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Beat Records and Run with a Friend!

31 Oct

Happy Halloween!

October has been a great month for running. The weather was perfect, and my motivation was restored and even better than before. Not only was I reaching my best distances, but twice in the same week I beat my own personal records for distance and running duration.

On Monday, October 22nd, I beat my personal distance record of 6.22 miles (10k) and ran 7 miles. My ankles and knees were in serious pain (I do not recommend pushing to pain), but I just couldn’t stop running.

Sadly, I realized that it was my shoes that were causing me pain. I’m no longer wearing my Nike Lunarglide+ 3’s for distance running. More on that later.

Now that I no longer run in Nike sneakers, I don’t have the Nike+ sensor. I still use the Nike+ Running app that uses GPS, but it makes it more difficult to screenshot my results to share.

On Thursday, October 26, just three days after beating my record, I beat my distance and duration record AGAIN, only this time without the pain that I dealt with in my Nike’s.

Just because my running has been beautiful and challenging doesn’t mean that I’m perfectly motivated every single day. I’ve been doing really well, but there is still the occasional morning that my bed just feels extra comfortable!

This morning, for example, I was feeling lazy after spending two full days not doing much as a result of Hurricane Sandy blowing through Pennsylvania. I texted my friend to go for a run because I knew I wasn’t going to get out there without someone there with me. Thankfully, she was all for it. We weren’t feeling as strong as we were a few days ago, but we still knocked out 3.5 miles!

Long story short, find a running buddy. Push yourself to surpass your own limits. Go go go!!

Autumn Running

12 Oct

Autumn running is the best kind of running. Honestly, I just can’t get enough of it!

The only reason I’m not currently outside pounding that pavement is because after running 16 miles in three days… my sore legs are in serious need of recovery.

I thought that blogging about running instead of actually running would ease my craving for the scent of drying leaves in the breeze against my skin, however, it’s only amplifying it!

My favorite things about running in autumn (specifically in the northeast of the fifty, nifty United States (I hope you know that song and now it’s stuck in your head for the rest of the night because it’s sure stuck in mine now!):

1. Cool, crisp air. I could run for hours if only my legs would let me. My lungs and heart feel stronger than ever when I run in this weather.

2. Ever-changing, never dull scenery. Every tree changes color and lets loose its leaves at its own pace. I’m never bored looking at all of the trees changing!

3. The leaves fall all around me. There are times when leaves literally fall onto my head or blow in the breeze all around me as I run by. If you filmed me running in slow motion, it would be MAGICAL.

4. While I do love the sunshine with this chilly temperature, I really love the clouds that blow in with the cold breeze. I don’t need sunglasses, and I can run at any hour without fear of heat exhaustion.

5. I love my Brooks running jacket. I feel so cozy running in shorts and a running jacket and not sweating, even after 10k.

Alright, legs. Recover your muscles quickly so I can tear up the road tomorrow morning before work.

Zombie Mud Run

7 Oct

I’ve a newfound love for obstacle courses. Who knew?

On September 22nd, my friend and I participated in a Zombie Mud Run. Tis the season! It was essentially a mud run complete with serious obstacles (we passed a few runners down with broken bones waiting for an ambulance), along with playing zombie apocalypse.

Basically, you’re equipped with three red flags velcroed around your waist in the same way one plays flag football. The zombies attempt to grab a flag as you sprint, dive, crawl, and jump past them. If you lose all of your flags, you’d consider yourself a zombie at the end of the race. Even if you lose all of your flags, you finish the race as a human.

What I love about these kinds of races is that they incorporate fun, a full-body workout, a whole lot of dirty, and a competitive edge. It was certainly difficult, but I surprised myself with my ability to sprint away from zombies. I have a weird thing about being chased. I never really liked playing tag. Competition kicked in, however, and I outran a whole mess of zombies.

I also swatted a lot of zombies and apparently made funny faces while doing so.

For anyone who wants to mix up their races or just have a good time with friends while getting a fun workout, I recommend mud races, color runs, obstacle courses or a zombie run!

Heat Exhaustion/Dehydration

2 Sep

On Monday, I went for a decent 3.5-mile run around my hometown. I’d been away from home for almost three weeks (yet managed to go out for a run almost all of the days I was away), and I was eager to get back on my feet in familiar territory.

I still don’t understand why my legs wouldn’t get into the flow, and I felt like I needed to consciously force every step. I just assumed my body was tired, so I kept going.

I finished my run down the street from my house, and within minutes I knew I was about to pass out. I felt like I was going to vomit, my vision went dark, and sounds were fading. I knew I wasn’t going to make it home, but I managed to make it across the street to my neighbor’s house. I rang the doorbell, sat on the porch, and when my 15-year old homegirl opened the door, all I could say was, “Water.”

I felt better enough to walk home after I drank some water, but it didn’t end there.¬†For hours, I felt like I was going to pass out. My migraine was so intense that my vision was spotty. I was vomiting, shaking, and forced down over two liters of SmartWater (electrolytes!). Even with all that water, I didn’t have to pee for almost four hours.

I have yet to see a doctor about this (and I really, really need to), so I don’t know if it was heat exhaustion or just severe dehydration. It was only 80 degrees out, and I’d spent a couple of weeks prior running in 100-degree weather in Houston, Texas, so it just doesn’t make sense to me.

Now I have anxiety when I run. I’ve only run twice since Monday’s dehydration episode. I only managed to run 1.75 miles on Thursday because I kept thinking as soon as I’d stop running, I’d pass out. I felt alright, though. I ran again on Friday morning, only this time I managed 2.5 miles. By the time I got home, I was feeling faint and nearly passed out in the shower.

I’m so frustrated because running is what keeps me motivated in so many other aspects of my life. It gives me time to think, and those endorphins are important in my daily life!

I’ll see a doctor this week, but in the meantime, go grab a glass of water!!

Running Playlists

16 Jul

It has been requested quite a few times that I post my running playlist. I’ve posted it on Tumblr before, however it was just requested on Twitter, so I thought I would add it here!

I created my first running playlist when I was living in Los Angeles, and by the time I moved back to Pennsylvania 7 months later, I wanted to burn it every time I listened to it.

My mood changes even when it comes to what I like to listen to when I’m running. Sometimes I like to blast some really upbeat dance music, sometimes I like to listen to some smooth tunes like Mumford & Sons, and other times I just put on the playlist at a very low volume and listen to my breathing and my feet pounding the pavement.

I call my first playlist: “Run, bitch!”

My second and current playlist (that has been updated a bit here and there over the past few months) is called: “Run HARDER!”

I hope some of these songs help you out when you’re running, or perhaps you were just curious as to what kind of music I listen to.

Either way, keep running!