Monday, November 5, 2012

Disney Princess Training: Week 2

SO. week 2. my runs this week werent that bad but a bit painful because I think I got shin splints after my 5K last wkend?? Im not really sure what it was because I've never had them before but I decided I am definitely looking into some compression sleeves to start wearing for my long runs!!!

Soo, my first run for wk 2 was on Oct 30.  It was a pretty good run. I started to do 35min because I had j been doing 30 mins every other day since I started running again back in September.  I still maintained my fast treadmill pace (about 8:45 min/mi) but it was good just getting active and stretching my legs again!

Run #2 for wk 2 came on Nov 1.  I was pretty lazy all day and ended up running for 35 min right before the VT football game started so that was dumb on my part.  It was a good run and I started thinking a lot during the run.  I find that running is so cathartic and leaves me with such happy-go-lucky  feels its amazing.  This was a bit of a rushed run but I'm glad I got active.

Ohhhh run #3= the long run of the week.  This wk I was set for 4 miles for my long run.  I was 100% set on going to Country Park and running 2 laps around the path but Saturday (the orig day planned for the long run) I literally could not even go down/up my stairs.  My right leg was cramping and my shin hurt so bad it was like a giant, day-long charlie horse on my right leg. to say it was painful is a GROSS understatement.  Soooo, instead of running on saturday, I took the day off and went to the outlets w my parents which ended early bc I could barely walk and I missed my Rusty at home.  Soo I ended up doing my long run for wk 2 on Sunday (yesterday) after taking ibuprofen &aleve the past 3 days.  My leg feels good so hopefully it won't act up again.  My long run was great.  I ran at a realistic pace (my outside run/walk pace is about 11:30 min/mi) for 4 miles.  It took me a hair over 40 mins which is great but I think I still did it too fast but I guess if I maintain that pace when I run on the treadmill it will ultimately help me when I run outside? If anyone has any experience/perspective on treadmill&outside running, please enlighten me!!!!!

Ultimately, week 2 was full of some great runs.  I'm a bit concerned about this upcoming week because I am going to Puerto Rico on Thursday so I am going to miss run #2& my long run for this week.  Im planning on taking my running shoes, clothes, etc to PR so hopefully I can find somewhere I can get my runs in, at the very least a treadmill!!!  I have 5 miles on my plan for the long run so I'm a bit nervous trying to get that in but I am determined to train for the race properly so I am going to do everythign I can to stay on track!!

OK well, time for bed.  I've got a couple of separation agreements to finish in the morning and then I'm heading to Danville to VOTE! I love voting, I hope everyone gets out tomorrow! If you cant get off your couch to vote then you literally have no right to complain about the state of this country. srsly.

ANYWAYS.  here are some cute before/after pictures from my 5K on 10/27!
My baby Rusty is ready to cheer me on!!! 

A post-race congratulatory kiss!!!


  1. Hi! I nominated you for a Liebster Award! Check out my page for more info :)

  2. Hi Manisha! I started following your blog that I found through Lisa. Obviously we are instantly connected because I am a Hokie and a fellow sister of Alpha Gamma Delta! I am so proud of you and all your accomplishment, you really uphold our sorority motto of Inspire the Woman, Impact the World. On a side note, I am interested in your running experience. I want to start making the life change of running to clear my head and participate in 5K's and perhaps a marthon in my life. Do you have any new advice for a starter (almost couch potato). : )

  3. Lisa-- thanks so much!! I have been so behind on life since I got back frm PR but I will work on the Liebster post tonight:) You're the best!!

    Jeymie-- I'm so glad you found my blog! I love that we have this amazing connection via Alpha Gam and VT. I love it!! Thank you so much for your kind words! I've had such a crazy running experience over the past few years. I started way back in fall 09 when I was extremely overweight after my first year of law school and just general unhappiness..BUT I went from barely being able to walk 15 mins on the treadmill to running my first half marathon in 2011! Things have been up and down since I graduated from law school but Im getting back into it and training for my 4th half so things are pretty exciting right now! Running is the perfect thing to clear your head--for me, 2L yr of law school was the worst and I don't think I would have survived without having an outlet for all that stress and anxiety if I didn't start running! Definitely if you have never run before (I hated it so much in my HS/field hockey day so much!!), try the treadmill. I started walking on that and then worked on actually running to give myself confidence before going outside because it can be pretty intimidating!! If you're looking to do a 5K for the first time, definitely try a training plan! I've heard great things about the Couch to 5k plans (and you can get the apps on your ipod/phone that tell you when to run/walk) and I personally use Jeff Galloway's (an Olympian!) plans to train for my races! Definitely rec Jeff!!! Hope this helps, let me knw if you want to talk more, Lisa has my contact info:)


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