Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Sunday Run

One of the things I love about fall is the perfect running weather:  cool with a slight breeze.  Of course, since I ran this morning it wasn't as cool as I wanted (49F), but I took it.  I planned on doing my outer loop, which is ~5 miles.  Since my IT band has been tight (I don't have ITB Syndrome, just a weak hip and thus a tight IT band) and I came down with a cold on Friday I decided to do what I could with the run.

The first three miles were great!  My arms were tired, but since we worked in the yard and filled 21 bags with yard waste yesterday I wasn't surprised.  I had my garmin covered so I would not be bothered with my pace.  I stopped after the third mile and stretched a little and then kept going.  Yes, I had to walk up the hills because I started coughing and hacking...I figured I should save my lungs instead of hacking one up.  I was tired by the end of the fifth mile so I headed home instead of adding on the extra ~.5 mile I usually do at the end of this route.  I was really pleased to look at my garmin when I got home:  5.63 miles, 56:23 minutes, 10:01/mi pace.  For low expectations because of my cold and my tight IT band I did exceptionally well for me.
It was only appropriate to wear my shirt from last weekend's 5K, The Great Pumpkin Challenge,  since it is Halloween
Post run obligatory picture

On other topics...
I have finished my first week of my second student teaching placement.  It is at a much larger school, the students are 10th and 11th graders, and the day is long.  I asked about the day and apparently the teachers' work day at this particular school is one of the longest in the state.  Add a 45 minute commute and I am not home as much.  I did try to exercise in the morning once this week and there is no way I can do it unless I start getting up at 4 a.m.  So, this week I am going to try this:

Monday:  rest (a.k.a. student teach during the day, graduate class in the afternoon, homework until I collapse)
Tuesday:  run after school (the question is if I'll do it at the gym or from home)
Wednesday:  rest
Thursday:  x-train at the gym (apparently there are more machines for exercise than just treadmills...who knew?!?!)
Friday:  run 5-7 after school (we get out an hour early this day)
Saturday:   rest
Sunday:  run...when my IT band is a little better I'll do my long runs here

October mileage was lower than normal:  52.87 miles
YTD:  907.81 miles
Miles to go in 2010:  102.19 miles

I have more to say, but I must go.  I'll leave you with these two parting thoughts.
Happy Halloween
Go Packers!!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Missing PT Exercises

I had a plan, but the plan did not include the return of my IT band hurting.  So, the plan has been revised.  Here goes...

When I started student teaching I stopped doing my PT exercises (from the beginning of the year) for my left hip and leg for strengthening, which keeps my IT band nice and comfortable when I am running.  I found out that not doing the exercises has done me no good because my left leg is tight and slightly painful and making me unhappy with running.  So, I changed my plans.

I am not running the Hairy Gorilla this weekend.
I am not running the Squirly Six this weekend (my other option).
I am not running the Stockade-athon 15K in Nov.
I am volunteering as a course marshal at the Stockade-athon.
I am going to do my PT exercises a few times a week (I'm going to try for three).
I am going to keep my running to a minimum until my leg isn't hurting.
I am not going to sweat the fact that I have barely run this month.

On a happy note, the group of new runners I've been working with through the No Boundaries program ran their 5K this weekend!  It was amazing to be with so many people running their first 5K.  The mentee I ran with finished in 34:17!!  What an amazing time for someone who has never run before.  The best part, she and some of the other new runners already have a few races scheduled in November and December.

Monday, October 18, 2010

First Run

I went on my first actual run since my half this morning.  As expected, it went well.  I did have a little pain during mile 2, but I think it was because of the lack of running / too much eating I did over the last week.

Now that it has been a week, I need to figure out a training plan for my next half.  It is a free race on 1/1/11 called the Hangover Half.  It is hard to predict much about this race.  It can be 50F or it can be 0F outside.  The race is very boring in that it loops around a campus a few times.  But, it is a great way to start the new year.  I had a goal for my half last weekend that I did not hit; I would like to try again but since I cannot predict the weather for the next half I don't know if it will be possible.  Better yet, any locals running??  Realistically, if it is 0F outside I may go for the shorter race (it might be 3.5 miles).  I still want to be ready for all 13.1 miles.

So...should I re-do the last two months of the plan I was just doing?  Find something ~10 weeks long to get me to the new year?  Do what I can when I can?  What would you do?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Race Pictures

I know you are dying to see the race pictures.  Here are those taken by Ken Shelton Photography for the race.
Just crossing the starting line

ADP at mile 10

ADP crossing the finish line!

one more to prove he did it
mile 10

I've always wanted a "ns" on my facce

don't let the smile fool you, I was in pain

going to finish

a PRin the books
I did a very slow 3 miles last night at No Boundaries.  My calf still hurts, but thankfully only on the up and down hills.  I hope to be back at it by this weekend because my next half is already on the books for 1/1/11!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Mohawk Hudson River Half Marathon RR

I'm not sure how to recap yesterday's half marathon.  I am torn and still wondering if something could have been different.  I'm working on finding the silver lining, but it is a bit difficult this morning.

We have family here for the long weekend to take care of the kids, which made the day easier on me.  I knew Bugs and Punky would be fine with my mom and her beau.  ADP and I were up early, way too early.

wasting time before leaving for the race
Maddie wanted to go along
We had about a 30 minute drive to the bus pick-up.  We got there early and went to the hotel lots were staying at in order to use their indoor bathrooms.  Why?  Because it was 36F outside!  Soon, it was time to load the buses.
school busses were not meant for adults...there's no room for our knees
Lucky us, our bus got lost on the way to the start.  The drivers were told to follow the bus in front of them.  The problem is that the half and full marathon started in different places and we ended up following a bus going to the full marathon start line.  Everyone on the bus spoke 26.2 for us.  We made it to the starting line with an hour to spare.
ADP staying warm prior to the race

$3.50 worth of throw away clothes from the Salvation Army!
I had primed ADP about starting at the front.  He likes to start back a little because he's not that fast (or so he says).  He was up front and apparently was alone most of the 13.1 miles because the front of the pack was quite spread out.  Me, I was in the thick of it.  I didn't have satellite for the first mile, so I spent the trail portion of the race restarting my garmin.  It was up and going in no time, but I waited until mile one to hit start so I would have an idea of the mileage.  I didn't know how long the first mile took, so I added a random time to my total watch time so I would have an idea of how I was doing.

Let me say this, I was doing awesome!!  I was going to smash my time, my goals, and set a huge PR in the process.  (mile 1 unknown and then:  9:12, 9:18, 9:15, 9:35, 9:34/mi.)  Then, slowly it happened...a cramp in my left calf about mile 7 / 8.  Then I started overcompensating and my quads started hurting and tightening up (~mile 9).  Then my right hip flexor was hurting (mile 10 on).  I was walking more each mile.  I was hurting.  At one point I thought I was going to get sick so I down right stopped moving (somewhere in mile 10).  I tossed all thoughts of PR out the window and just wanted to cross the finish line.

Since I knew all good about the race and my time were gone, I stopped, pulled out my phone and snapped a couple of pictures.  Only one turned out.
The last 5 miles looked like this
Then friends started passing me.  Talk about a low.  I can run with food poisoning, I can fill in on relays at the last minute, I figured out how to run in the heat and the cold, and yet I couldn't get my calf to work properly on a 13.1 mile run.  Grrr.  Regardless, I ran as much as I could manage.  When I was .25 miles from the finish I started seeing people I knew and it helped.  Much to my surprise I did get a PR.  I didn't hit my goals, but I shaved over 2 minutes off my previous PR.

I found ADP right away and found out not only did his race go well, it was amazing!
1st place AG
10th place over all
(no idea who the guy next to him is...but he gave ADP the award)

Done and done!

ADP's AG award

LOVE the medals this year!
I talked ADP into running this race on 10/10/10 to celebrate our 10th anniversary later this month.  We ran, we went to dinner, we are done celebrating.  Now off to roll my calf again.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Weather update

New low temp for tonight...31F. Good thing I stopped at the Salvation Army and picked up some "throw away" clothes to wear while waiting for tomorrows half to start. Off to pick up race packets later this afternoon. Last year: 2:14:54 Tomorrow: hopefully faster Will post tomorrow after the race.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

37F Degrees?

What happened to nice October weather?  I just checked the weather on Saturday night and the low is 37F.  Ummm, our half marathon is this Sunday morning and I was planning on wearing shorts/shirt, but I think I'm going to need to rethink my choices.  The race starts at 8:30, so hopefully it will warm up a little...but since the high is only 58F I am not counting on much warmth.

How far away is Sunday?  Seriously, I have enough going on that I would have to count on my fingers or go find a calendar to figure it out.  I know this:  Sunday is race day.

ADP is ready!!  He says he has no expectations.  It is his first half marathon, so I respect his statement and feelings.  Even so, if he treats this race as a training run I bet he would finish in 95 to 97 minutes.  I've seen ADP race and I know him pretty well; my guess is it will take 92 minutes for him to run his first half.

Me...I have goals but none that I am going to share.  I have four goals...pie in the sky, reachable, PR, finish.  I have times in my mind for each of these goals, but only ADP knows what they are.  Think about it, ADP is going to finish in ~1hr 30 min and then have to sit around and wait and wait and wait for me so I figured it would be good for him to know when to expect me at the finish line.  I'll let you know my times and maybe even my goals after the race is all finished.

Now, I'm off to bed so that I can be relatively well rested for race day.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Test post

Life is busy so I'm checking to see if I can blog from my phone. Off to hit "publish post" and see what happens.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

You Love Your Brooks!

Wow, you really love your brooks gear.  There were 121 comments on my post, so I went over to trusty to find a winner for me.  Lucky for me the random number generated was I counted down 87 comments (fun, I tell you...but worth it to give away a goodie).  I'm happy to announce the winner is:

Badgergirl at Adventures of Badgergirl who said:  
"I need a new pair of running shoes because my current pair are screaming to be replaced since they don't think they've got enough life left in them to get me through a third half marathon."
Congratulations!  Please send me an e-mail (runningonmytimemail (at) gmail (dot) com) with your address.

Thanks for entering the giveaway and for following my journey!  Every one of you inspires me with your comments.