Happy National Running Day!!
Flashback to the CLM relay in March—oh the days of running in long sleeves.
Did you run today?!
I didn’t and probably won’t. I haven’t felt like running since the marathon and don’t want to push it…yet..I’ll give it another week. In the meantime, I’m taking advantage of the “I want to exercise but mehhh on running” to STRENGTH TRAIN–something that I dislike (though it doesn’t sound so bad now) and always skimp on.
I started the strength train thing yesterday morning at the rec center: 5 minutes on the AMT, 4 x (5 min arms, 5 min legs–mostly glutes), 5 min abs, 15 min on AMT. My arms are feeling it today.
There is a cheap local trail 5k going on tonight that I ran last year…I thought about running it again, but I’m in no way ready to run a race tonight, so I selfishly hope it’s rained out and rescheduled (like it was last year). It’s pouring right now and I’m cheering it on.
Since I’m not running today, I thought I would celebrate this holiday by creating a fun running survey. I hope you play along.
- Why did you start running?
I marched the Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA, my senior year of high school with my marching band, and we were encouraged to endurance train for the 7 mile event carrying our instruments (trombone for me).
I had never run for fun but was familiar with the idea of running for fun because I grew up with a runner dad, so I gave it a try. My first run was down the street and back (it was hard and slower than current marathon pace), but I gradually worked myself up to one mile and then two miles and so on. I’m still amazed that I stuck with it.
- What is one race on your bucket list?
The Boston Marathon! I qualified for 2013, but the race filled up and I wasn’t able to get in, so re-qualifying and running it is an eventual goal.
- Do you log your miles or keep a training journal?
Yes, and rather intensely. I have two training logs: one (here from Amazon) is for details (mile splits, how I felt, time of day, weather, etc) and one (a printed excel calendar/spreadsheet created by my dad) for an overall month-view of miles and times.
- You wake up to run and look outside: it’s raining. What do you do?
If I’m meeting friends, run in the rain. If I’m running alone and it’s POURING, drive to the gym if I have extra time, fit in a workout later, or skip it. But if it’s only raining a little bit, it’s refreshing.
- Most recent running injury that’s kept you out for a week or more?
A really tight butt muscle after a half marathon last November. Before that, probably the time that I sneezed and pulled an ab…
- Favorite kind of cross training?
If I’m injured, pool running. After I get over feeling like an awkward synchronized swimmer wannabe, pool running is oddly enjoyable and a TOUGH workout.
- What’s the weirdest race experience you’ve ever had?
Hm (I say ‘hm’ like I didn’t write the question). Once I ran a 5k with 4 total runners. The course wasn’t marked very clearly, so the four of us worked together to figure out which way to go.
- Any pre- or post-race rituals?
Not particularly. I like to rehash the details and swap race stories with other friends/family that ran it. I also like to drink pop. If my dad wasn’t there, I’ll call him to give him the race report.
- What do you do with your bib numbers? Medals?
My bib numbers are taped to my wall, and my medals are in a glass jar on my dresser. Special medals from especially memorable races are hanging from a hook on my closet door.
- Name two running goals.
BQ again and run a sub-1:40 half (my PR is 1:40:09)
Did you run today?
Answer any/all of the questions!