Friday, February 22, 2013

Long run the WIND!

Oak Villa
Today is "long run" Friday.  I am training for Newport Marathon in June along with Jerry and Tonya.  Today our schedule
called for 9 miles of hills.  We set out about 8:15am.  I had high hopes of 9 feeling like nothing after running 14 last weekend...yeah right!!!!!  I have upped my cross training this last week trying to get my arms and core stronger.  I am a tad bit sore and having some allergy issues.  I felt like I couldn't get enough breath and that's never fun on a run.  We headed up some smaller hills and then one larger hill and then back through town.  I love running out on Oak Villa.  It's out of town, with hardly any traffic and a nice hefty hill.  We even passed another runner out on that road going the other way.  We got home and I was impressed with our pace with the hills and headwinds (18mph) we faced.  As soon as I got in the house the allergy headache I had during the night came back.  Love how it goes away during a run (most of the time).  It was fierce!  Glad I have today off because I had to lay down for a while.  The good news is I'm feeling better now and because of the headwinds, we got extra BURN in today!  Lots of extra calories GONE, whoo hoo!  

Looking forward to a nice easy five with Dallas, OR Run the Open Road tomorrow morning.    

Jerry, Me, and Tonya after our run in the wind this morning

A side note:   Currently I'm working on losing that "last five pounds."  Over the last four years I've been running, I have lost ten pounds.  I haven't been able to lose the last five to reach my goal for racing.  I'm not an overweight person but definitely not underweight.  I have found much joy how running has changed my body and body image over the last four years.  I am trying to focus on "lifestyle changes" not "diets."  I am not a fan of diets!  I have lost 1/2 pound this week and am enjoying the encouragement I have gotten from some of you!  I am using that "Lose It" app just to help keep myself accountable and make myself aware of what's going in my body.  I am eating more fruits and veggies and like to add chia seeds to my smoothies, oatmeal or just my water.  Read about the benefits of eating chia seeds here.  I encourage you, if you're having issues losing that last few pounds, keep going!  We can do this together!

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

14 Miles with Friends

Jerry and I started out this morning with a 14 mile training run ahead of us.  The weather was good for running, about 41 degrees with no rain.  We planned to run with friends at different points today.  Our first stop, Kingsborough Park to meet Ultra Marathon runner Chris!  I like to meet Chris for runs because he knows so much about running and has been on almost every road in Polk County.  He only was doing 5-7 miles today because he has a 30 tomorrow, yes...30 miles on feet, YIKES!  And you all think I'm crazy!!!
Jerry and Me
He took us out on a great road we had never ran on yet with a few nice hills.  I was happy with the pace we were going and glad the rain was holding up.
Jerry, Me, and Chris
Soon, Chris broke off to run home and Jerry and I ran a few more miles before meeting up with our friends Jenny and Katie.  We saw several people out walking that we knew, Diane, Boone, and Will.  We also saw Tonya out for a fast shorter run...Guess they were out enjoying the nice weather too.  
It was finally time to meet the girls outside of BLUSH.  Katie was getting her hair cut, so perfect timing.  We set off for some hills.  Jenny has no hills by her house and she needed to train on some for Shamrock next month.  We did a figure 8 thing up and around Safeway.  I think Katie was getting a little irritated
  at the last hill, but hey...she's doing Shamrock too!  LOL!  Sorry Katie!!!
Nothing crazy happened this training run, nobody feel down or pooped their pants but we just had a nice run together...very much enjoyed it!

Jerry, Me, Katie, and Jenny
14 mile training run for Newport Marathon...
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