Tuesday, July 3, 2012

July? JULY?!

I'm kinda miffed that it's already July. The summer is speeding along, and in no time at all it will be back to school. As I kid I marveled at my mom's perception of time. She felt the weeks, months and years slip by quickly. I, on the other hand, felt that time stretched out endlessly ahead of me. I can't believe how differently I feel now.

Over the next two months I have so much to do, and so much I WANT to do that isn't already put on the calendar. Hopefully I can get some of these things in!

1. Go kayaking.
2. Hike the Wissahickon trails.
3. Spend a weekend with my sisters (technically on the calendar).
4. Go to a Phillies game.
5. Go to the beach in NJ.
6. Run 10 consecutive miles.
7. Spend the day reading in Rittenhouse Square Park.
8. Take my dogs to Forbidden Drive (again).
9. Play golf. (Holy cow, how haven't I played golf at all yet this year?!)
10. Go to a Philadelphia Union game.

It doesn't seem like a lot, but there are so few weekend left!

What is on your calendar for this summer?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Keep going

Today I had a rough run. I was scheduled to run 8 miles. At mile 2 I was ready to turn around. I didn't think I would make it past 2.5, but I trudged on. I thought about some of the things I read in Born to Run. The author's coach said that if it seemed like work, you are working too hard. I slowed my pace, picked my head up and focused on the beautiful scenery. I also thought about the unifying thread Christopher McDougall noticed between the Tarahumana and the Ultrarunners: joy. As I ran I made an effort to stay positive, smile at my fellow runners and concentrate on the fact that I am doing this for fun! I run because I love it I like it i love the way I feel when I am done.

Not all runs are that painful, but I was also careless about my training this week. For the past couple of weeks I've been hitting a lot of PRs in training and it feels and looks good. But, I haven't taken great care of myself. I haven't taken a rest day since Sunday and all of my workouts have been leg-intensive. I will rest tomorrow and Saturday and do my last Lithe class Sunday.

I thought that running was supposed to give me more energy, but I am so tired! At the end of today's run I marveled that I ran only a third od a marathon and the half-marathon I'm training for is an additional FIVE miles. Man, runners be crazy. Actually, I saw a few crazy people in runner shape today and, yeah, runners are crazy or crazy people run. Either way, the shoe fits!

Week of 6/23 - 6/30:
 Monday: 60 reverse lunges, 10 pushups
Tuesday: hill work, total of 5.3 miles
Wednesday: Lithe Method class, Lithe 101
Thursday: long run, 8.1 miles
Friday: rest
Saturday: rest
Sunday: Lithe Method, Armistice

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Running Posture

I'm currently reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall and LOVING it. It is really well written, has some pretty incredible facts and details and great stories. The book also includes tips, but not in a pushy way. The author was re-learning how to run in the book, so the tips are part of the story. I like this method of delivery.

One of the tips has to do with running posture. I feel like I have a good running stride: short, feet under hips, knees up. I also have terrible posture. By the end of a run I feel like I'm the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Today I focused on keeping my chest out, hips tucked and shoulders back and down. It required a lot of mental energy!

It was extremely awkward! I felt like I was running in place or like I had a stick up my butt, but I think it will be a positive change. I felt my lungs open up and I had an easier time breathing. Even thought it seemed like I was running slower, I was pretty consistent with my usual jogging pace.

One of my favorite things about running, and where I run, is the people watching. I do notice the runners I see most and the runners who look like marathoners run with a nice straight back. I'm going to try to keep it up.

Here are some more resources on proper posture for running:
Runner's World
Women's Running