TRILLIUM22   44,521
40,000-49,999 SparkPoints
TRILLIUM22's Recent Blog Entries

Another week of HM Training done---3 weeks on Sunday until the Go HM

Monday, March 22, 2010

This was an odd week for my schedule. To of my three kids had spring break. My oldest, who is technically a home schooleded high school senior, but takes 4 classes at the a local community college. My second child who attends the local high school. My youngest who is in seventh grade is homeschooled---an not automatically on spring break---but well I wanted a break.

So spring break means that for the most part I had a free schedule --until Friday. Friday and Saturday were completely occupied with my oldest participating in the St. Louis Regional FIRST Robotics competition.

So my running first. This was a recovery week---I was doing 3 five mile runs. I'm usually a long run on Friday person. Because of scheduling Friday became Thursday evening. Luckily it was a recovery week and the long run was not that long, because I still have not figured out evening runs. My legs hurt, my stomach ached. Now I do have to admit there were lots on newnesses surrounding this run. For one I used my freedom to spend time with a friend. We took a walk in the morning, did a pilates session, had lunch and then spent about 90 minutes in her hot tub. So maybe it was more than just not being use to the afternoon.

On top of that I tried hot yoga. I did a session Mondy afternoon. Wed morning and Sunday afternoon. I do think these impacted my runs. My Tuesday morning run I made sure I went slow. I also only did 1 of my two regular step sessions---allowing some more recovery time for this new activity.

The 100 pushup program is going pretty well---but I'm doing three pushup workouts a week. However I did not go from week 2 to a week 3 workout. Instead I did week 2 column 1 followed by week 2 column 2. I moved this week to week 3 column 1. I'm thinking I'll do a similar sideways move next week---so the 6 week program look like it will take me a bit longer.

So Last week

Sat Cathe cardio and weights, 1 mile dog walk
Sun 5.3 mile run, fast, for me pace, 100 pushup w2d1c2
Mon yoga hip openner and Bikram, 1 mile dog walk
Tues 5.4 mile run easy, 100 pushup w2d2c2, yoga standing and backbends
Wed Bikram Yoga, dog walk 2.3 mile
Thurs 100 pushup w2d3c2, cog walk 1.3 mile, 5.4 mile run/walk
Fri and Sat Robotics Rest day

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    Sounds like you had a great week.

Report Inappropriate Comment


Saturday, March 20, 2010

My high school senior has spent the last three days at the St. Louis Regional First Robotics Conpetition. We had a great time--I mentioned it in my status and thought I'd use this space to point anyone who was interested toward First. First was founded by Dean Kamen. It uses a sports model to get kids involved in Science and Technology.


Here's a video from the first day of this years competition. It's kind of a three robot team soccer game with humps across the field. You also get extra points if at the end of the game your robot is suspended from one of the two towers.

One of the exciting happenings at this competition was a double elevation. One team--1448 --- attached to the tower and lifted itself. My dd team managed to attact the the 1448 robot and lift itself up. There team is 1329---you can see it in the photo. 1448 is the robot behind, hanging from the tower. This is the first double elevation in competition. Took a lot of cooperation. Also only one of the 35 rebots at this competition was designed for another robot to hang from it. Really exciting---they did not build the two robots together so they needed to cooperate and think to pull it off.

So proud of my dd, her ten and all the high schoolers who were at the event and all the adults that worked hard to make this special day.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    A little bit of trivia. I used to work with Dean Kamen years ago...I was a patent attorney at the time and worked on many of his early patents. He's quite creative.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUST_TRI_IT 3/21/2010 12:13PM

    LOVE the robotics competitions... The kids are amazing and work so well as teams.


Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/20/2010 11:10PM

    Wow! Pretty exciting!
emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Hot Yoga and Mid week update

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Well I tried hot yoga today. I'm not sure what exactly to make of it. First although I sure did sweat it felt more comfortable than running on a sunny, humid St. Louis morning. I'm thinking that I really dislike the feeling of sun on my skin when I'm hot.

Second of all your heart rate sure goes up. I'm laying in relaxation pose between noticing how fast my heart is beating. OTOH my breathing did not speed up like it would if I was doing aerobic exercise and had worked my HR up that high. I'm guessing that my heart was beating faster trying to cool my body down, rather than to deliver oxygen to hard working muscles. Although there was strength elements in the routine.

One of the attractions of hot yoga to me is the many stories of people with injuries who have increased range of motion, function and decreased pain by doing hot yoga. I'd really like to loosen up my injured elbow a bit.

Anyway today was a run day. I was kind of concerned about doing an all out run following the hot yoga session. Not really sure how stressful it was to my body. So I went out and ran really easy.

This weeks so far.

Sat Cathe cardio and weights, 1 mile dog walk
Sun 5.3 mile run, fast, for me pace, 100 pushup w2d1c2
Mon yoga hip openner and Bikram, 1 mile dog walk
Tues 5.4 mile run easy, 100 pushup w2d2c2, yoga standing and backbends

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GERBALMAMMA 3/20/2010 10:15AM

    You are so organized. Hope a little will rub off on me. Have fun on your adventures.

Report Inappropriate Comment
FUNNINFIT 3/16/2010 1:56PM

    whoa, I gotta get going-love reading about your level of commitment to exercise!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    You are a true inspiration.

Report Inappropriate Comment

A good run/walk

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Today's run/walk felt really good

Total distance 5.53
0.28 mile warm up walk
paces on next 5 miles 10:00,9:54,9:37,9:43,10:03

went with dh---looking at my pace I need to watch those dh runs

relatively flat---Last mile had the most inclines, wish I could figure out a good way to quantify this---my garmin data does not seem too accurate

0.25 mile cool down

Garmin calorie estimate 610

Start time 11:00 am--first day after daylight savings time
47 degrees, cloudy except for 10 minutes with sun

Pre-run food--early morning lattee--double espresso and 1 cup vanilla soy milk, then later a piece of homemade coffee cake, then church then run

Post run food---smoothie---1/2 banana, 1 cup frozen pineapple, 1 cup vanilla soy milk

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CRYSELLE 3/14/2010 8:20PM

    Wow, I love your motivation! Maybe someday I'll get to where I can run and track like that :) Great job!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LAURIE5658 3/14/2010 7:01PM

    I would like to borrow your split times for just a day! Wow! Great run!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/14/2010 6:51PM

    Looking good! I envy you that 47 degree weather! It was pushing 80 here by the time I finished (pushing 70 when I started). Gotta get up earlier!

My husband ran the first 4 miles with me, then he went to sit in the shade and read a book.
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ARKPLE 3/14/2010 4:25PM

I love the way you track everything! So cool!
If I do a DVD, I just track, "done!"

Report Inappropriate Comment

Another week of HM training done--one month till the HM

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Did my 13 mile long run yesterday. I have to see I have really gotten stronger since I did this last year. I'm basing that on how normal I felt the whole rest of the day. Last year I had real issues standing on my feet too long after a long run, making dinner was horrible, or getting out of the car---I'd stiffen up in a half an hour drive. Now I drove my dd to her classes, ran errands, picked my dd up, took my 3 children and myself to the dentist and did the dentist thing, and made a healthy dinner that involved a moderate amount of standing cutting veggies and fruits.

Data on the long run

12.49 miles run/walk ratio 2:1
Total elevation gain according to Garmin 2332 ft
Average Pace 11:44
Garmin calorie estimate 1469

47 degrees, cloudy, a few stray raindrops, light breeze

Starting time 6:50 am

I wore my long sleeve warm tech shirt, compression tights and underarmour socks.

Before run food, Latte (double espresson and cup vanilla soy milk), 1/2 cup homemade granola--this is my basic mix, oats, wheat germ and just a touch of honey---our family adds dried fruits and nuts to match individual preferences---handful of raisins and a splash of soy milk

during run food---used two luna moon packets---they are 100 calories each, had some at mile 4, 7, 10. I actually eat these pretty slowly. Each packet has 6 moons in it. Once I decide it's a time to eat I have one at about every other walk break---I have a sip of water on the other break.

after run food---smoothie, 1/2 banana, 1 cup frozen pineapples, 1 cup vanilla soy milk

Now for the whole week in review

Sat 5.4 mile run/walk, 1.3 mile dog walk
Sun Cathe cardio and weights, 100 pushup program, Yoga "quickie"
Mon Cathe step blast, AM yoga--standing, Yoga total happiness
Tues 3.1 mile dog walk, 100 pushup program, am yoga twists, Cathe sts abs pilates
Wed run/walk 5.4 miles, am yoga back bends
Thurs dog walk 1 mile, 100 pushup program, am yoga forward bends
Friday 13.5 mile run/walk

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/13/2010 7:14PM

    Sound like your muscles, ligaments, tendons, etc are fully adapted to the distance!

I haven't run really long yet since the marathon, but have been working instead on increasing my pace in the "longer" runs. I do need to do at least one long run -- not sure how long it will be. I guess I should do it soon so that, if my premise that I don't need to worry as much about raw endurance for OKC is not correct, I have time to do something about it.

You should be all set to start marathon training after this 1/2!
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
FUNNINFIT 3/13/2010 5:53PM

    sounds like you're right on target for your half marathon!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JENNIFER124 3/13/2010 1:12PM

    you have this down!!! always interesting to hear what other's rituals are.. and very cool you can tell that you are stronger this time around~~~ emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALISHAB3 3/13/2010 12:09PM

    Thats a great rotation, good luck with your hm!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    You are one awesome lady!!

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 Last Page