Monday, February 28, 2011

a range of emotions.

Training for the week of 2.21-2.27

this week was full of emotional ups and downs.
the week started out great.
my hip was feeling awesome. the best it had.
tuesday was tempo, so wanted to ease into it. felt great.

wednesday-rest day

thursday-speedwork. 8x1/2 mile repeats were planned at marathon pace equivalent time (3:50)
ended up running... (3:52, 3:47, 3:42, 3:46, 3:43, 3:40, 3:44, 3:45) with a little left at the end :) 7 mi total.

friday-rest day (rode the bike while rich ran his 7 mile long run)

saturday-tempo run- ran about 5.5mi easy/warmup...then 3 mi tempo ( 7:46, 7:39, 7:43) 9mi total.
last mile was hard.  i pushed it.  well...after i was a little bit sore :(
i seriously need a coach to hold me back!  i am my own worst enemy.

sunday-long run 18 miles 2:43:13, avg 9:01 pace. by mile 15 my hip was hurting.  and by the end i was in pain. came home, sat in an ice bath...took motrin...stretched, and had a marble slab waffle cone with vanilla bean ice cream with reese's pnut butter cup.  so divine. made me feel better :)  i deserve it right?  i burned 2100 calories on my run.  but now, i sit here, depressed.  the marathon is 3 weeks away.  i'm taking a few days off and hope that it will get better.  i need to steer clear of all speedwork until after the marathon.   booking the hotel today.  lots of our gang is going.  it is going to be a fun trip :)

41 miles for the week.
355.98 YTD

there you have it. 
emotions from elation to depression.

i'm starting the new week positive with lots of motivation to help myself recover.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

on the mend & new shoes.

saturday i was supposed to run the bakersfield half.
i made the call not to run.
after listening to my friends' advice..
i decided to sit this one out.
to say i was upset, is an understatement.

my goal was to go 1:50
and i really felt i had a great shot at it...
before getting hurt,
but now i will never know...

sunday i ran an easy ten miles (avg. 9:45)
during the run it felt fine,
came back and iced it.
really been spending tons of time stretching/foam rolling.
and i think its finally paying off.
rested on monday.

yesterday was a tempo run at half marathon pace with my group.
so happy to run with them.
it really seemed like forever...
when you're used to seeing these awesome people 5 days a week,
not seeing them for 5 days seemed like eternity  :)

i wasn't sure how i would feel...
so tried not to look at my garmin...
and just run by how i felt.
warm-up felt great...(9:11, 8:38)
and i just went with it. (8:18, 8:19, 8:22, 8:28, 8:18)
so excited!

came home and iced.
by the end of the day it was stiff from sitting in class for so long,
but after some stretching,
it's much better.

decided to take today off as well.
we usually just run easy miles,
but just being safe.
and the rest of the week is full of miles  :)
feeling much better this morning.
i'm gonna start some strengthening exercises today.
i see lots of one legged squats and side leg lifts in my future :)

i also ordered some new kicks...
not sure if shoes had anything to do with my injury
but i got to thinking about them...
and they probably have about 450 miles on them..
so just to be safe..
they are a pretty pink :)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

over the edge.

a wise person once told me...
that when you're training...
you're on the edge of improving
and getting injured.
it's a fine line.
you have to know when to pull back
when you feel you're about to go over the edge.
you really have to know & listen to your body.

since i've been training for modesto
i've really been pushing it...
and pushing it hard.
i have hard time letting up...
and didn't listen to the signals my body was giving me...
and finally went over the edge.

i'm injured.
my hip/glute (piriformis) on the left side is/was in pain. (feels much better now)

last weeks training was tough,
but i was feeling good.
stronger than i had in a long time.
i could really see tons of improvement.

training week of february 7th-february 13th
monday-rest day
tuesday-speedwork 4x1mi  7 mi total  (7:42, 7:36, 7:34, 7:22)
wednesday- 10 miles easy  avg 9:18
thursday- tempo-hospital hill  8.57mi  avg8:34
friday-strength/core 40minutes
saturday- long run 18.42 mi avg 8:47
sunday- easy run 10mi  (noticed left glute a little sore)
weekly total 54.24mi

monday was a rest day, and tuesday was speedwork.
i wasn't sore or anything, so i was pushing hard.
we had 1x2mi @half marathon pace (8:13, 8:16)
2x1mi @10k pace (7:28, 7:37)
1x1/2mi @5k pace (3:29)
that last half mile interval was SO tough.
and i'm sure that is when i went over the edge.

by tuesday night i was in pain.
my glute was throbbing.
starting taking motrin & stretching & icing.
i knew i couldn't run on run on wed.
i was just praying that i recovered quickly.
well...i've been resting since tuesday.
decided not to run the bakersfield half.
i was alot better by yesterday,
but didn't want to risk making it worse.
this morning i can still notice it a little bit,
but it is a million times better.

i'm really bummed i couldn't run.

going to try and run tmr...we'll see how it goes.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


training for the week of february 7th-february13th

monday-rest day

tuesday-speedwork 4x1mi   7.12mi total (7:42, 7:36, 7:34, 7:22)  these intervals were SO hard. but i did better than i though i could.  surprised myself :)

wednesday-easy run...10.12 miles  9:18 avg.  this run felt great.  got to run in the sun. had a hard time keeping it slow. HR 149

thursday-tempo run-hospital hill...8.57 total  avg 8:34  (9:05, 8:49, 8:27, 7:50, 7:57, 8:28, 8:40, 8:58, 9:00)

friday-strength/core...1 hour

sat-long run...18.42mi   2:43:35  8:47 avg pace...avg HR 159...ran with a big group this morning. used TNT aid stations. felt really strong & sped up at end...with gas in the tank  :)  at one of the aid stations they had some skittles...tried a little handful.  what a pick-me up!!  they put a little hop in my step. i think i found a new race fuel :)

sunday-easy 10 miles avg. 9:14 pace

total 54.24
YTD 297.47

my skittles and i will be running the bakersfield half marathon this saturday....getting excited!

Monday, February 07, 2011

suck it up buttercup.

i have been feeling exhausted.
this new training program is really kicking my butt.
sunday morning...
i showed up to run, but my head was not in it.
i was TIRED, and really was dreading the run.
i was complaining...
the whole run felt hard.
my breathing felt really labored, and my legs were sore.
and it was only 10 miles.
in my mind...i kept thinking about the marathon...
how can i possibly think i can run 26.2?
what am i thinking???
major negative thoughts going on.

i got home from the run feeling even more exhausted,
and probably dehydrated.
i wanted to eat everything in sight.

i had a bunch of water & gatorade to drink,
had some eggs & hashbrowns
and as my head began to clear,
i decided to look at the stats from the run.
i was amazed.
i averaged 9:05 pace for 10 miles with an avg HR 152.
wow! i was in shock.
i couldn't believe my HR was that low...
it felt immensely harder than that.
maybe it was all in my head.
maybe i need to concentrate on having a better mood...
despite being tired & sore...
after all, i don't HAVE to run.
i run because i WANT to.

i need to be positive.
i need to stop making excuses why i can't run fast.
this is the fastest i have ever run in my life,
and yes it will make me tired & sore.
but i will recover and rest...
and get stronger and stronger.
i just need to do it.
i've already made huge improvements
in the month that i've run with my group.
i just need to go with it.
trust that it will work.

s u c k   i t   u p   b u t t e r c u p !

Training: Week of Jan 31-Feb 6
mon: rest day
tues: 3x1mi, 1x1/2mi  6.21mi  avg 8:20  (7:53,7:40,7:42,3:40)
wed: 10 mi easy  avg 9:28
thurs: 8.3mi MarathonPace up hospital hill avg 8:45 (2mi warm, 8:33 ,8:30, 8:41, 8:33, 8:47, 8:32, 1 mi. cool)
fri: rest day
sat: tempo 9mi. avg 8:40  (tempo 8:06, 8:09, 8:12)
sun: long run 10 mi avg 9:05
43.61mi for the week
243.23mi YTD

Saturday, February 05, 2011

two weeks from today...

i will be running the bakersfield half marathon.
i'm not nervous...yet.
just trying to focus on being as prepared as i can be.
and that includes resting when i can.

i spent the majority of this past week
recovering from last sunday's run.
it really kicked my butt...
and i was thrashed until about wednesday.
no kidding...seriously wiped out.
but i still had some good runs...
which tells me i'm getting stronger.

in school news...
i'm still feeling overwhelmed & somewhat uncertain of my teachers.
i did get a 100 percent on my organic chem quiz,
and the highest grade in the class on my stats test (87),
so i guess i shouldn't feel too bad.

spent the afternoon with my amazing daughter.
sharing lunch and some shopping to celebrate her 10th birthday.
very fun.
wish i would have taken some pictures.

here's to a great week!

training week jan. 24th-30th
tues- 2x1mi, 2x1/2mi.  6.14mi avg 8:22pace splits 7:38, 7:29, 3:39, 3:23
wed-easy 10.3 mi  avg 9:30
thurs-tempo 8.28mi  avg 8:36 pace
fri-strength/core + 3 easy miles with rich
sat-tempo 9.05mi  avg 8:42pace   8:02, 7:58, 8:25
sun-16mi. super hilly run out @ millerton  9:03 avg.
52.77mi for the week.