Archive | January 2013

Day 1…..success! Day 2………eh.

Well we are one for two folks…kinda.  Thanks for the few who liked my post and kept me motivated!  I’m still going to go ahead and track day one up to the placebo effect as I didn’t post on day two and I failed, but we’ll see how the next few days go! 

So, I guess I should probably tell you what I did on Monday and then my dreadful Tuesday.  I typically run on my treadmill (PA weather blows this time of year, and one thing I hate is being cold, so treadmill it is for the time being.), and rather than just doing my typical five miles (the length of one tv show without the commercials-I have it almost down to a science.), I instead ran six miles (Progress!!!!).  I did, however, run these miles at a slower pace, but that’s fine right?!  The good ‘ole PA weather was insanely atypical (Thanks, global warning, just this one time!) and was 70 on Sunday, so I ran in my neighborhood.  As just stated, I don’t get off the treadmill in the winter often enough, but when I do run in my neighborhood it is brutal.  Even though I almost always have my treadmill at an incline, the mean streets of Pittsburgh’s burbs are hellacious in regards to hills (Hillacious perhaps?).  Let me put it this way-every year there is a 5k and 10k that starts and stops literally outside of my front door.  The year we moved there, Turd and I signed up for the 10k thinking nothing of it.  We can run a 10k without thinking about training we thought….well not this one.  I ran a marathon earlier that same month and found the marathon to be much more pleasant than this 10k.  The hills are rolling, but intense.  I believe I stopped to walk a few times, and I couldn’t tell you another race besides my last marathon where I have stopped to walk before.  My neighborhood is well-known by runners due to it being a good training area for tough runners.  I am pretty sure I am not one of those tough runners though, because I will avoid my neighborhood like the plague.  In the two years since we moved here, I have vowed almost every time I go outside to run that I will do that 10k loop, and my legs are usually too dead by the 5k mark (I wish I were exaggerating about how brutal it really is.).  Sunday I did kick it up for about 5.1 miles, but I actually woke up slightly sore from that.  So to wrap that up, I am pretty fine with my six miles yesterday, no matter the pace.  Last night, however, was the prime example of the issue I deal with most in regards to motivation.  I worked about 11 hours yesterday and did not get home til 7.  I was literally ready to eat a small child if I had found one wandering the neighborhood, so I immediately binged, eating way too much.  I said oh, I’ll run after I let myself digest for an hour or so.  Well after that hour, I couldn’t bring myself to move off the couch. This happens probably at least twice a week due to my yucky work schedule (and more so, my lack of motivation).  Today, I immediately felt guilty about Tuesday though.  I made up for it by working out for about 40 minutes in the am, and then in a little bit, I am going to try to pick up the pace and do intervals.  I’d say doing two workouts might make up for the day prior, right??  I was just complaining to friends that I haven’t been able to kick my extra weight I threw on in the past few months, and they reminded me I keep doing the same old thing, so how am I going to change anything?  I guess I just needed someone to remind me of that!  Plus those wimpy arms need to start getting some action if they are ever going to get me through a Tough Mudder!  I’m excited to change up my workout tonight, but by the time I work out at like 9:00, I’m sure that will change…..but now that I already tossed out my workout plan to anyone able to read and use the internet, I guess I’m kind of accountable. 

Anyone who may happen upon this reading ever complete a Tough Mudder or want to!? I’d love some details!

I’m signing up for one in August!  I don’t think I’ve been this excited for a race in sooooo long (and nervous at the same time!). 

What is your favorite race length???


Lets Make a Deal…

Welcome, Nobody.  I know right now, I’m talking to just about nobody…or Emily.  Still Nobody (Just kidding my dear)….but let me dream that some day this post will be viewed by the millions, leaving me to quit my job in order to begin running nonstop so that I have enough content to maintain this blog and profit from it, AND eventually have a million of you living vicariously through my life.  I will start planning for the date of that dream to begin in about three months, so hurry it along followers!  Lets build a cult quickly!

Seriously though, I’m sure anyone who is reading this, knows me, or is my friend is likely thinking “Why are you wasting your time (and quite possibly mine)?” (My friends tend to be fairly pessimistic and bitter-that is why I love them all.)  The next thing I will hear is-begin quote-“Why are you making a blog now?  Everyone already has one.” -end quote.  Yes, I know that.  Maybe I’m late to drinking the Kool-Aid (I tied in the cult reference!), but I wanted something that would make me accountable.  Not just to me, but to someone else.  Maybe you won’t be interested in seeing what I have to say or what is going on in my life (I don’t blame you!), but you can at least see if I’ve been blabbering on on here and likewise know if I have been motivated to move around a bit.  And hell, Maybe it will motivate you to move around a bit too-or to do any of the other fine topics I post about (I hope not all of them though, as I don’t want to pull you into all of my bad habits.)  Or, maybe by posting about my running, I will become highly enlightened into my own running habits/abilities…maybe???  The last thing I will likely hear is “You don’t have Facebook, but now you will publicize your life via the internet on another webpage?”  My answer again is yep.  See comments above, thanks. So now that I have covered all of your comments in  advance, allow me to start covering mine….

So let me say it….I love running.  Even on my worst run, I have found a reason to love it.  I may have felt like crap afterwards, but obviously, it has pushed me to keep going.  No matter how much one loves running, though, the world and life often often finds a way to invade your running time-sometimes it is just your television, food, and couch that get in the way too.  That is where my problem lies (pun intended.).  And this is hopefully where my solution lies.  I am hoping in the next few months, you will hear a different story about a girl who has followed a marathon training schedule, maybe got a bit healthier, and maybe even made some changes in her life (AM runner perhaps? Taking on other sports/activities?  Lets not get too CrAzY here.).  Who knows where I will be led?  Lets just hope it is off of the couch.