Friday, July 31, 2009
January 1 - July 31, 2009
12:19 average pace
My goal for the year was 200 runs, 800 miles, less than 12 min/mile average pace. I'm behind schedule, but I know that the miles are going to increase drastically during the next few months of marathon training so I'm not too worried. Just ran the math. To meet the goal, I'll need to average 20.8 runs and 81.8 miles per month for August - December. Time to step it up...
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Thursday: 2.71 miles
Saturday: 3.64 miles
Days run this week: 2
Miles run this week: 6.35
Highlight of the week: vacation + trail run/walk/hike with dogs
Goal for next week: Get back on training schedule
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Friday: Rest Day (bought new Adidas Supernova shoes)
Saturday, July 11, 2009
On my way back down the "bike path" from Sope Creek to Chochran Shoals, I hit a root and twisted my ankle and in turn my knee. I heard/felt a light popping in my knee (like cracking your finger knuckles). I've been having knee pain for the past few days but it magically disappeared immediately after this incident. Guess it just needed to relieve pressure through the "pop". My ankle was a little tender afterwards, but I kept going.
I love my new Adidas Supernova shoes! They are so cushiony!!! Trail shoes would have been preferred on the more hilly/rooty areas, but since I'm waiting on my first pair to be delivered, I was pleased with these street shoes.
I hit 8.27 miles very close to the end of the Cochran Shoals trail as it approached the parking lot. I stopped my Garmin and walked back to the car for my cool down period. Although this run took much longer than I could have done 8.27 miles on the street, it was a lot more scenic and refreshing. What a great run!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Monday: (No, this isn't the shoe that I won, but is my favorite road running shoe.) The plan called for 5 miles but my shins HURT!!! I ran 1.15 miles with the dogs and then 1.35 miles on the treadmill. Did I mention my shins HURT?!? So I decided to give them a break and not go planned distance. During the day I saw a tweet from the Big Peach Running Company showing off their new technical t-shirt design. This reminded me that Fleet Feet didn't have the shoe I need in stock a few days ago. So I sent a message through twitter to PeachyRuns and they did indeed have the shoe I'm looking for. I stopped by their Decatur store on my way home from work and picked up a new pair of Nike Zoom Elite +4. And while I was there I picked up two packets of Accelerade (since the only Hammer Perpetuem they had was a giant container and I just placed an order with Hammer yesterday.) I've never shopped here before, but was impressed! They had a 5-gallon water cooler and cups set up outside the door providing water to area runners. The service was excellent and the store was well organized. It was a very positive shopping experience!
Tuesday: My shins still hurt, but not quite as bad as yesterday. I decided to listen to my body and take a rest day this morning instead in hopes of quick healing. Tonight was the last swim meet of the season for our neighborhood swim team. My daughter is away at a 2-week camp in Pennsylvania, but being the dedicated person that I am, I drove to Grayson (about 30 minutes from my house) and served my duty as our team's Head Timer. It just wasn't the same without her there... Unfortunately, our team lost by 38 points, but the kids still seemed to have fun.
Wednesday: Lately I've been craving to swim laps so that's what I did for my scheduled cross training today. I went to Mountain Park Aquatic Center and swam for 35 minutes before going to work. I think I swam 1000 meters but I may have lost track somewhere along the way and double counted a lap or two. It was at least 1000 meters but may have been a little more. Good swim! I had planned to go to the Group Power class at the gym this evening, but thanks to worse traffic than I predicted, I arrived home from work at the same time the class started. Maybe I'll do push-ups, crunches, and lunges at home instead. or not...
Thursday: I mixed the plan up a bit so I could still get in my long run (10 miles) and be able to run the Peachtree Road Race on Saturday (10K). The plan called for 5 miles today and 10 on Saturday so I'm doing/did 10 miles today and will do the 10K on Saturday. I went to Stone Mountain Park early this morning and did two loops around the base on the roads. I filled half my amphipod belt bottles with water and the other half with Accelerade. (I like Hammer Nutrition products much better than the Accelerade, but I'm still waiting on their shipment.) After doing a little research, I decided to not focus on pace, but to try to keep my heart rate in the 70-80% range. In the past I would walk up the hills when I was breathing too heavy/tired, and would be push for an 11.5 minute/mile average pace, but today my first reaction was to slow down going up the hill and only walk when I hit 81%. Normally I would be counting down the last few miles til the end (including walking more than running), but today I felt like I could have kept going long past 10 miles. I felt so good that I picked up the pace in the last half mile, forgetting about my heart rate, for a strong finish. I also ran without my iPod, listening only to the sounds of nature and truly focusing more on the run. It was awesome to listen to the birds chirping, frogs croaking, ducks quacking, etc. and feel strong to the end. What a great run!
Sunday: I'm sticking to the plan's "Rest Day" so I can hopefully complete all of next week's scheduled runs. And while I'm resting, I listened to episode 76 of Chris Russell's most excellent Run Run Live podcast. And to my huge surprise, I was one of five people selected to win the contest for a free pair of Patagonia Release Trail shoes! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU: Chris, Buddy the Wonder Dog, Vibram and the rest of the selection committee! In the Run Run Live episode 74, Chris announced the contest and on a whim, since I never win anything anyway, I decided to enter. Contestants simply had to post why they should be the recipients. So I wrote about my Lyme disease experience (see blog posts in March 2009) and how I loved that first trail race, but the Lyme disease had put the fear into me to not want to venture out into the woods again. I wrote that new gadgets often give me incentive so if I had a pair of trail running shoes, it would motivate me to overcome my fear and get back on a trail again. I'm so excited!!! If I receive the shoes in time, I'll register for the July 26th XTERRA Pig Trail - 10K Trail Run. (And yes, ever since the tick incident, my most frequent perfume is insect repellant.)
Days run this week: 3
Miles run this week: 18.71
Highlight of the week: Awesome 10-mile run, Terrific Peachtree Road Race, and I WON TRAIL SHOES!
Goal for next week: follow Week 4 of Chicago Marathon Intermediate Plan
Saturday, July 4, 2009
I didn't sleep well, as usually happens the night before a race. I woke up at 2 a.m. and it took me at least an hour before I fell back asleep. When my alarm clock woke me at 4:27 a.m., I was tempted to just turn it off and go back to sleep. But our darling golden retriever puppy, Riley, said 'NO WAY!!! You're gonna get up NOW because I'm going to LICK you and WIGGLE around on the bed until you get up to take me outside.' Okay, okay... So now I'm up. I took a quick shower, ate a bagel, packed a clif bar and water for later and left the house at 5:30. Why did it take me so long to get out the door? Oh yeah, I had to feed the animals too...