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Louisiana: Summer is here.

My biggest struggle lately has been the crazy heat coupled with craaaaaaaaaaaaazy high humidity.  The humidity is much more miserable than the heat.

My runs have increased to 5 miles! I’ve settled into an every-other-day routine, and I’m finding my rhythm. I love running!

This morning, the humidity was 92%! I had to be at work by noon, and my child is out of school for the summer, so I had no other choice but to run in the 92% hell.  The run was going okay considering when a bug flew in my eye at about the 3.5 mile mark! It burned so bad! I kept pace, and kept wiping. lol  Before that happened, a large dog began chasing me…fortunately, he backed off once I yelled at him (lucky, I know).  Then, once I finally got home I realized that the back of my shoe had rubbed a large hunk of flesh off of the back of my heel. lol  It was a ROUGH morning. Ya know what though? I’d do it all over again. Running is somehow magical….the worst things can happen to you, but you brush it off and prepare for the next run.

I have several races written down in my running log.  I’ve planned out my race schedule for the next six months.  I plan on wrapping up the year with a half marathon.

If you don’t run…start.  It is unimaginably addictive & fun.

P.S.-I’ve lost ~60lbs now.


About that run…

About my run this morning? There is only one word to describe it: FAIL. I guess when you have a head-on collision with an elliptical machine on Monday…set a personal record for distance on Wednesday…you must fall flat on your face on Friday. lol

Everything about this morning was off. My child is out of school today, so I had to go earlier…which meant I couldn’t have my usual cup of coffee pre-run. My legs were already achey from my PR Wednesday. I was going to attempt a 5K this morning…as you see that did NOT happen! I even hesitate to log it as a run…it was more of a old person shuffle. lol


Updates…

I have been neglecting this blog lately…my apologies.  I just realized that I never gave a post-race update (from my first 5K)! Note: It was April 9th.

Geesh…where is my head!!

I was a bag of nerves on race day!  No one was able to come see me race, so I knew…no one…which made the nerves worse.  Oh, and the race was simply advertised as a 5K.  No where…NO WHERE did it say 5K TRAIL RACE! LOL  Yep, 3.1 miles of grueling up & down steep hills…mud, dirt, rocks…you name it…it was there!  So, I was completely exhausted halfway into it. So, I began to walk/run…my strategy at that point was simply survival! So, I walked uphill, and ran downhill.

That worked out okay, because I did not finish last (and that was my only goal for that race).  I did learn a few things though…Lesson 1-explore the area where the race is going to be held if you are unfamiliar with it.  Lesson 2-I must be in much better shape before my first INTENTIONAL trail race! lol

So, my first 5K was a trail run…unplanned…but i did it.

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I set a PR yesterday morning! I ran 5.56 miles! The time was horrible, but the distance was what mattered! Before yesterday, a 5K was my longest distance. I’m making progress!! 🙂

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On the weight loss front: I’ve now lost a total of 51lbs! 😀

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Thanks to a friend on Dailymile.com I found out about The Jelly Bean Virtual 5K going on this week! I found out just in time too! I just have to complete it & post my time before the 26th. Cool beans! LOL 😉  Now, to decide if I’m going to do this in the morning, or Saturday morning. Decisions…decisions…perhaps I’ll do it twice, and post my best time? LOL Nah, I wouldn’t do that…I dont even think I could run a 5K two days in a row! LOL

I’m on Dailymile.com now too! Check me out! Add me as a friend on there if you are on it.

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I plan on going on a long hike sometime this weekend. I had planned on going in the morning, but then came a torrential downpour, and now I’m thinking that those dirt trails are going to be mud pits…and uh…I dunno about that. Perhaps not tomorrow. lol

Although, last Saturday I hiked over five miles and thoroughly enjoyed myself!


Who Knew!?

Today, we changed up the pace a bit by checking out a new trail. Well, the trail is a small gravel, and a bit deep. So, when you step you dig down a bit. Well, this worked my muscles in a very different way, and I guess worked some stability muscles that hadn’t been worked .

I only WALKED 2.65 miles, and yet my quads feel like I did an hour on an elliptical…or three sets of 15 on the leg press machine. Crazy!!!

Although, my knee…which I have worked super hard to strengthen (bum knee since junior high), was tweaking a bit after that. It wasn’t because I did too much (because I didn’t), it was because I used some stability muscles in my knee that I had not previously. So, both a good thing…and a uh…oops…I have a race Saturday…I can’t get my knee tweaking!!!! It’s okay though…slight twinges…nothing major. I’ll listen to it carefully tomorrow morning to see how I need to work out. I’m not going back to those gravel trails this week. I need to work on that AFTER my race.

I hit upper body in the gym very lightly once I got to school. A few sets of vertical lifts, and then I called it a morning.

As long as my knee is good in the morning, I expect it to be a hard(er) workout.

I think Thursday, I’m going to check with the training partner to see if she wants to run the road instead of trails so that I can prepare better for my race Saturday.

Oh, and I cooked us some nice inch thick top sirloins for dinner tonight…Soooooo good!!!


Long overdue update

I have been quite busy with school, and training for my upcoming 5K.  My first 5K is this Saturday!! Today, I did 3.03 miles…only walked ~.35 miles of that. So, I am almost ready! I’m so excited! I never EVER thought I would love running like I do! This is such a huge change for me.

Besides running 3-4 days a week, I lift weights every Tuesday & Thursday.  I also supplement my running with some walking & some quality elliptical machine (cross training program) time.  I think I’m rounding it all out okay…

My weight loss has been slow but steady. I’m going to weigh again tomorrow morning to see where I’m at.

 

Back to my run this morning…I never expected that this morning would be a PR for me.  I had a very hard time waking up this morning…I slept very hard…so hard, I had bags underneath my eyes. lol  I stumbled around…got dressed…got my child off to school…drank a cup of coffee…then headed out to workout. It went so much better than I expected!  Perhaps I should sleep hard more often. lol

I’m still eating Paleo. Had an organic two egg, coconut milk omelet this morning once I got home.  I munched on a couple of banana chips during my run…just enough carbs to get me through.

My shower never felt so good this morning! lol


Registered!

I just signed up for my first race!!! A 5K, and it is in two weeks! I’m excited & nervous! Gotta pick up the workouts for reals!