Tuesday, February 16, 2010
So this morning I was feeling very whiny about going to the gym but I just DID it and I'm so glad I did.
Don't you love how you will always regret it and feel guilty if you opt not to go (out of laziness rather than a legitimate reason), but if you go you get a GREAT sense of accomplishment in addition to the physical benefits of working out??? :D
So I was SEMI-worried about squatting cause I was having a little bit of twinges in my IT band after Sunday's race, but mostly it was a not realistic worry that I was using as a scape goat to frighten myself out of going to the gym. :P I decided that I would go, do my warmup on a spin bike because according to the latest Runner's World SOMETIMES rowing can aggravate an IT band injury, and while that has NEVER been the case for me, I figured I'd take no chances, give myself something new (well a returning old favorite) to do, and get it done. So I warmed up with about 8min on the Spin Bike -- I'm not good at just taking it easy. I started out just some simple straightforward biking, but before long I was standing, and doing "jumps", and hovering, and after 8min I had burned 100cal according to my HRM and I felt warmed up.
I headed over to the "Stretch Trainer":
Focused on the hip/glute stretches, then did some seated twists and half pigeon poses:
I am soooooo not good at this - can't open myself enough to be flat to the ground like that, my body is still hovering, but it's a good stretch for the hips!
And since after all that I felt great, I headed to the workout. Everything went great pretty much. :) And I felt strong and proud for doing it. A bit of stretching afterward and then home to my protein smoothie.
I have an interview for that position tomorrow afternoon...
OH rowing was cancelled this morning due to the below freezing temps. Apparently our coach still went out with the Men's University Crew Club and when they came in the oars, boat, bodies -- all coated in a layer of ice. EEK! I'm sure the dock was VERY FUN to carry boats up... So while I miss rowing, I'm not too sad about having to miss THAT today. Can it please get warm now???
Monday, February 15, 2010
They posted an "updated" version of the results with the lengths of the first 3 legs modified, but the last two are still the same. I am kind of ticked because I KNOW my leg was at least 8.2 miles -- I double checked the course map with where I entered the race (I know exactly where because I was hiding inside the Business Building on the UAB campus to stay warm for the 1.5+hrs I was waiting at the relay exchange point, so I have a specific reference point.
I used mapmyrun to compare to the course map in case for some reason the course map had mile markers arbitrarily tossed out there and I actually came up with closer to 8.3 or 8.4 miles for my leg! Assuming it's really only 8.2, my pace is 11:39 min miles, but the results have me at 12:50.
So because of this -- AND because of the fact that my leg was at least .7miles longer than it was reported to be and this could have caused a problem for many final leg racers -- I submitted an email to the address provided on the home page for timing issues.
OH also we were 29/38 for the FEMALE ONLY teams... there were a total of 205 teams, 34 Men's, 118 Mixed Open, 4 Masters, 4 Middle School, 7 High School.
By my rough calculations there were 44 slower teams than us out of all of those, so we were...161st? / 205?
I thought there were more relay teams than 38! HAHAHA :D Unfortunately, at least thus far, they don't have any overall rankings up of any kind. Of course, I'd prefer they figure out the leg lengths first.... :P
Monday, February 15, 2010
... my food has been pretty ridiculous for the past few days! :P
But the good news is my body is now craving lots of clean simple food, so I'm looking forward to a positive week. No race deadlines to prepare for, just a lot of lifting, a little rowing, and a little running. Should be nice.
I studied the course map and calculated our "adjusted" paces for the team and sent them out. Even with adjustment, CLOVERR1 ran her leg in like 8:04 min miles (although the race results had her at 7:14!!!! SPEEDSTER!) hahahaha :D At least the rankings for each leg would still be accurate since everyone ran the same length and she was ranked 9th of the 38 people who ran, so that's pretty awesome. :D
My pace turned out to 11:47 - very happy with that, even if I was 36/38 relay runners. I think the other teams tended to have fast people on that last leg because I definitely saw relay folks passing me in that leg -- looking at the times before adjustment (of which mine was like 12:50) I saw some 9's, a lot of 10's, some 11's, and only a few 12's. And knowing those runners were probably around 1min faster than the time listed there, they were almost all much speedier than me in a way I would NOT be happy about without knowing they were faster than what was listed! HAHA :D You know what I mean?
The course was kind of hilly!!! Overall it was more downhill than uphill, but the elevation curve was like - up, down, up, long down -- OVERALL. But if you look closer it was lots of little ups and downs throughout those overall trends. HAHAHA :D I really enjoyed the course, though -- there were great spectators. I joked with one of my teammates about how I never expect to finish a marathon in 4:40 (our time was like 4:39:18), so it was fun to be at the post marathon party when it was still in full swing instead of showing up straggling at the end hoping there's still food. :D HAHAHAHA.
But it was really neat running there at the end with the full marathoners -- I could see they were tired a lot of them. Some walking and stretching, some just doggedly putting one foot in front of another to just keep going. I had a smile on my face a lot and was really enjoying myself -- but I tried not to look too peppy when I passed a marathoner because I'm not sure how much I'd love seeing that if I were them. I'd be like "STUPID RELAY RUNNER. You've only been out here since mile 18!!!!!" But I still felt a sense of comraderie with them because I had BEEN THERE before. Not as fast as them -- so definitely a lot of respect for being among those who had made it to that point in the marathon so much faster than I had as well... but I was there and I know how tough it is in those final miles. My favorite part was probably the cheering/support station somehwere after mile 25 - they had gummi bears! :D hehehe. Just the thing to bring a smile to someone's face when they're closing in on the finish line, too. :)
Well. I'm sleepy. Yesterday meant waking up at 4:30AM after about 5 hrs of sleep (maybe) then I was up until after maybe 8pm when I fell asleep on the couch a few times throughout the night, waking up around 1-2 am for the final time, watching Olympics, and going to bed way too late. HAHAHA. I mean, I got plenty of sleep but not all in a row and it was weird. I'm thinking tonight I should go to sleep pretty easily and get on a better schedule for the week.
I was saving photos from my camera to my external hard drive and deleting them off the camera memory when I saw my "before" pictures from NROL4W. Not pretty. Not that right now I feel any prettier in general, but my arms and shoulders are definitely showing more definition! I had like... no bicep bump before (flexing even - sad!), and I know in the mirror now I can see a curve on my shoulders and then a curve for my biceps - so I know I'm building some muscle! I have like -- 3weeks left of Stage 1. Two more regular weeks (the last variation on sets and reps for these workouts), and then a week of doing the exercises with the same weight I used the first week - one set, as many reps as possible. As a gauge of how far I've come. I'm anxious to get to Stage 2 where the HIIT gets added at the end of the workouts. I think at this rate I'm still going to finish maybe in June? Which means I'll be done close to gearing up for marathon training probably, aiming for another fall marathon of some kind. So I think that will be perfect -- then I can focus on maintaining my muscle while training as best as possible. Last time I had started kinda trying to build muscle like... in the summer. And then a month or two later, marathon training! And regattas coming up! And I was a running and rowing machine and my ST fell by the wayside. I will NOT let that happen this year!
OK - ready to get back focused this week. :)
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Not only was this race super fun, but I believe I received the most swag ever at a race... :D
We got: hat, gloves, finisher's tech shirt, and a medal. :D SWEEET.
Also -- some of the legs were not the length advertised... I should've realized something was up when my exchange point was right at around the 18 mile marker... meaning I was running around 8-8.2 miles instead of 7.5 as the final race instructions said. :P hahaha But I still managed to finish in around 1:30 I think -- the race started at 7:03, I was handed off around 10:10 and finished at about 12:40 or something like that. Well actually the race clock said 4:40, so I guess it might've taken me 1:33? Still puts me somewhere between 11:15-11:37 ish min mile pace, which is definitely the fastest I've ever done that distance IF that's a close enough guesstimate. And let's say I'm off just a bit, still 12min mile average is good for me. :)
But yeah, I think the first leg was short, second leg long, 3rd short, 4th pretty dead on and last leg long. (compared to the advertised lengths of 10k, 5k, 10k, 5k, 12k).
ANYWAY - pictures!
Our team name was "Psychos" and our shirts say "Cute but Psycho" As you can see we also have our names on our sleeves - CLOVERR1 is all the way to the left next to me :) This iron on transfer fabric she found was amazing -- doesn't require you to mirror the image and it's totally opaque so you can use any color and not worry about color show through.
Here's CLOVERR1 in action with our super cool yellow relay baton -- it was hollow so some people put them on a race belt, but most carried them traditionally :)
I'm the blur farthest to the back at the end of the race when my psychos joined me for the last 200yds or so of the race. :D
Post race ritual food stuffing - BBQ!
Awesome new short sleeve tech shirt:
(So you can see the size)
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Sondre Lerche... rules.
And this venue was pretty freaking awesome -- a very intimite setting, tons of small tables for 2 right up to the stage and then larger tables around and booths... it was neato. DH said he felt like he was at Austin City Limits. ;)
This was the opening act, JBM - he was AWESOME - amazing guitar player, cool lyrics, soulful voice. DH called him Thome Yorke doing James Taylor, which I thought was an amusing description. :D In any case - very cool. Oh and see the monitors up front? Yeah, we were directly front and center, our little round table touching the stage.
Sondre Lerche with JBM for a special encore song -
And then we got to meet them afterward, so nice, so cool -- DH grabbed the setlist and Sondre Lerche FIXED IT, cause he made some changes, added the encore, and dated and signed it. :D hehehe. It was awesome.
BEST VALENTINE'S GIFT EVER.
Go listen to Sondre Lerche if you haven't before. Might I recommend: Two Way Monologue, My Hands (are Shaking), or Words and Music to start. :)
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