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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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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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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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Spring in2 Action – Week 3 of Buff Brazen Bunnies

Spring In2 Action

Week three! Half way there! Wow. That means in three more weeks I’m supposed to be able to do lots more pushups than I can right now.  That’s kind of scary.  Let’s see how I’ve done on my goals for this week, shall we?

1.  Running 3-4 days a week – Success.  I ran Thursday, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday.  I wussed out on my long run and did 9 miles on the treadmill.  It was a good 9 miles, and it probably wouldn’t have been great if I ran outside.  It had snowed and it was windy.  Not an ideal way to get my head in the game.  I’m really trying to push myself on the treadmill so when I go outside I can hopefully come close to my inside pace.  I did mess with my incline on this run.  I alternated between 1.5 and 2.5 of an incline starting at mile 3 and changed every mile.  I *really* want my under 2:00 time on May 1st.  But I know that I have trouble really pushing myself to go faster when I run outside.  I have to just feel good about the run.

2. Nike Training Club – Fail.  I even told Ashley that I would do it on Sunday, and then I totally forgot.

3. 100 pushup challenge – Good on this one.  Though these pushups? They are hard! Today was week 4 day 1.  I don’t really feel like I’m getting stronger, but I must be because even though I’m having total #bodyfail in my last set, I’m able to get them done.

4. Water intake – Better than last week, but that’s only because I feel like I’m on the verge of getting sick, but T tells me that it’s just allergies.  So I’ve been drinking like a mad woman.

This next week looks to be more status quo.  I *really* want to get one NTC in this week.  Hopefully I can convince myself to get that 15 minutes in.  Also? I may be going on my 10-mile run Saturday with a new running friend.  She’s run most of the races I have and is planning on doing the half in Reno in May, but she hasn’t run in over a month.  Not sure she’ll make the whole 10 miles with me, but it pains me to see someone who hasn’t trained (even if they know better) try and accomplish a long run.  I want to feel good after those runs not be in pain.

Anyway.  My fellow Bunny, Bari, did pretty well this past week too.

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Spring In2 Action – Buff Brazen Bunnies – Week 2

Spring In2 Action
Well this past week has been tough.  There was some major emotional/family drama going on in my house – that which I’m not delving into here, but know that it altered the adults-only plans for the weekend and had me in tears on many occasions.  So with that said, here’s my adherence to my goals for the challenge.

1. Running – 3-4 days a week – I ran Thursday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday – Sunday I ran my 9 miles outside.  I almost flaked on it too.  I was tired from the time change and I didn’t want to.  And it was super windy.  And halfway through the toes in my left foot cramped up when I stopped at a red light.  Cramped up to the point I had to take my shoe off and rub them.  It was very bizarre because when I was running they were find; it was only when I stopped.  So I’m upping my intake of bananas and electrolytes.  I also cut my 6-miler short by a mile yesterday because I mentally did not have it in me to continue.  But I’m okay with that.

2. Nike Training Club – Okay. I did better this week.  I got one ab workout done and then I cursed myself for not doing it more because my abs? They hurt.

3. 100 Pushup Challenge – Yep.  Done and done.  Though on Monday my last set was of 20.  I made it to 15 and had peck failure. So I had to stop for 10 seconds and then do the last 5.  Yeowch.

4.  Increase Water Intake – Well.  Mmm. I can’t honestly say I got in consistent water this week.  Although I should have drank more; crying is not only exhausting it’s dehydrating.  I’m going to try and get back on the horse with my water this week.

So overall I hit my goals.  I “substituted” NTC for less water.  It all evens out, right?  And I have some fun news about the Tough Mudder event I talked about last week, go read over here all about it!!

I think, Bari did pretty good on her goals too – though we both had a few moments of needing the other to be a drill sergeant.  But that’s why we’re a team.  To kick each other’s ass when needed.

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in running

 

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Week 7 – Power of One

Power of One Challenge

This week has been pretty awesome actually. Friday? I got new shoes. I love them. They are so comfy. I ran 7 miles on the treadmill last Saturday and I felt good about it. I was definitely tired but I did it.

I was also excited for Friday evening because that was the night of the Shrinking Olympics award ceremony. I ended up with 5 medals! Here’s the breakdown:
Half-marathon relay – Gold.
Planks – Bronze – tied with Ryan.
4-mile relay – Silver
1 mile dash – Bronze
and the one that I still cannot believe
500 m swim – GOLD.

This amazes me because I am not a swimmer. Well, I take that back. I’m a backstroker. My face? Does not go in the water. I never figured out breathing and even though T tells me I should take some swimming lessons and learn how, I have no desire to. So instead, I backstroke. But I never thought I’d medal here. Heck, the only reason I did it was because it happened to fall on the day that I’m usually at the pool for my oldest’s swim lesson.

On the food front I haven’t been nearly as good. Saturday night I made cinnamon rolls. We’ve been going to church Saturday afternoons, much to the chagrin of my kids, because there are no donuts after the 4 pm mass. Only Sunday mornings. So I told them I’d make some cinnamon rolls. Two full pans were gone by Monday evening. I ate more than my fair share and damn they were yummy. But this is why I don’t put this stuff in my house…because I’ll eat it. And then we went out for an early Valentine’s family dinner on Sunday and I ate a bunch of yummy Mexican food along with an amazingly potent margarita. I’m now recovering from all the crap I ingested over the weekend.

This next week I’m just planning on sticking to my training plan I have made for myself and pick back up on my water intake.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2011 in running

 

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Power of One – Week 4

Power of One Challenge
Mmmm. This past week?  Is that what we’re talking about?  Well, it hasn’t been all that I was hoping it to be.

Friday I did take that class offered by a local Physical Therapy place. It’s called CoreAlign.  The idea is to strengthen your core and that will make you stronger in other areas of your exercise life.  It was a good workout, but I didn’t sweat.  I felt my leg muscles being used (which they loved).  And I felt my upper back and arms (which were mildly sore on Saturday).  It was fun and interesting to find out where my weak spots were.

Saturday I went out for a short run of 3.1 outside, which was really my first run since Disney.  I wanted to see how everything felt.  For the most part my muscles felt tired, but I’m attributing that to the fact that they hadn’t been used for running in almost 2 weeks.  It’s amazing what a little break does to your stamina!

And I did end up starting 100 miles in 100 days – only to realize that I *need* new running shoes.  I had been walking my daily mile on the treadmill but I totally forgot about it on Sunday.  That’s what happens when you’ve been going warp speed for 6 months and you have a day where you don’t *have* to do anything.  So Monday I put on my running shoes and decided I’d get two quick miles in on the treadmill.  And then the edge of my right foot cramped up…with every step it hurt.  And it hurt through most of yesterday.  I’ve decided that I’m going back to my Vibrams for now for everyday life.  My stride while wearing my VFF’s is the only time my foot doesn’t feel ouchy.  I’m hoping to be able to find a good pair of shoes on Sunday when I’m up by the Nike outlet that don’t cost an arm and a leg – because right now I don’t have that to give.

So I feel like I’m in limbo right now.  This is the first time in a long time that I haven’t been getting a good cardio workout done 3 days a week.  It makes me sad.  But at the same time I know that I’m supposed to begin training for my half in May in the next week and a half and I’d really like to not be hurting when I start training again.

My plan for the week.  Get on the treadmill and get my mile in every day.  I need to move.  Get on the Wii and do a workout with EASports twice.  Drink more water (I’ve been slacking here and drinking more coffee because work has been crazy.)  Eat decently.  I’ve been eating good foods, but not enough.  My pendulum swung all the way to the other side from my eating during training – and that’s not good for anyone in my house.

I’m hoping I feel better mentally by this time next week with some good, pain-free miles under my belt.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2011 in running

 

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