The Adventures of Now

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


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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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Running Reflection – a rough 3 miles

Got my official training plan from Team for Kids for the New York Marathon.

Game on. {read about & support my involvement here: http://www.runwithtfk.org/Profile/PublicPage/7462}

Only, I went to the gym to knock out three miles and struggled. Like had to crank the pace down to walking struggle. Uh oh, that’s now a good sign. This rest for injuries really killed my endurance.

It’s comforting to know that I can knock out under 10 minute miles but it’s frustrating to realize I have to work my way back to it…and to be careful that it doesn’t come at the price of an injury.


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Gym: 5/19

Elliptical

Time: 10m

Intensity: lazy 

Distance: 0.83

Stairs

Time: 5

Intensity: knee hated it, planned for 10min but had to switch

Treadmill

Time: 10m + 2m cool down

Intervals: started at 5 & got up to 7 for last 1.5min Intensity: was testing out knee for run club next day. Started out slow but then went for a mile

Distance: 1.03m

Injuries: knee hated stairs, didn’t like elliptical & was cool with running.

Mood: tired & not in the mood to but gym pact made me – ended up being short & sweaty.


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Gym: 5/22

Treadmill
Time: 25min + 1(?)m cool down
Intervals: new treadmill – says I was doing 8.5 w. avg speed of. 7.8 #lies wasn’t even at a jog at 5 … Guessing more like 6.5 
Intensity: felt light & speed but tried to keep conversational
Distance: said 3.25 @ 8.5 – took a few min to start running so guessing just around 3 miles

Injuries: very faint hip

3 #plankaday for 1m each

Bailed on strength training (shocking) bc stressed for time but made sure to stretch.


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Group Run: 5/20

  Sunday was another group run with : 

                                 

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Again I started to slow drop back, first a few steps behind the front of the pack but not quite with the second group. Then they were about a block ahead, finally all but one were out of eye view. There was one girl with a purple shirt that I recognized as being part of the group so I kept focused on her. It was as we hit the AIDS walk that I became separated from the pack so among the sea of red I focused on the glimpse of purple. Because she began a walk/run pattern I was finally able to catch up and we stuck it out together on the end. With my lovely sense of direction I thought we were on the north side of the reservoir slowly making our way west, feeling doomed because all the groups were suppose to gather back around now. Somehow I was completely off – we were still on the east side – and we quickly met up with them. 

I made sure to join in the group stretches this time. And not fake stretch either but really make sure I felt it. 

This week’s tied-in event was with Jack Rabbit….it introduced the gang to shoe analyze. Since I’m still on a pair that they fitted for me (and I love!) I went back to grab my purse. But I ended up going back to JR’s with some of the girls where I stocked up on fuel anyways.

The run was another reminder – I’d rather be pushing myself at the back of the pack than being ahead and not giving it my all! And truly, it’s these group runs that made me realize it.