Saturday, February 17, 2018

If and When

Eight miles, maybe nine, if i felt good. That's what I said when we headed out for our run yesterday. Technically, per training, I should have been on nine, but we didn't get out last weekend, which should have been eight. I don't really know how much it matters when I got up to ten a month and a half ago. I would like them to be more comfortable miles, so I figure following the training plan is still the best way to do that.

Except we ran ten miles. And not because I felt good. Somewhere I just decided that if I was going to run eight, I should run nine. And as I thought about where I was finding nine miles running around me neighborhood, I thought, 'If this ends up being even nine and a quarter miles, I might as well find ten.'

Remember how I said I would run nine "if I felt good"? I did not feel good. I love running with Henri, but he was Mr. Professional Poop Finder. Dog, goose, probably other animals, if it was there, he found it, needed to stop and sniff it an pee on it. Apparently, people decided they didn't need to pick up after their dogs while there was the little bit of snow on the ground, which is annoying in and of itself, but to have to stop every time he caught the scent of some...again, I love running with him, but the stop and go was killing me. 

We got into a good groove by mile three. Knowing we were coming up on halfway (to eight or nine) I started to anticipate and map out the rest of the run. The idea of a figure eight helped keep Henri from thinking I had lost our way as we passed through the same place, but running through the park a second time was maybe a mistake as far as momentum goes. I knew I was going to struggle, but the decision was made. We were running nine, probably ten, because I probably could.


I mean, of course I could, right? It just might not be pretty. While Henri might make it difficult with his stop and go and poop sniffing, he helps to keep me going when I need him. Again, I love running with him.

So, we ended up running ten miles for the second time. We also shaved four minutes off our time! I mean, we weren't running into the wind for the last five miles, so that might have something to do with that. 

The last three miles were not the strongest, except in the fact that I pushed through and I ran them. Why didn't I stop at eight or nine? Because I knew I could do more.

And I was right.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Shaking Out and Slowing Down

Winter really needs to decide what it's doing. Is it cold and icy or is it 50 degrees? I am fine with the cold, but we need to be able to run safely. We have missed more days than I would like to, but it is better than either one of us being injured and missing so many more. 

We had a good run. I started a new workout yesterday and so many muscles hurt, which I'm okay with because it means they are working, but it slowed me down a little. Combine that with the remaining ice patches, it was a steady run. I had to watch where we were going so that I could remind Henri to "slow". It has been several days since we've been able to run and I'm sure slow was the last thing Henri was wanting to do. I pushed as much as I could for 5 miles. Hopefully, that will help shake out the soreness and we can get a few more runs in this week as it continues to warm.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Snow Much Fun

An evening of snowfall meant another run on snow covered sidewalks! It also means a lot of Henri the canine snow scoop. Mmmm...snow!

A 3.75 miles run in the snow counts as cross training, right? Stabilization work from the abs down, I could feel it. My ankle hurt before we ran, but it didn't bother me at all during the run. The run went well. It was the coldest run we've had since last winter, but we kinda love these temps. Okay, by kinda I mean really. Really.

Friday, February 2, 2018

7 Miles

"Long" run is done for the week! Well, yeah, it is Friday. I'm not that ahead of the game, but tomorrow is going to be windy and then apparently snow is coming. I thought it best to get it out of the way today. I wasn't sure how it was going to go. I had a minor procedure done yesterday which was causing some sensitivity and some occasional sharp pain, but it really wasn't enough to stop me. The pain in my calf, well, it was going to slow me down...but again, wind and snow. It was time to move!

It was actually a really good run. I kept it at a slower pace because of the pain in my calf, but if I just pushed through and limped along, the pain subsided and we were back to normal. I probably would have kept going (That seems to happen every time I'm decide I'm running 7 miles), but I lost my music with a mile and a half left. I was able to push through to the 7, but I was starting to struggle without a beat of some kind to distract me.

So, a decent, steady, slow run, despite pain and discomfort. Still a long ways to go before I can run any kind of marathon distance, with or without pain, but it's a small sign of what can be done with a little (lot) more training. 

Unfortunately, this will have to be done without Henri, but I will just have to remember the way he looks at me while we run the miles and the joy he has after we are done.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Needing to Adapt

I'm a cold weather runner. I don't know how I'm going to train for a marathon throughout the summer. I might get used to it as I run the longer distances in the heat. I've adjusted for Henri's sake to the cold, maybe I can adjust the other way. I just can't imagine it right now. We ran 6 miles in 40 degree weather on Sunday. While we only ran 5 today, it felt so much better, but it was 30 degrees and the wind was cold. Just that 10 degree difference...

I will admit, I made chili when we got home to warm up my belly.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Keep It Going

I have a thing for my iPod. It's a Classic with lots of storage. I have pretty much every song I've ever owned on it. It goes with me everywhere. I use it when I can at work, I use it in the car and of course, it goes on every run with me. So, you can imagine my distraught as it started to die. I found one on Ebay, a little bit bigger than my current and I got it for $100. I've been working diligently to get this new iPod up and, well, running. I've been a little distracted with that, so I didn't get us out for our run yesterday. I made the decision that we would be running right after church. I was not allowed to play with my iPod until we finished our run.

Well, since this was supposed to be our 6 mile week according to our half-marathon training plan, that was what we were supposed to do. To help from giving up on that idea, one of my run squad that I'm running the half and full with joined us, seeing as how she needed the same amount of motivation (the other one did the right thing and did her long run on Saturday, like she was supposed to). We still have to work on keeping Henri motivated as we continually loop through the neighborhood, poor guy. He just doesn't understand, but he's still just so cute. He had a good time though, adding to our squad.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Shining Down, Shining Up

It was a beautiful day! It was sunny and 45 degrees. It was a little windy, but it was blowing in a direction that didn't impact us. It sounds like it's supposed to be windy tomorrow, so I pushed a little today, trying to get some speed. I need to work on knowing my speed without looking at my Garmin. Often times I feel slow, but I'm really running at a good pace. When I see my pace, I feel like I need to push, but really I just need to fall into it. 

I feel like I've been trying to get my pace up for over a year. Maybe a little marathon training will get me there. If not, there is this little face shining up at me either way, so...I'm good.