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Checking In – Tapering

Well here I am.  Less than a week until my next race.  It’s bizarre to think about that the last race I was prepping for was Disney.  That my non-existent long run of 12 miles almost three weeks ago was rarely a number I ran for my long runs in training for 26.2; they were all much longer.  I have been running some awesome times on my shorter runs.  I’m really hoping (but not counting on) my race day excitement to pull me through.  I’d love to PR this race, but I’m not sure it’s possible.  And I’m not being a downer, just a realist.  The fabulous part of this race?  Friday night Beki and Ashley are showing up at my house.  So, so, so excited about that.

I’ve been doing my pushups.  I made it to column 3 of week 5 and I’m dying. But in a good way.  I’m debating what kind of strength training I’m going to be doing come Monday.  That Tough Mudder isn’t going to train itself.  Well, actually, I think it does, but it’s not going to train me and make me able to run those 10 miles in the mountains and get myself through all of those obstacles without  my hard work.

My food lately has been okay.  I’m just not hungry.  I know I should eat, and I am eating, but I’m not eating that much.  Which doesn’t bode well for my carb loading for race prep.

There will be a race report.  There will probably be lots of pictures.  There will be fun and laughter.  Can.not.wait.

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2011 in running

 

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Weekly check in

Yes. I’m just now getting around to this. It’s been a crazy week. But I’ve maintained my running. I had a pretty good long run last Saturday. Ten miles. The same 10 miles I had done two weeks prior. I was 2 minutes faster this time. If I could mentally overcome whatever block I have to just keep running I would be so much faster. But at this point I’m happy with running and not hurting. I’ve been trying to eat healthy and mostly succeeding but I’ve been so hungry lately and nothing sounds good. I hate that feeling. It’s good I keep the junk out of the house otherwise I might eat only crap. Though that’s not necessarily true anymore. Last Friday T and I went to a movie. We shared a popcorn and a coke. I’m not sure the last time I had a coke. I really only drank it because movie popcorn is salty, yo.

On Monday I started back with my pushups. The app gave me the option of starting back at week 4 so that’s what I did. I’m making an effort to get lower to the ground and also maintain whatever break in between sets that is predetermined. It’s hard all over again.

My next half is in a week and s half. Beki and Ashley are driving out and we are running it together! So excited! Though I’m not sure we are going to stick together throughout the race, we will be there at the beginning together and then again at the finish line.

Once that half is over I need to start figuring out what my Tough Mudder workout is going to be. My running will probably decrease a bit but I okay with that. I need to focus on my upper body strength to prep for this challenge. I’ve been watching all the videos on YouTube from the most recent races. No matter how hard it looks, I’m so excited about it.

So how was your week?

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Posted by on April 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Final week of Springing In2 Action


Spring In2 Action

Man, where did this six weeks go?  I’d say I’m gonna miss having Bari as my partner, but I know we still have each other’s back no matter if we are officially partners or not.  (Did you see her guest post over at the Sisterhood? No? You should go read it.  She’s pretty awesome.)

So on to how I did this past week.

  1. Running 3-4 days a week.  I did pretty well.  I did lose a mile on my Thursday run because I thought I only had to run 2 miles but really my schedule said 3.  I only realized this after I was off the treadmill and had eaten.  Ooops.  I still haven’t had a great run yet.  I’m waiting patiently…or not so patiently.  But I’m waiting nonetheless.  There is only 3 weeks before the next half!
  2. Nike Training Club – Uhm.  Can we not talk about this one?
  3. 100 Pushup Challenge – I was surprised at myself in week 6.  Day 1 was hard because there weren’t that many sets and I couldn’t complete the two largest sets.  After day 1 the app asked me if I wanted to repeat week 5 or continue.  I said continue, and I was able to complete day 2.  Day 3 was awesomely hard, but I did all but the last 5 on the last set – for a total of 240 pushups.  FROM MY TOES, people.  Seriously.  That’s a huge ego boost for my little wimpy arms.  I’m slated to do my final test today.  I’ll get back to you on what number I max out on.
  4. Water intake – I’m doing fairly well  here.  Probably not drinking quite as much as I should, but definitely getting in a decent amount every day.

All in all, I’d call this is challenge a success.  If nothing else I’ve continued to train without breaking myself (knocking on wood as we speak) and I’ve succeeded in pushing myself to really get my pushups done.

I’m excited to see what the next challenge the Sisterhood has in store for us.  (And hopefully it will include us non-losers too!)

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2011 in running

 

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Mood changer

Today I was slated to run 12 miles.  I only made 11.  It was not the run I was hoping for.  But about halfway through I turned a corner and saw sheep.  There are Basque sheep herders that bring their herds down from the mountains and around the edges of town on their way to their summer grazing areas.  Listening to them boosted my spirits and the next couple of miles was with a smile on my face.  Without this run I would have missed this lovely little reprieve.

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Spring in2 Action – Week 5 – Buff Brazen Bunnies

Spring In2 Action
How can we already be at week 5? That means I’ve been doing pushups for five weeks.  How can that be? Oh, wait.  All those pushups are the reason my weak wrists constantly have a dull ache to them.  No worries though.  The ache isn’t all from the pushups.  It’s also from a crazy thing called work.  Dang carpal tunnel syndrome.

But on to more exciting exercise/health related topics, because listening to me whine probably isn’t on your list of things to do today.

  1. Running 3-4 days a week – Yep. Thursday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.  Done.  My long run on Saturday was fairly different from the previous week’s 10-miler.  It was still hard.  I still walked, but I didn’t feel like I was trudging AND I finished with an average pace of 9:45.  I’ll call that a win even though I wasn’t confident throughout.  It was also much warmer than I am used to.  It was low 50s when I started and close to 60 when I ended.  I’ll take 30s and 40s any day of the week over the temperatures that will show up here for summer.
  2. Nike Training Club – Fail 100% . I thought about it Sunday evening, but I was enjoying sitting on the cough vegging out because I’m solo parenting this week and knew I wouldn’t have time to do it any other night this week.  I also considered taking a break in the middle of working last night, but figured that I should just keep on keepin’ on and try and get the most out of my fingers before I passed out in front of the TV.
  3. 100 pushup challenge – Mostly winning at this challenge.  I haven’t been able to complete the last set of week 5, but I’ve gotten more than halfway through on each last set.  I’m calling that a win.  I’m not sure how I’m going to do on actually doing 100 consecutive pushups in a day.
  4. Water – My water intake has been pretty good. I have a feeling I’m going to need to focus more on it this week as I’m going to be intaking a lot more coffee, so I’ve got to counteract it.  I’ve got my one 12-miler on tap for Saturday, and I want it to be a good one.  Though I think I’m going to have to ask for some assistance from the grandparents in order to achieve this.

So all in all, I think I’ve been successful this week.  I’m hoping to end this challenge next with a positive frame of mind with my running.

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2011 in running

 

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