Archive for April, 2010

C25K W4D2, Vibram’s Day 9

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April in Vermont is known for being unpredictable.  Monday brought 68º temperatures and beautiful weather.  Flowers have been blooming, trees are full of buds, it’s most definitely been Spring.  Color me surprised when I woke up on Wednesday to a FOOT of heavy wet white death falling from the sky.  I refused to shovel.  I had already purged my car of all winter gear (though, thankfully still had my snow tires on) so I reluctantly cleaned my car off with ...

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C25K W4D1, Vibram’s Day 8

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Yesterday, I began week 4 of C25K.  The program is supposedly gradual.  Last week, in the 30 minutes that I spent on the workout I only ran for nine minutes, in week 4 I was prompted to run SIXTEEN minutes; this did not feel gradual to me!  All right, I know I’m whining a bit, but I was surprised when the nice British woman on my Get Running app went over the durations of the run.  Suddenly, the “short” ...

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C25K W3D3, Vibram’s Day 7

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Wow, that intensive MotherMassage® workshop I took really was intense!  While I found time to run, I had zero time to blog.  Let’s get to it!

I did brave the treadmill at the hotel.  It was an interesting experience.  I am not a gym lover, mostly because I feel trapped in gyms.  It’s all very robotic to me and while I can certainly appreciate the health benefit that gyms provide, I’ve never found one that doesn’t seem dirty and cramped ...

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C25K W3D2, Vibram’s Day 6

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I wish there was a safe way for me to run with my Canon Digital Rebel XT because oh my goodness was it a gorgeous day yesterday!  The Mad River Path was sun-soaked and despite the temperature hanging at 65º, it felt like a summer day while running in direct sunlight.  This made it much easier for me to relax into my body and just enjoy my time outdoors.

It wasn’t all peaches and cream.  Thanks to the mild patellar tendon ...

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It’s All Connected

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I’m always fascinated by muscular anatomy.  Without our skeletal muscles our bones would collapse in a pile on the floor.  The physics behind how muscles and fascia keep our bones upright and functional is astounding.  Once one begins to learn about these connections between muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and fascia it becomes clear that there are really no isolated issues in the body because all of these cells work together to create homeostasis as we know it.  Let me explain.

Today, ...

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C25K W3D1, Vibram’s Day 5

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I am not Super Woman.  Crap.

Yesterday was my first day back to work from staycation.  I have the privilege of working for a business that’s right on the Mad River Path and we’re encouraged to bring our dogs to work.  Today I took not just Toby, my awesome lab, running with me, but I also brought along his best friend Owen, a Golden Retriever who would much rather be digging rocks up at the river than running.  It was a ...

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C25K W2D3, Vibram’s Day 4

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Wow, I was really blown away by how much the weather effected my run yesterday!  It was the last C25K day of week 2, which is still pretty gentle.  My past two sessions, while slightly more challenging than week 1, were totally do-able; I even had a smile on my face for most of W2D2!  Yesterday, though, had a rough start.

It was an unseasonably cold morning, even for Vermont.  At just barely above freezing, the forecast promised to be a ...

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C25K W2D2, Vibram’s Day 3

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Ah, some sunshine!  Toby and I were back at the Stowe Quiet Path yesterday morning for our third barefoot running experience.  Well, to be fair, Toby is always a barefoot runner; perhaps he can teach me a thing or two.  The weather was picture perfect.  It just reached 50ºF when we got to the path, which made it cool enough to be comfortable while running but warm enough to keep me motivated and smiling.

I must be running and possibly even ...

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C25K W2D1, Vibram’s Day 2

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Yesterday was another chilly wet morning here in Vermont as I headed out to start week two of Couch-to-5K.  Toby, my trusty lab, and I headed to the Stowe Quiet Path just in time for the rain to turn to a nice light mist.  I dawdled a bit at the car, wrapping my iPhone in a plastic sandwich bag, and took plenty of time to stretch.

I’ve gotta say, I had an awesome time.  The runs were longer and this was ...

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C25K W1D3, Vibram FiveFingers KSO’s Day 1

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Yesterday, I completed my first week of C25K. The first week is nice and gentle: walk briskly for five minutes, then alternate jogging for 60 seconds and walking for 90 seconds for 20 minutes, cool down with another five minute walk. This was totally doable, even for someone like me who hates running.

The first two days of the program (note, I ran three days in one week which is the expectation; this is not a seven-day-a-week runathon) ...

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