Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Running Safely

When I started running in 2011 I never thought of running as a dangerous sport.  I mean you just run, right?  My biggest concern was tripping over something or more likely nothing.  Well I have learned that that is not true in anyway!  There are so many factors I never thought about.  The more I would learn the more I wondered how in the world did I never think of all of the safety concerns of runners and especially women who run alone.  Once you get into the whole online running family through blogs, Facebook and all social media you hear too many horror stories that may keep people on the treadmill.  But what fun is that?  If you stay inside to avoid the asshole drivers, the careless drivers and the vicious attackers you will miss all the good stuff too......


 I prefer this view above to the view below ANY DAY!



So anyway one of the worst stories is about Sherry Arnold.  Her story is an extreme one but it can happen to any of us!  I have read stories of people getting attacked in broad daylight!!  There are also the stories of people just running along and a driver is texting or reaching for a fallen water bottles and they swerve off the road and KILL people.

I am sure if my mother reads this post she will probably get my husband to tie me to my treadmill and keep me off the roads forever but that is not an option.  Once the weather gets better my ass is back out there!!  But there are things to do to keep you safe.  Some are common sense but sometimes those are the first we forget about so it is good for a refresher.  For me, I have a Road ID, reflective gear and knuckle lights for evening and night running and I do not go out running if my husband is not home or at least somewhere with a phone and knows I am out running.  I also have thought about getting a wrist worn pepper spray, not just for people but a loose dog can do a lot of harm too.....I am honestly afraid I will hurt myself more with it.



Here are some other things to do to be safe – not just while running, but in general.
(Thank you SUAR for this list)
  1. Always tell someone where you are going.
  2. Stay on well travelled and well lit roads. Don’t take short cuts through woods, poorly lit areas, etc.
  3. If possible, run with a dog, a group or at least one other person.
  4. Ditch the headphones.  **I have a 1 ear set so I can be aware of whats going on**
  5. Bring your phone.
  6. If someone looks shady to you, cross the street or go the other way.
  7. Vary your routes. Don’t be predictable.
  8. Know where you’re going. Looking confused and lost can make you a target.
  9. Don’t be distracted. Perpetrators specifically look for people who aren’t 100% aware of their surroundings.
  10. Consider taking a self defense class. You never know when you might need these skills.
  11. Reconsider the pony tail. This is an easy thing to grab and pull.
  12. Have an air of confidence. Walk or run tall with your head up.
  13. Trust your gut. If something/someone doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
  14. Bring pepper spray, but keep in mind it can be used against you too.
  15. If attacked, do everything in your power to not be taken to another location.
Ok so I went off on a tangent....why I started this post was because I learned from Shut Up And Run 's post today that it is time for the 2nd Annual Run for Sherry.   The run is on February 9th, 2013.

Details:
  • Mark your calendars
  • Print out a running bib and pin it to your shirt
  • Gather your friends, your running club members, your families
  • If it’s wet where you are, “laminate” your bib with postage tape and punch holes in it
  • If that time doesn’t work, go when you can
  • GO. Run as far and as long as you want. Walk, hike, cycle, rollerblade if you don’t want to or can’t run.
  • Please share this on your blogs, Facebooks and Twitters
  • Keep it simple. Just run with Sherry on your minds and hearts. 

The goal for the run is two fold:
  1. To get the MOST love, momentum and energy moving in honor of Sherry. This run symbolizes a hope for continued healing and honors a woman who was courageous, strong and loved by so many. When we run for Sherry, we also run for other runners who have been brutally attacked.
  2. The run symbolizes our promise to run as SAFELY as we can, but to not fearfully scramble inside to treadmills or to stop doing something we love due to fear.
Races 2 Remember generously donated their time to creating a running bib for Sherry last year and they have also helped with this year’s bib. 
Click HERE to print the bib


What do you do to keep safe while outside running?  Do stories like Sherry's keep you from running or make you want to run more to say EFF YOU to the attackers?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Weight Watchers Rut.

Maybe I am bored, maybe I am frustrated who knows but I think I am going to cancel my WW membership.  I ordered a fitbit today and updated my My Fitness Pal page today. 

I think I need something new to recharge my weight loss.  I have been stuck in the same 7 pounds for over a year now and yes I lost 30 pounds on WW but then after 10 months I got stuck and the longer I am stuck the more frustrated I get and that leads to me not tracking and skipping meeting so why bother.  There are many other options out there to try and if they don't work I can go back to WW.

What do you do when you get into a rut?  Have you ever used a tracker that you wear?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Regrouping.

So after the fiasco of last weekend I have spent this week regrouping.  I spent some time with friends, only ran a couple of easy treadmill miles and go back to my yoga mat.  For a while I would practice at least 2 times a week.  My head was in such a better place then but life just sometimes gets in the way. 

Now, I am quite particular about my yoga.  I pretty much only like vinyasa classes.  I have tried others like hatha and ashtanga and just didn't like them as much.  I also have to feel a connection with the teacher, they need to be someone I feel comfortable with and could see myself hanging out with them....even if I never do just to have the level of comfort.  Recently my friend and yoga instructor Michele told me about a studio in Bellmore (here on Long Island) that has an antigravity yoga class and they had a groupon.....I couldn't get there fast enough.  Was I nervous of course but I did always want to join a circus (animal free circus of course because the ones with animals are ASSHOLES and i hate them.....opps sorry i just get crazed over that subject) annnywaaaayyyy I was excited.  And tonight I went to a class and another yoga teacher friend of mine will be teaching a restorative version of antigravity yoga and wanted to practice so I stayed for a second class.  Finally I remembered to have Michele take a picture or 2 of me in the hammock because people ask me all the time about it.  The hammocks hold up to 2000 lbs so everyone I know can do this!!!!  And let me tell you it feels like you grow 2 inches and you just feel like everything is back in place so if you have a chance try it out!  If you live on Long Island and want to go with me let me know!!!

Monkey Pose

Star Pose
Do you love yoga?  What type do you practice? 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Home Gym

I used to have a baking business on the side so our spare room became a storage room for all my accoutrements.  I had it really organized but now I don't do that anymore and even though I have given a lot of the stuff away the room has become a dumping ground for all things we don't know what to do with.  Also it is the warmest room in the house so that is where my tarantulas live.  Yes they are in cages LMAO

I will not post pictures of them in case any one is not a fan of spiders

So I have a TV and A DVD player in there and all of my work out DVDs and my Wii with Wii fit so I can make it a home gym of sorts.  I know I could never have my treadmill up there but my friends are giving me their stationary bike so that will go in there.  I would love to get my medal hangers hung up and just make it a fun and inspiring room to keep me off my ass even when I am home.  I can also have a calendar hung up with all my virtual races listed and challenges I sign up for along with another one with a running schedule to train for all my half marathons this year.

This was taken in Oct and has now completely overflowed so I have one with my 2013 medals.

Do you work out at home?  Where do you do it? 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

I love you man!!!!

And not in a drunken frat boy kind of way......more of a Paul Rudd and Jason Siegal kind of genuine love kind of way.



First and foremost I want to thank you all for all of  your words of encouragement yesterday.  It was wonderful to see how much faith you all have in me and that I am not alone.  After a day of the couch, TV and kitty medicine I am feeling much better.

I decided last night to skip my 5k last night unless I woke up early without an alarm and just felt like going.  Well I woke up with enough time to get ready to go if I rushed so I decided to stick with my decision to skip it.  I realzed that I never got the mail yesterday so I went out to get it and the weather is PERFECTION right now and the first thought I had was "What a perfect day to run"  This made me smile because I guess the want to run is still in there.  Then when I opened the mail box I saw this.....


For those who do not live in New York this is an Empire State Pass and it gets you in to all state parks in the state of New York for free and I know the parking costs on Long Island is high so I bought this to start going to parks to run more often instead of my neighborhood boredom.  I took it as a sign that I have to keep running.

So now I have to figure out a plan of attack.  I obviously need to cut back and make sure I get some rest days in.  Maybe in a few years I will be fit enough to run everyday but as of now I still need rest.  I am not sure why I thought I could run every day and go back to school while working and trying to have a life.

Now do I set up a schedule or just set a goal number of runs/miles per week and fly by the seat of my pants.

Do you follow a plan?  How important is rest to you, if you go to a yoga class is that still a rest day for you?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

My own worst enemy.

I have been running a lot recently because of how the under training bit me in the ass at my half marathon in October.  You can read about that Here.  So I signed up for the Run to the Brewery 10 mile race.  In the half I crashed into the "wall" at mile 9 so I figured this would be a good distance.  Well yesterday I started to panic.  What if I couldn't do it?  What if I got hurt again?  So what did I do?  I started obsessing with being "ready"

1. Packet pick up.Check

2. Easy mile to keep run streak up but not get too tired.   Check

3. Restorative Yoga. Check


4. Water, pasta and cheesy reading.  Check


5. Overnight oats prepared.  Check.


6. Set out fuel, hydration and clothes for the race. Check.








Well after I got everything done I headed to bed around 10pmish.  I didn't sleep great but I was up at 6:30.

My stomach was totally off (nerves I am sure) so I packet my stuff including my oatmeal hoping I could eat it on the way or when I got there.  This did not happen.  I choked down one of my honey stingers to be sure I had some sort of fuel.  I was getting out of the car and putting on my running jacket and headphones when I discovered I forgot my bib.  WHAT THE FUCK?!?! REALLY???  Luckily I was able to get a new one but at a race with 1200 people it was super crowded, freezing and I genuinely just wanted to go home.  After I got my new bib I got onto the porto potty line and then headed to the start.  I did get to see Joe and JoAnn to say hi which was nice because I am just so tired of being at races alone.

Off to the start line.


Gun went off and we started.  I knew I wanted to stay slow and steady and with the wind that was not hard.  We made the first turn and headed West and it was like we were in a wind tunnel.  Almost right away I was tired, my legs, my lungs and my mind.  There were a lot of people around me all chatting with friends like they were just walking and I just felt so alone and wanted to be done.  I actually thought seriously about stopping.  I have done about 100 races in just a year and a half with not one DNF.  ( I had 2 DNS 1 for illness and 1 for weather)  At mile 2.5 or so the first water stop came so I tried 2 clif blocks to see if that would help.  To be honest I am not sure if they helped or not I didn't feel better but I just kept trudging along.  At about mile 4.5 I got two nice boosts.  First was a woman with THE BEST SIGN EVER that said "I am a newbie and you inspire me"  Just just kept thanking everyone as we went by and then I heard my name get called and I looked to see Dave and Joe of Team LIMA heading back but they gave me a "way to go" and it did put a bit of wind in my sail.  I also knew I was almost half way done.

Now many of you know I am a hussy with many many boyfriends who all have 4 legs :)  Gilbert Bermudez is one of the first and closest to my heart, he is ginger and fat after all.

Photo stolen from his Dad Andre's FB page
Well just as I was hitting 5 miles I got a text that Gilbert was in the hospital going into kidney failure....ugh my heart breaks and I start to cry.  Partly due to sadness over Gilbert and also I am sure because I was just so tired.  I wanted to text Danielle back right then but I just didn't have it in me.  (Gilbert will be OK I found out after the I got back to my car)

Then the turn to head back the way we came.

This looked prettier in real life....nice picture of the water lol
I decided to turn off podcasts and try to liven myself up with some music.  The last 5 miles we looooooong and I took a bunch of walk breaks I am not going to lie but I knew now I would finish, probably not in under 2 hours as hoped but I would finish.  With 3 miles to go one of my running friends George caught up to me, now George is 80 and always beats me in 5ks so I never thought he would have been behind me.  We went past a mailman and he asked me if we put stamps on our forehead would they just mail us to the finish line.  LOL I love George.  He also asked me why we did this to ourselves, glad I was not the only one hurting but off he went when I stopped for another picture.


At around 8.5 or 9 miles I felt something in my shoe, I thought about stopping to get it out but my neuromas were killing me and I was afraid that if I took my shoe off it would hurt more after I put it back on so I just dealt with it.  I made the last turn and FINALLY saw the finish line and as I was getting closer I caught up to George who seemed to be fading so I told him "Come on George, you have never let me win before don't start now!!" and we both sprinted to the finish line.  He thanked me for that which made me smile.  I know I actually could have pushed harder but for some reason I just wanted him to cross with me or even a step ahead.  I grabbed a water, realized I hadn't hit my watch and nike+ so I shut them off and kicked off my shoe, well there was nothing in it except a huge blister.  My legs were tightening up fast so I knew I needed to walk so I headed back to the brewery, grabbed some food and headed home.  I looked for some friends but it was just so damn crowded and I felt like shit so I just left.  I didn't get the "I feel great now that it is over" that I usually get after a run and that scares me I am not going to lie.

I walked back to my car and just sat on the heated seat for a second when I finally decided that I had to look to see what my time was....

Even with forgetting to turn it off I was under 2 hours...yay.  Official time was 1:58:18
I am not going to lie that was a nice surprise!
(George was 1:58:45 so I did finally beat a 80 year old man LOL)

After I showered I decided to check out my splits and even with a lot of walking in the second half I stayed pretty even.

I have been on the couch most of the day just napping, catching up on some shows and being on the computer.  I have also been wallowing in self pity and the thought of quitting running has actually gone thorough my head a few times today.  I am not going to I know this but I am rethinking the run streak, even with doing a couple days a week of just an easy mile I might not be getting the rest a body needs, I am going to be 40 after all this year and before May of 2011 I really never was all that active.  I have a 5k tomorrow as part of the winter run series and I have decided that I am not going to set my alarm, if I get up in time, great but if I sleep late that is OK too.  The 5k is at 11 and only 15 min from my house so I will have to be very tired to sleep through it.

Now I know we have all had disappointing races/runs but this one seemed to be worse that any before.  Have you ever thought about quitting?  How have you gotten past it?  One of my first blog posts was about if there is such a thing as a bad run.....what do you think?  You can check out that post Here

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Testing 123...

So I just got an iPad and put the blogger app on it to see how posting from here works.....I don't know if I can put in pics or anything and you ow I don't like to make a post without a picture......booooo. Oh wait......if the picture you want to use is on your camera roll you can and since I only have 2 there please enjoy a wedding picture lol. Apparently it will be at the end of the post even if I want it here......


More to come to weekend after my first 10 mile race...yikes! Run streak is still going too! How are all of you doing? Does anyone else post from your iPad with this app that has any suggestions? Tips?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

New challenge!

Thank you She Runs Everywhere AKA 6 Pack Momma for letting me know about a cool challenge put on by The Purple Giraffe and Running Escapades.  It was announced when I was on vacation so I missed it. 



You can check it out and join HERE.

It's a fun virtual way to participate in a challenge as we start off the new year and work to get/keep ourselves in gear for 2013.  It is not too late to join this challenge.  You can join at any time this month and retroactively add your miles back to Jan 1st.  I joined Team Giraffe


Take the good with the bad.....

Ok so something AMAZING happened today!!  Anyone who knows me knows that Key West is my most favorite place in the USA!!  I used to say the world but then.....Belize.  It is like Key West was made just for me and my husband.  It is small, laid back, fun, beautiful and full of frozen drinks, cats and chickens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   (Ok well the cats and chickens are just for me...he would put fishing there LOL)

Our porch at the Key West Harbor Inn. I love this place!

So when I first started running in 2011 when I found out about the Ragnar Series and that there was a race from Miami to Key West I had the #1 thing to put on my running bucket list.  I knew I would not be ready in 2012 for it and since I am turning the big Four OH in October 2013 I figured the best time to do it was the 2014 running of it.  It is the first weekend in January.  So I asked the Motley Shues (the running group I started with a bunch of friends) and 2 of the "Super Shues"  Chris and Darling said they were 100% in!!  I was thrilled, not just because they are amazing runners but they are just a blast to hang out with!

Always winning!!!
During the past week I have been enjoying (and drowning in jealousy) the blogs I read and a few of the writers have been recapping their Ragnar Key West 2013 experience.  It only made me want it more!  So yesterday when Angela who writes Life beyond the chaos posted on the Team Tough Chik page what she was looking for more runners for her 2014 team I practically jumped out of my seat and said
YES a million times YES!!  
I am excited to have a team and even more excited that it is with people who have done it so they know what needs to be done.  Like I told Angela yesterday I am so excited I could PEE!!

So next year one of these will be MIIIIINNNNEEEEE!!!

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So the bad.....well not too bad kind of in that #firstworlproblems category but still annoying.  When I was on my way home last night I new I wanted to run 13.1 miles for one of the 2 virtual halfs I have this month and since it was 46 degrees I decided to do it outside.  I fueled and hydrated when I got home while getting dressed.  I figured that a short sleeve Vneck tech shirt and grey Old Navy running pants with my while and reflect-y fleece running jacket would be perfect.  I added my reflector belt and grabbed my knuckle lights.  In my neighborhood there are a lot of roads when I have to run with traffic instead of against traffic as you are supposed to because there are no sidewalks or shoulder in those areas.  So I put one of my knuckle lights on the back of my belt so people could see me.  However I think they were aiming for me!!!  No one coming in the other direction so why were they all over the white line and invading my space?  I bet I know.....

UGH Texting while driving....
Then there was the fact that my water bottle was leaking and that I got so sweaty that my bondi band was soaked through and it was getting cold fast so the back of my head and neck were very cold to the point of pain.  Then the chafing started because the zipper of my jacket was hitting my skin because I wore a vneck.  The biggest problem is that I stopped paying attention to my watch and just listened to my Nike+ mile announcements so I just kept running around and around until I heard it say 12 miles so I headed home I figured if I got there before 13.1 I would just lap my block a few times. As I got to my house my Nike+ said 12.6 so I was about to just drop my water bottle off and lap the block 2 times to finish up but I also glanced at my watch and it read 10.13 DAMN IT!!!  



I just stopped right then and shut everything off.  I know my watch is the correct distance as that gps uses satellites and the nike+ uses cell phone towers so when you hop from one to another it is not accurate.  I also just did not have it in me to do another 3 miles I was cold, tired and now pissed off.  I just went inside drank some water and foam rolled.  

I noticed something there a huge difference in how tired and sore I get from 7.25 miles on the treadmill to 10.13 miles in my neighborhood.  After a shower and a bowl of cereal I was DONE!!!

Sooooo sleepy!!



Monday, January 7, 2013

Winner!

Congratulations Anne Watson!!  You are the winner of the Brooks sports bra!!  Please email me at runningoncandy@gmail.com.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Oh Crap......

Well for the past few days I have been planning to actually go do a long run at a park about 30 or so minutes from my home.  It is the course that a great 10k trail run is held every year and this year was my first time and loved the course!  I was going to drive to Babylon and head north on the trail to Belmont Park run around the lake and back.....then in dawned on me Belmont is so much closer then I can run to Babylon and back *headdesk*. 

I looked at the parks website and it said the trials were still closed from Sandy but a running friend of mine said she would run with me there because she needs to get some long slow runs in because she is doing a bunch of marathons and ultra this year.  I was so excited since I had not run 'with' her since the mud run in September.  (We have been at the same races since but she is way faster than I am LOL)

Yes I took this off the photo website with my phone LOL but it is a cool shot of us coming out of the bay LOL


So this morning I got up at 7am when it hit me.....my stomach was in bad shape!  Now ever morning I have a race scheduled when I wake up my belly is a little off from nerves I guess so I expect that.  Nothing a couple of trips to the bathroom and then porto potties won't fix but today was not the same. 

So I emailed Daneille and told her I would have to wait until later and stay close to home....I may suck it up and treadmill it just to be close to the bathroom BOO.  Now I sit here with my water and steel cut oats with brown sugar hoping to settle whatever made my belly so mad at me!
I have such cute slippers right? LOL

I am sure it is super cold out but it is so clear and sunny I want to run outside on trail *pout*.  I know there is tomorrow and next weekend too but still.......

I am very DISAPPOINTED!!!

What do you do if your running plans get messed up?

Friday, January 4, 2013

My first giveaway!!!

Ok back in July this sports bra from Brooks went down in price (from $44.00 to $26.00) and I LOVE the color combination so I ordered it.  I am a 36/38 D so I always get a size Large when buying sports bras.  Well This one is too small!  Not by a whole heck of a lot but more than I want to wear.  I am not the best at returning things so I am stuck with it.  I have tried it on twice but I have never worn it so I am giving it away.



I am new to the whole Rafflecopter thing so I hope this works.  I am only running it for the weekend with a winner being announced on Monday.





Thursday, January 3, 2013

Hello again!

Well I am still playing catch up after vacation.  I can't complain too much I was in Belize after all!!

The last sunrise before we left....pic was taken from bed with only a little zoom....best view!
We got back late on the 31st and I was up all night watching the Twilight Zone marathon.  I just couldn't get to sleep.  New years day was spent catching up on emails and facebook and spending quality time with the fur babies. 





Wednesday was back to work time and laundry.

I had planned on writing a 2012 in review post, a Belize running post and a 2013 goals post.  I really just don't have it in me.  I spent the past hour trying to catch up on blogs and I still have over 178 left on my google reader.

So the abridged version:

2012 was great for me, I set out to run 52 races and surpassed 70.  I ran and finished a half marathon and a 50 mile 8 person relay along with a bunch of 5ks, 10ks, 4 milers and 5 milers.  There was also a Spartan, a med run and a color run.  I also ran 506 miles in 2012 with 6 of those miles being run on the beach of Belize.  Not too shabby.

It may have been 95 degrees just after sunrise but running in Belize does not suck!
So what do I have planned for 2013 you ask?

1. 13 half marathons in the year both regular and virtual.
2. Get into the Half Fanatics
3. Run to the moon with the moon joggers.  (1,000 miles)
4. Get a sub 30 5k and a sub 60 10k This was what I had planned on being a goal this year but I have decided that I want to focus this year on distance/endurance and not speed.  I feel like if I stop focusing on my time and focus on the quality of my running the speed may or may not come but I want to enjoy running more and if I am constantly disappointed with my times I won't enjoy it as much as I could.

I may think of others but I have to change the laundry and run. 

Happy NewYear!!!!

Oh and I have started a run streak.  I am planning on running a minimum of 1 mile per day for all 365 days of 2013.  I almost missed last night but I got it in by just jumping on my treadmill in my regular clothes.  Now let me say, the jeans I didn't really notice, having my glasses on sucks but I have done that before but I have D cup boobs and running without a sports bra was not fun!  I spent the entire mile clutching my boobs HAHAHAHAHAHA!!