So if you notice the giant spike in pace and heart rate about 2 minutes into my run that’s where i was chased by a random pit bull that burst out of some bushes growling and barking at me, but apparently he’s not a distance runner and he gave up after about 15 seconds. Good times.
September 30th by hollymcline at Garmin Connect – Details.
Do you hear the angels singing? Look at these babies. The shoes before my Asics were Mizunos and I loved them. These are calling my name. They’re saying “Cooome buuuyy usss Sabriiiiina!”
They are also on Runner’s World top running shoes for Fall 2011. Win-win.
I think they will be my 10 mile run reward. That is roughly 2 weeks away. Time to get hustling.
Yo my shoes is busted.
Seriously though, they’re runnable but they’re definitely starting to fall apart. The general rule of thumb is to replace shoes after 200-300 miles. I have gone well over 300 miles in these shoes I’ve had since last February. In fact, I’ve had these shoes since last winter when I last ran 7 miles. They need to go. My legs and feet have fully informed me of this. Logging extra miles didn’t hurt as much last winter when I was running on a new pair of shoes. The past two long runs I’ve done though have left my feet , shins, and knees mad at me. I know I can’t go much longer without replacing them but damn, awesome running shoes are expensive. And I’ll admit I’m sort of flashy so I like ones that look cool AND are functional which cost more. Lame.
You know what’s not lame? Running 7 miles. It is the farthest distance I have run and I did it last winter too which means that the next time I run a distance – since I am increasing my distance weekly – it will officially be the farthest I’ve run every weekend thereafter. Milestones feel pretty good. Half-marathon, here I come.
The amazing Jody is on a baking mission (with her handy dandy Sabrina baking assistant) to help me and Holly out. If you want you can check out the Facebook page for Jody’s Sweet Treats HERE and order something fantastic. This beautiful baking phenom is donating ALL of the proceeds from the sale of her baked goods to our fundraising run and I could not be more grateful. She is taking present orders and you can prepay for holiday orders. Get some goodness for a good cause!
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Total Miles Run: 10.02
Longest Run: 5.01 mi
Fastest Time: 5.01 in 45 min 58 sec
My right ankle/heel is killing me, and since I have to be in high heels for most of tomorrow I’m abstaining from a 3rd run of week, I know, I know, I’m such a wuss, but i don’t want to make the heel worse so I think I need to lessen my impact for a little bit until it feels better. In better, more awesome news, we are having a fundraising happy hour! It’s going to be on Thursday, October 6th at Fire Works Pizza in Arlington, starting at 5:30 come by and buy a $10 wristband that will get you happy hour specials for the entire evening on food and drinks. We will also be holding a raffle for gift certificates to great area businesses and once I have the full list together I’ll let everyone know what they are. I’ve spent a good chunk of my morning calling about 40 places, it’s exhausting!
Ok, well I’m supposed to be out of the house and on the way to the airport for a wedding in NY at 2:15 today, so I’ve got to finish packing a prepare for my Freedom Search.
September 21 by hollymcline at Garmin Connect – Details.
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Good grief today was hard! It’s so humid outside I couldn’t get enough air in my lungs, I thought I wasn’t gonna make it the full 5 miles. I really had to push myself super hard, I’m so glad the race is in Vegas where the air is dry, that should be much nicer to run in.
September 19th by hollymcline at Garmin Connect – Details.
9:11min/mi average, not too shabby, but trying to hit a solid 9 min/mi mark.
Ish. I ran a 10K yesterday and it felt oh-so-good. I was on fire. I jammed out to The Gay Blades, and felt like I could have kept running when I finished. Yesterday.
In the 24 hours since my run, my body finally figured out what we did. My hips/calves/feet/back are sore. It’s a pretty good sore though, I’m enjoying it. It’s not debilitating – just enough to remind myself I did something. Although all offers for foot massages will be considered so please don’t hesitate to extend the love.
As I talk to Holly and read this blog, it is my strong belief that by the time I cross the finish line at the half-marathon in December, Holly will already have a beer in her hand, as her speed keeps getting better. I’m okay with this as long as we both finish and I don’t stop running!
Did I mention that there’s a new incentive to donate? Everyone that donates at least $100 will get a bottle of local Virginia wine at the end of the donation window. So go ahead – donate your face off!
On a totally unrelated note – if you want to see a movie and you can handle violence and gore – go see Drive. It was aaaawwweessome!!
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Total Miles Run: 15
Longest Run: 5.3 mi
Fastest Time: 5.07 miles in 46 min 15 sec
Ok, now that the stats are our of the way, that lawnmower has it out for me! I swear, I’ve started other lawnmowers, no problem, this one hates me, it revels in the fact that I can’t start it, it makes just enough of a start noise to give me hope, and alert the neighbors to the fact that if they look out their windows they can see my toiling away pulling on that cord over and over and over until I get a blister, that’s right, a blister!
In other, less aggravating news, I made it my goal this week to do 3 5-mile runs, mission accomplished! On the 3rd run I actually hit a 9:07 min/mi average pace! I attribute this mainly to the fact that it was super cold and I wanted to get back in the house as soon as possible. Goal for the weekend is to buy some long sleeve workout shirts, so that next time I run in the cold it want take 10 minutes for my hands to work again once I get back. I was trying to upload my Garmin stats and once my fingers were warm enough to be recognized by the trackpad, but my hands just didn’t work right, they were that cold, it was pitiful.
Ok, I’m off to use the elliptical in lieu of my planned lawn mowing workout, I bet it’s smiling smugly in the backyard as I type.
I’m taking some time out of the normal numbers posting to share my exciting plan. I enjoy strength training and I appreciate it enough – I used to be a personal trainer so I had better appreciate it – but I don’t get excited about strength training very often. Lifting weights in a repetitive fashion does not get my blood pumping.
What does get my blood pumping? Yoga. I love me some yoga. Starting this coming week I am going to commit myself to 2-3x a week yoga sessions. I am doing this to strengthen and tone up the flab but also to stretch. A huge part of exercise that people ignore far too often is stretching – myself included. Yoga gives me a good workout but also challenges my muscles to recover and work at the same time. The added stretching will give me increased flexibility which means more mobility, better form, and less injuries. I’m pretty stoked about this plan and you should be too. I’ve thrown a few helpful articles in here for anyone else interested!
“Runners can use yoga practice to balance strength, increase range of motion, and train the body and mind. “
“If you don’t have the flexibility in your hip flexors and hamstrings to create an adequate range of motion, your body will ask that motion to come from other joints–joints not meant to produce that motion. So you get early fatigue, early breakdown, and you expose yourself to injury.”
“”In a sense, my running is sort of an extension of the yoga class. Through the deep breathing and quieting of the mind we all learn in class, I can get into that moving meditation when I run.”