I joined the Fleet Feet Running Group and today went to the store for my first group/fun run. At first I did not wan to go because I was tired and just did not feel like running outside. Well, I made myself get ready and out the door.
I got to the store around 6:10 or so (the run started at 6:30) so I had time to browse through the store and buy more SmartWool socks. I just LOVE those!!! Anyway, 6:30 came and it was time to start running. Well, my Garmin was not working properly because I turned it on inside the store so it could not connect to a satellite. I did not realize this until I got outside and by then it was too late. Since I was new to these runs I was not clear about the running route. I met a girl that I told myself I was just going to follow. However, by 6:30 it was dark and she was running faster than me so I lost her. I ran till I think I was the last one from the group on the path and then I turned around to get back to the store. Did I mention that it was dark? Oh man! I could not see where I was going. At one point I knew I was lost and had to stop to look around and figure out where I was. There was some light from the street lights but not enough for me to know exactly where I was going. The fact that it was dark did push me to fun faster in order to get back to the store sooner. Whew! I finally got back and bought more stuff for me.
So this run was a new experience for me. Running in the dark is not fun. I did not feel safe. There was a girl in front of me running with her headphones. I don’t know if I can do that. I mean, I do run with headphones outside but there is plenty of light for me to see my surroundings. I guess running alone at night and in an unfamiliar area made me uncomfortable. I don’t know if I will go back next week. I think I might be better off running in the treadmill or running earlier (while there is still light) by the airport.
What has been your experience(s) running at night?
Yay me!!! I ran 8 miles this morning to complete 100 miles. I was aiming for 6 but felt really good after 6 miles that I decided to go for it and do 8. I forgot to take my bottle of Muscle Milk but as soon as I got home I drank my milk. I hate being sore. I walk a lot in school so I cannot be sore at all.
Great news! I got my ticket to go to Mexico in the summer. I will be there from June 27-July 10. I plan to go to Puerto Vallarta and maybe Cuba. Yay!!!! I have not been to Mexico in years and am really excited. My sister lives there so it will be great to see her as well as my brother-in-law, niece and nephew.
When I return I plan to go to Boston and Philadelphia. I want to see the whales!! I love sightseeing and visiting different cities. Maybe I will have time to visit another city before going back to school in mid August.
Any upcoming travel plans?
That is what my friend told me when I told her why I wanted to do two marathons this year. It makes perfect sense. I should not do it just because I can but more because I want to. Well, “problem” solved. I will not a marathon in the Spring but instead will focus all of my training for the Hartford Marathon in October. Since I had signed up for the SunTrust National Marathon next month, I am thinking of switching my registration and instead running the half marathon. I need to pay a fee of $20 for the switch. I already have my plane ticket and I think I have the OK from my job so there is really nothing to hold me back. Just do it!!!!
I ran 4 miles today. The number in the training widget is going up. Yay!!! Feels so good to run. I just need to remember to stretch, stretch, and stretch. I went to the chiropractor on Saturday and sure enough was told (again) that my muscles are tight. Definitely don’t want any injuries or problems so I will make sure to listen to her.
That is how long it took me to run 3 miles today. How did I feel at the end? Fabulous! It felt so GOOD to run. The two week break sure helped a lot too. I felt energized and wanted to run more but the therapist told me to run for about 30 minutes. I plan to go tomorrow and Thursday.
So I decided not to do a marathon in May. Why? Well, I guess the real question is “Why do I feel like I have to do one?” I guess I was trying to convince myself that since I have been doing one a year for the past 4 years then it was time to start doing two a year. Why push it? One a year is enough for me. However, I LOVE, LOVE half marathons and plan to run as many as I can this year. Below are the half marathons this year.Chi Town Half Marathon, March 27
- First Midwest Bank Southwest Half Marathon, May 1
- Magellan Development Chicago Spring Half Marathon, May 15
- 13.1 Marathon Chicago, June 4
- North Shore Half Marathon, June 12
- Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon, August 14
- Oak Brook Half Marathon, September 5
- Chicago Half Marathon, September 11 (maybe)
It has been 2 weeks since the last time I ran. I stopped running because I had pain in my hip, thigh, and knee. It isn’t an injury but just tight muscles. I was told that I could run 2-3 times I week for about 30 minutes. I decided to just take time off and not run at all. Oh my, I think I became a whole different person! I miss running! I miss the energy from a post run. I miss the sweat on my face (yeah, it sounds gross) letting me know that I was getting a good workout. I miss the numbers increasing on my training widget (still at 71 miles). That is all about to change when I hit the gym on Tuesday. I am excited and looking forward to it!!!
This Friday I signed up for 2 more races. I have yet to decide if I want to do the Wisconsin Marathon on May 7 or the Chicagoland Spring Marathon on May 15. I have heard good things about the one in Wisconsin but don’t feel like making the drive home after a marathon. But the one on the 15th is a new marathon so I don’t know how many people will be there and/or what to expect. Plus the latter one gives me an extra week to train/taper. Well, whatever I decide to do I need to make a decision soon so that I can revise my training plan.
By the way, Princess is still hanging in there. It makes me happy but also sad.