Finding Motivation

It’s been a while since I wrote, and my running hasn’t been much more regular.  Since I last wrote, I’ve had plenty of ups and downs and it all can be broken down into three periods in my running.

Lung Run 10k 
Back in August I went to Toronto and fully intended to keep up with my training schedule, but found it difficult to run in the hotel’s gym.  Then once I got back I was a bit discouraged after missing a bit and ended up falling further behind.  I didn’t run for a couple of weeks, but I was determined to still run the race!  Once September rolled around I found the motivation to get back out there because the race was scheduled for the 17th.  I had a couple of solid runs and felt confident enough to attempt the race.

On race day, we arrived about half an hour before the race started, so we hung out by the lake for a bit.  I did my stretches, and then it was time to start.  I did pretty good at the beginning, but lost some of my pace after the first mile.  By about halfway through, I was getting tired and my time was suffering.  In the end, I did complete the race and that’s all that matters!

Winter
Over the winter it was very difficult to find the motivation to go out running.  The weather was cold, and a lot of the time that kept me inside, but a couple of times I braved the weather and went outside anyway.  After a few times of running in the cold, I started trying to run at the indoor track at a nearby park, and that worked a few times.  But it grew old pretty quickly because it is just running around in a circle over and over and over again.  Later in the season we tried out the gym at my work, but that didn’t last long either.  I have so much trouble running on treadmills!

Early Spring and Soldier Field 10 Mile
With the warm weather this early spring, I have been able to get out a few times running.  It’s also helped that I’m hoping to run the Soldier Field 10 Mile run over Memorial Day Weekend – though if I don’t really start training for it, I’ll have to find an easier race to do instead.  At this point I can run about 4 miles without too much trouble, but I need to push myself to do at least 6 miles by now.

Overall the hardest part I’m finding about running is finding the time and the motivation to actually get out to run.  Here’s hoping that as the weather continues to improve, I’ll find it easier and easier.  After all, I was very good about running regularly during the summer last year.  Also, the more I get out running, the more of these I will get to see:

Published in: on March 26, 2012 at 1:19 am  Comments Off on Finding Motivation  

Interrupted by a Train

Today I had my long run for the week.  According to my training plan, I had to run 3 miles today, and I made it.  That’s now the longest I’ve run in a single session.  I had planned on running all the way from home to an intersection about a mile and a half away, but only made it 1.25 miles before being stopped by this guy.  Seriously, couldn’t the engineer see I was running and stop for me?  Oh well.  Lately I had been switching to walking for a break after the first mile but made it further this time.  After the train passed, I resumed my run and turned around at the intersection.  The way home was a little easier as the sun was to my back, but I still ended up going slower the second mile than the first.

The first mile time was great; I finished it in 10:32, which is now my personal best for a single mile.  The second mile time was 13:28, and the third was 13:56.  For a little bit during the third mile I pushed myself harder and ran at a pace of between 8-10 minutes for about a quarter mile.  It sure felt like I was going even faster than that!

This now wraps up the month of July.  During the month, I was able to run a total of 23.19 miles, increased my average pace from about 15 minutes/mile at the beginning of the month to 12:41 today, and my fastest single mile from 13:42 to 10:32.  I think it was a pretty good month!

This also wraps up the first week of my training plan for the 10k.  It’s a great feeling to have survived one week, but there’s seven left in the schedule.  Next Sunday I get to increase my distance on the “long run” to 3.5 miles.

 

Published in: on July 31, 2011 at 3:32 pm  Comments Off on Interrupted by a Train  

Easy? No. Easier? Yes.

It’s getting easier.  Yesterday my 10k training sent me on a 2 mile run.  A few weeks ago I would’ve cringed at the thought, and then would have proceeded to huff and puff like a hufflepuff through the whole run.  This time, I actually looked forward to a shorter run than I’d been doing the last few times, and didn’t have too much trouble throughout.  That said, I did find the first few blocks to be rather brutal on my legs but I attribute that more to the fact that I haven’t gotten used to getting up in the morning to run yet.

As for times, I took a little slower pace in the beginning and finished the first mile in 11:44 (which, for the record, is immensely better than I did just a week earlier when I ran a mile in 13:26).  The second mile was 13:56, for a total time of 25:51.  Today I am “resting” before a 3 mile run tomorrow.  I’ve actually decided that “resting” means doing a bunch of crunches to try to get myself in better shape overall, and that’s been going pretty well too.  We’ll see how things turn out in a couple months.

I also discovered today that there is a Packers 5k.  That is totally going on my list of must runs for next year.  The run starts on Lombardi Ave (the road outside Lambeau Field), goes through some of the neighborhood, and culminates in a run through the player’s tunnel and around the field inside the stadium.  It would be so fun to run through the tunnel and inside the great bowl!

 

Photo credit:  Easy Run by Banalities

Published in: on July 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm  Comments Off on Easy? No. Easier? Yes.  

Greek Food and Training for 10k


Yesterday I was supposed to run 2.5 miles as the first run of my training for the Lung Run 10k.  Instead, I went to an engagement party for a Greek friend and filled my face with some outstanding cuisine.  By the time we got home I was far too tired and full to run, so I vowed to get up this morning and do the run instead.  Now I admit that in the past doing morning runs has not been easy for me to do and today was no exception.  When that alarm went off all I wanted to do was roll over and go back to bed (it didn’t help that I was tossing and turning all night!).  But I gradually began to awaken and then the thought of running became easier and easier.

Once I got going I did really well.  I started running a little earlier – it seems one of the hardest parts is getting my legs to transition from walking to running – and just kept going.  Every time I got tired I just thought, just run to the next driveway and then you can walk again.  Then when I would get to the next driveway I’d just think oh that wasn’t so bad.  How about one more driveway.  And that pattern repeated until I completed the first mile at which point I decided I could justify walking for a few minutes.  After all, I ran a mile in 10:52 – my first sub 11 minute/mile.  The second mile took a little longer.  I clocked it in 13:17, but that was still faster than the second mile of my run on Sunday.  Overall I am very pleased with how I did and I’m looking forward to running again tomorrow night!

 

Photo Credit: Spinach Pie and Baklava Greek Food by stevendepolo

Published in: on July 27, 2011 at 4:06 pm  Comments Off on Greek Food and Training for 10k