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Lessons Learned While Running

25 Oct

Scenario:
I went out for my last run before Chicago (a mere two miles) after work. The early October sky was already darkening, but I figured I could finish before it got totally dark. Nope. After one lap around my neighborhood, it was dark. Streetlights only do so much in an area with many trees, so there were times I was running in shaded darkness. I may or may not have tripped (but steadied myself) on an upturned sidewalk edge.
Lesson Learned:
Headlamps may look kinda nerdy, but I value unharmed limbs over running appearance. Time to buy one.

Scenario:
After getting a new pair of leggings and wearing them around all day, I wanted to go out for a short run to get back into the post-marathon swing of things. I didn’t bother changing because hey, these leggings are activewear. 0.15 miles in, I’m pretty sure my buttcrack would be showing if it weren’t for my long shirt. I had to adjust every 0.1 miles or so. Yep, cut that run down to just a mile. I still love the leggings… I’ll just use them for anything but running.
Lesson Learned:
Activewear doesn’t always like being super active.

Scenario:
The first run I did post-Chicago was a mile and it was just 6 seconds slower than my mile PR from track workouts.
Lesson Learned:
When your pants are falling down, you tend to run faster just so you can get home.

Any amusing things you’ve learned or noticed while running or exercising?

Monday is halfway over! Enjoy the rest of it. And don’t forget to get ready for next week’s MBE :)

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Monday Brain Exchange

5 Apr

This week it’s all about races!

Question: Name your top 3 favorite events to date.  When were they and why are they your favorite?

This is an easy one for me! Although I’ve been running for a while, I’ve only ever completed two races.

1. Super Sunday 5K – February 1, 2009
This was my first-ever race, and my first 5K. I used the c25k program to prepare for it, and I was pretty nervous about the whole ordeal. I saw people warming up by running the whole course, and in my mind I remember being like “are you SERIOUS, I’m nervous about going around once and they’re warming up with it!” The thought of going further than 3.1 baffled me. And caused pain just thinking about it. I had to take a 10-15 second walk break a bit before mile 3, and I finished in 30:52; JUST under a 10 minute pace. And I was never happier. Little did I realize what would happen a year later…

2. Disney’s Princess Half Marathon – March 7, 2010
You can view my full race report here. The race atmosphere here was always buzzing, always positive, always excited. It took a lot of mental (and physical, duh) preparation to get ready for this. I decided on it pretty much on a whim, and took it as a personal challenge. What could I make my body do? Apparently, I can make my body finish 13.1 miles in 2:25:50 after horrible leg pains.

The future: I’m hoping to do 1-2 small races this summer before the big 26.2. It’ll be nice to have some small things to look forward to along the way.

Weekend Wrapup coming soon!

Monday… uh… Wednesday Brain Exchange!

31 Mar

I’m two days behind on this. In my defense, I didn’t hear about this replacement TIaRT until yesterday via Lacey’s blog.

Jill over at Finishing is Winning kicked off a new weekly question on Monday, similar to our long lost TIaRT. I was all set and ready to participate the week after the very last one, when it mysteriously ceased operating. Saaaad times :( But now we’re back to happy times with the new Monday Brain Exchange! Onto the question:

Topic: All About Blogs!

Question:  What/Who influenced you to start a blog?  Where did you get your blog title?  How long have you been blogging?

I was influenced to start this blog in two ways. 1. I decided that I needed a place for support, advice, and accountability during my half marathon training. After looking at other running blogs, it seemed as though a blog would be a great place to reach out to others and exchange ideas (side note: it’s totally helped!). 2. My friend Brian, who has been a bit absent from the internet lately, wrote in great length about his training, his progress, and how he trimmed himself down from the 300 pound dude he was in college (Bakahhh Hall 4lyf).

Running was still really basic for me. I had gone from being pretty inactive in 2008, to starting the c25k program in December 2008, completing my first 5k in February 2009, and making the decision to run my first half marathon in March 2010. As someone that was never a fast runner, and never had a lot of the tools to be a runner (though that’s VERY different now), it was all about putting one foot in front of the other and pushing through.

I’ve been blogging since 2007, but I’ve only been at this URL since October 2009. I feel more connected to this blog than any others I’ve owned, and it’s helped me progress much more than any other writing I’ve done. The first time I hit 30 views in a day, I was ecstatic. I actually feel like I’m a part of this online community now, and I love it!

Tonight I’m getting back in to action with a big night of strength and cardio. Pretty much the entire Northeast is under water, so it’s been difficult to find the motivation to get out and do anything. SUNSHINE TOMORROW! Oh I can’t wait. Running outside will be a must.

Back to work, everyone! Enjoy your Wednesday :)