Very easy 2+ mile recovery run done by 7:15 am this morning. I feel really great after 30 miles this week. Good to be moving again on a regular basis! Have a great weekend...and get out there and do something that makes you feel good!
Nothing too interesting. Just ran out the door of the gym to the neighborhood across the street. Would love to shave 15-20 seconds off of my pace per mile on this run as the weeks pass by. Ahhh...yet another goal.
Shooting for running my last 2 in the morning with Ellie then heading to a 90 minute Yoga class with one of the best Yoga instructors there is...Bob Lonsdale!
I broke up with Runkeeper...no hard feelings and I hope we can just be friends. Went on my first run with MapMyRun today. We are much more compatible...same goals, dreams, visions...at the moment :)
Had a great, unexpected run with Amy and Shannon today. They both were looking to do the same thing as me...just log some miles so we are not "screwed" at the end of the week and left with a whole bunch of miles to catch up on.
Anita, Shannon said something like..."tell your friend from Texas, we said thanks alot...or it's all your fault or something" HaHa!
It was beautiful out and we went to Bald Pate and banged out 4 trail miles! Don't forget, if you look at the stats...these are very, very, hilly, rocky, milesThanks for the motivation girls!!!
That leaves me with only 4.5 combined over Friday and Saturday! Yeeehaw!
To tired to get up to take a picture of her pretty white blaze on her chest and her white toes!
Well, I know for absolutely, positively sure that I ran 6 miles today. I used to always use my Garmin watch and I know that from the Consignment Shop on Bridge Street in Lambertvile to the "bench" at Holcombe Farm is exactly 1 mile. All of you ladies from my running groups know that bench very well :)
I did that out and back 3 times!!!
I purposefully did that for a few reasons...so that I could cross reference against my RunKeeper app (which I knew was messed up) and so that I wasn't running far out on the canal alone. That mile stretch is very populated with people walking their dogs and out getting their morning exercise. I'm really not afraid at all to run on the canal, but I know some of you would give me a hard time if I did, so...
I am switching to MapMyRun beginning tomorrow. And I reset all of the setting on my phone and turned off my wifi "searcher"...it seems to be working better picking up the satellite for the GPS now.
It took me 51 minutes to do the 6. I was very careful to check my time before I left as well. That's actually a decent pace for me.
It didn't hurt that I was out running with the most beautiful partner I could ask for...Ellie! Took her to work with me this morning and we ran while I had a break between clients. I figure it's probably the only time besides a few weeks in the spring that she can stay in the car for a little while here and there. She seems to love it and we can kill two birds with one stone...my running and her getting some of her extra energy out. It worked! She's pooped!
Here are the stats just to prove I was out there...I wish I could take credit for the 11 miles RunKeeper recorded.
3 days and approximately 15 miles into my commitment and I am truly realizing what a lofty goal I have given myself. 30 miles minimum per week is nothing to sneeze at. But I WILL do it!
Having half of it being out on the very technical trail really adds to the intensity and exhaustion. But the trail is my favorite place to be so I get that fringe benefit.
Today was with the great group of people from our Trail Running workshop (Run 2 out of a 6 week workshop...once per week). I love running with a group the best and there are a few runners in that group that challenge me to run faster than I ever usually would...thanks Colleen and Michael...I think!
My Runkeeper App is still not accurate. Maybe because it is bouncing up and down in my pack? Today it tracked the correct course (when you click on my link below, the course is hidden from public view for safety reasons I guess) because it show actually where it picks you up on a map and marks the course you ran. However, my mileage was only 4.6 (others had their GPS watches)...more than a mile less than what my results were from Runkeeper. I have to get something that holds my phone tighter to my body and see if things come out more accurately.
I am going to give myself credit for 5 miles because after we were done, I took my client Anne out for a Trail Running PT session and we ran/walked another 1.5 in 30 minutes.
Again, sorry for the boring notes...it's just as much as a diary for me as anything.
So, here is the info on my second run. I was definitely sore from my fall yesterday, but as I already knew, I felt much better once I got moving.
My GPS on phone or Runkeeper is still not working as it should (never, ever had a problem with it before. Figures.
Anyway, I ran out of the club over the bridge into Lambertville then turned down the canal toward Stockton. I was gone for about 50 minutes so it was definitely about 5 miles or maybe a little more. My map shows that the GPS didn't pick me up til I was near the high school so I didn't get credit for that portion so I feel confident that it was at least 5. Not bad after yesterday
Well, what a truly beautiful morning to start my 100 day commitment of running!
I don't plan on posting all of the details and stats of these runs to facebook. Just maybe a few here or there or once per week. I'm sure some of you are saying "Amen" to that plan!
If you are interested in following my progress, you can come here each day to see what I've accomplished and some basic details of each run. The postings are really to keep me accountable as far as mileage and pace. For those of you that know me, I have a pretty high dose of some sort of competitive gene and if it's only an app that I am competing against, I still want to try to beat it :) I need to do some more yoga and meditation to calm that tendency down...I know. But, back to the running...
Me, JD, and Ellie (four legs, covered in black and white hair and raring to go) met Kara at Bald Pate Mountain shooting for a 6 mile trail run.
About 1/3 of the way through, Ellie ran ahead and took a wrong turn on the trail and when I called her, she came barreling back to catch up and miscalculated her turn...resulting in a full body slam to my left thigh...while I was running at a full out pace. Was probably the most forceful and jolting fall that I've experienced on the trails since starting about 7 or 8 years ago. Skinned my left, knee, thigh, hand and elbow, possibly bruised a rib on the left side and scraped heel of my right hand too. Took a minute, brushed off, made sure I didn't scare Kara too much (JD has been recounting it over and over since and laughing about it...nice) and off we went. So, that accounted for some loss of time without pausing the GPS...just saying!
Great weather, super conditions...a little trouble with the GPS. It didn't pick us up at first so the whole run is not on the report.
A few spills and bathroom breaks (a la au natural) and a majorly steep switchback later we covered just under 6 miles in a little less than an hour.
Here are the details on Runkeeper. Again, some of the stats are incorrect for some reason. I would love to say we did the recorded pace and time, but it was about a 10 minute mile. (btw, for all of you road runners out there, don't "poo poo" the pace of any of these runs until you are out on a technical trail...come join us sometime...and the towpath doesn't count as a trail)
100 Days from this coming Sunday is New Year's Eve Day!!! Anyone want to join me on a 100 Day Challenge of your choice.
I AM GOING TO RUN 100 DAYS IN A ROW!!! A minimum of 2 miles per day, 30 miles per week. I'm going to do as much as I can outdoors and only on the treadmill when necessary due to darkness or extreme whether (or my work schedule)...hopefully, I will be on a beautiful wooded trail for much of it! If you are a beginner, maybe you could commit to walking. Or maybe you would want to make a food commitment...like a resolution of some sort. How about 100 Days of Meditating in a row, or doing a kind gesture, or lay in bed for 2 minutes every morning and maybe count your blessings for 100 Days in a row. I think a physical commitment is best because you can do most all of those other things while you are exercising...just saying!!! All inspired by my amazing friend Anita down in Texas y'all...she did 100 Days of Running this past summer. Who is in?
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Hello! My name is Leah Dillon and I am a Certified Personal Trainer and health and fitness enthusiast.