Evening Run

Last Night’s Workout

  • 3 miles outside, warm and windy

Last night when Danny got home from work, we packed the kids up and headed to a nearby trail so I could run. The trail is a one mile loop with a park in the middle. So, while I was running, Danny played with the kids at the park.



I ran three miles and was happy with my time. I did get a side cramp at about two miles and had to walk for a minute.

I wore both my Garmin and my heart rate monitor.

I noticed that my heart rate went up right when I started running to about 160. It got up to about 170-175 bpm. I feel like it went up too fast and stayed high. Maybe that’s why I run out of energy so quickly. But it’s harder to start slower when you’re already a slow runner

The calorie counts were also different on the two watches. The Garmin said I burned 343 calories and the Polar said I burned 409 calories. I wonder which one is more accurate.

I wore my Mizuno Inspire 9s and my calf sleeves.

My right quad hurt more than my calves this run, and surprisingly my back hurt towards the end of my run. I have never had back pain while running, so it was weird. Have you ever had back pain while running?


Today’s Workout

  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

Swim lessons were canceled this morning because it’s only about 60 degrees. We have actually been having quite a mild summer here in Chicagoland. Not that I’m complaining. It makes running outside easier.

After the gym, I stopped at McDonald’s for a coffee :)

Well, it’s official. Yesterday, I signed up for the Zooma Half Marathon in Chicago on August 10th.

I’m supposed to have a few meet-ups with the other Zooma half marathon challenge athletes and ambassadors soon. There’s a meeting with a sports doctor and a cocktail hour, a yoga class, and a course preview run coming up. I don’t know if I can make it to everything, but I’ll try!

The Zooma half marathon also has a section on the registration form where you can note if this is your first half marathon. If you’re running your first half marathon or get a personal record at the race, you get a special PR medal.

I admit, I am most excited for the medal. Instead of medals for finishing, Zooma hands out necklaces which is something different, but I really want a medal :)

Speaking of races, this race is coming to Chicago soon:


I need to run that race…in my prom dress.

Have a great afternoon!

  • Which would you prefer: a medal or a necklace?
  • Would you run a race is a prom dress or tuxedo? I would.
  • Did you workout today?




Filed under Family Fun, Fitness, Running, Working Out

12 Responses to Evening Run

  1. I think I would prefer a medal that I could put in a display case…but then again, I will be running my first race this weekend, so I am just excited to get a t-shirt at this point :)

    I haven’t worked out yet today as I ran and did Spin yesterday. I am thinking a nice walk with the dogs will be on the agenda! It is great that your husband is supportive of your running and plays with the kids so you can have what I call “me time”…something all moms need!!

  2. I think the Polar is more accurate for calories being that it actually tracks your heart rate and fat burning zone. The Garmin isn’t doing that, right?

    We are having a couple mild Summer days, too. Normally we are seeing 100′s but the last couple days have been low to mid 80′s and I love it!! Of course, that means it is too cool for me to swim but I don’t even care!!!

  3. I love getting medals for half and full marathons. If it is a cool necklace that might be nice because you can actually wear it. I will admit I like to choose races with good swag. Running a race in a prom dress sounds like a funny idea. I’d get in on that!

  4. Liz @ The Girl on Fire Now

    I think it would depend on the necklace … hmm that was actually a really thought-provoking question
    Definitely a no for the prom dress and tuxedo … it would be so uncomfortable
    I ran a speed session on the track … 5 x 400 with negative splits each time, then walked for an hour on the treadmill while watching a movie

  5. Your first half marathon – I am so excited!!!! Doesn’t feel like it was that long ago that you were saying you would stick to 5K’s! Love it!!!

  6. I cannot believe you signed up for your first half. I am so incredibly excited for you! Woo Hoo. Get it girl!!!

  7. I’m running my first half in Chicago this year too! I’m running the Chicago Half Marathon in September. Good luck on yours!

    I actually just bought a Garmin Forerunner 10, but I can’t seem to get it to charge on my iMac, my boyfriend’s MacBook, or my PC at work – it keeps saying there’s a power surge for the USB port. I’m guessing yours is working okay? Just trying to figure out if anyone else is experiencing these issues too!

    Also, I sometimes experience lower back pain if I hold my body differently or my gait changes. Maybe you were adjusting how you were holding your body during your run since your quad was bothering you, which led to the back pain?

  8. runeatplay

    That’s weird with the Garmin. My charges okay but I have to manually open the Garmin website. Hope you get it figured out!

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