Posts Tagged ‘Running’

Running a Healthy Lifestyle: No Excuses

Posted by Melissa Fisher, Operations Manager at CorDynamics on March 28th, 2013
by Melissa Fisher, CorDynamics Operations Manager

I have attended the Society of Toxicology (SOT) ToxExpo for several years now with CorDynamics. This year I headed to San Antonio and spent several productive days “manning” our booth,welcoming new clients, finally meeting current clients face-to-face for the first time, as well as talking to our vendors.

A few years ago this meeting started to do a race called ” The Past Presidents 5K run/walk” held early in the morning to kick off the start of the meeting.  I had contemplated running this before but had quietly talked myself out of it, using the usual excuses:

“It’s too early.”

“I don’t want to run before spending all day on my feet.”

Since my unofficial new year’s resolution was to push past my excuses, I signed up.

Just like any other race they offered official chip timing, which added a little extra competition to it, and a nice T-shirt with the race logo on it.   This race was a breath of fresh air with less than 200 participants. (I am used to running large races with 6000 + participants.)

As promised it was an early start but like a quote I read recently:

“I never regret a workout, but I regret not getting up for one.”

I knew I wasn’t going to win but when I compete I always feel like I have accomplished something great.  My goal was to run a little faster than I normally do and I finished in 28 min and 10 sec—the fastest I’ve ever run a 5K.  It’s rewarding to see the years of physical and mental training pay off.

I plan on doing this race again next year—maybe I can get some of my co-workers, colleagues and industry pals to do it too!

 

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An UpHill Climb: Running Another Half Marathon

Posted by Melissa Fisher, Operations Manager at CorDynamics on October 26th, 2012

13.1 Miles Round 2

As if my first half marathon wasn’t enough mileage I went for another 13.1 mile race.  This time the race took place in Dayton, Ohio on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  I highly recommend the Air Force Half-Marathon, people are friendly and a stealth bomber even flies over at the start of the race.

Leading up to this race I trained harder and farther and my body seemed more reluctant to travel the distance.  I was having pain in my leg every time I started a run, not sure why…bad shoes?  Too many miles?  But this was a worry plaguing me the whole week before the race.  I knew I would finish but would I be able to run the whole race or would I have to walk some of it?

The weather on race day couldn’t have been better, it was cool and mild. (A lot of runners will tell you the weather can make or break a race for them.)  Once I started running, the pain I had been feeling in my leg was not as bad as it had been.  The first 8 miles went well with more speed than I expected then came the hills!  Being a flat-lander in Illinois, training on hills can be difficult. We simply don’t have hills except the occasional road overpass that offers inclined terrain.  Oh well, I said to myself, it’s only 5 more miles to the finish I can do this.  Many people stopped to walk at the bottom of the four proceeding hills but not I!

For as much worry as I had before starting this race and the amount of rather large hills that were conquered, I still finished within a minute of my last year’s race time—2 hours 12 minutes and 43 seconds. I couldn’t have done it without the support from friends, family and of course CorDynamics.

Now to decide where my next 13.1 will be….

 

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Heart-Healthy Morning Runs Make Marathon Difference

Posted by Melissa Fisher, Operations Manager at CorDynamics on August 13th, 2012

Last year when I was training for the Chicago Half Marathon I had a hard time fitting the training in.  

The plan was to run in the evenings, 2 times, during the week and once either Saturday or Sunday on the weekends.  This “routine” didn’t work very well for me.  Oftentimes my scheduled training was derailed by summer activities that seemed like more fun than running. Or, the day ran out before I did.   Some of my training weeks only included 2 runs which didn’t make me or my body very happy.

This year I’ve decided to alter my training strategy. 

This year’s plan is to run 4 times a week, 3 times during the week with a long run on the weekend.  Before I come to work at CorDynamics,  I run at least 3 miles, 3 times a week.   My 4th run is done in the morning on Saturday.  Sticking to this routine has been so much easier.   Yes, I have to get up at 5am but hey, it’s a lot cooler in the mornings and I have my evenings free.

I have stuck to this plan for 4 weeks now and I am feeling stronger than I was last year.  And with a bit of hard work and luck the Air Force Half-Marathon in Dayton Ohio could be a faster race for me!

For those of you struggling with finding the time to fit in your workout try changing your routine, it’s worked for me it could work for you too. 

I have also felt more alert and happy in the mornings that I run, which I’m sure is good news for my CorDynamics co-workers.

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