The Whole Nine Miles

I feel like my old running self again!

 

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After MONTHS of knee injury, major life changes (a bad breakup and graduation),  a lack of motivation, and just a general feeling of running defeat, I finally feel like a runner again! 😀

 

I know that running doesn’t define who I am as a person, but I struggled (mentally) with taking so much time off. Running has been a big part of my life for the past 4 years, and suddenly it wasn’t there anymore. I went from being one of the fastest in my group of running buddies to the slowest. I wasn’t really enjoying my short, slow runs all summer.

 

I think training for the upcoming 15k was just what I needed to lift my spirits, and set me back on track!

 

Last night, I had a yummy pre-long run dinner with my second family at Tijuana Flats.

 

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Sorry about the blurry picture. I ate a black bean burrito with tomato, onion, peppers, cheese, and a side of guacamole.

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I also had a bud light lime to go with!

 

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After dinner, I came home and laid out everything I needed for my morning run. I was very nervous and excited to attempt my longest run since the Disney marathon back in January!

 

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I forced myself to eat about 3/4 of this CLIF bar… blech. Normally I’m a huge fan but it wasn’t sitting right this morning.

 

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After a mini-mental-pep-talk I headed out the door!

 

Over the river and through the woods…

 

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Until I reached my goal of 9.0 miles! The whole nine miles, complete without any problems. Other than my stomach hurting.

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Mile Splits:

  • Mile 1:  10:16
  • Mile 2:  9:56
  • Mile 3:  10:08
  • Mile 4:  10:11
  • Mile 5:  10:23
  • Mile 6:  11:44 <—walk break to eat Clif shot !
  • Mile 7:  10:36
  • Mile 8:  10:35
  • Mile 9:  9:40

 

Total Run Time: 1:33:31

Average Heart Rate: 163 bpm

Average Pace: 10:24 min/mile

 

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Considering I just ran a moderately fast paced 5.0 mile run yesterday on the t-mill, I was shocked at how awesome my legs felt after this run!

 

Someone please remind me NOT to eat dairy products in the days leading up to next Saturday’s 15k Race. Other than that, I think I’ve got this.

 

❤ MegaNerd

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Miles that Mean Something

Having deadlines always pushes me to put forth my best effort to get things done. Signing up for races that I am not ready for makes me nervous, and motivates me to get out and run.

 

Considering my recent injury, my lack of motivation to run, and my love of racing, I have decided to pick a shorter race in the near future as a goal to work towards.

 

Race season is winding down in Central Florida, so the pickings are slim. However, for the past two years, I have really wanted to run a particular 5k in Tampa, but schedule conflicts have not permitted me to do so. I have decided to train and run in the Miles for Moffitt 5k on May 15, 2010.

 

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Moffitt is a cancer treatment and research center in Tampa.  This race raises community awareness and money for helping cancer patients. This race holds a special place in my heart for a few reasons, not all of which I can discuss on the blog.

 

As an 18-month old toddler, I was diagnosed with this crazy blood disorder that doctors thought was Leukemia at first. My doctors and parents were unsure if I would live! I received treatment here for a couple of months until my body recovered. Without Moffitt cancer I would probably not be alive today!!!

 

Don’t worry, I’m okay now! 😀

 

Fun Fact: I didn’t grow from age 18 months to two years old, and as a result I am a few inches shorter as an adult than I would have been! Makes sense now why my parents and little sister are 6-10 inches taller than me!

 

I am working on creating a plan for the next four weeks to get me comfortable running a 5k. I already know that I can run 2.0 miles, but I want to build up VERY Slowly and work on building up a little bit of speed before I work on endurance.

 

Just knowing that I have a race coming up made me motivated to jump out of bed and RUN! I ran 2.0 miles in 20 minutes and 30 seconds. It felt good to know that I am running for a purpose now even if I am tons slower than I used to be.

 

It was extremely foggy out, so I wore BRIGHT YELLOW!

 

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Now I’m gobbling up my Peanut Butter and Jelly Toast (so that I can make it to work on time! I have a feeling that a coffee stop may be in my future. 😀

 

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Have you ever done a race that has a special significance to you?

 

Running the Disney marathon meant a lot to me, because my mom ran it, too!

 

❤ MegaNerd

In Need of Motivation

It’s Friday, everyone’s favorite day of the week!

 

I think I make French Toast every Friday. It’s becoming a tradition!

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I have a ridiculous amount of berries in my fridge. I bought 4 for $5 strawberries and a costco sized blackberry container. I need to figure out a way to use all these berries before they go off!

 

Is it possible to bake with fresh berries?! It has to be.

 

Anyways, I took about a cup of berries and topped them with a teaspoon of sugar in a bowl. I then heated it for 1 minute. It made an excellent addition to my french toast, and I only needed a tiny bit of syrup to make it sweet!

 

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SO GOOD!

 

Motivation

Coming back from injury can be tough. Ok, let’s be real… it sucks. It is really hard to think that “x amount of time ago” I was in WAY better shape. Now it hurts just thinking about going that far.

 

I sometimes feel so unmotivated to even start back again, because I feel like I am starting from scratch. I basically have no running endurance anymore, I have gained a bit of extra weight from my decreased activity, etc.

 

Last night, I got to thinking about what motivated me to run in the first place. Obviously, I am not starting COMPLETELY over, and I have my past accomplishments to remind me of what I am capable of.

I made a list of thoughts that will motivate and encourage me to get back out and run–even if that means just one or two miles.

 

  • Keep in mind what I know I am capable of!

 

  • Be excited for a new challenge. Being is beginner is kind of fun!

 

  • Even though I haven’t been running, I’ve been keeping my heart strong with biking. Cross training is so important! Without my injury, I may have never done it!

 

  • Running is not everything. It is part of who I am but it is not everything.

 

  • Start slow, and enjoy it! There is no need to rush back into it. That’s how injuries happen!

 

  • Stop comparing your “now” self to your “then-in-running-shape” self. It takes time to get back there.

 

  • Make goals for where I am today. Three months ago, before I was injured, 3 miles was an “easy” day. That is more of  a “long run” now.  My goal is to make 3.0 miles feel “easy” again.

 

This list is sort of for myself, but I hope that it will benefit other injured runners!

 

Don’t give up!

 

 

❤ MegaNerd

Slept Through My Run

I forgot to set my alarm last night to wake up early enough to run. 😦

I have 4.0 miles on my marathon training plan and I slept through it! I have a TON of stuff to get done today (mostly on campus) and I just didn’t have time to run, shower, and be back in time for class.

My breakfast was a bit rushed, but still yummy! I made a bowl of Kashi Heart to heart, with fat free milk, and strawberries:

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Looks like I’m going to have to get that run in after class tonight!!

I usually prefer running in the morning, because it gets too hot otherwise. I also have trouble exercising with a full stomach (like after dinner) or when it’s very empty (like before dinner).

I’m usually less motivated when I wait until the end of the day to run, and am always so tempted to skip it. Waking up and getting it out of the way usually works best for me!

Do you prefer to get your exercise in when you wake up, or do you wait until after work/school? What are your reasons?

❤ MegaNerd

Busy and Unmotivated

I’ve been a busy bee since I last posted!

Yesterday afternoon, my sister and I worked on our Halloween costumes. It took up a good chunk of the afternoon, and before I knew it, it was time for class!

I struggled to come up with something to eat, since it was about 3:30 when I had to make dinner. I made a bunch of pasta so that Brielle and JasoNerd would have plenty when they were ready to eat (I have to eat at school since I have class from 4:30-10:30).

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My pasta included:

  • Penne pasta
  • white beans
  • broccoli (steamed)
  • marinara sauce
  • parmesan cheese

I have to eat my dinners cold, which is getting so old! I also have to break it into two parts, since I have two ten minute breaks. I can’t wait to be on a normal schedule again!

By the time I got home, it was almost 11:00 and I was wiped! I knew that I had a 6.0 mile run on the marathon training plan and I was feeling VERY unmotivated to set the alarm and wake up to run. I immediately texted Caitlin to see if she would run with me!

I met at her apartment, and we ran a total of 6.0 miles. We took a few walking breaks, but still managed to run in just over an hour.

 

When I am feeling unmotivated to get out and run, I’ve found that it helps to:

  • Run with a friend– This is especially great if you have a lot to chat about!
  • Change the scenery- I like to run somewhere different than usual.
  • Download new music onto your ipod, listening to the same stuff tends to get boring
  • Think about the run in smaller chunks– Today I thought about running two 3.0 mile runs, out and back. It made the time pass faster.

 

What are your tricks for motivating yourself, when you just don’t feel like exercising?

Before I left, I fueled up with a piece of Almond Butter and Organic Jelly toast. Normally I wouldn’t need such a big snack, but I had not eaten anything since dinner, which was 14 hours prior!

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By the time I got home, I was pretty hungry. I made a big yogurt bowl!

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My bowl included:

  • container of Stonyfield Black Cherry yogurt
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • banana

YUM!!

 

I have a LOT to get done today!!! It’s already 11:00 am and I haven’t even showered. Must get on that.

❤ MegaNerd