Thursday, September 16, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Last Saturday (over Labor Day) I ran in the Aliferis Memorial half marathon in Alpena, MI. I PR'ed too. I finished in 2:04:31-ish. I also tacked 2 miles on before and 1 mile after in order to meet my 16 mile training plan goal. That Saturday was cold and overcast. I was worried it was going to rain but it held off until the afternoon. My legs were pretty sore on Saturday but I felt normal by Sunday. Must have been the turkey dinner my mom made for lunch after the race (my mom and dad did the 18.5 mile bike ride and my older brother ran the 5K).
I took a running hiatus until Thursday due to busy-ness for work and school.
Thursday I ran 60 minutes (6.06mi) after work. The weather was perfect. Mid-70s and overcast. Unfortunately my new shoes started bothering me. The side of the shoe kept rubbing on my right ankle bone. I'm going for a run later today and again tomorrow. I'm wearing taller and thicker socks. So we'll see if that helps. If not, I'm going to have to take the shoes back to the store. I don't think it is right to pay $100 and not have the shoes fit comfortably. But I'm having an ethical pull that I'll have put over 30 miles on them.
Last Thursday (before Labor day weekend) I went on an early morning run from my lab into Oakland to drop off some library books. I then took a jaunt into Schenely Park. Here are some phone pictures that I took on my run.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Monday morning's 60 minute run got pushed to Tuesday morning. The morning was really cool and made perfect running weather. I wore this pair of shorts that I hardly ever wear running and got chafed...but only on one leg. It was kind of weird. I ended up going about 5.7ish miles. The route I ran has this killer hill. I even hate walking up it.
Wednesday called for a speed workout. 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy. I don't really like doing speed workouts on the road or a trail. I have been going to the track. I'm not really sure the policy of going to the track in the morning because school is in session now. I know it is fine to go in the evening as long as there is no sporting event. So the 'dread'mill it was. I really hate running on the treadmill. It bores me to tears and usually can't make it past a mile. Well, I figured out the trick for staying on longer. Intervals! I did 7 sets of 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy. For the hard I ran 7.0-7.1mph and the easy was 5.2-5.5mph. My last easy was 4 minutes long and I completed 3.03miles in 30 minutes.
Does anyone else feel like their stride changes on the treadmill? I noticed that mine did and worked really hard to make it more natural. I felt like I was heel striking more.
I'm getting new shoes tonight! Look at these bad boys!
Definitely need to get some new ones. I have noticed that my left knee has started to twinge, which is what happened last year when I needed new shoes.
Gearing up for my 16 mile run/half marathon race this weekend! Heading out for an easy 50 min run right now. Happy Thursday :)
Saturday, August 28, 2010
My legs were feeling a bit tired, so Matt and I took a power walk around the neighborhood. We went 3 miles in 50 minutes. It was great to take it a little bit easy and catch up with my husband. We also left around 8pm, so I was glad to have him once it got dark out!
|Taken on our honeymoon...not Thursday's walk!|
I've been trying to lift weights twice a week while marathon training. Before I started training I was lifting 3 times per week. I knew that once I was running so much that I would not have the energy to lift that often. I started the program outlined in the book "The New Rules of Lifting for Women." As a 2x P90X graduate, I have to say that I like The New Rules better. There are 7 stages and I'm on stage 4 right now. I'm looking forward to stage 6 when we work doing a chin-up. I have never been able to do one and it is on my life goals list.
I also did some baking. I adapted Angela's Carrot Cake Power Scuffins.
I am calling mine Chocolate Coconut Carrot Scuffins (got to love the alliteration!).
- Flax egg: 1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water, mixed and set aside for 5 mins
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking power
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup regular oats
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt (though I think vanilla might be better)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup shredded or grated carrots (approx 2 medium)
- 1/4 cup coconut
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350. Mix flax and water in medium bowl. Set aside. Whisk together dry ingredients (flour through brown sugar). Add wet (oil, yogurt, vanilla, and carrots) to the flax egg. Add wet to dry and mix just until incorporated. Add coconut and walnuts and mix to disperse. I got 17 scuffins. I scooped 1/8 cup onto silpat mats. Bake for 25 minutes.
These smelled awesome and taste great. They aren't super sweet and I found that they were perfect for pre-run fuel.
I ate three of my scuffins with peanut butter and a bunch of water before my run this morning. I also packed one for a mid-run snack. I was on my way out the door and turned on my garmin. My low battery alert popped up. Not sure how that happened. I came back in and charged it for 20 minutes but it still died on me during my run.
I ran a PDR today! Running 14 miles really didn't seem that much further than a half marathon. But it still feels great! I'm guessing I finished around 2 hours and 30 minutes. My garmin died at 13.68 miles. If only it could have hung on a little bit longer :(
A tunnel! It's pretty fun to run through.
O.k. I have a full day of a little bit of relaxing and a little bit of work ahead of me.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
On the plan for tonight was run hard (between 7:30 and 10 minute miles) for 5 minutes and then easy for 2 minutes. I did this 3 times. In all it was 41 minutes (including warm-up and cool down). I went 4.08 miles which surprised me!
Isn't that a cool picture?
I'm still having a problem keeping full. My stomach always seems to be grumbling. I have an appointment with the dietician next Thursday. I'm excited to see what she has to say.
Yesterday I did a 20 minute Yoga for Runners. It felt good to practice yoga. I seems to be fairly flexible...probably from all the stretching I've been doing after my runs. That reminds me. Need to stretch before I go to bed. Night!
Monday, August 23, 2010
Friday night I made some cauliflower macaroni and cheese to fuel for Saturday's run. It was o.k. but not the best. It did the trick though because I had enough glycogen to get me through 12 miles. Saturday dawned bright and early because I knew it was going to be hot and humid. I was on the trail by 7:45am. I filled up my camel bak knock off with diluted gatorade on Friday and put it in the freezer. Saturday morning I added some water. This was awesome and really helped me get through my run. It stayed cold through mile 10. One mistake I made was not bringing any kind of sustenance for the run. My stomach was grumbly rumbly around mile 7 and I want to eat my arm by the time I got back home.
I went on the River Trail in Pittsburgh. It's official name is Three Rivers Heritage Trail. It is an awesome trail system. I almost always run on the North Shore Trail because the trail head off Beaver Ave. is not too far from my house. I got to enjoy some lovely views of Pittsburgh and I was reminded that living here isn't all bad. Sorry for the crappy photo quality. It took these photos with my phone.
|By the casino. Dahn-tahn in the background.|
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Yesterday I had another awesome run. I had a library book to return and a book to pick up. I decided to make it and errand run! I ran from Shadyside to Oakland and back. It was about 3.6 miles which took me 37ish minutes. I ran around the block where I park to round out my 50 minute run. I completed 4.92 miles. It was kind of hot out but not unbearable like it has been for all of the summer.
Tonight, Matt and I went to the local track so I could do another speed workout. 10 minute warm up, 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy x6, 10 minute cool down. I did 4.1 miles. I thought it was going to be a crappy run because Matt and I had a miscommunication about when we were going so I chowed down on a bunch of honey wheat pretzels about 2 minutes before we left. Surprisingly it was a fun run. Speedy runs always go by really fast.
I'm off to eat some split pea soup and then going to bed!
I was looking through our honeymoon pictures today. This is one of my favorites.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
On Thursday I was meant to run for 50 minutes (running 9 minutes, walking 1 minute). But boy were my legs a little tired from the speed workout at the track on Wednesday. So I used Thursday as a rest day. It was wonderful. I even went to bed early and woke up well rested Friday morning to tackle my run. I wanted to keep this run nice and easy. I went 4.44 miles. It was beautiful outside. I need to remember that running in the morning before work is so worth it. I'm going to try this week to do my Monday and Thursday run in the morning. The only worrisome thing was my right hip started to hurt a little bit. I stretched for about 30 minutes after and it felt considerably better.
Friday night I did some baking. I made zucchini muffins. I used this recipe. They turned out yummy. Not too sweet. I'm going to use them for snacks and pre-run fuel.
I fueled my 10 mile run with 2 of the mini muffins I made last night. They digested really well and I didn't have any stomach issues. I went slow and steady today. I finished in 1:44:34.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
This morning I finished the second half of yesterday's 50 minute run. It was cooler outside than in the evenings but just as humid. It felt like I was running through pudding. I don't know how I managed this but I ran 2.59 miles in 25 minutes. I felt really sluggish but somehow my legs just wanted to go!
This evening I had a speed workout per my training plan. On our menu for tonight was chicken wings (my husband and I plan out all of our meals two weeks in advance, go grocery shopping, then we don't have to figure out what's for dinner). I knew a speed workout+chicken wings would =Katy feeling like crap. So I had a peanut butter sandwich, watermelon, and water. It ended up being the perfect fuel. So here was the speed work:
Warm-up: 10 minutes
Repeat 6 times: 2 minutes fast, 2 minutes easy
Cool down: 10 minutes.
Distance: 4.29 miles
My husband and I went to the local high school track for this. It was a lot of fun and I didn't have to worry about possibly getting hit by a car or something running around our house.
Let me just say that I will be glad when the weather is back in the 70s so I can run after work.
Off to bed!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Yesterday I had every intention of getting up early and getting my training run in. Well, that didn't exactly happen. So I decided that I would go right after work. Well yesterday in Pittsburgh it was muggy and hot. It felt like walking in a bowl of cream of potato soup.
I had to run a bunch of errands yesterday so I decided to walk to Oakland, run my errands, and walk back to Shadyside. I wore my Garmin and I walked 3.56 miles in 1:01.
It started raining huge fat drops just as I was finishing up. And when I got out of work it was still storming. So I decided that today my power walk would count as my training run. Now I wouldn't suggest doing all of your marathon training as power walking unless you are going to power walk the marathon. But I think that once in a while, when life is working against you it will just have to do.
Going for a 50 minute easy run in a little bit per my training plan. I just finished dinner about 10 minutes ago. I haven't had too many problems with running after dinner as long as I wait about an hour after I'm done eating. Wish me luck!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I bought my plan ticket to Santa Barbara last night! It's really sinking in right now that I'm actually going to be running a marathon.
This past weekend, my husband and I were in Michigan for a family reunion. I ran 8 miles on Saturday around my parent's farm. It was a pretty great run. I finished in 1:20:31. The temperature was in the mid-60s and it was overcast. Perfect for a run...not so perfect for a family reunion.
I'm using a training plan I found in Women's Running magazine. It incorporates walking into the long runs. So I run for 9 minutes and walk for 1 minute for the designated mileage. For 8 miles it wasn't so important. But I think for the higher mileage it will be very beneficial mentally.
Confession: I'm supposed to run Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Confession: I didn't run Monday or today.
But I believe that every training plan needs flexibility. I've been really busy with lab because I am submitting a grant that is due tomorrow. So my plan for this week is to run Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We'll see how that goes. I haven't run four days in a row in...forever!
Friday, July 30, 2010
I had a lot of life changes the summer of 2009. I was newly married. I was going through the most stressful part of grad school (the comprehensive exam). AND I was training for my first half marathon. My husband and training definitely got me through the stress of grad school last summer.
Anyway, I used the runnersworld.com training tool to make my training plan. My furthest training run was 10 miles. I felt very prepared for the half. My goal was to complete 10 minute miles.
The race was on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. The conditions were perfect. Not too hot or cold (which is an issue in Northern Michigan at the beginning of September). I finished in 2:05 and some change. I killed my goal. It was the best feeling crossing the finish line. I almost cried. Oh and because the entrant number was so low I came in 2nd in my age group! Woohoo!
After MathAfter the half marathon I took a little break from running to recover. Then my husband and I signed up for the half marathon relay in the Spirit of Pittsburgh. I was to run the first leg and he was going to run the second leg. But when I got to the exchange point I decided to keep running with him. I can't remember what our time was. I think 2.5 hours. We really took it slow! It was fun though (for me anyway) but I haven't been able to get my husband to run another race! I'm thinking he didn't think it was as fun.
I ran another half marathon (the Pittsburgh Marathon) this past spring. Training for a long distance event in the spring is difficult when you live in a cold and snowy climate. I'll probably talk about that more later so that I remember for next year. Basically the racing conditions sucked. It started drizzling/raining after I finished the first mile. I had a killer blister around mile 6. But I finished in 2:12. Only 5 minutes before the guy who won the MARATHON crossed the finish line. Hey, I kind of beat an elite runner...or not!
During my training this spring I had no aches and pains. That got me thinking about tackling a marathon. And that's when I signed up for the Santa Barbara Marathon on November 6, 2010. My best friend is going to grad school at UCSB. So I'm going to take a little vacation to see her...and run a marathon.
TrainingI'm two weeks into marathon training. I've noticed some tightness in my hip but I've been stretching it out regularly and the pain is about 98% gone.
GoalsFor this blog, I have a few goals. I want to document my training (including my cross training) as well as how I'm preparing for the marathon mentally and nutritionally. I'm also trying to shed a few pounds so hopefully this will keep me accountable.
I'll share the past two weeks of training a bit later! Happy Friday!!