Monday, January 31, 2011
60 min Body Pump
3 miles / 26ish TM
So I made it to 100. Let me tell you, if I didn't have a goal, there would not have been any running today. I was tired, not feeling it at all. Last week my right calf kept cramping up. This week the left. AWESOME! I hobbled 8 miles and called it a day. It sucked, I have nothing nice to say about either run. Maybe I can con a great rub down out of Alan....Maybe....probably not though. I really need to invest in the Marathon stick.
Nothing else to report. I am tired. Unmotivated. Disappointed. I love running and when I don't have a great run, I get depressed. I am going to go wallow now. Not really, but probably ice my calf, massage it and then go to bed. At least I reached 100 for the month....there is something.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
It was really 3 miles, but I am putting 2.75 just because I hate having weird .09854 type numbers. So now I am officially in the 90's and less than 10 miles to go to be at 100 (which is apparently my new month goal)
On another note. I looked in my drawers at my running shorts. I swear I had WAY more Nike tempo's then I do. I really have only like 3 pairs. So guess who is buying herself a "great job on your first months goal" present. That's right. This girl right here. SORRY ALAN!!!!!
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I love me some gu.
I take it usually before a run that I want to do that will be longer than 3 miles. If I am heading to the gym I will do a gu before going on the treadmill. If I suck then at least it will help me get through body pump. Fave flavor is Espresso love and the chocolate. I like the espresso because it has twice the caffeine and I feel like it gives me the most bang out of my workout. I also like the jet blackberry for the same reason. The chocolate tastes like brownie batter so it tastes delish!
I recently started using gu after reading other running blogs and reading about how much they help you get through long runs. I will now always run with a gu. I think running without gu's is one of my rookie mistakes from the last time I started training for the marathon. I made SEVERAL rookie mistakes but this might have taken the cake. How could I have expected to run 13.1 miles on an empty stomach? It was ridiculous! Hopefully with the aid of gu, and proper running attire (no cotton Walmart wife beaters as a running tank!!!) I will finish the half this year with a better time and a more enjoyable experience all around. If you haven't trained with gu, I highly recommend it!
Due to my blood donation, no running for me. Which is fine, I have a dentist appointment anyways that I have to go to.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Body Pumped for 60 min
5 miles treadmill / 41min
I successfully completed my first official DOUBLE DIP work out. I did a warm up of 5 miles before pump, then did another 5 miles to cool off after. OR I sweated like a pig prior to sweating more like a pig followed up with a sweat bath for said pig. The first 5 miles was hard. harder than usual. Pump was also hard. Its a new release so its always difficult for a while. The second 5 miels went much better than the first 5 but I also went at a slightly slower pace. I feel pretty good that I did 10 miles in a double dip sesh and am looking forward to trying to do some more double dips.
I have had it for several weeks now. I got it a little after Christmas as a present from Alan. (he bought me a green ipod nano but they re-designed the nano's and they are so dang small now so I returned it and used the money for the Garmin. Thanks A POD you are the best!) Ever since I purchased it and have started using it I have noticed a definite increase in my mileage. Now that I can track my pace and how far I am going and my calories I am burning I am noticing that i want to go further and further. Which is not a bad side effect at all. I also love how it automatically syncs to Garmin connects website so I can see the map of where I went. Apeezie always asks where I went on my run and I get tired of telling him all the street names so this way I can just show him. SO NICE. I think he enjoys that too! I love it so much. Now my friend M is getting her Garmin (ordering it today) and we can be Garmin buddies. I am so excited! I cannot wait for hers to come in and watch the love affair begin :)
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Yesterday I double dipped my workout. I ran 5 miles at the gym before body pump. Then afterwards did .5 mile in my vibrams. After getting home and relaxing for a bit Alan and I braved the cold temps and did a 5.25 mile run/walk. It took us over an hour and we did more walking than we did running but I am still counting all 5.25 miles towards my goal of 1,000. If I exceed my goal by 5.25 then thats fine but I don't want to be under by thinking some workouts are less significant than others. So its counted and I am that much closer to my goal. On average I need to do 84ish miles a month. I am now in my 60's so less than 25miles to go in about 8 days. I know I can do this!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
.5 Miles TM / 4min
I ran on the treadmill for 5 miles. Then did Body Pump. After class I thought I should get in a little bit of a workout with my vibrams. Still trying to get back into them and breaking them in slowly (learning from the past week). So 5.5 miles in 40ish min. Not too shabby. I think today A pod and I are going to do a little run walk so maybe another posting and some more mileage.
BTW its freezing outside! BRRR it was -6 when i went to the gym. I am so ready for spring! or at least 15 degree weather. How sad!
Friday, January 21, 2011
Now back to the floor and snuggling with you!
On the way home from Montreal with Sirius in the car.
After we got home he bombed it to his bed.
A year later, still pathetic
Family photo from last weekend.
Love you SWP
Thursday, January 20, 2011
January 14th Ran 6.5 miles / 58 min - outside with my fave running buddy Sirius Wiki - beloved husky and about the only other person that can run with me in this frigid weather we have been having.
January 15th Ran 4 miles / 31 min - treadmill style
This past summer I got into barefoot running and started using the Vibram five fingers. Well I ran all spring, summer and fall and had absolutely no issues or ailments to hold me back. Lately, while running with regular sneakers (there is snow on the ground don't want to lose any of my five fingers due to frostbite!) I have been getting knee, hip, ankle pain. Much like I had before using the five fingers. SO I figured the days I run on a treadmill I can run in my five fingers and the rest of the days I can run in regular sneakers until there is no more snow and the temps raise above 50 degrees. So I used them for the first time in several months. Yup could definitely feel every mile and have been feeling every mile since then. Oops. Maybe I should have weened into them again. I didn't think running on them after only a few months of neglect would be so painful.
January 17th Ran 7 Miles / 1:05:00 Outside
This was a COLD run. It was -3 when I ventured out. I think I looked like an abonimal or whatever it is called, snowman. I had two pairs of pants, two pairs of gloves and five shirts. But I did it, and so did SWP. Granted we both had frost snot hanging off our noses but we did it and we slept well afterwards on the floor, together. Because that is how I roll with my dog! After re-reading that, it sounds very beastious or whatever. Nothing funny going on at the house. Just a dog tired nap.
January 18th Ran 4 miles / 29 min - Treadmill style
This sucked. Again I ran in my five fingers because clearly along with horrible spelling and comma usage I don't learn from mistakes fast. Still feeling those miles in my calves. I would like to say I finally learned my lesson, but that is highly doubtful.
January 19th 1 mile / 8 min - Treadmill
I was sore, and tired and my stomach hurt. How many more excuses can I come up with to make myself feel better about 1 measly mile. Oh well. I have a few more days left in the month and have 33.5 more miles that I need to log in order to reach my first months goal and get me on track to run 1,000 in a year. ay ay ay.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
I totally didn't want to work out yesterday after work. However, a good friend said, "you're never going to reach your goal of running, by not running!" So I took my chocolate mint gu and out the door I went with SWP in tow.
It always makes it easier to keep going when you don't want to with Sirius. He looks up at you while running with his tongue out, and his ears back and it just looks like he is smiling. If he could talk I am sure he would be laughing and saying, "c'mon, lets to faster. I can go faster. I can go further. SO LETS GO!"
It is so true. Having a dog definitely makes working out better, more fun and last longer. I had every intention of only doing a mile, maybe two. 4.5 miles later I was done. Not because I had nothing left to give, but because my fingers were numb (it was 18 degrees out) and I either had to do another lap or call it a day. I called it a day. That's fine. Not every run will be double digits. However, I haven't done a double digit workout in quite a while. Something that I will need to get re-acquainted with as I am training for some serious races coming up!
Hope you had a great run/workout and are feeling proud of yourself.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Anyways. I am trying to keep myself accountable with my work outs and trying to propel my goals into reality. So with that said, here is so far my work outs that I have accomplished this month. (11 days so far!)
January 3rd - 3 miles outside
1 mile on the treadmill
January 5th - 3 miles on the treadmill
January 8th - 5 miles outside
so the first week of January I have 12 miles under my belt. Not horrific, but too many of these weeks and I will never reach my goal.
Week Two (so far)
January 9th - 2.5 miles (walking/running with A-pod) outside
January 10th - 4 miles via Treadmill (under 30 minutes baby!!!!)
Off to a better start this week than last. Oh well. Still lots of days left in the week to really slack it up!
Speaking of, maybe I should state what my goals are. Oh God, once they are out there, no taking them back. I am highly terrified of failure and by stating my goals outloud into the world of blogger then they are out there and fail or succeed no turning back.
- complete 1,000 miles in the year 2011.
I thought about lowering it to 500 just so that I wouldn't fail. I didn't whimp out, I put what I actually wanted to complete. Gotta tell you, it doesn't feel all that great right now. I kind of want to vomit a bit from my nerves (i am so highly over dramatic)
- complete a 1/2 marathon in 2011
Easy enough I suppose. I did my first 1/2 in 2008 as a bridal bootcamp. My time wasn't anything epic and am hoping to smash my previous time in 08 in bits by a great fantastic time in '11
- complete a full marathon. Really anytime in my life and that will be just fine with me - but ultimately, would like to complete in 2012.
Those are all my hopes and dreams that I have in my life (such the dreamer, ay?) but I am sure that I will think of some others to add to the list. Ones that are actually attainable? Maybe.
So that is all folks, that's all she wrote (she being me, obvi!)