Monday, August 30, 2010
Last week's 18 miles was great. I felt great during it and felt great afterwards. Monday came and I still felt great and did my normal strength training for my cross-train day. Tuesday came and my run felt slow but I didn't think much about it, still felt pretty much OK. Wednesday is when it started going downhill as I mentioned in Thursday's post. Thursday's run was better but still slow. Friday is when things really started to go downhill but I'm pretty sure it all relates back to the 18 miles and probably being more worn out from it than I realized, it just took awhile for it to set in.
Friday is my rest day and after work, I headed over to the animal shelter as I often do to walk a few dogs. After the first couple, I took out a young, large, extremely energetic dog who proceeded to bite and attack my legs and ankles like crazy. It was all in play but it freaking hurt and I had a terrible time getting him to stop. It wasn't just nipping at my feet, it was full mouth around my leg and just kept flipping from one to the other. I finally got him settled down enough to get him to pull me into one of the dogs runs where I played fetch with him to drain some of his energy. He took another round on my legs and ankles before I finished his walk. The next dog was full of energy too and a jumper but I can handle that better than the ankle biting. I'm still certainly glad I took the dogs out for the day because it just shows how much energy they needed to get out from being cooped up in the kennels but man, these two wore me out. After them, I took out a small cocker spaniel to redeem myself and then called it a day!
On Saturday morning, I set out for a 5 mile run and could feel some slight pain in my left achilles and some shin pain on my right leg. This is what I had last Wednesday too so I knew something was up. Add the fact that my legs were just really sore from all the bruises from the dogs and it wasn't really a stellar run. I didn't think doing 20 the next day was a good idea. The pain I'm experiencing is mild but I know from the past that these are the types of things that are only going to get worse if I continue to push it. I had some achilles pain after my 2nd half marathon but it went away with rest and the shin pain just feels like shin splints which I've certainly had before and those only go away with rest too.
I may have had a bit of an emotional breakdown on Saturday...my husband will say that is an understatement. But, I had my little fit and accepted it by that night.
I skipped the 20 miler. I know I shouldn't be skipping the long runs but by the time I realized the issue, that's where I was. I'm hoping the extra rest and an easy week with some extra rest will get me back on track. It sucks that I've gone this far without issues but I'm not going to freak out about this, there is still time to get everything working the way it should. I'll just do one 20 miler instead of 2 in preparation for the big day! Probably serves me right for picking an intermediate program with two 20 milers scheduled anyway!
Now, hopefully these bruises go away soon.
I was tagged by elizabethlacy at canyon cairns for the Cherry on Top award. I've seen this floating around a lot of blogs. Here goes:
1. Answer this question: If you had the chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you and what would it be?
From time to time I'll say I wish I would've (fill in the blank). However, in reality, I know I wouldn't be where I am today if I would have changed anything in my past. I probably would not have had that first post college job, wouldn't have met my now husband, etc., so I'll say nope, wouldn't change anything. Everything happened for a reason.
2. Secondly, pick 6 people and give them this award. Make sure to inform the person that they have gotten this award!
I feel weird picking people for things like this so I'll be a party pooper and not tag anyone. If I comment on your blog from time to time, it means I like it! Haha!
3. Be sure to thank the person who gave you the award.
But, even though I'm not tagging anyone, I will say thanks for passing this on to me!
Friday, August 27, 2010
Overnight Chicken Enchilada Bake. This is not healthy, at all, but it's really good!
Modifications from recipe linked: I didn't use cherry tomatoes but chopped up about four tomatoes from our garden. I also just used store-bought pesto to make this a very quick and easy meal.
I liked this but my husband didn't care much for it. Our house smelled like curry for a few days too! Only modification was I had to use regular diced tomatoes. While I thought I had stewed tomatoes, I couldn't find them when I went to make it.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
3. Our new sofa arrived yesterday. The whole reason for getting this - so dual naps could take place. Yes - forego the magazine perfect room and throw a huge sectional sofa in it so both my husband and I could take a nap at the same time. Do you know how bad it sucks when one person is napping away on Sunday afternoon and you are sitting in an uncomfortable chair? You can bet I'll be napping on this baby this weekend.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The weeks keep flying by for all of us training!
Long Run Updates: Molly at I'm a Sleeper Baker did her last long, long run at 21 miles. She's ready to rock her marathon in a few weeks!
Kellie at Running Rodeo took on 19. Lisa at Lisa's Yarns and I both ran 18. Linz at Destination 26.2, Rene at The Amherst Shuffle and Chris at Evolving through Running all took on 16.
Kate at Run with Kate ran her longest long run yet at 13.5 miles and she also attended a training session for Girls on the Run (a group to build self esteem for girls and train for a 5K) - which I think is just awesome!
Kelly at MaxiFortend ran a long run of 10 in preparation for her half and Pam at Thirty Schmirty did 10 in preparation for her marathon. Jen at Jen is Green had a 7 mile run (mixed in with lots of fun outings it appears!). Bret at Just an Age Grouper kicked off his half marathon training this week.
Amber (Girl with the Red Hair) had to postpone her 18-mile long run due to the heavy smoke in the air but hopefully that issue is resolved now and the air is clear! Erika at Chasing My Monkeys... is half way through her training but had to postpone her latest long run as well.
Race Reports: Click the links to see what others have run in the last week or so! Rae's Hamot 5K report, Julie's Maple Grove 3.75 mile (she's a racing machine!), Jon at SwiCycloRun's awesome Half Ironman report , Katie's Saratoga 5K report, Becka's Warrior Dash report , and Allie's AFC Half Marathon report.
Ann at Sole Sisters is already thinking 'marathon' even though her upcoming half is still what she is focusing on right now. Zaneta at Zaneta Runs' first half marathon is also quickly approaching!
Bobbi at Zero to 26.2 is slowing able to run again and has a terrific outlook on her journey. Mindy at The Road to Becoming a Runner is back feeling good on her runs and so is Anne at Asthma and the Gift of Running. Heather at The Crazy World of Running Mom made the decision to put her marathon on hold due to her injuries and also has a great outlook about it!
Aimee at I Tri to Be Me went a great camping/hiking trip and sported her Vibrams. I also saw Katie at Legally Fit recently got a pair too! Amy at Tri Tri Again is now sporting a fuel belt for long runs (they're not that dorky - we need 'em! - well, ok, maybe they are a little dorky). Oh, and Raquel at Historiadora on the Run recently got a new treadmill to help with some of her training.
Finally, just a couple of great posts to point out. Kate at Run with Kate has a great post about athletes and a vegan diet. I admire people who stick to a vegan diet. I know there are lots of us in this group who at least make efforts to cut back on some of their meat/dairy/etc. intake so I wanted to point out her great series of posts. And, Olivia at Blissful Runner has a great post dedicated to her awesome Mom!
Last Week's Poll Results
What day is your long run?
Friday - 6%
Saturday - 48%
Sunday - 46%
Is there someone who inspires you to run? Anyone in the running community you admire?
I have a few more things for polls/questions, but I'll probably run out in a few weeks. If anyone has suggestions, please let me know!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
OK, so it starts goes slightly uphill then a steep downhill but that must be where we take the stairs (yes, stairs) down to the canal. Completely flat for awhile and then we get into some hills. Back in May I ran a 5K over a small section of that hilly part. Yes, it was hilly but I also ran my fastest ever (not that I've run that many) 5K there. I could very easily go and run more of the course but I also don't want to, just enjoying it the day of sounds more appealing to me than having it all memorized and just re-doing a training run. So, it looks tough, especially since the hills are in the second half but it doesn't look completely unbearable, correct?
I don't use many of the features of my Garmin (I'm sure I will in time as I become more anal in analyzing stuff), but I thought I'd review my 18-mile long run from Sunday. Here's the elevation chart from it. That's rolling hills, right? Looks and feels that way to me. If I compare it to the Freedom's Run chart, that one doesn't look as intimidating anymore. Some of the hills still look steep but they look reasonable compared to my typical run.
I mentioned that big uphill (from about 9.75 to 10.25 miles) in my recap I posted earlier. I certainly felt it and was breathing heavier at the top, yet if I look at my mile splits, it didn't kill my times that much. These times are true - I never stopped during the run, ran (or should I say jogged) the whole time and the Garmin was never paused:Mile 1: 10:37
Mile 2: 10:40
Mile 3: 10:25
Mile 4: 10:27
Mile 5: 10:21
Mile 6: 10:04
Mile 7: 10:22
Mile 8: 10:36
Mile 9: 10:22
Mile 10: 10:23
Mile 11: 10:26
Mile 12: 10:49
Mile 13: 10:30
Mile 14: 10:26
Mile 15: 10:52
Mile 16: 10:42
Mile 17: 10:24
Mile 18: 10:25
Overall Pace: 10:30
According to the McMillen calculator, I've been staying consistent on where I'm supposed to be on all these runs. Using my best 1/2 marathon time of 2:02:48, it states my long run pace should be between 10:24 - 11:24. But then, the paces for 5K and 5 Mile are slightly slower than what I've actually run, which makes sense since I've certainly improved since the last half marathon. If I input my best 5K or 5 mile race times, it states my long run pace should be 10:00-11:00, but of course those are really short distances to try and compare for a longer distance. Either way, looks like I'm doing everything the way I'm supposed to be and I seem to be staying consistent on time over my 'rolling hills'.
What's the point of all this? I don't really have one but will be interesting to review this after the marathon as well. I just find it interesting to look at stuff like this.
I am curious to see what kinds of routes people run in terms of flat, hilly, etc. and how your definition of those routes relates to the actual elevation changes of them and how your pace is affected. I'm off to look at and compare some other elevation charts.
Monday, August 23, 2010
On Saturday, I went for an 8 mile run around my normal 8 mile loop. I ran into a tree that fell across the road on a steep downhill. I'm still pretty bad at running down hills that are at all steep. I assume I'll just get better at this over time. I slowed way down and gingerly jumped over the tree. A small snake in the middle of the road also startled me. One day I'd like to start doing some trail runs but it appears I need some more practice in this area! I'm not normally freaked out by animals, trees, mud, etc., but for some reason when I'm in my groove, anything out of the oridinary startles me.
On Sunday, I woke up and looked outside and it appeared it had just rained. So, I turn on the Weatherscan channel and jump online to check forecasts. According to my expert analysis of the radar, if I left right then, I'd have a 3-hour window without any rain, which would be perfect. I got my G2, GU Chomps and other stuff ready to head out. The first four miles were fairly uneventful but I was feeling good.
I didn't have an exact plan where I was going to run for the 18 miles. I usually just set out and then go wherever I feel like going as I'm running along. After mile 5 I was at a point where I decided to keep heading down the road I was running on and see where it led. I have no idea where the road would have gone but it seemed like I could have stayed on it forever. Eventually, I decided to turn around in a newly built neighborhood between miles 9-10. This road had lots of rolling hills but I knew I was going to struggle on the way back because it seemed like I was going 'down' for quite a long time on the way out. Going back was hard, but not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. Anytime I run in a new area, it makes the miles go by faster because I spend so much time looking around me and taking everything in...I find lots of interconnecting back roads this way which I seem to enjoy for some reason.
Anyway, around mile 11 it started to rain slightly which felt absolutely wonderful. It wasn't that hot out on Sunday but was fairly humid so the rain helped with the humidity. I was happy to feel the rain even though this meant my weather analysis skills were less than stellar. The rain continued through mile 15 and I continued to feel good as the miles ticked by. The only problem was that I wasn't wearing a hat so the rain mixed with my salty sweat got into my eyes which irritated my contacts but it passed pretty quickly.
I started heading back and still had a mile to complete in my own neighborhood. My hips were starting to hurt a little bit and knowing that I was nearing the end, I was ready for it to be over but I still felt good at the end. At 18.03 miles, I was at my front door and proceeded to stretch, foam roll, empty all of our ice into the tub and down some chocolate milk.
I felt great the rest of the day. I wasn't tired, no headache, didn't have the urge to nap and felt fine to my stomach as well so I deem this long run my most successful yet. I'm going to stick with the G2 on the runs as well as GU Chomps - this combo seems to work. Looking back, I realized I took a gel last week on the run that didn't go so well. I think that's been consistent on the bad runs - I think they mess up my stomach too much but the GU Chomps and Shot Bloks sit fine with me.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
2. The temperatures have been slighly cooler here, especially in the mornings. So I can't complain about the heat, but I can complain about the days getting shorter and it getting light out later in the morning. My runs are more and more in the dark these days!
3. My dogs have complete control over me and they know it. For the past month or so, the beagle hasn't wanted to go on her daily walk. I figured it was because she didn't like the heat. I'll call and call and she won't come or she'll run away from me so I just started leaving her here and taking the lab mix alone. Well, I decided to start experimenting because little miss beagle can get a little pudgy without her exercise so I stopped using her Halti. She walks 100 times better with the Halti but suddenly I seem to be able to get her to go on a walk if I don't put it on. I've used the Halti on her for over a year and she's never liked it but I've tried to force it. Guess they win again!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Training continues for everyone and welcome to a few new additions: Aimee at I Tri to Be Me, Luke at the Super Fatlete , and Amy at Tri Tri Again.
Long run updates...I think they are starting to feel less scary for those reaching the higher numbers! Olivia at Blissful Runner tackled 20 miles, Nicki from Nicki's Nook took on 18 miles, and Amber (Girl with the Red Hair) reached 17 miles!! In addition, Aneta at Confessions of a Rambunctious Runner ran her longest yet at 15!! Meggan at On My Way to 26.2 will be running her longest to date this week - 11 miles!
Race Reports...Click on the links to read the race reports from the past week. Julie from Julie's Running Blog - Gopher to Badger Half, Becka at 50 Half Marathons... - Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half, Rene at the Amherst Shuffle - Crisman 5K . Oh, and Allie at The Constant Pursuit has a brand new PR for the half marathon!
I anticipate Katie at Legally Fit will have a recap of her 5K today (These posts take awhile to compile so they are pre-written on Tuesdays). Jon at SwiCycloRun is going through a bit of taper madness but should have a new race recap for us soon!
Molly at I'm a Sleeper Baker (who is trying not to freak out about the upcoming marathon) received some good advice for dealing with a blister. Ann at Sole Sisters had some blister issues after her long run this week too. Speaking of advice, Chris at Evolving through Running is seeking some advice on hydration packs.
It seems like a few of us are starting to see some better temperatures and running conditions, while others are suffering. Lisa at Lisa's Yarns had more reasonable tempertaures this week but it still hot for Kellie at Running Rodeo and Pam at Thirty Schmirty. Caro at Calinchen Runs dealt with rain, which is always an adventure.
Bobbi at Zero to 26.2 is getting her knee checked out this week - hope you are back to running soon!! Heather's (Crazy World of a Running Mom) shin pain is back, but she continues to have a great attitude about it.
Last Week's Poll Results
Do you listen to music while you run?
Yes, all time - 41.8%
Only during training - 11.6%
Occasionally - 30.4%
Never - 16.2%
Weekly Questions (feel free to answer here or on your own blog)
Do you run with other people - who, where, when and why (or why not)?
Weekly Poll (open to all!)
*If I missed something you would like mentioned, please let me know!
Monday, August 16, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Hello, readers! I'm Grace from How I Complicated My Life Today, a blog about the silly things I do each day to make like just that much more difficult (It's an art form). I'm stopping by today to recap yesterday's twenty mile run: always a big milestone in marathon training. Abbi and I are actually training for the same marathon: Freedom's Run in October. Because our training is similar, I thought it would be fun to swap twenty-miler tales.
I wish this was an awe-inspiring report for all of the first-time marathoners out there, but it isn't. It was a pretty tough run. But sometimes a hard run is good for you; it trains you to persevere even through suboptimal conditions.
Yesterday my plan was to work from 7 am to 3 pm, then head out for my run in the afternoon. I'm a pharmacist, which means I am on my feet all day at work AND I probably won't get a chance to eat. Strikes one and two for a long run. By the time I got off work, my legs were tired and my tank was empty. But I still wanted to get the run in. You see, I'm a foolish optimist when it comes to running. So when I thought about the 20-miler, here's how it played in my brain - and the facts that hit later:
Optimistic fallacy #1: "Exciting new 20 mile route! All over the city! It goes around city park, so there will be fewer traffic stops! Running in the French Quarter will be fun!"
Fact: What the heck. I've never seen so many cars in my life. Where is everyone GOING?! Hey, there isn't a side walk here. Huh?! There isn't even a shoulder! Dude! Get in the other lane, you're running me over! Hm, Royal street is straight up walking. There are tourists on every square inch of sidewalk. Darn you, you camera-toting, umbrella stroller-pushing vacationers!
Optimistic fallacy #2: "So what if it rained so hard that I couldn't get down flooded streets this morning and my car took on a little water. And it's still raining. It will finally make for a cooler run!"
Fact: This is New Orleans. It can be hot and rainy at once. And dodging/landing in puddles every third step really makes for an uncomfortable run.
Optimistic fallacy #3: "I don't need a camel-back. Not exactly a fashion statement. I'll just carry this ginormous bottle of Gatorade".
Fact: My hand is not actually large enough to fit around the bottle, so I had to hold it football-style the entire time.
Optimistic fallacy #4: "It's ok to be hungry. I'll just eat a Gu!"
Fact: NOT OK TO BE HUNGRY.
Optimistic fallacy #5:"Prunes are a great snack before a 20 mile run!"
Fact: Prunes aren't a good snack anytime.
All bright-eyed and cheerful, I headed out into the rain. My run went down Carrollton avenue to start and bam, right away I stepped in a puddle. I learned there are two ways to run sidewalks in New Orleans during the rain: step in an ankle deep puddle, or avoid it and run into a low-hanging, soaking wet branch. I struggled to hold my huge gatorade bottle, realizing that it was totally throwing my gate off. I had to hold it in my right hand only, since it kept hitting my watch and ipod on the left. I reached City Park and my tummy started to feel off. I ate a Cliff Shot with gatorade and began the long loop around the park. One long side of the park is Marconi Drive. This is where I discovered, hey, there aren't any sidewalks! It was blessedly free from stop lights (one or two) but nerve wracking and very WET. The sky opened up on me and I just got drenched. I could feel friction in my shoes.
Marconi is supposed to end at Lakeshore drive, but it didn't. The road was closed, blocked by a huge red crane. I was not familiar with the area, so I didn't want to take any short cuts. Don't tell FEMA, but I scaled the muddy construction blockade, skipped past the crane, and made it to Lakeshore drive. This was a good part of the run, because it's pretty (on the lake) and stop-free. I picked up the pace and felt good. Then I felt bad. I realized that I was starving, but to take in any more calories I'd have to hydrate. I was worried about my fluid supply: the next place I knew I could get water was about 12 miles off still. I realized I'd been betting I could find water on the route - and I couldn't.
My next turn was onto Wisner, which parallels Marconi and takes you out of the park. But I missed my turn. That's because actually the cross street is Beauregard, which turns into Wisner. Incidentally, this is basically the only street sign in the whole area. Obviously New Orleanians do not think street signs are important. I got hopelessly lost in a cute residential neighborhood for over 25 minutes before stopping for directions.
Back on track, I was feeling rough. I was starving, cramping, and thirsty. My detour had set me back on time and fluids, and I was nearly out of Gatorade. When I saw that the road was blocked ahead by paramedics, I almost hopped into the back of the ambulance with the dude in the neck brace. It looked like a biking hit and run or a something - the injured man was talking and sitting up, but in a stabilizing brace. I gave up on sharing an ambulance since I figured I smelled so bad by now I'd knock the poor guy out, and kept running. And walking. I started taking walk breaks and praying for water. Just as I got to a steep bride I looked down and saw a water! A Dasani, scraped up, in the road...cap still sealed. I drank it. Do NOT tell my husband. It was that or die on the side of the road! I had another shot block and felt better, but it was too late for my stomach. I was cramping badly and I could tell I was playing catch-up with my glucose. I ran slowly down Esplanade (and threw out that stupid gigantic gatorade bottle in a public can). I was back in stop-light territory, and had to slow. By now I was so nauseated that I was just praying that I could hold off throwing up until I got to the French Quarter. I mean, everyone throws up on the streets in the French Quarter, right?
I hit the quarter, kept my dinner down, and ate another shot block. I took it with the last of my water. Once I was on Royal street I felt like it was almost the home stretch - which was good. My feet were so chaffed from wet shoes and socks that there was a ring of blood on my ankles! I shuffled through crowds on Royal street, no longer caring that it was killing my time. I found a PJ's coffee and did my scary crazy lady thing: go in all sweaty and repulsive and drenched in rain and mud and ask for water. I mean, who's going to say no?
I was feeling dehydrated, and drank most of the water before I got to the Rite Aid on Louisiana street. I like to stop here and fill my water up. It's about 4 miles from my house. After I filled up, I opened up a Gu and took half. I was instantly sorry - it upset my stomach terribly. Here is where I really went downhill. I staggered home, taking breaks to settle my stomach every 4 or 5 minutes. I actually had to stop two blocks from my house!
When I finally made it home, I was started to see stars from low blood sugar. But I knew what I needed: "Baked potato, " I croaked, and my husband frantically scrubbed a spud for me. I nibbled it with lot of salt and started to revive.
- Chaffed, lacerated, bleeding feet. Wet shoes and socks for 20 miles is painful!
- Stomachache. It probably didn't help that I followed the baked potato with a smoked salmon-caviar pizza, beer, and a pecan salad.
- Headache. Abrupt blood-sugar changes do that to me.
- Hypotension. I clearly did a poor job of hydrating; my blood pressure dropped and stayed down.
- Skin burns. The relentless rain stung my skin. It looks a little like a mottled sunburn and prickles a little.
But the good?
- I finished a 20 miler in bad conditions.
- My time wasn't the worst; subtracting the time I was lost it was 3:05:30; or a 9:16 pace. Not my best, but not terrible.
- No knee pain; I'm only a little sore this morning and in fact I did a one-hour cardio kickbox class this morning.
- You aren't superwoman. You need water and calories to crank out 20 miles!
- Check the route out first. I need sidewalks and fewer lights/traffic.
- Don't try new stuff on long runs (ie, bottles big enough to be aquariums).
- Not all runs are the best, but you have to give it your best.
So what's next for me? Another 20 miler. Next week I'm trying again, this time with better planning. This isn't my first marathon, but I am still learning long run lessons. If you have any tips to share, I'd be so appreciative!
See you guys at the next Marathon...who else is doing Freedom's Run?
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
We're continuing to add new people, which is exciting. Even more exciting? There's starting to be a little overlap in the races people are doing. I was hoping that would happen!
Katie from Legally Fit Katie and Jen from Jen is Green are both doing the Mohawk Hudson Half, although they already know each other. Kellie from Running Rodeo and Linz from Destination 26.2 are both running in the Nike Women's Marathon. Ruth from Running It Off and Kelly from Maxi Fortend are both running the Monster Dash Half Marathon. Finally, both Allie from The Constant Pursuit and Meggan from Marathon Running Mama are both doing the Philadelphia Marathon.
This past week, several people ran races. Click the links for their race reports. Jen from Jen is Green ran a 10K, Becka from 50 Half Marathons in 50 States ran her latest (very tough) half marathon. Julie at Julie's Running Blog ran a 5K with her daughter and Kate from Run with Kate ran an 8 mile race!
The long runs are still increasing for lots of folks. Molly at I'm a Sleeper Baker tackled 19 miles, Olivia at Blissful Runner took on 18. Nicki from Nicki's Nook, Lisa at Lisa's Yarns and myself all tackled 17 this past weekend. Erika at Chasing my Monkeys One Mile at a Time took on 15 and Linz at Destination 26.2 conquered 14. Rene at The Amherst Shuffle is at a long run of 12 miles We're all getting there!
Aneta at Confessions of a Rambunctious Runner is back to running with no pain and feeling good. Heather's (The Crazy World of a Running Mom) few days off did the trick and she was able to run her 10 mile long run this past weekend. Raquel from Historiadora on the Run is also getting back to a running schedule after moving and returning from her honeymoon.
Caro at Calinchen Runs has the first week of marathon training completed and has some new shoes to start out week two of training. Chris from Evolving Through Running stayed on track with runs while on vaction. Jon from SwiCyclorun is still getting in some great training for his next triathlon (later this month) before shifting gears toward his marathon training. Ann at Sole Sisters is starting to feel a little nervous for her next approaching half, but I'm sure she'll be ready!
Make sure to wish Mindy at the Road to Becoming a Runner and Allie at The Constant Pursuit good luck at their races this weekend! Mindy is doing her next 5K and Allie is heading to her next half marathon!
Last Week's Poll Results:
When do you stretch?
Before & After: 46.15%
No Stretching: 10.26%
Warm Up, Stretch and Stretch After: 5.13%
Weekly Question: (feel free to answer here or use as inspiration for your own blog post)
What is your best running memory/experience?
What is your worst running memory/experience?
Poll: (open to everyone!)
Monday, August 9, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
1. I've worked at the same company since I graduated college, that's over 8 years (ahh...getting old!!). The company has been sold, my job has changed and my location has changed but it's still essentially the same.
2. I'd probably be able to live solely on bread. I love bread. That might not be enough...maybe PB&J sandwiches. I could probably just eat PB&J sandwiches the rest of my life and be happy.
3. Several years ago, a lady I used to work for part-time gave me a handmade blank book. I started writing things I wanted to do in life and places I wanted to travel. This was long before I started running and one of the items on there is to run a marathon. I've been able to cross off a few things, like skydive and swim with dolphins and hopefully the marathon is next.
4. I've lived in Ohio, Maryland, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. I've visited lots of other places but I've never been anywhere in the US west of the Mississippi River. This will change this year too!
5. When I was a kid, I wanted to do something with animals when I grew up. Sometimes I wish I would've stayed on that path. At that time, Jack Hanna was the director at the Columbus Zoo and he was pretty much my idol. I received an autographed picture from him that I still have to this day. I say this because I'm not very sentimental and don't really keep a lot of things like that!
6. I have a weakness for all fruity/sour candy - Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, Laffy Taffy, etc.
7. My name is just Abbi, not Abigail. My sister's name is Nikki, not Nicole. Guess my parents figured just name us what we'd go by anyway!
8. I've pretty much always considered myself a dork who doesn't fit in well with most of the normal people my age. In college, I sat in my dorm room making quilts. Who does that? I've since moved onto other crafts, like knitting.
9. I'm a paranoid driver. I really don't like driving at all and often think I'm going to wreck or the car is going to blow up. I totaled a car two days after getting my drivers license when I sixteen. I'm assuming it all relates back to that!
10. I turn 30 next year. I'm thinking it needs to be a big year!
I'm probably supposed to tag others for this, so I'll just say any of my normal followers/commenters who like the idea, go ahead and post...would certainly love to hear more about others!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
2. I want to try a running skirt. I know there are two camps on these (love 'em or hate 'em) but I keep seeing them and think I might like it. I've looked online but hesistant to purchase thinking it's not going to fit right. They are pricey little suckers! I'll look around and see what I can find. The funny part - I can probably count on one hand the number of times I've worn a dress or skirt in my life. I am not a girly-girl in any way and I'm pretty sure the last time I was in a dress was at my wedding two years ago. Why in the world would I think I want to run in a skirt?
3. I've mentioned loving lists in the past. When I write things down, especially chores, they are more likely to be accomplished. Therefore, this weekend the garage, shed and basement will be cleaned up and organized. We keep putting it off but it needs done so badly!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
The list continues to grow!! It's exciting to see how many people are out there working towards the goal of their first half or full marathon this year. If there's anyone else interested, just take a look at the main page.
What's Everyone Been Up To? *
There were all kinds of blog-worthy happenings the past week. Molly at I'm A Sleeper Baker officially registered for her marathon and so did Erika from Chasing My Monkeys 1 Mile at a Time. She officially registered for Long Beach just before she headed to the Chicago Rock 'N Roll Half Marathon (Bobbi from Zero to 26.2 ran the Chicago Half too!). Raquel at Historian on the Run also registered for the full Rock 'N Roll Marathon-San Antonio in November. Congrats to everyone for committing officially!!
Allie from the Constant Pursuit officially kicked off her marathon training this week and has all kinds of races planned between now and the Philly marathon in November. Katie at Legally Fit started her training for her half this week and Ruth at RunningItOff has picked out her first half marathon training program which begins next week. Have fun as you start to train!
Molly at I'm a Sleeper Baker has the earliest marathon in the group, in September, so she's already up into those high mileage long runs. Myself and Nicki from Nicki's Nook are on the same training schedule and watch each others training runs on DailyMile. We're not the only ones sneaking up there in miles. Lisa at Lisa's Yarns is following the same training plan and is a week behind us. Then, Oliva at Blissful Runner had a killer 16-miler this past weekend as she prepares for Baltimore. Kellie at Running Rodeo tackled 16 over the weekend too! Way to go!!
Kate at RunwithKate completed the San Francisco Half the other week. Chris from Evolving through Running is exploring some new running grounds during his vacation in Boston. Gary's been putting in his miles during the early morning and Kelsey from the Blonde Bullet debated running in a monsoon, but opted not to. People are running all over the place!
Mindy from The Road to Becoming a Runner discovered the awesomeness of a Garmin while Pam from Thirty Schmirty is learning to love her new friend, the foam roller. If you don't have a foam roller, check out Julie at Julie's Running Blog since she is hosting a giveaway for one! Rene at The Amherst Shuffle is still undecided on her new Newton's. Becka at 50 Half Marathons in 50 States is loving her new running skirt. New gear popping up everywhere!
A few members are being smart and taking it easy to make sure they avoid injury. Here's hoping that Aneta's (Confessions of a Rambunctious Runner) knee is better soon (so she can beat Oprah), that Heather's (The Crazy World of A Running Mom) shin pain goes away soon and that Anne's (Asthma and the Gift of Running) PT has her on the right path!
Question Time (feel free to answer here or use these as inspiration for your own blog post).
What made you decide you wanted to run a long distance race?
Why the full marathon or half as your distance of choice?
Finally, why was this the year to go for it?
Poll Time (open to everyone - the more input the better!)
* I'm trying my best to stay on top of the latest happenings with everyone. If I missed something you'd like mentioned, feel free to let me know!! Like the format/don't like it? Feel free to give me any comments or suggestions on what you'd like to see!
Monday, August 2, 2010
On Friday, I ended up with an injury. A foot injury. I'm sure you would think it was related to running, but nope. Just my dog stepped on my foot. Well, actually, I was trying to get him to stop jumping up on the window sill and barking at a loose dog that was running around and his back leg joint (that bony part on their legs) dug down onto the top of my foot. It hurt and started swelling up instantly. My feet have handled all the pounding of pavement I put them through but can't handle a dog stepping on them? I sat with ice on it and while it hurt to put on my shoes or walk around barefoot, it seemed OK once I was in the shoes. I tested it out by taking the dogs for a walk and mowing the lawn Friday evening.
On Saturday morning, it was still swollen, but I headed out for my 8 mile run and it didn't hurt at all. I continued icing it throughout the day.
Then, Sunday, I headed out for my 11-mile long run. It was a step-back week and I thought it was kind of boring. I like the excitement of each week getting longer. Plus, it actually felt cool out this weekend and I really wished it would have been a longer week. I didn't have to get up at 4:30 or anything crazy this weekend since the temperature was reasonable.
I'm sure it'll be awful next weekend when I attempt 17!