Monday, February 4, 2013

Pre-Run Calisthenics are Pretty Dynamic

Before I get into this post's follies extremely serious training update, I have something VERY IMPORTANT to discuss:

 I discovered that most of you do not see the replies I leave to all your wonderful comments.



So from now on I will respond in 2 ways.

Way Number One:
I will continue to reply in the comments section because I like the idea of keeping the conversation going.  If you want to see when I reply to your comment and see others' comments, you can hit the subscribe button when you submit your comment.

Way Numero Dos:
I will also email you my responses, to make sure that you actually see what I write to you!  So, if you have a Blogger account, make sure you have an email address in your profile.  You can also just leave your email address in your comment!  Otherwise, there is no way for me to respond.

Just thinking about all those replies going unread for the past 2 years...you thinking I didn't care...



Alright, time to move on to the meat of the post.

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Last weekend I joined Ann Marie and Dr. Tim on a nice 7 mile run.


When I left my house it was cold and raining.  When I got to Ann Marie's it was cold, but not that cold, and it was not raining.  I decided that my rain jacket would be too hot so I chose to just run in my long sleeve tech hoodie.  Oh, and my pants. I decided to keep those on too. Gone are the days of pants-optional workouts:

Commando no mo'.

Ann Marie let me know they had started doing "calisthenics" before their runs and asked if I wouldn't mind joining in on our way out the door.  I readily agreed since I've heard that dynamic stretching is important pre-run to avoid injuries.

We started down the hill with Frankenstein Walking.


People were looking at us.

Next, Ann Marie told me were going to look like robbers.  She demonstrated the over/unders.


This is when things started to fall apart.


Nevertheless, I partook, even with people watching us.


I think my form might have been a bit off.

Once the stretching was done I decided to pull up my hood, and just before we took off running, Dr. Tim had a question.


Finally, we started running.  We ran uphill.  For like, the first 2 miles.  Then we ran downhill about half a mile.  Then, it was uphill again.  Then it was reeeeaaalllllyyyy uphill.  Followed by a quick downhill.  Which was then followed by a sharp uphill. And then....well, you get the point.  The elevation chart looked something like this:


*Bonus points if you get the pun in the picture.

By mile 4 it had started raining.


By mile 5 it was Raining.


As usual, we sprinted at the end to the very last step of our run!  Dr. Tim won.  I then looked down at my watch and saw we were 0.4 miles short of our full 7 miles.


We couldn't leave that less-than-half-a-mile out there, so off we went around the block.  Yeah, maybe a little crazy, but those who run in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, right runners?

I'm linking up with Yeah Write again this week!  Go read some amazing blog posts!

UPCOMING POSTS: BIKING, YOGA (oy), AND I WILL BE SENDING YOU OVER TO READ A COUPLE OF GUEST POSTS I HAVE BEEN INVITED TO WRITE!


83 comments:

  1. Yoga! Yoga! Yoga!
    I once ran around a parking lot for 1/4 mile just so I saw the right number on my Garmin. A little silly, but I'm right there with you.

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  2. Darn Garmin and its stats. I'm trying to figure out just how many gallons of water I should bring with me on Saturday. Do you think people would be distracted if I just pulled in a red wagon full of plastic water jugs?

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    1. I'm worried I'm going to drink too much and have to pee!

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  3. No Mo Commando??!! What is this pantsless world coming to? And may I claim bonus points if I think I see the pun/ drawing elevation.

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    1. You may claim the bonus points after you whisper the answer to me. Or, you can send me a note in class.

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  4. Okay, been there done that with the Garmin (cycling too, so it's not just runners). I don't do drills myself, but I make my cross country runners do them. Yes, it is fun to watch.

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    1. Haha, I love when people let me know they're riding on the crazy train with me!

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  5. No injuries yet!!! It must be those calisthenics!! :) Oh and I forgot to tell you that when were doing them the other day, a guy actually passed us and said: "That looks like it HURTS!!!" (But I think he meant to say that it looks ri-di-cu-lous) :)

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    1. Gotta be the calisthenics :) "Hurts/ridiculous", "to-may-to/to-mah-to".

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  6. Looks like the giant ponytail would get awfully heavy in the rain! I don't think I would have went for around the block bonus points after that, but then again I'm a wimp

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    1. It's not terribly heavy but wet hair whipping around my head is not too enjoyable :)

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  7. I love the stretching drawings!! I can picture you guys doing them too- makes me giggle :)
    And I am known to run back and forth down my street just to hit a round number on the garmin. It's sad but my reality :)
    Still not sold on yoga. I may need to be bribed with treats

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    1. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

      Treats can certainly be provided. If that doesn't work, we'll have to move on to blackmail.

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    2. My favorite drawing is the "look like robbers." Hahaha!

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    3. Hehe, that is exactly what she said, too!

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  8. Too many hills and rain! Bahhh! You guys are determined.

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  9. My favourite drawing is your air quotes! I am silently cheer everybody on that I see running, because I can't get my fat arse out there in the cold rainy weather - so yay well done this is great *waves pom poms*

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    1. Thanks! Love the pom pom waving! It is hard to go outside when staying in is so much cozier. Some days I choose cozy.

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    2. I'd just like to say I saw your comment! Also I signed up with a gym...I swear I'll be less lazy or I might just go to cheer people on...that wouldn't be weird

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    3. Hooray for seeing my comment!! So exciting! And, so is the gym thing. I would enjoy being cheered on at the gym, as long as you weren't being creepy about .

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  10. HAHAHA "Nice". Way to be able to impart sarcasm in drawings. I can't even impart what I'm meant to be drawing in drawings.

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    1. Hehe, thanks! Practice, practice, and looking at other drawings help me figure out what to draw.

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  11. I love all of your drawings! Although, I appreciate and love getting responses from blogs that I read, I still know that you care. You know how? because you let your beautiful soul shine through in your posts.

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    1. Thanks so much Lisa! You are so sweet :) By the way, it looks like I might be able to get a few coworkers to walk a 5k for Kyle with me!

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  12. No commando? LOL.
    I try to do some calisthenics before I run and I am sure that I get really odd looks too. :-)

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    1. It's really smart to do them, since I am so over getting injuries, but man did I feel silly! (Not that that ever stops me)

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  13. My kids are having a field day with your pictures - "that girl has to go pee!" "that girl is crying!" What can I say, they're only 2 1/2 yrs! :)

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    1. Love it! Picture interpretation by littles :)

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  14. Oh mah gawd...you're blog is freaking hilarious! SO glad to have found you! I'm laughing my ass off over here...very quietly because I'm "working". ;-)

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    1. Thanks Jen! I'm glad you found me too! Now get back to "work"!

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  15. Good for you, but I'm so happy it wasn't me ;)

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    1. Thanks Stacie. I'm happy you're happy ;)

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  16. Hahaha! My absolute favorite drawing was the "nice" one. Haha!
    So funny!

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    1. Thanks Dawn! I'm "glad" you liked it :D

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  17. I admire your running in the rain. I try not to do anything in the rain. . . let alone run. Actually, I try not to run that much at all. . .

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    1. Well thanks. I try not to lick my fridge...I guess we all have our 'thing' ;)

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  18. Major ugh. I was half a mile short in my run this past Sunday. I'm not totally familiar with all the streets in my new neighborhood yet, so what I thought was 5, my app told me was only 4.5. So I did what any sane person would do. Ran to Dunkin Donuts for coffee and a bagel. I got my extra half mile, and breakfast :)

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  19. Love the drawings! I have the same issue with people never knowing I respond to their comments. I'm sure if I investigated this a bit more I'd find a solutions. blogger? Anyone?

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    1. Thanks Kim :) I'll see if more people respond now that I've alerted them. So far I haven't gotten any suggestions for auto-alerts on blogger; I guess that's a benefit of word press.

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  20. I love your facial expression in the raining cartoon. Maybe I should try Frankenstein walking, and I might have more fun working out. :) schafang@gmail.com

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    1. Oh you should try it--it's fun, but it can make you feel creaky if you're not flexible (which I'm not) :P

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  21. I don't know, if you have to run "commando" just seems like the best way to do it.

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  22. I've been known to walk around my living room to finish my steps on my pedometer, so I totally get the Garmin thing. But running in the rain? Not so much! And 7 miles--yikes!

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    1. I'm glad you get the Garmin thing :)

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  23. Thanks to YeahWrite.Me I found your blog - this post is hilarious (can't wait to read the others!). Between the comments about going commando, dynamic stretching and realizing you were short .4 miles, not to mention the accompanying art? Comedic gold!

    PS: I feel your pain on the responding to comments, I do the same. I figure if they're taking the time to respond to my post, I can be courteous and give a shout out. But alas, that is when the conversation dies.

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    1. Thanks so much Erin! I love yeah write :) Hope you see this comment ;)

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  24. I couldn't have let that last .4 go either. Not that I'd ever run 6.6 miles...

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    1. I'm so glad people are here to fuel my madness, thanks!

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  25. Oh, I love the air quotes and your laughing smile!

    And good on you for kickin' it!

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    1. thanks SoupMama! I actually researched the laughing picture to get the look I wanted :D

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  26. Running in the rain is the worst. I end up like a shivering drowned rat by the time I'm at my house. I admire your dedication to the last .4 mi! Fun post, funny pictures!

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    1. Yeah, but the hot shower after feels so good!!

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  27. wow, way to go die hard!! that sounds like it takes some serious endurance. and without a rain jacket no less. impressive. and those warm up over/unders...looks dangerous for my old body.

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    1. Thanks! Those over/unders are good if you can remember how to do them, which I can't.

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  28. Ha! I've run around the block too :-)

    I didn't get the pun :-(. I feel a bit special. Way to go on the 7 miler though...and, um, the stretching!

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    1. It was that the hills were "off the charts"...maybe a North American saying?

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  29. Youre amazing in so many ways. First, mad props to you for caring that people read your comments. Two, youre drawings are hilariously amazing. And. Wait I'm back. I don't remember what that last and was because my little boy threw up all over the bed while I was leaving this comment. But this post was great

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    1. Whoa! Susannah! I'm not saying your name, I'm responding to your little boy throwing upon your bed--yikes! Hope he's feeling better...and thank you for your amazing comments!

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  30. I love your drawings. If the pun is sort of dirty I get it. If it isn't well I'll just apologize for my sick mind.

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    1. Thank you. It was not dirty, but now I'm looking at it to see what *is* dirty about it :D

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  31. I totally get that you had to finish that last 0.4 mile. I run with my husband a lot, and he gets so annoyed when I say we have to keep going to reach a whole mile number. I don't want to run 3.86 miles. I want to run 4 miles. Duh!

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    1. Exactly! Whole miles are so much more satisfying.

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  32. I'm worn out from just reading this. I think I burned liked 600 calories! Love the cartoons!

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    1. Thanks Bill! I'm glad you came by :D

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  33. Wow, running in the rain? Girl, you are intense! Maybe that's why I'm so out of shape...

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    1. Sometimes it's kind of fun to run in the rain :)

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  34. Frankenstein walking...hahaha! That's some dedication right there, running in the rain. *Fist pump* Go get 'em!

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    1. Thanks ModMom! Yeah the Frankenstein walking is guaranteed to get you some odd looks!

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  35. I don't get the pun. That makes me sad, because I really wanted bonus points. Anyway, way to be dedicated! I don't run very often*, so you can colour me impressed.

    *at all

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    1. The pun was that the hills were "off the charts"...nothing too exciting ;)

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  36. I just laughed at the elevation chart for a number of reasons....you looked like a teacher, it went off the chart....it was exaggerated.....I don't know the bonus answer!!!!

    I love how all your running drawings are heel striking. I never noticed this before......I wonder if this is a sign ?? ;) gonna have to adjust your form!

    Those frankestiein walks would be really hard going down hill. I think I'd fall right on my face!

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    1. "Off the charts" was the pun...bonus points for you!

      Yeah, I promise I don't heel strike in real life anymore, but it's just how I tend to draw running :)

      Those walks *were* hard going downhill!

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  37. Oh my gosh. So, as you do, I read a lot of blogs. There aren't many that actually make me laugh out loud. I actually tried to stifle it reading this post but it wasn't to be stifled. This just made me happy. From the commando no mo, to the "people were looking at us" to the booping of the pony tail.

    I loved it. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Dawn. Your comments always make me feel good :D

      p.s. never stifle a laugh--you could break your sternum! (maybe that's a sneeze...either way)

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