Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tempo Run with Lead Legs

This morning I heard my alarm clock (unlike yesterday ...missed my run because I didn't hear my alarm) and managed to drag my tired legs down the stairs for my tempo run.  I did a two mile warm-up and then took a quick break to stretch.  My legs were still leaden even after stretching.  I did get my three mile tempo run in and then cooled off with another easy mile.  It is good to have it done.  I think stretching and rest are in my plans before my long run on Sunday.

Thanks for all the comments about my Wish List.  I'm not 100% sure what I'll get, but I think the belt is topping the list.  I don't like to run without my phone and it would be an easy way to carry my phone, camera (I just know you want to see more pictures of me), and gels when needed.  The book...oh, the book I want so much.  Yes, I have tried the library; they don't have it.  I have it on my waiting list at Paper Back Swap but running books don't come up often.  What's a girl to do when she wants a book and can't easily get it?

Giveaways to check out:
Fox River Socks from Running Diva Mom
Gu Giveaway from Run, Courtney, Run
Stella & Dot girl's bracelet from Penguin's Gift

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Wish List

6 x 800 was not terribly fun this morning, but I finished it just fine.  I did a .1 to .15 mi rest interval between sets at a very slow pace.  I remembered to warm up and cool down, but I just wanted to be done so I probably didn't focus as much as I should have.  Even though this morning was not the best run, I can't wait to run again tomorrow!

I'm still sitting on some birthday money.  Don't worry, you didn't miss my birthday, it was back in March.  I am like that with money, I have a hard time parting with it.  I think I finally have my list narrowed down of what I want to buy.  What do you think?   Which should I get?
high quality reading

iFitness neoprene single pouch belt
iFitness neoprene double pouch belt
And a new running skirt.  I have donated all my old skirts because they are all too big so I want a new one.

Giveaways to check out:
Fitness Achievements from Happy Runner Giveaways
Silk Pure Almond Milk from Sticky Fingerprints
CSN Giveaways (all over the place on the web right now including $100 from Shut Up and Run!)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Humidity Didn't Stop Me

This morning I had 9 miles planned.  I knew it wasn't supposed to get very cool over night, so I planned on heading out when the sun was rising so I could avoid wearing any extra layers for visibility.  I was up "early" (which is later than my normal running time but earlier than I want to be up on a weekend) and ready to go in no time.  I had a Montana Huckleberry Hammer Gel with water before heading out the door (YUMMY!!).  Here's the breakdown:

Temperature at start:  72F (normal low is 61F)
Temperature at end:  75F
Humidity:  90%
Miles run:  9.14
Water during run:  40 ounces (not enough)
Stops:  1...needed more water so stopped at home at ~6.2 mi
Goal pace:  10:05
Average pace:  10:05 (WOO HOO)
Splits:  9:40, 9:59, 10:01, 10:06, 10:27, 9:53, 10:18, 10:13, 10:08 (miles with hills are those above 10:10 pace)
Blisters:  1 and it is in a new place

I may have hit my average pace, but my splits are all over the place.  I don't really care right now because I had a great time running this morning.  I've said it before (probably more often than you care to read it), but I prefer cold weather so I'm stoked I had such a great run in the heat and humidity.  The sweat was dripping off me before my first mile was done.  Here I am at the end...soaked.

This week:
Monday:  sleep
Tuesday:  6 x 800
Wednesday:  easy 3 + PT exercises
Thursday:  tempo run
Friday:  easy 3 + PT exercises
Saturday:  off
Sunday:  10 miles at a relaxed effort
Wed/Sat:  ADP starts his training this week!  I'm so excited for him to be running and training and getting ready for the same race as I am getting ready for.

Giveaways to look at:
Lift Your Soul from MizFit
Stuffitts from Running Diva Mom
CSN GC from My life as a trimommy
Favorite Things from I Tri To Be Me
Sigvaris compression socks from I Run Because…  I Can

Friday, July 23, 2010

One Day Later

I did not feel up to running my tempo run yesterday so I attempted it today.  The run itself went fine - 5 miles at tempo pace.  I am still not back to 100% and so a few breaks were needed to catch my breath and drink water.  I'll get back to normal soon enough.

I have nine miles on tap for Sunday morning.  Saturday night's low is 74F so it will be warm on Sunday morning when I run.  (The average low is 61F, which would be much better for a long run.)  Other than running, I'll be trying to stay cool this weekend.

Giveaways to check out:
Timeless Trinkets from Running Diva Mom
iRun Like a Girl from I'm a Sleeper Baker
Divine Twine from Penguin's Gift
Lowe's Gift Card from Notes From the Trenches

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Running in the Dark

I was surprised by how many people commented on my "I usually run with the lights off" yesterday.  I have never gone off the back of the treadmill or really hurt myself when running in the dark.  I have gone to step off the treadmill sideways and missed the step.  I have whacked the front bar with both hands, once bruising my finger.  I repeat, I have never run off the back of the treadmill!

The first time I ran in the "dark" was in the cardio-theater at Gold's Gym.  It was a strange experience at first.  I could tell there were other people in the theater, but I couldn't see much else.  My senses were on high alert and I was paying attention to what I was doing on the treadmill instead of trying to ignore it.  The next time I went to the gym I had to try the cardio-theater out again.  I was hooked and in no time I wouldn't run on a treadmill with the lights on.  When we bought our treadmill I just kept it up and I love running in the dark.  With the lights off I'm not concerned about what else is in the room, what I need to get done for the day, or what errands need to be done.  Instead, I'm conscientious of my form, my breathing, and how my body feels while I'm running through every stride.  It is amazing.

Remember this: treadmills give off a lot of light from the console, so it is not completely dark.  And, the little window in my exercise room lets me know when the sun rises, though for most of the year I'm done on the treadmill before it gets too light outside.  You should give it a try if you have the opportunity.  It can be quite an experience to run on a treadmill in a dimmed/dark room.

This morning I ran on the treadmill, in the dark for 4 miles.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

12 Great Hours

Last night I met Amanda for dinner.  Last time we saw each other was over a month ago when we ran Freihofer's 5K together.  It was great to catch up over some delicious brick oven pizza.  I had a Margherita Pizza that said it had sliced roma tomatoes.  I had to laugh a little when my pizza came with one cherry tomato thinly sliced and put on the mozzarella cheese in the center of the pizza.  The pizza still tasted wonderful even with the lack of tomatoes.  The majority of the times we see each other is at a race, so I made sure to get a picture of us to prove we both clean up well.
We were both in the same place at the same time because last night was the mentor training for the Fleet Feet No Boundaries program.  I've wanted to do this in the past but they only offered it on Monday nights which don't work for me.  This fall they are doing a Tuesday night program as well so I signed up as soon as I found out.  We start in two weeks!  I can't wait to meet everyone who will be getting ready for their first 5K.

I'd like to claim all 12 hours were great (like the post title implies), but they were not.  Sleep was not my friend last night.  My alarm went off without surprising me because I'd been tossing and turning for the ~41 minutes leading up to my 4:41 a.m. alarm going off.  Bad nights of sleep happen; I just hope it doesn't happen again tonight.

This morning I had some speed work to do.  I hopped on the treadmill about 5 and warmed up for a very slow mile.  Then it was time for this:  400, 600, 800, 1200, 800, 600, 400, with 400 RI.  I usually run with the lights off.  The problem is that I needed my sticky note of how fast for how long to help me so I ran with the lights on.  I think I only made one oops by miscalculating a RI and did 800 instead of 400.  I finished with another very slow mile for a total of 6.6 miles this morning.

This week's plan:
Tuesday:  speed work
Wednesday:  either 4 easy miles or gardening
Thursday:  5 miles tempo
Friday:  3 miles with PT exercises mixed in
Saturday:  rest
Sunday:  9 miles at PHMP + 20 sec (let's hope the weather cooperates a little better this time)

Some great giveaways to check out:
~Blue Steel Anti-Chafe Cream from Running Diva Mom
~Champion Clothing from Shut Up and Run!
~Anti-Monkey Butt powder from My Life as a Trimommy
~Really Cute Stuff from Penguin's Gift

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sort-of Long Run

Welcome to the new followers!  You honor me with your presence.

Today's run was to finish my first week of training for my 10/10/10 half marathon.  In a nutshell:  I ran.  I sweated.  I wanted to quit.  I am thankful someone was there to run with me.  I didn't finish my whole run, but I did what I could.

Let's recap:  I LOVE WINTER!  I AM NOT A SUMMER RUNNER!  If I ever move south I'll have to cease all forms of exercise because I'll be too exhausted, sweaty, and dehydrated to do anything at all.

Yesterday a Ragnar Relay teammate caught wind that I was up for 8 miles this morning and offered to meet me somewhere.  We chatted and decided on the where (The Crossings) and the when (7 am).  I arrived early and it was 70F and about 75-80% humidity.  Unfortunately, I've been having some GI issues and the bathrooms weren't open yet so I got back in my car and headed to Starbucks.  Sweet relief!  When I got back to The Crossings Melissa was there and we chatted for a few minutes.

We did almost two loops.  Loop one was warm but I was feeling okay (other than the side stitch that left me walking at mile 2).  We took a break for water, stretching and the like after one loop, ~3.2 mile.  We took off again and my legs felt like weights that were hard to move which equated to more walking and a slower pace.  It was getting warmer, the sun was getting higher, and Melissa was feeling better the second half. I didn't finish the second loop, my stomach wasn't going to allow it.  I gave up at 5.47 miles...though after a bit more walking did finish the run to make it 6.13 miles in 1:06 (for 10:50/mi ave).  The sad part is that I had 8 miles at 10:05 planned for today and neither the pace nor the distance happened.  Oh well.  I just hope I feel better for my next run.

Happy to be done!
Check out these awesome giveaways:
Prancing Leopard GC from Running Diva Mom
GoLite Hydration systems from Endurance Isn't Only Physical
Lift Your Sole from Tall Mom on the Run
Two giveaways from Long Legs on the Loose
Nuu-Muu running dress from My Life as a Trimommy

Thursday, July 15, 2010

HM Training Day 2

Some of you commented that I am using a FIRST training plan.  You are right, I am.  I looked at numerous training plans and wasn't sure what to do.  It's summer and I'd be fine continuing my 5-6 days/week running schedule.  The challenge comes this fall when I do my student teaching.  I have no idea if I'll have time to run much, so I picked a training plan that only has three runs a week.  I'll follow it during the summer and once student teaching starts I'll do my long runs on the weekend and whatever I can during the week.  I am hoping I can continue following the plan, but only time will tell if I'll have the time, energy and mental clarity for much more than "just" running during the week.

This morning I just wasn't feeling it.  I tried to pull out all the positives I could and I still had a hard time for the first four miles.  In hindsight, I think it was TV show I had on (many of the scenes were at night with low lighting and it was a quiet episode).  Time to find something new to watch when I run.  Perhaps I'll catch up on Weeds (I only watched the first two seasons).  Today:  2 mile warm-up, 3 mile short tempo run, 1 mile cool-down.  I'm happy to be done with my run for today!

Giveaways to check out
CSN GC at Running Off at the Mouth ending 7/28

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Did You Miss Me?

So, did you miss me?  I hope so!  I know I've missed all of you.  If you didn't miss me...consider my question rhetorical.  :D

First, the great state of Wisconsin!
I'm sure you are on the edge of your seats wondering what I've been up to with my blogging absence.  Well, wait no longer.  We did it all:  visited family, went running, had a vacation from vacation, and spent plenty of time sitting and relaxing.  First up was a really long drive to my home state of Wisconsin.  We went straight to the cabin and didn't get back in the car for a couple days.  Time in the water, with family, and having fun were on the docket every day.

There is a route that I love to walk and run; I managed to run three three times while I was there.  It is 4.8 miles of water, beautiful homes/cabins, wildlife, and it could make anyone want to move there.  The first run was rough; I was tight from all the time in the car but the sun was out so it was perfect.  The second run was in the rain and the lushness of the green is beyond anything I can explain.  The third run was with ADP (I can no longer say we've never run together).  He was nice enough to go slow for the majority of the run and we got a few pictures.
blue = water, green = forest
Here are a few from our "photo shoot."  There was a beautiful fog this morning.
ADP running away from me, literally

this is what the run looked like when you couldn't see the lake

Here I come!
One thing about visiting family is that the kids are kicked out after a few days and only the grandkids get to stay (they have Camp Grandma).  ADP and I take full advantage of these days and this time we went to the Twin Cities.  The first night there we met Julie (Julie's Running Blog) for dinner at Eli's.  If you live in the Twin Cities it is worth the trip into Minneapolis for dinner!!  Julie is amazing and the conversation never stopped.  It was like we were old friends.  We talked about all kinds of things and found out we have more similarities than we would ever know about if we'd never met in person.  Some people are different on the blog than they are in real life, not Julie.  She was exactly like her blog - awesome!

Julie & Me
I have to admit that we walked so much in the Twin Cities that I never went for a run.  We did walk everywhere that was recommended we run, so I can safely say we saw the sights.
Me and ADP
There you have it in a nutshell.  We are back home and training for my half marathon in October started this morning.  I've never done a training plan like this so it will be interesting to follow.  More on the plan another day.

This week:
Run 1:  12 x 400 w/90 sec RI (done and I think my legs will hurt tomorrow)
Run 2:  2 mile easy, 3 miles short-tempo, 1 mile easy
Run 3:  8 miles at planned half marathon pace (PHMP) + 20 sec