Friday, October 21, 2016

Fall is the best for running

Perfect day to run.
Sure hope the half marathon is on a day like today. One more long training run at 11 miles to go!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Long Run Friday - Half Training

Wasn't sure I could do it, but I did.  Then came home and signed up for a couple more races.  Nothing like a good long run to make you feel invincible!
 I really love that feeling after a long run - tired, sore, spent.  The endorphins really show up after a good run. Probably the farthest I've run since the 15k I did in February.

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Chase

The Chase is a local 5k that raises funds for Heartstrings, an organization to promote awareness and support for those who have lost babies.  It is in memory of little Chase Ruffner, who passed away during his nap time from SIDS, at 4 1/2 months old.  So sad. I made a quilt for his parents from his little clothes.  Anyway, I try to do this race every year. This was the 4th year.  It is a small race.  Very small this year at only 27 5k runners, and about that many who did the 1 mile remembrance walk.

 I'm thrilled that I have a friend close to my age who has started doing some races (next to me in the orange hat).  She is a couple of years younger than me and faster, but I don't mind.  She won grandmasters and me, three minutes behind her,  took first in my age group 55-59.  My other friend there, #4141, is a good runner. She was about 4 minutes ahead of me and won her age group 35-39.

Plodding along.  Just thankful I can run, even if it is slow.  It makes it worth it to bring home a medal, even when there were no competitors in my age group.

The hubby said the big bowl of soup and chocolate cake for lunch hurt my performance.  This was an afternoon race.  I guess he was right.  It was tough, and one of my slower 5ks.  If it hadn't been for my young runner friend, who came back to run the end with me, I probably would have walked even more!  But I'll keep at it.  I love to eat too much to stop! it was a fun but tough day and all three of us brought home a medal!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Half Marathon Training

I'm back from my trip to see the grands.  Sniff. Sniff.  I sure hated to leave them. So very thankful for  facetime and texting.  I managed to get in a good 3 miler, and 5 miler while I was there, but that really isn't much in three weeks.  I was afraid my HM training went down the drain.  However.....

I was able to do 7 miles today!  Yay!  Still my regular 2min/30sec run/walk intervals and slow as Christmas compared to others, but I was very very pleased.  Now, maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to get to 10 miles before the November 19th half.  They say if you can get to 10 you can do a half.  I am one very tired but very happy camper tonight.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Running.....after her!

Ha ha.....this is about the only running I will be doing while in Scotland......
Chasing this little one around the park.  She loves to run!  I had planned on continuing my training for the November half but yesterday was supposed to be a long run for me. I needed at least five but eight would have been better.  I tried to run Wednesday after I arrived on Tuesday, but I think the jet lag was too much, and was only able to do 2.5 miles.  Yesterday it felt great.  Nice cool weather, and I thought "I can go long today!" but ......2.6 into my run my left ankle really started bothering me. It continued to get worse so I ended at about 3.2 miles. Bummer.

I guess it is an overuse injury even though I train very, very slow, and only run three days a week.  Guess that what happens when you get old....

Going to try to at least walk 3-4 miles tomorrow and see how it feels.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Running is therapy

I am still running, slow as it is.  I managed to get in five miles on Friday evening.  It was considerably cooler than it has been so I enjoyed that.  I also enjoyed the solitude.  The hubby was out night fishing, so I didn't get started until about 8 pm.  I could hear the local high school band playing at the football game, and then enjoyed a little of the live music at a local restaurant across the road from where I ran.

It was really dark when I was finishing up.  And when it is dark, and the cars are driving by, you can't see the sidewalk!  I am glad there are guard rails between me and the road, but it was still a little intimidating.  I was just happy to be out there.  Not sure how much I'll get to run the next three weeks, since I will be in Scotland meeting my new grandson.  They have a great park really close so I am hoping to continue with my training.  I may just have a little 2 year old wanting to run with me :)

Friday, August 5, 2016

Another hot and humid long run Friday

I ran outside today.  Yuck.  Even though it was cooler, the humidity was still high and I was miserable.  I managed to do 5 miles, but there was a lot of walking.  I upgraded my running watch and I absolutely love all the new features - heart rate on the wrist, available apps, phone and text notifications, and race predictor to name a few.  One thing I don't understand though....
How can this race predictor be right?  I've never done a 32:29 5k, nor a 1:07 10k, and my best HM was 2:37.  Today my average pace was over 14 minutes per mile!  However, I would love to do a HM in 2:30 so I am using this race predictor as my motivation in my HM training. And who knows maybe I can do a 32 and a half 5k.