Tuesday, December 30
30min swimming: +2
Monday, December 29
Went to the gym after two and a half hours of lounging on the couch. Running buddy enjoyed the morning with her kids so I dragged myself out of the house at around 10:30. My legs were sore this morning, probably because my body wasn't used to moving for the last week. I did three miles. First two at 10min then the last one at 9:13! Go me! Three sets of 10 pushups afterwards although I'm pretty sure the last two pushups of the last set of ten weren't quite full pushups. But I'm pretty sure I'm going to have fabulous arms by the summer.
Off to go get the oil changed and then shopping with a girlfriend who's in town. Haven't seen her for years so that'll be fun.
3miles run: +3
Stretching and pushups (30minutes): +1
Points for the day: 4!
Sunday, December 28
After my big 2 MILE WEEK! Yes, that's right. My two miles were my only run of the whole week. And, frankly, I enjoyed it! I drove my new car around, Christmas shopped, spent time with family and didn't mind not running. But today I decided to cheat on my running buddy. Sorry running buddy! I went to do 4miles at the gym. Did the third as intervals NOT walking during my breaks, go me. After walking two minutes after finishing 4miles I decided to pick up the pace and run another mile for a total of 5.2miles in 55minutes or so. My base was 5.7 on the treadmill which is about 10:36 average pace for the total run? Maybe? I forget. Tomorrow is a 4mile run with the buddy which I am SO looking forward to. After my run I did pushups ten in a row! I did a total of 20, I think I'm getting a little better, didn't wuss out after 5.
I think my running buddy and I need shirts for our 1/2 or full marathon debut. How about the back that says "My running buddy has the best running buddy" with our names on the front so people can cheer for us in particular during the race. What do you think?
Tuesday, December 23
Thursday, December 18
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon --- WANT TO DO THIS IN 2009!
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance - not that I can recall?
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53.Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (blankie)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car (yesterday!)
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day
Wednesday, December 17
Tuesday, December 16
Friday's morning run, outside. We wanted to do 5miles Friday morning at about 9ish, out and back from running buddy's house. No biggie, right? Well let me preface this by telling you how Thursday night was. Brian and I split a Palermo's thin crust Hawaiian pizza. So I had oh, about 4-5pieces solid. Two bottles of raw iced green tea, that's like candy and really easy to drink. So Friday I didn't feel bad until about oh, 0.5miles into my run. I felt like my back side was going to give out, and I'm not talking my muscles. The rest of the walk/sometimes jog was MISERABLE! I was hunched over, trying to breathe or walking like a cowboy trying really hard not to mess my pants. I know that's graphic, but I felt SO bad! My poor running buddy was nothing but nice. She kept talking right through my audible moaning and complaining. I was contemplating pulling off to the side of the bushes or seeing if the school we were walking past had a back entrance with bathrooms really close by. I some how made it to my car and raced home. Miserable. After a long hot shower I felt a bit better. So foolish, I'm sure it had something to do with my diet Thursday and the fact that we hadn't eaten until about 10pm. Eh. So that whole experience was about 3miles in about 45minutes, maybe an hour, it felt like a lifetime and it was awful. Bleh.
Monday my running buddy cheerfully said "how about 4miles?" and I (not so cheerfully) said "how about 3?". She agreed to three and that's what we did. 15minutes of stretching and some crunches with 20 more push ups later and we were done. The run was okay. I stopped most of the way through for a potty break, I need to stop being dependent on the bathrooms at the gym, obviously if Friday was any indication I may not have those at my immediate disposal at the 1/2 or full or whatever we do. I don't know why I didn't agree to 4, it's only about 10minutes difference. I just felt like 30minutes was the perfect amount of time instead of 40. I'm such a slacker.
Today it's snowing. I test drove a Honda CRV today and tried out the 4 wheel drive in this yucky weather. Then I drove my little Toyota Corolla to the hairdresser and got stuck. Seriously, my tires were spinning, the guys in front of me on the same patch of ice were out pushing their car. I did finally get some traction, but I was wishing for the 4 wheel drive when that happened. Running buddy called me as I was on my way home from the appointment and said she'd be going to the gym later in the day. I'm too chicken to drive to the gym! It's 15minutes away but it's up hill and what not and I don't want to get stuck. Hubby's at work and wouldn't be able to rescue me. We just should have gone this morning.
So, low mileage again this week. Oh well at least I'm running, and if it weren't for the weather maybe I'd be at the gym ... maybe. It's just too easy not to go running! Off to bake some cookies. And maybe do Christmas cards.
Tuesday, December 9
Felt great, even though I had little sleep. I was out playing poker for candy (which I won! whoot whoot) with some friends until, oh 1:15am. Then went to my morning run at 8am. So I was tired, then worked the evening shift last night from 3p-12a. Got up at 8am, lounged around and went to my run at 9am. Well by lounging around I meant that I found PS I Love You on HBO on demand and thought, "hey, that's not depressing at all, I'll pull that up and start watching that. Way better than the news". I was bawling. That scene where she calls his phone just to hear his voice..sigh...I still call my mom's cell phone about once every 6months to see if they've given away the number yet. Phone companies must have a "do not give to anyone else, this person died" list. Cause it's been over three years and her number is still not connected.
I digress. So, that movie gets to me. Went to my run slipping a few tears on the drive. We decided to do 5miles and we would do my new fave, AI intervals at the third mile. So we decided to run 20minutes, run AI, run another 20. No biggie. Um, yes biggie. First issue, I hopped off the treadmill to pee at oh, 9:30 into my run. I must have the smallest bladder or have really been looking for an excuse to get off the treadmill. At 20minutes or so, whenever running buddy, who had been good and not taken a break, started her AI I did mine too. Went from 9:31 up to a 7:03min/mile. Pretty speedy, but I walked in between. Some how I know it would be better for me endurance-wise to just slow down my run in between intervals but that just doesn't feel like enough of a break. Running buddy just slowed down, never walked, show off! :) I did about 6 of those and went back to my slow running. Got off the treadmill at 30minutes and went and did some mat stuff. By mat stuff, I mean alternating crunches and push ups. I did 20 (knee) push ups total! 5 at a time. Did crunches a few different ways and then held 15lb weights and did side bends...I'm not sure what to call them but I'll feel them tomorrow. It wasn't till I got back into my car that I realized, "huh, I didn't do 5miles...I think that was only 4". No idea where my head was, probably stuck on PS I Love You or stuck wanting to be still sleeping. I thought my running buddy was crazy for staying on the treadmill for 45minutes instead of 40, now I realize she was trying to get our 5miles in. Sorry Tiffany, I was a bit of an airhead this morning.
Working 12 tomorrow, maybe I'll pack my gym bag and hit the gym while I wait for Brian to get off of work at 9pm. We'll see. I should probably make up the mile I missed today.
Friday, December 5
I will try to listen more to my running buddy these next couple of weeks! And maybe I won't die trying to run a marathon.
Thursday, December 4
Running buddy called and wanted to run today and honestly if she didn't call I may not have been that motivated. We did four miles and I think I did a mini tempo workout. Did miles 1 and 4 at a 10:54 pace and the 2 and 3rd mile at 9:31 pace. It was hard to stay that slow the fourth mile but I made myself do it. I had some twinges of pain throughout my legs, I think it was the treadmill and the fact that I'd spent the last 6 hours shopping on my feet. Maybe I'll do a run tomorrow night after my 12, maybe not. Looks like 20 may have to wait for another week.
Tuesday, December 2
Okay two questions running/athletic buddies (I must make note that I now have double digit "followers" I feel pretty special, thanks)... First, can I eat regular jelly beans vs "sports" beans during a run with the same effect? Cause I found cold stone ice cream jelly bellys and really think that the chocolate devotion flavor would motivate me more than the fruit punch flavor sports beans. Second, how come I follow umpteenth blogs, manually add them to my "blogs I follow list" and yet most updates to their blogs don't show up on my page? I have to go to the dashboard to see that I've missed like 17 updates and have to catch up. What's the deal?
Thanks all! Happy Tuesday! I think tomorrow I might try a short hill workout.
Last night, thanks to my hubby and his carpet shampooing obsession, we were late to the gym. I showed up 7minutes into my running buddy's run after she thought I stood her up. We ran the next 30minutes or so and then did some abs. Not feeling that yet but I know I will. I ran about 3.25 with 1/4mile repeats ranging from 6.5-7.5. It's hard to maintain that pace for more than a minute but I'm sure it'll get easier. Well she let me know that she had already reserved our room at a hotel for the night before the marathon and that we should just go ahead and do the full! I thought we were just joking about that! But it does have me kind of excited. I've been running for about a year and now with my new running buddy for motivation, maybe I could do it? We'll see how training goes.
My running buddy today ran without me thinking that since I hadn't called that I was still asleep (at 11am...which, well I wouldn't put past me) but I wasn't. So now I have to get up the motivation to run by myself. So I'm bummed out. Wish me luck!
Friday, November 28
"Self, didn't Tiffany run without you one time this week and you took the day off?"
"Why yes, yes she did. I think it was about 2.5miles without me."
"Well, get up and go to the gym, we're not going to let her win this week!"
I'm not that crazy, but it did occur to me that she had run without me and I didn't want to slack in my "training" and throw off my progress. So I dragged my butt off the couch and went to the gym for 2.6miles total in about 29minutes or so. Slow but fun. I did full quarter mile repeats at the end. 6.6-7.5 (or an 8min/mile).
Now I feel better, and my weekly total ROCKS!
Thursday, November 27
ps check out my wicked awesome weekly total, I'm on my way to crushing my week's total from last week. I guess that's what you get when your short runs are 3 instead of 2miles and you have a buddy that encourages you to run 4-5 on an easier day.
Wednesday, November 26
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That's about it for the evening, I swear. Off to make spaghetti to celebrate when the hubby gets home tonight.
I am very sorry.
Well, good news, I'm officially Kelly H., RN, BSN, OCN! Yay! Everyone can do a little happy dance. I've been studying since July and took my test this morning. I'm currently baking a cake for my clinical nurse specialist at work who has been tutoring me since July. I joked back in September that I'd bake her a cake, so I am. It's devil's food with pistachio pudding and chocolate chunks. I also dusted the inside of the bunt cake pan with Ghirardelli's hot chocolate mix and sprinkled chocolate chunks there as well, so hopefully it's tasty and good looking.
Made my Aunt Toni's brownies yesterday in preparation for Thanksgiving, they turned out fabulous if I do say so myself. I've had to sample a few of the outside brownies, cause really, who wants a crusty edge piece anyways, right?
In other running news, you may have noticed from my side board that my total this week is already 9miles. I know be amazed. Sunday I ran outside with my newer running buddy and her 110pound st Bernard! I think we did about 5miles in about 48minutes. I didn't start my watch until a few minutes into the run and her Nike ipod quit wanting to time us. So I gave us the benefit of the doubt. It was chilly but the miles just flew by. It did not feel like five miles when we were chatting the whole way.
Yesterday I ran we newer running buddy again, at the gym. Ran for 42minutes, did about 4miles. So that's 10:30min/mile. I did the first two at 11minutes and the third mile at 10minutes. The last mile just to get through it I did pick ups of 1min. At the end my faster pace was 8min/mile and I did two minutes, one minute recovery, then 1:30minutes and cool down walk. Felt good! I needed to do the pickups just to get me through the boredom of the final ten minutes.
Happy holidays everyone!
Saturday, November 22
Thursday, November 20
I think that I should wear a watch and time the amount of time I actually run. I started the treadmill and warmed up with a few minute walk. Ran my two miles (after my 13hr shift...had to stay late) in 21:00. It was officially 2.06 in 21:00 flat. But I ran at 6.5 for the whole time! That's super speedy for me! That's about 9:30/mile. The last two minutes I ran at about 6.8. That's about 9:13? It's late, I really can't do math. Anyways I think I ran faster than my treadmill and subsequently my buckeye account AP'd me at. So maybe I should wear the watch. I wonder if I could hit a magic button every mile and look back on the watch to see my "splits". Could I pause it too? I need to read my instructional handout which sadly, I kept.
Tuesday, November 18
Then I run with a new running buddy, I'm such a ho. If you'll run with me, I'll run with you. Eh. Also a gal from work who I didn't know was a runner but we did the beer and bagel run together. And by together I mean we chatted at the start and she finished a full three minutes ahead of me and I saw nothing but her backside the rest of the race. So we decided to run for 30minutes and I did 2.9miles in 30minutes holding a 5.5 pace for the first mile. With 6.0 for the next 15min. escalating up to 6.5 and 7.0 towards the final few minutes of the run. Just to kick that run's a%$. Yay. My new running buddy looked at me and said "I have just a little bit more to go before I hit three miles". She had run at 4.5-5.5 and the last few minutes at 6.0 and up to 6.5 or so. So I started to wonder why her treadmill said "2.5" miles and she said she had run 3. She had her nike ipod+ in. She said "well you were running faster than me the whole time, I bet you're running more than you think. I bet you ran 4miles". Does that sound like something that could happen? That's why I ditched my ipod plus. Apparently her's estimates over and mine estimated under in distance. She suggested I calibrate on a track fo' reals. (she didn't say it like that I'm channeling my inner so you think you can dance star...back me up on this, some one had to watch that show)...anyways. When I emailed nike asking what was up with my ipod+ they said to calibrate on my actual running surface which is more often than not a treadmill so I calibrated there. But Tiffany swore by calibrating with an actual track. Any thoughts fellow or former nike+ users?
I think I'm going to run tomorrow and maybe Thursday after work. I think my long run this week will be Saturday. I have tentative plans to run with Tiffany Sunday Monday and Tuesday of next week. And then we're going to do a free 5K put on through our gym on Thursday. Then I can eat all day long! I love food.
Sunday, November 16
Made it out for another run, at the gym. I think I'm falling into the "if it's not fast it's not good" or the "You're way too slow to call yourself a runner" mantra. :/ Walked for a few minutes then did the next 0.75 at 7.0. What was I thinking?! That's way faster than my normal fast pace of 6.0. Had to walk at the mile mark then went right back up to 7.0, bopped around from 7.0 to 6.5 to walking for the next 1.75 miles. I walked a lot during this almost three mile run. And I know I could have done the whole three if I didn't freak out and think that I had to start out fast or keep going fast to make it a good workout. I should just accept my slowness, but it's so hard to do that. I can't seem to let myself remember that this time last year I nearly cried because I ran two miles in a row without stopping, even if it was at 5.0 speed or something along those lines. Does anyone else get frustrated with their seemingly to them, lack of progress? Grr. If it's not the fact that I totally chickened out on a long run it's the fact that I didn't do my shorter runs fast enough. Why can't I just be happy that I got my butt off the couch and went to the gym?
Oh well, I did get a run in. Maybe I'll be on my way to another 14 or dare I say it 15mile week? :D
Friday, November 14
This afternoon I ran .... drum role please... 7.2 miles!!!! Yes! I am smiling right now. Took me 1:25ish I guess, I stopped the treadmill three times so I may have lost count. I took many walk breaks but generally ran about 5.5. I think one mile was 5.0 three or so miles were at 5.7....the last 0.5 was at 6.2 just cause I could. So there, long run out of the way.
Weekly total up to 14 miles. Oh la dee da.
Thursday, November 13
That's what I've been up to. I'm gearing up for a long run tomorrow, 6-8miles, hopefully. I'm planning on taking these jelly beans for energy and use them as a goal for running long (at 5miles maybe). Candy usually motivates me. I also will bring water, so I'll have plenty of distractions to use for "rest breaks". I think I might also try to walk for one minute every 10-12minutes of this run and see if my stamina is better. I get so frustrated when I think I've failed because I walked, but if I plan them in maybe it won't be so bad. I've read some marathon reports recently and about everyone of them included some walking, especially for the first timers. So I think I'll give it a try.
Cardiologist said every thing sounded verbatim from last year, so another appointment in a year if I don't get pregnant first, we'll see which happens first!
Tuesday, November 11
Monday, November 10
One last one, me crossing the finish line:
SO happy. No running today, woke up late and am a little sore from yesterday. My behind is killing me. Quite the workout even if it wasn't fast.
Sunday, November 9
NAME: KELLY H
OVERALL PLACE: 353
AGE GROUP: F25-29
AGE GROUP PLACE: 46 / 59
FINISH TIME: 49:18
PER MILE PACE: 15:53 49:18
sadness, but it was really hard!
Saturday, November 8
Reading every one's blogs, Joy and Jen for their awesome 12 and 10miles... I'm ashamed I didn't drag my butt out of bed for a run this morning. :(
Wednesday, November 5
Could I be faster outside? I looked at my 3.1miles outside which was a whole minute/mile faster than my run was today. I think that when I'm on the treadmill too, that I look at the clock or how far I have left to go. When I'm outside I just know I need to run till I get back to my car or something. Hmm... I called up my running buddy since I heard she just started two months of night shifts and said "whenever you want to run just call me". She replied with "I think I have a stress fracture". :/ I hope she feels better soon! I like running outside especially with somebody.
Tuesday, November 4
So, my meeting later this morning is another study session with the clinical nurse specialist on my floor. I've been meeting every week since later July to study for my oncology nurse certification. I'll be certified in oncology which makes me more marketable. And, if my hospital ever decides to implement the ladder system, maybe I'll get paid more. I'll get to put OCN behind my name along with my already achieved RN, BSN. Looking forward to it! I test the week of Thanksgiving so hopefully I'll pass. It's a really hard test from what I hear but studying with my cns has really kept me studying. I don't think I'd even crack a book once if it wasn't for her.
Here's to a relatively busy day off.
Sunday, November 2
Saturday, November 1
I got this workout from the runner's world half marathon plan, and I like it. 2miles warm up, 1:00 5-7 aerobic intervals, walking in between for me, 2miles cool down. Can I just say that the cool down is SO hard. I just wanted to be done, but I did it! Yay. My AI's were from 7.0-8.5 which was a 7:03 min/mile for the last two intervals. I did a full mile in between my warm up and cool down and I think it was about 10:30 total with the walking and what not.
As for other workouts, didn't go as planned. Wednesday I did a 5K in about 33min with my new running buddy. Molly had eaten a big lunch so we walked for maybe a km in the middle? It seemed like a long walk but it was fun. And no vomiting, which is always a good goal to have during a run. Thursday was my husband's day off and we ended up getting a late start to the day (I have to confess we played Little Big Planet for 2.5 hours! And it was my idea!). Wanted to wake up a 7am on Friday to get a workout in ... but we split a bottle of wine Thursday night and went to bed late after playing more video games. We were lazy! But I think I did about 10miles this week, maybe 12-13 next week. Maybe it'll be easier to do 15miles if I work up to making the time in my week? Does that make sense?
I really enjoyed MJC's race report and can't wait to hear the others. Good luck NCrunner!
Monday, October 27
Sunday, October 26
sigh. I hate nights before I have to work, they bum me out so much and it's stupid cause I like my job. I think it's just the fact that I should probably be in bed right now, and I just don't want to go to bed....I sound like a whiny little kid! grrr. I've had enough of this post.
good night folks.
Wednesday, October 22
Monday, October 20
Happy week of running everybody. Oh! I think I'm signing up for the Beer and Bagel Run in Iowa. It's listed as a 5K off road but the sign up form says "4 mile-ish off road run". Yikes!
Name: Kelly H.
Distance: 5K Time: 31:15
Overall Place: 160 of 272
Place in Gender: 81 of 171
Division F2529 Place: 17 of 28
It started out pretty good. I had gotten there a little under an hour before the race. I picked up my shirt (very cute) and was so glad that I had worn a tank top under my long sleeve. It was 80degrees by 3pm! Now the race started out a little congested, but I found a little groove and started passing a few people. The halfway point I thought "okay, we're taking this alley way around, I'll just walk through and grab some water". NO WATER! 80 degrees, I hadn't drank anything before the race to avoid nausea and now I was regretting it. Walked through the turn around alley parched. Getting passed by all those people I had passed getting to that point. That was disappointing. But I couldn't even swallow saliva, you know what I mean? I almost grabbed the latte out of the guy's hand at the end of the alley who was telling us to turn. Made it the rest of the way back walking and running as I could. Very disappointing. And I think it was all because of my lack of hydration. My calves felt a little sore about 3/4 of the way to the finish but I don't normally run outside so that was no surprise. I didn't even have enough in me to do my normal sprint to the finish. I rounded the last corner and saw 30 something on the time clock and knew I didn't have my PR. But I knew sooner or later I would have to stop getting PR's in every 5K I enter. :) I was passed in the last stretch by people sprinting to the finish and I cheered them on as I trudged along.
So good race, well organized, cute shirts....needed a water stop!
I'll probably try and do the race again next year if I have this same weekend off.
Today I'm looking forward to a long run with my new running buddy (we'll see how it goes). It's a gal from work who wants to train for the Lincoln half in the spring and maybe a full in the fall of 09. We'll take it one run at a time I think.
Hope everyone had a good weekend. Congrats on the marathon mom on the run! I have yet to read the report and am so looking forward to it!
Friday, October 17
I registered for a race in Lincoln on Sunday. I'm pretty nervous but it'll be in the middle of the day which gives me plenty of time to get out there (it's about 45minutes away). If the race started at 8am there's no way. Plus I think that I get a long sleeve tee which I heart way more than short sleeved. :D Fashion. That's why I run races. So anyways it's a 5K could have been 15 but I'm a whimp. Couldn't find anyone to go with me so I hope I find the place all right. The directions on the website are a little vague to someone who's not familiar with Lincoln, NE. It says "All races start and finish near the Governor's Mansion, 14th and "H" Streets."....hmmm, that's kinda hard to map on yahoo. So I'll have to factor in driving around in circles time. Plus, what about parking? Ah, I'm glad again that it's in the middle of the day. Maybe it'll be warmer?
I don't really like going to races by myself because I have this irrational fear that my car will get broken into and my stuff'll get stolen. I like my hubby there to hold onto my stuff (and cheer me on). Oh well. Here's to adventures.
Tuesday, October 14
Sunday, October 12
Tomorrow I'm doing a semi private Pilate's reformer class just to see if I like it. For free, the rest of the classes wouldn't be free though, so I'm kinda hoping I hate it. We'll see. After that I may go for a swim. The hubby's working tomorrow night so it's that or go home and clean. Working out always wins over that.
Hope everyone had fun at their wwfor races. Go team!
Friday, October 10
So here's the break down. I ran for 30minutes, allowed myself a 3minute walk break thinking I'd need one to get to the potty. Actually, I was planning on stopping at 20min, but felt pretty good. I was going at a slow 11min pace. During the first mile I thought I felt some pain in my right lower leg, but that soon went away. Probably getting all the kinks out from not running for nearly a week. No need to use the restroom so I powered on, slow and steady until about 60min. I think it was 55:40 but I had gone five miles and thought that was a good stopping point. Went to the restroom drank from my 1.5liter water bottle and got back on the treadmill. It was all ALL downhill from there. I planned to get back on and run another 5, but it was late in the day (after 12), I felt more fatigued than I'm used to getting back on treadmill. I think it was because I usually take a break at 2miles and this break was at 5. I only lasted a mile. Tried to make the most of it by running fast, the last 1/2mile was at 6.5miles/hr. Oh well. I'm doing the Zen 10K on Sunday before work so I guess it would have been bad to do 10 today anyways right?
I wonder if taking a shot block or some other form of energy would have helped? Those things make me nervous cause my mom's family has heart disease (more specifically irregular heartbeats which can be triggered by caffeine). I avoid anything with the word "energy" in the name. I have never had a red bull and I think caffeinated products are dangerous. Mostly because of my family history. Do shot blocks or other similar products which claim to give you energy do so by caffeine or just extra carbs or something during your workouts? What have you all used that you have found helpful?
Maybe next week I'll pull off 10miles...I feel like I've been at this almost a year and I'm not really getting any where. I'm neither fast nor can run very long. My longest run ever was 8miles and that was a one time wonder. Maybe if I was more consistent like I was training really training for a race? But, I've tried to follow training plans to keep up my mileage and that doesn't work either, too easy to cheat. I swear I've heard of people running their first halfs within their first year of running. Are all those people naturally athletic? Were they runners in high school who gave it up for a few years and now have it back?
I'm pretty happy over all with my run. Can't wait for Sunday to do it again! :D
Thursday, October 9
So, thanks MJC for tagging me!
I guess I have to tag a few people and tell a few things about myself.
1)Running Stories, Jenn
2)Mom on the Run
3)Just keep Running, SJ
5)My so called Running, Kate
Okay six facts:
1) I was born in Texas I was raised in Chicago
2) There is not a day that I can recall, ever, except when I was was relatively NPO-clear liquids diet that I have not consumed chocolate.
3) I've never been athletic, I didn't walk until I was four. Was also on oxygen until the age of four.
4) I am a former Shriner's Hospital for Children's patient from 1999.
5) I find everyone... EVERYONE... intimidating.
6) I really am a naturally shy person despite having a blog and talking to you folks.
Okay wanted to run after work tonight. But didn't get out of work until 9pm. 7-9, that's a pretty long day, so I called it quits and will try for a long run tomorrow. Maybe 10miles?! I know craziness.
Tuesday, October 7
Laps 1-5 slow, easy.
Laps 5-10 getting into the groove, feeling a little slow still.
Laps 10-20ish fighting nausea from a way to dressing-y pasta salad I made and ate for dinner.
Laps 20-25... maybe I can do 35 laps...yeah I can.
Laps 25-30 so slow, tired felt like I was crawling from end to end.
Laps 30-35, just five more to go.
Laps 34-35 .... just finish the swim already, and at the same time, this feels great.
I had this big goofy grin on my face when I finished lap 35. I felt like I had when I had run 2miles for the first time ever. I know I'll feel even better when I can swim the distance without stopping.
When I swim I find it easy to keep track of my laps if I repeat to myself "0.5 laps" or "5.5laps"...etc. You get the idea, but I say the 1/2 lap I'm on and going to in my head over and over so I don't lose my place. I find it easier (mind games) to start over my counting every ten laps so that my brain thinks "you've only done 2.5laps, you can do more", like when I start over my treadmill when I run...I don't forget I've started over but it's easier to count 1.5 than 21.5 over and over in my head...I don't remember where I was going with this.
Getting out of the water and walking back to my car, I wasn't dizzy. But I was slightly disoriented. I felt like I didn't have my sea legs or something. Does this ever happen to anyone else?
And, weird question for you girl swimmers out there...I bought this one piece Speedo last year about this time before I'd even started swimming so I could go without going skinny dipping. Anyways it's been a year and I'm running and swimming more much more than I was last year. While I haven't lost a lot of weight, I wonder if maybe I dropped a swimsuit size? I get bubbles or air caught in the back of my swimsuit by my lower back when I swim. It's kind of distracting and I thought maybe it was because it was too loose there or something? Maybe this always happens with one pieces and I've just been wearing my two piece too often?
Monday, October 6
Oh yes, and for those who remember a few posts ago, I'd been talking myself up for about 6months to some of the doctors on the floor. One of them, Dr. T. did pass me. I never saw Dr. I. so he'll be a mystery until I see him at work or see his name of the results list. I'm too impatient. I want to know how I did!
Saturday, October 4
Friday, October 3
Fun times. I think it was the best choice to swim instead of run cause my hamstrings are sore! I gardened after my 6mile run the other day and that did me in.
So on a tangent...We're thinking about starting a family in the next couple of years. Which means I'll be pregnant. Does anyone have any thoughts about running or swimming during pregnancy? I thought I'd get good enough at swimming for that to be my main form of exercise in the later months cause frankly it just seems like it would be too uncomfortable to run. But I've never been pregnant, so, what do I know. Just a thought. I'm girlie I think about these things....sorry.
Wednesday, October 1
Am I strange for running only on the treadmill? I feel like I have this irrational fear that something bad will happen to me while I'm out running outside. I would love to find someone to run with, but I feel slower than most people and I feel like my schedule wouldn't really jive with others'. Hm.
Happy Wednesday. Off to work tomorrow and hopefully a swim in the afternoon if the hubby permits. I've only done that one swim this week (my measly 10laps) and am itching to go longer. Is swimming like running where it's best to mix up speed work and longer swims?
Tuesday, September 30
Could my Nike ipod plus have been slowing me down? I did go to the gym this morning and I ran this three miles in under 30min! What's up with that? I took a break at 2miles, ran that in 20:16. Ran the last mile in 9:40. I wasn't concerned about the little ipod voice saying "0.5miles to go...." yada yada yada. I just ran relatively comfortably knowing that I wanted to break 30minutes. I did it in 29:56 and it wasn't too bad. Hopefully this weekend will go good as well. I think I'll try running without my nike+ for a while. The treadmill keeps track of my milage and time anyways. I still have to have my podcasts, so I still run with my ipod of course. This could be a good week for running, I can feel it. Maybe I'll swim tonight if the hubby still wants to go to the gym?! I know, I'm crazy like that.
Happy running every one!
Saturday, September 27
76 Kelly Hennen 26 F 10/14 7:27
Placed 76th/85. The girls I passed at the end were 22. Huh, that sorta makes me feel good. Although I didn't pass them by much, they finished right around 7:31. Still, yay.
Friday, September 26
Thursday, September 25
Thanks for all the replies about my ipod+ troubles. I have calibrated recently, about 2-2 1/2months ago now I guess, and it didn't seem to do the trick. I calibrated on the treadmill because I know it is sensitive to the surface you're running on.
My question to garmin users is, if I run on the treadmill does it still log my run? I thought garmin was gps based, and I won't be moving. Does that make sense? That is probably a stupid question to ask but it came up.
Hoping tomorrow to get in a swim and a run. I'm almost up to a one mile swim. Maybe tomorrow I'll get rid of the 3min break every 10 laps? You never know, but right now it's kind of a security blanket for me.
Happy blogging every body. And, thanks again for all the comments and support.
Tuesday, September 23
Ran a few miles Sunday. I ran that AI run on Saturday. That was fun although not as long as it should have been. I only did a one mile warm up and cool down cause I'm a wuss. The middle was fun though. I went from walking 3.5 one minute to running anywhere from 7.2-8.0 and then walking again. I did that 7 times and ended up running about another mile. So yeah.
Doing better this week. Picked out fabric for quilts made using some of my mom's favorite clothes. That was hard. It'll be even harder when I have to cut up the clothes. Oh well, they're just sitting around collecting dust otherwise.
Have a good week. I should post before hand but maybe not. This weekend I'm doing the Omaha Mile. And I get super sweet technical tee-shirt. That'll be the first race that I've been in that gives away technical tees. This will also mark the anniversary of my first race ever. I remember when I was nervous that I wouldn't be able to run the full one mile distance. Ha. Maybe I have come farther than I think I have.
Wednesday, September 17
So the next day I run I'm supposed to do this: 2 miles. 5-7x1:00 AI, 2 miles Now I know that the AI is an aerobic interval meaning I'll run 5-7 times at a faster than normal pace for oooh.... now that I read that, I thought maybe it was 100yards and I was going to ask how far that is on a treadmill cause I'm not good with simple math. But that means one minute. I can do that. I suppose I'm supposed to take a break in between AIs. And I bet I warm up and cool down with 2miles at maybe...5.3? We'll see how I feel.
I'm taking my gym bag and I'm hoping to get to the pool this afternoon for a swim. Did 1150 yards on Monday. That went well. I felt all fishy. The last four laps I experimented with how I hold my head when I breathe and I angled down a little and had my cap in the water. I felt like I was slicing the water and felt faster. Too bad I'm not prepared enough to actually time myself. I wonder if my watch is water resistant? Hmm.... eh.
Yesterday no workout, took a mental health day from the gym. Spent most of the morning and afternoon crying, haven't done that for a while. I guess for those of you that don't know, part of the reason I'm attempting this whole running/swimming thing is because my mom loved it. And it's been close to three years since she passed. And I'll bet it had been a good 8 months since I really cried about it. Sure I can talk and describe how I felt on the day I got the news, or how exactly she died and what of. But I never really think about it. I live in my constant state of denial. I can't believe it's been three years. I just was sad yesterday about all that she's missing out on. Brian and I are thinking of starting a family soon and she'll never hold her grandchildren... I'd better stop. I'm not really up to starting all this again. I'm going to have a better day today.
Getting my haircut, that's always fun.
Hope all is well out there.
Friday, September 12
Today I got my a#$ out of the house at 11:30 and went to the gym. I wanted to do three miles but decided 30minutes and I'd try to do 6.0 the whole way. I did 6.0 for the first 2 miles which I guess in and of itself is a good thing cause the last couple of runs I struggled to keep a 5.5 pace for very long. Then I started to get a side cramp and started feeling slightly nauseous cause of my awesome doughnut breakfast I'd had this morning. So I backed off to 5.0 for the next 7minutes which seemed to drag on. Then the last two minutes of the run I bumped it up to 6.7 just to get it over with. I ended up doing 2.8 in 30:52 with was an 11:01 pace. Not too bad, I'm pretty pleased. Would have been happier to maintain the 6.0, but I think that was more of a consequence of the doughnuts.
Happy Friday. I'm working this weekend (bummed cause my weekends got switched and Brian has this weekend off) 12 hrs with an 8hr day on Monday...so hopefully I'll run or swim again then or maybe Sunday night if the weekend hasn't been too bad.
Wednesday, September 10
Wednesday, September 3
So the trip was amazing, but I still have a hard time believing that it really happened, you know? It seemed to go by so fast.
This week I tried to run the human race on Sunday, a 10K after not running for over 2 weeks. That didn't go well, and I threw in the towel. I tried to run it on the treadmill and it just didn't go well. Didn't feel horrible, but felt really tired, heavy legged, and kinda queasy. I think I did about 4miles, I'm not sure cause I dropped my ipod and it started over after about 2.5km. Then I stopped for good after another 2.6km. So, we'll see. You live, you learn.
Today I went for a swim and was pleasently surprised. I was able to do 25laps, not all at once like I had three weeks ago, but still 25laps. I thought was pretty good. I thought after 6 I was done for. But nope, just went slow, and did the swim in about 35-40min. I took a good break after 20 before deciding to do 5more though. I did one lap of breast to start with just to get used to the water again. The rest was freestyle, with breathing from both sides. I know, be impressed.
So, hopefully I'm back for good. Going to attempt a 1/2 plan to maybe get ready for the KC marathon in October. We'll see how training goes.
Sunday, August 3
I'm pretty happy with my performance. During the race I thought it was awful cause the pace felt so off. I felt like we were going fast and it was hot out and miserable. But then my ipod was saying 11:10, I just felt like we should have been going faster than that. Which we were I just didn't know it then. When we turned the last corner to the finish and I saw the time of "19:00" roll by on the clock I was shocked. I thought for sure we'd be out on that course till 22 at the rate we were going.
Other than the freaked out breathing (I also forgot to take my inhaler before hand) the race went well. Treated myself to a cookie and water afterwards. The bananas offered would have been way too healthy. Look for some up coming pictures from the race when they're posted online.
NAME: KELLY H
OVERALL PLACE: 28
AGE GROUP: F25-29
AGE GROUP PLACE: 2 / 4
FINISH TIME: 19:20
PER MILE PACE: 9:40 19:20