Tuesday, October 02, 2012
So, as I reported earlier, I found out that my upcoming HM has some hills. Yesterday, when I mentioned my upcoming HM to my gym's owner, he looked at me like I was nuts. I thought "oh, crap!".
So I ran a bunch of long hills yesterday. I came up to one long, very steep hill in a development. I got half way up and had to walk fast the rest of the way up. My goal this weekend is to make it all the way up.
Today it rained. I ran 3.5 miles at a 3. Incline for about half of it - on the gym treadmill. I then did some quad work - squats, leg extensions and leg ups.
Tonight I talked to one of my marathon ruining friends. She said she hasn't run this marathon but said she heard it is the hilliest EVER!
So, I am going from the flattest HM to the hilliest! I am going to take my time, get a nice pace going and go for it!!
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Got stuck at work every day last week - worked long hours do I didn't get out on my usual 3 - 4 mile runs. I did find out that this Half Marathon is very hilly. I am glad I train on a lot of hills! This morning I ran 5 miles of hills of various variety. I kept a nice 9.38/per mile pace. I plan on running this pace for the first 10 miles of the HM, then kicking it the last 3. I want to beat my last HM time of 2 hours, 10 minutes.
So, my plan is to keep running the hills. Monday or Tuesday of this week I am going to take a long lunch and run 10 miles around the City of Newark. I am going to clean up at the gym (conveniently located where I do my long runs) and then head back to work. My gym bag is packed and ready to go:)
With 12 days left I gotta get and stay focused!
Saturday, September 22, 2012
We met my older son for breakfast this morning. He has been going through a rough patch and is staying the weekend at our house. I managed to get a run in after breakfast. As I ran, I felt justified in never running again before I ate! I thought I was going to puke the whole way around! It was 82 degrees by the time I got out to run! I was going to run 4 miles but my stomach didn't feel up to it. Tomorrow I am running ten so I should be good. My next half is in 20 days. I want to beat my time of 2 hours, 10 mins.
Anyway, after I ran we (my husband, older son, Roxy and I) took the boat out in the Chesapeake. My son, Roxy and I floated in inner tubes for a long time. Then we all took naps on the boat. Then we met friends at a restaurant (on the water) for dinner. I am now totally mellowed out on my couch. I will be up at 6 AM ready to finish my long run in Newark, DE. It is supposed to be 50 degrees - YES!!
I hope you are having a great weekend!
Sunday, September 16, 2012
When I returned from my first half marathon (Disney) a couple weeks ago, I was so excited about running it, I decided I wanted to run another before I run the Disneyworld Half in January. I searched half marathons, and discovered the Baltimore Running Festival in October. Baltimore is only about 45 minutes from my house. I figured I was already in training mode from the last one so I might as well keep going. It happens to be one week before my husband and I go to Jamaica to celebrate our 25th anniversary - the training should keep me in good shape for the Jamaican beaches :) That thought was enough motivation for me to sign-up today!
Yesterday I got a lot of cleaning and all my Fall decorating done around the house. It took me all day to do. I now have pumpkins, sunflowers and haystacks all over the place. I love the color orange! It is nice and bright! My husband was at the Virginia Beach Air Show - it was nice to be able to do it on my own schedule.
I also weeded my vegetable garden. I grow jalapenos, habaneros, tomatoes, zucchinis and banana peppers. This was my lunch yesterday:
I found the cabernet vinegar at Marshall's (I love that store). Notice the breakstone's cottage cheese? I eat one EVERY DAY! It is my staple food. I love individual portion sizes - keeps me in my calorie range without guessing :)
For dinner, I enjoyed my zucchini, tomatoes and jalapenos with some grilled chicken breast. I saute it in pepper picante extra virgin olive oil, fresh ground garlic and red pepper, and oregano. I live on this dish all summer...
This amount will last me for three days. I had a nice ear of sweet corn along with it. Totally fills me up and is a nice healthy meal.
So, for two weeks I have been focused on losing the 6 pounds I gained this summer. I have been diligent about my calorie intake. I didn't go out with my friends to dinner as much. I also intertwined Nutrisystem with "regular" food to get me on track with the correct portion sizes. It is so easy to fall back into larger food quantities! Today I weighed myself and I had lost 4 pounds! Yayyy! 2 to go. I am going to keep loading up on all the great vegetables out there. I do eat A LOT of broccoli - I find that it is very filling. I always sub it for the fries when I go out to eat. I eat the broccoli first and then I don't eat as much of the other stuff.
So, I am hoping to take my son to the running store this afternoon. He has started running but is not running in good running shoes or socks. I want to get him off on the right start so he enjoys it. Not sure if we are going to get there - he has to watch the Raven's game first!!
I hope you are having a fantastic weekend!!
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