Running is easy…running is hard

Today was day 9 of my CIM training. So far I’ve done everything on my training schedule, no slacking. While on my run last night I had a few thoughts going through my head:

1). This run is going to be a good one – even after a day of sun at the A’s game.

2). Running is easy…a few minutes later…running is hard

I’m sure lots of runners go through this. You have runs that kick ass and then you have runs that kick your ass. Thankfully, yesterday’s run was pretty nice (running at 8:30 at night is great! Cool weather, a little breeze…) I have FINALLY realized that what I eat and what I do on my off days really determines how my runs are going to go. Hey, it only took about 1 1/2 years of running to realize!

Actually I have realized this for a few months now. Since I started counting calories, watching what I eat and weight training. In the next couple of weeks my long runs are going to be going from 4 miles to 8+ miles. Like I’ve been saying, this time around I am taking my CIM training serious. I read an article from Runner’s World about ways to extend your long runs. Great advice check it out Runner’s World Running Tips

Today my long run was 3 miles…getting crazy!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I it ran on the treadmill, so here is my run from last night. Also 3 miles:

Marathon Training Short Run – 3 miles by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

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Sorry in advance if you’re tired of reading about my weight loss & getting in better shape. I feel like I’ve been talking about it a lot. I did want to post this picture though because I haveย people telling me they want to start running and asking what to do. Sometimes I feel like my advice falls on deaf ears. What I mostly get frustrated with is people wanting to just go out and run. No training schedule, never looked into good running shoes, don’t warm up/cool down, no reasearch on fueling for races/runs. Now, I am no expert by any means, but I’ve been there & done that. The picture below on the left was November 2012. I wasn’t following my training schedule, I was dealing with a knee injury, and I was eating what I wanted (fries, pizza, ice cream, beer, wine). People would say “you just ran 10 miles, you deserve – insert crappy food here-” . The picture on the right is June 2013. Properly training, eating well and injury free. And trust me, I have spent hours researching how to run, stretching, what to eat, running shoes…if you want to be more serious about running like I do it’s best to know what you’re getting into. Running is easy, but it is hard too.

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Obviously there is nothing wrong with wanting to go out and run for the fun of it. But please, at least take it slow at first. Slow pace and short runs. You HAVE to start small if you want to stay injury free and have fun! Running is the best thing I could have done for myself. I love every run I do, even if I hate it while I’m doing it – which luckily for me isn’t often ๐Ÿ™‚

Finally, had to say happy Father’s Day to my dad. We went to the A’s game yesterday. It was probably one of the best games I’ve been to. Back to back home runs, 5 home runs in all and of course they won!! Fun times!

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California International Marathon Training Take 2

Beginning tomorrow I will be back onto a training schedule. I have to say, these past 2 weeks have been really nice not having to train; just run whenever I want and how ever far I feel like running.

Here is my training schedule. Same as last year.

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What isn’t going to be the same as last year is my lack of training. To be completely honest I didn’t train as well or as responsibly as I should have. I skipped out on long runs, didn’t do much cross training and didn’t stretch or ice my legs after a work out – until it was too late and I injured myself. I also wasn’t eating as well as I am now. The crazy thing is, is I was running a lot last year and doing a pretty good job but I was 137 ish pounds. I was up to 140 in December after injuring myself. Since December last year I have been eating well, exercising and overall trying to be more healthy. I’m down to 127.4 lbs. I have lost just over 12 lbs since December. I tried doing that all last year and couldn’t. It goes to show how far you can get with hard work and dedication.

This year I am dedicated. I will do my long runs, continue my cross training (weight training) and continue eating healthy. I have an amazing app that I’ve used to help me to control my portions (count calories). It is great too because I know how much protein, carbs, sugars…that I’ve eaten in a day. Lose it! is the app I use. Check it out!!

And check out how cute my cat Zahara is ๐Ÿ™‚

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I have 6 months of hard work ahead of me tomorrow! Having other races during my training helps me to stay focused and not get bored with months of running and nothing really going on in between. Here are a list of my upcoming races:

July 4th – Buffalo Chips July 4th 5-miler

July 13th – Davis MOOnlight Race Half Marathon (race is at 7pm, lets hope it isn’t too hot!)

November 3rd – US Half Marathon (I get to run across the Golden Gate Bridge!!)

November 10th – Clarksburg County 20 mile Run

November 28th – Run to Feed the Hungry

December 8th – California International Marathon!!

August – October look a little empty, I’m hoping to get some funds for a race during those months. I am also signed up for another marathon in 2014 already. Napa Valley Marathon, March 2nd. Yep, back to back marathons. Which may be my biggest motivation to get in the best shape of my life this year!

Women’s Fitness Festival – thankful it was only a 5k!

The Women’s Fitness Festival was this past Sunday. It was a great race. I got a new PR for a 5k – 26:25. I was shooting for 26:00, but I went to a wedding the day before and had a bit too much wine. I woke up pretty dehydrated and at mile 0.5 I was already cramping. Taking all that into consideration I did pretty damn well. I came in 26th of 263 in my age group and 170th of 2929 overall. Like I said, not bad for not really trying and running dehydrated.

Here are some wedding pictures, this first one is my artsy picture.

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Us with the beautiful bride! Christen is pretty much my date to all events.

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I must say this was probably the most beautiful venue I’ve been to for a wedding. It is in French Camp, Ca – pretty much in the middle of nowhere. It is called the River Mill, amazing place!

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Now onto the race! Check out my course:

Women’s Fitness Festival 5k by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

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I was super proud of myself at this race for how well I did given the circumstances (that were completely my fault). I have really become a strong runner and I see the progress in every race I do. Like I said, I was cramping pretty early on. By mile 2 the cramping stopped – thank you running gods – and I was able to finish strong. I finally have stopped being shy about going to the gym and working with ย weights & the machines. Well, to be completely honest I am still intimidated working with weights but I’m doing it.

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My friends and I at the end of the race. Fun times! This is always a super popular race in Sacramento. The proceeds go to WEAVE.

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The following is from WEAVE’s website:

WEAVE is the primary provider of crisis intervention services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Sacramento County. Through its involvement in the Rescue & Restore Coalition, WEAVE also provides outreach and services for international and domestic victims of human trafficking.

It is WEAVE’s mission to bring an end to domestic violence and sexual assault in partnership with our community. WEAVE’s vision is a community free of violence and abuse. At WEAVE we believe that crisis intervention services are only part of the solution.

Prevention and Education are critical in improving how our community responds to violence. WEAVE is committed to breaking the cycle of violence by educating the community to better understand the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Here is their website for more info:
weaveinc.org