Before we ran, I let Ryland play a little.
Before we ran, I let Ryland play a little.
I haven’t been able to get online for a few days, so here’s my activity for the last three:
In both runs, I went a bit farther than I would’ve if I hadn’t been running for Gabe and all the others who can’t run.
I bought a running hat today because Jeremy noticed a brown area on my forehead. He’s afraid it’s a forerunner to skin cancer. Thanks to Robin’s post, I was able know to check out TJ Maxx. $25 hat for $5.99. Yes, please.
Tomorrow will be rest from cardio (4 days in a row!!!), but I’ll try to squeeze in some ab exercise whenever I can.
I don’t know how much I’ll be around but I’ll try to update again on Thursday after my next run.
My parents are coming Saturday!!!! We haven’t seen them since Christmas.
Post run and post Ryland grabbing my hair. It did look pretty nice considering how gross it actually it.
Run in all the colors! My compression sleeves & shirt are actually more different than the photos show.
I think it’s time to reincorporate Nuun to hopefully help balance out my electrolytes so I keep sweating like I should. Hydration couldn’t possibly be the issue.
While walking with Jeremy afterward, we saw a hawk fly to a tree and then get pecked on by several much smaller birds. They ended up chasing it to another tree and then one small bird followed it into the sky flying around its head.
Not something you see every day.
So parts were fast. It was breezy again, which makes such a big difference with the stroller.
During my cool down walk, I went to this little amphitheater and did 10 bench jumps. It was about 22 or 23”. My legs were beat after the intervals. I stepped down instead of jumping down because there’s no reason to make my joints cry.
I tried to get it out of my head that everyone I passed (especially while walking) was judging me for my shirt. They most likely weren’t, and if they were, they have their own issues to deal with.
Pictures from Sunday afternoon:
I had one walking split (should be between 7 & 8) that I deleted when I meant to delete the last one, but still… This was by far my best stroller run. I didn’t even feel like I was pushing all that hard, but still maintained under 9:00 for 1.5 miles.
It was a great run. I went out into the neighborhood adjacent to the park- something I often do- but for this park I had only stayed with in. I got to run on nice, black, springy asphalt part of the time and past fallow lots filled with white, purple, and yellow wildflowers. I also ran on the sidewalk some when it was busier and past lots under construction, but you take what you can get.
I’m not expecting to be able to run with the stroller at that pace once the heat is here to stay, but that’s okay because I’m finding my own fast.
Since this morning was pretty cool, I wanted to wear my mustard tights & boots one last time. Don’t know if the mint belt works and don’t really care because I like it. I also made my hair flat today.
I had an awesome run yesterday!
5 miles with a sub- 9:00 ave. pace! I realize that it’s only because my first mile was significantly faster, but I’m not really concerned about negative/positive splits right now. I’m just trying to build my ability back up and (mostly) enjoy it.
I ran the first one faster because I realized that it would probably be my last run cooler than 70 degrees for maybe 5 or 6 months, plus Jeremy had Ryland, so I needed to take advantage. I didn’t push too hard because I wanted to try to run at least 4 miles, but 5 if I could. The first 4 miles actually are about equivalent in effort. I only pushed moderately hard for the last one because I wanted to see if I could keep my average under 9:00, and I did!
As I said in response to Melissa on facebook, “ I finally had a run where I thought, ‘YES. This is what it used to feel like.’”
Then I tried to find Jeremy:
Lots of backtracking, as you can see. With the bit on running I did then, I actually totaled about 5 1/2 miles!
I finally found him and Ryland sitting on a bench waiting for me. He thought he was where I would easily see him, but I was looking for the stroller out in the park.
I have some pictures of Ryland to post tomorrow (surprise, surprise), and I’ll go over the rest of my weekend then (if I remember).
Also, no running for a few days because my allergies finally caught up with me, and I have a pretty hardcore cough. I will try to ride the bike at home, but it’ll be at an easier pace because I need to kick this cough.
Ryland is pretty pitiful with his teething + runny nose + cough + low fever. He also decided that he wants less milk and more food, but we had to figure that out by chance. Hopefully he won’t getting any skinnier now that we started giving him more food. We’re trying a baby food with chicken for the first time tomorrow.
Oh, I haven’t mentioned this in forever, but I was doing the 365 miles in 365 days thing this year, except that I didn’t start running again until Mar. 4. I’m up to 52 so far. I also set a goal to reach another 365 other miles, which would include biking, walking, hiking, canoeing (if we get to go this year), and extra running miles. I’m up to 241/730.
That awkward moment when you’re taking a mirror selfie with your baby during your mid-run bathroom break and people walk in…
Anyway, here are the details…
Arms felt extra dead today. I guess they’re still not recovered from Monday’s 5.
I realized today that I’m going to have to start getting out earlier if I don’t want to die in the summer. I guess I’ll have to get up whenever Ryland does, eat my breakfast while he takes his 1st bottle, then go ahead and get us ready to go.
Extra goofy post-run pic. I was trying to include Ryland (who started waking up once the stroller stopped), my smile, and 5 fingers to stand for 5 miles!
I ran 2 miles steady pace, then intervals based on how tired my arms felt and how my stomach was feeling (not good).
When pushing the stroller, you can pretty much multiply all the hills by 2, or at least by 1.5.
Less than half a mile in, a man was pulling an old Little Tikes playset to the curb, and called out to me to see if I wanted it. I called Jeremy, and he said he’d pick it up after work, so the man said he’d put it behind a bush instead of taking it all the way to the curb. Then I continued on my way.
My stomach started hurting during the 2nd or 3rd running interval. For a second, I considered pushing through it, but then reminded myself that running is not a punishment.
I didn’t plan on running so long, but I passed back by the guy’s house without making note of his address, so I had to go back down the street so I could tell Jeremy.
Now I need to figure out a (free) way to pay it forward.
Post run picture!
First, I ran at a semi-easy pace until my arms got too tired:
Then, I remembered that the best way to get better at running is with intervals, so I did some to hopefully help my arm endurance while pushing the stroller:
Look at the pace on my last run split (when I sprinted)!
I’m going to try do do more runs like this- run moderately easy until my arms want to fall off, then do intervals so my arms get break while building endurance.
Ryland & my run yesterday.
Grmin image 1 is my run & image 2 is walk/run/walk
I was hurting in several places yesterday, so I didn’t run as far or fast as I hoped. There’s really no reason for me to push through the pain, so I didn’t. I stopped to walk until my feet stopped hurting, ran fastish until they started again, then walked fast to catch up with Jeremy & Ryland and slowed down once I was with them.
I have some body thoughts that are not so bad that I’ll probably type out & post later. I had to go out to get online so I could watch the next to last episode of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. (Yes, had to). I really can’t stay any longer because I don’t have a bottle for Ryland (he ate right before we left).
I scanned this pic to be my flashback Friday yesterday, but wasn’t able to post it, so here it is today.
I’m behind the front center girl in blue.
So as hard as it is to try to take a selfie while running and try to have a natural stride, it’s even more awkward to do it while running with a jogging stroller.
3.2 miles, 30:24. That’s 23 sec. faster than the 3.11 I ran Friday AND it was hotter (nearly 80). I hit the 5k point at 29:29.
Also, I’ve been eating pretty nutritiously today, too, because that’s what I’ve been wanting. This is big, y’all. It hasn’t been, “Oh, I really want ice cream/fries/cookies, but I should eat this smoothie/veggies/strawberries instead.” I’ve actually wanted the more nutritious things.
Tonight I’ll eat whatever I feel like, which will probably be mostly play food, but I can do that because intuitive eating FTW!
On the positive side, my splits are pretty awesome. It took about a mile for my body to realize it can go faster when I don’t have to push the stroller.
On the negative side, I got super thirsty after mile 2 and didn’t have any water with me. My bottle was in the stroller with Jeremy, and I was running in the neighborhood adjacent to the park, so then I had to run back to the park and find them to get a drink. By the time I got to them, I had to drink half my bottle before my mouth no longer felt like a desert and got thirsty again very soon, so I decided to cut it at a 5k instead of the 4 mi. I was shooting for.
I think that as long as I’m consistent, I’ll be back under 9:00 without the stroller for short runs within a month- as long as I acclimate to the heat. I really felt good apart from the desert mouth, and could’ve run faster for the 1st mile if I had thought about it.
My eating reached new heights (or really, the old heights) of craziness the last couple days, but I think I hit my turning point last night. After a binge in the early afternoon, I listen to my body the rest of the day. It didn’t tell me I was hungry, so I just drank a cup of stomach comfort tea and a lot of water. Today and older couple from church took all the families with young kids to CiCi’s. I stopped eating pizza before I felt very full. This evening, I’m wanting to eat healthy things to feel balanced. Maybe I can learn to eat intuitively.