Monday, September 24, 2012

Hard Core

This guy is hardcore.  He actually runs barefoot.  No "barefoot" shoes for him.  I looked up his race results and he ran this 1/2 marathon in 1:34:25.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Postpartum Running {post #2}

Now that Baby isn't letting me run anymore, I am really thinking about running again post-baby!  Part of me is super excited and the other part of me is scared, because I know it will be hard.  There's something about thinking about running hard and then actually having to do it.  However, first I need to get to running again!  Awhile back I wrote my first post about postpartum running covering pelvic floor muscles and when I started running again.  And I also wrote about running while breastfeeding.

The single most motivating thing for me is races.  I hate wasting a race fee on a race that I'm not going to do the best I can on.  I've been plotting out races I'd like to do next year.  I have a running folder that I have bookmarked races that look fun, unfortunately most of them are far away.  Although I love the idea of in the future planning family vacations around races.

These are a few of the races I'd like to do in 2013:

  • St. Patty's Day-I don't have a specific race yet, but this I think will be my debut back into races.  There isn't very many races around here in January or February and March will put me at approximately 3.5 month postpartum.
  • Midsummer Night's Trail Run {this is my GOAL! race}-This race is in July.  I ran it the last 2 years (this year at 24 weeks pregnant)  I love this race.  It is a 4 mile race on a true cross-country course.  It's quickly becoming a pretty competitive race, but where I live there's not a ton of super, super fast people so I can do pretty well.  (The first year of the race, I was the 4th female).
  • 1/2 marathon-I've only ran one and I'd love to give it another shot and hopefully PR.  I think that I'll try to find one late summer/fall so I have a little time to build my base again before I up my mileage.
  • Turkey Trot 5k-Another fun local race the week before Thanksgiving.  I've run this twice and the first time I was the 6th female and the second the 4th female.

Training plans:

It's so much easier to slack when I don't have a plan.  I haven't looked at anything specifically, but my goal is when I get back to wanting to race to get on a plan so I can make the most of the time I am training.  I saw this diagram on Pinterest today and how true it is.  My high school coach always told us that our minds were marshmallows.  The mind would give out before our body.  And that's what I want to do.  I want to start conquering the mental part of running.  Because it really is mind over matter.

Weight Training:

I have never been good about weight training.  I like to run, I don't really like all that other stuff.  But to be a better runner, I need to do that other stuff.  I'm not sure what this will look like exactly yet.  I'm going to wait until I'm 4 months post-partum to start (for the relaxin {hormone that relaxes your joints, making you more susceptible to injury} to get out of my system, although some will argue that relaxin is present as long as you are breastfeeding.)

My specific goal is to be able to do a pull-up.  My upper body strength has always been lacking and it would seriously impress my husband if I could.  Also in my Pinterest perusing, I found this plan that outlines exercises to do to strengthen your body to be able to do a pull-up.  There were also these hints to build up from a flexed arm hang to pull-ups.

I hope to have another post coming about moving past mediocrity and some more specifics about how I want to train.

Friday, September 21, 2012

I must confess and a tip for you

I must confess, it's hard to blog about running when I'm not running.  Fact, I have not run in 5 weeks.  I made the decision to quit running during this pregnancy at 29 weeks, because even though I was only running for a minute or 2 at a time (alternating with walking), it was causing contractions.  Baby is much lower than either of my boys were, so I'm contributing that as most of the cause.

And honestly, I have not been exercising at all.  I've done my prenatal video exactly 1-1/2 times and gone on a few walks...but yeah, I'm not exercising.  I really think that's why my moods have been a bit out of whack...{sorry, Donovan!}  I'm not exactly proud of that, but it's the truth.

I am 34 weeks today.  I delivered my first at 38 weeks and my second at 38.5 I could be a month away! Yikes.  I still have a bunch of projects to do.  But I'm getting super excited to meet my little boy {and be able to lay on my stomach}.

I'm looking forward to getting back into running postpartum.  It's hard, but I've done it twice and I know I can do it again!

My tip of the day to you:  Do not dump paint on the carpet.  What should have been a quick and easy project, is still not done and I spent 2 hours trying to scrub paint out of the carpet.  I don't even care about the carpet because it's ugly and it's going to be gone...someday...but in the meantime, I don't want to look at a big old paint spot on the carpet.  My hands are super dry now too.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

1976 Steeplechase Olympic Trials -video

This video showed up on my facebook newsfeed today from a running friend from college.  What's cool is that our former coach is running in this video!  I can't remember if I knew if he ran at Trials or not, but here's evidence.  His name is Kregg Einsphar and if you look at the video before playing it, he is the blonde in the white shirt and blue shorts.  By the time I knew him, he couldn't even run anymore because of a hip injury.  But in his day he was a fantastic runner.  He was a 3 time conference cross-country champion and hold the school {Concordia University NE} record in the 3000m steeplechase {8:30.06-1982} and I know at least at one time he held the record for the 5000 {but I think that one of my teammates broke that one...but I couldn't find our for sure}  He only coached me for 1 year {because that is all I was there} but he did a great job of pushing me and making us all into better runners.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Home Sweet Home

After a 4 day/3 night camping trip, we're home!

I took about 3 pictures...well because either there were kids sleeping in the camper where the camera was, I didn't want it to get dirty, or I was simply too lazy.  But I'll get those up later because I have horrible heartburn, a husband with the stomach flu, and no motivation to do that.

The stomach flu has been going around here.  Jack had it last weekend, Joel had it Saturday night {yes, while we were camping :( }, and Donovan succumbed tonight...praying that somehow miracles of all miracles, I won't get it.  I think 31 weeks pregnant and the stomach flu=no fun.

So I'll be in bed before 10 tonight and clean my house later. :)