Slowed It Down

My runs will get better. The sky says so.

I’ve had two runs without my iPod. On Saturday, I forgot it at home. It was no big deal since Babe decided to accompany me. I knew I wasn’t going to break any records since it was day one of “the affliction.” We took it pretty easy; ran a little, walked a little. It was nice to have an easy run/walk early in the morning, along the beach.

Yesterday, we changed into our running clothes as soon as I got home from work. I remember the iPod, but discovered that it was dead. I haven’t listened to music at work in over a week, and it generally charges on the speaker dock. Oops!

Again, we took it easy. We ran and walked at irregular intervals. The weather was perfect for a long run, but I wasn’t feeling up for it. I wore my calf sleeves, but was still feeling it. I think that may be an effect of running up and down 4 flights of stairs several times on Monday and Tuesday. Still, I pushed a bit and did what I could.

Today, I hope to leave work a bit earlier than usual. That way, I’ll have to time to change at home, and drive to a nicer spot to run. The highway by our apartment isn’t ideal. There’s lots of traffic, and it’s not pretty. At all. I’m not sure what traffic will be like to get to the nicer area, but we’ll see. The days are longer now, so I’m more confident in doing it.

Pictures of the other running spot tomorrow! No, it’s not the same as the weekend beach. You’ll have to wait and see.

Song of the Day: The Pina Colada Song

Getting Better

Tomorrow is run day!

I’m really excited. Then, the time will change. I’m really happy about it because I can FINALLY resume with my evening runs. I’m thinking that by the time we have to “fall back” again, I will have shifted to morning runs, or saved enough to buy a treadmill. Yeah, I know. Treadmills SUCK. But I can’t run in the dark here. It’s very dangerous.

I’ve only really been running on Saturdays, and then one or two days in between when I can. Even so, I have been improving immensely. Remember when I was doing the 3:1 method? Stopping every 3 minutes to walk for 1 minutes? Well, no more! I can go 15 minutes straight! This is huge for me. It meant clocking my fastest mile. THREE TIMES. I don’t remember what the first one was, but two weeks ago, I did a 7’17” mile. Then, last week – just ONE week later – I did 7’16”. That’s improvement, people. I’m SO PROUD!

Slowly coming down from a runner’s high before yoga class

It feels so good, knowing that my work is paying off. I have been pushing myself more. When my brain tries to trick me body into slowing down or stopping, my body snaps back, “I CAN DO THIS!” And I do.

I LOVE my mantra. I say it from the moment any part of me feels like quitting until I get to my predetermined finish point. PUSH. PUSH. PUSH.

Positive. Unrelenting. Strong. Healthy.

Look Who Loves Yoga!

This is my new found love:

I used to haaate yoga. I thought it was the stupidest, most useless thing. Mostly because I took a horrible class. I vowed that I would never again try any yoga classes. Well, when my mother got sick, things changed. Her doctors kept recommending yoga. She’s not one of those people who does things alone. I am. She’s not. I found a class for her, but she wouldn’t go without me. I was slightly annoyed, but decided to go with her, just that ONE time.

Well, our instructor – Ananda – is awesome. She explains things really well, pushes us just enough, and always gives up options to make it a little easier, or intensify the poses. I love it. I absolutely love it. It is the strangest, most amazing thing. It’s quite a god workout, but also relaxing.

I go to yoga right after my Saturday morning runs. I run around 7am, then walk/sit on the beach as the runner’s high diffuses. Then, I drive (only about 3 minutes) to the 8am yoga class. It’s the perfect way to relax, release all of the pent up everything, and breathe in positivity and newness.

Do I sound like a quack yet?!

Anyway, we’ve been practicing the practice(?) shown in the photo. (Does anyone know what that routine/posture sequence is called?) It was rather difficult at first, but it’s becoming easier. And I’m loving it more and more. Now I’m one of those crazy people that randomly does yoga poses. *sighs* It’s okay. *embraces self*

Namaste.

Where I Run

I’ve been missing for a looong time. I know. Sorry about that. A lot has been going on. My mother was unexpectedly admitted to hospital at the end of November, and she was in there for 2 weeks. Days after her discharge, my grandmother was admitted. She was soon sent home “to be comfortable.” At the end of December, she died. It’s been a long, hard road. I fell behind in a lot of things, including my runs. I’ve slowly been picking things back up. Once again, I’m back on the running wagon.

This isn’t much of a Wordless Wednesday since I’m explaining my absence, but I’ll share pictures anyway. They show my new running spot. I love it.

The parking area

I park in that little groove, then run on the road (or sidewalk if I hear a car behind me); away from the parking area, toward where the photo vantage point

Back on the Wagon

I finally got back to running. I did a 15 minutes run-walk on Sunday. In the last few runs, I’ve been trying to stick to 3 minutes running and 1 minute walking intervals, doing 2:1 at the very least. Well, for some reason, on Sunday I decided to keep running when I didn’t have to. I pushed myself. I may have something to do with the stress I’m working through right now. Maybe I needed to feel like I could accomplish SOMEthing. I don’t know. I didn’t run fast, really. I just ran MORE. For a longer time. I paced myself. This is probably good. Probably better than running faster, right?

Here are the stats:

Duration: 15 minutes 6 seconds

Pace: 9’30” mi/min

Distance: 1.59 mi

Calories: 171

Recorded fastest mile at 9’27”

I plan to keep it up. I’m rather achy. It’s probably a combination of pushing it, not having been out in so long, and not wearing my new calf sleeves. I will definitely wear them next time. I’m also going to hydrate better today. I’m failing so far, having had zero ounces of water up to now. *picks up water bottle* I’m going to do better. Starting now. 🙂

Lots to Do

I’m so happy that it’s Friday. I’m usually fine with any day of the week, but now, it seems that I can only run on the weekends. I’m not going to beat that dead horse any further. You already know my struggle.

How was your Thanksgiving? How did you celebrate?

Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday here, but it’s still recognized. People make turkey dinners and all that stuff. People also tend to get really excited about Christmas around this time. I’m not particularly excited. I like to take it easy. I’m almost done with my (online) shopping. By this time next week, I plan to be DONE. I don’t like shopping. Least of all during busy times.

Tomorrow, Babe and I are going to by our first tree stand and Christmas tree. I’m fairly excited about it. I’d probably be more exciting if we were going to decorate it right away. Nope. We have a lot going on. We also have to grocery shop, prepare some dishes for a little potluck get-together, get a gas tank (finally!) for our stove/oven, get my glasses fixed, and one or two other things.

My dad is going away next week, so he’ll be tasked with purchasing lights for my tree. White lights. I don’t know what colour scheme I’m going with. Either gold and white, silver and aqua, or silver and purple. Either way, it will be simple, but rich (in colour). I have no idea what we’re doing about the top of the tree. I’ll probably figure out a way to make a big bow out of ribbon and bag tie/twisty things.

Tonight, I’m gonna get on my (NEW!) yoga mat, and do some serious work. Supermans and planks and all that fun stuff. Gotta get my body used to doing actual work again. I’ve been lazing around for the past few weeks because the time change screwed me. At this point, it feels more like I’m screwing myself (and not in a good way), so I’m gonna fix that.

Enjoy your weekend!

Running in the Dark?

I am sooo in runner’s hell right now. I can’t even fully call myself a runner yet, and I’m already off the wagon. It SUCKS. I hate it. I WANNA get out there and run. It’s just not very possible. I HAAATE this time change. Why does it even happen?! It makes absolutely no sense to me. It is far too dark. To do ANYthing. Except stay inside. And get tired way too early and fall asleep. Hate it, hate it, hate it.

I don’t like in a particularly bad neighbourhood, but it’s not the best. I’m not comfortable with the idea of going for a run after work, in the pitch black darkness. It just would not be safe. No one would even pity me if anything terrible happened to me. People would just wonder why I was so stupid. You know what I mean?

I’m thinking I may have to run in the dark MORNINGS as opposed to the dark evenings/nights. It is seriously PITCH BLACK at 6:30pm when I’m getting home. I think the morning may be a bit lighter. Probably not. But I’m pretty sure it’s safer. Right?! I leave home before 7am to go to the bus stop. To get a morning run in, I’d have to get up around 5:30am. That even SOUNDS like death, but it’ll probably feel like LIFE.

The only thing now is WHERE to run. Where I used to go, it’s pretty bushy. It’s fine in daylight, but would really freak me out at night. Especially since Babe and I have seen people emerge from several places in that bush. There a little makeshift houses where people live in there. I don’t want to alert any of them. I don’t want them learning my patterns. Anything could happen. And I’m not even a scary/nervous person. I’m just sensible.

How is this going to work?! I have no idea. I am SO screwed for this 5k in Feb.

Song of the Day: My Love – Bird and the Bee

I would embed the video if WP wasn’t so weird, and I could figure out HOW. Ugh.