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Monday Run Day–The Day I Ran to Hollywood

It’s technically ‘Tuesday’ Run Day–excuse the belated post. I had a little out of town excursion with Kyle and we visited his family back home. We got back in town late last night. It was a tiring weekend and I’ll be glad to get back in the swing of things–I’ve got lots to do this week!

But I had to make sure to definitely complete my Monday Run Day because it was a good week of running! Stay tuned for my crazy run to Hollywood. Winking smile

I told myself that I’d do better than last week. I had actually set a goal for myself to run at least 1 more mile than I did last week. Got that taken care of! I surpassed that goal and got in 13 miles! Big difference from 5.2 miles, right?

Here’s the breakdown of my 3 days of running from August 6 through August 12.

My first run for the week was great. The first couple miles were great. I’m not sure what happened on my last split. I remember it started sprinkling for about 30 seconds–that must have slowed me down greatly. Winking smile It was a good run overall.

My second run was a short run that I’m glad I included into my week of running. Anyway to increase your mileage throughout the week is great! I ran from work to campus which is extremely close. It’s less than a mile away but I took detours to raise the total to a complete mile. Since I knew it was going to be a short run, I focused on my speed. I ran a great mile and it was a nice run through downtown and campus!
The funny thing about the recording of this particular run was that I ran to campus planning to steal Kyle’s car from work–he works at the University Bookstore–and then picking him up when he got off. Well I got to his car and started stretching and cooling off before heading home. I completely forgot my app was still running so I ran drove for .82 miles before I realized I hadn’t stopped my time. That’s why my max speed is 2:41 min/mile. I wouldn’t mind that pace per mile a single bit, though. Winking smile

I rewarded myself for that short slash awesome run with a couple tacos from a local Mexican food vendor. No shame!

Now, saving the best for last. My RUN TO HOLLYWOOD!
Ok, so that’s a little misleading. One of the two theaters we have in Columbia is Hollywood Theaters. That was the first job I landed when I moved here for school. That job sucked–but I digress. I ran to the theater–a ridiculously long run, but not as ridiculous as running to Hollywood, CA would’ve been. It was a fantastic run, nonetheless! One of my best!! Open-mouthed smile

I ran on one of the many main roads here in town. At 6 AM on a Saturday, it was dead as can be. The road was mine. It was so lovely.

I was amazed at my pace; I would be shocked every time I heard my pace for the last split stay within range from the split before it. I thought I was running the first couple miles too fast, so I aimed for about a 9:15 mile for the third split just so that I could keep steady and not tire out too quickly. I hit 9:15 dead on for the 3rd split. I realized a mile later when I ran a -0.02 split and felt just fine, that I could rock the rest of the run.

It was almost an exact 4.5 miles from my home to the theater so I was glad I would get an even mile run and wouldn’t have to worry about adding any detours to make a complete 9 miles.

I was faced with inclines around miles 4-6. Those were the roughest parts of the run. But I was glad to pull through.
I paused at the halfway mark at Hollywood!

And enjoyed the sunrise that I would be running away from as I headed West to go back home.

The rest of the run back home was smooth sailing. I made myself proud with the last split. I always remind myself of what my high school cross country coach said about finishing runs strong. You always have to pocket some energy for the last mile. That way you can just pull out whatever energy you have left and give your last mile your all. For my last mile, I wanted anything less than 9 minutes–even if it was 8:59…I wanted it.
When my coach read off 8:34, I was overjoyed. AMAZING RUN! Open-mouthed smile Open-mouthed smile

It took like 5 hours for my body to stabilize afterward but it was a run well worth it. I proved to myself what I’m capable of and how amazing the human body is to be able to accomplish things like that run!

Well, now it’s a new week and that brings along new goals. I don’t foresee a 9 mile run this week but shall we go for 14 miles for the week?? We’ll find out next Monday Run Day!

Monday Run Day

I have decided I am going to use this weekly topic–Monday Run Day–to record my running from the previous Monday through Sunday– or yesterday as is today’s case. This will be fantastic motivation to get me out and running through the week. I’ve been slacking on my runs, as today’s recap of this past week’s running will show.

So this past week is going to be super sad for sure. But I’m going to use this as a way to say to myself, “Come on, Cindy! You can do so much more than that! So shameful…” Tough love from the voice in my head, huh? Winking smile

For reference, I track all my runs with this app on my iPhone 4s.

It’s the most fantastic thing ever. It uses the GPS from your smartphone to track your distance. You get a message after each mile you complete, telling you your time for that mile and the duration of your run so far. If you go to the website, you can create your own routes and look at the stats from your previous runs: like the altitude, MPH and splits. I seriously love this app!

So let’s get this Monday Run Day started!

From August 30 through July 5, I got in a whopping 2 runs for a total of 5.2 miles. Whoo!
For shame… I’ll get myself back in the swing of things, I will! Winking smile

The first run during that time period was a short but sweet run. I had gone for a lovely dog walk before that run so I didn’t change my workout back to run. It truly was a run, I promise. Try walking a mile in 9 or 10 minutes. Winking smile
I added another mile on my second run for the week for 3 miles.
This was a rough run, though. My goal was to run 2.5 miles so I deviated from my usual path so that I could add extra distance. I just started running on random streets and taking random turns. When my running coach, as I like to call her, alerted me to my second split time, I thought to myself, “negative 14 seconds from my first split…hmm let’s go to 3. I got this.” I was starting to feel the heat and humidity get to me but I knew I could push through it.

I pushed my body a little too much this time, though, and boy did I suffer for that for the rest of the evening. That last split was rough! My body was overheating far too much and I had the worse cramps in my lower abdomen. I had remembered reading a recent article in Hammer Nutrition’s magazine Endurance News about beating the heat on race day.
If you’re running, take a one-minute walk…highly competitive athletes might scoff at walking or coasting, but when it comes to core temperature, nature gives you two choices: cool down or DNF [Did Not Finish].”
I definitely wanted to finish my run and get back home so I slowed down to a walk for a good 15-20 seconds. I could really feel the heat flooding my body, then slowly easing up. It was so relieving.

I was able to finish up the last .3 miles strongly–compared to the .7 miles. No DNF for me!

#Proof of the effects of a deathly run…no, it’s #proof of my rough run. No run is a bad run, though!

I need to get in more runs this week. I need more to report! Winking smile
Runs for this week start today, so I gotta get to it!

The Beginning

So begins the obligatory post proclaiming to the world that I’m beginning a new blog. I’m starting a blog of my own. Done.

I hope to focus my posts mostly around health and fitness–that of my own, for the most part. It’ll be a record of my accomplishments, setbacks, goals, random musings…I just hope I don’t bore myself or any future readers of this blog that I may gain along my journey.

I’m a 20-year-old college student at the University of Missouri. I’ve attended three semesters–would have been the fourth this past semester but I took it off hoping to save up money to pay for school. Well that plan didn’t work out so well, but I still intend to and plan on going back to school this fall. I don’t have a whole lot of support from my family to pursue a higher education so that makes it challenging for me. An “I’ll show them” attitude is my main incentive to succeed and earn a degree. It’s sad but it’s my reality.

I don’t consider myself as someone who has a lot of hobbies to keep busy with. In fact, I wish I had more hobbies because I find myself wasting my days away with meaningless activities. I do enjoy going out and having fun with friends, going to the movies occasionally, all that fun stuff. I used to have a good relationship with my Trek mountain bike…mostly because it was gift from my brother and I had to show him I appreciated it. He was kind enough to provide me with all my biking gear:  shoes and clips, clipless pedals, helmet, bike shorts, gel padded gloves and matching Mizzou jerseys. Adorable, I know. We would go on long bike rides and tons of mountain biking trails. I got many sick cuts and bruises from those rides but I handled them like a big girl and “rubbed some dirt” in ’em just to show big brother how tough I was. 🙂

Now that I moved away from home, I don’t have my riding buddy anymore and I haven’t been taking advantage of my bike a whole lot. My brother would be disappointed in me. I’d like to get back into riding; and there are plenty of trails here in Missouri to do that. I just have to make an honest effort to make it happen and maybe find a riding buddy.

Running is something I appreciate, though, because as fun–and safe–as it may be to have a running partner, it’s something I prefer doing on my own. Mostly because I get to set my own pace and run as short or as long of a distance as I desire. I also use it to rid myself of stress and clear my head. It gives me a reason to always update my iTunes with beats that will pump me up through my runs. So that’s a plus, as well.

More on my love for running later. 🙂

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