Runniversary

I’ve been running a year now!

My first “official” run last year was a 5k Turkey Trot, but to prepare for that I worked my way through the Couch to 5k program.

Slowly…I think it took me closer to 9 weeks because I wasn’t running 3x a week.

But I got it done.

My Progress for the past year of running:

  • November: Turkey Trot 5k
  • December: Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run 5k
  • March: Lucky Lady 5k (Virtual)
  • April: I Run Like A Girl 5k (Virtual)
  • May: Run to Remember (Virtual) 1×10 (1 mile a day for 10 days)
  • June: Race Against Hate 10k (my first 10k!!!)
  • July: Rock n Roll 10k
  • August: went hiking instead…discovered that I miss running
  • September: drumroll please…

Beat The Blerch

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What the heck is this?

If you’re a fan of The Oatmeal, you’ve probably seen his comic strip on why he runs, if you haven’t, definitely worth checking out HERE.

What started out as a comic strip soon morphed into a real run, more recently a virtual option was added for those who wanted to get in on the fun, but couldn’t travel to Seattle.

I decided to do the Virtual as a 10k this week:

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My slowest time yet for a 10k, definitely felt that I haven’t been running often enough or long enough when I do. That combined with just running by myself, led to a very slow time.

But I did it!

and I made myself a fun little training motivation bracelet too!

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What’s Next?

October: I‘m open to suggestions! – probably a Virtual 5k related to Halloween? Chicago’s Monster Dash?

November: I’m thinking of doing another Turkey Trot – t.b.d. based on if we’re traveling for Thanksgiving or not.

December: ???

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Feature Image available on T-shirts and other products from HERE

 

Postcards from the Park

In case you haven’t been following the Forest Preserves of Cook County have an event: Postcards from the North Branch Trail

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I’ll be hitting the trail this morning with a friend and a shelter dog from Evanston Animal Shelter (where we volunteer) to get a few miles in.

Edited to add: Smokey!

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Smokey is currently available for adoption from Evanston Animal Shelter

I plan on doing the full 22 miles of the trail from Foster Avenue up to the Chicago Botanic Gardens in the next two months, walking in segments starting from the south end and stopping at each of the 6 postcard stations for photos.

I’m looking for others to join me in my walks. Please message me or comment below if you would like to join me.

For more information on the FPDCC Event: Click Here

 

Finding my Limits

One of the best things to come out of my hike in South Dakota is a real test of my hiking training program.

Unfortunately the Chicago area is very limited for hills, and stair training can only do so much – so now I’m adding additional exercises to improve my functional strength, stability and mobility in three areas of limitations:

Ankles, Hips and Wrists!

Ankle and Hip limitations are almost self-explanatory – just look at this terrain:

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Lions and Tigers and Stairs, oh my!

I’m using Stairs to train for hiking because of the severe lack of hills where I live, that and the loathing I have for stair machines…

My intent is to work my way up to 1,000 feet in elevation change over the 10 weeks of the program, all in a single session…

This means roughly 100 floors climbed for 1,000 feet in elevation change.

This is a small portion of my workout program for strength, endurance & flexibility- all with the goal of increasing my running speed & hiking endurance.

Stair Workout W2

These workouts will include a variety of movements, check out the video to see me in action!

Why am I using different methods for stair climbing, wouldn’t you like to know?

Comment to find out!