Archive for January, 2008

Walk Across Arizona – Day 1

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

I feel as though I am off to a great start with the Walk Across Arizona. Of course it helps that the first day fell on the same day as a long run doesn’t it? 😀 I had a 6 mile long run on schedule for today. Add in the .44 mile warm-up on the treadmill and the .25 mile cool-down walk through the neighborhood and that brings the total for my run today to .69. I just this minute returned from a walk with the dog that covered 1.1 miles. That brings my grand total for today to 7.78 miles. That is .78 miles above my goal for the day.  As you have probably already noticed I added a ticker to my page to track my mileage on my way my goal.

Workout Plan

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

I finally finished compiling my workout plan for between now and the end of the Walk Across Arizona. I will say that the plan is probably still a little liquid, but I wanted to set goals for myself to ensure that I at least make it to the 410 miles. Hopefully it will copy and paste okay from Excel. Here goes nothing:

Week January Walks Su M T W R F S TOTAL
1 27 7 6 R 5 S 5 C/S R 23
February Walks Su M T W R F S
2 3 7 3.11 C/S 5 R 5 S 9 29.11
3 10 7 R C/S 5 S 5 R 10 27
4 17 7 S R 5 C/S 5 R 1 27
5 24 7 S 5 R 5 C/S 3 R 20
March Walks Su M T W R F S
6 2 7 13.1 R 3 C/S 4 R 6 33.1
7 9 7 C/S R 5 C/S 5 S R 17
8 16 7 3.11 S 5 R 5 C/S 9 29.11
9 23 7 R C/S 6 C/S 5 R 8 26
10 30 7 C/S R 5 S 5 R 10 27
April Walks Su M T W R F S
11 6 7 C/S R 6 S 5 R 8 26
12 13 7 S R 5 C/S 5 R 10 27
13 20 7 R S 6 C/S 5 R 8 26
14 27 7 C/S 5 R 4 S R 3.11 19.11
May Walks Su M T W R F S
15 4 7 9.33 R 3 S 5 R 6 30.33
16 11 7 C/S R 5 S 5 R 7 24
TOTAL 410.76

Key: R=Rest Day S=Sculpting Workout C/S=Cardio Sculpting Workout

I did lose some of my formatting, but you get the idea. 🙂

Another Half

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

I have been really wanting to do the Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach for a couple years now. Last night Dad and I were talking about how he has to go there for work and I was trying to talk him into going for St. Patrick’s weekend so that I could run the half. Unfortunately the race is sold out. I decided that it was a good time frame for me to do a half in, so I did some searching and found myself a half on March 2nd to do. That throws a bit of a wrench into my training rotation I have been working on, but it will definitely help with the mileage for Walk Across Arizona.

I have added a ticker for Walk Across Arizona to the upper right corner of the screen. So starting tomorrow I will be updating my mileage to it as I go. I am planning for 6 miles tomorrow.

As for today it is a FIRMing day. Still haven’t decided what workout I am doing. Might just wing it when I get down there. 😀 I don’t want to do something too lower body heavy so that I don’t have any issues with my run tomorrow.

Spirit of the Marathon

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Last night I dragged Dad up to the movies to see “Spirit of the Marathon”.  As a runner it was an extremely enjoyable movie.  There were several jokes that hit right to the core of being a runner.  They also did a VERY good job and capturing the emotional and physical trials and celebrations in training for and running a marathon.  They had two stories at each of three levels: elite, repeate marathoner, and new marathoner.  They also gave you a bit of history on the marathon as well as interviews with several legends in marathoning. 

I left the theater with a new found respect for my finish time at the Disney World full.  They had John “The Penguin” Bingham in the movie talking about his opinion on taking the marathon slow.  He said if you take your time you make sure you get your money’s worth out of the marathon experience.  That I definitely did on January 13th, lol.

Marathon Amnesia has set in on me.  That is the inability to clearly remember the physical pain you went through when finishing the race.  Part of my pride really wants to run another one to prove that I can do it with a better time.  Dad told Mom I wanted to run a few more on the phone last night and she screamed “No!” back in the phone at him, lol.  One day I will probably run another one.  Just not any time soon.  I need Marathon Amnesia to set in for Mom first, lol.

This morning I felt inspired and jumped on the treadmill for 4 miles.  This weekend I will shoot for 6 so that I am prepped for the 9 on the 9th in two weeks.

Take it and Run Thursday: The Basics of Running

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

A couple weeks ago Tom over at came up with an idea he called Take it and Run Thursday. He will throw out a topic and everyone that reads his blog and wants to participate can write on the topic and link it back to his blog. It sounds like a cool idea, so I decided to join in on the fun. The topic for this week: “The Basics of Running.”

I’ve decided to approach the topic as if I were talking to someone that was contemplating taking up running. Here goes nothin’!

  1. Shoes Talk to any runner about taking up the sport and the first thing they will probably tell you is to get the right shoes. That doesn’t mean going to your local Athlete’s Foot and grabbing a pair of “Running” shoes that you find attractive. This means going to a local running store and having a professional fit you for your proper shoe. I wasn’t happy when my first pair of shoes turned out to be pink, but I can tell you that my joints loved those pink shoes. They really can mean the difference between finishing your race and ending up with an injury.
  2. Start Slowly Most babies had to crawl before they walked, and likewise you should walk before you run. If you are starting up a running program and haven’t been physically active in some way then you should start walking before you start running. Once you get yourself up to about 20-30 minutes of walking then look into a beginning running program that slowly increases the amount of time you are running. I personally used the Couch to 5K program program. It starts you out running intervals that progressively get longer and longer.
  3. Body Glide is My Friend Something I never leave the house without when I am running is Body Glide. It is a lubricant for athletes that prevents chaffing from the clothes you are wearing. There are many runs I would have never completed if I hadn’t had this beautiful little product.
  4. Cotton Can Be the Enemy Cotton has a tendency to absorb sweat and hold onto it like there is no tomorrow. If you find that moisture in your clothes is a problem you should look into purchasing some moisture wicking shirts, shorts and undergarments. I am a sweater! Cotton just does not work for me for any distances over 3 miles. As I have been running more I have found that I just prefer the lighter feel of moisture wicking fabric while I am running. Keep in mind it doesn’t have to be hot out for you to sweat your way through your clothes. I find that when the weather is cold I need that extra protection of the moisture wicking action even more to help me keep my body temperature up.
  5. Safety Safety comes in many forms. During the winter months I spend a lot of time running in the dark. To help keep myself safe I wear a reflective vest, hat, and pants to make sure that traffic can see me. I also carry some pepper spray when I run. Not only is this to help protect me from other people that might be out there but also from animals that may approach me while I am on the run.
  6. Listen to Your Body Overtraining can be a real problem for runners that are just starting out. Listen to what your body is telling you. If you are feeling tired or irritable it might be an indication that you need to take it easy until your body has a chance to recover from the training you are doing. Pushing yourself too hard can make you sick or cause an overuse injury that can put you on the sidelines permenantly if ignored. If something hurts talk to your doctor to help ensure that you will reach your goals safely.

These are the basic guidelines that I follow to make sure that I can continue with this sport that I have grown to love.

Read more on the Basics of Running from other Take it and Run Participants.