Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Had a very nice 6 mile jog yesterday evening on the riverside path at Pt. Mallard Park.
My Vffs are not looking quite so garish now with a coating of dust on them. This was my longest run yet in the fivefingers, and my feet were a bit sore afterwards...but my ankle didn't hurt much at all!
Actually, the ankle was fine while I was running, but I could tell there was a bit of puffiness around the outside joint after I finished.
I thought Vffs were supposed to make one faster, being lighter and all? But at the moment, I'm even slower in them. (Although, I do like the way it feels moving in them) Maybe I'm just not used to them yet, or maybe its the heat slowing me down, or maybe I just need to look at it as helpful to keep it slow on my ankle.
Whoopie. I lost 1 pound this past month. Ok, that is nigglingly slight, but it's still a loss. Also positive, I have eaten "better" during that time, making an effort to eat more nutritiously and sensibly. Obviously, haven't dieted to restriction much, but haven't been out of control either. Also, because of the ankle injury, I have not been exercising as much as I was before. So, all things considered, I shouldn't be too hard on myself.
2.5 mile walk at lunchtime today; bit of a breeze kept the heat from feeling too bad. And a 1 mile walk in the evening with B.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
No, not "Little Black Dress, just "Latest Big Dream:
The Georgia Jewel Ultra on Sept. 25 offers a 50K, 50M and 100 M. And there isn't a cut off time for either of the 50's (since the 100 mile runners, with their 30+ hour time limit, will also be coming back over the same trail to finish).
Given that, I'd like to try the 50 Miler. I've never done that distance on trails, and this would give me the option to walk as much and as slow as needed.
15 weeks of training time. Does mean I'll need to be heading back out on the trails for training ASAP..if I can get over my ankle phobia about doing so and remind myself to take it easy at first.
I just ordered myself a new running skirt from
in this fabric: www.sparkleskirts.com/sparkletech/sp
arkletech-peacock-living-color/ (oh yeah, and won't my pink shoes just look hideous with it?)
Am currently feeling a little pudgy in my SkirtSports model and not wearing my even closer fitting RaceReady one at all at the moment. :( So, am trying a larger size and a curvier style from this seller. (Besides, I liked that they also offer custom running costumes.)
Anyway, hopefully, I'll lose the weight again soon, but at least I'll have something fun and fitting to wear in the meantime.
later edit: I'm going to resist the temptation to do otherwise, but am not going to register for ANY fall races for at least another month..to see how my ankle recovery and training actually progresses from here...
Monday, June 13, 2011
Ran a new local race on Saturday, the Burningtree Beast Mountain Mania 15K. Perhaps a bit of hyperbole in the naming there, but it was a 9.3 mile work out of a rolling hill course through the streets of country-club suburbia. B and I had driven the course on Friday evening, but wouldn't have really needed to, as it was very well marked and there were plenty of volunteers at aid stations and corners. Well organized little (68 finishers) race.
Hot and humid (temps have been over 90 degrees for over two weeks straight now) but some morning shade on the course and maybe a hint of a breeze sometime; water stations were well spaced, and I had my camelbak as well-- so no problems there. lol, but I still drank fluids like crazy the whole rest of the day.
Ahem, I was finisher #66 with a time of 1:58:20; but I still snared 2nd place in my age division (hah--because there were only 2 of us in the women's age division 50-54). Luckliy, I fell into pace with another runner (Carrie) and chatted with her for the whole second half of the race. It was very nice to have company, and it certainly made taming the beast a bit more enjoyable. We pretty much crossed the finish line together, guess I was half a step ahead of her.
After finishing, chatted with some of the other Decatur and Huntsville runners I'm getting to know. One Decatur fellow, (Wayne, who may be 10 years older than me but finished 48 minutes faster!) kept calling me the "Library Lady." :)
It's been 7 weeks (seems longer!) since I sprained my ankle. This was the LONGEST running distance I've done since then. I taped the ankle again and I ran slow (even slower than at the previous 10k on Memorial Day); still "felt" the strain (especially on the hills), but overall I really enjoyed myself. Felt good to be out there. Recovery was easier than after the Cotton Row (two weeks earlier) too; on the mend for sure!
Between walking and running, I logged 25 miles for the week. note to self: Just because I'm beginning to feel better, I don't want to hotdog it and go try to do too much too fast. Better to take it a bit slow and gradual for a while still. But I sure am hoping the phrase for the summer will be: Relentless Forward Progress!
Spent the rest of the weekend over at B's. Got a couple of (running related) books read. Ate some figs fresh off the tree in the front yard.
Friday, June 10, 2011
It doesn't matter if I'm slow.
It doesn't matter if I'm undertrained.
It doesn't matter if my ankle isn't yet 100%.
It doesn't matter if my weight is in the "clydesdale" disvision.
It doesn't matter that the weather will be hot.
I will enjoy myself tomorrow at the Mountain Mania 15K run!
Thursday, June 09, 2011
Strong, beautiful, fiesty... and 74 years old..no way! :)
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