Clear Your Head

It started as the desire to complete just one 10K to say I did it. A few weeks into my training, a relationship came to an end and I lost my job. Those training runs quickly became my best friends as I sorted through the losses and uncertainty. Now, more than 4 years, training for 5 half marathons, and one knee surgery later, the challenges I have taken on in running have helped me understand that I can take on, and conquer, whatever lies in my path ahead.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

what isn't said

Obviously it hasn't been a great running year. Not that I haven't run at all, but the lack of races to report and the 15 pounds I've gained shows it hasn't been a year to be proud of.

It especially showed today running the ING Georgia Half Marathon. My training was minimal, with only 2 runs over 6 miles before the race and some very short runs while in Guadalajara, MX for most of February. (don't even get me started on high altitude running! Ouch). I recorded my slowest half marathon time in my long, 6-race career: 1:26:35.

For the sake of my knee (that feels the stress of those extra pounds) and the sake of my budget (that can't afford a new wardrobe) and the sake of my sanity (please refer to the title of this blog), running needs to fit into a larger plan to burn calories and lose weight.

I also want to celebrate the joy of starting and finishing 13.1 miles this morning. I am deeply grateful for legs and lungs that will carry me on the course and a heart that enjoys every step!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

New Shoes!!!!!

Getting new running shoes makes me giddy. And the last pair I bought, Nike Air Triaxx something or the other, I HATED! On mile 8 of the Philadelphia Distance Run last Sept., when the shoes were just a couple of weeks old, I could feel my feet pound the pavement and my hip start to ache. I kept using them, mainly cause I couldn't afford more.

So last night, with a little State of Georgia tax refund in my pocket, I headed off to West Stride, a running store closest to being on the west side of town. It was the first time that someone analyzed my gait on a treadmill with a camera filming my feet from behind. (thank goodness not much of my ample Behind appeared on film.) Turns out I have a pretty neutral stride. My left foot pronates just a tad. (and now I actually know what pronating looks like). I have run in shoes that were for stability, but the guy helping me said I didn't really need that. I tried on 4 shoes including the newest version of my beloved Asics Gel Kayanos. (15's). The Brooks "slapped" on the ground when I ran. The Saucony's felt good. The Gel Kayano 15's were clunky. Toooo much stability, so I had to leave them behind. Then I tried the Asics GT-2140. Loved them!!!

Just had time for a quick 2 miles on the treadmill by the time I finished last night. And I can't completely break up with my Nike's. Gonna keep them in the rotation to stretch the miles.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

I forgot to run a 5K!

Yep. This morning. It was a run done by the Physician's Assistant school at Emory and benefits Good Sam. The place where I am the development director. I was supposed to sign up this week, take some materials about Good Sam out to Lullwater park early this a.m., and run on the anniversary of my first race post knee surgery last year.

And I didn't remember until I was driving by Lullwater Park after digging up plants from a friend's yard, picking up a few more at Pike's on my way to HD for soil conditioner. I looked down the park driveway and saw the last of the people carrying gear up the hill from the race.

Sigh. Apparently I've been a little busy and distracted.

On the upside, I've gotten in my 2 3-mile runs this week, including yesterday a hilly run at Brookhaven at a 9:13 pace. Tomorrow, severe weather permitting, I plan to do 5.

If I remember.

Monday, March 16, 2009

finally (?)

Thank heaven for daylight savings time. Started last Wed to run with a co-worker during lunch. I've been so slack at running, that I was worried about going out for 3 mile run. But even with a pretty warm day, we did a 9:54 pace and I didn't die! We have a similar pace, even though she's about 6 inches taller than me. Thank goodness for someone else who loves running and will go out with me. If we make it one day/week, I'll go out one other time too.

Then Sunday, after it finally quit raining so hard, I headed out to the Silver Comet trail for another 3. But it became 4 and generally felt good at a 10 min/mi pace.

Boooorrring entry, but I just need to get this out there.

Then there was my dream. I swear I dreamed an entire 10 mile run through my favorite neighborhoods last Fri. night. The sun was out, about 65 degrees. It seemed like I felt every footfall, heard the neighborhood sounds, felt the changes in my heart rate and breathing. It felt great! Can't wait for it to happen when I'm awake and out of the bed!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Copied from my home blog:

Fiscal considerations have caused me to put my gym membership on hold for now, so any running I do must be done outside. (Brrrr!) It's been another opportunity to venture out in the neigborhood in search of the miles I need. I can go in circles around the park on my own block, but since this is the only place I walk the dogs, I'm rather bored with that.

So far, I've ventured down the main road that runs through the neighborhood on a quiet Sunday morning and during daylight rush hour. (Don't worry, I have a neat little elastic wristband with pepper spray for stray dogs and other unsavory characters.) Soon, my work will relocate to a new building only a mile and a half from home. Since we'll have a shower there, I'll be able to switch 2 runs a week to my lunch hour and run home, let the dogs out and run back.

One Sunday I passed Chris and Star, a couple who live on my block, on my way back from a run. They were on their way to church, but we took a moment to talk about running and a half marathon that's in late March here. To my great surprise and delight, Chris showed up at my door several days later and asked about the race. We talked about running routes. It's so exciting that they may do this run. I may even gain a running partner.