Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wednesday Workout Update

My bootcamp workouts with Julia have been going great, although we've renamed them our "land workouts" in honor of her swim teacher, who referred to her workouts that way.  Who would think to specify like that, except for a swimmer?  Anyway, we have been keeping up with our land workouts, and this week they've been especially nice because the weather turned cool and it was only 66 degrees when we worked out on Monday - on July 1st, in Texas.  Inconceivable! (Princess Bride reference, still such a quotable movie)

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 Left to right:  Coach Julia, Coach Phillip, Coach Amy, me, Coach Jeff

The other thing that's been keeping me busy is running club.  We had our kickoff for the new training season on Saturday and it went really well.  Not only was it like a reunion, with many of our old runners returning, but we had a lot of new people join and their excitement and nervousness was palpable...I remember how that was for me, and I'm thrilled to get to watch them progress with their running goals.  I feel very protective of my new runners.  We've got some people who are absolute beginners, so Coach Amy and I are planning on running 30:30 intervals (run for 30 seconds, walk for 30 seconds) with them this Saturday.  I really want them to feel good about this, and quite frankly, I'm glad to be running intervals again - I like the idea of focusing on other runners and hopefully I won't experience my dumb anxiety like I have in the past.

Tomorrow we'll be running an impromptu July 4th Fun Run, organized just a couple of days ago by our local marathon people.  Of course you know I'll be wearing my best red, white and blue running outfit!  The post race treat is watermelon, which sounds perfect after sweating out a 3 mile run. 

To all of my American readers, Happy Independence Day!

24 comments:

  1. Gee I wish I had you as a running coach when I first started out. When I first signed up for 10k training a couple of years ago, the guy I had just said "maybe we should run 5k straight tonite" for the first class. We all looked at him and said, I don't think so. I just ended up just trying To train on my own after that
    Happy 4th of July Shelley!

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    1. Holy cow, your "coach" sounds like he didn't have a clue!

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  2. Look how great you all look. I love it. It's so great that the 5 of you are willing to spend a lot of your free time to help other runners.

    Fun that there is an unexpected race tomorrow. Have fun at it and show me the outfit. Knowing you it will be perfect red, white and blue.

    Happy Independence Day. Since we don't celebrate that I have to work for my Independence tomorrow :) but I'm free on Friday.

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    1. LOLing at you having to work for your independence!

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    2. My financial independence that is, so I can buy running clothes, shoes, normal shoes and clothes without having to talk to R. about it :)

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  3. UH OH
    you have this AVOWED NONRUNNER now wondering what it would be like to FASTORGANIZE a fun run in her new 'hood...

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    1. I wonder if there's a 5K in your area already for tomorrow - last year I did one in Santa Cruz and it was hugely popular.

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  4. I love the matching running outfits! How cool to be part of a running club :)

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    1. Yeah, we planned those matching outfits - next week as well. :)

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  5. We're having the same cool weather here too! I'm supposed to be sitting by a lake soaking up the sun for the holiday, and it may not even break 70!

    Running club sounds fun, and I think working with the newer runners will definitely help with your anxiety. It may give you some perspective on how far you've come since you started running!

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  6. Hmm, maybe I should look into a running club. I would be an absolute beginner but it sounds like that's okay. I would get some help getting started. Glad you are having god running weather.

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    1. That's the cool thing about USAFit - absolute beginners are welcomed with open arms. :)

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  7. I think you mean "inconthievable"!! :)

    Get on with your badass running self!! If you were my coach, I might actually enjoy running.

    Happy 4th!!

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    1. Haha, YES! Inconthievable. Love it. :)

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  8. Hooray for the cool weather! Start temp for my race tomorrow is 70 which is a record low - unfortunately it comes with rain!

    So good of you to support the newbies. I've been there and it's terrifying. They are so lucky to have you!!

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    1. Fingers crossed the rain holds off and you do get a relatively cool race!

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  9. Land workouts--love it!

    66 degrees? Waaahhh. My nice California weather up and moved to Texas!

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  10. I think 66 degrees is still hot...just sayin', to run in, anyway.

    Helping new runners is the best! I agree...

    Happy 4th!

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    1. Hush now! We Texans are conditioned to think that 66 degrees in summertime is cool. Don't mess with our delusions! ;)

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  11. LOVE LOVE Princess Bride quotes! Bring on the cooler weather, its so much better for you and the club! Love the shirts btw, you guys look great! Have a great Wednesday and a great 4th Shelley.

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  12. I love that you are protective of your runners - like a mother and her ducklings!

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  13. That's very sweet that you are protective of the new runners, I can imagine they were really nervous!
    I love the idea of "land workout"! Definitely a swimmers idea :P

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  14. Yay! We called them "dry land workouts" when I was on the swim team :) Great job Shelley!

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