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Runner's Diary: Leslie Rude

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Leslie Rude
Leslie Rude

This week’s training has been different from any other.

With school meetings, our first teacher day and more prep time spent in my classroom, I had to start planning my workouts much more intentionally. I tried to get some circuit training in every day. And in preparation for Saturday’s Columbus Challenge Triathlon, I worked a fast-paced run into my schedule at least every other day.

I was able to run one of my fastest 5Ks before I had to be at school for my first teacher day. It felt great to get that in before the work day started, but I forgot how tough it can be to roll out of bed so early in order to fit workouts in.

Aug. 2 was a big run for close friend Glyn Price and me. We decided that we wanted to vary a little bit from the running club schedule, which had 10 miles listed as our target distance and instead increased one mile from last week, putting us at 14 miles. The farthest I’ve ever run was for the Indianapolis Mini Marathon in May, so I was excited and nervous about this run.

Miles one through nine were good. We were able to talk and joke around as we ran. Around mile nine or 10, though, I started feeling weaker. I was wearing a heart rate monitor but hadn’t been paying much attention to anything other than our pace. When Glyn asked me what my heart rate was, I was surprised and confused to see that it was the highest I’ve ever seen it. We slowed our pace down quite a bit to try and lower it, and I was able to finish up the run.

If I wouldn’t have had the heart rate monitor on, I know I would have been really down on myself for not staying with the pace we set. It would have gotten to me mentally.

Training schedule

Monday: Timed triathlon course before work

Tuesday: Circuit training before work, interval run after

Wednesday: Timed 5K before school

Thursday: Circuit training before school, timed 5K after

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 5K in Columbus Challenge Triathlon

Sunday: 14-mile run for marathon training

But because I was wearing the monitor, Glyn was able to print out the report from it, look at and analyze the numbers, and make a connection between the way I was feeling and when my heart rate was too high.

We were also able to pinpoint other factors that probably impacted my run negatively, like a lack of fuel during the run and poor sleep the night before. Because I was wearing the heart rate monitor, that potentially discouraging part of the run actually ended up being a huge learning experience.

It feels awesome being able to say I ran 14 miles, but it feels even better to have an understanding of what’s going on inside my body and understanding a little bit more about what it needs to be able to do its best.

As time is ticking away till marathon day, I really want to focus more on letting people know that I’d like to raise money in honor of my late husband, Jared, and donate that money to a family that’s being affected by cancer.

I wasn’t able to set up a fund with the local organization I was hoping to work with, so I’m still searching for ways to make this happen. I’m continuously motivated by the thought of the kind, positive person Jared was, and I would love to pass along that blessing of kindness and positivity to others.

This coming week, I’m just hoping that I’ll be full of first-week-of-school motivation in the classroom and in my workouts. I’m excited to share my progress with my new students and to let them see that trying new things and challenging yourself is rewarding. Hopefully I’ll be able to show them that setting a goal and working hard toward it can be a lot of fun.

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