Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wednesday Workout Update - Running Club!

My running club started up again on Saturday - this time, we are doing a 10 Week/10K program. I was both stunned and honored when Coach Joni asked me - ME! - to be the guest speaker at our kickoff meeting. I have done very little public speaking, and next to math, my least favorite class in high school was Speech. But, I loved my running club, so of course I said yes. Helen suggested that we videotape it, so thanks to my running buddy Jenny's loan of her video camera and tripod, Jeff was able to film it. Sort of. He missed the very first part, where I mentioned that I used to weigh over 250 pounds. But the rest is all there, and if you have nearly 11 minutes of your life that you want to waste, click on the video below. Apologies for the poor sound quality - occasionally a loud vehicle would drive by, and the birds were chirping pretty loud at times (I know, how rude!)...and of course, we aren't anywhere NEAR professionals when it comes to making a movie. Also, I choked up at the very end - surprised me, as I didn't see that coming. But I quickly recovered. :)

So, after my speech, we all set off to run 2 miles. It was great to have so many people to run with! As I mentioned on last Friday's post, I was afraid of how my ankle was going to feel during this run. It was ok. Not perfect - there is still some discomfort, but it's not terrible. I'm taking it easy, which I have to, since my running base is pretty much zero right now. I ran most of the time - took a few walking breaks, but I still hit 2 miles in 25:02, so that's not too far off my 12-minute mile that I was doing for the long runs. After the run, I was hot and sweaty and I loved it! I know it probably doesn't sound all that appealing, to be all out-of-breath and dripping sweat, but to me, it was wonderful.

With this training program, we are incorporating more cross-training, since we are running less miles. So on Monday, not only did I have to run for 20 minutes, I also had to do an additional 20 minutes of core and strength training! I got my run/walk in - it was so windy, leaves were blowing into my face at times! For my core work, I did ab crunches on the stability ball, a couple of plank holds, and...wait for it...the hula hoop! I had a few good rounds with it - getting better and better, I am. Wait til my neighbor girls see me - they are going to be so impressed!

Yesterday at the ridiculously early hour of 6:15 am, I met up with my friend Terry to go running with her - this was my Christmas present to her - a commitment to be her early-morning running partner. Why yes, it's April, and she's finally getting her present. What can I say...stuff happens. Did I mention that I was meeting her at 6:15? Well, I actually got there about 10 minutes late - it was dark, I missed my turn, and then got lost and ended up near the junior college. How the hell I did that I can only sum up in one word - "talent." Anyway, we did 3:1 intervals - running for 3 minutes, then walking for 1 minute. Ricky Bobby did an awesome job of letting us know when to run and when to walk, and I have to say that this was the best my ankle has felt both during and after a run in quite a while! So I think it will be intervals for me while I'm getting my ankle back into shape. Hmmm, now if only someone would have recommended for me to do them a couple of weeks ago...(back story - someone DID, and probably wants to slap me right about now, lol).

Last night was speedwork at the track, and I went. Although Jeff is doing this program too, he's out of town during the week so I went by myself. I'm kinda lazy and not a big fan of speedwork, but I know it's helpful, so I'm going to force myself to go instead of just doing a regular run that day and calling it even. That is my plan, so if you see me slacking, please feel free to yell at me call me on it in the comments. Anyway, we had 20-second sprints on the schedule. I did 4 of them - my LEFT calf was hurting me. Really? Sigh. Probably because I already ran that morning, or it could be the shoes I was wearing. All I know is that I didn't have a great workout at the track, but I did get to know a few of the new members of our club better, so that was fun. Afterward, I zipped home so I could watch the Aggie women beat Notre Dame and become the National Champions in Basketball - Whoop! What a great game!

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  1. you? lazy? I BEG TO DIFFER.

    I hope the calf is better today.

    AND I think today is the day I may try running again too.

    maybe :)

  2. I loved your video - really great! (And you ARE a good public speaker!)

    Hope your leg feels better today.

    I admire you for being in a running club - they intimidate me like nobody's business. I have no idea at what point I would feel confident enough to join one - I figure no one runs as slowly as I do.

    It sounds like you are really enjoying getting back into running - I am so happy for you!

  3. I haven't watched the entire video because I'm at work but you look great and it's so awesome they asked you as a speaker.

    The calf might hurt a bit because you've run a few days in a row, nothing to worry about I would say.

    So you've joined me into early morning running :) Cool!

    Shelley I'm happy to see you're back at running! So great for you!

  4. You are an awesome speaker! And now I know what you sound like - and it's someone from California :-)

    I hope your calf feels better soon. I'm so glad you are back to your running. I know it has missed you.

  5. Well, I'm just going to say I told you so and leave it at that.

    Then I'm going to say good thing we don't have to share legs right now. Between your left and my right we'd be totally hobbled.

    Finally I'm going to say BRAVO! ENCORE! ENCORE! Your club knew exactly what they were doing when they had you speak. Fabulous. I'm proud to know this lighter, runner Shelley.

  6. Really nice video. You should be proud. I'm sure your mom is.

    Congratulations to the Aggies! The women's NCAA final four was sooo much better than the men's!!!

  7. I can't watch video at work - can't wait to check out your speech! :D

    I actually like doing sprint work - at my gym we have a track that is 13 times around for 1 mile. I sprint the straight aways and then walk the curves - much more interesting than just running on the treadmill - in fact, I might do that today if it rains and I can't walk outside.

    Happy Hump Day!

  8. Love the video. I'm so proud of you, Shelley. I really am. Dang it, your speech inspired me! I think I'll run a relay race this weekend! Wanna join me? :)

    Cheering that the ankle cooperated on your run. Slowly but surely you're making your comeback. Good job.

  9. The video is wonderful Shelley!!! I'm glad it was taped so you could share with us.
    Have a great day!

  10. Those are some damn loud birds and it sounded like a ton of them LOL!

    Love to hear people speak with voice rather than the written word.

  11. I love this and how good you are doing -
    This is do-able - thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Wahoo for being back at running club!

    And wahooo for public speaking. I'm not bad at it, but it does tend to make me uncomfortable... Soo, I signed up for a for-credit public speaking class this semester & I actually like it!

    I have to give a 5-7 minute speech on studying abroad on Tuesday :)

  13. So great for you to get out there and speak in public because that's what you'll need to do when you run for office.
    I loved the view of the crowd - such an assortment of health-inspired folk.

  14. Hi, I'm new here *waves*

    I'm a new runner (slow jogger, really) and I've ben perusing running, biking, and overall fitness blogs for a few days. I'm overweight and although I didn't watch your video yet (coming up next), I saw you mentioned that you started out at 250lbs. Did you start running then? or did you start running after you had lost some weight? As a member of the 250+ club, I'm having trouble running. Just wondering the steps you took to get started!

    Thanks! :)

  15. OMG I can't wait to watch that video when I'm not in the office :)

    I'm so happy you are back running. Listen to your ankle and you will be fine! I'm going to join the running club this fall on my quest to be like you! :)

  16. OH I'll find 11 minutes to spend and I'm sure it won't be a waste! Not now though since i'm on my way to TKD. So glad to see you so happy and excited about returning to running.

  17. You're a movie star~ Also, I hate running around the track. Blech.

  18. I am just so happy you were able to get back to running again. Even in intervals. :)


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