Monday, March 11, 2013

TrainingTruths: Running Gives You Freedom

Congrats to Sassy Bands winners Erin S., Kasy, and Mindy! Check your emails!

Last week was unusually busy, and I was tired. My normal running days schedule went out the window completely, but not the miles. I love that with running you can decide when to run, determine your pace, choose your course, and think about whatever you want. 

TrainingTruth: Running gives you freedom

THURS: This was my first workout of the week. I laced up my shoes with trepidation about how it was going to go after "resting" for five days. I decided to run on the treadmill (just in case) and choose a 6x800 workout. Other than initially flip-flopping the order of run/recover, I felt pretty good. I'm still doubting the pace of my treadmill, but going by effort I feel like I did a good interval run.

FRI: I don't usually run two days in a row (I fear injury), but with an unexpected snow day, I couldn't resist. This gave me a chance to catch up on the miles I lost at the beginning of the week. Since there was a snow storm going on, I choose the treadmill again and just ran. I didn't go with a planned distance or pace or workout. I just ran. When I felt like stopping, I did.

SUN: We pushed our Saturday long run to Sunday. This was our final long run before the NYC Half Marathon. Since Central Park has hills, lots of rolling hills, we chose a long route that also had some hills. It felt really good to get back outside. I was worried about how my legs would feel, but my conservative approach to hills seems to be working. I still get winded, but my legs are holding up better.

Since we're talking hills, I saw this on Pinterest

                                                         Source: Uploaded by user via Kelly on Pinterest

Which reminded me of this tweet.

What does running give you?

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  1. Im still trying to find my running love as I COVET the freedom.

  2. Running gives me a time out. I get to ditch my role as "keeper of the fruit snacks" and just be me for a bit. :)

  3. Love running for its I just need to run more often!

  4. Great runs girl! And I LOVE that pinterest image! I'm so gonna tell myself that next hill run! the Mindy who won me??? I wasn't sure because I haven't gotten an email from you...fingers crossed! ;-)

  5. Nevermind! I see it's my friend Mindy A! Congrats to all the winners!!!

  6. Great week of training Amy also what you to know that you have been selected to be Blogger Of The Week on @runningbloggers. Congratulations!

  7. Thank you Caroline! I'm so excited ;)

  8. Oh sorry Mindy! Thanks for entering. I hope you'll consider Sassy Bands the next time you need a headband ;)

  9. It is simple! And you are busy with training ;)

  10. Love that phrase "keeper of the fruit snack", lol. We all need a time out to reboot!

  11. This does not surprise me ;)

  12. I love the reaping the rewards of seeing natural beauty you'd oath wise miss if you didn't run.
    Good luck on your half! And very inspirational post!

  13. ooooh so that's why only my butt is getting smaller ;). I always credited it to living on a 3rd floor condo and having to take four flights of stairs from the garage at least twice a day!

  14. I am a fair weather runner, but I am trying to run more often. I need a good pace monitor like yours. Time for some shopping. Thanks for stopping by my blog today.


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