Thursday, May 24, 2012

Thursday Training with a Q & A

Tonight, I will be running in the Memphis Zoo's Zoom Through the Zoo.  This  will be my last competing run of the spring running season. It's just too dang hot to run in the summer in Memphis.

It's a 4 mile run through the zoo and I don't really have any goals for this run.  I just want to go, run and have fun.  No pressure. 

After this run, I plan on continuing my running journey, but to only run for fun.  Did I really just say that?

I've had so much fun training and competing.  It's been worth all of the blood, sweat and tears.

 I never thought of myself as a runner until Fred said something yesterday.  I was telling him about these cute tops a local store has made about running in Memphis and I said, "I don't know why I told you this."  And his response, "Because you're a runner."  

Yes, I am.
I guess you all realized this because you've been sending me some great questions about running.  So, I wanted to take this opportunity to answer a few of them publicly:

Q1:   You always have some of the cutest and most comfortable looking workout clothes in your race pics. I was wondering...Where do you usually shop?

My warmer temperature running clothes are usually all Nike brand and they often times come from Dick's Sporting Goods or Macy's.  Both stores usually have good coupons that you can use on Nike.  I'll occasionally throw in a Lululemon Cool Racerback tank.

Q2:  Was wondering what app, if any, you are using to go from 5k to 10k?

I started off using the Bridge to 10K app on my iPhone, but I found it easier to just add on a couple of more strides on to my run each week.  With that, I was able to fully run a 10K in about 4 weeks. 

Q3:  How did you start running?

This did NOT happen overnight.  I started with the Couch to 5K (C25K) app on my iPhone and I kept going with the program.  I ran 3 times a week just like the app said and by the time I had completed the app, I was ready for my first 5K.  Some weeks, and even days, are much harder than others.  Just keep going.

Q4:  How do you choose your races?

Some races mean something to me, while others have just been because they're convenient in my schedule.  For my first Move It Memphis 5K, I knew when I would finish my C25K training and I found a race that was close to that date.  The Memphis in May 10K I recently did was the only 10K before the fall and I knew I wanted to complete one before then.  My Junior League 5K and the Ali Mills 5K were just fun runs.  

If you're training, set a goal and go ahead and sign up for a race.  Keep training.  You won't be disappointed.

Q5:  When do you find the time to run?

I don't.  I have to make it, which means getting up a hour to half hour earlier than usual.  And I love my sleep.  I like to run in the morning when it's cool and before my mind takes control.  It gives me time to think and focus on me.  

If you ever have any questions, please let me know.  I'm always happy to share my running experience and learn more from you.


According to Jax said...

Great post! I love reading your workout/running tips since I'm just starting out. One question, did you ever skip any of your C25K workouts or did you do every single one listed on the app? Just wondering, I havent skipped, nor do I plan to but alot of people said they skipped a few to finish early.

Laura J said...

You look great! Keep up the running :) The hardest part for me is waking up too!

J and A said...

Great post. That race sounds so fun!! Wish they did that here! :) WE don't have either of those store here! Boo. I'll have to stick with lulu. Have fun!!

Kristen :) said...

I SO wanted to do Zoom through the Zoo but Samantha has recital rehearsal tonight; good luck!!

ty said...

I've been a slacker lately. It's just so hard for me to get up early when I close the bar at 2. WOOF.

KRISTIN said...

This is so great! You know I have issues with running but I really want to start!!! After bambino comes I want to sign up for a bunch of 5k's next summer to keep me motivated. I will definitely be turning to you for advice and motivation.

Carolyn said...

I love all of these tips! Can you just come to Minnie and train me? HAHA It's a win for both of us actually. I get to get whipped into shape, and you get to keep running in our amazing summer weather. Deal? When should I pick you up from the airport? BAHAHAHAH!

AllisonFay said...

What a great post! I know what you mean- when you aren't "training" it takes so much pressure off! Any chance you will be running any of the st. Jude races? It is one of my favorites in Memphis because I love to support them! Happy casual running!

Emily said...

Thanks for this post! I'm currently finishing up week two of C2 5k and I'm loving it so far. You've been an inspiration and I appreciate your tips!

Melissa said...

I like to run in the mornings, too, but haven't had very good willpower lately!

Lindsey @ Running Down A Dream said...

I love your idea of just running for fun! You've done great!

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