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Run Recap: 7/31
Distance: 1.52mi
Time: 21:44

This was my first run in a long time. If you know me at all, you know that I am not a runner. I don’t like running. Most of the time I’ll say I hate running.

But sometimes I run.

Today I decided to go for a run. One of my goals for August is to run with my Zombies, Run! app twice a week at least. I wanted to get an early start, especially since I have no other plans for today. I changed into my Tribesports capris and sports bra, pulled on a thin racerback shirt, and borrowed a pair of Adidas running shoes from my roommate (my shoes are falling apart and don’t give me enough support anymore).

The day was warm. The day was humid. I was stupid enough to head out at 11:30am. Yuck.

I just did a quick loop along the Oak Leaf trail here in the Milwaukee area, heading back after a pretty short distance. I am way too out of practice to jump into anything longer right now, but I’ll get there.

Plus, look at the creepy tunnel I ran through!

the-exercist:

Great article about runner Julie Creffield:

“Despite my size 18 frame I am a runner,” she wrote on the Huffington Post. “I have in fact been a runner for the last ten years running everything from 5k fun runs to full marathons. I run because I love the feeling of running, I love the community of runners where I have made many friends, but I admit I also run to keep control of my weight, and to help me lead a healthier and happier life.”
She has recently launched the website Too Fat To Run which will provide first-time runners with the resources, including safety tips, to make their dreams a reality. The site will also sell merchandise, because, you know, you got to keep the lights on. Actually, one of the coolest things “Too Fat To Run” is doing, merch-wise, is selling runners apparel that provides a range of sizes for plus-sizers (most fitness wear does not clothe women past a size 16 or 18). The idea is to be able to make this business profitable enough to make “stylish, sexy, technical apparel” for plus-sized athletes.
"What we need are practical solutions where women feel empowered to be more active and where exercise is seen as something enjoyable and fun rather than a chore and something we must do."
themockingfox:

Decided to get out there early today before the heat built up! Still really humid and in the low 80’s, but had a nice breeze and cloud cover for most of the run. Four miles steady, followed by a mile of sprintervals and a cool down jog (which was not technically part of the workout, but I felt so good after sprints that I decided to ride the high for another half-mile).
So story about me and sprinting: I HATE sprinting usually. I’m bad at it - I’m just built for endurance, not bursts of power. Gangly legs and all - great for striding out miles, just in my way if I’m trying to get them to move quickly. But I LOVE bursting into a sprint at the end of a long run. I’ve got that runners high, I’m feeling pretty beat but accomplished - and then I reach in, find that last drop of adrenaline, and bust into a flat out sprint. Makes me feel like superwoman, seriously!
It also reminds me of my x-country racing days in high school. Our team motto was “leave nothing in the tank”, and as a rule we always sprinted the last quarter mile of every race. No matter how sore, tired, whatever - we hit that marker, and it was flat out until we were well over the finish line. Once I almost bowled over several people in the finish line gauntlet because the girls in front of me weren’t sprinting, and like hell was I slowing down just because there were spectators in my way! =P
So yep. Sprinting. Feels so good, but only after running a few miles! 

themockingfox:

Decided to get out there early today before the heat built up! Still really humid and in the low 80’s, but had a nice breeze and cloud cover for most of the run. Four miles steady, followed by a mile of sprintervals and a cool down jog (which was not technically part of the workout, but I felt so good after sprints that I decided to ride the high for another half-mile).

So story about me and sprinting: I HATE sprinting usually. I’m bad at it - I’m just built for endurance, not bursts of power. Gangly legs and all - great for striding out miles, just in my way if I’m trying to get them to move quickly. But I LOVE bursting into a sprint at the end of a long run. I’ve got that runners high, I’m feeling pretty beat but accomplished - and then I reach in, find that last drop of adrenaline, and bust into a flat out sprint. Makes me feel like superwoman, seriously!

It also reminds me of my x-country racing days in high school. Our team motto was “leave nothing in the tank”, and as a rule we always sprinted the last quarter mile of every race. No matter how sore, tired, whatever - we hit that marker, and it was flat out until we were well over the finish line. Once I almost bowled over several people in the finish line gauntlet because the girls in front of me weren’t sprinting, and like hell was I slowing down just because there were spectators in my way! =P

So yep. Sprinting. Feels so good, but only after running a few miles! 

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