New Adventures!

A lot has happened in the week since my birthday. The most prominent thing would be a new running group that I organized through Facebook has really taken off. We are called the Fremont Inland Trail Turtles and the group was created based on what I felt was a void in our running community. I am a member of our local club Fremont Elite Runners club and they are a great group of runners but the majority are fast! super fast! I came up with the idea of the turtles after stumbling across a Facebook page for another turtles group in the Akron area, the Towpath Turtles. I fell in love with the idea. I’m a very slow runner. My pace averages around 12 minute miles and I use the run/walk method promoted by Jeff Galloway. I really enjoy it. And even though we have a great running club most people are intimidated by the “elite” in the club name. Though the meaning behind that can be explained away it still stops people from joining or participating in group runs. I wanted to fill a void by setting up a group that encouraged everyone to run no matter how fast or slow. We’ve had several runs and today we actually had 7 “turtles” show up to run. At least 2 of the girls were definitely faster than my pace but that was ok because the ran ahead and kept each other company. Meeting new running friends is what it’s all about. I’m very proud of our little group and I hope it continues to grow and thrive for a longtime to come! Check us out on Facebook. www.facebook.com/fremontinlandtrailturtles

T.

Birthday and beyond

Another year has gone by. I’ve got one more year in the 40-44 age group and I’ll enjoy it while I can. I was never someone who fretted too much about age. It was always just a number to me but I’m finding the older I get the more I pay attention to that number. I’m not sure what a 44 year old should feel like or look like but I don’t think I would fit into that “norm”. I was never one to fit the mold in life and I’m still a square peg now at 44 years old. And that is ok by me. 🙂

Today is going to be fun. I’m going for a birthday run with Lori this morning and then hopefully some Starbucks is in my future. Tonight let the fun begin… 5 of us are meeting at Lucky Luke’s for a tattoo/birthday party and I’ll be adding to my 26.2 tattoo with a 13.1 celebrating my 5th half marathon this year. Would have been 6th but my damn hamstring went and tore and Cleveland never happened. Grrrrr. Also going to get a little coffee cup on my foot to celebrate my addiction to java. My caffeine sister April is also getting the same tat. Good time, good times.

T.

Spoiled

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Me and April

Ok I’ll admit it.. I’ve gotten spoiled by my running partners. Now I hate to go out and run alone. So much so that I will ignore the mid week runs and run most of my miles over the weekend. Ugh! I need to snap out of this… and soon. I think this is why I struggled so much in Columbus last month because I was so used to having people to chat with that when I ran solo it was just a real bummer. This is definitely something I need to work on. I suppose I should get some new tunes on the iPod to help me pass the time.

The late/fall months are sure though on my running motivation. I always come off the fall marathon/half marathon high and then crash and burn. Last year was especially hard because the marathon just took so much out of me. Honestly, I feel like I’m just now starting to feel normal again after that. Anyone who can run 26.2 miles and still feel like a human afterwards is hardcore in my opinion. I didn’t feel human for a long time.

Tomorrow is my birthday. The big 44. Last year in this age group. YIKES! And it’s a tough age group. These ladies are just getting better as they age. I wish I could say the same for me but right now I’m definitely not improving with age. LOL. I know that it’s in my hands to turn it all around and hopefully I will find my mojo again and get this rear in gear.

T.

Trying to get back on track!

Well it’s been a very long time since I’ve posted on the blog but here it goes again. I’m going to try to regularly blog again and stay on top of it. 

Since my lost post a lot has happened. I ran a few half marathons, a FULL marathon and suffered an injury that sidelined me for 10 weeks this past spring/summer. It’s been a year full of ups and downs but I’m still chugging along. I completed the Columbus 1/2 marathon in October 2012 after a long journey back from the injury (hamstring tear). It was difficult for sure. Especially since during my down time I managed to pack on some (a lot) of the weight back. It’s been very frustrating to say the least. 

It’s time to find a new race/goal. I’m probably going to sign up for the Cleveland 1/2 marathon in May 2013 but haven’t finalized this decision yet. I better get on the ball while the registration fee is doable. I can’t believe how fast the fees go up and how high they are now. It’s so expensive, especially when you factor in lodging, gas, etc. April and I have yet to run a race together. Both of the 1/2’s in 2012 fell apart either due to my injury or the loss of her dad the day before Columbus 1/2. It’s been one hell of year for both of us. 

It’s also for a new goal with fitness. The running is a given but I need to do some cross training. I just can’t get motivated to do it. Now that I’m no longer a member at the rec center I need to find alternate forms of cross training that I can do during the winter.  have been considering signing up at the YMCA but dang that is expensive as well. 

Until next time.

T.

Week 3 – 5k Intermediate Training

Week 3 was a tough week. I was doing well until Wednesday evening. After my intervals running on the treadmill Wednesday my shins seemed overly sensitive. Thursday was a 3 mile run and that was a struggle big time. Shin pain was persistent. Friday was a rest day and I did just that.. REST!

I joined some of the Fremont Elite Runners Club members for a group run on Saturday and knocked out 4 miles with Julie. Julie could have definitely kept up with the pack if she wanted to but I was very happy she hung back with me otherwise I would have been solo, those folks are FAST! Still had sensitive shins bothering me. Afterwards I went to Second Sole in Perrysburg and got some good advice from Matt Folk. He thinks the treadmill may have been the trigger and suggested I stay on solid ground for the time being.

Sunday’s run was supposed to be 6 miles. Unfortunately home conflicts caused me to cut that mileage down to 3.25. It may have been a good thing considering I was still having shin issues and could use the extra recovery time. So far in the 3 weeks of training that Sunday change to the training plan is the only time I have deviated from the plan and I’m pretty proud of that!

Week 3 mileage – 18.67

Check back for week 4 update!

T.