Monday, October 31, 2005

Trick or Treat???

I say treat! Bye Bye Theo.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

5 Miles!

I ran 5 miles today...Oh yeah! It felt good.

Last night when I went to bed, there was about 2-3 inches of snow on the ground - to my surprise, when I woke up this morning, it was gone, all gone, AND it was 70 degrees out. That's New England weather for ya!

So, I decided to go up to the beach and run. I mapped out a 5 mile route with my cah. It seemed soooo long when I was driving it, I kept thinking to myself "whoa...this is really really fah.....am I going to make it?" So I pahked my cah at the opposite end of the route. If I wanted to get home, I had no choice but to run to the end, that's where the cah was. (a lil' Beantown humah for ya...honestly though...that's really how I tawk!)

Off I went. I started off at a slower than usual pace, and kept it the whole way. At least I think I did. My watch shit the bed at around 19:00 minutes into running, so I had no way of keeping track of my time. Note to self: Buy new watch, a good one, no more 10 buck chuck that only lasts 3 months - oh yeah....and get some body glide. Under my arm, tricep area.....is on FIRE! OUCH!
Back to the run....I was running at a good pace, feeling fine, things were good. I made 2 water stops, which I walked through, and for a split second, and I mean split, I stopped. Not because anything was bothering me, or because I was tired, or winded, but because in my head, I was thinking that I should of stopped by now. Who did I think I was running 5 miles and not stopping? Just as soon as I stopped, I did a mental check - Legs good: Check - Breathing good: Check - Hydrated: Check..THEN WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU STOPPING FOR??? I kicked it back up into running mode and off I went. End result: 5 miles 1:02. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself!
This was the longest distance I have run to date, mileage and time wise. I just may take my co-worker up on the 10K that she's been bugging me to run. I'm going to check in with her tomorrow to find out when it is. I think that if I start a 10K training routine, I'll be ready around January. We'll see.

I am signing up this week for a 4miler on Thanksgiving Day. I hope it's not snowy. I'm not sure how I am feeling about running in the cold/rainy/snowy weather. I think I may have to go back to the treadmill for the winter....BOOOO!! My running club uses the Tufts University track in the winter, I'm going to see if they have open hours to the public. That would be better for me. I get bored on the treadmill, and I find that I run slower on it.

I think I need to change my eating habits to those of a runner.....but that's a whole nother' post! I'll save that for next time.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Fall Running

I got out of work early today and decided to take advantage of what little day light was left outside. What a great day for running. It was a crisp, brisk fall day. Not too windy or cold, and the sun was shining!
I ran my usual route, however today it seemed so unfamiliar to me. What a difference running in the daylight makes! The leaves are beginning to change color and fall to the ground. (I made it a point to go off track and run through piles of wind blown leaves!) The smell of fireplaces burning lingered in the air. I love fall! I'm not sure if it was the time of day, or the weather conditions, but there were runners everywhere. I'm not use to that. When I run at night, I usually see 2 or 3 other runners.
I ran longer than usual tonight. This was the probably the best I have felt running in a long time. I didn't want to stop. My legs were good, breathing was good, i-pod music was good....so I just kept on running! I am not sure of the mileage, but I ran a full 50 minutes, and I felt good. I would of gone a little longer, but it was getting dark, and I have some errands to run tonight. There's always tomorrow...

Sunday, October 23, 2005

work, work, work....

I must confess, I have not been running since Tuesday. I am working on this HUGE project at work, and it has pretty much taken over my life. I have been going in at 7:30am and leaving at 9:00pm.....I am exhausted. I run at night, so by the time I leave work, it's too dark and rainy. I know I could run today, even though it's freezing out and raining...BUT, I am a little (well, a lot) hung over today. After my exhausting week at work, I had a party to attend last night and I tore it up. I so needed those 12 beers and 1 martini! Believe me when I say, I am paying for it today.
Perhaps today will be used as a rest day and I will run tomorrow. It's funny, but I feel bad not running for 5 days. My body needs it, and my mind needs it as well.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Scary, outside and in.

Tonight's running only lasted approximately 30 minutes. The street I run on was unusually dark and creepy tonight. Not sure if it was all the Halloween decorations on the houses or maybe it was the fact that I was running along side of a cemetery! Whatever it was, it had me running about a 10:20 mile.........maybe I should run dark creepy roads more often! I also changed my running playlist on my i-pod, so that had me picking up the pace a little too.

Yesterday, my runner friend at work qualified for Boston. Yeah...... I am so happy for her. Yesterday was her 3rd marathon, and she's only been running for about 2 years. She has challenged me to a half marathon in March! YIKES!! I don't know what to do. I know it's 5 months away, and I know that at some point I have to break out of my 3/4 mile comfort zone. It's just real scary to set a goal like that. I told her I'd have to get back to her. She's relentless, so I know she'll keep hounding me until I say yes! She has been after me to run a 10k, she claims that if I am able to run 4 miles, 6 will be no problem! Umm ya....easy for her to say lil' Miss BQ! I really do need to start extending my mileage. I have yet to run the 5 miler with my new running club, because I am the slowest one and already feel like a loser! Honestly, I so do not fit in with this running club. These people all have and or are training for marathons. Then there's me, trotting around the track, barely able to breath, sweating like a pig, sometimes stopping to catch my breath before I pass out........and that's only at mile 1! I swear, just the warm-up puts me over the top, then they expect me to run! The nerve.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Hi, It's me.....The Running Red Sox Fan

Hello RBFers,
It's me, The Running Red Sox Fan. I know what you all are saying.......The Running who???? We don't know you, get outta here! Seriously though........I know all of you, (well, maybe not all........and maybe I don't REALLY know you), but I feel like I do! Running Chick with the Orange Hat, A.Marie, Susan, The Chocolate Runner, Flatman, Jeff, Aprile Anne. The list can go on and on, and I would link your name to your sites, but I haven't got a handle on this blog stuff yet!
A little about me: I began running the beginning of the year. It started off slow and I hated every minute of it! As time went on, I began to LOVE running. I don't want to fool any of you, I am by no means a "real" runner. I can barely run an 11:00 mile, I am not preparing to run a marathon and the longest distance I have ever run is 4 miles. I know that is many of the RBFers warm-up run, but it is HUGE for me! I try to run at least 4 times a week and I have joined a running club that meets 2 nights a week. I have run 2 5K races my official times being 35:34 and 33:28. That's it, those two races are my claim to running fame! TAAH-DAAA!!
I plan on blogging a couple times a week, so I hope you come by and visit. You have all been such and inspiration to me and my running.
I am now going to go and do what I have wanted to do for months now.........leave you all comments, and link my site!!!
Happy Running to you all!

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