Saturday, March 31, 2007

Too Busy

I have been a bad blogger.
This has been my longest training week yet. Plus there is still work and family. Something had to give. I will get catch up my blog then try to catch up reading.

Wednesday morning I got up at 4:20 and went to the rec center. It was 60 degrees and I thought that I would still need long sleeves. I got HOT. I ran the greenway and town 45 minutes with 30 second stride every 4:30. I did ok on my strides and picked up the pace but the 4:30s I ran slowly. I ended up with 4.54 miles and 9:54 pace overall. Then I went inside and did toning class.

Thursday morning I worked until 11:00, came home and ate a PB&J. By the time I got dressed and out the door it was almost noon and HOT. The schedule called for a 90 minute tempo run (15 minute warm up, 2 x 26t,4r and a 15 minute cool down). I ran the warm up nice and slowly knowing that as soon as it was over I had to pick up the pace for 26 minutes. So the warm up was 1.52 miles, 9:53 pace. As I started the first tempo effort, I passed the school and my daughter came running and yelling to me with her friends. It was great to have them cheering. I passed the school again on my way home and they yelled again. I finished strong. I ran 2.89 miles for a 9:00 pace. I jogged/walked home to my mailbox where I had put a bottle of ice water. I drank almost the whole thing and dumped the rest over my head. The second 26 minutes was a LOT harder. I was HOT and tired. I was thinking how I need a confidence builder not another mental toughness day. But confidence building was not in the cards so I just trotted along and finished my tempo effort with 2.71 miles, 9:36 pace. I got a bottle of Gatorade from my garage and chugged it down before the cool down. That 15 minutes I covered 1.36 miles, 11:04 pace. Once home I got another bottle of water and my bike. It felt great to be on my bike. All of a sudden it wasn’t so hot. I rode 7.92 miles in the 30 minutes required on the schedule. I passed the school again on my bike and a different class was outside but those kids all yelled hi to me as I rode by. I think I need to just run/ride back and forth in front of the school from now on. :) I had 40 minutes before school got out and I had promised my son’s teacher that if I had anytime I would come back and glue more stuff to the wall, so back to school I went.

Friday morning the schedule had a “race specific” swim.
Warm up 6 x 75, last 25 in each backstroke
Main 3 x 700 each at harder effort
Cool down 150 easy
They didn’t get the pool open until almost 6. I swam my warm up and then Lana got there. I chatted with her a minute then started on my 700s. After my second one I realized it was 6:40 and I had to get home. So I skipped that last 700 and the cool down. I have lost my watch so I don’t have any times.

Today is a rest day and tomorrow is another hard effort. Then next week will be the longest training week on the entire schedule and the kids are home on spring break. I will have lots of EARLY mornings next week.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


The milestones are my kids so I will get to them later. First my training…
In case you haven’t already seen on Lana’s blog, we switched things up and went to swim class last night, Monday, and did our T-30 time trial. Coach Ashley assigned us each a partner and then told the first group to get in the water and do a 400 warm up. I was sharing a lane with another girl and could not have been more perfectly matched. When we did our T-30 we were right together the whole time. She was just ahead of me for most of it but we both finished with 1650 yards. I was content until…my turn to count. The girl I got paired up with made it look so easy. If I had not had a watch in my hand, I would have never guessed she was swimming fast. She ended up with 2050 yards, the most in the class. I was glad I got to count for her; it was awesome to see someone swim like that. I only wish I knew what it is that she does right and I do so wrong.
Today, after dropping kids at school, I went to the pool for another 30 minute swim. This time I swam 1550 and really tried to glide. I still don’t have it but...
Then I met Tracy in the parking lot. We rode the Star Tri route. It is about 16 miles and took us just over an hour. We had to stop once because Tracy’s rear brake was rubbing. We even had a nice guy stop in his car to make sure we had everything we needed. The ride was a nice social ride and I enjoyed it. I managed to ride a lot of it aero again. Progress.
After the ride, I went to the school. Yes, I was nasty but I still had an afternoon run and I was just going to hot glue stuff on the wall. Two other moms were already there for another classroom and had a big head start on their garden. Thankfully they felt sorry for me and helped me out. So I got out of there at 1:30. I hurried home and got my Garmin and running shoes. I did my 30 minute run, 3.18 miles.

Ok, now for the milestones…
My son made principals honor roll, straight A’s, this 9 weeks. He has made regular honor roll the other two but this was the first straight A’s.
My daughter (she doesn’t get letter grades yet) lost her first tooth today. I was glad I was at school so she could give it to me before she lost it.

Well, it is almost time for the tooth fairy to make a visit, hope she has a dollar bill.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Perfect Spring Day

Friday was a scheduled long swim but the rec center closed the pool “for maintenance”. I didn’t worry about it much since Wednesday was a scheduled rest day and I swam. Even swap??
Saturday was a scheduled rest day. Two rest days in a row?? I didn’t know what that would do it me for the big event scheduled for today, but I didn’t really have much choice.
Today, Sunday, was all three events back to back as race prep. 30 minute swim, 2 hour ride and 30 minute run.
I told EVERYONE the plan and actual got some people who wanted to participate. Joe met me at the pool when they opened at 1:00. We each got a lane and swam our 30 minutes. After the third time Joe lapped me, I quit counting. I swam 1550 yards. I had to flag Joe down to let him know time was up and we headed out to the parking lot. Tracy, Gary, and Leslie were waiting on us. Joe and Leslie took off and we never saw them again. Gary hadn’t been on his bike in 4 month and was just enjoying the day. Tracy and I would loop back and get him before each turn to let him know where to go. He decided about 1 hour into the ride that he had had enough and headed home. So Tracy and I continued on our ride. I was able to say aero most of the ride, which is HUGE for me. I left Tracy at her road and went back to the rec center to find Joe waiting on me for the run. I rode 32.68 miles in 1:59:52, average speed of 16.3 (Joe and Leslie averaged 19.1). Joe and I ran the greenway and town. The park was packed since it was such a nice day (mid 80’s and sunny) and Joe and I laughed at ourselves, knowing that people didn’t understand the ridiculous clothing we were wearing. I had to do a lap of the packing lot to get in all 30 minutes and ended up with 3.32 miles, 9:02 pace.
I am happy with how I felt and with the distances covered for each leg of the workout. The weather was beautiful and I had great friends to hang out with.
When I got home the kids were dying to get in the pool. I had turned the heater on Friday afternoon and they were sure that 71 degrees was plenty warm to swim.
They swam for a lot longer then I thought they would considering how cold the water was, but then they huddled by the fire.

Lana did her first trail race Saturday, I don’t know when she will get around to posting about it but she did awesome!!! Then today she took her son out on their road bikes and he was able to climb Cracker Barrel Hill (it is a short but VERY steep hill). Stop by and tell her and Briar congrats!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Mental Toughness Day

Today was all about mental toughness. That is not the way I planned it but that is how it turned out.
Yesterday was suppose to be a rest day but I went to toning class at 5:30am and swim class at 6:30pm. They were both tough workouts. In toning she asked everyone what they wanted to work again and legs and abs won so we did a lot of both. Then in swim class, the first half of class was side swimming with fins and the second half was pull. My arms were toast when I was done.
This morning I dropped the kids at school and went to the rec center. The schedule called for a 90 minute run and 3 x 400 swim. I ran through town then headed out 41 highway. I was not feeling the love. I wanted to quit and just chalk it up as a bad day but I convinced myself that this would be good mental toughness training. The run at the Gulf Tri isn’t going to be about speed and I won’t be feeling any better that day then I did today. I ran slowly!! When I got to the store at 6 miles I turned and headed back, into the wind. The plan said to pick it up for the last 15 minutes. I had nothing left. I finished my 90 minutes at the top of the hill where Old Stone Fort Restaurant is. 9.21 mils, 9:52 pace. I could run a step farther. So I walked the 0.72 miles back to my car. It was beautiful out and I tried to focus on that but all I could think of is how bad I hurt and hoping to see someone drive by that would pick me up. I made it back to the rec center in 11:47, that is an amazing 16:28 pace!! I got my backpack and went inside to change. The plan said to have even splits on all 3 of the 400s. So I swam slow and really worked on my form. I got the even splits but each 400 took 8:30. Mental toughness!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Base 3 Kick Off

Sunday was a rest and recovery day.

Monday kicked off Base 3. Time to up the hours.

I got up at 5:30 Monday morning and went to the pool. I had to wait on them again to open. I had a long swim on schedule and needed to start ASAP. Finally they let me in and I got right to it.
Warm up: 500 continuous then 5 x 50
Main: 1500
Cool Down: 200
Total swim time 51:01
Rushed home got the kids to school and myself to work.
After school/work my daughter had gymnastics so my son and I went grocery shopping. Monday has become rotisserie chicken night. I picked up a chicken and some veggies.
After dinner I got on my trainer and did the No Slackers DVD. I am still can’t keep up but doing better.

This morning I had a hair appointment at 8:00. It was cloudy and looking like rain. Tracy and I had planned to meet for my scheduled brick, 1 hour ride and 30 minute run. By the time my hair was done it was raining. So I just came home and did the second half of my Have Mercy DVD. Afterwards I changed shoes, pulled on a long sleeve shirt, and headed out for my run. It was still raining, not hard, but enough to get me good and wet. I ran 3.17 miles, 9:28 pace.

BTW, freshly waxed eye brows + sweat = PAIN!!!!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Tom King Race Report-David made me do it

I got up at 5:45 this morning and was on the road to Nashville at a few minutes after 6. The drive up was uneventful and I made it to LP Field at a few minutes after 7. I got my bib, chip and got in line for my T-shirt. David called to see where I was. We had just missed each other. I got my T-shirt and headed back out to the parking lot. I found David and we chatted. Then my phone rang again. It was Laurie. She told me she had on a sparkly hat. David and I headed back in to find bathrooms and in the process found Laurie and Jessika. We took some pictures (they are on Laurie’s blog) and then got in the LONG bathroom line. Then I saw Mike, Holly, Heather and Pam. And I was worried about going up alone. We met up with Laurie and Jessika and waited on the start gun. Finally the gun fired and we were off. We almost missed Rae cheering.
My goal today was a negative split. I thought I would run the first half at a 9:30 pace then the second half at a 9:15. But David had other plans and I have no self control. Splits look like this:
8:56, 8:48,8:43, 8:45, 8:50, 8:42, 8:37, 8:38, 8:35, 8:37, 8:55, 8:37, 8:34
I had a little kick at the end but David had more and finished just ahead of me. it was great running with him today, we talked the whole way and he is really a great guy. It sure make 13.1 miles more fun to have a friend to run with. Thanks David!!!!
At the finish we got a really cool medal, it was a shamrock. Then we got water, a banana, and a bagel. I went to the car and got my camera and David called his wife and found out she was there. We walked back toward the stadium and found his wife. I snapped a picture of them
and then she took a picture of me and David.
I went up to the stadium club in search of cookies. I didn’t find any but I did find Laurie and Jessika. We talked for a long time and it felt like I have know Laurie forever. We seem to have a lot in common, other then the fact that I am a lot older!!! I hope that we can get some training rides/runs in together soon. And I will definitely meet up with her at the next race we both do.

My official time was 1:55:06, 8:48 pace. It wasn’t a negative split and it wasn’t a PR but I had a great time today and that is what it is all about.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Don’t Count those Chickens before they Hatch

This morning was a 1000 yard time trial. I had to help out at the school this morning but made it to the pool at about 8:45. I did a 200 yard warm up. It felt good and my stroke count was about 18-19 per 25 yards. I rested a little then got started. I really felt great. I knew my time was going to be SO much better then last time. I touched the wall then stopped my watch. What?!?!?! 23 something, you have to be kidding me!!! Oh, wait that is total swim time. But my 1000 wasn’t much better. I only improved by a few seconds. I guess it is better then slowing down but I really felt like I was swimming faster.
When I got home, I changed and did 45 minutes of spinning on my trainer. I just watched television so it wasn’t a high effort.
Tomorrow is the Tom King Half Marathon. My training plan calls for a rest day tomorrow and a 10k with a negative split on Sunday. So my goal tomorrow is NOT a PR but a negative split. The course is flat and I would love to go for a PR but I am not race ready. I have not been doing any speed work. I have to stay focused on the big picture right now and that is Gulf Coast.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Make Up Swim

Yesterday evening Lana and I made the drive up to Nashville for swim class. We were talking and missed the exit so had to go on down to the next exit and turn around. This cost us a few minutes so we were rushing into class. The lady at the front desk stops us and informs us “Swim class is cancelled.” Lana and I look at her like she is speaking French. Then Lana asks “Are you serious?” The lady says “Yes! There was an accident and the pool is closed for the evening”. Now Lana and I are pretty upset about this news. We drove an hour to get there. I have not missed one workout on my training plan until NOW and Lana missed her son’s baseball game. So we did some retail therapy. I got a great new swimsuit.

This morning, I had planned on sleeping in but I had a swim to make up. I got up at 5:30 and went to the pool. I had to wait for them to let me in again. Turns out LOTS of people were waiting. There ended up being 6 people at the pool and only 3 open lanes. I didn’t even know there were 6 people in Manchester that swam. I did 4 x 300 (300 easy, 300 kick, 300 easy, 300 pull). My stroke count was back up to 19-20 strokes per 25 yards. See what a missed practice does to me!
I rushed home and got the kids to school and myself to work. The kids got out of school 2 hours early for staff development. I had some stuff at work that had to be done today so I ended up having to pick my kids up from school and take them back to work with me for an hour. Boy is that fun. But I got the stuff done and boss is happy.
When we got home I got on my trainer and did the Spinervals No Slackers DVD. I think I slacked less this time but am still totally not keeping up.

Rae, they had the St. Pat’s race a week early because of Tom King. Last year we all missed the local 5k and did Tom King. This year it turns out the coaches’ clinic and the Miss Manchester Pageant cut down the 5k turn out.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

I Won!!!

I got this email today:

As we like to say, friends don't let friends wear shorts. So if you have some friends that are still a wee bit out of the TRIKS loop, send them our way. After all, we Skirt gals love to spread the word! We can't have shorts littering our roads and paths. It's just not right. So refer your friends to our website. If you refer the most skirts, we'll send you a free Tee of your choice. How cool is that? Easiest prize you'll ever win!
This month's winner is... Michele Emerson from Manchester, TN. She referred 14 people. WOW.

How about that? I won a cool tee that matches my skirts. I am going to be styling even better now.

training wise...I got up this morning at 4:40 and ran. My plan said to run the same route as yesterday only backwards. I made Tracy run it the hard way with me yesterday going UP jail hill so that I would have it a little easier today. But for some reason my pace was slower today, a LOT slower. I ended up with 3 miles in 30 minutes. I was way over dressed and got very hot, but no hotter then yesterday. After my pathetic run, I went inside for toning class. She asked everyone what body part they wanted to work and everyone said either abs or legs, so that is what we did. It was a tough class.

Tonight is swim class. My schedule calls for another recovery swim but I am sure that Coach Ashley will have something much more difficult planned.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

I Want my Hour Back!!!

I was ok Sunday morning with the time change. We skipped church so sleeping late really was not an issue. Ronnie golfed and got home at about 2:15. I headed out on my bike for my scheduled 2:30 hour ride at 2:30. I was so fearful of getting too far out that I ended up having to do 3 loops of my neighborhood at the end just to get in the time. The dogs were out in full force so I got plenty of “strides” in even though that was not on the schedule. That ride wrapped up my bike focused week. I am glad that is behind me and now I am in “recovery”.
After my ride I went to Wal-mart and at 7:00 I was really missing my hour. I still had kids to get feed, in the bath and to bed.
Monday was a swim. I got up at 5:30 and ended up waiting on the lifeguard to open the pool. Since it is recovery week it was short. 5 x 200 and 150 cool down. My 200’s didn’t go as well as I hoped but they were ok. By that afternoon I could hardly hold my eyes open. I got to bed at about 10:00.
I got to sleep until 6:00 this morning since I was working 8-11. I met my friend Tracy after work for a 30 minute bike/30 minute run. It was a beautiful day, about 82 degrees and sunny. We did an out and back down the highway then changed shoes and ran the greenway. We were supposed to do strides but I forgot to hit that button so we just ran. It was Tracy’s first outside run since the fall and she was feeling it. We ended up with just over 3 miles.
I am still trying to recover from my lost hour. I love daylight savings time and all the daylight in the afternoons but losing an hour right now is harder then ever.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

St Patrick’s Day 5k Race Report

First, some catching up.
I didn’t have a chance to get on the trainer until the kids went to bed at 8:00. So I put in the Spinervals Have Mercy DVD and got started. I ended up doing the entire 2 hours and was dead tired at the end. I fell into bed at 10:20.

I got up and went to the 5:30 toning class, worked from 8-11, then met Lana for a ride. We rode “3 hills”. I was really looking forward to riding with Lana to see how well all my hard trainer rides were paying off. Much to my amazement, I saw NO progress, Lana still smoked me. That route of hers was killer too. Then Wednesday evening it was back to Nashville for the swim class. She had us really focusing on technique and so we only swam 1450 but I was exhausted at the end.

I enjoyed this rest day

I worked until 11 again, ran a few errands, and then went to the pool. My swim went GREAT. I felt like I was on top of the water the whole time. All 6 of the 100 I did in 1:45. I finished all 1300 yards in 23:39. Then I changed and ran. It was beautiful and I got to run in a sleeveless shirt and a running skirt. I even got a little pink on my shoulders. My run wasn’t so great. It felt harder then it should have but I finished the hour and got in 6.51 miles, 9:13 pace.

Ok, now that I am caught up, I can get on with the race report.
The plan said:
Last night was my friend’s 40th birthday party so I was out until midnight and had a few too many beers. So when the alarm went off at 5:00 this morning I was not feeling too chipper. I got up anyway and went to the rec center to meet Lana and Amy for the ride. We decided on a route and got started. We ended up going a little too far, 28.48 miles in 1:56. Ronnie had dropped the kids off at the rec center on his way to golf so I went to tell them I was there and I would get them for their race after mine. My goal was to follow the plan and make this a recovery run and not a race. They changed the course this time and it turned out to be a little short, 2.77 miles. I ran it in 22:49, 8:14 pace. Good enough for 7th overall and 1st in my age group, not a big showing. Then they did the 1 mile fun run for the kids. I ran with my kids and they did really good. There were only 4 kids so they gave each of them a 3rd place award. The kids were excited. We left the race and went to Cracker Barrel where I undid the entire calorie burning of the morning, French toast with cherries and whipped cream.

***NOTE: Sorry Ellie. Lana, Amy, and I met to ride. No way could we run that far or fast. Lana had a coaches clinic for t-ball to go to so could not do the race and Amy got back to find out she had an emergency to deal with and didn't get to race either.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Taking it to the Streets

I have arranged my work schedule around my training this month. Gotta love the flexible job. So today I dropped the kids at school and worked from 8-11. I realized on the way from work to the rec center that I forgot my swim workout and being the slave to the schedule that I am, I could NOT just improvise. So I went home first. I changed, got my schedule, and went to the pool.
The schedule called for 2 x 75 with last 25 of each backstroke, 2 x 600, and 150. I did it all in 30:40. I must admit it wasn’t the best swim but it was ok.
On my way home, I decided it was warm enough to ride outside. I changed and took it to the streets. The plan called for 75 minutes with some hills. I did the Star Tri route and added a loop at the end to extend it a little. I ended up riding almost 20 miles in about 1:17. Again not my best effort, but it sure was nice to be outside and I fear I would not have even fished if I had done it on the trainer.
I took a quick shower and went and got the kids from school. My daughter had gymnastics, so after dropping her off my son and I went grocery shopping. Then it was home to fix diner and do homework. We had a little bit of daylight left so went outside. My daughter decided she wanted to learn how to ride her bike. She insisted I take the training wheels off. I tried to convince her she wasn’t ready but she is pretty hard headed. So I took them off and figured that after a few falls she would be begging me to put them back on. To my surprise, she rode her bike without training wheels the very first try. I got in an extra jog while running along side of her in case she fell. But she went up and down the street tons of time and never fell. Now she hasn’t mastered turning around but we can work on that tomorrow. Too bad my son has NO interest in learning to ride his bike.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Feeling Better

Thanks for all the reassuring comments. I am feeling better today.

Yesterday I followed the plan and rested. Boy was I tired.

Today the plan looked like this:

So I headed out about 10:30. I ran the Pomroy route. It can’t be called “hilly” but it is not flat either.

I felt good the whole run. In the last 10 minutes I realized that I could get in almost 10 miles if I pushed it. So I picked up the pace a little. I ended up with 9.99 miles in the 90 minutes. Splits look like this:
9:14, 9:09, 9:08, 9:02, 9:09, 9:00, 8:53, 9:03, 8:59, and 8:29. Average heart rate 163 and max of 179.
My legs were very heavy at the end. I just kept reminding myself that it is a feeling I better get use to because I am sure they will feel like that then entire 13.1 miles in Panama City.

Friday, March 02, 2007


Today was the first time I have questioned what I am doing, if I am capable, and I don’t like it.

I got to sleep in, 6:00. I took the kids to school and went to work until noon. By 12:30 I was changed and ready to run. The plan called for a 30 minute run and a 75 minute ride (10 minute warm up, 4 x (12 tempo, 3 rest) and a 5 minute cool down). I felt fine on the run despite the horrible wind. Damn March Lion. But at least I was outside and not on that stupid track. I ran 3.42 miles for an 8:46 pace. Then I got on the trainer. I started out watching Flushed Away but quickly decided that I needed more of a push. I changed the CD to Spinervals No Slackers Allowed. Heck with the plan, at least it was intervals. I started out ok but quickly started slacking. I could not get my cadence up and keep it up. My legs were tired and I really started to question if I had 56 miles in me. Can I really do this thing or have I bitten off more then I can chew? The more I questioned myself the less push I had. By the end of the DVD, my cadence was so low the pedals were almost not turning. I hate this self doubt and hope it goes away soon.
After the mediocre ride, I picked the kids up from school, said good bye to the “vice” (student) teacher, and came home to lie on the couch trying to nap with the kids playing/fighting. The napping thing went about as well as the ride. Tomorrow is a rest day and I hope that come long run Sunday this doubt is GONE.

Thursday, March 01, 2007


Wednesday morning I got up at 4:30 to give the run another shot. I drove over to the Rec Center and ran the Greenway. I was really spooked for the first time ever. It just seemed really dark. I ran another disappointing 3.1 miles in 30 minutes then headed to toning class. She played really LONG songs and had us work one body part per song. It was a good work out but not my favorite. Then after work, being Wednesday, Lana and I went to triathlon swim class. I was very happy with my swim. I got my stroke count down and felt great. I swam 3100 yards.

This morning I set my alarm for 4:15. When I got up and walked into the bathroom, I could hear the rain hitting the skylight. Then a huge crash of thunder. I sent Joe a text message that I would not be there, reset my alarm clock, and went back to bed. At 5:30 I got up and went to the pool. When I got there all 3 lanes were being used. WTF, where did all these swimmer come from??? As I was getting my cap and goggles on, a guy got out of the center lane. I grabbed it and got started. After 250 yards, Joe came down. He had NOT gotten my text message. Boy did I feel bad. But he got his run in, I still had it to do. He jumped in my lane and proceeded to make me feel like I have made NO progress in swim class. I think he lapped me 3 times before Amy finished up in the first lane and I moved over. I ended up with 1200 yards in 30 minutes. I rushed home and got myself ready for work and the kids ready for school. It was crazy sock and crazy hair day. Any other day my son’s hair would have been standing up on end when he got out of bed but today it was nice and calm. I moosed it and got it standing straight up. We got to school, I took pictures, then rushed off to work. At 11:30, I got THE CALL. School was closing 2 hours early. OK, remember they have already been closed two days this week for illness and now today for weather (the rain). How are they ever going to make it through 1st and 2nd grades???

I still had the 60 minute run to get in. I thought about changing things around and doing tomorrow’s ride today but that would still make me a run short and this IS a run focused week. I wish I wasn’t such a slave to the plan. When Ronnie got home from work, I changed and went back to the rec center complaining the whole time. I HATE running on the track and it was not any more fun than the last time I had to do it. The only good thing is that it was not crowded. I got in my 60 minutes and ran 6.58 miles. The last lap (1/12th of a mile) I ran in 30 seconds. My shirt rubbed my arm raw, glad there isn’t a swim on the schedule anytime soon.

Everyone keep your fingers crossed that my kids can manage to stay in school all day tomorrow so that I can get in my work and my workout.