Monday, October 22, 2012

WEEK 42: 26 miles and Granite State 10 Miler

Just didn't feel well this week- if it isn't one thing it's another!  Monday I made myself motion sick on the elliptical trying to multitask and get some reading done!  Ugh!  Had a couple nice runs with Griffin in Pisgah early in the mornings - well it's not dark so it isn't too early.  Had a migraine Wednesday.  Always a pleasure.  Got to a spin class finally on Friday - not sure I put a ton of effort into it but it felt good to get up and out the door early.  Walked with Grif in the woods Saturday. 

Sunday we celebrated our anniversary with a 10-mile road race (my idea!).  Not sure what I was thinking- I guess I just wanted to see just how out of shape I had gotten this fall.  We went to Concord - the weather was perfect for a race.  The entry fee was pretty steep (45 each), but once I saw the shirts I figured oh well- nice shirt and a good workout- and a day trip with my husband!  Priceless!  The course was pretty and pretty challenging.  (Who knew Concord was that pretty?!)  I felt good throughout, but rigged the last mile.  I was roadkill to three people that  I had worked so hard to pass during the 7-9 miles.  Bummer.  But overall I was pleased with the outcome at 1:22:54.  I went in praying I could be near 85 minutes, so was surprised I was well under.  The last mile worried me a little- thought I was going to have to walk but I kept it together. Miles:  8:00, 8:25, 8:40, 8:25, 8:23, 8:20, 8:21, 7:54, 7:45, 8:34 (ouch).  I don't think I couldve finished a half marathon! haha There were some really good hills, but the second half seemed a lot easier.  Greg won- so he won our entry fee back plus 10 dollars!  woo-hoo!  We had planned to go out to lunch, but immediately felt guilty when thinking about Griffin and hightailed it home to take her out in Pisgah.

Alright week- I don't feel as behind as I thought I was and if I can get it together I may end up running a PR at Lil Rhody and Pie and Glove.  Already getting excited for the next half marathon- and then a full.  It's a process, and I love it (and my husband of 1 year!) :)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

WEEKS: 38-41

Welp I'm just trying to stay somewhat active at this point - it's not pretty.  The weeks go like this...

Week 38: 29 miles;  Recovered from Pisgah just fine.  Did a lot of short runs mostly with Griffin.  Only lifted once.

Week 39: 20 miles; Barely a fitness jogger at this point.  Hit the treadmill once, went into Pisgah and noted it was a beautiful fall morning with Griffin.  Tried out an out and back on horseshoe road from our house- that went pretty snappy for 5 miles (41:15), I'd call that a tempo workout out of nowhere.  Saw a Bobcat in the Ashuelot River as we were scoping out the Demar race course for Justin and Greg.  Didn't do a long run as I watched Greg at Demar instead. 

Week 40: 31 miles; Lots of treadmill- just trying to squeeze it in during work.  Did a longish run with my friend Ramona from the YMCA up to the beaver pond (9miles)- always cool to check out new trails.  Me and Griffin found a new trail in Pisgah that they have been working on.  The Habitat trail has washed out but it looks like there is another cut across from Old Chesterfield to South Woods- this is a trail Greg has taken me on way in the past but it wasn't worked on, I guess he and Elijiah had used it as a trail now and then.  But now it's a pretty cool little trail and may be useful for snowshoeing should the snow cooperate this year.  You can take it up to the beaver pond too which is a nice spot.  Nice to have a shorter option in Pisgah that isn't an out and back.

Week 41:  Spent a lot of time in Pisgah this week- I love it in there!  It is sooo beautiful.  I sent in our membership to Friends of Pisgah, Inc. today.  Can't believe I hadn't done that over a year ago!  But better late than never.  I hope to get more involved in learning the parks history and keeping it awesome.  Ran 2:13 in there today with Ramona- went on the new "4-H' trail (Greg and Elijiah's name for it...Hidden Hemlock Habitat Hook-up, I think) + South woods+ Nash + Fullam (another beautiful spot this time of year- well all year but you know what I mean) + Old Chesterfiled + Lily Pond + North Ponds + Reservoir and back to Winchester Rd.  FUN!  Tough run but such a great morning and chilly!  Not sure what i'll be doing tomorrow as I'll be watching the great Pinnacle Challenge! 

I guess my goal is to get out of this rut and really get into being a fit person again who is motivated!  Hanging on by a thread- it's a process, and I love it!