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Saturday, October 31, 2009

First Long Run

I’ve been pretty good since my first half-marathon three weeks ago. I’ve cut my running way back and done more low-impact cardio workouts at the gym. This week marked the end of the two week reprieve I was planning on giving myself so I went out on my first longer run since my half-marathon.

It is Halloween today, which means the end of October. I was in shorts and a t-shirt because it is 68F outside!!! The wind is a good 20 mph which is good, bad and fun. Good: it kept me from getting too warm. Bad: it is coming from the S which meant the last 3 miles were into the wind. Fun: the leaves are whipping around everywhere! It was a blast to have leaves falling from the trees and being picked up off the ground and blown around.

Weather aside; I got an easy ~8 miles in (I missed two turns so I have no idea how far I actually went and I don’t want to deal with MapMyRun right now to find out). My right toe feels great, which makes me think I’m right and my FP is wrong about my toe (11 days until I see the specialist). I wrapped my left ankle and I’m really glad I did. It felt good and strong until the last mile when it wasn’t quite right. I think I need to find more ankle strengthening exercises.

Now I am just hoping the weather holds off so we can take the kids trick-or-treating!

Week in review:
Running: 13 miles
Cross-training sessions: 3

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Party Day

Today is Halloween party day at both schools my kids attend. It is hard to believe Halloween is already here. I don’t know how it snuck up on me, but I haven’t even gotten decorations out (much to the dismay of my children). Needless to say food and Halloween go hand in hand. Since I knew I’d be attending Punky’s party in the morning and tasting some of the goodies I knew I needed to get my gym visit in early.

I slept in this morning (ADP stayed home from work to attend the parties) and made it to the gym at 6:45 a.m. I planned on 45 minutes of cardio but as soon as I got on the bike I realized it wasn’t happening. I opted for 45 minutes of easy biking based on my heart rate. No problem, I can handle 45 minutes on a regular, up-right bike. I forgot my earphones and music this morning so I had to listen to the music being piped through the whole gym. It wasn’t interesting me so I focused on my upcoming comp exam. Wow, did it ever work! I hopped off my bike after 12 minutes and literally ran to my locker to get my little notepad. I headed back to the bike and started taking down notes. Biking and taking notes on a little, itty-bitty notepad doesn’t make for easy writing, but I did it. I figured out what I need to have in my comp exam (well, at least lots of the high level pieces) and what order I’d like to have everything in. I was so excited I finished 15 minutes early and went home to get everything down on regular paper.

This morning wasn’t a good physical workout, but I can now say I’m ready for my comp exam and comfortable with all the materials I have been reviewing. Sometimes the mental breakthroughs are better than the physical workout. I’m on cloud 9!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fighting Off a Cold

I'm fighting off a cold so I'm off to bed (yes, I realize it is only 7:10 pm).  I made it to the gym and used the elliptical for 35 minutes.  My body is tired so I'm glad I planned on being at the gym only a short time.  Tomorrow life is full of Halloween parties (preschool in the morning and kindergarten in the afternoon).  I'm looking forward to it...after a good night of sleep.  Good night everyone. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Thanks to ADP

Today is an appropriate day to thank ADP for all his support in my exercise and running journey.  Without ADP by my side, I highly doubt I would be where I am now with my fitness.  ADP and I met in graduate school and to make a short story even shorter, we were married two years later.  He has been with me when I didn't exercise and was my heaviest, through pregnancies when I could not exercise, when I was training for my first half-marathon, and all the times in between.  Thanks for all your support and encouragement.  This medal is as much yours as it is mine.

Thanks and Happy Anniversary ADP!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Off to the Gym

I am off to the gym in a few minutes and it is one of those days I would much rather stay home.  It isn't cold out, but the fireplace is on and I've spent a lot of today next to it being cozy warm.  I was up early to continue studying for my comp exam and I'm plum worn out.  Thankfully ADP is cooking dinner (as he always does on Tuesday night) so I have one less thing on my to-do list for today. 

I am not sure what I plan to do at the gym.  If the stair climber (see below) is available I would like to try it.  Otherwise I'll head back to the arc machine I was on last week because I liked it and it was good to my ankle and foot.  Did I mention my left ankle is acting up again?  Well, it is and I don't know what is wrong so low impact is exactly what the doctor ordered.


An hour of exercise awaits me,
So off to the gym I go.
I should be mute
Instead of writing anything cute.

Monday, October 26, 2009

A Wonderful Giveaway

You should checkout Tall Mom on the Run's blog because she is giving away a wonderful Brook's for her Jacket.  While I like the jacket, my favorite item in the line is the Brooks for her Skort.


Function: Clean classic lines, flat waistband, and retroreflective pink ribbon make this a run skort you'll want for special events and daily wear. What's more, your purchase of this item helps support those affected by breast cancer.

A Trip to the Store

Sunday morning I scoured the advertisements and found some cold weather running pants on sale. Great! I have a problem buying clothing when it is full price so I hopped in the car and went to the store with the sale. I looked around and found the pants on sale. Why, when only these specific cold-weather running pants were on sale did they only have four in stock? Of course, none were in my size. Since I was there I tried some other pants on and found what I am looking for in the fit and what size to buy. I now know what I want so I’m going to watch for more sales. I just hope I don’t have to wait until the spring thaw to buy pants. (I checked on-line and the pants are more expensive than the in-store full price and you have to pay shipping; definitely not worth it.)


Thankfully, I am not going to completely freeze until I buy some pants. ADP has a pair of running pants, circa 1993. They aren’t cold-weather pants. The definitely aren’t technical. But, they will cover my legs and keep me from freezing when the temperature continues to drop. Plus, given the amount of sheen they have, I’ll be wearing a pair of shorts over them…I may run, but that doesn’t mean I’m that comfortable with wearing fitted shiny pants running.

This morning I was back on the treadmill. I must say once again that running two days a week isn’t doing it for me. I do have an appointment on Nov 11 with a foot and ankle specialist and I hope to get good news. I have my own opinions about my toe (which I have shared at length with ADP); I’ll find out soon enough what is really going on. Back to the treadmill – 1 mile warm up, 3 miles “fast”, 1 mile cool down followed by walking to finish out the time for a grand total of 5.27 miles.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Chaffing and Blisters

All runners have chaffing and blisters at some point. I’ve had chaffing because of hot weather, an ill fitting sports bra, and from shorts that rub the wrong way. Blisters are usually kept to my feet. Yesterday at the gym I used a recumbent bike and a rowing machine and somehow ended up with a blister on my rear end. I don’t know which machine is the culprit (although I’m leaning toward the rowing machine because I did it second). Until now, chaffing and blisters bothered me, but did not affect my daily movement. Well, if you have a blister on your rear it hurts to sit, move around, and when you take a shower literally feels like you are being branded.

My shower this morning went better and I didn’t yelp in pain. Sitting however isn’t very comfortable yet.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Commencing Operation Intense Study

I will not spend the next two weeks perusing the internet looking for 2010 races to enter…well, I’ll try not to. Starting this week I have a new focus: operation intense study. In two weeks I have my comprehensive exams for my master’s degree and I need to get back to the books. I am working on my teaching certification and master’s degree so I can teach high school chemistry. The comp exam is a three hour written exam (thank goodness it is on computer!!) covering all the classes I’ve taken for my degree. It is hard to believe it is only two weeks away.


A monumental exam takes lots of thought and preparation so I’ll be doing away with fun music and TV when I exercise so I can mull through all the materials for the exam. The great thing about exercising is that I spend the time figuring out answers to questions and problems. I think exercising in the next two weeks will be physically and intellectually exhausting and I’m going to LOVE it! Every run goes faster when I have something to think about and I the only trouble I’ll have is figuring out which part of the problem to work on next.

This morning, since I haven’t started studying hard yet, I used the recumbent bike in the cardio theater. I started on a ‘cardio’ program but within minutes the resistance was so great I couldn’t even peddle. I switched to a ‘manual’ program and did just fine keeping my heart rate up, but not too high. I finished out my hour on the rowing machine. Thanks to everyone who suggested it – it was a good arm workout (which meant I didn’t do my pushups at the gym again today). A special thanks to my sweet friend Melissa who recommended this video on rowing technique.

Week in review:
Running: 9 miles
Cross-training sessions: 2

Friday, October 23, 2009

Do You Have Races Planned?

Yesterday when Felice quickly stopped by she asked if I had any races planned (I feel bad I didn’t ask the same of her – sorry Felice). No, I don’t. I am not even sure how to schedule out races. I don’t do many races, but those I participate in I enjoy. It is always a rush to have so many people around, but I don’t think it is worth the cost of most races to participate. The running club I belong to, HMRRC, has a winter race series. The sign-ups are day of so I can decide to participate depending on time, if I feel like it, and the weather. Plus, I’ve heard they are a bit more laid back. I think it is exactly what I need in a race.

My run yesterday was my first run outdoors since the half-marathon and I got some good thinking done during those five miles. Without trying to I mentally went through the half-marathon and the bumps I had along the way. I knew going into the race I would be able to finish it and yet I had troubles starting about the 10 mile mark. I spent time yesterday thinking about it and the thoughts I had while running the half-marathon and about the five mile marker it started in the back of my mind: I was afraid I would run out of energy at the end of the race. This affected me and I started compensating about mile 10 so I would be able to run the end of the race. My longest training run was 12.25 miles. There isn’t a huge difference between 12.25 and 13.1, but it was enough to mentally hamper my race. I now know for my next half-marathon (yes, there will be a next time) I will do a training run of more than 13.1 miles.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Almost Surreal

Thursday mornings are “lazy” mornings at our house. It is the one morning when we don’t have anything going on until 11:20 when Bugs gets on the bus. I take the opportunity to sleep until 6:30 and with my new schedule not getting cleaned up until after exercising in the afternoon. So, imagine my surprise when Felice rings my doorbell to drop-off the Solixir I won at her blog. Punky and I were deep into making brownies and I’m dressed in baggy clothes in preparation for my afternoon gardening time. Felice and I chatted for a little while and while I would have loved to talk longer, she had a little one waiting for her and Punky was pulling at me because she wasn’t finished mixing the brownies. When we finished the brownie mixing and I popped them in the oven I immediately called ADP at work. He was a gem and listened to me and how horrible I thought looked and then it hit me – should I see Felice again I’ll probably not only look like this but I will be running a race and thus probably sweaty as well. I guess runners see each other at our worst (hot and sweaty) and our best (running and loving it). At least I put my contacts in this morning.

In addition to having a lazy morning, an afternoon in the gardens, I already changed my gym schedule. No one is going to blame me. When ADP arrived home I had planned on going to the gym, but I just couldn’t bring myself to go. The last two weeks have been cool with highs around 50 and when ADP pulled in the driveway it was 73F!! I couldn’t go exercise inside. It’s October 22 and in the 70s so I went for a relaxed 5 mile run. I loved it.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - My New Car Sticker


Bibs and Medals

What should I do with them? Granted, I only have one medal at this point but I plan on getting more. I will always keep my first, but do I need the others. I have a feeling the kids are going to take them from me if I let them. They would make fun toys for the kids. What about the bibs? I have some from 5K’s I’ve completed and my recent half marathon. I don’t know if they are worth keeping and yet I can’t bring myself to throw them away. What do you do with your bibs?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Gym Visit #1

I went to the gym for the first time this afternoon. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. Why wasn’t it great? I was jealous of all the people running on treadmills. This is the way life goes so I made the visit the best I could.

I started on a stair climber. I haven’t been on a stair climber since 2001 and I remember why: it only took two minutes before I felt it in my quads. I lasted one rolling hill that took 15 minutes to complete. About when my 15 minutes was wrapping up everyone who got to the gym right after work was leaving so lots of machines were opening up.

I did a 90 second switch of machines (move my things, wipe down the stair climber and start up the arc trainer). I decided before going to the gym I’d get 45 minutes of cardio in…so I set the arc trainer for 30 minutes in order to round out my 45 minutes. Details: incline of 3, resistance of 25, average steps per minute of 141.

I had a good cardio workout and kept my heart rate up. I took time after exercising to get some good stretching in. I couldn’t bring myself to do my push-ups while I was there, so I did them when I got home. Next time I’ll go for an hour and try out those bike things and maybe get a pushup or two done.

The best part, my toe is no worse for the wear. I have found an orthopedist that I may go to for a second opinion on my toe.

Monday, October 19, 2009

A Change of Scheduling

I was up early this morning and I ran 4 miles. I started out slow and my legs were feeling really good so I sped up for the last two miles. It is good to have my legs back to normal!

This week brings a change in scheduling. I mentioned that we joined Gold’s Gym over the weekend (once again, thank goodness for the $1 joining fee). I was running five days a week and until I find a sports medicine doctor to go to about my toe I plan on running only two days a week and going to the gym the other three days. The biggest change: I get to sleep in an extra three days a week!! I’ll be heading to the gym at various times of day, but never early in the morning due to kids and ADP’s work schedule. I plan on enjoying my extra hour of sleep three days a week.

This week’s plan:
Monday: 4 mile run (done)
Tuesday: 6:30pm gym…maybe see what ADP loves about stair climbers
Wednesday: rest day
Thursday: gym (need to work with ADP on time)…try out those bike things
Friday: rest day
Saturday: 7 miles if my foot is feeling good
Sunday: gym (time depends on when the Green Bay Packers play)…elliptical

I don’t especially want to go to the gym on Sunday, but I have a prior commitment on Wednesday nights and it doesn’t seem like a good idea to exercise Friday night and then go on a long run Saturday morning. I’ll try this plan out and see what changes to make for next week.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Lifetime Feels Great

ADP and I went to the gym yesterday and joined. It will take a while to get used to driving somewhere to exercise, but I'll come to love it...in time. I have run a couple times since my half-marathon, but my legs aren't at 100% so I'm not pushing myself yet. I plan on hitting the gym on Tuesday night to see how it goes.

In addition to running a half-marathon last Sunday, my exciting week continued on Tuesday night when I weighed in at Weight Watchers and made Lifetime. It feels great to be where I want to be with my weight. Yet it is hard to not say "just 5 more pounds." If I lost 5 more pounds I'd probably look a little better, but I don't think it would be maintainable. I have some big changes coming in the next few years and I chose a maintainable weight. I may loose those five pounds, I may not. The important thing is I like where I am and I feel can do it forever.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

17 Years Early

I’ve known for a very long time that I would get arthritis. My mom, grandma and great aunts all seemed to get arthritis when they turned 50. So, consider me bamboozled when I visited my doctor on Thursday and he told me the pain in my toe was arthritis, probably due to overuse. GAH! I’m only 33! For those with subtraction challenges (ADP, this means you), I have arthritis 17 years EARLY.

My doctor is great, always answers my questions, and takes time to explain things. This visit was a little different because I heard about his wife’s experience with this…and he tossed Shaq into the mix too. When we were done talking I had my right foot x-rayed three ways and the x-rays came back great.

Now the bummer: I should rest my foot. He didn’t go so far as to tell me to stop running, but if I don’t replace some runs with low-impact cross-training then there is a good chance I will end up needing surgery. GAH times two! I know cross training is good for the body, but I really love running. I’m not fast, but it is something I feel I can do well. So, to be told my running is essentially hurting me is hard to swallow.

Since I exercise at home and I don’t have access to a variety of low-impact cardio machines (remember, winter and snow are rapidly approaching) I am looking at joining a gym. There are a few to choose from in my area. The one I want to join is because of the amenities; unfortunately is over-packed and the most expensive. The other two gyms are relatively comparable except for the price. Needless to say, I think I’ll be re-joining Gold’s Gym this weekend. Maybe I’ll take up spinning while I’m there…

Friday, October 16, 2009

Just a Few More

I'm still working on gaining perspective and accepting what the doctor said yesterday. It isn't anything life threatening, but it shook my world. In the meantime, I had a bad night of sleep. All I remember is dreaming about toes. I wasn't ready to get up this morning and run, but I did. My legs are feeling good so I sped up enough to call what I did this morning running. I'm glad I'm over the race and can run again...well, run for 4 miles that is.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

GAH!

I mentioned the other day about having a pain in the toe. I went to the doctor today and all I can say is GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I hope I have more perspective tomorrow and can write more. Until then, gaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh.

Final Race Photos

Mile 10

Finish!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Pain in the Toe

When I was a freshman in college I hurt my toe. No, I wasn’t drinking when I hurt my toe, I was dancing. I never went to the doctor, instead I muddled through and after a couple years there was no more pain. The pain wasn’t actually in my big toe; it is the joint between my foot and my big toe. Saturday morning before the race my toe was hurting a little. By the end of the race my toe downright hurt. Two days later it still hurts which leaves me with the dilemma of going to the doctor or waiting it out. I don’t think there is anything my doctor can do about it, but then since I never went to the doctor in college I really don’t know. Hmmm, another thing to think about…

My toe may hurt but it doesn’t hurt any worse when I’m moving around so I hopped back on the treadmill this morning for another easy three miler. Tomorrow I’m off and I’m looking forward to it.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

My Slowest Run

I know the books say to take a day off for every mile raced, but I think one's body and family need to be listened to as well. I think if I took 13 days off of exercising my family may try to kick me to the curb because I'd go crazy. Plus, I felt good yesterday (as expected, my legs were tired yesterday and my quads tight). So, I decided to run this morning.

I slept in a little and then did what I will call my slowest run since running regularly. I purposely went really slow and did not have any incline on the treadmill. My plan was to run or walk three miles. I took a break at 1.6 miles to stretch my legs a little and hopped back on the treadmill. I am happy I ran slow and it is good to know I won't be kicked to the curb.

I have no plan for the week. I am going to go by what my body says; I think it is the best because I need to recover from the race.

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Day After


It is hard to believe I ran a half-marathon yesterday. First, the unofficial times have been posted. Apparently they won’t be official until 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning. I don’t think my time will change (it is only a few seconds different than my watch time) so here it is:

2:14:48

I’m pleased with my time. I need to work on my pacing and I’ll do better next time. I like to leap-frog and that isn’t good for pacing. I was going for 10 minute miles (which I can do without any troubles when running alone) and I by the time I finished the first three miles I was already three minutes faster than I should have been. I slowed down some and kept going with my “plan.” OK, I didn’t have an actual plan but I did know I needed some jellybeans every 30 minutes and water every 20-30 minutes after the first 4 miles. Needless to say the eating and drinking went fine (except the little belly ache at mile 8).

All was going fine and then I made it to mile 10 and I have to say it was similar to hitting a brick wall. Wow, all of a sudden I couldn’t get my heart to slow (it wasn’t dangerously high but definitely out of my mental comfort zone) and I couldn’t get my legs to go. I walked more than I’d like to admit in the last couple miles (a couple minutes at each mile marker). Of course the professional photographer was in the last few miles and I did what Olsens do – I smiled and ran (I’ve been accused of having too photogenic of a family…we’ll wait and see if this holds!).

The one piece that kept me going the last few miles was my family. I knew my kids and ADP were waiting at the end and I was determined to be running when I saw them. I have never been so happy to hear cow bells in my life! Both kids were shaking them and since they were only the third cow bells heard on the course I was pretty sure who was ringing them. I really wanted to stop at my family, but there was 0.1 mile left to run. I finished and then started crying. Running brings every emotion to the surface and I had nothing left to hold the tears in. Thankfully the kids didn’t see the tears because they don’t quite get “happy” tears.

I heard bells!13 mile mark
Last night we went out to dinner and I had a great salmon burger and more French fries than one person should be allowed to eat. I earned every single one of the fries and I enjoyed them all!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

What a Race

I did it!! Wow, what a feeling to finish my first half-marathon. I'll break it down later, for now I'm going to enjoy the feeling of completing my first half-marathon.
Dropping me off at the start (41F).

About mile 13! I loved hearing the kids shake their cowbells, I knew exactly where they were.


Done!!!

The course closes in about an hour so I hope to get my official time later today. I did not get my A+ goal. An A+ is supposed to be something to reach for; I reached and came close. There is always next time.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

#1698

I opted to sleep this morning instead of go for a short run. Let me tell you, I’m happy I slept because I’m feeling well rested today. We spent a couple hours at the soccer field freezing this morning (the wind was a bit cool) and then went to Albany. I have my packet! My bib, #1698, is ready to be pinned to my shirt, my chip tied to my shoe and then I’ll be ready to go.

ADP and I talked about tomorrow and the race and finally came to a decision. He and the kids will drop me off at the starting line in the morning and pick me up when I’m finished. One of the guys handing out packets heard us talking about it and he bought my bus ticket from me. Love that I recouped my $5 bus fee!! Now that I have my bib and free shirt (a technical shirt to boot) I’m getting nervous. I’m sure my nerves will be fine by the time I start running but starting is 18 hours away. I plan on using some of this energy to do homework.

Tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. I’ll be off. I can’t wait.


I know new gear should not be tried out for the first time on a race day, but it is going to be cool tomorrow and I'm wearing my new gloves, The North Face Bamboo Glove Liner.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Back to Basics, 3 miles

It seems like ages ago when I would get up and consider 3 miles a long run. This morning I ran three miles and it felt like I was getting back to what I consider my basics. Three miles before the kids wake up meant I slept in an extra 30 minutes! Sleeping in and running still left me time to get my push-ups and crunches in. I’ve been so time constrained in the morning that I haven’t had time to do these extras. I didn’t realize I missed them until I got down on the floor this morning to do my push-ups. I admit I do girlie push-ups, but for good reason: my lower back can’t support me to do full out push-ups. I would love to do “real” push-ups. I’ll just keep trying and someday I might be able to do them.

Tomorrow is packet pick up day and I’m excited! Along with picking up the packet, I’m going to search out the start and possibly the finish lines. I usually do my long runs on Saturday mornings so I’ll probably go out on a very easy short run tomorrow just to keep my body moving and to calm my jitters. On the other hand, I may no go out running tomorrow. I’ll just have to wait and see what morning brings.

Today: 3 miles
Weekly total: 21 miles

Thursday, October 8, 2009

What to Wear

I was looking around at the blogs on Runner's World and I found a really cool "calculator" - What to Wear for Runners. You input temperature, wind, conditions and what you like to feel like when you run and it outputs suggested clothing items.

I put in the conditions for Sunday (45F, sun, no wind, feel cool) and it came back with what I plan to wear (almost). I am wearing a running skirt (it suggested shorts), long sleeve shirt, and sunglasses. I am skipping the hat that is suggested; I've never worn one running so I don't plan on trying it out on race day.

I added the link to the sidebar because I know I'll use it again.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

4 To Get Going, 8 miles

This morning was my last longer run before my race on Saturday. I think my mind was playing tricks on me during the run to make sure I am ready. I had different aches and pains which I've never had before. Once I concentrated on the ouch it disappeared and the pain showed up somewhere else. It also took almost four miles for me to get comfortable running this morning. Given my run was eight miles long the first half was very long. I'm done running and I have no aches or pains so I'm convinced my running pains were just mental hurdles. Now that I've cleared the hurdles all I need to do is catch up on my sleep! Unfortunately it isn't going to happen tonight because I have class. There is always tomorrow.

Today: 8 miles
Weekly total: 18 miles

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Reminiscent Morning, 5 miles

I'm a Green Bay Packer fan and I really wanted to stay up for the game last night but I didn't. Family trumps the Packers and I knew I needed to be bright eyed this morning. I still got up and ran before the day started. I had the TV going during my run this morning but I didn't pay much attention to the programming; I was thinking about my boy. My 5 mile run went quickly while I thought about the last six years. Six years ago my oldest and only boy was born. It was fun to think about the past few years but it was also sad because the time goes so fast. Happy Birthday Bugs!

Bugs at his birthday party on Sunday.

Today: 5 miles
Weekly total: 10 miles

Monday, October 5, 2009

Fun and Excitement, 5 miles

I am in the middle of an exciting two weeks. Yesterday was Bugs’ birthday party; he’ll be the big number six is tomorrow! Today is a busy Monday starting with a chiropractor appointment (it’s been too long since I last visited Dr. Nelson) and ending with the Green Bay Packers at the Minnesota Vikings. I’ll be sporting my Packer jersey all day with my “goal” jeans which now require a belt to stay up comfortably.

I knew looking at my schedule that my Monday would be busy so I made sure to get up this morning and run five before the day started. It was a good run. The basement is finally cooling off a little (or so it seemed), my legs felt fresh, and Numb3rs is still keeping my attention. I love it when the day starts with a good run.

This week’s plan:
Monday: 5 miles
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday: 8 miles
Thursday: rest day
Friday: 3 miles
Saturday: unknown…probably really easy 3 miles
Sunday: RACE DAY!

Today: 5 miles
Weekly total: 5 miles

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Details Please

I like to know what is going on, so I’m a little frustrated with Sunday’s race. Next Sunday (less than a week now) I’ll be running my first half-marathon. I haven’t been on the course I’m running. I don't know where the start or finish are (I have mapped it out on a map, but I have never been there). I know I need to pick up my packet Saturday afternoon, but I don’t know where the Crowne Plaza is. Too many “I don’t knows” for me to be comfortable. I think I have my work cut out for me this week.

The biggest question I have is about the morning of the race, I am not sure what I’m going to do. The race is point-to-point. When I registered back in July I also bought a ticket so I could park at the finish line and take a bus to the starting line. I just looked more closely at the times and in order to catch the bus I need to leave home three hours before the race. If I just drive to the start I could leave 45 minutes before the start of the race. The question then becomes how do I get back to my car? I haven’t pushed ADP to bring the kids to the race (even if I really want them all at the finish line), but I think this will be what I need to ask them to come.

My goals started simple and have increased in the last month.

A+ goal: 2hr 11min
A goal: Run the whole race
A- goal (a.k.a. my original goal): Finish the race

I will admit that when I filled out my registration form I put 2hr 45min as my estimated finish time. Through training and increasing my mileage I have gotten faster (2 minutes/mile faster!) so my A+ goal is a lot faster than my estimated finish time. I plan on having fun, which is the most important goal of all.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Waiting On My Pancakes, 8 miles

One of the benefits of running is the eating. I used to be of the mindset "I run therefore I can eat." It was great, but I gained weight slowly over time so I don't suggest my old mindset. Now, I fuel my runs which treats me much better on all fronts (eating, running, and weight loss). The important part is to not restrict myself so no food is off limits for me. OK, there are some off-limits foods extraneous reasons; for one I'm vegetarian so I'm not going to go out and eat a steak...but I could if I wanted to. Since I don't want a steak and it is breakfast time, I'll go for the next best thing: ADP's pancakes. I plan on having my fill, and only my fill, of pancakes for breakfast. It is not my normal oatmeal with yogurt and fruit, but once in a while it is good to mix things up a little. So, I'm sitting here typing while ADP is in the kitchen making pancakes. Life is good.

This morning I stayed here and ran my 8 miles on the treadmill. I'm still having some lower GI issues and I'll just say that I'm happy I stayed home for my run. I am very thirsty (probably due to previously mentioned issues) so I was drinking more during my run than normal. Of course, I had a stomach ache when I was done. Thankfully it was just a full stomach and I'm fine now so I can have pancakes. My run this morning was my last weekend run before my race next weekend. I can't believe it is almost here!!

Today: 8 miles
Weekly total: 27.25 miles
Training total: 269.6 miles

Friday, October 2, 2009

A Little Late, 3.25 mi

I decided I needed sleep more than I needed to go on a run this morning. I'm glad I slept in because boy was my bed comfortable! Of course, as soon as I was awake I was wondering when to go running. Not in the morning, we desperately needed to get to the grocery store. Not at lunch, there was a preschool outing at the apple orchard. Not in the afternoon, I have to be here to get Bugs off the bus. Finally, I sent ADP a text saying I was going for a run when he gets home. I haven't run in the afternoon in a long time.

I had a short 3 miles planned for today. I did the closest run possible, 3.25 miles. I also had some excess energy to burn off so I ran faster than normal. All I can say is that if I can pull off a run like that again I'll have no troubles breaking my 30-min 5K barrier.

Today: 3.25 miles
Weekly total: 19.25 miles

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Giddy with Excitement

I was talking to my mom yesterday and she mentioned my running blog (Mom, thanks for reading!!). I was surprised at some of what she said. Unfortunately I can’t remember the exact words she used, but what I took away is that I may only be writing about the challenges associated with my training. I think (and hope) ADP would give a different picture than I do.

While I write about getting up early and being tired a lot of the time, ADP and my kids could give you a better report about other hours of the day. When I run I work through my stress and any unanswered questions I have (basic ones like what to buy everyone for Christmas). Focusing my mind and body for the entirety of my run makes me a better and more relaxed mom and wife. ADP doesn’t need to know my running schedule; he can tell the days I run because I’m in a better mood.

I think ADP must secretly laugh at me when I get home from a long run. I’m hot and sweaty and absolutely giddy. I shiver all day because I’m cold and yet I’m still giddy. I am not a bubbly person by nature, but I have a hard time sitting still on Saturdays because I’m so unbelievably excited about my running.

I’m tired and proud and excited and ready to keep on running.