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Road Trip!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Dad decided he wanted a new car, so he got himself a new car.  Problem?  It is here and he wants it at the house in Florida.  His plans were to drive it down this weekend, but my mother was worried about him driving overnight by himself.  Here is where I step in.  I looked at my calendar and saw the following: “13K“.  Yes, there was a race in Florida I wanted to do this weekend, but decided it wasn’t practical for me to fly down for another weekend trip after two vacations in the month of September.  Here comes the lightbulb.  I give Mom a ring, “If you fly me home on Sunday night I will help Dad drive the car down and while I am there I can run the Tower of Terror 13K”.  It’s a win-win! 

So tonight Dad and I are climbing into his new car and taking shift driving it down the east coast to its new home in the Sunshine State.  What am I looking forward to the most?  My good friend Pedro and his South of the Border billboards!

Rollercoasters

Friday, August 8th, 2008

No, not the kind where you throw your arms up in the air and scream as you go barrelling down a hill, though I have felt like doing that many times this week. Everything has been all over the place. I had two dogs then I didn’t have two dogs…I had a crazy unreacheable deadline then I didn’t have a crazy unreachable deadline…I couldn’t run more than 2 miles and then I pulled of a great 7 mile mid-week run. I am really hoping next week is on the boring side of life.

Tomorrow I am going for my first long run in 3 weeks I think? Ugh! My lower back problems were successfully treated by stretching the hips as often as I could (thanks Nat) so I was able to start running again. With my yoga I didn’t think my hips could possibly be tight, but I guess I pushed myself a little too hard in a class or two and instead of opening them up I sent them in reverse. Lesson learned, moving on!

I had been out of the loop just long enough that I knew I didn’t lose any endurance, but my legs were going to be tight trying to get my mileage back up. My plans for tomorrow are 9 miles and since I already did a 7-miler this week it should be a piece of cake. Might be cake made with rocks and cement, but it will still be cake. My run will be part of Nancy’s 8 on the 8th, even though technically it will be 9 on the 9th. But we have been there done that already. 😉

Oh and the olympics start tonight! *commencing happy dance* However *finishes happy dance* I can’t help but have flashbacks to a documentary I saw on Gretel Bergmann when I see some of the ways that the host country is behaving.

Back-to-back

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

If you been a reader of my blog you might have noticed I NEVER do back-to-back runs unless they are only like a 1 mile run.   I have only made 2 exceptions and they involved Disney races, so of course I just had to!  In the past I did it because I wasn’t willing to sacrifice my FIRMs for back-to-back runs and I wanted to conserve the extra wear and tear on my joints caused by back-to-back runs. 

Runner’s World Smart Coach had me add back-to-back runs starting this week.  On Wednesday I have my speed or tempo run followed by a 2 mile easy run on Thursday.  In the psat I would have ignoed this and moved on, but I am following through with it this time.  I am considering it the beginning of my training for the American Odyssey Relay.   I figure Step 1 – runs on back-to-back days.  Step 2 – more than one run on the same day.  Of course Step 2 doesn’t have to occur for some time.  I figure I will start throwing in 2 runs on the same day every other week starting some time in February.  I have plenty of time to plan that out though since it is only…what…July?  I will probably start working on the training rotation that takes me from October through the WDW Half Marathon the WDW Princess Half Marathon and the American Odyssey relay at the end of September. 

In just 2 hours I will be sitting on my mat in the yoga studio preparing for my first regular yoga class.  Up to now I have only been doing the Beginner Yoga classes.  The biggest reason for the change is scheduling.  The Beginner classes are at 8 AM or 8 PM.  8 AM gets knocked out because of that whole work thing getting in the way.  The evening classes set me up for getting home around 10 o’clock and with needing to take a shower I don’t make it to bed till almost 11.  After the shower I am wide awake so I lay there staring at the ceiling for almost an hour before nodding off to sleep.  For the record, this granny-like-20-something (4 more months till I have to call myself a 30 something o_O) likes to have her head hit the pillow between 9:30 and 10 o’clock.  If I don’t I have a somewhat zombie appeal to me the next day. 

I have to remember this evening that I need to keep my yoga practice within the limitations of my own body.  Yoga practice is a very personal thing and everyone has different capabilities restrained within their own body structure.  Just because the teacher is the crazy-bendy-woman that was the assistant instructor from the Beginner Yoga series I took doesn’t mean I have to be crazy-bendy too. 

Week 2 – Long Run

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

This week’s long run found me out with the local running group again, but this week we headed to a local reservoir to run.  All I have to say is hills, hills, hills.  In fact if it wasn’t so hilly the 12:20 pace I ended up finishing my 6 miles at would have been more like 11:30.  Yes, that’s right I had a 15:40 mile in there that felt like it was straight up hill.  This is really going to help me with the Baltimore Half though.  Special thanks to the “Coach” who stuck with me during my first experience with these hills.  Best of luck to him as he heads to Vegas this weekend for a race where the average temperature is 115 degrees.  Ouch!

Week 2 – Speed Work

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

I can sum up this morning’s run in 2 words: butt ouchie!  I knew that yesterday would probably be the only chance I had to get in strength training this week so I pushed my weights on my FIRM workout probably a little bit more than I should have.  When I got up this morning I felt a little sore, but nothing overwhelming, so I changed, did my warm-up/stretching, and then hit the streets for my warm-up jog.  I tried to take it easy for my warm-up jog and for a change didn’t find it too difficult to run slow.  My Garmie started counting down to the start of my first speed interval and I dug down deep to find some speed.  I felt like I was running a sub-10 minute mile.  My legs were burning some, but isn’t that the point of speed training?  I pushed through and hit the 1 mile mark and end of the interval in 11:27.  My goal was 11:03, but I will take it for the first interval.  The 800 meter jog was a welcome visit for my body.  I was starting to feel the workout from the night before even more, especially after the hill at the end of my first speed interval.  The 800 did go by much too fast and before I knew it Garmie was counting down for the next interval.  My body protested as I picked up the pace.  I felt like I was running faster than the previous interval as I pushed myself to keep up the pace.  The interval counted down and I practically hit the brakes as I dropped my pace down for the mile and a half of recovery jogging I had planned.  It was tough to keep moving forward, so I didn’t check out my pace for the second mile right away.  Once I felt like I got my heart rate down I went ahead and pulled my my history only to have Garmie tell me I ran that mile 20 seconds slower than the first.  20 seconds slower!?!  Grrrrrr.

The disapointment in my second intervals time and the burning in my legs caused me to cut the recover run short by half a mile.  I walked back to the house to get some water and leash up the dog to take her for the rest of my cool-down walk.  Now I sit here with the sensation that I have been beaten with a bat.  I didn’t really think I was going to be that sore after my run, but I guess I was wrong because right now I have to pee and the sheer thought of going into the bathroom and trying to hover is bringing tears to my eyes. 

On a brighter note:  My brother and I start our yoga class tomorrow night.  The first week is standing poses such as warrior 1, 2, and 3.  They are probably going to feel really good after my run this morning.  Bring it on!