The neglected runner’s log

Good afternoon readers,

Ever since I got my iPhone, I have been tracking my workouts  in the Runner’s log app.  It’s a great app that is easy to use that keeps track of daily workouts and there is even a section to enter notes regarding your workout.  The app is convenient to use and I like that it allows you to export your history to excel so the data entered can be viewed in a spreadsheet format all on one page.   I’m sure you can get fancy once the data is in excel by creating colorful charts and graphs to monitor your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly progress; but, I do not get that intense with my running mileage.

For the past several months, this is what my log has looked like. NADA!

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Now I know that you all know that I have been running on and off since the dreaded fall on the black ice. But I lost my interest / motivation to enter any of these easy runs, so there is no data whatsoever since March 17, 2012.  I thought that I was progressing enough to start using this app again but I guess I was wrong.

My point being that I have experienced another setback with my running since the Utica Boilermaker.  I don’t know if it was the 15k distance, asphalt,  the downhills or a combination of all three in this race; but I am on the sidelines once again.

Boilermaker finish line- cheesy boilermaker proof- Does anyone ever buy these photos from races?

Boilermaker finish line- cheesy boilermaker proof- Does anyone ever buy these photos from races?

In an effort to keep active, I decided that I needed to do something because sitting on my butt was not helping the emotions that I was having not being able to run.  So I did the next best thing.  I reintroduced myself to my bike and Kurt the bike trainer.  So far this week, I have been on the bike every day and increasing the duration and speed every day. Every day gets better and better so I’m feeling good about the bike now that my female anatomy has adjusted to the bike seat.

Biking indoors has never been my cup of tea; but if it is the only way I can sweat, I will learn to love the bike.  Today, I challenged myself on the bike while watching last nights Olympic swimming events.  My goal was to pedal as fast as I could for 30 seconds, take a reprieve for 30 seconds and start pedaling fast again until the first swimmer touched the wall.  Watching the competition amongst the worlds fastest swimmers kept me motivated to stay strong.

I am happy to announce that the other runner in this house is PRing in every single road race he enters.   Tim continues to get stronger and faster and faster with every race he enters and I am so proud of him.  This weekend Tim will be racing a 20k as part of The Sauerkraut Festival in Phelps, NY.  I don’t know how he does it as I mentioned in a previous post.

Tim started out running in an effort to lose a little weight and to get in shape after several years of not doing much due to the demands of his profession as a CPA.  Tim has an amazing and inspirational story about how he got his run on and will be sharing his story with all of you by writing weekly posts about how he lost 100 pounds and the sacrifices he made along the way.  Tim will be sharing the good, bad, and the ugly and some of it may be shocking but I think you will all enjoy his journey.

Off to watch the live stream of USA Gymnastics and later swimming. Then later…  Go RYAN LOCHTE – win another gold for team USA!!  Perhaps my next swim coach since he is a native Upstate New Yorker.  A girl is allowed to have wishes!