6 mile run

The past week I have decided to take it slow due to my knee hurting.  on Saturday I wanted to run as far as I could but had to stop after 6 miles.  I am starting to get a little concerned about the pain that is in my left knee.  It hurts so bad when I run and I only have 5 more weeks until the full marathon.  I am getting a little nervous but I know that with God all things are possible.  I am thinking I may decided to call a Dr. tomorrow and get some advice as to what I need to do.I am praying that it is nothing serious and can be fixed so that I can work on my long runs.

Not so Great Long Run

There was 23 miles scheduled for my training run yesterday.  I made sure I just ran my short runs on Tuesday and Thursday.  Friday I took it real easy because I knew the task that I was going to have to do on Saturday morning.  I even went 2 days without drinking a Coke!  I had my planned route all mapped out and figured how I would get water and some energy replacement during the long run.  See my nerdy picture!

I woke up Saturday morning feeling pumped and ready to make the distance.  I started running in the neighborhood across the street and did my first 6 miles at a very comfortable pace.  I ran back to my house for a quick drink of water and headed towards Walden Lake.  I ran through Walden Lake to Walden Pointe which is right outside of Walden Lake.  I ate a Luna bar at mile 10 and loved looking at the new homes in the neighborhood.  Everything was going great and I didn’t feel tired at all.  I was really looking forward to finally completing a run over 20 miles.

I headed back into the Walden Lake neighborhood and ran towards the lake.  Once I got there I was thinking all I needed to do was run around the lake 4 times and go back home.  My head and body felt great because I was going slower.  I hadn’t even broke a sweat yet.  For some crazy reason my body doesn’t sweat at all.  I have do idea why.  ???

All of a sudden I started to feel an intense sharp pain in my knee.  I couldn’t even run or jog.  It hurt so bad at mile 12.  So I turned around because any good runner knows it is not a good idea to run through the pain or it will be worse.  I was sad but knew that this will not make or break me.  I just want to be able to complete the 26.2 in January.  It will only be by God’s grace and strength that I will be able to do it.  Hopefully the Lord will want me to complete the full marathon in January.  So I decided that I needed to walk home.  It was such a struggle because I was 2 miles away from home and did not have my phone to call my amazing husband to my rescue.

My husband let me borrow his Ipod so I took it out and got to listen to some praise music on my way home.  It was a very slow and painful walk home but the music did help.  I am not a big fan of listening to music while I run but I took it because I didn’t know if I would get bored after 20 miles.  I am glad I go to enjoy the music.

I still have no idea what the pain is in my knee.  It has been difficult just to walk.  I felt embarrassed because I look a little weird when I walk and I am way too slow.  That is not the norm for this girl.  Maybe it’s the Lord telling me to slow down.  The amazing thing is that our church has a revival service all week.  This morning was the first message.  The message was about Jesus performing miracles. Yes, God does still heal today. My knee has been feeling better this afternoon. Praise God!  It still hurts but I am walking faster.  I may still need to take a few days off from running.  I am just praying that the Lord will allow me to complete the marathon in January.

Do Not Tape Toes Before a Run!

It has been a glorious week having the days off to spend time with the kids this week.  The one thing I love about my job is my schedule meets the needs of my children.  I am off when they are off and it works out perfect.  We had a blessed Thanksgiving this week.  This year I decided not to go all night for our annual black Friday shopping trip.  Instead, I slept in and we left our house at 10:00 in the morning to get our Christmas shopping done.  I am still trying to figure out why we purchase so many gifts for our kids because we should focus on giving to others just like Jesus did.  It is because of Him that we can celebrate.  Without the birth of Christ we would not have been offered His gift of eternal life.  I am hoping one year when the kids get a little bit older we can forget the gifts and do a mission project.  The kids did help our decorate the house this year.  Rebekah did an awesome job with helping me put the decorations on the tree.  I am more than blessed.

Today I knew that I needed to get in some type of a long run in. The full marathon is only 7 weeks away and I am afraid that I may not be ready.  The cold weather scares me because I freeze at 78 degrees!  I was up and all ready at 6:00 this morning but got a phone call that my friend could not make it.  So what did I do?  I stepped outside and froze and ran back inside!  All I needed was an excuse today not to run.  So I decided to go to 9:00 Zumba!  It was so much fun.

Finally at 12:30, I decided that I better get my shoes on and run.  My toes have been so sore lately due to all the extra running.  When I was a ballerina we would tape our toes so that we would not blister our toes.  I was thinking that would work with running as well.  I taped the toes that were hurting and my big toe.  That was not a good idea.  While I was running I could feel the tape unravel and my toes were stinging.  After mile 7 I decided to sit down on the ground and take my shoes off to see how my toes looked.  It was a mess!  I made more blisters because the tape was rubbing the other toe that did not have tape on it!  Now I have blisters in between my toes! I ran 3.6 more miles and I was done!  I could feel the pain of the blisters as I ran.  Never again!

On a positive note, I decided that I would train today at a relaxed pace that I would be comfortable to do my marathon.  I wasn’t working hard and enjoyed the run besides the blisters!  My average pace was 10:59 per mile.  If I keep that slower pace up for 26.2 miles, I will finish the full marathon in under 5 hours!  That is my goal.  I know it will be tough but with God all things are possible!  That is all I have to remind myself as I run that it’s not my strength but God’s.  He can get you through anything.

Women’s Half Marathon

We had so much fun during the weekend of the Women’s Half Marathon.  It was nice to get away with my mom and good friend Melody and leave the stress of work and motherhood for a short while this past weekend.

I was so impressed with the expo for this event.  They gave us a nice bag that we could use for our groceries.  We got coupon organizers, hand sanitizer, and lots of free samples.  The best part of the expo was when we got to design our own headband and then have our pictures taken like we were on the cover of a magazine.

We woke up at 4:30 in the morning to get ready.  We were going to walk to the starting line since it was only a mile away but decided to drive on over.  I am so glad we did because I could barely walk to the car when we all finished!  God was also watching us because we didn’t put money in the meter and was a little worried that our car would be towed or we might have a ticket.  We didn’t have any change on us so we took a chance and prayed.  It is amazing how God cares even about the small stuff in our lives.

There were about 3,000 runners in all. The course was nice and flat.  I ran with a pace group this time and really learned a lot.  We stayed at a nice pace of a 10:05 minute mile most of the way.  I did fall a tad bit behind after mile 9.  I am used to running and walking a tad bit so I slowed down because it was exhausting running the whole time.  I had to speed up at the end to make my goal.

There was a lot of music and entertainment on the course.  It was nice to hear the crowd cheer my name as I passed by.  I guess they were looking at my bib.  After I finished I went back to meet my mom around mile 10. It was nice to catch up and spend some time with her on the course.  I was a little disappointed that the entertainment and crowd was gone for the last 100 people completing the 1/2 marathon.  These are the ones that really do need the encouragement and cheers.  Usually towards the end you will find your senior citizen runners, disabled runners, and runners that have a little bit of weight on them.  It’s more tough for them to complete the course. I am so happy to see these people out there and overcoming challenges and completing the course.  We were able to cheer the last runner on as she was completing the course.  She deserves 2 medals!

Overall I am very happy with this half.  I was able to complete my goal of finishing at 2:15.  My Garmin time was 2:14 @ 13.10 miles.  The course was longer at 13.33.  My official time from the Women’s Half was 2:16.  I’m sticking to my Garmin time!

If you haven’t completed a half marathon yet, I highly encourage you to do so. Even if you walk the course.  It is such a great atmosphere to be around people encouraging and lifting each other up. The bible even speaks about encouraging one another.  Can you imagine how wonderful life would be if we would focus on others and lift each other up?

Speaking of encouragement, I ran into my friend Abby at the Women’s Half.  This was her first and she rocked it out and looked so awesome.  Congratulations on your finish!

Packed and Ready

I am so excited about the Women’s Half Marathon tomorrow.  I am getting packed and ready to leave this morning around 10ish.  I am looking forward to doing this with my mom and Melody.  I will be running with a 2:15 pace group.  I have never done that before and am hoping to learn how to pace myself correctly.  I tend to go fast at the beginning then very slow at the end.  Finishing at 2:15 will be a struggle for me but I am going to try to push myself.

I went ahead and packed my breakfast because I want to eat what I would normally eat before a long run.  I have packed orange juice, whole wheat English muffin, peanut butter, and bananas!  We will get to sleep in until 5:00 because our hotel is only 1 mile away from the starting line!

I am still hoping that I packed the right outfit to wear.  It looks like it may be a little chilly so I am bring a white thermal to wear over my top.  I can always tie it around my waist if it gets too hot.  I am also planning on wearing the compression socks because I still have a slight pain in my calf muscle and the socks seems to help.

I do have a friend that is planning on running this race and hopefully I will see her on the course.  It will be her first half marathon and I know Abby will do amazing. Good Luck to all who are running this weekend.  God is so good to us and I can’t wait to have a nice long run with Him in the morning.  We do a lot of chatting to pass the time and it since it’s close to Thanksgiving I am going to try to focus on praising Him for all that He has done and will continue to do. What are you thankful to God for?

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Turkey Trot 5K

We had such a blast with friends and family today at the YMCA Turkey Trot.  The girls were so excited about it that they were up before me this morning.  We met up with some of our friends from church and we gave our best.

On Saturdays I usually do I long run but wanted to do this with my friends and family so I decided missing one long one won’t hurt me.  There are still 11 more weeks until the full marathon in January.  In two weeks, my mom, Melody, and I will be doing the Women’s Half Marathon.  This week I have also have had trouble with my calf.  My left calf has been hurting so bad that on Thursday I decided to walk three miles instead of running it.  I wanted to push myself more for the Turkey Trot but didn’t want to make my leg hurt more.

Everything went great for this event.  We even got yellow reusable grocery bags with a green t-shirt.  I didn’t know we were getting a shirt so I didn’t wear shorts to match.   It was a little bit chilly in the morning.  I am thankful that I wore a long sleeved shirt.  I had to take it off after mile 1 because I was getting hot.  This was my best pace ever for a 5K.  I finished at 27:48.  I realize that at my age I will not be taking home the prize turkey or even a pie!  I did place 4th for my age group!

It was so much fun being able to cheer everyone on as they crossed the finish line.  I did not see Josh cross because he finished way before me, but I was able to cheer everyone else on.  All my friends and family did amazing.  Some even had to push a child in a stroller.  I have trouble just running by myself let alone a stroller to push.  They deserve to have a few minutes shaved off their time for that!

The kids were so precious to watch.  For most of the kids, this was their first race. They got to do a little obstacle course and then they had to run a mile. The kids got medal. What a great way for families to teach kids about staying in shape and being healthy.  We are looking forward to taking the girls to to the Color Run in December. it was also nice to have my husband Michael take all kinds of pictures for us.  He is amazing.  Usually, I don’t have him come to events like this but since we had our kids and friends, he was became out photographer.

 

12 mile run

This morning I decided to get up at 5:00 to get a run in before my day gets busy.  It has been a few weeks since I have ran Lake Hollingsworth so my mother and I met up to run.  It was very windy and felt great.  Because it was so cool I was able to maintain a 10:30 pace.  I try to run fast but it’s hard. There are so many other runners out there and I am sure I look like a am running as slow as a turtle but at least I’m out there. It would be nice to run a 9 minute mile but will have to continue to work on it.

Today was the first day I was able to do a longer run with my new bigger sized shoes.  My toes don’t hurt so I am hoping I fixed the Morton’s Toe problem.  Another thing I tried today was running with compression socks.  They are awesome!  My calves are not sore.  The socks are tight so I am guessing it doesn’t allow your muscles to move all over the place while running.  I think it is also good for circulation.  I got a ton of compliments today on my bright pink socks.  Michael took a picture of my shoes and socks today and I did not realize just how bright they are. 

I am very thankful for my wonderful husband who has delicious pancakes waiting for me when I get home.  He is the best.  He should open his own pancake business because they are just that good.

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is quickly approaching us.  After the run today, the girls and some friends created some posters for our Trunk or Treat at Shiloh.  We will be having a lot of activities for the kids and lots of trunks that tell the bible stories.  It should be fun on October 31.  Then we will be busy getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Time flies.  I am very thankful for all the blessings that God has given to me. I deserve nothing and He gives so much.  I am thankful for the ability to get out and run.  What are you thankful for?

 

Catching Up

Last month my husband thought it would be a great idea for me to document my marathon training journey here on this blog that he created for me, I thought he was just joking around but he wasn’t.  So I have been trying to write a few posts so that I can go back and reread my journey once I complete my first marathon in January.  The fall and winter season seems to get so busy that I am struggling to find the time to run so to write about it is more difficult.

Right now I am trying to fit my runs in whenever I can.  This week I didn’t get to do a major long run because there just wasn’t the time.  It doesn’t get light out until 7:00 now and then it’s been getting dark earlier.  The perimeter of my neighborhood is only 1/2 mile so I can not run that for long because I get bored.  On Tuesday, I tried to go 6 miles but I texted my husband before I left the house to come and get me in 66 minutes if it gets dark.  He came to my rescue a tad bit early so I only got 5.25 miles in before dark.  I must admit that I have an amazing husband who tolerates me.  Since we were off school on Friday I got up early and did 8.5 miles.  It was great because the weather is getting cooler.

Lately my toes have been hurting.  I don’t know if it because my shoes are too small or what?  I did discover that I have Morton’s toe. My daughter Rebekah has it too.  All that means is that our second toe is taller than the big toe.  I read some articles that it can cause pain while running because usually the big toe absorbs the shock but my second toe is doing the work.  ??? I still need to read up on it.  I am going to try a 1/2 size larger shoe to see if my pain goes away.  If anyone knows more about this, I would love to know an tips as to what to do.

This morning I was able to get up at 6:30 to go out for a peaceful run by the ocean. We were having a girls beach retreat weekend so I took advantage of all the girls sleeping in while I got a nice run and some alone time with God.  I just ran 6 miles because I figured all the sleeping beauties would be up and waiting to do a morning devotional.  I got back and they all were sound asleep.  I took my shoes off (I had to borrow them because I forgot my shoes) and decided I would take a nice slow stroll down the beach.  It was beautiful and no one was on the beach.  October is a great month in Florida to go because it’s not very crowded.

I ran slow today.  My time was an average of 10:56 minute mile.  I just could not get into trying to go faster.  I did run more distance before I decided to take a short walking breaks.  I still have to walk some. I also wanted to snap some pictures so that slowed me down as well.

While I was running my mom was doing the breast cancer walk.  It’s a lot of fun and I was sad to miss it today.  We did it last year and had a blast.  It is a great cause to raise money for cancer research.  I wish I could of been there was well.  The ladies have to get dressed up and wear pink bras over their shirts. 

In a few weeks my mom and daughters will be doing the Turkey Trot with me.  It should be fun because many of my church friends will be there.They all will do great and my husband can be the official photographer.   It’s a 5K and I am hoping to do it under 30 minutes.  It will be a push for me but will strive to make it.  Rachel has done a 5k in 24 minutes.  I think she is just doing the mile with Naomi.  I am thinking she can get that mile in under 8 minutes.  There’s no hope for me winning but I am hoping to PR at least.

 

5K Under 30 minutes Deserves ice Cream!

Today  I decided to do my running at the gym since I was going to Zumba class anyways.  Running on treadmill is boring to me but since I was going only 3.1 miles, it was worth getting it done early verses waiting until the sun goes down.  I was lucky to get on the treadmill next to Abby and we started chatting.  It makes the time go by faster.  My goal was to get the whole 3.1 miles in under 30 minutes.  If Abby wasn’t there, I probably would have given up the last five minutes.  She was so kind enough to stay. Thanks so much! I know you can reach that goal as well.  The whole time I was running, all I could think about was the ice cream that I purchased last week.  So I told myself if I get my run in, I can have that delicious ice cream.  Once I arrived at the house, I went straight to the kitchen and had a bowl of ice cream.  I know it’s not the healthiest option out there but once in a while it’s ok.  I do eat healthy meals for the most part.  This morning I had a glass of orange juice and oatmeal with flax-seed.  Then I had a very small salad and apple for lunch.  M husband grilled steak for dinner so I just ate a few bites.  I’m not a huge fan of meat so I only needed a couple of bites.  I didn’t have any sides because I was planning on having those after my workout.  But the ice cream was calling my name instead!  I try not to worry about calories and stuff.  As long as your making healthy food choices then you should be fine.  Splurging of deserts is fine as long as you don’t have them every day.

Last Saturday I ran with Tina at Lake Hollingsworth.  I forgot to take a picture since I usually don’t carry my phone.  I was glad she was there because after my first three miles, I was really ready to go home but ran back to find her on the path.  It was nice to chat.  Sometimes I focus so much on trying to improve my time that I forget to just slow down and enjoy the run.  I did order some water bottles to go on my running belt.  I haven’t tried them yet but will use them once I increase my distance so I am not thirsty.  The run at Bayshore really made me realize that I should always carry water with me on my long runs. I wonder what other runners do to stay hydrated during long runs?

 

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