The Adventures of Now

exploring the mix of fun, fitness & health…as a diabetic


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Run: 6/6

First time I ventured out for a run in Central Park at night. And it was a creepy run! It stormed earlier that evening so there was already a dark glow and less people out. I went for the reservoir … for some serious puddle jumping (ok not intentionally but I walked away with some muddy calves). 

So the north quater is definitely the creepiest – less lights, less people and my first encounter with a raccoon. You can see  where I picked up the pace. After I completed the loop I went down to the road and of course came across many more people as I finished up. 

Goal : 4m Quality 

Path: from apartment to reservoir / road 

Intensity: felt like I was faster than I really was

Injuries: Hip pain , wore CS 


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Group Run: 6/23

This week we took it took to the road.

Our long runs so far have been around the bridle path but this week it led us out to the streets. Weaving in & out of everyone gearing up for the Pride Run

I don’t usually pay to much attention when they describe the routes for each groups – I figure there will always be someone ahead of me so I’ll just follow them. I also don’t grab one of the maps they hand out because honestly – I become a sweaty mess early on so I’d just ruin the paper, plus I already have plenty of stuff on me. 

After dropping my iphone several times (new armband where are you?!) in the beginning of the run RunKeeper was thrown off and I ended up just carrying the thing – not listening to music…a rarity. But it ended up being a nice change, I was running with a group so I wasn’t left listening to my own puffing or shuffle and with the race there was a lot going on to pay attention. 

Go figure that I made it through the race areas without losing the team but once we broke through it and hit 72nd street I lost sight. I was with one of the guys who I’ve synced up with in our past runs so we decided to go with our instinct and reroute ourselves. When we hit the meeting spot coming up short a mile we decided to go out half a mile and then circle back. Really we just wanted to run with the winner of the race (no not really but it was cool to observe close up). 


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Run: 6/18

Sadly no splits, RunKeeper went a little crazy on me, look at those jagged edges: 

Goal : 3 Miles

Path: Reservoir

Intensity:  I woke up this morning with a headache (rare) which should have been the sign to chug water throughout the day … surprise… I didn’t. Mixed with a high bloodsugar and scarfing down waffles with soynut butter (nothing new) I was feeling a little sluggish from the start.  Tried to keep the SloFasy mind set assigned for today but definitely pushed it past level 6 intensity. 

Injuries: No hip pain! A reminder to stretch but no pain. Some right shin splint action, wore compression sleeves. Legs were a little heavy (yoga class this morning was more about breathing than stretching) 


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Running Reflections: BS vs. Group Run {6/17}

To be honest, those splits are looking pretty good for how I was feeling. I can’t say that I know what a hangover feels like but I had my on version Sunday morning : bloodsugar hangover.  My bloodsugars were a mess on Saturday and into Sunday morning – super high, super low. Usually you can roll with the punches but sometimes when it hits you it knocks you out. Plus my food choices /treatment  weren’t the wisest. 

It was a smaller group at the UGS / Athleta Run on Sunday. So when the intermediate group was set below a 10 min pace I considered dropping back to the beginners knowing that I didn’t want to push myself on this run. But I didn’t. Being a smaller group, we all stuck together instead of splintering into smaller groups. Until I dropped back….far back. Like had to give in and walk by mile 3. I was half way around the reservoir and knew I wasn’t going to catch up and had to listen to my body.

I wanted to throw my (empty) water bottle, I wanted to cry, I wanted to stomp my foot (not so easy while you’re shuffling along). After finally being pain-free while running my bloodsugars decided to take their turn. It happens. Bad runs happen. A lot. For some more than others.

I met one of the coaches at the end of the loop and she was nothing but supportive but I definitely threw myself a pity party getting there. Luckily I was able to shake it off as we left the park and I really understood how much it’s going to take outside of the runs to make this work.  


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Group Run: 6/3

                             

Sunday was suppose to be a rest day but I couldn’t miss out on another group run with @UrbandGirlSquad & @Athleta_UES

Since Saturday was the first long run of training and I potentially have two soccer games this week, I made a deal with myself in that I could go but I’d take it easy. And here’s what I love about the group – I’ve gained the confidence to be completely ok with taking it easy.  

Despite my last run with them being not the best, I stuck with the intermediate group, trying to keep it conversational pace from the beginning. It was a wide range this time : 11 min – 8 min. 

I ended up chatting with someone new and we stuck with the same pace throughout the run. It was her first time with the group and a come back from a break in running. When we slowed down to a walk some where after mile 2  I was ok with that – I forgot my compression sleeves and was feeling the shin splints (but yay for no hip pain!).  

It was perfect weather – sunny but with a cool breeze (didn’t stop me from sweating!). The run was exactly what I’m trying to focus on – being ok to walk when needed, hydrating (I brought water!) and keeping control / not over pushing every time. Oh yeah – and having fun.  It became more about the social aspect than pushing myself as hard as I could, we chatted about Girls on the Run with one of the coaches (I’m a running buddy for the 5k next Sunday) and various volunteering stuff. 

We ended up knocking out

{planned for 3} 

Next run is June 17th – you should come!


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Run: 5/31

Goal: 3 miles —> knocked this down to 2 b/c of soccer later that evening

Path: ran from gym to park, 1 loop around reservoir & ran 1/2 way back to gym.

Intensity: tried to keep it at 11m/m to focus on pacing & b/c of soccer, don’t know if I would consider it conversational

Injuries: wore compression sleeves (& shorts) which helped with shin splints , hip had overall dull annoyance. Went to yoga right after to stretch it out.


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Run: 5/30

It was a wonky start, hitting stop lights, iphone falling out of case – had to restart, runkeeper a little off.

Goal: 4 miles

Path: ran 1/2 way to park, loop around reservoir, loop on bridle path/lower reservoir

Intensity: tried to keep it at a conversational pace … eh. Dehydrated – didn’t bring water & didn’t stop at fountains (<— need to work on that)

Injuries: nothing major, usual hip / shin splints (wore compression sleeves)