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Happy Hug a Runner Day

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Today is Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day (GO HARD).

A couple of years ago some friends wanted to get some runners together to recognize what they do and that has now turned into a running holiday that keeps getting bigger and better.

This year the folks from Run the Edge (the people behind GO HARD) decided they wanted to raise money for the charity Girls on the Run.  This is a wonderful charity that I heard about this past year and I hope to be a part of next year.

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GO HARD is hosting a virtual run, and all the proceeds go to Girls on the Run, plus you have chances to win some cool prizes.  You can join the virtual race for a mere $5.95 and run any distance you want, just sign up for 5k, 10k or 13.1 miles.  You then post your times and see how you placed.  You can run outside, inside, on a track or treadmill.  You have till Nov 30th to post your times.

You can also register for the race and get a medal and/or shirt (with a higher registration fee.

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(above images are from hugarunner.com)

Once you register you can download and print out your bib.  Take a picture of you with your bib and post it to the Hug a Runner Facebook group.

If you are not a runner but want to support one you can send them a hug.  Or you can just actually hug a runner that you know and support.

I registered for the virtual 5k race and got the shirt. I have to run on the treadmill at the gym because I run either too late at night or too early in the morning for outside runs this time of year.

Go ahead, hug your runner.

 

Just. Keep. Running.

Want to find out what races I’ll be doing next year?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie

 

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Running Log week 7 & 8

I didn’t want to write a bunch of bragging posts about my running advancement.  Then I thought; ummm…do you really think it is bragging to say you are able to run now?

Since I made the Official Race Announcement I figured I could everyone updated on how I am doing.

First: running is hard.

Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but it is hard to maintain.  I am not at that place yet, where skipping some days doesn’t affect me.

So here is how week 7 went:

Week six starts out with intervals and the third day you have to run for two miles or 22 minutes.  With no walking (except the warm-up and cool-down).  Then on week 7 you run for 2.5 miles or 25 minutes.  Each day.  No more intervals.

I run Sun, Mon, Wed & Thr.  I completed the third day of week six on a Thurs.  I timed it so I wouldn’t have to add three more running minutes to my time with out a break.  So come Sunday I was ready to run for 25 minutes.

Since I don’t run 10 minute miles yet, I knew I wasn’t going to reach the 2.5 mile goal.

I was nervous about running 25 minutes and wasn’t sure I could do it.  So I decided that I would run for at least 22 minutes before inserting a walking interval.  So come the 22 minute mark and I was so close to the 2 mile mark.  I told myself, just reach two miles then you can walk.  Well after I went past two miles my app told me I had one minute left!  I figured I could run for one more minute.  And I did.

I ran the whole 25 minutes.  No walking.

I did the same thing on Monday.  And Wednesday.  I just kept giving myself small goals that I knew I could do.

run log from Sun & Monday

run log from Sun & Monday

On Thursday I was supposed to start Week 8.  Which is 28 minutes or 2.75 miles of running, with out walking intervals.  But I had gotten this horrendous headache and knew I couldn’t do any running, and thought I would go on Friday.  Turns out the headache stayed with me till Sunday.

I just knew adding those three minutes was going to be torture.  I hadn’t run in four days and wasn’t sure if I would be able to do it.  I went to the gym making my list of small goals.

Who do I see on the treadmill?  An old coworker from my gym-rat days! (we used to work at a gym together)  I haven’t seen him in over a dozen years!

While I ran we kept talking, which is a bit difficult for me as my lungs are not that in shape yet.  But I was able to maintain fairly good speech.  And you know what happened… I ran the whole 28 minutes with out even realizing I had done so.

OK, so that is not really true.  I realized it.  Boy oh boy was I aware of it.  But I didn’t have to keep telling myself, only one more minute, or only 3/10 of a mile to go.  I was distracted so I wasn’t focusing on the time or distance.

The second day of week 8 is another 28 min/2.75 mile, but the third day is 30 minutes or 3 miles.  I don’t run a 10 min mile, I am more like 12 min miles.

week 8 day 2

week 8 day 2

But this pace allows me to run the whole time.  Technically I should be able to run a 5K by Wednesday, but that is not really going to happen, but I will be running 30 minutes, and that is awesome.

photo/quote by Julian Bialowas

C25K interval information can be found here

Happy Running

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I Run. I am a Runner. I Run.

I have to keep telling my self that fairly often.

When I was younger I was a runner.

I ran for me.  I ran because I enjoyed it.  I ran to collect my thoughts.

I started running at the athletic club where we belonged.  In high school my mom canceled that and I had to run outside on the street.  Which I found I enjoyed more.

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I loved clipping on my walk-man, yes that says walk-man, and heading out of the house.  There was so many directions I could run, to change-up the scene a bit.  My mind would wonder and clear.  When it got hard, I would push through and keep going, because I had to get back to the house somehow.

Eventually, it was harder to find the time.  We lived where it wasn’t safe for me to run alone.  We lived where it was too cold to run outside.  Many reasons, well mostly excuses on why I stopped running.

For a while now I have wanted to start running again.  I didn’t because I had a mental block.  I knew I couldn’t just run like I used, I had to start out slowly, and run intervals.  However, I just couldn’t figure out how to start.

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Sometime last October my cousin was talking about how she started this Couch to 5K program.  Which I thought was just a name she thought of, cause she is funny like that.

Turns out it is an actual program.  Someone sat down and thought about the best way to get people to run a 5K (about 3 miles) in nine weeks time.  It is specifically designed for people who have not run in a long time, or have never been running.  It is designed for a 30 minute workout, three times a week.

There are a lot of resources out there, some are free, some you pay for.  I like this website because he has complied a whole list of resources for you to get started.

In October I joined a gym and I started running.  I am too old for running in poor weather right now, so I run on a treadmill.

I downloaded this free app.  There was some complications and then the holidays, so I didn’t quite keep on schedule.  I still ran, but sometimes I repeated some of the days.  I am now on track to be able to run a 5K in two weeks time.

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I am not gonna lie.  It has been hard.  My lungs are not happy, my knees hurt and I need a new sports bra.  I have to learn to breathe again.

My run on Monday night was the most difficult yet.  I was just sooo tired, Baby Sid is teething, and both him and Ian woke me up a number of times the night before.  It was the first time since I started that I had to sneak in a minute of walking during a running interval.  Because I felt I was going to fall over.

But here I am now.  I am a runner.  I run. I run. I run. I am a runner….well almost.

 

Happy Running

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