Saturday, February 28
Anywhos. Woke up late today after turning off the alarm clocks and sleeping for another hour this morning. Took the kitty to the vet so the tech could show us how to give her the flagyl she needs to take for the next two weeks. We haven't been able to get a dose down her since the first try on Wed night. We found out she has giardia. Poor thing, so I know the metronidazole will make her feel better but really, does it have to taste so stinking bad? We even flavored it orange (or my husband did cause he's her pharmacist), no help. So after lunch and some light reading. Who needs to do housework, really? I decided I was in a bad mood. No reason, my poor husband just left me alone to play video games (which he's still doing by the way). So after reading about Pharmie's amazing 4.5HOUR trainer ride I decided I had no good excuses not to go to the gym and hop on the treadmill. I think I was dragging my feet cause I had wanted to run outside today with some gals from work but since it snowed (a lot) last night that wasn't going to happen. And lately I haven't held a very good pace on the treadmill or outside so I was worried I'd psych myself out by watching the clock and the numbers. You know?
Well my run was great! I did 4.65 miles in 46:31 which is exactly a 10min mile! yay.
Mile 0.75: 5.5 (10:54) - boring!
Mile 0.75-1.75: 5.7 (10:30) - kick it up a notch!
--potty break at 1.75miles--
Mile 1.75-2: 5.7 (10:30)
Mile 2-4: 6.0 (10:00)
Mile 4-4.25: 6.2 (9:40) - still feeling good.
Mile 4.25-4.5: 6.5 (9:13) - feeling great!
Mile 4.5-4.65: 3.5 - cool down
I know, I'm very excited, and my bad mood is gone. I think my husband likes me (and my running out my bad mood) even more tonight.
Off to sushi for dinner with friends. Yes, did you hear that, friends! We're so popular.
Thursday, February 26
Ginger mints: Definately going to save these for pregnancy, the ginger was a bit much. Very strong.
Peanut butter cups: I tried to only eat one, I did. But by the time I left the house five minutes later I had eaten the whole package. Good stuff. You can tell they're no reese's but I thought they were good!
Wednesday, February 25
Yay. Thanks again, and excuse the hair. I was too excited about opening the package to worry about my hair before taking a photo.
If this works, I'd like to post a video from the concert we went to on Saturday:
Tuesday, February 24
Today's workouts: Started with a swim. I really picked up the last five laps, I didn't stop at any time though. But since I didn't have my watch I had to guesstimate my time at 27:00 which put me at 2:42yds/min. Not a good a pace as last week, but I was able to swim the whole distance. So that says something I think. Went upstairs for a run which was 3miles according to our new 1/2 training schedule. It wasn't as spectacular as yesterday but I think I was tired from the swim. I felt heavy. My pace broke down like this: 5.7 5min warm up; 6.0 5min; 6.2 (9:40) for 10min (a FULL mile!); walked 0.1; 6.5 (9:13) for 0.4; walked 0.1; 6.5 for 0.3; walked last 0.1. Meh. I had just come from a swim. So I'm okay with that. Plus it was sans ipod during a boring TV hour. I hate trying to read subtitles to evening news. I'm just not that quick.
So our new training plan is from marathonrookie.com. It's 10 weeks which is perfect. But we were working on a mileage build up plan from marathontraining.com and were trying to get up to 26miles/week. So this first week calls for 3,3,3,4. Our long run is 4miles?! This feels so strange. I guess that's why I'm trying to speed up my 3miles. I'm welcoming the break to go back to 13mile weeks. Heck with illness and what not we've kinda regressed back to that anyway recently. I think if we work on speed with our "short" 3miles (I can't believe I just typed that) we'll really be in good shape. I hate to say it but I was dreading each run of our old buildup cause it felt like we were always doing "longer runs" of 6,7,8 miles. Does that make sense? It just felt like almost too much. I was dying to get on the treadmill for a scheduled 3 miles or heck, even just 4. I feel so much more versatile when I'm doing shorter runs cause I feel like it's short enough that I can play with pace and speed and tempo. When I'm on the treadmill for 8miles I feel like I'm in it for the long haul and I don't want to mess with my pace too much cause God forbid I tire out too quickly and walk the last 1/2 of the run. You know?
So I've been trying to reply to posts but something must be up cause all I get is a "loading" message when I try to send it. So here you go, hope you still read my blog:
Dave: Kelly? No, only kidding. What about Alice? That was the name of my first car. Or Gretchen?
Am I crazy to Tri: I'm keeping my fingers crossed for some good weather too. Do you like your trainer at the house? I think I've used my bike, oh 3 times since I got it. Maybe I'd use it more if I had a trainer...maybe.
That's all for now. Another 3miles is on the schedule tomorrow. With the running buddy, yeah!
Monday, February 23
Off to a visitation this afternoon.
Just a quick note on a good start to the week:
"tempo" run (I think): 5.7 for 5min; 6.0 for 10min; 6.2 for 10min; 6.5 for 5min. Yay. Didn't slow down or walk! 9:51 AP
PS- French onion soup mentioned last week, AWESOME. I'm so impressed with my cooking. I even splurged and bought the fancy cheese. Totally worth it. You sould make it tonight!
Saturday, February 21
Thursday, February 19
It's a good thing we didn't go out cause hubby got called into work because of a family emergency with the other pharmacist. So he left me around 1:45. After lusting after the french onion soup from PW all morning, I set out for some errands. I got myself a fancy new soup pot from TJ Maxx. New tank tops for running in which I really hadn't planned on getting but really, can you pass up 6 dollar tank tops? No you can't.
Off to the gym. I did an interval run. Starting with a warm up mile at 5.5. Then did 800meter (is that a 1/2mile? cause that's what I ran) with 400m recovery. My 1/2 miles ranged from 6.0 or 10min mile up to 8.0 or a 7:50min mile for the last 1/4. I did start walking my 1/4mile by my third of six intervals cause the 5.5 break just wasn't slow enough. And my 6th interval was 7.5 for the first 1/4mile and then a 0.1mile walk break then back up to 8.0 for the last 1/4mile. Quick walk and I was done. I'm not super pleased cause I walked and couldn't really hack it. But it was 5 more miles. So I can't complain.
On the way home I got all the ingredients for the french onion soup plus m&m cookies for the hubby when he gets home tonight. Just put the soup in the oven, hope the new pot doesn't explode!
Tuesday, February 17
1000yards. 25:52 2:35min/100yrds. Better than yesterday, must have been the master's class next to me!
Yesterday I called up the running buddy and said "I really don't feel like running on the treadmill" and she said "Me neither. You know we could try swimming". Sweet. I hadn't worn one of my new suits in a while so I was excited to squeeze myself back into my two piece. I think I've lost 4 pounds with all my training so that was fun that I wasn't very bulgy in my suit. I ended up swimming about 32minutes. It was so crowded. Tiffany and I had to share a lane the first few minutes. So I selfishly did 100yards and then let her swim her laps. A lane opened up and I grabbed it and swam freestyle for 10laps (without stopping). Then took a break to say goodbye to Tiffany. Then did 11laps without stopping. Total of 1150 yards in 32min which is 2:46/100yds. I have no idea if that's a good time. But I didn't pass out, get dizzy, or run out of breath so that was good enough for me.
Today we took the girls (Polly and Duckie) out for a run on our trail near Tiffany's house. Checked the clock at the bank (neither one of us was wearing a watch) at the start and it was 8:58. Ran 2.5miles, decided to cross the street to run around the lake. We decided to cut the run around the lake short since it seemed Duckie was tiring out and this was her second run ever. So we did about another 2.5miles or so and got back on the trail to head home. Duckie was getting antsy and would barrel into whoever was holding Polly's leash and run them off the road. About 1.5miles left to go we saw that she was eating snow and trying to horse around in it. We looked carefully and there was blood in her footprints! The poor thing had rubbed her pads of her feet raw. We deduced that it's because of her sliding bow legged gait with her back paws. I'm so thankful we decided not to do the whole lake that would have been 4.5miles instead of just the 2.5. Yikes that would have been awful. So we got back to Tiffany's and the clock said 10:35. Bummer! That's about a 12:18min/mile pace! What up with dat? Seriously. We really felt like we rocked a better pace than with our run on Thursday. Less walking although we did have the dogs with us. What happened to our 10min miles? Did the ever exist?! I know we walked up a hill or three and stopped to care for a wounded dog but 12min miles? It makes me wonder what our run was on Thursday? Was it really 10miles? Did I screw up mapmyrun? Was it more like 8miles? Oh well, I'm still glad we got out there and took the dogs out. 7.72miles in 1:35ish is still good. I think I'm just a little disappointed cause this is our second run above a 10minute pace by a lot. I guess I thought I was just faster, more a 10min/mile. I think we'll definitely need some more speed work on the treadmill if we want to really improve our pace. One good thing is that neither one of us was really that tired from the run. A little stiff but that was maybe cause I didn't really stretch before the run.
Okay, does anyone read romance novels? Cause a friend from college gave me one for my birthday earlier in the year. Now that I'm into it I can't put it down. It's called "All that I ask". I think. It's so embarrassing. First it was teenybopper twilight and now a romance? Gawd I'm girlie. Help.
Thursday, February 12
Felt better after using the BR so we headed back out and looped around the lake. I used my first (ever) cliff shot at Mile 5ish (1:04 in to the run):
My review of the shot: I was nervous about using it cause I was worried about it upsetting my stomach. But I knew we were on the tail end of our run so I figured it was now or never. And that gel had sat in my pantry for months and I'm sure they have to expire at some point, right? If you've never used them, it was like a thick chocolate (that's the flavor I had) pudding consistently. A little vitamin-y sort of. You could tell it was chocolate "flavored" for sure. There seemed to be a lot more of it in the packet than I was expecting. I definitely took my time "eating?" it? I was glad I had water to follow it up with too. I didn't feel extremely different right after using it, but in the last three miles I felt kinda peppy. So I'm sure it helped a bit and so far, I feel fine.
After finishing our loop of the lake, instead of going back home after hitting that weird/new entrance, we ran back to the visitor's center and then back to the new entrance before heading home. I really wanted to make sure we'd be in the double digits. Yes we did walk a bit, but it was our first attempt at double digits. Mine in my life and I think Tiffany's too. I know I'm excited. The last two or three miles I could really tell that my legs were a bit stiff, like I knew that I'd been doing this repetitive motion for about 1:45. You know what I mean?
Us arriving home:
Working 12 tomorrow, this should be interesting! Right now I'm pounding a 32oz Gatorade rain and just and a cup of noodles. They just sounded good. Also, had a banana about an hour before the run and about 45minutes after. So I was kinda healthy, right?
Wednesday, February 11
And, Chrysanthemum (Chrissy for short):
That's our family. We really need to start having kids so we don't refer to our pets as "our kids" or "babies" and what not.
Off to quilting tonight, last class. Back to piecing my second quilt together now.
Tuesday, February 10
Monday, February 9
Friday was an awesome run. We ran a tempo run.
Mile 1: 5.7
Mile 2: 6.0
Next five minutes: 6.2
Next mile and a half: 6.5
Last two minutes "raced" Tiffany for 7.0 and 7.2!
4.5miles accelerating. Wonderful way to end the low mileage week.
Today not the best way to start our 26mile week. But it can only get better, right?
Thursday, February 5
Tuesday, February 3
Running front. Three slow miles with the running buddy today. We decided this would be our slow week to give our legs a rest. We looked at each other after 30minutes and said "I feel like we haven't even started running!". I took it really slow between 5.0 for the first 15min 5.3 for the next 10min and then wait for it, 5.5 or 11:31/mile the last five minutes. Jealous I know. Hey at least I did it.
1. What do you plan on doing 10 minutes after you finish your first marathon?
Crying, seeing my husband. Talking on the phone to everyone I know. Having a bag of m&ms. That's fun, I really hadn't thought about what I was going to do.
2. What is your favorite "vice" food?
Um I can't go a day without chocolate. Sunday, when I was all vomity was the first time in ten years? Whenever the last time I couldn't eat anything was. Even yesterday recouping I had doghnettes those little chocolate covered doughnetttes.
3. What is your biggest goal within the next 4 years?
Start a family. yikes.
4. What is your favorite Girl Scout cookie?
Probably thin mints or the peanut butter ones are those the tagalongs?
5. Are you planning on going back to Bikram?
Yes. Someday. I let my two week free trial expire for different reasons and now I'm having trouble paying the 7bucks/morning class to go. Plus recently I was sick. :/
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