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Saturday, August 20, 2011

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Yes, during last weekend's long run I felt like the energizer bunny! emoticon It was 6 miles and I ran the whole way! And, I ran FAST!

Well, today's run was 7 miles. And it was SO TOUGH!!! I walked multiple times. I had the worst side stitch of my life...I could barely do baby steps for awhile & thought I was going to have to take a long walk home. My feet hurt. My shoes were bothering me. My coach had set paces and I was way off. I was running my miles a lot slower than I have in a month. Ugh. emoticon emoticon

When I got home, I had several thoughts.

"Man, I can hardly walk! And, this was only about HALF of a half marathon!" emoticon

"Wow, that pool looks refreshing. I'm hopping in there!" emoticon

"My tummy hurts...I think I might vomit...or something." emoticon

"What was I thinking?!? I signed up for THREE half marathons!" emoticon

So, I did hop in the pool. Kind of gross, I guess, but it is my pool. I just pull of my shirt and get in with my running shorts & running bra. It is only 8 am and no one else is up & around yet. Ahhh...the water did feel good! I

As I thought in the water, I drank my Muscle Milk. After about 10 minutes, I was able to stretch IN the water. Man, it feels good! And, while I sat & stretched & then did a little light swimming, I got to thinking...

First of all, LESSON LEARNED!!! Yesterday, I did a HARD 45 minute bike ride...a PR! And, I tried yoga...for the first time! Ummm...NOT a good way to prepare for a long run! I need a day of rest, or maybe swimming, before a long run. I'm actually usually better the day after and can do a bike ride or something. But, not so challenging as I did yesterday!

Also, maybe I'll try Vibrams??? You see, I started running a year ago with 2 pairs of shoes. Since I ran so little to start with, I'm just now retiring my 2nd pair. I bought 2 more of the same style of shoe and have only started wearing pair #3 about 6 weeks ago.

Well, the first time I wore the shoes, I had to quit after about a mile. And, I was at the lake and didn't have any other shoes. They just HURT! I put them away for awhile, and then started trying them for shorter runs. Still not great, but I'll get used to them, right?

Last week was the first long run and they felt OK...not great, though. The toe area feels 'big' and they just aren't as comfy as the others. Today, the toe area felt really I was swimming in there! I almost stopped and retied them, but I didn't. The fronts of my feet (balls of my feet) were aching, especially on one foot. And, they were even falling asleep. Now that I've been home awhile, my feet are still not feeling well. I don't like these new shoes. emoticon

I've also been reading "Born to Run." It had a slow start, but now I'm really enjoying it. Well, one of the guys runs barefoot and was talking about how they ran in the old days, how the Tarahumara run (a running people in Mexico), and how God created are feet as a miraculous instrument designed perfectly. My sil runs with her Vibrams and LOVES them! Maybe it's time I give them a try. At the least, I'm taking my 'new' shoes to the store along with my 'old', well-loved shoes, and asking them why these aren't working for me.

I'll be taking the rest of the day easy, and don't plan on any exercise tomorrow except perhaps some light swimming or pilates at home. Then, on Monday, I'm trying out a weekday women's running group!

Some days are tough, but we've got to be tougher!!!

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STAROFD00M 8/22/2011 2:27PM

    Definitely new shoes, especially if you've been putting in some hard miles. I've heard around the web that 300 miles is about the average "lifespan" of a pair of shoes.

And give yourself an easy day!!! Granted you are kicking some serious booty right now with your workouts, but your body does need a break day/super easy day every once in a while :D Yoga is AWESOME for those break days, gets in some good stretching and such.


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LIV2RIDE 8/21/2011 4:51PM

    You crammed a lot of exercise in a short amount of time. No wonder your run was hard.

I'm sure there is a mileage mark for running shoes. My physical therapist once told me to change shoes every 6 months. I'm not a runner so I'm not sure if that is a good marker for running shoes or not.

When I was riding my bike today as I was passing a pool I thought it would be awesome to have one for after my bike rides. LOL Not a reason to get a pool but it would have been fun to jump in one the last couple weekends. Enjoy the rest of your day!

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SAFETYSUE 8/21/2011 3:10PM

    You should definitely try new shoes, if your feet are hurting that bad they are not giving you the support where you need it. You should rest the day before a big race, but great job finishing and taking it on! You Rock!!
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SUZWARNR 8/20/2011 7:05PM

    It's funny you wrote this about the Vibrams. I just tried a pair on myself for the first time today. Interesting, for sure. I might invest in a pair soon and try them. Maybe in October after my half and all training is done. I'd like to know if I'd stop having foot issues if I wore these. Sorry that your run was so tough today. There are so many scenarios that contribute to a good or bad one. Hope the next one is better.

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ERPARA 8/20/2011 3:28PM

    Working through and finishing an awful run is just another lesson learned - you know that you can finish that distance even if it doesn't feel light and wonderful! Congratulations on finishing :)
Born to Run is a great book! Just remember with the Vibrams that you need to start out little by little - you will injure your feet if you try to make a straight switch (I can attest from experience). I would suggest reading a little bit on Barefoot Ken Bob's website - he has a ton of great information on barefoot running - which will help anyone that wants to run, really -

You are strong - and the greatest thing??? You survived!!!
You're a tough strong woman!

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GIANTMICROBE 8/20/2011 12:47PM

    I bet that pool was beyond heavenly... I jumped in my mom's pool a few weeks ago when I was home after jumping rope for 30 minutes in 95 degree heat and I've never felt anything so wonderful in my life.

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ANNE7X7 8/20/2011 11:55AM

    Ps: with vibrams, it would take you MONTHS to work up to your current long run distance safely. since there is no padding, our muscles, tendons and joints need time to adapt!

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ANNE7X7 8/20/2011 11:53AM

    You know what? Just keep pushing! My last three long runs felt crappy, and finally I had a good one today! So many factors can influence a run! Don't let it get you down!!!
Definitely try different shoes! Those sound painful! I don't really wear my vibrams for running, but I love them for hikes and walks! Maybe I'll eventually start doing little bursts of running in them!

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MFOSTE20 8/20/2011 11:41AM

    You kill me in running. I can do about half of that.

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21!!! Yes! (and Yoga...Yuck...Sorry!)

Friday, August 19, 2011

I really struggled with what workout(s) to do today. Since my daughter is now in school, I have lots of free/me time! And, there are so many classes at the gym(s) that I want to do. Today there were so many 'fun' things to choose from! But, I had to remember I have a 7 mile run tomorrow, so I needed to be careful what workout(s) I chose.

I chose to do two. The first was a bike ride. I ended up riding 10 miles. And, I kept my pace at between 15-16 mph (except for the warmup). That's GREAT speed for me!!!

The best part, though, was this little straight-way that I usually love to run. I RODE it this time. And, it's about 1/4 mile without any stop signs or anything. So, if you go back & forth, you get a good 1/2 mile ride (or run) with on the turn around to slow you down. Well, the first time, I decided to push myself and see how fast I could ride it. 19 mph...whew! I ended up riding this road 3 times, and by the last time I got my bike up to 21 MPH!!! WooHoo!!! Besides going down a hill, I'm pretty sure this is the fastest I've ever rode. I'm excited!

Later in the day, I tried a "mat science" class which is a combination of yoga & pilates. I tried this about 6 months ago but at a 5:45 am class. That one tended to be mainly pilates. This one, I think, was mainly yoga. Well, I didn't like ALL!

First of all, I applaud those of you who do yoga. It is TOUGH! I just couldn't even begin to keep up with the others. But, also, I have 2 problems...1) I'm very inflexible 2)I have a ganglion on the palm near the wrist of one of my hands.

So, we were doing a 'downward dog' and the teacher said everyone should put their heels on the ground. Well, mine are probably 3 inches UP in the air! Really, my ankles do not bend much more than 90 degrees. So, the teacher comes and speaks directly to me and tells me to get my heels down. She pushes me down several doesn't help! My ankles just don't bend!

And, we spent a LOT of time on our hands...doing planks, downward dogs, and all kinds of things. Well, besides not having the strength to do this, it was KILLING my ganglion. Ouch!!!

Lastly, I knew this was one powerful workout...and that I'd pay for it on tomorrow's run. So, I 'snuck out' the best I could after about 30 minutes. And, no, I will NOT be trying yoga again. Well, at least not anytime soon! I much prefer my pilates reformer!

I have a 7 mile run in the morning! My hubby is out of town so I've actually hired a neighbor to come over and 'sit' while my daughter sleeps. I plan on running from 6:30-8:00 ish. Whew! At least it won't be THAT hot out yet! We've now had 18 days with above 100 degrees!!! We set a new record several days ago. And, it doesn't look like we'll get relief anytime soon. Oh, well. My body is pretty much used to least early in the morning!

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RHONDALYN10 8/20/2011 8:55AM

    Way to go on the bike! Bummer that the yoga wasn't so great. I have never had an instructor physically push anyone down. Hmm..... but I will say I have had instructors I didn't like as well as others. I now just do it one day a week at home with my DVD's - not because I love it but because I know I need it. Hope you had a great run today!

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IONA72 8/20/2011 4:15AM

    Too bad you didn't enjoy the yoga class. I thought I was pretty flexible til I saw some of the people in class being flexible, little old ladies too!
Have a great run, tomorrow is my longer run day.

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TEDDYBABE 8/19/2011 10:25PM

    Cheers on the 21 on the bike! Awesome!! LOL on the yoga. I'm not good at it but I do like it. Too funny!!

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LIV2RIDE 8/19/2011 9:40PM

    Sorry you aren't loving yoga. I used to hate it too. Now I have to do it once a week. It helps so much with my own lack of flexibility. I can't imagine that doing yoga with a ganglion is easy at all. Enjoy your run tomorrow! I hope it's nice and cool in the morning.

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"Hill" Workout! & Learning to FINISH STRONG!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Today I ran my first 'real' hill workout! Here's how it went...

First of all, I didn't get to start until 9 am as I dropped my daughter off for her first day of school! (She's 10, but we've homeschooled until now. BIG DAY for both of us!) So, at 9 am it was already 86 degrees. When I was finished, it was 89! And, most of my first 25 minutes was IN THE SUN!!! Ugh!

I ran a warmup mile, mostly in the sun, at 11:55. (My warmups are even getting faster, though it was a comfortable pace!) Then, I did "the hill" 5x up & down. The hill is in a park and is kind of 2 hills. You start in the grass near a soccer goal and run up a fairly steep hill, down a little & then a little flat area, and then up the 2nd part of the hill. There are a few trees (so shade!) near the base and at the top. I stopped every time to walk a few seconds & get a few drinks of water. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

When I was done with the 5 ups & downs, I was only about 1.8 miles, so I did a slow run to finish mile 2 in 15:21. (Remember, this was up & down a hill & quite a lot of water/walk breaks!)

I was really tired by then, and it was hot. But, I found a shady path to run for mile 3. I couldn't really start running again and walked quite a bit of the first 1/2 mile. I started telling myself I could run 2 minutes and walk 1. This helped, though I haven't had to pull this trick in awhile!

I tried to run most of the 2nd half of a mile without walking. I told myself the faster I finished, the sooner I could get in the a/c! I was running slow...about 13 & 14 minute paces.

When I saw I only had about .2 miles left, I decided to push myself. I've been practicing this as I have yet to have a race where I finish strong! Well, I started running faster, and faster, and faster. I hit 11:00 then 10:30 then 10:00. I tried to see a 9:something...I did! I ran FASTER! I ended up running 8:45 by my Garmin! (When I downloaded, it shows I finished at 7:40!) WooHoo! I'm learning how to RACE!!!

I'm learning to dig DEEPER and can't wait to start racing again!

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SUNSHINEPOWER 8/19/2011 3:13PM

    Way to go, I bet you felt wonderful after. I just started hill training too and I have to admit....I love them.

Keep up the excellent work.

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SUZWARNR 8/19/2011 1:36PM

    Congrats on completing your first hill workout. Hills are so tough but so rewarding. You'll gain a lot from it.

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STAROFD00M 8/19/2011 10:56AM

    My first hill workout almost made me puke, so props to you for not having that experience either!!

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KKINNEA 8/19/2011 10:25AM

    Great, great training - sounds like you did extra hills to me! Really smart to practice kicking - every time I do, I can do it in a race otherwise I dribble to the finish.

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AMOHAME2 8/19/2011 9:38AM

    I have a love-hate relationship with hills! I love 'em because I can really feel them making me stronger. I hate 'em because they're TOUGH! Then again I also love 'em because they're tough!
Congrats on your first hill workout and finishing STRONG!!!

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BILL60 8/19/2011 8:41AM

    Well done. Those hill workouts are so tough, yet so good for you. I'm doing the 2nd hill workout of the week today on my bike. Not looking forward to it.


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LIV2RIDE 8/19/2011 6:07AM

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ROXIT22222 8/18/2011 10:55PM

    Way to go. Finishing strong is iportant in racing. Just know that you can always digg a little deaper and push it out.

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Swimming Drill: Thumb to Thigh

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Besides doing pilates on the reformer (with my daughter agian!) today, I did a short swimming workout. I would have done 30+ minutes, but my daughter really wanted to play. So, I asked her to let me have 20 minutes to swim laps and then we'd play. After doing the reformer today, do you know what she 'played'? Aqua Yoga! It was a pretty good workout, too!

Anyway, I found a 'new' site called "trinewbies" and have been reading over it the past 2 days. I wanted to find new drills to improve my swimming. This site has 4 drills and says you might work on one at a time, so that's what I did! Tonight, I started with the "thumb to thigh" drill.
Basically, this drill helps you to make sure you are pulling the maximum amount of water by keeping your hand underwater until your thumb grazes your thigh! (You can read more on the site.)

So, tonight's swim workout was as follows:
20 x 25 yards of "thumb to thigh" with fins w/4 breaths between 25s
100 yards freestyle w/o fins
100 yards freestyle with paddles
100 yards freestyle w/o fins...FAST!

Oh! My coach had suggested I use the paddles to develop arm strength. And, the lady at the pool store warned me to be careful with can hurt your shoulders! So, I decided just to do the 100, and WOW!!! you can certainly feel the difference! I swam it SLOW!

I'm a little uncertain about what I'll do tomorrow. Hubby is out of town so I can't wake up & run or bike. And, it's my dd's last day of summer! I might either swim in our pool in the morning or do a Jillian Michael's DVD or something off of NetFlix. Or, I might see if my dd wants to go for a run or bike ride in the morning, though it'll be pretty slow.

On Thursday I have my first 'real' HILL workout! And, I need to do Strength Training. On Friday I plan on SPINning! Then, Saturday is my long run...7 miles. And, I'll probably bike Sunday morning and take Monday off. We'll see, though! But, that's the general plan for now.

With my 5K, 3 half marathons, and sprint triathlon coming up, my basic plan is to: run 3x, swim 2x, bike 2x (1 on the road & 1 spinning), pilates 1x, other strength training 1x. That's 9 workouts, but with my dd in school I should have time! At least until my volunteer 'job' starts in less than a month!

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SAFETYSUE 8/21/2011 3:16PM

    Great workout!
Swimming is my exercise of choice and have not been in the pool here much because it just didn't stay warm enough. So had to continue with my normal running routine.

Keep up the great work!!
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MARGARITTM 8/17/2011 2:51PM

    I'm tired just reading all of this - you are going to rock the tri!

Tell me more abou the paddles!

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KJDOESLIFE 8/17/2011 9:10AM

    Very cool! You're gonna be busy!

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FUNFROG79 8/17/2011 8:25AM

    Great workout, you are amazing! emoticon

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RHONDALYN10 8/17/2011 7:58AM

    Good for you!
I was thinking - 9 workouts that is a lot! But then I looked at my notebook and that is what I do as well - lol. When you add in ST, yoga, etc they add up quickly!

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GIANTMICROBE 8/17/2011 7:38AM

    I love reading your blogs... you are really something else!

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Changing Up the Runs is FUN!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Today my coach had me do a different kind of run. I warmed up for a mile (as always!) and then did the following. 1 min at 12:45 pace, 1 min at 11:45 pace, 1 min at 10:45 pace, and 1 min at 9:45 pace. Then, I was allowed a recovery minute (I slowly jogged the first time but walked the others) and then I started it all again! I did this 4 times. Then, I ran a little longer and ended up doing 3.4 miles.

First of all, my Garmin isn't quite sensitive enough to tell me immediately what my pace often takes half a minute for it to figure it out! So, it was basically impossible to do these paces correctly. (It'd been better to do on a treadmill.) I actually just kept bumping up the pace every minute...and ended up at about 9:00 instead of 9:45.

Anyway, I'm really enjoying all of these different kinds of runs! It's fun to watch my watch and try different speeds. I don't know how to explain it, but it is so much better than just running 'x' miles or 'x' minutes every time!

Hope you are having a great start to your week! I guess I'll be hitting the pool in the morning. Not my favorite thing, but I found a new drill I'm going to work on. Hopefully, it'll help!

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KKINNEA 8/16/2011 1:45PM

    I like that interval version - I'll have to try it out.

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LIV2RIDE 8/16/2011 12:41PM

    sounds like your running coach is really putting you through the paces. That's awesome! I see a new Garmin in your future. emoticon

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AMOHAME2 8/16/2011 10:55AM

    There's definitely something to be said for interval training! It really keeps away the boredom and makes you push yourself harder whether you realize it or not! Way to go!!

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ERPARA 8/16/2011 10:53AM

    That is awesome - sounds like you had a great run! Well, except for the Garmin lol
Nicely done!

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KJDOESLIFE 8/16/2011 9:01AM

    Great job!

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FUNFROG79 8/16/2011 8:54AM

    You are really progressing nicely! Way to go! emoticon

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IONA72 8/16/2011 4:35AM

    I love that interval running too, but it's not something I could cope with every time! A long slow run is often just the thing I need. Enjoy the pool, hope to do some swimming myself soon.

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