Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Our holidays were pretty good (other than the attitude a mother can sometimes get from her two teenaged boys). The skiing in Colorado was awesome. I loved the color of the sky in the mountains.
On the way home yesterday, I ran for two miles in the morning.
Today, I biked 13.2 km and did 30 minutes of strength training.
Tomorrow morning, it's 8 miles of speed work (running).
I can't believe that my half-marathon is in 19 days. Flipping the calendar and seeing it there suddenly makes it feel *real*. Am I crazy for trying this? I don't think so. Right from the first day, it felt like something I could accomplish. I know that the holidays put a cramp into my training, but my goal is just to complete it this time. I'll work on a PR next one!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
.... and then it's holiday time for our family.
I can hardly wait. We travel so well together, some of our best times have been in the vehicle on our way to or from hockey, or on past trips. I'm expecting no less on this trip.
One thing I need to do, is keep a lid on the calories. I won't be "running around" as much, so will have to compensate by eating less. This will be a good test for me.
Hoping everyone has a great Easter, with some good family memories of your own!
Monday, March 17, 2008
So I want to blog more, eh???
I actually joined a new team today, and one of the goals I set for myself, is to use my blog more often. Last year when I was doing so well, part of that reason was through my journal and blog. I just haven't been writing my thoughts down as much, so I want to change that up.
Perhaps I need to be more honest with myself....
Maybe I need less time on the boards with banter, and more time with myself....
What is it I'm trying to hide from?
Even with the extra cardio from my half-marathon training program, I have been steadily gaining weight. I have made the decision that it stops here. I need to take responsibility for myself again, just as I did two years ago.
I just hate that I am taking this stand two days before leaving on holidays for almost two weeks!!!
Be tough, Cassie, be strong.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I kept waking up, once even after only 20 minutes. I was worried that I would sleep in and not get my six mile run in today. You see, I have to be at work by 8:00 and so I need to be back at the house by 7:00 to stretch, eat, shower and get ready. With such a long distance to go, I needed to be out the door by 5:30. And I didn't want to screw it up and miss it -- so the sleep really suffered.
You see, most of my runs while I'm training for this half-marathon have been slow distance runs, or easy recovery runs. Both force me to slow way down. Today's run was a tempo run, at a speed that I usually do my 5k's, and for a whole four miles. I was excited to be able to "fly" again.
And at about 4:00 am, I got a cramp in my right calf. At 4:45, my left calf seized up. I never get leg cramps, so this was making me think I was going to miss my run as well.
But I got myself up (why lie there if you can't sleep anyway), and was able to head out the door. If I didn't have the energy to complete, well at least I tried. I soon realized that I had forgotten to throw a couple of energy jelly beans into my pocket, so I had another good reason to not finish!
But . . .
The schedule had me go for six miles in total (one warm-up, four fast, and then one cool-down). I decided that since I likely wouldn't be able to finish all six anyway, I might as well try to do the four tempo to at least get that part in.
As mile four was completed, I still was feeling really good, so I didn't reduce speed. I finished the whole six miles in 67 minutes. Last July in the 10k race, I finished in 82 minutes. Is that improvement or what!
And a really nice sidebar to my run, was that there were dozens of deer in town this morning. As I was running on the road along the old rail track, they were running in the same direction as me. And at one point, I turned the corner and ran almost into a whole herd. They split into two directions to let me through, but not before I told them that they had better move. I didn't know they were that tame. People in town leave pails of oats for them to eat overnight, but I thought they would still run away when I got close to them.
Today's run comes close to my all time favorite of them all.
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