Monday, June 22, 2009

Still Running!!!

I am FINALLY posting on my blog! Don't have a heart attack! I've been lazy.

The 2 weeks after my marathon I didn't run at all. The first week I was on crutches so I didn't even go to the gym. I had company for 4 days and then did an estate sale for my mom the other 3 days. Busy, busy, busy! When I finally went back to the gym, I had planned to do pool running until my ankle was better. That lasted one day! I can't believe last summer I was able to do 4 hours of pool running. I barely managed 30 minutes and was bored out of my mind. LOL

I started back running on June 15, just a week ago. I ran 2.69 miles on Monday and 3.22 miles on Wednesday. Then I decided to run the WVRR Summer Solstice Fun Run 10k on Friday. Since I was supposed to run 8 miles that day, I ran 2 miles in the morning and then ran the 10k at 7PM that night.

The race was held at Minto Brown Park in South Salem. It's a beautiful place to run, with paved and unpaved trails. Unfortunately, there are a lot of cottonwood trees and the air was full of the blooms! Not good for allergies, but didn't really bother me. The problem I had was with the temperature. Not that it was hot, only 63 degrees, but I can't handle any temp above 55 when I'm running. I know, wimpy! I get extremely hot when I run and get physically ill if I overheat. It was nice that the park is well shaded and running along the Willamette River there was a wonderful, brisk breeze. That helped a lot.

There were supposed to be 2 water stations for the 10K, but just before the race started, we were informed that the 3 mile one would not be available! Not good since I didn't bring any water at all. Last year it wasn't needed! Not that I drink much, but I pour it over my head to cool off. Oh well, live and learn!

I didn't finish last, but pretty close. The official results aren't up on the website yet, but my unofficial Garmin time was 1:13:22, which beat my last year's time by 11 minutes! I placed 3rd in my age/gender category, but there were only 3 of us! :) Still, I DID come out and run; the other 55 year old women did not.


Today I ran 10 miles (picture above show where I run - beautiful, huh?), which was a little much since I ran 8 on Friday, but my marathon training called for that and I need to stick with the plan, ya know! It was warm and sunny so I struggled but still finished with a time of 1:58:59; 11:59 pace. I do better in the winter, but it was still a good time AND I'm supposed to run it slower 'cause it was my long run. That means I ran it too fast - oops!

I am now sitting in my bed and resting for the remainder of the day! Monday is my long run day AND the day I try to take off from any kind of work (around the house or anywhere else). Of course, I still have to cook dinner, but I make that really easy. Tonight, it's pizza from WinCo! Easy!!

I want to say how much I appreciate the encouragement I get from runner friends on Twitter (and Facebook). Without them, it would be very difficult for me to continue running. They are the best! I met a couple of them at the Newport Marathon and plan on meeting a lot more in December when I run the California International Marathon in Sacramento. I can't wait!

My next race is a 10k in Stayton on July 4th. I pray it's not too warm or I'll be walking it. lol

I am thankful to God also for His help every time I run. I know I am doing what He wants - keeping healthy and taking care of the body He gave me. We need to be good stewards of all He gives us.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says: "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body."

I believe that exercising and running, plus eating right to keep my body healthy is what God has in mind for us. Too many people call themselves followers of Christ, but destroy their body with the wrong foods and no exercise. I want God to be pleased with what I have done here on earth, not only in furthering His kingdom, but taking care of the "temple" that He has entrusted me with.

Have a fantastic day today and God bless you.

I promise to post more often, really I do!



  1. Always interesting reading your blog!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for the comment. I need to get more serious about this blog. I'm so bad!

  3. Awesome post Gina! You are an inspiration to me and I truly appreciate you and your support! I am always here for you if you need me!!!


    And its cool you run in your sports bra! It does feel awfully good to not have clothes on top!! FREEING!!!

  4. P.S. AWESOME 10 miler! Your ankle is OK?

  5. My ankle only twinges a bit when I run so yay! it's ok. Thanks for the comment. It's really nice to be able to know runners like you. So encouraging.


  6. Great to see you post and greater to know you're back at it on the pavement. I enjoy reading your posts as well as your words of encouragement on Twitter, so keep it up!

  7. Jeff,

    Thanks for the comment and encouragement. It's so good to get back to running, 2 weeks seemed like a lot.

  8. So glad to see you posted!!! And CONGRATS on the super second place finish you speedy rock star!!!

  9. Hey Gina,

    Thanks for the comment at my blog! Congrats on not being 3rd!

  10. Ron, yeah, one step closer to first! lol