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Running Calendar: ready for the next eight months

Two things you know about me already: I love running and I love writing. One more thing I love is iCal on my Mac.

I have a specific calendar category dedicated to running, and it is officially all filled out until Sunday, October 17. For the rest of February and all of March, it is all about continuing to build the base I have started and work on my core (as I have mentioned in previous posts).

The great thing once March comes is that I will have a pseudo-coach working with me: her name is Mom. I think my mom is just as excited about the marathon as I am, and she is ready to take on my workouts with me. While her knees and her feet certainly not going to allow her to the running with me, she is going to ride her bike or come to the track me, etc. Maybe I’ll even get her on board with my healthy eating and she’ll become healthy cooking chef (haha!) so she can cook some good power meals for me!

I am officially powered up for the next eight months, at least in iCal. With my light teal color chosen to label my workout for each day, there is something for each day. Yes, I have even labeled my rest days because those are just as important as the workout days.

Now that I have the workouts in place, my next big goal is to take a look at what my staple foods will be. I’m excited for this part because this won’t be something that will be a change just for training, but it is something I hope to maintain well after I have completed the marathon. I already eat fairly healthy and am conscious of what I am eating, so as to eat for energy and for sustenance, but I know I have a long way to go with getting there 100%. I’m working on it though. I will be happy to share with you any foods that I find key in my diet. Already, I know that one of them is peanut butter…a good dose of protein. I love my toast or english muffin with peanut butter for a good morning pre-workout bite.

I’ve got my workouts in place, my pseudo-coach ready to go, and I’m on my way to getting my diet streamlined…looks like I am well on my way.

Let’s keep this going.

The Detroit Free Press Marathon is exactly eight months from today…let’s do it!

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Redondo Beach Super Bowl Sunday 10K

After relaxing in the hot tub last night, I took a shower and put my hair in french braids. I love running in french braids because it keeps your hair completely out of your face and off your neck, and there is no ponytail bouncing around. With that taken care of, all I had to do when I woke up this morning was wash my face, brush my teeth, put some clothes on (and deodorant…who wants to be the stinky one before the race? HA!), and eat a little power breakfast.

Breakfast consisted of oatmeal, a piece of toast with peanut butter, a small cup of coffee, a few sips of Red Bull, and some water. Mmm mmm. I gathered my belongings, and everyone met at my apartment and off we went to the start line. Essentials: shoes with time chip, bib, chapstick, ID & cash (for post-race brunch) in saran wrap (so it didn’t get sweaty), watch, and apartment key in my shoe keyholder that attaches to my shoelaces. We had a little while before the race, which was nice because there was plenty of time to find the others we were meeting up with, stretch, and get ready to go. Finally, it was time to go, and although it was quite a cool morning it warmed up quickly as the sun came out and shined on us.

We crossed the start line, headed up a slight incline, and off we went through Redondo Beach. We ran through the city, down to the drive along the ocean for the second half of the run, had a downhill stretch followed by a good hill just past the 5-mile mark, then came in around the fisherman’s wharf and into the finish!

Just before the 5-mile mark I took off my long-sleeve since the sun was beating down, and tied it around my waist. Quite refreshing. I grabbed a cup from the last water station as I ran by and kicked it in. All in all, it was a great race. I probably could have pushed a bit harder at the end, but I didn’t realize quite how close I was to the end until I was there. I’m totally fine with it though, and happy with my 56:39 finish time which means I was just near a pace of 9:30/mile. Great way to start off the day! Post-race, everyone got two free beers at the beer garden however I only drank about half of my first one. Water is usually preferable after a run, but really a cold beverage in general was just fine.¬†After everyone finished and we hung out for a little while, we headed over to CJ’s Pantry for a delicious brunch and good times.

Today’s run even allowed me some time to think about good things to post about on here. I have a few upcoming entries that I think will be enjoyable to write and hopefully enjoyable for you to read. Topics to come include: race cheerleaders, the start line, racing with other people, water stations, and great things about races in general. I was going to write about my thoughts today, but I figured these would be great go-to topics for when I have a rest day, instead of boring you with about how I rested and kept hydrated, and even stretched on my day off. If there are any other topics you might like to read about, let me know and I’ll be happy to add them to the “rest day topics” queue.

Finally, I’d like to dedicate this post to Chris (Grandpa), Kelly (Coffee Ho), Julie (Goose), Brianna, David, and Kelly & Julie’s uncles Rick & Patrick. Great race everyone!

Super Bowl Sunday 10K…success.

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goal: 5 miles on the treadmill…accomplishment: 6.5 miles on the treadmill…get it!

I chose to do a treadmill workout tonight because I wanted to work on some pacing and posture. As much as I hate the treadmill, I love using it as tool for working on my pace. After dinner (I made some delicious fatayers), I relaxed a bit and hydrated so I’d be ready to go for a late night treadmill run. Finally, when 9pm hit I knew I had to go workout or else I wouldn’t do it, and not working out was not an option for me today. Remember what I said when I started this blog? No excuses!

Like I mentioned yesterday, I registered for a 10K this coming Sunday so this week is crucial in making sure that I can finish the race strong. I set the treadmill and off I went. I hit 5K right around 29 minutes, which was a bit slower than I would have liked, but it was sub-30 so I’m okay with it. My goal when I got on the treadmill was 5 miles, but as I kept going I knew if I could hit 6.5 miles tonight then I could surely finish 10K (6.2 miles) on Sunday. I worked on my pacing and gradually increased my speed, and I finished 6.5 miles in 59 minutes. Look at that! I set a goal, I pushed the limit, and boom…accomplishment! What a good feeling.

I cooled down and did a lot of stretching. Here am I now after a cold shower, icing. The more I run, the more I remember how truly important post-run stretching and ice is on a regular basis. I am certainly going to keep it up, because I certainly do not want tight muscles, or any injury for that matter. I need to take care of my feet too…starting to get a few blisters. Hate ’em, but they’re an inevitable part of running so I suppose I will have to live with them and just take care of my feet for the next nine months. You can bet I’m already planning a pedicure at the end of October!

Also, since I’ve been doing my best to eat foods that give me fuel and energy, and replenish the vitamins and nutrients my body needs and uses in workouts, I’ve been feeling much better. Everything I ate yesterday was not the best food, and I could tell quite a difference. The more I work on my eating habits and more I learn about what different foods provide, the more enjoyable healthy eating actually is for me, and the better I feel!

Four days left until the 10K. Tomorrow, I hope to get an interval workout in. Thursday will be a 5-mile run. Friday will be repeats. Saturday will be a rest day, prior to the Super Bowl Sunday morning race.

Keep up the good work everyone…let’s do this!

Tuesday treadmill workout…success.

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