Tuesday, September 2, 2008

First Group Training Session

Hmmm... One full week since my last post... I suppose y'all know what that means! Ding, ding, ding! I haven't run since last Tuesday. HOWEVER, Tara and I did go to the group training session for the Fall/Winter Team in Training teams tonight. I was nervous since the other group has been training for a few months but we did a lot of other things than just run. It was a great workout and gave us some ideas for other exercises to strengthen the support muscles that we need for a 13.1 mile run!

One of our coaches, Barbara, also gave us a training schedule targeted toward our particular race. I feel like that gives me concrete goals and things to focus on which is great. We all know how much I love structure in my life! 

In other news, I don't have as much time to blog because I started a new job today! I'm a Communications Specialist at Blackbaud here at Charleston and I'm really excited to start my new career with this great company. 

I'll probably be beyond sore tomorrow, but my goal is to run 3-4 miles! Keep you posted!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Success!

Tara and I went to the Team in Training social tonight at Yo Burrito. We met some people that will be running with us in Phoenix, got our DriFit Shirts (score!) and ate chicken nachos. The nachos were delicious, but not a wise choice for a pre-run meal.... I won't make that mistake again!

In running news, I ran 2.5 miles tonight when I got home from the social. My new playlist for my iPod and my new TNT shirt were my motivation! It was a good run, not quite as awesome as I had hoped, but I tried to lengthen my stride and it did feel a lot easier. 

I go back in forth in my mind with the "I'm not going to be able to do this" and the "It will be a piece of cake", so any encouragement or past experiences y'all would like to share will be welcomed!

Also, does anyone have any workout songs they'd like to share? I'm looking for some new music and I'm in a slump... 

And, in the most exciting news this week, Clemson takes on Alabama this weekend and I will be there to cheer them on! I also found out the ESPN Gameday will be there! GO TIGERS!

Weekend woes

Some of you may be wondering why I haven't posted in the past few days... or are curious about my training progress... Well, I can easily answer both of those queries with the same answer. I haven't run since Thursday! Oops. Weekends seem to put a damper in my training.

I had every intention of running last night, I even got dressed in my running gear! But, I genuinely wasn't feeling well... and I thought that getting sick on the side of the road might deter my future efforts (and/or upset the neighbors).

To that end, I'm already in a panic. Which is funny considering the race is 4 months away. I've got my stuff ready to run tonight though.

We have a TNT social tonight at Yo Burrito downtown where I will get my DriFit Running Jersey which I am really excited about... probably too excited!

Hopefully I will write a post tomorrow that says something like "Wow, my run last night was awesome!"... but we'll see.

Stay tuned!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Treadmillin' It

Due the torrential downpour that continued last night, I tested out my treadmill theory I mentioned in the previous post. I made it two miles, which is a far cry from 13.1, but better than what I could do in the past and I'm happy to report that it does seem to be getting easier.

Also, Tara and I might have diagnosed a problem with my running stride. We think it's too short... (shocking, I know!) therefore I'm taking more steps than I need to and exerting more energy than necessary. I'm blaming my shortness of breath on that. Some may call that a copout, I call it tricking my mind. Anyway, I'm going to work on that and hopefully the TNT coaches can help me in our first training session next week! Technically, the first training session is on Sunday at 7am! It's highly unlikely I'll be making that... I don't even get up that early for work!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Fay Rains on my Parade... Literally

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! I'm on my way to my goal of $4500! To check the progress, visit my fundraising page.

In other news, Hurricane Fay is really putting a cramp in my "pre-training with the team" training schedule! Doesn't Fay know that I've never run before and I need the extra time to not look like an out of shape secretary on my first day?? (That title soon to be upgraded to out of shape communications specialist, sounds much better right?) I just can't bear the thought of running three miles on a treadmill. If I run outside, I have to get back home so I have no choice... my thoughts when running on the treadmill sound something like this "Hmm... one mile? That's good enough... I wonder what smoothie is on special today." Needless to say, it's a little less than productive!

Additional thanks goes to those of you who told me they actually read this... it's nice to know I'm not just talking to myself!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Little things...

I am absolutely touched right now and would like to share it with y'all (if anyone even reads this!). I was eating dinner at Wild Wing in Mt. Pleasant tonight and, as I was talking to some people I had never met before, the subject of the half-marathon came up. The gentleman that I was talking to told me that he had done around 9 races in the past year and we started talking about why we decided to run in the them. When I told him I was running to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, he pulled out his wallet and handed me $20!

Such a small gesture, but what an act of kindness! It absolutely made my night and goes to show you that there are still truly good people out there! And if you're reading this blog, then you are one of those people for sure! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The right fit

Who knew that a different running shoe could have such a huge impact on the way you run and train? Apparently, a lot of people knew that, but I was not one of them! The way I chose running shoes in the past was based on price and look... not on how they actually fit my feet (counter intuitive, I know).

Yesterday, Tara (who is also training for the half-marathon) and I went to The Extra Mile downtown on King Street to be properly fitted for running shoes. What an experience! The owners, Mike & Pat Loggins, are avid runners and had us outfitted within 10 minutes. Mike looked at our current running shoes, watched the way we walked and how and where our feet hit the ground and voila! The perfect shoe for us!

My shoes were the right style but a FULL SIZE too small. Apparently, running 13.1 miles in a shoe like that can wreak havoc on your feet. Tara, on the other hand, was wearing a shoe completely wrong for her. Mike knew exactly where she got her shin splints and where her knees hurt before she could even tell him! It was fascinating!

Long story short, I will continue to go to the Extra Mile for shoe expertise in the future and recommend that others do the same. The service was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and didn't cost a penny more than randomly choosing sneakers from a sporting goods store. In the long run, it probably saves a lot on aches and pains too!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Welcome to my Training Blog!

On January 18, 2009, I will be running the longest distance I have ever even thought about running-- in the P.F. Chang's Rock 'N Roll Half-Marathon in Phoenix, AZ! I will be participating through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training. As you know, leukemia is a disease that has had a profound effect on my life and I hope to do my part to raise money in an effort to find a cure!

Over the next 4 and 1/2 months I will be training and collecting donations to reach my goal of $3800 to support the Leukemia Society. You can access my official Team in Training donation page from the link at the left of the page and here.

Training with the rest of the team doesn't start until next week, but I've been doing 2 mile runs on my own in an effort not to embarrass myself on the first day! I'm also going downtown to be fitted for running shoes by people who know what they're talking about. My last pair of shoes (that I randomly picked out on my own because they looked fancy) made my toes go numb... which probably wasn't a good sign! So I'm excited to have an excuse to buy new shoes and to have shoes that will carry me through this challenge!

We all know my short legs were not made for running, so I hope y'all will support me on this journey and leave me encouraging words (and did I mention I'm also taking donations??!)

I will do my best to keep this interesting and entertaining... however, I can't make any promises! Check back soon for updates!