Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I know weight fluctuates, but COME ON people! HAHAHA. Yesterday I had a new low and today it was up to scary weight. What is up with that? Granted the difference between those two numbers is only 3.5lbs, so that is clearly within the realm of fluctuation, and I guess bacon+chips+salsa = lots of sodium, even though I ate within calories and everything last night so... yeah.
I'm not stressing it because I know how this thing works. :D HAHAA It's still weird to have such a dramatic difference from one day to another. The good thing is my knowledge that has armed me to understand this information - I know I did not create a calorie surplus = 3.5lbs last night. In fact, perhaps a deficit. I haven't crunched the numbers, but it'll be close to even. Definitely not close to 12,250 calories over. :D So I will drink my water and get some sleep tonight and call it good because I know I'm still tracking and exercising and doing well.
AND I know I'm sore, and I didn't weigh until after eating and doing my run this morning... so there's that, too. :P
I was planning on 7+ this morning, but ended up at 6+ due to me being slow and getting out a bit later than planned. I wanted to start running by 5AM, but actually got there at closer to 5:15 - considering my average pace this morning was over 15min miles - that's my extra mile! HAHAHA It was SO SLOW. Although I was getting faster and stronger as the miles went by, honestly I felt best right before I stopped running. Then I stopped and my legs turned to sore stilty w/ jello knees again. haha. Meaning walk stiltlike but if something requires a bent leg my muscles give in like nobody's business. Tonight I plan on doing some core work at home, and then tomorrow will be a shorter run than today but longer than 3. so 4-5 miles tomorrow. Then some upper body ST somehow tomorrow. Lower body if I feel I can do that without endangering my ability to run on Saturday. :)
I really liked running a couple of super easy miles in the afternoon on Sunday - I think I'm going to continue a recovery run on Sunday as my schedule. I think having Monday and Friday off really works for me so if I'm going to add another day, it's got to be running both days on the weekend instead of just one. I think that will be pretty manageable.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Had a VERY slow few miles this morning -- my legs were feeling utterly dead after last nights Bodypump followed by hooping. I was able to do a move that I couldn't do before for the first time at Hoop Class so that was exciting! I'm not good enough at it yet to do it consistently, but I was able to repeat execution of it at least 4-5 times so it makes me feel confident that with practice I will be able to get that one down.
I think it looks really cool - it's basically bringing the hoop off of your body and over head from a waist hooping into overhead on the hand spinning (lasso) movement. From there you can go around the body off the body hooping style, or you can bring it back down on the body (which I haven't mastered yet - I can bring it down semi- ok from overhead spinning, but haven't tried it from bringing it off the body yet directly).
I also had a new low weight on my scale this morning for a while, nothing big, but it's a change so that was nice to see.
THANK YOU to everyone for your comments on my blog from Sunday - it was good for me to get out all my thoughts and to read your feedback really helped me to feel confident about my goal setting and not disappointed at all. I looked at the weekly mileage for the plan I used last year and it actually IS a LITTLE higher this year, which is confidence building, and I hit 17+ miles as a long run pretty early, so I know I can get a lot of longer long runs in between now and the marathon which is really good to know as well.
Tomorrow morning I plan to run a bit longer, longer for me for a midweek run - I'm gonna aim for 7 so I gotta get up crazy early. :)
Sunday, October 10, 2010
My weight is pretty much stagnant over the past few weeks. I suppose I could be doing better tracking, but it's still kind of annoying. I stopped doing the deficit tracking and things stopped moving - even though I'm still eating (mostly) well and hitting workouts.
I NEED TO DO SOME STRENGTH TRAINING!!! I am so lame on that front right now. And I know my body needs it.
I had a bad race yesterday, Disappointed in myself but really I think my expectations and plan for the day were poorly conceived more than anything. I still finished, and got a time with a pace faster than my usual long run, faster than my (so -far) planned marathon pace.
It was a 15K that I squeezed in under 2 hrs.
Here are some estimated split times...
Mile 3: 34ish
Mile 5: 58ish
Mile 7: 1:26ish (so yes, those two miles between 5 and 7 utterly destroyed me)
Mile 8: 1:45 (WOW that'sa ridiculously slow mile! - 19 min??)
Mile 9.3: 1:59:15ish (clock time was like 1:59:45 ish I think, no chip timing, watch was around 30sec of of clock)
So... yeah. This road loop after mile 5 was miserable. I think right before mile 5 is when I took some Gatorade. And I was fighting puking the whole rest of the race. I guess I did 1.3 in 14 minutes or so, which is not bad for me at all - but honestly I walked most of mile 8 and just SPRINTED into the finish after mile 9. I started jogging a bit toward the end of mile 8 and had to stop and bend over to alleviate the nausea and somewhat dizziness.
The race was at the top of a "mountain" here in AL - 1600' elevation - and fairly rolling - especially from mile 5-7 more than anything. I ate a bowl of cereal in addition to my usual PB/Banana wrap before the race. And I took Gatorade. Those are the kind of variable factors involved here. I think I also selected a goal time and inital pace that was not commensurate w/ the rolling hills. Since I maintained it early on I figured I should keep trying for it until about mile 5 when I recognized I felt like total crap and I could feel my body just dragging and see the hills were getting more rolling. I didn't have an elevation map for this course... but I should've just run it at MP and then had the energy to add a few easy miles on a nice trail up there afterward to boost the mileage for the day since that was my LR. That was a plan I had but I decided instead that I thought I could run 1:45 for a 15K and ignored the fact that I had zero attempt at a taper, and ran 10K Thursday evening (which for me is a mid length run, one of the longer distances I'll do midweek), and had unknown course conditions, and wanted to add some extra miles. *DOH*
I do all this analysis not to excuse my performance, but to learn from it so I can avoid whatever choices I made that gave me a less than awesome result.
I also am starting to realize that my goal of breaking 5:30 for my marathon is probably unrealistic and attempting to maintain that kind of a pace will almost certainly result in blowup and possibly being swept off the course. I will hold any final judgement for my half marathon result in November (which I will most definitely prepare for as a RACE) -- but right now the plan is to try to run an even paced marathon race at around a 13min mile. Which means that last week's GREAT 17+ miler was too fast. I need to really slow down my long runs to ensure my endurance is there. I guess some could argue that maybe my race pace should be faster if an easy LR is at 13:15min miles, but I know I run slower than that sometimes and my LR shouldn't be faster than my slower runs I don't think. Granted most of those slower runs are shorter, average including my warmup mile w/ 5min minimum of walking... so the run pace is a bit slowed down...
But anyway. It was just a tough day yesterday and I'm feeling disappointed with adjusting my goal to not be able to achieve such a big improvement over my first marathon, which I felt was kind of a disaster. Why should I run a well executed race and improve only 15min over a complete disaster of a race? Over 26.2 miles? I mean I understand hoping for a huge PR on a shorter distance is kind of ridiculous, but considering I was done at the half of my first and drug my butt in to 5:55, it's kind of depressing to think that my new goal is only 5:40.
I am wondering because last year I actually thought I might be able to do the marathon between 5:15-5:30 if I had executed it well. Was that just ridiculous dreaming? And why I came in at 5:55? Are my expectations just actually realistic this year? Or am I actually that much slower?
So many questions. I definitely have quite a bit of training time between now and the marathon, but I'm not sure I will be making any kind of gains during that time other than preparing my body for the distance - not necessarily speed gains.
I want to dial in my nutrition to shed as much as realistically possibly before the race - every lb off this body will help! I'm not going to do anything crazy for that to happen, just want to get back to my deficit tracking and being more precise and clean and less willy-nilly with things. I can have freedom to not just eat carrot sticks, but I don't need to have that kind of leeway EVERYDAY ya know?
I want to ensure I'm still doing some speedwork - I kind of got off the beaten path w/ my training runs lately and have just been trying to GET IN SOME MILES without a good attempt at hitting proper training paces or doing any speedwork for the past few weeks - basically since I got sick before my half.
I just looked again at the training plan I wanted to base mine off of, from the latest marathon training special from Runner's World, and reminded myself of what my speedwork goals are.
This weekend I'm running a 5K for social reasons - for training purposes I'm doing my LR BEFORE the race. The race doesn't start until 9AM, so I will have plenty of time if I get started early to get in 15 miles (which is my goal). I will need to start running at like, 5AM. hahaha. At least. (in order to ensure my pace is NICE and SLOW) Good thing I got my headlamp.
After that I figure it's fine to run the 5K at whatever pace I feel like it. It'll be run hard, but after 15 miles I'm not sure hard will = any kind of proper 5K race pace! HAHA :D It'll be interesting to see what I have in the tank after that.
Today I'm running a few miles w/ my friend KEAKMAN in the Portland Marathon. No I won't be in Portland- the plan is to be in my neighborhood actually... her goal time is 14:24 min miles and an even pace, which will give her a PR over her last (also first) marathon time, which I believe was 6:38:xx, so a 20min PR! Which I think is an excellent and realistic goal!!! If all things go GREAT I think her stretch goal is under 6, which I don't think is out of the ballpark either.
If only I could be as understanding toward myself and not be such a nazi about the fact that I don't feel I'm getting any faster and if anything, maybe getting slower. *sigh*
OH! So all this has led me to set a new goal for my running post marathon.
I won't have a goal race right away, but I do have a goal training approach: Keep my mileage up somewhat. We're talking not going under 25 miles a week, aiming for an average of more like 30 (confession, I haven't hit 30 miles a week yet... dangit. I just checked my training - no wonder my paces are so miserable - I have had 25, 28, 29 - today's miles will get me to something like 27 for this week), but to maintain a long run distance of 10-13 miles each week, and incorporate regular speedwork. That sounds good right? I think if I can maintain that kind of training as a base in the spring, I should maintain better endurance for entering any kind of marathon training, but have enough energy to be able to devote time to some real speedwork as well. Since I won't be building mileage I won't have to worry about doing too much speed and building at the same time.
Anyway, point is - I need to blog more. All this has been spinning inside my head and getting me faosapthisaprihr crazy. Help alleviate my crazy, friends!
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.
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