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.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Six Miles

I needed to do six miles today for my half training.  I knew if I was going to run outside I needed to get a move on. I am NOT a morning person unfortunately, so it was about 9 before I went down to the track.  It was cloudy with a threat of storms so I decided to do the track so my car would be close.  Let me just say after about 15 minutes it was miserable.

Not an attractive pic by no means, just keeping it real.

I normally do 2 minutes of running with 30 seconds of walking and my slow pace is about a 13 minute mile.  This seems to work well for my training. I do better in races and I keep myself from injuries.  I couldn't even keep up that. I ended up with a very, very slow 1.5 minutes of running and 1 minute of walking after about mile 3.  The humidity was horrendous, but I was very thankful for the occasional breeze and cloud cover.  I guess running in the house for three weeks has gotten me soft.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Long Run Friday

Like a lot of the country, we are in the midst of a heatwave.

Yes, 100 degrees!  Needless to say, I haven't been running outside much.  I am doing my half marathon training and needed to do 5 miles today.

So inside it was. Slow and steady wins the race. Felt great.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Summer Running

I just couldn't do it outside tonight.  It was very stormy, hot, and humid.  So, I did four miles inside.  It is slower than outside and the treadmill too, and it is easier, almost pleasant.  Don't get me wrong, it is still a workout.  I did four miles tonight and I was soaked when finished.  My Garmin gives me a rough idea without the GPS, but based on my history of how I run....I guess.  All I know is I jogged for 53:20, and it said I did 4 miles.  That would be about 4 outside for me running pretty slow.

So after a shower, I rewarded myself...with some Blue Belle Homemade Vanilla ice cream and fresh peaches.  Yummo.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Still Running

Yes, I am still running, although I'm not quite getting 3x a week.  Been working a lot in preparation for being gone a few weeks this summer visiting my favorite little girl (grand daughter), and it is just so darn hot!  Really hard to run in this heat, after working a ten hour day, and my treadmill is in the garage which is at least as hot as outside.

This was my last run a few nights ago.  I waited until 9 pm to start because of the heat, however, the gnats and willow flies were so bad I cut it short.  I had this thought going in my mind "local runner chokes to death of swarm of willow files." Uh, not good.

I did get some paddling in last weekend.  Loved it.  When it is too hot to run, paddle!  It gave my arms a great workout.