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September 21, 2012

Hello, my pretties!

I have decided to get back into the running game and figured cementing my intentions by posting on this site was a GOOD IDEA.

Here’s the goal: run in a 5k race at the end of October.

I will be honest and say that I haven’t run consistently in YEARS. I’ve developed very bad habits. So I’m trying to ease myself back into getting in shape for a 5k AND trying to establish some kind of schedule where I actually commit to exercising.

When I was a dedicated runner, I followed a three day training schedule that involved a running day, a biking (read: cross train) day, and a rest day. I’m re-instituting this schedule. With luck (and I will probably need a lot of it), I will be back up to running 3.1 miles by October.

And I’ve still got my eyes set on a 5k under 30 minutes, too.


Starting to Worry

August 9, 2012

So as I mentioned in my last post I signed up for my first half marathon.  So far training has been slow. The crazy heat hasn’t let me do much but I’ve been getting out there. Some running, some running, and some bike riding because every little bit helps.  This is my first half marathon and only the second race I’ve ever done so there are some nerves about doing it anyway.

Today though we were out and about running some errands and we decided to drive the course for my half marathon.  This was a TERRIBLE idea.  I’m not sure I really thought about how far 13.1 miles is until we drove it.  I’m going to run through 5 cities, now honestly it’s not very much of each city and our cities are all sort of shoved together anyway but still that’s a lot of cities! Now my race is not until February so I still have a lot of time but I’m feeling a lot more overwhelmed then I was.

On the flip side though I felt the same way when I ran my 5K I wasn’t honestly sure I could do it until I had done it.  And then as you might remember I swore to myself I would never do it again :).

Do you get nervous for races?

I’m Back!

July 17, 2012

I took a long break from both running and blogging but I’m back and ready to conquer the world – or at least my waistline!

Since I stopped running I have gained back a lot of weight.  Basically I’m where I started, but I’m also more determined then ever to get where I want to be.  My goal is to get to a weight/size/health that I’m happy with before I hit 30 in 2 and a half years.  I think that should be plenty of time.  I’d rather go into my 30s with my diet and exercise lifestyle being just that – not a new challenge but my lifestyle.  

Now to the point of this post – I’ve registered for my first half marathon.  It’s not until February of 2013 though so I’ve got time to train.  Since I’m starting over right now I’m just walking and getting back into working out.  I started the 30 Day Shred and have been walking 3 days a week (I did run a little today).  In a couple of weeks I hope to start the couch to 5k which is what I used to run my first 5k. Then I’ll progress to a 10k and finally start really training for my half marathon. 

I’m really looking forward to the challenge, having a race really helps me keep up with my running so I’m glad I took the plunge and signed up.  

Has anyone else run a half marathon? Any training tips?

Hello? Anyone out there?

July 12, 2012

A few days ago Stacey asked whether this blog still existed… and that was the first time I’d thought about Run With Us in a very, very long time. I lot of this has to do with my complete lack of blogging in general.

We discussed attempting to bring this site back to life and I believe I’m up for the challenge. Will I be writing about running? Not often. However, I do workout more than the average person and can share some tips, reviews, motivation, ect. I also count calories and watch my protein/fat/carb proportions. I won’t say everything is clean or “healthy”, but I will also post recipes and whatnot.

That is if you’re interested…

 Would anyone read this? Would you write posts too?

Or would it be better to start something similar to this,

but as more of a “health” thing instead of running?

Running Goals for June (Tara SG)

June 2, 2010

Amanda posted her goals for this month and I figured I should probably figure out some goals of my own…

  • Run 30 miles
  • Hit the gym twice a week
  • Start practicing yoga again
    • go to a yoga class
  • Start up the 30 Day Shred again
    • although I don’t want to do it every day

I think that’s a good start…

Running Goals for June

June 2, 2010

What are YOUR goals for the month of June?

Here are mine:

  • Run at least 30 miles, which means…
    • Participate in the $2 5k on campus every Tuesday
    • Run every Thursday
    • Run once every weekend (preferably on a hilly course since my runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays will have virtually no hills)
  • 5k on June 26th.  Attempt to get Kyle to run with me.
  • Have one 5+ mile run.
  • Do something else besides running at least 3 times during the month (30 Day Shred or yoga; I already bike a lot)

The Quest for Motivation

April 23, 2010

I know that many of us are struggling right now with finding the motivation to run.  So am I.  Although I said I would run on Wednesday or Thursday, that run didn’t happen until today.  Somewhere between writing my post on Tuesday and yesterday, I realized exactly what it was that gets me out of the house, and out pounding the pavement.

You see, when we tell ourselves to get out there and run, there is always the little voice that gives you an excuse not to do it.  “You should run today – But I don’t have time.”  If you accept this excuse as valid and legitimate, you are not going to do it.  Instead, you have to counter every excuse with a reasonable explanation why it’s not a valid excuse.

To give you an example of what I mean, here is a typical inner-talk I have with myself at night:
“I’ll just lie here with the TV on and fall asleep.”
“Except you don’t fall asleep when the TV is on.”
“But I want to watch this show.”
“You haven’t even watched the first 20 minutes of the show, how do you even know what is going on?”
“I don’t have to get up early tomorrow morning.”
“Doesn’t matter.  You need to stay on a decent sleeping schedule.”
“Fine”  *off goes the TV*

Now apply that to running, stop making excuses for yourself, and get out there and run!

PS. After only running 2.4 miles on Sunday, I was able to run 3.75 miles today.  If I can do this, so can all of you.  🙂

Back in the Saddle

April 20, 2010

So last Saturday morning, I got my butt out of bed early, and headed out to run my first race of the season.  It was only a 2 mile race, and I was rather nonchalant about the whole thing.  2 miles?  Psh, no problem.  Wrong.  I don’t know what it was about that morning, but I had a sideache set in by about the first half a mile, and I wanted to stop and walk by the last half mile.  Because I didn’t want other people to see me walk, I pushed through the pain and finished in just under 22 minutes.  It’s amazing to think that I’m posting the kind of times right now while I’m out of shape that I was posting last fall when I was in shape.  Regardless, I still need to get into gear and keep working on getting ready for my 5k that is next week on Thursday.  This 2 mile race was a good wake-up call that I need to establish a running routine again, and that I have to be serious about running.

The day after my 2 mile race, I saw Kyle’s sister-in-law out running and decided that it was such a gorgeous day that I should go out running too.  So I did.  I attempted 2.4 miles and ran the entire thing with only the smallest of sideaches.  It only took me about 25 minutes, which is faster than my 2 mile time.  Maybe I need to psych myself out and just go for the longer distances?  Either way, my goal for this week is to run twice: once on Wednesday/Thursday and once over the weekend.

Here’s to setting (and achieving) goals!

Bueller? Bueller?

April 11, 2010

Has everyone else been taking an extra long break like I did?

I just thought it was time for a quick running update. I haven’t been training as hard as I should be (I am scared to peek at the 100 mile challenge and see how far I am lagging behind!)

In my defense, though, I think I pushed for too much, too soon, and kind of burned myself out! I had a busy couple of weeks with running in the early part of this year…

Feb. 13th- 1st 5K
Feb. 20th- Kid’s 1st race
Mar. 6th- 1st. 10K
Mar. 20th- 2nd 5K and Kid’s 2nd race

I was planning to start training for a half-marathon right away, but things kept coming up and I kept putting it off again! However, I am slowly easing my way back into running, and planning another 5K race in about two weeks. The kids, John and I are all going to do a race hosted by the Boy Scouts on the 24th, and I can’t wait. It will be the first race that all 4 of us do!

What about everyone else? How has your running been going? Are you staying moving? Stuck in a rut? Or, like me, doing anything but?

100 Mile Challenge – Speed Bump

March 15, 2010

So some of you may have noticed that the 100 mile challenge hit a speed bump. We can no longer use the first DailyMile challenge and can either:

1. Just continue with the second one I posted (hoping it would back-count to the 1st of March, but it didn’t).


2. Start over on the 1st of April.

What do you guys want to do?