I skipped my 4 mile run this Thursday. My 7 miles on Wednesday were really tough, my knees were aching and my legs heavy. Sooo I just took Thursday off. This is a backdown week, so that's how I'm justifying it. :p
As we are now half way through our summer running group, we had a second time trial (we did one on the first night of the group in June as well). My time was 38 seconds faster. Meh. I'll take it! My lap times were more consistent and I didn't stop to walk at any point like I did last time.
I did it. I ran 12 miles. I thought I was going to die, but I did it. It may take 3 days of recovery, but I did it. I ran a very hilly route that I hadn't run before. Lots of rolling hills. Pretty scenery though. My knee and hips are aching. My left hip got pretty tight around 7-8 miles. The first 6 miles were pain-free. A dog came chasing after me and I screamed haha. It's owner was there though, so it was okay.
3 easy miles yesterday afternoon on the indoor track. I didn't time them, just listened to my music and ran. Felt good.
I've been trying to get the Asics Foundation VI shoe ordered in at the store where I have a credit but it's becoming such a hassle that I may just blow the credit on $80 worth of running clothes, and buy the shoes at the same place where I bought my current shoes. I need the proper shoe, even if I only have 140 miles or so in my current shoes. I do like my current shoes, but if I need a motion control shoe I supposed I should run in a motion control shoe.
Tonight at running group we did hill intervals. This was supposed to be an easy day for me, as my mileage goes up again this week. BUT. I just felt so good! I just wanted to run, run, run. I'll likely pay for it tomorrow morning during my 6 mile "sorta long run".
*edit* after the run I also did: Crunches w/ legs @ 90 degree angle: 3 x 12 Dumbell curls: 2 x 10/arm @ 17.5lbs Standing hamstring curls: 2 x 10/leg @ 20lbs Seated leg extensions: 2 x 10/leg @ 10 lbs Calf press: 2 x 10/leg @ 10 lbs Adductors: 3 x 10 @ 90 lbs Squats on upside down bosu: 3 x 10 Lunges on to bosu: 3 x 10
We ended up doing 8 miles this morning instead of 7. We were actually going to do 10, but both of us were slugging along. Just like last week, we walked for 1 minute at every mile. Considering the walk breaks, and the stretch break, our pace actually was pretty good. It sure felt slow, though!
1 | 9:28 2 | 10:27 3 | 10:55 (stop for stretch) 4 | 10:29 5 | 10:10 6 | 10:13 7 | 10:32 8 | 9:56 8 miles | 1:22:13 | 10:16 min/mi 0.54 mi walking CD | 10:19
I find running the first couple of miles slower than the rest makes the rest of the run easier. Maybe we should have done that next week. I'll keep it in mind for the.. *gulp*.. 12 miler next weekend. Can I run 12 miles? I don't know, I guess we'll find out!
I skipped my 3 miler last night. That's the first training run I've missed so far, so i'm not too worried. I was going to go running in the morning, but we went out on Wednesday night and didn't get home until late so I slept instead. I've had a stressful week, so I enjoyed the extra rest. This is also a backdown week in my training program, so missing a run this week is perhaps more appropriate than any other week.
I've been feeling tired this week. Not sure if that's because of the 10 miles on Saturday (I don't think so), or a combination of working the 2 jobs, running, and being anxious about a presentation I did on Wednesday. I'm attributing it to my poor eating habits. I'm realizing now, as my runs get longer, that I need to properly fuel myself. I feel better when I eat better. Heck, I'm a student dietitian, I *know* better.
So, starting today, I've began to keep a food log. I find it always keeps me more accountable. My goals are to plan meals in advance so that if I'm working 8-4 and then waitressing in the evening, I don't skip my supper and end up grabbing fast food on the way home. I've been spending entirely too much money on buying lunches as well, simply because I don't leave myself enough time in the morning to make something and bring it with me. A little planning goes a long way! I'll try this for a few days and see how I feel.
I ran with one of the girls from running group. At 3.5 miles, we dropped our water belts (which also contained car keys and cell phones). We were running a 5 mile out/5 mile back run on a trail. As we returned to the spot where we had left our belts, we noticed they were not there. We had only passed several bikers on the trail, including one trail police guy who said hello to us as he passed. After combing the area where we left the belts, we gave up and finished off our run, thirsty and hot. Some bikers passed and we asked them if they had seen our belts. They told us the trail police guy had picked them up and asked if they were their's.
In our dehydrated deleriousness, neither of us thought to call my cell phone when we got back to the gym. I called RCMP and city police, but nobobdy knew how to get ahold of the trail police! Finally, we got the bright idea to call my cell repeatedly until whoever had it, answered it. So they answered, I said "Um, hi. This is my phone. Where are you?" and they said they were in Mount Stewart (20 minute drive away). URGH!
So by this time, half the day is gone, we drive to this place and get our stuff and go home.
Why would that guy pick our stuff up? It was obvious that they had just been left, they had ICE in the water! Our *keys* were in them. It wasn't as if we had lost them. And when he passed us, he never even asked if they were ours?
I was so mad!
Anyways. We got the miles in and other than that, it was a good run.
Not sure if I mentioned this previously, but the physiotherapist who conducted the seminar was the same guy who I saw for 3 weeks after my initial knee injury.
I was told I have a flatter type foot. I have been denying this for years. "I just have a lower arch" I always say. But no, I have a pretty flat foot. Not completely, but definitely a low arch. He reccommended a motion control shoe and gave me a list of posibilities. I am going to go to Sport Chek this weekend and try on a few different types.
After the seminar, I stayed to ask a few questions. The physio remembered me, and I told him I was back running and had been doing pretty well aside from some mild hip pain. He told me to make an appt. with him and he will give me some hip stretches, get me doing some straight up and down movements on both legs, watch me run and point out my weaknesses, etc. I plan on doing that pretty soon. He is awesome and very helpful.
These are the shoes I think I might try, Asics Gel Foundation:
Last night was 3 miles with the running group. My Garmin didn't lock into a sattelite until about 0.4 miles into our run, so I just estimated a time that I entered into my BTT log. At the half way point we stopped, stretched and then did drills (high knees, butt kicks, tapioca).
Afterwards I did: Squats on bosu: 3 x 10 Side squats on bosu: 1 x 6/leg Hip Adductors: 3 x 10 @ 110/110/90 lbs Leg extensions: 3 x 10 @ 50/50/30 lbs Seated hamstring curls: 3 x 10 @ 50 lbs Sit ups on ball: 3 x 15
I've really got to do something with the layout of this blog, it's so broing that it's driving me nuts.
Today is a rest day. I think I will go to the beach after work and just laze around, maybe go for a swim.
Yesterday I waitressed for 8.5 hours and I am totally counting it as my cross training.
There is a running shoe seminar this Wednesday that my running group is attending. I think it will be very informative. The physiotherapist is going to look at our feet and reccommend a shoe/brand for us. I still have a credit at the place where I bought and then returned a pair of running sneakers last month, so I will probably buy a pair of whatever he reccomends. I'm still getting blisters from my Keyanos but it may also be due to my cotton socks (oops).
This is week #5 of marathon training! We are moving right along! This week's long run is 10 miles. I am so excited to run double digits for the first time ever. :)
I've also made the realizationg that ice and motrin are a godsend. They make all my aches and pains go away.
Today I ran 9 miles, that is the farthest I have ever ran. It went well. I ran in a different area than I usually do, which was refreshing. I wore my new water belt which I like (it's Nike). I ate a rice krispie square at 5 miles (I'm not brave enough for gels just yet), and had no gastric issues. Knee/hip started to hurt at 7-8 miles. I put ice on knee & took motrin afterwards and feels fine now. :)
I ran a little further than I wanted to this morning. I ran a new loop that I hadn't measured, and it ended up being 5 miles instead of 4. So, not only did I run extra, I was also a few minutes late for work. Never the less, my hip was feeling okay. I iced my knee & hip last night, took a couple motrin, and then put some heat on my hip before bed. I took a couple more motrin this morning and so far my hip is feeling better than yesterday. The adductor exercises last night may have been helpful as well.
Tonight was a fartlek with the running group. Since my hip has been *still* acting weird/hurting (ITBS??), I decided to just take it easy. My intervals got messed up because I forgot to set my Garmin and couldn't hear our leader calling out when we were to speed up/slow down. So this is what I got:
Warm-up: 0.42 miles | 4:16 | 10:19 min/mi 1 minute easy: 0.1 miles | 9:46 min/mi 1 minute faster: 0.14 miles | 8:29min/mi 3 minutes easy: 0.31 miles | 9:50 min/mi 2 minutes faster: 0.23 miles | 8:43 min/mi 5.5 minutes easy: 0.55 miles | 9:53 min/mi 3.5 minutes faster: 0.45 miles | 7:48 min/mi 3 minutes easy: 0.34 miles | 8:47 min/mi 3 minutes faster: 0.38 miles | 7:50 min/mi 1 minute easy: 0.11 miles | 9:11 min/mi 1 minute faster: 0.13 miles | 7:38min/mi Total: 3.25 miles | 29:17 | 9:01min/mi
Weights: Hip adductors: 3 x 15 @ 90/90/100 lbs Glute kickbacks: 3 x 10/leg @ 50/50/60 lbs Sumo side squat on bosu: 1 x 10/leg Squats on bosu: 3 x 10 Lunges on bosu: 3 x 10/leg
So, my GPS did that weird thing again where it added 2+ minutes to my first mile time. I noticed that it happened right after I was stopped at a traffic light, so maybe it didn't auto pause? Anyhow, I certainly did not run an 11:36 first mile, so I'm changing it to a 9:30
1 | 9:30 2 | 9:43 3 | 9:17 0.3 | 2:41 3.3 miles | 30:15 | 9:10min/mi 0.4 mi walking CD
Weights: Leg extensions: 3 x 10 @ 50 lbs Calf press: 3 x 15 @ 50 lbs Walking lunges: 2 x 10/leg @ 20 lbs Hip Adductors & Abductors: 3 x 12 @ 130 lbs each Leg press: 3 x 10 @ 70 lbs Crunches on ball: 3 x 10 Single leg split squats off bosu: 1 x 10/leg Side squats off bosu: 1 x 5/leg Lunges on to bosu: 1 x 10/leg
The strangest thing happened last night. I happened to b waiting on an orthopedic surgeon, and he examned my knee for me! He told me that the cartilage had popped out and the tiny ligaments that hold the cartilage together had been torn, but that over time the cartilage had popped back in on it's own and the little ligaments healed. H said my knee is fine now, but I need a 1/4 heal insert in my left heal because my left hip is a little lower than my right. Hence the recent hip pain!
It was really cool, I was grateful for his advice.
7 mile long run today. My GPS did something weird on the first mile.. at about 0.45 miles into my run, the time went back to 0:00, so it says my first mile was 12:00, which is just not possible. I'd approximate it to be similar to mile 2. so I'm changing it here.Also got a really bad side stitch at 4 miles and fought with it for the rest of the run.
1 | 9:42 2 | 9:41 3 | 9:11 3.0 miles | 28:33 | 9:31min/mi 0.15 mi walking CD | 2:39
I have acquired a new piece of gadgetery. A pedometer. We're having a competetion of summer students working in the building vs. faculty. Yesterday I had 19,358 steps! 11,000 of them from waitressing last night. Woah!
I underestimated the heat today and that was reflected in my time for my "long run". Oh well, it was only supposed to be an easy run anyway. I was getting cramps in my abs when doing crunches afterwards though, which could have been from dehydration since I didn't bring any water on my run. Oops. Lesson learned.
Okay, so yesterday was technically day 1 but it was a rest day, so I will count today as day 1 of marathon training.
It was also day 1 of the running group's summer session! We started off with a full body stretch. It was great, we did a warm up of... not sure what you call it. We ran in pairs at an easy jog and the people from the back sprinted to the front, then the second last people sprinted to the front, etc etc. We also did 30 second intervals of high knees, skips, side strides, running backwards, butt kicks, lunges, and gallops with 30 seconds light jog rest inbetween. After that, we took a short break and those who wanted to did three 30 second hard intervals/30 seconds easy rest. So I did that, naturally. It was raining and warm. Very refreshing.
My sister and I ran for a bit after the group had finished for a total of 3 miles altogether. It was supposed to be 3 easy today, according to Hal's program, but I think this was still okay.
3.0 miles | 29:02 | 9:40min/mi (6.2mph) 0.24 mi walking CD | 4:01
I am getting up early tomorrow to run before work, and then working both of my jobs (12 hour day at least.. blah). My day job tomorrow involved driving 1.5 hours to a school and wearing a mascot costume. Why did I ever say I wanted to be a dietitian? haha j/k
So, I am officially registered to run the Toronto Marathon on October 15th, 2006.
I have been thinking about running a marathon for a while now, and now that I am dealing with this break up stuff, I need something to be able to work towards, occupy my time, and look forward to. Originally, I had thought of doing the PEI Marathon but then decided that the Toronto would be more motivating since I have never been to TO, and at that point I will not have seen Gill for like 6 months (holy crap, Gill!). Annnnd they have pretty finisher medals.
So, I am going to follow Hal Higdon's novice marathon training plan. I posted on his message boards this morning about a minor hip problem I have been having and he suggested taking 3 days off completely, and then running less miles for a couple of weeks. I am to begin the training plan on Monday, so I am taking a few days off right now. He said this was okay since I was already running more miles than I will be in the first few weeks of training. I can't believe I got advice from Hal, that is so cool! I love the internet.
I also need to be more consistent with weight training to prevent injuries.
Oh, and I bought some new shoes. I'm hoping that by replacing my shoes this stupid achey hip business will stop. It's not terriblely painful, just a dull ache that I am aware of. It no doubt has something to do with my "bad" knee so I need to quit procrasinating and make an appointment to get some orthodics.
I just realized, after doing some blog digging and a little math, that my precious running shoes have accumulated approximately 250 miles. This may explain the huge blister growing on each of my feet. I thought I still had a couple more weeks left before I would have to break down and buy a new pair, but as I was stretching last night after my run, I grabbed the sole of my sneaker and was shocked by how soft and worn-out it felt.
5 minute WU on cross trainer, level 10 manual setting
Walking lunges: 3 x 10/leg @ 20 lbs Standing calf press on step: 3 x 12/leg Leg extensions: 3 x 10 @ 50/50/30 lbs Seated leg curls: 3 x 10 @ 30/50/50 lbs Bench press in Smith machine: 3 x 10 @ 45 lbs Overhead shoulder press on ball: 3 x 20 lbs Front shoulder raises: 3 x 10/arm @ 5 lbs Lat pulldowns: 3 x 10 @ 60 lbs Seated rows: 3 x 10 @ 30 lbs Tricep extensions: 3 x 10/arm @ 10 lbs Dumbell curls: 3 x 10 @ 22.5 lbs Concentration curls: 3 x 10/arm @ 10 lbs Side bends: 3 x 10/side @ 22.5lbs Situps on ball: 3 x 10 Stability ball passes: 3 x 6
I just had an awesome lunch of chicken curry, rice, and thai noodles from the farmer's market. I also got a couple of yummy sweets which I am trying to make last longer than one day haha.
8.0 miles | 1:14:21 | 9:17min/mi (6.5mph) 0.94 mi walking CD | ~15 minutes
Some abs: Stability ball sit ups: 3 x 20 Planks: 3 x 30 seconds
Good run. I haven't ran 8 miles before and with the exception of some hip tightness starting around mile 6 or 7, it was fine. I didn't realize I was going so fast. I have lost a few pounds from running and think that maybe I am seeing faster times partially as a result of that. Less weight to carry = faster times, eh?
Just for kicks, here is what I'm currently listening to while running: Who Knew - Pink Promiscuous Girl - Nelly Furtado ft. Timbaland Sand Storm - Darude Mary J. Blige - Be Without You Unwritte- Natasha Beddingfield Sugar, We're Going Down - Fall Out Boy SOS - Rihanna No Sleep Tonight - The Faders missy elliot - This Is For My People Lose Control - Missy Elliott ft. Ciara & Fatm Kids in America - Cascada Jump - Madonna It's Like That - Run DMC Grillz - Nelly Everytime We Touch (Radio Mix) - Cascada Eminem feat Nate Dogg - Shake That Ass For Me Don't Cha (Feat. Busta Rhymes) - Pussy Cat Dolls DHT - Listen To Your Heart (Techno) Dance, Dance - Fall Out Boy Control Myself (Feat. Jennifer - LL Cool J Chris Brown - Run It Britney Spears - Stronger All Nite (Don't Stop) - Janet Jackson 50 Cent - In Da Club (beyonce remix) 50 Cent - Just A Little Bit Britney Spears & NERD - Boys Hips Don't Lie - Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean Janet Jackson feat. Missy Elliot - Son Of A Gun (2002)
I certainly did not feel like running this race today. I've been heartbroken since Chris broke up with me on Monday. But, in prime Bria fashion, I wasn't going to let that hold me down. Besides, I had told Mary I'd help her set up the fat and sugar display. My sister came to run the 5k.
The course, which was said to be relatively flat, was not relatively flat in my mind. Luckily, a good part of the route was through my neighborhood and I was familiar with the uphills.
It was just my luck that my Garmin's battery died 0.71 miles into the run. I had, however, brought my iPod so at least I could listen to some music. I decided that I wasn't going to try and run this race fast, I was just going to treat it like a training run.
At 5k, I grabbed a water and walked while drinking it. As I started to run again, I developped a horrible side stitch. I thought about quitting (we were very close to my house), but that's just not my style. I told myself that I would walk as needed and take it slow the rest of the way back. "Just a training run" I kept telling myself.
The side stitch stuck with me for the next 3k, and I walked and stretched as needed. By 8k, I was feeling pretty decent and my legs were not tired hardly at all. I picked it up a bit, and picked it up further at 9k. I sprinted to the finish while Darude's "Sandstorm" was blaring from my iPod. I made it across the line in under 59 minutes (official results haven't been posted but the clock read 58-something when I crossed). I had been telling myself "it's okay if you finish with 1:14, your hot and in pain". But I actually finished not too far off from my previous times! So despite the hills, the sitch, the garmin dying, dressing too warmly and having to walk to take off my shirt, I still did half decent.
Today at the gym I had my body fat measured, 21.3%. Normal for my age/gender is 21-33%. I always wanted to know what my body fat was!
Chest flyes: 3 x 10 @ 25 lbs Bicep curls: 3 x 10/arm @ 17.5 lbs Tricep dips: 3 x 10 @ 70 lbs Shoulder press on ball: 3 x 10 @ 20 lbs Torso rotations: 3 x 10/side @ 70 lbs Lat pulldowns: 3 x 10 @ 60 lbs Seated rows: 3 x 10 @ 40 lbs
4 x 800m intervals with 400m rest
4.0 miles | 37:33 | 9:22min/mi (6.4mph)
Tuesday, May 16th: Weights only.
Leg press: 3 x 10 @ 70 lbs Seated leg curl: 3 x 10 @ 50 lbs Leg extensions: 3 x 10 @ 50 lbs Calf press: 3 x 12 @ 55 lbs Glute kick machine thing: 3 x 10/leg @ 50 lbs Hip Abductors & Adductors: 3 x 10 @ 110lbs for each Sit ups on ball: 3 x 20
Edit: I must confess that during this run, I did stop on two occasions. The first, to play with a baby horse for about 20 minutes and the other to talk to my friend Rachel who was out gardening for about 20 minutes. This run was an experiment. I know I feel better after 2 days rest instead of one. So this weekend, I run a 10k on Saturday. I will therefore take Thursday AND Friday off before this race.
Adding to my workout today, I waitressed for 5 hours. It was definitely a full body workout. I basically ran around for 5 hours and lifted 10-30lb trays of lobster and dirty plates.
So much for taking the day off/cross training. I was not going to miss out on a run today because the weather was absolutely awesome. I think it was 17-18 degrees celsius when I ran this evening, in a tank top and shorts! Love that.
I have not been adhering to my mileage routine this week- I have ran a little more than usual- which is fine, because who knows what the weekend will bring. Work starts, it's convocation party time for my graduating friends, and my clinical rotation finishes up tomorrow.
3.65 miles | 35:13 | 9:38min/mi (6.2mph) 0.65 walking CD | 10:26 | 3.8mph
I was itching to run all day. I put my sneakers on, and just ran.
My lungs used to always give out before my legs did, but now it's the opposite. Maybe I need to be doing more leg weights? My last mile today was SO slow, but I was not out of breath at all, my legs just felt like lead.
"I always loved running...it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs." - Jesse Owens
I ran at the beach this afternoon. Both on the beach, through trails, and on the road that lines the beach. Got a sunburn. First of the season. Loved every minute of it.
4 miles | 37:43 | 9:24min/mi (6.4mph)
Did weights at the gym before run at the beach.
Situps on ball: 3 x 20 Torso rotations: 3 x 10/side @ 75 lbs Lat pulldowns: 3 x 10 @ 50/60/60 lbs Hyperextensions: 3 x 10 @ 130 lbs Seated rows: 3 x 10 @ 35 lbs Bench press in the smith: 3 x 6/6/8 @ 65/65/55 lbs
Seems like I have been doing a lot of races lately. I think I may be addicted?
Today I smashed my previous 5k personal best (27:50), when I finished with 25:51 at the Proude's Shoes 5k. I was really happy with my time. I almost didn't go to this race this morning because Chris and I had gone to the Drive-in last night and I didn't get home until late, then I couldn't find my bib number, but I decided to go because the race was a Diabetes Society fundraiser. I will support that Canadian Diabetes Association in any way, shape, or form that I possibley can because they did so much for my dad.
Beautiful day AGAIN today, it was great. 12 degrees, sunny, and virtually no wind at the time of the race.
1 8:31 2 8:11 3 8:16 3.1 miles 25:51 8:19min/mi
After all that, I felt like I needed to burn off some extra energy, so my sister and I went for a 15 mile bike ride.
As part of our 10 week running group, a time trial was held half way through the program on April 5th. My time for that trial was 31:45 (9:18min/mi). This evening a second time trial was held to sort of measure any progress we've made in the second half of the program. I bet my previous time by 1:50, woo! Nice to see the hard work paying off. Hopefully I will have some of the same kick for the 5k race this Saturday. I would really like to run 8:45min/mi average pace for that.
Beautiful day, again. 15 degrees celsius, winds NE 13km/hr. This was out last running group run until later in May (possiblely).
3.39 miles 29:55 8:49min/mi (6.8mph)
Weights: Dumbell upright rows: 3 x 10 @ 35 lbs Dumbell shoulder press: 3 x 10 @ 25 lbs Concentration curls: 3 x 10/arm @ 12.5 lbs Dumbell flyes: 3 x 10 @ 20 lbs Lunges: 2 x 20/leg @ 20 lbs Tricep pushdowns (lever): 3 x 10 @ 75 lbs Side bends: 3 x 12/side @ 22.5 lbs Crunches on ball: 3 x 10 Sit ups on incline: 1 x 6 (side,front,side)
We finally had some nice weather today. Sunny, little wind, about 11 degrees celsius.
It was supposed to be a rest day for me, but my sister wanted to go running and it was so beautiful outside, so I went. We ran negative splits! She was tired because she hadn't ran in a week or so. My legs were tired at first from running 15 miles in the past 4 days. After the first 2 miles, my legs warmed up and I felt great. My sister was still tired, but I lied and told her we were running 11 minute miles so she would keep pushing hard. Kind of mean, I know, but I knew if she fought she could keep up. At 4.25 miles, just yards away from home, my knee popped out on me. I should have known. It seems that whenever my feels feel FINE, that's when it pops. I still ran the next few yards back to my house but could feel my knee swelling. Plopped some frozen peas on it for about 1/2 hour and it's feeling pretty good now. Only mildy tender to the touch, which I can deal with.
I got fed up of this bad weather streak and braved the elements for today's interval workout. Winds 40km/hr, 0 degrees celsius, feels like -6. Yep. Hell of a run. Especially since I was running into the wind for the second half of the intervals.
My Garmin's HRM was spiking all over the place today. I noticed on my last run there was one spike, but today it was all over the place. I realized when I got home that I wasn't wearing the HRM as high as I should have been, so I really hope that is the reason for the malfunction.
1.01 mi WU 9:49 0.5 | 3:54 | 7:48min/mi (7.7mph) 0.25 | 2:43 | 10:53min/mi (5.5mph) 0.5 | 3:56 | 7:52min/mi (7.6mph) 0.25 | 2:51 | 11:24min/mi (5.3mph) 0.5 | 4:36 | 9:13min/mi (6.5mph) - running into wind from here on out 0.25 | 3:04 | 12:20min/mi (4.9mph) 0.5 | 4:25 | 8:52min/mi (6.8mph) 0.25 | 2:56 | 11:46min/mi (5.1mph) 1.0 mi CD 10:41 5.01 miles | 48:59 | 9:47min/mi (6.1mph)
I took yesterday off, enjoyed Easter dinner and ate too much chocolate.
My plan this week is another 20 miles, but instead of 3-3-4-4-6, I think I will try 3-3-4-3-8. I want to get some distance in before the next race. I've never ran 8 miles before, so I'm sure it will be an adventure. I'm getting a little bored of my routes, so having a little bit more distance to work with could be a good thing.
My goal for this race was the time that the MacMillan running calculator had spat out to me. 58:14, or 9:22min/mi.
I ran this race at 91% of my max heart race. Let this be proof that when I want something, I get it.
Mile 1: Flew by. Was surprised when my Garmin's distance alert went by. Was running with a couple of girls from school. Felt good, easy.
Mile 2: Still feeling good, can see the big hill up ahead. Still running with the girls from school, chatting, fun.
Mile 3: The hill. The steep, long, treacherous hill. It must have been at least half a mile. I knew I had to walk for a few seconds. So I did, and the other girls went ahead. Surprisingly, this still ended up being a 9:18 minute mile. We ran a loop through a neighbourhood during this mile, which consisted of another hill. Steeper, but shorter than the first. Thankfully this hill was followed by a downhill and then the water station.
Mile 4: I flew down the hill and then grabbed some water, walked while I drank, and then took off again. A nice downhill here.
Mile 5: Guess what? Another hill. This course carried every variety of hill, the one at mile 5 was the gradual incline type. My legs were burning, this was my slowest mile. I walked for maybe 15 or 20 seconds. I took off my long sleeve race shirt and then felt much better in my t-shirt.
Mile 6: Almost there. In the process of removing my long sleeve shirt, I dropped my headband and a nice man brought it up to me. I ran with him and the guy he was running with for a bit, but then had to slow again (still going up that darn hill). I was so tired at this point. My legs were burning. Looking at my watch and seeing there were about 3 minutes left didn't help. Those felt like the longest 3 minutes in the world. However, I realized I had lost some time with this hill, and decided to pick it up.
Last 0.22 miles: This is where I knew I needed to give it all I had to make my goal time. I picked up my pace to 8:00min/mile and ran for the finish line. People were clapping. I saw the clock. I ran across the line. I felt like I was going to be sick, but I knew I had bet my goal and for that, I was very happy.
Overall place: 157/191
At the finish line there were bananas, water, and easter candy!! I had some after my stomach settled and my heart rate went down. We also all got free sundae tokens since the race was sponsored by DQ. I somehow managed to get blue ink on my nice long sleeve shirt that I got for registering. Hopefully most of it will come out.
My knee felt fine the whole race, and I didn't experience any weird hip pains in my bad leg, like I have been having on my long training runs. Yesterday I hydrated well, took 3 glucosamines, and didn't eat any junk. It paid off, I think!
Here is a graph of the elevation for the race:
Here is what Garmin recorded (I forgot to hit stop a few seconds after crossing the line):
So there we go, a PR because it was my first 10k race. :)
Next race is another 10k in 2 weeks. My goal for that one will be to run a better time than this one.
My legs were tired from yesterday's intervals. I figured 4 easy miles would be 10min/mi but I guess not! My knee was sore, but after a mild crunch it was okay- just needed to be cracked I guess. Never the less, tomorrow is a rest day, and then it's the race.
I ran in shorts today. I love that. The trail isn't even muddy or anything since we had hardly any snow this winter and everything is dried up.
My Garmin has finally recalculated my HR zones according to my performance on the runs it has recorded. They seem more realistic now. I didnt understand how I should be running at a HR under 150. Maybe some day, but usually when I'm walking fast my HR is like 140-145bpm. All in good time.
There's no way it's only 10 degrees celsius right now. My sister and I just got back from doing intervals and we are cooked. I ended up ditching my long sleeve and just wearing my sports bra & tights half way through the workout. Which leads me to this question: What the heck are we going to do when summer comes? May, even? I think it's just the initial shock of nice weather after the winter. Our bodies aren't used to it, let alone running in it.
Beautiful day none the less!
So, I slept through the running club this morning. I was just pooped from exam writing (clinical nutrition went well!) and studying biochemistry. So my sister and I did this workout this afternoon. My knee felt fine. I feel ready for the 10km.
0.15 mi CD walking the dogs | 2:50 | 19:28 min/mi [3.1mph]
Back to studying. Once this biochemistry exam is over, I just have two easier exams. Then internship begins.
I realized today that I do not need to take a summer course that I thought I had too. It was really stressing me out, so I'm happy I don't have to take it. Intership is enough work by itself.
0.47 mile CD (walking.. last half with the dogs) | 8:25 | 17:55 min/mi (haha)
Now, THAT was more like a time trial for me, rather than that 9:16min/mi pish posh from last Thursday. There were even a few hills on this route (see screen shot).
So Saturday is the big race. I say "big" because I've never ran a 10km race before. I suppose I should make some sort of time goal.. my goal is actually to a) get to the race without having my knee crap out this week and b) finish the race without my knee crapping out. I've been taking my glucosamine and chondroitin, hopefully things will pan out. I hear the course is relatively fast, I do know there's one long hill in the first half, but you get to cruise down it coming back. According to MacMillan running calculator and my 5k time from today, I should be able to do the 10km in 58:16 (9:22 min/mi). I'll aim for somewhere around there but since I've never raced this distance, I think I'll aim for 10 min miles until I get to the top of that hill and then "haul ass" as my sister would say, down the hill.
My ideal, super duper, "I would consider myself my own idol", goal for the end of the summer is to run a 25 minute 5km. That means shaving 3 minutes off todays time. Shaving off 1 minute per mile. I think if I keep up the interval stuff and the miles, I can do it. And boy, would that be a feat.
I'm clearly procrastinating. Clinical nutrition, here I come!
Sorry for the babbling to those who read this.... I blame the runner's high.
This Forerunner just keeps on impressing me. Maybe I'm easily impressed because it's my first gear gadget, but how cool is it that it timed all of my intervals, beeped when I was to start and end the interval, beeped when I was going too fast or too slow, when my heart rate was too high, etc. I love it.
4 x 0.25 mi interval repeats with 0.25 mi rest between each. First time I've done this this structured, so I wasn't sure what to shoot for, for time.
1 mi WU | 10:00| Avg pace 9:59 min/mi | Avg HR 151bpm 0.25 mi | 2:02 | Avg pace 8:11 min/mi | Avg HR 167bpm 0.25 mi | 2:39 | Avg pace 10:37 min/mi| Avg HR 164bpm 0.25 mi | 2:04 | Avg pace 8:16 min/mi | Avg HR 173bpm 0.25 mi | 2:36 | Avg pace 10:28 min/mi| Avg HR 170bpm 0.25 mi | 2:01 | Avg pace 8:06 min/mi | Avg HR 177bpm 0.25 mi | 2:31 | Avg pace 10:06 min/mi| Avg HR 171bpm 0.25 mi | 2:00 | Avg pace 8:03 min/mi | Avg HR 178bpm 0.25 mi | 2:42 | Avg pace 10:48 min/mi| Avg HR 174bpm 1.1 mi | 10:50| Avg pace 9:50 min/mi | Avg HR 177bpm 4.1 miles | 39:29 | 9:37 min/mi | Avg HR 168bpm 0.27 mi CD | 4:43 | 17:11 min/mi (3.5mph)
Now it's time to hit the books for the exam crunch.
Okay, I tried out the new toy this morning and it seems great so far!
It's going to take me a little while to get all the kinks figured out, but I have managed to get the data from my morning run. My knee did hurt a bit, but not enough to stop. Jon drove by as I was running. I dressed too warmly. I was dehyrated. So, it wasn't that great of a run, but I needed to try the new gadget.
Hill repeats today with the running club. They were great until I was jogging downhill after the last repeat. My knee crunched. I'm not in pain, but it caught me off gaurd. It hasn't done that since last July. I am positive it was due to the pivoting motion of my leg going down hill and pushing off for the next step. I'm going to put some heat on it and take easy the rest of the day. No 10km race this weekend and no leg weights this week, just in case. I think I'm fine though, despite this annoying mechanical problem, it's not near as dibilitating as it used to be. My two knees are the same size, which is a positive sign. Now it seems that it happens, and I am fine later that day/the next day. *fingers crossed*
1.3 mile warm up 6 x 100m hill repeats (run up, jog down) 1.3 mile walk back to the school (CD) Total: ~ 3.25 miles
Did some weights back at the school.
Bench press (in the Smith): 3 x 10 @ 40 lbs Chest flyes: 3 x 10 @ 20 lbs Lat pulldowns: 3 x 10 @ 70/70/50 lbs Seated rows: 3 x 10 @ 40/30/30 lbs Hyperextensions on ball: 3 x 10 V tucks: 3 x 20 Medecine ball twists: 3 x 40 3 x 30 second planks
outside | 4.25 miles | 40:22 | 9:30 min/mi (6.3mph)
3 degrees, feels like -2, winds 24 km/hr with gusts 37km/hr
I will consider this a tempo run since I was running with my sister whose pace is a bet faster than mine (at times..). It was windy, and there were 2-3 long hills on this route. One was grotesque. I never noticed how hilly it was around here until I started running again!
Sister and I are both unhappy that we were so slow. I felt good on the hills, I kept my pace .. sped up even.
I hope the Garmin will help me work on speed, I'm sure it will. I can't wait to try the interval work outs and design some of my own. C'mooonnn Garmin, hurry up and get here!
I have wanted a GPS speed & distance system for years. I remember oggling at the Timex GPS system when it first came out but know I'd never afford it. I guess I wasn't thinking about the fact that technology decreases in price as soon as a new and improved model is released. Which is what happened here.
The GF301, which tracks speed, distance, heart rate, and elevation was replaced by the GF305 earlier this month. Much to my advantage! Unwilling to fork over $430 CAD for the 305, the 301 seemed like a steal for $230 CAD.
Mind you, it's not perfect. The Polar S625X surpasses the 301's HRM capabilities- but not enough for me to consider spending an additonal $100 on the Polar.
There has been debate over which is more accurate- GPS technology or Foot Pod inertial technology. I can't see myself being comfortable with wearing the foot pod, so again, GPS won out here.
I may be spending a lot more time running once I get this gadget. It's a runner's dream. I think it also appeals to us scientific runners- the analytical type. I am super excited to be able to monitor all this stuff, excited beyond words. Like, I can figure out from my time and heart rate which type of fuel source I am burning. I can design interval runs customized to my own heart rate. There are even sample work outs that come with the computer software!
Did I mention it comes with computer software? Yep, well you can read the website for a full list of what it comes with.
Weather network said 0 degrees celsius, 4km/hr winds. I think it was warmer, maybe 3 degrees.
So. This morning we meant to run 10km and then ended up messing up the route, taking a detour and adding an extra mile on to the route, so this is my longest run ever! Probably also one of my slowest too, but still far. That's like 800+ calories. Not that I care, but that's a lot. It was a nice run, down along the water and through the city. I ran with Beth and Lindsey.
I also went to the farmer's market and got some chicken curry and rice for lunch. Mmmmmm.
Legs Standing hamstring curls: 3 x 10 @ 25 lbs/leg Walking lunges: 3 x 10 @ 20 lbs Leg extensions: 3 x 10 @ 60 lbs Calf press: 3 x 12 @ 90 lbs Adductors: 3 x 10 @ 130/130/150 lbs Abductors: 3 x 10 @ 130/130/110 lbs Plie squats: 3 x 10 @ 10 lbs
Abs Side bends: 3 x 10/side @ 22.5 lbs Medecine ball toss/sit-ups things with a partner: 3 x 10 @ 3/4/5 kg Bicycles: 3 x 20
Out of curiosity today, I took my measurements- which I never do, but with all this strike business I've been pretty bored.. so I did. They are the exact same from when I was 16. I'm not sure how this is possible. For one, I have been working out more in the past couple of years than I ever have in my life. No change? Weird. As well, last time I took the measurements I weighed 7-8 pounds less than I do now. Also weird. I'm not complaining, it's not a bad thing to have maintained my size over the past 4 years. In fact, it's a good thing. It's kind of cool that my body is the exact same size as it was 4 years ago. Go consistency!
6 km fartlek with the running club this morning. 1 min fast, 1 min easy, 3 mins fast, 3 mins easy, 5 mins fast, 5 mins easy, 3 mins fast, 3 mins easy, 1 min fast, 1 min easy. Beth and I stopped following the pyramid after the 5 mins easy. We were pooped, there were hills. Good run!
outside | 3.6 miles | ~34 minutes (maybe less) which would be 9:28 min/mi
Winds 15 km/hr, -1 degrees celsius, felt like -6
Note to self: Bring iPod next time do you can time the run.
Aiming for 6-7 mile endurance run on Saturday, knees permitting.
outside | 3 miles | 28:57 | average pace: 9:39 min/mi
With the wind chill it felt like -11 degrees celsius with winds 30 km/hr. COLD.
My time includes a 2 minute stop at a traffic light, which when deducted, gives me an average pace of 8:58 min/mi which seems more accurate since I was going fast so I could get home and out of the cold!
Chest flyes on the ball: 3 x 10 @ 20 lbs Chest press on the ball: 3 x 10 @ 30 lbs Lat pulldowns: 3 x 10 @ 70 lbs Seated rows: 3 x 10 @ 40 lbs Stability ball passes: 3 x 8/8/6 Crunches on stability ball: 3 x 10 w/ 2kg med ball
Woke up early this morning after a night of drinks and dancing (oops..) to go to my first race since injuring my knee in July 2004.
I got to the UPEI student union builing, met up with Erin, registered and got my bib number put on, and then we chatted with Julie until it was time to go. The sun was shining, it was -6 degrees celsius and only a light wind.
We all lined up, the gun went off, and away we went. It had snowed over night so the sidewalks had a light dusting of snow over them. The first mile felt easy, so I pulled in behind another girl who was keeping the same pace as me. I kept with her for the next mile but she took off at the last half mile or so. I trudged up the final kilometer (uphill) and picked up my pace for the last 200m or so (again, could have done this earlier). I felt wasted as I was going up that last km but immediately after I stopped I felt fine, which leads me to believe I could've pushed harder. But all in all, it was a good run, I finished 39/63 and 16th overall female with a time of 30:19 for 5.4km (3.4 mi)
Here are my results: Pos. Runner's Name Sex # Age Race Time Pace (Min/Mile) Pace (Min/km)
My weight routines have been pretty disorganized lately. I am going to change things up, I think a 2 day split would be most feasible for me right now. Running outdoors is awesome, but if means I don't go to the gym as often and therefore don't lift weights as often. I am at the University gym Wed & Saturdays for running club so lifting weights after those runs is also an option. I think I will try a 3 day split, and if it doesn't pan out, I can move to a 2 day split.
Day I - Chest & Back Bench Press Chest flyes on stability ball Lat Pulldown Seated Rows Hyperextensions Crunches w/ medecine ball on the stability ball Stability Ball Passes
Day II - Legs Leg Extensions Calf press on a step Walking Lunges Standing Hamstring Curls Plie squats Hip Adductions & Abductions Weighted Side Bends Bicycles
Day III - Shoulders & Arms Dumbell shoulder press on stability ball Upright Rows Rear Lat Raises/Rear Lat Row (forget if the gym has one of these machines) Tricep Kickbacks Skull Crushers Dumbell Curls Concentration Curls Twisted Incline Situps Lever Crunches
As well, since I am in prime procrastination mode right now, the road runners just released their 2006 race schedule, so here is a list of races I hope to run this spring/summer/fall.
March 18th (Saturday) - St. Paddy's Day 5K April 15th - Dairy Queen Bunny Hop 10K May 6th - Proude's Shoes 5K May 20th - Colonel Gray SAAD Run 10K June 3rd - PEI Parks Trail Run 10K June 24th - Deltaware Systems 5K August 5th - Mt Edward Grocery 5 Mile Run August 18th - Gold Cup 5K Trot Sept 9th - Banks Financial Group Inc. 5K Charity Fun Run October 15th - PEI Marathon??? I'm hymming and hawing, we'll see how my knee holds up. It is the day before my birthday and I always wanted to run a marathon before I turned 21........
So that looks like a lot of races, but they're all small so it's okay. :)
Another run with the running club this morning, Erin and I were the trailers and I eventually went on ahead of her.
outside | 3.4 miles | Time = I have no idea, 32 minutes? | 1 degree celsius, FL -4 | winds 20 km/her
We ran the route for Saturday's 5K race. It was pretty good, but my legs took a little while to get warmed up and the roads had a lot of icey patches. There is a hill at the last kilometer, which was fine. I picked up my speed for the last 200m or so, and I think I could do that earlier during the race. We'll see!
outside | 3.1 miles | 31:58 | winds 38km/hr with gusts 58km/hr | 5 degrees celsius, sunny
That was a windy one, but a good one! I took it slow and it was very enjoyable, I had mroe energy this time when I got to the big hill at the end of the route. Slow time overall, but I was treating it as an endurance run, it was windy, and there were hills so overall, I'm pleased. I'm hoping that running all of these hills will make for a satisfying time at Saturday's 5K race.
That is 4 miles more than the previous week, which is okay, but I really want to stick with only increasing my mileage by 10%/week so I don't hurt my knee. My knees were feeling a little sore yesterday after Saturday's 5 miles but I am confident they will be fine.
This week looks something like this:
Sunday - XT, upper body weights Monday - 3.1 mi Tuesday - Off Wednesday - Running club endurance run (slow 5K, about 40 minutes) Thursday - XT (aquafit?), leg weights Friday - 2 mi, upper body weights Saturday - 5K race
5 mile endurance run today, outside, 50 minutes (3 large hills) | 5 degrees celsius, NW winds 25km/hr with gusts 40km/hr
Great run. We kept the pace slow (I thought we were running slower than we actually were), and I felt very comfortable throughout the whole run, no problems. This was our first running club weekend run, so all of the groups met at the Univeristy gym and then we headed out on our separate routes. Erin, Lindsey, Beth Ellen, Bethany, and I all ran a route that I had mapped out on mapmyrun.com. We were fighting the wind for the first 1/4 of the run but it wasn't too bad.
Today was our first running club workout, it was really fun! There were 7-8 of us running, and I was challenged, so it was good. We ran 5-6Km (3.1-3.5 mi), that went something like this:
5 minute warm up *stretch* 5 minutes run 3 minutes slow jog 5 minutes run at a slightly faster pace with 3 * 10 second surges 3 minutes slow jog 5 minutes run at a slightly faster pace 2 * 20 second surges (I only did two, rest of the group did 3) 5 minute cooldown
I was pretty fatigued by the end, but that leaves me room for improvement. Adjusting your pace while running in a group is always a challenge because we tend to want to run together. I had a really good time though, and I'm really excited because I know running like this will help me improve my pace and endurance.
We're going to be running as a group again on Saturday, which will be more of an endurance fun run.
First outdoor run of the season! Today was the perfect day, a great temperature for running. I did a new route and it turned out to be much hillier than I had anticipated, so I was happy with my time considering that factor. About 75% of the run was uphill, with the steepest hill being about 1/2 mile at the end of the run. I felt like I was running up the canyon. I am running a 5K race next Saturday, and the weather looks like it will be above 0 degrees for the rest of the week so I will get another outdoor run in on Wednesday most likely.
Eating a big supper and then running, not a good idea. I guess I had to relearn that lesson tonight, as I planned to run 4 miles and felt like crap after one. I had stomach cramps and my right side was making this weird pulling sensation. Herm. Tomorrow morning I will run on fresh legs and try for 4 or 5. Morning running seems to be best for me right now. I ate a lot today and yesterday, that's probably why the run wasn't so good. I do enjoy my new running shorts though.. Went to the mall intending to purchase a pair of outdoor tights, ended up buying shorts, then a t-shirt because I was on my way to the gym and didn't have one with me. AND a sports bra too. Expensive little trip.
Edit: Well, at 12am last night I figured out why I had a bad run. I'm not sure if my blood sugar dropped, or if I had some sort of bug. As I was going to sleep, I started to feel sick and then got the shakes, was vomitting, and didn't get to sleep until 2am or so. Funny how your body can tell you stuff before it happens.
This morning after the gym, I drove my 10K outdoor route in my car. I think, if there's a nice, relatively warm day in the near future, I will attempt to run it. It's such a good route, relatively flat for the most part but 2 hills which each are about 1K in distance. Once nice downhill piece at 7K which lasts for ~1K. I'm psyched! Yay running!
Good run except the treadmill kept wonking out when I'd put it on pause to stretch between miles. Left knee hurt a bit after mile 4, just when my heel would strike the floor. Icing both knees and buying some Glucosamine tomorrow. Left hamstring was tight from yesterdays weights but I ran through it and stretched thoroughly afterwards. Endurance wise, great run, could've done more. I've got my signature caked on so-I-can't-move-my-face-muscles sweat happening. Gross, maybe. But it's the sign of a good, long run. I haven't ran that distance since grade 12, but I felt like doing it today. A combination of stress and procrastination. Probably shouldn't have, since I was spinning on Sat and lifted legs on Sun. So kids, don't try this at home.
I'm taking the next couple of days off to let my knees recover, just in case.
Run felt good, could have easily gone another one or two miles. I keep thinking I am missing something because running all of a sudden seems to easy, but I guess I've just gotten my pace back. A faster than before pace at that! Woohoo!
* Run three times for a total of 10 miles (two 3 mile runs and one 4 mile run) * Lift chest, shoulders, back, biceps, and triceps once each this week * Do ab work 3 times this week (gym or pilates) * Spin once this week * Do the Cybex hills once this week
I am going to start setting goals for weekly mileage starting this week. I will increase the mileage by 10% each week until a total of 20 weekly miles has been reached.
I am going to join the UPEI Running Club as an intermediate member and hope I know someone else there, and not be the only female. Probably won't be the only female. Might snag Erin to come with since she said she'd enter a race with me. The trainer is a BSc Kines grad, and I would greatly appreciate his insight. My grade 12 track coaches advice and training was some of the most valuable I've ever had. By the sounds of it, we would be doing hill work, fartleks, and speed training. Yay!! I'm really excited.
Knees and exam schedule permitting, these are two races I will definitely be running in this spring:
Races Saturday, April 23, 2005 Dairy Queen/Source for Sports Bunny Hop 10K Run Saturday, May 7, 2005 Proudes Shoes 5K Run
New reason for loving my iPod nano: The stopwatch feature! I can't believe I forgot about it. I've been trying to estimate my mile times by dividing my mileage by my time. This handy little feature times all of my miles for me!
Legs Standing hammie curls: 3 x 10 @ 25lbs/leg Single leg lunges: 1 x 10 @ 20 lbs/leg Walking lunges: 2 x 10 @ 20 lbs Hip Abductors: 3 x 12 @ 150 lbs Hip Adductors: 3 x 12 @ 150/150/130 lbs Calf press: 3 x 10 @ 50 lbs
Abs Side bends: 3 x 12/side @ 20 lbs
Back Hyperextensions: 3 x 10 @ 130 lbs
Cardio.. Light cardio day today 30 minutes walking around the track (2 miles) 15 minutes stepper, level 8
I am a 3rd year law student with a nutrition background conquering my fears and balancing all of the things I love! I use this blog to track my training daily.
My Personal Bests
Half Marathon: 1:59:25
Sprint Triathlon: 1:39:27 (.750km swim + 20km bike + 5km run)