Thursday, August 28, 2008

Run Rest Recover Repeat

This week's Take It And Run Thursday topic at Runner's Lounge is "Run, Rest, Recover. Repeat." When I was a younger runner I didn't take the necessary time to recover or rest from my six day a week running regimen, and back then I never did any cross-training (gasp).  Today, my running is much smarter!  I run 4 days a week and I lift weights 4 days a week.  I take my rest days! And if I do miss a run, I don't feel guilty about it.  It's funny how age has made me adapt and change my thinking and attitude.  I am more in tune with my body and perhaps I take it too easy sometimes when I have those aches and pains that we runners occasionally get, but I would rather take some time off and not get an injury so I can continue to run! 

My favorite things after a long run are:  a chocolate protein shake, a banana, tortilla chips and a NAP!  I have to have the nap.  I'm still learning about new things that work for me and I am always interested in what other runners do.  

I love running for the satisfaction and accomplishment I feel.  Running makes me happy.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Running Loco

I ran 18 miles this morning with a local running club.  Loco Motion. It was so great! Every two miles they had a sag wagon for us...anything and everything a runner needs on those long runs was available. Most importantly though, were the friendships that I was able to make. I met lots of great people and I don't know why I haven't joined a club before. Most of the people there are training for St. George in October. They have long runs scheduled every Saturday throughout the valley. Today we were up Emigration Canyon; the Deseret News Marathon course. Such a pretty run! I think we must have run about 12 miles (give or take) uphill. The final hill just about kicked my butt, but I triumphed! (: I pushed myself harder than I probably would've on my own.  I came home so excited!