Just keep running, running, running

So when I am tried during a run, I chant to myself , Just keep running, running, running…in the same manner as Dory did in Finding Nemo. I also randomly chant it when thinking about running. I guess I am just goofy sometimes.
This week I followed the week five pre-marathon training program. I figured week 5 was closest to what I had been doing. So on Monday and Wednesday I Ran 5 minutes, then fast walked 5 minutes then repeated that 3 times for a 30 minute work out. It was 2.5 miles, and my fast walk was between 13’55” and 14’05” , then run varied between 9’35” and 10’12”

I am learning about pacing, and was surprised the workout it provided. Tuesday my butt muscles were sore 🙂
Tomorrow I have one more day of this workout and then next week I move to a run 10 min / Fast Walk 5 min x 2 regimen. 1 week down 20 weeks to go.

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Running a Marathon

So yesterday I went running in the rain…….and get this……I didn’t hate it. So I have been doing a great deal of reading about running online, and i know I enjoy getting outside, so I decided to train for a marathon. In characteristic Jessica style, I headed to my local Barnes & Noble , grabbed a stack of books and started reading up. I ended up getting a book and training plan (The Non Runner’s Marathon Trainer – Whitsett, Dolgener, and Kale). Up until now, my plan was to start at a mile, four times a week and increase by 10% each week till I was ready, tackling a few 5K’s and 10K’s along the way. This was working, but when I started looking at Marathon training schedule they were mostly time based, and did not seem to fit my style. They also all seemed to start with a base of a 5 mile run. If I could run 5 Miles I would not need help to train! LOL. So after starting to read this book , which is based on a cross curriculum college class (psychology/physiology) I decided this would be a good plan for me. The great part is that it has a nice achievable starting point, and a pre starting point for that! So once you start the full program it is 15 weeks from start to finish, with the finish being running a Marathon. The pre-starting section is 10 weeks, but I am starting at the 5 week part, since I do have some effort under my belt, in fact I am choosing a start level slightly below where I am right now. This week my plan has me going out three times, each time I am to run for 5 minutes, then fast walk for 5 minutes and then repeat this twice. Compared to what I had been doing (going out and running for 15 minutes (or 1.2 miles) and then walking for 2 minutes) this should be easy, but I felt that jumping forward a week (where I run for run for 10 , fast walk for 5, and repeat) would be too great a jump (READ: 10 % rule).

Also part of my Marathon therapy is choosing the Marathon I will run. I looked at Marathons that were at least 25 weeks (or 6.25 months) away. I also considered that I want to give myself some extra time, so I can not just complete, but compete, and I wanted something that would be fun. I thought about the New York Marathon, but figured I would not likely A) Get a spot in the registration Lottery, and B) Qualify with my speed. So logically I went for fun…..I have decided I will run in the Disney Marathon, which has you running through Disney, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Disney MGM. While you run all of the characters come out to cheer for you, and you get to go to the parks the next day for free. In addition, the registration for the event opens next Tuesday (March 15th). It seemed like fate. I will do my usual journey to HHI for Christmas and then drive a bit further and Run at Disney on run my first Marathon on January 8th.

So I just had my morning oatmeal, and will be heading out for my first run of the new program in about a half an hour. Keep an eye on my twitter or facebook, as I sync my runs with Nike+ and then it posts them there.

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Life is about priorities. Everyone has their own, and unfortunately I am finding out their are few in my life that make me a priority. Yes, readers Chris is one of those who make me a priority, and this is just one of may reasons I love him.

Family is another dodgy area, alas you can’t pick them, and you can’t run away, you just need to prioritize them in the same manner that they prioritize you.

More philosophy later.

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running outside

So I took my first outdoor run today and it was fantastic, and fast. Its was a comedy of errors getting to it. I ran a few errands and planned to hit the canal trail for a 1 mile run. I arrived , managed to disassemble my car key chain, so I could run with just a single key, put on all my gear, and started my nike+ipod. I jumped on the trail to find it completely unplowed. I figured what the hell and tried to run through it. I made it 100 yards and realized it would not work. Back to the car I went. I got home and took to the local streets. It always feels so much better running outside. I am also much faster outside. I actually logged another personal best mile. I got home eager to upload my results to find I have yet another iPod fail. It is stuck in a locked state. Hopefully Apple will fix it since I just had it replaced a few months ago.
Oh yeah, new cozy slippers came in the mail today too!

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So I decided last year I would take up running. It was a necessary part of Triathlon training, but I never really trained, I just ran and walked, and that was all. I ran most of the 5K in the Tri, and then this December, I also did a stand alone 5K, which I did in about 34″ which was not bad. I walked a little, but now I am targeting a different beast, a sprint Duothon. Run 2 Miles, Ride 10 Miles and Run another 2 Miles. I intended to Run all of it. Following training guidelines, I am fully running 1 mile a day this week. Next week I will increase by 10% and continue for the upcoming weeks till I can do the 5K and the Dualthon at a full run. I am also doing , about 4 miles on the bike after my runs, so as to keep the training going in the right direction.

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