Rooster Day Run 15k

So I started this post back on the day of my race and then got sidetracked with other things, typically my full-time job and my family and basically not having enough hours in my day to do everything that I need and want to.  I think that is life in general though, don’t you agree?

So my race went better than I actually expected.  My unspoken goal was 90 minutes as I have only ever done one other 15k and it was while I was training for something else, so I was much better conditioned then I was coming into this.

This race actually took place on my “turf” if you want to call it that.  I always run out along this route.  Always some hill work involved and some good flat areas as well.  Plus not to mention I love the scenery!

So the race had a fairly late start compared to most races with a gun time of 8:30 am, which I think is mainly in part due to the fact this IS a family friendly race which I love.  I got to sleep in compared to most other races and get up at 7 am.  I had my usual whole wheat toast with PB, half of a banana and some honey.  This works perfect for me.  I good amount of complex carbs, protein and easy energy with the banana and honey.  Once I had my breakfast and got dressed, I headed to the race venue.  One of my favorite things to watch is the fun run.  I love being able to watch the kids and families take part in a healthy lifestyle together.  Plus I love watching the competitiveness of the little ones!  They melt my heart!

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After the fun run got underway, they got set up for the 5k and the 15k.  We were both starting together, which I kept having to remind myself in the beginning to pull back on the reigns as I kept wanting to stay up with those doing the 15k.  We looped around the park and then headed out towards NSU college grounds, which are absolutely gorgeous!  Somewhere around the NSU grounds is when a man came up and introduced himself as Mike.

I absolutely love the running community for the simple fact that everyone is typically friendly and will come up and just start talking.  This was Mike’s first run since his half marathon over a year ago.  His goal was under 90 minutes as well.  We chit chatted most of the way about our spouse’s and our kids and our “why” for running.  It’s so neat hearing everyone’s reason.  Along the way, he kept pointing out all of his B.A. Runner friends and even pointed out one that said he would give him $20 if he could pass him somewhere along the way.  Mike just chuckled and said he had to do this.  GAME ON!  Once we got onto the actual trail system where the hills start to take over, this is where I just look down and running becomes mechanical for me.  Right before the first big hill, we manage to come up to the gentleman that Mike said he had to pass.  Needless to say we did!

Hills are not enjoyable, but yet I find myself easily getting into a steady rhythm and pushing forward.  I began to pull away from Mike and he told me not to wait up and that he was going “to cry like a little girl up this hill.”  HA!  I just had to chuckle to myself and kept going.  Somewhere along the way after that first hill, Mike caught back up to me for a little bit before his running watched beeped at him, letting him know that his heart rate was too high so he kind of pulled back some.  We still have a few miles to go, so I pulled back some too as the sun was taking its toll on me and starting to get a little warm.  

I kept drinking more and more of my water and was getting towards the bottom of my bottle.  As we started up some more of the smaller hills, Mike slowed down and I just pushed forward.  The last mile was rough as you could see the finish line the whole way.  It was just pure torture as it was too hot for me at this point.

I felt like the ending was rather uneventful as I had pushed myself enough during the whole course that I had no umph to finish it off with.  I was happy to see though that I had beat my goal and even set an PR for my 15k time!

Another great year for the Rooster Day run!

13 days to go….

So after today, I only have 13 more days to go til my 15k at the Rooster Days run on May 2nd.  It’s been awhile since I have raced, November 23rd to be exact.  After my marathon, my drive to run was just shot.  I was burnt out to say the least and with all of a sudden change that happened in our life, I had little time and energy for it with selling a house and moving.

So now it’s back on and I have been running at least 3 times a week now for the last 4 weeks or so and it has been a struggle.  Not so much getting it done, but my speed is just not there like it was, but I will keep pushing because I know it will come back, I just need to get my lungs built back up.

So today I ran 8 miles and it went well, however the last half mile my right foot and arch started in with a stabbing pain.  Got home and took my usual bath post long run and then got ready for our afternoon out as a family.  I will still hobbling around some but not too bad.  Well we ended up going to the zoo and walked around for a good 3 hours and throughout that my foot just kept in with the sharp pain more and more.   So now I find myself sitting in my recliner with my feet propped up, Ibuprofen taken, frozen water bottle in hand (or under foot rather) and doing a few stretches here or there.  I’m pretty sure I know what it is and hoping it’s better by tomorrow.  If not, I may have to treat myself at work.  Perks of working at a physical therapy clinic I suppose.

Anyway, here is to feeling better tomorrow and getting prepped for my race!

 

Do you have any upcoming races?

Playing catch up and ramblings

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So today I finally have some quiet time to sit and think before the hustle and bustle of the holidays start.  I can’t believe Thanksgiving is in less than 5 days!   That means it’s almost my birthday AND it’s less than one month til Christmas!  This time of the year just flies for me.  This is my favorite time of the year though.  I love all the decorations and being with family.  It is truly a blessing every year that we get to spend together.

So not too long ago I posted on my Facebook page a question, asking people what they would like to read about to get ideas for my blog.  Everytime I get quiet time to sit down and write, it feels like I get “writer’s block” and my mind goes blank!  Yet when it’s crazy and chaotic I have all these ramblings in my head.  Go figure!  So one of the things someone brought up was running.  Not just the usual “how do I start running…,”  “why do you like running…” and etc.  They asked about specifically about my longs runs.  How do I get through the monotony of it?

Well to answer this question for the most part, I honestly enjoy my long runs.  Don’t get me wrong, I used to HATE them, dread them, and even resented them!  However I found a cure to it earlier this year.  For nearly 12 years I ran solely on a treadmill, or rather a “dreadmill” as I call it.  The only time I ran off of it was when I ran races.  Even the treadmills at the gym that have the fancy, smancy T.Vs on them I loathed!  It wasn’t until earlier this year and the beginning of last year that I learned to actually love my long runs.  For years, all I ever ran were 5ks, but this time last year my neighbor/friend talked me into training for a half marathon.  I signed up with a training group with her to run the Oklahoma City Memorial Half Marathon.  It was truly a blessing in disguise.  I had learned some tips on running through my years of it before that, but it wasn’t until I went through the training group that I actually learned a LOT of stuff about running.  It was actually very informative even though it was mainly set up to give us a group to run with on the long run days.  Yes in the beginning as I transitioned from treadmill running to outdoor running, it was nice to have a group to run with.  I still enjoy having a running partner, that you run similar paces with and can chat with along the way.  However I find running by myself enjoyable too.  For the most part all my running is by myself.  I have little kids (if you haven’t heard this yet), and they or someone else is always wanting my attention, so to have time for myself, alone time to think, is kind of rare!  Running outdoors with just myself and my music is truly a joy.  I don’t have to worry about anyone for that hour or more that I have to enjoy.  I get to have complete thoughts without them getting interrupted.  I get to complete a task without having to stop and do 10 other things in the process.  It let’s me regain my sanity and clear my frustrations and energy levels.  At the gym I didn’t get this, I stared at the timer on the treadmill constantly, wondering when my time or distance would be up.  I would count down the seconds as they ticked by.  I tried to cover up the timer so I wouldn’t look at it, but it would never help.  Getting out and actually running outdoors was a blessing!  To get to see outdoors and places that you drive by every day in a different light is amazing.  Near my house we have paved trails and I always enjoy the people who I pass or encounter, no words are spoken or exchanged other than “Hi!” or a smile and a wave.   It’s almost like it is my time to meditate and reflect.  My husband has his storm chasing as an outlet, I have my running!

On the longer run days, meaning for me, 10+ miles, I have my moments when I have to turn my thoughts elsewhere when my body starts to tighten up and things start to ache.  It is amazing at how much sooner your mind gives out before your body does!  I look at things around me, the cows, the horses, just items around me.  I think about  my groups and things I want to accomplish, my goals, the people I help, my family and friends.  I think about the people I help on a daily basis with work that aren’t physically able to do this, that experience far worse pain then I am at that moment that push through it.  I keep running because there are so many people in this world that can’t.  I keep running because there are people with far worse things going on that keep them from running.  I run because it releases any stress I have and because I know at the end of it, I will feel like I can conquer the world.  The act of running is very monotonous, however when you look at all the things it does for you and how it makes you feel, it is not.  Yes there are days that it feels like a chore or like I am dying, but I look at aspects of it and the circumstances.  Am I tired?  Has it been awhile since I have ran?  Did I start out too fast?  Is it windy?  What is the temperature out?  Am I overdressed?  There are so many different aspects to running that you have to take into consideration.

Anyone that isn’t used to exercising and starts running, yes you will feel like you are dying and thing that running is monotonous, however don’t give it up, give it some time.  It never gets easier, BUT you WILL get better.

The Weekly Chase #12

So the last couple of weeks have been crazy once again in our house.  I had a 7 day challenge going on with an awesome group of ladies that start on the 14th which they kept me hopping all week long.  Absolutely LOVE these groups and all that come along with them.  Even though they keep me busy, they are so motivational and inspirational even for me to see how everyone can pull together and help support one another.

On the family front we were constantly on the go it seemed like.  Sofie has gymnastics every Tuesday and Girl Scouts pretty much every other Wednesday.  For Girl Scouts on the 9th, the girls got to attend a “Stranger Danger” class and learn what to do if someone tried abducting them or harm them.

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2013-10-09 19.27.28It was rather entertaining from my aspect to see my gangly, long legged little girl trying to throw punches and kick.  She was definitely a force to be reckoned with until she fell backwards after kicking someone!  All in all they had a blast!  We also spent an evening at one of our favorite stores, Atwood’s.  It is basically every little boy (and grown man’s) dream store I think.  It is here where my son was starting to put his Christmas list together for Santa I do believe.

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Also with him I decided to go ahead and get the next “big boy” item, a potty chair!

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He has absolutely no desire to use the darn thing just yet, however is ALWAYS fascinated and wanting to go INTO the bathroom with all of us here at home, so I figured that was a start!  Gosh it feels like an eternity since I’ve had to worry about this aspect of childhood!

This past weekend my daughter made a trip down to Texas to visit her family down there.  She seemed to enjoy herself even though she was GREATLY missed here at home!

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So with that being said of the last few weeks, let’s talk about goals from a few weeks ago.

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 GOALS FROM 2 WEEKS AGO:

 

1)  Run at LEAST 4 times. –  Since my last post I have ran a total of 6 times.  Averaging about 3 runs a week.  Better than nothing I guess.

2)  Take at LEAST 3 walks with the family, will shoot for even a bike ride this weekend, weather permitting. – This one I haven’t been marking on my calendar so will start doing this to keep track.

3)  Stay on schedule for the rest of the week with training. – This one I did not do.  I managed to get all the workouts in, but not on their scheduled days.  

4)  Blog at LEAST 3 times. – Completely fell off the wagon here. 

5)  Drink at LEAST 60 oz starting TODAY! – Did not log this one.  Will do better with logging.

6)  Stay on task with my business planning. – I did manage to stay on task with this despite everything else that I didn’t do!  Work got pretty busy and felt like I was treading water for these past couple of weeks.

But here is to a NEW week right?!

THIS week’s goals:

1)  Run at LEAST 3 times.

2)  Log my family walks AND water DAILY.

3)  Stay on schedule with exercise

4)  I have a 15k on Saturday, my goal is 93-95 minutes.

5)  Stay on top of my business DAILY TO DO list.

6)  BLOG MORE!  I have been horrible about this.

Well that’s it for this week!

QOTD:  What are some of YOUR goals for this week?

 

 

 

Exercising, motherhood and planning

How many of you mommas out there struggle to fit your exercise into your daily routine? I know I do! I’m always struggling to fit it in at various times during my work days. I love getting it out of the way in the morning after I get the kids to the babysitter and school before my first patient, however sometimes that doesn’t always happen. That is the perfect day when it all falls into place like that. Those days are few and far between. On the “off days” that things don’t fall into place, I usually fit in my exercise as soon as I can get home and get situated as my son tends to take a nap as soon as he gets home from the sitter. I’m the type if I sit down before getting stuff accomplished my eyes get heavy and than those “to do” items don’t get done.

So with that being said I have been working on my exercise schedule this morning. I signed up for the Tulsa Run 15k and figured I better get a structured running program incorporated into my P90x and upcoming Les Mills Combat schedule. Little under 2 months to get ready.

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This one will be a mental challenge for me as this will be my first distance over a 5k without my running buddy. I will definitely have to make sure my tunes are good to go that day!

So it’s a new month and I absolutely love the feel of new months! It gives the feel of a “new start.” It’s like the “I start my diet on Monday” feel times 10! However I DON’T dread it! I love it! It’s my tie to look back on the last 30 days to look at my progress that was made and re-evaluate my plan if need be. Much like this morning!

Do you make a schedule or have a planner that you use? 🙂

Decisions, decisions, decisions…

Why is it some of the simplest of decisions are the hardest? Nothing serious or life changing…well not life changing for anyone else but myself that is. I’ve spent my last week trying to decide if I want to commit my time to more training or not for October. Granted it should pale in comparison to my half marathon training at the beginning of the year since it is only a 15k. ( who would have thought I would be saying “only a 15k!?!?) but 9.3 miles vs 13.1 miles. It’s under double digits easy as pie’ right!?! Alas, more time spent pounding the pavement, which I do enjoy, but more structured time I should say and in the heat at that, early morning or late at night, well late evening, where I’m having to watch out for snakes along the roadway! EEK!

Although when it’s time for the actual race, it SHOULD be cooler at least! *crosses fingers*. Plus it will probably be one of the last races for the year too, other than the Diva Dash in August.

Decisions, decisions, decisions….