Tuesday, April 6, 2010

First Real Run for 2010

I hesitated posting on my running blog. After all, the last post was in July 2009! Yikes. I haven't run since the Nike Women's Marathon back on October of 2009. I think I was slightly traumatized from running 6 marathons last year (Napa, Big Sur, RnR SD, SFM, Chicago and Nike Women's). So I took a LONG break. No running. No nothing! Actually I was totally cheating on running with makeup. I've been moonlighting as a makeup artist and it has consumed all my free time. Now I need to find a good balance between the two.

I actually signed up for the Napa Marathon again this year but I didn't run it. I couldn't even give away my bib! I heard the weather was much better this year than last... I am running The Relay with the ROHOs and a few other fabulous runners so I thought I'd better put my butt back in gear. I dusted off my poor neglected Garmin 405 and went out for an EASY 5 mile run last night. In all honesty, I did do a few miles here and there on the treadmill for a few weeks before but it wasn't easy. Good thing I have one of the easier legs of The Relay. I am in no shape to run up any hills or some of the longer legs!

The weather was gorgeous yesterday after work and I ran one of my usual routes along the Richmond Marina. I guess I got a little excited because the first mile I clocked in at around 9:45 min pace. The rest of the run was uneventful and around 10:10 min pace... A few times I wanted to stop and walk but decided to press on. I haven't had that much JOY from running in a long time. I was so bogged down with training that running became a chore for me. Old habits die hard and I kept glancing at my 405 to see how fast I was running. I definitely put on some weight during the winter (that's what happens when you eat like you're training for a marathon but no running) and I could tell on my knee joints... And the speed definitely was suffering. But, I figure it was a good start. I'm going to try for another 5 miles tonight after work and see how I feel. I LOVE that feeling of pavement underneath my shoes and the wind in my face.

Am I back blogging? I don't know, yet. But I did start this blog as a running journal so I'll try my best. Oh anyone else waiting anxiously for the NYCM lottery tomorrow???? I also signed up for the Nike Women's Half today. I am not doing that marathon again anytime soon.

22 comments:

  1. OMG JULIANNE BLOGGED!!!!!!!! <3 :) *happy dance* i saw my roho folder light up in my reader and was like huh? since T and M had just blogged.

    yay cant wait for the relay - great job getting back out there girlie :) also i hope you keep blogging because i miss youuuuuu!

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  2. Dang you're fast Aron! :-)
    It's nice to write about running again! I didn't have any material to write about before. hehe
    I'm so excited about The Relay, too!

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  3. How I have missssseeddd you! Glad to see that you haven't completely lost that lovin' feeling for running :) Great job on getting back out there and hitting the pavement. I am SO excited for the relay and happy we will be in the same van together! ♥

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  4. wow welcome back to the blog world! Maybe too many in 2009! how come you wouldn't do the nike marathon again? Best of luck for the lottery!

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  5. @Tara I'm sooooo excited you, me and Maritza are in the same van!!!

    @ND Omg Nike Marathon is no joke. The 2nd half is really really hard. It's short on support, scenery and well, it's tough. I ran it twice now and this year gonna take it easy. :-)

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  6. I have missed you!!!!!! Look at you, running AND blogging! WHEEEEEEEEEE!!!

    Can't wait to hang out with you at the relay..it's going to rock!

    Great job on getting back out there, nice pace for the first 5 miler too!

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  7. Good to hear from you!!! Hope you make the NYCM lottery :)

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  8. I was excited to see a post from you! I had enjoyed reading before.

    I am looking forward to hanging out with you at The Relay - it is going to be so much fun!

    Good luck with the NYC lottery!

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  9. Yeah you blogged again!!! Glad you are back running. I understand exactly what you mean. I have one post this year on my blog... I think I did feel some sort of pressure and it was taking the fun out of it. Anyway, good to hear from you, good job on your 5 miler.

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  10. Glad you are back! Sounds like you have been busy. Love your website!!!! you do great work.

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  11. YAY!!!! :) :)

    I'm anxiously awaiting the news of NYCM too!!! :)

    Fingers crossed!!!!!

    miss you <3

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  12. Holy cow---you're blogging again?!?!?!

    I can imagine being burnt out after 6 marathons in one year.

    Hope you get into NYC.

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  13. Hey you! AWESOME JOB on getting back out there! I know, it's tough, right? I know you'll be back on track soon. Can't wait to hear how the relay goes :)

    *hugs*

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  14. Glad to hear from you! Hope you continue to love running and enjoy it!

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  15. It was so nice to see you pop up on blogger!!! Although I have been able to keep up with your fabulous make up business on FB. Happy running!

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  16. Welcome Back!!!!

    Isn't it nice that none of us ever delete anyone from our reader (I know I don't!)

    I entered the Nike Women's 1/2 lottery yesterday too...hope we both get in!

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  17. welcome baaack! :)
    Glad to hear about getting into NYCM too - you have some fun running to come!

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  18. Welcome back! I'm coming back into the fold just now, as well. Almost need to get together a comeback runner/blogger challenge or something for all of us. lol

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