Sunday, August 31, 2008
I haven't RUN 10 miles since the half marathon program. I haven't run 10 miles since the Half Marathon! That was March 1st! LOL. I was a little worried. I didn't sleep much but I tried to rest and not to think about things I have no power over, although that is easier said than done.
I got up at 6:15, ate a banana folded some laundry (so I would actually have something to wear)Grabbed my GU and water bottle and was ready to run by 7:15. I did a half mile or so warm up, stretched then put my head down and kept Liz and Vicki in my sights for the first few miles. My pace was supposed to be 10:30-10:45 a mile. I was running with the fast girls and landed a little fast at the 10:31/mile pace overall. I felt good and feel good now. Next week though...12miles.
I spend those miles thinking and praying. I've been doing that a lot. Thinking through things I can't seem to figure out, have no power over, don't know how I can make it better, mulling them around a bit, waiting for answers that are impossible for me to answer on my own and giving them away to a Higher Power. My church today was a 10 mile run.
I guess things are working out, maybe not for the best but calmed down for the moment so I need not worry the way I did last night. On top of all the other things going through my head my sister calls to say that her friend was bit by something and was headed to the hospital because she was having a severe allergic reaction. Upon inspection it appears to be a bite from a Fire Ant. I'm glad she's doing better today after some medical treatment and some pre-emptive Benadryl in her purse in case it happens again, she's home. That girl lives in Oklahoma, she needs some BIG ASS BUG SPRAY before she goes to any more football games.
Friday, August 29, 2008
gym. I picked a treadmill that no one was on and no one was signed up for 7pm.
Since it was 15 til I signed in and jumped on. First my fan didn't work should
have been a sign that this run was not meant to be. I did sweat it out for 2
miles. I pushed the cool down button as I got the feeling someone was staring at
me. It was In Motion treadmill princess and her entourage. I didn't recognize
them right away. It took me a moment to put two and two together. Then this
Princess: Ummm... my friends and I, (waving her hand to
equally annoying friends), we reserved these treadmills for
Me: I'm sorry, its 7:10 now and I need to cool down. I'll just
be a few
Princess: YOU don't understand. We RESERVED (said
very slowly like I'm some
kind of freakin' idiot) these treadmills down there on the
sign in sheet for
Me: Your initials were not there for 7pm.
Mine are. I'm almost
done. (I did not ever say this in a snotty or rude
voice. Just to the fact
voice. I didn't talk slow either although THEY are
Princess: (hands on her WIDE ASS hips, my
judgments are moving the surface
quickly and in abundance now) Maybe you
erased it and put yours down.
Me: (Stopping the treadmill) Its a freakin' treadmill. I
wouldn't do that.
(First I bit my tongue for the insults on the tip of it
threatened to fall out
of my mouth. I took the towel and my water and walked
away WITHOUT wiping down my machine from the horrific amounts of sweat I lost in
those 20 minutes I was running. I'm a rebel I know).
Girl behind me who
was kicked off her treadmill from the princess group:
You go girl!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday we ran 2 miles warm up then 4 strides. We did some interval work of 4 minutes fast and hard then a 3 minute recovery. We did this three times before heading back on our 2 mile cool down. Those four minutes were the longest 4 minutes running. Paul (one of the coaches) said that we should be reaching close to our maximum heart rate. That makes me wish I had brought my heart monitor with me. I'm still a bit scared to use it. By the third set I was running over a half mile at 7:45 pace. I haven't seen that pace.... well not at all since I started running again.
The problem with that is that now I want it lower. I would love to run a 7:45 mile. Of course that leads to faster miles, faster pace and someday a sub 4 hour marathon. I know I'm projecting way too far, its just so hard not to think about when I'm staring at the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll half scheduled for next year and hopefully CIM again. Someday I would like to do the Disneyland half and for my 35th birthday I'd like to do the Goofy Marathon.
Yea I'm a bit of a freak, I can admit that. First lets get through this training program. Step 2 getting over the finish line in Sacramento. Step 3 planning for next year.
Tonight: 6@ 6 girls only running group. Lets see how far we get in 105*F temps.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
FOOD IS FUEL.... OK so I have known this for a while but I'm not like some of you foodies. I'm not good at it. I can cook a couple of things pretty well but very few of them my family will eat. Most of them revolve around veggies and my kids and husband like things out of a can or a box. Today I ate really good, well I should say I ate like a pig. Actually as I'm writing this those of you from Chico will be jealous that I'm mowing on a frozen yogurt from Jon 'n' Bons... actually its a Carmel latte swirl with chocolate granola on top. I know I'm so bad.
Today I ate... a bowl of Honeynut cheerios with a banana cut up in it and a glass of OJ at 6:30am.
I ate a toasted bagel with a poached egg and slice of pepper jack cheese and a tablespoon of mustard on it at 10:30am
I ate a chicken fajita taco from Taco's De Alcapoco (again you Chicoans are jealous I know) at 1:30pm.
I ate a half of a large chicken breast breaded with a half of a slice of laughing cow cheese melted inside, 1 serving of creamy Parmesan risotto and 2 servings of acorn squash for dinner at 5:30pm.
I have drank over 96oz of water today. and I'm eating easily 2 servings of frozen yogurt now. YUMM-O.
I cannot believe how well you feel when you have been eating like you should be eating, errrr....at least getting the calories you should be eating. Now that I'm clocking almost 25 miles a week and I'll be adding more this week I hope, I feel good on a run when I eat good. DUHH... It has only taken me 9 months to figure this out. I have found that my stomach is not balching at wheat products since I've been running but still does not like food high in fat... like that Japanese place in Washington with their fried rice. I loved it... it did not like me. hmmm.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Last weeks totals:
Sunday: 8 miles easy
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday: 2.2 really hard miles
Thursday: 4.5 miles
Friday: 4.5 miles
Plan for this week:
Tuesday 5 mile speed workout
Wednesday: 4 mile easy
Thursday: 4-5 miles easy
Friday: 4-5 miles easy
Saturday: rest or 4 miles easy
Sunday: 10 mile long run
Total: 27-33 miles
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I took Monday off after my "long" run. I had our first group run for the Marathon training program Tuesday night. We ran 5 miles, steady for our first work out. I ran with the faster crowd. I shouldn't have done that. It felt great. I felt good all day, I felt great during the run. I stretched really well. Everything felt perfect.
Today I walked with Jenni. 5.18 miles. 1h18m. Not bad. Good clip but I wore myself out I guess. I stretched then headed out for my run. I was exhausted and I have never had so much negative talk during a run. Not even when I started running. My blisters hurt, my legs hurt, I'm wheezing... where the hell did that come from. What the heck is going on??? 2.2 miles? I literally could not run a step farther. I had to walk it in. I was on the verge of tears the whole (LOL) run. I just hope that I get my crap together tomorrow. Eat Breakfast early, no walking before hand just get my miles in. I'm up to an amazing.... 15.2 miles for the week when I'm supposed to hit 25-31 miles by Saturday. Let's all pray that today was a fluke!
As Scarlet would say, "Tomorrow is another day."
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Welcome to the Fleet Feet Fall 08 Marathon
Training Team. Next Tuesday we will have our inaugural meeting and run. The
16-week journey that we are about to start will require a lot of effort and
commitment. If it didn't, then everyone would be able to run a marathon!
Consistency and sticking to the plan are what will carry you through the program
and all the way to Folsom Dam on December 7th.
Over the course of
the program we will see how your bodies adapt to the stresses we are going to
place on them. Ideally, you will run 6 days a week but for some 5 maybe enough.
If you are currently running less than 5 days a week, this week would be a good
time to bump it up to 5 days. One of those 5 days should be a longer run, say 6
or 7 miles, and the others can be 4 or 5 miles. The weather is still warm so
staying hydrated is very important. Dehydration is cumulative so if you are
running 5 or 6 days per week you face the risk of starting a run still
dehydrated from the day before. That will not help you achieve your goals! I
suggest keeping the water bottle handy at all times.
We will go
into more details of the program itself when we meet on Tuesday. However, in
general, Tuesday will be our speed workout day, Sunday will be our long run day,
and Monday will be a rest day. The other days will be recovery runs or
cross-training days. On certain weekends during the program there will be
options, e.g., in week 10 you can go run the Wine Country half marathon (with
our Half Marathon Training Team) or stay here and do a 15 mile easy run. We will
talk about those options nearer the time.
For now, if you have any
questions in the next week, please email or call me. Paul Smith will be the
assistant coach for the program; you can also email him at ...
So I was like HOLY $hit! I'm not running nearly as much as I should. So I said, "sure I'll run with the girls 6 @6 group again", so much funner in a group. We left from 5 mile rec area and ran the backside of the creek for more shade since it was 98*F and 60% humidity. There were 7 of us and we took out time today so nobody got hurt of overheated. Usually we do 6 miles but we turned around at the 2.25 mile mark to make it 4.5 because it just wouldn't cool down. Most of our miles ran in the low 11's to upper 10 minute times I was OK with that.
I have found that it takes me a good 2-3 miles to really get my body out of that anaerobic state and into the aerobic state no matter how warm it is, where I feel good when I run and I'm able to run faster, easier and with more confidence. Those first few miles are really, "I just want to quit" miles. I hate that. Now that I know that it takes a while to really warm up I prepare accordingly. I ran two miles before my 10K so I wouldn't be starting out in the 11+ to12 minute range on my miles and those first two or three miles were still hard for me. I need to do strides, they let my body know what it feels like to really run, then my brain says "OH YEA! That's what those legs are supposed to do." Those things and I need to ice more. I stretch pretty well for a runner (notorious I think for finishing a run and heading to the car or the shower or for food instead of stretching).
Today. I took the boys to school, Hollywood is in 3rd Grade and has a very sweet teacher. Blondy is in 1st grade, his teacher is very sweet too. I lucked out, let me tell you. They have great friends, great teachers, a great school and they are both there at school with their friends, their teachers... ALL DAY. 6 hours to myself. Of course Hollywood (he's my dramatic kid) forgot his lunch just inside the door at home so I got a late start at my run. I got down to the park and took the trail all the way down to Valambrosia hoping to make it to 5 mile and back about a 6.5 mile out and back. Apparently they were working on the road and I couldn't get across to I did the 5.5 mile loop instead. I didn't time myself because it was already nearly 100*F and I thought I would be obsessed with running faster but on inspection of my watch I found that my 4-5 mile pace was about 9:47 not too bad. I headed around the "Damn Bridge" and ran into Tracey's sista, Sarah, with her boys. I hung out and stretched for a few minutes then went down to get in the water and "ice" my legs since I didn't have any ice at home. We have a "pool" the city made from the creek that runs through the middle of town. Its been cemented in, a damb built and we even have lifeguards posted during hte summer for swimmers. Sarah's son Jack came down to put his feet in and Luke (the baby) wanted to play in the water too. He kicked and plashed as I held him and had a grand old time. We all headed home and I felt really good about my run today. Tomorrow I start earlier to get home at a decent time. Hubby is home... the kids are gone ALL DAY... ;-)
We did A LOT of walking on Tuesday with our little walk together than taking the kiddo's and hubby with us to the Museum of Flight. I could have stayed there forever but the kids move a lot faster than us so we had to move on before finishing any one display. We had dinner that night at a YUMM-O pizza place then walked home. I figure we got about 7 miles of walking in total that day.
The next day we met Sista and took the Ferry to Seattle. We walked a lot, like 1.7 miles to Pike Market through the market area and then to the bus stop. We took the bus to Safeco Field for the Mariner's Game (Twin's WON!! YEA!) then walked another 1.2 miles back to the ferry. 4 adults and 3 kids walking all that was interesting but fun. I wish we had time to see the Space Needle but it sure gives us something to come back for.
I did run Friday Night for about three miles. The base is pretty flat compared to other areas (Tracey's neighborhood or down town Seattle) but enough hills to challenge me since my home town is REALLY FLAT. I have to look for hills where its safe to run, and there aren't that many. So that's my trip. Not as much running as I would have hoped but a good time with good friends and family(and only one kid puked on the trip). I am blessed.
Monday, August 11, 2008
My times started out in the mid 9's and hit the mid 8's by the last two miles. I came in at 56:35. Not too bad. I didn't really train as hard as I had hoped with all the smoke in the air this summer. I have no excuses when the marathon program starts since the kiddo's will be in school.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I'm a dumb ass and left my running shoes at the Sista's so I guess I'll have to go down to Fleet Feet and buy meself some new ones.... he he he... it was all part of my evil plan.