Showing posts with label warm up. Show all posts
Showing posts with label warm up. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Things Have Changed for Me, and That's Okay

Being back in control feels phenomenal. It's not always the easiest position, but it always pays off. Now, to just figure out how to keep my attitude from wavering like a sine wave. When I'm at my apex, Goliath and I have the best runs. They might not be the best training sessions but they are always fun. With a marathon in view, we are technically tapering but really we're just taking it easier and aiming for twenty minutes of activity every day. Don't fret we'll rest completely on Friday.

In the midst of everything and "tapering" we are 188 days out from a full 26.2 miles. So we are loosely sticking to that plan and all the while making it work with all our other races, and impromptu runs. Our coach called for a four mile, easy run today. Which we set out for as per normal, except my NIKE+ started acting up. Without getting into too much useless details, it wasn't giving me the distance options it usually does, and even though the settings were on "Miles" it was giving me my distance in my ear. Unfortunately, I do NOT like trying to do math in my head. One kilometer complete...welllll five kilometers is threee point one miles soo... As much as it sounds like a nice way to distract you, it was just irritating to me. So we had to reset the workout twice and it didn't log the whole four miles in one work out. Oh well?

I was running aphrensively, and I hate running that way. Even though ice has been my best friend lately, I am really not that fond of pain and am starting to learn that it's smarted to avoid the dive into injuries. We did this crazy thing called WARMING UP, who does that? Goliath and I usually run door to door. We are acustomed to that, we know the mile markers and we know the hills. Today, we walked a half a mile and started our mileage after that.

We ran three miles out, and found a baseball diamond. I let G-Money go nutso. Sometimes I feel like he runs with me a pretends that it's enough, just to appease my ego. He ran back and forth, smelling everything. We played tag, and fetch with a ball we found. The pure physics of his energy is unexplicable.

The run was a good one. The weather was beautiful. The trail was full of smiling faces. The pain was minimal. We got a good work out. We got some miles on the shoes. We stuck to our plan. and of course, we got a little muddy.

Today's Challenge Question: When was your last perfect run? Describe it!

Challenge Rules HERE

Today's Mileage: 4.3 Miles
Time: 36:57

Monday, February 01, 2010

Rome wasn't Built in a Day

There's nothing more motivating then getting congratulated by Lance Armstrong. Just one of the pluses of the Nike+ Sport Kit. I'm renewing the love I once had, I love hearing my mileage in my ear and hearing how much left there is to tread. I love having someone else in my ear, I feel like I can't let them down.

Yesterday, I actually cross trained. Yes, me. I went to a...GYM. I lifted...WEIGHTS. I am...SORE. This morning, I could barely walk. Getting out of bed was the hardest part of the day. Strengthening my core will be a lot, um, something. See, I want to be a better runner but I want to do it by running.

It's hard enough as it is to get motivated to run, let alone when it's freezing and you're sore. My hips felt like there were sand in them, and my IT band was solid. Needless to say, the first half mile was agony, warming up was agony and cooling down was agony. My training dictated a 5 miler with a 3 mile warm up at 11:04. I'm sorry but trying to run that slow with Goliath is torture. We're both miserable, so we sped up and worked in a five minute split to stretch.

We ran this without our yak traks. I overly romanticized running in the snow. Oh, it's so magical and calm. It's quite. Snow is beautiful. These are the lies I tell myself. Really, snow is terrible. I hate it. It compacts into my treads. It gets my socks wet. It doesn't respond to my feet like the trail. Don't worry though, I'll complain about the heat come summer time. But for now, I'll mourn the skin on my legs.

My friend sitting next to me just commented on my pink capris. How sad. Those are my legs. Running without my jamming tights today probably didn't help with the DOMS, but it certainly did make me feel uber hardcore.

I'll leave you on a little less frigid note, pictures from our dog park trip:

Today's Mileage: 5.1 miles
Time: 51:45