Sunday, August 31, 2008
After a nice snack, Winkly really picked up the pace for about 2 miles but then slowed down again, so it looks like for the half marathon we will have to make sure to eat at about 6.5 miles, 8.5, 10, 11, and 12 just so we make sure to finish. We also decided that we are going to try and run at least 6-7 miles in to the race before stopping. Plus we also found that stopping and stretching really helped (for me especially). My knees hurt at the end but now after icing and some stretching i feel fine. I actually think I could run tomorrow but I wont. I hope to get to the pool!
11 miles - 1 hour 54 minutes
After the run, we went to fleet feet and got her some new shoes and some fun clothes but we didn't find anything we could agree on to wear for the race. Next weekend, I think it was supposed to be a 12 miler but it might turn out to be 10 miles instead. After that run next Sunday, full taper will be in affect!
Month of August Stats:
2008: 84.6 miles
2007: 65.3 miles
what a difference a year makes ; )
Saturday, August 30, 2008
3 miles - 21:24 - It hurt like a mother.
Morning Conditions = Foggy and Humid
Today's Adventures = Reading, napping, shopping, eating!
Tomorrow's Adventures = 11 Miler, buying race clothes, BBQ
Monday's Adventures = NO WORK!! (or school!)
Friday, August 29, 2008
So for probably the last time (except maybe when I get married) I slept at my house, in my bed, and then got into bed with my parents till 615 and just giggled and talked. Its sad to think that this might be the last time i live with them. I am now back at school and very excited about it but still I am growing up which means I am leaving things behind and making changes in my life.
I had packed my car last night but there were still some things to add this morning. I thought I had everything but I soon realized that I had forgotten my two pillows! Needless to say I am in a very optimistic mood this morning. I was listening to a radio show this morning on the way to work and dancing to the music. Traffic was ULTRA light which was awesome, plus I saw tons of women running this morning, of couse i was jealous but hopefully i will get to run after work. My knees are being fussy and I feel like they want to run. Anyway I am just in a fantastic mood so I wanted to share and I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
This morning i started off slow and ran over to the golf course. I decided it would be fun to run the golf cart trails as I had never been on them and it was 5:20 and no one would be playing golf. First trail - dead end, second trail - dead end, third trail - dead end. It was still fun but its hard to run on a golf course in the dark so i was trying to stay on the trails. I finally found a trail that was longer, it seemed like it was in the middle of the course. So i ran on that for a while and it actually twisted and turned and went over a very nice little bridge. I ended up by the club house which was about 2 miles away from my house. I ran across two more holes then finally got back on to the path and then headed back to the road. These paths go right by peoples houses, so I was running along and I could actually see inside the houses. I could tell who was awake and getting ready for work and who was still dead alseep. It was actually weird because i felt like a stalker.
I finally made it home - my watch accidentally got turned off so I just went by my watch time and it was about a 56 minute run. I didn't want it to be that long but thats what happens when you get lost in the golf course and the sun isn't up yet, and there is no moon! The sunrise was beauitful this morning thought and it was amazing to see. Running in the morning like this always helps me to appreciate nature and the simple beauty. After using wondering Gmaps-pedometer I have found that my run was 4.98 miles (give or take a few).
Side note: I finished the Ultra-marathon Man book - It was really good, some parts were incredible and some parts I was like "gross!" He makes it sound all so easy, even though it obviously was extremely painful at points. I wonder though, if he has had any injuries from running so much. It doesn't seem like he takes days off, or gives his body time to rest?
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
About two and a half years ago my mom went to Borders and they were giving out free books and so she picked up Ultra Marathon Man by Dean Karnazas. I really didnt know who he was back then but it seemed like a good book. Now that I know more about Dean through reading other peoples blogs I decided to start reading this book and then hopefully move onto his new book. Im about 100 pages in and it is really good. I really like memoirs because they are very personal and real yet also a story. Anyway time to get work done!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Last night I finished a great book - Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. It was a very quick read but it was engaging and sweet; now I am onto The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella and Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I am on a roll with reading plus I am busy trying to pack and organize and also finish up all the little projects i started this summer.
Anyway, I know there is more I want to say but I have a ton of stuff to do today and I am already pretty tired! Tomorrow will most likely be a rest day. Other than that I don't know what my training will consist of this week.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
The first two laps were good - about a 3:10 time but i knew i could have gone faster if a) that stupid bridge thing hadn't been there and b) i could have seen my watch in the dark. I didnt even feel winded as I completed the first two laps. The second two laps were more intense and i finished in a time of 6:32. I know i can run faster than that as about a month ago i ran the first mile of the 3000m (in the summer track meets) in 6:26 and i was dying! It is very difficult having to step up onto a platform of sorts and run over it! Once i get back to school i will do more time trials to see how my training is progressing. After the mile i did 5 - 100m sprints just for good measure and to help me sort of cool down. I have found that especially in track its more important to cool down.
I just finished reading The Laminators blog about age and running. It really made me think...I have noticed in myself that I became a better distance runner after i turned 20. But i am not sure it totally has to do with my age. I know that some places it says that women peak in running between the ages of 21-25 but that doesnt seem right. Maybe because I didnt train as much in high school for running I wasn't able to run like i am now. Maybe its all about time and place and will power not necessarily age. Maybe its because now i have a desire in me that i didnt have when i was 17 or 18 to run fast and for a long time. Maybe its just luck in the sense of preperation meeting opportunity.
Of course one day i will reach a point where I cant run like i am now, and I cant force my body to run as fast but for now I am taking this opportunity to push myself and make the most of every moment. I will not sit back like I did in high school - I will run in Track aggressively because i have been given a second chance to make the most of the time given to me.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
It had rained that night - I of course woke up at 11:30 and thought it was 5am and was like "oh yay its thundering, i can sleep in!" but then a quick look at the clock told me it was not time to get up yet. Since i am going to bed when its dark and waking up before the sun rises, I often get confused about what time it is.
Last night i made salad for dinner with chicken, tomatos, peppers, blackberries, onions, broccoli and lettuce of course. It was quite good and I seem to be on a recipe/cooking streak as I have been collecting new recipes to use when i get back to school and start cooking and buying food on my own.
Since I am on the subject of food - I went to a pig roast on saturday (my first one!) and they had raw and cooked clams. Now I LOVE clams...like love love love them! I hadn't had them in forever so i took this chance to have about 2 dozen!! I also had to bring a dish to pass and so that has added to my cooking abilities as I made a family classic - Jello mixed with whipped cream and fruit!
Two other minor notes - I watched the movie The Bucket List a few weeks ago and have decided to make a bucket list of sorts for myself. Its more of a life list, things that i want to do before 25, 30 and beyond. Sometimes i think that after i am dead all people will find are lists of things i want to do or need to do!! Also my company is having a blood drive tomorrow and I was thinking about giving blood. I have never done it before because in high school i always had sports and in college i had basketball. I'm not sure if i should do it though...?? I don't want to faint.
Haha i almost forgot - My running this morning - It went well, i ran slow because of the knee. I should name my knees...maybe later when i have more time! I have found that cars often give me temporary blindness due to their bright lights while running in the dark. I wont get into how much i hate other peoples driving.
Monday, August 18, 2008
I got to work today and slowly woke up with my coffee and my left knee started to ache really bad. I took some pain killers and it seems to be better and i am trying to stay off it. It is just really weird as it didn't hurt during the run, only my right knee felt interesting once, not the left. So i am not sure what is up. (same old, same old...blah, blah, blah - im sure the interesting stories will come when school starts again!)
I am excited to go back to school and i think this year will be one of the best. I have always firmly believed that you cant chase happiness you have to create it for yourself! There just is not enough time in the day for me to do everything i want. With running, working, trying to keep up with all my hobbies plus cleaning and trying to stay organized and fitting in some reading time the day goes by too quick!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
The run went well except now i feel sick and a little tired. Tomorrows run is planned to take place at the canal path which is flat so hopefully that will be nice and fun. I think i am just going to run and see how i feel. I know i would like to do about 6 miles but if i feel like i can handle more then ill keep going.
My knees didn't hurt which was great - but my back and abdominal muscles began to feel funny with about a half mile to go. It was quite sunny out so i think i am dehydrated. You know what that means - Rehydration Nation!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I weighed myself for the first time in a few weeks last night and again this morning. It looks like I have lost a few pounds (not that I have been trying) but i have lost most of my muscle mass from basketball and have leaned down considerably. I know that since i will be competing in Shot Put i need to get back on the weights. I think i will be able to keep a 7 days cycle of running/lifting etc but not running all 7 days. As long as I keep a good balance I hope that i will stay injury free for the two track seasons.
Game plan for fall training -
Cross-training 2x a week (mostly swimming, but may include biking)
Weight lifting 2-3x a week (depends on what coach says)
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I am hoping to take tomorrow off from running then do some sort of workouts on Thursday and Friday. I feel like i should start doing some track workouts - which means i need to put in some thought about this. The local track was under construction at the beginning of June and I am not sure if it is available now. If it isn't that kind of puts a damper on my morning track workout idea. I have some basic ideas from what we used to do in basketball like 4-400s and 2-800s or intervals (sprint straightaways, jog curves) but i also found some other intense workouts which I might try. I love the feeling after finishing a run, but also i love how i feel after finishing an intense track workout.
The wedding this past weekend was amazing - the rain held off which made outdoor pictures possible : ) Overall everything went really well and I had a great time!
33 days until the Half Marathon!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
I ended up just doing a small little 3 mile jog thing. The sky was red when i was heading home (red in the morning, sailors take warning) so hopefully today wont be too bad weather wise. My knees haven't been hurting me lately but today they did. I think they don't like going slow because when i go fast they feel ok. Its really weird - i know i need to start that cross-training asap. I did consider jumping on the bike in the basement this morning. I've got another long run planned with Winkly for this Sunday - her training plan calls for 7 miles which should be fun (and i wont be as tired as i was after the 9 mile run).
Happy Thursday : )
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Anyway on to other stuff...I was trying to think of six words that described my running, at least for the summer months.
"The road never lets me down" - ok ok this is kind of depressing
"Morning runner - watching the world awake" - better but not my best. I guess ill have to keep working on this.
On to my weird thoughts while running. I was almost home when all of a sudden a thought popped into my head. It was a joke by Brian Regan, heres the script of the part that played in my head as i finished the last part of my run:
Do you ever start to say something and in the middle of what you’re saying you decide to say something else completely? There’s already words out there. These friends were leaving the other day and I started to say “Hey, take care,” and I decided to say “Good luck” instead like half way through, so it came out neither.
“See you later, Brian.”
“Take…luck! Take luck and care. Take care of the luck. Good luck taking care of the luck that you might have…if you have luck, take it, care for it. TAKE LUCK CARE OF IN IT WHEN YOU TAKE LUCK CARE OF IN IT…[continues to yell nonsense words – lots of ‘em].” You’re sure to see them again.
Obviously I am crazy! Only a few more days until the Olympics start - I have been waiting 4 years for this. Watching the athletes has always inspired me, since i was a little girl and watched Kerri Shrug vault on a broken foot. Seeing the VISA commercial of her for the Olympics still gave me goosebumps. I hope that in 2012 I can go to London and watch the Olympics in person and be inspired by the competition and spirit of the games.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I am trying to come up with my six word running memoir, I haven't really had that much time to think about it. I guess its something to mull over on my run tomorrow morning.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
This morning I woke up and went for a nice slow run in the rain! It was peaceful but it seemed like everyone was out running or biking. I passed the local running club that meets at a neighbors house. I would love to get involved with a running club, maybe next summer. I have been trying to get a balanced eating plan together, making sure i get enough salt to help absorb the water i am drinking.
I am concerned though, I wonder if I am over-doing it. I didn't run Friday because of the pain in knees and slight soreness in my quads. I haven't increased my mileage drastically or anything or pushed my body. I have been running more this year than last year. I looked back at my running log yesterday and compared. For July 2007, i took 11 days off, for July 2008, i did the same. I ran 68.96 miles while this year i ran 84.98 miles. For August 2007, i took off 10 days and ran 65.3 miles. We will see what this August is like. I am really enjoying the running but i am trying to listen to my body because i still have a lot of time before track starts and its a six month season where ill be pushing my body to be at its peak by the beginning of May 2009.
I have had a few people tell me that I will eventually get into marathoning. I'm not sure i will, I'm starting into the half marathon thing but with this knee thing I don't know if my body can handle it. Maybe i need to get into cross-training more. Its so much easier to XT when I am at school because the pool is right there and the big gym. I starting swimming this last spring because of B-rabbit and I really enjoy it. Its a totally different kind of exercise but I think it helps develop the whole body and lean muscle.