I know I am a runner

I AM A RUNNER because my runs have names. I do tempo runs and threshold runs and fartlek runs. I do long, slow runs and track workouts. My runs are defined, even if my abs are not.

I AM A RUNNER because my shoes are training equipment, not a fashion statement. The best shoe for me is the one that makes me a better runner. I choose the shoe that goes with my running mechanics, not my running outfit.

I AM A RUNNER because I don’t have running outfits. I have technical shirts and shorts and socks. I have apparel that enhances the experience of running by allowing me to run comfortably. I can say "Coolmax" and "Gore-Tex" in the same sentence and know which does what.

I AM A RUNNER because I know what effort feels like, and I embrace it. I know when I’m pushing the limits of my comfort and why I’m doing it. I know that heavy breathing and an accelerated heart rate — things I once avoided — are necessary if I want to be a better runner.

I AM A RUNNER because I value and respect my body. It will whisper to me when I’ve done too much. And if I choose to listen to that whisper, my body won’t have to scream in pain later on.

I AM A RUNNER because I am willing to lay it all on the line. I know that every finish line has the potential to lift my spirits to new highs or devastate me, yet I line up anyway.

I AM A RUNNER because I know that despite my best efforts, I will always want more from myself. I will always want to know my limits so that I can exceed them.

I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far.

I AM A RUNNER because I say I am. And no one can tell me I’m not.

I read the above from MSN Health. It is a great inspiration for me to pick up my shoes again.

 

 

 

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Running and Reading

I have a 18 Mile race coming up in two weeks. I have been running 6 miles on my steady runs. Not good!
So, I geared up and ran last Sunday for my long run. After an hour of running in the cold wind, I got bored and had to return. Cold wind is a serious demotivating factor. I I hope to run my 16 miles this weekend.
 
I have started reading ‘The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What It Means for All of Us‘. It is an book that talks about the past as well as the future of China and India as economic powers. I have not finished it yet. So my final comments are still out. So far, it is an interesting book. I am learning facts about China that I was not aware of before.
 

Accomplishment

I ran my first half a marathon today. Yeah!

 

39th annual YMCA half a marathon was held in South Mountain Park today. The run felt great. The course was all uphill / downhill. That made running very difficult. I had knee and breathing problems. My running partner had hip and foot problems. So, we had to walk for a few miles. Even thought I was tired and exhausted, I and my running buddy sprinted from 100 meters from the finish line. It was well received with claps and shouting from the volunteers at the finish line. It felt as if I was accomplishing something!

 

I had salt sediments on my face and on my glass at the end of the race. I had to wash it three times during the run to keep it clean. Everytime a grandpas overtook us, I cringe and try to beat him. It kept me going. 🙂

 

The organizers and volunteers were just fabulous. The last 2.5 miles were steep hill. I remember the lady at the foothills who was giving out water. She was shouting encouraging words to us as we walked past here. So, we picked up running again. I really appreciate what they did today.

 

My running partner was great too. Without him, I don’t think I would have signed up for this event.

 

I have had knee injury on my left knee and was not able to run for the last two weeks. I also had self-doubt about being able to run with injured knee. I did not want to permanently damage it by running on a race. But, I was committed to something and did not feel like quitting. I did some reading on the knee injury and found exercises to help with it. I have been doing those exercises for the last two days.

 

 

This is the longest distance I have run to date. My previous record was 9 miles on the road. I am in the little league now. 🙂 Once I run my first Marathon, I am going to be joining the 400,000 or so people who ever ran Marathon among a world population of 6.7 billion.

 

Top Marathon Runner Gives You 10 Training Tips

 

One of Britain’s top marathon runners, Liz Yelling, has compiled a top 10 of training tips. Yelling won bronze at last year’s Commonwealth Games and was eighth in this year’s London Marathon.

1. Ring fence your exercise time. You won’t get to the finish line without protecting your time to train. You’ve made a personal commitment to your health and well-being so it’s important to you. Prioritize your time and stick to it.

2. Create incentives. Set goals and reward yourself when you reach them. These will provide you with drive and commitment towards the 5k and help you gauge how your fitness is progressing.

3. Plan your attack. Know what you are going to do in your week and when. Your plan should be progressive, structured and appropriate to your exercise history, level of fitness and 5k goals.

4. Variation is the spice of running life. Doing the same type of running can make your routine boring. Don’t just do the same run every day. Mix it up and try different things like varying the pace, terrain and time you run for.

5. It shouldn’t be all hard work. Avoid packing all your runs together. As a rule of thumb, for every day of ‘hard’ running, take two days rest or easy running.

6. Fuel yourself. Running is a great calorie burner but you still need to replace the energy you’ve used. Carbohydrate is the body’s fuel for exercise so eat a healthy, balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids.

7. Get some support. Running with friends is social and builds togetherness. Getting a coach can help you get the right advice from an experienced specialist and keep you motivated.

8. Get the right kit. Specialist running shoes are a must for injury prevention. Choose running kit that is functional and comfortable.

9. Be patient. Don’t expect immediate results. Successful running takes time, but you’ll love the benefits of looking and feeling great when they arrive. The more you do the easier it gets.

10. Enjoy it and have fun! Running shouldn’t be a chore. It’s something you do to boost your health, wellness and vitality. Just being out there doing it is a brilliant achievement and you should remind yourself how well you’ve done.

 
 

Long Run

I was desperate to complete a long distance on road. So last Sunday, we went out for a 10 mile run. Unlike I anticipated, it was a slow run.

On the way back, about a mile from home, I sprained near my left knee joint. I tried to put the pain behind and continue to run. I had to stop thrice before I gave up on my run. .

While it was a long run, I did not accomplish what I wanted to accomplish. I thought I covered about 8.2 miles. Today, my running partner had downloaded our route and sent out the map. To my surprise, we had covered 9.25 miles and we did it under 2 hours. While I am definitely happier, I am sad that I won’t be able to run for a while till my knee is healed.

I have a race in two weeks. I want to be able to participate in it and successfully complete it. Let us see.

Sprint

I managed to run 2 miles under 14:30 minutes. It is exciting to break the 8 minute mental barrier. We (I and my running partner) were not planning to sprint this morning. Since I had a 6 am tele-conference, I wanted to run a shorter distance.
 
It was cold and partner was having difficulty breathing. So, we had a walk a little bit. Still, we covered the distance in record time.
 
I do not feel as if I strained that much today. My next goals are to
1) to break a mile under 5:30 minutes on road.
2) to cover 12 miles on road.
 
I have been pushing myself hard in the gym. So, I could not run on last Tuesday. My running partner was doubting my running capability as a result. When people question my commitment, I don’t take it lightly. So, I made him to run faster today than he wanted to. 😉

Running Update

I have been running for over two months now. I normally get bored and drop out by now. Instead, I am totally excited about pushing myself to insanity. J

 

Since I did not want to be hooked to one brand, I purchased Adidas AdFusion. While it is a great and light shoe, it does not give me enough support. As a result I was having shin splits. So, I exchanged it for Brooks Beast. It is pricy. But it is so nice to run with.

 

I have been running 4 mile stretches at least three times a week. Since I have trouble holding air in my lungs, I have also started do some abdomen, chest and shoulder workouts. I am also doing at least one cross training for 30 – 45 minutes a week. This should help me with elevation during the race.

 

It is getting colder in Phoenix. So, running at 5:30 AM is getting difficult. I don’t mind it since climate during our upcoming race will be similar to this.  

 

I should be running 9 mile stretches this week. I am running only 4 to 4.5 at a time. I hope to catch up with my running schedule this week.

 

I am Running

Life and work are going well. But, I am bored of routines in life.
What should I do? RUN
 
My criteria were as follows:
* Nothing to do with computers

* Something I am capable of doing but have not done before
* Should be cheap to get started 
* Should not be an easy accomplishment

 

I am not a runner. The maximum I ever ran on a treadmill is 2 miles. I have started running on June 28 2007. I tried running two to three miles for a few times. Running on road is a lot harder than running on tread mil.
After two runs on my own, I started running with my neighbor who had done marathons before. Now I am officially preparing for a half-marathon this October.
 
It is pretty cool. I am at 7.3 miles in my long runs and under 9 minutes in my high speed run. In today’s quarter mile sprint, I was just a second or so behind my running partner. He has been running for years and is an army reserve. It will be a milestone when I outrun him.
 
Running is hard and tiring many times since early morning temperature averages 79 – 101 F in Phoenix. Still I  am totally pumped with my new interest.
 
If I am not crippled before I run a marathon, I will post some pictures here.