Sunday, June 30, 2013

Knock, knock!

I had planned to run 2.25 miles with my good friend, Ashley, this morning.  She's in rebuild mode following a stress fracture.  (Said stress fracture stopped her Cowtown half training on December 31st; that made me sad).  I was really looking forward to it because (a) I needed to get out there, I haven't ran since my encouraging run on Wednesday and (b) I haven't ran with Ashley in 6 months!

However, at 6:30 AM, I heard thunder and then saw lightening.  By 6:32 AM, we were in the midst of a full-blown thunderstorm.  Even though the rain is much needed (our area is in a drought complete with crazy water restrictions and such), I had plans!

Stumbled across this and felt God was speaking directly to me.  Imagine me feeling a V-8 commercial type thump as I read this:

I, apparently, am one of the nine!  And, this can be applied to blog posts.  Anything to nudge it alone, right?!  :)

when grumbling turns to squealing

On Monday, the day I learned about Chevron, I decided to go out for a short run following my WOD at the gym.

Um.  It sucked.  Totally.  Like I was thinking 'what was I thinking?!'  It was my first run since an awful (personally, for me) 5K on Saturday, June 15th.  I needed a walk break about 0.30 miles in; I bartered and bargained with myself to get to 0.50 before actually taking the break.  I then ran/walked in 0.25 mile increments for approximately 2 minutes before swapping to 0.10 mile increments.  I finished 1 mile in front of my house.  In just over 12 minutes (I originally thought it was 11 minutes but checked for this post).  I was mentally disgusted, physically exhausted (it was one mile?!) and emotionally drained and discouraged.

It made me think I needed to start over with run/walk intervals and a Couch to 5K program.  Even though I didn't really want to have to start over that far back.

But I decided I would.  And, I became okay and comfortable with that idea.  No longer feeling like a complete bum for letting my running fitness go.  Accepting it for what it was and getting excited at the idea of building back to where I was in the immediate months following Cowtown (I ran the half on February 24th).

My original thoughts (and post) were not as negative as I actually ended up feeling about it.  I got pretty grumpy about it, actually.

I sent a text to Ashley a bit after that stinky mile, totally griping and grumbling and questioning ever running again (I was slightly dramatic) and she said 'slow down!' and not to try and go at it so fast (not that my post-Cowtown pace was that fast but it was fast for me, inching down to 9:23 minute miles).  She basically told me that I was sabotaging the run by trying to hold a too-fast-for-me-right-now pace and only setting myself up for frustration, discouragement and possibly failure in the future.  I grumpily agreed.

So, on Wednesday, I decided to plug my earbuds in, go out for one loop around my extended block and not look at my watch at any time during the jog.  I told myself to go out as slow as I needed to get make the loop without walk breaks but gave myself permission to do so if I really felt it was the difference in starting over and building base mileage back up and quitting completely.

I made the loop.  No walk breaks.  Felt really good and probably could have gone a bit more as far as distance.  When I paused my Garmin, I didn't peek.  I wanted to continue to enjoy the moment.  I felt good.  Strong.  Comfortable.  So comfortable, in fact, that I knew that I had to have just ran about 1.5 miles in about 18-20 minutes and I was okay with that.  I didn't want to ruin it by looking at the watch, sometimes my Garmin tells me 'Wow.  That was slow.' and I didn't feel like engaging with it.  You know, bantering back and forth with 'no big deal!  You said 'go out slow, take your time!' and 'seriously.  You didn't mean that.  This time really stinks!'  I'm not the only one who does that, right?!  Argues with a Garmin?  Sometimes Mr. G can be really nice and encouraging; other times, he's somewhat a turd.

About 20 minutes later, I checked in with Mr. G to see what he had to say.  And, squealed with glee.  I couldn't believe that this (below) felt so comfortable!  I was stoked!  It's the little things, isn't it?!

This completely made my night.  I immediately went from contentment to excitement.  And, looking forward to my next run!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


While reading Tyly's most recent post,
I thought 'exactly!' when I got to this pic.

Here we go ... again!

I am starting over.  I did not keep up with my runs during the month of May nor have really tried to get any in this month.  I have registered for and ran two 5Ks this month and they were awful.  Awful because I hadn't been running and running two 5Ks without any other running is just plain goofy.  Especially when the temps jump up 20-25 degrees and the humidity doubles from April to June.  I was goofy.  Oh, well.  Lesson learned.  :)

So, yesterday I decided that I was going to start over.  Instead of trying to go out and run 3-4 miles (because I used to could!) and becoming discouraged by needing to run/walk instead of running the entire distance, I am going to go back to the beginning and do it right.  Start off with shorter distances and slower pace and build up from there.  Again.  I am not bummed by it, though.  I know that I let my running go and I cannot expect to jump back out there after 60 days of running inactivity (I have been to the gym doing my CrossFit thing) and run 3-4 miles without walking and at my old pace (I began to get under 10 minute miles which was speedy fast for me!).

Anyone else starting over?

*edited to add:  I ran 1 mile yesterday.  One mile.  In just over 11 minutes.  And, I was frustrated that by the halfway point I need to walk a bit.  While I was grumbling about it to myself, I remembered the title of Tyly's blog.  Yep.  Tyly, you encouraged me in the middle of a grumpy moment!  You guys should go check her out.  She is starting over, too, with some fitness things and she is super fun about it!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Chevron Houston Marathon

I haven't posted since December.  Yikes!

The rest of December and all of January and February, I continued to train for and ran the Cowtown Half Marathon.  After that, I kept up with 3-4 mile runs more than twice a week and started to actually drop time off of unofficial 5Ks during the months of March and April.  In April, friends and I ran the Austin 10/20.  Much fun!  And, it was a race/event/course PR for me!  Then May came along.  And, my girls were playing softball.  Between practices and games for two daughters on two separate teams, we were at the fields 4 sometimes 5 days a week - after a full day of work.  So, I let May come and go with a total of 27 miles ran including my leg of the Beach to Bay Marathon Relay.  Looks like I need to get back at it!  I am excited!  This will be my first marathon!