Monday, September 28, 2009
I felt good throughout most of it. The last 1.5 mile was hard but it was more mental than anything else - yes my legs were tired but my brain was more tired (darn mental math - that must have really worn me out). I got to the end, happy that it was done. Happier that I had a Chocolate Toffee Power Bar in my car. God it was so good - especially combined with stretching.
The first two miles were in a park that didn't have many people going through it. I was able to see 3 wild turkeys and a deer while I was out which is always pretty cool. I then saw a stray dog which was not so cool. I decided to make my turn around a bit sooner so as to not come in contact with said dog. A little more than half way through was when I had my mental math breakdown and had to call home so my husband could read my notes back to me. This is why I need clearly marked trails or roads that can be mapped easily. Or perhaps it's time to suck it up and pay for a GPS device so I can stop trying to make my brain work so hard when really its only thoughts should be "breathe, left foot, right foot, breathe."
Boy am I sore though. Next week will be very tough. Those last 3 miles are going to be hard for me. I know enough to trust the people that say the race adrenaline will kick in and you'll be fine - but I also know myself and the shadeless portion of that race and know that it will be a tough go.
So my results from last week didn't meet the plan:
Wednesday - 3 miles & Sunday 10(ish) miles
Total: 13 miles
This week will be iffy too. I leave on Wednesday for a conference and won't be back until Friday night. I plan on taking tapering to its full advantage and not doing much this week training wise. I want to get out for a walk today to work out the lactic acid in my sore muscles but beyond walking I might not get much else done this week.
Right now though, those thoughts about someday doing a marathon are feeling quite beyond my reach. I just can't psych myself up to run for 5 hours. How do people get mentally ready for that?
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Still coughing but that didn't bother me too much during my run last night. Small favors I guess.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Germs don't listen to my schedule.
I'm not sure I have the flu, it might just be a cold but along with the congestion it's just worn me out. I hate to think of walking from my bedroom to the kitchen so getting out and jogging a couple of miles (10 was the plan for Sunday) just isn't going to happen.
So fine. You win germs (yet again). I'll only have one more long run before my 1/2. I won't get in the planned mileage over the last two weeks. My time will suck on the 3rd but I'm still going for it. After all $70 is a lot of money to me. I just hope I feel better by Wednesday so I can still get in some mileage this week - that gives me 2 more days to recover. That's enough right?
Stop laughing you evil germs.
Weekly Results 9/13-9/19
Sunday: 8 miles, 1 hour 40'ish minutes
Monday-Tuesday: didn't get my 2 mile run in
Wednesday: 5 miles, 55'ish minutes
Total - 13 miles, lost 2 miles from plan due to sickness
Revised plan for 9/20-10/3
Sunday-Tuesday: Recover from sickness
Wednesday: 5 mile, easy run
Friday: 2 mile, easy run
Saturday: 10 mile easy run
Tuesday: 3 mile, easy run
Wednesday-Friday: Rest, walk
Saturday - half marathon
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I did a 5 mile jog last night and since we had about an hour of no rain (constant rain here for 3 days now) I went outside to the greenway. I had about an hour of daylight left as well though the last part of my run was done a bit faster since it was getting darker and I don't want to be alone on the greenway at dusk. So if you need a good motivation factor at the end of the run - use fear. It will keep you going. My time was somewhere between 11 to 11.5 minute miles so it was a good run for me. I had a blister on the bottom of my foot though - probably caused by the other shoes I was wearing yesterday and then aggravated by the run. And I was SOOOO sore at the end of that run.
I came to the realization that cross-training is missing but I just don't have the time to get it in over the next couple of weeks before the 1/2. I need more squats and lunges in my life (good grief - who says these things?). My hamstrings are much weaker than they were before. Who knew all that grunting, sweating, and cussing really was helping me?
Anyway, just a couple of thoughts from my corner - nothing new or exciting. I'm coughing again. Yay! Congested lungs and half-marathon training. Perfect combo...
Monday, September 14, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Sunday - 6 miles, some walking included and almost had a head stroke (will summer ever end?)
Monday - Labor Day, couldn't get away from the kids and hubby plus it was still hot
Tuesday - stayed home sick but did get my easy two mile run in (19.30 minutes)
Wednesday - did three miles after work/teaching classes. First 2 miles in 19.10 minutes, had one lap walking break, last mile somewhere around 9 minutes - it's actually a little off since I count 6 laps as a mile in my time and it's actually supposed to be 6.5 laps. So you can probably add on another 45 seconds to any estimation for a half lap.
Thursday - Iced sore hamstrings.
Friday - woke up early enough to run outside before it got too blasted hot though it was still too humid for my liking. Got 2 miles in, didn't time it but tried to stay slow and take it easy on my hamstring.
Total Miles - 13
If I only had 1 week to complete my 1/2 marathon we'd be doing pretty darn good right about now... BTW the carbs came back on Wednesday and there's no more talk in my house about going carbless. I'm particularly enjoying Einstein Brother's Power Bagels with peanut butter. Yum yum.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
What's wrong with my head?
I then try to justify it by saying, well you're being realistic. You're using the pace calculator to see what averages you need to stay within 2 hrs 45 min or 2 hrs 30 min or 2 hrs 15 min.... So on and so forth. (FYI the difference between 2:15 and 2:45 is more than 2 minutes per mile - sheesh.)
Realistically I don't think I can plan on anything faster than 12 minute averages. Even if my first few miles are closer to 10:30 or 11:00 the last few miles will definitely be much slower. So right now if I were to guess my finish time will be somewhere between 2:30 and 2:45.
I also had a moment last night after my 3 mile run where I thought, "am I really running a freakin' 1/2 in 4 weeks? What on earth am I thinking?"
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
When I started there were a couple of girls on the track that weren't exactly athletic. That always makes me happy. I fell in place behind one girl and thought she was running an easy pace and decided just to pace her and let her lead since I didn't have tunes to keep me entertained (still need to charge the iPod). Unfortunately she wasn't going too easy and soon I found myself having to pick up the pace to keep about 5-10 feet behind her. I chuckled to myself on the third lap that this is what I get for being cocky. She did eventually start going slower as she finished up her run so I felt some small accomplishment in passing her. I did my two miles in good time. The first was right around 10 minutes and the second was just over 9 minutes. I felt really good running though the end of each mile was still tough. I guess it's beginning to fall back in place some.
Small favors are that my germs seem to be more throat related than lung and I'm not too wiped out so I can keep running. Next is three miles. Hopefully it won't be too hot after I teach so I can get outside, if not it's back to laps on the inside track. Boring... Must charge iPod tomorrow!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
So it wasn't the best conditions for a long run. As mentioned earlier we're cutting carbs and even though I did eat a power bar shortly before my run it only lasted about 3 miles. The temps weren't horrendous but it was very warm and humid. My iPod lost its charge and I left my charger in the office so I had no tunes. Plus I'm fighting some kind of illness. But I know I don't have time for excuses - there's only 4 weeks before the 1/2.
I did the same thing I did last week. I'd run a mile and then have a short walking break (about 1-2 minutes). I brought water with me this time so I didn't have to extend my breaks at the water fountain. I did pretty well until 3.5 miles and then I could feel my energy just plummet. I could feel the heat more too. I had drained my two small bottles of water so at 4.25 miles I stopped at the water fountain to refill and felt light headed as I stood still. So I sat in the shade for about 5 minutes (maybe more) to cool down. After that I would walk a 1/4 mile and then run a 1/4 - 1/2 mile.
Soreness wise I was fine so I knew it wasn't my muscles as much as just not having enough energy to do it. So now I'll be eating more carbs the night before and day of my long runs. Anyway I'm not sure we're going to make it through this South Beach phase since the hubby is protesting a lot. I just heard of carb cycling which might make more sense for me while I'm running.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday - 5 miles
Monday/Tuesday - nothing
Wednesday - 3 miles
Thursday - spin (1/2 hour)
Friday - 2 miles, 19 minutes 35 seconds
Saturday - nothing
The only run I timed was Friday since I was inside and could see the clock on the track. It was easier to stay on time since I was only going 2 miles.
This week's plans are listed below but the total mileage should be 13 miles. I'll try to x-train on Tuesday and Thursday with spin.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Went to a 1/2 hour spin class yesterday afternoon for cross-training. I used to dominate spin - always wiped me out but I was strong. Yesterday I was sweaty one swearing under her breath at the perky instructor. I know it's good for me - it will help to build endurance but good Lord it was hard. I could feel a pulled muscle behind my left knee and my thumb (from where I "rested" it against the handlebars) is very sore today. The only bright spot was that I had an extra pair of pants in my workout bag so I didn't have to wear the pair that has a low waist line and therefore exposes my underwear when I'm on a spin bike. Nothing like being sweaty and having half your arse hanging out for the world to see.
So here's the plan for mileage (because one must always have a plan even if one blatantly ignores it):
Week 1 - 10 miles total, Sun LR 5 m, Wed 3 m, Fri, 2 m
Week 2 - 13 miles total, Sun LR 6 m, Mon 2 m, Wed 3 m, Fri 2 m
Week 3 - 15 miles total, Sun LR 7 m, Mon 2 m, Wed 4 m, Fri 2 m
Week 4 - 17 miles total, Sun LR 9 m, Mon 2 m, Wed 4 m, Fri 2 m
Week 5 - 27.1 miles, Sun LR 11 m, Tues 3m, Sat 1/2 marathon (13.1 m)
None of this will be done for speed though I imagine (and hope) that my speed will increase as the weeks go on and my body gets used to it again.
And to end another favorite song to run to (especially at the end of the run when you wonder why you even picked this hobby to beging with):