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Final week of August 2008 – review1

Posted by jodi in Training Diary (Saturday August 30, 2008 at 9:29 am)

What an eventful week. Barack Obama accepted his party’s nomination as he continues to strive for the presidency. John McCain named his VP choice in Alaska governor, Sarah Palin. Residents of New Orleans are fleeing from a hurricane only three years after Hurricane Katrina. My thoughts are definitely with them at this time.

It has also been an eventful week for running (for me, anyway). Still fired up about the men’s and women’s Olympic marathons, I remain enthusiastic enough to drag myself out of bed very early on some mornings. I managed to run four times this past week, and I’m once again getting that “toned” feeling that one has after several weeks of consistent exercise. Love it! I’m going to try to start posting my weekly summaries of mileage as I prepare for the Salmon Days 10k on October 5th.

Sunday, 8/24: 4 miles (treadmill) – no time available
Wednesday, 8/27: 3.5 miles (treadmill) – no time available
Thursday, 8/28: 5 miles (outdoors – Judkins Park/Smith Park/Lake Washington Blvd) – 46:08 (9:14/mile)
Saturday, 8/30: 3.1 miles (treadmill) – 29:34 (9:32/mile)

I’m getting there, albeit slowly. I keep finding I’m tempted to run faster or farther, but I’m still fearful of injury as it seems that each time I seriously commit to training something happens (ie, the pubic ramus stress fracture in 2006). I know it’s best to slowly build a mileage base and not to push things too quickly, but I’m conscious of the fact that if I become injured, then I will not be running at all, which is worse than running slowly. Therefore, I’m mostly not recording times because I don’t want to be disappointed and I don’t want the pressure there to push myself. It would be nice to finally run that sub-50 minute 10k on October 5th, but I’m not there yet, and I don’t want to be upset if I fall short when, in reality, I’m just grateful that I’m back into the sport regularly, despite many demands on my time.

I think I’m going to take Little G to Woodinville, WA on Labor Day for a 4.25 mile race. It might be fun to push him in the stroller for a morning jog! I love my runs with him the best. 🙂 I’m still hopeful that he will want to try running after accompanying his mother on her outings.

Still running0

Posted by jodi in Ramblings on Running,Upcoming Runs (Wednesday August 27, 2008 at 9:24 am)

After beginning to run with any regularity again at the end of July, I’m still at it one month later. I have been running 3-4 times weekly, three to four miles per run. This morning I was going to go for four, and stopped at 3.5 because of a pesky side cramp that would not take its leave. I have been experiencing a lot of these lately, which I suppose means I should slow down, but I already feel like I’m running slowly, given how I used to run.

On Sunday afternoon during a particularly successful 4 mile run, I was contemplating what sorts of distances I would like to take on in the next few months. My short-term goal is the Salmon Days 10k on October 5th in Issaquah, WA. At the end of October is the Pumpkin Push 5k, and then I even considered the Seattle Half-Marathon on November 30th. Unfortunately I am on call that day, so I am in the process of trying to switch call days with one of my colleagues. I may not be able to find anyone, though. I suppose a half-marathon at this point is a bit of a long shot since I haven’t been disciplined in my running until the past month, and I’m getting side cramps at three miles, so maybe I’m not ready yet. We’ll see how things go in September.

Running with Little G0

Posted by jodi in Uncategorized (Friday August 22, 2008 at 9:15 am)

In my frustration about not having enough hours in the day to run regularly, I have revisited the idea of running in the evenings while pushing Gabriel in the Bob Revolution. And you know what? It’s much more delightful in many ways than running alone is. It adds a great deal of difficulty to a distance run having to push that thing – plus the 25 pound boy sitting in it. I mostly avoid the steep hills because I’m afraid the stroller might take off on its own if I lose control of it. However, overall, it’s working well. Last night we went for a four mile run through Judkins Park, across 23rd Avenue and MLK, JR into Smith Park, through the Mount Baker tunnel, and onto the I-90 pedestrian bridge. Gabriel sat very quietly through the first two miles, taking in his surroundings, enjoying the cars on one side and the water on the other, and every now and then will look up at me as I say hello to him to remind him that I’m still there. On the way back home, he eagerly babbles, says “mamamamama,” and starts laughing for no apprent reason. Hopefully he laughs because he’s feeling very contented.

I hope that his accompanying me on some of my runs will model an example of fitness for him, so that when he is old enough he will want to run too. 🙂