Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Success is the NEXT run

I love summertime freedom. It feels SOO great to have time to run. My husband has been running with me in the evenings around sunset, and it's such a fun time together. A few of you have asked me about my training programs, so although this is not "philosophical," I thought I'd pass along a little practical input. I started out using Jeff Galloway's program. Most of my family members use Hal Higdon's programs. Last year, I had to start training for the marathon late due to an injury, so I just found a 16 week beginner program in Runners World (a magazine I highly recommend), and used that.

I really don't think the program of choice is the key to marathon success. Especially as a beginner, with the goal simply to FINISH 26.2, the most important thing seems to be consistency. I think one reason that I'm attracted to marathons is I don't have to think AT ALL about the long term plan. I simply have to run whatever is on the schedule. Success is THE NEXT run... not the 10, 14, or 17 mile run several weeks from now. Pick a schedule. Post it, and simply look to the next run.

I remember last year, on a 3 mile run (okay...MOST runs) thinking "I'm SO out of shape...I don't know WHAT I think I'm doing here." I still feel like that. I'm still a wannabe athlete...but I will still finish the race... slow, old(ish), and smiling.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

I RAN and RAN and RAN in Chicago on the senior trip with my students. We were getting up around 7 and going to bed past midnight EVERY NIGHT, without a moment to spare in between. I was amazed at how FIT everyone seems in the city. It's amazing to me that we in this part of the world have space to run, room to roam, and yet we are so much lazier! Then again, in order for me to walk to the places I need to go, it would require walking on a highway.

I'm looking forward to getting a nice long run in tomorrow, and as far as running goes, I'm really looking forward to next week.

Monday, May 12, 2008

2 Mile Test

Well, I got to thinkin'... I should really go out sometime and try to run for speed, instead of endurance. I've never really done that before.

Mile 1: 8:11
Mile 2: (nice and easy with 2, 30 second walk breaks) 9:27

I wonder, if I tried again, could I run any faster?

But the deal is, I only ran two miles. I'm not training for a 5-k here, so there is an art to conserving energy. My friend qualified for Boston, however, with only 8 minutes left between Mile 25 and Mile 26.2 (in order to be a qualifier). Because she had done speedwork, she knew she could sprint and attain her goal of finishing in order to qualify. So...I guess that these exercises are important.

At this point, I don't have aspirations for Boston. I simply enjoy the challenge of running and running...and running..........................and............running.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Did I mention how much I love to sweat????

In honor of the BlueSugarPoet,

A sweaty haiku:

Sweat rolls from my brow,
Sweet detoxification
Salty lips smile wide.

(actually, I'm not sure, Mrs. English teacher, if I did that right, but I'm sure going to work on it)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


This is the time of year when I usually go get my "one" pedicure for the summer. I'm a big fan of the french tip pedicure. But I was wondering...would it scare the ladies to give a pedicure to someone who is missing her big toenail? I've been hiding this fact by painting the "underlayer," a.k.a. skin on my big toenail.

I really don't know why my toenails fall off when I'm in a running routine. I think this one must be a residual effect from the Austin 1/2. The funny thing is, they don't hurt when they fall off...AT ALL. I lost a couple last year, too. They do grow back.

I've seen socks that cost...like..$35 that supposedly help with this situation, but I ask myself: "If it doesn't hurt, should I spend the $35?"

I'm not getting a pedicure this year. Shucks.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Elephant

Well, let's just all acknowledge the elephant in the room here. I'm not running enough. This seems to be the condition of "end-of-the-year" teaching misc.... Another reason why I love June, July, and August. My schedule has been packed! So... while I'm not "freaking out," I realize that keeping a blog makes me feel like I'm "accountable" to someone, so I'm just "keepin it real, ya'll." I'll keep trudging along, although honestly... is it enough? No. See that counter above? It is moving, but I'm pretty sure it's not moving at the rate a marathoner should push it. Oh well. Last year at this point, I wasn't running at ALL during the month of May, because I had a hip injury. It was bad. So... the elephant is not prepared to feel frantic yet.