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Another promising week!

Posted by D Wagner Mar 29, 2010

I got in 2 runs last week ( a 4 miler and a 3 miler). I also got in one strength training session. I feel like I am finally getting back on track. I say that while knocking on wood! I felt really energized throughout my workouts last week.


I also did my first volunteering at a race this past Saturday. I manned a water/hydration station for a 50k. It was very different being on the other side of the race! I am so glad I did it! I was amazed at the amount of runners who stopped to thank me for coming out to help them out. It was a great feeling to know that I was encouraging a great group of runners to finish the race. I would definatley do it again!


So, this week I am off to a good start. I did a long run (6 miles) yesterday on the treadmill and I got in a 50 minute strength training session today. Here's hoping I stay on track!


Happy Running!

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Shamrock Shuffle! :-)

Posted by D Wagner Mar 22, 2010

Leading up to the Shamrock Shuffle I got in 3 runs. My first was on Monday (4 miles on the treadmill), 2 mile tempo run on Wednesday and a 3 mile run/walk with Ann at Perry Farm on Thursday. I also got in a 50 minute strength training session on Tuesday.


So...Sunday was the big day. It was overcast most the the day and cold and windy. But I pulled out a 44:31 for 4.97 miles. I had a great time! I even got my picture with the overall winner of the race. I really love running in Chicago and the adrenaline that gets me pumped up.


I did stay after and attended the postrace party which I normally skip. Maggie Speaks was amazing and it was a nice way to unwind after a hard run.


I placed in the top 25% of the runners which motivates me to train a little harder to get up to the top 10%. Overall I had a great race and was very pleased with the day. I am taking today as a rest day to help my muscles/joints heal before I hit the pavement again tomorrow.


Happy Running!

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Last week was not a good week for me. I twisted my knee last Sunday and therefore was out of commission until Thursday which I ran 4 miles. Other than that I took the week to rest. My 4 miler was at the local state park and was surprisingly difficult for me. I had to stop and walk a few times. It was a hard run but I got through it.


So far this week is off to a good start. I ran 4 miles on the treadmill today and plan on getting in a strength training session tomorrow at the gym.


6 days until Shamrock Shuffle!! :-)


Happy Running!

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Great Week!

Posted by D Wagner Mar 6, 2010

Let me start off by saying that I am still recovering from the cold and I had to literally talk myself into exercising every day that I did. So with that said I accomplished all of my goals for this past week! It was tough but I made it through.


I got in 2 strength workouts, 2 runs (4 miles each run), and today a long run of 6 miles which I actually completed outside! I struggled a lot through my long run and had to take a few seconds here and there to walk a bit. I forgot how different it is to run outside versus running on a treadmill. I tackled some hills along my run and was able to break into a sprint towards the end. I am having some soreness in my right calf muscle and some stiffness after this run.


I also discovered a great new running place. Our local state park has a run/bike trail with very scenic views over the river. It will serve as a great place to get in my long runs as I get closer to the Chicago Marathon.


So overall, even though I struggled through some of my workouts I accomplished everything I wanted to and that feels AWESOME!


I also received some really great running related news this week. I made it to a seeded corral in the Shamrock Shuffle. It looks like there is going to be 36,000 people in this race. Whew! In order to get into a seeded corral you had to have finished a race (5k, 10k, Half Marathon, or Marathon) within a certain time and show proof of your time to the Shamrock Shuffle staff. So, I printed out my best 5k time (25:33) and faxed it in and I am now in Corral C and in the 1st Wave Start! I missed qualifying for Corral B by 33 seconds! The corrals go from Elite, A, B, C and then there is a section for Running Club Member and then open runners. I really feel like I am becoming a serious runner now! Ok Elites.....I am coming for you! :-)


Happy Running!

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