There is something about running after it rains.

 

So first of, Happy birthday to me. And I celebrated this morning by running a 5 Miler. I think being older has made me wiser. Look at all the great decisions I have made. I woke up at 5:30 am today and it was raining. First thought was YAY! great excuse not to go run. So I rolled over and back to sleep I went. woke up 20 minutes later and the rain had stopped and here is were the older and wiser comes in. I put on my clothes and went out for 5 miles. Yay! to being older.

It was such a great run. there is something about running after it rains that makes you feel like mother nature is on your side. there is a nice cool breeze that seems to push you faster and cool you down at the same time. everything seems greener and the smell of the wet earth rejuvenates.

on a different note I need more Nike friends to compete with. So if you use Nike running to track your runs please let me know. we can be buddies 🙂

I made a food plan for the week. I’ll post that later after I food prep and take pics.

Day192: Marathon Monday- Week 3/18

As week 3 starts, I don’t really think I have hit my stride and I am yet into the marathon Training. My running time is shite, I have to literally force myself out of bed in the morning to go run and I haven’t been really doing much on my cross training. Case in point, today was my cross training day and I do not have the time to do it. I could make time, but it’s really not a priority in my head.  Which it needs to be.

My eating has also been shite. Since I decided that I wont be on the scale until the end of the month, I have taken it as an excuse to pretty much not watch what I eat. Since I have no accountability, every thing goes. I know for a fact that I will pay for it dearly if I don’t change.

So my plan this week is to try and get back on plan and really focus on my eating and running. Going grocery shopping tonight and I will be prepping my meals for the whole week till late into the night. Not having time is not going to be an excuse. This will be my first time trying to prep 6 small meals a day for an entire week.

Now that I am in week 3, I am getting into my longer runs. Most of my weekend runs will be over the 10 mile mark. I haven’t run this long a distance in months and I am not so sure how it will go. My plan is to make sure that I have enough juice to move me through the miles. I am not really a gel gal. I tried some and I just couldn’t take the texture and taste and so I think I will stick to energy bars. maybe once I get halfway through my training I will be able to stomach them.

So here is to a great week to all. lets make it count 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 186: marathon training Day 9, week 2

I really had planned on cataloguing my daily marathon plan but the days seem to have run away from me. However, fret not because I have been running and have kept up quite well with my runs. I even managed to finish my 8-mile run (Just barely) on Sunday, which I was thoroughly dreading.

This week is quite similar to last week except my Sunday Run goes up from 8miles to 9-miles. Sweet baby Jesus help me. But all I can do is take it one mile at a time.

 

My eating hasn’t been as great as I had hopped. I really want to break my meals down to 6-300 calorie meals but I keep forgetting to eat at the appointed times and once I get hungry, I go over my calories. What is it about prepping for a marathon and suddenly you turn into the cookie monster.

My plan this week is to actually prep all my meals the previous day. have everything packed and set up my timer for when i am to take the meal. I just need to fit it in with all my work and school stuff.

Happy running.

Day 180: marathon training day 3, week 1/18 and exhaustion

Today was my 5 mile run and my first success of the day was that I got up without once hitting the snooze button.  I kept my phone on the other end of the room and had to get up and walk across the cold floor and that got me up right quick. I got dressed and drank my warm water/lemon/ cayenne pepper concoction and I was out of the door in 15 minutes.

I was a bit wary of this run. Since the year started I have only done 5 straight miles once. If it wasn’t for that the fact that it was right there in black and white that today was a 5 miler, I don’t think I would have finished it. I was exhausted by the 3-mile marker. I mean wiped out. This just goes to show you how out of shape I really am. By mile four, I was ready to get a shortcut and get back home. Good ting there are no shortcuts to my route and I had to complete the whole thing. By the time I got home, I had done a little over 5 miles.

I had breakfast and went right back to bed.

 

Speaking of food, I have decided to try and get onto the 5-6  small meals a day train. I just realized that the more exercise I do, the more hungry I get and I start snacking a lot. So I have decided to try and divided my calories into five-300 calorie meals and see how it goes.

Day 179: Marathon training day2, week1/18 and safety while running in the dark

tToday was my first actual run. 3 miles and it was glorious. It has been a while since I actually went out and run with a purpose in mind and it felt great. Now if we can just keep this streak going for another 17 weeks, we should be fine.

I got up at 5:31. Dallied around in bed and finally got out of the house at about 6am. The moon was out and there was a gentle breeze that makes me just wanna go go go.

I wasn’t fast at all but my main goal was to try and run as much as possible. I ran the first 2 miles and did a fast walk for the last mile. This is what happens when you take time of running. My body needs to get back to when I could run 3 miles in under 30 minutes without breaking a sweat.

Running alone in the early morning, as a girl is risky. In the past I never really paid much attention to be but of late I have been watching Disappeared on  the discovery channel where people just vanish out of nowhere and are never seen again and this spooked me a bit. Today morning, there was no one in sight and I kept imagining that some kidnapper or rapist murderer or even worse a Jehovah’s Witness would pounce our of the dark and grab me. As y runs get longer, I will need to leave the house earlier and earlier and my OH has no interest in getting up early and going out with me, so I figure I need to get prepared.

Here are some things to keep in mind while running in the dark.

1. wear reflectors.
Now this seems counter intuitive especially since you don’t want to be easy prey for the aforementioned nutters but you do want to be easily seen to avoid being hit over by a car. wear clothes that are bright and reflective and can easily be seen in the dark. another option is to buy reflector strips and pin them onto your running clothes.

This good.

This bad

2. Know your route.
I can not even begin to tell you how many times i’ve almost fallen into a man hole, pot hole or other types of holes on routes that i had not been on before. make sure that if you are running in the early mornings or late nights, it is a route that you know well and wont be surprised and later found in a ditch with broken limbs.No Bueno. Run the route during the day so that you are familiar with your surroundings.

3. Be aware
This just means to keep an eye on your surroundings. most of us like to run with our music  at full blast but this can be dangerous. you might not be able to hear an oncoming car honking or you will probably get distracted while someone sneaks up on you. as a general rule, I almost never listen to music if its dark outside and no one is around. if you cant run without music, keep the volume low to the point that you can hear what is around you or even better, run with only one ear plugged.

4. Other sensible things to do.

Vary your route. incase some pervy wanker has been watching out for you, you can switch it up and keep them guessing.Always Run against traffic because it’s easier to avoid a car if you can see it coming, carry an ID and cell phone incase of emergency.

 

Last but not least ladies, Carry pepper spray

try not be like the Idiot cop who sprayed a bunch of peaceful students.