Monday, March 12, 2012

So, thought I was injured. Turns out I'm not. Can now get on with my life. Or running rather.

Starting week 5 of Hal Higdon's Half Marathon Novice 2 Plan and I really like it. I figured since I was close to breaking down physically, and it has a much more manageable weekly mileage. I was about to this point with my long runs anyway, so I can slide easily into it without taking on too much.

54 days until the Pittsburgh Half Marathon.

Monday, February 27, 2012

I ran the farthest I have ever run in my LIFE yesterday. I went 10.26 miles. I meant to do 10 but went a littler farther than I realized. Whoops. It wasn't that much more but I still felt kinda like a BA mother runner. Unfortunately I had rolled my ankle a little when I was chasing B, so at mile 9.75 or so my ankle was KILLING me. When I got home I did Rest Ice Compression Elevation.

I went to Wal-Mart and bought myself an ankle brace to wear today and a squishy hot/cold pack. I am very glad I bought them, because my ankle feels as good as new, I might go out for a short run tomorrow.

I was so afraid I injured it, which is something I am super paranoid about with this upcoming half-mary and being a charity runner. I don't want to let anyone down, so I have to be really cautious. Anyway, lesson learned, don't do a long run on a rolled ankle.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Is it weird I'm looking forward to my 10 mile run tomorrow?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Did speed training this morning, tried imagining I was a Kenyan. Helped a little. Haha. I ended up just doing 8:00min/mile pace during intervals, which made my legs burn. I really hope I get faster doing this, because I feel like a slowpoke.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

So I ran 9 miles yesterday, and it was a nice run despite it being the farthest I've EVER gone. I'm gearing up for a few 11 milers before my half, maybe a 12 if I feel like I can do it. My new shoes seem to be taking car of my arch tenderness, it is fading at a rate that makes me think today's rest day will take care of it.
I also found a video from last years Pittsburgh Marathon, check it:

Hopefully it doesn't rain this year, but having run in every type of weather it won't ruin the experience, not by a long shot.

On an unrelated note, my son will not stop asking me to play the Angry Birds Theme. Toddlers love repetition don't they?

So I ran in my new shoes this morning, and wow what a difference! I was having some Plantar Fasciitis, so I was definitely in need of a new pair of kicks. They have slightly more cushioning than my New Balance Minimus Road, which I think is a good thing considering how my mileage is creeping up and will peak at 38 miles/week in the next couple months. The price was reasonable, about 90.00, which made me happy.

I also ran with some new tunes, the soundtrack to Spirit of the Marathon specifically. There is something about that movie that really touches me pretty deep, and the music is incredibly inspiring. If you haven't seen this film I can't recommend it enough. I ran faster than I have been lately while listening to the music, it galvanized me somehow.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hello news shoes...

Got new shoes yesterday.


Behold the Brooks PureFlow. I cannot WAIT to take these babies out for a spin tomorrow. 

Is it weird I'm annoyed today is a rest day?

Saturday, February 11, 2012


I ran 8 miles today, in a .57 mile loop, in a blizzard. And I felt great. Totally honey badgered my long run.

Monday, February 6, 2012


I now have a donation page set up for my half marathon fundraising page for Dirty Vagabond Ministries! Checks it outtt...

Donation Page CLICKS IT!!!!

I have 100.00 donated so far, so excited!!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Am I crazy?

If you know me in person, don't answer that.

I am officially running the Dicks Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Half Marathon for Dirty Vagabond Ministries(DVM). *phew*

I had decided to register last Saturday. Unfortunately you need duckets (money, moola, denari) which we didn't have any to spare at this time. The race is almost full so if I had had to wait I would not have been able to race. Thank goodness for DVM, because they made it possible for me to just pay half of the entry fee or raise the whole amount! I also have to raise 300.00 on top of that, but I hope to raise more than the minimum, because this is a great thing they do.

Check out their website, and if you want to sponsor me for the race please do! I will have a donation page set up in the next few days!

 Dirty Vagabond Ministries

So, I plan on starting my training 10 weeks before the race, but I am doing something in the mean time. I am going to start a 3 week routine to prepare myself for the half marathon training. Wish me luck!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Follow the music

So I finally made a new playlist for my long run, which lately has been surpassing an hour (!!!) Its mostly rock and alternative, which I selected with the help of which shows you songs that would match whatever pace you run. I found a lot of songs that I am so stinkin' excited to break out for my next long run!

Here are a few of my favorites from the new playlist:

Viva la Vida - Coldplay

Rolling in the Deep- Adele (Man that gal can SING!)

Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine

New Shoes- Paolo Nuntini

Here It Goes Again- Ok Go

Final Reel - Scythian ( Okay so I listen to this one ALL the time when I run, but these guys are awesome!)

Needle and Haystack Life - Switchfoot (These dudes make a frequent appearance on my playlists, they are very motivating)

Run the World (Girls) - Beyonce (My guilty pleasure, awesome beat!)

Anyway, I was needing something to mix things up as I approach my 7 mile long run next weekend, I hope to work up to a 10 miler in the coming months. Since I'm slowish (9:45 miles) they take a while.

Any favorite running songs? Share in the comments!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Born to Run

So I started reading Christopher McDougall's book Born To Run and I am so fascinated by the people the book is about, they're called the Tarahumara.

Check this out:

I've been interested in minimalist footwear and barefoot running for a little while, and I do wear minimalist shoes (zero drop heel, minimal cushioning) and from what I can tell I do land at least mid-foot, which is close to ideal (ball of the foot) There are no peer reviewed studies out yet, so most of the benefits of barefoot running are anecdotal or conjecture. There is a market now full of $100 dollar minimalist shoes, which I feel defeats the purpose, the Tarahumara shod their feet with old tires or nothing at all. As far as barefoot running is concerned, I feel like it is a good bet based on our evolutionary background. We are built to run, so why cushion the heck out of our feet?

Anyway, thats just my jumbled thought streamon the matter rambling along.

Friday, January 13, 2012


Have I mentioned I hate strength training?

Its boring, you don't go anywhere, and it kills more than running ever has. I guess thats why I need to do it more? I was stuck inside due to extremely gusty winds and snow. Usually weather isn't a deterrent for me to run outside, but I made an exception for the 5 degree wind chill and 50 mph wind gusts.

I did circuits of step ups, lunge kicks, and squat jumps for legs, various ab exercise's totaling 112 reps (!!!) and for arms I did about 30 push-ups, 16 bench presses with 12 lb weights, and 24 triceps dips.


Woah, now that I actually added that all up no wonder my entire body was jelly when I was done. 

Anyway, tomorrow is a long run, maybe push up to 6.5 miles. We'll see if the weather is tolerable.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

If at first you don't succeed...

Yet another post after a months long absence, no wonder no one reads this blog.

As far as my running is concerned, I am still upping my weekly mileage and lengthening my long runs. I have worked up to a 10k (6.2 miles) so I'm happy about that. I really need to work on my speed though, I feel like I am going slower during my runs than I have in the past, possibly related to the increased mileage?  I guess I'll just keep at it and do more speed work.

For this new year, I haven't really set any goals as far as fitness is concerned, here are a few off the top of my head:

Add more strength training to my weekly workouts.

Run a half marathon in the fall.

If I get pregnant between now and 2013, keep running anyway.

Don't stop running. Period.

Those seem like some reasonable goals, hopefully I can complete them all (well the pregnancy one is out of my hands. lol)

On a different note, lately I have become a running gear junky. I don't have copious amounts of cash to spend on a nice running jacket, or a cute technical tee, but adding them to my Amazon wishlist makes it seem like I could actually have them someday. Right now though I need to focus on replacing my shoes, as they are nearing their expiration date(6 months), which makes me sad. :( I really like the idea of getting new shoes, don't get me wrong, but these shoes are the ones I bought when I started running for real. I'll be running in them past their expiration date though, since I haven't racked up that much mileage in them anyway...