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Monday, November 15, 2010

Pink'ish

I haven't updated in a while because the insanity of my work schedule but I've still kinda been working out - last week was only twice but before that was good and I have big plans for this week...

So first a little Weekly Results quick catch-up (more for myself than for you):
Oct. 24-30 Zumba on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Rest on Monday. Something at the Rec center on Wednesday and on Thursday ( I honestly don't remember what I did). I don't remember Friday/Saturday that week so I may have done nothing on those days.
Oct. 31-Nov.6 Zumba on the 31st. Nothing through the rest of the week because of my work schedule.
Nov. 7-13 Pilates for Pink on the 7th (more below), nothing on the 8th, Zumba on the 9th and 11th. Nothing on the other days.

This week:
November 14: 1.5 hr mixed workout at rec center than hour long zumba (yeah I'm feeling it today)
November 15: rest day
November 16: Zumba
November 17: Something at the rec center (most likely a run)
November 18: Lunch time workout and Zumba that evening
November 19: Something at the rec center
November 20: Perhaps a 4 mile walk/run outside if the weather is nice

Pilates for Pink - aka Save the Ta-Ta's
The rec center had a fund raiser on the 7th for Breast Cancer Awareness month (yes, I know that was October but I wasn't in charge of scheduing). It was 4 classses from 2:30-4:30, Pilates, Zumba, Butts & Guts, and Striptease. Yes, striptease - but no poles or removal of clothing was involved. It was fun and not too difficult except for B&G. It's been too long since I've been in that class and I could feel every single muscle involved over the next couple of days.

I'm going to sign up for a 4 mile run/walk Turkey Trot kind of thing on the 25th. I hope to be able to run (albeit slowly) through the whole thing. It won't be my best run - I think/hope my splits will probably be close to 11 mm. But it really has been a long time since I've run more than a couple of miles at one time.

I did my own mixed work out at the rec center yesterday. I knew I had about an hour and a half to get a good workout in but I didn't know what I really wanted to do. I started off with laps around the track which was fine. I got a mile in and thought I'd mix it up boot camp style by running a couple of laps and then doing other exercises inbetween. So I started off with crunches and other ab exercises, then a couple more laps, then squats/lunges and some arm exercises with weights. I got a little light headed after that one so I walked a lap. Then to finish that section of my workout some more abs and arm exercises. From there I still had about 40 minutes left so I biked for 15 minutes and did the elliptical for 20 minutes. Afterwards I got some trail mix and vitamin water and went to Zumba for another hour. I managed to pull a muscle in my hip area somehow during the squat/lunge portion of my workout so that's a little tender today but I really liked going back to that style of workout that mixed everything into one session. Perhaps I'll try to get into Boot Camp again next semester (my life runs in semesters since I work at a university) but I'll have to see what my overall schedule looks like.

Boring post - but as I said above, more for my records than your entertainment. :)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Finally, the secret to your best finish time revealed!



Make sure your race sponsors a petting zoo WITH a camel. It truly is the camel that makes the difference.

Today I volunteered for what is perhaps the best race of the 2010 racing season. Who needs the Boston, New York, Chicago, or Marines marathon when you got the Fox Trot?



100+ Kindergartners running (and sometimes walking) their little hearts and legs out for a half hour straight to raise money for their school.



Look at that form!



Or there's always the "keep your hands in your pants" form which I've heard makes you more aerodynamic plus keeps your hands warm.



There's even a debate among 5 year olds regarding running skirts. She made a bold choice with this one.



My son showing off his racing injury.



Mad about those costumed runners always beating you? Well just surround them by 5 year olds and that will slow 'em down.



The triumph of winning.



Rogue sheep eating the race cones.



And no sissy massage chairs at the end - give me a bounce house anytime.

video

Good race kids - good race.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Nobody puts Baby in a corner.

Aaah Zumba. You've given so much in such a little time. Last night's treasure was the memory of Baby learning to dance and the accurate imitation I was doing in my attempts to Samba.

And the fact that Jai Ho will never ever leave my brain - it's on a continuous loop.



Today it's back to elliptical and track circles - not nearly as entertaining.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Must have triathlon bike for 2011


It's on my Christmas wish list! Well if I wrote my wish list in 1891.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Week in review 10/17-10/23

I had unofficially planned to get back in the game this week and I started off well, got lazy, and finished feeling a bit renewed.

Sunday - 2 mile run/walk then hour long introduction to Zumba.
Monday - 4 mile walk
Tuesday - another hour long Zumba
Wednesday-Friday - this is where I slacked
Saturday - return to the rec center; 1/2 hour on elliptical and 1/2 hour jogging on indoor track.

The weather was gorgeous today so I should have ran outside but I think I got more done (calorie burn wise) with a combo of the elliptical and jogging. I would have walked more outside. My goal next week is to get one hour of cardio for 6 of 7 days.

Sunday - Zumba (this will be my "fun" exercise)
Monday - Rest day
Tuesday - Zumba
Wednesday - Elliptical/Jog
Thursday - Spin
Friday - Elliptical/Jog
Saturday - Jog

After a couple weeks of cardio I'll add some strength and toning again but I want to get the cardio going first. Also the diet starts tomorrow. I just made some homemade granola (delish) to help us along the way. Of course my diet is doomed to fail since Halloween is also next week - but it's good to set unreasonable goals.... Isn't it?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The good, the bad, and the Zumba.

Finally, the 1/2 date has come and gone. I no longer have to wallow in the bummed out mood I'd get whenever I got a reminder email, saw a road closure sign, or watched other runners training as I drove around.

The shirt is really cool. I have no shame in wearing it since I did race it last year. *ha* Of course it means I either have to lie about the race when asked, "Oh you ran the half marathon this year?" or come up with one hell of a good story about skipping it; better than "well I have this really weird pain in my abs and spent about 2 months with a recurrent UTI." Awkward conversation starter if I ever heard one.

One thing I realized was that it was probably a good thing that I didn't push myself to run through those times when I was on antibiotics for the UTI(s). A side affect of antibiotics and hard exercise is sometimes tendinitis. I got a touch of it last year after the half marathon because I was just finishing up a antibiotic then too.

But enough about the half - let's move on shall we? I took some time away to exercise today. I really need to get back in the game. I hate the loss of my abs and muscles that were just starting to peek out from among the fluff that surrounded them. I tried running first and had a horrific two mile run/walk. Sheesh am I out of shape! A friend of mine is recently gotten really into Zumba and wants us all to join her. In spite of ALL the numerous workouts I have tried over the past few years I never had tried Zumba. I wasn't against it in principle. It sounded fun - I'm just uncoordinated and feel ridiculous trying to follow dance moves in front of a mirrored wall. But today I thought, what the hell. Let's Zumba!

I think a fair comparison of me doing Zumba is to reflect upon the time when I first got Barry White's Greatest Hits (I think it was around the time Ally McBeal was on tv and they always listened to Barry). I may or may not have had a few drinks that night and spent a good hour dancing around the house to his velvety disco delights. I'm no dancer but I had fun.

This was a lot like that - minus the alcohol. But I still had fun. Heck, I might even do it again.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

My innards are beautiful and tricksy

Update on health and training (or lack thereof).

Since I've last blogged I've gone through several more diagnostic tests (2 ultrasounds, a CT scan, a Hida scan, several blood/urine tests, a colonoscopy, and a partridge in a pear tree) only to reveal that everything within me looks "normal". Which is good news except for the fact that my entire right side is tender and I occasionally still have bad cramps. But I will throw no more money away on expensive diagnostic tests that fill me with radioactive material - seriously I should have Spidey powers by now.

But with these tests, work, family life, etc (ad naseum) I've barely run or worked out at all. I tried a long run last weekend with the plans to go 8 miles - however slow I had to go. I got 3 miles in and had to cut it short because of pain and discomfort from another UTI. I ended up walking half of the distance back to my car. This week my son will be getting his tonsils out so it's hard to plan run times around that.

And now my husband will be out of town on the morning of the half marathon so I have to decide if it's really worth it to find a babysitter that's willing to come to my house at 6 a.m. Or should I just accept the fact that I've paid $125 this summer for two tech shirts (one for the training plan that I only got 5 weeks out of and the 1/2 marathon which will still give me the shirt even if I don't run)?

I hate to sound like I'm making excuses. Goodness knows I could have "fought" my way through the pain and time constraints. People go through far worse pain and illnesses and life stressors to run all kind of events. But in the end the only person who really cares if I run this event or not is me. I'm not giving up on running - I'm just missing out on a couple of events. I'd really rather not walk/run 13.1 miles. It's not about making the distance - I've already proven that. And I'd be horribly bored with the slowness of the race and the lack of challenge. I know that I can do better than a 2:30+ half marathon. I was willing to keep trying if I had a chance of getting below 2:30 (remember my original goal was below 2:10 and last year's half was a 2:40'ish finish). But I'm a better runner than a 12 mm pace (when I'm in good training shape) so I don't want another 12 mm+ finish time.

Really the only thing that aggravates me about bowing out is the waste of money ($50). I really wish I could sell my place to someone else. There are plenty of people that weren't able to get a spot in this race and would love to race it - it sold out a couple of months ago. But those darn race rules get in the way...

Oh well - I suppose we all have to have a DNF (or even DNS) on our race records... I'll let you know if I change my mind. Otherwise the plan is to start cross training again and build back my muscle strength and get back to weight loss - still got 20 lbs for my goal weight. And to also just wait for the pain in my abs to go away or to explode one day into something that's detectable. I'm done with Dr's offices. One can only read so many outdated People magazines.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

If all else fails I think I've found a replacement.

My 2 1/2 year old in my race gear.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

We know what it isn't...

Seven weeks into my mysterious pain issue. It's not my ovaries (i.e. cysts), it's probably not my appendix (though that's still my best guess - more later), it's not gall bladder or colon or IBS. But it's constant daily pain and I've begun to get annoyed.

I've had ultra sounds, a CT scan, and tomorrow I start seeing a GI Doctor to look at my intestines.

One theory was that I pulled a muscle by running but we've eliminated that theory since my pain is getting worse even though I've only ran once this month.

Apparently there's this issue out there called "chronic appendicitis" and my symptoms best match that but my blood work and CT scan don't indicate any appendix issues. So if nothing shows up on the GI end ("end" - ha ha) and my pain continues after a couple more weeks we'll do another CT scan.

But since I'm not running (and the weather is finally getting nicer for morning runs) I won't do the Chikin Run 10K. I will however volunteer to work at that race. It will be my first time to volunteer so I'm looking forward to this new experience.

I haven't written off the Middle Half yet but I no longer have a chance of making under 2:15. I'll still hope for a better time than last year but it won't be by much. I still have 7 weeks to train but we'll have to see how I feel.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Nice try but no dice

I felt bad about skipping so many training runs so I guilted myself into joining the group run today. It was more about seeing if the pain and fatigue were real or exaggerated by my brain. I know that sometimes you can run even though you feel like crap. So even though it was 80 something with humidity at 7 a.m. this morning and the group was going 9 miles I decided I'd at least try.

I started off fine. Yes, there was pain but it wasn't worse with running. But the coach decided to make us go over "the hill" (actually a bridge that's an overpass for the train) and back and then back up a real (though less steep) hill to start on the rest of the trail. After those three uphills I fell behind everyone in the group and knew I wouldn't be able to finish. So I slowed to a walk and then found a bench to sit down for a moment to cool down and slow my heart rate. I walked the mile back to my car (so my total distance this morning was about 3 miles). In retrospect I should have skipped the hill to get more distance but whatever - you run you learn.

I have an ultrasound on Thursday to check for cysts. I'm pretty sure I have one given the cramping pain and now pressure on my nerves which gives me pelvic pain as well. If it's not a cyst then I'll check into gastrointestinal problems because there's definitely something wrong/abnormal going on.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

For sale

Two slightly used ovaries - $0.10 O.B.O.

32 consecutive days of cramps have sidelined me from running recently - along with other problems that seem too delicate to mention on a public blog. I have an ultrasound on the 19th but until then will not be doing too much exercise wise. I'm not too sad since it's 300 degrees outside. Thankfully I still have time to catch up on my training once we figure out what's going on.

But I hope to get back on here soon so write about my last run and the important lessons I learned about not eating jalapenos before a run. It's sage advice.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Motivational Bull

I've heard other runners make quotations such as "I didn't feel like running but I know I'd feel worse if I didn't run." As if to say there's nothing in life worse than a missed run. I understand the thinking, the motivation factor behind sayings like these but I'm here to declare to the world that some runs are just crap.

Such as Saturday's run in the heat and humidity. I had to miss last week since the husband was out of town and I also had to work that morning. Last week it was like 70 degrees in the morning and just gorgeous outside. Figures.

You know what this weekend looked like. I got out of the house and to the warm-up and was sweaty already even though I picked a spot in the shade. I stayed at the back of the group because I did not want to run at any kind of pace that would keep me somewhat close to the front. At first I was in good company but then we lost the 10k training group and I was on my own and kept getting slower and slower. At the end there was only 1 girl and the two walkers behind me. If we went a full 7 miles then my pace was right at 12 mm but it felt slower than that so maybe we were a bit short again.

I really was ticked throughout the run because they chose a route that was way more sun than shade. There's plenty of options for more shaded places so I don't know what they were thinking. I also started thinking (which actually I've been thinking for a couple of weeks) that I was paying $75 for this plan and all I was getting out of it were group runs where I ran more on my own than with a group. I mean the weekly plan I can get from Runner's World Smart Coach and there hasn't been anything else that's actually individualized for me. They've had a couple of seminars at times where I can't make it. So really, for the $ I'm not impressed at all. I could have paid $75 for a session or two with a trainer and gotten more info.

At the end the only thing that got me to finish was that I knew there were cold towels waiting. I skipped out of the post run stretches and went home to a cold shower and 3 ibuprofen. I wasn't proud that I finished the run. I wasn't glad that I kept up with the schedule - I just thought, "what a #$*&y run."

But I know some runs are crappy. Thankfully it's only some and not all. And in another month and a half it will feel great outside again. July can't last forever.

Friday, July 23, 2010

The definition of hot is?

Gross =
This will be for Saturday's group long run of 7 miles. This morning it was already 85 by 8 a.m. and it will be hotter tomorrow. The local news stations are actually predicting 100 for the high tomorrow. If they (the group) want to keep a 10 mm pace I might be forced to wear a scowl the whole entire time.

I did most of my speed work yesterday evening (when it was still 93 outside). I did 4x400 at a 8:00-8:30 pace but then joined a friend in her C25K routine which was 90 sec runs and 2 min walks. So I definitely got in more than the required distance but those 90 sec runs felt like more of a 10-10:30 pace. But it was NASTY hot and humid outside and I was zonked after the 4x400 (probably still recovering from giving blood and I did have a stomach full of dinner) so I'm calling it good.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I'm not dead yet. Or: I did it for the cookies.

Thank God I feel better today (and no one clubbed me over the head yesterday though my husband may have been tempted).

I woke up like this:


(Make sure you sing along with the bouncing ears!)

Maybe it was just a round of really evil PMS. I did my planned 4 miles but had to break it up to make it more interesting since I was inside again. So after the first mile I would increase the incline by .5 for every .05 of a mile up to a half mile and then back down again in the same increments. It made the mile go by less tediously but did produce more sweat. The last 1.5 miles was done on the indoor track.

After that I went and did my civic duty by donating blood. I hoped I wouldn't faint since I was jumping from running to donating but I did fine and enjoyed the cookies afterwards. Mmmm chocolate chip.

Tomorrow speed work! Everything is satisfactual.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

My body hates me.

What is wrong with me?

For more than a week I've been overly tired, cramping, pissy, and my back has hurt. Yes, all normal things for PMS but I shouldn't be there yet. No, I'm not pregnant nor going through early menopause (at the tender age of 32). But I AM really sick of feeling crappy.

I didn't get my long run in on Sunday because I felt like horse manure all day. I barely got up enough energy to go to the grocery store and that was only because the kids were threatening to revolt if we didn't feed them.

This week's plan called for a 4 mile easy run on Monday and I did force myself over to the rec center despite still feeling like a run-over frog. I thought, "hey isn't running supposed to make you feel better sometimes?" So I got my four miles in with steady 10 mm splits and felt pretty good the whole time. But about an hour or so afterward I felt worse and my back was much worse.

Today I'm laid up at my house and still wondering when I'm going to feel better.

But here's the results for last week (for my memory more than anything else):
Monday and Tuesday - made excuses not to exercise
Wednesday - easy 3.25 miles
Thursday - speed work 6x400. My sprints were at 6.7-7.0 on the treadmill (which is 8:34-7:57 mm) with 1-2 minute walks inbetween sprints. Total time was 25 minutes (included cool down walk at the end) and total mileage was 2 miles.
Friday - nothing because of work
Saturday - 1.25 miles on treadmill and another 25 minutes on the eliptical which said my distance was 2.25 so I "kind of" made up for the miles I should have done on Monday (kind of).
Sunday - should have been a 6.5 mile long run but it never happened.

This week:
Monday: 4 miles easy
Tuesday: cross train (though today it's ended up just being rest because of my back issues)
Wednesday: 4 miles easy
Thursday: 7x400
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 7 mile long run
Sunday: cross train

We'll just have to see how it goes.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Shorts are the enemy

A couple weeks back I won a free sample of Lanacane's Anti-Chaffing Gel on Secrets of a Running Mom's blog. I received it and it sat on my counter for a few days but last night I finally got around to shaving my legs and I planned on taking shorts to the rec center today to test it out.

They didn't ask me to review the product when I won it but I thought I would anyway. Because I like my own opinion. But if you also like to hear other's opinions you can read some other reviews on these blogs: Secrets of a Running Mom or from Chubby Chicks Run Too. I'm sure there's other ones out there since Lanacane seems to be on a marketing blitz.

But first here's the Haiku that helped me win (actually it was a random drawing but I'd like to think it was helped because of my wit and comedic styling):


Heat Index One-Ten
Mocked for Wearing Capri Tights
Thighs too fat for shorts

Seriously where's my book deal?


True story. I was mocked for wearing capri tights only the blogger didn't single me out - rather any female at the RC Cola Moon Pie race that wasn't wearing shorts. Now I agree that due to the heat shorts make more sense but I friggin' hate shorts while running. They ride up in the middle, I always feel like my butt is about to be exposed, and my chubby thighs rub and rub until they feel on fire. Since I've never actually tried any other anti-chaffing product (such as BodyGel or that other one that has something to do with cow udders....) this was truly an experiment.

And it was a dismal failure.

I first put on the Lanacane before going to work since I was wearing a skirt today (shaving my legs opened up a whole new wardrobe of bigger sized clothes that didn't make me feel horrifically fat) and it's hot - high 90's with humidity, LOVE THE SOUTH!

For that purpose the Lanacane worked great. I reapplied before working out. I did speed work and cursed my shorts every time I did my 1/4 mile sprints (well sprints to me). Really I was glad that there was no one behind me because I swear those shorts were flying up to show my undies whenever they weren't riding up in the middle.

But I could feel the chaffing starting so the gel didn't last the whole workout. Seeing how it was only 25 minutes and 2 miles (6x400 with short walking breaks in between and at the end to cool down) this is not enough to make me wear shorts in the summer. I'll stick to my capris and feel confident that my rear is covered and the skin doesn't rub. Thankfully I have no other chaffing issues.

But I will keep the Lanacane and use it on those hot days when I wear skirts. Like Carly at Chubby Chicks I too think that this product is better used for daily activites rather than sports.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

More than bloated

So yesterday all my pants were tight. Not a good sign. I eventually put on a pair that used to be big on me and tried to suck it in all day - and obviously felt miserable all day as well. But it was enough motivation to get me to the rec center for my run (I skipped Monday's and Tuesday's workouts AGAIN). And also to get me back on the scale this morning.

I've gained 5 lbs in the last month. Ridiculous. There are a couple of factors that go into this.
  1. My diet has been crap and my only workouts have been long runs. Since my diet is crap my calories are not equaling out. Thus I gain weight but still it shouldn't have been 5 lbs in a month.
  2. Summer is a horrible time for me to fit in workouts. My husband was gone for a month, work is busier thus eliminating lunch workouts, I had family visiting for two weeks, and I don't wake up early before it gets miserably hot. I could go on and on. There's something about winter that just makes it easier for me to exercise.
  3. I'm back on hypo-thyroid medication. For normal people this should mean losing weight and feeling better but whenever I take meds for thyroid I feel worse. I just got new blood work done this week so there might be medication adjustments in front of me.
  4. I'm very crampy so I think there is some bloating issues too. Sometimes it's hard to be a woman... For the paranoid people out there (me included) I did take a pregnancy test which was negative so I can't blame that.

So I need to go back to being strict on my diet and better about exercising. Back in April I got so sick of dieting that I started to relax some with the idea that my exercise would balance out any indulgences and I was fine with just maintaining. Well that worked out so well that I've gained a total of 10 lbs back since then. I can't say that I'm excited about going back to a strict diet but I also want my pants to fit so I've got to do what I need to do.

Today is speed work and I'm thinking of also doing a ultimate sculpt class. Since my long run will be on Sunday my muscles will have an extra day to recover from the shock of doing squats and lunges again. They get quite lippy towards me whenever I go back to doing squats.

Monday, July 12, 2010

I knew that didn't feel like a 10:30 pace

Week three of training was also derailed by the family visit and insane work environment. Oh well - it's still early on in training. Here's what I ended up doing for the week.

Sunday - Rest/Family time
Monday - Rest/Family time
Tuesday - two mile walk to walk off the Asian Dream cocktails that were consumed on date night with hubby
Wednesday - brought workout clothes to work but was unable to use them
Thursday - 3 mile walk/run with friends that are starting a C25K program. At least I did something
Friday - Crazy, crazy work
Saturday - almost 6 miles with the group

Saturday's long run was interesting. I was not excited about it at all so I arrived in a sour mood. There was fog outside. FOG in July does not invoke visions of a cool and mysterious run but rather it's so freakin' humid that the water droplets have combined forces to make this mist surrounding us that does not cool us off but just makes us wet. But the temps were only in the high 70's so it could have been worse. We started off and were keeping about a 10:30 pace through the first half. I felt ok during that half and enjoyed keeping pace with another gal that is a little faster than me for long runs but close enough that we can keep each other company. But at the halfway point I lost what little oomph I had and struggled through the second half. We got about 3/4 done and hit a hill and from that point forward I was in a very sour mood. But I was met by our peppy coach who forced me to pick up the pace for the last 100 yards or so (it was a good thing actually because it changed my mood entirely). I looked at my watch which said 1:03 and I just knew that we didn't go a full 6 miles because there was no way I kept the 10:30 pace for the entire run. The second half was just too sluggish plus I walked for a couple of minutes. I later learned we only went about 5.7 miles. Oh well - for a moment I had visions of finishing the half in under 2:10.

I really do aim to keep on track this week. Here's the schedule:
Monday - 3.5 miles easy (will do on treadmill)
Tuesday - cross train
Wednesday - 3.5 miles easy (indoor track or treadmill)
Thursday - speed 6x400 (treadmill)
Friday - rest
Saturday - skipping group run because I have to work
Sunday - solo long run 6.5 miles

I need to get signed up for my next two races - a 5k and 10k. I hope to run/walk the 5k with friends so I'm not going for any kind of time or PR there but the 10k will be a trial for my pace at the half. Last year I did a 10k at a 10:30 pace but since I've more recently done a 15k at a 10:15 pace I want this 10k to be under 10mm. I've got to do better on my weekly schedule if I'm going to achieve that goal.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

What's more tiring?


A five mile run or taking pictures with your family?

With a cantankerous two year old and a four year old who thought the highlight of the day was lifting up the back of mommy's skirt - I think the photo shoot was the more tiring part of my day.

I haven't done quite as well in week two of training since my family (there's now 10 of us in the house) are in town. I got in one 3 mile run on Wednesday but didn't do any other cross training or speed runs. I have been very active chasing kids and keeping people entertained. So it's not like I've rested up or anything this past week.

I did make sure to join the group run today because there will already be one run I'll have to miss for work in a couple of weekends. It was a decent run. My pace is about the middle of the pack so often I'm still running alone. Today I averaged about 11 minute miles over the course of the whole run. I think I started off closer to 10 and ended at 12 though. :) The weather was much nicer today and even in the sun there was a decent breeze blowing and low humidity. So you can't ask for more on a run in July.

Immediately after the run I rushed home to shower and get kids/husband ready for family pictures with the rest of the crew that's in town. It was then that I realized that the 5 miles were the easy part of my day.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Week One Done (at least mentally if not in actuality)

I've done all my workouts this week. I know that I actually have 3 more days before this week is over (at least that's how I consider weeks on my schedule) but the hard part is done. Friday is yoga (a delight), Saturday the group run (not too hard to motivate myself for that), and Sunday is rest, GLORIOUS rest.

But it's been an interesting week. I tried out a new yoga instructor who was, well... odd. At first I was excited about more yoga times and I worked out my schedule to run and do yoga afterwards (really benefiting from that stretching). Well we spent the first 15 minutes just breathing and moving our arms. And the dude liked to breathe - loudly and with enthusiasm. We were finally getting into some stretches when I had to leave early but I wasn't sad to do so. I'll give him another chance - you can't judge a yoga class by one session - but it may not find its way onto my regular workout schedule. Tomorrow's yoga is with an instructor I know and enjoy so no worries there.

Monday's run was pretty easy - 3 miles under 30 minutes (closer to 28 min actually). Tuesday was Ultimate Sculpt which kicked my arse last time but they had a sub who was much gentler with us. I wasn't sad about this since I am easing back into a full workout schedule again. I didn't really need to feel beat up again in the first week. Wednesday's 3 mile run was hard and much slower. I got it done but with walking breaks. My legs were weak and sluggish.

Then today = speedwork. Lovely speedwork that I dreaded all day. I tried to get it done at lunch but apparently students that "MUST BE SEEN RIGHT AWAY" always choose the lunch hour to show up at your office. So it was after 4 before I got over to the rec center. I'm doing most runs either inside or first thing in the morning since the heat is unbearable. I wanted speed work on the treadmill so that I wouldn't have to worry about pace or tracking distance.

Since my legs were so tired and wondering what the hell I was doing after 2 months of little running I started off with a jog around 2 laps of the inside track and then stretched before going to the treadmill.

Then it was (no incline at all this time):
1/2 mile at 12 mm (5 speed)
1/4 mile at 8:57 mm (6.7 speed)
1/4 mile at 12 mm (repeat 4 more times)
1/4 mile walking to finish cooling off.
Total run with pre-stretch laps was about 3.5 miles.

The speed work wasn't hard which tells me I wasn't doing it right. I either need longer distances at the faster speed or shorter breaks at the slower speeds. But once again I let the excuse of, "this is your first week back" drive my decision making process. Also I felt rather smug and self righteous while running since the t.v. above me was showing "Down Home with the Neely's" and the bowl of bacon-potato salad had to be about 3000 calories per serving (and yes it looked delicious).

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Not the sporty type

It's hot again this week (high 90's, indexes in the 100's) so I did my mileage on the inside track yesterday. It's more boring but you're less likely to melt on the hot asphalt. This week also happens to be some type of Jr High Girls' Basketball Camp so the rec center is overrun with basketball players. It's brought back some painful memories of my stint as a Jr High Basketball player.

In 7th grade I had the unfortunate experience of going to a small private school whose only requirement for you to play in the Jr High girls' division was that you were a girl and in junior high. Skills mattered not.

So there we were, a sad group of players (some of whom were actually afraid of the ball), forced to run up and down the court against teams that actually had people who knew what they were doing. We lost. A lot.

And the running - always running.

Not leisurely long distance runs where you keep your heart rate at a certain beat. No! Up and down until you puke because we don't have enough players to ever bring in an alternative.

Not that I ever puked. But I felt like it. Needless to say, this experience did not instill a love of sports into my teenage mind. My 8th grade year we moved to a new town and I did not participate in any sports. I had enough.

So now 20 years later as I circle above the girls running back and forth across the court I feel two things. 1) Thank God it isn't me anymore. 2) I wish I would have had a better experience and not ended up a size 16-18 in high school.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Since I didn't perish...

That means I'll have to go ahead with my 1/2 marathon training plan this summer. This is the first week of training and it's pretty easy mileage wise. But I'm perfectly happy with it being easy since I slacked off so much during the last month. My quads are still a little sore from Saturday's run but overall the soreness wasn't too bad. I'm going to lose a toenail again - the same one I always lose (and yes my shoes are big enough). That toe will never be the same I fear.

So here's the plan (and I'm stickin' to it):
Monday - 3 miles (easy) and yoga
Tuesday - Ult Sculpt (a truly evil and wonderful class)
Wedneday - 3 miles (easy again but I'll make easy=9:30 mm)
Thursday - Speed: 1/2 m warm up, then 1/4m speed & 1/4 m rest (repeat 5 times), 1/2 m cool down = 3.25 miles. I want my speed runs to be 9 mm this week.
Friday - yoga
Saturday - 4 miles long - the plan is for 10:30 mm but this is my first group run so I might just go with the flow to test things out.
Sunday - rest/walk (and clean house like a mad woman - family is coming to visit)

Total Miles: 13.25

Saturday, June 19, 2010

RC Cola and Moonpie 10 Miler

Sunrise on June 19th - heading towards Bell Buckle, TN. Home of the RC Cola and Moopie Festival and my possible death from heat exhaustion (though here's a spoiler alert - I didn't die). It's about a 1/2 hour drive from my house to this place. The race started at 7 am but there was no pre-race pickup so everybody got their stuff that morning. I had never been to Bell Buckle so I left my house way too early. But it was better this way because I never felt rushed or worried about getting things done on time.


When I got into Bell Buckle my first job was to find someplace to park. I looked through the website and race materials but never found any information about where to park. I really wish they would have included, "Parking anywhere within a mile of the race will cost you $5." I had no cash on me and the town is so tiny there's no readily available ATM's (that I could see anyway). So I kept driving up the road and finally found a parking lot for the private school that had no signs on it. It was a good 1/2 mile up the road which was no big deal BEFORE the race. But the town of Bell Buckle is charming and has a lot of cute little shops. I really should go back someday when I'm not sweaty and gross.

They had a lot of port-o-pots that were only semi-nasty and I made use of them before the race. I drank a lot more before the race than I usually do so I could stay hydrated. Normally my strategy is to not fill my bladder before-hand. As since there were no other port-o-pots on the course it became a long 10 miles and bit awkward when I starting coughing on some water.


The start and finish of the race were in two separate areas. The start line was a bit disorganized but I just joined a crowd and went with the flow. Since I had no goals for time it didn't matter to me how slow they started. I was found by another Running Mama from an online community I chat in and it was nice to chat with someone before the race.


Also before the race, as I was posting on Facebook about my questionable choice of running this race, I listened in to a conversation between this guy and his grandsons. He warned them that if he passed them they were going slow and that he was going to be running 12 mm. I figured I probably shouldn't let him pass me either. But the grandsons cracked me up - typical high schoolers that run in anything as evidenced by the shoe below.




The race started right on time and headed down the main drag of town and out into the countryside. The weather was pretty nice at the beginning but more humid than I originally thought it would be. The sun was mostly obscured by some clouds but I knew it wouldn't last long. About a mile into the race the road dipped down and I was able to get a good shot of the crowd in front of me. I normally don't take my camera with me on a race but since it didn't matter if I stopped to take pics I brought my new BlackBerry with me to take some pics to share and remembered the experience.


After the second mile the hills got worse. From miles 2-5 it was just up and down and up and down and up and down (you get the point). I found the cow crossing sign amusing. It was close to here that a local had out his water house and dosed anyone that wanted it. Blessed townsfolk!


But then came mile 4. I knew that at mile 4.5 there was one BIG hill. And here it was. I had chatted with another girl who was also looking for it and suddenly I could see some people above us and thought, "crap they weren't lying about the hill." I didn't get a good picture of the hill that truly showed its incline so I drew this picture as an accurate portrayal:


*Notice the Running Angel floating off to heaven.


I got to mile 5 right at 1 hour. I started off with 1 mile= 10:50, 2 mile= 22:00, 3 mile= 34:??, 4 mile=46:??. So you can see that hill in mile four really ruined my splits. :) But I wasn't even going to attempt any jogging up that hill. It was rotten enough to walk it. After mile 5 most of the road was flat but it was far less shady. There were some stretches that the sun just beat down on you. At this point all clouds had gone away.


But then another Blessed Townsfolk! He had some kind of farm equipment with a spray. I took off my iPod and went under that thing twice. I was just going to do it once but it felt so good that I quickly turned around and went right back under it. It raised all our spirits for a while. But in mile 7 I lost my 12 mm splits again and had to accept the fact that I would be over 2 hours. I had gotten to the point where I occasionally felt a chill (which I figured was a bad sign on such a hot day) so I wasn't pushing myself at all. I had brought 3 6 oz bottles with me (2 with Nuun tablets and one plain water) and I took cups at every water station (miles 2, 4, 6, 8, & 9). I also had GU Chomps to help with energy and I'm very glad I took them. My stomach handled them much better than the Jelly Sport Beans and they were easier to eat while I ran.

At mile 7.5 we turned onto a new road and suddenly there was shade again (Praise Jesus) but there were also some hills too (#$%@). I forwarded to my favorite songs and picked up the pace on mile 9. I passed a gal that wanted us to run together. I was fine with that but she couldn't keep up so I let her go. And then there was the finish line.



They totally screwed up my name but I'm used to that. And I prepped myself to prop one foot up on the stool to get my timing chip off. I remember the first race I did I almost fell over when I put my foot up there.



I was happy to be this close to 2 hours (2:01:02). I haven't looked at official results yet but I'm sure it will be about the same. I was about a minute behind the gun time every time I passed a course clock. It certaintly wasn't my best race ever but I really enjoyed not having any pressure on trying to finish at a certain time. I could enjoy the course and didn't feel like death at any point of the run. So upon reflection I think I should have at least one race each year that I do just to enjoy it and have fun.



Right after I crossed the finish line I went to get my t-shirt. They handed them out before the race but I didn't want to hike back up to my car or carry it with me. After getting my shirt I waited in line for food. It was some good grub though I didn't see any RC Cola's. I ate my food, used the ports one more time, and then started back towards my car.


It was at that point that I looked up and saw big dark clouds forming and thought, "Really? Now it gets dark and cloudy? Thanks for nothing weather."

Friday, June 18, 2010

Last Will & Testament


It could be worse I realize that. All week long the temps have been in the upper 90's with heat indexes in the 100's. Brutally hot. So upper 70's to mid 80's with low humidity tomorrow morning sounds pretty darn delightful.

I have Nuun tablets & GU Chomps along with ultra strong (overpriced) sunscreen - apparently worn by surfers so you KNOW it's good...

This is not a race to prove anything time wise - just that I don't have to use hot weather as an excuse to not run. I will jog/walk and aim for 12 mm. I should not be the last one on the course though I will be pretty far back. And it doesn't matter because the only reason I'm still doing this race to prove that I can finish it - not to prove that I'm improving as a runner.

But in the case that I don't finish it because I'm whisked up to that big running trail in the sky; I am willing these things out to my small audience:

To Jen - my running mix on my iPod shuffle.

Uhhh does anyone else read this? :)



I guess my husband will have to dig through the shoes and race t-shirts and divvy things up himself. Ugh the hassles of not doing any estate planning. Really I should have thought ahead.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Chapeaux

As promised it's time to consider the perfect hat for your summer running needs. There are many things to consider.

1) Should I go "green" and try to recycle materials I already have in my home?

2) Did you pick your hat after one too many tequilas on a Saturday night? (though I must admit the shading options given by sombreros are fantastic).

3) Do I want to win friends on the race course by showing I'm a funny person or would I risk being tripped as they get mad about being reminded that they're hungry?



4) Nothing proves you're a proud American by showing your patriotic pride. After all Flag Day was this week.

5) Or do you just go with the technical dry fit fabrics in an overpriced visor?


In the end I went with the boring practical choice (except mine is in neon green). I found that regular hats are making my head too hot but I still wanted shade for my eyes. I also wanted to get the right materials to "wick" the moisture away. So $20 later I have what I hope will be the right hat. I'll let you all know.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Strategery

Today's 4 mile run (well more like 3 mile run with about 1 mile of agonizing walking breaks sprinkled in) was an experiment in "what works during hot runs?"

First, I had previously decided to only run three miles but then pushed it up to four. Bad mistake - I would have been better with three miles.

Second, I ran at a "normal" pace and let myself walk for whatever time I had before reaching the 12 mm mark. For example, I ran the first mile in 10:20 and then walked for 1:40. Then for the second mile I reached that mile marker at 20:10 and was able to walk for longer. While I enjoyed the walking breaks I was beat after that second mile. I need to really focus on running slower for the 10 mile race if I want to finish. Today's temps were close to 90 (with a heat index close to 100) while I was out running and I chose a section with less shade because the race course won't have much shade. Temps for next weekend currently are forecasted to be about the same as this weekend. Hooray....

Third, I wore shorts today and lathered up with Aquafor before the run. While I didn't have any issues with chaffing I still didn't like the feeling of shorts. They still bunch up on the inside of my thighs and my stride changes as I try to adjust the way they rub together. For the race I'll wear either my blue under armour capris (featured in most of my running pics) or my newer black Reebox capris (featured a few posts back). I don't want the black capris in the heat but they have a zipped pocket in the back which is handy. I may however, end up wearing my water bottle belt so I won't really need the pocket... There will be water stations every two miles but there may be points where I need a small sip or a chance to dump water over my head to cool down so I'll want the extra water.

As for my shirt I've enjoyed the new singlet I bought as it's quite airy. But I fear the sun exposure over 2 hours. My other tech shirts though might be too warm. I need something in between but will probably not be able to convince the hubby of the need to buy a new shirt within the next week. :)

I'll dedicate a whole post later this week regarding which hat would be best to wear.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Not so much a race but a horrifying long run

Yes, a lack of posts means that I haven't done a lot of exercising in the last month. But I'm still running the 10 mile RC Cola and Moon Pie race next weekend - you know the one that's "hot as hell and has hills that make grown men cry." My only hope is not to be carted off by the DNF van or ambulance around mile 6 or 7. I have no goals for time though I hope to keep it around 2 hours total (12 minute miles). But if I go slower than that it will be ok as long as I end up finishing at some point.

I ran 5 miles today in the extreme heat and humidity. It was pretty brutal. Towards the end when I started to feel sorry for myself I was reminded that if I felt that bad at 4.5 miles then just imagine how much worse 8 miles would feel. It was uplifting for a moment. I think the image of myself at 8 miles next weekend was my body sliced open on asphalt with vultures pecking away at my innards. Made how I was feeling at that moment almost like being on a spa vacation.

After the race my 1/2 marathon training plan officially starts so I'll get back on a weekly schedule and will start group long runs on the weekends. It will be a nice change to run with other people and get some coaching. I also look forward to the accountability of staying on track over these gross summer months. My goal for the Oct 1/2 will be to run it under 2:15 (just under 10 minute miles). I was on pace for this back in April but have to get back into the grove after being lazy for a month.

But I don't feel wrecked after my 5 mile run today. It was gross while I was out there but I felt fine afterwards. So I'm going to run again tomorrow, Tuesday, and Thursday - keeping between 3-5 miles for each run. I'm not worried about getting a lot of miles this week, just getting my body adjusted to the heat more. Monday and Wednesday will be cross training and Friday a rest day (maybe yoga at lunch). Sunday will be dedicated to hobbling around while on massive amounts of painkillers - both for the pain and to kill the memories of the horrifying long run/race.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Better than the week before (Weekly Results)

Weekly Results -
Monday 5/10 - 6 miles run on Greenway. Started off too fast so I tired out at the end but I was very excited to be running. Right at 65 minutes.
Tuesday 5/11 - 20 minutes on the elliptical and 20 minutes running on the indoor track (2 miles plus 1 walking lap)
Wednesday 5/12 - 30 minute Pilates class. (I discovered that the rec center did have lunch time classes again)
Thursday 5/13 - the plan was to leave work at 3:30 and get a run in before picking up the girl from daycare but work became a zoo.
Friday 5/14 - once again brought clothes to work out at the end of the day (lunch was not an option) but once again was derailed by crazy students.
Saturday 5/15 - 3 mile walk on Greenway while pushing the girl in the stroller. About 1 hour (included letting her walk slowly for a while).
Sunday 5/16 - nothing but I did buy an awesome size 10 dress.


My mom will be here this week so I'll have extra help with the girl and can get out of the house more for runs. I have my lunches blocked to go to the classes at the rec center but this time of year with new student orientations and continuing students with issues makes my life even more busy than when classes are actually in session.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

500 ways to win

I recently went blog patrolling and found some new blogs to read and link to on my blog roll. One is having a give away and there are about 500 ways to win. One of which is mentioning the contest on your own blog. So here it is. But really don't enter because you're taking away my chance to win... Kidding. Kidding.

http://www.runfastmommy.com/2010/05/tanks-tunes-giveaway.html

Monday, May 10, 2010

Day One (again) - Move beyond my excuses

I went 6 miles today. Had intentions to run farther but my body was so excited to run that I started off too quick and tired out pretty quick. But i was happy to get 6 miles at a quicker pace. I was even happier to eat a Clif bar and a cup of coffee at the end. Clif bars are yummy.

The rest of the week will be rec center workouts. I came up with a great new motto during my run as I was thinking about working with a new trainer. Basically I need someone to get me to move beyond my excuses. So now when I feel the lazy beast rising up, or the side that's ready to give up once I can think of a decent justification, I will say to myself, "Move beyond your excuses."

Saturday, May 8, 2010

I'm official

Even though I'm not actually exercising right now I am thinking about it. I signed up for the 1/2 training program (starting mid June) and for the actual 1/2 marathon itself (Oct 16th).

My hopes are to walk tomorrow with Babelicious, run Monday morning before work, and get some rec center workouts for the rest of the week (with the exception of Friday). I think I can make it work this week.

Better blog posts to come.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Truth be told (weekly results)

Last week's result was a sad pathetic tale. But I'm not focusing on it because I have a history of highs and lows and I know I'm not giving up over the long run. However, that isn't really an excuse to be lazy just a statement that I'm not going to post "woe is me" blogs about my lack of exercise.

So last week I only got one day of real exercise and that was my 5 mile run on the treadmill. I didn't end up getting outside to run because of a couple of factors including bad traffic and a bad day in general. Over the weekend we had an epic amount of rain and although my town wasn't badly affected, my Greenway was flooded out.

So upward and onward. After all I'm committed to the 10 mile race on June 19th so I can't be lazy for too much longer. ;)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The hills are alive

Cross training has fallen to record level lows but I am getting my mileage in. It's not all bad.

Tuesday I did a treadmill run while watching Biggest Loser (more on BL later). I threw in a lot of looooonnnnnngggg hills on that run and ended up getting 5 miles in 60 minutes. I had about 10 of walking and more than half the running time I was only at a 12 mm pace but I was usually at a 4-8% incline. On flat portions I sped up to 6.0-7.0. The last hill I did 5% at 6.0 (10 mm).

Today, I'm mapping an outside route on hills. I'll have to loop a couple of times but it's more hilly than my typical Greenway or roads around work/home. I want to get about 4 miles in today and then 9 on Saturday. I've decided to keep my long runs to 9 miles for a couple of weeks and then bump up to 10 for the last 3 weeks before the race. Long runs won't be done for a specific time but I want to average 11 mm or less. And I won't focus on hills for long runs - those are for shorter and faster runs.

I'm trying to plan a 30 day diet (without actually buying any books or online plans). I'll allow myself some cheat days but this is an effort to keep me more on track and less on the frozen burrito diet. More on the diet as I figure it out. Also I'll be signing up for the 1/2 training plan this weekend though the actual training doesn't start until late June (right after the 10 mile race). So things keep plodding along even if the current results aren't in the "spectacular" range.

As for Biggest Loser - I L.O.V.E.D. it!! The 5k, the high school speech, the last chance workout, the elimination - everything. I wanted to hug all the 5k'ers, the girl from that high school, Darius (love him), O'Neal - it was just a love fest from me as I kept going up and down flat my treadmill hills. I remembered the thrill of my first 5k and the bigger thrill of the first time I made it 3 miles just on my own. It's really so exciting in the beginning when you realize that you're capable of so much more than you've given yourself credit for.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

It's a Southern Thing...

It's official - I've sent in the registration form and check. I'm all about the Moon Pie and RC Cola at the end of this thing...

http://bellbucklechamber.com/video.html

It makes me proud to be a southern transplant.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Shameful truths

Last week my husband and I were invited over to a co-workers house for authentic Indian food. We were so giddy about it. The food was beyond delicious. I ate a lot.

So much, in fact, that I ate until I could literally eat no more and therefore made myself sick.

Repeat - I gorged myself until I made myself sick. Oink. Oink.

So ridiculous because I know better.

I'm not doing great diet wise right now. For the past couple of weeks I've felt apathetic towards the whole dieting deal. I've allowed myself to feel angry and discouraged about how much work it is to lose only a pound and how easy it is for 4 to come rushing back.

In about a week I'll have the choice to eat whatever I want for all the meals for a while and I teeter on the edge of being good or buying a ton of frozen burritos and chips and salsa. I'm just tired of the struggle.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Weekly Results - 4/19-4/25

Results -
Monday 19th - 35 on elliptical (400 calorie burn)
Tuesday 20th - 38 min on treadmill for 3 miles (approx 375 calorie burn)
Wednesday 21st - 4.5 mile outside run (with some walking) for 45 min (approx 575 calorie burn)
Thursday 22nd - Ended up doing nothing
Friday 23rd - Planned Rest Day
Saturday 24th - Ended up doing nothing
Sunday 25th - 9 mile run at 1:42 on Greenway

Miles - 16.5
Days - 4
Minutes - 220

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sneaky photographers...

I was waiting until my race pictures were up before I did a race report on the 15k. Well, they're finally up but the photography company is a little more high tech and I'm only able to save the thumbprints. So with all credit going to Cox Sports Photos here are the thumbprints and race report.

I won't do a mile by mile report because most of it was uneventful. There were around 1200 participants I think and as I have mentioned before it was split between a 5k and 15k. My husband and I ran together (he the 5k and me the 15k). We started off together in the 10 mm pace group. We stayed overnight in Chattanooga at a Super 8 that was less than 2 miles from the battlefield so we were able to have a leisurely morning, eat the unimpressive continental breakfast, and take a short drive to the battlefield. We only had about 10 minutes of standing around before the race started which was fine since we had all our race gear (including timing chips). This was the first time I used the disposable timing chip that only gives you a gun time and not a chip time. I'd rather know my chip time but realize that these things are far easier for the race directors to use. I did remember to borrow my husband's watch so I knew my overall time when all was said and done.

The start was slow but even before 1/2 a mile the crowd had thinned out and I had already left my husband. At mile one I had caught up to a 10:15 pace which was good considering the slowness of the start. But I forced myself to slow down so I wouldn't crash at mile 5 or 6. I was running next to a guy that had a watch that kept beeping every couple of minutes. He would run and then slow down to a walk so we kept passing each other (he being a faster runner but then me passing on the walks). I finally asked him if it was a heart rate monitor or something (it was actually getting a bit annoying to hear that beep going off all the time). He explained that he was running 2 minutes and walking 1 for the course so that he wouldn't get injured. He finally got far enough ahead of me around mile 3 so I didn't hear that darn thing anymore.
I had forgotten my iPod at home which turned out to be fine. The day was so nice that I enjoyed listening to the birds, breeze, and other runners. I can understand the arguments against running with music but I haven't been converted yet. Towards the end as I was passing 3 other runners one said, "oh it's so nice to hear the runner's footsteps." And since I could actually hear this comment I joked in return, "yeah, and our labored breathing." It was a moment to chuckle as we all struggled to get to the finish line. I only really chatted to one other lady as she passed me around mile 6.

Most of my early mile splits were 10:05, mile 8 was closer to 11, and I finished with an average of 10:14. I never took a walking break but did stop for about 10 seconds to drink water/disgusting Gatorade at the water stations. Honestly, what do they do to Gatorade to make it so gross?! But I figured the electrolytes were good for my system. I brought Sports Beans with me and opened up the package around mile 5 and had about half of it. They were good but made it difficult to breathe since my nose was so stuffed up (allergies in Southern springtime kill me). But they made a big difference towards the end of the race.

The first 6 miles were comfortable. I really watched my pace and it was easy to keep at 10:05. Starting around mile 5 or 6 though they had more rolling hills and I could tell where my lack of training at longer distances had affected me. I was able to keep going but it was a lot harder. Whenever I needed something to focus on I thought about my 4th-6th grade P.E. teacher Mr. B. (I'm not protecting his identity I just can't remember his real last name since we always called him Mr. B.). He was one of those old school P.E. teachers, meaning if you didn't excel at some type of sport you weren't worth his time. Thusly, I hated P.E. And I really hated the Presidential Fitness tests where we had to run a mile (I think at that time the cut off was a 12 minute mile). I could never do it. For one, we never ran unless it was punishment or sprints so I had never had a chance to build up endurance like that. And God knows it didn't come naturally to me. Actually, one year I think I did manage to do it but every other year this thing would cause the kind of trauma that kids today would go to therapy for. So here's to you Mr. B and your ability to make me hate fitness related things at such a young age. How do ya like me now?

At the end, right after mile 9 and closing in on the finish time, I came around the corner and found the people still cheering on the slower runners. I got one of those rushes you hear people talk about. Serious shivers down my spine. It was awesome. I came across the finish line smiling and forgetting how bad the last mile or so had sucked. Then I found that their post race food was a dinner roll and organic fruit. ??? Fruit, ok good but where's the bagels or power bars or anything else good carb/protein related? I was quite put out and my stomach was beginning to tell me that it didn't really like sports beans. We hung around for some of the door prizes (didn't win any of them) and then I insisted that we had to leave to find real food. I also stopped at the visitor's center on the way out so I wouldn't have to use the port-a-pots at the race line. I found it extremely amusing that they had a sign on the wall that said, "Please no bathing in this restroom. Sinks are for face and hands only. No nudity, this is a public restroom." You gotta wonder how many times they dealt with nudity before hanging the sign.

I wanted pancakes but my husband wanted a sandwich so we ended up at Wendy's. I crashed after the race. I was extremely tired and my stomach really didn't like those sports beans. Lunch was a blah affair except for the Frosty. Mmmm frosties. And my husband started to drive us back home. I leaned the seat back and slept. And sleep was good. Otherwise recovery was fine - not unlike any other long runs I do. I did notice some shin pain so I only walked on Sunday as a recovery and didn't run again until Tuesday. I haven't noticed any other pain since then.

So it was a great race. One I want to do again (despite the disappointment over the food at the finish line). I might even consider their half marathon at some point once, or if, I'm ready to do more than one half per year.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Celebrate Earth Day by looking at my backside.

The Alpine Tower My rear climbing the Alpine Tower


Oh look my rear again (and notice my head starring straight down at my hands and feet - I didn't look around at all).

Oh wow! My rear again! Getting closer.


Whew - the platform. It did take me a moment to figure out the transition.

Almost to the top - this was the easiest part.

I can see my house from here!
Actually this was the easiest part.
Because I'm the most awesome adjunct instructor ever; I took my class on a very non-academic alpine tower climbing experience. It was a lot of fun. I wasn't afraid of doing it until I was actually doing it and my foot slipped once. It wasn't hard but a little nerve racking. Next time I'll take the more challenging route.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Trudging through cardio

I did a new Smart Coach training plan from Runner's World. I used my January 5k time (28:40) to train for the 10 mile run. It has me doing tempos at 10'ish mm and speed work at 9:25'ish. The miles per week would bump up to 16 at the beginning to 25 at the end (9 week plan). The max long run would be 10 miles. The end results says 10 miles @ 9:53 which would be awesome but I don't expect that with the heat and hills. I might need to do my long runs on Mondays (post daycare drop off but pre work) during the month of May. I'll also incorporate more hill running into my training either on the treadmill or picky more "hilly" places to run outside. I like the plan but "can I maintain the plan?" is a better question.

I've done my cardio this week but it's been painful. Not energy or muscle wise - but brain wise. I hated every moment of the elliptical on Monday (didn't make it to spin class) and was about as thrilled with my 3 mile treadmill run last night. My brain needs help. I know one thing would be to mix things up a little. I've been on the same routine for a while now and something new would help the enthusiasm level. This is where I miss Schwinny. I haven't been able to set aside funds for a different bike - other needs have since popped up. And thus plans for a summer triathlon have also been set aside.

Keeping trudging!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Weekly Results 4/12-4/18

Results -
Monday 4/12: 30 min B&G and 45 min Yoga
Tuesday 4/13: nothing
Wednesday 4/14: 30 min B&G and 45 min Yoga
Thursday 4/15: 30 min boot camp (gym workout)
Friday 4/16: house cleaning and walking around downtown Chattanooga
Saturday 4/17: 15k at 1:35:25
Sunday 4/18: 3 mile recovery walk on Greenway (around 45 minutes)

Miles: 12.3
Days: 5 (won't count the house cleaning and walking)
Minutes: 320


Schedule -
Monday - 30 min spin and 30 min B&G DVD at home
Tuesday - 3 mile treadmill run, easy
Wednesday - 30 min B&G and 30 min yoga DVD at home
Thursday -5 mile run
Friday - rest day
Saturday -7 mile long run (depending on weather)
Sunday - gym workout (elliptical/bike and weights)

If I can't get my long run because of weather I might get to the gym twice on the weekend or do my 30 Day Shred or Ult Sculpt DVD at home. This week will be more of a challenge to make myself do the workouts at home.

Next Challenge -
My next planned race isn't until June 19th and it will be a 10 mile race (in the heat with hills). I would like to continue to work on my speed. Since I managed to finish the 15k at a 10:14 pace fairly comfortably (note the use of the word "fairly" - it wasn't easy but I wasn't dying either) I want to now improve on the time and hope for a 10:00 pace for the 10 mile race (with the hills and the heat). If I can do that then I feel confident about getting close to a 2:10 finish in the half marathon in October. I want to do a training plan for the 1/2 this year that starts in July June. Last year it was just about finishing the 1/2 - this year it's more about time.

But to improve on my speed it means more strength training for my legs and more speed work. This actually works out well for my May plans. I can do the shorter speed work at lunch or on the treadmill at home easier than I can fit in long runs. I'll still do weekly long runs but the focus during the week will be on shorter and faster runs. So I'm thinking about my schedule for May and will let you know more as I figure it out.

And after a week (or so) of ignoring my diet I'm back on track. I needed a break for my birthday and to get through the slump. But I still want to lose these last darn 10 lbs. I have some cake to finish at home but other than that I'm tracking my intake.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Good grief this is a big battlefield.

Greetings from Chattanooga, TN.

And the Chickamauga Battlefield: http://www.nps.gov/chch/index.htm
Home of the Chickamauga Chase: http://www.chickchase.org/ (is it just me or is the web address misleading, "chick chase?")
Where your's truly managed to keep a 10:14 mm pace for 15k resulting in a final time of 1:35:25 (or around that second - I forgot to hit my watch right away and I think the results will only show gun time.) Yay me!
Other pics and a full report after my brain is fully functioning again - this one wore me out!
(I was 18 of 26 in my age group and would have done better in the 5k - around 5th place in my age group but I'm happy I stuck with the long distance.)