Monday, December 19, 2011

Running Dog?

Prada's First 8k Race
A few years ago while out on a morning run I was followed by a van.  After back tracking and some of the fastest running I have ever done I made it home okay only to be terrified of what might have happened.  So I told my husband that I needed a Running Dog, too which he agreed (it freaked him out too).  I started doing some research on what the best running dog would be and came up with the Australian Shepard.  I then found a rescue group and talked to the lady in charge, since I had a new baby an old dog and two cats I needed  dog that would fit into our already big family.  She said she had the perfect dog for us and when we met her it was love at first lick.  Prada (that was her name and we kept it) has not left my side since.

Well until our first winter in Kansas and I chickened out of running in the cold.  You see she got fat and lazy that first winter.  And I have had a hard time getting her back into running.  She keeps getting fatter and fatter and lazier and lazier while I go out and get stronger and healthier.  So this morning I decided to leash her up and make her run with me.  Since I am just starting back again I am slower and only doing two miles at a time so I thought it was the right time to get her back into it.

My question to you all is this, do I have the right to choose if she is a running dog or not?  Should I make her run if she does not want to?  Is it wrong to not take her running and let her get fatter and fatter?


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Running in the Dark

Do you run in the dark?  I usually have to squeeze my runs in before my husband leaves for work so that means I am usually running in the dark at 5am.  Truthfully I usually don't mind, there is something peacefull about being the only one up and out first thing in the morning. 

Before this last injury, there were mornings when my runs were just long enough to see the sun come up and I gotta say those were my favorite runs.  There is no better way to bring in the day then out on a morning run while watching the sun rise and listening to the birds sing.

This time of year, I usually opt for the treadmill instead of a nice run ouside because it is so cold at 5am.  But today, I was blessed with a nice warm 40 degree morning so I geared up and took my run outside. And I must say I feel awesome today, you just don't get this feeling when running on the treadmill.

I know a lot of people (espically us women) are afraid of running in the dark.  So I am wondering do you run in the dark?  Are you afraid?  And what do you think, if you have to run in the dark is it safer in the morning or in the evening?


Friday, December 9, 2011

Scared to Run

Have you ever been scared to run?  There are so many reasons you could be.  The dark might make you scared, the seclusion, the fear of not being able to do it, the fear that you can do it, or maybe the fear of getting hurt.

It is funny, I have lots of fears that I don’t let rule my life.  Pretty much all of those fears listed above can describe how I have felt from time to time, but I don’t let them affect me or my running.  Well until you get to that last one, the fear of getting hurt.  I am not scared I will trip and fall (though I guess that could happen) I am afraid the stress fracture I had last year will return.

I was actually kind of lucky when I got the fracture, you see right after I found out I had it I found out I was pregnant so taking time off from running did not seem too bad.  But once that baby was born and I found some motivation I started running again.  My leg felt fine so no worries, I signed up for a half marathon to keep me motivated (after all I had some baby weight to loose).  My training was going great, but when I got home after my 10 miler the pain was back.  Yes the pain right in the same spot as my fracture.  That is when the fear gripped me, Oh no it is not healed, I can’t run, what will I do?

I went to the doctor and he assured me I did not have a stress fracture the bone was just stressed.  He also told me I could run, just to back off the mileage.  Great news right?  Well after every run my leg would hurt and my fear of not being able to run would take over till it finally consumed me to the point where I did not run.

Isn’t it funny how my fear of not running caused me to not run?  Fear is a funny thing and can make us do funny things.  It has actually been over a month now since I have run (well before this week that is) my fear was so strong.  At the same time the fear was keeping me from running, depression was taking over because I was not running.  I would see a runner out while driving and wish it were me, but then fear that if I ran my fracture would return and I would not be able to run at all.

Finally after several weeks of not running, I got to thinking about my fear and how silly I was being.  I mean here I am so scared that I might not be able to run that I am not running. I was making my worst fear happen, and I was doing it to myself.  So Monday afternoon, I did it I got on the treadmill and ran for 2 miles.  And today I did it again.  I feel great, and the best part is I have no pain in my leg. 

I plan to take it slow and keep the mileage down for now, but I learned a lesson about fear.  You can’t let fear rule you because if you do, it will make your worst fears come true!

What is your fear?  Do you let it control you?

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Virtual 5k

After a 4 day drive with some visiting along the way I am in Miami with my two baby girls (well my oldest is turning 4 in a couple days so I guess she officially is not a baby any longer). 

My sister flew up to Kansas to drive down with me and help with the kids, man I am so glad she did.  Two kids would have been too much even for me on this long drive.  We made it to Miami on Sunday and that night I went out to do my Virtual 5k that Tara Tosta was hosting to help find a cure for diabetes. 

My sister was going to do this 5k with me, but she got sick on the trip and was not feeling well so she stayed home.  I can be a bit of a chicken running in a new place so I took there dog Cheyenne with me on my run.  After several days of traveling and not much sleep (I don’t sleep well in hotels, and my 4mo old still does not sleep through the night) this run did not go as well as I would have liked.  It was hard to say the least, but I pushed through and did it even if there was some walking involved.

I know that I will get back to my old running self where a 5k is just a walk in the park but it can be frustrating when you know you use to run this distance for fun and it is so hard now.  Some days I go out and 3 miles is not so bad so I know I am getting better, just have to keep pushing through and in time I will be knocking out 10 milers like nothing.

As I mentioned in my previous blog, Tara got many companies to support her 5k by donating tons of great items to auction off for the participants.  I was super excited to find out that I won a $15 gift card for RoadID.  I am a huge fan of RoadID, I think everyone who goes out to run should have one.  You never know when something bad may happen and I for sure would want my family to be notified if I was hurt.  So I am super excited to have won this, I may already have a RoadID but members of my family who run don’t so you know they will be getting one for sure now :).  Looks like Tara is going to do this race yearly so check out her blog that way you don’t miss out on the fun next year.

I am running a 5k with my sister in a few days and can’t wait to see how we do.  I will be rested and not coming off a 4 day drive so I am planning on kicking some 5k booty this time. 

Happy Running all and remember we may have a bad run but that just means the next one will be better!!! So get out there and run!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Need some motivation please!!

It has been 4 months since I had my new baby girl, and I have to say that I am struggling to get back to my healthy ways.  My diet is not too terrible but I forgot how hard it was to lose weight.  For me I have to really watch what I eat and not cheat if I want to lose anything.  The first 12 pounds seemed to just fall off but now these last 10 I am really struggling with.  Some days I am right on point and others I cheat badly.  I will keep on fighting this and know that even though it may be hard I will get back to my old weight and fit in to all my clothes!!!

As far as working out, well this is difficult to say the least with two kids around.  I have gotten some great workouts in and do manage to work out every week.  But having a normal workout routine has proven difficult.  I am finding that I cannot commit to work out every day at a certain time because the baby may have a bad night and wake up 20times and I am too tired or I can’t get her down for a nap to get my run on in the afternoon.

Even though I seem to have some really great excuses on why after 4 months I am not in better shape, I think one of the things I am struggling with the most these days is motivation.  Some days I got it, others not so much.  So to help with my motivation I have signed up to run 2 5k’s in the next couple of weeks. 

Virtual 5KThe first 5k is for a cause I believe in.  My Ultra running friend Tara is hosting a virtual 5k to help raise money for Type 1 Diabetes.  If you don’t know anything about Type 1 diabetes just know that this disease sucks big time.  It is nothing like Type 2 and there is no cure.  So if you want to do something to help this cause just click here to sign up for this 5k it is only $10 to enter and she has a pretty nice list of times that were donated to raffle off to the runners, so go check it out.

My second 5k is down in Miami with my sister for July 4th.  We (meaning my sister and I) are racing each other.  Now I have been running a lot longer than my sister and have always kicked her booty.  So going into this challenge I really did not feel the pressure.  Well I find out yesterday my big sister has really been training.  Yes folks I better kick it in gear or she is going to beat me.  

I am planning on going out and getting 4miles in this morning after my hubby wakes up so he can take care of the kiddos while I get my run on.  I really don’t feel like it but I know that I have to push myself.  I am waiting for those mornings when all I want to do is run.  I remember those days and look forward to getting them back.  

Maybe I need to find a special reward to give myself if I stay on track for a month and loose these last 10pounds and keep a decent workout schedule (I say decent because a normal schedule is just not going to happen right now).  Maybe a new running skirt or a pair of Nike Frees (I have wanted to try them).  What do you all think is a good reward that could help to motivate me so I stay on track?  

 How do you stay motivated when life gets in the way and sleep does not always happen?