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National Running Day 2012

Today is National Running Day. I’ve been hearing about it leading up to today and I was determined to get a run in today, even if just a mile, just to say I did it. And I did.

Earlier today at work, I went on to http://www.runningday.org/ and created my badge in honor of National Running Day. If you are friends me with on Facebook or follow me on Twitter, you may have seen it. How fun is this? I love my statement about running and boy, is it ever true.

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In honor of today, the day that runners everywhere can declare their passion for running, I thought about mine. I am what I consider to be an unlikely runner. I used to swear I would only run if I was being chased. No lie. It was not for me. Several years ago, I slowly worked my way up to running as part of a twice-a-day workout when I was strictly following WW and in the process of 30 pounds. (I am still not sure how I was able to work out twice a day!) Over time, I stopped running and went back to walking – I can’t remember why I did this, but I think even though I was running then, I didn’t love it like I do now.

Last year, I decided I wanted to be a runner. I was approaching 40, I needed to do something a little different, and with the exception of a good pair of running shoes, it’s a relatively cheap sport – I just needed the time and desire to do it. That turned into me running my first half-marathon in February. You can read about it here – I love to go back and read this post. It makes me smile. Another fun post to read is this one – I wrote it the day after.

The minute I finished my first half, I knew I would do another and I can’t wait to do the Women’s Half Marathon in St. Pete in November.

I also ran the Gasparilla 5+3K in March and really enjoyed that as well (which you can read about here. I was bitten by the racing bug.

I have not run in several weeks. But today, I was determined to get one mile in. ONE MILE. Since the weather was icky and I didn’t need any excuses, I jumped on the treadmill and ran that mile. I am not a fan of the treadmill, but if it was how I needed to get that mile in, I was fine with it. Something wonderful happened on the treadmill. I ran a mile. As in I ran the WHOLE mile, not walking for any part of it. I ran 1.0 mile in 11:24. I am damn proud of myself.

I let life get in the way too much and sometimes I find any excuse not to get out there and do it. Yes, I’m busy, and yes I bring work home, and yes, there are 10 other things I could or should be doing while I’m running, but if I got on that treadmill and ran a mile every day that would be something. There shouldn’t be any excuse not to run one mile if I can’t do more.

I never thought I would love running. It really is cheaper than therapy. I may not be fast or have the best form, but I do it. And I love it.

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True Confessions Tuesday

It’s that time again!

  • I CONFESS that I did not run this morning. I put my clothes and shoes out yesterday evening, so they’d be there ready and waiting for me this morning. But I just did not have the energy to put them on and run out the door this morning. And because of that, I’ve been irritated with myself all day. #blah
  • I CONFESS that it messed me up a little mentally not running over the weekend. While I enjoyed the time doing other things, it just didn’t seem right to not be out there on the two mornings a week when I have  no pressure to be somewhere else.
  • I CONFESS that my reading of a couple good books lately has me wanting to read every spare second I have.
  • I CONFESS that I need to get my mind back in the game as far as my eating goes. I have fallen back into a few bad habits such as drinking coke (only one a day if I have one), not paying as close attention to my portion sizes as I should, and not eating as many fruits and veggies as I should.
  • I CONFESS that on this 13th day of no Starbucks, I am really craving one. It seems harder now than when I first decided to stop them for awhile. Tomorrow will be 2 weeks which is HUGE. I would like to enjoy them once a week, perhaps on the weekend. But, I don’t know if my will power will be enough to stick to that. (remember me? all or nothing girl…..)
  • I CONFESS that I need to step up my water intake this week. Maybe a fun water bottle would help me with that. Time to change it up a little….
  • I CONFESS that ALL I can think about today is going to see Daughtry in concert tomorrow night. Tomorrow will be the longest day ever until it’s time to go.
  • I CONFESS that over the next couple of days, it’s quite possible you will only hear about Daughtry. I apologize in advance for this.

True Confessions Tuesday (with a little twist…)

Tuesdays sure do seem to come around quickly. And Tuesday means it’s True Confessions day. Today’s confessions are done with a little twist, they are all about running. This all came to me as I was running this morning.  (I seem to have my best blogging ideas when I’m running…). 

  • I CONFESS that I run for me, myself, and I. I don’t run for anyone else.
  • I CONFESS that running is as much mental as it is physical for me. I need to run not only for the sake of my butt and thighs, but also for my well-being. It is an outlet for every emotion that I am feeling on any given day. It is good for my mind and my heart, and it reminds me to just breathe.
  • I CONFESS that I don’t feel the least bit guilty when I take an hour to run. When I put my headphones on and listen to whatever music fits my mood, I am lost in the music and the pounding of my feet on the pavement and how good it makes me feel.
  • I CONFESS that if I did not run, it is highly likely that I would need some form of medication. I’ve been down the anti-depressant path before and while I am not opposed to taking medication when it is needed, I would much rather deal with it naturally, without other side effects. The benefits of running far outweigh any little pill I could take.
  • I CONFESS that I have a hard time considering myself to be a runner, but every time I get out there and run, it’s a little easier.
  • I CONFESS that some days it is really hard to get out there and run, but it is ALWAYS worth it when it’s done.
  • I CONFESS that running makes me feel confident, strong, and healthy.
  • I CONFESS that I don’t run fast and I don’t run pretty. But I put one foot in front of the other and keep going.
  • I CONFESS that I am so very luck to live next to Eagle Lake Park, where the sunrises are amazing. Here is a  a photo from this morning’s run…

Sunrise over Eagle Lake Park 04/03/12

 Do you have confessions about why you run? I’d love to hear them!

April Goals

Today is April 1st and all jokes aside, I am setting a few goals for myself. The start of a new month brings with the opportunity for a fresh start. I am all about fresh starts.

Run at least 3 days a week.  This seems like a goal I should not have to regularly set, but when my weeks are busy this is a challenge for me. With this goal, I can do two runs over the weekend and one during the week. Anything over that will be a bonus.

Try one new recipe a week.  This will be a challenge. We get in such a routine with meals, whether it’s dinner for both of us, or lunch for myself. But I am always coming across recipes that look so yummy and then I never try them. If I can do one a week this month, it will make me happy.

Keep myself a priority.  This, too, is a hard one. If I am busy, anything for myself flies out the window as it’s the easiest thing to do away with. I fall into that trap too easily and then it’s hard to snap out of it. So, I must do my best to keep myself at the top of the list and learn to manage everything else around it.

Run a 5K event this month.    I would love to do the Iron Girl 5K in Clearwater. It will be a  great route, one that I’ve done on my own. The scenery is beautiful and the causeway will kick my butt.

Get back on track with tracking. This is something that should be second-nature to me and I should just do it without thinking about it. It, too, seems to go away when I am busy. No doubt about it, tracking keeps me on track. So, I need to make a point of tracking everything I eat and drink.

Try to get some strength training in.  This one will be a hard one, simply because of time. And if I have to choose one or the other, I’ll be lacing up my running shoes and heading out the door. But, I need to add something extra in if I can.

Lose 5 pounds.  I don’t normally like to set specific weight-loss goals because I usually ending up short of it or gaining. But a 5 pound loss over a months time is not drastic and is totally possible if I stick to healthy choices and my other goals.

Do you have any goals for April? I’d love to hear them?

 

 

 

Race recap ~ Gasparilla Distance Classic 5+3K

For the second time, I was outside on a Sunday morning, in crazy wind waiting for a race to start. This might be how my luck is…

Yesterday, I ran the Gasparilla Distance Classic 5+3K along Bayshore Blvd. in Tampa. This is my first time to take part in this event and I will absolutely do it again next year. This route is so pretty, a gorgeous water view on one side and beautiful homes on the other side. I met up with my good friend Terrie and we waited *patiently* in the wind for it to be time to line up at the start line.

This was an out-and-back course, 4.97 miles that started right at 9:00am. Despite the wind, it wasn’t really cold. Nothing at all like the weather at the Rock ‘n’ Rock 1/2 Marathon last month.

I started running very soon after starting. In my mind, I wanted to beat my time of 1:04 that I did last weekend when I ran the same distance around the park to see how I did. I ran more than I walked in this one. The first half, the wind was at our backs. When we turned around, it was right in our faces. I kept pushing along.

I had my Garmin on, of course, but it was a little off from my chip time. When I hit the 5K mark, I knew I was doing well as I was right around 37 minutes, which would be my fastest time yet. I wasn’t sure how off my Garmin was as I was running, but when I neared the finish line, I knew I was going to be EXTREMELY close to the 1 hour mark. Fortunately I had signed up to get a text alert on my time and I knew very quickly after crossing the finish line that my time was 1:00:16. My first thought was “16 SECONDS?!?!” Oh what I would give to have been 17 seconds faster and had my time right under 1 hour. But all in all, I am VERY happy with how I did, how much I ran, and how great I felt. I definitely push myself more in an event than when I am just running around the park. I think I psych myself out, thinking I can’t do as much as I can.

I waited for Terrie at the finish line and we were both pleased with how we did. It’s a great feeling to finish an event and celebrate with a good friend. So far this year, we’ve done 3 events together!

Here are a few pictures from the day!

Early morning and ready to go!

My running must-haves!

Back side of the start line.

 

Official chip time

Finished!

Super cool medal.

I don’t care.

I always worry about how I look in my clothes. I like to be invisible, I don’t like to draw attention to myself. So as I was running this morning, I was thinking about how when I run, I don’t care what I look like.

I don’t run fast, I don’t run pretty. I wear what is comfortable, not worrying about the size of my butt, or how big my arms look, or how my tummy would be so much nicer if it were flatter. None of that matters when I put on my Nike running pants which are very fitted. Or my dri-fit running shirt which is also fitted. I pull my mess of hair back in a make-shift ponytail and out the door I go.

My mind is not consumed with thoughts of what I look like as I run down the sidewalk to the park entrance. Or how silly I must look when I am on a walk break, pumping my arms like there is no tomorrow. I’m not worried about how sweaty I am.

I don’t care.

What I do think about is how I am taking that time for myself and how every mile I run is good for me and will go along way to making me feel better in my clothes when I’m not running. I care about the journey that I am on. I don’t care what people think when I am huffing and puffing along or when I get caught up in the moment and I’m singing along with whatever fabulous song is playing on my iPhone. I don’t wonder what people think when I get caught up in the moment and end up crying from the stress relief or me just being the emotional mess that I am sometimes. I am too busy feeling empowered.

I don’t care what people think. All that matters is what I think and I know I am out there giving it my all. And that is all that matters.

 

The truth.

 

 

These feet ‘o mine

6 days post- half marathon, and a couple days of light walking had me itching to get out this morning to see if I could get back to running. As the week went on, my legs felt better and better, as did my knee. I was good and went easy on it. This morning, I could wait no more. I went 3.11 miles in 39:51 minutes, doing 1:1 running/walking. Ended up being a better time than the first 5K of the half marathon, so I am very happy about that. And best news of all…. My legs felt great and no knee pain at all. Even now, hours later, it’s not bothering me.

These feet ‘o mine are pretty awesome. They take me where I want to go. Sometimes they complain, sometimes they make me go slower than I want. Sometimes they get me to my destination faster. Today they were in tune with the music I had blasting in my ears. I definitely respond to the music I’m listening to as far as speed. This morning’s random music choice was System Of A Down. Nothing like a little rage music to get these feet and legs ‘o mine moving.

Ready to go!

 

And we're off...

 

Keep putting one foot....

 

in front of the other...

True Confessions Tuesday

A few of the blogs I follow do a True Confessions Tuesday post. It’s a chance to confess to things I need to, to get things off my shoulders, hold myself accountable, or acknowledge something I need to change or well, just let the world know. Here goes…

  • I CONFESS that I did not walk Sunday, yesterday, or Tuesday. I was beyond exhausted Sunday morning and I used that as an excuse to sit around in my jammies and redo my blog before we all went out to dinner in the afternoon. Also since Sunday, we have been a vehicle short as hubby’s truck is in the shop. My morning starts earlier to take him to work and then I pick him up in the evening. So, no walking. Mind you, the last three weeks I’ve walked ALOT and I certainly don’t think it’s the end of the world that I haven’t walked the past 3 days.
  • I CONFESS that while I am SUPER excited about the half-marathon on Sunday, I am also a little bit nervous. I can walk like there’s no tomorrow and I plan to run part of it as well. The part I’m nervous about is how I’ll feel as the majority of the participants run right by, leaving me in their dust. However, I know that I will do the best that I can and will be super proud of myself for completing my first half-marathon.
  • I CONFESS that I’m still a little bit miffed that I am 40 years old. I know, it’s just a number and it shouldn’t matter. But a part of it does. It’s that little reminder how my body has failed me in a very important way.
  • I CONFESS that I LOVE Zumba. This from the person who swore she would never do it. It’s ironic, I know. I didn’t make it to class last night (due to previously mentioned vehicle issue) and I missed it. It’s fun. Whether or not I can do the moves, I am still out there moving and having fun. Having a fantastic instructor (Tiffany!) and the company of my sister (Jenni!) helps also.
  • I CONFESS that I may be obsessed with my Kindle Fire. I have so many books to read on there and I keep adding to it.
  • I CONFESS that I am tired of wondering what everyone thinks of me. Sometimes I am super confident and other times I assume everyone thinks the worst of me. From here on out, I choose to not care. I am who I am and it is impossible to please everyone all of the time. Take me as I am and we’ll get along just fine.

That’s all for this week! Is there anything you’d like to confess?

~Nanci