Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Last night I ran hill repeats with my coach and training group. We had a half mile course that was uphill the whole way. After warm up, we were to run up hard and run back easy. Some of the slower women weren't there last eve; I hope they haven't dropped out. There was a new fellow, 17 years old, who warmed up at a 6 minute mile pace, and several middle age guys starting at 7.5 minute mile pace. My warm up pace is 10.5-11 minute mile pace. And I walk some before I start running, too, while those young'uns just take off running. Makes me glad I can compete in my age group!
My left hamstring and IT band complained a bit about the run, but I iced them as soon as I got home, then used the foam roller, and then stretched, then a nice hot bath, and then more ice. Not sure that is the way you are supposed to do it, but it seemed to work pretty well for me. I wasn't sore at all when I woke up.
Little Gwen (2 1/2 year old granddaughter) was scheduled for her first gymnastics lesson today, but the teacher was late -- she thought she didn't have any 2 year olds. Gwen got to meet the teacher and gave her a high five. So we'll start next week. If Gwen is still the only one registered in the class, it will just be 30 minutes instead of 45. So Gwen and I played around. She's now great at jumping jacks! I think she's really going to enjoy the Gymnastics Tots class. After we played, Gwen went to the nursery so I could do my treadmill and strength training workouts. Today I did the scheduled 30 minute slow work out (5.5 mph on treadmill - 10.54 minute per mile pace. My left hamsting and IT band were a bit tight, but not painful. Did my strength training as scheduled, too. I'm thinking that this training plan is well designed for the upcoming hilly Mayfaire 5K on May 11th.
I happened to bump into my running coach with her two preschoolers at the Y and it was fun to get to talk to her informally and for her kids to get to play with Gwen. Also, another of her trainees was there with her preschoolers, too. She's lost 80 pounds, is in her late 20's, runs a 5K in 19 minutes, and looks fantastically fit. She doesn't have any sign of ever being heavy; I see no stretched skin at all on her. Yeah, there are times I sure wish I had lost this weight way earlier. But then, I am so, so, very glad that I have achieved a level of fitness I never thought I could aspire to.
My life is good. The weather is gorgeous today and Gwen and I played outside after we got home. Not every minute of running is pure bliss, but all in all I really enjoy it. Not every minute of caring for my grandkids is bliss either, but I am blessed to be able to do it! Need to leave to go get Natalie from kindergarten right now. The whole family will eat with us tonight, too. Like I say, life is good.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Here's some pictures from the YMCA's Easter Egg Hunt yesterday:
We had fun.
I'm cooking lunch for extended family today. Some healthy things; some not so much. The lentil veggie soup looks really good. The SparkRecipe, Oven Fries, is well liked by my group. The pulled pork sandwiches and coleslaw were by request. The kids are going to their other grandparents' house for supper, so this is not their main meal. But I'm glad to get to celebrate this joyous holiday with them! I better go cook!!
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Yesterday I tried out my new swim goggles. I could not believe what a difference they made! I could see very well in the water even though they are not prescription goggles. It made me feel much more comfortable swimming the crawl stroke. Unfortunately, at the time I wanted to swim the Y was testing lifeguards and there was not a lane open for lap swimming. I swam a dozen laps in the open pool area, but it was less than ideal. So I did 10 minutes easy elliptical and 10 minutes easy stationary bike, after drying off and changing, to finish out my workout. The new swim cap and goggles were a good purchase!
The compression leg sleeves I'm not so certain about. I used them on my easy treadmill workout last Tuesday of 3.5 miles in 30 minutes. For that kind of run the black calf-huggers just made me hot. I thought maybe, though, that on a long run they would be helpful. After my half marathon in November I had terrible calf cramps. I know that often means the runner is dehydrated, but I swear I hydrated the day before and drank lots of water and gatorade during the race. So this morning when I started my group run at 6am it was just 52 degrees. The compression sleeves were a help with the temperature. We watched the sun rise and when we finished before 9am, having run 13.1 miles, it had to be in the 60's. I think the compression sleeves were a bit of a help for my calves, but primarily they are warm. I can't see wearing them in the summer. And we have a lot of summer here in central Florida.
So, win some, lose some when it comes to choosing fitness paraphernalia. But whether we are running, walking, swimming, cycling, or doing whatever our favorite activities are, we are all winning!!
Friday, March 29, 2013
Yesterday I ran according to my training plan. After a half mile walk and an easy warm up mile run, I was to run at 9 minute per mile pace, three one-mile repeats. I made the first mile in 8:47 which is probably my fastest ever; definitely the fastest mile I ever timed. The next mile I came in at 8:59 and the mile after that it was 9:01, so I was very close to accomplishing the assignment. Then I ran an easy mile (10:45 pace) home followed by a little more walk, some stretching, and the foam roller. Think I'm making progress!
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