Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Misery One Miler Virtual Race Report




A big thanks to RunningLaur for hosting the Winter Misery One Miler virtual race today. If it were not for this race, I totally would have skipped out on any form of working out today. I ran 2 miles and did yoga yesterday so I was planning on skipping today but I figured "Hey, it's ONE mile, you can handle that." So I did, and I'm glad it's over but so glad I got out there and ran even for that short amount of time. I didn't even wear the Garmin but I'm guessing it was about an 11:30 mile. I just think virtual races are such a neat idea!

10 comments:

kilax said...

Great job! I loved that the race was a 1-miler. I hope to participate in the next one (if it is not on my strength day, like today)!

Jess said...

Awesome job!

I read your comment on my blog, and to answer your questions:

I ran until I was 32 weeks preggo, and then threw in the towel. It was too tough then, and too hot here in FL -- in retrospect, I do wonder if I would have pressed on if the temps had been cooler at that point. It is tough running while pregnant, and you definitely slow down. At 16 weeks, I just stopped wearing my Garmin. I knew my 3 mile loop by heart, so I just ran that and figured I didn't really need to know my digits. Pregnancy is already tough work for your body, so exercising on top of that can be exhausting, but personally, I found it gave me more energy, and it just helped me in the mental/emotional sense.

There are two books I'd recommend if you're interested about the benefits of keeping at it: Exercising through your Pregnancy by James Clapp, and Running during Pregnancy, published by Rodale.

As far as post-partum running, the most difficult thing has been regaining my previous fitness level, and thus, my "speed." I was never fast, but before pregnancy, I could average 9-9:30 miles, but now if I do a sub 10:30, I feel frickin' fast! And when I first started back, I was running 12+ minute miles, and that was disappointing.

And, of course, it's tough adjusting to your new life and how running fits within that framework. Especially since you'll be dealing with sleep deprivation, changing hormone levels, stress, and an unpredictable schedule.

If you have other questions, shoot me an email (tygress422@yahoo.com). I can be rather long-winded when it comes to this subject, so sorry for the lengthy comment.

RunningLaur said...

so glad that the race could get you out there to run - there's no way I would have run today either :)

MCM Mama said...

Good job getting out there!

Carly said...

Nice job getting out there!

Lacey Nicole said...

way to go!!!!!!!!!!!! love teh bib :)

lindsay said...

i thought about the virtual race on 12/22... haha whoops. kudos to you for getting out for the mile! every little bit helps :)

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Mel-2nd Chances said...

oh damn! just read the comment above mine! WHOA! I just deleted the ability for anonymous commenters on my blog because i've been getting some weird comments lately! Great job on the 2 miles!

Marlene said...

Good for you getting out there on a day when you wouldn't have otherwise. I love these virtual races!

Hope you are having a great holiday.