May 6, 2009

Newbie to old timer...

Whoopie! Today is my Saturday and I am so looking forward to a few days off...ahhh...With all the excitement of driving to SC for graduation and then TN to see my family I don't feel like I've had time to relax, so this will be good!

I was pretty excited to see that I ran 17+ miles last month and very excited to see that I've went from running 3+ miles a week to 6+ miles this past week! I use the website that a lot of you have called Running Ahead; This free little gadget is such a motivator! Seeing the progress I'm making each week keeps me so excited and fired up. I can't hardly wait until next month to
see were I'm at:p However, I ran yesterday and only made it 1.5 miles instead of my regular 2 miles:( my muscles and knees where just too fatigued from my run on Sunday I'm thinking. I have to say that completing those two miles are getting harder but I think its because I'm trying to run every other day instead of every two days now and that I'm running a bit faster. I've went from a 12:00 minute mile to a ( it fluctuates) 10:36/11:33 minute mile. I read a really good piece of advise on the Running Ahead forum yesterday that said, "You have the rest of your life to run, so whats your hurry?" This blogger was giving out advise as a 66 year old man who has been running for 33 years! He had a lot of good things to say, but this one really struck home. I plan to make this a life style, so really, whats my hurry. I've decided I'm just going to take it slow and welcome even the smallest bit of progress if that's all I'm making. Why have I decided this? Well I kept reading about all these new runners who just got burned out because they ran too hard out of the gate...They built too fast and so it became more of a chore instead of something fun that they loved. This makes so much sense and I DO NOT want his to happen to me. All last week I was in the (newbie) mind set and was getting down that I wasn't at 2.5 miles yet, even though I've only done (four) 2 mile runs...Okay, so now that I say this I see where I was stupid to want progress THAT fast:p I am going to stop thinking like a newbie and start thinking like an old timer; build slow- have fun- patience is a virtue- run slow, you'll get faster-walking between running IS okay-rest days are a must-drink chocolate milk:p Ha Ha!

Sorry guys, I meant this post to be more of an update on several things but got stuck on the running thing...Hope you didn't mind too much! I'm off to wash my buggy car;)


  1. Ha! This was a hard lesson for me, too! I just wanted to run FAST!!! But, well, I was running a lot further when I was going slow :)

  2. Well done on your running! keep it up and definitely go slow! I know how you feel though, I want to just go full force into running, but you don't want to hurt yourself or get to burned out. (or for it to become a chore)

    Have a great rest!

  3. Slowing down has helped me with my distances. Although, there will always be "those days" (like the one i just blogged about.) haha! Keep up the good runnin' work!

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  4. Awesome job on the running!!! Before long you'll be doing those huge marathons and winning awards!

  5. Keep up the awesome progress with running! :) I definitely try to rein it in on longer runs and keep myself slow/steady.

  6. HEY! Thanks so muc for your comment and letting me know abot drill. I look forward to learning more as you write about the ups and downs. At this point it is still up in the air but we are leaning towards two choices instead of three. Where in Alaska were you guys stationed?! Talk to you soon :)


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