Saturday, September 1, 2012


It has been a long while since I posted here. But as you all know, life often gets in the way, and my life is particularly hectic as since March we haven't spent more than a month at the same place. So the schedule always changes, depending on where we are, what we do and who we are with. So while I have been bad with updating the blog, I tried to focus more on the doing than on the saying what I have done. There were ups and down, but I never stopped running altogether since February, and since July I have been running steady. I am now back to 12 -14 miles per week, and have added some speed work. The goal is to run a half marathon in November, so it quite motivating. I have found a good training programme and I really stick to it. Not only does it give me a plan to follow, but it also includes speed work, which I have never done before and seems to work wonders with me. It is hard work, but my pace has really improved and the runs that are not speed focused seem a lot easier. I also invested in a GPS watch, which allows me to watch my pace. So this morning I went out for a long run (6 miles), when most of my previous runs were 4 miles, but with speed work. I would usually have been a little daunted by the number, but this morning I was thinking "it might be 6 miles, but if I don't have to stick to a fast pace, I believe it'll be easier than my last speed run". And somehow it was. I was just running at an easy pace (9:30 / mile, which used to be my fast pace) and it wasn't that bad at all. The voice in my head just told me to stop once (some days she doesn't even talk to me anymore), and I just kept going, even though my legs were stiff and my butt muscles were sore. I just did.

Then I came back home and soaked myself in a nice hot bath to relax my poor muscles and I picked up an old issue of a running magazine, in which they were relating the story of Ben Davis, who went from morbidly obese to marathon and ironman runner. Ben made a cool video about his story that you can watch on youtube. It made me want to check out his website Bendoeslife where I found this very inspiring post that I wanted to share with you :

We run.

We run because we have to.
We run to go fast, and we run to go far.
We run to break the tape; we run just to finish.
We run for fun when no one’s around.
We run to get inverted V muscles above our kneecaps.
We run to get the regular V above our hips.
We run to clear our mind.
We run because we’re mad.
We run because we’re ecstatic.
We run because now we know what it feels to nod at another runner. We understand them, and they, us.
We run to lose weight.
We run to keep it off.
We run to eat cupcakes.
We run to eat crabcakes.
We run to be lions.
We run when others won’t.
We run and sometimes we hate it.
But we run and we always love it.
We run up hills and we run through puddles.
We run because it’s poetic.
We run because it’s bad ass.
We run while people sleep and we run because it helps us sleep.
We run because runners have better sex.
We run because once we have that medal, you can’t take it away.
We run because some of you don’t think we can.
We run.
And we run together. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Back to being a beginner runner... again !

Yep, that's right, I am back to the beginning again. The injuries kept creeping back (I hurt my knee in January and just started running again a few days ago) and keeping me from running so I lost all stamina and I am back to running 1 mile at a time. It's annoying and it made me give up both the half and the full Paris marathon, but at least now I do not have to push myself too hard to get the mileage in. I will run my 1 milers until I feel really comfortable (which is not the case right now, it's tough on my legs and lungs), then increase to 1.5 miles then 2 and slowly build back to where I was. This time I really want to take my sweet time and make sure I don't overtrain. Right now I am struggling during the runs, but I have the memory of how running felt good after a while and that keeps me really motivated !...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Cold running

I have finally been able to run again for the last few weeks. I am slowly getting my weekly mileage up to 10 -12 miles a week... It will be tight, but I think I will be able to run the Paris half marathon in March. No PR there, just to finish the race will be my goal. The one thing we didn't think of when we signed up for those events, was that it meant our training was going to be during the coldest months of the year ! Living in Thailand we forgot about that, but we got reminded the hard way. This morning, we went out for a 4 mile run by 30 degrees F and a good deal of wind. It took me about 1.5 hours to warm up after that ! Although it made me realized one thing : when you go out to run in this weather, you're hooked, you're a runner.