Monday, June 30, 2014

Chicago Marathon training, week 3!

It seems so weird that I'm in week 4 now. I keep thinking "if I get past week x I'll be fine" I think week "x" might be week 6 (that's the first major week... it's written as having intervals and tempo run but since I am modifying it, there will be no intervals. Or, if there are, it will be like 3 miles tops). I'm keeping the weekly mileages logical for me, not for the training plan. If I need to switch to another type of training plan, I will likely do it around week 6.

Anyway, here's week 3 recap:

Tuesday's workout on wednesday: 3.78 miles. Ran around noon, which was probably dumb since I felt so beaten up by the sun when I was done.

Thursday: 4 miles. In my notes it says I felt like I was getting stronger. I'm going to trust thursday trish on this one.

Friday: I didn't run today. I slept. It was just one of those days where the best training was sleep.

Saturday: 4 miles. I felt really great on this one. I even bothered to run with my heart rate monitor...but I didn't wear the right bra with it so the strap was digging into my skin and I regret this now. The average HR was reasonable for me at this exertion level. good.

Sunday: 4+ miles on the trail (hard to tell cause garmin was confused!).
What I can tell you about this run is that 1. I'm glad I went to the trail because I needed to work some of the less used muscles in my legs and 2. I hate mosquitoes.
I'm probably going to die of west nile virus now. I turned back before my garmin said "2.5" miles because I was being attacked by a swarm of mosquitos.

oh, deer. 

There were three trees fallen on the trail over 2 miles. 

Afterwards, I stopped to get a mini blizzard. Smores. It was so worth it. Today, I am regretting not even thinking that I might need bug spray to go trail running. The last two years, I have not had a single problem on this trail with the biting bugs. But yesterday I acquired at least 25 bites (still finding new ones)...

As for the week ahead, it's going to be a mixture of 3 milers and 5 milers. I even registered for a 5K that's on friday. It's so close to where I live I have no excuse not to go. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Chicago Marathon Training, Week 2

I missed one run this week. Freakishly large thunderstorm got in my way.
Other than that, I think I did pretty well for the second week.
I'm currently working with the Hanson's plan, since I like the way it builds up, but I'm definitely modifying it in the later stages. I made mistakes last year that I will not make again this year. They aren't necessarily related to the plan, but more related to the frequency + duration + intensity trifecta. I'm focusing on frequency and duration, and if I have, say, a half marathon one week, that week will be re-centered around intensity and duration (or frequency).  I am NOT putting all three in one week. I know my body. I know it's not prepared for that. I like the way the Hanson's plan has a lot of low-intensity runs that build up through the week. I can handle that. I can't put intensity in the same week, though.

Monday -- rest

Tuesday-- 2 miles; Ran at night to avoid the hot sun. I was in energy crisis mode all day (practically sleeping at work) until I finally got out of the house and went for a walk (also 2 miles). When I got back, I went for a run.

Wednesday-- rest

Thursday-- 2.6 miles (should be three but I made a wrong turn somewhere).

Friday-- 3 miles-- I felt okay until mile 2 where I could practically feel my energy levels jump to 0-empty-please-refuel-now. I bothered to take a few photos today, too.

Saturday-- I lounged around in the morning/afternoon thinking I'd just run in the evening... those plans were upset by massive thunderstorms and street flooding, so I just went to bed. 

Sunday-- I had intentions of running 4 miles in the morning and 3 in the evening. I got the 4 done. It was very sunny and the run was hard but not exhausting. Just as the last run of the week should be. I guess being excessively tired from leftover jet lag simulates the same tiredness that this plan wants. I didn't get the 3 miles done since my family came over for dinner (and I was not aware this was going to happen). 

I was just sort of tired and low on energy all week, it seems. I think I'm fixing my sleep deficit but it's really difficult most days. I have also lost my appetite for most of the food in the house, which means I need to go grocery shopping for something that won't turn my stomach sour. I'm definitely reducing my coffee to one little cup per day this week, too. On to week 3! 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Girls on the Run fundraising + Summer raffle!

I’m fundraising for Girls on the Run as part of their Solemates Chicago Marathon team!

Here’s my donations page where you can read about why I’m fundraising and how it benefits young girls in the Chicago area.

I wish that I had had something like Girls on The Run when I was a kid. They teach girls that, yes, you can do anything. It’s not just about running. We can say “Yes!” to a challenge!
Confidence, Empowerment, and some healthy activities is what this is all about. I wish every girl can have the opportunity I didn’t have when I was growing up— something to show them that they can learn to do anything they want, especially when it seems impossible!
If you would like to donate, I also have an incentive: For the summer raffle, my current prizes are hand-knit hat (your choice color!); hand-knit socks (your choice color!); hydration belt for long runs (the Jurek endure); fun mug with coffee; fun mug with tea. I’m still adding more fun prizes as I find them!

Donate $5 for one entry ! Summer raffle ends September 1st (Labor Day aka the End of Summer).

Also, if you donate, feel free to send me a message with your address if you’d like a thank-you gift from me. I really do like to show my appreciation.

I’ve got $400 saved so far to donate (half of my personal goal). I would love if y’all joined me in supporting this great organization!

If you can’t donate but still want to support this organization, there’s a free app called Charity Miles that will pair you with a sponsor to donate $0.25 to Girls on the Run (or another organization on their list) for every mile you run.

Thanks! & Many thanks to people who have already donated to my fundraiser. I appreciate it so much.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

First "Official" week of Chicago marathon training & Vacation

Let me just preface this with: I can be a terrible runner while on vacation. So, the fact that I ran more than once is big deal!

I was supposed to do 10 miles and I did 5. Plus snorkeling.

Previous week:
Friday: Snorkeled! And canoed, too. My back was feeling the DOMS after that.

Green Sea turtle or "Honu" 

On Sunday, I ran 2 miles along the coast highway
yeah it was awesome

Mon: A lot of snorkeling! Saw turtles, many fish, etc. Won an impromptu trivia contest and I got a shirt with reef fish pictures all over it.

Tuesday (Jun 10): Traveled from one island to another, so my run was really late in the day. 2 miles, 25 ish minutes. I started running just before sunset only to find out that sunset was pretty much instant dark. The road I was running on was practically jungle on one side. It was very loud, too!

Wednesday (Jun 11): 3 miles 43:33. A sort of walk/run around the only roads in the neighborhood. I saw chickens, cats, dogs, and one mongoose.
Night: went to volcanoes National Park to view the glow from the lava lake. It was really eerie.
Nearly Full moon, too. 

Thursday: short hike in Volcanoes National Park
Night: Drove up to Mauna Kea visitor center to stargaze
It looks like day but it's just cause the moon is so bright

Friday: Spent a lot of time in the car today, since we drove to the other side of the island.
I did manage to find the only running shop on the Big Island, and I got this pretty snazzy shirt
See, it's really snazzy!

Saturday: Swam with dolphins. It was awesome. I saw baby dolphins-- also awesome.

Sunday: More travel.

Now I'm home again and my training should be more regular. On to week 2 of training!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Every Kid Needs a Superhero 5K Race Recap

There's actually not much to say about this race except that I participated.
It was at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI.
I don't know know my results since it was hand-timed, but I think it was around 38 minutes. I didn't stop my watch at the right time, oops.
I had fun... It was 45 degrees right next to the lake (with a lake "breeze", more like strong wind). The course was a spiral and ended on the track. I thought I was lost at one point, but I made it.
My really sporadic spring training has shown me that I'm an idiot and I keep having to take a few steps back for a few steps forward, so to speak. I have really really hated the weather this winter.
This week I plan to get back to my training plan, stick to it, and finish April strong. I have to get back to it for sake of chicago marathon training, after all. Of which I'm fundraising for and I refuse to screw up.  I'm fundraising for Girls on the Run, so it would really really help if I got back to running instead of staying inside and pretending I'll have time to run.
My mom caught this photo of me (I'm in the red shirt)...and the magical floating thumb of doom

Monday, March 24, 2014

Green Bay (half) marathon training & Girls on the Run

I have updates. I also need to remember to log on to blogger more often.

1. I changed the marathon entry to a half marathon entry because I hate going outside in the cold so I stopped going outside in the cold. That's really an interesting training tactic. Hah. In all truth, though, I didn't enjoy training, so I stopped. I'm really the kind of person who needs to enjoy what I'm doing to be able to see the benefits of it. I want to enjoy the run. 10 degrees does not that make, I'm afraid.

2. Spring is here, but we may not know it yet, since it's 20 degrees this morning.

3. I ran this past week, yay, but I also felt like I was starting from scratch again. Bad.

4. It's okay-- I didn't really sleep well so it was probably just that.

5. I'm registered for the Chicago Marathon!!!! Isn't that exciting?!??!?!?! How, you ask? I'm fundraising at the $1000 commitment level for Girls on the Run!!!!
I found I had my own experience to tie into fundraising for this charity, so I wanted to take the leap and commit:
When I was younger, no one ever told me that running was something I could learn to do. I was horrendous at it and I truly dreaded the one-mile run in elementary school and the 20 minute run in high school. These things were horrible because it was pretty much you either could run or you couldn't. I never got the impression that I could learn to run; I just thought I couldn't.
Later I found out that it was pretty easy to walk and then run longer and longer with just a bit of structured training.
Now, I wish that I had had something like Girls on The Run when I was a kid. They teach girls that, yes, you can do anything. It's not just about running. We can say "Yes!" to a challenge!
Confidence, Empowerment, and some healthy activities is what this is all about. I wish every girl can have the opportunity I didn't have when I was growing up-- something to show them that they can learn to do anything they want, especially when it seems impossible! 
There's a good chance that I'm going to have a raffle with hand-made knitwear that's running themed so if you want to help me fundraise to give girls a really great, empowering, experience, there's even more of an incentive!
A little about Girls on the Run: "Girls on the Run-Chicago is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to inspire girls to be healthy and confident. Using a fun, experience-based after-school curriculum which creatively integrates running, the innovative program combines training for a 5k event with interactive lessons that encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development".

Where do you donate? This link will take you there!

Thanks for reading :)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Green Bay Marathon Training, Week 3

It's hard to balance running, colds, and cold weather!

My training today was mostly mental-- create a clean environment for a good workspace. I cleaned and reorganized my living quarters. It was pretty tiring...a full day of lifting boxes, squats, shuffling around... I'm happy it's mostly done.

2 whole treadmill miles.
Consequently, I am never running on a treadmill again. Perceived effort is way more than actual effort and it drives me crazy.
I made up my mind that if I'm driven inside by weather, and I don't want to go to the indoor track, then I will swim instead. I even bought a swim cap so now I am not hindered by that excuse.
Afterwards I stretched.

A rest day <3. So necessary when you're sick.
I climbed up and down the stairs for ten minutes to warm up my legs and then I stretched out my legs for ten minutes.

It's hard to believe that this week is almost over...
3 miles, outside! 28˚F feels like 19 and light snow.
My breathing cadence was really good, though I did have to remove my neck gaiter because I felt like I couldn't get enough oxygen in. That was unfortunate as it was windy. Thankfully it was almost warm so it didn't hurt my face too much.
I had to take a decongestant today so that I would stop sneezing every two minutes but it did the trick and I was able to get my run in!
I'm a magnificent mountain goat, just look at these paces.
Unscheduled rest day. whoops.

I trudged through 2 and a half miles of slushy/shifty snow.
That second mile makes it seem like I was trying to climb a mountain, not run a mile. Snow, you know? 

Blerg. That's how I felt about this run. 19˚F "feels like 10"! makes it really difficult for me to breathe. It reminded me of this one time during a rugby game where I sort of klonked my head on the ground and then tried to sprint to the other end of the pitch and my breath became very,very, short and jerky. I just couldn't get the air I needed. What worse is that it's cold enough that I want to cover my face but I can't because I feel like I can't breathe! I really have to figure out a new solution for that.
Also the streets were still full of shifty, slushy snow.
This is quickly becoming my least favorite of conditions. Cold rain may still be winning though. 

3.8 miles but the effort felt like 10 miles...
Not terrible but not enjoyable at all

Week 3: 11.29 miles. 
Let's hope I don't get sick again! 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Green Bay Marathon training: week 2... sort of

Monday: I finished last week's training with 4 miles on monday. Easy miles. Also, I think it was a bit of a victory for me that I didn't feel the need to take water with me. That's always been like training wheels for me. I think I drank two glasses when I got back inside the house, though. It makes me feel good that I have been confident enough with my hydration to not even think about bringing any with me.

Tuesday: I really only stretched today...

Wednesday, thursday: Easy workouts

Friday: Guess who woke up with a full-blown cold??? me!!! I still went to the Y to try and run a little bit and I got a mile done before I couldn't do it anymore. This cold just cut right to the point by making me over tired at everything.

Saturday: I did some light stretching after coming home from grocery shopping, which wore me out probably the same as 5 miles would do on a normal day. Yay colds!

Sunday: I felt a little bit better than on saturday. Kept the physical activity low since I was still feeling over-tired.

I will likely re-visit the planned mileage from week 2 for this coming week. As I write this, I feel a lot less stuffed up and I'm able to breathe relatively normally again. I love how quickly my immune system has flushed out this cold but I would have rather not had it at all. Here's to week 3: may it be filled with indoor training miles thanks to the polar vortex mark II...

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Green Bay Marathon training; week 1

I started off this week in a rather unassuming fashion. After having started the Whole Life Challenge last week, I decided to stick to my written plan, which included no running until thursday. This is where the training plan begins, you see.

Monday: I know it's silly, but I made walking at the grocery store my exercise for today. I take a long time when I grocery shop. The actual written plan today was 15 minutes of runner-useful stretching. That included: [1 min hip flexor stretch; 1 min hamstring stretch, 1 min prone leg swings; 1 min quad stretch; 1 min IT band stretch] x 3
For the record, this workout used to be in the Nike Training Club app as one of their bonus athlete workouts. This one is Kara Goucher's... so I call it "kara". I honestly hope they put it back on the app eventually, but I have it memorized. I have used another one of the workouts for the timer since it audibly calls out the 30 second mark so you can switch sides.

Tuesday: Easy (and getting easier! thank goodness for becoming stronger!) workout. Another Nike training club set of workouts. The first one was "Paula Radcliffe's Marathon Prep" (which I refer to in my planner as just "paula"... Really hard to crack my code, I know)
[1 min split squats, 1 min roll ups, 1 min kettle bell lunge to snatch, 1 min supermans with breaststroke, 1 min lunge with pulse front raises] x 3
I followed this with the Kara stretches.

Wednesday: Just the Kara stretches

Thursday: Day 1 of Green Bay Marathon Training!!! 3 mile run at easy pace (14:31 min/mi thanks to the cold air and snow!) It was very windy, and I suppose this sort of distracted me from concentrating on my cadence and breath. I used to be very good at just paying attention to my breath-- 3 steps inhale, 3 steps exhale-- but I have neglected that of late. It helps to cultivate a steady pace! It's sort of like swimming laps-- you're forced to go at a certain rhythm since you can't breathe underwater!

Friday: Paula and Kara workouts

Saturday: I spent most of the day in the car. The time not spent in the car was spent packing boxes so I could move. Hence, the driving. Packing is definitely a workout.

Sunday: I spent the morning unpacking ( I have so much further to go!). There's a lot of squats and lifting heavy things involved with unpacking.
I took my run in the evening, just as the sun was setting. It was relatively warm out (32˚F), though there was a cool breeze. I listened to music on a run for the first time in a few months!
3.05 miles, 12:44 min/mile moving pace. Followed by stretches.
Originally I had planned 3 miles for saturday and then 4 miles for sunday, but moving has shuffled my plans. Tomorrow will be the 4 miles to finish the first week of marathon training.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

feeling good about this even-numbered year

here's what I want for myself from 2014 (an excerpt):

-actually update this blog more than once every few months
-stick to my training for my two big races
-enjoy the scenery
-learn something
-find an adventure (or make one!)

-Live in the moment and love what I do. 

Here's my two races, so far:

I feel really good about 2014.