Friday, January 8, 2010

4 days this week... :)

Yeah me. Made it to the gym 4 days this week. I ran 3.5 miles today!! I'm so happy that my shins don't talk to me anymore and my calves only said "hi." My hips won't stop talking tho. I feel like I'm 120 years old. I looked up some good stretches that I have to start doing and I hope they help. I am hoping when I lose some more weight - they calm down. I wish I could have made it the last 2 days, but working 12 hour night shifts kicks my but anymore :P

I am "only" working the 2 days a week for the next 3 weeks, so I am hoping to burn up the gym and the miles. Hopefully it warms up a little. I would love to start running outside (as much as I dread it!) and start with the bike too!

I printed out the Hal Higdon half marathon novice plan and will follow that for my 10 mile training for May2. If I feel I am ready, I may attempt the 13.1 2 weeks prior to that. I am not trying to win 1st (or 10th :) just finish. So if I have to walk (read probably will) part of it - so be it. I just don't want to kill myself for the Broad Street 10 miler 2 weeks from then. They have a limit of 4 hours to complete the 13.1 miles and I know I could even do that walking the whole thing so I should probably just sign up now so I don't have any excuses

Update: Well, I don't have to worry about the 1/2 marathon. I've been looking at it thinking Rutgers - the one 15 minutes away from me. I just looked up specifics and it's the campus over an hour and a half away. Not gonna happen for my first half. pooey! I'm really bummed!

1 comment:

  1. Good for you for getting in the gym 4 times this week! I did the same and it felt amazing!


Getting ready for my very first run!

After I renigged on my promise to run the Broad Street 10 miler with my friend Chrissy D - I decided to make it up to her by running the Ben Franklin Bridge 10k. Did you read below where I NEVER ran before? She told me that if I cancelled on her again, she would drag me across the bridge by my hair. Okaay then.

I was in shape until a work injury side-lined me (a patient decided to herniate two discs in my neck and tear my shoulder in two places - thanks!) So kiss that bikini goodbye. Pain and inactivity followed. I found myself unable to sleep and in front of the pantry at 3am - everything screaming "eat me!" My day consisted of Percocet, Valium, Red Bull. Percocet for the pain, Valium for the muscle spasms, Red Bull so I could pretend to play mommy for my children. So, physical therapy, epidurals, steroid injections and 40 pounds later, I decided that getting ready for this run was going to help me get back into shape. (I decided against 3 surgeries at this time.)

I had already conquered the ellipticals at the gym. I could do them for an hour on level 6 and barely break a sweat. Surely I could run a measely 6.2 miles. I moved on to the treadmill. I couldn't even run .25 miles continuously. This was a lot harder than it looked.

The Ben Franklin Bridge is almost 3 miles back and forth and it went up, up, up!! and then down. The first time I crossed it (walking, mind you) on the pedestrian cross-walk, my calves were cursing me in three languages. What did I sign up for - who was I kidding?

I downloaded inspiring, fast beat music to keep me pumped up and ready (Britney, Buck Cherry's Crazy Bitch (yep that's me), Pink, PCD, etc.) I decided that I would go for distance and not speed. I discovered that I had exercise-induced asthma when I pushed a little too far (anything at that time was too far). Soon I was able to run a mile, then 2 - at once. I continued to "do" the bridge and even took my kids a couple of times. I had to find a better way to keep my iphone close. They didn't make an arm band that I liked so I found a "runner's belt" online and soon had it. I tried it out one day in the park. My 11 year old was with me and started laughing when I put my iphone in it. "Seriously mom, a fanny pack?" It is not a fanny pack, it is a belt. It stays still, doesn't ride up and I can put my keys in it too. So there!

The weight was slowly coming off. I decided to take a drastic measure - no alcohol at all for the month before the race (oh no, what was I thinking.) My goal was 20 pounds by race day. I continued to plod along on the treadmill. I was up to 5k with almost no problems. However, when I tried to run outside, my body rebelled. The park trail was 1.3 miles - however, it was not flat (but hey - either was the bridge). I was a wheezing, sweaty mess .4 miles into the "run." I was running faster than I was used to on the treadmill. (GPS is a wonderful thing - an app I downloaded on my iphone let me know my distance, speed, and even mapped my route - love the gadgets!)

Strep throat struck my son (11) and he generously shared it with me two weeks before the race. I bought new sneakers (Asics Nimbus Gel 11) and my shins and calves let me know it was not a good idea to change things two weeks before the run. So I went back to my Nike Lunar Glides and made everybody happy. My 16 year old decided he would like to try on the Swine Flu one week before the run. My throat was still bothering me from last week and my chest was tight. I was having some serious doubts if I would be able to finish this race. Not to mention Lysol toxicity from degerming the whole house.

I completed 5.5 miles on the treadmill on my birthday, 6 days before the Sunday race, and for the first time I thought I might be able to do it. It rained for the next two days, so I didn't run the bridge (think shuffle up and run down). I worked Friday night and had off on Halloween. Was I ready? I made my goal of losing 20 pounds two days before the run - yeah me! (20 more to go!)
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Ben Franklin Bridge

Ben Franklin Bridge

Kids on the Bridge

Kids on the Bridge