Monthly Archives: March 2012

Weird Week!

This is spring break for me! YAY!

The plan for the week: Monday rest, Tuesday Marathonfest, Wednesday Clermont 10 mile dirt loop, Thursday Marathonfest, Friday rest, Saturday long run 20 miles, Sunday easy run with Krisitin and Kristi

Monday: Rest (went well!)

  1. Deep water swimming at the Winter Park YMCA: 45 minutes of 1 minute intervals.

Tuesday: Track – Descending Ladder:

  1. 2×1200, 1000, 2×800, 600, 2×400
    1. Kind of a grueling session and I don’t know why!

Wednesday: Clermont 10 mile dirt loop

  1. Slept in, didn’t go….Slept 12 hours that night!
    1. This day was all about hibernation! I got up for lunch with a  friend and then came home and got back on the couch and slept the rest of the day! I then went to bed around 8:30 pm and got up feeling fresh for marathonfest the next day!

Thursday: Winter Park Tempo Run

  1. We did a faster than marathon pace run to Fairbanks and back followed by 400 around the track at 5k pace.
    1. This felt great!~ I guess I just really needed the sleep from the previous day!
Thursday: Winter Park YMCA Strength Training (65 minutes)
  1. Single leg Seated leg curl – 20 x 3/10
  2. Single Leg Leg extension – 30 x 3/10
  3. Hip abductor – 80 x 3/10
  4. Hip adductor – 80 x 3/10
  5. Back extension – 90 x 3/10
  6. Dead lifts – 30 x 3/10 (use arm barbell)
  7. Single leg Step-ups – 10 x 3/10 ???
  8. Side step-up w/ kick – 10 x 3/10 ???
  9. Push up/ balance ball thing 25
  10. Balance board squats – 3/10
  11. Planks – 3/1:10
  12. Stretch REALLY WELL! (did about 60 minutes in addition to the hour of weights)
    1. Ham String
    2. Piriformus
    3. Back
    4. quads/achilies

The ?? marks indicate I will do that weight one more time and then possibly increase the weight for the next visit.

Friday I am sure my rest day will go well so long I can make it a rest day and not get the running bug!

Saturday was going to be a Cady Way long run but after talking with the group this morning I think a small contingent are going to break away from the pack and go to Apopka and do 3x a 7 mile loop of hills which will give us a 21 mile long run. Ill have to let you know how it goes.

In all this has been a great week. I have discovered that the fuel I use before my morning runs is beginning to get a bit boring and not enjoyable for me. So now I am on a quest to find something easy like bananas that is gentle on the stomach, quick on the go, and provides enough energy for my morning runs. Suggestions are welcome! I have already tried cliff bars and those just don’t sit well in my stomach before a run.

I am also participating in another blogger’s 7 day green smoothie challenge. I learned about the challenge from the blog “DrinkRunYoga” and then followed her link to the originator “Peanut Butter Runner” and read all about it! I was lucky to read this post in enough time and get the ingredients together and start on Monday with everyone else. It has been a lot of fun, but Kristin has since said that I am “completely gone” and thinks I have gone off the deep end of the nutrition train. I don’t think so, I think I am just working to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle. Has a lot changed….perhaps…but in the long run (insert pun here) I think I will be better off for it.

Here are some pictures from my, day 3, 7 day green smoothie challenge:

I used the Peanut Butter Runner’s basic set up and have added the chia seeds, a table spoon of natural peanut butter, frozen raspberries and blueberries,  and greek yogurt. In the future I’d like to find a good protein powder supplement to add too.

Some other notes about this week. I took my bike into the shop to get it tuned up. I think I mentioned in a previous post that the gears were slipping and it was just running really rough. I am getting it back on Friday after $135 dollar tune up, cleaning, and new break pads. They also mentioned that the wheels needed to be trued up. I hope that it rides like a dream!

I am also experiencing a little hip issue. I have had this problem for a long time now, a few years…but when ever i get out of the car i feel this little pop, feels muscular in nature, and then I am fine.  It has not hurt on runs or anything…but the problem persists and I also think that it is getting worse. I have NO clue what the issue is…and don’t really know where to start to find out a solution. Guess it is time for a googling.

 

 


More Learning

This week, as stated in the previous post, was to be a 38 mile week. I have completed that goal, as arduous as it was (this morning’s seven mile run was not easy). Now I am getting ready to go out for another slow 5 with a friend of mine who is getting back into the running swing.

Last night we went to see the Hunger Games. Great movie! Very well done and not your typical thrown together book movie. I have not read the book but Kristin has and said that the movie was very true to the book. This outting placed us back at home at around 12 am! So getting up at 4 am and hitting the Clermont 10 mile dirt loop was not really something I was looking forward to and therefore was easily swayed.

Florida is getting hot and humid! When we started out this morning for our 7 mile run it was already 74 degrees! OUCH! I had word a shirt that I was used to wearing and thought nothing more than that.  At around mile 4 I was getting a lot of pain from my right chest…my nipple was chaffing! Something that I had read about and seen on others before…but had been lucky not to have. Well I ran for another mile like this, until I got back into our subdivion, and then off came the shirt for the last two miles.

Another reason this run was a bit difficult for me was due to the fact that I did not have my usualy banana before the run. I just drank 8 oz of chia drink. I thought that would be enough. When we got home I downed a bottle of Muscle Milk, had two pancakes from yesterday, and drank some rasberry lemonaid.

For this last 5 miles today I have a bandaid on my nipple and have changed my shirt hoping to stave off any further chaffing.  I considered posting a pic of the bandaided area…but um…yeah. We live and we learn!

Off for another 5, with perferrably sans chaffing!  Have a great week everyone!


Training Update 3/24/12

Recently I have created some weekly mileage goals. I worked on 35 total miles for 2 weeks and am planning on amping that up every two weeks by 10%. These next two weeks I am working toward 38 miles.

The first two weeks, which the goal was 35 miles, turned out to being 41 and 45! I did not expect that to happen nor try but it just happened. I am making sure to stick to the plan this week so I don’t overdue.

Last weekend was my first long run by myself. 20 miles! It started out rough as I had a lot of pain in my knees. I think the pain was due to all of the speed work for the 5k the day before. I always find that speed work tends to make my body hurt. The 20 miles, after the initial 3, went great though. I was working toward a 9:45 pace and it turned into a 9:30 pace! I was very proud of my last few miles. I was actually running in the 8:50 range!

Something that I learned on this long run was NOT to run long in a shirt that I had not tried before. I have never done this for a race, run in a new shirt, but thought I would try out this new shirt for this run just because it was a training run. The material on the shirt combined with the pressure of my hydration belt chaffed my back in grand style! A week later I am still feeling the pain.

Today was a 16 mile long run. It felt great! Tomorrow I have convinced Kristin, hopefully the weather will be ok, to run with me in Clermont on a 10 mile dirt loop. I have never run this rout before but have heard that it is a really nice run. I am also excited that it will be dirt and perhaps easier on the body. I have yet to really run any distance off pavement.

Finally on another note, I think I have mastered the tongue in my sneakers. I have had a lot of issues with the tongue slipping off the side and then my laces rubbing the top of my foot and bruising it! Well, my beasts have this little tab and today I noticed that if I take and off center the very top lacing it will “lock” the little tab to the side of the shoe and keep the tongue more to the center! WOOOOHOOO!  So far today things have been feeling pretty good!

While the tongue is still off center….it is WAY better than what it was before this little trick!


Get Lloyd Stone Brooks to the LA Marathon!

Who is Lloyd Stone Brooks?

Well, I don’t really know to be honest with you. But I was first introduced to this man via this video post by Runner’s Voice. Since then I have been following him on twitter @LStoneBrooks and have continued to enjoy his posts about his progress for a race he has no way of getting to?! LStoneBrooks is broke! and has been training for a race that he has in his heart and gut that he must find a way to get to and to run! This will be his first marathon. Watch the video from Runner’s Voice, watch the rest of his crazy and inspirational videos on YouTube.

DONATE to his cause.

I don’t have any idea why I feel so motivated to help him, I don’t know him, but I understand for some reason where this is coming from and that this is a life changing experience for him that is going to be great!

Here is the link to help him out.apps.facebook.com/fundrazr/activ…


Lots Happening!

A lot of time has gone by since my last post. I even have a draft post (which will probably just stay sitting there and not get posted) but just have not had time to finish and post anything.

I went ahead and bit the bullet on a watch. I got the Garmin 610 and LOVE IT! I bought it for a particular run in Clermont, Florida, because I wanted to check out all of the elevation changes everyone boasts about. AND plus I just wanted to get it!

That Clermont run turned out to be canceled due to lightning…so I came home and ran my own half-marathon in 2:05! That was a new PR for me…i know…it was not a race.  Still!  I was proud of my accomplishment even if it was for myself….that is why I am doing this right?  Yes!

My week this week was VERY hectic. I took 119 of my students (three different orchestra classes) to performance assessments on Thursday and they all did very well. Then I came home and then ate sushi with the love of my life and  ran 8 miles to celebrate! Great way to end a perfect day! When you have a field trip of this magnitude on one day with middle schoolers….the whole week winds up being crazy!

Back to the Garmin 610. I read many comments/complaints about the sensitivity of the touch screen. I love how easy it is to use. It is just right. Not too easy to use and not too tough to use. They even state on the site that it is adjusted to need just a bit of effort to use the screen so as not to accidentally alter something while you are running. On another note, the only thing you can do with the screen during the run is change what view you are using….you physically have to hit one of the buttons to alter what is being recorded. Again, a nice feature. The heart rate monitor took just a little getting used to. I do like it. The first time I wore it it felt like it was falling off, but I just put that out of my mind and now I don’t even notice I have it on. I also really like the vibration alerts rather than the beeps and too like the virtual partner.

My milage is now recorded as I walk into the house. The watch automatically connects to the computer when I get home and uploads to my garmin connect page. I then go into dailymile (which I just switched to from Map My Run) and hit sync and my Garmin data is synced with dailymile. I add some notes as to how things went and bam…done! Check out my dailymile by clicking on the link on the sidebar if you want more detail about my shenanigans, or even friend me if you too use dailymile if you want, that would be kinda cool!

My goal for this week is to run 35 miles. I think I will meet and beat that…hopefully not by much because I want to build and not overdue. Tomorrow is the Swamphouse half marathon that I am running with Kirstin, and I am sitting on about 28 miles for this week. I am really looking forward to just a nice fun run. I am not making any plans to run it fast, but just enjoy an nice run with a great person. There is plenty of time in life to run fast and I must enjoy every minute I get to just be with her.