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Decisions…

Don’t forget to honors those that gave all. How to Observe Memorial Day

This weeks was my best running week in quite a while. I covered over 18 miles; eventually I hope to be up to about 25 miles per week. I wanted to run more than 3 miles on the 26th, but thunderstorms put a halt to that, and then the hubby had dinner done after 3 miles…and of course I can’t let him down. 😉

On Saturday I ran with a the Columbus Eastside Running Club. I will run one more time with them to see if I really like it. If so, then I’ll join them and train with them for my full marathon. I was able to run 45 seconds per mile faster with the group than on my own. I take walk breaks on my own and that was not the case with the group. I am a much stronger runner than I give myself credit for, but can’t do it on my own. The only drawback is that the group meets about 50 minutes from my house, but I get to car pool with some running pees, so it might not be so bad.

I wanted to run 9 miles today, but I did not know the area we were running in and so I resigned myself to run whatever the pace group was running and will run my long run on Monday (Memorial Day).

Running since last post:

May 23rd: 5 miles outside (walked 1 mile at work on treadmill prior to weight lifting session with hubby)

May 25th: 4 miles outside

May 26th: 3 miles on treadmill (walked 1 mile at work on treadmill then stretched for 20 minutes)

May 28th: 5.56 miles with running club in Columbus

Overall mileage last week (May 23rd – May 28th): 18.56 (not including elliptical and walking)

May running mileage: 61.56 miles

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Posted by on May 28, 2011 in 5, Blogroll, Running w/friends, Strength Training

 

Tired body, but a good long run

Last week had its ups and downs. My treadmill mileage wasn’t what I hoped it would be. On the 19th my body told me it didn’t want to run on the treadmill further than 2 miles. The 8 miler on Saturday went really well though, perhaps because I took Friday off, so to speak. My sister ran with me and it was great having her there.

I need to increase my speed and will have to designate one day a week to do speed work. The way I have written my schedule, it will be Thursdays (now I just need to make sure my mind agrees with doing speed work! :))

Running since last post:

May 16th: 3 miles on the elliptical rider & weight lifting

May 17th: 4 miles – treadmill

May 18th: 2.05 on the elliptical rider & weight lifting

May 19th: 2 miles running, then 1 mile walking – treadmill

May 21st: 8 miles outside

Overall mileage last week (May 16th – May 22nd): 14 (not including elliptical and walking)

May running mileage: 44 miles

 
 

Graduation and a fresh start to running


FINALLY – Graduation is behind me! I now FINALLY have my 4 year degree in management. (little happy dance) Not sure where this will take me professionally, but getting my diploma felt just like crossing the finish line of a marathon (my feet weren’t quite as sore though!). With school (for now) behind me, I am going to FINALLY concentrate back on what I love to do and that is running.

Bachelors of Science in Management from Franklin University

From left to right back row: My father in-law Roger, my husband Brian, me, my youngest son Brandon, my sister Angi

From left to right front row: My oldest daughter Micha, my youngest daughter Tori, my mother in-law Carol

Running since last post:

May 5th: 4 miles

May 9th: 4 miles

May 10th: 4 miles

May 11th: 4 miles

May 12th: 6 miles (fast pace walking)

May 15th: 6 miles

Overall mileage last week (May 9th – May 15th): 18 (not including the 6 mile walk)

Currently  I am not fast enough for me to track my speed. I run between a 12 to 13 min/mile. I am hoping that with speed training and strengths exercises I can get that back to 10:30 min miles. At least that’s my goal.

I was on vacation the last week, enjoying my sister’s stay, who came to see me graduate. Even though she’s not going home to Germany for another week, I’ll be going back to work. This means I can start working on strength training again. 🙂

Bought new running shoes (Saucony – ProGrid Guide 4), my last pair was the Guide 2. Apparently it’s been a while since I upgraded my shoes! 😀 I also have purchased the Garmin Forerunner 405 (without H/R monitor). I wish it could be a bit smaller and track actually running speed instead of overall lap speed. I might do a product review on the 405 later on down the road. It replaced the Garmin Forerunner 205, which I still have.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2011 in Blogroll, Running

 

More time, more me, more running

Once again it’s been a couple of months since I posted last. The good news is, I am DONE with school. I’ll be receiving my bachelors degree in management, WITH honors, this Sunday. Yes, I am very excited!

With that out of the way, I now plan on getting back into running more heavily. I have been running on a pretty consistant basis over the last three months, averaging about 45 miles per month, including two 8-mile and one 10-mile runs. Not the best, but it beats zero by a long shot.

My weight, which has shot up to 200 lbs over the last two years is starting to come down, and I am only 12 lbs away from my desired goal. It seems like everything is coming together. Of course I am not nearly as fast I would like to be, but I am hoping that will come over time.

My goal, because it’s all about setting goals, is to run at least the half marathon in the Columbus Marathon in October. My desired goal is the full marathon, but I will not be dissapointed if I can only run the half.

The promise I made myself is to be more consistant in updating this blog.

Franklin University 2011

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Blogroll