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One of those days…

After the storm here finally let out, I no longer had an excuse not to run.  Ok, fine, I had no excuse yesterday either, since we have a treadmill at home, but I was busy doing nothing and staring out the window going “OMG, the wind!” and hanging out with Karl and Steph, who experienced her first typhoon during her short visit (she just left tonight).

This morning, my plan was to get a run in first thing, so Steph could have a day of pampering (and pampering we did!  pedicure + eyebrow threading (her first time!) + massage + facial + sushi!  I need visitors here more often).

I hopped on the treadmill, and within seconds I knew it was not going to be a good day.  No song *clicked* and made me tolerate running.   Today, running was SO hard.

Killing the 0.5 incline and changing the pace to a 12 min/mile pace made no difference in my perceived effort level, so I turned back the low incline and kept the pace a bit faster.  If it all sucks, might as well finish quicker.

I struggled, told myself I would quit at mile 2, so I just had to keep going for a little longer…  Of course by the time I got there, I figured might as well finish the whole run, so I sucked it up, and even ran the last mile faster (because going faster didn’t feel any worse than going slower, it really really really all sucked).

I finished 3 miles with an 11:16 average pace (which for these days, is actually good).

Tomorrow?  I better get one more run in, then I can finally say I’m somewhat ready for that Sunday 10k.

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4 Miles in 2.5 hours!

Wait, what?

I like structure.  I might suck at motivating myself to get out there and run, but when I have a training plan in front of me, I follow it.  Sure, with time I learned what works for me and can tweak things here and there for my training, but I still need to see a schedule.  On paper.  With numbers.  And I need to check those miles off my calendar.

So after deciding to sign up for a 10k that I am in no way in shape for, I of course went over to my friend Hal Higdon (ok, so he has no idea who I am) and checked out his beginner’s 10k plan.  Let’s not mention how his plan is 8 weeks long, and my time frame is only 2.5 weeks.  But though I’m at a beginner’s endurance, I’m not really a beginner per se, right?  After all, I have ran over 30 races, with over a third on the double digit mileage, so even though I’m out of shape, I still call myself a runner.

Oh, and did I mention how I broke out in hives?  And how it hasn’t gone away?  And I’m now on prednisone?  (Which sadly, is not that type of steroid…)  Just like last year, I have a horrible reaction to prednisone, I’m a bit “off” most of the day, you know when you’re there but not really there?  So I’m tired all day, and the hives are just now finally improving a bit.  Luckily, most of the VERY noticeable part is hiding under clothes…

But onto the running 4 miles in the time it takes me to run a half marathon.  And yes I RAN it.  NO WALKING.  The last time I ran this much, was with Erin on my last run with the group a couple of days before leaving DC (I didn’t blog about it, but I got 5.5 miles in), but I did blog about my last 4 miler in DC, and gosh, looking at those pictures again, I ache for those trails…

So I hopped on the treadmill with the goal of running 3 miles, but after a (very slow) mile, I was sweating profusely and breathing hard, despite having the AC pumping and the treadmill fan on (damn you prednisone!!!).  It was TOUGH.  So I hopped out.  I took a break.  I went on the computer, I ate dinner, even took pictures of myself after the sweat dried out.  

And then I went back for one more…   I put the elevation back at zero (I had run at 0.5 for the first mile), and when I hit the end of that mile I decided that I could finish the 3 miles.  I even sprinted for the last quarter mile at a 8 min/mile pace with the 0.5 elevation back on!

I was sweaty…  but decided that it wasn’t over yet.  I went outside, walked Lily, and then was back for a final mile, sprinting to the finish again, this time at the last tenth of a mile.

And I finished 4 miles!  Definitely sweaty.  Yes, I’m totally posting a sports-bra picture here, you can almost see the hives on my chest – my stomach is really the worst part, where the hives are almost purple, I was trying to avoid the sweat factor not to make the hives worse.  (And as you can see I still love my Moving Comfort Fiona, even if the company never gives me anything free to review…  I think the one I’m wearing is 5 years old…)


Sure I took breaks, but I got the distance done in one day, and in the end, 4 miles in 2.5 hours is still better than if I had given up after that single miserable mile…  (And I should add that the first mile was the only miserable one!)

The treadmill proof!  (If only the total calories part was accurate…)


And Lily as usual wouldn’t let my post-workout sweaty face alone…


This Sunday I’m off to Cebu for a couple of days to celebrate my birthday (I’m freaking old already), and I’m hoping to get a couple of miles in down there too.

And I still owe pictures and reviews from both Coron and Moalboal, so that is coming soon!


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Music to get me running!

When I posted about missing my running partners and lacking motivation to run on my own, the consensus was:  GET BETTER MUSIC!

Yep, I don’t usually run with music, but as I’m stuck running on my own, I’m putting my walkman to good use. But, of course, if you have been paying attention, it’s lacking on the playlist department.  I have a bunch of random things in there, but most don’t get me running.  Apparently, as much as I love the 90’s the songs don’t motivate me to put one foot in front of the other… (Even the Guns n Roses songs – which I will sing aloud in the car completely embarrassing myself every.single.time – don’t get me moving.  What is this world coming to?!)

Turns out, when running, I like crappy pop music.  Of the “oh, my god, is that really playing three times an hour on the radio?” variety.

So I need your help!

Suggestions will be GREAT, specially since I haven’t been listening to the radio lately (no car in Manila yet!), so I’m out of ideas.

Here’s a sample of the songs that do get me moving, that I currently have on my playlist (and it might be of help for those of you also looking for ideas):

-Bruno Mars – Grenade, Just the Way You Are
-Cee Lo Green – F**k you
-Chris Brown – Yeah 3x
-Coldplay – Viva La Vida
-Enrique Iglesias – Tonight, I Like It
-Estelle – American Boy
-Flo Rida – Club Can’t Handle Me
-Jessie J – Price Tag
-Katy Perry – California Gurls, Firework
-Ke$ha – We Are Who We Are, Tik Tok, Blow
-Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire, Use Somebody
-Little Jackie – The Stoop
-Muse – Uprising
-Panic! At the Disco – The Ballad of Mona Lisa
-Paul Oakenfold – Faster Kill Pussycat
-Pink – Raise Your Glass
-Taio Cruz – Dynamite, Higher
-The Killers – Spaceman, Human
-Usher – DJ Got Us Falling in Love

And here is  list of completely RANDOM songs that in the past just clicked while I was running outside and made me keep putting it on repeat for the rest of the run (don’t judge!):

-Breaking Benjamin – Diary of Jane
-Buckcherry – Crazy Bitch
-Carolina Liar – Show me What I’m Looking For
-Finger Eleven – Paralyzer (of course this was before it got overplayed in the radio)
-Lacuna Coil – Enjoy the Silence
-Miley Cyrus – Party in the USA
-My Chemical Romance – Teenagers
-One Republic – Stop and Stare
-Pearl Jam – Light Years
-Seether – Rise Above This
-Soul Asylum – Runaway Train
-The All-American Rejects – Gives You Hell

(Told you it was totally random, but I guess it gives a better idea of the type of music I like?  Plus, for some of them, you can totally tell it would only work on an outdoor run…)

Now what would YOU suggest as an addition to my playlist?  (The more the better!)

And before I forget:  THANK YOU!


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Wednesday Run

Gosh, whoever complains of time change hasn’t dealt with running after work in the dark for weeks!

I wish I had brought my camera, but I had no idea that I would in fact be running in full light the whole way.  I missed it!  And I get to see the trail again before I leave town!  Next week, I’m definitely taking my camera out and taking shots of the Mt. Vernon Trail, my usual route on Wednesday runs!

Not many people came out today, less than a dozen, probably because they were predicting rain for most of the week, but instead we got a nice sunny day with weather in the lower 60’s and just a great day for a run!  I tried to tag along with Kristy for the most part, but she got super speedy since she started marathon training (her first full is this Sunday!), and sadly I just couldn’t keep up!  I ended up running with Kelly, though I was running out of breath while chitchatting (literally huffing and puffing), and she was doing just fine.

We finished the 40 minute run (it’s taper week, after all!) with a 10:59 mile pace.  My fastest run since the Veteran’s Day 10k, when I ran faster than that, while running twice as long and with a fever!  (And let’s not forget my 10 miler at a 10:07 pace in October…)

It’s really devastating to see how much endurance I lost with those months of injury.  On the bright side, my gross toenail didn’t bother me a bit.  Good thing I cut it off, even if it kills sandal weather for me.


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