Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
3/17: 2 miles on indoor track
3/18: 6 miles on Greenway
3/19-3/26: Absolutely nothing
3/27: Mowed the front lawn in the dark (was supposed to have severe weather on Saturday)
3/28: 7 miles on Greenway plus mowing more of the front lawn (right before severe weather started)
3/29: finished mowing the back lawn and trimmed the edges. Great arm workout.
Mowing the lawn counts! We don't have a riding mower plus it was wet and knee high weeds. Ok, maybe not knee high but it was pretty thick.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I did a sloooowwwww seven miles. My time at the end was 1:29 (almost to the second). I will say that I did take three water breaks and a bathroom break at the halfway point but I was averaging 11-12 minute miles. I wasn't too concerned about my time since it had been more than a week since I had even attempted to exercise and the fact that I knew I was going for seven miles. I got pretty tired at the end. It was hard to start jogging again after my last water break but I feel fine right now. It probably helped that I took two Ibuprofen as soon as I got home.
I only have two more weeks until my 10K. I'm not at all worried about finishing it but it's doubtful that I'll do it under 66 minutes. It may be close to that but I don't know if I can get under it.
I have nothing else interesting or entertaining to write about. I'll try to be more clever this week but I just wanted the two or three of you that read this to know that I'm still out there doing my thing.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Yes, this has absolutely nothing to do with running but stick with me it's eventually going somewhere.
Anyway, one of my favorite outfits is a pair of black slacks, a red short-sleeved shirt, and the white sweater. The basic colors make my brain happy. The slacks are long and wide and disguise the worst part of my thighs. The shirt is clingy enough to show that my waist has some shape but the sweater is more forgiving of the bulges.
I wore this outfit earlier this week (well I wear it every week) and as I was chatting with my coworkers I happened to look off to my side where my entire body length was reflected in a glass door.
It's been a while since I've been able to see myself in a full length mirror. I don't have any at home anymore. My bathroom mirror shows enough of me for the 5 seconds I appraise myself before going to work. So the image in the glass door was enough to make me stop and look for a few seconds. If my coworkers noticed they probably wondered why on earth I was staring at the door of an empty office.
If you were to ask me I would admit that there are many parts of my body that I hate. Parts that stand out and shout to the world; that say look at me, here's my flaws, this is why you should grimace and turn away. But when I looked at that reflection I liked what I saw. I looked tall and almost skinny (the heels I was wearing did give me some extra legginess.) This was a bit shocking.
For as much running as I've been doing lately my diet has been crap so I've had zero weight loss (or gain thankfully). My scale has been on the same three numbers (plus or minus one or two) for the past three months. I've stopped getting on the scale because it got to be quite irritating. So since I haven't seen any measure of my progress on the scale I've gone back into old habits of analyzing one part of me at a time and then that single part's flaws are exaggerated a hundredfold until I become depressed and go eat another cookie.
One of my problems (just one of many) is that my mental reflection of myself sometimes needs a reality check. This was just as true when I was heavier and I didn't see how much weight I gained when I looked in the mirror. But now when I look I still sometimes think I look just the same as I did 30 or 40 pounds ago. It isn't all the time but it still happens.
So this was a nice little reality check. Though my weaknesses in eating are preventing me from losing weight my thighs and rear are reaping the benefits of the time spent running. One the other hand my stomach wishes I would go to the abs classes again and my arms wonder if I'll ever pick up a weight but there I go again - making things more exaggerated and nurturing my narcissism.
I just finished reading The Amazing Adventures of Diet Girl by Shauna Reid - amazing book, I'm linked to her blog in my blogroll. She too spoke of that inability to see your accomplishments but instead feel that need to explain to people that you were still working out and trying to lose more weight. This has happened to me a number of times. Someone at work will mention that I look like I've lost more weight and I can't just accept the compliment. Instead I ramble on about how the scale hasn't moved in three months, blah blah blah. As if I'm trying to justify why I still have fat thighs - in the end I'm the only one looking at my thighs.
So narcissism, distorted views of reality, and the inability to do laundry on a weekly basis. No wonder running is my therapy. I couldn't afford the real stuff.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
• No dogs, strollers and iPODS/Earphones allowed
while on the 5K/10K courses.
• 10K Course open for 11⁄2 hours.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
In my previous running entries I've talked about my love for Biggest Loser. So this season I've been more aware of anything having to do with running. First was the great Marathon debacle with Dane (what's up with that NBC?!). And last night's episode all of the contestants went home and had to run a 1/2 marathon as part of a challenge. After I got over the fact that some of them were calling it a "marathon" (yes, I was yelling 'HALF' at the screen every time they did that) I really got into watching them go. I thought, man I want to do MY half right now! I'm tired of running this same 6 miles over and over again. I miss that weekly challenge of building up mileage. So after this 10k is done I'm back to building mileage over building speed. I don't find a lot of excitement in building speed but I do find a lot of frustration. Whereas when I ran 8 miles for the first time it was only exhilaration.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Monday 3/9 - sore knees, didn't do anything. Wanted to do something but didn't do anything.
Tuesday 3/10 - knees felt better, it was the last day of sunshine. Started off with good intentions of running 5+ miles but ended up somewhere around 3.5. Must get some type of fuel belt to carry water now that it's getting warmer.
Wednesday 3/11 - rainy and cold. The university was closed for spring break so I didn't have access to my gym. Did nothing.
Thursday 3/12 - trying to snow. Seriously? Got bored during Gray's Anatomy and started thinking about how fast I could truly run a mile. Dusted off the treadmill and ran a full mile at 7.0 speed (8:38/mile). Did it, was out of breath and coughing at the end but I did it.
Friday 3/13 - had the day off. Took my husband out to the greenway for a long run. I went a full 6 miles but didn't run the whole time due to gas pains and also spending quality time with my husband. While I did run I kept on a 10-11 min pace per mile. First mile was right at 10 minutes, second & third mile was more like 10.5. Last 2.5 miles were just under 11 min/mile.
Saturday 3/14 - More and more rain. Where's the sun?!?!? Grumpy.
Sunday 3/15 - Went for a three mile walk with the kids and started my garden. Enjoyed warmer weather but still no sun. Watched "The Spirit of the Marathon" on the documentary channel. Thought - maybe I CAN do a marathon one day.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Hear the birds, the river, the pounding of feet. A shuffle behind you, he's back there somewhere.
Pass the walkers, some with dogs, all look cold.
Breath is louder, pace is slower, approaching zen if there is such a thing.
Take off the gloves but leave on the hat. Worries of hat hair might take your mind off of running.
Look behind you and he is gone. All alone now. Glance at the watch. Still on pace.
Quarter miles go by quickly. A good run when the appearance of mile markers surprises you.
Almost halfway done. A little slower. Over the bridge and water.
To the head and turn around. Keep jogging until a pain. Sharp and sudden. Double over. Darn gas.
Walk the bridge and bend over. Jam your fist into your side. No longer happy or zen-like until you look down and see him coming.
Walk a while, talk together, breath is normal. It's cold again. The pain is gone.
Good-bye my love, 2.5 miles to go. I'll see you at the end.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I finally registered for the 10k. I was getting to the point of backing out of it if I didn't register for it. So my countdown has officially begun. One month from today I'll be trudging through Nashville at the back of the pack thinking, why did I want to do this?
Monday, March 9, 2009
Feel Like Crap? Great you should! Now give yourself a few days off to feel better. Just don't indulge in those candy bars - yes I see you looking at them in the checkout aisle.
Didn't achieve your goal? 99% of us don't. Now let's be more realistic.
Tomorrow is another day but today is pretty nice too. Balancing procrastination with reality.
You aren't an elite athlete no matter what that Nike commercial says about your shoes. Deal with it.
Aaah I could think of these forever. It's good to have a back up plan in case higher education decides it no longer needs my services. Just think of the motivational speeches I could give after that....
Stuck somewhat to training schedule and ran an easy (inside) 3 mile jog at 10:40/mile. No pains really and I felt great the whole time.
Didn't exercise since I worked through lunch in order to go to a Dr's appt. Could have exercised later in the day but was frustrated and a little depressed that Dr. couldn't see why I was having cramps.
Did the speedwork training as called for in my schedule. Didn't enjoy it but felt good about myself afterwards.
Took my son to a very frustrating eye Dr appt and didn't have time at lunch to do any of my XT classes. Instead left work a 1/2 hr early to go workout. Decided that weather was too gorgeous for me to be inside and what I really wanted to do was jog. Jogged my neighborhood 3.05 miles under a 11 min/mile pace. Last 1/2 mile was very tough due to wind and probably my workout from yesterday. This particular path also has a few hills. According to Gmaps I burned 438 calories so hopefully I undid some of the damage I did by eating McDonald's for lunch.
Did Fluid Fusion as my XT. It's a cross between ballet and pilates. Didn't feel like it was all that hard at the time but the next day I woke up very sore - as if I hadn't exercised in months.
My knees were too sore to run. I wanted to. I wanted to push it and just run through the pain but I accepted the limitations and settled for a walk with my husband and kids. I iced my knees.
Still too sore to run. Another weekend without a long run. I walked 3 miles with the family and could feel the pain just in walking. Will never do Fluid Fusion while in a training program again. :)
Friday, March 6, 2009
- I'll be the slowest in the group and thus will end up running by myself and feeling bad about my running abilities.
- They won't run far enough for me. But I know that's very unlikely, it's just my wounded pride trying to flip the situation in my favor. :)
I see groups running together when I'm on my lonely long run and I think, man that looks like fun. But I'm not a fast runner so I do worry about the pace even though this group specifically says "all paces welcome." But does that mean they really have all paces come or just that they're a group that's generally comfortable running together but they put it out there that others are welcome?
I should just suck it up and try it. I just don't know if I will this weekend. :)
Today's plan is to XT and then go to Subway for lunch. I'm feeling my right knee and calf muscle a bit from yesterday's run.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The warm-up mile was easy enough. I did 8 laps around our indoor track (6.5 laps is a mile) then I switched to the treadmill to keep me on pace. I set the first 1/2 mile to a 6.3-6.5 and walked the rests at a 4.0. The last 1/2 mile was the hardest but I just clicked through every .01 of a mile. Then I went back to the track to "cool down". Getting back into a jog was extremely difficult. I thought of myself as being in a race where you just get through mile by mile - or sometimes 1/4 mile by 1/4 mile. I finished strong and felt great.
I think I deserve a special prize since I also did speedwork training despite a cold and headache. But I've learned that exercising through a cold feels pretty good - unless it turns into bronchitis which happened last fall.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Based on a 5 kilometers race at 00:31:10, your projected finish times for the following distances should be:
the mile 9:22
3200m(about 2 miles) 19:24
5 miles 51:33
ten miles 1:47:29
a half marathon 2:23:07
a marathon 4:58:23
I'm trying to figure out how I'll exercise today. After yesterday's great run I want to run again but I know tomorrow's speedwork will take a lot of energy and I should rest up. I won't get to my regular lunch time aerobic classes because I'm leaving work early for a doctor's appointment (will find out how those pesky cysts are doing).
I want to get outside again but the weather is too darn cold. I feel like a caged hamster and am really depending on that weather forecast to be right. Otherwise weather.com will get a nasty little email.
Work is super slow right now so I can spend extra time reading articles and mapping routes. I found a way to add mileage onto the Greenway once I get started on my "super long runs". The max you can get on the Greenway is 9.5 miles (round trip) but I found what looks to be a decent path that will add on 5 more miles (round trip). I won't be running these distances for a while but it's nice to know they're out there.
I also want to finally check out Fleet Feet. I had avoided it thus far since I still sometimes feel like I'm only pretending to be a runner. I have no problem with my current running shoes (bruised toenails aside) but I know they won't last forever and would like to get an expert's opinion on what shoes I should be wearing. Of course I'm also way cheap and it was hard enough to pay $70 for my current shoes. Then when you think of buying up to 2 pairs a year. There goes my normal clothing allowance (like I said, I'm way cheap and daycare for two is way expensive). If nothing else I'll get a fuel belt which I'll definitely need once I start training for the half.
This is like the start of any relationship. You're so eager to find out EVERYTHING about the significant other and everything is VASTLY interesting to you. I wonder if in 3-5 years the fascination will pass?
Monday, March 2, 2009
Since I didn't do my long run this weekend I pushed the schedule a wee bit and did a 3 mile run at 10:40/mile. It felt great. I could have gone much further but I didn't have the time, it was boring to run inside, and I still have a speed workout this week so I shouldn't push my easy run. I'll get my long run in sometime soon.
But the whole time I felt great. Never winded or worn out. It felt good to feel good running again. I also tried out my new running clothes. New things are fun.
Ran 6 miles in 67 minutes on greenway - it was cold and windy. Running in the wind sucks. Felt extreme pain in pelvic area and dealt with more uterine cramps afterwards. Am waiting to see if this pain is due more to running or my ovarian cysts.
Sunday - 2/22
Wanted to run but forced myself to take a day to rest. Should have at least walked but ended up doing nothing.
Monday - 2/23
Was going to work out at lunch but husband said "let's go out to eat!" I eagerly accepted. Evening was too busy to do anything.
Tuesday - 2/24
Thought I would be able to work out in afternoon since I took time off to prepare for my Mardi Gras party but I ran out of time.
Wednesday - 2/25
No more excuses! Went to rec center for a tempo run. Training schedule said to go 5 miles: 1 mile warm up, 3 miles at 11:04, and 1 mile cool down. I started first mile on indoor track and tried to make it a 12 minute mile but that's hard to keep that slow. Switched to treadmill and ran @ 10:40/mile for 2 miles. Couldn't make it a third because I hadn't eaten a real breakfast that morning. Will know in the future to eat more than pecans and yogurt before a tempo run. Cooled down for less than a mile. Had right hip pain, I think it's due to my back - the right side felt tight before running. Did stretching that focused on that side.
Thursday - 2/26
Continued cramping and ache in lower back. Went to 30 minute Abs & Tone class for XT. Holy crap she worked our glutes.
Friday - 2/27
Schedule said to XT today but since rain will impede my long run this weekend I decided to do an easy run of 2 miles with my hubby. I didn't keep the time but it felt like a 12 min. pace. Had a little bit of right hip pain towards the end but it wasn't anything too bad.
Didn't do any exercise but ate quite a lot of yummy-not-so-good-for-you food. The weather was pretty rotten but for a few moments it stopped raining enough to make me tempted to get outside. However I had just showered and done my hair so vanity overcame running temptation. Sunday 3/1
Lots of snow outside. I shoveled some of our driveway. Does that count?