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.

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. 🙂

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.

Time Change

Sunday Stats

I’m excited about this week. Looking back at it now, Sunday wasn’t too shabby. Yes, it was a super. hard. run. BUT. I didn’t do so badly. In comparison to previous training days. During the run, I definitely felt like I couldn’t do it. At some point, I even asked Babe (who was cycling), “Who told me I could do this?!” She said, “Yo’ heart, and yo’ soooul!” Hahaha. We both laughed, and kept going. She stayed right behind me, and verbally whipped me whenever I started to fade. Having someone right there with you really does make a difference.

The time has changed, and it sucks to be us. How the hell are we supposed to keep up with our runs and bike rides?! This isn’t exactly the safest place in the world. We used to scramble to change our clothes and get out the door for a 20 minutes session when we got home at 6:30pm. We wanted to be back by 7pm. Now, it’ll be dark by 6pm. We probably won’t be getting home until 6pm. GAAAAAH! I don’t know how we’re gonna work around this. Getting up earlier than 6am is NOT going to work. We have a rough enough time of that. We’re gonna have to think and talk about this. It may mean that I’ll have to leave work at 4:30 instead of 4:45, and hustle to the bus stop when I get downtown. And then fighting the mobs of people to get on the second bus to get home before 6pm. I don’t know.

Hopefully, we won’t have the problem for much longer. My arm is being twisted (by this job and this location) into getting a car.  Life will just not go very well for us without one. I just have to secure financing. Once that’s settled, I can pick out the new family member, and we’ll be well on our way to proper grocery shopping, group rides (since we can get our bikes to and from), early nights home, and more scenic runs. Wish us luck with this stuff!

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Song of the Day: Crazy – Gnarls Barkley


I feel like I get more and more excited about this running thing. It’s still so new to me, but I feel like it’s something that’ll stick to me. Like I’ll keep doing it. At first, I just wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. I could run an entire 5k race, and even if I don’t win it, I could do it better than I would have if I didn’t push myself to put in work. I like proving things to myself. I like pushing myself. Having a challenge. Every few weeks, Babe can tell you that some random thing pops into my head, and I say something like, “I think I wanna do something…” She never knows what to expect when I start off like that. It could be anything. That’s just what I do. Running was only supposed to be something I do for a few weeks, until I’m ready for a 5k. Then I’d drop it like a hot potato. Nooowww I’m thinking it may be a big part of my lifestyle. Imagine that!

For how long have I been saying I’ll come back here and do my desire statement and mantra as mentioned in this post? Long enough, right? Time to do it!

Desire Statement: I run because… I want to. I’m proving to myself that I can do things I never thought I could. The different between the CAN and the CAN’T is really the big WON’T. The only thing I WON’T do is put in the effort that it takes to make something great happen. To get from the CAN’T to the CAN, I have to (not just TRY but) DO. And DO it, I will. Because I deserve to feel invincible. Unshakeable. Immovable. Ready. Capable. I run because I want to (not only LOOK fit but) BE fit. I want to be healthy. I want to do all that I can to ensure that I live the happiest, healthiest, most self-fulfilling, purpose-filled life possible. That’s a mouthful, I know, but it’s one I don’t mind chewing.

Rewaring Yourself: Oh, I DO this. No matter what. The big reward will come when I’ve completed my first 5k. New pair of Vibrams! I have my eyes on the Bikila in magenta/orange. 🙂

Running Mantra: P.U.S.H.  – Positive. Unrelenting. Strongth. Healthy – All I need to be.

Recite your Running Mantra: Easy enough! PUSH! PUSH! PUSSSHHH! It helps!

Visualize a Successful Run: Running… Getting to the end, still feeling good. Muscles communicating with my brain, letting me know they’re right there with me. Taking it home, finishing just as strong as I started.

Song of the Day: Push It – Salt-n-Pepa

Do you have a desire statement? A running mantra? If you do, share them with me. If not, think about it. If you decide to create a desire statement and running mantra, let me know. I’d like to read ’em!

Return of the 5k Training Buddy

BABE IS BACK! WOO! *dances around*

This is great for lots of reasons that I’m sure you don’t need me to detail here. *giggles* One thing she is to me: Running Buddy! She’s so great. Pretty near zero interest in running, but she’s right there with me, through all the training, and Gatorade drinking, and calf aching. (I’m ordering those sleeve thingies TODAY!)

Yesterday, we decided to take it easy. We ran (jogged) slower than usually, and picked up the walking pace. We consistently did 3:1 (run:walk minutes). Oh. We also made it 15 minutes instead of 20. I hadn’t hydrated properly throughout the day and, of course, she hadn’t run in roughly 10 days.

Duration: 15’07

Pace: 10’40”

Distance: 1.42 mi

Calories: 148

Is the calorie count always pretty much the same as the distance, minus the decimal? I’ve been noticing that a lot since starting this whole running thing.

Okay, funny story. After the run, we lounged a lot. We talked, laughed, etc. THEN we figured we’d better eat before 11pm slapped us in the face, and we were suddenly hungry. Off I went to the kitchen to get some pasta going to accompany the shrimp-mushroom fettucine I’d made for Babe’s arrival on Monday night (but we didn’t touch). After a while, Babe came to me in the kitchen and asked me if it was late.

Me: Ummm… 9:14pm

Babe: It IS late.

Me: Ummm, okay. Yeah, I guess. And we’re having PASTA!

Babe: [inaudible]

Me: But it doesn’t matter!  WE RUN! We can eat whatever the hell we want!

Yeah. I’m funny. I know. And I knooow we really shouldn’t eat late at night and blah, blah, blah. But look. Here’s the thing: I’m all about enjoying life. And life really is just THIS moment. RIGHT here. RIGHT now. Nothing else. No other time. Just now. So we ate pretty nice helpings of pasta and loved it. And we talked a little, drank juice, and went to sleep. Consciences clear, bellies full, hearts happy.

Song of the Day: Skinny Love – Birdy

And because I can’t resist, here’s the Bon Iver version:

What do you justify (jokingly or seriously) by the fact that you run?


Cool Weather

Well, look at that! It’s past the middle of October. The weather has changed. It’s nice and cool. No need to wear the lightest clothes we have around here. We don’t feel terrible in long pants. Yesss. The weather isn’t in the 70’s (fahrenheit) any more. Barely 80’s. WOO. It’s a new life.

I’m curious to see what this will do when I’m running. Will it be easier or harder? I have long pants that I can wear if I need to, so that’s fine. I’m just wondering about the air. I remember when I played basketball in high school, breathing in the cold air was… Odd. It didn’t feel so great. Well, I’m going to give it a go in the morning. I finally have Saturdays off (for now), so I can be SURE that I can run on Saturdays and Sundays.

It’s about 20 minutes to knockin’ off time. I haven’t been able to get online all day. I’m actually sitting in the stairwell to pick up signal right now. That’s why I haven’t spilled the beans on my great running mantra and all that jazz. I’ll write the post tonight, and post it whenever I can get online. It’s not likely that I’ll be able to before Monday. I’ll try to have enough interesting things to share by then, to make up for all this internetless time.

If you’re able to, get out there and do your thing! Run. Ride your bike. Take a nice long walk. Do some strength training. Dance. Zumbaaaaa! Get active. It feels SO good to do it. The hardest part is taking that first step. Getting up, and getting started. Maybe the halfway point will be a little rough too, but listen. SO worth it. When it’s all done, and you have a nice shower, you feel GREAT. Your body loves you. You love it. Your mind is clear. You’re relaxed. Are you convinced yet?!

Song of the Day: California Dreamin’ – Scala & Kolacny Brothers

What activities will you be doing this weekend?

5 Days, No Run

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Well, to be honest, it’s been a while since I’ve run. Seriously. I’m not impressed. I’m not happy about it. It’s this new job (which I LOVE and am very happy about). It sooo far away. On the end this little ol’ island – all of 21 x 7 miles – is the area known as “where the rich people live.” There are also business and office in this area. It’s just really far. I seriously have to leave my house at 6:40am to get the bus downtown, then get another bus that comes all the way out here, to get to work by 9am. Yeah. That’s how terrible traffic AND our public transportation systems are right now. *sighs*

The end of the day… Oh, boy. Yesterday was my first day getting the bus home. I left work at 5pm. The bus came around 5:25pm. I got downtown at 6:00pm. There were a LOT of people waiting for a bus on the route I had to take. There were probably 2.5 bus loads of people. A bus on a different route ended up switching to that one to take some people. Then a real one came, and Babe and I crammed onto it. We got home around 7pm. At that time, it is DARK. Too dark for two young women to safely go out for a training run.

I feel really bad about missing so many days. We haven’t gone out for a training run since FRIDAY. I feel like I’m taking a million steps back. How am I ever going to progress?! I have to get a car, for sure, to be able to do my job efficiently when errands starts piling up, so that’s in the works. Just until then, what do I do? I don’t know. I’m pretty sure I can’t afford a treadmill. I wouldn’t like to use it anyway. I’d much rather be outside. It’s crazy that the amount of time I spend in transit means that I leave home AND get back home in the DARK. What to do, what to do, what to do?! I don’t know. I guess I have to put superspeed on this whole getting-a-car thing. I NEED to run.

Tonight, I’ll at least do Zumba. As TIRED as I’ll be from a full day of work, and hours of riding on the bus. Ever notice how TIRED doing nothing can make you? Wowzer.

Anyway, off of that and onto the next topic: It’s LOVE YOUR BODY DAY! WOO! I wish I could love my body by taking it out for a run. Oh, I was supposed to switch topics. Sorry. Yeah. So love your bodies, people! I managed to bang out a quick post in relation to it. You can read it over at Conchsaladesque whenever you get a chance.

Back to running: Remember that post about motivation? Creating a desire statement. Have a running mantra. All that jazz. That’s all coming together for me. I’ll post abot it next time. Preview: P.U.S.H.

Song of the Day: Wonderland – Natalia Kills

What do you do when you can’t run for DAYS?! Any ideas/suggestions/thoughts?