Archive for November, 2007

The 8 Days of Thankgiving – Day 2

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Today I am thankful for my job.  I enjoy the people I work with and every now and then I get something really fun or meaningful to work on. The days I dread going in are few and far between and are usually because I am in a bad mood not because of something going on at work. 

I skipped my run this morning because the weather was really cruddy.  After getting up and moving around I realized my DOMs from my workout yesterday was pretty bad and figured skipping my run was a good thing.  I am rearranging the week so that I can do my run tomorrow morning and then do an upper body workout on Saturday before my long run on Sunday.

The 8 Days of Thankgiving – Day 1

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

I’ve decided that in my blog each day between now and Thanksgiving I would list something I am thankful for that day.  That gives me 8 days of Thanksgiving.  🙂 

Today my Mom is coming home from Florida for the holidays.  I am thankful for both of my parents.  As my brother and I have gotten older we have easily slipped into friendships with both our parents.  They are very supportive of everything we do even if they don’t agree with it 100%.  They are there when we need them and know when to step back and let us go and do our own thing.  They are very generous and caring people when it comes to everyone. 

Ok…on to our regularly schedule program.  Last night I went out for 5-7 miles.  At mile 3 my calves were tight, I was tired and hungry and I stopped.  I was staning in the street looking a lamp post and scolded myself to falling victim to mind games.  I ran one more lap around the court to snap myself out of it and then was on my way again finishing out another 3 miles.  I felt so much better after I had all 6 done.  I have been reading a thread about losing motivation on the boards and I think it planted some thoughts in my subconsciou that were sabotaging me last night.  I have vowed not to read that thread anymore.

This morning I did a FIRM workout and then celebrated with my healthy cheesesteak alternative.  It is getting to be cold out and it is making me turn towards my comfort foods.  Cheesesteaks being one, but pizza really is my number one favorite.  I need to go to the store and get some whole wheat pitas, pizza sauce and Sargento low-fat mozzerella so I can make my own from home.  Jerry’s Subs has a sm cheese pizza that is only 13 pts, but I am finding it really hard resisting eating the whole thing. 

Almost forgot, today I get my first ever flu shot. It is recommended that people training for a marathon during the winter months get a flu shot becuase your defenses will be down as your body heals from all of your runs.  I must admit I am a little nervous.  :/ 

The Results are in!

Monday, November 12th, 2007

The results from yesterday’s race were posted.  I finished in 57:44.  Just a minute and 11 seconds slower than last year.  I will definitely take that.

I did lose 1 lb this week as well.  Woo woot!

Zoomed at the Zoo

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Yesterday was my Zoo Zoom 5-miler.  This is the only race I have consistently done every year since I started.  It is a challenging course through the hills of Druid Hill Park followed by about a mile and a half of running through the Maryland Zoo.  Unfortunatley the organization of this year’s race fell short of the races in years past. 

The Zoo and Druid Hill park are undergoing face lifts at the moment. Apparently part of that face lift included removing the sign from the entry that we have used in years past to get into the zoo.  We missed our turn and had to turn around at one point to get back to the entrance to the zoo.  Even with our little bit of misdirection we still arrived at the race start 45 minutes early.  We walked over so I could use the facilities and Dad helped himself to a cup of coffee. 

At race packet pick-up we were given our numbers and a wrist band that say the Maryland Zoo on it.  I though the wrist band was our complimentary park entry, which normally is good for a year.  When we were getting Dad’s coffee I saw people putting their bands on.  I asked a volunteer if we were supposed to wear it that day and they said yes.  Never once did they ask us for our wrist band, so I have a feeling I pretty much threw away my complimentary park entry.  😛

We killed a little time sitting in the warm car and then I headed off to the start.  Dad waved as I ran on by and off we were down one of the few good downhills on the course.  Thus far the race was going as smoothly as usual.  At about the 1 mile mark there was a water stop.  I skipped it because I wasn’t thirsty yet.  Little did I know that this was the ONLY water stop on the course.  In the past there has been 2 or 3 and they were evenly distributed on the course.

Luckily most of my 5 mile runs I do without water, so I wasn’t as concerned as others might be with the lack of water stops.  Shortly I passed the half way point, which is near the parking lot that we parked in.  Dad was standing there with his cell phone and I could hear Mom’s voice from FL cheering me on via speaker phone.  The people running around me got a kick out of that.

Unfortunately the face lifts of Druid Hill Park would come back to bite us a little later in the course.  There was a large span of asphalt that had been dug up for repaving.  The rocks and uneven terrain were not very kind to my weak ankle.  I pushed through knowing that soon we would be in the zoo and the pavement would be in nicer condition.

When we entered the zoo it was through the back gate and then once in the zoo the race course changed several places because of new construction.  Unfortunately there were not enough volunteers on the course and it was causing some issues with people not knowing where they were going.  Eventually we all did find the finish line which was crowded with volunteers that didn’t appear to be doing the jobs I had heard some of them assigned at the start line of the race.  One of them being a water stop.

This year I only got to see a couple monkeys and the flamingos.  No penguins, no cheetah and no giraffes for Jeff. No official results yet, but I will post when they are available.

I finished, grabbed a water and a bagel and then we headed to the car to go home.  My plan was to get home, change into some dry clothes, and then head back out for 5 more miles.  I started out doing just that.  I got into my dry clothes and headed back out the door.  As I was coming up the first hill on my regular running route I started to become very aware of my weak ankle.  It was an internal struggle, but I decided to stop.  It wasn’t for lack of motivation, believe me.  I just decided I was better off foregoing the 5 miles to let my ankle rest than I was pushing through the 5 miles and risking a potential injury. 

In the end I only ended up doing an extra 1/2 mile.  I am very proud of myself for getting out there with the goal of running the extra 5 and rather disappointed that the rough terrain of the race was preventing me from completing it.  This weekend I have 17 miles on schedule for Sunday.  Wow…17 miles…who’d ever have thought I would say that.  o_O

But K80 it’s cold outside…

Friday, November 9th, 2007

Wow!  Winter is officially here.  It was in the low 30s when I went out for my run this morning.  Brrrr!

This weekend is the Zoo Zoom 5-miler that I do every year.  I want to do longer than 5 miles that day though, so I will probably run the race and then come home to run 5 more miles around my neighborhood to get a total of 10 in for the day.