Thursday, September 30, 2010

September is Over

Today I got to light a hydrogen balloon on fire.  Days like today I really love being a chemist.  This is not me, but it is a good video of the demo I did:

Fun, eh?  I think so.

My month hasn't been a great running month mentally, but when I logged my miles I ran this morning I was surprised to see a 90+ mile month.  I may not be there mentally, but I'm still getting the physical benefits of the running.

My goal for the year is 1010 miles.  Here's how it is going:
I only have to run 155.06 miles to meet my goal!!  Yippy Skippy!  And, considering I have a half marathon in a week and another on 1/1/11, I think I'll be just fine hitting my goal this year.

How did your month go?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Brooks Giveaway - Closed

Have you seen the Team BILBO (Brooks Innovation Laboratory for Biomechanical Observation) video?  You really need to check it out because it is awesome.

The video introduces their SAC Technology for the Brooks Glycerin 8's.  Given that I am busy building chemistry lessons and units for my student teaching it was appropriate to watch the video weekend.  I was just looking at labs about non-Newtonian fluids to see if I could incorporate one into my unit.  Well, it won't work to do the lab with the middle school students I am with right now, but I can hope to do it in the future.

Brooks has offered to give one reader a choice of Brooks shorts or a jacket!  WOW!  What an awesome giveaway, if I do say so myself.  Here's what you need to do to enter (5 possible entries):

  • Go to Brooks Running (HERE) and commend what shoe you would love to wear (+1)
  • Why do you deserve a new pair of running shoes (+1)
  • Watch the video and leave a comment (+1)
  • Share this on your blog or twitter or however you share giveaways (+1)
  • Be a follower of my blog (+1)

Leave a separate comment for each entry, please.  Good luck to all!  Giveaway ends Oct. 1.

Thanks to Brooks for this generous giveaway.

Giveaway disclosure: I was not compensated for this post and the opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Long time, no write

Hi everyone!  Thanks for sticking with me when I'm not here much.  I'm sure you are all curious about my first student teaching observation.  Actually, I had two formal observations last week - one by my supervising teacher and one by my cooperating teacher.  I'm happy to say both went well.  Round two is this week.  It should be interesting, hopefully in a good way.

I haven't been here much because I try so hard to stick to the 'if you don't have something nice to say, don't say it at all.'  When I have a bad run I can usually pull some good from it.  Unfortunately, I couldn't find a good thing other than I managed to finish some of my miles so I've been quiet.  Here's a quick rundown:

  • bad run for speed work
  • bad tempo run
  • quite after 6 miles of 10 during my long run
  • skipped my speed work run, attempted an easy run...not good
  • bad tempo run
  • finished all 12 miles this morning...on the treadmill

I hope this changes, and soon.  I got the 2-week notice e-mail about the half I have coming up.  It is only 2 weeks away and I can't imagine running it.  Three weeks ago I was ready and knew I could hit some of my goals.  Today, just hoping to finish all 13.1 miles.  As I said, I hope this changes soon.

I hope your running is going well!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

New Softlips Winner

I visited again and the new Softlips winner is:

Julie from Julie's Running Blog.  Congratulations Julie!

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

What a Week!

Week one of student teaching is done!!  We had the students for three days and by day three I was doing half the teaching.  My cooperating teacher modeled what he wanted done and said the first two classes and I taught the last two classes.  It feels good to be at this point in my education.

I did not get all my runs in, but we are going through a huge adjustment so I am not beating myself up over it at all!  I will wait another week before mentally lashing myself if I'm not back in the groove by then.

I pushed Thursday's run to Friday morning and did 80% of it.  Thankfully my own kids did not have to be anywhere early (a.k.a. the bus) that morning because we were running about 10 minutes behind.  I may have to get up even earlier to get my weekday running in.

This morning I set a new DISTANCE record!  If this morning would have been a race I also would have set a half-marathon PR as well.  Woo hoo for me.  I met up with the running group again and did pretty well.  I stuck with them for the first 4.6 miles and did the last ~4 with them as well.  The middle miles, well I just didn't want to run up another hill so I turned around early and had some much needed solo miles.  Surprisingly enough, I did not think about school, homework, or anything related to what I have going on...I just enjoyed the views, watching nature, and listening to my footfalls.  I think those middle miles will keep me going through the next week.

For some unknown reason I reset my garmin after 12.01 miles.  I have no idea why, but I did.  So...

  • Training plan:  14 miles at 10:15/mi
  • Personal goal:  finish more than 13.1 (for a new distance)
  • Total miles today:  13.88!!!
  • First 12.01 miles:  1:59:35 for an average of 9:57/mi (oops...a bit faster than planned)
  • Last 1.87 miles:  19:42 for an average of 10:34/mi
  • 13.1 miles in 2:10:39 (previous time of 2:14:48...over 4 minutes faster today)
  • Splits:  10:07, 10:03, 10:01: 10:45, 10:02 (split from the group during this mile), 9:49, 9:46, 9:39, 9:36, 9:26, 10:03 (joined the group again), 10:03, 10:08, 10:??
I do not know what this week will bring.  I do know I will try to be better about getting around to blogs. I am way behind on my reading, so I apologize for my commenting absence.  I know that your comments help keep me going and I appreciate them so.  I will try to return the favor as time allows.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Setting up Success

I had a few bad runs so I knew I needed a run in my favor.  ADP had Friday off so I switched my Thursday run to Friday so I could run outside.  My training plan says 6 mile tempo run; I knew with my challenges of late it wouldn't happen but I wasn't going to not run just because I wouldn't meet my goal.  So, I set out on Friday morning with this on my clock:
70F outside at 5:45 a.m.!?!?  Not quite what I wanted, but I powered on.  I ran a mile, relaxed and stretched, ran another mile, relaxed and stretched.  I did this for four miles and then I was pretty much physically and mentally done.  I did not look at my watch during my run because I didn't care if I was hitting 9:40/mi or not.  I lapped/reset my garmin after mile four and did a walk/run home for the last mile.  I was pleasantly surprised to download the information for my run to see the first four miles at 9:41/mi average!  Only one second over the plan's goal.  Granted, I don't think the tempo run was meant to have breaks after every mile, but I needed it and it worked for me!
Think the cars could see me?
This morning I had 10 miles on tap at 10:05/mi.  I needed another success so I spent most of my run trying to figure out what was the success for this run.  The temps were in my favor (55F)!!  I finally had a good night of sleep (cool temps)!  I was doing one of my new running routes backwards!  Nothing seemed to be setting me up for success.  Before I knew it 8 miles had gone by and I was only slightly off my goal (yes, I stopped and looked at my average after 8 miles).  I should not have looked because I "raced" the last two miles.  I finished strong with 10 miles at an average of 10:07/mi (goal was 10:05)!  I'll take it even if I did not have anything left physically when I was finished.

Splits:  9:45, 10:26, 10:09. 10:08, 9:32, 10:17, 11:14, 10:22, 9:45, 9:35

Two successful runs in a row!  This week I do not know what my plan will be.  For the first time in seven years I'll be "working" full-time.  I'll get my runs in, they just may not be as originally planned.

Monday:  2 miles with Maddie
Tuesday:  1K, 2K, 1K, 1K (400m RI)
Wednesday:  rest
Thursday:  5 mile tempo
Friday:  rest
Saturday:  kids' soccer season starts
Sunday:  14 miles at 10:15/mi - longest run ever

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Mentally Elsewhere

Have you ever been doing something only to realize you are not mentally there?  I'm here, but I'm not.  It is one of those weeks where I am preoccupied and it is really hurting my running.  I had a bad run on Sunday (thank you for all the wonderful comments!).  I was supposed to do 3x (2x 1200) on Tuesday and I made it ~400 before giving in and slowing down; I only eeked out 2 exhausting miles that morning.  This morning was supposed to be a 6 mile tempo run but I knew it was not going to happen so I set myself up for a success:  3 easy miles.  I finished all three miles, but it was tough.

I'm ready to be mentally present again.  I would put money on partial awareness Friday afternoon (1 week + 1 day) and fully back after another week or so.  Every fall life changes a little because the kids go to preschool or kindergarten.  This year I head back and it is a huge unknown.  While I generally embrace change, I don't deal well with unknowns.  I don't know what time I am supposed to be at school on Wednesday.  I don't know how my kids will do.  I don't know how I'll get as much sleep as I want.  I don't know how it will all fit into the day.  What I do know is that it will all work, it will just take a little adjustment period to get there.  My running will suffer during the adjustment because that is how I am made.

I will not give up on my running.  In fact, I'm thinking about adding another half marathon to my fall schedule.  Last year I ran my first on 10/11 and my second on 1/1.  This year I'll do both again, although I'm debating a trail half on 10/31.  It is supposed to be wonderful, fun, muddy, challenging, and possibly exactly what I need to get back at it.  I will wait until I'm a few weeks into my student teaching before deciding.  If I do not run the Hairy Gorilla, I'll probably try for an early spring half while the temperatures are still cool.

thanks to
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