Monthly Archives: October 2013

Run and learn

This seems to be my motto of late.  I took a 6 week running class that I really enjoyed, probably because I didn’t have to think much of anything. Times were set, the coach came up with the routes, and I didn’t have to decide on mileage. Now that class is over, I find that I keep making little discoveries about running – usually after the fact  – that I hope will help me become a better smarter runner.  When I first moved to Texas, I shied away from running around my neighborhood and stuck with the treadmill.  Now, I kinda don’t even want to look at the treadmill and have been running outside, exclusively. I’m exploring new routes and figuring out the best times to run.  

Here’s some examples of my run and learn experiences: 

Running in 84 degrees at night is not the same as running in 84 degrees during the middle of the day. Run and learn.

Running a good chunk of your run around a loop in the same direction is not going to feel so good later.  My entire right side hurt afterwards. Note to self: change directions. Run and learn.

When running during the weekday mornings, run a route where you don’t have to worry or think about cars, sidewalks ending, and crossing lanes of traffic during rush hour. Derp.  This morning, I ran across an intersection successfully, but knew I would have to cross the street again because the sidewalk was ending. I’m not sure if my brain was thinking quicker than my feet, or if my feet were moving faster than my brain (more likely), but I tripped over something just as I hit the next block and fell on my hands, knees, and iPhone.  I just got some scrapes – my phone suffered more than I did, unfortunately.  All I kept thinking as I was falling was that I hope no one is seeing this derptastic stunt. How random is that?! I immediately got up and started running again, but I felt a little rattled after that. My momentum seemed off and I felt annoyed that I got out of bed to just fall on the ground and crack my phone.  I put a band aid on my knee, pouted over not having a fun band aid to make me feel better but I’m happy to report that I’m over it now. I laughed and told myself that I was waiting for fall and got what I was asking.  I’m more annoyed with myself that I cut my run a little short. I should have just stuck it out and ran through it until I felt better.  Next time. Only, I really hope I don’t make tripping on sidewalks a habit.  I’ll just chalk today’s crappy run to a learning experience so I don’t feel like my early morning was wasted. 

My son saw my “booboo”, kissed the band aid and said, “all better!”.  And then he said, “pay attention!” He’ll make a fine runner some day!

 

 

 

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Murphy’s A-maize-ing 5K | Murphy, TX

Another last minute race! This race made 5 races in 5 weekends in September! I took (and completed!) a 6 week running class and our coach suggested this race as a goal race. Another running class friend and I took her up on the suggestion and registered for this race kinda last minute.  

The goal race was a 5K that was taking place in conjunction with Murphy Maize Days – a fall festival with music, vendors, food, etc.  It started off in a local high school football STADIUM.  Side note: It still amazes me how football is king in Texas.  The race started on a track, passed the school, into a preserve and into a neighborhood and back.  There was a DJ and plenty of stadium seating for the spectators.  I liked that the husband and son had some seating and music to listen to while I was running.  Afterwards, we took our son to the festival so this race had a little something for everyone. 

The goal for this race was to come in thirty minutes or less.  Emphasis on the “or less” part. I wanted to finally (finally, finally) sub 30 a 5K.  I wasn’t sure if this was the right race to do it or if the weather was still a little bit too warm and humid for that – but all worked out, and I squeaked in a sub 30 run and came in fifth in my age group.  

High lights: Finally doing that sub 30 run! 

Low lights: way too many kids “running” this race.  I love seeing kids out there and I always marvel how fast they are, but they made this race a bit more challenging for me because a lot of kids were doing the sprint really fast then just stop thing.  I almost took out a kid because one stopped right in front of me.  I think it took a lot more energy for me to go around them.  I started way back at the starting line so that was my fault.  I don’t belong in the front of the starting line, but waaaaay back (unless I’m with the stroller) is probably not the best spot either.  Race and learn.  

Race Swag: cotton t-shirt with a giant running corn cob (jealous?). Some samples and coupons from race sponsors.  

Post Race Eats: Frozen yogurt (I LOVE ICE CREAM AFTER RUNS! HAHA), chicken sandwiches (I think), granola bars,bananas and water.  Breakfast with my running class friend, the husband and son at Corner Bakery.  

Miracle Mile: a little kid taking a tumble and a bunch of people stopping to make sure he was ok (he was!). 

Next up: I’m going to start a 10K training program. It will be a combo plan from Hal HIgdon Novice program and the 10K training finish it program from Train Like a Mother book

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