By the Numbers…

I love statistic.  Numbers say a lot to me and as such I love SmashRun.com  If you haven’t checked it out, you should.  It’s free and it gives you lots of stats from your run and you can sync your Garmin account to it so you don’t even have to manually enter anything.  Love it.

October Miles

I know that October is not quite over with 2 more days to go but I’m loving my status for the month.  I’ve been #Streakingwiththecoolkids and Pink Cupcake Girl.  If you haven’t checked out her blog, you totally should.  The girl is hard-core and totally fun.

With 2 more days to go, I figure I’ll be somewhere about 123 miles for the month.  Long runs are done so it’s just a two miler and a 3 miler left.  It’s been tough a few times to get myself out of bed to get all these miles but I feel super awesome knowing that I’ve run every single day and every single mile was mile.  It’s an amazing feeling.

My last long run for the month of October was last Saturday.  The forecast was calling for rain so I got up and out earlier than normal to try to get my 11 miles in.  Thankfully the rain held off and I had 11 amazing miles.

10-25 Long Run 110-25 Long RunThe Run was pretty good until I looked down and realized that my foot had landed right next to a snake.  It was dead having been run over by at least a few cars but that didn’t stop me from doing a crazy jitter bug move down the middle of the road trying to get away from it.  Snakes are not my friends.  The horror!  My skin crawls thinking about it.  I’m such a sissy sometimes.

Weekly Recap for October 20 – 26:

Weekly Recap - 10-20 - 10-26

Miles Ran:  26.3 (down 10.7% from last week)
Total Duration:  4:28:46
Fastest Average Mile:  9:27 (Treadmill) & 9:55 (street)

Shin Splints:

They are getting better and I’ve pulled my distances back trying to give them time to heal while not taking any time off from running.  This week is much better than the previous week which I’m attributing to the fact that I’m staying out of the gym and off the treadmill.  I know it totally seems counter intuitive, but it seems to be working.

Other than the shin splints I’m feeling great.  I may have been bitten by the marathon bug.  I’m starting to think that maybe I should run a full marathon in 2015.  So I’m shopping training plans.  If I do, I’m thinking about running the Modesto Marathon which is at the end of March 2015.  I ran the half last year and PR’ed, so maybe there’s good juju for me there.

Do you have a marathon training plan you can recommend?

What’s the furthest distance you’ve run?  I’ve never run further than 13.1.  Anything past that scares me.

Friday Five: Five Reasons to Run a Half Marathon

It’s Friday again which means that it’s time for the Friday Five Link up with Courtney at Eat Run Pray DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run for the weekly link-up. If you haven’t checked out these ladies blogs yet, you totally should. They are fun, feisty and not afraid to call it like they see it.

This weeks theme:  Five Reasons to Run a Half Marathon

Here's me setting a new PR at the Modesto Half Marathon in March 2014.
Here’s me setting a new PR at the Modesto Half Marathon in March 2014.  I look so happy to be done but in my defense I’d just PR’d by like 12 minutes. 

1.  Pride.  Saying you’re going to do it is a whole lot different from actually doing it.  A lot of hard work and effort goes into this.

2.  Post race food.  I like to eat as evidenced by my hips…j/k but I do love to eat.  Post race allows me to eat a special treat once in a while that I generally save as a reward for doing something awesome…like running a half marathon.

3. To prove to yourself that you’re capable of so much more than you ever thought possible.  It never ceases to amaze me that I can run as far as I do.  I’ve  never been particularly athletic.  I never played sports in high school and until I started running a few years ago, the only reason I ran was for ice cream.

5. Bling. I mean hellooooo! Who doesn’t love a shiny new medal to hang on the wall!

4.  To be the best me that I can be.  Simple as that.

What are your reasons for running?

R.I.C.E….

I’m not missing in action, I swear. But it’s been a bit of a tough week for me that’s left me feeling like I didn’t want to blog because I didn’t want to be honest with myself much less anyone else. I don’t want to blog a pretend life where everything is just wonderful and I run a million miles with little effort and I’m always happy.

Generally I am a happy person and often get comments about how I’m always smiling. I like to smile. My job is great, my husband and home life are wonderful. What’s not to smile about?

So here it is…I have shin splints.  Gah!

*Not my shins...
*Not my shins…

Specifically anterior shin splints on both shins.  So painful and annoying.  And I totally blame the treadmill.  It started about a week and a half ago, so I did all my runs last week on the treadmill at the gym thinking that my shin pain was from transitioning to road running from the mill.  I ran 10 miles on Saturday and 3 miles on Sunday on the road with some minor pain but nothing that would have made me not want to run.  In fact the pain would disappear completely after about the first mile on the road and I was basically pain-free for the rest of the run.

This last Monday, I went to the gym to run my regular 4 miles on the treadmill and it was so incredibly painful that I didn’t want to run anymore.  I muscled through the 4 miles and in hindsight it was a grave mistake.  I should have listened to my body and stopped.  Tuesday morning, I got up at my regular time (4am OMG am I crazy?  Don’t answer that) and could barely hobble a single mile.  It was so painful that my mile time was in the 11 min/mile area.  Yesterday was basically the same but with less pain.  This morning was much better.  I ran 2 miles with my compression sleeves and felt that I could easily have run further but I didn’t want to push it.  I’m trying to be cautious.  It’s a new area for me.

So to say the least I’ve been crabby, angry and irritated.  I do not like not being able to run.  I do not like a forced taper mid training cycle.  My poor sweetie…having to put up with me.  I feel for the guy.  You know its got to be tough.  And in the middle of all this crankiness the man buys me a bread maker for no reason at all.  He’s awesome!

In my down time I’ve mainly been feeling sorry for myself and eating a whole lot of stuff I shouldn’t and also doing basic R.I.C.E.  I also need to work on being more diligent with stretching and foam rolling.

Running Recap for last week:

Last Week Recap

I’m super happy with Saturdays long run.  My pace came down from my previous week while my distance increased.

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I always have a hard time running in the dark so my first two miles were really slow but once the sun started to come up, my times came down considerably.  I did stop to walk when I refueled during miles 5 and 8.  But I’m totally stoked that I was running 10:15’s for miles 4, 6, 7, 10.  Even mile 9 wasn’t too bad.  If this had been my next half I would have come darn close to a new PR.

My mile times for my 9 mile long run the Saturday before were in the high 10’s, low 11’s for the whole run.  Improvement!

Usually on every long run something weird or funny happens.  This week was the fact that I left and realized that I forgot my water bottle.  I had to go back to the house for it and of course, I had to use the rest room again.  I basically had to rewarm up for a second time which is why I think I had two really slow miles that beginning of the run instead of just one like normal.  I know it’s not funny or weird but it’s always something.  Last week some guy stopped me to ask directions to down town and made me all weird and nervous for the rest of my run.  The week before that I slipped in some mud and almost fell on my face.  It’s always something…

Speaking of it always being someing…Sunday I had a very scary experience while running.  I left the house with the plan of running a simple 4 miles, easy run.  No biggie.  But during mile 3 I experienced a very scary cramp in my diaphragm.  I couldn’t get a breath in and the pain was at least a 9 on the scale of 1 to 10.  I actually had to call my sweetie to come pick me up because it was so bad.  I scared the daylights out of him.  I’m pretty sure that he was convinced that I’d been hit by a car or shot or something.  I was gasping for breath and grunting.  I went so far as to lay down on someones lawn to try to stretch out my ribcage.  Awful.  Of course by the time I got picked up and we drove the .25 mile home, the pain was gone and I felt fine.  So annoying!  But I got fancy coffee and a toasted bagel from the coffee shop out of it so it wasn’t a total loss.  And I spent  most of the rest of the day laying on the couch…

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Less than 30 days until the 2014 Davis Turkey Trot.  As long as I can get my shins to play nice, I’m on track to possibly PR again which would be so awesome.  I haven’t allowed myself to think about this possibility a lot.  I prefer a no pressure training cycle.

What weird things have happened to you on run?  The weirdest was getting passed by a jack rabbit once.  He just looked at me as if to say, “Move your ass, lady.”

Have you every had a close call that involved you having to call home for a ride?

The one in which I admit something shocking…

I’m going to admit something to you guys that you may find shocking.  I hope you’re sitting down for this because I’d feel bad if anyone fainted and hit their head.  Sitting?  Good.  I’m 38 years old and I go to bed at 9pm religiously.   Wait, that’s not the shocking part.  Afterall, this is a running blog and lots of us go to bed early and by early, I mean grandma status early.  No this isn’t the shocking part at all.  The socking part is that I stayed up last night to watch the season opener of The Walking Dead that started at 9pm and I stayed awake for the whole thing!!!!  (insert dramatic music here)  Did you watch it yet?  So good, right?!!!  Love it.  I hope no one has fainted or thinks that I’m clinically insane.  Other than being kinda sleepy today and chugging coffee, I’m ok.  So if you’re panicking, you can relax.

Saturday was long run day per the usual and it went off without a  hitch.  But Sunday…oh my.  I “slept in” on Sunday until 6am.  I figured with a short run there was no real need for me to be up and running before that.  So when I finally drug myself out of bed I discovered that my Garmin was dead.  I figured what the heck, I’ll just hit the gym and run on the treadmill.  So I grab my phone and it’s dead too.  At that point I plug-in all the gadgets and take a nap.  Seriously, took a nap for like 2 hours.  Finally took myself to the gym around 9 and ran my 3 miles.

Weekly recap:

Monday: 5 miles in 28:30 at 9:42 pace (treadmill)
Tuesday: 2 miles in 20:17 at 10:09 pace
Wednesday: 6 miles in 55:45 at 9:18 pace (treadmill)
Thursday: 2 miles in 20:00 at 10:00 pace
Friday: 4 miles in 38:49 at 9:42 pace (treadmill)
Saturday: 9 miles in 1:38:43 at 10:58 pace
Sunday:  3 miles in 29:25 at 9:48 pace (treadmill)

Total miles run: 31 (up 5% from last week)
Days streaking:  22

How was your week? 

Did you have any particularly awesome runs?

Did you watch The Walking Dead?

Friday 5…

It’s Friday again and that can mean only one thing…Friday 5 link up with Courtney at Eat Run Pray DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run for the weekly link-up.  If you haven’t checked out these ladies blogs yet, you totally should.  They are fun, feisty and not afraid to call it like they see it.

This week’s Friday Five Theme: Five Favorite Fuels (for running or other fitness activities)

1.  I’ll be honest, I don’t get a chance to eat before my long runs and my stomach can be really sensitive about what I put in it pre-run.  I’m talking about heartburn so bad that it feels like my head is going to melt off (Thank God for Tums).  Race days I get up extra early to have breakfast but training days…I Gu (or some brand there of).  I prefer chocolate, coffee, salted caramel and tri-berry flavors.  Vanilla is a no go.  And I can only eat the stuff if I don’t look at it, otherwise it turns my stomach.

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2.  During a run, Gu and water.  I’ve been hearing a lot about people who eat things like gummy bears, Skittles, etc. but I’ve found that I can’t run and chew.  My nose doesn’t work as good as it should so chewing and breathing don’t always work well together.  During exercise I’m a mouth breather.  It’s not pretty but it’s better than not breathing.

3.  If I have time to pre-game my run, one of my favorites is almond butter and honey.  A little protein, a little sugar and zoom!

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  1. Another favorite is greek yogurt and berries.  You might not be able to tell but there’s yogurt under all those berries.

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5.  Post run I love chocolate soy milk and a banana or chocolate soy milk and almond butter and honey.  Heaven forbid if I don’t eat shortly after I run.  If I don’t eat I become like Godzilla stomping around the city…talk about cranky.

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6.  I know it’s Friday 5 but I have one more that I can’t live without…coffee.  Gotta have it.  Pre-run, post run, it’s all good.

What are your five favorite ways to fuel for your favorite activities?

 

Turkey Trot Training – Week 4 Recap

Week 4 of training for the 2014 Davis Turkey Trot is in the books and I’m feeling really good about it.  I ran every day last week and even managed to run 4 days outside.  My outside times are still slow compared to what they were before I injured my groin but the times are coming down.  I just have to put in more work then what I was doing before the injury.

Cooler temps will help with my training.  It’s October and it’s still in the mid to upper 90’s here.  Too hot for me.  Mornings are in the mid 50’s as long as I’m up and out the door before 5 am on the weekends.  But I’ve found that in the past when temps start to dip into the 40’s and lower is when my speed really picks up.  Cooler temps mean running so you don’t freeze to death.  I love that feeling of knowing that the air around me is cold but I’m toasty warm and moving.

Sunrise on Sunday after my 4 mile shake out run.
Sunrise on Sunday after my 4 mile shake out run.

Recap:

Monday: 4.51 miles in 43:36 at 9:40 pace (treadmill)
Tuesday: 2.00 miles in 20:17 at 10:07 pace
Wednesday: 5.00 miles in 47:25 at 9:29 pace (treadmill)
Thursday: 2.01 miles in 20:17 at 10:07 pace
Friday: 4 miles in 37:17 at 9:19 pace (treadmill)
Saturday: 8.00 miles in 1:29:03 at 11:08 pace
Sunday: 4 miles in 41:33 at 10:23 pace

Total Miles Ran:  29.5 (up 2.5% from last week)
Miles ran outside:  16

How was your week?

Just a Little Streaking….

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This week has flown by.  Work has been crazy busy with not much opportunity for anything else including talking about running.  But today the current class of cadets graduated so it’s really quiet around here, a little creepy quiet.  But that makes for the prefect time to catch up here.

What I’ve been up to…just a little steaking.  I’ve run the last 11 days in a row.  Until recently, the most days I’ve ever run in a row was 4 and I’m pretty proud of my new streak.  11 days and counting.  The next possible day for a day off from running is next Thursday.  It’s a wait and see how I feel kinda thing.  Too tired? Rest day.  Feeling lazy?  Rest day.  I’m pretty much going with the flow around here.

September Recap:

Days Ran:  26
Days Ran Outside:  6
Total Miles:  89
Miles Ran Outside: 26.5

I feel like my transition from treadmill to road is going well.  I’ve had a few aches and pains along the way but nothing serious.  Mostly I just need to stretch more and use my foam roller more.

I’m still trying to decide if I want to continue with my gym membership but at this point, as much as I enjoy the gym, I’m going to let it go.  It will mean getting up at 3:45 at least 3 days a week to get my runs in before work since it’s still too hot to run in the afternoons here.  I mean, come on, it’s October and it’s 97 here today.  Crazy.  But ultimately, I think I’m ok to run outside.

Plans for October:

  • Continue streaking
  • Long runs on Saturday starting with 8 miles tomorrow
  • Monday, Wednesday – 4. 5 mile runs/speed work
  • Tuesday, Thursday – whatever mileage I feel like
  • Friday – 4 mile easy run
  • Sunday – 4 mile easy run
  • Possibly sign up for a 5k or 10k that’s local and a decent price (I’m not paying $50 for a 5k here people!)

What are your plans for October?

Week 3 Turkey Trot Training Recap & an Interesting Problem…

Monday, Monday, here again. This Monday I’m actually glad to be back a work.  My weekend of running and just hanging around the house was enough for me to look forward to getting back to work.  It was just one of those weekends that was really boring.  Other than run, I didn’t do much besides chores and watch TV, 2 things I don’t really enjoy all that much.

Saturday’s long run was really great.  I got up at 6am and was out the door early only to discover that it had rained over night and the temps had dropped a lot.  Mid-50’s make me really happy.  Plus those mile times are starting to come down, always a bonus.

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Weekly Recap:

Monday: 4.51 miles in 42:59, 9:32 average pace (Treadmill)

Tuesday:  3.25 miles in 30:00, 9:14 average pace (Treadmill)

Wednesday:  4.01 miles in 38:06, 9:30 average pace (Treadmill)

Thursday: 2.01 miles in 20:25, 10:10 average pace (Outside)

Friday: 4.01 miles in 37:41, 9:24 average pace (Treadmill)

Saturday: 7.00 miles in 1:14:25, 10:38 average pace (Outside)

Sunday: 4.01 miles in 41:54, 10:27 average pace (Outside)

Total miles run: 28.8 in 4:45:30

So on to that “interesting problem.”  I’ve been having terrible heart burn while I’m running.  It’s so bad that the back of my throat is just miserable and I can’t run without taking 2 Tums before hand.  Thankfully the Tums seem to handle the problem but it’s really annoying if I forget to take them.

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Friday was so bad that I kept having to take sips of water while I was running to keep the acid from my mouth.  I might be over exadurating it, but boy was it bad.  That burning sensation is just awful.  It doesn’t seem to matter if I eat something or not before I run.  I’ve had this occasionally in the past but this has been going on for at least the last week to 2 weeks.

Anyone deal with terrible heartburn while running?  How do you handle it?

How were your runs last week?  Anyone see anything fun/cool while running?

 

Friday Five…

It’s Friday again which means that it’s time to link up  with Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run.  If you haven’t checked out these girls blogs yet, you totally should.  They are all fun, witty girls with some pretty interesting things to say.

Friday 5 - Fall Activities

This weeks theme is Five Favorite Fall Activities.  Here’s my top 5 in no particular order:

1.  Fall Running.  There is something so special to me about fall running.  The cool air on my face, the crunch of the fallen leaves under my feet, the wonderfully distracting Halloween decorations, the sound of people cheering on their favorite football team while I’m the only one out running.  It’s like having the world a little bit to myself on those morning runs.

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2.  Pie, baking pie, eating pie.  Fall is pie weather to me.  I don’t normally eat pie during other times of the year but pie is the smell and taste of cozy to me.  And it always means family to me.

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3.  Coffee.  I love drinking coffee all year round and I’d hate to imagine a life without it but when that cool weather hits, I love to get bundled up and sit on my porch, drink my coffee and watch the world go by.

Fall Front Porch

4.  Annual Fall camping trip.  Every year Hubby and I gather up our friends and head out to camp.  We have a favorite campground on a lake that at about mid-October we have all to ourselves.  It’s the last trip of the year and usually the best.

Annual Camping Trip

5.  In the fall, the Sand Hill Cranes migrate through our area.  I love going down to the preserve to watch them.  They are such beautiful creatures.  I just heard my first ones while on break at work on Wednesday.  I searched for them and searched for them until I finally saw them flying very high, headed in the direction of the preserve.

Sand Hill Crane

Fall is my favorite time of year.  But between all the fun activities and the training I’m doing, this year I’m going to have to work hard to make sure it doesn’t pass me by and become winter while I’m not looking.

What are your favorite fall activities?

Do you have any weird obsessions with season waterfowl?

Do you like pie?  What’s your favorite?

Up and At’em…

Normally, I don’t run on Thursday.  It’s my day to catch up on chores or take a nap after work instead of going to the gym.  But due to Sunday’s unscheduled rest day, I decided to at least try to drag myself out of bed at the ungodly hour of 4am to get a run in.  While I didn’t make it at 4am I did make it out of bed at 4:10, so win for me.

I didn’t want to press my luck with running too many miles on a day I don’t normally run, so I decided a quick 2 miles was good enough.

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I figured this was a good opportunity to run outside since “it’s not hot”.  It was 64 this morning.  After running for the last two months in the gym with a fan blowing on me, 64 felt incredibly hot.  I’m pretty sure that I sweated gallons.

I really wanted to try to push myself for this run.  I wanted to try to bring down the mile times to a more reasonable 10 min/mile.  Never judge a run by the first mile and this run was no exception to that rule.  I came in a 10:26/mile.  Still a huge improvement over my last run per mile.  But still not where I’d like to see that time.  Mile 2 finished at 9:56/mile.  Super happy with that.

Before I got injured running the Capital City Classic 10 Mile back at the end of April, I was running consistently (more or less) around the 9:40 mark.

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Splits from Last Training Run

My last training run before the Classic was along the levies by the Sacramento River in an area known as The Pocket in Sacramento.  I was on track to be the fastest I’ve ever been (excludes middle school P.E.) and I really want to get back there.  My goal race pace for a half marathon is 10 min/mile or better.  At this point it’s going to take some doing to get back to this pace, but I’m willing to put in the time and effort to do it.

Do you have a goal race pace that you’d like to achieve?