Thursday, March 29, 2012
I'm sitting here at my desk wondering why my elbow is sore. Who gets a sore elbow? After flexing my elbow a few times, I realize my right upper arm is a little sore too?! I forgot last night was a frisbee "fest". Yesterday was my cross-training day, so I was going to either do my ST dvd or walk at the park. DH started dinner early, so I was going to walk later. Around 6:30, DD#2 said she wanted to throw the frisbee. We bought an "official" one a couple of weeks ago at the new Academy Sports (great store!) and it really makes a difference from the cheap "promotional" plastic ones. Now I'm a frisbee pro (aw the 80's - spending hours at the park throwing a frisbee!) and my girls have gotten better, so we spent about 45 mins. last night throwing the frisbee in the pasture. Since they've gotten better, there's actually some running & jumping involved and apparently enough throwing for my elbow to be sore!
After the "fest", DD#3 and I decided to walk around the neighborhood behind us and check out some of the homes being built. We live on 12 acres and are now surrounded by homes. A new builder bought out the subdivision and is building it out. Prior to that, a home was only built if someone bought the lot. I guess for the subdivision, it's better than a bunch of empty lots, but it's kind of sad for us. Yeah the pasture and most of the woods have been gone for almost 10 years, but it's taken this long for for it all to be built out, so now we have lots of neighbors (although not very close, but we can see them and they can see us!) Anyway, I ended up getting in a 30 min. walk too, so it was a great evening.
Tonight and Saturday are 30 min. runs and Sunday is a long run (40 mins. since I started over). The girls are on Spring Break next week and I'm taking a couple of days off. Hope to get in some hiking and there was mention of going zip lining - I've been twice and I love it! Even with a slight fear of heights. Today & tomorrow are going to be great because my boss left today for vacation (he's been driving me crazy getting ready to go - dude it's only a week!) Happy Thursday!!
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
This was a less than stellar weekend for my intermediate 5K training. Saturday was supposed to be a 45 min. "hill" run and by the time I got done with "spring cleaning" (DH's idea to move furniture & clean floors), softball, pinewood derby, cutting grass, taxi service, etc., I was exhausted. I decided I would do the run on Sunday instead. Sunday rolled around and after religious ed., trying to put the house back in order and get out Easter decorations (and more taxi service), I just wanted to be a slug. I even ended up eating 8 small Reeses eggs on Sunday (also TOM!). So, I blew off the run again. I did play badminton & frisbee though!
I mentioned before that I'm not ready to advance in this training program, especially after the "tempo" run on Thursday. Last night I did the 45 min. hill run (after 3 days of no running). I ended up running for 40 mins. and had to walk the last 5. I know this is not supposed to be a "cake walk", but it was really hard. DH went with me. Because of his crazy schedule (and might continue next week!), his sleeping is still messed up, so he hasn't run in almost 2 weeks. He did a walk/run thing last night and said it was really hard for him. I told him about my disappointment and he too wanted to know what I expected. He kind of put things back in perspective for me. This time last year I hadn't even started my C25K training and now I'm running 40 mins. of hills. Yeah, I'm not fast (and it ain't pretty!), but I'm doing it. My goal is really just to keep going. I would like to improve my time, but 3-4 miles is really my maximum. I have a bad left foot and a bad right knee, but I can do this!
So, I decided this morning to reset the training back to the beginning (I had just finished week 3). It just means I'll start back with 2-30 min runs this week and a "speed" run and a cross training day. I also wanted to change the "work-out" days since DD#2's softball schedule has changed. The training will be back to those longer runs and tempo runs in no time. I just extended the training to the end of May, so I'm still set to meet my under 36 mins. by June 9th!
Friday, March 23, 2012
Yesterday my training for my intermediate 5K program was a tempo run. The evening was beautiful, the rain had stopped, it was a little cooler (about 75) and some of the pollen was washed away. The scheduled training was to jog 10, run 10, jog 3, run 10, jog 10 for a 43 min. session. The run was supposed to be 80% and there was some other complicated explanation. I wasn't sure what 80% was. 80% of my pace is a walk
Anyway, I started out with the jog and then picked up my pace for the 10 min. run. After a couple of minutes I was dying. I could only sustain 5 mins. at that pace. I actually walked for 3 mins. after that and then tried to run again. Dying!! My "tempo" was this: 10/jog, 5/run, 3/walk, 5/run, 3/walk, 5/run, 3/walk, 10/jog for a total of 45 mins. I also had to walk an additional 6 mins. to get back to the parking lot, so it was a total 51 mins. work-out. There was a guy on the trail with me who also must have been doing some kind of tempo training because he would speed up & slow down too. I think I was running faster than him, but he went further!
My next training on Saturday is a 45 min. hard hill run. I'm not sure if I'm ready to move on yet and I think I might need to repeat this last week. This program might be a little too "intermediate" for me. I still like the variety and the training, but I want to be able to improve to the level of the training. I'm going to see if there's a way to change the "calendar" to extend the week. Regardless, I know I'm getting a workout!
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Here we are with less than 2 weeks left in March, so I started thinking about my 2012 goals this morning while getting dressed. DH was already sleeping (2 more days of the overnight shift!), so I couldn't have the TV on in the bedroom and it was very quiet. Since mid-January I have managed to loose & gain the same 2 lbs. and still need to loose 6 lbs. to get back to my goal (2 lbs. below WW goal).
Back to maintenance goal -
I wanted to improve my 5K time to under 36 mins. so I signed up for an "improve" 5K training. So far my 2 races in 2012 have been 38+
PR under 36 mins -
I wanted to run 10 races in 2012 and have done 2 so far - I'll make this one, so
Run in 10 5K's -
I don't want to sound all negative (too late!) because there are a lot of positives. I am getting at least 30 mins. + of exercise 5 days a week and with kid's activities, etc. I'm probably active 7 days a week. Tuesday I did cross training and my GS troop was working on a badge and we timed them running 1/4 mile (I came in 4th out of 10-10&11 year olds and 2 other adults!). Last night was an off night and I helped with DD#2's softball.
I have also lost a few more inches and all my spring clothes I bought last year (after loosing 46 lbs.) all still fit even with a little extra lbs.! -
All in all, I'm pretty pleased. In all honesty though, I know why I'm still hanging on to the extra lbs. Even with all the additional exercise, I haven't consistently decreased my calories enough to loose, so basically I'm maintaining.
I have a plan, I know what to do, I just need to "work it"! Tonight is a "tempo" run - "start with a 10 minute jog, then a 10 minute run at about 80%, a 3 minute easy run, a 10 minute run at 80%, followed by a 10 minute jog" for a total of 43 mins. Easy right?!
It's drizzling now, but not supposed to rain. Hopefully the drizzle will wash away the major pollen and it will be a little cooler tonight for this run.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
So I started an "Improve your 5K" intermediate program 2 weeks ago. I believe the key word in this training is "improve"?! That doesn't seem to be happening with me. I've mentioned before, I'm not sure what I expect, but getting slower isn't it! I'm able to keep up with the training at this point. Yesterday's workout was "speed" work. I had to jog for 10 mins. and then do some funky stretch routine and then run 4 laps on the track - "striding" the straight and jogging the curve, followed up by a 10 min. "cool down" jog. That work-out was about 33 mins. and it about killed me. For one thing, it's very, very hot. N. Ga. has been experiencing 80+ plus for 6 straight days (we broke a record) and the track is right out in the sun. I also walked an additional 10 mins. looking for DD#2, the dog, and my sister, who were on the greenway. That was the best part of the workout!! The rest of this week's training is not too hard. Today is a cross-train day, tomorrow off and there's a "tempo" run on Thursday that I'm not sure how to do. Saturday is a 45 min. run. So, I'm o.k. with the training so far, but not sure if I can move to the next level yet (where's the confidence?)
So, how do I know I'm getting slower?!! Well, I decided to go ahead and sign up for the 5K last Saturday. I got up @ 7:00 a.m. and guess what? It was raining! It wasn't supposed to rain, but there it was. My husband was still up (came in @ 6:15 a.m.) and said it had been raining for a while. Of course I was making up excuses not to go, but he said he actually wanted to run it (after working all night), so how could I refuse?! We got to the race @ 8:00 a.m. so he could register and I could pick up my packet. It was coming down pretty steady, so we went inside the church to use the bathroom and I stretched in the big lobby area in front of the gym (it's a huge church). We went to the starting line and it had stopped raining at the point and didn't rain the rest of the race! I saw my boss and his family at the beginning. I've mentioned before that I ran this route back in October and it was my PB @ 36:26. Not so much on Saturday! I only had to walk part of the second big huge hill (there were 2), but I still finished @ 38:58. This was my slowest time yet of any of my previous 7 races, even slower than the "after flu" race. My husband did almost 2 mins. better than me. I did beat my boss & his wife, but they were with their 2 kids. So yeah, I'm getting slower. I'm not going to do another 5K until 4/28 which will be about 8 weeks into my training (10 weeks). My goal is to run a 5K under 36 mins. by June 9th (1 year after I finished my C25K), but that ain't looking too good!
I really am proud of what I'm doing (doesn't sound like it) and signing up for this training has me doing 5-6 days of exercise a week. But hey, I'm competitive and I would really like to get better and beat my time and reach my goal!
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