A New PDR

I had a 12 mile run on my training plan yesterday and was absolutely terrified of running it. I had planned to wake up really early Wednesday morning to run but somehow slept through all THREE of my alarms (guess I was tired…) and woke up at 6:45, too late to run 12 miles and get to work by 10. I switched it to after class and slept for another hour.

I had class until 3:50, rushed home and got ready to run. I wanted to run 2-3 miles before meeting up with the running club group run at 4:30. I met up with them about 2 miles into it and they were speedy. I was going at a 7:50-8:20/mile pace for about 2 miles. That’s pushing it for a 5k, I can’t even dream about hitting those times for a long run. Needless to say I did not complete the full 5 miles with them and broke off about 2 miles in. I did a couple of loops in this really nice neighborhood with some pretty views and then ran along the waterfront, where I knew I’d have access to water.

I finished the 12.8 miles in about 2 hours 20 minutes. I know I could have done better, but I walked about every mile for 10-20 seconds. I know I’ll do better race day, when the adrenaline is flowing and I’m pushing myself at a pace that I KNOW I can handle. I ran the Newburyport 10 mile at a 9:02/mile (according to the Garmin, my official time doesn’t reflect that pace but my Garmin said I did 10.16 in 1:32 so I’m going with that ;)).

I was also kind of annoyed that the group run was so speedy. They overemphasized that they wanted to include everyone… then ran the group “easy” run at a 7:50-8:20 pace. I guess the overall pace for that run was 8:39, which isn’t too bad. I’m going to go on the run tomorrow so we’ll see how that goes!

Bundle of Nerves

So many things on my mind lately and it’s stressing me out.

I just joined the running club at school and there’s a regional cross country meet for all collegiate running clubs in the northeast. I miss running in meets so much and would be so upset with myself if I didn’t do it. The thing is, the other runners in the club are really fast and I don’t want to be the last one coming in on runs… which shouldn’t bother me at all. But it does. My goal is to at least go on Thursday for the early practice. If I completely suck, at least I know I tried!

I’m also nervous about the fact that I signed up for three half marathons.. in three months. I can treat one or two of them as training runs, but I would like to do really well in at least one.

I also take back what I said about not incorporating speed. Speedwork might just take over my life in the next few weeks. I’m going to take it easy to avoid injury, but it will be lifting that it’ll be on the back burner, at least until the end of October.

Among other things…

In other news, I went to kundalini yoga (again) by accident. I wanted a powerful/vinyasa-y class and ended up in kundalini again! I actually liked it, but it wasn’t what I was feeling for today. The gym keeps listing the yoga classes as “vinyasa flow” and the instructor keeps showing up doing kundalini. Not fun.

I’m going to avoid all forms of “vinyasa” and just go to a power yoga class.

I also spent some time in a high school today, was mistaken for a (high school) sophomore. At least I know I still got it πŸ˜‰

Weekly Wrapup

I haven’t been doing great with my workouts. I want to increase speed, distance, AND strength all at the same time and end up not doing most of it because I’m trying to do too much. We’ll see..

Sunday: Spin class + NROLFW 1A
Monday: Power yoga
Tuesday: 3 mile run
Wednesday: 8 mile run
Thursday: 3.36 mile walk/run
Friday: Rest/stretch
Saturday: 5 mile race! plus 12ish mile bike ride + yoga class

Distance: 19.36

Not bad. Here’s what’s up for this week:
Sunday: rest (unplanned, but needed)
Monday: 3.1 mile run
Tuesday: Zumba or yoga + lift
Wednesday: 12 mile run
Thursday: 3 mile run
Friday: 4-5 mile run + lift
Saturday: bike ride

I think I’m going to focus on just getting quality runs in before the half-marathon and not worry about speed. It’s too late in the game for that anyway and I have plenty of time to worry about that during the winter. The indoor track/treadmill will be my best friend. As for strength training, I don’t think it will hurt to focus on mostly upper body stuff until the half marathons are over. I don’t want to do too much lower body, because the soreness might prevent me from getting good runs in. We’ll see!

Successful 8

After Saturday’s not so great run, I wasn’t feeling too optimistic about today’s 8. Saturday’s spin class was a good way to exercise my legs without too much impact. I also managed 3 awesome miles yesterday (avg. pace 8:58!). Not too shabby.

The pain that I felt last week, a combination of Zumba and lifting, was not something I want to happen again, if I can help it. NROLFW is going back on the shelf until after the half marathon craziness is over. I think spending the winter improving my strength and running will a good way to spend the chilly months. Esp. up here in the tundra. Although a marathon doesn’t sound like such a horrible idea..

Back to the run! I had my alarm set for 6, didn’t run until 7. I didn’t want to start running while it was dark so I waited around. I actually stretched beforehand, so that made things easier. I ran a new route since it was raining and I wanted to be close to my apartment in case the skies opened up on me my phone. Also, not really sure if my Garmin should be getting wet…? I’m guessing a little rain is okay.

The 8 miles took me about 1:22, which was pretty slow for me but I took into account the rain and everything. Plus, it IS a long run and I should be staying in the 10:00/mile range anyway. My average pace was 10:15/mile so I was happy.

Good long run! I spent the rest of the day refueling. A bag of yogurt raisins may or may not have been demolished in Spanish class. I also had a couple of the delicious peanut butter chocolate pretzels. There was healthy stuff too! Some rice cakes + pb&j for lunch and a clif z bar, because I’m 5 years old.

I’m hanging out on campus right now because I’m going to go to the running club’s general meeting. I’m a little intimidated by the running club, but I figured I needed to suck it up and go to the first meeting because there probably is nothing to worry about.

On the agenda for tomorrow: 4 mile run (with a pup!) and possibly a yoga class. I have much less homework than I thought, although my thesis isn’t going to start writing itself…

Too many brownies

Another crazy weekend!

Friday
I spent the majority of the day baking for my bake sale on Saturday. I took a break to go to class and go on a bike ride, but baked from 8-11 and 7-2am! Craziness. I was really worried I wouldn’t have enough but clearly overestimated the amount of people that would be interested in buying my baked goods. Hmph.

I had:
– Chocolate chip cookies
– Healthy zucchini muffins
– Pumpkin muffins
– tons of brownies
– Peanut butter cookies
– Peanut butter and chocolate pretzel sandwiches

Too many desserts? Just ask my roommates who were begging me to take the treats away… after I had brought way more than half over to a house full of boys.

After the bake sale I attempted a run. I’ve been having pain in my quads during the past week which was probably the result of a Zumba class I took plus lifting and not stretching as much as I should be… I managed 2 miles at a run/walk, which was unbearable partly due to the heat and humidity.

BBQ was on the agenda for Saturday night. I brought my own veggie burger and piled on avocado, tomato, and cheese. Delicious. Even a certain meat-lover was pretty jealous of my creation πŸ˜‰

I tried to make it out, but was exhausted from staying up late and getting up early so I headed home around 10. Ha.

Sunday
I slept in until almost 10am! Unheard of. I even went to bed at 11:30.

We got some bagels in the morning at our favorite bagel shop. I sprung for the Long Trail since it was basically lunchtime. The Long Trail is a bagel with turkey, sundried tomato spread, garlic & herb cream cheese, lettuce, and tomato. The first few bites were good, but the sundried tomato spread was not my cup of tea. I’m sticking with my bagels & cream cheese from now on.

I had an appointment at 1pm, but the person I was meeting didn’t show so I spent the afternoon working on my survey for my thesis. I managed to finish it and we just have a couple of things to work out before it can be submitted for approval.

I attended my first spin class at UVM on Sunday night. It was pretty good, I was pleasantly surprised. I also enjoyed that the bikes had computers so you could see how many rpms, miles, and calories burned. I also sweat so much, it was pretty gross (and awesome). I also completed my second workout of NROLFW 1A.

Today was pretty lazy. Woke up super late (again!) and ate breakfast at home since I wanted to go to a fitness class at 12:15. They had spinning AND yoga 12:15-1 both with super awesome instructors so I couldn’t choose! For the sake of my quads, I chose yoga. I was glad but my balance was so off! I really need to order new contacts. My glasses kept falling off during class and it really put a damper on my zen πŸ˜‰

The rest of the day I just chilled and did homework. I finally did a load of laundry tonight, so now I have nice smelling clothes πŸ™‚

I also want to do a quick weekly wrap-up of my workouts. As I’m getting closer to the half marathon, I really want (need!) to be sticking with my workouts. So let’s see…

Sunday: Rest (day after triathlon)
Monday: 16 mile bike ride + Zumba
Tuesday: 6×400 at 5k pace (3 miles) + Workout 1 NROLFW Stage 1A
Wednesday: 10 mile run + short bike ride
Thursday: Kundalini Yoga (1 hour) + Workout 1 NROLFW 1B
Friday: 16 mile bike ride
Saturday: 2 mile run

Not bad, not great. I need to step up my mileage and get in quality runs, not junk runs like Saturday’s. I also cut my speed workout short. I was supposed to do an 8×400, but I did it after work and was starving while I was doing it.

Here’s what’s up for this week:

Sunday: 50 minute spin class and Workout 2 NROLFW Stage 1A (done!)
Monday: 45 minute power yoga (done!)
Tuesday: 3 mile run + Workout 2 NROLFW Stage 1B
Wednesday: 8 mile run
Thursday: 4 mile run + yoga
Friday: yoga
Saturday: 5 mile race!

Stuffed Shells & Goals for August

Whoa, today is the first day of August?!? Where has the summer gone? While I’m excited to start school (nerd alert), I love the summer. I have a newfound appreciation for the nice weather after such a long and cold winter. I’m not quite ready for snow but apple picking & foliage season will be nice!

Since today is the first day of a new month and the beginning of this little blog, I decided to do a post on my goals for August.

21 day yoga challenge

I’m ashamed to say it, but I rarely stretch after running. It’s so bad but honestly after a long run, I just want to shower and eat, then relax. I need to be stretching so incorporating yoga into my every day routine will be a welcomed change.

I won’t be able to attend a yoga class everyday so for the days I can’t go, I’ll do at least a 10-20 minute podcast/online video.

Source

Lift 2x per week
Strength training has improved my running and I’ve kinda let it fall to the wayside. I want to lift twice a week. It’s not difficult for me to get to BodyPump but it’s hard for me to motivate myself to lift on my own. I just feel like I’m not doing it right and that I’m wasting my time.

Cook two new recipes per week
Recipe #1 – check!
I cooked theseΒ today for my family and they loved them. I had to sub parmesan cheese for the nutritional yeast. I don’t think the Stop & Shop by my house carries it and I didn’t want to make the trip to Whole Foods, since I’m not even sure they have a bulk section. They were fine without it and I didn’t lose any flavor since I added the cheese.

I have some other recipes in mind for the rest of the week. There might even be more than two!

Read a book
I literally haven’t had time all summer to read, unless you count the Magic Tree House series I’m reading with the little boy I babysit. I work long hours and when I get home, I run or go to the gym, eat dinner, and crash in bed. I want to read one full book before the summer is over. I couldn’t wait for the school year to end to read something other than my biopsych textbook and I have yet to open one. Sad.

Source

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Today was actually pretty boring. I got up around 5:20 for a 6am spin class. My gym offers classes really early and really late in the evening so I decided to just get up early and go.

After class I ran a mile on the treadmill at my house to test out my new running shoes. They felt good, but a little loose around the heel. I watched a tutorial on tying running shoes on runnersworld.com and fixed the problem!

I spent the rest of the day watching tv/movies and looking up recipes in some cookbooks. I ended up finding the stuffed shell recipe online and went to the store to pick up some ingredients.

I’m off to finish up this episode of Criminal Minds and then go to bed. I get to sleep in tomorrow since I’m running the Yankee Homecoming 10 mile race tomorrow night! Getting nervous!!

Half-Marathon Training: Week 5, Triathlon Training: Week 4

Since I just started this blog, weeks 1-4 are missing. I’ll put them up somehow, once I figure out a way to…

This week went well. I got in my first brick and biked a lot, plus I did a decent amount of cross training. Unfortunately I had this week off from work, so not every week can look like this. I’m hoping that once school starts, I can pull off more weeks like this. It’s hard because I work from 7:30-5:30 most days and have a half an hour commute. I could also be getting up earlier, so we’ll see. I’m off this coming week so I’m going to try to get a lot in!!

Oh yeah, and I’m doing a triathlon on August 27th.

Running: 18.5 miles

Biking: 38.8 miles

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Sunday: Bike 4 miles

Monday: 9 mile bike ride + BodyPump

Tuesday: 9 mile run + Zumba

Wednesday: Rest/Travel

Thursday: Brick workout: Β 15.8 mile bike ride (1:15:40) + 2m run (17:49)

Friday: 10 mile bike (49:18) + 7×400 speed workout (31:30)

Saturday: 4m run (37:00)

My Running Story

So, I decided to start a blog to help me keep track of my workouts and hold me accountable for training. I figured a little intro to my running background would be fitting for a first post.

I signed up for cross-country in fifth grade, because one of my best friends signed up and I didn’t really have anything better to do after school. I continuously finished last during our runs after school, but it didn’t bother me too much. I didn’t take it that seriously but I had a lot of fun doing it. I eventually got better and in seventh and eighth grade I started placing in races. Unfortunately, the high school I attended didn’t have a cross-country team, so I switched to lacrosse and stopped running.

Fast-forward to my sophomore year of college when I tried to start the “Couch-to-5k” running program. I thought that 1 minute of running and 2 minutes of walking was way too easy. Needless to say, I didn’t run my first 5k that year. I could barely finish a mile.

I started taking running more seriously when I got back from Spain in December 2010. I started reading healthy living + fitness blogs and figured if other people could do it, so could I. These other people were just like me, starting from scratch. I began to run a mile, then two and eventually working up to 5. The day I ran 5 miles was the day I felt like a runner.

In March, I ran my first 5k with my mom. I ran my second three weeks later. On Sunday I finished an 8 mile race, a personal distance record for me. On September 25th, 2011 I will run a half marathon. I honestly can’t believe how far I’ve come and I’m so happy to be running again.