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2019 – my word will be Strong

By on Jan 5, 2019 in Running |

2019 will be stronger year Last year, my word for the year was Joy. I tried to be Joyful of and in everything. I know I didn’t succeed as much as I would have liked, but that’s ok! My goal was to strive to be Joyful! And I’m pretty sure I at least succeeded in that! This year I’ve picked my word to be Strong 🙂 I want to become stronger physically, mentally, and spiritually! I am already planning on doing more cross-training, which will hopefully make me stronger physically! I will also be starting my running training back up and just doing my own plan of trying to increase my mileage each week! I have a few races in mind and need to become half ready asap. I will have to become Strong to leave my child on a daily basis to go to a new job! I will start a job as a dental hygienist this month! I am really excited about this! I will also have to be Strong to get my...

2018 is almost over… New Year coming, with new beginnings

By on Dec 22, 2018 in Running |

I cannot believe that it is almost Christmas – that 2018 is almost over… This year did not turn out how I anticipated at the fitness/weight loss game. I just comprehended that if I kept up this running and these workouts, the weight would finally melt off. And I would finally be down at least a size or 2 and have something to show for it. Instead, I’m heavier, running less (for various reasons), and still refuse to buy new clothes. I just know that eventually, I will lose that weight. I want to say that 2019 will be the year! I will run more! Lift more weights! Do more crosstraining! Eat less of whatever it is that is keeping me from losing weight. Eat more of whatever makes me more healthy. But I’m afraid I have to say: I failed in 2018. I did not run my half marathons. I did not run 800 miles as I had planned. I barely made it to 500. Instead, I didn’t...

Making Running Routine

By on Oct 13, 2018 in Running |

As I said in my last post, I ran 5 miles without stopping at my new pace, and that I’ve run several 3 milers. And that I have a problem with keeping my running routine…   These 3 milers have renewed my love of running once again. It seems like every time I don’t find time to run for a week or so, the next run just renews my love of it and makes me miss it, even more, when I don’t do it!   Those longer runs, 5 miles, however, hurt my body. My hips in particular. I can’t run for almost a week after that, because of the pain of just walking. I decided that my body just can’t handle 5 miles right now. I need to slow down and stop pushing myself as hard.   That brings me to my 3-mile runs!   That distance is just right for me, not too long, not too short. I have gotten a bit faster with my 3 miles as well.   That makes me more excited!   I am trying to...

Obsession with running gear – versatile Koala Clip

By on Sep 2, 2018 in Running |

As I mentioned in a post last year, when I started running I really didn’t want to spend any money. I thought I could get by with whatever workout gear I could scrounge up. Speaking of running clothes, I hope that my extra weight would finally melt off when I continue running. And I would finally be down at least a size or two and have something to show for it. So far I still refuse to buy new clothes. But on the other hand, I haven’t refused myself to buy running gear. Maybe it’s one way to motivate myself to run more when I have new running gear on.   Better option to carry a phone I am not a professional runner, just a passionate runner looking for a better option to carry my phone while on the go. I like to listen to music and podcasts when I’m running, so my first acquisition was a basic armband to carry my phone. But it couldn’t fit my keys, and it was too bulky as I...

Fitness and running choices – how to keep motivated

By on Aug 21, 2018 in Running |

Since the last time I posted, I ran 5 miles without stopping at my new pace – and have run several 3 milers. 3 mile runs are great. I love this distance, it’s not too long, not too short. Just right. Especially for someone with kids at home. I am trying to make 3 miles my running routine and habit.   Running is a superb way to stay fit, stay healthier and build new relationships with different runners. Running is a great sport which never bores you. But to stay fit, you have to have some kind of exercise routine. And that’s the part where I’m constantly lacking.     Running is among the few sporting activities that don’t require a lot of gear. Proper shoes, and something to carry your phone with you, and you are good to go. If you are running in the night, then something to make yourself visible. That’s what made me start running. It was so easy to start.   Running is among...

Weekly Running Recap

By on Jun 20, 2018 in Running |

The week had a slow start after a weekend with too less sleep. And the week wasn’t what I hoped it would be running wise. But it is a case in point of a normal week, and a great reminder, that we tend to overestimate our competence. It was a constant battle between running, some social engagements and the summer heat. Social responsibilities are a good battle to fight, weather not so much. But I still got in some good workouts though. Here’s how one typical exercise week went! I had a hard time increasing my mileage. It’s the summer and the heat, which is all true, but it does tend to concern you if it goes on for months. So anyway, I’m gradually increasing the mileage. Monday Rest day I had plans to go trail running after work, but it was so hot, that it was better to stay inside in the AC. Mother nature won that one and it wouldn’t be the last time this week. That’s the glory...

Quote for Runners from a Writer

By on Mar 18, 2018 in Misc |

I’m often asked what I think about as I run. Usually the people who ask this have never run long distances themselves. I always ponder the question. What exactly do I think about when I’m running? I don’t have a clue.

Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Motivational quote for Runners

By on Feb 13, 2018 in Misc |

Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running.

-Julie Isphording

Goals and Plans for 2018

By on Jan 3, 2018 in Running |

I started my new year kind of eh. My hubby worked, and kids and I didn’t do anything special. Since I had just run on New Year’s Eve for the first time in almost 2 weeks, I was sore and decided to skip a day to give my body time to heal. Instead of running, I decided to do 5 sets of 20 of Clean & Press with my Ultimate Sandbag!   Rest days and cross-training with sandbag I need to take my running “rest” days more seriously and do more cross-training. I seriously love my sandbag too. It will be a big part of my cross training this year! I may have to set some small goals of adding one new exercise with it each month! As far as my goals, I forgot to include that I want to run 800 miles this year. That’s a lot of more than last year since I just started, but I think it’s completely doable for me. Especially with so many half marathons this year...

Running quote for the new year 2018

By on Jan 1, 2018 in Misc |

If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.

— Priscilla Welch

Running Quote of the Day

By on Dec 26, 2017 in Misc |

“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.”

— John Bingham

Beginners starting out

By on Dec 9, 2017 in Running |

For anyone that is tempted to start running I would say just go for it, but start much slowly than you ever could imagine! Now when I think back, I tried to run too fast and too long too early. Training plan something like this would have been much better to start with, but I was too impatient. Mix running and walking (I still mix, allthough I can run longer time straight, because it’s better exercise that way). Walking parts should be brisk enough. Easy Walk-Run Training Plan Try to have 3-4 around 30 minutes walk-runs every week Week 1: 2 minutes running/4 minutes walking Week 2: 3 minutes running/3 minutes walking Week 3: 4 minutes running/2 minutes walking Week 4: 5 minutes running/3 minutes walking Week 5: 7 minutes running/3 minutes walking Week 6: 8 minutes running/2 minutes walking Week 7: 9 minutes running/1 minute walking Week 8: 13 minutes running/2 minutes walking...

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