Friday, May 27, 2011

I just couldn't do it

Today I was supposed to run 14 miles. For some reason I just wasn't feeling it this morning. I don't know if it was starting at 5:45 am, not sleeping good last night, not drinking enough water yesterday or the steak dinner I ate last night. But it was just a bad run for me. At mile 9 in the loop there was a way to make the run a mile shorter and I turned to the girls and said "I can't do it I'm only going 13". Traci turned to me and said "WHAT???? You never do that. In the 7 years we've run together you have never asked to cut it short." Well - today was my day to cut it short. I honestly didn't have it in me to go 14. My legs were heavy and I was just plain out of steam. The girls were so nice and ran with me (I'm sure deep down they were secretly happy to do 1 less mile).

Some days feel great and others days just don't. I'm glad my not feeling great run was on a training day and not a race day.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Running in the Rain

This has been a very wet & cold spring. I am so sick of running in the rain. I hate my feet being wet and being wet and cold. I have to wear a hat or I can't see because I'm getting pelted in the eyes. People at work ask me why I run outside when it's raining. Well....if it only rained every once in a while I probably wouldn't. But it has been raining non-stop for weeks and I can't stop running, I don't want to run on a treadmill and I'd might as well get train in these conditions in case it's raining during the race.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Compression Socks

While buying some nutrition at the Runner's Corner I decided to buy some compression socks. I'm kind of a sucker for running stuff so I never make it out of that store without something random that I didn't intend to buy initially. After talking to one of the serious runners who works there about their benefits I decided that they might help for Ragnar since I need fresh legs for my 3 runs over 2 days. I decided to try them out for our long run (12 miles) and then I had to head to work and you have to wear them after your run too. So after my shower I put them back on got dressed for work and wore them all day. I thought they looked great with my outfit ... next time I should wear a skirt with them!

My legs felt good on my 5 mile run the next morning. And I also used them on the day we did triples. We did 6 miles at 6:00 am then 4 miles at noon then 4 miles again at 8:00 pm. I wore them during all 3 runs and between all 3 runs. My legs felt fresher than normal for that many runs and miles in a day. Hopefully they are doing their job and will help me in Ragnar.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Half Way Point

I set a goal to run 1000 miles this year. A friend of mine has done this every year for the past 5 years and when I read about it I thought it was better than setting a new year's resolution like "exercise 5 days a week". This is a fun goal - run or walk 1000 miles this year. I hit the 500 mile mark today and am so excited about the progress. It took so long to get to the 100 mile mark but since then it has gone much faster. It doesn't hurt that I'm putting in 30+ miles a week right now in training.