Saturday, June 13, 2009
We have had constant storms roll through, and it has been hot and humid to boot. Ugh! I have other happenings to deal with, so I went out shortly after I woke this morning (thank you to my girls for getting me up just after sunrise so Mommy would not be too hot on her run! ).
I'm always full of zeal and dart out fast and then have to bring it down a few notches. Anywho, I am glad I got my mileage in for the week and have my long run tomorrow. Here are the details of today's run:
Temp: 65 degrees
703 calories burned
My pace is better with the 4:1 ratio. It's tough for me in the first mile or so until I settle in...but the pace is good.
I did spot some weirdo sitting on the sidewalk and opted to cross the street and then back into my neighborhood. Ugh!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
We had a lot of passing thunderstorms yesterday, so I had to seize the afternoon. I changed my clothes, set up the Ipod, and took off with the dog. Man did she take me for a run at first! Good golly! You would think she was a dang racehorse! I just breathed through it. Then she saw a bunny. Had to hold on tight to her and keep her going. I was well hydrated before I took off and didn't think I would be out more than 45-ish minutes. My marathon training only requires a steady run for 30 minutes. Well, I was sweating buckets. Oh...did I mention that I forgot my HRM watch so I couldn't time my intervals? I decided to listen to my body and take walk breaks when I needed them. And I was sweating buckets. Saw a dead snake. Thank heavens it was dead. I hate snakes. And I was sweating more buckets. The hair on the base of my neck was soaking. Not typical for me. I started to feel uneasiness in my tummy and I knew I had to stop the workout. I knew I had finished about 30 minutes, so that was okay. I needed to walk the rest of the way and did not need for the walking to affect my pace. So here's what I have for my short run on the hot day.
Temp: 82 degrees/66% humidity
~520 calories burned (did not have the HRM, and only counted the calories burned while running)
It was good that I stopped running. I needed to take it easy. I knew I'd eat asphalt if I didn't. And my pace was great! Go me!
Sunday, June 07, 2009
I had some angst about today. I was supposed to meet up with some veteran distance runners who were planning to go 3 miles further than I planned to go. Well, I underestimated the drive...it was supposed to take 30-ish minutes...instead it was 45-50 minutes. So...I was 30 minutes late and I know they would not wait to meet me. In addition, I parked in the nearest lot/first spot along the canal path...and it ended up being .5 miles from the lot I was supposed to park in.
All that aside, there I was...I needed to run 10 miles, I had all my fuel/water, tunes, HRM, and the helpful Nike lady to tell me how far I had gone. It was new turf for me...trail running. No cement or asphalt. Just muddy/rocky/flat terrain with some pretty views. I saw campers, horses, dogs, bathrooms, water supply, bicylcists, runners, walkers, and folks parking it by the river to fish. Very big change. The canopy was great with the warm weather. I rarely had much time with the sun beating down on me.
Here's the details:
Temp: 84 degrees
2387 calories burned
I did use the 4:1 ratio (4 minutes run, 1 minute walk) for the bulk of my run. I think it is the better option to keep with for the sake of finishing the marathon before the reroute the slow pokes who go beyond 7 hours.
Saturday, June 06, 2009
Woke up at 6am (grrr) to start the coffee, change, and get breakfast set. Headed out at 6:30am with my Mom (Dad/Gpa watched the 4 kids for us) and we took the Metro in. A few out of commission escalators...which my mother did not care for...but we made it fine. I hadn't walked a 5k in a year. The weather was cool and it was overcast. A nice change from the heat we had last year. I did not burn many calories at all, but had very good company and saw a few funny sights. About 1 hr 35 minutes of slow and easy walking.
Tomorrow's run should prove interesting! I am going a few miles over my plan because I will be with fellow runners for a change. A completely different venue for me as well. Stay tuned!
Friday, June 05, 2009
A rainy, cool day. This is ideal weather for me. I ran my first 5k in the cool, misty rain and I loved every minute of it! I did make sure I had a short sleeved shirt layered over my arm band for the iPod to prevent any casualties. It was a little tricky ensuring that the sensors found each other under the layers...but once I got that figured out, I was off! And get this! I set a PR for myself! I wonder if it was the time of day (i.e. energy level up mid-day versus end of day), coupled with temp/weather conditions? Who knows. So here are my details:
Temp: 61 degrees
871 calories burned
I did change one thing this run. Instead of 2 min run/2 min walk, I changed my ratio to 4 min run/1 min walk. I'm going to give this a go and see how I do.
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