First Run in Lake Placid!

Woke up early this morning, but unfortunately I didn't sleep very well so I wasn't my normally perky self first thing in the morning!

Moseyed around for an hour, drinking a lot of water and munching on some crackers and decided to forego coffee and bring some caffeinated Clif Bloks instead. BAD DECISION. I pretty much felt awful for the whole 85 minutes, which stunk because I had built myself up to be so excited for a fun, fast run up here! Oh well–can't win them all!

 

There were my miles: 8:35 (all downhill!), 8:42, 8:52, 9:05, 9:17 (things are starting to go south right around here!), 9:28, 9:00, 9:17, 9:17, 9:57

Average HR: 155, Average Pace: 9:05

 

Proceeded to eat my new favorite protein bar, some fruit, and my leftovers from dinner last night, then fell asleep on the couch!

 

Since this IS vacation, I decided to follow up my nap with some shopping at the Gap Outlet (which was very successful) and a treat: grande hot passion tea!

 

 

I did some school work and then hit up the grocery store. I am one of those people that CANNOT go to the store without a list–but I did today and it actually worked out. I couldn't decide what to eat for dinner so I just bought a bunch of stuff that sounded good and threw it on my plate. Dinner was perfect!

 

Cucumber, snap peas, spinach and garlic chicken sausage, and fruit! With a few Sour Patch Kids for dessert, of course 😉

 

Looking forward to another run tomorrow and hopefully meeting up with the rest of our friends that are driving up!

 

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Running.

Ive been doing some thinking about this blog. I seem to go through phases on what I blog about–or even if I blog. I guess thats the benefit of it being my own site–I can post about whatever I want 😉

HOWEVER, this week I was thinking about what I like to read about in other people’s blogs. The answer? Their training and their food. So I decided to start blogging about running again!

First, Id like to catch up on my training. Every year (it is inevitable, seriously) I end up getting overwhelmed by work and school and run sporadically for a couple of months. And it sucks–because when you do that you lose so much fitness, and all the work you put in leading up to that! I am going to try to break the cycle this year. How? BY SIGNING UP FOR ANOTHER MARATHON! The cure for me to run through the winter? A training plan with a LOT of running on it–the more miles assigned, the more likely I am to do it!

So, back in May after running off and on for months, I ran a two mile race with my father to benefit the One Fund for Boston. And it was miserable. The entire time I cursed my lack of running and the food I had eaten all winter–I ran that race heavier than I had been in a LONG time–126 pounds. And I could feel every. single. bowl. of. ice. cream. during those 8minute miles (at a HR of 178, seriously). That was the kick in the butt I needed to start running again! Here are the following weeks of training.

May 20 – May 26: 2 runs, 6 miles total

May 27 – June 2: 24.5 miles, average pace 10:45/mi

June 3 – June 9: 19.6 miles, average pace: 10:20/mi

June 10 – June 16: 17.7 miles, average pace: 9:55/mi

June 17 – June 23: 28.7 miles, average pace: 9:45/mi

June 24 – June 30: 34 miles, average pace: 9:30/mi (this was LP camp! lots of running/recovery)

July 1 – July 7: 17.3 miles, average pace: 9:40/mi

*This was a recovery week and included a 5k on Wednesday that week (race report coming soon!)

July 8 – July 14: 33 miles, average pace: 9:23/mi

So, Consistency. All of the runs were done at the same average heart rate–smack in the middle of Zone 1. I was a miserable, miserable person during that first month when running between 10:45 and 10 minutes miles. My husband was hiding from me because I was blaming him for me being “slow”. Now, is that actually slow? No, of course not. I was angry because when I stopped running in November I had been running sub 9’s in the same HR zone. And because it felt AWFUL. My legs wanted to go faster, I was bored, but my HR was just so high!

BUT PROGRESS! This week has been pretty miserable in terms of weather in MA. Well, “miserable”. I actually love it but my running does not 🙂 I have been up at 6am every day to have my runs done by 8am at the latest because otherwise it is a sufferfest. 6:30am runs are just half-sufferfest (humidity, but no sun yet). Looking forward to running in Lake Placid next week–cool, dry, and flat!

Since I bit the bullet and did this post (the most time intensive one trying to calculate all the data above!), I am feeling much more motivation to post! Tomorrow morning: I alluded to running that 2.5 mile race heavier than I’d like, so Ill post about what changed!

Also—race report from the Finish at the Fifty 5k with about a gazillion pictures!

Weekly Run Recap

Another week into the 2011 season is complete. We had some very unseasonably warm temperatures here this week (you know, after the blizzard), that allowed me to run in shorts the last couple of days!

I am going to start posting my end of week summary…so at least I have record of it somewhere!

Monday– 30 minutes ZR (recovery) (3 miles)
Tuesday– 75 minutes treadmill (8.7 miles)
Wednesday– Had too much fun Tuesday and had to take the day off!
Thursday– 60 minutes treadmill (7 miles)
Friday– 40 minutes treadmill (with sister-in-law!) (4.7 miles)
Saturday– 45 minutes OUTSIDE! (super flat and fast 5.5 miles–8:30 average pace!)
Sunday– 83 minutes outside, in shorts, in my old stomping ground! (hilly 9.2 miles)

Total– About 38 miles for the week.

Next week is 33 miles (along with 2 bike rides per my New Years Resolution!), followed by a recovery week with another…yep, you guessed it: 5k!

My Zone 1 pace continues to drop, which is of course exciting. The only thing holding it back from being the fastest it can be is the same old thing: body comp. I just love guacamole too much! And its hard to think about summer races when it’s January, cold, and I am hungry!

I did start the day off right though. Pre-run fuel was a Medium Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee (skim milk and 1 sugar please!) and this, which is the first I have EVER made:

Also, currently snacking on these, my favorite fruit of the season:

To end this post, a little math humor (extra funny because I always say “FOILED!” when something doesn’t go my way!)