Showing newest 18 of 20 posts from March 2011. Show older posts
Showing newest 18 of 20 posts from March 2011. Show older posts

Thursday, March 31, 2011

First run with the Garmin - Thursday 3/31/11

50 days to go!

Miles Scheduled:
5

Miles Ran:
5.3

Got up bright and early to get my run done before
Mark had to leave at 6:30.

Also so I could try out my new toy here...
I left a little late because, in my sleepy state,
it took me a while to set up the AutoLap function.

Turns out this little (big) guy makes me run too fast.
At least today it did.
I had to go kind of fast because of leaving late-
but I went too much.
I just wanted to see what this GPS watch could do :).
Yes, I realize now that I can see what it does while
also not going faster than I should have.
Did I mention it was early?

I found myself looking at the watch ALL the time-
wanting to know my pace, miles done, etc.
It was dark, so I had to push a button to turn on the back light.
Love that I can stop/start the watch when I am at a stoplight.
The size of the watch didn't bother me at all.
I was mildly concerned about that.

What I love love is the read out it transfers to my computer
when I plug it in after the run...
The blue line is pace and the green line is elevation.
You can see the spikes up in the blue line when I 
lost the satellite signal for a second.

I like being able to see the elevation.
I can even just look at the elevation for certain miles (laps).
This is the lap where I ran up 6700 W. by our stake center...
 Nice hill, huh?
It's really not a long hill- just very steep!

The AutoLap is nice because then I can get a 
read out of my average pace per mile...
 See what I mean about maybe going too fast for a training run... well, too fast for me.

So my initial review is that I love this thing!
Only one run has been done with it
but I think it will help me maintain a steadier pace.
Even though it didn't today :). 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tuesday - 3/29/11

52 days to go!

Miles Scheduled:
7

Miles Ran:
7.35

I have found my Tuesday running route!
Running from our house to the soccer field is just right.
Bonus- my cute little crazy kids were waiting for me when I finished :).


I had to make some adjustments to get it over 7 miles-
but nothing major.

It's mostly downhill- or flat.
Perfect for the races I have planned.
(Most of my usual routes have downhill- but they also have uphill.)
It's good practice.
I definitely feel a difference in my muscles.
It was fun, though.
I felt so fast... even though I really wasn't :).


That stupid construction on 8200 S.
Grrrrr.
I could do without THAT.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday - 3/28/11

53 days to go!

Miles Scheduled:
5

Miles Ran:
5.1

I set my alarm for an early morning hour...
secretly hoping for it to be snowing/raining (like the weather guy said it might be).
I stumbled to the front door to check it out.
No such luck.
I almost went back to bed anyway-
but I know by now that I would be sad later if I just didn't get it done.
Chances were that I wouldn't get back to sleep anyway.
Either I run or I spend the rest of the day wishing I would have just ran.

So I ran.
I felt surprisingly good.
I am having a little soreness in the achilles of my left foot.
It's not unbearable crazy pain, but it's there.
I'm thinking maybe a little achilles tendonitis- but a doctor I am not.
I don't run again until tomorrow evening.
I'll do a lot of icing between now and then.


Soccer season is upon us.
This means soccer practices.
Three different practices- probably on 3 different nights.
ah, should be good times.
My plan for tomorrow is to leave an hour before 
Sage's practice and run to the soccer field.
Then Mark can drive down with the kids.
It will be great if it works :).
So very nice and downhill.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Training Schedule- week of 3/28 - 4/3

Training Schedule:

Mon - 5 miles
Tues - 7 miles
Wed - 5 miles
Thur - Rest
Fri - 8 miles
Sat - 16 miles

I was a little shocked that at the 16 miles for Saturday.
I thought it would be more like 13.
One schedule had me running 10 on Fri, 16 on Sat.
I changed it.
I will do more of the back to back long runs 
when I am actually training for Goofy.
Right now it seemed extreme... to my tired legs.
Maybe I'll change it back later this week.
Again, I may switch the Wed run with the Thurs rest.
I actually feel pretty good after that 20 miler yesterday.
A little stiffness in the legs, but all in all- not so bad.
No blisters!
I hate the word "blister".

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday - 3/26/11

55 days to go!

Miles Scheduled:
20

Miles Ran:
20.1


I didn't run at all on Friday.
Not the 20 or the 5 miles.

Today I ran a little over 20 miles.
I'll be honest...
it wasn't the most fun I've ever had.
By the time I was finished, my legs were dead.
I thought to myself "Could I do 6.1 more?".
The answer sure felt like a big fat NO.
I'm hoping that race adrenaline kicks in for the marathon :).
I know that I still have over a month left.
At least one more 20+ miler to go.
Maybe two- I can't remember right now.
Hopefully my body will adjust to running these distances.
AGAIN, I went out after a long run.
I never learn :).
It was an outdoor soccer game-
so a little more open.
Not an enclosed space like last time.

Did I mention that I was peer pressured into transferring
from the Utah Valley Half Marathon
into the Utah Valley Marathon?
Well, I was.
Technically, I wasn't peer pressured very hard.
The UV marathon is 3 weeks after Ogden.
I'll already be "trained" for a marathon (in theory).
It's another nice course- downhill and such.
Also, if I decide that I just can't do it,
they will let me defer my registration until next year's race.

Another thing- my ipod started working again.
Right after I bought a new one.
The reviews are not great for the new ipod generation.
We'll see how it goes.
 
Total miles ran this week:
36.74

Friday, March 25, 2011

Fridays are for lying..

So call me a liar.
I did not run 20 miles today.
Turns out that having 5 kids (any kids- no matter how many)
really messes up a mom's personal plans.
My kids think they need to go to school...
eat...
  know how to swim....
demanding little skunk faces, they are ;).
Not to mention that the husband thinks he needs to
actually come HOME from work.
Since his car is STILL in the shop, I become his ride home :).
 
 Turns out that running 20 miles takes at least 3 hours-
weird, I know.
I just didn't have time during the light of day.
I do run in the dark- but not 3 hours at night.

Soooo...
Tomorrow morning it is! 
After we TRY to get tickets to the 
RSL vs. LA Galaxy soccer game (Beckham, will you REALLY be here?  So I hear)
I am dumpin' the family at home and heading out.
Time to go eat some pasta and put more triple antibiotic on my sad toe. 

I'm doing this- Saturday is not for lying. 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thursday - 3/24/11

57 days to go!

Miles Scheduled:
4

Miles Ran:
6


Went for a run with a couple ladies in the neighborhood again.
Early, early.
It was a terrible run for me.
I'm not sure why- the hills were just killing me.
My legs felt like lead and I was sucking air big time.
I didn't sleep great the night before, either.
I felt like a wimp because one of the girls
had just ran 17 miles the day before!
Still- it's nice to run with people now and again :).
Makes me feel less anti-social.

So... planning to do the 20 miles tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.
I wouldn't say I'm looking forward to it.
I'll feel happy if I get at least 15.
I shouldn't say that because it messes with my brain.
NO
I am doing 20!
Unless my little toe falls off...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wednesday - 3/23/11

58 days to go!

Miles Scheduled:
3

Miles Ran:
3


It was short and painful.
The little toe on my right foot is giving me problems.
I have this blister that just won't heal right.
About half a mile into this run it tore open.
It felt very bad.
At least it was only 3 miles.
Still- gah.
It's going to feel great for that 20 miler I see in my future.
Someone mentioned something about blister socks.
I'm not sure if they would help with the inside of my little toe...
but maybe worth looking into.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tuesday - 3/22/11

59 days to go!

Miles Scheduled:
7

Miles Ran:
7.65


I took yesterday off from running.
I planned to run, but it just didn't happen.
The kids started swimming lessons in the evening
so that gets in the way of the running stuff.
Pretty much I didn't get it done because I was too lazy to get up early.

Today I got it done.
It went reasonably well.  Except for the dumb sun combined w/ wind.
I seem to be able to recover from running
half marathons pretty quickly- so that's nice.
My breathing felt weird for the first couple of miles.
I'm not sure why, really.
It evened out eventually, but it was really annoying until it did.

I'm excited (not sure that's the right word) to start focusing
just on the Ogden Marathon.
No other races to worry about.
I can just deal with getting the miles in.
20 mile run scheduled for Saturday- yippee!
I may need to do it Friday afternoon.
Doesn't matter when I do it, huh?
It's 20 miles.
It will be super great.

I bought a gps watch online yesterday.
Not a super fancy expensive one.
No, no, no.  
It's one of the huge ones that will look like I
am running with a computer on my wrist.
This one here...
Hot, I know.
The newer models are much smaller- but also lots more dollars.
I'm excited to even out my pace.
I think it will really help me with the marathon.
Not dying 22 miles in because I can't maintain a steady pace.
Hopefully it DOES help.
Otherwise you may be seeing this here watch on eBay.

ALSO- my iPod just up and died on me today.
It worked through my whole run.
Then BAM!
Nothing.
I tried to plug it into my computer.
Nothing.
crappity blah blah.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Canyonlands Half- a crappy race recap...

I'm not a fan Canyonlands... NOT a fan.
 I really wanted to do this half marathon.
I read about how wonderful it was.
Beautiful and well planned.

It was beautiful and pretty much well planned.
That's about it for me.

I picked up my race packet and bib number 
with no problems...
That's me up there.

We then headed to our hole in the wall hotel
that cost WAY more than it was worth.
We had dinner at Miguel's, which was good. 
Then I tried to sleep.

The race started at 10am
Yes, 10 am
Who ever heard of a race starting at 10am?
Especially not a race of that distance.
You should be DONE with a half by that time.

I had to board the bus between 7:30 and 8:15am.
So, basically you sit at the starting line for nearly 2 hours
BEFORE the race even starts.
In a cold, windy canyon.
Even better- the starting line was a mile up the road
from where the buses dropped us off (where all the port-a-potties were).

But the show must go on.
I went, I waited, I raced.
The race itself sucked for me.
I felt blah, awful, why did I do this... pretty much the whole time.
I don't know if it was the 20 mph wind gusts...
or the being sick for a couple of weeks before the race.
The crappy rolling hills.
Whatever- my body didn't feel happy.
Maybe it was just me.

I felt like I was going at slug pace for the last couple of miles.
However, I beat my previous half marathon PR.
(ok, I have only done one other half marathon) 
So, maybe my body was just numb.

Final chip time:
1:49:59

Yes, I pretend sprinted at the end.
Good thing- so I could make it under 1:50
by ONE little second.
I'll take it.
Gun time was over 1:50.  Just ignore that time ;).
I seriously don't know how I got that time.
The course was not my friend.

So, here I am right after crossing the finish line...
 Looking super crazy awesome.  Not so much.
Notice what I do NOT have?
Yep- no finisher's medal.
Okay.  I knew going into this that Canyonlands
does NOT do finisher's medals.
Still- after a crappy race, a medal can make it better.

Luckily, I had these cute little people...
 waiting for me at the finish line.
 They make me feel better.

The post-race food was pretty good.
Your typical stuff.

Then we got to wait around for a couple of hours before
we could check BACK into the hotel.
I decided a little last minute that we should stay 2 nights.  That way I wouldn't have to drive in the car for 4 hours all covered in sweat. 
BUT- since I didn't book the rooms at the same time- Mark had to check out of that room at 11am and check into another room later... at normal check-in time.
So, I just ended up sitting around all sweaty ANYWAY.
Good planning :).
 
The kids got to have some fun while we waited, though...
 So, see ya around Canyonlands!
At least now I know...
and I won't be back.

I've decided that I really need a watch for running-
especially for races.
I think I go out too fast without realizing it...
then die 2/3 of the way in.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday - 3/18/11

63 days to go!

Miles Scheduled:
5

Miles Ran:
5.15


I'm still not so smart about this running thing.
I went for my run- a nice, slow run.
What with the Canyonlands Half being tomorrow.
Still, I ran hills... in newish shoes.
Now I have a blister on my little toe.
I wish I were smarter.
Sad.

I'm getting myself good and nervous for tomorrow.
Ready to hit the road, though.
Moab, here we come!
Race report to come after we get back on Sunday.
I have no time goals for this race.
I'm just glad I feel better and can go :).
My goal is to finish.
As it should be.

ALSO- the current weather report for Moab tomorrow is:
Hi: 72
Low: 42

WIND: 19 mph out of the south
Seriously?
I am going to be running headlong into 19 mph wind for 
13.1 miles.  Sounds like a good time.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wednesday - 3/16/11

65 days to go!

Miles Scheduled:
4

Miles Ran:
6.8


I went running with some ladies in my ward this morning...
5 o'clock in the morning, to be exact.
It was early and the route they do is VERY hillish.
Apparently 'hillish" isn't a word.


I wasn't sure how I would do,
since I ran 7+ miles yesterday afternoon-
AND I didn't go to bed until 11:30.
(I went to bed at 10:50- just couldn't fall asleep)
It turns out that running with other people
does pass the miles a little more quickly.
Of course, everyone was aware of how hard I was
breathing on the uphill climbs, which was embarrassing-
but still- 6.8 miles without realizing we had gone that far.


Now my run for the day is done and I can be lazy 
for the rest of the day.
I suppose I should clean my house-
but I'm taking a nap first...
at 8am.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tuesday - 3/15/11

66 days to go!

Miles Scheduled:
7

Miles Ran:
7.3


It was 60 degrees when I went out running this afternoon.
It reminded me how much I don't like running in
even remotely warm weather.
Like 60 is warm- but it was sunny...
and that stupid sun was beating down on me-
making me feel much too warm.
The sun is not my friend.
60 degrees might be okay if it was cloudy.
I miss Oregon.
Cloudy, 60 degree days are plentiful there ;).
Maybe not right now, though.

So, today's run just felt hard.

On a happy note- all registered for the
Walt Disney World
Goofy Challenge.
(I think!)

To quote my Brandon boy:
"Hip Hip Alright!"

Now we are going to a Real Salt Lake soccer game.
Fun!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday - 3/14/11

67 days to go!

Miles Scheduled:
5

Miles Ran:
5.5


Not that it would be noticed,
but I switched Monday and Wednesday's running miles.
Today was supposed to be 4, Wednesday 5.
However, I went to the gym and went over 4 and decided to just do 5.
That turned into 5.5 miles.
It's all done.


It's really nice to be running again.
Back to normal.
Seriously, who would have thought running would
EVER be normal to ME.
Certainly not me.

On another running topic- 
tomorrow brings the day...
the day to register for the
Walt Disney World Marathon!
Well, in our case (Lisa & myself)-
Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge.


It's muy, muy expensive.
I don't even care.
I'm going to Disney World
(without my family)
and I'm coming home with 3 medals!
Take that!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Saturday - 3/12/11

 69 days to go!

Miles Scheduled:
10

Miles Ran:
7.4 ... and an hour of Zumba


I was supposed to get up at 6am and try to run 10 miles.
I woke up and my stomach was still not my friend.
So I slept some more
and then went to Zumba.
It was fun, but more challenging than last time...
I still can't believe how out of shape I feel after 
just 2 weeks of not running.


After Zumba I went home and gathered the family.
Yesterday Dominic asked if he could go running with me.
So, we headed out to Ross and picked him up some tennis shoes.
Then went to the soccer park.
Mark walked along with the 3 youngest as they rode their bikes...
while Dominic, Hali and I went for a little jog.
It was really fun- I feel like I'm being a good example for my kids.
I'm not much of an example in any other way...
but if I can influence them to exercise, then yay!
They both did great- Hali especially.
She's just always been a natural runner- good form and FAST!
We ran about a mile... a few walk breaks here and there.


I came home and signed them both up for the
Kids "K" at the Ogden Marathon.
They get to run the last kilometer of the marathon route...
they also get a t-shirt and a finisher's bell (whatever that is).
I think it will be so fun for them... and the race is after mine is done
so I will get to see it and maybe even run it with them.


Moving on...
I went out this afternoon and did 6.4 miles.
Added to the mile I did with the kids, that's 7.4 :).
It's no 10, but it will do.
I actually felt really good.
I could have done more- but nature was calling.
That's why I don't like running any other time of day besides morning.
All the liquid I drink during the day wants to come out
as soon as I start running.
Sadly enough, having 5 kids in 6 years did not 
do wonders for my bladder control...
so I can only go so long before I just can't hold it all in anymore.


I'm just so relieved that today's run felt easier.
I was beginning to think that running 
Canyonlands next weekend was just not gonna happen.
I know now that I can DO it.
It just may not be pretty.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday - 3/11/11

Miles Scheduled:
6

Miles Ran:
4


So, I guess NOT running for about 2 weeks
PLUS respiratory infection
EQUAL
running being a challenge.
I tried it out.
I figured I wouldn't be able to do the 6 miles that was scheduled.
I had to walk way more than I wanted to.
That also has to do with this medication they gave me.
It doesn't agree with my stomach- cramps and other unpleasantness...
that I just won't get in to ;).
Luckily it was only 3 days of pills
(that are supposed to last 10 days in my body).
I'm hoping the side affects will not stay around for 10 days.

I FEEL so much better- still some coughing, but it's light.
I just don't know how long I should rest
or if it's ok to just get back out there.
I'm just going to keep trying to build it all back up.

Sad that I ran 19 miles 2 weeks ago-
and now I can barely make it 4 miles.
I'm really hoping that it will get easier the further
away from SICK that I get.

I am going to go out for a 10 miler tomorrow.
I know that I may not make it that far, 
so I will be prepared if that happens :). 

I'm thinking the Canyonlands Half next weekend
will NOT be PR for me... such is life.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tuesday - Bronchitis

I finally caved and went to the doctor.
I got antibiotics!
Yay!
Perhaps this means that I will get better.

A week and a half until Canyonlands.
I would like to be able to run it.

Crossing my fingers.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Training Schedule- week of 3/7-3/13

Training Schedule
for the week of:

 3/7 - 3/13

Mon - Rest
Tues - 5 miles
Wed - 7 miles
Thurs - Rest or 4 miles
Fri - 6 miles
Sat - 20 miles
Sun - Rest 

I'm beginning to think this "cold" (if that's what you really are!  I think it's the plague)
will never go away.
However, I have a half marathon in less than 2 weeks.
I'm down to just a little cough and phlegm.
I'm going to try and get my run done tomorrow...
nice and slow.
**I lied.  I'm still all congested & headachy- pushing the schedule back**

I miss it. 

I can't believe I went a whole week without running.
What a craptastic week it was, too.