#Sub60 10k: 18 of 61 – Stepmoms Run

Personal Narrative, Running Buddha, Sub 60 10k
[caption id="attachment_3641" align="alignleft" width="225"] Blue & Lil Blue post 5k[/caption] Thursday morning, I ran with the youngest. He's 11 and likes a good adventure as much as the next kid. After a strong finish during a recent 5k race, he agreed with his father and I that running would be good summertime pursuit. He's athletic, with a determined heart, and was undaunted by my description of Thursday's running plan. Eleven (almost 12) is that interesting age where some are still open to public kisses from parents, but are pretty sure they've got this thing (life) all figured out. Or at least they want you to think so. As a veteran classroom  teacher turned new stepmom, it's an interesting tug-of-war watching this play out, even as you know what's going on. I know how kids…
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#Sub60: 13. On location and circumstance

Running Buddha, Sub 60 10k
[caption id="attachment_3618" align="alignright" width="223"] Right place. Wrong day. Too wet for strides.[/caption] I ran at the wrong place today. Don't misunderstand me, it was my usual place, the closest trailhead of two nearby. The overwhelming majority of my runs start from here, but it wasn't ideal for today. Unless it's the middle of a storm, I've decided to run rain or shine. Last night, it rained. For a slow or steady run, old faithful doesn't pose a problem when wet. But today's run was three slow miles with strides. The strides (sprints) are best done on dry land, or at the very least, on ground with strong traction. Most of the trail is wood, and slick when wet. The other trailhead? Right beside a track. I realized my mistake within moments of arrival, but it was too late to…
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Running Buddha

Running Buddha, Sub 60 10k, Temple Building, Zaimu Challenge
A funny thing happened yesterday. While searching for the image to accompany my blog, I suddenly felt "some kind of way." I'm not sure what that phrase really means (ha), but I felt excitement and a sort of recognition, seeking and finding yet another runner. Not just runners... I've been seeking and finding elite track athletes. Women who spend hours a week training their bodies to be efficient and fast. Side note: they're all fine, too.  Yassss! [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="218"] Mikele Barber[/caption] The feeling surprised me because although I was sprinter in high school, I didn't really enjoy the work that went into it. As a kid, I loved racing classmates and neighbors. Sprinting felt like flying, and I could count on being first or really close. But running varsity track wasn't exactly fun. It…
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7, 8, 9…

Running Buddha, Sub 60 10k, Temple Building, Zaimu Challenge
In 2014, I began a running plan via my RunKeeper app. It's a fat burning plan, and alternates intervals with steady runs to increase your fitness level. The app features several such plans for goals like run a 5k (3.1 miles), run a 5k in less than 30 minutes, and so on. Although I don't enter races, I run 5ks and a rare 10k (6.2 miles), as part of a regular exercise regimen. While perusing the plans back then, I noticed a 7-mile training run included to build endurance for a 5k. At that point I was a consistent 4-mile runner and 7 miles seemed daunting. It was a little too far outside my comfort zone, and after all, I was just a casual runner. The goal and the fear intrigued me, though. I filed it in the back of my…
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One step. 10k.

Running Buddha, Sub 60 10k, Temple Building, Zaimu Challenge
Today I began a 10k training program. I started on Day 3, as I'd already completed the equivalent of the first two days on my regular regimen. I ran my standard distance – 4 miles – so it was an easy entry. My distance running has been primarily self-taught/self-guided until now. I've been comfortable, and now that I'm fully settled into my new life, I'm ready to break boundaries. I want to prove to myself that I can set and accomplish goals with consistency and commitment. These ingredients are sometimes lacking in my creative endeavors, and the combination of structure, challenge and discipline will reap benefits in the weeks and months to come. Today's run was to be conversation pace, defined on this plan as 11:15-11:30 minutes per mile. I nailed it…
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In progress

Running Buddha, Temple Building, Zaimu Challenge
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="224"] Ajee' Wilson[/caption] Today I ran another 4 miler. I don't generally run two days in a row, but rain is forecast for tomorrow, so I had to get it in. I had modest goals – namely maintaining yesterday's performance with the addition of a slightly faster warm up mile. To my surprise and delight, I crushed it. I pushed the warm up mile and was progressively faster on all miles thereafter. I even dropped my average pace by 30 seconds.  That's pretty shocking, and in truth, I hit my target. As in, what I expected to be doing after a couple of weeks of effort. Next steps? Keeping this up long term, and not just as a quick trick a couple of days here and there. I'm still taking…
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Beyond the usual

Running Buddha, Temple Building, Zaimu Challenge
My usual run is four miles at a steady pace. Sometimes I do a faster three, or a slower five or six, but on a typical day, it's four – two out and back. I strive for negative splits, each mile faster than the last. But I haven't focused on overall pace in ages. In the past couple of months, I've added some interval training. So some days I do my steady four and others it's sprint work, or longer faster bouts, with periods of low intensity to recover. I selected a fat burning plan, rather than one for speed building. That said, it's reasonable to expect speed gains when you put your newly optimized lungs and legs to the test. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="318"] Monica Hargrove being badass.[/caption] I haven't done that. On my four-milers, I take…
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Keep on keepin’ on

Running Buddha, Zaimu Challenge
Today I woke up on time, then promptly fell asleep. I strive to wiggle out of bed around 4:45, but this morning's rain gave me permission to push that back. Since I couldn't run as I intended, I slept instead. Despite the extra sleep and snuggling with my boo, I was still sleepy throughout the day. I blame the rain and subsequent clouds. I perked up later on when the sun won out. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="315"] Allyson Felix[/caption] Reminding myself of yesterday's victories, I scheduled and scored some today by eating a frog early and then making my way through some easier, yet still dreaded, tasks. I also planned my approach to an ongoing project so I can stop making excuses and gain momentum. There are still a couple of things left to do…
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