Made 200 Miles In November! Yeah Baby!

November 30th, 2008

*Shan doing the Happy Dance*

I logged in 200.89 miles in November. All of those except the 2.97 miles walked today, were runs. My Spark Fitness said that I burned over 7200 calories last week through exercise. Woohooo! I am feeling GREAT!

Bring on the Decker Half, Goofy Half/Full, 3M Half, and AT&T Marathons. I AM READY!

Ran 20 Miles today. Yeah for me!!!

November 29th, 2008

I ran 20 miles today in 3:32:22. I stopped for only a brief moment to message my husband about taking out the trash. I ran from our house to the next city. It was a good run. My feet and back hurt some. I tend to lean forward when I get tired. Yup, 20 miles made me tired.

I wore my Camelbak Hydrobak full of 50 oz. of water. I also brought a Clif & Larabar mini with me. I was smart and took 2 Ibuprofen before my run, and took 3 on mile 11. For breakfast I had a Clif bar and 1 cup of orange juice.

My family thinks that I am INSANE for running this much. However, I am very proud of myself. My Nike+ site says I have run 197.91 miles so far this month. I will definitely be in for a short run tomorrow to break that 200 Mile goal. I know that many folks run far more then that every month. In January I ran 110 miles. In October I run 140+. November is my month to KICK BUTT on the miles.

Good for me. My husband wants to order pizza for dinner. I think I deserve a few slices.

Ran 50.18 Miles in 7 days – YEAH BABY!

November 26th, 2008

Well, my iPod Nano said that I ran 50.18 miles when I was on vacation in San Francisco. I have to say that I am very proud of myself for keeping to my running schedule. Yes, it was hard to get up early (6am) every morning to go run while my husband & son slept in. However, I DID IT.

I ran 6.1 miles today and plan on running on Thanksgiving Day too. If all goes right, I will be over 200 miles run for the month of November. That is an amazing feat for me. I have NEVER, NEVER, EVER run that much in a month….IN MY LIFE.

For anyone reading this thinking that they can’t run like that….YOU CAN! I am 160 + lbs. I am almost 40 years old. I am top heavy and have grey hair. I am a Mom and have a crazy schedule homeschooling. So what?! I can do this. YOU CAN DO IT TOO! It just takes determination and putting yourself first. You have to make the time to get outside and work out. Start with walking…work your way up to running. YOU CAN DO IT!!

Here is to a healthier body and 5 upcoming races by the end of February 2009. I might not be a size 2, but I WILL be a healthy 40 yr. old by the time May comes along. Happy Birthday to me!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Running & Remembering in San Francisco

November 20th, 2008

We are on a 6 day vacation in San Francisco right now. Even though we are catching up with friends and seeing the sites, I wanted to continue my running schedule. I went for a 6 miler yesterday. It was really interesting running in a new city (ok, not new but one I haven’t been to in 12 years). Although my route took me around marshlands with paved paths, the runners/bikers were very different from Texas. I am used to waving and saying “Good Morning” to everyone I pass while I run. Texas running/biking edicate doesn’t apply in California.

As I ran along and encountered a runner/biker, I would wave and say “Good Morning”. I would say about 95% of the folks either (a) looked at me and didn’t respond or (b) continued to look away and not acknowledge me. Wait a second! We are all outside working off our love handles. Shouldn’t we all be happy to work off the calories? Can’t you just offer up a smile? Geez people!

It has been a joy to see friends that we haven’t seen in years. We have visited with folks that were in our wedding, and our son’s god-parents. I have missed these folks. I haven’t seen some of them in 12 years. I would like to think that I am older and wiser. Well, I guess I am grayer and wider? LOL I am working on the 2nd one though…thanks to mileage and my running shoes.

Tomorrow my son & I are going to see a children’s theatre performance of the Sound of Music. That should be a joy. After that, we are planning on visiting with friends again and having dinner with them.

I am supposed to run 8 miles in the morning. I know that I need to. It is tough getting out of bed and forcing myself out the door really early. However, I know that I will be proud of myself for sticking to the miles when I return. I am not running the scheduled 50 miles this week. I am staying with a light 35 miles this week. I know that isn’t much, but Hey! I am on vacation!

Ran 19 this morning. Wowwie for me!

November 16th, 2008

My brain decided to wake me up at 4am because it knew I had to get up at 5am. Oh my goodness! I have to run WHAT?!!! The most miles I have ever run in a marathon training season was 16 due to shin splints. I was so proud of myself last week for running 17 miles. Today – I exceeded that.

Sure, my shins are KILLING ME! I also had to walk on 4 particularly nasty hills along the way. However, even with walking, I averaged 11:13/mi. Not bad. It was 34 degrees outside, but I still did it.

I RAN 19 MILES TODAY!!!! I definitely deserve a nap!

Got in 14 miles today. Woohoo!

November 12th, 2008

I hit the snooze button 3 times this morning. That is how much I didn’t want to get out of bed. After I got on my running clothes, I stood in the kitchen debating whether I should go or not. I looked at the radar – rain was coming. Hmm….”Well, if I don’t run today…I will have to make up those miles later this week….” It wasn’t worth it.

I was supposed to run 10 miles this morning. That is the most miles I will need to run mid-week until my marathons get here. Believe me, 10 miles is a lot during the week. Getting up really early isn’t all it is cracked up to be.

It did start to rain on mile 6. I was smart and put my cell phone & iPod in plastic bags before heading out. I am glad I did that. When I was on mile 7, a lady pulled over and asked me if I wanted a ride. I wasn’t too thrilled with someone driving along side of me. However, I thought it was kind of her. I smiled and said: “Thanks, but I am on a 10 mile run. Thank you for the offer!”

I was pretty proud of myself for pulling out the 10 miles. My iPod is still not tracking my miles/pace. I decided to take my son to martial arts and try to calibrate it. I ran a mile and tried to see if it was calibrated. It didn’t work. By the time I ran out and back, I had put in 4 miles. That made 14 FOR THE DAY! Wowwie! Good for me!!!

My hubby surprised my son and I last night. We are leaving next week to meet my husband in San Francisco (we live in TX). That week I have to run 50 miles. Oh my goodness! I thought where we lived was hilly. Nothing compared to San Francisco. I sure hope that these “almost 40 yr. old” knees/hips/stamina last for 50 miles in San Francisco. I think I deserve a medal when we get home if I make all 50 miles while on vacation, don’t you?

Miles scheduled this week: 49

So much going on lately

November 10th, 2008

You ever have times in your life when you step back and say: “Wow!! Hold On! There is just too much going on right now!” That is how I feel. Sure, our calendar is crazy, but it isn’t just that. My brain is just overwhelmed lately too. There is just too much activity, too much emotional stuff, too much financial stuff….just too much.

The good stuff is that I am going to be an Aunt, again. I am sooooo thrilled for my brother and his wife. They have a beautiful son that is approaching three years old. They are now expecting twins in early summer ’09. I couldn’t be happier for them.

On the other side, we are dealing with lots of family garbage. I won’t go into it…but it is just too much for me to deal with. My husband and I are trying to stay out of things as much as possible and let family settle what is going on. However, the holidays will be affected by what is going on. That is cause for stress. Especially since we are having Christmas at our house.

On the other side is dealing with a pre-pubescent son that doesn’t understand what is going on with the family. His grades have suffered over the last 2 months because of it. He went from A’s to C’s in two of his classes. Something that is NOT acceptable in our family. Adults can deal with family issues so much better then kids can. They can’t understand why adults make the decisions that they do. I can’t even understand it sometimes.

On top of all of this, I am worried about the economy, Christmas gifts, and running. Thank goodness my body is cooperating and allowing me to run so much. As of yesterday (11/09), I have run 61 miles in November. I am proud of that. My goal is to run over 190 this month. That is the most I have EVER run in a month. Man! That’s a lot of miles for me. I have a 19 miler *gulp* scheduled this Sunday. Sure hope my joints and body help me get through it. I will be so proud when I run into my driveway after running that far.

Too much going on. My brain is just tired. I have so much to do over the next month. I have a school room full of books, clothing, and misc. items that I need to sell. I need to make gifts or find them at mega-sale prices. I need to work on my body and get it ready for my 5 upcoming races between now and Feb. ’09. I need to get better sleep and eat to fuel my body. I need to stop stressing. So much going on lately…

Stupid electronics! My iPod/Nike+ dilemna

November 7th, 2008

I ran 8 miles on Wednesday. Everything was going great until I hit mile 5. I tripped. I don’t even remember what I tripped on (could’ve been my own feet for all I know). I went down HARD. I scraped up my left palm and slammed both knees into the asphalt. I then rolled to my right side so that I could protect my iPod/Nike+ on my left arm.

Thankfully, nothing on me was broken. My pride hurt and so did my palm/knees. I noticed that I had ripped small holes into the knees of my new running tights. Darn! I also noticed blood seeping through the black fabric. I dusted myself off and continued to run.

I noticed about .25/mile down the road that my iPod wasn’t saying I had reaching mile 5. I looked down to see that it was still registering my time, but not my pace or miles. Did I fall on my shoe sensor? *sigh* I reset the screen for three more miles and started running. The screen still didn’t register my pace/miles. Not good.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my iPod and Nike+ system. The beat keeps me running and keeps my mind busy. I ran 17 miles on Sunday. I NEED to hear that beat in order to run far. My hubby went out last night (as he demanded that I rest my knees for a day) and bought me a new $20 shoe sensor. I put it into my shoe and tried to run up the street. Nope, that didn’t work.

I had to run 6 miles today. I went to Best Buy and bought a complete Nike+ sensor/monitor set for $30. That is $50 in two days. I brought it home and tried to set the system to find out that it still wasn’t registering. Soooo not good.

We made an appt. tonight for our local Apple store so I could take in my iPod, all the new stuff I bought, and my dilemna. The verdict? When I fell down, I must have jostled something in my iPod and now the connection won’t do its thing. *sigh* I know that my Nano is 2nd generation. I know that it is considered obsolete. However, I just don’t want to spend more money on a new one. I am SO BUMMED!

My hubby said not to worry and that he would find me a used Nana 4th generation on Craig’s List this week. *sigh* Being a one income family with Christmas around the corner, I would REALLY like not to spend more money. However, I NEED to have my iPod and having the Nike+ tells me my distance and pace. I love having the whole system.

So…my stupid feet got me into trouble. Not only did I bang up my knees something awful (I swear I look like I was playing against a professional hockey team or something), but I broke my iPod. *sigh* Stupid feet. Stupid knees. Stupid electronics…

I never did get to those miles today. *sigh* I have a 9 miler planned tomorrow and 12 on Sunday. I plan on driving my route to see how far I have to go and wearing a watch. As for my iPod, I can still hear my music. I guess that is a plus. Who knows? Maybe my hubby will find a used one for really cheap and I can give my current one to our 12 yr. old son. I know that he would love that.

Stupid feet.

Ran 17 Miles & Visited Urgent Care Clinic in 1 Day. Woohoo!

November 2nd, 2008

I did it. I ran 17 miles during my marathon training run. This is a milestone (no pun intended) for me as when I trained for my first marathon, I only ran up to 16 miles. Why? I got a nasty shin splint and was only able to squeak in 16 miles before the marathon.

I can say that today was tough though. I was really sick for two days earlier in the week. Then, I was a COMPLETE MORON and ate way too much candy on Halloween (not good for someone that rarely eats candy). What happened? I got up and lost all of my dinner and candy at 1 & 3am. It wasn’t pretty.

My stomach muscles/ribs were still tender this morning when I set off for my run. I ran everything except a VERY NASTY hill about 8 miles away from my house. It is so nasty that my legs protested and pretty much said “We walk or you collapse”. So…I caved. It did feel amazing running into my driveway though and knowing that I JUST RAN 17 MILES. Woohoo!

When I got home, my husband wasn’t home. He went to pick up our 12 yr. old son from Grandma’s house (he had a sleep over last night). When they got home, my husband said that he had a migraine and needed to lay down. After throwing up 5 times, being dizzy, and not being able to rest at all, we made a trip to the Urgent Care center.

My husband was severely dehydrated, had a heart rate of 99 (he is usually in the low 50’s because was a swimmer), and had a temperature of 102.4. They gave him 2 bags of Ringers and sent us home after 3 hours. The doctor said that it wasn’t a migraine, the flu, or food poisoning. Just some nasty bug that he caught.

As my husband is a computer instructor, we aren’t sure how tomorrow morning will go. He has a class of 12 students to teach in the morning. He has been with his company for almost a year and has never been sick. I am praying that he feels better and gets lots of sleep tonight. Poor guy.

My hubby couldn’t really celebrate my mileage victory. I know that he would have been really proud of me if he weren’t so sick. I hate it when loved ones are sick.

Good for me and my 17 miles. I take tomorrow off and then get back to running again on Tuesday. I think I am supposed to run over 190 miles this month. I have NEVER run that many in a month. I ran 146 in October and that was a personal best. I want so much to be fit and healthy for my 40th birthday in 5/09. Yes, I weigh around 165. That’s okay. I am eating up the miles and feel good about ME. That is an accomplishment in itself. 🙂