Friday, September 30, 2011

September by the Numbers

This month brought a lot of changes.  I returned to work (part-time), the kids returned to school, ADP got a new job (same company), and I kept on running.

September miles run: 104.5
September races:  0 
September days run:  21 (70%)
Shortest run:  2.05 miles 
Longest run:  18 miles
Pain:  I have an angry left ITB again.  It is fine on shorter runs.  I'm busy rolling, icing, and doing lots of exercises to keep it from getting worse (and hopefully it is getting better).

October will be one I will always remember because my first marathon is Columbus Day weekend.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The World is Right Side Up

Ever have one of those days where nothing is wrong, but everything is just off?  That has been the last few days for me.  This morning when I finished work I headed out for a run.  It was supposed to be a nice little 50 minute run at an easy pace.  Apparently I needed a little more because I ping-ponged back and forth with my splits with 10 min/mile being the net (10:23, 9:42, 10:02, 9:50, 9:46).  No consistency with my pace but I don't care.  I was just out for a nice run.  The good thing...while I was out running the world righted itself.  All is great now (as much so as it can be) and the day has gone wonderfully since.

I tried out my new ITB strap and I had no ITB pain during the run.  I have been doing my rolling, icing, stretching, exercises, and more for my ITB.  I am cautiously hopeful that my marathon goes well in 1.5 weeks.

Friday, September 23, 2011

YMX Gear Winner helped me figure out who the YMX winner is.  I entered in the info and it spit out:
 Comment number 19 belongs to:

Congratulations Jen!!  

Please e-mail me (runningonmytimemail at gmail know the rest) your mailing address and shirt size.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monday Morning Mileage

I was a few days behind and did not get to do my long run over the weekend so I went out on Monday morning.  My training plan said to go out for a 21 mile run.  I figured I'd do five mile loops until I was done in hopes that my knee would cooperate.
ready to head out
stocked and ready to go
I went out and the first five miles were pretty good.  A little faster than they should have been (because of the GI issues the latter half of the week).  I stopped home, filled my bottle with nuun, used the bathroom and headed back out.  The second five mile loop was great as well.  My paces from the first 10 miles were right where I wanted them, 10:34 to 10:57/mile.  Once again I stopped at home and filled up my handheld and took off again.  I slowed down a little for the next loop and wasn't as consistent (10:18 - 11:50/mi) but I still felt good.  When I stopped home at 15.6 miles I took a few pictures.

love the shirt!  hate how it shows the sweat.
I took off again and was fine at mile 16.8 and by 16.9 my IT-band not only made itself known but let me know I wasn't going any further.  GAH!  Talk about an unhappy moment for me.  I now know what was bugging my knee.  I was about a mile from my house so instead of calling a friend (who was "on-call" in case I needed a ride) I decided to see how my ITB faired walking.  I covered the mile in 14:15 and I had no pain in my leg or knee!  I finished the day with 18 miles.
run = thumbs down 
I am unhappy that my IT-band in angry now with less than three weeks to my first marathon.  I did find a positive in this though:  if I cannot run the whole marathon, at least I know I can walk the end of it!
post run fuel:  peanut butter - honey - butter - banana sandwich with kettle chips!
Taper has officially begun.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A 10K to Remember

This morning we went to the Dunkin' Donuts 5K and 10K run.  I had myself a cup of coffee and was quickly reminded why I don't drink coffee; I just don't like it.  ADP on the other hand loves it:
We got to the race early and it worked out really well.  We backed the car into a spot so we could see the runners and stay warm while sitting the the back end.  :)  Perfect for eating some Dunkin' Donut bagels as well.

Soon it was time to line up.  Did I mention that I wasn't there to run?  I didn't run, it was an ADP race.  I don't know if he lined up with a lot of short people or if he is really that tall, but he's the guy in the grey shirt below (middle of the photo).
The race started and ADP was off.  Soon the Dunkin' Donuts car was driving by tossing frisbees to the kids.  Shortly thereafter the front runners were going by.  They were SPEEDY!!  The 5K is part of one of the grand prix series around here so some of the really fast guys came out to race.  It was not long and ADP was running by!  We were excited to see him.

When most of the runners went by I saw this couple and I had to take a picture. I do not know who they are, but it was fun to watch them.  He was walking along like it was a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood.  She was walking along with a determined stride.  The best part is that they were walking the same pace!

3 miles done...only 3.2 to go!  Looking good!!
We saw ADP at the start, miles 1, 3, ~4 and then we walked to the finish line.  I brought along the best spectators any dad could want:  his kids.  They cheered when they saw ADP, asked lots of great questions about the different race distances, and watched faithfully at the finish line.
yes, those are winter coats they have on.  it got cold!
ADP turning the corner to the finish line! 
...and done!
ADP told me what his goal was prior to the race and he got it!  A cool morning 10K in 39:27!  Way to go, dear hubby of mine.  You hit your goal of racing a 10K and finishing sub-40.

The family did not stick around for the awards, but did find out ADP finished 6th overall and 3rd AG.  It was a 10K to remember!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Three Things Thursday, 9.15

  1. Dear Mother Nature, We don't need any more rain.  If you could turn off the tap we'd appreciate it. Sincerely, the Northeast US
  2. My knee felt pretty good today.  It was a little tight when I first woke up, but it only took a little walking around to loosen up.  I was supposed to do a 30 minute tempo run but turned it into a 30 minute easy run.  Felt good before, during and after running.  
  3. I turned the pilot light on for my fire place.  It's supposed to be my kind of cold at night and I love having the fireplace going.  Now, if the inside of the house would just cool off...

running after the butterflies we released yesterday (before the rain)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Acorns are Evil

Yesterday I was out running and landed on an acorn wrong.  I'm not talking about the little acorns that I grew up with.  These acorns are easily an inch in diameter and when you step on one it just rolls and rolls.  My ankle turned so the outside of my ankle touched pavement and I felt something in my knee.

I have turned my ankle many times in my life so my first thought was not on my ankle, rather on my marathon that is in less than a month.  I still took it easy, iced, rested, elevated, and iced some more.

Today my ankle is fine, just as expected.  Unfortunately, my knee is tight.  There is nothing torn or pulled or anything bad (according to my self-assessment), but it certainly does not feel like it did yesterday before I turned my ankle.  I guess I should have iced my knee.  More rest, ice, and elevation are on tap for today.  And possibly tomorrow.  Maybe Friday as well.  Saturday will come and I'll have to decide what to do about my planned 21 miler.  I can only hope all the evil acorns disappear from the area and my knee feels better soon!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

YMX Review and Giveaway-Closed

YMX sent me a few items to review and review them I did.  When I pulled the clothing out of the box the first thing I noticed was the material, it felt like a soft, tissue weight t-shirt.  My thought was how in the world will this wick sweat?  I did a little looking and this is what I pulled from the YMX site about the fabric:

Fabric: MadKool ® 92% Polyester 8% Spandex
Properties: "UV protection SPF 50+, permanent moisture wicking by yarn, abrasion resistant, soft hand"
Fit: "slim fit, wear one size up for relaxed fit"

The MadKool fabric amazing!  I took the Maori Cycling Jersey out of a few runs and it was wonderful, especially when it was warm and I could unzip the jersey to cool off.  Since it is summer, when I run outside I sweat a lot.  When I tried the jersey I knew I was sweating, but I didn't realize how much until I got home.  My shirt was soaked, but I didn't even realize it.  You couldn't see sweat lines on the shirt as well, which is an added bonus to those of us who sweat a lot.  I did ask ADP to be my photographer and he got a few pictures of the Maori Dragon Cycling Jersey.  The back has an awesome dragon design.  I have only one con to share, if I wore a lower cut pair of running shorts then the bottom of the jersey crept up and I finally tucked the front in to keep my belly covered.

3 pockets at the bottom

Maddie didn't want to have her picture taken
I also have this Tribal Sea Running Tee that I love!  It fits perfectly.
The other item YMX sent is the Maori Stripe Bolero that I have worn it a few times.  When it arrived I had no idea what it was (I'm not fashion forward), but I tried it out.  It is made from the same material as the the rest of the items I have.  Perfect for running!  The weather is getting cooler and the one thing I'd love the bolero to have is thumb holes for when I wear it running.  However, I did not want any thumb holes when I wore the bolero to the soccer field.  The fields are always breezy and it was cool in the morning when we left the house.  I got a lot of compliments on the bolero.  Soccer day:

I love the pattern!
Once I was warm from running around on the soccer field with the kids it was easy to take off and store in ADP's bag for the rest of the day.  I will definitely add this to my running and outdoor wardrobe.

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This giveaway ends at the end of Sunday, 9/18.

Disclaimer:  These items were sent to me free of charge in exchange for this review.  The opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

First Day of School

Today is the first day of school for most of the kids, and thus teachers, in the area.  So what am I doing today?  Running errands, running and trying to stay dry.  See, every fourth day I don't have any students so I can prep from home.  Today just happens to be the day I am home so I was able to see the kids off to their first day of school.  Here they are at their finest:

Well, not necessarily their finest, but definitely their silliest.

I ran on the treadmill this morning.  I am not against running in the rain (in fact I did it yesterday).  We are just a little waterlogged so I decided to run on the treadmill.  We have a stalled front and the remnants of "Lee" over us at the moment so rain, rain go away.  Some day I'll either be able to run outside without huge puddles or I'll have to take up boating.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Day 2

Today was the second day of school for me and I'm ready for the students to head back to school.  I found something really important out last week:  I am out of practice sitting through a day of meetings.  We had one day of meetings and I arrived home and felt fried.  I sat down and ADP took care of everything that evening.  I didn't even run last Thursday because I was so unaccustomed to sitting in meetings.

Day two is today and I faired much better.  We didn't have any meetings today because it was a prep day. I prepped, I copied, I got a desk.  And then I left and went to the track.  I ran circles and did my little speed workout and now I'm eating lunch.  Tomorrow I plan on adding reading blogs to my list so I can catch up on all the great things everyone has been up to.