Friday, February 19, 2010

A good day for a RUN doesn't always mean a good RUNNING day!

A good day for a RUN doesn't always mean a good RUNNING day!  I learned that today!  Again I am humbled by...Running.  My marathon training called for a 10 mile run today which I was anxious to do since it would be my FIRST double digit run in for the year.  I was feeling good since my long runs have been going well.  A few changes to my schedule and route were made due to my mom visiting and Cole not feeling 100%. 

A few thoughts and lessons learned today:
  • When I set my mind to something like a route and a schedule...and then it changes...it does affect my run!  (Lesson Learned...EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED in RUNNING)
  • For the FIRST time in my life, that I am aware of...I have a normal cholesterol level!  High cholesterolruns in my family and every time I have been tested doctors have been shocked by my high numbers.  I haven't got it checked for a few years.  Last week I got it checked and it has gone down 60 points!  I can only assume because of the RUNNING!  Praise GOD...this is so exciting to me!  I can't even begin to tell you!
  • When you are excited about something (like the above) don't change your route for a good view if it means going UP major, NEW, unplanned HILLS! (Lesson Learned)
  • It was beautiful here today!  Best day of the year.  Warm, sunny and CLEAR so I wanted to run with a view of the water!  Danger...Danger...Don't run on a new route with major hills when you are running your first 10 MILER of the year!!! (Lesson Learned)
  • Walking is not bad...especially when it allows you to finish!!!
  • After a hard run...IT CAN ONLY GET BETTER next time!
My run was going great until I changed my route and went a new way so I could have a view of the water...it was so pretty.  The great part is it was down hill, but a reminder that many downhill’s have an uphill too.  I know my way around but when you're in a car...you don't realize the hills or how BIG they are.  I was going at a great pace and was taking my Cliff Blocks, which were working great.  I felt like my pace was fast and thought...I am doing well and should be fine.  Then I hit an unexpected HILL and knew I had some good size ones coming up.  A few of the hills where steeper than I had assumed, I did ok until I couldn't run up the last one anymore.  I was about half way through it and had to walk for a few minutes.  I had a side ache that wouldn't go away and had to push through it.  I finally made it through my 10 miles and know that the next weeks long run will go better.
Running has a way of humbling you on certain days.  I know that but I am reminded of it on certain days.  It's great marathon training because I am sure that when you HIT THE WALL while running a MARATHON you have to overcome it...MIND over MATTER!  I took today as reminder that the marathon will be tough and I have to work through it to FINISH!

*****
2.19.10 Stats:
Miles: 10
Pace: 10:49
Time: 1:48:05
Calories Burned: 1288

*****

2.17.10 Stats:
Treadmill
Miles: 2.09
Pace: 9:48
Time: 21
Burned: 287

My mom and I before our run...She didn't want to wear the bondiband how it's supposed to be worn!

887.51 - 12.09 = 875.42 miles left to run in 2010

14 comments:

Alicia said...

Cute pics! How fun that you run with your mom. Love the Bondi Bands, by the way.

My cholesterol has always been borderline high, too. Had my first high reading when I was, like, 11 or 12! The running def helps! I've been in a normal range ever since I took up running. Yay for healthy bodies!

Kerrie T. said...

It was gorgeous today, wasn't it? And, how cool is it that you run with your mom?!

ajh said...

Great about your cholesterol. Mine has always been borderline but not where I needed to take medicine. I would be tempted by the water too and I find downhills can be worse than uphills once I start adding the mileage on.

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Congrats on the cholestrol and the lessons learned! Awesome!

You and your mom are so cute! Love the bondi bands

Teamarcia said...

1st huge congrats on the 60pt cholesterol drop! THAT IS HUGE! I too come with genetic baggage and fight that battle everyday.

2nd OMG you girls are ADORABLE in your BBs! Hee hee I'll have to give my mom one!

3rd GREAT run! Of course it's hard! Running is HARD! 10 miles is nothing to sneeze at and hills? OMG! You did great! Big pat on the back for a job well done!

lauren said...

Love your bondi bands :)
Mailed your package today :)

Derek said...

Great news on the cholesterol and the 10 miler. Those hills will make you stronger and help you when you do run your marathon. Keep up the good work.

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

Great pic of you and your mom! Happy your cholesterol is down and that you finished your first 10 miler of the year - working through the side ache and up those hills!

Melissa said...

Love your picture!!
My cholesterol became normal for the first time EVER after I started running. It went from like 330s to 164. :)

Diana said...

For the record.... my run wasn't very good on friday either... I went on a new route with some new hills too.... and yes I did walk a little bit. But I love reading your post because we all have good days and bad days, you are right about that!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

I am sooo proud of you!!! The tough runs are the ones that teach us and make us stronger.. HUGS!!

Jo Lynn said...

You're lucky - I wish I could get my daughter to run with me. Great job on the 10-miler. ;)

Molly said...

nice job getting that long run in, along with all the different things thrown at you, you didn't quit!

misszippy said...

So true about how running can humble you...I think it's one of the elements I like about it in a weird way. But I'm glad your take away was that you need to respect the distance of the marathon--so true!

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