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Re-evaluating what I’m doing…

This weekend was a run-fail. I had a great time doing wedding assorted things but there was absolutely no running. :o( My biggest stumbling block was the weather. It was rainy and nasty the morning I really wanted to run. However my carry on bag didn’t hold the proper gear for a run in the rain and I was not up to facing the treadmill of death in my parent’s basement.

I came back to my Nike+ goals taunting me with my failure. So, I did something I don’t normally do. I threw in the towel, reset the goals, took out a calendar and got realistic. I realize that I was just running when I felt like it and hoping things would get better. I love schedules though and even though I’m not training for a long race, I thought it might be a good idea to put together a rough goal (realistic too) for the number of times I’ll run and how far I’ll go. So, I scribbled all that on a sticky note and slapped that bright yellow reminder into my planner.

This evening, in the spirit of honoring my shiny new goals, I went for a quick two mile run and even threw in some weight lifting. (My arms, back and chest will look amazing for the wedding – dammit!) I’m working on increasing my speed currently. I also want to run 3.5-4 miles 2-3 times before my next 5k in three and a half weeks. I want it to seem easier than the first time around!

Other things I’m doing? De-lurking from all the fitness blogs that have motivated me for the past year or so! Just reading has been great motivation so I can’t wait to see what inspiration actual interactions will bring about. :o) I’m also experimenting a little with my cooking. My MO in the kitchen is pretty simple and standard — however there are many, shiny, amazing wedding (kitchen) gifts coming soon. I’m already daydreaming about the things I’ll do. So — recipes are welcome!

Time for a shower. I can smell myself and that’s never a good thing!

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Treadmill Rage

Oh the joy of crowded apartment gyms post New Years. It has always been my opinion that people who have been working out prior to New Years should have first priority on machines after New Years. I’m thrilled for people embarking on new exercise programs. I love to see folks taking charge of their health and making good changes. But, dammit, don’t throw me off my training/work out schedule!

I had my first case of Treadmill Rage for 2010 earlier this week. I gave myself two days off after the 5k with Blair. So, Wednesday rolled around and I was gunning for a run. (Wait, whoa, who is this Anna? Excited to run??) Tom and I get down to the gym; it boasts four treadmills. One treadmill was broken and the other three were taken. I hoped on an elliptical to “warm up” and hoped someone would finish on the treadmill to at least give me enough time to properly calibrate my nike+.

About four minutes into my work out, I realize that two of the three treadmill folks are more than 30 minutes into their work out. Every gym I’ve ever been to has “gym rules” which involve limiting your workout to 30 minutes when others are waiting. So, I start to get a little frustrated. 15 minutes into my work out, the first person gets off. Another girl (who was waiting before me) got on. Still frustrated Anna on the elliptical. Finally, twenty minutes into my work out, a second person gets off (he had logged 50 minutes so I didn’t feel bad at all). Thankfully I was able to swoop in and grab that treadmill. Otherwise, I felt like we were quickly approaching the point where I would stand, fists clenched and red faced in front of the line of treadmills demanding that someone get off and allow me to run a stinking 3/4 mile to calibrate my nike+.

I ran my 3/4 and got off the treadmill efficiently so that no one else had to suffer treadmill rage. Y’all seriously, come to the gym, work out, sweat, do what you need to do. But if the gym is packed, finish within 30-40 minutes. Otherwise, you’ll have someone huffing and puffing (not from exertion) on an elliptical behind you…

Treadmill rage aside, I’ve had a decent set of runs this week. I haven’t logged a lot of distance and haven’t run as many times as I would have liked. But, I’m still going (even though I’m not signed up for another race) and that’s a huge step for me. Three “runs” (including the 3/4mi calibration run) yielded about 5.35mi this week. Friday I ran a 5k around 33:30. I feel vindicated after my brutal, windy 5k last weekend.

The Nike+ challenges I set for myself are currently taunting me. While I’m doing leaps and bounds better than I ever have, the output reads are telling me: more, more, more! I don’t think I’ll meet my calorie burn goal, but I should exceed my mileage goal and either meet (or come soooo close to meeting) my number of runs goal! Hopefully I can get a few runs in over the next couple days and make these things happen.

For now, I suppose I should pick another run to sign up for. I’m working on corraling Tom into running the 2/13 5k but he’s sick right now, so my persuasion isn’t going so well. If nothing else, there’s the GW Parkway 5k which I intended to run last year and definitely want to run this year. Any suggestions?

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The final countdown

Today is my last run before Sunday’s 5k. The weather has cleared up slightly outside and I saved my ipod from the  freeze screen of doom, so I’m feeling pretty confident right now.

Tuesday I came home from work and tackled the treadmill. It was a little more of a mind game this time. I found myself becoming bored with the treadmill. Up until that point, whenever people told me they hated running on the treadmill compared to outside, I thought they were crazy. Yes, the treadmill is easier, but it’s also more boring. You’re not seeing anything new and you’re not getting anywhere. Boredom and all, my total running distance was 3.25! And, I never once had one of those “I really hate my life, let’s stop running” moments! Victory!!

Two things pumping me up for the run today:  (1) early release from work means I can start my run around 12:45 instead of 5:30, and (2) I bought some new music online and created a running playlist on my ipod. No more listening to T.I. on repeat. His songs were starting to automatically make my legs feel heavy. I’m hoping new music variety will add to my run today.

My only hesitation: water. I’m drinking a lot now. However, I don’t own a squirt bottle. I was supposed to go to the store last night, but getting home late from work nixed that. I’m hoping to run errands after the run and pick up running toys (headband, gloves, jacket, waterbottle, etc) also. However, I currently have to make do with what I have — which is a lot of wide mouthed nalgene bottles. I’m sure I’ll end up wearing more water than I get into my mouth.

One final question — anyone know how I’m supposed to spit when I run? I realized Saturday that it was essential to me actually feeling good on a run. Cause, really, who wants to run with thick saliva floating along in their mouth? I always spit into grass as opposed to hocking huge nasty globs onto the pavement for someone else to step on. However, if anyone has any tips on spitting with “grace” or on cutting back the number of times you need to spit — I would appreciate it. (Hooray awkward running questions!)

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At least I can blame it on being outside?

Run 2 while in Atlanta commenced on Christmas Eve at a local park. This was my first serious “training” run and it was definitely a wake up call. Thanks to advice from friends I was fairly well prepared for how to dress/what to expect in the cold. I borrowed a set of adjustable ear muffs from my mom and a squirt waterbottle from my step dad and set off. The first mile was a struggle. Drinking water definitely helped though — both with my overall feeling of well-being and with timing.  I cheated a bit and stopped by the car to drop off my jacket and pick up a pair of gloves. (I also stood around drinking water and catching my breath than I needed to really.)

Mile 2 was a battle. I mentally just didn’t have it. I finish up, stretched and collapsed into the driver’s seat. I was dizzy and not pleased.

Christmas morning, Santa-Mom brought me something that would change outdoor running for me: Nike+!!! Running friends have raved about this tool, so I was super eager to check it out. With a day full of Christmas eating to fuel me, I headed out this morning to test out my new toy and capitalize on my lessons learned from the previous run.

Something clicked. I felt great all the way through the first two miles. Instead of having to convince myself that I felt awesome (the mantra I repeat when I start to feel tired) — I actually did feel awesome. I did a modified third lap (which came in just under a mile) and went back to the car feeling much more satisfied. So, now I’m feeling like I might just be able to run this 5k all the way through come next weekend.

One other weird thing of note: my knees do not like outdoor running in cold weather. I find that they’re pretty sore as soon as I stop. This never happens on the treadmill. I suppose actual outdoor running is much higher impact. Hopefully this is normal…

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