Friday, January 30, 2009

Long Run-Done

Alarm went off at 3:30 and it took me 2 minutes to get out of bed. I got dressed, ate a banana, and headed out the door.
The plan was 17 miles at PMP +45 seconds. I started very slow (it was early and cold) but picked it up later. I just didn't pick it up enough and ended up with a 9:49 pace. That does meet the sub 4 PMP + 45, but not the BQ+. Oh well, not stressing over it. Hope I can BQ at the Pig but still have Vegas in my back pocket too.
It was cloudy this morning so therefore it was also VERY dark. At one point I was just praying that I wouldn't run off the road into the ditch. I couldn't see anything. It's just a good thing I run these roads as often as I do and know them so well.
After the run I felt bad. I ate another banana and a bowl of oatmeal, showered, then drank a protein shake. I started to feel better after that. I drank a liter of Mandarin Orange Sparkling Water and felt fine again.
I had 6 oz of water and Sharkies with me on the run but while running I felt fine and didn't want to eat them. I know it is stupid but I have been really struggling with these extra pounds I put on after the race and just kept thinking of those Sharkies as extra calories I didn't need.
While running I listened to an older Runner's Roundtable Podcast. They had a lady on there that had lost over 100 pounds. She was talking about finding the balance between calories burned and calories cumsumed. I sure wish I could find my balance.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Catching Up

It's been a week again so now I gotta try and play catch up.
So here is goes...
Last Friday was my long run. Goal was PMP + 45 seconds. I ran the 15 miles in 2:23:30. 30 lousy seconds OVER goal!!! Grrr, if I would have just checked that little dude on my Garmin I would have know he didn't have that much of a lead on me and I could have caught him. Oh well, that is for my BQ pace anyway and I still haven't decided if I am really going for the BQ at The Pig.
Then Saturday I rode the trainer for two and a half hours. Got in 43.45 miles. No land speed records broken but time in the saddle. I did a easy 20 minute run off afterwards. Then I got cleand up and we went to the Mach Tenn Winter Blues Party. Had a great time but drank too much so...
Sunday I did nothing. Skipped the hour and a half ride.
But all those extra carbs must have done me some good because Monday morning I got up early for speedwork and a swim. FIRST called for a ladder 1200, 1000, 800, 600, 400, and 200 all with 200 RI. I did the 10 minute warm up then started the first interval. 1200 at 7:53 pace. I walked VERY slowly for 200 then picked it back up again. 1000 at 7:32, walk, 800 at 7:29, walk, 600 at 7:21 (I was ready to puke now), walk, 400 at 7:06 (I didn't think I could even walk now), walked anyway, 200 at 6:19, walk and tried really hard not to puke then 10 minute cool down. I returned home and changed for the pool. I swam 2500 yards. When I got home I discovered Casey was sick so I ended up staying home with her.
Tuesday morning at 5:00 I rode the trainer for 16 miles in an hour.
Wednesday morning my alarm went off at 5 and I heard rain. I reset my alarm for 6:45. At 6:12 my phone beeped that I had a text message. School was closed. I got back in bed and turned off the alarm. I woke up and finished my book waiting on the rain to stop. Finally at about 11 the kids start yelling "It's snowing". I looked out the window and sure enough it is snowing pretty hard. I decided to go ahead and get my tempo run done. So I bribed the kids with webkinz, made sure they knew how to call me, and took off around the block. I did 1 mile easy, then 5 at mid tempo pace (should be 8:23)8:09, 8:21, 8:17, 8:23, 8:26, then 1 more easy. The kids did have to call me one time to let me know they were hungry.
Today was a rest day.
The alarm is set for 3:30am. The plan is 17 miles at PMP + 45 seconds.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Snow Days

Friday's cold weather extended to Saturday. So I spent 3 hours on my trainer watching TV.
Sunday I got up and discovered it was above freezing. So I mixed up a bucket of mortar and stuck down the tiles Ronnie had spent all day Saturday cutting. I got the tiles done and everything cleaned up. By then I didn't feel like going to the pool. So another missed swim.
Monday was MLK Day so I was scheduled off to be home with the kids. I got up early to get my speed run and swim done before Ronnie left for work. I did the one mile warm up then went straight into the 800's. 4 of them with 2 minutes walking between. I ran them at a 7:25, 7:37, 7:26, 7:11 pace. I almost puked after the last one. Finished up with a 10 minute cool down then changed and went to the pool. I swam 2000 yards 5 x (400 swim & 100 drill).
Tuesday turned into a snow day. So I slept in and did my 1:45 ride around 11 while watching Hancock. Got in 29.75 miles of going nowhere.
This morning was yet another snow day. I got up at 6 for my tempo run. 1 mile easy, 5 miles at planned marathon pace and 1 mile easy. It was COLD again. The temp wasn't as low as Fridays run but it felt colder to me. I did the easy 1 mile then picked up the pace. 8:44, 8:53, 8:44, 8:39 and 8:19. I slowed it down again for a final loop of my neighborhood. I returned home with frozen eyelashes.
Going to work on removing the ply board floor in the bathroom today and have swim class tonight.
It is suppose to be in the low 50's tomorrow so maybe the kids will be able to return to school and I can get back to work.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Not because I planned it that way

We have been having one of the coldest winters and the forecast for this morning was 0-5 degrees. That is just not normal for us!
I got the text message yesterday at about 5pm that school would be closed today. Ugg!!! That messed up my running plans. Now I had to get up early and get my 13 miles in before Ronnie left for work. Lucky for me he didn't need to leave until about 8:45.
So I got up at 6 and put on layers of warmth. It wasn't enough. My butt turned to a big block of ice. As I was running I started to think about how long it had been since I ran more then 7 miles. I couldn't remember. Turns out it as back the first weekend of October. I ran 18 miles that day. I was really feeling it too. Good things my legs were numb.
I thought about quiting at 11.7 miles as I ran past my house but I practiced some mental toughness and finished out the 13 miles. Goal pace was marathon pace + 30 seconds. I guess the cold made me run a little faster and I finished with a 9:18 pace.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Merge

No, I have not been sick for a week and a half just super busy.
I have mentioned that we are redoing the floors. It has turned out to be a major project and eating up a lot of time. So I just haven't had time to blog. I have popped into blogs to keep up with what everyone is up to but comments have been few and far between because usually I am reading at work. shhhh don't tell the boss ;)
Anyway, the floor project has also caused me to miss a workout or two.
Brief catch up:
1/5 Monday sick
1/6 Tuesday sick
1/7 Wednesday trainer 1:00, run 5.54
1/8 Thursday rest day
1/9 Friday swim 3400 yds, trainer 2:30, run 1:00
1/10 Saturday trainer 1:00, weights
1/11 Sunday skipped
Ok so that brings us to this week. Marathon training started!!! I am using the FIRST program again because I am still training for the 70.3 in New Orleans so need the cross training. Also, I have run my best races using FIRST.
Monday was key workout #1 10 minute warm up, 3 x 1 mile with 1:00 RI, 10 minute cool down. I did my mile intervals in 8:11, 7:58, and 7:59.
Tuesday was cross training and BT plan called for a ride. 1:30 on the trainer listening to podcasts. I am all caught up with the ones I listen to so I think I am going to do download a book. I need something to keep my mind off the boredom of riding nowhere.
Today was key workout #2.2 miles easy, 2 miles ST (8:08), 2 miles easy. I ran the two tempo miles in 8:12 and 8:03. But, I did notice that my Garmin beeped a little later then usual for mile 3 but then was back on track at mile 4. So I am just taking an average and calling it right on track. After dropping the kids off at school I went to toning class where she gave us a major booty workout. I am going to feel that in the morning.
Tonight I am going to the new masters swim class they have started at the rec center. The class started Monday and is going to be every Monday and Wednesday. I talked to the instructor this morning after toning class and she said it would be fine for me to just come to the Wednesday class since I have kid shuffling duty on Mondays.
I have also committed to a few races (aka paid the fee) this week. I beat the price increase for the McMinnville Sprint Tri that they have moved to August this year and I went ahead and paid for the pig. I am also thinking about beating the first price increase this weekend and signing up for the Vegas marathon. They have been taken over by the Rock'nRoll series this year.
Almost time to go get kids, why is it work days go by so slow but off days fly by??

Monday, January 05, 2009

Sick Round 2

I was sick back mid December and now I am sick AGAIN. This time it is worse. My nose is running like someone turned the faucet on full blast and I am coughing so hard it brings tears to my eyes.
So I missed my swim yesterday and my bike today. I did do my strides yesterday, nailed them and didn't even cough up a lung. I am about to go to bed and hope to get some sleep and recover. I am not setting my alarm for my scheduled swim. Yet another missed workout.
I was hoping to go 5:30 in New Orleans now I am just hoping to finish!!!!

Thursday, January 01, 2009


2008 did not start out like I planned. Instead of kicking it off with half iron training, I was still chasing a sub four marathon.
I went to Birmingham for the Mercedes Marathon Feb 10. It was a hilly course and I finished in 4:07:45. Missed, AGAIN!!!
In March I got a PR at the Tom King Half Marathon. That gave my confidence the boost it needed and April 26th I ran the Country Music Marathon in 3:57:36. I could finally focus on training for the half iron I was signed up for in May.
I did an oly in Memphis mid May then went to Georgia May 31 for the Rock'nRollman. I ended up with a PR and a first place age group finish.
Then it was time to focus on Ironman.
I did 2 sprint distance tri's, an Olympic distance (turned duathlon), an actual duathlon and a century ride during the summer while training. I got some great hardware at each of the races and my first ever 1st place overall female award.
I put in a lot of miles, tapered, and went down to Florida for Ironman.
It was everything I hoped it would be and more. And I did better then I ever dreamed possible.
Since Nov 1st I have eaten more then I should and trained less. I have gained weight. Now 2008 is over.
It was a GREAT year. Here's hoping 2009 can be half as fun.
Happy New year!!!!!!