Sunday, October 30, 2011

Uninspired

So I have been completely uninspired to write about anything. But I have been running. :)

Here are my stats for my runs since last post.

10/19/11 with Stroller and Miss Bean
2.01 miles @ 20:06
Mile 1 10:36
Mile 2  9:26


10/21/11 with Stroller and Miss Bean
3.01 miles @ 30:31
Mile 1 10:27
Mile 2 10:11
Mile 3   9:50

10/23/11 with buddy Janice
6 miles @ 1:04
Mile 1 11:25
Mile 2 10:20
Mile 3 10:40
Mile 4 11:01
Mile 5 10:33
Mile 6 10:42

10/26/11 with Stroller and Miss Bean (this is becoming a norm but that is OK, makes me faster&stronger)
4 miles @ 40:10 (Tempo Run)
Mile 1 11:31
Mile 2   9:01
Mile 3   8:51
Mile 4 10:43
 I was happy with this run and so was my lil bean.

 10/28/11 with Stroller and Miss Bean
3 miles @ 29:33
Mile 1 10:23
Mile 2  9:59
Mile 3  9:08
Went out for 2 on this run and decided to do 3 because I felt strong, it was a nice change!

10/30/11
5 miles @ 45:42 on treadmill at 1%
Mile 1 11:01
Mile 2  8:55
Mile 3  8:08
Miles 4&5 17:38 (didn't look at what my mile 4 was because I was too focused on running and trying to not look at the stats on the tready)
I was happy with this run because I could run in the 8's for a sustained amount of time. I did do intervals which varied from 6:40/mile pace to 9:13/mile pace and because I ran on a 1% incline it ran true to actual pace per this pace conversion chart I found (HERE).

I am going to be working on GOALS because I was inspired from Healthy Diva's post (HERE).
I know I have a lot of goals because there is a lot of things I need to change and achieve in my life, especially since having my lil bean :)

As for now I am working on my speed so that when my 5k comes up I can totally kick some booty!!
Janice will be my partner in crime for the Partners in Pain 5k coming up in February and we both want to work on speed so we will be pushing it to the limit.

Hope all is well for all who read this post. :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

6 miles with a Buddy and a Stroller PR

Sunday morning was my scheduled 6 miles with my friend/sis in law. I woke up and I could see light filtering in through the drapes in my room. She was supposed to text me when she was on her way but I never heard my phone. I grabbed my phone and she HAD text me and said she was going to be there in 5 mins!! Ahhh!! I got up and grabbed my clothes and walked out to the kitchen to get my water ready and eat some toast real quick. She arrived and we were all giddy to go since we haven't ran together for over a year!

Pre Run Pic

We headed out and it was probably about 40 degrees but a crisp cloudless day...just about perfect for a run!

We started out at a fairly slow pace trying to establish a pace to run the 6 at.

We spoke of our future race: Partners in Pain 5k (thank you Healthy Diva!)

We also spoke about how my life has changed being a new mom and how it's affected my marriage. She hasn't had kids yet and she wanted to know how it affects your marriage once you do. My experience is it makes it stronger because you become a "family" and it's the most amazing thing having a little being that represents both of you in looks and personality. It does take more effort because if you want to have a date night you have to enlist a babysitter. I believe that relationships are as good as you want them to be...it takes time and effort to have a good marriage. You need to walk in love with your spouse and you need to love them with their love language.

All in all it was awesome to run with her again and the miles flew by :)
We are definetley going to make a habit of this now...Yippee!!

Here are the stats:
6 miles @ 1:02 Avg Pace 10:23/mile
Mile 1 10:40
Mile 2 10:37
Mile 3 10:24
Mile 4 10:08
Mile 5  9:59
Mile 6 10:27

Today I determined I would go out and do a "magic mile" pushing the BOB with Miss Bean.

Going into this I was thinking I would try to get around an 8:00-8:30 min mile
On my warm up mile I started getting bombarded with thoughts of what if it's only a 9 min mile and who knows how good this will be....yada yada yada...I then told myself that it was just me against me and if it sucks than nobody has to know.

Warm up mile was 10:38

Then here I go!! I started on a mini hill and was huffing after I conqured it and just kept telling myself to not look at my watch and just go because it didn't matter at this point how fast I was going.
I thought about how Dorothy Beal of Mile Posts just PRd her marathon with a 3:13 and if she could do 26.2 that fast the least I could do is a 1 mile as fast as I could pushing a stroller. Towards the end I started repeating "I can do ALL things through Christ" because God gives me joy and the joy of the Lord is my strength!! :)

Looked down at my watch as I heard the beep
Drum Roll Please...
7:47
Oh Yeah!! I was stoked :) It was so much fun running faster and I was overjoyed with the time. It's almost a minute faster than my last "magic mile" 3 1/2 months ago which was not pushing a stroller at 8:43. Needless to say I'm excited that I can do that with being 15 lbs heavier than "normal" and 25 lbs heavier than when I was at my half marathon.

Cool down mile was 11:23

Well that's all folks for now!! My hubby is home and wants to hang out.





 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My Running in a Nut Shell


Food for thought:
Did you know the origin of "In a Nut Shell" stems from this incident in history:
The Roman writer Pliny (vii. 21) tells us that the Iliad was copied in so small a hand that the whole work could lie in a walnut-shell. Pliny's authority is Cicero (Apud Gellium, ix. 421). Huet, Bishop of Avranches, demonstrated the possibility of this achievement by writing eighty verses of the Iliad on a single line. In the Harleian MSS. (530) we have an account of Peter Bales, an Englishman, clerk of the Court of Chancery in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, under date of 1590, who wrote out the whole Bible so small that he enclosed it in a walnut shell of English growth: "Whilst they (as Homer's Iliad in a nut)/A world of wonders in one closet shut."
Any WHO

Last Friday I ran 2 pushing the BOB with Miss Bean as cargo.
2 miles @ 20:47 Real easy little run.
Mile 1 10:26
Mile 2 10:19

On Monday I ran 5 miles solo since my mother-in-law watch lil Miss Bean.
5 miles @ 49:32
Mile 1 10:01
Mile 2  9:48
Mile 3 10:18
Mile 4  9:57
Mile 5  9:24
This run went well. I felt good and was nice and steady the whole time.

Yesterday went for 2 pushing Miss Bean in the BOB. This run was not my friend. For 1 it was cold...45 degrees cold 2 I kept having to make sure my little one was covered in her fluffy little blankey so that she wouldn't get cold 3 because of the cold I felt sore and stiff.
2.51 miles @ 31:20
Mile 1 13:07
Mile 2 12:04
Mile .51 6:08 (12:04/mile pace)
Needless to say I felt like I was running with bricks attached to me and was not in my A game what-so-ever.

I'm planning to run 3 tomorrow as long as I feel up to it.
Today I'm doing Pilates for some core work and stretching.
Saturday will be Jillian's day to rock my world.
Sunday morning bright and early I have 6 miles planned to run with my sister-in-law. Whoo Hoo!! I'm excited to have a running buddy and we haven't ran together since June of 2010 when we ran 10 miles...3 weeks later I found out I was prego and told not to run.

Another Happy Note today is I'm down to only losing 16.5 more lbs. That's 57.5 lbs down. I'm on target to loose 8.5 more lbs by 11/17, just need to keep counting those calories and keep running and working out and it shouldn't be a problemo!!

Everyone have a BLESSED weekend and enjoy the beautiful fall weather while running!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Outsider

I've been struggling lately with feeling like an outsider. I mean I have always known I'm different...but who isn't?? We are supposed to be different from one another. Imagine if we were all the same then life would be so boring. I guess it stems from not feeling like I "belong".

Does anyone else ever feel as if everyone else has their group or clique and somewhere you missed the sign up sheet??

It seems that everyone else has it "figured out" and somewhere you missed the bus and are still on the curb.

OR

Is it the fact that everyone "else" doesn't have it "figured out" and they are all just acting like they do...they act as if they know it all...they act like their life is perfect...and they exemplify that they know what next step they need to take.

OR

Is all my pontificating and analyzing done just because I'm too busy trying to figure out what other people are doing and not concentrating on myself because my life sometimes overwhelms me??

I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve and you can read my face like a book. If I'm sad, I frown...If I'm happy, I have a smile on my face...If I'm mad you can see the fury burning in my eyes.

I guess this is one reason I feel like an "outsider": I am OPEN...like a book...ask me a question and you shall receive an answer. My conscious goes wild if I say something dishonest. I try to hide my emotions but they exude out of my being like the air I exhale. If someone accuses me of doing something I didn't do, I get angry, not because I did it but because they would actually think I would do something and have them not know.

This is a reason I RUN.

Running calms me.

It's not that running is my life but it is a tool I use to put my mind and body in sync.

When I run my mind slows down because I concentrate on the air I need and the next step I take.
I begin to focus on the "Here and Now" and not the future or the past.
I pray. I pray to Jesus My Lord for He is my best friend. Many people don't believe in a relationship with God but that's why Jesus came to this earth to live and die for us. He came to reconcile us with our Heavenly Father. He came to save and not condemn. It hurts my heart when I see mislead Christians accusing people that God did something bad to them or a loved one because they are "sinners" and that God is judging them and it's His way of bringing them back to Him.
HELLO?! No it's NOT!!
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved."-John 3:16-17
It's satan that does those horrible things to people.
"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."-Jesus speaking- John 10:10
He loved us before we loved Him. He reconciled us to Him because of His love for us.
"We love Him because He first loved us."-1 John 4:19
"For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life"-Romans 5:10

It doesn't matter what I do, I know that Jesus is my answer. When uncertainty surrounds me I know it is Him who will lead me out. He is my Light, my Rock and Fortress...My strong tower I run under when the world seems to fall around me.

So I am an "outsider" because I'm dependent upon Him. I don't have it all figured out and I need to seek Him for my next step. It's His Spirit that shows me the way in which I should walk and leads me to the Truth. "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come."-Jesus Speaking-John 16:13

I didn't start this post with Him in mind but because He knows my heart and knows that these feelings are not from Him. He has led me out of my darkness and into His Light. He is my Shepherd, He restores my Soul.

Today if you're reading this and you feel empty or you feel lost or sad and you're looking for guidance.
Ask Him, Ask Jesus. If you don't know Him, Just Ask Him to come into your Heart and Lead you to what you need to do. He is there waiting right now and is more than willing to help. It says in Romans 10:9-13 " that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”



If you pray this prayer and would like to tell me or need guidance or a friend. I am here too. Email me HERE.

Have a BLESSED day to all who read this and YES JESUS DOES LOVE YOU!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Rain Rain Go Away

It started raining on Tuesday and has not stopped therefore I only had got one run in on Monday and then I was stuck since I don't have a rain shield for the BOB. Thankfully my mother-in-law came and watched the lil bean today so I could go to the gym and get a run in...WHOO HOO!!

Here is the recap of my "long" run on Monday (if you can call 4 miles long)
4 Miles= 41:57
Mile 1- 10:54
Mile 2- 9:50
Mile 3-10:10
Mile 4-11:00
So I made a mistake on this run because I took a hilly route and I tend to run up hills faster than normal...which when pushing the BOB is a bit more difficult than doing it alone...so therefore the middle two miles are faster than the beginning and end miles...and the last mile my energy was zapped due to pushing so hard on mile 2 which had the most hills.
Lesson learned here...don't run faster up hills when pushing the BOB!!

Today I did some speedwork on the treadmill at a 1% incline (always do some incline since the tread "helps you run").
3 miles=26:45
400- Jogging Warm Up
800- 10 min/mile pace
400-9:00 min/mile pace
400- 8:30 min/mile pace
400- 8:20 min/mile pace
400- 7:53 min/mile pace
400-8:30 min/mile pace
800-9:00 min/mile pace
400-9:30 min/mile pace
400- was progressive 200-8:34 pace 100-7:30 pace 100- 6:40 pace
I really enjoyed this run because I finally was doing a decent pace and my legs feel a lot better running at this rate but I need to build up my cardiovascular and endurance for this pace...which will come...I just need to stay steady and be patient and not dive into too much too soon or injury will come and I'll take myself out of the game...definitely don't want to do that.

I've really been wanting to blog more but lil bean is crawling ALL over the place and keeping me very busy.


Tomorrow should clear up and I'm planning to do 2 miles tomorrow pushing the BOB.