Thursday, June 28, 2012
So, when I blog regularly, I track regularly, I track - I succeed.
I need to keep blogging!!! When I stop blogging, that means I'm not really staying on my game.
But my running has been going great, at least! :D
I'm going to set a new monthly mileage PR this month, looks like - super excited about that.
I tracked my food so far today.
I need to do strength training today. REALLY REALLY REALLY.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
OK! SO! Here's the rundown...
Didn't track yesterday so I don't have that for you...
Ran 12 miles today - 8 on my own and 4 with Roscoe, for the 12athon challenge (12 miles the 12th of every month for 2012).
I got going so early I didn't weigh myself, but I did after... but that was also after a really long run so??? I did drink water after the run and before weighing. So I have no clue how accurate the weighin was... but it was 190.
I did some pushups and my abs workout today - thinking I'll do lower body tomorrow cause my legs are DEAD after racing Sunday and doing 12 miles today.
I've been tracking my food all day today, so I will be able to check in more on that tomorrow, as well.
I got a laptop! My DH's work was raffling refurbished laptops for donations of $100 to charity and we got one. It's kind of crappy, but it works. I can surf the internet from any room in the house now! :D hahha. the battery life is awful, but I don't need to be super mobile with it, so it's totally fine. I feel so fancy now. ;) haha. But the best thing is I can track food downstairs as I go without schlepping up and down the stairs... isn't that lazy? I can also do mindless computer things instead of munching when downstairs and bored, so that's kind of good, too... it's dumb, but I think it will help. Of course right now I'm writing from upstairs, but still.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Long story short – 13 seconds higher than my PR on a difficult course and a warm day – ASTONISHED.
So last month I ran what was a fairly hilly course in very nice weather conditions in 2:36 - I was aiming for an average pace around 11:52-12 and totally nailed it. I didn't think I had it in me to go faster, and definitely not a PR.
Today was Lake Placid Half - the elevation profile is just wicked. Rolling in the best parts, the start heads straight uphill, then after a loop around mirror lake, it's screaming downhill for a bit (unfortunately, that screaming downhill is part of the out and back we had to come back on... OUCH!)
I got about 4 hours of sleep last night, and yesterday was a very busy day for me. Trombone gigging all day, little time to hang or eat properly. Then I had a snafu printing directions for the race. About 45 min into our drive I check my wallet and realize my ID isn't in there - needed for pickup. UGH! We have no choice but to go and hope they are lenient. (I have all credit cards and even Social Security card but no photo ID - they were fine with it! PHWEW!) We also realize I didn't check to see if it was ok for Roscoe to go on the ferry on the way back, so there was some stress about that... (turns out it was fine).
So I was feeling kind of unprepared in general, but I did have some good few weeks recently... just wasn't feeling great this morning. It was already 65 by the start, and supposed to get warmer - not hot for me, coming from AL, but not my preferred racing temperatures and it did get warm in the sun by the end.
So anyway - we start out. I'm thinking - woah this hill is just the beginning? UGH!
I figure today is NOT going to be a banner day, but I just try to relax. The thing is, with all the uphills, there are downhills… I looove a good downhill run. So many people were seeming to be pretty conservative on the downhill so I was moving ahead quickly (surprisingly…).
Mile 1 – 11:50 (up fairly steep grade)
Mile 2 – 11:33 (still kinda climbing)
Mile 3 – 10:48 (that screaming downhill I mentioned…)
Then we get to be sorta rolling. Just kinda up and down. I’m feeling like I might be working too hard, but try to relax. So many downhills to take advantage of… I’m loving the scenery and trying to really rock the downhills – I’m feeling as we finish the loop and head out on the out and back portion that there are a lot more downhills than up hills and that the way back is going to SUCK.
I figure, I’ve gotta go for what I can get now because I’m doomed later on…
Mile 4 – 11:21
Mile 5 – 11:12
Mile 6 – 11:18
Mile 7 – 11:28
Through this section I tuck in between a pair of Team in Training chicks. We talk a bit – mostly commenting on the runners we start to see coming back – this race is a half and a full, the half course is a loop and an out and back – the marathoners do the out and back bit twice, plus add a little hoop at some horse show grounds or something. In any case, we see the first few half marathoners scream by, and then shockingly the first marathoner. WOAH. Dude was flying!
Speaking of Team in Training – there was a buttload of them at this race, and a buttload of coaches. Considering the size of the race, it was a mob of them. I got a little sick of hearing Go Team! Yay Team Purple! (followed by silence… for me. Hahaha)
In this stretch we run past horses, fly fisherman (I yelled – “Are we scaring the fish???” – he said “not at all!”), and a lady asks me how far we are. 7 and a third, I tell her – she’s like – IS THAT ALL?! I reassure her the turnaround is coming soon, but admit I’m afraid of the uphill that must be waiting on the way back. She says I don’t know what’s worse, the hills or the sun! I instantly say, The sun. I’ll run a hill in the shade any day! What’s gotten into me??? I’m a hillchomping mama at this point. And I leave her in my dust.
This is a common trait during this race. Tucking in behind some folks and then deciding they are TOO SLOW for ME! (WHAT?!)
Mile 8 – 11:09
OK. About this time I realize I’m really far exceeding my expectations for the day….
Mile 9 – 11:09
At this point I realize that if I keep this up, I have a chance at a PR – and a really good chance at my 2nd ever sub 2:30 at the LEAST. I decide that it’s time to put up or shut up – I’ll see what I can throw down each mile until I can’t anymore.
Somewhere in this stretch I mow down the Team in Training duo and then some other Team in Training chicks as well. Sorry ladies, byebye!
Mile 10 – 10:50 – last downhill I think… so I rock through it! Feeling more and more confident!
Mile 11 – 11:16 – still no steady uphills, but some more rolling and flat and more sun… but still running strong! 2 more miles to go!
Mile 12 – 10:58 – holy sweet downhill, pushpushpush the uphills are coming!!!
Worse than I had even anticipated. The neverending hill of doom. At least part of it had shade. We enter some kind of switchback/ramp kind of area to head into the Olympic Speedskating Oval. I gave it all I could on that hill without passing out. It was getting warm now and with my effort at this point and the sun I was starting to get that kind of sick/dizzy feeling….
But everyone was walking up those final hills or walking and running occasionally – while I was chugging steadily up them (SLOW but steady) mowing people down left and right…
Mile 13 – 11:28 – WHAT? Even with that hill??? I was WORKING it….
As we enter the Oval, the relief from the uphill grade hits me and I feel my body start working more efficiently – I speed up and recover slightly, and then I’m able to REALLY kick it in around the track, taking out 2 more victims before crossing the finish line.
Final .11 – 9:44 pace
Yes – my Garmin measurement is a 13.11 – I realllly tried to nail the tangents in this race, but not sure if I’m just amazing at this now, or if the course was somehow slightlyslightly short since I’m usually a little higher on the Garmin. I know the course is certified… ??? but…? In any case.
Garmin time: 2:27:29
PR Set last Nov in ideal weather and a much easier course: 2:27:16
WHAAAAAT?!??!?! I was practically in tears. I felt I executed perfectly, I left everything on the course, and I was astonished at my time. Sure had I had another tenth or two to run, I would’ve been a couple minutes higher, but I strongly believe I still could’ve pulled off my only 2nd ever sub 2:30 half.
Also the course is GORGEOUS!
I don't love this picture but you can see how thrilled I am. :)
Do not love the medal or the shirt, but the course was gorgeous enough to make up for it. I believe the full and halfers got the same medal and shirt, as well...
Monday, June 04, 2012
I think being more mindful is helping, even though I'm not perfect yet.
I didn't track my food yesterday, but I made an effort to eat good for me things and not to go overboard.
On Saturday I saw a new lower number on the scale and thought it might be a fluke, but today I saw an even lower number!
So it seems that Shark Week clearing out is revealing some of the weight loss that has been hiding behind bloating and other nonsense. So I will use this as a motivation to press forward and continue on a better path. Starting with TRACKING TODAY! :)
Running is going very well, I had a mishap which rattled my LR this weekend, but I still got one in. It was shorter than I wanted, but 10 miles is still an acceptable LR for me, and I have a race this weekend, anyway. Maybe running 15 the weekend before wouldn't have been a great idea anyway. I'm proud of myself for still running 2x on the weekend and still getting in a double digit LR.
I also got on my bike for the first time since buying it. YAY! AND I managed my first ever turns. I'm still horribly gunshy about the whole thing and it was not pretty, but I think I'm starting to get the hang of it. I just need a few more practice sessions I think and then I will be ready to head out on the bike path by our house.
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