Category Archives: Running

SO MUCH ENERGY!

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Good morning lovelies. I would like to start of by saying that I feel great! I finished week six of C25k today (22 minutes running, no walking) and it was wonderful. It didn’t start off wonderfully. It started off with me whining about it being too long to run. Then I got into my groove (and had a lovely husband at my side cheering me on!) and things started to fall into place.

There was also one major difference today.

I went to the gym and did a lovely yoga practice with some of the sweetest teachers. They were a husband and wife who taught a free class at the base gym. (The wife reminded me so much of my Oma that I had to double take to make sure that it wasn’t her.) It was a fairly relaxed session with some tai chi thrown in. My muscles still felt stretched from that so today there were no muscle pains during my run. It was almost miraculous. I have told you before that I usually come home with very sore calves, knees, and an ankle or two, but today I feel like I could take on the world. I did some light (or not so light) yoga poses as a cool down when we got home, then proceeded to do pushups, flutter kicks, planks, and oblique crunches. I feel so light and full of energy. Yoga not only makes me feel better, but it aids in my running making me better, stronger, and faster. Let me tell you I am pretty excited about the future of this relationship between my running practice and my yoga practice.

If you are thinking about  taking up running or yoga please let me urge you to do it! Do your research first to make sure that you don’t have any injuries or trouble areas that could become something serious. But taking that first step is a big deal. Your body will thank you!

 

Someday I will be able to do this pose. Until then- namaste and keep running!

 

Lydia

15 POSTS???

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Oh my……I have posted on a blog 15 times. I think that is a new record,…..for me anyway. Well, where do I begin? I finished week 5 day 1 today (Run 5 minutes walk 3, repeat 3x.) It went quite well. I ran a bit slow to begin with then picked up my pace a little. I feel that I am getting stronger because the pain in my calves is starting to go away. Also, because I did 50 pushups rapidly (military style….yes they were girly pushups…I’m working on it.) I was highly impressed with myself.

Lets talk about confidence for a moment. I know we have spoken about it a little bit before but it is important. I am reading a book called Run like a girl (where my blog title came from.)It is about the positive effect that sports have in girls lives. They are more confident, driven, and most of the time harder workers. I wasn’t involved in a lot of sports past jr high (because I wasn’t very good….) but I am realizing the truth in those studies. I am finding myself more confident and more driven then ever before. I attribute a lot of that to the training I am engaging in and the goals I keep meeting. When I meet a goal it is like a rush for me. I get to check something important off of my checklist. That is an amazing feeling. Sports, running, excercising just gives you this boost of self confidence that I have always needed.

I was always taught that pride is sinful. Don’t be proud of yourself. Don’t boast. Don’t show off your achievements. I have a very big problem with self esteem, and not being proud of anything I do is a bit of a killer. I have only learned in the year or so that I am allowed to be proud of my achievements. People are allowed to be proud of me, because I know God is. Now, I’m not saying I am going to go bragging about every little thing I do, but being able to accept praise, accept accolades, accept the love that comes with it, that is a huge boost for me.

Be proud of what you have done, and what you are going to do. I am proud of you!

-Lydia

Run…don’t walk!

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Week four day one completed. Today was a day I had been dreading. I have crossed a threshold in my training. I ran over double what I walked. This was a huge accomplishment in three/four weeks coming from a girl who got winded walking to the mailbox.

Today I was breathing better. This is another huge thing for me. Let me give you a few reasons. I have asthma. Its not horrible, but it is there. I also recently moved from sea level to almost 6,000 feet. In Colorado you have to take time to get used to breathing again. The air is thinner here, and so my training is helping not only my fitness but my lungs as well! I feel stronger, not only in my lungs but my legs and core as well. I did a plank yesterday for over 60 seconds. Then I did supermans with almost no trouble.

I am just so encouraged by everyone reading my blog and cheering on my progress. It really means a lot to know that someone out there is reading this. Thank you. Thank you for supporting me.

-Lydia

Lets talk about music

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Today was the last day of week three. It went very well. On the last stretch I found that zen-like place and was grinning like an idiot for about 20 minutes! In light of that lets talk about something that can help our runs go smoother: Our musical choice!

I have the most eclectic running mix ever. From Jay-Z to Dolly Parton. From The Beatles to Ke$ha. From classical piano to The Spice Girls (also with a good measure of Daft Punk and Dead Maus thrown in for pumping up my speed!) I have been finding that there is not a bad choice when it comes to running (except maybe a dirge…that could end badly.)  When I am starting out I prefer to thrown on some electronica and dance to get my blood flowing. As I go along I do like some poppy surprises (MMbob Anyone?) but my real first choice right now I found on Tumbler.

I friend of mine (with impeccable musical taste) posted this video and it BLEW MY FRIKIN MIND! If you are musical nerd (former music major/ chior/handbells/vocalist etc..) you will be in sheer awe of this song.

If you (like me) like to pretend that you are in the race of your life, cameras flashing, video rolling, friends cheering, enemies weeping, then you should download this cd. Its glorious and has helped me keep pace several times.

Now another for good measure…..and because it is also gloriously beautiful (and makes me grin like a fool)

What is your favorite running music?

-Lydia

It gets better

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Today, I didn’t want to run. Shocking….I know. I woke up at 7 as per usual. I made myself a lovely breakfast (yogurt with strawberries and almonds, and my morning glass of tea.) I watched the news (aka The Daily Show…) And I contemplated how it would feel to run in 30 degree weather. (Not great it turns out.) So, I waited two hours for it to warm up during which time I wrote a chapter on my novel, knit a few rows on my shawl, and ate three bites of my breakfast (TERRIBLE IDEA.)

It came about 9 am and I knew it was time to run. So I threw on every piece of running clothing I own ( t-shirt, sports bra, undershirt, insulated jacket, leggings, shorts, socks, shoes..) I was warm, for about a minute. I got outside and it had warmed up just a bit. My warm up walk felt kinda meh, but I thought; “This will get better.” It sort of did.

The first three runs were torture. Pure, unadulterated, Spanish Inquisition torture. There were thoughts of

“I’ll never run again.”

“I should take up biking instead.”

” I am so hungry! I think I’m going to throw up.”

” Where is the redo button on my day.”

and

“Shut up Katy Perry. I don’t care what kind of girl you are.”

By the third session, and many many thoughts of giving up, as if he was some angel a sweet old many stopped me. He was carrying his dog, and looked chipper as can be. ” What a champion runner we have here.”

I held back tears and smiled. Then kept running, picking up my pace just a little. After that I saw three sets of mothers with schools of children in their wake. They were precious, and I garnered smiles from every one of them. I realized then that its not how well you run, its not about your race, its about the people you see along your routes. Those smiles and comments made all the pain worth it.

I realized three things today. 1) Treadmills are easy. 2)It wont always be fun running. 3) It gets better. I have faith that through my dissapointing days, through the rain and wind, there will be someone cheering me on.

That, my friends, makes it all worth it.

 

-Lydia

C25k Week Two Day Two or Sick of Fear!

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Yesterday was a total techno fail! I was trying to run C25k w2 d2 (run 90 seconds walk 2 minutes for a total of 20 minutes) the treadmill stopped my workout twice, and I accidentally hit the wrong button on my phone canceling out the program. I was seriously frustrated. It got better once I stretched and got my attitude in place.The nice thing was I pushed myself to do almost two minutes of running several times. I can feel myself getting better. I can also feel myself becoming terrified about the coming workouts.

Next week I have to run for three minutes, then five minutes, then eight minutes. I need to take my husbands advice and just focus on the next days workout. I am stressing myself out over somehting I should be able to do. I just have fear in my own limitations. I hold that fear tightly to my chest as a security blanket to excuse myself from doing anything more than I think I am capable of. I use that fear to stop reaching, to stop leaping, to stop myself from stretching and growing. I didn’t used to be this afraid of everything. I used to be so brave and up for anything. Sometimes life, adulthood, a hurtful parent, it just brings you down so much that you can’t see up anymore. You can’t see the top of the huge pit you find yourself in. I just have to find my way out of this pit, one mile at a time. Walked, run, or jogged. I will find my way out. I will, again, find my courage.

I hope you too find your courage today. Whether it is to run that mile you have been dreading, apply for that job you have been wanting, or confess love that has been sitting on your heart. Our fear is something that should be squashed! It should ebb away with every mile we conquer. With every achievement feel your courage seeping back into your spirit. Feel your confidence begin to grow. Because, contrary to what we are taught as children (especially little girls), confidence is not a bad thing. Confidence is not prideful. It is being sure of what God has created in you, and using it to the fullest extent!

Be confident in yourself today!

-Lydia

Ps: Today is weights. Weighted squats, lunges, and deadlifts. Join me?

You say its your birthday.

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TODAY WAS AWESOME! Sometimes there is just a day that exceeds your expectations. It was today! I did week 2 day one of C25k. I did it on a treadmill at the gym, because I was already there for a Drs appointment (exema free!) I found that on a treadmill I go a bit easy on myself so I decided to step it up.

On this day I was supposed to run 90 seconds then walk 2 minutes for a total of 6 times. I decided that was too easy. I added a 7th set. I then got on the arm cycling machine (OUCH!) and did 20 more minutes (after stretching of course.)

Today I made a discovery. The impact my workout has on my mood is in direct correlation to the attitude I have going in. Tuesday when I was in a slump not wanting to do anything I didn’t experience half of the endorphins I experienced today! I had a good attitude going in, and a good attitude coming out of it.

Todays post is short mainly due to the fact that I did what I was supposed to without hiccups, and I want to enjoy my birthday! I have instituted a new rule to keep me blogging, no shower until you blog. So I either write to the wonderful internet or stink until I do! I think its a good system.

One more thing. Does anyone else get an intense desire to gobble an entire pizza after their run???? Just me? Cool……

 

-Lydia