Saturday, October 25, 2008
I am trying some training ideas from Brain Training for Runners. Today I was going to do a twelve mile "progression run." After reviewing our to-do list and getting a later start than I had wanted, I adjusted it to eight miles. I just couldn't justify a two hour run. The book said to "start @ recovery pace; gradually increase pace every other mile. Run last mile @ half-marathon pace." I did my own variation of this. My main goal was to run a negative split on the last mile. I did it, but it felt like an all-out sprint when it should have felt a bit better. I still have a lot of work to do.
Here are my splits:
Mile 1- 9:31 (feeling good to start and having a hard time keeping the pace down below 10, which should be my recovery pace)
Mile 2- 9:26
Mile 3- 9:42 (consciously slowed down because I wanted to run the 4th mile at a faster pace. Is it too early to have a Gu?)
Mile 4- 9:07 (I felt pretty good about this mile because I had to run over two pretty steep bridges over the bay. I rewarded myself with a Gu after I was done. Does it make me a running wimp when I need calories during an 8 mile run?)
Mile 5- 9:56 (the fast mile started taking its toll. I was also starting to feel the heat. Why did I think it was a good idea to start running at 10:30???)
Mile 6- 9:50 (when is that Gu going to kick in?)
Mile 7- 9:32 (how many times am I going to look at that silly Garmin? One of these days I am going to trip because of my obsession with the Garmin)
Mile 8- 8:59 (woo hoo! As I began that last mile, I saw two older women walking. I am pretty sure by their attire that they were training for the 3-Day Walk. That is something I want to do someday. I thought to myself, "if two women in their 60's could walk 60 miles, I can certainly push myself this last mile." I ran that last mile for the women (and men) walking in a couple of weeks to raise money to fight breast cancer. I felt glad to be wearing pink :-) I was hoping that I could have done closer to 8:45, but it was my desired half-marathon pace and it was a negative split.)
Total Distance- 8.07 miles
Lately, I have only been running on the weekend. Life has just been so busy. If I am going to do a half marathon in six weeks or so, I need to run during the week. It is just SO hard when it is dark in the morning. I think I am going to have to break down and get a gym membership so I can run on the treadmill at 5:30. Yikes.
Next week I am going to run my first 5K. Isn't it funny? I have run just about all the other distances-- marathon, half-marathon, 15K, 10K. I am not looking for a stellar time because it is not really a runner's race. It is the Race for the Cure and when I walked it a few years ago, I didn't even know that people ran it. Wow, how things have changed.
Happy running everyone! A special shout to everyone running the Marine Corp tomorrow. That is one race I would love to be part of. Good luck to MCM Mama in her first marathon!!
Give it a try!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Rules: Each player answers the question themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leaves them a comment letting them know that they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve answered the questions on your blog.
10 Years Ago (1998):
- I was living in Topeka, KS
- I still enjoyed my job there, working with some GREAT people
- I had just discovered working out again and I had time to go to the gym almost every day
- I was single with no prospects
- My idea of fun was driving to Kansas City for a day of shopping with my friends
5 Things on Today’s “To Do” List (this was Sunday's when I started this post... I am too lazy to write today's *wink*):
- Go to Home Depot to get supplies to install new hard wood floor....go to other Home Depot to get said supplies that were out of stock at the first store
- Rip out old (disgusting) carpet and pad (my dear hubby did most of this while I was on the 2nd Home Depot trip)
- Prep living room/dining room with moisture barrier and sound deadening foam to go under wood
- Install half of living room/dining room floor
- Make dinner (this one was all me... cedar plank salmon, gorgonzola gnocci and green beans. Yummy!)
5 Things that I would do if I were a millionaire:
- Have my husband quit his job so we could start our own business (after a much-deserved break)
- Move to a more family-friendly neighborhood in a better school district (preferably on a cul-de-sac with a bunch of kids my kids' ages)
- Put aside money so that the kids can go to whatever college they want
- Take a fantastic family trip. If I became a multi millionaire, I would take all my friends and family along!
- Buy a new car (probably a hybrid SUV. I really love my SUV, but hate the impact it has on the world)
5 Places I have lived:
- Portland, Oregon
- Reno, Nevada
- St. Louis, Missouri
- Topeka, Kansas
- Palm Springs, California
5 Jobs I have had:
- Cocktail Waitress
- Blackjack Dealer
- Casino Shift Manager
- Director of Table Games
- Assistant General Manager
Now I’m tagging (I apologize if you've already been tagged...just ignore me in that case):
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
- We went to the SDSU football game and the incredible KGB Sky Show afterwards. A few beers while tailgating and a late night are more than I am used to.
- Getting to bed late doesn't stop a two-year-old from getting up before 7 a.m. Her tummy is hungry and she wants "bweakfast."
- Fewer hours of sleep meant a slower start in the morning. We all decided to go down to the bay (making it even slower), so I didn't start my run until after 11. I am so used to running fresh and while it is still cool. It was definitely starting to heat up during my run.
- Along with the heat was very dry air.
- I have been too lazy to get up during the week to run.
Distance: 12.22 miles
Unlike Laura (from Absolut(ly) Fit), alcohol and running don't mix well for me. Even a few beers at a football game make me feel pretty sluggish and dehydrated the next day. To be fair, I am old enough to be Laura's mother (as much as it pains me to admit). Who knows how I would have done after a late night of revelry when I was in my early twenties.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
As a kid, my dad took us to AAU all-comers track meets. He was a big-time track star growing up and I know he would have loved to have one of his kids follow in his footsteps. In a scrap book in my mom's attic there are a TON of "participant" ribbons, maybe a few second and third place ribbons and one or two blue, first place ones. Those times I placed, it is very possible I was the only one in my event. I was never very good.
In junior high, I did cross country and track. Once again, I was never very good. In fact, I hated it. I never won a race and never felt like I would improve enough to win a race (or come close to placing). I never worked hard enough to win a race. I quit. The high school track coach tried to talk me into joining because I could run hurdles. The state hurdling champ was graduating from our high school that year. I didn't want to run in her shadow because I knew I wouldn't be very good. I joined the speech team instead.
Twenty-seven years later it isn't about winning or losing. It is about getting out there and getting strong. It is about competing against myself. It is about having some "me" time. You know... I don't even know how slow I ran a mile when I ran cross country. I only know that it wasn't any fun- no one talked to me (and if you know me, you KNOW that is torture for me), I hurt by the end and I was often bringing up the rear. Now I often have fun, I talk to whomever I am running with (and sometimes perfect strangers) and it usually doesn't hurt.
Basically, here is what I have learned about running that I wish I knew at 13...
- It really can be fun
- Races aren't always about winning (actually, in my case they are never about winning)
- Slow runs can be some of the most enjoyable
- It actually takes work and commitment to improve at something
- I wouldn't always have the metabolism of a hummingbird and exercise is my friend *wink* (had I known that one, I might have avoided some heartache after the "freshman 15" and the "30-something pudge")
This post was inspired by last week's Take It and Run Thursday on Runners Lounge.
Friday, October 3, 2008
No matter how the race goes, remember how hard you have worked. You are getting to the starting line healthy. There is no question whether or not you will finish.
Here are a couple things to remember to do:
- Have fun
- Say Hi and Thank You to the volunteeers
- Chat with at least one stranger
- Pass people in the last mile
- Smile for the photographers
I'll be holding my breath until you post your race report.