Saturday, December 31, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
So awesome right????
So I know I only have 3 medals so far. Most races under 10 miles only give out shirts, not medals. I have every intention of collecting more and more through the years. I have wanted a proper place to hang them without it looking super cheesy and I think this is PERFECT!!!!!
I really wish that someone could drop a subtle hint to my husband. I NEED THIS!!!!
You can find it and other cool medal display options at this website: http://www.medalhangers.com/view/98/Runner-Female-Display
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
I have not been doing much running for one very specific reason. Simply put, I am pregnant.
It is absolutely safe to continue running during pregnancy. Read this article if you don't believe me.
For me, the first trimester was a bit rough. Exhaustion, nausea, headaches, among other issues that I won't even go in to. I ran 2 miles at a time MAYBE about 10 times during the past few months. Talk about disappointing!!!! :(
I am feeling TONS better the past week or so and I am re-committing myself to my running / exercise program. I am trying not to beat myself up over this. I know I must listen to my body and never push myself to hard. I am fine with that. I am for now starting with the goal of running 2-3 miles 3 times a week at a very slowed down pace of course. A 12-13 minute per mile pace is fine by me. I guess you could call it shuffling or scooting instead of running, but at least I am getting out and moving.
Me posting my new goals on this blog will help me be more accountable, I hope.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
This is the Nike+ iPod Sport Kit. It is what has motivated me to get out and run. Simply attach the Nike+ sensor onto your shoe, then plug the receiver into your iPod and you will hear feedback about the distance, time, pace and calories burned directly through your headphones. Afterwards a performance summary appears on your iPod screen and can be heard through the headphones. THEN you plug your iPod into your computer and NIKE downloads your run information to their website. Genius! So convenient. The Nike+ sensor is waterproof, virtually unbreakable and costs about $29.00.
**Please note that this sensor is most accurate in a NIKE shoe which has a built in pouch in the sole of the shoe. I wear Brooks running shoe so I strap it to the laces. It is about a tenth of a mile off every mile for me, but I know that so I make adjustments accordingly. If I want to run3 miles I run 3.3, if I want to run 8 miles I run 8.8, and so on.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I LOVE running skirts!
So what's the benefit of wearing a running skirt?
** many of the skirts come with long shorts, or even with full tights
** you can wear your favorite fitted shorts underneath
** it is like running in spandex or compression shorts without the worry of how your tush looks
** running skirts all come with extra pockets (huge bonus)
** always plenty of spots for things like your iPod, running GU, cell phone, pepper spray
** there is nothing wrong with looking good when you work out
** gives you a very "girly" way to be successful at a "masculine" sport
So where can you find the right running skirt for you? Well I was lucky enough to have the skirt I wore on race day given to me by an amazing friend. But they're sold all over the place now!!! And, if you've already found one you love, leave a comment and tell me all about it!
Monday, September 26, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
It was AMAZING!!!!!! Sweet pain relief almost instantly. I purchased a roll and will be using it anytime I have any little ache or pain.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
We had about a mile walk from the parking garage to where the race start was. I was actually really grateful for this walk. It gave me a chance to settle my nerves and hear many motivating words from my amazing husband.
The race Start/ Finish lines were close to the famous steps where Rocky trained.
Probably my most favorite moment of the whole day was right before I stepped into my corrall. My husband hugged me and said a quick prayer for me to be protected and safe during this race.
Nerves were gone and I was ready to run.
We had planned to do a water bottle switch off at mile 5 where the route curved back around to where the start of the race was. There were so many people running and so many spectators that I doubted this would work. I thought there would be no WAY I would spot my family. Well thanks to the cluster of bright pink shirts and Ella being on top of Elliott's shoulders, I spotted them and we made the switch mid stride. :)
Crossing the finish line was the most thrilling rush of my whole life. I felt like such a champion. I was so proud and felt so good.
Finding my family and enjoying this special time with them was the best reward ever.
I WILL be doing this again... someday...
Monday, September 19, 2011
Angie Lingo #18368
Age: 33 | Gender: F
Overall: 12478 out of 16476 ·
Division: 1221 out of 1743 ·
Gender: 6506 out of 9496
Friday, September 16, 2011
So with 3 days to go here is how I am preparing...
TONS of fluids. Water and of course my favorite Powerade Zero. Zero calories and Zero sugar. Very refreshing during training, pre race, and post race.
I also just made a jamming playlist. I always make a new one before each race. I try to put my favorite more upbeat jams when I know I will need the extra beat pumping through me. Mile 4 and 7 and of course the best for last so I can run my last half a mile harder than any other. :)
Here is a link to my current favorite running song if you care to know what I will be running across the finish line listening to...
Party Rock Anthem
Thursday, September 15, 2011
I will decide today if I will be running the race or pulling out of it. I am awaiting the call from the doctors office with the x-ray results. I am very optimistic because the last 48 hours of ice, rest, and of course the steroid shot have worked wonders. Honestly I am itching to go out and run right now. Instead I will sit her with more ice and more rest with cell phone in hand waiting for the call. I am thinking it is going to be a good outcome.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
He treated me for this right in the office with a HUGE cortisone injection which has made the bottom of my foot and 4 of my toes completely numb. Most of the horrible pain I was feeling from the injury has gone way, but I am having trouble walking because of the incredible numbness.
The doctor also said there is a chance it may be a stress fracture on the top of the calcaneus bone. He has ordered an x-ray which I am terrified to go get because if there is any type of fracture then running the half marathon this weekend is completely out of the question.
Why now? This has been so heartbreaking for me. I have trained so long and hard for this. Mentally I feel like I have been training for this my whole life. I have never been this motivated about exercise and fitness. The confidence I had a few days ago is slowly slipping away from me. I am trying to stay positive but it is hard. I still have faith though that things will improve within the next 5 days.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday - 5 miles
Tuesday - cross training
Wednesday - 3 miles
Thursday - cross training
Friday - 3 miles
Saturday - rest
Sunday - HALF MARATHON
INSTEAD it looks like this:
Monday - 5 miles (foot / ankle injury during the run)
Who knows what the rest of the week will look like now.
If I have to hobble down the race route I will be running on Sunday.
Hoping the rest, ice, compression, and elevation heals me up soon.
Monday, September 12, 2011
These gels are made from complex carbs and, in combination, are flavoured with real fruit. I really love that they do not feel thick and gooey in your mouth like most energy gels.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
I only ran 10 miles of it. WOW! I wanted to run for days. It was amazing. Peaceful and exhilarating all at the same time.
Bring your cell phone with you just in case you get carried away and run a few miles past where you parked your car and then get lost like I did. :)
Thursday, September 8, 2011
I HATE THE TREADMILL!!!!!!!
With all the rain out here on the East Coast this week and my first half marathon only 11 days away I had no choice. I headed to the apartment gym to pound out 4 miles on the treadmill.
My 3 year old even joined me. Look at how far she went walking on the treadmill in rain boots...
She was so proud of herself!!! She wants to be a runner like Mommy and that makes me so happy. It makes me feel like I am being such a good example to her. Just another reason to keep on running.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Typically a running shoe should last 300 - 500 miles. After adding up the calculations (thanks to my Nike+ sensor) I realized I have close to 700 miles on these shoes. Time for a new pair ASAP!!! I frantically called every running store from Pennsylvania to Virginia looking for the shoes that I have LOVED running in. After 2 days of calling around I found them!!! I drove immediately to get them. Once I put them on I instantly knew the support in the pair I had been running was shot! I am so glad I purchased a new pair. The tread on the bottom of my shoes is almost completely gone in some areas.
What a difference a shoe can make. I just hope this ache in my foot goes away before race day. I LOVE my Brooks Dyad running shoes!!!!! Lucky for me they just came out with this new fun color last month too.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
I have been training for a half marathon since June.
One thing I have learned is you can NEVER drink enough water!
Another thing I have learned:
WEIGHT DOES NOT DICTATE HEALTH
According to BMI charts I am still "overweight". I can run over 100 miles in a month so if you ask me, I am healthy. However there are plenty who are in a "normal" weight category who do not have the endurance to exercise like I do. I feel really good all the time. I am trying to convince myself that HEALTH is more important than WEIGHT.
Monday, September 5, 2011
This is the first time I have had family members join me for a race. I was so excited. My sister Tatia and my husband decided that they would run the 1 mile fun run while I was out running the 5 mile comptetive run. I was so proud of them for doing it. Elliott does not run, ever.
This was the hardest race I have ever run. It was only a 5 mile run and in the past I have run longer races but for some reason this one killed me. I was prepared physically but not mentally. I got to the mile 2 marker in 19:20 so I felt like I was doing well but about mile 3.5 the hills came and the entire 4th mile was a slow uphill climb. My calves were on fire!!!! So crazy. I think next time I will get to know my course a little better. :) I am pretty happy with my time. On to the next...
Saturday, May 7, 2011
An amazing 5K run this Mother's Day weekend is just what I needed! Running with all these amazing girls was beyond motivating. Helped me achieve my best 5K time ever!!! See for yourself. Scroll down and check out the time clock. :)