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Love at Last Sight: Why the World Runs

Good morning chickadoodees! How are ya?

I am sleepy weepy, mainly because of the project (my Baby Book!) that caused my major lack of snoozage this weekend, but it’s totes fine because it is a-dorable. I am so excited to get it back so I can photograph it for you guys:)

Today I decided I should talk about a breakthrough I had this weekend.

So, here is my Tangent for the week:)

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Like many people, I have had a “complicated” relationship with wellness. Particularly, with running.

When I first began running, it was in high school and purely for the purpose of being “skinny” like the other runners. Needless to say, I hated it. I hated how much it made me want to hurl, made my legs burn, and put me out of breath.

But, since I’ve switched to a cleaner diet, all of this has changed. Five miles is suddenly the “norm”, and it doesn’t seem that hard. I attribute my new endurance to my diet, but also to my Dad.

This weekend, I went on a run with my Dad on the canal. It was sunny, warm, and the water was sparkling. It was absolutely perfect.

I brought my new baby with me, and Padre pushed me the entire way. I told him I didn’t want to back down and walk at all, which was a big step for me. Running seven or eight miles on the treadmill is no big deal for me, but running outside is not the same thing. My body just was not ready for the outdoor runs, so when I would go with the Padre, my legs would feel stiff as tree trunks and I would have to walk a few times.

This was semi-disappointing to me, but once we got a good pace on, it became effortless. My form has changed drastically over the last few weeks, and that definitely helped. I have been following the Chi Running principles, landing on my middle/forefoot, leaning forward, and kicking my legs back. I’ve noticed a huge difference in my speed and how my joints can handle running. Patella-femural syndrome, my ASS. Ain’t got nothin’ on this girl!

We ended up doing just over seven miles, and at the end I was sprinting like it was nobody’s business. I don’t even know where the energy came from, all of a sudden my legs were propelling me so fast that the Padre was warning me not to trip:)

It felt so so good, and it was exactly what I needed. For weeks, I had been doubting myself, thinking that my knee would never get better, and that my muscles were just disagreeing with running. But, a few batches of hummus later, I finished my long run with the Padre after not running for more than a few weeks.

Brendan Stats:

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In my own mind, this is not a good pace. In fact, it makes me feel kind of like a slug. But what I have to remember is after injury, it’s baby steps at a time Smile

Breakthrough:

Then on Sunday, the Baby Sister wanted to go to the gymmy gym gym, so she used the machines indoors while I basked in the sunshine and ran along the canal. It was so sunny delicious gorgeous bloggies, you would have peed.

In my mind I promised myself to wait at least a mile before I looked at my pace and when I finally did, I almost cried. I have not gone faster than a nine minute mile (outdoors, on my own) in um, ages.

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After I saw that number, this hugh jass smile got plastered on my face and didn’t leave. I just soaked in the sun, the water, the grass, the fields, everything. Soon enough, my eyes were tearing up. This wasn’t the first time, but it was different.

I realized what I have been looking for this whole time. I’ve caught glimpses of it, but not until that moment did I really feel it.

I fell in love with running.

Not the legs or abs that comes with it, but the joy of propelling myself underneath the sunshine, and seeing all of the beautiful things around me. The scenery seemed to be so much more beautiful in my little sneaker-endorphine world.

I realized, that’s why the world runs. Because it gives us joy, it makes us strong, and it makes us appreciate the world and the people around us. When we hit the pavement, we are becoming closer to the Earth. I don’t care how many gadgets and gazoos you carry around when you’re running, but you’re becoming better friends with Mother Nature.

It’s a circle of appreciation that makes gives me so much joy to say that I will be running my first Half Marathon on July 23rd, 2011. A week later, I will be turning eighteen.

Here’s to a lifetime of joy :)

xoxox,

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Workout Song of the Day:

Rolling in the Deep by Adele. Love. her.

Questions:

  1. Have you ever had a breakthrough?

  2. Why do you run?

  3. Tell me about your relationship with running, diet, or fitness!

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CK Runs Her First 5K!

GOOD MORNING! :)

Woah, CK, you’re a little happy this morning…but you know, that’s just me, spreadin’ the sunshine!

Why am I so happy, you’re wondering?

I FINISHED MY FIRST 5K TODAY! In exactly 30:15. I’m still in shock.

Have you ever been surprised by how strong your body truly is?

I definitely feel that I could’ve run much harder and faster, but my goal for today was just to run the whole thing. And I did! It feels so good to reach your goals :)

By the way, it was cold! 60 degrees F..and to most of you runnahs, that probably seems absolutely lovely (which it ended up being). But for my little lungs that were mostly unexposed to the elements, it was cuhhrazay. I had to run the first mile with a jacket on!

Most importantly though, I ran this race with my papa by my side :) He was such a great motivator and really helped me to keep with my form (major love and thanks to Chi Running! absolute geniuses).

Oh dang, picture FAIL! At least you can see the family love :)

CK Dad is a seasoned runner - he’s completed our local marathon more times than I can count, the Boston Marathon twice, and will be running the New York City Marathon come November. He’s such an incredible inspiration to me, and I don’t know if I would’ve done as well today if he wasn’t there to truly just be there. I love my papa with all my heart, he is such an incredible father :)

After today’s race, I decided it was time to start running outside. I thought that going from treadmill running to an outdoor race would absolutelykill me, but instead it was easy, peaceful, and nicer. I was in my own happy running place, oblivious to other runners – I used to be so conscious of the people around me and never be able to keep my own pace, but today that was completely different. My pace was mine, I was listening to my body, and most importantly I was conscious of everything within myself. The only problem was that my lungs really were not used to the coolness of the outdoors, so when it was time to bring out the big guns, my lungs started to feel the brunt of the cold and it made me nauseus.

Question: Do you have any solutions for this? Tricks that help your breathing? Ways to avoid feeling nauseus?

Please let me know! I would love any of your tips and advice :)

As for you lovely people, here’s a list of Things I would recommend before your first 5K or race:

  • Sleep in your running clothes the night before. Seriously! I do this on nights when I’m feeling unmotivated or tired, but it makes waking up (and getting out to run!) much quicker, simpler, and easier. Plus, it’s motivation since you’re already wearing your gear!
  • Wake up within the hour of your race. If I wait more than an hour to run after I wake up, I get hungry – and any food in my belly before I run gives me major crampage. Plus, it gives you ample time to….
  • Hydrate! I cannot stress this enough. Before any race, workout, or run, hydration is key. It wakes you up, gets your gears running, and keeps your muscles and cells happy while you work out. Water is the the fuel of life, my friends :)
  • Warm up. Take 5 to 10 minutes to jog around, stretch, and get your muscles warm. You’ll be glad you did when your muscles carry you effortlessly (and cramp-lessly!) through your race/workout. Jogging gets your muscles loose, and stretching releases lactic acid and other soreness-inducing chemicals from your muscles, allowing you to run your hardest with as little muscle strain as possible. This is also important before any workout – train well and race well :)
  • Cool down. After your race (or workout) take time to let your muscles cool down by jogging or walking, and hydrate! Hydrating post-workout is just as important as hydrating before you workout. Remember the water your drank before your run? Your body used it during your workout, sweated it out, and needs to be replenished. So for the sake of your muscles, your body, and your training, take time to treat your muscles and your body well – water and a gradual cool-down.
  • Eat well. I think this speaks for itself! Eat nutritious, good-for-you foods – especially, within 20 minutes or so after your race/workout (your muscles need replenished glucose, protein, and fuel in general!). For more on this, you can read my philosophy.

Last night, about to go to bed in my race clothes :)

First 5K shirt! :)

Post-race brunch pictures and recipe will be up later, as well as yesterday’s yums! (and recipes, ahhhbviously :) )

See you later lovlies, hope everyone’s enjoying their Sunday! Time to go work on my summer reading :] Fall semester starts Tuesday.. (ahh!). Looks like I’ve got some work to do. Here I come, Beowulf! You ain’t got nothin’ on me ;)

xoxox,

p.s. I’m planning on signing up for another 5K race! (oh, man, crazy CK…) It’s September 25th, and proceeds benefit a children’s charity – this time, I’ll be ready for anythang :)

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