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Nov 22

Moving Forward: My 5 New Running Goals

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | running

Happy Friday!  Last Friday marked my final day of Physical Therapy, which was so surreal and bittersweet.  I truly hope that 3rd time’s a charm and I never go back!

Workouts so far this week:

Monday: Dynamic warm up, 30 minute “run” (5 minute walk, 1 minute jog)

Wednesday:  Core and More Class

Thursday:  Light dynamic warm up, 30 minute “run” (4 minute walk, 2 minute jog), Boot Camp Class

I’m feeling EXTRA sore today after some intense circuits in Boot Camp that left my abs in tears (4 sets of 1 minute planks??!).  But I plan to do my 30 minute “run” of 3 minute walk, 3 minute jogging on Saturday morning out in the elements, with my favorite dynamic warm up moves!  Outside of the gait analysis I had, I haven’t run outside since September!

Here are a couple of pics of the workouts I did on Monday in the gym.  They’re part of a package that was given to me by my Physical Therapist.  A whole lot going on!

Dynamic warmup exercises

Dynamic warmup exercises

Various hip and

Various hip strengthening, core and balance exercises

Since I’ve moved on from PT, I have started to come up with my new running goals.  These should carry me into 2014 smoothly, and hopefully take me to the biggest goal of all:  completing a marathon!

My Goals Moving Forward

  1. Continue strength training and injury-prevention exercises, no less than 3 days a week.
  2. Slowly increase my mileage and transition back into bona fide running, 3 days a week.
  3. Hire a running coach and focus on improving form.
  4. Complete a 5K in the Spring.
  5. Run a half marathon by the end of 2014.

Notice how there’s no mention of pace in these goals?  In the past, I have been so obsessed with my speed (LACK thereof).  With all that I have gone through (Runner’s Knee, foot stress fracture, plantar fasciitis), I’m just happy that I can still pursue running.  I can’t worry about being slower than the next guy.  I have to be MY best.

I think my goals are very realistic and force me to practice the patience I so desperately need.  Hopefully, I’ll be crossing things off over the next several months and staying injury-free!  Fingers crossed!

What are your running goals for 2014?  

Nov 02

My Running Gait Analysis with Tracy Peal Speed

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | review , running

After all of the issues I’ve had with running shoes over the past year, I keep thinking that if I can just get my running form correct, everything will fall into place.

So I’ve finally been able to get my running gait analyzed by a professional!  Kim, my physical therapist, set me up to participate in a gait analysis session at Novacare as part of a lecture being held by Mr. Tracy Peal of Tracy Peal Speed.  He is an expert on biomechanics and provides coaching to all kinds of athletes.

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Learn what happens when you go for a running gait analysis!

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Aug 14

Hometown Running

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | running

There’s no place like home, as the old saying goes. This past weekend I was back in my hometown of Buffalo, New York for a high school band reunion. My boyfriend was kind enough to come along for the ride.

I was able to show him around town and give him a taste of the place where I spent almost 18 years of my life.  I got all warm and fuzzy when I showed him my old high school, and the park next door where we used to run around at track practice.

On Sunday we went for a run down to the waterfront.  I have so many memories of going there as a kid, mostly on school field trips.  My mom gave us directions to get there and within 15 minutes, there it was!

 

Down by the marina…nothing here has changed!

As we ran for about a mile or so, I decided we should just walk.  My GPS was acting up and I was getting frustrated.  But the walk was so calming as we were able to just unwind a bit.  It was so quiet out there!  Buffalo is nothing like Philly on an Sunday morning.  It was so refreshing.

I’ve been practicing improving my form.  My boyfriend says I swing my arms too much when I run, which may be causing some of my issues.  So now I’ve been consciously keeping my arms closer to my sides.  Uncomfortable, but necessary.

Most of the time, I’m WAY too hard on myself when it comes to running.  The reason I named this blog “Run With No Regrets” is because it is a philosophy that I strive to follow.  I’ve had a lot of challenges along the way with running, and as I struggle, I have to remember how far I’ve come.

Things aren’t perfect right now…not even close.  My knees still pop all the time, my new shoes may be too much of a change for my feet (constant arch pain), and it feels like it takes more and more effort each time I go to run.  But I can’t have any regrets, and I won’t give up.  I love to run, and I want that love to manifest…so as advised by my bf, I will take more time to run gadget-free:  no watches, no Runkeeper.  Use the time to reflect, to escape, not to hit a quota for the week.

Attitude is everything, and hard work always pays off.  It is worth it.  No regrets!