31 January 2009
10 miles just isn't that long of a run ;)
holy cow do I feel fantastic --- the second half of the run just felt so damn GOOD.
10.05 miles in 1h 28m 02s // 08m 46s/Mi
mile 1: 9:15
mile 2: 9:01
mile 3: 9:07
mile 4: 8:49
mile 5: 8:45
mile 6: 8:55
mile 7: 8:46
mile 8: 8:28
mile 9: 8:19
mile 10: 8:12
tomorrow: 20 mi.
national marathon in: seven weeks!
cozumel in: a little over nine months!
29 January 2009
TRANSLATION OF A TRIATHLETE'S VOCABULARY:
[borrowed from TRI DIESEL]
I am an outdoors type of person.
Really means: I train in any type of weather. If its raining, snowing, 90 degrees w/100% humidity, or winds gusting at 30 mph. I don't want to hear any complaints because I will still train in it and you're just a big wuss for complaining about it.
I enjoy jogging.
Really means: Lets run hills until we puke.
I enjoy dining out.
Really means: I enjoy eating out, in or anywhere else I can find food. Don't be shy because with the amount of food I eat, you can have that main entree instead of a salad and you will still look as though you eat like a rabbit in comparison. Don't get your limbs too close though as I may take a bite out of you. Most importantly don't expect any taste off my plate unless you can bring something to the party like more food. Oh, and don't ask me any questions during breakfast, Mid Morning Lunch, Lunch, Afternoon lunch, Dinner or Recovery Dinner as it does not lend to efficient food intake.
I enjoy quiet walks on the beach.
Really means: Walks on the beach warming up into an 8 mile run and then plunging myself in the ocean for a 2 miler. If you get in my way youre going to find out what mass start is and let me assure you that you don't want to find out.
I enjoy sharing quiet moments together.
Really means: It's taper time. Just back off because I am strategizing and in a pissy mood because I am worried about my "A" race and can't workout.
I like stimulating conversation.
Really means: while we are running, we can talk about food. Then we can talk about how we decided what to wear on this run based on the temperature at start time versus the temperature at the time we expect to finish, how horribly out of shape we are, how many miles we did last week, and how many we will do this week and next week. Then we can talk about food.
I enjoy road trips and leisurely drives.
Really means: You have your choice of Wisconsin, Idaho, Florida, California, Arizona, and New York, (AND MEXICO!) but don't expect to do much site seeing. If I get enough support from you we might be able to include Hawaii in there.
I am an active person.
Really means: Aside from my 40 hour job, and the 8 mandatory hours of sleep a night. 10 hours a week are devoted to me during the off-season and 20 during race season leaving us 4 hours. 2 of which are spent inhaling food and you not talking to me, so lets make the best of the 2 hours we will spend together on average each day. If you are a licensed massage therapist or doctor this would make the most optimal use of our time together. Nutritionist is also acceptable, but I probably already know just as much as you.
27 January 2009
25 January 2009
mile 1: 9:31
mile 2: 9:27
mile 3: 9:26
mile 4: 9:27
mile 5: 9:18
mile 6: 9:18
mile 7: 9:18
mile 8: 9:23
mile 9: 9:15
mile 10: 9:13
mile 11: 9:25
mile 12: 9:16
mile 13: 8:59
mile 14: 9:07
mile 15: 9:10
mile 16: 9:11
mile 17: 8:55
mile 18: 8:57
mile 19: 8:37 (!)
It was kind of chilly today - 30*F but the wind wasn't blowing - and I was comfortable in UA tights, UA long sleeved base layer, NF jacket, thin gloves, and a hat. Actaully, at some points I was kind of chilly, alleviating the fear that I overdressed.
The trail I run on for long runs was icy + snowy at some points, but it wasn't that hard to run out. I did think I'd bite it a few times, but I stayed upright.
^^ this is a photo I found online, but it's from the trail I ran on today and v. similar to what I saw!
Audiobook is staying interesting, which is so important for me for long runs. I have about 9 hours left of this book, so I'll need to find a new book before training for National is over. Suggestions?
After my run I drove to Panera and ate - um, inhaled - lunch: + sandwhich + brownie + chocolate milk. I think I scared some patrons. Then to Ulta for BM 'warmth' and finally to DSW for brown slingbacks [gift cert that expired today].
It's kind of odd, but I would think not unusual: I'm not very hungry the day of a long run, but starving the day after. Will need to pack two lunches for tomorrow!
24 January 2009
turns out that an extra rest day meant good things for my body!
I had the most fantastic run this morning. I thought the first mile was a fluke -- I was chilly and running at a decent clip to stay warm, but I held my pace nicely. My audiobook (well section 1 of Breaking Dawn, and as much as I want to download section 2 and listen to it now, I need to save it for long runs) finished with 2 miles to go, but I enjoyed listening to my foot falls for mile 8 and 9 [and check out mile 8!]. I do need to sit on the bike for 40 minutes now, but it will be an easy workout.
tomorrow: 19 miler.
9.02 miles in 1h 16m 06s // 08m 26s/Mi
mile 1: 8:19
mile 2: 8:45
mile 3: 8:40
mile 4: 8:43
mile 5: 8:20
mile 6: 8:27
mile 7: 8:22
mile 8: 8:08
mile 9: 8:13
20 January 2009
18 January 2009
my fancy new tights ^^
12.05 miles in 1h 49m 10s // 09m 04s/Mi
mile 9: 9:22
17 January 2009
mile 1: 8:51
mile 2: 9:13
mile 3: 9:17
mile 4: 8:51
mile 5: 8:53
mile 6: 8:28
mile 7: 8:52
mile 8: 8:41
mile 9: 8:11 (!!)
9.05 miles in 1h 19m 43s // 08m 49s/Mi.
It happens every so often -- I realize I've gotten faster. The miles today felt fairly effortless, and I cannot believe I ran an 8:11 for mile 9.
No more of this sub 4:00 for National -- I'm going to try for a sub 3:50!
That's the good.
The bad: our pipes froze. AGAIN. The kitchen sink works and the toliet is flushing, but the hot water pipes are frozen and the drain in the tub is frozen . UGH. Thank god I have the gym... I'll just go over there and shower. And maybe get a manicure. And a pedicure.
14 January 2009
I added my race reports for the Baltimore Marathon (my first, in 2005), Army 10 Miler, Annapolis 10 Miler, B&A Half, Virginia Beach Rock & Roll Half, Marine Corps Marathon, Richmond Marathon, Baltimore Half.
I've been meaning to add these to this site from my old wordpress one, and it was ... nice - and kind of inspiring - to read through all my old race reports. Definitely getting me excited for National!
13 January 2009
11 January 2009
mile 3: 9:34
mile 7: 9:12
08 January 2009
06 January 2009
Just got back from a glorious run in the cold rain.
5.00 miles in 46m 55s // 09m 23s/Mi.
I never run at night.. not safe, of course, in Charm City, but someone in my neighborhood just started a running club and I thought I'd check it out. It's always tricky to join a running group... you don't want to be left in the dust by the 7 min milers or holding back a comfortable pace.
This was perfect... we kept a comfortable pace, talked about races, favorite places to run in the city, favorite nutrition/ fuel, etc. [you know, the things you co workers and spouses are tired of hearing about.].
saw Michael Phelps' new condo!
ran a new route!
just such a wonderful run and I'm feeling so good.
05 January 2009
[and of course I listened to my teenage vampire smut audiobook. don't judge.]
16.04 miles in 2h 27m 29s // 09m 11s/Mi
mile 1: 8:55
mile 2: 9:29
mile 3: 9:39
mile 4: 9:31
mile 5: 9:33
mile 6: 9:05
mile 7: 9:13
mile 8: 9:08
mile 9: 9:15
mile 10: 8:55
mile 11: 8:53
mile 12: 9:39
mile 13: 8:45
mile 14: 8:59
mile 15: 9:00
mile 16: 9:10
04 January 2009
we first talked about my goals, my upcoming races.
Steve put in a new seat post so I could sit further forward. He raised the seat, lowered the handlebars, and adjusted the areobars. he measured a few distances: shoulder to aero bar, hip to pedal. readjusted the aerobars. watched me pedal. asked how I was feeling. my shoulders hurt, so more adjustments were made.
I'm aero, baby!
then: two water bottle cages (in baby blue, to match my bike, of course) added under the seat, and my co2/ tubes bag was screwed in between those. [when you are a short person, with a short bike, space is quite limited!]
01 January 2009
I took a 04 hour nap when I got home from last night's festivities and, by the time I dragged my sorry butt out of bed, it was too dark to run. whoops!
good thing about the trainer: rain, wind, snow, ice, dark ... you can always bike.
19.00 miles 1h 01m 36s // 18.51 Mi/hr.
Cycled while watching Lockup: Raw on MSNBC and I am obsessed.
No work: tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday so getting in my workouts will be easy-peasy.
wishing you all a wonderful 09, free of injuries and full of PRs and good races and productive training sessions.