Run – 25 Nov 2014

Yeah – it’s been a week and a half, but my hips have been bugging me. I use a foam roller after my runs, and I stretch throughout the day – both of which help – but I have to figure out how to avoid this. I started with shin splints, then really tight calves – foam rollers totally take care of those – as does a bit of stretching, but my hips – are sore. Stretching helps, but if I sit down for a while, they are oh so stiff when I get up.

I’ll figure it out, I’m sure, but this is my latest challenge! Here are tonight’s times:

3.10 miles

37:49 minutes

12:12 minutes per mile.

I am totally ok with these numbers! Thursday morning is Thanksgiving and I have the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot to run. 5 miles around the Ohio State University campus. Should be fun!

Run – 06 Nov 2014

Oops – I’ve forgotten to add my last few runs (yes, fewer than I should have, but that’s OK – I’m still chugging away) to my blog / journal, so I’m playing catch up – and back dating starting with this run!

3.01 miles

36:54 minutes

12’16” per mile

Rainy day, so 3 miles on the treadmill was a tad boring, but it’s 3 miles I wouldn’t have otherwise done had I let the cold and gloomy weather get to me, right?

Run – 03 Nov 2014

Had a great run last night! Personal best, too – yea!

3.1 miles

Running (except that part on North Star where there’s no sidewalk – truly – check the red parts at the beginning and end of my run)

36:02 minutes

11:37 average per mile

Last night's run

This is last night’s run. (think of how it would look with sidewalks on North Star!)

Now these times are from my first handful of runs. Ever. I’m making progress!

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Registered – Turkey Trot

I just registered for the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot which starts up the road from me and is a 5-mile run through the OSU campus. Should be fun! Anyone care to join me?

Turkey Trot Website

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Turkey Trot logo – I like Evan’s turkey painting, don’t you?

The race begins at 9am. That’s kind of early, don’t you think? :-) I’ll have been off work all week – can’t wait for that. I haven’t had the entire Thanksgiving week off since my freshman year in college back in…well, never mind. It’s been a while though, so I’m looking forward to the time off. :-)

Run – 28 Oct 2014

Great run this evening. I ran my usual 3 mile route and only passed one other runner. Of course, this time of year – all my runs are going to be in the dark. That’s OK – I have my cool reflective gear to wear. OK – not sure how cool it actually is, but it is reflective.

I’m excited about breaking 39 minutes, too. Today’s stats:

3.1 miles

38:02 – Personal Best

12:13 average minutes per mile

Jogged the whole way

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Definitely excited. I think that meeting up with a handful of marathon runners on Friday gave me a much-needed push to get out there and step up my game a little bit.

Run – 25 Oct 2014 – Stepping It Up

I’m stepping it up a bit. For a non-race day run, this is the farthest I’ve ever run – right at 5 miles. OK fine – 4.98. Seriously – I wasn’t keeping track and I was tired. Let’s round up, shall we? I tried a new route and turned too early at one point and since it wasn’t an area I’d driven before, I had to rely on a good ol’ sense of direction. No worries, it worked.

Gorgeous fall day today. Really beautiful outside!

5 miles (I’m rounding up)

Mostly jogging, but definitely some walking, too.

1:06:36

13:22 per mile

I twice crossed a major intersection and didn’t pause my run or anything, but I did take time to stretch. Something I learned from watching the marathon runners last weekend is that it’s definitely ok to stop and stretch. I don’t have to just “walk it off,” as it were.

I finished my run at Go Fitness where I desperately needed the foam rollers. My hams didn’t bug me as much but man oh man my calves just love to tighten up. Last night, when hanging out with some marathon runners (probably what inspired me to push to 5 miles today), it was suggested I try a wrap thingy (I forget what it’s called – compression wrap, maybe?) for my calves to help keep them in check. I’ll have to look into that.

I set a goal today to do at least 10 miles per week the next 6 weeks. I’ll extend it, I’m sure, but I need to get out of this rut I’m in of running only 1 or 2 times per week and recently it’s pretty much just been one. I can’t improve my running endurance if I don’t actually run, right?