Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Kick Butt Ballz??

Yesterday I did 30 minutes on the elliptical, and today I returned to a 40-minute session on the elliptical, again for 5K (3.1 miles).

There was a new machine at the gym today, but not a workout machine. It was a little vending machine for something called Kick Butt Ballz! The machine wants two bucks for a serving--just one? Maybe two?
I dunno, I found this a little disturbing. This machine is just inside the door to the gym, and everyone has to pass by it to head to the machines. It's almost like it's providing an easy out to actually going past the machine and into the gym. $2 gets you in and out of the gym a lot more quickly, apparently. :-/
I think I'll continue to kick butt on the elliptical machine and treadmill!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Elliptical 5K

This morning I did a 5K in 40 minutes on the elliptical machine. It felt good to have a hard workout on the elliptical again, and to get back to the iPod. (I didn't feel like using it on my run yesterday, wanted to be aware of the sounds around me.)

I'm getting back to my stretching again, and I can tell I need it!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Another Outdoor Run

I was really dragging my feet this morning, trying to get out the door to go exercise. It's been such a busy (and LONG) week, that it felt really good to veg out in the apartment with George. I knew I'd regret it if I didn't get out the door, so I finally did it! Decided to shake things up a little and totally bypass the gym. Instead, I drove to a nearby neighborhood and ran around there. I had my Garmin on, so I was able to measure out a 5K run, which I finished in 43:02, a 13:52 m/m pace. Was glad to beat my 5K training time from last week, still doing a run/walk combo. To beat that, I'll eventually work toward running the whole thing again. I'm getting there, but by bit.

I walked another 7 minutes back to my car, and it felt great to get a 50 minute workout in. Since I didn't hit the roads til 10:00, things were pretty warm here by the time I finished. If only I'd gotten out earlier....

Friday, April 25, 2008

More Elliptical

I'm trying to resist the temptation to run every day, so I stayed with the elliptical machine this morning. I went for 31 minutes, but pressed the pause button one too many times and reset the machine before I recorded the mileage or calories. I know I did over 2 miles, though, and more than 300 calories burned. I decided to push the workout a bit, and it felt good.

As I'm starting to run a little more, I'm feeling the plantar fasciitis again, trying to be good to my foot and stretch things out.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Evening Run

I ran around the apartment complex after supper, 2.03 miles in 31:12 minutes, doing the run/walk thing. It felt really good, but a bit tough. I'll be glad when I can run the whole way!

2.25 miles so far for the week

Short Workout

I did 25 minutes on the elliptical this morning, still feeling sluggish, a little stuffy and sore in the throat.. Perhaps I'll try to get some more exercise in this evening. That's what I did last night--George and I went for a walk after supper. It was different, though, as he kept wanting to take me through the woods around the apartment complex, while I just wanted to a walk in and have some company along the way. The walk was a little more leisurely than I expected, but I still wore my Garmin, and we did 1.11 miles in about 30 minutes, with a stop on the nature trail along the way.

Speaking of George, he came down with a 103 degree fever after we got home from the walk, no fun. He thought he'd try to go into work later today, but I hope he stays home and gets well.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A Little Bit of Everything

I got on the treadmill for 3 minutes (0.22 mi), but felt pretty tired and sluggish. Decided to hop on the elliptical instead, went for 22 minutes (1.64 mi), and then got on the recumbant bike for 5 minutes (0.78 mi). So, a little bit of everything. I'm still feeling a bit drained from being sick.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Trying to Get Well

I've exercised the past couple of days, but haven't felt like blogging. The workouts have been shorter than usual and uneventful, just trying to keep the habit going while my body heals from a virus that's moved from my throat to my sinuses. Can't wait to feel normal again!

I returned to physical therapy yesterday, and was sore after that! Glad I've got three more weeks of sessions to go.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Outdoor Run

This morning I got sick and tired of being sick and tired, so I threw on some shorts and a t-shirt, laced up my running shoes, and put on my Garmin Forerunner, determined to do SOMETHING outdoors, even if it was just a mile. I walked some trash to the apartment complex dumpster to warm up, then started running. I did the run/walk combo around the complex, then decided to go across the street to an industrial complex with big parking lots. Not pretty, but pretty easy on the body. I came back to the apartment complex after about 2.75 miles, then decided to make it a 5k. I wanted a training time to beat. I ended up finishing the 3.1 mile run/walk in 47:46, a 15:24 min/mi avg. pace. That stinks, but considering I've been too sick to exercise since Wednesday, maybe not too bad. Actually, maybe I overdid it! But I just HAD to get out. I think I was starting to get cabin fever, since I missed work Thursday and Friday. George was gone yesterday, as he got the chance to do overtime, so I've had a lot of time alone inside the apartment. It felt great to take it outdoors! And now I have an outdoor (non-race) training time to beat. :)

I ended up with 3.61 miles for the week.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Sick Days

I'm at home for the second day in a row with a sore throat. I went to the doctor yesterday and she doesn't think it's strep, thank goodness! (A second throat culture sent away to the lab should confirm.) She thinks it's a virus, so I've been taking it easy, getting lots of rest, and treating the symptoms. Can't wait to feel better so I can get back to exercising!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A Little Longer

Today I went for 43 minutes on the elliptical machine (3.29 miles), then 2 minutes on the treadmill (.14 miles). The treadmills were all taken when I got to the gym this morning, and I got on a roll on the elliptical. :)

I returned to the orthopaedist yesterday, a follow-up appointment about my groin strain. The doctor could see improvement, and was encouraging about my 5K last Saturday. She did prescribe 4 more weeks of physical therapy, which will help. I was sore last night from the extra stretching during the appointment!

Meanwhile, I'm thinking about signing up for a Jeff Galloway Training Group that's starting near here next month. I'm especially intrigued by the emphasis on training and staying injury free. Advice is welcome!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

New Shoes

After work yesterday I went by 9th Street Active Feet and got some new running shoes. I've learned along the way that taking my old running shoes along can speed up the shoe fitting process, as the common thing to do at specialty shoe stores is to watch the patron walk, discuss shoe use, stuff like that. When I pulled out my old Brooks Adrenaline shoes, the sales person said, "Oh, that's a great shoe, has that worked well for you? Any problems with it?" I told him I'd enjoyed the shoe. He had me walk a little, balance on each foot, and said the updated version of the Brooks Adrenaline would still be a good shoe for me. I was in and out in, oh, 15-20 minutes, which worked for me! (It beat driving to Raleigh, where I got the last pair of Brooks. I was tired!)

This morning I had to try them out, and ran on the treadmill for 5 minutes (.37 mi). I did feel the groin strain a little, which was a bummer. I got on the elliptical machine to finish the workout, and did 35 minutes (2.66 mi) there.

(Yesterday I did 32 minutes on the elliptical. I'm still a little sore from Saturday's race, so I continue to work on my stretching.)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Race Report: Cary Road Race 5K

Yesterday I ran in the Cary Road Race 5K. I was a little nervous, considering that I hadn't gotten back up to 3 miles of running since my injuries. I felt like I had a better than decent chance of finishing, though, since I'd done 3+ miles on the elliptical machine several times since returning to exercise.

I got to the race area at Regency Park in Cary in plenty of time to pick up my race packet and chip. I didn't get a t-shirt for this race, as they cost extra. (I shy away from paying extra for race t-shirts unless they're particularly good, since I already have a pretty good collection of t-shirts. I do regret not buying the CRR t-shirt from two years ago, since it was the race that I first entered in my journey toward getting back in shape.) While I was putting the chip on my shoe, I overheard a lady giving some race advice to some friends running the race for the first time. She told them not to go out too fast because there's a hill early in the race, but after the turn-around, there's a big downhill and a lot of flat course after that. She said she went out to fast last year and was sorry! I was glad to be eavesdropping, and took her advice to heart. (I'd forgotten about that hill from 2 years ago!)

Anyway, the 10K started at 8:30, but the 5k didn's start until 9:45, so I returned to the car, and read and dozed a little bit. I'm glad I didn't oversleep, but I wish I stretched a little more! I found myself trotting toward the start line and getting just a few stretches in before the start of the race. It didn't even hear the starting "gun," but I was in the back of the pack, so when the crowd surged forward, I knew the race had started!

I started the race slowly, and walked up that early hill, which helped. I was able to pick up the pace on the level and downhill stretches, even passing a handful of people. The course took us around a small lake in Regency Park, a pretty picture. The temperature was pleasant at first, but was heating up toward the end of the race. It was also windy at times. I noticed that my Garmin was 10-15 seconds behind the timers along the course, probably from the start that took me by surprise. (I didn't start the Garmin until I saw the surging crowd.)

Injury-wise, I didn't feel my knee much at all during the race, probably in part because I took 3-4 walk breaks (some on flat ground, toward the end of the race). I did feel the plantar fasciitis starting to make a comeback in my left foot, which surprised me a little, but I am nearing 300 miles on my current running shoes, so maybe it's a nudge to get a new pair.

I finished the race a bit under 40 minutes, though official results haven't been posted yet. My Garmin time was 39:30. I was thrilled to finish, and was very surprised to get a finisher's medal at the end! It's the first medal I've gotten at a race, and eventhough it's not an age-group award, it was better than a t-shirt to me now, and just what I needed. With the injuries I've had and recovered from in the first quarter of 2008, finishing this race was indeed a big deal for me. I feel like I'm "back in the race," so to speak, and that's done a lot for my spirits. :)

I'm sufficiently sore today, so I've been doing some extra stretching, and didn't run this morning at the gym. I did go in to keep the routine going, but only did 20 minutes on the elliptical machine. I've gotten a lot of R & R since returning from the gym, as yesterday's race wore me out more than I expected.

I'll post official results when I learn of them. Thanks for all the encouragement.

UPDATE: The official results are in! My official time was 39:47, finshing 247th out of 265 runners in the competitive division. In my age group, I was 14th out of 15. The top female finisher overall was a 43 year old, which rocks! There's hope for me! I'll probably never be the top finisher anywhere, but age matters less and less.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Getting Ready for Tomorrow

Tomorrow's the Cary Road Race! I signed up for the 5K before I got injured, so I haven't trained like I planned. I've decided to give it a try anyway.

So today's workout was pretty light. I did 11 minutes on the elliptical, then walked for 21 minutes on the treadmill. No running today, saving my legs tomorrow.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Over a Mile!

This morning I lasted for 20 minutes on the treadmill, going 1.52 miles! It felt really good to go over a mile, with only a little knee pain. I think I'm going to try the 5K on Saturday, perhaps with a run/walk combination. After the treadmill, I did 20 minutes on the elliptical (1.53 miles). Good workout this morning!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

A little Farther

I got some rest last night, so I feel better this morning. I got a little more than I expected, as I forgot to set my alarm last night so I overslept a bit this morning. At the gym, I ran for 10:05 minutes and .71 miles, a new post-injury record! (It makes 1.45 miles for the week so far.) My knee bothered me a little, but not much. No wanting to overdo it, I switched to the elliptical for 26 minutes (2.01 miles).

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

My Body Says.....

I'm tired!!! Two nights in a row of going to bed at midnight is taking its toll this morning. I made it to the gym, but I was grumbling all the way. I schlepped through 5 minutes on the treadmill (.37 mi.) and 15 minutes on the elliptical (1.13 mi.), and that was it.

I have a meeting tonight (go figure!), but I''m heading home after that and getting to bed nice and early.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Still Going

Yesterday I did 35 minutes on the elliptical, a short workout before a busy day! This morning I got back on the treadmill and ran for 5 minutes. Guess what...it hurt! :-( I've got to give my body time to heal, I know. I got back on the elliptical machine, for 42 minutes this time.
I ran .37 miles on the treadmill, a 13:31 pace--faster than last week, at least. I wonder if my knee would hurt less if I slowed it back down. Hmmm.

Finished with .61 miles of running for last week. Can't wait to work my way up to a mile again--that will be a happy milestone! I'll be glad to reach a mile in one session, for sure, but even a mile this week total would be an improvement. Amazing the things you come to appreciate! ;-)

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Change of Scenery

Being Saturday, I slept in a bit, then went for a workout at the nicer of the two gyms I belong to. I don't go there during the work week because it's farther away, and it isn't open when I normally get to the gym in the early morning hours. I so enjoy working out there sometimes on the weekends, though.

I did 50 minutes on the elliptical for 4.28 miles, which felt great. I decided to try the treadmill for a little while, and when I got on I noticed a lady I know from the Rice Diet Program across the room! I'd been running about 3 minutes with a little less pain than yesterday, when I noticed her get off her machine and head for the front door. After trotting a total of 3:14 minutes for .21 miles, I stopped the machine and sprinted after what turned out to be TWO Ricers, and we had a nice visit outside.

After that, I decided to call it a day in terms of the exercise, and take advantage of the hot tub and sauna. The heat felt really good on my back and legs!

Friday, April 04, 2008


I was looking to shake up my routine this morning, so I warmed up with 5 minutes on the elliptical machine, then climbed on the treadmill for the first time in a while. My right knee (the one I fell on when I broke my nose) started hurting immediately, so I kept it at a slow pace, wondering if I could run through it. It was still hurting six minutes in, so I decided to stop then, after just .4 of a mile (for a 15:02 pace--lovely!). It's a start, but I was hopeful that I could do more. I wonder if I'll be able to do the Cary Road Race 5K on April 12. Yikes, that's eight days away! I don't want to do anything stupid, but it sure would be good for the spirits if I could do it.

(I did get back on the treadmill after that, and did another 35 minutes.)

Any suggestions for my knee, anyone?!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Same Place, Same Time

I did 40 minutes on the elliptical machine again today, for 3.12 miles. I'm beginning to feel like a change of pace, time to shake things up soon. I did go back to physical therapy yesterday, and am sore this morning from the new stretches. Maybe tomorrow I'll take a few minutes to give the treadmill a try again.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

More Elliptical

This morning I did 42 minutes on the elliptical, for 3.12 miles. Had to remind myself that I wasn't in a contest to go longer or farther than yesterday, and that a little variety is good. :) Tomorrow I'll return to physical therapy.


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