Sunday, September 27, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Mt. Rainier peeking out of the clouds on my drive this morning.Run: 22 miles planned. Nice country roads for the most part. Perfect starting temp - 48*. Started out very slow. Goal pace for the first 20 miles was 11:00 pace. (:40 slower than MP), then with a couple of miles left, push it a little. It was pretty good. I was going through a few spells where I was feeling great, and then a couple miles later, "let's just get this damn thang over with so I can relax for the next couple of week." Hitting my gels and salt tablets like a good little girl. Around mile 15 I started getting that stomach gargling action. You know the one. Wtf? Again. I'm thinking I might dehydrate or lose 10 pounds in less than 24 hours at this point. Frantically start scanning the woods that are covered in bushes (meaning 10% friendly fire bushes, 90% sticker bushes). Finally find something that works. Ahhhhh, relief. Minimal scratches. A mile later I am starting to slow down and I end up running into (literally) a couple of guys that usually turn out for our group long runs. They were stretching out on the side of the road. I said, "let's go boys" and kept going. It was a good pick me up at that point, and I sped up a bit. Around mile 18 I started getting 'fuzzy' almost tripped and fell on my face (still to this day I have no idea how I managed to stop myself without using my hands which had a gel in one and a water bottle in the other). I really wanted to get this thing over with. I just put my head down so to speak and gutted it out. I didn't quite make it to 22 miles when I got back to the cars and I didn't feel going 3/4 of a mile was going to make the difference on marathon day. Post-run: I regret that decision at this moment because I feel like I took the easy way out. But really, is 21.27 miles ever easy? Legs very tired and very sore after this one. Btw - NEVER, NEVER use a pumice stone on your feet the morning of a long run. Holy blisterage! There's a reason why runner's feet are so nasty. It's called protection. 16.03 miles/11:11 av pace/151 bpm 5.25 miles/10:13 av pace/171 bpm
Start and stop of the long run. Deschutes River. Old Olympia Brewery in background. The salmon are fiercely trying to make their way up the river right now. I'm going back on Wednesday to try and snap some sweet shots of the flying salmon with my good camera. Will post pictures if it's a success.Now I get to sit back and relax a little for the next two weeks. It's a great feeling to know all the groundwork has been laid. Here's to tapering.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
- No (or very minimal ) processed foods
- High quality cuts of meats and cheeses
- Fresh ingredients
- Less is more when it comes to ingredients
Monday, September 14, 2009
Anyways, back to the run. We did a warmup with lots of plyometrics then we were off. I wanted to take it super easy the first set, then push it the last two.
1st set - 29:32/9:47 av. pace/163 bpm
2nd set - 26:52/8:56 av. pace/178 bpm
3rs set - 25:46/8:30 av. pace/180 bpm
Major confidence booster. My It band is tight and I know it was the effects of that last set. I was thinking about some things that Running and Living has been talking about such as mental training and having the confidence to take risks. I wanted to take a risk and see what I was capable of. I was surprised at how 'easy' 8:30 felt. I could have kept going at that pace a little farther. That was a major confidence booster. Conversely, I learned that I'm not a major risk taker when it comes to training and I'm ok with that. I feel as though I am a bit of an injury prone runner and after being forced to take the first quarter of the year off due to injury, I'm just not willing to sacrifice myself that that again. Fortunately my coach takes a "Run Less, Run Smarter" approach to training and I think it suits me well. I never would have been capable of running a 8:30 3 mile tempo four months ago:)!!
Speaking of.... a great giveaway over at Running and Living. A new gel made with a natural sweetener, Agave. Go check it out.
This week will be an easy week for me. I guess you can call it a recovery week. I have my last long run of the season scheduled Sunday, a 22 miler. Bring IT!
Also, I've purchased a couple of cool products over the last couple of months that I need to share with you guys. This week will be a good time for that so stay tuned for a couple of product reviews. (not including the new compressions shorts - which I did wear for my tempo run and I think I kicked ass so there you go....)
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
- Life is good
- Remodeling on the house is back in full on mode with the hubby home.
- The day after he arrived we drove to Portland to pick up our flooring that was waiting for us.
- We saved $700 in sales tax by buying in OR. Washington sales tax can SUCK IT!!
- We're doing this with our kitchen appliances too
- School starts for me on Tuesday
- Ugh. not excited about it, but it will be my last semester which has taken for freaking evah
- Not looking forward to being surrounded by a bunch of young liberal commies
- The good news is that I get to antagonize them constantly
- Which I enjoy very much because they like to talk incessantly about the church of Obama
- Interviewed for a position at a CPA firm - keep fingers crossed
- My hair girl left the salon
- Got my hair done by the owner of the salon and she wasn't as good
- Training is going awesome
- 20 miler scheduled Sunday
- I'm finally trying to catch up on your posts
- The office is a mess (see bullet #2)
- Forgot to mention lots of things here, but wanted to post something before you wrote me off