Monday, February 28, 2011

WEEK 8: zero

I was sick all week.  Felt it coming on last Sunday when I could barely do 4 miles even if mostly walking.  Still had to go to work which didn't help matters- especially when work involves standing out in the freezing cold watching lacrosse.  A snow day friday got me some much needed rest and I started to turn the corner Sunday (not enough to race DH Jones however).  Instead I took my favorite wolf into Friedsam Town Forest to snowshoe the 5-mile loop.  We were breaking trail the whole time with all the new snow, it was really beautiful.  Pretty much took me as long as the 10-mile race would have taken.  Oh well, it just felt good to be active again without immediately running out of energy.  Griffin had fun too! 

So I have to scramble a bit to feel like I am going to be ready for New Bedford.  I think I will have a back-up half marathon in the spring lined up.  Other than that lots of short races too.  It's going to be a busy spring!  It's a process and I love it!

Monday, February 21, 2011

WEEK 7: 26 miles

The week started off ok. 

Ran 3 miles monday to and from getting an oil change for my car while I cleaned my old apartment. 

Tuesday I ran on the TM and did some hill/speed play (6 miles).  I was feeling heavy at first but once I start playing with the speed I generally feel better and I did end up having a good workkout. 

Wednesday I took off- had some running around to do for work. 

Thursday another 6 on the TM. 

Friday, finally some circuit madness and logged 7 miles.  Did a couple strength circuits and for the last running bit included 9 times 8 minute pace for 1 minute with 45 sec rest.  Felt real good and was looking forward to a recovery Spin class Saturday and long run Sunday. 

Welp that was the end of the good stuff.  Saturday's spin class was a bust.  I rode but the instructor wasn't good- at least this time- and I couldn't get into it.  I was feeling pretty sore.  The rest of the day was spent on a bus with Men's lacross and standing out in the frigid wind watching 2 games.  Brrr.  My body was sore from Friday's workout, but standing out in the cold like that definitely made it worse. 

Sunday I got up still sore and although got out the door, my run was lethargic and energy level was extremely low.  I logged 4 miles- lots of walking. sick?

Pretty disappointing week.  A long run would have given me a little confidence for this Sunday's DH Jones race.  I've already had nightmares about stopping after 1/2 mile into the race and ending up at some random house!   Today I did wake up with more of a head cold than I like to admit to.  I feel like garbage and won't log any miles today and probably not tomorrow.  ugh Sunday is going to be a battle.  It's a process, and I love it when I am healthy!

Monday, February 14, 2011

WEEK 6: 30 miles and a 6K

Monday: 2 miles TM, full core circuit, 4 miles TM with pickups/hills.  Log 6 miles

Tuesday:  1 mile TM, body strength circuit, elliptical 20 minutes.  Log 3 miles.  Tuesday night- 45 minutes on a spin bike in the freezing cold covering lacrosse practice out on the turf. 

Wednesday:  off

Thursday: 6 miles treadmill, struggled; 30 minutes on spin bike in the cold at the turf.

Friday: a little warm-up and coer. Log 1 mile.

Saturday:  Bradford Valentine's 6K, 28:07/7:36 pace.   Second in age group; Greg and I were 5th in couples division.  Log 7 miles.

Sunday:  Railtrail with Griffin.  Was really nice for about 30 minutes- then the snowmobiles got going.  Griffin got more angry with each passing one- it was hard to keep her from running after them in "Greyhound mode".  She was begging me with her eyes, but relented and stayed with me.  Log 8 miles.

The race was a mid-week decision.  I wasn't feeling well after the car ride (or before it really) and after warming up still didn't think it was going to be a great day.  Greg was running the 5-miler and I was running the 6K.  The 6K turns off and cuts through to rejoin the 5 mile course so we all finish at the same place.  This meant that Greg would be passing me somewhere along the way!  The course was rolling, and so was my stomach.  They had a timing mat out after the 6K turnoff and I thought maybe it was significant as the first mile mark- so I looked at my watch and it said 9 minutes!  I am terrible at "feeling" my pace, but that made me feel even more sick to my stomach.  So I just tried to maintain and get through it so I could go home!  Greg did come up and pass me around 22 minutes I think.  That was fun. I finished at 28:07, 7:36 pace.  Clearly the mat was not significant!  I did my own cool down and we packed it in for the day.  Greg was second overall and won me a box of chocolates for Valentine's Day AND we got 5th for couples (it's all so romantic).  It could be a really fun event if it was just a little closer to home. 

I looked back at last year's log going into the DH Jones race and I am way off course.  I was doing a lot of 10-12 milers- at least one per week -and here I am struggling to get in a 6-7 mile day.  I am lucky I did a couple 10-milers out at fyffe's this year, but I don't think it's going to be enough.  I will try to get a long run in this Sunday and try to get a couple more longer runs in before New Bedford. I guess I have to suck it up and be ready to suffer at DH Jones.  Oh well, it's a process and I love it!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

WEEK 5: 14 miles and 3 days off

Monday:  I was going to take the day off and get chores done around the house, but I remembered I had Gregs snowshoes in my car and it was a real pretty morning- so out I went just for a quick run around the track.  (Quick in time- not pace.)  Log 3 miles.

Tuesday: Bad workout.  Hamstring/Piriformis would not relax and I had to get off the TM and get on the elliptical and some other weird fitness machine.  Got my heart rate up and worked out the hammy a little, but left feeling a bit discouraged.  Gotta get that massage scheduled.  Log 4 miles.

Wednesday: Snow day!  You'd think that would leave a ton of time to get in a great workout, but that just didn't happen.  First, I went out and just walked a little on the snowshoe track but got cold quickly so I went in to do some chores while Greg ran.  Next, I got on the bike trainer and rode for about 15 minutes- 5 x 30 second sprints included.  A pretty lackluster lift followed with one set of the very few exercises I did.  So then, still feeling crabby, I decided I needed to try to get out on my track.  I lasted 14 minutes (Griffin lasted 5).  The snow had stopped but it was slick and I kept slipping off track and turning my ankle and pulling my hamstring.  I figured it was too nice of a winter scene to be out there screaming swear words and decided to bag the snowshoes and run down the road.  I ran SLOW, but it felt good to be out and getting my heart rate up, finally.    All that for 4 miles.  I wasn't exactly satisfied but I wasn't crabby anymore and made a great dinner (see my other blog)!

Thursday: TM 3 miles, hamstring hanging on by a fiber

Firday- Sunday off

Took the last three days of the week off to calm my hamstring down and because I was busy moving.  By Sunday my hamstring did feel better and I had been eating well so I didn't feel too bad about it.  Try to get back at it this week.  I may suffer at Amherst, but hopefully can string enough good weeks together for a strong New Bedford.  It's a process, and I love it.