For the love of running

Merry Christmas from the State Capitol of California!

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I took this picture while on my run tonight. I was super bored after I got off of work (yea, I work holidays. It comes with working at an emergency veterinary hospital) so I decided to go for a Christmas run. It was raining kinda hard when I headed out, but I figured if I can run 26.2 miles in pouring rain and 30 mph winds (see CIM – My first marathon ) today would be nothing! And you know what, I actually like running in the rain. I like that people see me and probably think I’m crazy, I like the rain on my face, and my squishy shoes, I like being so dedicated to something that I just have to do it – even in crappy weather. Currently I am not training for any run, although I have a 10k at the end of February. Tonight I decided to run for the love of running! It was a pretty good run and I am happy to say that I had very little knee pain. It was actually more knee irritation instead of pain. Also, I am happy to say that I ran 3.32 miles yesterday and 3.67 today…almost 7 miles in 2 days! That may not seem like much but that is the most I’ve run since the CIM, and with really no knee pain. All I’ve gotta do is take care of myself (stretching, icing, training properly…) and I’ll be back to my regular running routine & pace in no time!

Here is my route for tonight’s run:

Christmas Run – 3.6 Miles by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

And to end my Christmas night I am watching my SpongeBob Squarepants first season box set. Oh yea!! Great Xmas present, thanks to my mom 🙂 Yea…I really do love SpongeBob that much. I don’t care if I’m almost 30!

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It’s not the end of the world…guess I’ll go for a run

So, it’s December 21, 2012…I think grumpy cat sums things up perfectly. God I love this cat!

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So, 2013. I have started to sign up for some races. 2 so far. The Getty Owl 10k will be my first of 2013. I’ve been training, stretching & working out properly (thanks to a trainer at 24 Hour Fitness!) and I am excited for next year’s runs! I chose the Getty Owl run because it starts close to home and it’s a run that I didn’t do last year. Sacramento has such a great running community and great runs that I want to take advantage of the races this year that I didn’t do last year.

Getty Owl 5k/10k

Something else I have decided to do is volutneer for some races. My first thought was to just go be a spectator and make some funny signs (those people holding signs for everyone are always great motivation!) then I thought, why not give back? I am sending in my paper work to volunteer for the Shamrock’N Half Marathon. This was my first half I did last year so I thought it would be cool to volunteer for it this year. It is another great run through Sacramento.

Shamrock’N Half 2013

Me at the finish of the Shamrock’N Half Marathon 2012

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The other run that I have signed up for is a half marathon in San Francisco. Why this one? Because I get to run across the Golden Gate Bridge!!! That is seriously the reason I signed up for this. How cool is that gonna be!?? Although, I have to admit, I hate driving over bridges. But hey, I’ll run over one 😉 Too bad I have to wait until November to run it.

US Half Marathon San Francisco

Okay, I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again: I love Miles from Runner’s World Magazine. He has the best advice!

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I never listen to music when I run, except when I’m at the gym. Even then I have it really low. It is hard for me to concentrate when I’m running if I have my ear phones in. I also love the sounds of running. My steps, my breath, the wind, birds singing, dogs barking, people talking…try it some time.

Gym Buddies!

Yay!!! I have a gym buddy!! Turns out the contract with my gym was already up. Soooo I signed up with 24 Hour Fitness and now my friend and I are going to start going to the gym together. I am SO EXCITED! I didn’t care much for the gym I was a member of only because their downtown gym is awful. It’s in a basement, stuffy and small. And not to mention the fact that I feel like there will be an earthquake while I’m down there and I’ll die. No joke…issues. Today was our fist workout. We did arms, abs & cardio. I tried to run but that didn’t work so I did some speed walking with an incline on the treadmill. Having someone to help you be accountable is great – for both of us! Like I said before; I need to get in better shape, and get stronger if I want to successfully run next year’s CIM. Its been a while since I worked with weights at the gym, and it is kinda sad how weak I am. Not for long! We’ll be hot, strong, fit ladies soon 😉

Christen aka Gym Buddy & I at a mud run earlier this year

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Hehe…so us 😉

20121216-222429.jpgMore good news: I ran the farthest distance on Friday that I have run since the marathon. It was a little over 3.5 miles, which is not great, but I am slowly – ever so damn slowly – getting back into running. Gotta protect my knees.

Run 3.6 miles by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

So I have to admit, I was hesitant to write about my struggles with running the CIM, getting in better shape and my painful knees…but what the hell? I’m human and have struggles just like everyone else! I would have loved to say I met my goal time for the marathon (4:30:00) instead of being an hour over. I would have loved to never have any knee pain. I would have loved to been able to run more than 3.5 miles by now. These things are hard to tell friends, family & coworkers. What I hear most often is “You just ran a marathon! You are in good shape.” Yes and no. Am I wrong in feeling that anyone can run a marathon if they want to? I mean, obviously there is training involved but when it comes to running you just have to have the mindset that you can do it. That, I think, is the hardest part. I can run long distance because I have amazing stamina. I can barely do 10 push ups (without being on my knees) because I don’t have much upper body strength. I could barely use an ab machine at the gym today because my core isn’t as strong as it used to be. These are the things I need to work on. Having a strong body overall will make me a better runner. It used to be about being skinny to me. Now I want to be strong and healthy.

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Lastly, I was at Target today – buying only necessary things – which is hard to do there!! I f-ing love everything at Target. I came across this:

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Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a very fresh scent after running a marathon 😉 Although I was intrigued by this deodorant and how well it is supposed to work, I was not about to spend $12 dollars on it!

 

 

 

 

 

Running is hard!

Today was my first run after the marathon. Super short. I ran around Mckinley Park because it’s been a while since I ran there, and I love that park. I planned on doing 3 laps – only 3! It probably is about 2 miles, maybe a little over. I ran 2 laps instead. Wha, wha, whaaaa… My knee started acting up. So now I’m at home, typing this blog and icing my knee. But the CIM was only 8 days ago, I shouldn’t be too hard on myself…even if today’s 1.5 mile run was hard! I am super excited though because in a few months when my gym membership is up I’m joining my friend’s gym so I will have a work out partner! We work out well together so I decided to join her gym. I need to get into much better shape. Especially if I want to kill my time for the CIM next year. Yea, it’s been a thought floating around in my head, gotta make up for this year!

Today’s run:

Run 1.5 miles by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

The next run I plan on doing is this coming Sunday. It’s a free run, bring a toy for the Salvation Army and go run a 5k. Fleet Feet Sacramento puts on the run “as a gift to the running community” which I think is pretty cool. Here is a link if you wanna check out the info –
Fleet Feet Free Holiday Classic

California International Marathon…my first marathon!

Oh, boy. The CIM…was it really only 2 days ago? It seems like forever. I feel sad that it was here and now gone so quickly. For 6 months I have been waiting to run my first marathon, and now I can say I have 🙂 And with MAJOR bragging rights! 26.2 miles in pouring rain, flooding streets and 30 mph winds! It was fun. I loved that my first marathon was in “the worst weather for the CIM” – I heard some one say that!

Here is my pre run dinner. I made chickpea burgers, and my sister made a really yummy quinoa salad to go with it.

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Yep, 4 am wake up call! This is what I look like that early in the am. Not pretty…but my shoes are 🙂

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So, yea. It was rainy as hell. But I’m still smiling.

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This above picture was around mile 18-19ish. About the time I was thinking I am sticking to half marathons only, and maybe I’m just not made to run a marathon. I mean, yea I finished but it wasn’t easy. My knee overall wasn’t giving me problems until late in the race. At that point it was both knees, but it wasn’t the stabbing pain I felt when I ran the Clarksburg 20 miler. Thank God. I have come up with a pretty good analogy with how I feel about marathons:

Marathons are like tattoos. When you’re doing it, it is painful and you want it to be over. Then when it’s done you forget about the pain and are planning your next one. At least that is how I feel about it 😉

Crossing the finish line was amazing. Even if I wasn’t running super fast like I usually do (can) at the end of a race. By the time I finished the weather was perfect.

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Here are some great pics taken by my sister in front of the State Capitol & their Christmas tree.

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California International Marathon:

2012 California International Marathon! by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

I am very happy I accomplished this goal. Not the time I wanted, in fact an hour longer that I wanted (dammit) but I think that happened for a reason. Number 1 obviously is I need to stretch. Which I believe helped me get through this race. Another important thing that I really didn’t think about was to bring food along with me when doing a marathon. I didn’t think about it because last year I saw they had bananas, oranges & pretzels. Well, I guess I was too slow cause when I came to those stations I saw orange & banana peels all over the ground, but nothing for me to eat. F! So, next marathon…BRING FOOD! I was so happy when I crossed the finish line and my sister handed me a banana and Clif Shot Bloks. Right then it was the best thing I had ever eaten! Finally, I know that I need to strength train more. I did very well when I trained for my half marathon, but not as well this time around. I knew this wasn’t going to be an easy race, but now that I am finished I can see where I need & can improve. There’s always a next time! Oh, and ps why didn’t anyone tell me about ass chafing?!! Am I the only one this happened to? Jesus, that was uncomfortable! I used Body Glide & New Skin, but never thought to put it on my butt! Next time, next time.

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My medal. Out of the whole marathon the last 0.2 miles was the hardest! Serious!

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My support dogs. Bones is all proud dogs wearing my medal!

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