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My RAWKin' EARLY morning 12 mile run on a workday

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

After months without a pithy blog, I thought it was about time to fill ya’ll in on my comings and goings. I am enjoying life and taking excellent care of me both nutritionally and physically. Mid-May I signed on with an online fitness trainer through Jackie Warner’s website. I have just a few weeks left with Terri and I have gained so much from the experience.

My main goals with my trainer was to lose about 5 lbs., decrease body fat and get a set habit of cross training and a well-rounded ST regimen. I am also doing my prescribed workouts from my awesome ART chiro and getting my hips/glutes/core balanced out. I changed up my running form a trifle as I was heel striking and that is helping so much! I love Dr. Lake!

I have also discovered some new foods from my online trainer and enjoying the new additions to my grocery lists. Ever try quinoa? Love the stuff. Baked squash? Love the stuff. With all of these goodies and the well balanced food, I am feeling sassy and feisty.

My running has had the biggest change and for the better! My fitness tracker is open for all to see and as you can see, I am rockin and rollin. My endurance is increasing bigtime and my long runs are getting easier even with the summer conditions.

This morning was a long run for the record books and that is the main reason for blogging. I am not speedy but that is not why I run. After 2 years of running, I can honestly say that now I truly love this activity and at times cannot wait to go out and hit the streets. For the first time ever, I ran all 3 weekly runs on the treadmill last week. I did not mind it at all.

My HM training plan called for a 12 mile long run this week and after watching the weather forecasts I finally decided this morning was my best bet with the “coolest” temps. That meant however that I would have to get up EARLY and by early I mean 4am. I essentially woke up at 1:30 and could not get back to sleep. Ugh.

I hit the darkness at 4:30am armed with a flashlight, reflective stuff and my water. I kept extra water and packets of GU on the porch. I decided on a 2 mile loop that I would repeat 6 times. In the beginning I stayed on the sidewalks until it got lighter. That took me about 4 miles. I was feeling great and sweating buckets. I did a great job with fueling and went in to grab a banana and cool off for a minute. Between the two I was good to go.

I then started the repeating loop and just kept on truckin. At 5:30am more and more runners were appearing. I was still feeling great! I have to admit that by 11 miles I was really wanting a shower. I did contemplate taking this run to 12.5 miles as Jeff Galloway has that distance on some of his plans. I just kept it at 12. I finished up and was giddy with my performance! I then showered, got dressed and went to work for a full day. No excuses not to run allowed in my training camp!

12 miles
1058 calories burned
12:50 ap
Splits: 13:38, 13:26, 12:58, 12:46, 12:44, 12:42, 12:33, 12:42, 12:24, 12:34, 12:57, 12:41

I have one more LONG long run at 13 miles for the weekend of August 6-7 then its taper time! My next HM is the Madison Mini (Madison, WI) August 20 which will be #5 for me.

I will be running it with Christina (phdmama06) and Elsa (root4home). I am so excited as I have never met Christina but I met Elsa at JASR and I love her to pieces! Christina and I share the love of Disney and running and our running history is just about the same.

I plan on Madison Mini to be very warm and muggy but they tout this race as being “the coolest” race around. They have 5 misting stations and 10 hydration stations and that will help a lot! The finisher’s medal is also being described as a bottle opener and I cannot wait to earn mine!! That will be an awesome addition to my collection!

So as you can see, I am RAWKin my running and life in general. This has to be the best shape I have ever been in and it is paying off with greater endurance. Other than feeling very pooped as we speak, I am very happy with my running and truly enjoying each run.

Until next time…

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