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Monday, December 31, 2012

December 31, 2012 My last Run of the YEAR!!

My last run of 2012! What a wonderful partial year of running! I started running in July, started tracking it in August of 2012. I have been only running 4 1/2 months, feels like I have been running forever. I am amazed at how far I have come. 
My first tracked run was 2.68 miles 37 minutes 57 seconds averaging 14:10 minute miles.
Today I ran 3.04 miles in 29 minutes 47 seconds averaging 9:48 minute miles. 

Hard work and determination has paid off, I am in the best shape of my life, healthier and happier! I am looking forward to 2013, setting goals and just going for it!

Proudest moment of 2012... Finishing my first 5K!
My Stats:
Total Miles 3.04
Time: 29:47

Happy New Year!!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

December 30, 2012 Run! A running lesson learned!

I was trying to run everyday for one month and about 15 days in life happened! Christmas, traveling, camping, late nights lets just saying running was not in the cards for me. I brought my running sneakers everywhere I went in hopes of sneaking in a few miles but it ended up just not meant to be.
So when I was finally home today and got ready to hit the trail I was amazing surprised at how awesome I felt! No muscle aches, no limping, no ouchies along the way! So I learned a valuable lesson that my body does really need rest, and taking a few days off improved my running!

Total Miles 3.02
Time: 29:49

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

December 25, 2012 Christmas Walk!

I opted to do a nice brisk walk today instead of running! I had to bundle up at 48 degrees!

Miles Walked 1.91
Time 32:43

Monday, December 24, 2012

December 24, 2012 Merry Christmas Eve Run!

Had to get my run in before my Turkey went in the oven!

Another slow and steady day. Not sure why, I was trying to run my fastest but this was the best I could do! Maybe because I am 13 days straight running? Maybe my body is needing rest. We will see how I feel tomorrow.

Miles run 3.01
Time: 33:32

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

December 22, 2012.... I Run like a Girl....

I saw a T-shirt that said, I Run like a Girl... Try and keep up! Loved it!

My run today was just peachy. I really feel like I need to make the extra effort and either run my 3 miles faster or just start going on longer runs. I planned on starting right after my 5K but after getting sick I just fell behind.
A tad slower today because a small dog came chasing after me and my VERY large dog. It had a long leash attached to it so I managed to step on its leash until the owner came running for it.

Miles Run: 3.07
Time: 33:21

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December 19, 2012 Run

Had a great run today, hit the streets so had to use some caution.

Total Miles 2.79
Time: 28:34

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December 18, 2012 Run

Great run today, perfect weather! I increased my miles just a bit and was able to keep good time!

Miles Run: 3.16
Time: 10:33

Monday, December 17, 2012

December 17, 2012 Run!

I have run 10 days in a row and felt fantastic running today! Time to kick it up a notch!
I hit the streets so I was surprised at my time with having to watch for cars and crossing streets.

Miles Run: 2.81
Time: 28:12

Sunday, December 16, 2012

BRRRR! December 16, 2012 Run!

It was just a little chilly today! 54. I LOVE running in the cooler weather! It is hard to believe that I was running in temperatures over 100 just a few months ago! 

Total Miles: 3.03
Time: 32:16

Saturday, December 15, 2012

December 15 2012 Run! Here comes the Rain!

It was getting dark and already started to drizzle outside so I decided to run early before it down poured!

It was cold and windy, but I really enjoyed the run, listen to Kidd Rock the entire run!

Total Miles: 3.03
Time: 32:09

Miles this week: 18.64

Friday, December 14, 2012

December 14, 2012 Run! Running into the Storm!

I ran into the storm today, it was so much cooler and windy. I beat the rain by just a few minutes.
I was slower today bu about 30 seconds per mile, I had some major muscle cramps going on. Not sure what from.

 Arizona Storm rolling in

Total Miles: 3.01
Time: 33:27

Thursday, December 13, 2012

December 13, 2012 Run! Running against the Wind!

It has been a few months since I have seen any rain in Arizona, and today a storm was rolling in from California. So I hit the trail and ran against the wind! No rain just a whole lotta wind! It wasn't too bad actually refreshing! Tomorrow will be a different story, the weather is calling for rain for the next two days! What will I do? I am not sure if it is worth it for me to dust off the treadmill since I absolutely stink at running on it. Run in the rain or just give my body a rest.
Miles run: 3.03
Time: 32:25

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12-12-12 Run! Back to my Old Self!

Yippee! Today was the first day in over a week that I ran and felt like I was back to my old self! Catching a cold was just the pits! 

Total Miles 3.05
Time: 31:30

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December 11,2012 Back on Track!

Wowzer! My head cold stuck around a lot longer than I expected! I ended up resting for the last two days to really try and get over it. I am happy to say I am almost there. I got back on the trail today and it felt great!

Total Miles Ran: 3.04
Time: 32:13

Friday, December 7, 2012

December 7, 2012 Run

My Run Keeper had a little blimp today and for some reason saved only half my run. I looked at it before I hit save so I am not sure how it happened... Maybe user error?

So anyways my time is not accurate according to the photo but here it is anyway:
See how the screen is even funky?

Distance Ran: 2.76 Miles
Time: 31.16

Thursday, December 6, 2012

December 6, 2012 Run

Oh what a day!! I had to work then rush to pick up one from school and then rush to get us to my other Daughter's first track meet!

It was awesome! Her team raced against 2 other middle schools and out of all 3 schools she came in first! She was like lighting!!  What an exciting day! 

After running more errands and finally making it home and doing homework I realized it was pitch black outside, but she was such great motivation I just needed to run!

Unfortunately I have never actually ran in the dark before and already having terrible vision, straining my vision to see, ducking from branches, running on the road, sidewalks and ditches. Well lets just say it was less than desirable! And my time showed my struggle!

But I still burned a few!
 Miles run: 2.12
Time 24:48

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December 4, 2012 my SLOW run!

I am still suffering from a head cold and spent most of the morning sleeping in. I decided to venture out on my run and quickly realized that might not have been the best idea.  I felt like I was running super fast but wasn't actually moving! Not being able to breathe thru my nose and the cold air hitting my throat.... well my time showed how much I struggled with this one!

Total Miles: 3.02
Time 35:12

Tomorrow I will be resting!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Ohhh The Head Cold... To Run or Not to Run? December 3, 2012

I woke up with an awful head cold this morning! How can that be after having such an amazing week of running?? I stopped to pick up some much needed supplies to make it thru a day of sitting behind a desk being a sick, leaking mess!
Then I spent most of the day contemplating if I should run or not. I haven't been sick since I started running So I wasn't sure. Should I just skip it and crawl into bed I felt depleted and I'm SICK?!!

So I drove home with the decision I was not going to run, but by the time I hit the driveway I was saying well maybe I can just run a mile. And if I need to stop I can.

I hit the trail and once I got over the fact that my nose was running, and sore I realized that  the rest of me was just fine and continued to run.

Total miles run: 3:06
Time: 31:09

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Run From the Cops!! Tempe AZ First 5K! December 1, 2012 Run

Yippee!! I ran my First 5k today!! Tempe Run from the Cops 2012!

We ran from the cops! LOL! It was awesome! The perfect way to support our local Police department and the only time you can legally run from the cops, what could be better??
So... are you ready for my time?

According to the CEP timing I ran the 5k in 30:29
 (insert smile)

I can for sure say that my strict running routine paid off! I never imagined that I could run under a 10 minute mile!

According to Runkeeper:

 Total miles run: 3.21
Time: 31:13
My fastest time yet!

The course we ran around Tempe Town Lake:

Now for some crazy stats out of 348 runners:

My 11 year old daughter placed 26 overall!
She placed 3rd in the 1-17 year old range! 
She placed 1st in the 12 and under
Her time: 24:13
And she won a set of engraved handcuffs! 


My 10 year old placed 92 over all her time: 27:55
She placed 2nd in the 12 and under

My Husband placed 103 his time: 28:28

I placed 137 my time: 30:29

Ready to run! # 302

So happy I DID IT!!

   I am now starting to train for a 10K~ Yippee!!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

November 29, 2012 Run... My Pre-5K Run

Since my first 5k race is only 2 days away I figured I would act as if today was the big day and see how I do. I am happy with my time! I have been practicing, and sticking to such a strict running routine and I cannot wait to get out there with a number on! I am excited and nervous! Tomorrow I plan on doing a walk just to stretch.

Total miles run: 3.14
Time: 31:34
Days to first 5K : 2

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

November 27, 2012 Run

This will be my last long run before my 5K! I am super excited!

Miles run: 2.97
Time: 31:42
Countdown to 5K: 4 days

I am hoping to do the 5K in 33 minutes. I think that would put me at my top speed the whole way.

Monday, November 26, 2012

November 26, 2012 Hitting the Pavement!

I hit the streets today. I have to run more cautiously because of the traffic and streets I have to cross over. I also ran with my chicks so I had only 1 ear plug in. WOW! It was tough to run while hearing nothing but my own heavy breathing!
I had trouble sleeping last night because my muscles keep cramping up but I felt strong once I got into a good pace.

Distance Ran: 2.77
Time: 29:48
Countdown to 5K: 5 days

Sunday, November 25, 2012

November 25, 2012 Run and a Goal Met!

I am so excited for my run today! My goal has been to run a mile in 10 and today I ran:
Mile 1: 9:56
Mile 2: 10:32
Mile 3: 10:27

I am so excited! I was super pumped on this run! Since my first 5K is only 6 days away I will be slowing my speed and distance in preparation for the big day. 

Total Miles Ran: 3.02
Time: 31:12

Saturday, November 24, 2012

November 24, 2012 run

So my Run Keeper is a little off today! I ran to my finish line and hit stop at which it read 33 minutes for my time. Then I shoved my phone into my shirt which caused it to resume and I didn't notice until after I put some laundry in, talked to the dog, and took off my sneakers LOL!

Miles Ran: 2.98
Total REAL time: 33:27

Friday, November 23, 2012

November 23, 2012 Run... No Runner Left Behind!

The whole family ran today, I started out fast and strong but as always as mile 2 comes around I watch as my Husband, both my girls and yes even my dog quickly pass me and they soon are out of my front sights. 

I have mixed emotions, of course I am frustrated that I just cannot get over the hump and keep up with them, and then I am so proud that they are all such great runners. 

I just keep running along because I know that when they cross the finish line they each turn around and run back to me and we all end up running together in the final stretch.

I hope someday I will be running back so no runner is left behind.

Running distance: 2.96 mile
Total time: 33:37

Thursday, November 22, 2012

November 22, 2012 Gobble Gobble!

Happy Thanksgiving! I decided to hit the trail early today so my run would not conflict with me cooking our turkey. We ended up running against a turkey trot 5K that was coming from the other direction on the trail. I thought it started an hour later than it actually did or else I would have run in it! LOL! 

My turkey trot was a good run, a little confusing with people running at us and my turkeys in tow:

 Or should I say they had me in tow!
They are such good runners! I hope to be able to keep up with them someday!
I can't wait till they are teenagers doing cross country meets, it will be so exciting to see all their hard work pay off!

Miles trotted: 2.98
Time: 32:57

And BIG news!! I did actually sign us up for our FIRST Official 5K!! We are so excited!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

November 20, 2012 Run

It is only second day adjusting to the changes in my running schedule. Today I had to run throughout my neighborhood. I do miss the trail but the time seems to go faster because I am paying attention to what is happening around me. 
I had no route planned out and just ran what I thought would be the safest and was able to hit my distance dead on. 
The biggest thing is that even though I am super busy and so much is changing I am keeping running a priority and just making it work. Yah Me!

Total Miles: 3.01
Time: 33.18

Monday, November 19, 2012

November 19, 2012 Run

I took a different route today. I am still undecided if I liked it or not. I ran on the street and felt I had to really pay attention to where I was running which made the time go fast. On the other hand I do enjoy zoning out while I run to clear my head. It overall was a good run.

Miles Run: 3.10
Time: 33:18

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

My Run! Oh what a difference 3 months can make....

It is hard to see a difference when you run on a regular basis, at least for me it is. But today I looked back on where I started. Just over 3 months ago I started tracking my runs...
Here are my stats from today:

Miles run: 2.86
Time 32:42
I also ran a new trail today so my time was a little longer

My stats from just over 3 months ago:

Miles Run: 2.68
Time: 37:57

That is a time difference of 5:15 minutes and .18 longer! Whoot Whoot!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

November 15, 2012 Run

I usually take Wednesdays off to rest, so I didn't run yesterday. I thought about running all day long and then slept terrible thinking about the run I missed! Maybe I will just do a short run instead of skipping altogether!
Since one of my kiddos just started cross country my time that I usually run is now in the middle of when she has to be picked up from school. I will be adjusting my running schedule over the next few days to find something that works for all of us.

My stats for today:

Miles run: 2.68
Time 27:41

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

November 13, 2012 Run

I ran pretty good today considering my muscles are killing me! I actually have a few black and blues! But I was able to just keep running and keep up a good pace!

Miles Run: 2.99
Time: 32:38

Monday, November 12, 2012

November 12, 2012 Run an a new record!!

Yippee! I am so excited I hit a record today! Averaged 3 - 10:29 miles!
It felt awesome! I did stretches all day long while I was at work, waiting on line, chatting! 

I have also been rolling out my muscles with the tiger grip.

My Stats:

2.96 Miles
Time: 31:01

Friday, November 9, 2012

November 9, 2012 Run

Hard run today, my muscles are just aching so much! I am just trying to run through it!

My stats:
Total miles 2.99 
Time 34:12