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Do you have any advice?

I received the message below from a friend who has begun her running journey.  I want to give her a thoughtful reply and I would love to hear any advice or suggestions you may have.

Thanks in advance!

“Hey lady!  You aren’t goingto believe it, but I’ve done the couch to 5k the past 8 weeks!  A friend and I have been running in the mornings 3 days a week at our school.  We run like a cross country like course.  Anyhow, today we were to run for 28 minutes straight and decided to try to go somewhere flat b/c at school it’s hilly.  We ran at 3:30 which was WAY too hot.  We did a straight/flat run in downtown Maiden.  Our usual pace has been 12:30min mile.  Today we thought we were at our pace and the Runkeeper said we were running a 10:40min mile.  Well, at about minute 15 we fell apart!  Any suggestions/advice would be appreciated.
We did learn some things….not to run in the middle of the day and we need to figure out our pace.  Help!”

Thought I would update with my reply that I sent to her…

Thank you Anna and Zen City!!!  I copied and pasted both of your replies along with mine and sent to her.  Below is my reply just in case your are interested.

“First of all, pat yourself on the back because you are doing something that most people at our age don’t do. Running is one of the hardest things anyone can do. It is hard physically and mentally but you are still doing it!

Second of all, running in the heat sucks always. The only time I really enjoy running in the heat(it still sucks…) is when I have over indulged on the weekend and I convince myself that I am sweating out the toxins!!! Self torture!

Finally, what you are experiencing (not talking about the heat now…) or what it sounds like you are experiencing is that you are pushing yourself to your personal wall. The more you visit that wall on your runs…(not on all your runs!!!) the more that wall will move. And, trust me…that wall will move! I can remember not being able to run a mile.

For me, some of my runs are long and slower paced while some are short and rough. I am constantly playing a game to run to that edge where I am pushing myself and training my body to get better, but not falling over the cliff. Knowing when to back off a little bit and when to surge comes with time. I promise you that in 6 months if you keep on doing what your doing consistently, your facebook message to me will be very different. And your personal wall will not be 15 mnutes at that pace. TIME on the road or trail is what it takes for you to learn your body and how it operates while you are running.

hope something in one of these replies helps!!! keep me posted! Tessa

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Air Squats…

The first AIR SQUAT sucks too.  No matter what, my hamstrings remain so tight!  Looking forward to my next workout!  Also, I need to get back on the road to run!  I have a 10k coming up and I have made no effort towards my running!  Oh my!

 

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And the WINNER is….

The BOYS!

TEAM “Waldrep to the 3rd Power” claimed their victory over the GIRLS once again in the 2012 Shelby Sprint Triathlon!  Congratulations MEN!!!  The weather could not have been better. Crisp McDonald with Setup Events did a spectacular job.  The race was extremely organized and I loved the fact that we were able to run straight through the Foothills Farmers’ Market!  Hearing the live music and the cheers from the shoppers helped perk me up!  Congrats to TEAM “Are we there yet?”!  You all did GREAT!

Below are the Relay Splits!

1st-Team Waldrep to the 3rd Power       Swim-7:43 Bike-45:29 Run-21:12

2nd-Team Runs in the Family                 Swim-8:27 Bike-45:59 Run-24:03

3rd-Team Are We There Yet?                 Swim-10:27 Bike-45:33 Run-27:11

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Daily Funny….

Yesterday was a GREAT day for working out!  The weather was great.  The company was even better.  I cycled, swam, and did a crossfit workout all before 2pm.  On cloud 9, I was!  So, after cycling, I was putting my bike in the back of the Scout.  I saw my friend, Maria, running down the street so I called out to her.  “Woooooooo!  Looking GOOD GURL!!!!!”  She She looked great!  Her hair had been highlighted.  Her stride looked strong.  She  stopped and started walking towards me.   I met her half way.  When we were within a foot of each other, with arms stretched out to give each other a hug, we both realized that we were complete strangers!  It was not my friend Maria.  That didn’t stop us!  Without hesitation, we hugged, then shook each other’s hand and introduced ourselves!  Her name was Gina.  After our hug, we said our goodbyes and she was back on her way to finish her run.  Hopefully, one day our paths will cross again.  She seemed like such a sweet lady! 

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Rest days are important!

Rest days are important!  Try to include one or two rest days each week.  This will decrease the chance that you will skip a workout and these days also allow your body to heal and grow!!!  Don’t feel guilty.  Enjoy and know that your next workout is right around the corner!

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CrossFitting Fool

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CrossFit specializes in NOT specializing.   It doesn’t focus on just one facet of fitness or health. Whether you are an Olympic athlete, a grandparent, or a 40 yr old runner….the fitness needs are similar but the intensity level necessary varies.   Balance, stability, agility, power, flexibility, endurance, stamina, etc…Every workout is different. It reminds me of the things I did as a kid but took for granted like jumping, hanging, stretching, climbing! I love CrossFit!

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Runner plays volleyball?

Absolutely…or at least I tried. Remember i did do CrossFit 2 days in a row.
I was actually going for the intimidation technique tonight.
My 8th grade Algebra student is on a traveling volleyball team. When she got wind that her 40 yr old teacher was playing, she took it

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outfit provided by Allie!

upon herself to make sure i was outfitted properly!  I thought the knee pads and jersey with “RAGE’ across the back would send a “don’t hit the ball to me” message. I was wrong. It was fun eventhough we lost. Sorry coach. I will come up with another strategy next week.

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HissyFit…CrossFit

Last night I rode with a group to a nearby town to try CrossFit for the first time.  My husband and son have been doing for a couple of weeks now and bought me three trial visits.  Unable to do one pull-up, I arrived at the warehouse type building full of apprehension.  All types of people, (young/old, male/female, big/small) were running around the outside of the building with a weighted medicine ball.  Some were carrying theirs on their shoulder, some in front of their belly, while others on a hip.  We walked in and the music was pumping.  I was so excited.  There was nothing fancy about it.  The owner/instructor, Michael, did an excellent job with his instruction.  I had no clue what a “burpee” was…Excuse me.  😉  Squats, squats, and more squats with proper form, shoulder presses, 200m run with a medicine ball, etc…  It was different than running but sooooo awesome! 

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I woke up this morning and parts of my body that I had forgotten about were screaming for attention.  I am going back tonight so I am hoping that I will be able to walk at the Warrior Dash this weekend.  

Any CrossFit experts out there?  I don’t know a lot about it, but the little I have read makes sense. 

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This is not me…yet.

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Need for Speed…

When I am presented with a new experience or adventure, my reflex response is always, “Sure! Why not?”   

Some examples:

Navigate the subway in a big unknown city, like NY or Paris?  Sure!  Why not?
Learn to crochet?  Sure!  Why not?
Eat tofu?  Sure!  Why not?
Ride a wakeboard?  Sure!  Why not?
Marathon?  Sure!  Why not?
Yoga?  Sure!  Why not?
Mud run?  Sure!  Why not?
Go to Key West, miss your race and your flight, drive home from Mile 0?  Sure!  Why not?

So, when I asked what could I do differently with my running.  My husband said, “you could try to increase your speed.”  And you can guess my reply…I have the song by Cake in my head..I love that song.

he’s racing and pacing and plotting the course,
he’s fighting and biting and riding on his horse.
he’s going the distance.
he’s going for speed.
he’s going the distance.

I welcome any simple ideas for speed workouts.

 

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My Dreadmill Assault…

Rainy days are inevitable.  Therefore, running indoors on a treadmill might be part of your training at some point.  Whenever I am forced to battle the dreadmill, I mix it up by doing a “5,4,3,2,1” workout, a friend shared with me. 

My starting speed is very important in the plan of attack!  I start out running the first 5 minutes at a comfortable and moderate pace, usually around 5 or 5.5 mph).   Then, I bump up the speed 1/2 or 1 mph and continue running for 4 minutes.  Next, I bump up another 1/2 or 1 mph for the next 3 minutes.  And again, for the next 2 minutes.  Finally, I increase to a full sprint for my final 1 minute. 

After this interval, I slow my speed down to my original pace and start building again.  Each round is a total of 15 minutes of running.  Try this 3 times and you have conquered a NICE 45 minute run and your treadmill battle!!!  Spice up the clash even more by adjusting your incline! 

For those or you just joining the running world, you can start your first 5 minutes with a brisk walk and build from there.  This workout helps me so much because it makes me pay attention to something other than my boredom!

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