Saturday, February 27, 2010

Runners With a Reason

I have joined a wonderful organization called Runners With a Reason! It is a community of runners who are driven to run. Every runner has a reason why he or she runs. Most of them are quite different. This organization not only supports running programs in the community but the money I raise will also go to a cause of my choice.

When I am asked to picture a "runner" in my head, for some reason there is always a dog running at her side. While I have been running on a treadmill this winter, the second it is warm enough, my golden retriever, Zeke, and I will be out pounding the pavement. I believe every dog should have the opportunity to run and play. I believe that every dog deserves the opportunity to simply wag its tail. That is why I have chosen Hearts United for Animals as my non-profit organization to raise funds for.

Hearts United for Animals is a national no-kill animal shelter, sanctuary and animal welfare organization dedicated to the relief of suffering. It rescues dogs from all over the country and specializes in long distance adoptions. It takes creatures who are lost, afraid, hungry or ill and comforts them, gives them a warm, soft bed, good food, medical care and most of all, love.

I have volunteered there and I can honestly say that the dogs in this shelter are truly blessed!

In 64 days I will be doing one of the hardest things I have ever tried to do. While my dog won't be at my side on race day, I know that every time I get close to quitting I'll think of the hard work that Zeke and I will have put into this together. I will also be the runner with the bright gold shirt on that has the words on the back:
I run because every dog deserves to wag its tail!

Please go to my fundraising site and just donate. I know I will appreciate it and I definitely know the dogs and cats at Hearts United will appreciate it.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Oh Women!

Hello Blogging Friends! I am so glad you decided to read my blog today!

Yesterday I wrote about a certain mom/woman issue that I have been struggling with while running. While I didn't really get very many comments, I felt liberated by putting my body issues out there.

Today a great friend of mine, who is also training for the half-marathon, Facebooked me with her running frustrations. Her name has been changed to insure her privacy! Valerie had just bought a new pair of shoes and had blisters all over her feet. Maybe it was the pain or maybe it was just the sheer longing to be at the finish and not the starting line, but something set Valerie off into a venting rant. She cried out in an urgency that was not lost in digital translation, "Why does it have to be so difficult?!" Ladies, I know that most of us have felt that cry building up in our chests at some point. I know I have and that's why I could only laugh when Valerie said, "Why can't I put on my socks and shoes that don't cause blisters, comfy shorts I don't have to continually pull the crotch down in due to my rubbing thighs, wear one sports bra-not two due to my large boobs and a comfortable shirt-not one that used to fit but now shows my pleasantly plump stomach! WHY DOES IT HAVE TO SUCK SO MUCH!"

Oh, Valerie! I love your humor so much and I truly love that we share such odd trials and tribulations! So ladies, the reason I have posted this is make sure that if you are awkward or insecure about something or things pertaining to your body, please don't let them stop you from running. You are not alone!

I have learned something very important from the book that I am reading, (Marathoning for Mortals), and that is: there is no such thing as a runner's body. We are all starting at different levels and with different "handicaps" but we all have a mutual goal...
that damn finish line!

Happy Running!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Calling All Mommies!

Actually, I need to speak with any mom that has experienced running with a left-over baby belly. I know, lovely blog topic, right?! I need help though. So, I'm taking the first step by asking the embarrassing question! :) I ran my longest distance today and about a mile in I became very aware of the jiggle and bounce. Ah, I just threw up a little in my mouth! :) Seriously though, it became rather uncomfortable and a rather large distraction. Question: Is there anything out there that can help control or tame the post-baby flub? A running corset or a Wonder-belt? Any ideas??

On a side note... I ran my rear off today! I ran two miles with out walking at all, ran/walked a mile, and then ran another mile nonstop! Go me :) I am still in shock.

I really look forward to the advice and help all you moms are going to give me! Thanks!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Just a Note

I ran just 3 miles today, but my time was a bit better per mile. This Sunday is a 5 mile run and that is the longest I will have ever run... scary! When I think that I ONLY have 67 days left before my first half marathon, I can't help but think... idiot, what are you thinking?! Oh well, I keep on running and that's all I can do.

The book that I am reading, Marathoning for Mortals, is GREAT so far! I love how it is two authors almost discussing and debating running. They share their running experiences and really explain that everyone runs for a different reason. SO true!

Happy Running!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Trying something new

As most of you know, I am a stay-at-home mom. Since I apparently live in the middle of the never ending winter, my daughter and I have become desperate for distractions. We visit the public library on a weekly if not daily basis and are we bored with the selections! During our last visit though, I had a great idea! Books on running! There had to be one or two... right? How naive I can be. It was one of the biggest sections.

I decided on Marathoning for Mortals, by Bingham and Hadfield.

The text on the front of the book is what caught my attention, "A regular person's guide to the joy of running or walking a half-marathon or marathon." This book could not be for me more!

I have only read the introduction but I really love it! I can't wait to review it for you as I read more.

3 more miles down today and another 4 tomorrow. Happy Running!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Feeling Great!

Four miles today and I feel great! I love the runs where you could keep going but you are pacing yourself so you know you should stop. Yay!

I also got to walk outside today! I know! Ayla, my 9 month old daughter, my 2 dogs and I all went for a walk around the neighborhood. Granted, I could still see my breath and yes it is still freaking cold! I saw that brilliant blue sky though and just HAD TO GET OUT! Can you tell I am a stay-at-home mom? :)

Happy running!!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

I know I can, I know I can!

I officially ran 4 miles today (my long run) and it actually felt good! I have to admit though I am starting to get a little panicky about the half-marathon. The ticker at the top of this blog makes it pretty obvious why. Eek!

I am a dedicated follower of TallMom's blog, and one thing I always appreciate her posting about are detailed accounts of her runs. I thought since I always am motivated by reading about her runs, I should share about mine every once in a while too. So, here goes:

I started out with an easy warm-up walk. It was going well until I felt a clunk and slip every time I took a step. No, it wasn't my joints falling apart, it was my treadmill saying to me, "Again?!" So I stopped, put in a few turns with the wrench, and hopped back on for try number two. As I was warming up, my loving husband agreed to let me watch my favorite running show on t.v.. Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman!!! Come on ladies! You know it was your favorite in the mid-90's.
As I am running I like to think of my hair flowing in the wind like Sully's did when he rode those horses. I like to think of myself as stubborn as that impossible British/Western actress Jane Seymore. Ahhh... times were so much easier back then, when no one had to run to stay in shape!

Oh right... so I was running, or started to after a five minute warm-up. I ran a mile straight with no interruptions and then proceeded to finish with a run 2 minutes/walk 2 minutes pattern. My legs have been feeling much better but I just don't want to go crazy with lots of running up front.

I reached my goal of four miles and proceeded to walk it out for a few minutes to the loud and juicy snoring of my husband. Unfortunately, his only response to brave women doctors healing the west is to fall completely and solidly asleep. Meh. I made it and that's what counts!
Happy Running!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

I have lost my urge to run...

Have you seen it? Tomorrow will be a better day. It has to be.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Another day... another battle.

I have to admit something.

A week and a half ago, when my shins started hurting, I totally used it as an excuse to stop running. Stop! Don't lose faith in me! I really didn't realize it at the time. I swear!

First of all, my shins hurt! But for some reason they became a big fat excuse. I opened my eyes when my loving husband essentially called me a quitter. He told me that I don't follow through with things. He implied that he doesn't take me serious anymore when I get excited about new things because he knows I am going to quit soon anyway.

All of a sudden my feelings were hurt more than my damn shins! But do you want to know the worst part?!?
He was right!
Just don't tell him :)

What matters is that his comments made me REALLY mad and motivated me to prove him wrong. So, here I am, back on the treadmill. Happy running and I will see you tomorrow. :)