1/2 Marathon Training Week 2

Week two has started with a good three mile run.  The weather is so great, so cool out makes for a more enjoyable run.  My body doesn't have to work so hard to stay cool, more energy goes toward a good pace.

IT Band still holding up, I'm glad.  The Stick is really helping.

Well, I'm off to do some crunches, stretching, and foam rolling.

1/2 Marathon Training Week 1 of 12

Well, week one of the twelve week 1/2 marathon training cycle is in the books.  I'm loving the weather, crisp and cool.  I've been lucky the heavy rains have been in the over night hours, making the next day just perfect for running.

Today's long run, four miles, was fine.  No ITB pain, makes me happy!  Loving using The Stick after a run, I think it's really helping.

We all have self doubts, I'm slower than I was last year, all the time off treating my IT Band is really showing.  I start doubting whether I can run the 1/2 marathon, so I came up with a  new mantra;
"You've done it before, YOU CAN DO IT AGAIN!"

On to week two..

12 Week Training Start Day

Today is the first day of my twelve week training program for the Run Like A Dive 1/2 Marathon on February 28.  An easy three miles, it's perfect weather, sunny, crisp and cool.
It's been tough getting my ITBS under control, hoping
it will behave.
I'll write more after my run...

Respect the Distance!

  I ran my first marathon on September 8, 2013. It was the inaugural Ventura Marathon, Ventura Pier to Port Hueneme Pier turn around and come back. 26.2 miles! I still can't believe I finished.
  I've always love to run but never really entered any races.  I always thought, "I could never run a marathon, my feet won't hold up."  Anyone who knows me, knows I have the worst feet ever!  Well, my feet held up just fine, I was surprised, thank you New Balance :) 
  I have to say, the racing experience is really great. The camaraderie was so amazing.  Racers cheering each other on, encouraging each other on those last miles, when your legs feel like they're made of cement.  Truly a grand experience. I met people in the race that made me laugh and smile.
  One gal, Phyllis, who I will remember always. We were at maybe mile 16, she had pulled over to massage her legs, I came up on her and her running partner, who I found out later she met at mile 6 on the race and they stuck together to finish their first marathons, she was so encouraging to me. She said, "Come on baby, we can do this! We'll be part of the few who can say they finished a marathon. You gotta respect the distance!"
  "Respect the distance!" no kidding.  Running for that long and far, your body and mind goes through so many different stages.  I remember at around mile 18 my left knee was hurting I thought to myself, "I don't think I'm ever going to do this again."  Of course after I finished, after I took a shower, ate more food, drank more water, I thought, "hmmm I wonder if I can run it faster next time?"
  The one thing that caught me a little off guard post marathon, was the blues I got.  Post Marathon Blues, weird I felt kind of low, to quote a line from the movie Badlands; "... just kind of blah, like when you're sitting there and all the water's run out of the bathtub."  I guess it's because you've trained for so many months, you achieved your goal, and now what?  Or maybe it's because your body is so sore that you can't move.  Maybe it's a lack of all the endorphins you had while running.  I don't know what caused it, but I had them, they only lasted a couple of days, still caught me off guard.
  So with the blues gone, body still recouping, black toe nails and all, what have I done?  Registered for another race!  Just a 1/2 marathon, 13.1 miles, that will seem like a walk in the park after 26.2.  I'll be running in the inaugural SoCal Run Like A Diva 1/2 Marathon on December 8, 2013.  Sounds like total fun, in addition to water/fuel stops, there are Tiara and Boa stops!  I can't wait!  Like so many people I saw running the Ventura 1/2 marathon, I too will be donning a tutu!!
  Running and finishing my first marathon was an awesome experience that I will always remember.  I can check it off my bucket list, and hopefully next year, I can finish with a better time.

Stay running, stay healthy, stay hydrated and most importantly, Respect the Distance!

Back to training,


A Simple Low Back Strengthener


Sitting at desk all day can be rough on your lower back.
Here's a simple exercise to help strengthen your low
back muscles.  The Reverse Plank, if you have a stability ball, lay on the floor with your heels up on the ball, keep your shoulders flat on the floor, lift your hips, tighten your abs, imagine your body as a plank from the floor to the ball, (don't arch your back.)  Hold this position for 5-8 breaths.  If you don't have a stability ball, you can place your feet on the edge of the couch or chair. Remember keep your abs tight, and shoulders relaxed.  Start with 3 repetitions and workup to 5-10 reps.

This exercise is easy, relaxing, and will strengthen
your low back.  Good luck!
(Always check with your doctor before you start any exercise program.)