Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New Schedule

This is the new plan I have for walking. I will walk Mon, Tue, and Wed, take Thur for rest day, walk Fri and Sat (this will be my long walk of the week) and then take Sunday off. I'm starting this week so tomorrow I will be off, but will walk 4 on Friday and then 12 on Saturday. This works better for Paul and really better for me. I volunteer at Mallory's school at 9 on Thursdays so now with it being an off day I won't have to rush rush rush to get there.

Wednesday, March 30

Today I had my first mid-week six miler. It's freezing outside here so I did it indoors at the Y. I took the new mp3 player we got and really enjoyed walking to some fun tunes. It helped tremendously. I hadn't been big on the mp3s as I didn't want to get used to having to have music since I don't want to use one during the marathon. But, I was really surprised to see how much better the walking went with the music. I did two miles on the treadmill, two on the track, one on the treadmill and one on the track. After it was over I got a blueberry muffin at Panera and Michael got an Easter egg cookie!

Tuesday, March 29

This morning I went to our new Cracker Barrel for breakfast! Yea!!! After I picked Michael up from preschool we headed out to the Y and I did three miles, two on the treadmill and one on the track. I am kind of liking mixing it up like that.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Training Schedule Tweak

Paul asked me yesterday after I was gone nearly 3 hours if I would rethink the day I do my long walks. He is tired on Sunday afternoons and just needs to veg out and rest but has to deal with the kids while I'm walking. So, I think I will try to do my long walks on Mondays, his off day. We'll see how that goes.

Sunday, March 27, 2011


It was cold today so I decided to do my 10 mile walk inside at the Y. I ended up doing half on the treadmill and half walking around the track in the workout room. It's 20 times around to equal a mile. I did two on the treadmill, two on the track and so forth. It went fine and I was so happy to have done it. It just takes so long. I was walking from 2:15 to 4:45. Oh brother.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Today was super cold, in the 30s and I wasn't about to go walking outside so the kids and I went to the Y and they played in the child care room while I walked 4 miles on the treadmill. It wasn't bad and I actually felt good the whole time. I got my speed up to 4.5 which is the fastest I have done yet. Tomorrow's supposed to be cold too so I am just psyching myself up to do 10 on the treadmill. At least it's climate controlled and I can pop in to the bathroom when I need to. That will be the most I have done so far. Hope I can do it!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thursday, March 24

Today I zipped thru 3 miles at the Y. I wanted to hurry to make it by the bakery before getting to Mallory's school at 9. Crazy.

Wednesday, March 23

Went 5 miles today outside. It was so nice and breezy. Went fine. Shoes are not killing me like before!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Shoes Might Work

Today I wore my running shoes I just got but had been having trouble with. They actually felt OK. I am so glad. I did take the 25.00 insoles out thinking they might be one source of the problem. I did 3 miles on the treadmill in under 43 minutes. I wore my new running bra and my new 2.50 athletic top I found at the Peddler's Mall yesterday!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I think I can do it!

Today I went 8 miles, the most I have done to date. I wore some old shoes I had gotten from my neighbor across the street and they felt better than the 100 dollar ones I bought a couple of weeks ago. I did get some blisters today though. But I made it the whole eight and felt pretty good. I think one key factor to feeling good today was that I did a really flat route. These hills around here eat my lunch. I have to train on the flat roads. There is one big hill on the Hatfield McCoy course so I will just have to push thru it and the rest should be pretty flat so I am not going to kill myself training on these hills. I walked for two hours today.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

So sore

Today I was supposed to just do 4 miles but I did more like 6. I just wanted to get some miles in and I walked downtown and it was just a ways to get back. My feet were hurting pretty bad. My legs got better the longer I went. I don't know what I am going to do about these shoes.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Rave Reviews

The Hatfield McCoy marathon gets rave reviews from people who have done it. Click here to see what people have said about this marathon in the past.

Thurs, March 17

Today I hurried to the Y to get in 3 miles before rushing home to shower and get to Mallory's school at 9. Did the 4.2 pace and finished in 43 min. Felt a little better today.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


I am beginning to wonder if I can do this thing. I did 5 miles on the treadmill today and my legs and feet are still hurting. I am guessing it's part age and part shoes. I took the met pads out, they just weren't feeling right, and I still had some burning but not as bad as without the new insoles. My shins are hurting in different places now. Oh brother. I don't remember feeling like this 10 years ago when I trained for the Portland Marathon. But I was just a sweet young 34 back then! Something's gotta give.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


I went in to Cool Comfort to see about getting my shoes tweaked. The guy who helped me, the owner's husband, really knew his stuff. He got me all fixed up with new insoles and met pads and 10 dollar socks. Today I did 3 miles on the treadmill and my feet didn't burn near as bad but still burned a little. I will keep trying this prescription for a week and if I'm still having a lot of burning I will go back in for another diagnosis! They really are great there.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Hate my new shoes

I don't know what the problem is but my new shoes are doing me wrong. My shins are killing me. The bottoms of my feet are burning as I walk. Something is wrong for sure. I went 6 miles today and was fine except for the fact that my feet were burning off. I'm going to go by the store where I bought the shoes tomorrow and talk to them about what could be the problem. It's bad.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Did 4 miles today in about an hour. Walked outside. It was gorgeous, about 65 degrees. My legs really hurt for the first mile or two. Not sure why.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Love my new shoes

Did 3 miles on the treadmill this morning. Was the first time in my new shoes and they felt great. So happy with them. Changed the speed several times from 4.2 to 4 to 4.2 and then 4.3:)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Nu Shuz

I got some new running shoes today! Yea. I have been wearing some shoes that weren't really that great and I can tell my feet are hurting and my shins too. Hopefully these new Brooks will do the trick. I didn't want to stress over new shoes. I went to our local great shoe store, Cool Comfort, and wanted to find a decent pair of running shoes on sale. Even though I'm walking the marathon, running shoes are still recommended due to all the miles I will be logging during training, etc. These were $100 shoes on sale for $55 in my size, felt good on, done deal.
Today I did 4 miles on the treadmill in an hour. Was hurting for the first 2 miles.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Today I did 3 miles on the treadmill at the Y. Did it in under 45 minutes. Felt OK. I need to get new shoes.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sunday, March 6th

Went out for my longest walk yet. It was supposed to be 5 but I think I went over that. I was walking for an hour and 27 minutes and figured 5 would have taken around 1 hour and 15 min. I walked downtown and it was pretty cold but that wasn't the worst part. It was those hills! Ouch!!!

Saturday, March 5th

Yesterday I walked 4 miles on the treadmill. It went fine. I did it at a pace of 4.2 for the first three miles and then went 4.3 for the last one. Finished in under an hour. I had the fan pointing right on me but thought that these aren't real world conditions so I need to do more outside in the heat on hills! Today I will go 5 after church,.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Today I did 3 miles on the treadmill at the downtown Y. I went at the 4.2 pace and finished in about 43 minutes. Felt good but still bored! I talked to Missy today and she suggested getting an mp3 player and downloading books to listen to while out on the long runs.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Today I did 4 miles inside on the treadmill at the Y. It was slow going at first but got easier. It is just so BORING! I even had my headphones on listening to whatever was on the TV but it was still Bo-ring. Tomorrow is back to a 3 so at least I won't be bored as long!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I did 3 miles on the treadmill at the downtown Y this morning. I went at a pace of 4.2 and finished in around 43 minutes. I wanted to go outside but it was a bit too cold this morning. The weather is picking up though, praise the Lord. Should be done with the worst of it I hope!!!