Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Me = MIA!

Sorry to have been MIA for the last few weeks.  I recently was offered an opportunity to advance my career with a different company.  So, after 11 years, I left my former company on Friday and started a new job this past Monday.  I am having a great time and adjusting to the new set of co-workers and office culture.  I am very excited about this move....

That being said, I have been just a little tiny bit busy...try putting 11 years of information stored in your brain on paper in just 10 business days...

I have been working out though and just updated Daily Mile with my stats.  I can see that we seem to all have agreed on the weekend of 12/4 for the Virtual 5k.  I am looking forward to this.  I am working up in intervals.  Right now I am working 5 min intervals with 2 min running and 3 min walking.  Next week I will switch to 3 min running and 2 min walking and then the following week I will work up to 3 miles.  My goal for the Mini Marathon in May is to run 4 walk 1 for the whole race...So once I get done with the virutal 5k, I am going to work up to the 4/1 interval and then start increasing my mileage.

My knee is still bothering me a little, but I am wearing a compression sleeve and that makes running better.  I have tried icing my knee a little and just haven't been too diligent about any therapy for my knee...I know...bad for me.

I am so excited to see everyone's progress!

More later...happy running!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Virtual 5k

Someone on the 500 Mile Challenge on Daily Mile (see tracking widget at left and click to be taken to the Daily Mile site) mentioned that we may want to try a virtual 5k where we take a period of 3 days and each person who wants to particpate does a 5k workout and posts their time on my blog.  The "Winner" would receive bragging rights and, if I can figure out how to make one, a fun badge.  Even if you are not participating in the 500 Mile Challenge at Daily Mile, I would love to have you do the 5k with me. 

The virtual 5k will be held December 3-6, 2010.  I will post a blog post on the 3rd and times can be added to comments on that blog post.  Who's in?

Also, I am so excited that many of us have broken the 25 mile mark!  A major milestone.  I would also love to do a badge for this, but I don't know how to do a badge.  Anyone out there with experience in this that could help me out?

Earlier this week I was able to run 4 minute intervals again without any knee pain.  This is a major milestone for me as before I was limited to 1 or maybe 2 minutes.  I am so excited that others are following this challenge with me.  I have been so excited to see the results in particpants passing major weight loss milestones and distance challenges!  Congrats to everyone!

Keep it up everyone and have a great week!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Stress and Exercise

I know for a lot of people Exercise (especially running) has been an awesome stress reducer and I am in total agreement on this.  However; I can't seem to tell my body that when I am trying to get out of bed.  My body thinks that sleep is the best stress reducer.  I work out at 5am so it is dark and cozy in my bedroom and my body likes it that way...:)  I've even had conversations with myself about getting out of bed...mentally running through how easy it would be to get dressed, grab some water and go downstairs...if I go, I can watch XYZ on DVR :)  I think I might be going a little crazy?  Anyone else deal with this...please say yes and tell me I am normal.

I did 2.3 miles this morning and feel great.  I am relaxed and ready to face the day.  I would like to take a snapshot in my mind now that my body can register on those days I am trying to talk myself out of it. 

How do you get yourselves motivated?  Anyone else do workouts super early (it is the only consistent way I can find time and desire to actually get in the workout)?

Also, check out the 500 Mile Challenge comment board.  We are thinking about doing a Virtual 5k where we would pick a date and then all post our times.  The "winner" would get bragging rights.  I am not that fast, but it would be interesting for me to see how everyone's times play out.  We are all in different stages of running, but for the most part I think most of us are just short of a year into running (or just getting ready to pass the 1 year mark). 

Happy Running!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Quick Update

Hi Everyone!  I hope your running/walking is going well.  I am hanging in there.  We have been super busy so I am exhausted.  I couldn't get myself out of bed this morning (ugh!) the house was just too cold and I couldn't get motivated to get 3 miles in before a day of work.  I am thinking that I am going to go 2 miles max on the weekdays until I can work up some speed.  That just sounds so much more manageable.  On Saturday's I could do 4 miles instead of my scheduled 3. 

My knee is feeling somewhat better.  I did intervals on Saturday and felt good for about 2 miles of run 1/walk 1 intervals.  Hopefully I am on the mend. 

@Liz, I hope you are feeling better!

Happy Running!

Ashli