Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Juneathon Comes to an End

Juneathon is coming to an end and what a great month it has been!  Today's exercise included walking Maddie and all the extras life has to offer (a.k.a. lugging laundry up and down the stairs).  I've really enjoyed running and blogging this month.  All good things must come to an end, so adieu Juneathon 2010.

2010 goal update:  The year is half done and I'm over half done with my miles! (check out the chart...I'm proud of my chart.)

What will July bring?  First, a break from blogging.  I love blogging, but I do need a little break from the everyday blogging.  Don't worry, I'll still be running.  I'll be taking my running easy for a week or two and then I start training for my next half marathon.  When the time comes I'll post more about the plan, what I'm trying to accomplish, and how it fits into my life.  Until then, for all of you in the USA have a safe and happy Fourth of July!  Everyone else, enjoy the beginning of July and all that it has to offer you.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I'm Going Places

Molly passed the "I'm Going Places" award to me, I'm supposed to tell you where I'll be in ten years, then pass it along to ten bloggers.  In ten years I will be...
  • settled into my forties
  • trying to complete goals for the next decade of life
  • the mom to two teenagers
  • planning a 20th anniversary trip somewhere great with ADP
  • taking piano lessons
  • a traveler once again, this time showing the kids and ADP the world
  • and last but not least, still running
I pass this great award to the last 10 people who have commented on my blog:
Jill at Run With Jill
Marcia at Running Off at the Mouth
Jill at Finishing is Winning
The Jogger Blogger at My Jog Blog
J  at Morning Runner
Mark at Battlefield Running
Stefano at Run with the Black Knight
Julie at Julie's Running Blog
Cynthia at Balls in the Air
Christina at Momma of 3 on the Run

Juneathon Day 29:  I ran 4.33 on the treadmill this morning and broke 100 for the month!  

Monday, June 28, 2010

Two More to Go

Who knew June was going to go so quickly?  We've had a huge month family wise (preschool and kindergarten graduations).  I've had a great running month and with one run left I only have to go 3.45 miles to have another 100 mile month.

I was up and at 'em early this morning, just like almost every Monday morning.  I love my treadmill, but this morning I am really happy I'm such great friends with my 'mill.  It is 75F with 82% humidity outside.  My basement (where the treadmill is) is around 70F but with the dehumidifier going we keep the humidity at 45%.

I turned Friday Night Lights on and ran 4.5 miles while watching the latest episode.  In my opinion, the show is slowly dying.  Still, I'm a sucker for football so I keep watching.  I have another four miles planned for tomorrow and then my running for June is done!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

2 of 5 Today

I had planned to run an easy five miles today.  Due to quite a temper tantrum thrown by the youngest my 'mommy guilt' set in and I ran two miles instead of five.  It was a tantrum that could be heard almost a block away (I could hear Punky as I was running away from the house).  Thankfully, by the time I got back Punky was happy as a clam.

In addition to Punky's tantrum it started raining about a mile into my run.  I don't mind running in the rain, but it was just one more reason to go home.

The good news about the run:  Maddie ran all 2.11 miles!  This was her longest run and she did pretty well.  I'm still not used to stopping during my runs so she can have potty breaks, but I can't exactly explain to Maddie that she needs to go before we head out on a run.  Today:  2.11 miles, 20:27 min for an ave of 9:45/mi.  Not only is Maddie getting better at going the distance, she's getting faster too!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Juneathon Continues

Saturday, marvelous and lazy Saturday - oh how I have missed you!  There is no soccer or baseball today requiring me to cart kids and gear all over town.  I worked this morning and then went to the grocery store.  Now I sit here on the couch willing myself to get up so I can finish making cookies.  I know I'll eventually make it off the couch and when I do I'll go for a walk.  Until then I plan on enjoying the lack of scheduling.

Thanks for all your suggestions about training plans.  I looked at all the plans you mentioned and settled on the FIRST plan.  I had to shorten it (105 days and counting until my next half).  I plan on following it as closely as possible until student teaching starts in September and then all I'm certain of is that I'll get the long runs in.  I don't know if I'll just try to run a couple times during the week or if I'll be able to follow the plan.  Either way, I will be fine with how it turns out (if I keep reminding my Type A personality of this it will be true, right?)!   No predictions on time - at least not until the race gets closer.

Juneathon continues for a few more days.  My plan to finish out my month:
Sunday:  5 miles
Monday:  4 miles
Tuesday:  4 miles
Wednesday:  walk
Thursday:  JULY!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday Fanfare, 6.25

Hello, hello, hello!!  Thanks for hanging in there all month while I blogged away!  I love all your comments and ideas.  It is wonderful to see all your happy faces when I log-in to see what is going on in the bloggy world.

Speaking of blogging all month long.  I've decided to take a much deserved break once the month ends.  I have been busy blogging every day all month, so I'm going to take a little time off.  You do not need to worry, I'll be back.  I just need a little time away from my computer to enjoy summer and my kids.

Since I'm going to be away, here is what I have on my calendar for the next couple weeks*.  I love reading all your race reports, so make sure to post them when you get a chance.

This weekend:
  • Rock 'n' Roll Seattle has all kinds of people running, check out Tall Mom's blog for a complete listing..I know Mel, Emily, Lorian, and Stephanie are all running
  • Marcia is participating in the MetLife Duathlon
  • Aimee is participating in the SheROX Sprint Triathlon
  • Amanda is running the Valley Cats 5K
  • Courtney is participating in a duathlon
Holiday Weekend:
  • AJH is running a race, but I don't know which one (help me out here, please)
  • Badgergirl is running the Firecracker 5K
And, the weekend after:
  • Shelly is running The Skyline Challenge Race Ultra (50K)
  • Molly, J, Nicki, and Katie are running Utica's Boilermaker (15K)
  • Badgergirl and Courtney are participating in the Trek Women's Triathlon (are you both doing the same, or are there different Trek tri's all over this weekend?)
  • Jill is participating the the Philly Women's Sprint Triathlon
Please stop by everyone's blog and wish them luck on their races! Good luck.

Here are the current giveaways I know about:

Stop back often and check the sidebar because I do my best to keep it up to date!

Juneathon update:  My alarm went off this morning and I turned it off.  I'm glad I got an extra hour of sleep but the downfall is that I missed my opportunity to run today.  I'll be outside gardening, playing with the kids and Maddie all afternoon so that is my exercise today.

*I don't plan on being gone that long, but I do not know if I'll have the time to post another Friday Fanfare for a few weeks.
**I had troubles with the links. I think they are all fixed now.  If not, please let me know and I'll do my best to fix them.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

My Favorite Season is Coming

I think of my team every day I drink tea
I got one of my favorite "letters" in the mail yesterday:  shareholders* meeting announcement and voting proxy.  I know most people do not get excited about such things, but this particular meeting is held in Lambeau Field!  Getting this letter means football season is quickly approaching!

Here is one of my favorite parts of the letter:
Of more than 100 million pro football fans in the country, you are among the very select few that can call yourself an owner.
Yes, I'm a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers.  Unfortunately, I cannot attend the shareholders meeting.  Perhaps another year.

Juneathon:  I ran 5 miles on the treadmill and cooled off for another .4 mile at a nice walking pace.  I stretched, did some pushups (I really suck at them, but I keep trying) and rolled my left leg out.  My left leg is tight...calf, quad, ITB...and has been for about a week.  I just keep stretching it, rolling it, and doing my PT exercises.  At least it doesn't hurt!  (Update:  I've been added to the Juneathon list!!!)

*There is no reason to hit me up for money because my share cannot be sold and is worth a grand total of 35 cents if the team wants to buy it back.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Our Family Grows

Let me clarify:  our family of Garmins is growing!  ADP decided he wanted one so I did some research for him (I'm nice like that!) and he decided to get the exact Garmin I have.  Happy Early Birthday ADP.  We could be twins!  Now...if I could just have some of his speed.

I use Garmin training center on my computer so he'll probably use Garmin Connect on-line to download his info.  Is there a way to use the same program without different computer log-ins?  All things we need to figure out.

Juneathon update:  ADP tried out his garmin this morning and went for a nice little 6.46 mile run this morning and while I'm happy for him, all I can say is I'm jealous.  Today is a rest day for me.  I'm busy when he gets home from work so no run for me.  I'll settle for a walk with Maddie and the kids later today.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

What You Never Exercise Without

Once upon a time, not so long ago I asked what do you never exercise without.  Well, there are some funny ones out there!  Here is my minimum for a normal run:

  • Running shoes
  • Road ID (it's always on my shoes so I never forget)
  • Socks
  • Shorts
  • Sports bra
  • Shirt (you won't find me running in just a sports bra)
  • Something to keep my bangs off my face
  • Sunglasses

My "extras" are:

  • Water
  • Something to keep my hair off my neck
  • Garmin (outside), TV/DVD (inside)
  • Body Glide
  • Cell phone (outside)
  • Chapstick
  • Winter gear...running only keeps me so warm
Here are your responses:

  • I never exercise without my iPod
  • I never exercise without my ipod (a different person left this comment than the first iPod comment)
  • I don't like to exercise without my hair being pulled up, long hair gets very HOT!!
  • never run without body glide...keep those pigs from rubbin!
  • I never run without my asics 2140's. I won't run in any other shoes
  • And I cannot run without my iPhone--for music and for emergencies. Well, that and my Garmin, Gus.
  • Things I will never run without... My garmin and some good tunes :)
  • I never exercise without clothes and shoes. Other than that, it depends what I'm doing. Running outside - my Garmin is a must). Running on the treadmill - my iPod is a must.
  • I never exercise w/o my ipod. I need the music or podcasts, something to listen to make the time go by faster
  • I never exercise without my silly pink plastic heart ring. I don't want to wear my wedding ring while I get all nasty, so I put on this little ring and it sort've makes me feel like one of those "earth, wind and fire people" haha. Awesome.
  • I never exercise without my heart rate monitor. I may be obsessed and/or fascinated with my heart rate and calories burned.
  • I can't exercise without my ipod+. I love being able to know how far I've gone. I'm a number lover!
  • I never run without a headband or hat! Don't love a sweaty face with hair sticking to it :)
  • I never exercise without my puffer - just in case.
  • I never run without my Garmin
  • I can't usually excercise without my Bondi Bands -- so I'm looking at mixing things up a bit and trying something new.
  • I never exercise without my balega running socks!
  • I actually never exercise without my SweatyBand! I wear it on my bike, while I'm running, when I'm cleaning the name it!
  • I never run without my ipod!
  • My workout staple is gum, especially peppermint flavored, leaves me feeling minty fresh. :)
  • My Nike sports bra and good socks are my staple.. And for running my Garmin
  • One thing I never leave without is my road ID. I wear it on every run!
  • I never exercise without my RoadID. I never take it off. Ever!
  • I never exercise without...feeling better afterwards! (okay, I know that is not how you meant it but honestly, I do not have a single thing that I always need for a workout. Nothing, nada, zip. That is what I love about running. I really don't need anything to get out there and run.)
  • my ipod is always with me.
  • I always exercise with shorts on! hehe and I always wear my watch!
  • I USUALLY never run without my Garmin, but last night I I guess never say never
  • I never run without chapstick!
  • Can't exercise without my Motorola Droid - has all of my music and my running apps!
  • I can't workout without something to hold my hair back . . . even though it isn't that long. It still can drive me crazy.
  • I never exercise without a sports bra! :0
  • I never run without my Garmin...and I never exercise without my hair in ponytail...nothing drives me crazier than sweaty hair on my neck! LOL!
  • I can't exercise without my: Garmin – outside; Ipod - on the treadmill.
I see a trend with the iPods.  I don't run outside with one (usually) since a lot of my running is on the road.  

Juneathon Update:  This morning's run was excellent!  I planned on an easy 6 miles.  I set up, turned on a documentary I had never seen (Morning Light) and started the treadmill.  I always put in a time and my treadmill counts down to zero; this way I am much less likely to hop off before my run is done.  Well, at the 6 mile mark I was loving the documentary so I reset the treadmill and ran another 1.3 miles.  My 6 miler turned into 7.33 miles!  I could have kept going, but I knew the kids would be getting up so I needed to clean up and get the munchkins ready for the day.  The rest of the day is going to consist of weeding, gardening (we lost lots of veggies already), and mowing the yard.

Monday, June 21, 2010

A Quick One

A quick one for Juneathon and NoBloPoMo.  I ran on the treadmill at dark o'clock this morning.  It was hot.  It was humid.  I was tired.  And, I probably should have had more water yesterday because I was oh-so thirsty.  I finished my run and now the day is moving along nicely!  No running plan for the week - just trying to get to 100 miles before the end of the month (77.21 miles done).  Have a great first day of summer.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

A True Day Off

Happy Father's Day to all the guys out there!!

Today I had what I'll call a true day off.  I didn't run or take Maddie for a walk or garden or do any form of exercise (other than the normal chasing kids around).  It was marvelous.  I haven't had a day like today in a long time.  Instead of doing something for me, I let ADP choose the day's activities - it is, after all, Father's Day.  Our morning consisted of a kids' race and a Father's Day 5K and my job was photographer and cow bell ringer.  It was WONDERFUL!

First up, a picture of all the racers!
Punky, ADP and Bugs
The kids' race was before ADP's, so we were off to the start of their race not long after we picked up their bibs.  Bugs and Punky both ran the 1/2 mile race!  (We added a little running before to participate in the Kids Running for Kids virtual 1K race.)  I was so excited for Bugs and Punky, they both did excellent.  Bugs ran with a group the whole time and Punky paced ADP and kept him in check.  :)

Bugs (in red)
Their medals!
When the kids' race was done I took the kids to find a shady spot to cool off and wait for ADP to run by.  This was the second time he has run this particular race (it is the same course as the 5K ADP and I ran a few weeks ago).  Last year ADP ran well and finished in 19:19.  Since it was a lot warmer and much more humid today he wasn't sure what to expect this year.  When we saw him ~mile 1.5 he was looking good!
One wonderful thing about this course is that after we saw ADP at the half way point we were able to walk (leisurely) over to the finish line and cheer on the runners as they came in to the final stretch of the race.  ADP finished the EXACT time he finished the race last year!

The kids were tired, hot and getting ornery so we left before the awards were given out.  I looked it up later and found out ADP placed first in his age group.  Too bad we needed to leave.

Tomorrow I'll be back on the treadmill.  Tonight, I plan on continuing my relaxing.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

This Is Why

There are a million reasons why I exercise.  I can't make a complete list, but Bugs and Punky are definitely in the top five.  Today was the last day of soccer for everyone in our family.  I do mean everyone because I am an assistant coach for Punky's team and ADP is a coach for Bugs' team.  While I am sad that the season is over, I'm happy to have our Saturdays back again.
Proof I was there...although I don't look to active in this picture.

All alone at the goal!  Punky scored six goals this morning.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Friday Fanfare, 6.18

Thank you so much for your opinions about training plans!  There are certainly some favorite plans out there because a few were mentioned over and over.  I'll be looking at them next week so there is till time to give me your opinion here.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there.  Sunday will be here quickly and we have some plans to help ADP celebrate.  I'll be sending a prayer up for my dad and I'm sure ADP will be calling Wayne, my FIL.  How will you be celebrating the special guys in your life?

In addition to Father's Day, it is a huge weekend for races!!  Good luck to all the runners and racers this weekend.
  • J and Brian are running an evening 5k...depending on the heat and humidity she'll be going for a PR
  • Badgergirl has teh High Cliff Sprint Triathlon...good luck on the Cliff Road Hill
  • Julie is running Grandma's Half Marathon...someday I'd love to run this race
  • Shelly is running a 21K Trail Challenge...she's decided she'll only go on one run a day until the race is done
  • AJH and Emily are running the Run for Roses 5K...mother/daughter bloggers running as a mother/daughter team
  • Kayte is running the Baltimore 10 Miler on Saturday and the Father's Day 5K with her dad and brother on Sunday...have a wonderful racing weekend
  • Nicki is running the Vestal XX (20K)...respect the distance and enjoy it
  • Velma is running the Local Rec Plex Race...back from vacation and jumping right back in
  • Jenn is running the Manitoba Half Marathon...we miss your blogging
  • Emily is participating in the Washington DC Triathlon...double race weekend
  • Benn is running the Mt. Greylock 13.5 up the mountain and back down again
  • ADP and some local friends are running the Community Resource Father's Day 5K
Good Luck Everyone!  I can't wait to read your race reports.

Don't forget to check out the great giveaways going on:

If you want to be included, just leave a comment and I'll add you to my calendar!

Juneathon update:  My name isn't on the list yet, but I'm 18 days into this so I'm going to keep right on going.  This morning I ran 4 miles on the treadmill.  Nothing spectacular, but I'm very happy I got out of bed and ran this morning!  Weekend goals (on top of what I listed Monday):  stretch, stretch and more stretching.  My left leg is really tight, including my ITB.  Not good, but at least I know how to fix it.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Training Plans?

I have a dilemma, I don't have a training plan for my next half.  It isn't until October 10, but it is something that I need to find soon for my own piece of mind.  So...

  • Where do you find your training plans?
  • Any recommendations?
I have to say this:  I have found some that I absolutely LOVE!  Any other time I would willingly sign myself up for a more intensive training plan, but I don't think I'll have the time this fall.  I'll be student teaching while I train (at least for the last five weeks of training) and I don't think I'll be able to do more than three runs a week.  I've heard that student teaching can be extremely time consuming so my running days will probably need to be minimized.

  • Should I take the training plans that I like and try to pair them down?  
  • Wing it and see what running I can do during the week and do long runs on the weekend as prescribed by a training plan (remember that I'm extremely type A)?  
  • Other options...because there are always other options.  
  • Quick reminder:  I've run this distance before, so it isn't new to me.
Opinions, suggestions, slaps up-side the head, training plans, and the like will all be accepted.  Just don't tell me I can't run.  :D

Three Things Thursday, 6.17

  1. I looked at the Juneathon 2010 participant list and I'm not on it.  I thought I asked to be included; I asked again yesterday so I'm hoping to be added to the list now that the month is over half done.
  2. I'm the proud parent of another preschool graduate!  Graduation went off without a hitch last night and Punky is ready for kindergarten to start today. 
  3. Punky, the graduate, and Mom
  4. I ran on the treadmill this morning and it was great.  My left leg is tight, so I need to work on stretching and strengthening more.  The only down part about the morning was the movie.  I do not recommend When In Rome.  I watch a lot of TV and movies (mainly when I'm running) and rarely do I give a poor recommendation because there is usually something redeeming about the show/movie.  Not this time.  I did find myself smiling at the end, but only because it was a happily-ever-after ending and I'm a sucker for those (OK, so there were a few moments at the end that were worth watching).

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Dear Stomach

Dear Stomach,

I know I have neglected you, but you do not need to retaliate the way you have!  Last fall I hit my weight goal and you were flat.  Over the winter you seem to have collected extra fat from my legs.  Why, if I weigh less now, are my legs skinnier and my belly bigger?  Are you trying to tell me something?  OK, eating the package of Double Stuf Oreos this week was a mistake.  At least it was an honest mistake.

Do not tell me that I've been pregnant so I'll never have a flat stomach.  There are lots of normal women who are trim and fit after having kids.  It is possible.

Let's make a deal.  I will treat you better and you get flatter, okay?  To treat you better I'll try to eat less cookies, less sugar, and less of the other not-so-good food I like.  Just do not make me give up my diet coke!  I know it is bad for me, but I love it.


Juneathon update:  We walked Maddie this morning (good news there...she lost 1.5 pounds since her vet appointment 3 weeks ago). 

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Brain Exchange, v. 12 and a Request

I've been bad and missed the the last few Brain Exchange posts.  I'm going to try to get back at it starting today.  If you want to be involved, stop by Finishing is Winningand answer for yourself.  It really is that easy!  This week is all about summer.

Topic: Motivational Quotes and Personal Mantras
Question: What are some of your favorite motivational quotes/sayings?  Do you have any personal mantras you use while dealing with tough times on the race course?
When I'm running I don't have a mantra that I use.  When the running is tough, I focus on my breathing or footfalls.  I think the closest that I get to a running mantra is reminding myself to just put one foot in front of the other.
I try to live life following the mantra Love the Life You Live.  There are things we all have to do that we don't love (like cleaning the bathroom), but I try to make the best of every situation. Everything else I do I try to follow this mantra.  Reminding myself to love my life can turn a blah situation into one where I'm having a great time.  I have the power to change how the situation affects me personally, so I'm going to choose to enjoy it all to the best I can.
Now for a request.  I recently started following Cynthia's blog, Balls in the Air, and she is hosting a virtual kids race called Kids Running for Kids.  The proceeds from her race are going to the Sick Kids Foundation.  Why?  Cynthia's oldest had a brain tumor when he was 5 and she wants to give back to the organization that helped them; check out Cynthia's blog for the full story.  The race:  run 1K (.62 miles) with you child between June 19 and June 27 and then go to her blog and donate $2.  (This will be at the top of my sidebar with links until June 27 so it is easy to find.)  We'll be participating this weekend!

Juneathon update:  My legs were tired this morning so I decided my treadmill run should have negative splits starting s.l.o.w. (well, slower than normal).  I started at ~11 min/mi and shaved 30 seconds off every mile finishing with 5.39 miles done!  My legs were tired when I started and by the end I was ready to keep right on going.  Too bad I ran out of time.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Answering Maddie Questions

A few of my faithful readers (love you guys and gals) have asked questions here and there about Maddie.  So, I figured I'd try my best to answer those questions.  We rescued Maddie just after her third birthday at the end of April this year.  Her original owners said she is a yellow lab/golden retriever mix.  She has traits of both; her coloring and short fur are more lab whereas her personality and build are more retriever.  We've been able to piece together her first three years and the sad part is that she was crated all the time (or so it seems).  Not only was she crated, but when we took her on her first walks it was evident that she had rarely been walked.  The combination of treats, no walks, and lots of time in a crate was extra weight.  We are trying hard to walk her daily and she now goes on weekly runs.  I don't know how far or fast she'll be able to go once she drops 10 pounds.  Until she drops some more weight we don't plan on pushing her.  The first time she went on a run she was worn out pretty quickly, even though the run was as slow as molasses runs.  This weekend she did not slow down until about 1.5 miles.  I say she's improving!  Tomorrow we head back to the vet to see if she's lost any weight (she weighed ~85# last month).  My fingers are crossed.

Juneathon update:  I had a slow and not so steady 3.3 miles on the treadmill this morning.  I woke to this:
It was a cool, foggy morning and my brain seemed to have cobwebs.  The cobwebs didn't clear even after my run.  Thankfully, we don't have a lot going on today.  

Week Plan:
Monday:  4 miles (eeked out 3.3)
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday:  walk Maddie, cry at preschool graduation (crying is an exercise, right?)
Thursday:  5 miles
Friday:  4 miles
Saturday:  Last day herding, a.k.a. coaching, 5 year old soccer
Sunday:  5-9 miler (I don't know how far I want to go...partially because ADP has a race this morning)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Suzy's Happy Place

This morning ADP and I had a little miscommunication.  We talked while ADP was making cookies and decided I would get ready.  So, I went upstairs and got ready...I got ready for the day, errands, and all the things that needed to get done.  ADP thought I was going to get ready to take Maddie for a run.  Well, I was cleaned up by the time we realized we were talking about different things so on errands we went.  ADP went to the grocery store and I went to Sam's Club with the kids.

Fast forward to mid-afternoon and I finally made it out on a run.  The first 1.7 miles were with Maddie.  She was so happy to see me grab her leash!  The girl is getting better at running.  Granted, she had pit stops at .25 and .5 miles, but all things considered she did wonderful on today's run.  Maddie didn't appear to get tired until we hit ~1.5 mi.  This is the usual aftermath of a run with me:
Maddie goes in her crate to get away from the kids and to sleep in peace!
I dropped Maddie off and went out on my own for the rest of the run.  It had been way too long since I went out on a longer run on the weekend.  It usually takes me only a few miles to relax and be present.  Today it took until mile five before I was in my happy place.  During my run I got to think about lots of things, one being smiles.  I see so many runners who look like they are in pain or hating what they are doing.  Once I hit "Suzy's Happy Place" I'm all smiles, waving at people, and just enjoying all that comes my way.  When I am running, there are tell tale signs that I'm in my happy place, the only one that is constant 100% of the time is my breathing.  The first few miles of a run I feel like I'm far from relaxed and then all of a sudden my breathing is relaxed, my shoulders drop, and the world immediately around me makes sense.  There is nothing better!

I finished today with 7.66 miles at an average of 9:48/mi.  I usually don't run in the middle of the afternoon, so I'm happy with the results.  Maybe next weekend I'll be able to fit in a few more miles!  I did enjoy a bell pepper and hummus as a post run snack (thank goodness for Sam's Club...I bought the pepper and hummus this morning)!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

How Many Races

Last weekend I was asked how many races I've done.  The question completely caught me off guard and I had to stop, think, and actually tick the races off on my fingers to keep track.  It made me realize something about my running - it is different than it was even a year ago.

In May I asked your opinion how I should answer 'How long have you been a runner?' and I settled on 12 years because I've been running for 12 years.  In the first 11 years I ran five 5K's.  Since the new year I've run in seven races.  These races have ranged from 2.7 to 13.1 miles, they have been alone, with friends, with family, and even one with strangers (who became friends).  I've run for myself, for others, and on two relay teams.  I ran five races in eleven years (averaging out to ~1/2 of a 5K every year).  Now, I've run an average of more than one race a month.  Times are changing!

Now what do I do?  I do not have any races planned until October when I'll run my next half marathon.  Will I be able to stay away from races?  I'm hooked and I want more.  I just can't quite figure out why I'm hooked.  It isn't for PR's because I run faster away from races.  It isn't for my wallet because the cost of races add up fast.  The only thing I can think of is that it is because of the people.  Runners are amazing and I want to spend more time with them.  Perhaps going to a group run will suffice until the weather turns cold again.  Only time will tell.

Juneathon update:  Today's exercise isn't running!  I'm following up on what I pointed out on Thursday and taking another day off.  Today I'm coaching soccer.  90 minutes of herding 5 year olds will be enough exercise for me today.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday Fanfare, 6.11

Welcome!  Welcome!  Welcome!  I love seeing all your smiling faces and your comments every time I log in.  I have been trying to visit all the new followers' sites, but I can't find all of them.  I consider myself pretty good at navigating the web, but I get stumped just like everyone else.  So for those I haven't visited, I'm not ignoring you, I just have not found your blog yet.

It is a beautiful weekend and a great one for running!  Surprisingly enough, I only know of three racers this weekend.  Can it be mid-June and there are only three racers??  I hope everyone who isn't racing has a great weekend.  Those three racers...

  • Marcia is running the 13.1 Chicago Half Marathon in some insanely hot and humid weather for Chicago
  • The Black Knight and some of his army are running the Formula Race Cup 10K.  If you don't know about the Black Knight Army, you need to check them out
  • Darlene is running the Kinderhook Bank OK 5K on a beautiful weekend in Upstate NY!
I can't wait to read your race reports next week.

There may not be a lot of racers, but there are tons of giveaways in the blogging world...many end today, so go fast.

~Pretty Whimsical (ends 6/11)
~Bondi Bands (ends 6/11)
~Book Giveaway (ends 6/15)
~Road ID (ends 6/16)
~Road ID (ends 6/11)
~Drymax Socks (ends 6/13)
~Running Skirt or Stuffitts Savers (ends 6/12)...don't forget to say I sent you!
~Scape Sunscreen (ends 6/14)
~Thorlos Socks (ends 6/13)
~Mix 1 (ends ??)
~The Ultimate Runners (ends 6/15)

~Skin MD Giveaway (ends 6/25)
~The Runner's Diet Book (ends 6/15)

Juneathon 2010 update:  I didn't want to get out of bed this morning.  I did get up knowing that I would possibly regret it later if I skipped my run.  It wasn't a great run, but I did it and I'm done so therefore it was a success.  4.46 miles later I am officially at 515.74 miles for the year.  I'm posting my yearly mileage because it means I'm over half way to my goal of 1010 miles in 2010!

If you want to be added to my giveaway list or Friday Fanfare (race, birthday, or anything you think is worth mention) just leave me a comment!  

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Juneathon Update

It is already June 10, which according to my math calculations means we are 1/3 of the way through the month.  According to the Juneathon 2010 site, I'm supposed to be doing some kind of exercise every day and then blog about it.  Here's a recap:

June 1:  5.49 mile run
June 2:  3.11 mile run
June 3:  walk the dog + chase Punky at soccer
June 4:  4.42 mile run
June 5:  3.17 mile race
June 6:  4.1 mile "recovery run"
June 7:  4.42 mile run
June 8:  7.99 mile run
June 9:  PT exercises (no walk because it was raining all day)
June 10:  5.14 mile run

Three notes on my month so far.

  • I walked Maddie more than once this month; walking her shows up on June 3 because I didn't run that morning.
  • I need to take another day off from running!  A few months ago I decided to cut back to four days of running a week.  I've obviously failed.  
  • I've run ~38 miles this month which puts me right on track for another 100 mile month!
Why a bulleted list?  Well, I had all kinds of great ideas for posts this morning while I was running and I cannot remember a single one right now!  Maybe I'll remember for tomorrow.  If not, then I'll need to come up with something because I can only post so many bulleted lists.

And The Winner Is...

I went to the trusty site and let it do the hard work for me.  I typed in the numbers (134 entries?!?!?!) and this is what it spit out:
Entry 16 is:

Hillbilly Betty / Waylon Aussies said...
I liked the "Scroll Down Your Playlist - Orange and Tan" on their site. I <3 orange!

Congratulations Ferreh!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Rest Day

There are many reasons to have rest days.  If you want to know the "real" reasons for them you can google them.  On top of all the "real" reasons I have my own which are equally important.  I have two reasons:

  1. I get to sleep an extra hour!  Add the extra morning hour to the extra hour I get the night before (when ADP watches Hell's Kitchen) and it is a long night of sleep for me.
  2. I don't have any reason to put my contacts in so I wear my glasses.  Such comfort for my eyes once a week.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, my afternoon run was scratched for today.  I was going to take Maddie for a run today - thankfully I knew about it yesterday so I took her out on a 1.5 mile run.  Maddie isn't used to running yet and she runs even slower than I do!  Here we are when our run was done.

Giveaway Reminder

Only 24 hours left to enter my Sweaty Bands giveaway!  All you have to do is go to this link and follow the directions.  You have a few ways to win (please leave comments under the giveaway post, not this post).

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Brain Exchange, v. 11 and a Number

I've been bad and missed the the last few Brain Exchange posts.  I'm going to try to get back at it starting today.  If you want to be involved, stop by Finishing is Winning and answer for yourself.  It really is that easy!  This week is all about summer.

Topic:  Summer Fun and Training
Question:  With the warmer weather brings BBQ's, vacations and summer holiday do you manage a balance between training and fun?
There is not much difference between summer and winter when we are home because I run on the treadmill before the kids wake up.  On the weekends I try to get in a longer run, but it hasn't been happening very often since starting my WW job on Saturday mornings.  When I run early it leaves the rest of the day free for all the summer fun.
Vacations generally include running.  I don't see any reason why I wouldn't run on vacation since running is so beneficial to me.  If I don't run on vacation, it is usually because I am spending so much time walking everywhere.
The added benefit of running during the summer, I don't feel as guilty eating all the good summer food! 
Juneathon update:  Ran 6.45 miles this morning on the treadmill.  Even bigger than my run, this morning I passed this for the year:
500 miles!!!

Monday, June 7, 2010

You love your Sweaty Bands

Wow, you love your Sweaty Bands and giveaways!!!  Welcome to all the new followers.  I hope to get around to your blogs this week...once I get the yard back in shape after all the heat and rain we've had.  It is an honor to have you reading my blog.

As predicted, nothing terribly exciting today happened while running.  I ran 4.42 mils on the treadmill at a much slower pace than yesterday.  I didn't do a good job stretching this weekend (as in I did NONE) and my hams, lower back, and ITB are letting me know all about it.  I think today will be a stretching and mowing day.

Week plans:
Monday:  4 miles (done)
Tuesday:  6 miles
Wednesday:  rest/walk
Thursday:  5 or 6 miles
Friday:  4 miles
Saturday:  rest/walk
Sunday:  Maddie run

Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Surreal Run

This morning's run was nothing less than surreal for me.  I'm sitting on my couch writing this and it doesn't even seem like my run could have happened.  I'm just me, a mom, wife, student, who loves running.  This morning it felt like something more.

Yesterday was Friehofer's Run For Women 5K and the race draws an impressive elite field.  When I was reading the Fleet Feet newsletter earlier this month I noticed there was going to be a recovery run the day after Freihofer's with Adriana Pirtea.  I penciled it in and debated whether to go (I don't like doing two running things on the weekends because it takes too much time away from our family time).  This morning dawned and it was raining cats and dogs.  I skipped my run with Maddie (it was going to be her third run) and stayed in bed a little longer than normal.  Since it was raining the kids asked for a movie.  With the kids watching a movie, my small amount of guilt leaving the family at home quickly disappeared and I headed to Fleet Feet.

When I arrived there was only one other car in the parking lot.  I went in and found that there were only six of us running (Adriana Pirtea, Diane Nukuri-Johnson, Andrew who works at the store, Janice, and the guy who drove Adriana and Diane...I can't remember his name - possibly Patrick).  We waited around for almost 30 minutes but no one else showed even though the rain had stopped.  I have to admit that I was hoping for a whole lot more people.  Let's do a quick review from yesterday's chip times:

  • 13th place, Adriana Pirtea in 16:30 (5:19/mi)
  • 18th place, Diane Nukuri-Johnson in 16:49 (5:25/mi)
  • 1,505 place, Suzanne (ME!!) in 30:53 (9:57/mi, age group 173/379)

I didn't mind being the slowest, but having more people there would have helped.  The group was great about me being slow.  We all started out slow (well, slow to them) and eventually paired off.  Andrew was nice enough to stay with me while the others went on ahead.  I'd like to think we kept the fast group in our sights for the first two miles, but I doubt it was that far.  I don't know how much I held Andrew back, but when we hit the 5K mark I told him to go on ahead because I knew my way back to the store.  I ran 4.1 miles this morning.  I won't go into my splits, but it's enough to say that my "recovery run" 5K (I managed to hit "lap" on my Garmin at the right time) is my new PR at 28:04!  It did start raining during the run, which was fine by me.  Cool + rain is right up my alley.

I stuck around the store and talked the the people working (they weren't open yet) waiting for the others to get back.  I wanted to talk to them a little...Adriana and Diane were very nice...and get a picture.

Diane, Suzanne, & Adriana...they were great and put me in the middle!

Another, this one a little more symmetrical height wise (you can also see the rain coming down if you look at the parking lot)

Fleet Feet gave me an asics running hat for showing up.  I don't know if they were planning on giving out hats, or if it was because I was one of the only people who was there.  Either way, Thanks Fleet Feet!  You're awesome.
Back to your regularly scheduled programming.  I am confident in saying nothing this exciting is going to happen to me again for a while so it's back to the treadmill tomorrow.