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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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?

Weekly Recap…

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This week is flying by.  Normally I like to post my training recap on Monday for the prior week but it’s been such a busy week that I haven’t gotten to it.  So it’s recap Wednesday…

Monday:  4.01 Miles in 38:29 for a 9:36 pace (Treadmill)

Tuesday:  2.01 Miles in 19:36 for a 9:45 pace (Treadmill)

Wednesday:  4.01 Miles in 38:58 for a 9:43 pace (Treadmill)

Thursday:  Rest day – No gym, met the in-laws for dinner and then to Fleet Feet Sacramento for the Movement Lynchpin seminar

Friday:  4.00 Miles in 38:52 for a 9:43 pace (Treadmill)

Saturday:  6.00 Miles in 1:05:37 for a 10:56 pace (Outside)

Sunday:  Full rest, no run, no gym.  Wasn’t feeling very well and needed a down day.

 

My outdoor long run is a slog.  I need to get off the mill and get more time outdoors.  But it’s so convenient to go to the gym after work and it’s so hard to get up at 4am to run in the morning.  I was going to do it this morning but since I didn’t fall asleep until 11:45 last night, getting up at 4 just wasn’t going to happen.  But at some point, I’m going to have to suck it up and just do it.  My gym membership is up on the 17th of next month anyway…

How’s your training going?

Any advice for transition from the treadmill to outside?

It’s Official…

Davis Turkey Trot - It's Official

It’s official, I signed up and paid my money and I’m in for the 2014 Davis Turkey Trot.  I’m running the Half (of course) and I’m feeling pretty nervous/excited about it.  My training plan is in place and I think it’s solid.  As long as I keep working at it I think my groin is going to be just fine.

Davis Turkey Trot Course

The course looks pretty interesting and part of it is run along the same paths as the Lucky Run that I did earlier this year.  I admit, there is comfort in knowing what lies ahead but most of this course will be unknown to me as Davis isn’t an area I run unless I’m participating in a race.

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I’m really looking forward to getting more long runs under my belt again.  I’ve missed them.  2 hours of no phone, no social media, no tv was so wonderful.  I love the solitude of it all.  My long run this week will only be 6 miles but it’s an hour all to myself.  I don’t have to worry about bills or what to cook for dinner, it’s all about me.  And I can’t wait.

Friday Five: My Five Favorite Things

Every Friday Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run host a weekly link up, Friday Five.  This weeks theme is My Five Favorite ___________.

This week has been really tough with lots of things happening every day and I intended to write this post yesterday but I ended up in a meeting that lasted from 8:30am to 12:45pm and by the time I got lunch and dealt with a few things that wouldn’t wait, it was time for me to go meet the in-laws for dinner and then off to a seminar at my local Fleet Feet.  I didn’t get home until 8:45 and I was wiped out.

So here it is, My Five Favorite Things…

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1. My squats app on my phone.  Love this thing.  Granted I’m only doing about 26 squats per day but I’m always forgetting and with the app, it reminds me to do the squats.

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2.  Free seminars at my local Fleet Feet.  Lasts nights was Movement lynchpin by Dr. Lau.  He talked about how pain in one area of the body is often caused by something else, usually an area that’s supposed to be moving but isn’t and how the body compensates for that.

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3.  The gym.  Since my groin pull, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the gym on the treadmill.  I used to own one but got rid of it when I discovered how much I loved running outside but with my injury, being able to run on the mill saved me a lot of pain and got me back on the road to recovery much, much faster than I would have if I’d tried to continue running outside.

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4.  My Fitbit.  Stalk me here.  I love how much this little thing helps me stay active during the day.  My job is very stationary.  Not much movement here.  I work at a computer all day and if I didn’t have this little thing, I would never move.  It’s a great thing.  Now if only it could remind me to sit up straight.

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5.  Lara Bars, especially the lemon bar.  So yum and so not full of nasty things like preservatives and added sugar.  Love them so much right now.

I could have made this list so much longer and gone on for days because this list didn’t include coffee, running, jeans, fall weather, spending time with family…a million options.  Sometimes five is just the tip of the iceberg.

 

What are your five favorite things?

The weekend is almost here, just a few more hours.  What do you have planned?  Any long runs?