Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Welcome to Week 3

How time flies.  I was just checking on the Challenge at Daily Mile (click the tracker at the left for more details) and am amazed that we now have 11 people in on the challenge.  There are people from all over the country and even Canada.  Having just entered the blogsphere, I am just in awe of how far reaching a plan can go.  I am so happy that you all are joining me!

An update on my progress.  I have now completed 22 miles and am on pace with my 10 mile per week goal.  I will admit that I am somewhat disappointed that my knee is bothering me so much that I can't really run for a lot of the workouts.  I am planning go get a foam roller and work it because THIS WILL NOT BE MY EXCUSE FOR NOT RUNNING...yes I am yelling at myself there.  I am the kind of person who could walk forever.  Just set the treadmill to 4mph and go and go and go :)

However, I have goals.  I want to compete in another 5k (am contemplating one that Liz at Eternal Lizdom is signing up for in November) and I have a goal of 2:45 for next year's Mini Marathon.  I won't make these goals if I am not running!

I did get some new shoes that I like a lot.  I am just so motivated by everyone who is participating or cheering me on in this challenge!

Thanks to everyone and keep up the good work!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Daily Mile

My friend Liz has set up a cool challenge for all of us to track our miles at Daily Mile.  If you want to join the challenge, let me know once  you have an account with Daily Mile (its free!).  Mile counting doesn't start until the day you accept the challenge.  Remember the original challenge time was from September 15, 2010 to September 15, 2011.  If you are keeping pace at 10 miles per week, that will give you 520 miles total so if you start the challenge this week, you should still be able to stay on track and get 500 miles in before the end date!

I have 3 miles to do tomorrow.  I am looking forward to it.  I really need to find the time to get some new shoes so that I can actually run more.  I keep trying, but my knee is killing me.  I just haven't had time this week to do anything about it, but walking is better than nothing right?

I added the Daily Mile widget at the left so you can see my progress as I post my workouts there.  I still plan to make a post on this blog at least twice a week.

I am so excited to see how many people are joining me on this!  Happy Running (and walking)!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Week 1 .. Done!

I can't believe that Wednesday marks the beginning of week 2 already.  I feel like I was just telling Liz that I had this idea for a running challenge and shabang...here we are starting week 2!  And people are doing it with me!

I logged 10.5 miles in Week 1 (starting off a little ahead never hurts :)).  Overall I felt good about getting the miles in, but I am having a pain in my knee when I run longer than 3 minutes at a time so I am doing mostly intervals.  I think it is my IT Band...I know this is pretty common, but it stinks to have pain. 

Anyone have any good suggestions for IT Band therapy.  I have heard of using a foam roller, but have no idea how to use one or even what to buy...suggestions??

Liz has also given me a great idea to do a badge or something to mark progress on this quest.  I am thinking of something, but haven't had much time to devote to it.  I like the idea...what about anyone else doing this journey with me?  Would you think a badge was cool?

Hope your week is going well...I know that some of you have kept me in the loop on your progress, but I would love to hear how you feel now that week 1 is complete...

Oh, I almost forgot, I know that I talked to a few people who thought 500 miles might be too much as a starter goal.  I recommended cutting the goal in half to 250 (average of just under 5 miles a week...that is less than a mile a day!).  And, if you don't want to run, don't.  Just have fun and enjoy the challenge as you move on to the next milestone!

More Later. 

A.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

4.5 Miles Down -

I am so excited about how things have gone so far this week.  I have planned the following schedule (in case you are following along).

Monday - 3 Miles
Tuesday - Strength Training
Wednesday - 2 Miles
Thursday - Strength Training
Friday - 2 Miles
Saturday - 3 Miles
Sunday - Day of Rest

I am also excited to report that I have completed 4.5 miles of this journey already.  On Wednesday, I did 2 miles.  I ran and walked parts of it.  Walking at 4mph and Running at 5mph and 2 minutes at 6mph!  Today, was supposed to be my Strength Training day; however, I work out with 2 other women from my department on Thursday's and we decided we would tackle cardio today.  So, I swapped Friday for Thursday and did 2.5 miles.  Tomorrow I will do Strength. 

I don't expect all of my posts to be all about numbers and why I chose to do one thing over another, but for the first day, I wanted to lay some groundwork.

I have also decided that I am in much need of some new running shoes.  I can feel tha the soles are starting to break down.  Lucky for me I received a 30% off at Kohls and I wear New Balance which Kohl's carrys...so, I will be hitting up Kohl's this weekend for some new kicks.  I hope they have the same kind I am running in now...

With 495.5 Miles to Go...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I am going to do what?!?

In the past 5 years I can be quoted as saying:

"I am NOT a runner"
"I HATE to sweat"
"I will NEVER run"
"I was a swimmer, I never ran growing up, I am sure that is why my joints just won't work for running."

Let me warn you now, when you hear yourself things like this, just pretend it its "opposite day" because the likelihood of those proclamations holding true is pretty much non-existent.

This past year, I have found myself running 2 5k events, run/walking a half marathon, finding a running training plan to work on speed of all things.  I really can't believe how much I actually look forward to working out...and how much my day changes when I don't.

On days I work out, I am happier, have more energy, feel better rested, am a better parent and wife and have a desire to live out God's will for my life.

When I don't work out...well, let's just say it is not pretty.  Nothing is on time, I am short fused and I really feel like it would be best if I crawled into a hole so I wouldn't be so irritated with everyone and everything around me. 

One thing is clear, I need to work out consistently.  I also crave routine and goals.  Therefore, this next year, I will be working on a quest to walk/run 500 miles.

Start Date:  September 15, 2010
End Date:  September 15, 2011
Goal:  500 miles walked/run

I want to use this blog keep my progress somewhere public in the hopes of providing accountability.  It would be a bonus if 1 or 2 others would take on this quest (or something similar) to help keep me in line. 

Will you join me?