Monday, December 31, 2007
After the initial 20 minutes, I went inside the gym and ran another 30 minutes for 2.93 miles, a 10:14 min./mile pace. That's a 4.52 mile total for the day and new week, and 72.65 miles for the month of December. I'm shooting for another 20 mile week this week.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Tomorrow I start a new week of running, both for my online log at running2win.com, and for my new 2008 paper logbook, The Complete Runner's Day-By-Day Log and Calendar 2008. I used to use this log in my previous running life back in the 80's, and it was a good one, so I decided to reinstate it. Maybe I'm overdoing the logging thing, but I'm going to give it a try and see if it helps or is cumbersome.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
I must confess that I'm running out of running steam a little bit this week. It doesn't feel like a loss of motivation, just feeling tired from getting accustomed to the higher mileage. I guess this is why the experts suggest that you have 20 miles per week as a running base for quite some time before sigining up for a marathon. I'm really feeling that it'll take my body a while to adjust. In time, I'll probably have to adjust my runs so that I'm running my long runs on the weekends.
Friday, December 28, 2007
I took a break from podcasts on the iPod this morning and listened to music from my workout playlist. That helped me get through the workout. :)
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
I'm trying to decide whether or not to sign up for a 5K in mid-January. Would love to see my progress, but will wait until closer in to see how the weather looks. (Yes, I'm a winter wimp!)
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
I was the only one at the gym the whole time I was there! Not used to that! It was a little creepy, so I was a little more aware, periodically pulling myself out of my running "trance" to look around.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
I'm glad to have finished the week with 20.39 running miles under my belt!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
By the way, I've clocked 19.97 miles for the week now! If I'd realized that during the run, I would've gone a little farther, and perhaps given myself a deserved day off tomorrow. But now, barring some emergency, I've gotta go for the 20-mile week!
Friday, December 21, 2007
I'd been noticing two strange looking weights at the gym, and thanks to Jimmy and his blog, I now know they are kettlebells. Thanks to a video he shared from YouTube, I know how to use them! I actually tried to pick one of them up at the gym this morning, and it was, at 35 pounds, too heavy for me to swing very high. Now I KNOW I have some work to do on my upper body strength!
By the way, where did all these videos on YouTube come from?! There were A LOT of kettlebell videos, just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what all is out there. I'd heard of YouTube, but had no idea.....
Thursday, December 20, 2007
My weekly mileage total is 13.5. Wonder if I can hit 20 miles by the end of the weekend. (My new online mileage log has a Monday-Sunday week.) 20 miles/week feels like a lot to me. I'm definitely feeling more tired--especially in the evening, with the extra running. I can see myself topping out at around 20 weekly miles for a while, until I get acclimated. Then I'll set my sites on hitting 5-mile and 10 km distances.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I went to the podiatrist this morning because of a couple of sore places on the bottom of my left foot. Eventhough my diabetes is "in remission," the foot sores have still been a concern to me. I wasn't ready to curb my running much, since it's something I'm having fun with and improving on, but you do what you've got to do. Thank goodness, both sore places were just callusses, which the doctor was able to file down. Already, I can walk more comfortably.
The podiatrist also gave me a recommendation for an over-the-counter orthotic to help with the plantar fasciitis, which is a blessing. (Custom orthotics can cost several hundred dollars!) I can't wait to go shopping for it!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I played with the incline a bit, doing most of the run on a .5% and 1% incline. I also adjusted the speed a bit, starting slowly and picking up speed over the course of the 50 minutes. Sometimes I speed up too much and had to pull back.
Monday, December 17, 2007
No elliptical today. It was kinda nice taking a break from it.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
During the workout I listened to a podcast called Phiddipidations, done by "Steve Runner," and it was the episode where he ran the Boston Marathon--don't recall if it was this year's or last year's. Still, it was really interesting to listen to as I ran and did the elliptical.
I'm up to 15.2 miles for the week, which is exciting for me! Definitely a high weekly total for the year.
Friday, December 14, 2007
This morning I ran twice on the treadmill, first for 15:01 minutes (1.32 miles), then a pit stop (rats!), then 25 minutes (2.22 miles). Over three and a half miles for the day--yay! Wish I could've done it continuously! My mileage for the week is over 10, first time in--I can't even remember when! I also did 11 minutes on the elliptical.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I wonder if I'm pushing myself too hard, or if I've been underestimating my abilities as a distance runner. Surely, the weight loss has helped.
Meanwhile, I've learned the 2008 date for the Cannonball Run Half Marathon in Greensboro, just an hour down the road. It'll be October 18. It's good to know there's a local option for my first half marathon. I love the idea of going out of town for races, but there may be an advantage of sleeping in my own bed the night before my first LONG (to me) distance race. Hmmm, something to think about. Advice, anyone?
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
When I went to the Rice House this morning, I told Ryan about the Coach Bubba race, and she sounded interested in it as well.
Monday, December 10, 2007
I'm still trying to decide whether or not to run in a race this coming weekend. Part of me wants to see if I can keep peeling off time of my PR, but part of me wants to look ahead to the new year. Both races are at least an hour away....if at least one race were local, I'd do it for sure.
My weekly total mileage is up to 4 already, and it's only Monday. Funny that I'd be excited about that, huh?! ;-)
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Normally, this would be a great afternoon for a nap, seeing as how it's Sunday and I'm at home. BUT, I've got a final exam to study for and take by midnight for my online computer class through Wake Tech. I'll be done with the class after taking today's final exam, and I'm excited about that. (It's been an interesting class, and I'm glad I took it, but I'm relieved it's wrapping up!)
Thanks to some encouraging post commenters of late (imagine me waving virtually to them!), I'm considering putting a half marathon on my to-do list for 2008. Since I turn 45 next December, it could be a great thing to accomplish in my 45th year, don't you think? Last night, I started scouting out possible halfs, and two appeal to me so far, BOTH scheduled for Nov. 9, 2008, and BOTH on the North Carolina coast! One is the Outer Banks Half Marathon, and the other if the Battleship North Carolina Half Marathon. I'll keep looking, and training. I would love to actually register for one pretty soon, so that I have that solid goal to work toward in 2008. There aren't many 2008 registrations up on the internet yet, though.
Meanwhile, I plan to sign up for some other races (and smaller distances) along the way. I need to be careful to take things fairly slowly, as overtraining could cause the usual injury problems!
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Friday, December 07, 2007
I've hit my 5-mile running goal for the week, with 5.35 miles, which feels good. I'll stick to this goal for the rest of December, with extra being icing on the cake. I've been thinking about my next goal, and I'l probably shoot for 10 km (6.2 miles) a week next month.
I also did 21 minutes on the elliptical. Nothing like a good night's sleep to help me get more exercise!
Later this morning, I'm co-leading a class at the Rice House. Should be fun! I'm looking forward to hearing Andrea's story as well. I get the impression she's done quite well at home.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
I'm sure I'll get back on track soon.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
I think I'll find another race to sign up for soon. Some of this tired, "blah" feeling could be the result of post-race letdown after pushing for that elusive sub 40-minute mark for several months. New races and new goals await!
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
I finished 461st out of 536 runners, and 33rd out of 37 in my age group. It's hard to be competitive against other runners when I'm THAT far back in the pack, but it's encouraging to see that the 2nd female finisher overall was 40. She's in my decade, at least. :-D
Monday, December 03, 2007
Still, it feels great to be working on my stamina and endurance! My resting heart rate yesterday morning was 44! Sounds abnormal, doesn't it? The nurse who tested it said it was a nice, strong beat.
When I set the elliptical machine this morning with my age and weight (for a more accurate calorie display), it dawned on me that today's the last day I'll be able to put that age down. Wow, it's been quite a year for fitness (and other things!)!
Still waiting on offical race results. (I think I'm obsessing!)
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Still looking for offical results from yesterday's race, can't wait to see that the PR's official. :)
I was thinking about doing another 5K next weekend, but think I'll wait until the 15th now. There's a 5K in Fayetteville, a bit of a hike, but doable.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
There were some festive costumes out for the Jingle Bell Run! Although this picture is blurry, and I was on the wrong side of these people (the people in the boxes and the Santa), here's a sampling of what I saw outside the registration area!
The goodie bags for this race included a pedometer and some Burt's Bees Lip Balm (yay!), as well as a long sleeve t-shirt and bells for our shoes, a cute idea! They suggested we put the bells on the opposite shoe from the timing chip, and since one shoe already had my spare car key, I decided to go with just one bell, and that was plenty. :)
After I put my camera back in the car, I ran into not one, but two people I knew who were running as well! That's a first for me since I've started running again, so I was thrilled! I knew that someone on staff at the Rice Diet, who was going to try to make it with a friend of hers, and she did..ran into her in the restroom, of all places. (She was faster than I was, but yelled out to me whenever she passed me at turn-arounds! That was encouraging!) As I was leaving the registration area, I ran into a friend from the Junior League, whose blog I enjoy reading. I learned pretty recently that she's a runner too, but I didn't think to ask her if she was running this one. Of all the hundreds of people there, it was a treat to run into her without expecting to see her! I got to meet her hubby and a couple of their friends as well. (Wish I'd still had my camera!)
Near starting time, I went to the back of the pack, as usual. Lo and behold, my Junior League friend spotted me and encouraged me to come start the race with them. It was nice to have company for the pre-starting time stretching and chatting. As it turned out, S. (Jr. League buddy) and I were running in the same ballpark, as we ran mostly on Hillsborough Street, down to part of the Capitol area, then down to NC State and the Bell Tower, then back to St. Mary's School. She pulled out ahead of me at first, and I gradually caught up with and passed her. Then she caught up with me, and we pushed each other to the finish line! The official times haven't been posted, but we were right together at the end. It was a lot of fun having someone to run with, very serendipitous, since we hadn't traveled to Raleigh together, or even planned to meet and run together. We both had a really good race, finishing around 38 minutes! Turns out it was a PR for both of us!
My foot and knee aches and pains were pretty minor in this race, and for that I'm glad. The pf wasn't really a factor as I'd expected, since it was sore early yesterday morning. I spent some time massaging and icing it, as well as doing the ibuprofin thing. My right foot burned a little from the falling arches issue, and I felt some tendonitis on the right of my right knee, but it wasn't too bad. (I took at hot bath and some more ibuprofin when I got home, so I'm feeling much better!)
I feel relieved and happy to finally break 40 minutes! Now I'm looking to break the 35 minute mark, and branch out into longer races. There's a 4-miler in Durham I'm thinking about in February that's a good possibility! 10Ks, here I come!
When I know my official time, I'll post an update!