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Double Digits! July 29, 2009

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I knew I wanted to do a long run this week but realized I didn’t have time to do it other than last night or tonight – its pouring rain today so yesterday afternoon I decided to just suck it up and do 10 miles. There was no rain, I had no plans, and basically no excuses not to!

 

As soon as I got home from work I put on my running shoes and hurried out the door before I had a second to think about it. I set my goal at 10 miles, but I usually set a “maximum” goal, and a “minimum” goal. This is because sometimes my body just can’t handle the distance I have set out to run that day, so as long as I set a slightly shortly distance then at least I have accomplished one goal and not completely bailed. So last night my max was 10 and min was 7. I haven’t run 10 miles since my half marathon, and while training for that race my longest run was 8 miles.

 

Heading out for a run that’s going to take an hour and a half is pretty intimidating. After running the first mile I just kept thinking over and over “I can’t believe I still have 9 miles to go”. The entire time I ran last night it was all mental. Aside from the last 2 miles, my body felt fine but my mind kept telling me to stop. It was a definitely tough but I completed 10 miles! I had to walk a few times and stop and stretch but that was about it! I was so proud that I actually accomplished a goal that I had set. I would like to do at least one more 10 mile run before the half and then take it easy the week before the race.

 

Lately, after these long runs I get home and feel extremely sick. I drink water while running and drink countless bottles when I get home but I always feel nauseous for at least an hour after these runs. The heat is definitely getting to me and it might be that I haven’t eaten enough before my run. I need to experiment on these next few runs to see how I can solve this problem! Any suggestions??

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Stretch, stretch, stretch. July 27, 2009

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Over the weekend I realized how quickly the half marathon is approaching… I also haven’t completed a long run over 8 miles. My goal was to complete a 10 mile run before the race, but unfortunately I will be out of town the 2 weekends prior to the half. I may have to figure out a way to do it after work. It does help that I am out by 4:30, yet it’s still extremely hot at that time and I am still struggling with the heat.

 

I went on a quick run Friday night after work. It was mainly to test out my new shoes! I had been getting serious shin splints from my other shoes which I love dearly, but it was time to retire them. The only problem was, they were $140! In case you don’t remember, I’ve always had a serious issue with finding the right running shoes so the last pair I had (Asics Kayano 15) were AMAZING. However, my wallet does not allow a new pair of $140 running shoes every few months. So, I went to my favorite running store in Grand Central (surprising, I know!) and told the salesperson I loved my old shoes but needed a cheaper pair. Without hesitation, he grabbed a pair of shoes that were perfect! I swear, the people that work there are geniuses. They know so much about shoes and what works for you and the best part it – they don’t waste your time! They must be used to people who are short on time and have to make a train because I have never spent more than 20 minutes in the store. I ended up buying Asics GT-2140, and they were under $100 which is much more manageable. There wasn’t a serious difference either compared to my old shoes when I went to test them out. I’m so happy!

 

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Sunday morning I geared up for an 8 mile run. I even took it easy the night before so I would have no excuse as to why I couldn’t run. I went on the same path as the weekend before, but was not nearly as successful… Even though it was 8 in the morning, the humidity was out of control! Practically unbearable. I couldn’t believe that it could still be that hot without the sun. I sucked it up and continued on and drank as much water as possible while running (love my camel back!)  The past few days I have had pain in my left foot that I had actually experienced while training for my first half marathon. The doctor had told me it stemmed from my extremely tight hamstrings and Achilles and recommended that I go to physical therapy. Unfortunately, physical therapy didn’t fit into my budget and she showed me a few stretches I could do at home. Of course, I did them for a few weeks and felt much better so I stopped. BAD IDEA. Now I have the same pain all over again and once I hit mile 4 on my run something in my foot popped and I had such bad pain I couldn’t run anymore and had to take a cab back to my apartment. I felt pretty pathetic but didn’t want to run in case something was seriously wrong. I went home and iced it and felt much better. I need to get better about stretching! You’d think I would have learned from my last injury, but of course not. I plan to stretch at least twice a day EVERY DAY until the race. No excuses! I’m being foolish my not stretching like the doctor recommended, and will regret it when I get seriously hurt.

Other than that, I’m getting super excited for the race! I feel very confident and am happy that it starts so early so that the heat will be bearable. Let’s pray for good weather! I’m going to go stretch 🙂

 

Article: Can’t Stand the Heat? July 22, 2009

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I found this  great article yesterday in Runner’s World right after I wrote my post about how much I struggled running in the heat. The entire article is great, but here are two things he mentioned that stuck out in my mind:

1. The current recommendation on hydration is that you should drink for thirst, and only for thirst. You don’t need to start pounding down the water just because it’s hot.

2. You’ll have to slow your pace in the heat. Your heart is pumping blood to your skin to keep you cool, which increases your heart rate, and the means that your pace must slow down.

These may seem obvious, but make so much sense as to why one cool evening after work I can run 4 miles at a 9:00 pace but could barely stick to a 10 min/mile pace during my long run on Sunday.   I am trying to acclimate myself to running in the heat for the half but need to remember to be careful! Luckily, the race starts at 7am, meaning I should (hopefully)  be finished by 9:00am right before the heat is unbearable!

The half is only a few weeks away, I can’t wait!

 

Allison: Back at it! and biking? July 21, 2009

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I have definitely been more accountable with my training over the last week. On Sunday I decided to test myself by going out for my first long run in months – 8 miles! It went much better than I was expecting. I used a camel back for the first time and it made such a difference! It was HOT outside and I honestly don’t think I would have made it without it.

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I love living by the Hudson because there is a path along the entire river. You can run as long or as short a distance as you want. I decided to run towards Battery Park which was about 4 miles from my apartment. The only drawback was there was ZERO shade on the path for the entire distance, aside from a few trees along the way. I was lazy on Sunday morning and didn’t leave for my run until 2pm so it was extremely hot. I made it the first 4 miles with no problem and once I got to Battery Park I sat in the shade, stretched and walked around for about 10 minutes. I know I could have run the whole time but didn’t want to take any chances in the heat, especially when I still had 4 miles to go. Miles 4-7 were no problem but I really struggled on mile 8. I was just way too hot and felt like I couldn’t go any farther so I ran/walked the rest of the way. Overall, the run was great. Next time I need to get my butt out of bed earlier in the morning and take advantage of the shade! I feel much more prepared for this half marathon than my last, and if I just do a few more longer runs on the weekends I’ll be fine. Now that I have the perfect place to run, I have no excuse not to!

Along this path there are also a ton of bikers and I have definitely become interested in the sport! It seems like great cross training and amazing exercise. I would love to start but know nothing about it and would like to test out some bikes before spending $1000 on a new bike. Any suggestions?

On another note… Joanna has officially left me. The good news is that I now work 7:30-4:30 so have much more time to exercise after work. The bad news is, I MISS HER TERRIBLY! Here is a picture of us at the NYC Philharmonic in the park last week.

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Allison: Lacking Motivation… again July 9, 2009

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Hopefully a pattern is not forming… I hit a wall about a month before my first half marathon and completely lost all motivation to train or exercise and it’s happening again. I’m not sure what the cause is, but I simply cannot get myself out of bed in the morning to go for a run. Even on the most beautiful days I come up with endless excuses as to why I should stay in bed.

I’m not sure if it’s the monotony of my training routine – my recent discovery of the path along the Hudson River is no longer enough to distract me from my exercise. I have researched countless training programs and tried to find the one that I truly knew I could handle – not one that was too challenging that I knew I would give up on after only a few days.

I’ve attempted to add strength training (Caitlin and Kath’s program) which I have really loved, as well as various Yoga podcasts I have found online but nothing is sticking. The thing is, that after my run I feel amazing and have never regretted a single workout – I just can’t seem to my butt out the door.

So how can I fix this? I am falling way behind on my training for the half in august, having completed only one four mile run since Saturday. I would like to do at least a 10 mile run before the race but don’t want to push myself too hard. I think I just need to suck it up and lace up my running shoes before I even have time to think about it. Even if I end up walking for half of my run that’s better than no exercise at all. I think laziness and the fact that I finally have a living room that I can relax in along with endless cable stations (2 things I did not have at my old apartment) are pathetic contributors to this extreme lack of motivation.

I’ve said this before but this time I mean it, I’m going to really get my butt into gear and focus! I have absolutely no reason as to why I am not exercising. I take for granted the fact that I have the ability to even get out and go for a run, there are so many people who would give anything to be able to put on a pair of sneakers and go for a jog or compete in a race and here I am complaining about it. So, this is my new found motivation: I am have a body that allows me to exercise so rather than wasting it I am going to USE IT!

 

Allison: 4 on the 4th July 6, 2009

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The 4 on the 4th was great!! Team Emma did a fantastic job! The course was definitely challenging with tons of hills. My goal for the race was to finish in under 40 minutes, I ended up running the 4 miles in 37:08!

After I finish races I always think I could have gone faster and never really push myself to my full racing potential. I considered this as more of a fun run and didn’t want to take it too seriously and injure myself for the half in August. I ran the first 2 miles with my dad and sister – my 2 brothers-in-law did their own thing from the start. I was getting antsy so my dad told me just to go ahead and do my thing so I really booked it the last 2 miles.

The race was such a great time! There were people running barefoot, war veterans running with flags, and people wearing crazy 4th of July outfits. Running through downtown is the greatest part of the race, everyone is buzzing with energy and cheering you on! I ran a little too fast through town and had to walk for a few seconds. Overall it was a great experience! I definitely want to run the race every year – maybe one year Emma will be running with us! Pictures to come soon 🙂

 

One more thing…. July 1, 2009

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I forgot to mention in my last post is that Joanna will be leaving me in a few short weeks to move to San Diego. Although I am so incredibly happy for her, I’m going to miss her like crazy! Although we rarely actually ran together, she has been my motivator and partner through everything for the past few months! So not only will this blog be used to update everyone on our (lack of) training for races, but also to keep in touch while she is across the country. Hopefully there will be future posts of us jogging along the boardwalk in San Diego when I am out there to visit 🙂