Monday, March 25, 2013

Contrasting Runs

To be honest, I have starting writing way more posts in my head and not on the computer.  I have a couple more Texas posts I want to get up and a couple others that I have been working on.  BUT I want to get this one up about my run on Saturday (last Wednesday) before it is older news than it already is.

Nebraska has not gotten the memo that it is Spring.  And it is a million times worse coming back from Texas where it was 75-80 degrees every day.  We spent the week in shorts and I ran in a tank top and shorts.  Twas glorious.

But we came back to snow.

And I had two very different runs.

Exhibit A:
Orange Trees and Beaches.  Ran maybe 3ish miles on Wednesday in Ingleside on the Bay, Texas.  My bursitis was acting up a bit so there were about 3 minutes of walking in there.  But stretching well afterwards seemed to alleviate it and I had no troubles on my runs Friday and Saturday.
Exhibit B:
Stocking Hats and Snow.  Ran 6 miles in wind and slushy, wet snow.  As I was running along (on the rural roads around our house) I had an old man slow down and ask me, "Is there a problem?"  Like I would only be running if there was a problem.  I just firmly said, "No." and kept running.  Why is it that people do not think it is normal to run in bad weather on a Saturday morning? :)  Regardless, it is no wonder that our society as a whole is not very healthy--eating healthy and exercising is not normal.

Why do you think eating healthy and exercising is not normal for our society?
Honestly I think it is because of the prevalent "entitlement" mentality.  We want what we want when we want it.  We want dessert so we eat it.  We want to sleep in instead of exercising so we do.  Being healthy takes a lot of self-discipline and that's hard so people don't.

What was the weather like on your last run?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Family Vacation: Texas

A little family vacation.
Leaving at 6:40 am.
One Day and 3 states later.

Saw the world's largest ball of twine in Cawker City, Kansas

Turner Falls in Oklahoma.  Random stop, but turned out to be a lot of fun.  We were wishing we knew what it had so we could have been a little more prepared.  There were places to swim in the falls...hiking trails...caves...picnic areas.  And fortunately it's still winter rates so it was about 1/3 of the cost.  Score!  The only downside was all the people.

Our hike...where a toddler could walk and a stroller could walk.  So really we didn't hike much.

A picture from the highway above the falls.

We ended up staying in Fort Worth, Texas.  But first we had a little Chick-fil-a.  I really wish one would come to Nebraska.  I was too hungry to take a picture.

Before heading to San Antonio, where we were meeting up with Donovan's parents and brother and his wife, we went to Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas.  The boys had a great time here climbing rocks and hiking.  Well as much as a 4 year old and 2 year old can do.  The weather was beautiful and we saw a lot of beautiful country.  After leaving the park, we took two lane highways for a lot of the trip.  It was great...especially since the speed limit was 75!  The scenery was great, not much traffic and way way better than our jaunt through Austin.  On the way home, we're totally finding highways.   You can tell we're from small town Nebraska, we despise traffic and would rather keep moving even if overall the trip is longer.

There were three locations where there are dinosaur footprints in the rivers.

Donovan is re-creating old vacation pictures.  The vehicle:

This picture cracks me up.  Donovan and I look nice and well the boys...

He was having a blast.  He really didn't want to leave.  He's taking after his daddy and loves to climb.

More to come!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Quick Run and a Quick Project

Yesterday I ended up having a great run.  I did 4 miles and ended up doing 2 on the treadmill and 2 outside (because my husband came home :)  The treadmill miles were easy, like 10 min/ mile...but my first mile outside I pushed and ended up running an 8:10!  I haven't run that fast since right after I got pregnant with it was encouraging.  And it was even against the wind.  Although, for some strange reason, I tend to run better against the wind, I think I am more mentally tough against the wind (or in bad weather) and I don't think about the pain so much.  I don't know.  My heels and calves were a bit sore last night, but after rolling and sleeping in my compression socks, they feel great today.  I am totally sold on compression socks now.  I've liked running in them because I feel like they help support my ankles, and I especially think that they do a great job for recovery.  These socks are the ones I have.

And I did a quick sewing project.  Well they're never that quick, but it only took me an afternoon.  A pillowcase for Joel and a bag for Jack for one of his toys.  We're leaving for Texas on Saturday and I was able to cross this off of my to do list.

What's the last thing you crossed off your to do list?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Family Weekend and a Soggy Run

We went on a quick little jaunt to see my family this weekend.  They live 5 hours away, which is just far enough to not see them very often.  We hadn't seen them since Thanksgiving and Nolan was only a month old!  It was time.  Jack loved seeing his uncles (my brothers are 17, 12, and 9) and Grandpa and Grandma.  My sister and other brother are now living in Montana (1000 miles away) so we probably won't see them for a looong time.  It was great to see everybody again and I know they loved seeing the boys :)  Good food and lots of games of Bananagrams=a great weekend.  We only stayed one night and it's a good thing, because Sunday ended up being a blizzard and the interstate was closed.

Saturday I went on my longest run since Nolan was born.  I planned to go 5, but actually went 5+5 blocks, because the street that I was supposed to turn around at wasn't marked.  (I was running in the town where my parents live that they moved to since I got married.)  It was about 40 degrees and raining when I left.  A bit of a bummer though that I found out it was 65 degrees and sunny at home :( I'm glad that I wasn't at home because I wasn't tempted to hop on the really wasn't that bad except for my shoes getting wet when I stepped off the side of the road to let cars pass.  Anyway, I took it easy and kept my pace painfully slow.  This was a super encouraging run--over 5 miles without any abnormal aches or pains.  This is the only picture I got on the run--it had stopped raining, but then my phone battery died.  Oops.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

4 years!

Four years ago today, I became a mother.  I can't believe it's been four years.  I am so proud of this energetic, happy, sweet little boy.  Happy Birthday to my Jackson.

Friday, March 1, 2013

5 Tips for Beginning Runners

I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started running.  I was 14 and decided at the last minute to go out for the cross-country team.  {Who knew it would be such a life-altering decision because before that I hated to run}.  The farthest consecutive run I had before the first practice was 1.5 miles and that first practice I ran 4.5 miles!  I'm stubborn and was determined to finish and fortunately I was young and didn't ever end up seriously injured.  Running seems to be getting more and more popular and maybe you want to get in on the fun and run a 5k or maybe you want to work your way up to longer distances like a 10k or a 1/2 marathon or even a full marathon, but starting is intimidating.  I was too young and stupid to be intimidated by starting when I did, but now I love to run and want others to run too so here's my top 5 tips for beginning runners.

1)  START SLOW!  Running is hard and if you don't ease into it, it can lead to injuries or mental burn-out as quick as you started.  You might feel like this when you start, but DON'T QUIT and I promise if you stick with it you will be able to run farther and easier.
A hard lesson that I've had to learn after starting to run again after pregnancy is that it is ok to walk.  You can go farther and it's easier on your body.  I'd recommend the C25K plan or Another Mother Runner's 5K: Finish It plan for those of you just starting out.

2) MAKE A GOAL!  In my experience, it is so much easier to run if I have a reason to run.  My favorite motivation is signing up for a race to get me through those inevitable not-so-fun runs since I know I've paid for it.  Other motivations could be treating yourself to new running gear or a massage after you finish a predetermined number of miles or runs.

3) GET GOOD QUALITY RUNNING SHOES!  Yes, they are expensive, but yes they are necessary.  The wrong shoes can lead to injury...Wal-mart does not carry running shoes no matter what the sign above them says.  Go to a running store or at least a sporting goods store.  Be prepared to spend some money, but unless you are excessively hard on shoes or running a lot of miles, they will last you awhile.  Most shoes last 300-500 miles.  Find shoes that are comfortable for your feet.  Fit is the most important thing.  You might not be able to wear the same shoes as your friend, sister, co-worker etc. and if they aren't comfortable, don't buy them.  Walk or even run in them around the store.  Some stores will allow you to run on the sidewalk in front.  And make sure you know the return/exchange policy in case they still don't work out for you.

4)  DON'T COMPARE YOURSELF TO ANYONE ELSE!  The great thing about running is that it is individual.  You can have your own victories even if you never win a race.  It is super easy to fall into the trap of looking at the miles or the pace someone else runs (especially if you read blogs!) and start being hard on yourself.  Run what you can at the pace you can and enjoy it.  The other thing I have to work on is not comparing myself to my former high school/college running me.  I am not at the same point anymore and it's ok, but the joy of running gets sucked out if we are always looking at someone else or previous achievements as the standard.
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5)  YOUR BODY NEEDS REST DAYS!  Your body needs rest and you will get stronger and faster if you incorporate rest days into your training schedule.  No rest often = injury.  You'll need to learn to listen to your body--there is a different between aches and soreness and pain.  Run through soreness.  Don't run through pain because that will usually end up in not being able to run at all.  A week of rest is better than 6 months of no running.  {Can you tell that I'm dealing with recovering from injuries right now?}

What's your #1 tip for new runners or runners starting up again?