Monthly Archives: November 2013

DON’T FREAK OUT

Friday, November 29, 2013
9:51 PM

Yesterday I ate too much and drank pop (crazy, I know). Today? My ankle hurts and I barely completed two miles on my run. My next 5k? Next Saturday.
So yeah, don’t freak out.
Ok, maybe a little.
I feel like I’ve lost all my progress!
So tomorrow I shall run in between the end of teaching my piano students and the beginning of drama practice. I need it. If my ankle hurts I’ll stop right away. (So I say now, anyways.)
I feel even more determined now!
Any experiences where you get even more determined?

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To Be “Thanks-Giving”

Thursday, November 28, 2013
6:42 PM

To be “thanks-giving”, or that is to say: to give thanks. I’m thankful for so much that has happened in this past year, as well as things that have been around for a while.
#1. Salvation
#2. I’m thankful for the family I have and the new additions to it.
#3. My friends and their support!
#4. The freedom to worship.
#5. The ability to run!
I’m really glad I had a great day. My friends and family got together and did a Dance Now Kinect game. (I think that’s what it’s called.) We ate lots of food, talked nerdy, and all that good stuff. Right now, I’m snacking on leftover red potatoes and cranberry sauce.
What are you most thankful for?

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Every Run Rewarded

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
9:32 AM

I think that there isn’t a run that isn’t rewarding! Even one of my worst runs give me the continuance of running, showing me I’m not quitting!
Today it’s colder than normal and I woke up to SNOW! Yes! I was thrilled to get out and run in a “winter wonderland”. There wasn’t too much snow or ice, so it was safe and pretty.
It was a tough run, though. I live in the country so I encounter one of my greatest foes: hills. That wasn’t the worst, though. There were parts when I had to run against the wind and I had bundled too warmly so I felt a nauseating retching every curve I turned.
It was worth it though! So pretty! Someone saw me running, too, coming back from McDonalds (oh horrors 😛 ) and said they were freezing just watching me. I find it funny when people I know comment on my morning runs.
Then I get all the way to work after my run and find out that they don’t need me today – I have the day off!
So as I sit here eating banana chips I feel crazy, yet inspiring.
My next 5k is on the 7th! Looking forward to it and hoping I PR that day!

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This tree reminds me of how I feel when I run – strong.

A Shoe Dilemma

Monday, November 25, 2013
6:46 PM

We’ve all heard that joke about a runner’s most expensive shoes are the ones they run in. In my case, this is true. But does higher price mean better quality, and in turn, better shoe?
So far, I’ve only worn out one pair of running shoes and am onto my second pair. I have to get shoes for pronation (but that’s a common problem) and I’ve always been led to believe that everything Nike says is golden…but is it??
Studies show that technically the thicker the sole you have, the more likely you are to get injured.
"What?!"
It’s true!
Here’s how it was explained to me: your heel is a transition mechanism. When you move from one terrain to another, the heels of your feet help make a smoother transition while running.
Say you go from running on grass to pavement: the thicker your sole, the harder your heels have to hit the pavement to get the transition. All that pounding puts wear and tear on your joints.
Thicker soles meant for pronation also can cause someone to over-pronate, causing more pain and improper form.
So the right shoe can help your form, which will help your health and running. Is thicker better?
But let’s not get too carried away, too thin a sole right away can be just as bad or even worse. I’m thinking about slowly transitioning into the Vibram Five Fingers, but all things in their own time.
What do you think?

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Cold Weather Running Blues

Sunday, November 24, 2013
9:12 PM

To be honest, I really hate getting up early and going out for a run in the freezing cold before work. I truly, truly do not like the bite of the cold on my face or the feeling of my toes swelling up in my shoes (weird, right? It’s due to an electrolyte balance – so eat a banana and drink some Gatorade).
I do like the scenic run in the snow, the blush I get on my cheeks, and the feeling afterwards. I get patience at work and a better metabolism after running in the morning.
Right now, bundling up for me includes a hoodie, long sleeve shirt, sweats, cotton socks, a headband that covers my ears, and my Women’s Zoom running shoes from Nike.
It’s not good to bundle up too warmly, I’ve noticed, or too little. I have learned that even though my gloves help my freezing fingers at the beginning of the run, I eventually have to take them off mid-run because my body temperature rises and the heat can’t escape through my fingers. Too much heat escaping = bad. Too little? Bad. You must find the right bundling for you at various temperatures.
It’s also nice to have a friend who will run with you, to take your mind off the run’s distance and the coldness. Using each other’s energy makes the run seem easier and more fun. I’ve found that between my running buddy and I, she is my pacer when we run long distances together.
Not too long ago, while we were both running it started to hail and rain. We were frozen, soaked and tired at the end but have a good story to tell!

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So let’s get up tomorrow morning and show the world, whether with a running buddy of your own or not, that we are really just addicted and crazy enough to go winter running!

Hello From Another Addicted Runner

Sunday, November 24, 2013
5:39 PM

As the title implies, hello from an addicted runner! I’m starting a blog for the first time, (so please hang in there with me)!
Last year was my first and last year in public school, and being a senior I wanted to try out for a sport. Now, generally I’m not a sporty person: I play piano, am obsessed with Beethoven, all things Marvel, Star Wars, etc. Instead of playing outside, I stayed in writing poetry and reading as a little girl. So when I had to choose a sport I thought: “How about Track and Field? It can’t be that bad – it’s just running”.
Funny.
Very funny.
I couldn’t even complete two warm up laps! I was so embarrassed! However that didn’t surprise people. No one saw me as a sporty girl. I mean, this was the girl who spent her lunch in the band room helping her choir classmates with their notes.
When I got home, though, after that embarrassing practice, my body felt sore but my spirit and mind felt amazing. I wanted to run! I knew this had to be the other me – a sporty me! A fitter me!
So when I started training for the mile (though I wanted to be a sprinter) I knew I didn’t have too much to worry about as long as I had the spirit (not to mention I’ve never been overweight a day in my life, amazingly). I ran everyday, did exactly as the coach said. My first mile was 9:00!
My coach never really was behind me. I had to beg him for praise when he always gave it to his sprinters or even long distances who were slower than me! (I mean, how mean is this guy? Does he not like me?) Being a Christian, I prayed before each mile, before each practice. I still didn’t have that “Coach-Athlete” relationship I wanted with my coach, though. I didn’t realize until later that what has gotten me to where I am we’re my friends and true Coach, God. My track coach left me to myself during practice. Though I wasn’t the best, I worked the hardest I could.
After track season ended, and soon school, I decided to quit running. Haha! As if! No sooner than two weeks passed, my legs hurt so bad I had to get back to running. I realized I had become addicted.
So now, I realize that I was never meant to be a sprinter (all speed no distance), I’m a long distancer! (Some speed, mostly distance.) I trained hard and won first place in my age group at my first 5k in Ashland, KY in the annual “Freedom Run 5k”. (My time was 29:06.)
God has given me a passion for running, and like most runners, I run for a good cause. I run for those who can’t. I run for charities. I run for me. Most definitely, I run for God!
I may not be the best but I work the hardest I can.
Here are two pictures from my first 5k!
So happy running and God bless!

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