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Two miles

Running outside is so much better than on a treadmill. I was amazed at how far I got in a little bit of time. On the treadmill it seems like forever to move 0.10 of a mile.

I tried out my Nike hyper warm tights today. They are very nice!! I’m going to look into a hyper warm fleece or jacket when I go to Dick’s later. I also tried my Nike Free sneaks today on pavement. I really like them!!! When I used them on the treadmill I did not like them…they felt stiff, uncomfortable and hard on my feet. On pavement they are amazing!!! I felt light as a feather. And my legs were moving faster than I was used to!

Awesome morning so far!!!

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Piggies!

I got a guinea pig yesterday! For my birthday and Xmas I brought the little guy into the family. He’s tri-colored and named Nelson after Nelson Mandela. The dog loves him!!! They are best friends. Yesterday I had Nelson chillin’ on the couch with us and the dog was snuggling with him! Placing his paw around Nelson or laying his head over top of him. It was so sweet. The cats aren’t doing that bad either. I was afraid of some hunting instinct coming into play but alls good so far. Very happy. 

 

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Must. Run. A. Mile.

Ugh.

Just worked a 12 hour day. 

My body is still sore from TRX on Saturday. 

I have a ton of laundry to fold. Paperwork to do. Animunchkins to hang out with. Food to eat. Dishes to do. Couches to lay on. 

But I’m going to go put on my running pants and drive my butt to the gym. 

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Adding it up

If I can commit to running at least 1 mile  day for 30 days I’ll run at least 7 miles per week, burn approximately 1050 calories per week, increase my endurance and ability to run outside and get my body used to running more.

I know it’s only about 7 miles per week and I have done a half marathon so you might be wondering why I’m not running more miles per week. I’m busy, I have a job and animals/friends/parents/boyfriend to attend to, I need to strength train, and not having a rest day does put some strain on your body. It’s better to ease into it then get an injury. I try to do more than 1 mile when I go out and have decided that my 1 mile days will be my rest days.

I was watching a Usain Bolt documentary yesterday on Netflix and I saw how clearly your abs, your core is your power force. All of your power comes from that area of your body, to pull and twist your upper body and arms and to twist and bring your legs up for the lower half. To keep your back upright, to help your diaphragm bring in oxygen and push out carbon dioxide. Your core is your powerhouse.

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RUN!

Got my errands done today, took the dog out on two long walks..I’d say it’s a little me time with the running shoes!

For the december challenge I wanted to complete all the miles outside but I think I’m going to hit the treadmill today. It’s warmer out than yesterday but there is still a lot of slosh and ice and most of the side walks aren’t plowed. The streets around here are pretty busy. So I’d rather be safe on a treadmill.

I’m not going to spend too much time on it though. I’d rather run outside. It’s better, realistic training for races. The treadmill I feel only works half your motion – the forward pull up on the leg. Being outside works that plus the push off. And you get used to the temperatures. Running in 20 degree weather makes 40 feel like summer!!

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Mile-a-day December running challenge

The turkey trot is done. There were tons of people, too many really, for me. It was my first winter run of the season. It was about 20 degrees out!!! Bbbrrrr!!! As usually, it was too cold at the beginning, too warm towards the end then after the finish the chills set in. Yesterday I went for a run wearing leggings, sweatpants, running top, tank top, two long sleeves, sweatshirt and hat and gloves. And I was definitely too warm in the middle of the run. Nice and toasty at the beginning and end though! So, I need to find somewhere in-between that will keep me warm enough but not to a point of over heating. It’s a work in progress.

The day of the turkey trot was the beginning of a 30 day 1-mile-a-day challenge….It started in November and I’m going to take it to December 31st. So, more than 30-days for me. You can check out my half marathon training page to see my daily mileage. 

Happy running peeps!!

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