Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Just realized I never posted this to my blog! :D
I'm in all black, w/ a purplish stripe at the waist area of my short pants if you see it.
Also the older gentlemen frequently comes to my Zumba class as well! :D
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I'm feeling very on track!
I haven't tracked my food 100% in a while, but yesterday I did most of it and today I've tracked everything prior to leaving work at least so far. Just gotta get dinner in the mix!
I weighed this morning down .5lb from my pre half weight - so all that fluctuation is gone and then some - and today is the start of TOM. So I'm feeling pretty good about that. :)
Last night I hit the park for 5K, and I kept getting colder and colder and speeding up more and more... hahaha. My average pace was still over 12min mile, but considering my first mile probably took a total of more like 15-17min w/ my 5 min walking warmup involved, I'm not sure how fast I really ran those last two miles! I wish I had a Garmin to see how that really divvied up. HAHA.
This morning it was a 5AM wakeup call to get going since I planned to get in 6 miles. I just barely had enough time for my smidge over 6 that I mapped out, then shower, lunch, eat, and to work on time. But I did it! It was really dark, and my headlamp isn't here yet, but I mapped a route that took me through a place w/ sidewalks and streetlamps so I just stayed on the sidewalk and had plenty of light so I could see and be seen and I wasn't in the road. I prefer running on the road in that area because the sidewalks are up on these ridiculous banks - so everytime there's a road crossing the sidewalk angles steeply down to road level and back up again after the intersection. SOOOooooooooooooooo annoying and extra stress for the legs. But it was worth it to get in the miles today and to have a change of scenery. :)
Shortly before my turnaround point there was an intersection full of shrubs and whatnot at the entrance to a business - when I passed through on the way out it was normal, but when I turned around I saw that the sprinklers had turned on creating a huge mist over the entire area. I saw a runner come through it! I waved at him and he said get ready for a shower! haha
I put my hands up flat on either side of my eyes like blinders so I didn't get water all up in my face and plowed through it - yeah, I got wet. And it was 49 degrees this morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So a bit chilly, especially for those last 3 miles or so.
Felt great being able to log 6 miles before coming to work, though - haven't had a nice pre-work run like that in a bit.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Ok so I left you guys hanging this weekend - so sorry! :D
Gotta go log some food today, ate out last night at the last minute, but didn't get anything too bad. A nice Tortilla Soup and side salad - minimal dressing added by me. Like 2-3 of Henry's fries and two tortilla chips w/ some toppings from my FIL's nachos. Then a serving of tortilla chips at home as well - seriously, it was not bad. Nice low salt multigrain tortilla chips at home and the toppings on my FIL's nachos were pretty light seeming - not too much meat or cheese, some beans in there, and lettuce, onions, tomatoes... yeah. Good stuff. He had jalapenos too but I scooted them off of the ones I took.
My LR on Saturday was... completed. HAHAHA :D It was rough - CLOVERR1 makes big talk about being slow but truth of the matter is she just trains slow most of the time, and counts the slow time on trails. Get her on a road w/ a couple of faster runner buddies, and she was OFF doign 8-10 miles of the run at a sub 10 min mile pace, absolutely smoking me. HAHAHAHA :D But she joined me for part of it -- at which point I was too drained to keep up with her fast power walk. Sorry girl! I should've let you stay with someone more entertaining!
The problem was - I went out way too fast. I could see I was getting left behind big time but I didn't want to be - I tried to catch up, then gave up on that and tried to stay close enough to see where everyone was turning, then gave up on that. At some point I settled on my normal long run pace I think, around 13mm - but at the 6 mile mark I was only at 1:14, which is an average of like 12:20 ish min miles, so I know I was booking it at first. The last 7+ miles were brutal therefore -- I walked a good chunk of it, but when I started getting closer to the finish, I picked it back up to running again.
It was fun finishing with people there -stretching w/ other runners and having aid stations for my run - seeing everyone on the way back saying good job, etc. - knowing we were all out there running the same route to train together. It wasn't quite the experience I imagined of taking on the run in a little pack of relaxed chatty running fun -- but I knew that wasn't necessarily realistic based on the fact that I am quite a lot slower than a lot of people. :) Maybe someday if I get faster or I go somewhere that has so many runners that there are a group as slow as me I'll get to experience something like that, but for now - I'M GOOD. I like running by myself for the most part.
So then Sunday was supposed to be "active recovery" day according to my new plan, but I didn't do that. I did resting recovery. Oh well. hahaha :D I planned on trying to run on Monday, but there was lightning and then I picked Zumba+Hooping+switching days over running in the rain last night.
So here's this week's revised plan:
TWR - 3-6-3 miles or something similar.
F - rest
Sat - LR w/ group - 16 miles? I dont' remember.
Sun - some recovery miles - 4-6?
Ideally I want my running plan to look like
MTW - 3-6-3 (gradually building these days throughout) - one day being hills OR speed intervals
R - REST!
F- Pace run - 6ish whatever, building throughout Higdonesque
S- Group Long Run
Su- Active Recovery - AKA light ST, yoga, hula hoop, whatever.
This also includes - Monday night gym night - Zumba/ST + Hula Hoop class, possible Wednesday Pilates, need to do some upper body ST BIG TIME. Thinking about developing a good at home program for this so I don't have to pack a gym bag constantly. Or just plan on heading to the gym JUST for ST on T-R nights? I dunno. I'm undecided. I have a friend on RW who is always rotating upperbody muscle groups and working a part every day pretty much, but always working something. Seems like that might be the most realistic way to fit in ST with such a packed schedule? I think if I have an actual plan I'll do it. Leaving it too open usually results in me doing nothing.
I'm running tonight vs. this morning - it was dark and foggy and cold. I'm getting a headlamp, which would have made me feel pretty comfortable about running in this, but without it it just seemed like a bad idea. Especially considering that this evening after work the weather is forecasted to be ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS AND PERFECT for running! :D So I'm planning to hit an easy 3 tonight, maybe I'll do it at the greenway and take my Freestyle Trainer Straps to get in some ST while I'm at it since 3 miles doesn't take very long. Maybe now that the weather is getting cooler outside I can talk my DH into coming with me after work sometimes during the week and I can do my straps at the park and we can hang out together. That'd be nice. :)
Waiting on a package: New shoes (Asics Gel-Kayano 15's), GU's, Ininji socks (toe socks for runners - hoping this might help my pinky toe blister situation), and a HEADLAMP! :D Petzl Tikka 2 or Tikka Plus2? I can't remember. It's got 50 lumens of light and great reviews.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
And I guess running does that for me -- gotta do my running or a feel off kilter.
Had a slowwww 4 miler this morning, nice and easy. Saturday's the group long run. I should do some upper body ST tonight or tomorrow - so that's the plan there.
Food - last night's dinner was nonsense. I had planned on DH being back from his trip to Tuscaloosa to work on his dissertation, but it turns out he wasn't. So I wasn't feeling like cooking some dinner - and when I was transferring my newly purchased cereal to the containers we use instead of the box, it didn't all fit. So my dinner was : Cereal, muscle milk, Luna Protein bar, Gingersnaps.
Yeah not the greatest sources for nutrition, but the nutrition profiles weren't really too bad thank goodness.
So far today food looks good as well.
Been wearing skirts all week and decided to keep it rolling today with a dress. :) hehehe. Wearing a slicked back bun and got told I looked ready for ballet. I said I wish I was doing ballet instead of work -- not that I know how, but I bet it would be better. :)
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