Thursday, November 19, 2009
So, today I had to get up EARLY early and go rowing for the first time in two weeks!
I was dreading the cold... but got on my tights, shortsleeve tech shirt, THICK long sleeved T (from FSU Seminoles Chiefly Brass (basketball pep band)), hoodie, hat, gloves -- hey I was set! HAHAHA it was 40 degrees when I left and I was taking no chances.
I felt mostly really comfortable while rowing -- the thing about rowing is that you can get warm if you're continuously rowing for a while, but the wind/breeze factor is a lot MORE than running because you're literally moving so much faster. (consider at the last regatta one of our boats that ranked like...16th, rowed 5K in like 16 min? or something? and the fastest I've ever run that distance is 29:50 or so?) so...... considering we rotate through the boat so there are sitting still times plus the extra wind, I feel the need to dress a bit more warmly for rowing practice than for running.
Rowing was awesome today, though! We did a fun new drill using an "extended layback" position. So -- when you're rowing you swing your upper body back then pull in your arms and "tap down" with your hands to get the oar out of the water and end the stroke, then quickly straightening your arms back forward you swing your upper body forward before sliding up on your seat and setting the blade in the water (the catch) to begin the thrust back (the DRIVE) of the stroke.
ANYWAY -- when you swing your body back, you're supposed to be "laying back" a bit -- not sitting directly upright. Today's drill EXAGGERATED the layback position basically as far as we could -- so it was a serious core workout. The result being that you are really swinging your body over a very wide angle backward to forward as quickly as possible. It was very fun and very cool! The actual rowing itself was pretty chill, we didn't even go all 8's at any point and not too much on 6's -- left us available to concentrate on form and technique without having to worry about the set of the boat or speed too much -- also meaning a somewhat less intense workout which is good cause I had to run afterward.
It's so cool to have friends that are into fitness! HAHAHA :D Many of the rowers are also runners and they are all interested in my marathon training progress and wished me luck (today will be the last row I get before my marathon!!! How's THAT for exciting???). Before I did rowing I didn't really have any IN PERSON real life friends who were into stuff like that -- only SparkFriends. It's cool to be part of an athletic GROUP.
Anyway -- so I went to run! 7 miles was the schedule, but since I did 8.5 on Tuesday instead of 8, and 4.14 yesterday instead of 4, and I know a 6.5 mile route off the top of my head I resolved that would be the run for me today. I wore my HRM transmitter strap but forgot my watch! I have no idea how long I ran today. I was going to estimate based on my music but it gave out a little ways before probably the last mile or so? And I forgot so whatever. I picked points along the route that I determined would be my hydrating and fueling points and I think I did good on that even though I usually watch my watch, but yeah. In a way it was kind of freeing because it allowed me to really relax -- because who cares how long it took me??? It was an easy midweek run, I wasn't going to KNOW so why worry?
So..... other than my Saturday long runs (this Sat 13, next Sat 10) my runs are in the following short lengths ;) hehe:
5 miles, 4 miles, TURKEY TROT 5K (3.1mileS), 3 miles, 4 miles, 2 miles...
:D :D :D :D :D Today marked the last midweek mileage over 5 miles, and I only have ONE of those even. Woot. It's getting more and more exciting every day!!!
OH - and I confirmed there will be NO internet tracking. :( Sorry folks! But I will try to update if I can as soon as possible -- I mean I'm gonna be totally jazzed! haha.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
So....this morning's run.... it was about as cold as it was yesterday - very similar. upper 40's (which if it's sunny is not so bad, but when it's cloudy and windy is not so awesome). I wore my tights today, and my gloves. I had similar tops on -- regular v neck T and longsleeved over it. I felt REALLY GOOD after I got going -- nice and warm! But then I started sweating more on my face and I didn't want to get sweaty underneath so first I scrunched the sleeves, then lost the gloves, and I still felt really good, so then when I got to my turnaround point I walked a bit and took off the long sleeve shirt -- felt ok. Then got a little cold, added the gloves -- and that pretty much worked. Slightly cold. I think it would have been better if I could have lost the short sleeve and kept the long sleeve, but the long sleeve has the advantage of being able to tie the sleeves around the waist... hahaha. And it was on top. Anyway -- fun.
Aside from the weather -- I had to stop like 5 times to re-tie my shoes -- I was experiencing a sore spot on the top of my left foot. So I finally succeeeded with skipping a middle hole and the top one and OFF I WENT!! But that first... I dunno, 1/2 a mile? took like 12 minutes. After that I was running along at a pretty good pace, felt settled in, probably a bit swift due to it being cold, and then when I was about 1/4 mile from the end I turned it up full blast. I ended up with an average of 12min miles, including all the stuff at the beginning so that was neat. I also listened to the Black Eyed Peas - Imma Be for the entire run. Over and over -- I just love that song. :)
Oh and if you didn't see my status update -- I got my bib number for the marathon yesterday!!!!!
:) So exciting!
I also spent most of last night looking up menus for the places that are offering discounts for the Friday Night Carbo-Loading event. Show your official race number and get a discount. And I made a google map of where they all are in relation to where we're staying... and the expo, and the start and finish...
Now I am going to email the marathon ppl and ask if they will be offering online tracking for the race because that would just make it perfect.
Oh, marathon marathon marathon marathon. Marathon marathon? Marathon.
(Yeah I am aware that is what I sound like but I can't help it!)
Oh - we'll toss in a little -- DH found an emergency replacement for his dissertation committee. One of his committee members was having health issues and can't make it and who knows when they could, so he got approval to do that. It meant more paperwork, but luckily finding the person went smoothly so full speed ahead to defense on Friday! Then next week Thanksgving! Then next week Marathon! :D
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
OH MAN. After tomorrow it will be a single digit amount of runs remaining. CRrraaazy.
I was very nervous for today's run -- not feeling super 100% yet after Saturday's 20 miler... and it was 8 miles (actually 8.5, but 8 on the schedule), which is my longest mid-week run for the ENTIRE TRAINING plan... kinda strange that it falls right after the longest long run??? But anyway. I decided nothing was going to stop me and headed out.
And boy, the world got me! HAHAHA I had commented yesterday to several people about being worried about the weather being unseasonably warm and then all of a sudden snapping to cold the day of the race and me never running in the cold... well today was kinda cold for me. It was in the upper 40's for almost my whole run, and NO SUN except for 3 moments. hahaa It was kind of magical -- it came out at those moments when I was like, HOLY CRAP I AM SO COLD I am not going to make it... and then voila, sun beams warming me up a bit. I felt like a flower stretching my face toward the sun. Of course it disappeared moments later but at least it kept me sane enough to make it. In around the last mile I cranked up the speed. I was like -- ok that's it, I'm freezing, the sooner I get back to the car the sooner I'm done with this nonsense -- and it felt GREAT.
My run ended up being average below 12.5min miles, and I walked for 10 min as a warmup, took my normal walk breaks... I was just going faster overall apparently -- the cold air I think gets me booking it. Plus my max HR was only 178, average 155, which is around 5-10bpm lower than my normal runs.
I think I could have dressed a bit better -- really I think I wanted my gloves. It was pretty windy and my fingers were getting so chapped and cold feeling. I brought them with me but left them in the car thinking I didn't want them afterall.
ANYWAY - the run was ok. Not super pleasant, because I was just thinking about how cold I was most of the time, but it had some really positive things about it. :)
Then I went grocery shopping, came home, put everything away, showered, and ate and right back out the door.
And now I'm hungry -- snack time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, November 16, 2009
So.... it's getting close!
Two weeks from Saturday I will be running a marathon. :) The buildup and anticipation is CRAZY!
I have to say -- after blogging on Saturday other pains came to me. HAHAHAHA The soreness found me, although really it wasn't as bad as I anticipated, my foot started hurting again (today it feels almost normal), the hip was aching (today feels flawless), but um I woke up several times last night, didn't get the best sleep, and after the last time I woke up I felt fine, but then this morning I wake up and have pain in the muscles down the right side of my back. GRRR!!! hhahaha. NO FAIR!! I wanna feel perfect again so I can run my 8 miles tomorrow! I'm hoping all I need is the rest of today and tonight's sleep to be feeling perfect again to go and run. But if not -- I can handle missing a run. All will be ok.
So I forgot to mention -- yesterday I painted faces for 4 hours at a local Fall Festival. I LOVE painting faces!!! I was really loving it up until like the last... I dunno 20-30 min. Even then it just depended on who I was painting cause some kids were sweet and cute and some were just antsy and not polite. You know? No kids were awful or anything, just less pleasant. Afterward the friend who invited me to paint faces asked us over for dinner and I got to eat a wonderful healthy meal and I didn't even have to cook it! :D She made a great salad, and a pasta bake w/ multigrain noodles, ground turkey, spinach, organic tomato sauce, and fat free ricotta... I think that's the gist of it. Oh and bell peppers. It was so perfect. I ate way too much of it. haha. But at least it was a lot of the good stuff.
We definitely tore apart some IHOP after my run, too. haha. But now I feel normalized re: intake and it's back to the usual this week. The time from now to the marathon will likely go so fast -- My DH is defending his dissertation this Friday, then next week is Thanksgiving so I will only have to work like 2.5 days before going to visit inlaws and have fun, then I come back, work a 4 day week before going to Memphis! :D I'm sure I will have many boring anxiety filled work hours waiting for the time to pass, but other than that it will really be over before I know it, I'm sure of it.
I'm also excited to run the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving :D Revisiting my first 5K, first race ever, will be so cool the week before the marathon. :)
As for right now, I'm sore and tired. HAHAHA :D So today can move along please, thank you!
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