I love to run. I love to run with my people, by myself, and with new people. Running can be my time to get in the zone, push myself, and really make myself feel like I am getting a great workout. It can also be a great social hour. I have made some of the best friends in my life while spending time running down the trail. Running is just kind of what I do. It is really nice having a running trail 2 blocks away from my front door. Recently I also decided to join a gym. Because unfortunately I have to do some strength training and build up some strength that will hopefully give me some more endurance.
Deciding and committing to a race. I had decided to commit to a full marathon this spring and took some convincing to get my dear friends to commit to it. Maybe the checkbook hasn’t committed yet, but the hotel rooms have been reserved: April 27, 2014 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. That will be the race. Hopefully I can figure out a way to keep endurance training in my life during residency, so I am trying not to look at this race as the last long distance endurance event that I might have the chance to do in the next four years.
Choosing a training plan was next. I have used Hal Higdon training programs for my first half marathon, plus the other 9 half marathons that I have ran. I used it to become a runner and I used it to increase my speed and I used it just to be able to maintain a pace. They are great programs. I used the Novice Full Marathon App to train for my first full marathon in San Francisco last year. It served me well. The race went well, especially considering that it was in San Francisco and I trained on whatever hills I could manage to find in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The update to the Nike + running app came just in time for me to decide to use its coaching tool for this marathon. Week 1 or 16 is almost complete. Managing cold weather running, wind, and knowing how much running on a treadmill my outdoor running soul can take is now what I must figure out. For the next 16 weeks I will run at least 607 miles. When I put that in writing it looks like a ton of miles to put on my body, my knees, and my new running shoes.
Long run this weekend is only 8 miles. My legs are appreciating the cross training I did today. REST will come on Sunday.
Running. Lots of people run and everybody seems to run for different reasons. This past year I accomplished one of my “bucket list” goals. I ran my first full marathon. 26.2 miles is quite a bit, but it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I didn’t realize how much more of a time commitment training for a full marathon was versus training for a half marathon. Right now all I have time to train for is another half marathon.
In the past 4 months my cousin and my sister have started running fun runs, 5k runs, and working out. Not only are they doing this to lose weight, but to improve their lifestyle and health. Here are the things to remember about running and exercise in general:
the risk of dying decreases in those who exercise regularly
essential component to any weight management program, it burns calories and may help burn calories even while not exercising. Diets can lead to muscle loss, but exercise can help build muscle mass
helps improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes and can help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes
helps decrease blood pressure
helps improve your lipid profile by decreasing triglycerides and raising HDL levels
reduction in stress after exercise
helps to prevent osteoporosis and the incidence of fracture
exercise can also help quit smoking
I am excited that my cousin and sister have decided to train to run their first half marathon in April. The Big D Marathon (http://www.texasmarathon.com/) will be such a great run with not only my mom, but my cousin and sister to cross the finish line. To begin the new year my Nike plus app says that I have run 288.9 miles in the past 4 months (I didn’t make my goal of 300 miles by 1 /1/13, but plan to by the end of the week). I look at my training program I have chose: Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Half Marathon Program http://www.halhigdon.com/training/51132/Half-Marathon-Intermediate-Training-Program) and I should run 298 miles in the 12 week training program. Since the marathon is actually 16 weeks away I think I will definitely break 600 miles on my running app. I love tracking my miles, it is personally rewarding.
Bobbi and I are going to keep each other accountable for every mile. Blogging about training, clinical rotations, and life will hopefully also keep me accountable for everything.
Starting my marathon training this week has reminded me about how much I use to love to run. I wish I wouldn’t have stopped running every day of the week.
Running by myself is kind of boring at times, but also very peaceful and just time to be by myself.
I downloaded Hal Higdon’s Marathon training app to help me keep track of my progress and stay on track.
Today is just an easy three miles, but the last three miles I will ever run in a pair of glasses!
It’s a little rainy and cloudy out, but I think it will be a beautiful run.
Whether it is hitting the pavement in my running shoes or on my bicycle I love it! I love to spend 30 minutes to an hour, just my ipod, my running shoes, the beautiful outdoors, and me! I am glad that I live in a city that there are trails all over it, and I just happen to live one block off of them. Is it really spring? My allergies say it is. Weather, please keep getting warmer so that I can workout outside. I hate the Dreadmill. I need to get my daily amount of Vitamin D. I love the sun.
For the past 3 or 4 years running has become my outlet for many things and I might even call myself an actual runner. What does it mean to be a runner. Well I use to think the definition meant that I had to put anywhere between 50-80 miles on my feet per week to be any good at running and to stay in shape. I have ran 4 half marathons and in the last one that I ran I managed to set a PR under 2 hours coming in at 1:56. I thought this was one of my greatest physical achievements. Now that life has changed from being a fitness instructor and working out for a living where I got anywhere between 25-40 hours a week of working out under my belt I have developed a new definition of what makes me a runner.
Getting 3-4 runs in per week as a 1st year medical student and maybe a yoga class to keep my stretched out is a great way to keep me feeling in shape and to keep my cognitive thought actually working instead of sitting on my butt studying every single hour that I possibly can. The other day as I was running and my nose wouldn’t stop running and I blew a “snot rocket” as another runner passed me made me feel like I was still truly a runner. It takes me at least 30 minutes to feel good and warmed up then I feel like I can run forever.
Whether it be in the early morning, an afternoon lunch, or trying to get a run in before the sun goes down; I tie my shoes tight, but not to tight so that my feet don’t go numb, get my running shorts on, I would rather where them even when it is 35 degrees outside, make sure I have a good sports bra, a great pony tail holder and head band to keep my hair out of my face. Stretch my legs, head phones in, and out the door that I go.
I am a wife, I am a medical student, I am a runner.