Running Urges and Official Race Stats

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on June 16, 2009

I couldn’t help myself!

I went for a run tonight!!!

Does anyone else find that the urge to run gets pretty intense directly after running a race?

All I have been thinking about is running.

I know I shouldn’t have run tonight because my quads were still a bit sore, but I just couldn’t help myself.

I received two lovely emails from Chris’s brother and mom. I told them how my race went and the amount of money that was raised for cancer in Chris’s honour. They were so happy. Chris’s mom told me that it brought her to tears.

I was overcome by emotion after reading the emails and thinking about the whole experience some more that I went and laid on my bed and cried. It wasn’t a sad cry, but just an emotional cry.

I got up, got dressed, and went for a run. I wanted to feel that experience again.

In all fairness I didn’t push myself hard. I walked up the large hill that is on my route instead of running it and I took it pretty slow and casual. It felt so good to run. The weather has been gorgeous (30C and blue skys this week) and I just felt good. A bit sore, but good.

My run:

  • 30:59 minutes
  • Max heart rate: 167 bpm
  • Avg heart rate: 154 bpm
  • Pace: 10:11 min/mile
  • Distance: 3.04 miles

I came home and took a COLD shower. I am trying to ease myself into the idea of ice baths. :D I took the shower nozzle hose thing a mabob and I put it directly onto the sore muscles. It was freezing at first but after a while I could tell it was really helping. I also took an Ibuprofen tablet omega 3 tablet, and vitamin C to reduce inflammation. I’m feeling so good right now!

When I was on my run I quickly realized that it was nothing close to the race experience. No euphoria, no competitors, no crowds. Just me. Damnit.

Oh sorry, I meant just me and my annoying play list!!!

Someone asked me yesterday what songs I have on my playlist, and you seriously don’t want to know. It’s bad. I forgot to put new songs on it before the race. I think I have about 12 songs on it currently and they are all ‘worn out’.

A couple that I listened to over and over during the race were:

  • Womanizer, by Britney
  • Boom Boom Pow, by Black Eyed Peas

Aside from that, the rest were duds! I need to update my music soon!

My official running stats are in as well as some pictures:

  • Overall: 40th place out of 323 runners
  • 17th out of 214 women
  • 3rd out of my division of 30 women (25-29 yrs)
  • Pace per km: 5:42 min/km
  • The chip time is still not up

An action shot at the 8.5 km mark! I was TIRED!


I remembered your advice from the weekend: SMILE for the photographer!!!

I like this picture, I may have to order it! :)

Runners and the ‘crap’ they bring on runs:

When I was talking to the seasoned runner before the race on Sunday, he was talking about how he thinks that runners nowadays have way too much ‘crap’ on them when they run.

I nervously looked down at myself.

Foot pod, ear buds, Ipod, Heart rate monitor strap, watch, 2 necklaces, 2 rings, hat, sunglasses, knee sleeves, moleskin, electrical tape.

I laughed nervously.

I probably had about 50 pounds of crap on me!

He said, “All you need is a good pair of running shoes, some sunblock, and your imagination.”

I thought to myself, “Never going to happen!!!” lol.

He is old school, I am new school. Sometimes I wish I was old school though because it takes me a long time to get ready for a run. Sometimes I don’t go simply because it is quicker for me to just hop on the treadmill then put on all the gear.

I love my gear though.

1) It keeps me from injury (knee sleeves, moleskin, sunscreen/hat, etc)

2) It helps me train (via feedback from HRM/foot pod)

3) It distracts me (Music/HRM)

But I think that was his point. All of these things we bring with us on run are a distraction from what truly matters. Your mind and the road.

Tonight’s question: Are you old school or ‘new’ school?


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Allison June 16, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Definitely new school – I love my HRM! But what is the electrical tape for?


Jennifer June 16, 2009 at 7:12 pm

definitely “new school”

I have to have my ipod, my garmin forerunner, and special running clothes!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 16, 2009 at 7:13 pm

haha the electrical tape is to secure the moleskin in place. It works what can I say!! ~A


Nicole June 16, 2009 at 7:14 pm

I am definitely new school! I don’t take my iPod usually (it never has battery power, haha) but I always carry my BlackBerry in case there is an emergency, some form of identification and my house keys. I don’t know how I juggle it all!


Lynn June 16, 2009 at 7:20 pm

New school all the way! I don’t think that I could do any type of solo exercise without music. Plus I love having my HRM to give me cals burned etc.

Congrats on your awesome results!


Janna June 16, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Congrats!!! I wish I could look as good as you do at an 8.5km mark… I would definitely have not been smiling!

As a fairly new runner/racer I’d say I’m a little bit old and a little bit new. I definitely bring my ipod and ear buds with me and I just purchased some special running clothes in the past couple months but I don’t have a HRM or a watch… yet! I am soon going to become fully “new school” when I get a garmin forerunner for my birthday! Can’t wait!


Eliza June 16, 2009 at 7:27 pm

I guess I’m old school…I killed my ipod by sweating on it too much. Every now and then I borrow my partner’s ipod (he let me put one play list of annoying music on it), but its pretty rare. Once I stopped using the ipod, I realized I never really was listening to it, it was background noise.
Now I alternate between making lists and planning in my head, and trying to get into a meditative state where I have no thoughts and focus on my body.
Its actually been really nice, I feel like I’m learning how to be alone in my thoughts, and how to control them.
Oh, and I don’t use a heart monitor or anything else. I always get frustrated and set impossible time goals, so I don’t even pay attention to time anymore, just distance. Its a healthier way for me to enjoy running, without beating myself up


Rose June 16, 2009 at 7:29 pm

I mix it up between old and new. Lately though, I’ve been sticking with old school. Just myself and the outdoors. No distractions. Someone commented on my blog once that it helped her with her pacing when she ran that way. After trying it out, she is right!


Susan June 16, 2009 at 7:29 pm

New school, I’ve got my ipod, foot pod, heart rate monitor and camel back. I do however have really crappy sunglasses and running clothes, I spent all my running budget on gadgets! :P


AGS June 16, 2009 at 7:43 pm

I think that comment from the runner was silly. I don’t suppose he complains that we have a better way to track runners’ times at the Boston Marathon (chip in the shoe)?

Runner’s World had a good article on HRMs last month.


Bridget June 16, 2009 at 7:46 pm

It’s funny you said this today- I am usually new school with my HRM, iPod, foot pod, sunglasses, water bottle, etc…but last night I was really stressed and had a lot of anxious energy, so I got dressed, tied my shoes, put my hair and ponytail and was out the door in about 2 minutes. And I just ran and ran and listened to myself breathe and enjoyed just RUNNING. It felt amazing!


Brandi C June 16, 2009 at 7:50 pm

New School, My Ipod is a MIUST!


[email protected] June 16, 2009 at 7:54 pm

You look so strong in that photo, wow! I guess I am pretty new school. Though I don’t have a GPS or heart rate monitor, my iPod is a must. Since I am usually running home from work, I also carry my Blackberry and wallet. On long runs I also always make sure I have my subway pass in case I get tired or injured and need to get home.
I love hearing about other people’s iPod play lists. I am sort of embarassed at how cheesey mine can get! Bollywood anyone??? :)


Allison June 16, 2009 at 7:58 pm

I have to say I pride myself on being “old school.” On race day, I’m wearing a pair of shorts, a sports bra, racing flats, and a watch. BUT, I just got a Garmin from my dad for graduation, so I suppose I’m becoming a bit more new school. I think the Ipod trend will never be for me. I like to be with my thoughts when I run.


Jennifer @ His N' Her Health June 16, 2009 at 8:06 pm

New school. I don’t have a heart rate monitor but my Ipod is a definite must. I get so bored in the silence or crappy gym music.


elizabeth June 16, 2009 at 8:07 pm

I LOVE boom boom pow, it’s on my running play list too!

I am so new school — I was a dancer and to me, physical activity is driven by music. My brain has a hard time making my feet speed up, but the music works!

I always start out my run nice and easy to Evanescence’s “Bring me to Life” and I get crankin’ with Rolling Stones “Start me Up” (I heard that one on your slideshow!!)

The coolest thing is that your body will associate certain types of music with certain movement, so when I hear a song I run to, I can actually FEEL my body get ready to move. It’s awesome!


kootz June 16, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Old school. I’ve been running for 9 years and the only thing an ipod will get you is hit by a car.

Running is about listening to your breath, your footsteps, and letting your mind wander. It took me a while to not think about running so much when I ran. Sometimes I have to focus to pick up my form on a 20 miler and remind myself why I’m doing this, but for the most part I think about life!


brandi June 16, 2009 at 8:14 pm

great picture!

I’m actually the opposite after a race – I haven’t run ONCE since my 10K trail run over a week ago. My legs/feet were so sore for a couple of days and now it’s been raining (and we don’t have a treadmill or gym membership) so I’ve been doing yoga and kayaking. I’m ready to go now, but I did not want to run for at least a few days after. It was a really tough race, though.

I’m kind of new school? I love my HRM, but I quit wearing my mp3 player a while ago. When we run together (which is almost always) we talk some and my mp3 player was just annoying when we were trying to talk so I stopped wearing it and now I just never do! I’ve learned to just enjoy the sounds of nature, go through all the thoughts in my head…it’s actually nice not having the music constantly.


Katherine Feeney June 16, 2009 at 8:19 pm

I’m so old school! I do often bring an ipod, but other than that I can’t seem to find a need for a HRM or Garmin GPS…I bought a Garmin and got annoyed with it then took it back. To me it doesn’t matter how fast I go…or slow…I go with how my body feels and it is the true indicator. I realized pretty quickly that you don’t need all these things to train…I ran a 10K race without a goal and came in at 50:54. I just started running this year since I had been recovering from a broken ankle. It is amazing how you can connect with your body when you don’t have all these numbers. And really…does the time actually matter? Granted if you want to qualify for the Boston Marathon it does…


Rachel June 16, 2009 at 8:20 pm

I’m new school – my ipod is always on me, whether I’m listening to music or a podcast. Even when I’m running with other people I like having music on in the “background” (very quietly). I like running to the beat of the music. I totally agree with the other commenter who said your body associates running with music – when I hear a song that was on my first running playlist I can actually remember the feelings of accomplishment I felt at running a littler further, a little faster. That first summer, music for sure got me through running!

I will say though that I admire people like my Dad who put on shoes and go… no special equipment necessary. It’s him and nature and I think that’s pretty cool.


Katherine June 16, 2009 at 8:22 pm

i think i’m very comfortably in middle school, say around 7th grade? ;-)

when i run, i like to keep it pretty simple – running shoes, shirt, spotsbra, shorts, basic socks, hat. sometimes i bring my ipod, but not usually since i live in NYC and need to be aware of my surroundings.

on longer training runs though, i have more gear – watch, Gu/sport beans, fuel belt, water/gatorade combination.

i’m more regimented (aka anal retentive) about my eating routine prior to a long run or race. prerace meal is always whole wheat pasta with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and organic chicken breast sauteed in a little bit of olive oil with salt and pepper. no dairy at all. morning of, i eat a spoonful of peanut butter and a 1/2 cup oatmeal with water and a full glass of water at least 1 hour (if not 2 hours) before my run/race.

Whew, I feel so high maintenance now!


Christina June 16, 2009 at 8:39 pm

I’m definitely new school but lately I’ve been running without my ipod. Couldn’t live without my HRM though!


Becky June 16, 2009 at 9:13 pm

I’m mostly old school…I do use the iPod though! I don’t think I could go as far as I do without it. I love when an upbeat song comes that I love and I can feel myself running faster. I do love how all you need are running shoes for the sport in general though-you can do it anywhere!


Whitney June 16, 2009 at 9:24 pm

A mix of both. While I can appreciate the Garmin, knee sleeves, etc, I will never wear jewelry or make-up while running. Nor would I go out and purchase a new outfit (but yours was cute), as I guess it just wouldn’t feel “right” for the type of running I do.

I do listen to music, but there are times when training seriously, that you ought to just take it off and listen to how your body speaks to you while running.


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 16, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Oh I just loved reading everyone’s comments!!! :)


Matt (No Meat Athlete) June 16, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Great point about wanting to run after a race. For me, it’s usually after a great workout, or a different workout, like a long run in a new place. You feel so inspired by it and in love with running, that you really want to overdo it the next day instead of resting!

I’m definitely old school recently. I used to do the heart monitor, ipod, sometimes even GPS. Recently it’s been just a watch (gotta have some connection to the techno world!)


Danielle June 16, 2009 at 9:34 pm

I’d say I’m most definitely in the ‘middle school’. I am so excited to get my new Garmin Forerunner! I admit I don’t run outside with an ipod BUT it is only because I worry that I can’t hear cars and other stuff going on around me.

When I run on the treadmill I’m definitely rockin to my ipod (Boom, Boom, Pow is on my play list too ;)).


Nicole June 16, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Love the action shot! You shouldn’t definitely get it and have it framed hehe.


Fitzalan June 16, 2009 at 9:45 pm

I just really go through running phases. I have been in one for the past month or so. I just can’t get enough. There really is nothing else in the world that makes my body feel like that and also gives me such mental clarity.

I am in between the old school/new school. I run with an IPOD (which has the nikeplus receiver) but that is it. No heart rate monitor, no watch, no brace (after 20 months straight of physical therapy, I better not need a brace!), no jewelry. I have worn a heart rate monitor and watch in the past but I get addicted to them and right now I’m just in a “I just want to run to run” phase.

Happiness Awaits


Michelle Hisae June 16, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Gotta say, I’m old school. Some part of me thinks that making changes to my usual running rhythm will knock things off. And I’m broke!! Haha


Amy June 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm

I’m totally old school. I started running as a freshman in high school. I don’t even know if ipods were around then (1996). Anyway, we weren’t allowed to have any gadgets on us. Most of the time we couldn’t even wear a watch during races! We never used gps devices to measure distance. Instead our coach always had us run by time for our long, tempo, and recovery runs. To this day, I have never worn an ipod during a race. It’s just me, my sneakers, my roadID, clothes (obviously…ha!) and sunblock. It’s simple and I love it. :) I do wear my ipod on the treadmill though. I just think it’s dangerous to wear it anywhere else. Especially when I run by myself. I want to be able to hear everything around me.


Amy June 16, 2009 at 11:08 pm

I am old school, but I wear a Garmin now, and a RoadID, which I think are both important. I don’t wear an iPod, and while I don’t care if other runner’s wear them (I used to DEPEND on mine), I don’t understand why they wear them for races shorter than a half marathon. I guess I’m just old school in thinking that you should be concentrating on running and listening to your body, and that you don’t need a distraction during the race.

And I don’t understand why people in my running group wear them when they are running with other people! I want to talk to them, but they have headphones on! So annoying!!!

Glad you asked this question, I like reading other people’s comments! :)


Kristen June 16, 2009 at 11:20 pm

BOOM BOOM POW!! Yessss!! Hehe I play it every morning to get me pumped up–and then it comes up again on my running playlist in the evenings =]


Tammy (Defining Wellness) June 16, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Congrats on your stats! You did fantastic!


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 16, 2009 at 11:32 pm

Sounds like a great run Angela, but I’m sure you’re going to have a hard time comparing any run to your race! There’s just so much involved in the marathon with raising money, nerves, excitement, etc. that make it that much more magical. :)

Haha, I love all your “crap.” I think it really depends on the runner. For you, you probably run a heck of a lot better with all the crap than you would without. Plus, if you’re used to all that extra weight and that’s how you train, it shouldn’t really affect you too much when it comes to race time.

Awesome photo btw! Definitely a keeper!


Megan June 16, 2009 at 11:34 pm

Definitely old school. I’ve been running pretty seriously for 12 years (since 8th grade) and the thought of running with anything other than a very basic running watch makes me cringe. I’ve never run outside with an ipod or headphones or fancy monitering equipment. It’s about being alone with your thoughts and listening to your body and just enjoying the beauty of the run and experiencing the world around you.


Shannon, The Healthy Beach Bum June 16, 2009 at 11:37 pm

aww I love your running pic! you should definitely order it.

My running crap is my ipod, hat, Road ID, and Nike Sport kit thingy hahah. gotta love it <3 Have a great day tomottow!!


Shannon, The Healthy Beach Bum June 16, 2009 at 11:37 pm

tomorrow** lol (that must have been a signal that I should go to bed)


Bec June 16, 2009 at 11:48 pm

I am pretty old school, I have a plain 30$ 9 year old timex that I wear seldom and I rarely run with my ipod. I find that my thoughts are enough to keep me entertained plus then I can hear traffic better. Though I kind of want a Garmin….


Eat, Live, Love, Dream June 17, 2009 at 12:17 am

It’s so inspiring to see all your pictures!!! What an accomplishment! You placed so well!!!


Jessica June 17, 2009 at 1:45 am

Hey ange… Just wondering what you think of a food processor as a green monster maker? Or am I better off just using a blender? I want something that can blend frozen fruit and I’m enticed by the vitamix but I just can’t afford that! Any suggestions? I know you said you use your regular ol’ kitchenaid blender, but I wasn’t sure if a food processor would chop frozen fruit up better.
Thanks …
Jessica :)


AshleyH aka Organic Girl June 17, 2009 at 2:05 am

I am totally an old school runner which is funny since I am only twenty. haha. I usually run in old gym shorts and a random free tshirt at one of my many races. I put my hair up and head ou thte door. Only just recently I got an ipod and hrm. I use them evry once in a while but it only takes me five to ten minutes to get ready for a run.


Goldie June 17, 2009 at 4:04 am

I have never seen anyone so photogenic at the 8.5km mark of a race! Definitely order it you – you look like you had such an awesome time.


Leah @ Simply Fabulous June 17, 2009 at 4:47 am

I have to say, on Sunday night I went running- my hrm monitor was not working and my ipod needed to be recharged so that wasn’t working either.

It was just me, concentrating on my breathing.
I ran 5.5 glorious miles! It was one of my best runs that I have had all summer long.

I like to have my gear with me, but I think sometimes it’s nice to go without it to re-center yourself and think about WHY you are running rather than trying to distract yourself from the act of running.


haya (living and learning) June 17, 2009 at 5:32 am

it was probably good for you to go for an easy run today. active recovery is excellent for sore muscles.

i am new school (nike+ ipod, hrm, gelbot) but sometimes i wish i wasn’t.


Marika June 17, 2009 at 6:25 am

I like to have my iPod when I run, unless I’m running with a buddy. Other than that I’m pretty old school, no HRM or even a watch. I wear a hat to keep the sun out of my face (no sunglasses… don’t they bounce around, or slide off when you get sweaty?) and carry my keys in my hand (and it took me a while to get used to this– initially I found carrying something distracting since I was afraid I’d drop them!).


Laura June 17, 2009 at 8:00 am

I’m newish. I totally agree that running is great as you can really just put your shoes on and go but I still like to have my iPod and Garmin with me. Ipod for distraction and Garmin to both keep me honest and help me train.
I hate it when runners kind of bash other runners for having the gear/technology etc. At least we aren’t sitting around watching TV right?


kristen June 17, 2009 at 8:20 am

I have old school runs and new school runs. In the last week, I haven’t used my ipod at all (although I did run with a camera, since I was running in a pretty beautiful place and needed to take some pictures). But other times I’m decked out with my ipod, fuel belt, gu, nike+ and watch. So far I don’t have a GPS watch, but I have been eyeing a Garmin since I am a really bad pacer…I’d like to improve my pacing and I think a Garmin might help.

PS- you mentioned in a previous post that you had planned on taking some ibuprofen before the race…that might not be a good idea as it can have some not so nice side effects. after is ok, before isn’t so good.

Note everyone: Apparently taking Ibuprohen is NOT good before runs- PLease be careful. Thanks Kristen!


Caroline June 17, 2009 at 8:44 am

Hey Angela, did you ever put any practice time into changing your running style, trying to run with more of a mid-sole strike than a heel strike? If so how did it go?

I am still working on it with each run. I am much more mindful of not striking my heel to the ground now, so I do think that I have improved. It is a work in progress I guess! ~A


Melissa @ Veggie Runnr June 17, 2009 at 8:46 am

New school all the way! I am addicted to my Garmin and I just started using my ipod for longer runs on the local bike paths- music is nice for a little distraction!


Whitney June 17, 2009 at 9:20 am

New school all the way. I freak if my iPod is not charged!


Katharina June 17, 2009 at 1:29 pm

I’d say I’m an old school runner. I like to take in my surroundings, and watch my step. It keeps me focused.


ttfn300 June 17, 2009 at 8:06 pm

guess i’m old school :) except for the addition of my roadid!

recovery runs are ok after races, they can help break down lactic acid ;) slow and steady, and not too far!


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