The Treadmill Returns.

HELLOOOOO THERE!  (Mrs. Doubtfire reference…saw it channel surfing today). Anyways, battling my summer cold hasn’t put too much of a damper on my running, but the allergies are definitely no fun. Today, I had to struggle on the treadmill because I opened at the gym, meaning it was already 85 degrees when I got off work, and NO WAY IN HELL will I be running in that. I could’ve potential run at night, but I’m on call at Aero (on-call ruins almost all planning possibilities) and if I had to work, it would be way too late to run alone!

This week is a light week, so I give my hard-working joints a rest, so I’ve been looking at some alternative work-outs to keep the lbs off (maybe even lose 1 or 2) that will help, rather than hinder, my running training. Tomorrow I’ll be cycling and taking a flow-yoga class. Yoga is my new best friend. I loved it before I started running, but now it is the best way for me to stretch out and work on relieving the tension in my  right shoulder – the knot there is firmly established and continues to bug me during bass playing and running.  If I’m not working tonight I will be taking yoga tonight to stretch it out after 2 shifts on my feet at the gym.

 

Mileage – 4 miles

QOD – Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.

Sarah: 2 vs Sun: 0

Two days of running after 8am, I have conquered the sun. Okay, maybe not quite…BUT I did complete both runs and nearly 14 miles between the 2 days isn’t too bad. I thought going earlier than yesterday by 2 hours today would make a different, but it was still 77degrees and I have gotten quite a tan for so early in the morning. Time to start running before the sun rises…goodbye sleep haha. Also, I am definitely going to need to work on drinking more water before bed, and making sure I’m constantly hydrated because it can feel pretty bad if I don’t get some water in me WAY before hand.

Rest day tomorrow…

Milage – 6.25 miles

QOD  -Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.

Who Run the World? Girls.

Hey all!! Long time no type I know. But still been making some good progress over here. This weekend I was teaching at JMU’s Spring String Thing, so not much time to lace up, but all last week (despite my absence from the internet) I was still pounding away at the pavement. Work is getting much more frequent, which is both good and bad, but that means I’ve finally gotten to the time of year where I have to get out there before the sun rises. Today I hit up Centennial Lake for a few laps around and the sections where trees weren’t protecting me, even at a breezy 75 degrees, the sun was really beating down.

New favorite running song (or work-out song) for all my badass babe readers – Who Run the World? (Girls) – by my favorite – Beyonce. it is super empowering to sweat it out to and she’s got an awesome point ladies haha! So I have been working on this binder of magazine articles for over a year now and its called “The Great Big Book of Life”. I have a bunch of sections of different articles – Food/Recipes, Beauty, Home, Happiness/Mental Health, Fitness. I’m still collecting, of course, but tomorrow night I’ll finally begin trying out all the recipes I’ve been collecting for months. I hope to try a lot of them this summer, especially because almost all of them are from health or fitness  magazines and will definitely help with running and losing weight. Grilled Shimp Fajitas with Avacado, Simmer Baked Beans, and maybe some Cilantro Lime Rice.

Mileage – 5 miles

QOD – “Who run the world? Girls !”

Best Running Weather EVERRR

So the past 2 days the lack of sun has been gloomy for some, but for me this is AMAZING. 60 degrees with a constant haze of clouds, breeze, and barely there precipitation. This is my favorite weather to run in, especially because I don’t have to wake up incredibly early or plan my evenings around a run so that it will be cool. As you may have read I do not deal well with running in the heat – at all.

The last time I attempted lapping around Centennial Lake, as some readers may recall, it was a very warm Easter afternoon and I was unsuccessful. Yesterday the glorious weather made my mid-week 5 miler (2 laps) around Centennial so easy. Not only that – it was the middle of the day!! And todays run was in the late afternoon! I am hoping the weather stays this way – at least until I get my long run done tomorrow morning.

Mileage – 4 miles

QOD – Human beings are made up of flesh and blood, and a miracle fiber called courage.

Asphalt vs Concrete

So road warriors, the phrase “pound the pavement” gets tossed around but all of you and I  know, when we’re driving and there’s that asshole in the middle of the street running you get angry and people always say HEY there’s a sidewalk DUH. But when you think about it, if people shouldn’t ever run on the road, would the “run on the side opposing traffic” rule even exist? Ironically enough runners don’t just say HEY today i’m going to be obnoxious and run on the road, it comes down to joint health and I’ve really noticed a difference!

Apparently, there is more give in asphalt for joints than concrete, which just grinds your joints into each other. I personally enjoy running on asphalt much better than concrete and lately, I have stuck to the road and I’ve noticed a big difference  in my ankles, even after long runs. So that’s probably why that guy is on the road rather than the sidewalk.

Mileage – 6miles

QOD – It hurts up to a point and then it doesn’t get any worse.

Yogaaaa

Last night I opened my curtains in my room a little bit so I would be woken up by the sun, semi-successfully, I woke up at 7:45 this morning! I managed to finish my whole 5 mile run and make it to the gym in time for my yoga class! This yoga class kicked my butt. I was sore before the class, 8 miles on Sunday, bike yesterday, and 5 miles today is definitely still building for me and my muscles were feeling it. Despite how “hard” the class was, I feel amazing now. Everything is stretched and limber and I have no concerns about hopping into my shoes and running tomorrow after work (5:15 am ugh). Of course I forgot my yoga mat at my house at school, but I will be able to get it next Friday so that will be nice to have my own for the classes I take here at the gym. I love yoga and I am so glad this summer I can take it more, I think it will really help stretch everything out and relieve the tension I know I build on long runs.

Mileage – 5 miles

QOD – Dum spiro spero

I’m Back!!

HELLO!!! To all my wonderful readers who have been missing me for so long… like all 6 of you… but anyways. Me and my running adventures have returned with a vengeance. Now that finals are over and my foot no longer hurts, I’m fully back in action. So to sum up, I took a week and a half break because my foot hurt, started back up a little slow again, and then ran my first organized race this weekend! How exciting right?!

The Frederick Running Festival is definitely fun and I will participate next year  (hopefully in the half-marathon). Free beers at the finish line and amazing race shirts (100% recycled, breathable polyester – how awesome is that?!) made it a great race to finish. But I’ve already decided that I do not like the starting line, without even running the mother of all crammed races (Susan G. Komen 5k in DC which I run next month with Allen!). I don’t like how we feel like herded animals and everyone is so crushed and it makes me feel very anxious and claustrophobic. Not a fan. But the best part of the race was running with my dad! And we kicked ass in the race!!

Congratulations Sarah Favinger on finishing the Frederick Running Festival 5K 5K on May 07, 2011.  For your records, the weather that day was sunny, 71 degrees F, West wind 12 mph.

There were 52 finishers in the Women 20 to 24 age group and 985 finishers in the race.

Your overall finish place was 234, your age group finish place was 8 and your gender finish place was 109.  Your time of 28:51.21 gave you a  9:18 min/mile pace.

We even ran faster in the 2nd half than the first… jumping down to an 8:50 pace!! SO that was pretty fun, definitely won’t be the pace of my next 5k as Allen and I wanna stick together but it’s nice to know I can do it!

And then last night I got my first long run done in 2 weeks. 8.25miles, the .25 came from when I got lost in a different neighborhood, but I just kept on running. I feel really remotivated for all the training I have to do. But no more celebrating, it’s time to look towards some more hardcore running and getting my act together for October 30th! And now that schools over…the blog shall flourish for my gigantic fanbase! 

Mileage – Rest Day! 

QOD – You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.