An Old Love, A New Challenge

October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Filed under: Uncategorized — akstracy @ 5:37 pm

Quick update!

I kept up with my running last week. I didn’t get as many miles in as I would have liked, but not too bad.

Monday – Cardio workout video

Tuesday – 4 miles

Wednesday – 2 miles

Thursday – Jillian 30 Day Shred and 10 minute Abs

Friday – Rest

Saturday – 8 miles at 9:21 pace! My right hamstring was pretty tight, but otherwise it was a good run!

Today is a rest day for my legs and I’ll get back at it tomorrow! I’m actually really enjoying my training right now so hopefully that continues. I really have nothing else to do where I’m at so that might be a factor in my feelings about it!

Enjoy Halloween!


October 26, 2010

Welcome to the South

Filed under: Uncategorized — akstracy @ 12:11 am

I’m back! Horray! I am officially moved in down south and learning a new way of life. It is definitely different down here.

We were supposed to have internet in our apartments…turns out we don’t. So, my internet use is very limited for the time being. So, here’s a quick update!

Friday – no run. I drove the rest of the way and was very, very sick. I didn’t have a voice and could barely breathe.

Saturday – no run. I still was feeling pretty rough. There was no way I could knock out a long run feeling the way I did.

Sunday – Run! Yay! I ran 7.05 miles in 68 minutes. A little slower than I would have liked, but I was/am still sick and didn’t want to push it. I also had to run in a neighborhood that wasn’t very conducive to running long distances. Lots of twists and turns, in and out of courts, up and down streets, etc.

Today – no run! My chest is pretty tight today. Today is a scheduled no run day though. I did a 40 min Beach Body workout video with some friends though!

Sad news – The gym at work is lame. The other gyms around here are lame and expensive. The apartment gym is VERY lame. So, workout videos and running will probably be my life.

That is all for now! Goodnight!

October 21, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — akstracy @ 11:17 pm

So, this week is a little crazy. I’m still on target for the most part though! I am making the big move this week, so I spent yesterday packing after work and today and tomorrow are driving days. Of course, I’ve gotten sick in the midst of this. I sound like a frog and my chest is super tight. I’ve been trying to fight it off for about a week, but it has come full force.

I didn’t run yesterday because of my lack of breathing ability and my lack of packing that I had completed. Whoops!

But, I ran tonight at the hotel. It was actually a pretty good run. I definitely probably sounded like I was having an asthma attack, but I made it through 4.5 miles in 38:29. I’ll take it! 🙂

Tomorrow is a scheduled rest day. I might try to make up my 3 miles from Wednesday if I have time, but I will be driving and moving in so I’m not sure how the day will pan out.


October 18, 2010

Day 2…

Filed under: Uncategorized — akstracy @ 11:18 pm

I was feeling pretty good when I woke up and went about my day. In my training, I’ve saved Mondays as rest/strength days. Usually Mondays are hard for me to get back into the swing of things so I figure most of the time I’ll rest. If I don’t rest, I’ll do a little strength building or light conditioning, but no real running.

I did a little light conditioning tonight. Since I’m moving very soon, I don’t have cable hooked up in my place so I have to go to the gym or the clubhouse to watch TV. I’m slightly addicted to Dancing with the Stars so I had to go over to the clubhouse to watch. My plan was to be a bum and sit on the couch and watch. However, other people had claimed the couches, so I was forced to go to the gym. I ended up walking 4 miles at a 5% incline and then doing some lunges while watching. It wasn’t strenuous by any means, but kept me busy while enjoying a favorite show! 🙂 Now that I’ve sat down for the evening, I can definitely feel some tightness in my hamstrings so I’ll be stretching those  big time the rest of the week!

October 17, 2010

…why yes, I am back.

Filed under: Uncategorized — akstracy @ 9:04 pm

I’m pretty sure my last post talked about how I was done with running and especially done blogging about it. Well, I’ve got the itch again. My job is requiring me to do a rotation in Mississippi for the next few months and I’ve been looking at things to keep me busy during that time. Somehow, I came across two races and decided I’m going to try to run them. I should have started seriously training about a month ago, but that obviously didn’t happen. I’ve run a couple miles a few times a week for the past few weeks, but nothing serious. So…maybe blogging about it will help me get serious (that is a big “maybe”). It may also give me something else to do while I’m down in the middle of nowhere.

Here are the goals:

Mississippi Gulf Coast Half Marathon (Nov 27) OR Old Man River Half Marathon (Dec 19)


Mardi Gras Rock and Roll Marathon (Feb 13)

No time goals for either race – I just want to finish. I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied with just the half marathon, so I’m going for the full. I figure there is no better time in my life to do it than now. We’ll see.

Today: Ran 5.7 miles in a little under 51 minutes. I was trying to run 6 but got lost in one of the neighborhoods I was in and cut a turn out of it. Oh well, not bad.

Here’s to another challenge! 🙂


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