Sunday, February 28, 2010

Monthly Mileage

140.49 out of 150. Not bad, almost there.

The next marathon is Sunday. 2nd one before the year is up that I began running. There are still a few areas in my life that I need to work on and some changes that I'm making, but all in due time.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Running, Biking, & Knee Pain

Tuesday, February 9th - Yoga class and then 4 miles at an average pace of 10:20, treadmill

Wednesday, February 10th - Day off!!!

Thursday, February 11th - Some lifting at the gym and warmed up on the elliptical.

Friday, February 12th - 8 miles, averaging 9:56 outside

Saturday, February 13th - My knee has been bothering me, so I cycled 15 miles on the bike at the gym.

Sunday, February 14th - 3.23 miles at a 10:42 pace outside. Trying to slow down because my knee does hurt pretty bad from last week's race.

Monday, February 15th - Treadmill run of 5 miles at an average of 10:20 pace. I don't like the treadmill much. But it gets dark so early STILL. And my knee still hurts.

Tuesday, February 16th - Yoga and 5 miles cycling on the inside bike

Wednesday, February 17th - 5.05 miles with Jeanean, outside at Grace averaging 10:35 pace. It felt slow, but we had a good chat and I need to save my knee. It still hurts. And I have 20-21 miles ahead of me tomorrow. Last long run before Arkansas Little Rock Marathon in 3 weeks! I need to slow it down a little; I think that's why my knee is sore. And IBProfen is my friend too (or Naproxen). And ice!

Monday, February 8, 2010

1ST In My Age Group!!!

Whoop whoop! *happy dance*

Saturday, January 6th - Easy 3 mile run on the treadmill at a 10:20 pace.

Sunday, January 7th - I WASN'T LATE FOR THE RACE! No freakin' out or hurrying, and I even got to go to the bathroom TWICE before the start time. (The lines weren't long because the race was #1 on a Sunday and #2 not very large).

My garmin results - 18.74 miles with an average of 9:49 pace!!! That's the fastest I've ever gone and farthest at that pace especially! It helped that I just kept picking people to run with or in their draft. After I finished, I remember talking to a few people and they commented on how they followed my red ponytail for a while and then how they helped me to keep my pace faster than usual too.

My legs (knees) hurt pretty badly afterwards, but I still had to work at Ihloff. So...I went in and then just relaxed with a Superbowl party after that.

Monday, January 8th - Extra sleep and then biked for about an hour (15 miles) at the gym. A few ab exercises, pushups and stretching completed this workout.

Goals -

At least 8 hours of sleep every night
Another 15-18 miles this week
Yoga, Body Pump, and another cardio class this week
No more eating 2 hours before bedtime (starting to get better at this one!)

Friday, February 5, 2010

TRC Winter Classic - Training Run


Tuesday, February 2nd - Body Pump was accomplished - yay! That felt good and although I wanted to do the Yoga class afterwards as well, I just kind of took it easy and went on to work.

Wednesday, February 3rd - I really wanted to do 15 miles, but I decided to do the TRC Winter Classic this Sunday, and I'm springing for the 30K = 18.3 miles. So...rather than trying to do 15 Wednesday and then turn around and do 18 miles 4 days later....I did 12 miles on Wednesday with a 10:17 pace. A little slower, but honestly - I had NO energy. I went out, after procrastinating - even stripping the sheets off my bed, to avoid going and running. :-( That makes me sad, I'm not sure why I didn't want to go so badly, probably the dull, cloudy, crappy looking weather and me just being really tired.

Thursday, February 4th - Body Pump class happened this morning, and I did not attend. In fact, I slept in, did a little light stretching and went in for a massage. Done and rested.

Friday, February 5th - Got up after sleeping in again and did 2.17 miles, averaging 9:33 pace. I felt rested, which was nice. After work, I went to the gym and just wandered from machine to machine, doing pullups, rows, chest, leg extensions, tricep pulldowns, ab work, back extensions, decline pushups, chest presses....and.....yeah, full body basically!

Tomorrow I hope to run at least 4. Sunday's 'race' is just going to be a training run for me, I'm not going to try to get some amazing time, although keeping it under 10:30 is preferable, definetly. It's up at Mohawk park, so it's flat, and it'll be just 3 loops around. Starts at 9AM, and I'm hoping the weather holds out and no rain and NO SNOW! :-( We don't want that!

I'm not sure why I've been so tired this week. I'm blaming it on PMS week, which I typically do not do, but that's all I can really come up with. Work has been busy, but that's typical, although after the marathon, I did work at the salon EVERY SINGLE DAY for over 2 weeks, so that might have SOMETHING to do with it. :-( I don't really like doing that. Sleep is my friend, and so is the bath, which I miss. I haven't had an epsom salt bath since the 20 miler I did, on January 1st. We may have to revisit that Sunday night.....perhaps.....I will!

Monday, February 1, 2010

127.04 Miles In One Month

And I STILL didn't reach my "goal". Goal was 150 miles...but I suppose with actually running a marathon and having to take a few days off; I am satisfied with that.

I'm still mad at myself though. I have now completed a marathon and still am not a size 6. Granted, I haven't been that for almost 6 years now, but - that's just an excuse. I'm running a freakin' marathon and burning over 3,000 calories doing that! I KNOW all that I need to know about nutrition, I just need to use some better self control -errr.....

Last month, I only lost .4 pounds between the first and the last. I'm still seeing a small change in measurements, but I am starting to just feel very stagnant. *sigh* I know I just need to revamp my eating schedule and do something crazy. It just gets to a point when I feel like I'm working my butt off and I can't see any more progress, so I just think to myself that it's not even worth doing it anymore. :-(

Until I look back on how much I used to weigh, what my measurements used to be, how little mileage I used to do - I can tell then that I've improved. But the day to day things....nothing that's easy is ever worth it, right? I am still trying, I suppose I just need to try harder (and stop snacking and eating sugar).

Friday, January 29th - 6 Miles at 9:50 pace.

Saturday, January 30th - 3 miles at 10:10 pace. Shin splints at first, but went away after about 2.25 miles.

Sunday, January 31st - OFF - Rest Day

Monday, February 1st - 6 Miles at 10:10 pace.

I am tired of the treadmill. It snowed last week A LOT, so since Thursday the roads/trails have been crap. I'm hoping that by my long run (15) on Wednesday, I can do it outside.

This week goals:
~ Exercise wise
One Yoga class
At least one Body Pump Class
15 mile long run, with hills incoporated

~Food wise
No eating past 11PM
Only 1 protein bar a day - eat REAL food
No dessert (chocolate, cookie, sucker, candy) until dinner with a friend later on this week
No snacking on peanut butter or nuts!