experience before, which will be good to have before running the marathon in October…

Mileage – 4 miles

QOD – There is really no such thing as bad weather, just weak people.

You win some, You Lose Some

Today was a struggle, I ran the whole time, but it wasn’t easy. Not much to write about today. Yesterday I had lunch with Geraldine and Chelsea and it was awesome. Tomorrow is a rest day and I’m pretty excited for it.

Mileage – 4miles

QOD -Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp, or are you going to be strong today?

Early Mornings

So today I woke up “early” aka 7 am and got in a good run. I’m not exactly looking forward to running before the sun rises this summer, but this was a good way to get a head start. I run a lot in the early mornings during the summer because I get it out of the way and I beat the heat. It is also finally time to retire my running pants for the season. I had to roll them up this morning once the sun began to shine and the clouds rolled away. My only concern about running so early is eating breakfast before hand… the longer the distances I go, the less likely I am to make it without breakfast. I guess that’s something I’ll have to work out.

Last night I was stuck on a treadmill thanks to thunderstorms, but that allowed me to work on pace. I ran my first mile at a 9:41 pace, second at a 9:14, pace and my last around an 8:15-8:30 pace. So that was pretty exciting I’d never run that fast before!

Mileage – 5 miles

QOD – Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.

Clean Eating

So  I’ve been reading up a lot on building core strength and running and keep seeing the phrase “clean eating”. I also keep reading about how it’s something I should be doing as I’m training. So tomorrow begins clean eating for me. From what I’ve gathered clean eating eliminates a lot of sodium from your diet, eliminates fried foods (of course), and means eating foods in as close to their natural form as possible. While a lot of articles and magazines give exact recipes or day by day diets to follow, none of them give explanations or ways to clean eat on your own. So I did some hunting and these are the 5 basics of clean eating that I found….

Step 1
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Choose fresh, unprocessed foods over canned or processed products. Clean eating enthusiasts believe that we were meant to survive on fresh fruits and vegetables and that processing them reduces their nutritional value and fiber content and adds salt, fat, sugar and chemicals. Choose fruit instead of fruit juice and if you must pick a processed vegetable, frozen is always better than canned.

Step 2
Balance protein and complex carbohydrates. Incorporate whole grains like brown rice or millet over processed grains. Eat lean meats, and choose organic or grass fed meats when possible as these foods are usually clean of pesticides, hormones and additives. Grill, broil or steam your meats rather than frying.

Step 3
Avoid sodas and high calorie, sugary drinks. Follow the tenant of clean eating that aims to remove added sugars from the diet. Choose water or tea for your beverages, or juice your own fruits and vegetables and enjoy them without added sugars or preservatives.

Step 4
Trade bad fats for good fats. One of the most important aspects of clean eating is removing saturated fats from the diet. Lower your saturated fat intake by avoiding fast food, choosing lean cuts of meat and getting your fat calories from foods like nuts and fatty fish.

Step 5
Eat several small meals to keep blood sugar stable and to avoid overeating. Choose snacks like nuts, low-fat or fat free dairy and fruits and vegetables. Note that some people who live a clean eating lifestyle don’t eat dairy products while others adapt clean eating to a vegetarian lifestyle.

(from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/livestrongcom/clean-eating-5-simple-ste_b_632545.html)

The hardest thing about this plan will be eliminating useless carbs and incorporating complex carbs… I hope to continue losing some weight while running and adjusting to this new eating lifestyle. today is a short run, the first since the big long run, hopefully I’ll make it just fine.

Mileage – 3miles

QOD – If you want what you do not have, you must do what you have not done.



Little Sore.

Yesterday I ran my first 7 miler. Ever. It was super intense. I hit a great runner’s high around mile 5 and the last 2 felt like a breeze, even when the last mile started with a HUGE hill. But I’ve heard adrenaline can really push you to have an easier first time out on long runs than you normally would as you continue to do more distance runs. I ran about a 12 minute mile the whole time which I am hopeful will continue to get faster as I do speed and hill training.

Currently I am very sore… My back is actually the most wrecked part of me. I did soak my legs in cold water last night right after my run, which I’ve heard helps constrict blood vessels and speed up recovery. I think some yoga this afternoon in the sun will stretch everything out and get my body back in good working order haha. No injuries yet…knock on wood.

Shorter milage for the rest of this week, until next Sunday with that same 7 miles. hooray!!

Mileage – REST day. much needed

QOD – I know every mile will be worth my mile…I can go the distance!

It’s Running Weather

The weather is AMAZING for running right now, shorts and a t-shirt, sweaty results but not dying of thirst or fighting a beating down sun. I am so excited for some morning runs with the sun rising. But that leads to summer and running before the sun rises to beat the heat of the day. I’ve heard that for every 5 degrees about 65 degrees Fahrenheit can slow your time and damage your run a significant amount. So is running in the heat bad?

I am beginning to research going for runs in the heat maybe once a week or bimonthly to see if there is any beneficial aspect to it. The MCM is the 30th of October, so hopefully the weather will be like it is right now or a little cooler, but I am beyond excited to put away the cold gear and under armor. Everyday I feel a little bit better about my run… looking forward to a big day on Sunday!

Mileage – 3 miles

QOD – The woods are lovely dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.

I’m Behind!

I’m pretty horrible at posting on this thing. I guess as I get less busy with classes this will get easier.

 

So, next semester I registered for a GKin Class. But I was struggling with which course to take – Cardio/Strength Machines or Swimming Conditioning. Despite my hatred for swimming I decided to go with that one, I’ve heard its good for your joints as a runner and my fear with the cardio class is we could end up doing something too high impact that could hurt me. I’m sure it won’t be a lot of work but I think it could really help my training. (Maybe a triathlon after the marathon!) Not much else to write about!

 

Mileage – 4miles

QOD – Life’s battles don’t always go to the strongest or fastest man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the fellow who thinks he can.