Archive for January, 2011

I felt like the Energizer Bunny on my run today—even the short/slow/recovery runs are hard for me and I swear I have gotten slower–but today I made myself get the 4 done and keep moving.

According to dailymile, I have run 107 miles for the month of January–that has to mean something!  I pushed myself through and thankfully the music I added to my playlist this morning had some kick*** beats–9:48 pace overall–I though my last mile was my fastest–it was my slowest–but I felt strong and fast when I ran it:)  Love the new earbuds from Skullcandy–they fit great in my ears and I did not have to fiddle with them once–gotta love the green color and the little skulls on them.

A wonderful gift was waiting for me when I got home:

It was my new gear–this will help get me out the door on my next run–new Brooks Adrenaline (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these sneaks), Zensah compression leg sleeves, and Moving Comfort Juno bra.

Today’s Song, For the Girl, The Fratellis



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Beautiful winter day–great day for a run, mid 30’s no breeze and sun shinning.  7 miles on the agenda–headed out with Con and N—first 3 miles we were nice and steady.  After mile 3 Con could not run anymore–he was complaining of a pain on the right foot–is it the new shoes?  We walked with him to a safer street in the neighborhood and he walked home.  Here he is at the start of the run-note the snow mound is as tall as he is:

We had 3.5 more miles to do—I needed another walk break after mile 6.  Am I getting slower?  I remember less than a year ago running 6 in an hour???

Avg Pace
Summary 01:17:29 7.11 10:54
1 00:10:27 1.00 10:27
2 00:10:08 1.00 10:08
3 00:10:33 1.00 10:33
4 00:12:54 1.00 12:54
5 00:10:26 1.00 10:26
6 00:11:21 1.00 11:21
7 00:10:32 1.00 10:32
8 00:01:04 0.11 10:04

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A BIG thank you to N and L who came out to run today.  I can tell you that after having to run on the TM for a lot of my runs the last few weeks due to cold, snow, and work schedule that running outside with friends is ALWAYS the preferred method.
We had 4 on the schedule possibly 5–but the route I had planned had to be changed due to the fact that some of the roads were still snow covered.  The snow patches on the roads we stuck to keep us slow–which was good.  A nice slow and steady run is what I needed—Wait–isn’t that what I always need.

When does this running stuff get easier–when do I get faster–when do the self doubts go away.  We talked a little about that today on the run–I would have talked more, but usually when I hit a mile all ability to run and carry on a conversation goes out the window.  I have to rely on my partners to keep the conversation going as my one word panted responses only get us so far.

Despite all the belly aching–we are committed and we do not quit–we get the run DONE.
The NE has gotten pummeled with SNOW lately–17 inches most recently; unfortunately the blizzard from Christmas time and the subsequent snow falls after that had not melted–leaving us this (this is my post box-I will not see lawn until May):
Here is a picture of me, prerun, taken by Ronan (testing out the Bondi headband):

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/65479485Here is our slower paces splits:

Avg Pace
Summary 00:43:34 4.00 10:53
1 00:10:45 1.00 10:45
2 00:10:54 1.00 10:54
3 00:11:04 1.00 11:04
4 00:10:47 1.00 10:47
5 00:00:01 0.00 08:10

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Afternoon 5K

I was not sure when I was going to get my 3 mile run in today.  I had a meeting that I though was going to be a long one–but it turns out I was home before the kids got off the bus and I decided to take advantage of the warm weather—34 degree out today (opposed to yesterday’s 12 degree). 
With more snow/icy rain on its way tomorrow, I wanted to get a run in outside.  I am so glad I did.
Today’s Song,  Oakenfold, Starry Eyed Surprise
Avg Pace
Summary 00:30:04 3.10 09:42
1 00:09:39 1.00 09:39
2 00:09:41 1.00 09:41
3 00:09:47 1.00 09:47
4 00:00:56 0.10 09:25


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8 Miles of Many Obstacles

Well Con and I headed out it was COLD–although the weather report claimed it was 27 degree out–the wind was 19 mph making it REALLY COLD.  
Conor’s biggest issue is mental–he can talk himself out of a run so easily.  He was done before he even started:
1) I did not run enough this week–I need to run more
2) I have not been able to run with out stopping in 2 weeks
3) I am so tired
4) It is too cold
Then the run started and the comments changed to:
5) I need to stretch (we usually run an easy one mile and then stretch)
6) I hurt (mom asks, “where”—only received a vague response)
7) I am tired
8) I need to walk (this was said a lot)
After slow jogging/stopping to walk/and giving him all my Cliff Shot Blocks—we parted ways at mile 6–he said he was heading home and I went on the run the rest:
Avg Pace
Summary 01:32:19 8.06 11:27
1 00:10:33 1.00 10:33
2 00:10:57 1.00 10:57
3 00:11:03 1.00 11:03
4 00:11:37 1.00 11:37
5 00:12:30 1.00 12:30
6 00:13:29 1.00 13:29
7 00:11:05 1.00 11:05
8 00:10:24 1.00 10:24
9 00:00:38 0.06 10:08

Needless to say this was not our best run–BUT I am so proud of Con–when I got home–I ran to the BR of course—but Con was not back yet, instead of heading home as he said he would he got all 8 miles in.  Just as I jumped in the car to go find him, he comes running down the road.  I was so proud–he did not give up (he is my son after all).  We are heading to Road Runners for a new pair of sneaks for him-not only can he use a new pair, but he needs the magical thinking/motivation that new gear can bring.

Today’s Song, Coming Home, P Diddy:


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Well Conor and I have an 8 mile run staring us in the face this morning (19 miles already run this week)—he is not worried—I am.  I really wanted to run at the Reservoir—I NEED a change of venue and a trail, but alas rumor has it the trail is not passable.  I am thinking about heading over to Cross Farms to check out the Thompson trails myself, but in my heart I know that they are not runnable.
So now I have to worry about:
1)      Distance  (8 is soooo much longer than 7—in my mind)
2)      Route—boring—loops around the neighborhood
3)      Weather—it is COLD out there—who runs in this weather–only crazy people?  Despite my dislike of the treadmill, I would have probably considered running there if Con hadn’t said yesterday—I really need to do my runs with you—I need the motivation—Oh my—he wants to spend time with me—I would go out for a run in 15 below and hail if he asked me

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Tomorrow I have a long run -8 miles on the calendar and I am nervous.  This has been such a weird week–no routine–kids had off Monday–then delayed opening Tuesday and delayed opening yesterday.  I ended up doing my runs on the treadmill for convenience and weather issues–you know that is always a challenge for me.

I wanted to run tomorrow at the Reservoir–but I do not think that is possible–someone mentioned today the the trail is not runnable yet.  The thought of hitting my neighborhood or treadmill again is making me nervous–8 miles is a long run for me (much longer than 7 in my mind).  I am already psyching my self out of the run—NEED NEW PERSPECTIVE.  

I will imagine I am running here:

I am going to run 8 tomorrow–no matter what–and it is going to be GREAT!

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