Running Streak

Some of you are already running. ¬†Some of you want to run, but haven’t found a good time to start. Some of you have considered running at one time or another. The rest of you just think anyone who runs is crazy, but thank you for reading anyway.

No matter which category you fall under – yes, even the last one – I’d like for you to consider the challenge of a running streak. It’s very simple and may just give you the focus you’re looking for.¬†¬†¬†

I’m embarking on this challenge from Runner’s World to give me a goal that doesn’t coincide with a training plan.¬† I have¬†a few months before I start training for my¬†next marathon, so I need something to focus on.¬† Here is the link with the official run streak details from Runner’s World:¬†¬†http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-238-267-269-14350-0,00.html¬† The gist is this: run at least one mile a day every day from Memorial Day to July 4th. See? ¬†How simple is that? ¬†You can even walk to get that mile in!

I’m going to kick off my running streak with a 10K Memorial Day race in McKinney. ¬†I’ll be the one in¬†the Navy shirt.¬†

How will you start your streak?  You can post your ideas and progress in the comments.

Making Adjustments

Back in March, I wrote about finding a date and race that interests you.  I was planning a five mile run in Dallas just because it was something different.  I usually like to plan races well in advance to get the discounted early registration, but this time I put it off.

I’m glad I did.

My legs were not as sore as they were after my first marathon, but I’m easing back into my routine and speed.¬† I haven’t run farther than four miles since April 29th.¬† Due to circumstances in our family, the last two weeks have been hectic so I decided to run a 5K tomorrow that’s closer to home.¬† There are three reasons I’m looking forward to it:

1.  It will still be breakfast time when I finish running.

2.¬† If I go out too fast, it’s okay.¬† It will soon be over.

3.¬† It is only 20 minutes from my house, so I’ll be back home before my teenage son rolls out of bed.

Today’s lesson:¬†

It is okay to look at what is going on in your life and change plans.

Thoughts from the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

¬†I don’t want this post to be interpreted as “You should run a marathon.”¬† Make no mistake about it, I know running a marathon is not for everybody.¬† It has taken me almost two years to get to where I am in my running goals.¬† But I would like¬†to take a few minutes to reflect¬†on last¬†Sunday’s race.¬†¬†I will say that¬†if you’ve never had the chance to¬†cheer on a runner in a race, I hope you will be able¬†to¬†find a time to do that.¬†¬†For every race¬†I have completed (any distance), I am¬†grateful for the spectators who cheer for¬†runners they don’t even know.¬† When¬†the race has your name printed on the bib, and a stranger calls¬†out your name to encourage you, it’s a great feeling.

Here are a few of the random thoughts that popped in my head during and after the marathon in Oklahoma City.  

Mile 1:  I passed the Air Force staff sergeant in full uniform walking up a hill with his pack full of 168 pounds.  There were also two groups of firefighters walking in full gear.  Wow!  

Mile 10:  Rain.  Marathon, we have got to stop meeting this way.

Mile 11:  The 11th mile feels like forever.  I even pass the 12 mile marker, and it takes me a few minutes to realize my Garmin is stopped at 11.3 miles.  No wonder the 11th mile feels so long!  I restart my timer and the rest of the race, I wear myself out mentally trying to figure my lost time.  

Mile 14:  Running next to the lake Рbeautiful.

Mile 16: ¬†Ugh, I feel like I’m going to throw up!

Mile 21:  I think I have my 2nd wind. Nope, it was just a slight breeze.

Mile 23:¬† I’ve decided that the people who say the last 6 miles is just mental – well, they are mental.¬† ¬†I physically can’t move my legs any faster.

Miles 24-25:  I again pass the Air Force staff sergeant and one group of the firefighters (24-25).  Emotional.      

Mile 26:   Almost done. I try to speed up, because I want to be finished.  Every step hurts, hurts, hurts.

Finish line!¬†I¬†hear my name called out (advantage of not running in a pack).¬† Yes, I’m done!¬†¬†

Post race:¬† I’m so glad to see my husband who keeps me upright.¬† Thirty minutes later, I’m finally able to eat a banana¬†and the nauseous feeling¬†since mile 16 is gone. ¬†I am content with my time (4:32:11)considering¬†the temperature and humidity factors.¬† I¬†probably could’ve gone under 4:30, but darn the porta potty stop at mile 12.

It was a great course, and I will put the Oklahoma City National Memorial Marathon on my must do race list for next year.