My New Trainer

Last year was not a great running year for me. We did several triathlons, but running didn’t really get the focus it needed. That said, I have a strong goal of running my first half marathon and my first full marathon this year. My only issue, is that running hurts now. I messed up my foot somehow in January and it hurts pretty good after I run (during my run) and even if I just walk too long on it. This makes running difficult. However, I don’t want to lose my ability to stay in shape. So..I turned some of my focus towards a different sport. Cycling. With the weather still being in the freezing category and me not really having the right apparel to be riding in these conditions, I bought a trainer.

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It seems really sturdy and strong.  I’ve only ridden on it a few times, but so far I am pleased.  I love seeing it all set up.  It’s like it’s just sitting there waiting for me and that kind of motivates me as well.

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I’ve been searching on youtube for videos to watch while I’m riding.  I’m still at that point where I need the motivation (and push) of a trainer video to increase my resistance and push harder.  While I don’t have a cadence sensor (yet), I’m just riding based on time at this point.  I’m totally lost on what I should be doing though and we all know how google can be.  It tells you so much information that you can’t get anywhere.  I’m still excited though and can’t wait to get back on it.

yes..I'm braving the naked face on the internet...

yes..I’m braving the naked face on the internet…

So tell me, do you guys ride on the trainer during cold/wet days?  Any tips on a great trainer ride?  What’s your trainer motivation?

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Weekly Running Update

Hello everyone!

After some gentle pushing by the hubby..I’m writing this post tonight.  I don’t know that I’m really up for it.  I got a tooth pulled today and was feeling great while I was still numb..but the numbness is starting to wear off and the pain pill opportunities can’t come quick enough.  My gum is insanely sore and tender!

Anywho..let’s get into last week’s running.

Sunday: Rest Day
Monday: 5 Miles – Treadmill Run
Tuesday: 2.09 Miles Outside Run – 1 Mile Stationary Bike
Wednesday: Stretch Day
Thursday: 4.05 Miles
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: Rest Day

Weekly Mileage Goals: 11 Miles

Actual Weekly Mileage Total: 11.14 Miles – 1 Biking Mile

So it was a much better week this week.  I think re-evaluating my running plan and setting goals that are closer to my running ability helped me push past the uncomfortable level and gave my body time to rest as well.  Completing my goals this week was much better on my self esteem and my confidence.  Foam rolling and incorporating a true stretch day in my week was very helpful as well.

This coming week will be a little different because Andy and I are running the Hot Summers Night 5k on Saturday night.  I can’t wait because this will be the first 5k since I got serious about running and I’m anxious to see how I do.  Hopefully I come back next week with a great running week and a successful race.

So how is everyone else doing..I know a lot of people are in the process of training for other races.  It seems like race season is upon us..at least for us anyway.  We have a race about every 2 – 3 weeks from here until the middle of October.  We just signed up for a random 5k/10k in Coshocton, OH for August 17th.  We are going to be visiting Andy’s parents that weekend in Marietta, OH and this is about 2 – 2.5 hours north of where they live.  So why not get up uber early to go run a race in a different state?!  I’ll be doing the 5k and Andy will be doing the 10k.  We are also contemplating the Columbia Half in December…but I’m a little nervous.  That’s a big jump from where I am now and that little nagging voice in me says I will be pushing too hard, but the optimist in me says I have time to train still and that I can do it.  It might not be my best time possible, but just being able to finish will be awesome for me for my first ever half.  We’re getting way ahead of ourselves though.  I hope everyone has a great week and I’ll talk to you guys later.