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

Run 28 oct 2014

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?

Run and Workout – 20 Oct 2014

So it was raining when I got home tonight, so I did some running in the gym. I didn’t go as far as I would in the neighborhood, but running on a treadmill is oh so boring! UGH!  Here’s what I did:

  • 10 minutes interval – which raised and lowered the incline on the treadmill the entire time.
  • 20 minutes running at about a 12-1/2 to 13 minute per mile pace
  • 3 sets of 10 circuit training on my upper body. I did 2 sets of 10 on each machine and then went back for one more so I could make sure my arms felt like jello. They didn’t, but the gym closes at 10. (They were getting close though)
  • Finally, I worked with a foam roller because my calves like to get so darned tight. What a pain, but hey – those foam rollers help out a lot.

I’m glad my gym is so close!

Run – 16 Oct 2014

Walking Dead was excellent Sunday night. WOW! If only I had cable and could watch it at home. Heck – if only I had something other than a little MiFi and could watch it at home!  LOL! Oh well – such is life.

Tonight’s run was nice. I walked a block or two, but I ran 3 miles and I haven’t been running as much lately, so that’s my fault. Keep it up, Heather. Keep it up!

5k / 3.1 miles

39:21

12:40/mile

513 calories.

I stopped by the gym afterwards to do some stretching and use the foam roller. Wow – I love foam rollers! OK – that sounds goofy, but they really do help loosen up my muscles and help me be far less sore since being sore is no fun.

Anyway – Tomorrow I have a massage scheduled since I’m getting my bonus check tomorrow. Might as well treat myself. Saturday’s the symphony (Baroque Festival with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra) and Sunday is the COLUMBUS MARATHON! I’ll be working the Go Fitness water station with a few dozen other volunteers. We’re at the 20.6 mile mark. WOWZERS! I have two friends running the marathon, so I’m going to make signs for them. If I have time, I may also make some pumpkin bars for the other volunteers! Hey – it IS baking season, after all!

Run – 12 Oct 2014

Today I ran at Mom and Dad’s house since I’m up here in Delaware! Their neighborhood has very nice, wide, even sidewalks. Ahhh…so nice! Wasn’t a huge run, but wasn’t a totally wimpy run either. I need to get back to my standard 5K runs during the week – at least 2 of them per week. Then a short run and then a long run, but I need to do more, I’d say. I’ve been slacking off of late and need to fight harder to get out and about. Why is it so hard to get myself to get out sometimes? I always feel better afterwards and just feel good about the fact that I did something healthy. It helps to think that a year ago, I was doing absolutely nothing, but this is yielding results. I feel better, I’m in better shape – getting better all the time, I’m reshaping, I’m dropping weight – so why so hard to get out? Ugh!

This is a phase, right? Sure hope so!

Anyhoo, here are my times.

2.5 miles

31:09 minutes

Jogged just about all of the way

About 12:24 per mile.

Not so bad! We’ll see how I do this week. But first: Walking Dead Season Premiere. Oh yeah!

That’s it! I have to keep running, so I can be sure to outrun zombies – or at least always outrun someone else, right? Right. Er…um…

Run – 08 Oct 2014

I really need to get up earlier in the morning, but it’s just oh – so – hard!

I ran 1.55 miles this morning to the tune of an under 11-minute mile. Where the heck did THAT come from?

1.55 miles

16:52 minutes

10:52 per mile

I was over a mile into the run, well on my way back, before I remembered to remind myself that I was the tortoise, or say “slow and steady!” Oh well. I’ll keep on plugging!  I need to get used to running a better than 12-minute mile – heck, just get used to a 12-minute mile, before I top 11. Consistency, Heather. Consistency.

I ended my run at the gym as I usually do and worked my muscles with the foam rollers – my calves and my right hip. I know it sounds weird, but those are the muscles that, for some reason tighten up. I spoke with Sharon and Charlie (owner/trainer respectively) who were talking and asking me about some of my habits. They also asked about my regular job – where I sit at a desk all day. I often sit with one leg folded under the other and though I switch which leg is folded, I wonder if that has something to do with my right hip muscle’s bugging me. Working with the foam roller helps and pretty much eliminates the soreness I used to feel, but still. Hmm…