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At the finish line January 30, 2007

Posted by RegiVizz in Fitness, Marathon, Motivation, Race, Running.

John’s blog today really struck a chord with me.  On some of my longer runs, I try to imagine the thrill of crossing the finish line of my first marathon.   The thrill isn’t from the victory of completion, it’s from envisioning my friends and family gathered there to cheer and scream wildly as they see me finish.  Alas, besides my running partner NordicTwin, there will be nobody there at the end or even toward the end of the marathon. 

I wish there was a way to convey how important running is to me.  When people ask why I run, my response is generally “because it keeps me sane”.   And it does.  It makes me feel good.  It’s a sense of accomplishment.  It’s the feel of the pavement under my feet.  I am a runner and it’s the rhythm of my life.  It’s the struggle against the wind and the struggle against my own laziness.  It’s the chance to grin (or grimmace!) and lift a finger in acknowledgment of other runners on the trail.  There’s a sense of freedom, a release of my cares and stresses.  It’s selfish.  It’s so I can wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and say “I am a runner!”  It’s “me time”. 

So why do I imagine my friends and family at the finish line?

Like John said:

Why does it matter ? Because in the end it’s not all about me (us runners), it’s why we blog/share tips/ask for advice… because we want it to at least matter to others.

Running on speed January 26, 2007

Posted by RegiVizz in Fitness, Running.

turtle.gifThursdays.  Speed training. 

I ran 4 miles upping my rate of perceived exertion to about an 8 out of 10 in 1 minute intervals.  My legs felt like jelly (that’s jelly, not jelly bellys) afterwards, and I felt great but a tad disappointed.  It seems to me that by speeding up during part of the run that I would have a much lower average for each mile.  Not so.  Rationally I know it’s because in between the faster stretches I’m slowing down quite a bit, but I only knocked about 10 seconds per mile off of my time. 

Is this about what I should expect? 

 Asics: 14 so far this week, 108 total

Energy gels: an update January 24, 2007

Posted by RegiVizz in Running.

beans.jpgAfter hemming and hawing a bit, the decision was made to purchase a variety of energy supplements to try out.  As the marathon date is nearing, I decided that it would be best to try some of these energy gels, sooner rather than later.   Yesterday’s run, a 6 miler, seemed the perfect opportunity to put one to the test.  Long enough of a run to notice a difference in performance, yet not a “long” run that would be ruined in case something went terribly wrong.  Foreshadowing?  Maybe.

First on the list to try: Jelly Belly Sports Beans.  Flavor: Orange.  The directions on the packet suggest eating them thirty minutes pre-workout.  “Drink plenty of water” when taking them. 

No problem.

Taste: Not really like a Jelly Belly in texture, more like an orange gumdrop. 

Now here’s the nitty gritty.  First off, let me say, I’m not a typical “girly-girl”.  I’m not exceedingly prim and proper, but neither am I one of those in-your-face belchers and farters.  In fact, just typing that made me shiver in distaste.  Nevertheless, I tend to say it like it is.  That will serve as your warning.  Read no further if you are one of those people who think that ladies don’t come equipped with a digestive tract.

Did I say nitty gritty?  Well I’d better get down to the nitty gritty then.  Mile 3.  Doing an “out-and-back” means 3 more miles to get back to my car.  Desperate times call for desperate measures.  Imagine this: a lakeside port-a-potty, a parking lot empty except one middle-aged gentleman who could use a good shave and his 1980’s model good-ole-boy truck parked right beside said port-a-potty.  Almost dark.  Nobody else in sight.  Let’s just say, that as someone who seldom uses public facilities, things were bad enough for me to stop and utilize this less-than-ideal toilet situation.  

“Is anyone in there?” I asked.

“It’s all yours hon'” he replied.

The Countdown Is On! January 19, 2007

Posted by RegiVizz in Marathon, Running.

I visited the OKC Marathon site today and it hit me quite abruptly: It’s less than 100 days now (99 days, 12 hours, 18 minutes and 30 seconds when I checked) until my friend “Nordictwin” and I run our first marathon! 

Nordictwin, will we be ready?   I’m feeling a little less than ready since the weather kept me from my normal running routine, but I slid through a 4 miler yesterday evening and it felt really good (the running, not the sliding).  I hope to do a 10 miler again on Saturday or Sunday, but we’re supposed to have 5-10 inches of snow this weekend.  Snow…much better than the ice we’ve had the last week.

Less than 100 days!  I’m getting excited!

Mushing January 18, 2007

Posted by RegiVizz in Fitness, Running.

It warmed up to a toasty 37 degrees today, so before the sun sinks too much farther beyond the horizon I’m going to head out to the lake.  I’ll probably be running on the grass, in the mud/slush/ice but oh! doesn’t that sound invigorating?  Wind chill is 32 right now, so it’ll be a nice cool one!

I’m really looking forward to this run…HAVE to get one in before the next winter mix hits us on Friday/Saturday/Sunday!

Run Happy!

Set-back January 16, 2007

Posted by RegiVizz in Running.

For those of you who keep up with my “regular” blog, you know that the weather here has not been very conducive to running.  I don’t have a gym membership, so running the streets and doing my own workouts at home are my only options. 

The ice storm cancelled my Saturday long run.  If it was snow, I’d be all for running out at the lake, on the grass, buuuut, it’s ice.  Frozen solid, even over the grass (believe me…I headed out there yesterday to be sure).  It’ll be Thursday before I can get a run in.  😦  Oh well…I’ve got a few weeks built into my marathon training schedule for just this thing.  Hopefully things will be back on track Thursday!

Speed training… January 12, 2007

Posted by RegiVizz in Fitness, Running.

Became strength training yesterday.

Deciding to try the out-and-back method of racing yourself back and beating your “out” time, I set off at my normal pace.  No big deal.  Until I turned around to start back.  With the wind blowing against me I could barely move forward.  I think if I’d have tried to stand on one foot I’d have been blown down!  This is how bad it was:  the wind was causing massive amounts of tears to form in my eyes, and most of those were blowing right off of my face.  The rest were causing some nice (okay…quit reading if you think all girls are pristine and perfect) runny snot to form.  This too was blowing off of my face.  Which, in a way was nice because I didn’t get my shirt-sleeves dirty!

Anyway, I felt like I was running up-hill, and added a good minute to each mile for my “back”.  So much for speed training, maybe next Monday!

Asics: 18 miles this week, 90 total

Energy Gels January 10, 2007

Posted by RegiVizz in Fitness, Running.

Now that my runs are getting to be 10 miles and over, I’m debating on the use of energy gels.  Gu, Accel Gel, Clif Shot, Jelly Belly Sports Beans…one of those.  Does anybody have any recommendations?  Advice?

I’d imagine I should make sure they are compatible with my sensitive stomach so I’ll use them on my shorter runs to begin with….and that there’s about the only thing I know to do!  Any and all help (brands, flavors, timing etc.) will be appreciated!

Speed January 9, 2007

Posted by RegiVizz in Running.

What would be the best time/way to work on speed?

Last night I ran the first mile a minute faster than my average pace, but then my next mile ended up a minute slower than my average.  The third mile was average.  Is this any way to build up speed?   Mostly the first mile was to work off some hurt and frustration but hey, maybe it’ll help my speed in the long run?  I was hoping to gauge my success by how I felt at the end (hoping to feel like I had worked harder) but due to circumstances (crying a bit) I couldn’t really tell.

What do you more experienced runners say?  Do you speed up your short runs?

Asics: 10 miles this week, 82 total. 

New Developments! January 8, 2007

Posted by RegiVizz in Fitness, Marathon, Motivation, Other Runners, Running.

I’m so excited to find that OKC has a training group for the April 29th marathon.  I’ll be running with them every Saturday morning at 8 as long as I’m here in town! 

Although I’ve done 10 mile runs without the benefit of either water or camaraderie, I was dreading the longer runs by myself.  A local running shop “The Runner” is coordinating water stops for our Saturday morning runs and they anticipate between 40 and 100 people to show up (based on the previous years).  This will definitely be a help and encouragement for the long runs.

I had a nice 7 miler on Saturday, averaging a little under 9.5 minutes per mile.

Asics: 7 so far this week, 79 total