Saturday, May 28, 2011
This has been a rough time of late. I appreciate all your thoughts, notes, goodies and hugs with Katy's passing. She's no longer in pain, and for that we're grateful. Bill has been in Texas since last Saturday, returning tomorrow evening. We've reached a point where some hard decisions need to be made, and the distance has and hasn't helped.
What has helped the most has been running. I've missed more runs than I should have, but I've kept up with the tribe. Last Saturday, we did the Friar Trot 5/10K, in Sherwood, OR.
We had a great time, and I was fortunate to run with my Tribe buddy Holly. She's quicker than I am, and although we kept to our 30/30 intervals, she set a quick 12 mm pace, and I hung with her as long as I could. She peeled off about 2.5 miles in to finish the 10K, and I kept on to finish the 5K.
Thanks to running with Holly, I finished in 38:12.3 - yep, that's right, I PR'd. By a lot LOL My fastest 5K time previously was 42, so I'm thrilled with this. I plan on continuing to improve.
I stuck with Zumba and ST on Monday and Wednesday, although it was a struggle to get myself up and out of the house. I ran on Tuesday, but flaked out on Thursday. I wish I could come up with a way to overcome the Thursday Tireds, but so far they win more often than not. Friday was a wash as well - I could have hit the gym, but opted to hit the loveseat instead. I rationalized it by figuring I was resting up for Saturday. For the 10.5 mile run with the Tribe.
For about 12 seconds, I considered NOT going for the Tribe run this morning. I finally kicked that ridiculous thought to the curb and got fueled, watered, dressed, and on the road. We met at 8:30 this morning, met some newbies starting the second session of the training, and headed out. For the newbies, we did a quick 2.25 mi, circled back by REI, dropped them off, then took off to finish out our milage.
We were all over the place with our pace, ranging anywhere from 13 to 16 and back again. It was good, though, and I felt pretty good. My inner thigh muscles started to ache a bit, right before we hit this big*ss hill. Like, a ridiculous hill. Seriously. Holly and I cursed Aaron's name as we mostly walked up, then pussyfooted our way back down - the sidewalks were wet, the blossoms and leaves were laying everywhere, slick and scary. About 2 miles out, Holly's hip was hurting enough that she needed to walk it in, and I stuck with her. We were well behind the rest of our group anyway, so why not.
This run hurt much more than the 9 mi run did two weeks ago. Maybe because I didn't do my maintenance run on Thursday? Maybe because I've been eating like.. the old me circa 2009? Maybe because I've not been sleeping as well, or moving as well, or... whatever. It hurt, I earned it, and I'm good with that.
We finished in 2:39.. 2 hours, 39 minutes. Unfortunately, I had to potty right from the start, so it was a relief to finish and use the facilities. Geez-o-pete! Fortunately, I was able to then hobble to the car and drive myself home. One glass of chocolate milk later, I was in the tub, in cold water. Cold water. C-O-L-D water! Jeff Galloway advises an ice bath for aching legs after a run, and Holly and others in the Tribe have sworn by them. I haven't hurt quite this much previously, so I figured it was time to take the plunge, so to speak. Rather than add ice, I just ran the cold water, and eased (squeaked!!!) my way down into the water. The puppie-girls were fascinated with the process - why is mama sitting in the tub, in a hoodie, in cold water, cursing and squeaking and gasping?
Yea. I feel good now though. Better. My knees still ache, but that's normal for me. The rest of the hurt is gone now, and hopefully will remain gone.
So.. running. I'm not fast, but I'm getting faster. I'm determined and dedicated, even if I did get off track this week. Not once, when we were out there this morning, did I think, 'let's quit' or 'I don't want to do this anymore' or 'I wish I were doing........' whatever. I was right where I wanted and needed to be. It makes all the difference in the world.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
We found out this morning that my sister-in-law Katy has passed away. With a few other things going on in life right now, I'm going to take a bit of time to be quiet. I'll be around, I'll likely still track, but I will just be rather low key.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
I had a meltdown running 7.5 mi two weeks ago. I felt alright running 6.2 last Sunday. I felt goood doing 4 mi on a trail on Tuesday, and still achey doing an easy 3 on Thursday.
I wasn't sure what to expect for today's run. TOM started yesterday. I stayed up too late catching up with Private Practice. I did not eat healthy for dinner. I was bloated for a variety of reason.
I went anyway, even though I tried everything to talk myself out of it. I just ignored myself, and went. Go figure.
After today, I'm able to believe, just a little bit more, I can do a Half. I appreciate it if all y'all KNOW I can do one, I really do. If I don't believe it in my heart, though, it'll never happen. Today, I'm that much closer.
Simply showing up and finishing is no longer enough for me. I do not expect perfection. I do expect progress, and improvement.
Today, I saw both, and I am happy.
Friday, May 13, 2011
My weekend starts in approx. 35 minutes!
I'll head home and scoop up the Hubster and walk to the gym (1.5 mi).
We'll get our ST done.
We'll walk home (1.5 mi).
We'll have something healthy and nutritious. I type this 'out loud' so that it's in writing and harder to ignore. Maybe. See, Auntie Flo has arrived, and she's a cranky ole bat as usual. I'm extra tired and when I'm extra tired I tend to go for the cheap and easy eats - taco salad from El Loco Burrito perhaps, or heck even Popeyes! It's been a long while since we've had either one.
Anyway, the PLAN is to eat well and not too much.
Then I'm getting up early tomorrow morning, which will actually be sleeping in for me - 5:30 a.m.
I'll hydrate, I'll eat, and I'll head off to meet the Tribe at 8:30 for our long slow run.
No, my record does not have a skip in it. I just had to type that outloud a few times. 9 miles. I've lost my ever-lovin' mind, but there you go. It'll be fine, I'm sure.
I just snorted.
Then, after that, Lindsay and Chris and Most Importantly RILEY will be arriving to stay the night. They have a roommate in Salem who has his young daughters (think 2 and 4 y/o) every other weekend, which is this weekend. The kids opted to come to Portland for the weekend for whatever reason. Who am I to question? Maybe we really will get to have the baby every other weekend after all?
I figure while I'm languishing on the couch.. erm.. recovering on the couch, I can be a baby-hog as much as I want! If they try and take him away from me for someone else to hold I'll just whine that he was good for what ails me LOL
We're planning healthy beer-butt chicken roasted on the grill with veggies/potatos for dinner that night.
Sunday, I'll sleep in until I hear the baby, then get up and get back to baby-hogging again.
It's what I'm good at!
I hope your weekend will be as good, as zany, as restful, as joyful, and as sunshiny as I hope mine is!
Sunday, May 08, 2011
If you're a Mother, Grandmother, or Auntie I hope you've had a wonderful day.
The rest is a quickie blog - covering my 10K today. We've been so busy since Riley arrived, and hardly home, I know and shamedly admit I'm behind on your blogs and notes. Do forgive me - I'll be catching up soon, promise!
Today was the Cinco de Mayo Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K. Courtney and I did the 10K, and Bill did the 5K. Well, Courtney and I did the same race, but the girl is in a running class far and beyond me LOL She rocked it in a fantastic 56 minutes!
Bill did splendid as well. I felt bad running off from him in the opposite direction, but it was ok, he understood LOL We're waiting for official results, but we think he managed to shave off 3-4 minutes from his last 5K.
Me? I did alright as well. My last (and first!) 10K, I ran 6 mi in 1:23. Today, I ran 6.25 in 1:23 again - only a quarter mile further. Go figure! I'm basing this on Garmin time/distance of course. We haven't gotten official results yet.
A few snaps, taken by Tim, our step-ex-wife's S.O.
Our gang I love that we do these things together. Courtney, as fast as she is, is always so supportive and waits for us old dogs to finish up LOL
I look like I'm walking? Pfffft. I'm running! Slowly! But running!
Finish time. It took a few minutes to reach the starting line, so I'm thinking my Garmin is pretty accurate! Yay me! Improvement, no matter how small, is positive forward motion. Love it!
This time, I feel much better physically. Last 10K, I felt wiped out, completely, afterward. This time, I feel human, and I'm grateful - it means my endurance is increasing, and that's what I want/need. We've made a simple dinner of turkey meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Quick and easy was exactly what we needed.
We'll rest up tonight, and head back down to Salem tomorrow. Lindsay and Riley will be going home, so we want to see him in his natural environment. And change his clothes a dozen times to make sure he wears some of the MANY outfits Granny and Mimi (step-ex-wife Laure) have gotten him LOL
I hope you've all had a great day, and here's to a great week to come!
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