Sunday, December 14, 2008

Wintery Branch

Took this picture on a long run through hilly Middletown with Lauren. Trying to teach her to look around and enjoy the ride. She has been a competitor for so long that it's hard for her to slow down. In the process, she is helping me to speed up a bit; it's a great match! : )

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

My Ultimate Plan

So, I have surrounded myself with an array of Runner's World magazines and Natural Health and Health magazines. I am becomming inspired to be the best I can be. I need to quit smoking. After my birthday bash on Saturday, where I know that I will smoke and feel like a failure if I quit today, I am going to embark on the annoying quitting journey again. I need to remember that it is for is for my is for my son. That is one of the steps on my ultimate plan.

My plan is to get into a regular routine where I look at my weaknesses and work on them.
Good for running...good for life : )

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Recovery Run

I ran a four-mile today with Joey in the stroller (slow-44 minutes-11:00 pace...before my injury I would run 10:00 pace with stroller). No I-Pod today.

Before I ran, I was stressed out and feeling like I needed an escape. I started out running fast and efficiently. Around a mile and a half in, I started to get the "running blues". I wanted to walk; I felt tired; I got negative; I was thinking of cutting my run short. I self-talked myself through it, reminding myself about my half marathon and how well I did, how I am still working my way back up from my injury. At the two mile mark, my mood changed: my stride flowed easier; my breathing evened out and became less labored; I began to look around more; I stopped waiting for the end of my run and just enjoyed the ride. I am glad that I pushed through this, because I'm sure to be working on my mental endurance as much as my physical again. The more you run, the less the mental blocks affect you.

I just got back fifteen minutes ago and I feel like I want to relax. My energy is low, but fairly positive. If I didn't have Joey, or had a live-in nanny, I would take a bath right now, with my I-Pod tuned to Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas, and Jack Johnson.

After writing this, it has now been a half hour since ending my run and I am beginning to feel my energy levels increase and my mood is lifting. I'm also getting hungry.

Happy Running : )