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I was going to complain that I didn’t get the miles in that I wanted to today. But it sounds kind of lame to complain that I only ran 6.2 miles instead of my planned 9 miles. A few weeks ago I couldn’t get myself past the 3 mile mark. While I am disappointed that I didn’t run what I wanted to run today, I can see progress. Today’s 6 miles is still something to be proud of. I just have this nagging countdown to Chicago in my head- I really need to get a lot more miles under my belt!


Last weekend I ran my first official race. I’m glad I had the opportunity to run my first 10K close to home. I am also glad to have just had the opportunity to experience, albeit on a smaller scale, running a competitive race.

First, I learned that I have to ditch the iPhone. I thought it would be handy to have my music and time/distance keeper all in one place. But not really. Trying to get the thing in and out of my fanny pack was a hassle – I didn’t even bother. So I didn’t keep track of my pace the entire race – I never even started it. I did have the music though- which was a useful distraction, but it leads me to my next lesson.

Second, I have horrible ear buds. When I started running I went out and bought ear buds that said “sport” on them thinking that would mean they would be good for sports… wrong! They were also the cheapest ones available. So I spent the entire time pushing them back on my head, annoying!

Third, not everyone knows running etiquette. While I have been reading Runner’s World articles about the rules of the road, others must have been reading the national enquirer instead. There was a bit of trail hogging and some near collisions on the course. I know this won’t be a problem at the marathon, but I found it interesting that some common courtesy went out the window. A nice “on the left” would suffice when passing someone on the left. Just sayin.

Fourth, I got a little burst of energy at the end. A “kick” of sorts. I felt like my heart was going to pound out of my chest as I got a little extra adrenaline for that last length of the course. I was even passing people! That was fun.

Fifth, Even though I thought it didn’t matter to me, I did care about my finishing time and place. I have to say I was a little disappointed that I finished in the back third of the racers. Granted, I didn’t have a way to keep track of my pace (lesson #1) and I really wasn’t trying to break any PR or anything (this was my FIRST race).

These lessons taken to heart, I can do something about most of them. I am thinking about getting a Garmin watch and maybe an iPod nano. Less to mess with and easier access. Though I don’t know how I will feel about having something on my wrist collecting sweat. I’m also looking for the best running ear buds. No more 10$ buds for me! And as for the time thing, I have a PR now, something to work with. These little lessons from my first race made every inch of that 6.2 miles worth it. And best of all, I have my first bib for my new collection of race bibs. 🙂



This morning was crisp.  I got up early to run and was determined to get 6 miles in.  So I did.  I would say about 99% of running is mental.  So following up on the thought “I’m going to run 2 more miles than I have before” is the hardest part of running it.  Yes there is some pain, and thoughts of “I’m going to die” come frequently in those extra miles.  I have started to recognize the little devil on my shoulder telling me I can’t do it.  And when I recognize him, I look for the angel on the other side, telling me I’m amazing and I can do it.  That little angel is the voices of my friends and family who have been incredibly supportive in this crazy adventure I’ve been on.  And I am so thankful for you all!


PS- forgot to explain that I ran 6.1 miles today, a 10K is 6.2, but I ran out of pavement so I’ll take 6.1 🙂

I am generally not a fan of running on a track.  I get bored way too easily.  Also, I find it hard to keep track of my laps.  That being said, I wanted to run yesterday and didn’t get a minute to do it until 9pm!   9pm is not the safest time of the day to be running, so I trucked off to the Y to run the inside track.  Although I did get a little lost on my laps, I found it a lot easier that I had imagined.  I was also the only one on the track for most of my run, which was peaceful.  I actually got 4 miles of pure running in!  I had a goal of 5 but they started announcing closing so I had to cool down and get off.  But I was pleasantly surprised and will try it again, soon.  🙂


The girls started Gymnastics at the Y this week so I decided I would utilize that 50 minutes twice a week to get my runs in.  BUT that means running on a treadmill for that time.  Not fun.  They try to make it less boring with those TVs but who can run and watch TV without falling on there bum?  Nope.  Treadmills are boring.  Even with my music and all the people to watch, (and the tvs) that felt like the longest 3.5 miles ever!


Enjoyed another long(ish) run today. I know I am behind in formal training. But I feel good about where I am at today. I need to figure out how to get more consistent runs in. Difficult to do with Lance’s schedule, mom’s appointments and 3 kiddos I have to coordinate with. Anyway, I am just taking it one step at a time. ;-

Lance took this picture on my cool down walk- can’t beat a run on the Orting trail!



I am so off on my training right now. I should be getting 4-5 miles on my short runs and heading for 7 miles on my long runs but I am sooo not there. I feel a wall at 3 miles. Don’t know if it is mental or what. But at about 2 miles I start thinking I can’t make it past 3. Usually, I quit at 2, a few times I have been able to get 3, but never more than that.
I get bored. Seeing the same old things. I get tired and start feeling all of my little aches and pains. They would usually not bother me but since I am looking for a way to cut my run short I usually talk myself into worrying about these little pains.
Anyway, I am stuck at the wall and looking for a way to break through!


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