Run #5 – August No iPod Challenge

10 August

The cats (yes cats…I have four – what?  That’s normal…) woke me up around 5:50 a.m. this morning ready to eat.  I’m starting to get back into longer runs on the weekend and I wanted to get the run in before it gets hot.  Trudged to the closet found the running gear walked over to the sock drawer and I sigh.  I’m not excited about this morning’s run.  I wanted to listen to music and check out for a while.  I have realized giving up listening to music for a month during runs is helping me get in tune with my body, pace, and breathing.  I pushed that small disappointment to the back of my head and went downstairs to prepare for this mornings run.

During the warm months I like to feed the cats and let them outside, enjoying a cup of coffee before this side of the world starts cranking.  I’m greeted with a warm hello…

sunsetI started to feel better and was thankful I could see this sunrise.  Take time for the little things…..on my way.

Started off slow, concentrating on foot placement and movement of my body as I leave my driveway and start down my street.  The street has a bend and as I round it another runner is coming out of the cross-section running in the same direction.  I’m behind her so she doesn’t see me.  She’s running merrily along, pink compression socks (awesome) blonde hair in a pony-tail (cute) and…and…her iPod touch.  It’s on her right arm.   

I find myself running a little faster

Hmmm…I wonder is that a 6th generation?  How much gig?  32?  64?  Like I always say…go big or stay home.  

Starting to catch up

Headphones draped over the back…good.  Oooooh the headphones are a mustardy color.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen that color before – interesting.

Catching up – behind her now 

Beginning to feel like I’m in a white windowless van – “so little girl…whatcha listening too?”

Now I’m even with her

She looks at me and I’m thinking…hey you can have the left ear bud and I can have the right one…what do you say!  Then I smiled and said good morning and politely passed.

Came up to Mascoutah Ave and things are pretty quiet.  Sprinklers are watering a common area of a subdivision on the left and the water always reaches to a part of the street.  I’ve been running this route for two years now and no matter how hard I try I never time it so I can get sprayed!  No, I’m not just going to stand there:/  Yes, I have stood there – I still didn’t get sprayed because…I looked funny standing there.  Not sure why that is….oh well.

Feeling really good

I’m concentrating deeply on my form.  I’m feeling great.  Every time I start to feel a pinch in the knee, back or hip I think about what I’m doing correct and I feel fine.  Wow… not bad, not bad.

Make the turn onto Green Mount and it’s all uphill.  This is a steady elevation for about two miles.  If you’re feeling weak in the body and the mind this can really be a stretch.  Taking the turn at the stoplight and looking forward, the elevation is such that you can’t see the stretch of road in its entirety, thus a hill.  It’s daunting and this is where the mental toughness needs to kick in.  It’s hard but you can’t stop now.  This is the first time I’m running this without music.  As you know a hard heart-pumping song will help you up that hill, right?

It was easy.  The mind chatter was to minimum and I felt great.  Traffic was light and the air was cool.  I’m a mile into the stretch and I start looking at the side of the road again…sigh.  A couple of beer cans and a…WHOA…a NASCAR cap!  Somebody’s upset!

Running on

You’ll be happy to hear…no road kill sightings on this run.

Running on

Reach the top of the stretch…cemeteries on the right and left of me…keep running.

Home stretch

Feeling strong and a very good run.  I felt like this was one of my most disciplined runs.  Is there such a thing?  I think so.  Finished 7.25 in 1:15.

Today's Run

 

Mileage Stats Recap 1 – 6 July

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July.  We’ve been having some great weather here in Belleville.  It hovered in the 80s, so not too hot and no humidity, perfect for grilling and fireworks!  I enjoyed the festivities without the clammy, sweaty skin, always a plus.

Pretty good week.  I incorporated some training on Friday with a co-worker who is just beginning his journey in exercise.  He’s excited and I’m excited for him.  We created a small team of co-workers and will be participating in the Warrior Dash in the Fall.  It’s a great motivator and I have no doubt he’ll be happy when he completes the race.  It’s gratifying to share my enthusiasm with him.

Total miles completed this week = 15.43 – 10,798.27 remaining.

Always run with your head up, or your tiara may fall off….

Twete Bird Giveaway Winners

 

Contest Winner

Reaching that 500 mile mark is very rewarding.  Even more rewarding is sharing this milestone with our readers.  Thank you for hanging with me for the first 500 and here’s to the next 500.

The winner of the G.I. Jane camouflage headband goes to Andrea S.

The winner of the Girl Power headband goes to Anna D.

Again, thank you and keep on running……

 

 

Mileage Stats Recap 23 – 29 June

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With every step I take….I’ve reached my first milestone!  I have officially made it to the 500 mile mark.  I feel good and feel like I’m making progress toward my goal.  I finished 16.34 miles of running this week.  The weather reached into the 90s and was humid, but I like running in the heat.  Soon the runs will be early morning or later in the evening.  Total miles completed = 501.30 with 10,813.70 remaining.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday.  Remember, Life’s hard, running is easy~Laurel

Mileage Recap 1 June – 8 June

The first week of June saw some heavy mileage completed.  Still basking in the afterglow of the MS 50 Mile Challenge Walk I was able to complete 43.75 miles for the week.

I feel pretty good so far.  I was lucky I didn’t have any knee problems and the back is pinching a little.  One thing for sure, my legs are super tight.  Whew, I’m in need of some heavy stretching.  That is one of my main drawbacks in running.  I just don’t do enough stretching.  I’ll be honest, it bores me.  It’s like I need to be monitored – “Laurel, do that stretching”.  Oh well, I try:)  Then there’s….

The Hunger…..

I can tell I’m still in recovery mode because I’m tired…and hungry!  I laughed when I read a post from another enterprising blogger who called it “rungry“,  Well, let me tell you, I’m way rungry.  I’ve been eating my way through Belleville, IL for the last week.

Chick-Fil-A

Chick-Fil-A, and Cracker Barrel just to name a few.   It hasn’t been pretty.  I was so hungry on the last day of the MS walk that some of the nice people I met along the way were beginning to remind me of the old cartoon where the two guys are stranded on an island and hungry.  They start to look at each other like food, one looks like hotdog and the other a hamburger.  “Hey guys this is Laurel, she’ll be walking with us today.  She’s very nice, but keep your distance, she’s a little…hungry”.

Hotdog and Hamburger

This would be my “other” lack of discipline I have acquired.  I’m trying to tame my eating habits, but honestly I’m hungry, all the time.  This is an area I really want to try harder.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful and peaceful Sunday.  I’ve completed 462.06 miles and have  10,852.94 to go.

Run on….

MS Walk Day Three

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I’m happy to say I’ve completed my 50 miles in support of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.  It was cold and rainy for two days and the final day was overcast and a little cold.  Welcome to Midwest weather!  This was a wonderful experience and I’m glad I was able to participate.

MS 50 Mile Walk Day One Recap

Day one is over. Fifteen miles down, 35 to go.

There are about 170 people participating in this event. People started arriving about 0630 and the route opened at about 0815. Here I am at the start of day one.
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I started off feeling pretty good. I was sure to take an Aleve before I walked. The knee still hurts and the top of the right foot still isn’t healed. Otherwise I still felt ok.

The St. Louis staff were helpful and kind. Really a great bunch of folks. It was interesting to “people watch”. I didn’t speak with many people but I overheard a lot of their stories. Everyone is there for a different reason. Friends, family or for themselves. It’s always good to see people putting their best selves forward. And let me tell you 50 miles isn’t going to be easy. My hats off to a lot of these people.

The route took us through some of St. Louis’s old neighborhoods. St. Louis really is a lovely city. The walk was extremely pleasant. The weather cooperated in the morning up until lunch.
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We had a great selection for lunch and honestly I don’t think I ever heard anyone complain. There was a lot of walking barefoot and foot rubbing but everyone was in good spirits. Here I am at lunch, not looking as rested – ha!
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Again I was watching those participating and volunteering and saw some really amazing people. There were two ladies that caught my attention. Both were young and wheelchair bound and both were volunteering at the event. They were so cheerful and pleasant. I watched one of the ladies for a while. She was an extremely beautiful woman. Asian, with bobbed hair and a beautiful angelic face. Even though she was wheelchair bound, her confidence and grace were amazing. I saw her again later at the end of today’s walk and she was so cheerful. I later learned that she was diagnosed with MS while in college, but went on to graduate and become a doctor. Wonderful.

The bad weather kept us there for about an hour. Started back out but it began to rain. There is something so cleansing when you’re in the rain. I love it. I know it’s not good for your feet, but what a good excuse to feel the rain against my skin. One of the best experiences as far as I’m concerned.

I’ve got three roommates and my own room! That was a nice surprise.
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When I finished the race there were massages, foot soaks and physical therapy offered. I took the massage and foot soak – worth it!

The perfect ending to a great day.

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Ready for round two. Keep on keeping on…