Thursday, May 31, 2012

Day 88

Ahh...Not another day that I liked.  Same run as Tuesday.  14 min with a minute walk split up in the middle.  I can really feel how the blood donation really effected my bodies ability to get oxygen where it needed it. 

Today my left foot started hurting, not fun.  I hope it has to do with the blood donation, and not a sign that a need new shoes or something.  (I do need new shoes, just don't want to buy  Anyway, Beautiful weather, perfect day for a run, just I wasn't up for the mental challenge.  Hopefully Saturday.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Day 86 --- too long in between

So...I didn't run Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.  It was a long weekend with it being Memorial Day and all, plus I gave blood last Thursday which made running Friday not sound like a lot of fun.  This morning wasn't very easy.   The weather was perfect.  It was light out.  I felt good...until I started to run.  I ran 14 min with a 1 min walk broken up in 30 second increments in the middle of the run, but that was because I really felt the strain on my legs this time.  What's worse is I still felt out of breath when I got to work an hour and a half later. 

Today is one of those days when it seems somewhat hopeless to keep running and that is when I remind myself, "I am doing it for my kids."

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Day 80...not so good was a pretty bad run.  I went for a 20 min run but gave in and walked 2 times during the run.  I ran a little over 1.5 miles before I did, but none-the-less I gave in.  It wasn't even that I was tired or sore, it was just that I gave in and didn't have the self control to keep going.  I have got to work on that if I ever want to get to a place where I can run longer.  It's just so easy to fall into the trap of giving in and just walking. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Day 77

Got out of bed later than I wanted to today, so I just ran my 15 min route.  Felt good, but I was sore afterwards this AM.  I gotta quit skipping so many days and trying to make up for it.  On the positive sided, it really wasn't that hard of a run and got over 2 miles in.

Day 76

Not really running, but I walked for about 3 miles.  It was somewhat of a way to take it easy on my feet as they still have rather large blisters from the 5k last week.  Felt good and was more leisurely than anything. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Day 72 ... My feet hurt

So after I wrote Monday, I found out the 5k at work was on Wednesday.  I prepared myself for it, and was sure to do better this time.  I got up got everything ready to bring to work, only when arriving to work I realized I had forgotten my shoes. 

Knowing a lot of runners and having ran a lot before myself, I decided I can just run barefoot.  I have done it before, and lots of people do it.  I just haven't done it recently.

The run started off great, but about 15 min in, I could feel the blisters starting to form. The ground was warm, but there was plenty of grass to run on most of the time.  It didn't help too much.  I ended up walking more than I wanted to, but still finished at 36 min.  It was only after the fact that I learned it wasn't actually a 5k but 3.8 miles instead of 3.1, which makes me feel better about my time.

Needless to say, I am now dealing with the blisters as I used to.  They do hurt, but I have had worse and this pain shall pass and all will be back to normal.  It will just help me be a better runner and I can say I ran almost 4 miles barefoot.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Day 70 - 20 Min

So, I did it.  I ran the full 20 min.  Not really that long, but I reached that barrier that I had been struggling to cross. It felt good.  I ran my usual route backwards, but little did I realize how much of it was going to be uphill.  It was a push to do it, but I felt better for having done it.

I was passed by another man running this morning, and it reminded me of the time when I could like he did.  Uninhibited by my added weight and lack there of physical fitness.  I wish I could get to that point again, but it will take some serious work to do it.  I guess I have to convince myself that I am up to the challenge.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Day 68

18 min... Not really what I wanted to do, but I gave my self the excuse that I couldn't run up that last hill.  Most of my run is hills and so by the time I get to the last one (and its all up hill) I play quite the game with myself.  Most of the time I give up before the run even starts.  Hence the 18 min instead of 20.  I need to overcome that, just haven't made myself do it yet. 

The run felt good.  I got out before 6 and it was around 56 degrees.  I would love to get out for another run this weekend, but we shall see.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Day 66

Another 17 min run for me today.  I had a hard time getting out of bed, and made the excuse that I didn't have time for the additional 3 min.  However, I think I did walk close to 5 min after I quit running, so I am sure I had the time.  Felt better than Monday, but still not where I want it to be.

Lets see how Friday goes.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Day 64

So, I pretty much did the exact same thing I did Friday. (17 min) Only it followed a weekend of lots of hard work in the yard, which helped quite a bit I think.  I feel somewhat stuck in that I don't really want to run more than that, although I need to.  I'm going to shoot for 20 min on Wednesday and hopefully beat out the this block in my head.

It was kind of rainy this morning, but it was only a mist, so it wasn't bad.  Pretty good run overall I would say. 

I think I have my next two 5ks planned.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Day 61

So, I signed up for a 5k in may. Again its at my work so I am somewhat dreading the the run.  Like I said, its the hardest 5k I have ever ran. 

Anyway, I went out and had a 17 min run this morning.  It felt better than Wednesday for sure, but it was still rough.  If I want to finish that 5k in any decent time I need to run 20 min each run next week.  I would hope by that week I am running 30 min a week.  Guess I need to step it up a bit.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Day 59

Well....its been a while since I blogged about my runs.  I didn't make it out Friday as I had to be at work early, but I did Saturday.  Then Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday it rained so that made it challenging.  I did make it out this morning but again only for a 15 min run. 

One thing I did notice the last couple days is that I have been extremely tired.  My wife pointed out last night that it was probably because I hadn't been running.  While I don't feel completely different today, I do feel a whole lot better.

I guess I will see how the next couple days go.