Katy Runs

Running to stay sane in grad school!

Highlight of my day September 27, 2010

Filed under: training run — katyruns @ 9:47 pm

Today’s run was definitely the highlight of my day.  I don’t know if it was the weather or weirdness at work, but I was down in the dumps today.  I went for an easy 50 minute run on the Three Rivers Heritage trail.  It has been a while since I ran on this trail.  The last time I ran there, some construction was going on.  It was finished today and the new walkway they made is awesome.

I was speedy today.  I think it was the new music or needing to blow off some steam.  It was just what I needed to end my day.  While I was running, I was approaching another female runner who was taking a walking break.  I’m not sure if her break was ending or she heard me coming up behind her but she started running.  I wanted to pass her!  I don’t know what came over me but I cranked up my speed and so did she!  We had our own mini race.  I ended up passing her.  This is going to sound mean but it felt kind of good to pass someone (it doesn’t happen too often).

Looking forward to a better day tomorrow.

Happy Michigan Cows!


Skewed perspective September 26, 2010

Filed under: Long Run,training run,Uncategorized — katyruns @ 9:23 pm


Saturday I went on a “short and quick” 10 mile run!  There’s nothing like marathon training to skew your perspective on what is a short run.  I finished in 1:41:20.  It was a fun run too.  The weather was perfect.  Sunny and in the 60s.  There was a bike tour on the Montour trail so there was a lot more people to keep me entertained during my run.  I also used Betsy’s trick of converting youtube videos to mp3s.  So I had a bunch of new music to pass the time.


I did a speed workout on the treadmill on Thursday.  I meant to go to the high school track by our house Wednesday after work but I had a couple of things working against me.  First there was a soccer game at the track (it runs around the soccer/football field).  Second there was a really bad storm (lots of damage, thankfully nothing near us).  Third I worked late (lab has been crazy lately, lots of late nights the past couple of weeks).  I ended up running 4.94 miles in 52 minutes (10 min warm up, [2 min fast, 2 min slow X8], 10 min cool down).  That is the longest I have ever ran on the treadmill (dreadmill, anyone?).  Last winter I had a brief relationship with the treadmill where I would speed walk on insane inclines for 40-45 minutes, but I’ve never had any desire to run that long on the treadmill.  Everything is fine until 30 minutes into the run when I remembered that I hadn’t packed a bra.  I ended up being late for work because I had to run home.  I thought it was the respectable thing to do though;)

Camera update

Still no luck finding the camera.  My husband and I fear that maybe it fell in the trash.  Right now that makes the most sense.  My brother is enlisting in the Army, so I think I will ask to borrow his point and shoot until I have saved up enough money to buy a decent camera.  This is how I feel because I can’t find my camera:


Just another day in [running] paradise September 21, 2010

Filed under: Stretching,training run — katyruns @ 10:00 pm

I got up early today to run!  It was cold today to.  I think in the upper 40s.  I wore pants and a track jacket.  Though I probably could have done without the jacket.  I did a nice and easy 50 minute run.  I pounded out 4.81 miles.  I always forget how much I love running in the morning before work and knowing for the rest of the day that I don’t have to worry about it after work.

Lately I have been really bad about not stretching after my week day runs.  I think this led to the slight case of extensor tendinitis in my left foot.  My legs were starting to feel extremely tight.  After my long runs on the weekend I stretch for about 20 minutes.  I did an abbreviated stretching routine this morning.

  • Calf stretch on the stairs (30 seconds each side)
  • Quadricep stretch (30 seconds each side)
  • Inner thigh-butterfly stretch (1 minute)
  • Hamstring-reach for toes while sitting (1 minute each side)

My legs felt significantly better today after this little bit of stretching.  I’m going to stretch for a little bit and then hit the hay.  I’ve found that lately I can’t get enough sleep.  I think this is common for people training for a marathon.  I know I read somewhere that for every mile you run you should add a certain number of minutes to your normal sleep time.  I think it might be 10 minutes per mile?  I’ll have to see if I can find that article.

P.S.  Marathon training is a lot more fun and dare I say easier than I thought it would be!  Excited for the next 6 weeks!


Can power walking be counted as a training run? August 5, 2010

Filed under: power walking,training run — katyruns @ 7:22 pm

Yesterday I had every intention of getting up early and getting my training run in. Well, that didn’t exactly happen. So I decided that I would go right after work. Well yesterday in Pittsburgh it was muggy and hot. It felt like walking in a bowl of cream of potato soup.

I had to run a bunch of errands yesterday so I decided to walk to Oakland, run my errands, and walk back to Shadyside. I wore my Garmin and I walked 3.56 miles in 1:01.

It started raining huge fat drops just as I was finishing up. And when I got out of work it was still storming. So I decided that today my power walk would count as my training run. Now I wouldn’t suggest doing all of your marathon training as power walking unless you are going to power walk the marathon. But I think that once in a while, when life is working against you it will just have to do.

Going for a 50 minute easy run in a little bit per my training plan. I just finished dinner about 10 minutes ago. I haven’t had too many problems with running after dinner as long as I wait about an hour after I’m done eating. Wish me luck!