Wednesday, June 19, 2013
I've been taking granddaughter Natalie, 6 year old kindergarten completer, to gymnastics day camp each weekday morning since school was out. Some days her sister Gwen, 2.5 years, and I have played in the playground (Peterson Park or YMCA) or on the basketball court before she goes to the Y nursery while I workout. One day last week Gwen and I swam at the Y and she wants to do it again, so we will. We spend the afternoons at home; sometimes she splashes in our play pool; sometimes we run/walk down our street or ride her tricycle in the driveway. She's not taking naps these days, but we do have some quiet time, usually with stories.
Yesterday Natalie had a mishap. She had a collision with a child in gymnastics, got a cut on her eyebrow, and had to go get it glued (not stitches - they glued it!) So I thought I might have her all day today, but she was feeling good and went back to gymnastics camp today. I don't think it is even going to leave a scar.
I run my two weekday runs often at the Y on the treadmill and on Saturdays I do the Galloway run outside, at least that's the way it worked last year. This Saturday my nephew will be running a 5K and I hope to get my run in and still see him finish. Yesterday I ran and today I did an elliptical workout. I'm eating pretty good right now and not stressing about it.
Well, there's my update. Hope everyone is having a healthy, active, and happy day!!
Sunday, June 16, 2013
According to Jeff Galloway's miracle mile formula, my recent mile run time of 9:25 predicts I should run a 5K in 30:54. If I use my best ever mile time of 8:47 that predicts a 5K time of 28:56. But in mid-April I ran a 5K in 27:33, considerably faster than predicted.
My recent time predicts a 10K time of 1:07, but my April time was 1:01, decidedly faster than predicted.
My recent time predicts a half marathon time of 2:28. My one and only half marathon I ran in 2:37, slower than predicted.
What does this mean? I should be able to run a faster mile. I'll try. And I have a real shot at a personal record in my half marathons coming up in November and
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Thanks for your help and suggestions regarding my toe issue. Yes, my second toe is slightly longer than my big toe. I also have two huge bunions so I am difficult to fit, but I did buy new shoes today at our local running store. I had to wait about 45 minutes to get the most knowledgeable salesperson. (Last time I was served by a new clerk and that might have been part of my problem.) Unfortunately the shoes that best fit my bunion and have the best toe box for my foot are then too wide in the heel and flop when I run even when the shoe is specially laced. So I got a compromise pair, bigger in the toe box than what I've been wearing, but still narrow enough that it doesn't flop on my heel. They were more expensive, too. Fingers are crossed that they will serve me better, especially while this toe heals.
I did my first training run of the season with my Galloway group this morning, starting at 6am, in my old shoes. I was a little disappointed that I ran my "miracle mile" in 9:25. That is better than last year's 9:44, but far off my recent best mile of 8:47. It was very humid and a bit hot, but the weeks I had to take off due to injury are probably the reason I didn't do as well as I had hoped.
However, it appears to me it really isn't going to matter this year. We have a total of 9 training groups, 3 of which are "half marathon time improvement" groups. (The other groups are slower "to finish" groups or are training for full marathons.) I was placed in the middle of the half marathon improvement groups, but all 3 improvement groups ran the same route. We were told if we felt bad and wanted to drop back to the last group or felt strong and wanted to catch up to the first group we could. Well, after about a mile and a half I was feeling strong and caught up to the first group and finished strong. So this year I'll be able to run at precisely the pace that is right for me on that particular day. I'm excited about that!!
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Monday when I ran it felt so good. It had to be an endorphin rush. A few minutes after I was done, though, the second toe on my left foot started throbbing. I did not feel any problem at all during the run. If it wasn't for the endorphins I probably would have felt it and fixed it. I suppose without the endorphins few of us would want to run, though! I messed up. That is the toe nail that turned black after my January 2011 10K. The toe nail had grown out and looked almost normal, just a little thick. I believe it was a little too long and a little too rough and rubbed on my shoe and caught on my sock, causing the problem. I ran again today and again it really didn't bother me during the run, but now it looks and feels like I have a blister under my toe nail. Oh, well, this too will pass. It really is a little, little problem and one I don't think will interfere with running.
On a very positive note, my glute and back issue seems much better after my sports massage therapy session yesterday.
And another very positive note, we had a great local SparkTeam dinner this eve at a seafood restaurant I'd never been to before, but definitely will go to again. The company was fantastic. We enjoyed the food and the people very much.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
The sports massage was an intense and wonderful experience. Wow, do I feel loose and pain-free right now. I can see why so many people highly recommended this massage therapist; he seemed very knowledgeable and caring. I'm going to walk today to give this treatment a full chance to work. I'll run tomorrow. Saturday I'm hoping to do a fairly fast "miracle mile" in order to get put in a faster Galloway group.
I've had a couple of good eating days in a row and plan to keep building this streak! Funny, but my body doesn't want to overeat right now. Is this me?? Don't know what's going on, but I hope this is my new normal.
Wishing everyone an active, happy, loose and pain-free day!!
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