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Feeling a lack of focus today

Friday, February 26, 2010

It's been one of those days. Little snippets of time interrupted by the need to drive other people to their activities.

I've got a rest day---I'll be run/walking 12 miles tomorrow. My dog loves my rest days. I have time to give him a longer walk. He was really happy today, because he loves being outside in the cold. I went ahead and did a rest day yesterday too. My legs were tired on Thursday---I had pushed on Tuesday and Wed planning to rest on Thursday. I think I'll survive two rest days.

I'm thinking of doing a marathon October or a little later. Heard from two fellow sparks suggesting San Antonio on Nov 14. Timing is about perfect from the stand point of doing the Go Half on April 11. I can fit all of Jeff Galloway's training plan in starting on April 25th. Won't even "need" to be back up to 12 miles until July 18th. Might not back off quite to the training plan---my just take some time running as a base weekly mileage with no increase and then join the plan.

I also might decide life really won't fit a marathon in---who know---switching from a whole marathon to a half only requires you to take your timing chip over the half marathon finish line.

  
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 2/27/2010 12:12PM

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NANJET 2/26/2010 11:43PM

    Isn't amazing how much time marathon training takes...I don't seem to be getting anything else done except what absolutely needs to get done around the house...If my kids weren't in college I definitely don't think I could find the time...I give alot of credit to all of you with kids around the house and still find time to get your long runs in...

Good luck with whatever you decide...I know you Can do it...if you can fit it in...

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/26/2010 9:50PM

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INDYCHX 2/26/2010 9:02PM

    The San Antonio Marathon is a good one to choose. I ran the half last year and liked it. I plan on coming back this year and running the full marathon.
Since it is a Rock & Roll Marathon it is big. They had over 30,000 last year. It had really good support/infrastructure for the run. The crowds were great too.
I like that the marathon route takes you through a nice pretty area by going past the Missions. You pass the Alamo early in the course.
Good luck and go for it.

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ARKPLE 2/26/2010 6:28PM

    a half-marathon in april is right around the corner?!?!? i know you can do it b/c you've done it before. also b/c i know you can do anything and everything!

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LISTLOADRUN 2/26/2010 6:22PM

    When I grow up, I wanna be like you :)

Joking aside, you are really amazing!!!

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FTLSWEETIE 2/26/2010 5:47PM

    You are so amazing! What an inspiration to me:-) Hugs:-)

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FUNNINFIT 2/26/2010 5:12PM

    rest days are necessary-don't sweat it...good luck on your marathon/half-marathon!

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PATTISPAGE 2/26/2010 4:03PM

    Wow! Let me know what you decide!!!! emoticon

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Today's Activity

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Today was suppose to be my rest day with tomorrow being a 12 mile run/walk. I'm looking at Friday's schedule and it does not look good. My older dd has PT right smack in the middle of a potential run time, and my other dd has science fair project set up in the afternoon/evening. I could run when my dd is doing that last prep on the display---but feel I should be at home in case of some disaster.

So no long run Friday. So what to do. I've pushed reasonably hard the last two days. Jeff Galloway really stresses a rest day before the long run. So if Friday is my rest day should I run today. I was thinking of doing my usual 5 mile run, but I'm sort of feeling like I'm due an easy day. It took me awhile but currently I 'm thinking of doing an easy 3 mile, splitting the difference between a normal weekday run (5miles) and rest. I only have 75 minutes free in my schedule today for a run so that make 3 miles good too.

Strange how much thinking it took to come up with that option---I felt this uneasy guilt at the idea of two rest days in a row.

This week
Saturday 1 hour of walking on a college campus with several flights of stairs---I was waiting to drive my son back home and just keep meandering

Sunday 4.4 mile run walk (morning) and a 1 hour step circuit Cathe cardio and weights (evening)
Monday rest day
Tuesday 5.1 mile run
Wednesday 1 hour step with blasts----muscle tiring squats and plyo jacks mixed in
45 minutes of Yoga twists and Power Yoga- flexiblity
Thursday---How hard do I work
Friday --- rest
Saturday 12 mile run/walk


  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 2/25/2010 5:19PM

    Sounds like a plan! emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/25/2010 10:21AM

    Nothing wrong with two rest days in a row, especially before a long run. If I were you, I'd just try to make sure I moved a lot today rather than sitting.
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 2/25/2010 9:22AM

    Don't you just love life????

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2WHEELER 2/25/2010 9:19AM

    Looks like you're going to have a great week with a lot of variety to keep things interesting. emoticon

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JEM0622 2/25/2010 8:32AM

    I have found myself to be a lot more laid back this year. I am content with what is doable, and not beating myself for what isn't. You have a great schedule! ~Julie

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Week 2 and 3 Go St. Louis HM Training

Friday, February 05, 2010

Total Run Miles
Week 2
Total 12.1 miles run/walk and a 90 minute step standing in for 7 miles
Sat 3.3 mile run/walk 3:1 ratio
Sun yoga, 3.7 mile walk
Mon yoga, 4.4 mile run/walk 3:1 ratio
Tues yoga, 45 min Leslie video
Wed yoga 4.4 mile run/walk 3:1 ratio
Thurs 1.3 mile walk
Friday, planned 7 mile run/walk ice on sidewalks, decided to do a step video for 90 minutes, It was the one thing I had that would give similar cardio, felt fine during, but boy were my calves sore for days afterward, Obviously using different muscles than a run/walk


Week 3
Sat 2 mile walk
Total 8.8 run/walk plus 6.9 miles on Tm with 30 min elliptical for 8 mile run/walk
Sunday rest
Monday 4.4 mile run/walk 3:1 ratio
Tues 45 minutes of step, same video I did Friday, felt fine this time, ST
Wed Yoga, 4.4 mile run/walk 3:1 ratio
Thursday Yoga, 1.3 mile walk
Friday, 75 minutes (6.9 miles) on Treadmill, 30 minutes on elliptical

Once again bad weather with icy stuff , since it was obvious that step is not a good stand in I did the local gym, I don't have a membership, so I payed the single use fee. It is pretty crowded in the morning, with particularly high demand for the Treadmills
I did 1 hour in the treadmill, followed by 30 minutes on the eliptical and then 15 minutes on the treadmill, Hoping that will work for my 8 mile run, Please, please please, no ice or snow next Friday-Sunday. So 75 minutes on treadmill, run/walk ration 3:1 (It's my first time on this particular type of treadmill and only my second time in my life, I had some issues getting started, and the policy of the gym is only 30 minutes of machine use if there is someone waiting. This resulted in me moving from machine to machine, so I don't have any machine generated mileage. I do know I walked 4 mph, ran 6 mph (there was a convient button to select these speeds and I was fortunate that they worked well for me) That mean I should have gone 5.5 mph Which in 75 minutes is 6.875 miles. I also did 30 minutes of elliptical, so I think I'm good for an 8 mile run/walk.

  
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SOULCOLLAGESUE 2/15/2010 12:35AM

    You are so inspirational! (Our gym allows 20 minutes!). Go, Cindy!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 2/7/2010 1:29PM

    You are my hero...

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JAMIEHORN20 2/6/2010 10:30AM

    Hope the weather gets better soon! I ran in that slushy stuff yesterday and while it wasn't too bad, my feet were wet and the start of a blister was there. Don't want that either!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/6/2010 12:29AM

    When I have to use the treadmill, I usually don't try to use my Galloway ratio. I run for a mile at what my average pace would be if I were outside, then walk for a minute, then run another mile (etc). That way I know how many miles I've done at my target average pace. I don't think it really matters, but somehow that makes me feel better.
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 2/5/2010 8:33PM

    Way to go on being creative to get your exercise in.

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A shoe confession

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

I'd be the first to tell anyone they should go to a running store and have someone help them select shoes. I'd pick up my shoes and explain that they use different materials in the sole which corrects your stride. You need to match your stride with the shoe. Did I go to a running store and get shoes.

Well not exactly. I read up on the internet. Studied the bottom of my shoe and made a guess. First I made one guess and then I changed my mind. I then made a list of the type of shoe I thought I needed. Then I went to Sports Authority and checked the clearance shoes. Brooks Adrenaline was on my list, $50.00 clearance so I bought it. They seemed okay, so I went back and I bought another pair for later.

Well I've done 6 Half Marathons on those shoes and have really meant to go to a running store and get someone elses opinion on my shoe. I was a little worried that they would tell me I'd been running in shoes that were terrible for my gait. I finally got around to that running store trip and I was indeed lucky. The shoe was not a bad choice and they thought I'd be fine if I stuck with it.

I tried on 4 pairs of shoes and did change to a Saucony Progrid Guide 2. It's a little roomier than the Brooks in the same size. The next size Brooks would be too large.

So although my choice was okay, I know my money savings would have been insignificant if I'd not chosen well. A few doctor's visits would have wiped out any money saved on shoes. My first time through I was going to go with a different type of shoe.

Now my big question---will I go back to the running store in 500 miles or will I revert to some attempt to save a dime here or there?

  
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ANGELBEAR535 2/3/2010 8:46AM

    Thanks for the info! I never know what shoes I need to buy, just get some that feel good on my feet though. I used to buy shoes at Walmart or some other cheap pair, but then I started putting a little extra money in the shoes and I could tell the difference!

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GERBALMAMMA 2/3/2010 12:02AM

    All good info

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 2/2/2010 9:50PM

    Cindy, I first got fitted at a running store, and then order the same shoes as replacement pairs on line. I have always worn Saucony. I don't like the way they look, but the fit is what it's all about for me. The model I wear is now a "classic". They have been making it for 10 years! If you know what fits, then it makes a lot of sense to get them on line.

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BAY2BAYOU 2/2/2010 4:58PM

    I had a great experience at my local running store picking out shoes, and I dont think I will shop on-line or anywhere else again. We figured out what kind of shoes I needed, and then, altho they didnt have the hugest selection of shoes in the store, they had 10 different pair of neutral shoes (by all the major brands, and sometimes 2 styles by manufacturer). They brought out a pair of each in my size, and then had me try one shoe on 1 foot and a different brand on the other. I picked the one that felt the best. Then I went on to the next shoe. By the end of the process, I was down to 2 brands that felt really good to me. When I was there, they had a 20% sale on, so I bought one of each brand. I had 30 days to use them and exchange, if they didnt feel right. I kept both, and since they, they have had another sale, and I bought a spare of the brand that wound up being my favorite (in case they get discontinued). The price is as good as the on-line price, plus I get to support a locally owned business and build a relationship with them. Win-Win. emoticon

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PATTISPAGE 2/2/2010 3:26PM

    Thankfully you made a good choice. I think it is mainly for those who are not doing the homework, or knowing what to look for. Money is money and we need to save where we can... but think about the long run, if you save $50.00 over 500 miles. What's that ten cents a mile??? Your feet may thank you!

The way I saved money was I got the perfect shoe that fit, but instead of the pretty blue one that I was eying... they had the same shoe in last years model, it was red... not so pretty, but a really good savings, same shoe, go figure!! Once the weather clears up I will be out shoe shopping again!

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JAMIEHORN20 2/2/2010 3:22PM

    Well I'm glad you had picked out some good shoes originally! That $50 price tag is awesome!

I just picked up a pair of Saucony Progrid Omni 8s. Got them from Fleet Feet. Where did you get fitted?

P.S. I'll be joining you for the GO! StL half this year! My first one! :)

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/2/2010 3:15PM

    So far, I've bought mine from a running specialty store (RunTex). It helps that they give a 20% discount to members of the Galloway program. The first pair I got were Adidas and they were great! Comfortable from the first moment they were went on my feet. Only problem with them was that I only went up 1/2 size and when my runs went over 10 miles, I could tell that I needed another 1/2 size. Fortunately (from that perspective) they needed replacing about the time I started with the really long runs. I was disappointed to discover that they no longer were available. I bought the Asics gel model that was recommended in a full size larger than my street shoe. I've been much less happy with these shoes. I have to lace them extremely loosely or I start having pain in the side of the foot and across the arch, especially on the left foot. I am currently skipping the top two holes when I lace that shoe, which has made it tolerable. I came to the conclusion that I needed a much more flexible shoe. My arches are high, and my feet are strong and flexible from yoga. I went in yesterday to replace the current shoes, and the guy at RunTex agreed with me. Unfortunately, they did not have a single shoe in my size of the right type -- I guess there has been a run on shoes because of the upcoming race. But he gave me a list of several that he would recommend.

I felt comfortable at this stage ordering shoes for myself online, having found a source that has free shipping and a return policy. I think I have run enough that I understand my feet pretty well. I am actually also interested in investigating the Nike Free (which my trainer told me about) which is supposed to provide a more "barefoot" running sort of experience.
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Week 1- Training for the Go St. Louis Half

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Well I have not blogged since the Memphis Half. At the time I thought it went well. My right knee was bothering me just a little, surely a few days off and I'd feel fine. Well no. I'm not sure what went wrong---I never had any really bad pain and with Christmas and traveling time just passed. There are three things that might be issues. First I did a time goal train program for a Sept marathon followed be a time goal training program for the Memphis. I think I might have benefited from a little rest from speedwork. Second, it was cold at Memphis and I'm not sure I warmed up adequetely. One training runs I always walk for 5 minutes, although I'd walked around before I then inched to the front with my corral and than started running. Third I stepped into a pot hole. My major memory at the time was the ice cold water inside that pot hole, but it was jarring to my left leg.


Anyway, I walked on and off and just started run/walking two weeks ago, with this being my first full run/walk week. If thing go well I'll probably register for the Go St. Louis Half in two weeks. I seem fine right now. So what was week 1 like

Week 1 run/walk mileage 17.45

Sunday. Run/walk 3.3 miles ratio 3:1
Monday 20 minutes of yoga ( Rodney Yee's AM Yoga Standing Poses)
Walk with the dog 3.65 miles
Tuesday 20 minutes of yoga ( Rodney Yee's AM Yoga Twist)
Run 4.4 miles ratio 3:1
Walk with dog 1.3
Wednesday 20 minutes of yoga ( Rodney Yee's AM Yoga Forward Bends)
Walk with dog 1.3
Thursday 20 minutes of yoga ( Rodney Yee's AM Yoga Backward Bends)
Walk with dog 1.3
Friday 20 minutes of yoga ( Rodney Yee's AM Yoga Hip Openners)
Run walk 6.45 ratio 2:1
Saturday Run walk 3.3 ratio 3:1



  
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 1/24/2010 9:24AM

    Glad to see you blog again and getting back into it

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TRIATHLONBABE 1/23/2010 11:32PM

    It's good to hear you are back and easing into it. I see the yoga thing....love yoga and would like to evnetually get back into it myself. It is so soothing and relaxing. Take it easy and slow and you will have a great half marathon!

Talkin' to you soon!

Grace

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/23/2010 9:33PM

    Welcome back! Looks like you've really gotten into yoga. Are you enjoying it? Do you find it better for you than strength training?
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