Move to Sweat365!!!

Hey yall. I’m moving this blog over to sweat365

It is a community of bloggers specifically created for those interested in fitness. You can countdown to races, keep a “log book” of runs, post on a blog, etc… and the engine is very similar to wordpress! (maybe created by the same people?)

Anyway, I really like it. They have fewer “themes” but the data and community is much better. Check it out!

Here is my new blog address:

See you later.


Run 3 – Unexpected “Hill Work”!

The bad thing about being a “newbie” runner is that you don’t really know where to go or what a course is like before you run it. I charged out to Lake Fayetteville to run out and back 15 minutes for a total time of 30 minutes. I’m still on 8 minute run, 2 minute walk for 3 cycles.

I got there, had a great stretch and was ready. I charged out on the paved trail (the wilderness trail was MUD) and started on a flat, even paced jog. Then a few curves later and I found myself running up a hill! Switchbacks and all! I topped the hill about 9 minutes (after a one minute walk) and started running at 10 like planned. Then I kept going until about the 13:30 minute mark where I turned around. I was huffing pretty bad, so I decided to walk it out a little more. My right foot was acting up on the outside & heel (I tend to run on the outside of my feet) so I worked on form a little bit and about minute 15, I realized the big hill had 2 sides! I didn’t notice because I was so tired, but the other side of that hill was just as bad. I walked from minute 13:30 to 15 and then starting running half way up the hill. Minute 17, I was finished with trying to run and so I walked until the top. Minute 18, I ran down the hill & up some rolling hills until minute 27 near the start!!! This “made up for it” in my head because that hill killed me! I ended the run in 29 minutes.

  • Goal Time: Run: 24:00 | Walk: 6:00
  • Actual Time: Run: 22:30 | Walk: 6:30

All “hill” considered, I was surprised that I actually came close to my run/walk goals! I’ll be saving that part of the trail for a later training day!

One more day of running until I get some much needed rest!

2nd Run, a little more fun.

Today I had to get my run in right after lunch. I was a little off on my eating so it was actually about 30 minutes after my mid meal.

I stopped at a park that is currently under construction in Rogers. They have put in the walking trail and covered it in soft gray gravel so it is perfect for running! I hope they don’t pave it.

My goal this run was to complete 3 cycles of “RUN for 8:00 and Walk for 2:00.” It was a wonderful, windy, overcast day. I had no trouble until half way through the second cycle of 8:00. I was getting a really bad rub on the bottom of my foot and I decided to end the run after 2 cycles. That means I ran for 16 minutes total and walked for 4 minutes. That is still much better than yesterday. I feel a lot better about taking on this task!

I’m glad I decided to hang it up today. My feet are still hot and is starting to blister a little on one of them. If I would have kept going, I don’t think I’d be able to walk tonight! I’m trying to keep that under control because I need to get in 2 more runs before my rest day Sunday. Any good preventions or home remedies recommendations?

Running doesn’t welcome you back! It disciplines you for leaving!

In the future, I will post my time, distance, pace and all of that jazz, but not for this run. Yesterday, I “ran” for 31 minutes. I was going to try and run for 8 minutes and then rest for 2 and do that for 3 cycles for 30 minutes. I wasn’t worried about the distance I would cover, I just need to work up to 30 minutes of running.

Well, I started out with a walk and then went to the jog. 6 minutes into it, I had to walk. I walked for 2 minutes and then ran for 4. Walked for 2, ran for 3, walked for 1, ran for 1, walked for 3, ran for 2, and on and on until I was about a minute from the house… then I crawled home in the 31st minute. It was awful! Every minute of it.

My legs didn’t hurt at all. The problem was my back and lungs. I felt like I had the lung capacity of a bean! I know this gets better over time, but at THIS time, it stinks. My lower back was sore during the run. I don’t really know why. I checked my form in reflections and it didn’t look bad. It maybe because I’m used to have bad posture and when I straighten up and run, I feel the unused muscle!

This is going to be a long journey back.