Week 4, Day 1: Rain Run!

  • 9:30 P.M.
  • Time: 32:20 Minutes
  • Distance: 2.69 Miles
  • Pace: 12:05
  • MPH: 4.97
  • Route: Gym to House

This was a FUN run! Katie and I started in the drizzle with our rain jackets on and we ran through some pretty heavy rain during the first mile and a half. Then, just light drizzle. It was a nice run. A LOT less cold than it has been which helps.

This was a fun route. Side walk half of the 1st mile, then dirt road for most of the way home. It felt flat or down hill most of the way, but according to the elevation chart, we had a gradual climb. We definitely noticed the steep incline at the end of the run. That one hurt!

We’re hanging in there. This time we did 7 minutes of Running, 3 minutes of Walking – 3 Times (then, to get home, we ran for a minute or two). Just  a few days away from RUNNING our first 5k! I hope we can make it all the way!


Week 3, Day 3: Sunday Make-Up Run

  • 7:45 P.M.
  • Time: 28:15 Minutes
  • Distance: 2.3 Miles
  • Pace: 12:15
  • MPH: 4.89
  • Route: House Out & Back

There is again a horrible climb right from the start, but on this run we decided to go easy in the front and finish strong. That is exactly what we did. I liked it much better because my legs had time to really get warm before picking up our pace.
The runs aren’t getting any easier because our pace is picking up and we are continuing to push our selves. On our Saturday run, it was horrible! There was a lot of pain & trying to breath & alot of “No Way”. We needed a run like this because we gained a lot of “We Can” from this run. We ran out for 15 minutes & came home in 13:15! We were flying (for us) & the elevation was pretty similar both ways. It was a fun, hard run.

Week 3, Day 2: Mean Climb!!

  • 6:15 P.M.
  • Time: 32:22 Minutes
  • Distance: 2.5 Miles
  • Pace: 12:33
  • MPH: 4.78
  • Route: House Out & Back

The weather has been NASTY! With the high winds, freezing cold air & rain, we haven’t done as much running this last week as we would have liked. To avoid getting sick, we ellected to stay in the house. Yesterday, the sun peaked out for a few minutes and we went for our run. When you click the Route link, check out the elevation!! It was MEAN on the way home. My calves were cramping and Katie’s legs were on fire! We stopped in the middle of one of our runs to walk for minute & then made the minute of running up as we were ending. It was a really tough run, with a really big climb! This one hurt! I feel it more this morning.

I’m glad we went. It feels good to have made more progress & we had our second fastest pace!

We hope to run some tonight and then again monday. Our plan for next week will be a little bit different because we will be running a 5K on Saturday (Kohmen of the Ozark’s Race for the Cure).

I THINK it will look like this: Running: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday as normal. Then, Friday, do a short, up tempo, treadmill run. Hopefully this will give us a little rest on Friday, but it will keep our legs moving a little faster than normal to make Saturday seem easier.

Shoe Help!

I need your comments! I need your advice. What is your favorite Running Shoe & Brand? Why?

As we were running in the rain, I figured out that I have been running on the SIDE of my foot! Does anyone else do this? I have no idea how long this has been going on, but Katie suggested I get some new shoes fast because my foot is coming over the outside of my sole. I have NO idea if that is “overpronating”, “supinating” or what. I also have no idea what type of shoe I need. I use some OLD New Balance 855’s that I used when I first started running in college. They are still “good” and still have quite a bit of coushin, but they are finally giving out.

I’m a big guy and I need a pillow under my feet. And I need a shoe that will keep me from “overflowing” onto the side of my foot.

What do you use? What do you suggest? Know of a good Shoe Review Article?
Thank You for your help!!

Week 3, Day 1: RAIN & HILLS!

  • 7:00 P.M.
  • Time: 30:00 Minutes
  • Distance: 2.2 Miles
  • Pace: 13:38
  • MPH: 4.4
  • Route: House Out & Back

Tonight was wet, raining, cold & a true test of our commitment! We ran anyway. We were slower, but we have never had hills like today. I’m not sure if our elevation chart is exactly right. It seemed more Up & Down than the graph represents. It felt more like this: /\/\|/\/\
We were soaked when we got back, but it was a lot of fun. We had a slower pace & didn’t go as far, however, this was a great run for us!

We will be trying to run again tomorrow to make up our missed day that has put us on odd days running vs MWFS schedule that we were acustomed to!

See you then.

Week 2, Day 4: Easter Run

  • 6:00 P.M.
  • Time: 30:40 Minutes
  • Distance: 2.51 Miles
  • Pace: 12:13
  • MPH: 4.91
  • Route: Bentonville North Trail
  • Added Weight: 12 lb Vest

Global Cooling: It was 46º today!

Toinght I added 12 lbs of weight with a adjustable weight vest. It was definately noticable! Katie got it for me for Christmas & I have been afraid to use it! I wore it around the house and I could feel it just walking down the hall! I was lifting weights a lot last year and I knew that I needed to lose some FAT, but I wanted to keep the bulk & muscle mass I had gained. I figured it would help my legs and body stay strong while adding cardio. I never got a chance to use it before we started running.
We missed 2 days this week due to a slight illness and SNOW. We don’t breathe too well in the cold. We went anyway today (on a scheduled rest day ) and I could pace my steps with my weezing! That wasn’t good.  However, we had one of our best runs ever! I’m not too sure why. We both thought we would be slower due to the stiffness from a few days off and the cold temperatures, but we just kept going. There were about 2 times today that I wanted to quit, but having Katie running with me kept me going.

The “All of the Sudden One Mile Run”

  • 7:20 P.M.
  • Time: 10:00 Minutes
  • Distance: 1 Mile
  • Pace: 10:00
  • MPH: 6
  • Route: World’s Gym Treadmill

Tonight, after tennis, I locked my keys in my car! Our tennis instructor took us back to the house so that we could get our extra set of keys. We couldn’t find the keys. So, back to the gym I went to wait on the lock smith. While I was there, I couldn’t help but run some of the frustration off. I jumped on the treadmill, set it at 6 and ran. I didn’t stop. I couldn’t stop. It was the first time I that ran 1 mile non stop in a long, long time. It was my first encounter with the stress relieving “all of the sudden one mile run.” Tomorrow I still want to run 30 minutes with Katie. I’m sure I’ll have to do some extra stretching and drink a lot more water to get the soreness out from today.