Thursday, April 26, 2012
T was a rest day
W was a workout day: 10 mile run; followed by a 1 mile walk back home; followed by an hour at the gym consisting of 1 more mile on the Arc trainer and some strength training.
Will be taking it easier and tapering between now and my next race, the Strolling JIm 40 miler on May 5.
btw: here are a couple links to good articles about carboloading and race nutrition:
I've got a bit of a wall flower/missing out/pout going about NOT running this weekend's Country Music Marathon with a lot of my running friends, but I'm going to be pushing myself hard in May/early June* and know my body is better off with a taper now instead of another race.
Instead, I'm going to keep busy this weekend with sewing myself a crazy patchwork running dress from recycled race shirts.
I've been a bit gritchy lately about my running clothes. Having gotten somewhat chubbier this last year, some of my smaller tops don't fit comfortably any more. And I ilke longer length shirts that come down over my butt and don't ride up to bunch at my waist. So, it's time to get crafty! I'm keeping a handful of the ones that fit best, but I've sorted out *14* running tech shirts that I'm willing to cannibalize for a snip & stitch upcycled race wear sewing project! Am going to sew the seams to the outside and zigzag for a decorative look and so the seams will be flat against the body and not rub or chafe.
LOL.. I know I have just as many regular cotton t shirts from other events as well. Lol, but then I think of folks like my friend Angela who has completed more than 300 races-- and how many shirts must she have in her closet!!
*upcoming race schedule:
May 5 Strolling Jim 40 miler (Wartrace TN, roads)
May 18 American Cancer Society's Relay For Life (Huntsville AL, overnight walk, asphalt track)
June 2-3 Black Mountain Monster 24 Hour (Asheville, NC, trail loop)
later: 3.5 mile jog at lunch. Bit achy from lifting weights yesterday.
Monday, April 23, 2012
6 lovely miles on the Pt. Mallard park riverside path this morning. Looked for herons, but didn't see any--maybe next time, or maybe check out some different parts of the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge.
Cool temps, about 50 degrees and breezy, but quite comfy in long sleeves.
Wore my new Newton trail shoes for the first time out and felt really good in them.
Walked the first half mile, ran/walk the second and "ran" the rest (if you can call a near 14 minute mile pace running).
Hope I don't jinx myself by speaking too soon, but I've feeling perkier and happier about my training the last few days and I hope its the start of a continued upward trend!
Food objective for the week is one-day-at-a-time of no sugar.
Fitness objective is to get to the gym and strength train.
Overall food goals/habits to relearn: cut out sugar, reduce carbs (excepting as carb loading and long run/race fuel), reduce processed foods, increase protein, eat my fresh veggies (instead of my bad habit of buying produce, but then letting things sit too long and go bad!)
later edit: I went over to Academy Sports on my lunch hour today. Picked up some GUs and ShotBloks for an upcoming race and bought a foam roller as part of a birthday present for B. I can write about that here because he doesn't follow this blog of mine, and I can also relate the funny that I resisted being cheap and buying him the foam roller on clearance sale--bright purple imprinted with the brand logo for Jane Fonda's Workout!
Sunday, April 22, 2012
I slept in late on a Sunday morning, but told myself I'd go out for a bit after work in the afternoon.
So, when I got done at the library, I headed over to Delano Park. Had got just a half mile of warm up walking in when the wind began to blow and it began to rain HARD and cold. I cut across the park back to my car, soaked.
Gave it up and started to drive home. But, along the way, the rain let up, and so I talked myself into stopping at the Indian Creek Greenway and ran 4.25 miles there! Actually had a pretty decent pace too, or at least faster than what I have been able to manage.
Do I get brownie points for perseverence?
That makes a total of 39.25 miles for the week, and I feel good about that!
Saturday, April 21, 2012
After doing my longest run in over a month yesterday, I am feeling surprisingly well!
Sure, a hint of awareness in my muscles letting me know I did something yesterday, but I'm not really creaky at all. I feel like I could almost go out an do it again today. :) But I wont, busy day...I may take a short stretch walk at lunch/break time though.
things to note:
--on long runs, be sure to hydrate and fuel properly; don't skimp.
--walking is still a pace, and I seemed to have much better sustained energy doing run/walk intervals. Back to not thinking of myself as a "runner", but as "pedestrienne"; and there is nothing wrong with that!
-starting off SLOW (with a mile at relaxed walking pace) may also have been an asset, but even if it is sensible, it'll be hard to rein myself in at the start of races.
168 but let's be concerned with muscle and eating well, not weight obsessive.
later edit: 2.25 mile walk at lunch/break time
Friday, April 20, 2012
A pedestrienne go-as-you-please effort, mixed walking and running, for 22.25 miles. Am feeling virtuous, I can't remember the last time I did a 20+ mile training day!
Route was from the house over to UAH campus, down Holmes Ave across town to Pratt, up Bankhead Parkway to Monte Sano State Park and then back...
I walked the first mile to warm up, and then alternated walk/running.
Since there wasn't anything to eat for breakfast at the house, I stopped at 3 miles at a gas station to get something to eat and drink (1/2 Snickers Marathon Bar and a small container of chocolate milk); had a Gu at 6 miles, got a Coke-Zero at the park store (this was at the halfway point) and ate the other half of the energy bar, another Gu part way back, and a green tea at the same gas station returning, oh and the liter of lemon-lime gatorade I had in my hydration pack. Hydration and food/energy seemed fine!
No stomach problems. My ankle and hip were fine. Actually felt better, perkier and somewhat faster on the second half of the route than the first; (heh...but maybe having finished the uphill section of Bankhead has something to do with that)
Post distance, I discovered one small blister on the side of a big toe, but I hadn't really even noticed it forming there. My legs feel fine; overall, am feeling great and energized.
A decent physical effort, but I think the mental boost of a good day is going to get me even farther.
before I forget:
M 4 miles on Point Mallard trails before work and 3 mile walk at dinner break
T Rainy Day/Rest Day
W 3 mile walk at lunch
F 22.25 mile long slow distance
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