So I ran 8 miles yesterday. That is not such a special feat. Tulsa area runners who are more gutsy than I am ran at least that many miles and more while it was snowing. I know some people love running while it’s snowing or raining, but that’s not my cup of tea. I don’t mind running while there’s snow on the ground but not while it’s coming down. Call me a wimp if you want, but I just can’t take the cold. So needless to say, I ran on the treadmill at Planet Fitness – Tulsa.Admiral.OK.
Discount code for Surf City Marathon and Half-Marathon is SCATHALL
It was a beautiful day today–nice and warm for a change. It feels good to be running the streets again.
I ran from Saint John Medical Center to Swan Lake and through the neighborhood for over 40 minutes. Took a few photos of the ducks and geese, but didn’t see any swans. I heard the swans were sent to a waterfowl refuge a few years ago.
I seemed to be more in tune with my posture today. I have mentioned posture in two previous posts: Self-Talk While Running #3 and Plantar Fasciitis Treatment #1.
In the self talk post I talk about reminding ourselves certain things while running such as using good posture. I also want to add that we shouldn’t hunch our shoulders, neither should me tense our shoulders stiffening them upwards.
I realized my hips, as part of the posture, need to be held in a certain way also. My mother always told me when I was younger to keep my back flat and the pelvic area slightly forward. I did that for several years and ended up with some lowere back problems. Actually that posture is inaccurate and unnatural. Our spines are naturally in a slight S shape when we are standing properly. When we lean slightly forward, the spine needs to remain in the slight S posture.
Pre-Training #4 – 40 minutes, 20 seconds
Surf City Marathon Pre-Training Sessions #2 and #3
Okay, I’m getting a slow start. Time to get serious. Time is passing by quickly. I need to be at my best if I’m going to reach my goals of running a 5 hour marathon and losing 8 pounds. Building speed is something I will do only after I’ve reached over an hour in total time.
Training Session #2 – November 21, 2014
Walking on the treadmill again. Rain, winds, and cool temperatures kept me indoors for another training session. Not quit as energetic as I was during the first training walk. 25:01 at a 14.29 min per mile pace.
Training Session #3 – November 23, 2014
I finally got a light jog in at decent outdoor temperatures. Jogged 39 minutes and 21 seconds in the neighborhood at a 13.44 min per mile pace. It was 62 degrees with 80% humidity. By the time I returned home I was soaking wet with perspiration, but it felt good. I immediately disrobed and stood underneath the fan. I can’t stand to have wet clothes on. Don’t worry, I was the only one home. lol
So far I have lost 1.0 pounds. Well, it’s better than gaining 1 pound.
Just looking at time and not distance or speed, here is my training summary:
Pre-Training #1 – 25 minutes, 17 seconds
Pre-Training #2 – 25 minutes, 01 second
Pre-Training #3 – 39 minutes, 21 seconds
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Training for the Surf City Marathon: Session #1
I haven’t done much running since I ran the San Francisco Marathon in 2012. I would say, “I’m out of shape and over weight.”
So here goes. Today is the beginning of a new running and weight loss season. My goal is to run the Surf City Marathon in 5 hours and lose 8 pounds.
I’m so out of shape that I’m starting with the bare basics of walking. The outside temp is 18 degrees so I began with a 20 minute brisk walk on the treadmill at a 12.9 minute mile pace. Right now I’m not trying to set a PR, I’m just trying to build up my stamina. So it doesn’t matter how far I walked in 20 minutes. If someone just has to know, then figure it out mathematically. I’m just not posting distances right now. That will come later. I guess we can call this Pre-Training.
The Surf City Marathon and Half Marathon, “California’s Classic Oceanfront Marathon” will be held February 1, 2015 and starts in Huntington Beach, California and touches Seal Beach and Newport Beach. More information about the marathon can be found at their website: http://www.runsurfcity.com/
So starting date is today, November 17, 2014.
1. Run a 5 hour marathon
2. Lose 8 pounds