Weekly Running Recap #3

Friday, July 20, 2012

I signed up for my first race!!!  I was going to leave this until the end of the post but I'm just too excited to wait.  It's amazing what a world of difference it feels from a year ago when I signed up to do a 3.5 mile race because a friend some how convinced me to.  From the moment I signed up until I crossed the finish line I just felt dread.  And even after that I still couldn't figure out why I had signed up.  This time is different though.  I actually feel a little giddy.  I've made so much progress over the past few weeks and I can't wait to get out there and see my work in action!

Anyway,  the race I signed up for is the Jack Kerouac 5k on September 30th.  This is a very fitting race since it is in Lowell, the town next to mine and a town I spend quite a bit of time in when I'm home.  I've seen and heard about this race for years but this will be the first time that I get to do it myself.

Now back to your previously scheduled blog post:

Saturday: 2.25 mile run.  I've bumped up the distance!  I wanted to do it all of last week but I knew I shouldn't.  If I add 1/4 of a mile each week I'll be up to 3 miles before I leave Dublin and I'll be able to work on timing myself.  I think that's a good plan. Running on the weekend is always easier than during the week.  The thousands of people that seem to be on a perpetual lunch break aren't there so it's just a few locals out for afternoon walks that I have to avoid.

Sunday: 2.25 mile run.  The only thing better than running on a weekend is running on a rainy weekend where there is really no one out.  I realized that I'm in for a rude awakening when I go home and the temperature is above 55 degrees and I don't run around a river to keep me cool.

Monday: Rest Day.  It's strange to me that I only notice tightness in my legs when I'm walking up and down the stairs on the bus (yes, they have double decker busses in Dublin!).  Either way that, combined with classes and group meetings, made me decided to rest today.  I am a little nervous about how I'm going to be when it's back to working full time.  Everything's great when I can sleep in and go for a leisurely jog around noon but I know it's not going to be that easy for long.  Hopefully I can make some good habits that stick around once I'm back in the US.

Tuesday: 2.4 mile run.  I used a different gate from my complex so it added a bit more onto the run.  Today was warm... and by warm I mean it was barely 70 degrees which by Irish standards is sweltering.  I really don't know how all of you runners in the US are doing the 100+ degree heat these past few weeks.  That's dedication. I'm pretty nervous for jumping into that at the end of August when I get home.  At least we have a treadmill at the house.

Wednesday: 2.25 mile run.  I didn't stretch well after my run last night and I could really feel it during today's.  For some reason this run sucked every ounce of energy out of me.  During the run itself I was fine but as soon as I came home I fell into a two hour coma.  I never nap so it was strange for me.  I also feel insanely groggy right now and don't like the feeling at all.

Thursday: Rest Day.  I got the message that my epic nap on Wednesday was trying to send... rest.  I had my last Operations and Supply Chain Management class today so I felt like a good lounge wouldn't be the worst thing.

Friday: 2.25(ish) mile run. Eh.  That's the best word to describe this run.  For some reason I just wasn't feeling it.  My nose was runny, my throat was phlegmy, and I was stupid and ran during lunch time so there were way to many people out.  Not how I wanted to end the week of running but every other run this week was great so I'm still happy over all.

Total Miles: 11.4

Things I learned this week:

Stretching!  I'm usually good about stretching but I have to start doing more for longer.  A few minutes was fine when I was just running a mile but the more I do this the more I've found I need to stretch.  Here are some great tips and stretching suggestions!

My friend mentioned that the Kerouac race was kind of hilly and my initial reaction was, "what are hills?!"  The most elevation I see while running here is when I cross over the curvy part of a bridge.  So, on top of the heat that I'll have to adjust to when I get home, I also have to think about hills.  Luckily my neighborhood is pretty hilly.

I've started looking into what I should / shouldn't be eating to fuel running.  There is so much information out there that I've barely made a dent in it but there is one tip I remember from my old swim coach that I've found is pretty applicable in running.  He would always say that if you want to eat before swimming eat a banana and avoid apples.  The acid from apples can make you burp (which is much more of a problem while swimming than while running) but I had one before a run this week and could feel it the whole time. The banana will still give the energy but with out the acid/ burps and the potassium will help with cramps.  So, while apples are still a great source of energy, they are probably something I'll save for an after-run snack.


  1. Hi, I'm Shar!
    Your newest follower from the blog hop!

    Congrats on signing up for your first race! There's a 5k mud run coming up here soon! But I'm passing... :p
    Best wishes for your training and the actual run! Love the name of your blog btw! :)

    xoxo ♥ -Shar

    1. Thanks for visiting my blog! I'd love to do a mud run or one of those color runs but I think they're all going to be before I get back to the US which is kind of annoying!

  2. Yay, good for you! I remember my first 5K, I was so nervous! There were hills in ours too and I was GRUNTING up those things. Pretty soon, 3 miles will be so easy, you'll be shocked!

    The Daily Distraction

    1. Luckily I've given myself enough time before the race that I should at least be able to try running on a hill... still slightly terrified though!

  3. Good for you Erin! Incidentally, I'm reading On The Road, right now!!