Saturday, September 18, 2010

I love technology

I do.
I am not a techie type.
But when I do get a new gadget that significantly improves my quality of life, I love it.

Justin and I recently upgraded our phones to the Samsung Intercept. It's not the best phone on the market by any means, but it is 3G and an Android phone so we now have access to the wonderful world of "apps" that I have been hearing about for so long now.

And it's really, really fun.
My new favorite app is My Tracks.
It's an app that keeps track of your distance for running, walking, hiking, etc. and it uses Google satellites for the GPS function. Today was my first attempt using it and I think it's pretty dang accurate.

It records a little map of exactly where I went, tells me my time, distance, elevation, etc. The only downfall is it doesn't tell me my mile pace, it just says I'm going "5 mph" when I would rather it say, "12 minute miles"... or maybe I would rather it didn't tell me I'm going so pitifully slow. But anyway, I digress.

I also downloaded the Pandora radio app, which is about the coolest thing for running EVER.
Do you realize that I trained for and ran a marathon listening to the same songs OVER and OVER again?
Enough to drive a girl crazy!

Today I ran my whopping 18 minutes- 1.56 miles- to Justin Bieber radio. 
And I loved every minute of it.
Thank you, technology.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

So far, so good

Went running twice this week.
First on Thursday, a week from my first attempt after baby, and then again today.
Thursday was a grand total of 15 minutes, and today 18.

I don't know what my pace is.
My guess is an 11-something mile pace.
It feels really good.
I'm totally letting my body decide what to do, and I'm really grateful I have even been able to do this much.
Fall is my favorite time of year in Utah and it is just blissful to get out in that warm sun and cool breeze and run again!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

I'm back!...sort of

Just finished running.
I just wanted to say that.

Now before I get too excited, I need to remember that I probably didn't even go a mile.
But it was the best.

Okay, so I'm only 18 days postpartum, so I knew no matter what I couldn't push anything. A slow, short run... to test things out.
I drove down the street to a trail that I rarely run on  (I rarely go there because it is secluded and thus dangerous-feeling).
But secluded was what I needed.
Several neighbors were outside and I didn't want to get any, "what are you doing, you crazy lady who just had a baby?" kind of looks or comments.

And I was so glad to have some privacy because seriously, not 10 steps into it, the biggest smile spread across my face that could not be contained. Not that I wanted to contain it. I couldn't have. I was so happy to be running again I actually started laughing. Yeah... the neighbors really would have started wondering if they had seen that!

But man... it was a moment. One of those few running moments you have that you'll probably never forget. One of those moments when you realize how much you REALLY love this. Turning back was hard. Disappointing. Mentally, I could have gone for miles.

Okay so that was the emotional side of it. Physical side? Not so awesome. This is definitely not the post-marathon body I left behind last fall. For some reason my butt muscles hurt. And I'm heavy. My "abs" are mush. And yeah... I pretty much feel like I just had a baby. But it's okay. I have hope. I know I will eventually get back to where I was... and hopefully much, much better.