running update

Hello there, readers.

I know things have been somewhat sparse around here lately. Today is the first time I have even been on my computer for about a week. To say life is busy is an understatement. We've cleaned out our laundry room, had a yard sale, had guests last weekend, and will have company again this weekend, I'm going through a job transition (a good one!), and all kinds of other things that add up to CRAZY. I'm not apologizing for the lack of posts because I cringe when other bloggers do that. I just like to share and let you know what is going on in my life. You know, in case you were wondering if we had a yard sale. We did.

One of the things I shared with you guys is my new found hobby interest thing I do - running. (Read a little more about it here.)

A few of you expressed the desire for me to keep you updated on how my running is going. I will humbly oblige.

Let me start by saying that none of this is meant to be braggy (it's a word) or come off as vain or however else it could be taken. I actually skip over pictures, tweets, or blog posts about other people's running. I am a chronic comparer (also a word), so reading about the fact that someone just ran 10 miles in an like 30 minutes makes me feel inadequate and a little panicky that I am not at that level. I want to share my journey to encourage and also for my own selfish reasons - when I become an Olympic runner I want to look back at my humble beginnings.

Let's start with my goal: Zero to 13.1 in 9 months. I am going to be running a half marathon in February '13. When I go, I go all in.

Now onto the training programs:

I just finished the 5k training program by lolo. It uses Jeff Galloway's run, walk, run method. It has been perfect for me. I had this idea that I was going to have to run 13.1 miles, non-stop, and if I walked I would be a failure. Training with this run, walk, run method has helped me realize that walking in the middle of a race is good for your muscles and there is nothing to be ashamed of. It's an 8 week, 3 day a week program, with 2 of those weekly runs being "short" runs. As I said, I've finished the 5k program and I've moved on to the 10k program by the same developers. This one is a 13 week program, following the same 3 run pattern of 2 short runs and 1 long run. The first long run of this program calls for a 5 and a half mile run, so there is no messing around. 

How do I fit in running? As most of you probably know, I am a full time working mom so fitting in a regular exercise regimen requires some time crunching, and let's face it, sacrifice. My every day work routine involves getting up at 4:45am to make it to the office by 6. I work a full day, come home, get the kiddo up from nap and play with him until Anderson gets home from work. Then we all head to the gym. I hit the treadmill while Sawyer plays with Anderson in the pool. If Anderson is working late, I take Sawyer by myself to the gym and put him in child care. I do that twice a week for my short runs. As for my long runs, I get up at 5:30 on Sunday morning and sneak out to run while everyone else is still asleep. By the time I get home, breakfast is served and it is time to get ready for church. As I progress through the program and the runs get longer and longer, I have to carve out a few more minutes here and there to keep up. I won't lie. It's not easy and I'd rather sleep in on Sunday mornings.

After that lengthy, wordy post, there wasn't much updating being done, now was there? Here's a nice short update. Eight week 5k training program done with about 55 miles run over that period. I am in week 2 of my 10k training program and I successfully ran 5.45 miles for my first long run and I felt really great afterwards. For the first time I really think I can run a half marathon. Oh, I feel a cliche coming on...  And if I can do it, you can too. 

I'll update the 6 people who are hanging onto my every word next time I have a worthy running update, so probably a couple months from now. To those 6 - you are the best for making it through a post that only has an app icon picture.



  1. I'm not a runner (well, not anymore, anyway) but I made it to the end of your post! lol I can't seem to fit in exercising now, but someday I will... really! (I'm saying this to convince myself. Really.) I admire you for sticking to a goal and making it work.

  2. I don't run either, but I did make it to the end of your post. Good for you in making it through to your first goal. I am finally starting to exercise again and it feels really good. We don't have a gym membership, so my husband and I work out on the Wii fit 3 nights a week. It is good for us to keep each other motivated and we fit it in after the kids go to bed. Not my ideal time to work out, but I have to make it work! :)

  3. i started running in January. i love it! but to be totally honest, with summer here, and camping in the forefront.. running has been sparse. i decided to get back on the horse. and i went again today. time to get back at it. i'm proud of you! as a stay at home mama as well, it's really not easy to fit in the time. sleep is so important. and deciding to get up as early as you do is commendable! you can do it! i can't wait to hear how you do on your half! i've been considering training for a half. i'll decide come fall... but in the meantime, i'll run some 5 and 10k's. :) keep it up! you're amazing! xo

  4. I'm so proud of you, Allison! I know first-hand how intimidating, how gruelling, how awful, how time-consuming, and how rewarding running can be. I've "taken a break" lately from running, but you're inspiring me to get back into it!

  5. There are people interested than you might think. :)
    I didn't start running until i was in my 30's and already had 4 kids. I ran a 1/2 marathon in 2010, and next to giving birth, it was the biggest physical accomplishment of my life. Now my girlfriends are pushing me to try a full marathon. I won't lie, it's the time commitment that I struggle with. That and the summer heat is a killer for an outdoor runner like me. I am restricted to a lot of treadmill basement running.
    Thanks for the update & keep up the good work.

  6. Yay for your accomplishment!!! I would love to start running... though don't tell my husband that because he loves running and, well, I don't. I do think it would be good for me though and would love to say that I ran at least a 5k. We have a treadmill in the basement that I may have to dust off and put to use again!

    Keep up the good work and I can't wait to read the updates (even the ones without pictures!).


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