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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.

 

 


Monday 1/23/12

I am finding it a bit hard to come up with titles for my posts…

Today was amazing! First, Kris is out of town….which is not amazing..it is lonely..but I digress, I worked (needless to say), then I came home with basically one goal: to go to the YMCA and do some strength training and aqua jogging.  There were many obstacles in my way.

I came home from work and then had to complete all of the animal chores. We have four cats and a dog. One of our cats is blind and deaf and all of our cats require medications (fun!). Then after the chores I had to bag six piles of leaves that Kris had raked up on Sunday. This task was done around 6:30 pm in the dark.  NOT FUN.  Then I ate, had a chicken sandwich. And finally off to the YMCA!

This was my first time at this Y and my first time strength training as a runner. The free weight area was VERY small at being that it was 7:30 at night it was PACKED with people. My exercises included deadlifts, dumbbell step-ups, single-leg romanian deadlifts (or a variation of that), single-leg press, two-legged press, and some core work on my lower back. I took it a bit easy on the weight just to get back into strength training. My goal is to increase the weight to develop more muscle to use for running long distances and eventually at a faster pace.

Aqua jogging was next. Little did I know that this pool only got as deep at 4.5′. It is not easy to run in a pool that shallow!  This did not go well and eventually I aborted my run and tried a few laps in the pool….I don’t have eye goggles so I also aborted that and just hung on to the side for a while and kicked my legs.

Hoping that my shoes come in tomorrow and I can get back on the ol’ road! I am really wanting a run!


The Rest of the Week

While I feel as if most of this week was a loss, because of lack of running, I have to think that this time off will hopefully result in a stronger me.

Thursday resulted in no aqua jogging but instead a late night 10 mile cycling trek. While this was disappointing it felt great once I was on the bike and almost done. My bike route is becoming a bit boring so I need to probably start finding something  bit more interesting. I did not have to dodge cars this time, but I did almost take a face plant because of a curb. I think I need a lamp. One thing I really like about the route though is the remoteness of it. There is about a 3 mile stretch that is on a four lane highway with sidewalks (just sitting there waiting for development) that is really dark (no street lights) and desolate.

On another note, my bike is making crazy weird sounds when I peddle and also when I punch it it the gears slip. I called a place close by for some work and they are only available during the week.  ARG! Going to have to creatively plan on how to get it into the shop for adjustments.

Friday I went to work, just a teacher work day (no students), got all my work done early so I got to go to the YMCA and do 30 minutes of aqua jogging. I chose to try 30:30 second intervals. It started out hard but then got a bit easier. My goal is to work up to 1:1 intervals. I still seem to get a weird swelling in my left knee.  I don’t really understand what it is and I don’t even know where to start to figure out who to see for something like this.

Today and tomorrow….dont know yet what I am going to do.  Probably cycle today and aqua jog tomorrow.  Tuesday I am supposed to get my shoes back (fingers crossed!).  Then I will get back into running with my current insert and walk for that week with my new custom insert.

GOAL THIS YEAR: 3 Marathons

1: Disney Marathon

2: ?

3: ?


Best Laid Plans…

This is the first of two weeks off running. I am not running because of waiting for my new shoes come in (with custom orthotics). In the interim my plan is this: Starting Tuesday (yesterday) cycling 10 miles with sprints mixed in with a fast pace every other day. Then on the opposite days water jogging for 30 minutes using 20/20 second intervals.

The title of this post purposefully has the ellipsis. Today the water jogging did not happen. I feel so horrible when I can not get out…I am getting edgy and irritable.  Not being able to run on a regular basis has become very painful. Cycling and water jogging helps just keep off the edge. Now I feel as if I have to play catch up! Don’t know how that is going to go down. Why did it not happen as planned…work and life happened.

I will most likely go with the aqua jogging tomorrow and then perhaps again on Friday (just because I really like doing it!). If you are not familiar with water jogging there are some great videos on YouTube. This video is one that I watched when I first started. It is one of the most amazing no impact workouts.  The first time I did it my legs were extremely tired to the point I almost could not walk on them because of fatigue. When I got fitted for my aqua jogger vest the folks at Fleet Feet took one look at me and gave me the one with maximum float (they said I had no fat and would sink to the bottom…haha).  The vest is to help with keeping proper form for newbies….which I am.