Katherine snapped these three photos while we crept along. Killer icicles.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Katherine snapped these three photos while we crept along. Killer icicles.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Monday: Sleep in, eat cookies
Tuesday: 3.01, eat pie
Wednesday: Sleep in, eat cookies & pie
Thursday: 6.01 eat more pie and cookies
Friday: 13.5 eat cake & brownies
Saturday: Sleep in, eat more cake & brownies
Total: 22.52 perfect vacation miles
Previous Total: 119.39
Training Grand Total: 141.91
Friday, December 28, 2012
2 hr 31 min
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
It is so warm out here in Florida! Pretty, too! The sunrise was full of pinks and there were lots of really cool birds on the marsh. I ran on the golf course path through the marsh this morning. The perfect way to start Christmas day, forget I'm still stiff from that darn plane ride. I still managed to move along though!
Monday, December 24, 2012
After running twenty two miles total on Friday and Saturday flying all day on Sunday wasn't the best thing I could have ever done. I was pretty stiff after I got off the plane and for the first half of the day today. Luckily I'm feeling good now after some rolling on my rubz ball, ibuprofen and lots of stretching. The plan is an early morning Christmas run before the kids wake up tomorrow. The high is supposed to be 70° tomorrow, so I am looking forward to it!
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Sunday: Marathon Plane Trip (not my favorite kind of marathon!)
Previous Total: 88.39
Training Grand Total: 119.39
Friday, December 21, 2012
After the sun was coming up, it was still pretty cold.
Love that sunrise!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Run to the grocery store
Run to the instacare for prednisone (lame lame asthma that made me miss a three miler)
Run to buy Christmas gifts
Run around like a chicken with it's head cut off wrapping, cleaning, preparing for our trip, etc.
I've had to switch my long runs around this week because of our travel on Sunday. Tomorrow will be my long run (15) and then I have another back to back, so Saturday will be seven. Sunday it'll be marathon plane rides. Not my preferred marathon.
Now let's see if I can cross a few more items of my to do list and get to bed at a decent hour! That run tomorrow will be an early one!
*Not actual runs. Just running around!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Well, my asthma is hanging on for dear life and today is crazy windy so I decided to hit the treadmill. In order to get it over with asap, I ran as fast as I could. I realize that I really am a slow runner because at this pace I almost died! But I didn't. So let's hope for no wind tomorrow.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Toenail loss aside, this week was great. I'm getting my breath back and have been able to train outdoors all week.
Previous Total: 63.91
Training Grand Total: 88.39
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
I saw this quote and it made me think of today's run. I have no idea who Pat Teske is, but the quote is great no matter who he/she is.
"Relish the bad training runs. Without them it's difficult to recognize, much less appreciate, the good ones." -Pat Teske
Thursday, December 13, 2012
1hr 16 min
This picture was taken, literally, on the run!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
13 minute pace (ugh! I told you I was hurting!)
11:14 minute pace
Today's total: 6.5
Wednesday: weight lifting
Total: 9.59 (I hope you were sitting down for that total.)
Previous total: 54.32
Training Grand Total: 63.91
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Impressive, right? Ugh! Today was very busy and I don't know if it's the air quality or what, but I'm having some asthma issues. LAME! So, I didn't run today, even though I should have. Hoping to be hacking less tomorrow so I can get my five miler in. I hope you still went running!
"No matter how slow I run, I'm still faster than my couch."
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Yesterday Katherine and I headed out into my neighborhood for a quick three miler. I have officially decided three miles is my least favorite distance. I often feel sluggish the first few miles and in distance running, that's okay because those miles are just a warm up and I start feeling good after several miles. A three miler often leaves me feeling like I don't much like running. Yesterday was no exception. I finally started to feel good at the 2.4 mile mark, and by then the run was nearly over. Oh well, I guess three milers are just a necessary evil. I suppose I could just switch all my three milers to five milers...
Sunday, December 2, 2012
*The back to back run is when you run two long runs in a row. The purpose of the back to back for ultramarathon training is to prepare you for running on tired legs that you will certainly have on race day. The back to back goes like this: Day 1 long run, Day 2 long run of approximately half the distance of the day before, i.e. Saturday= 20 miles, Sunday= 10 miles.
Wednesday: weight lifting
Week 1 Total: 23.12
Training Grand Total: 54.32
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Today I didn't set out to run fast at all. I just set out to finish. Sometimes, as odd as it may seem, my short runs are the most difficult. I am just getting warmed up at about two or three miles so stopping at that point seems wrong. Today I actually felt quite speedy and pushed it a bit and ended up with a pretty good time. I usually run three miles in about 30 to 33 minutes. Today wasn't too shabby at all!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Today Katherine and I met at (the absurd time) 5:15am at Dimple Dell Gully. It was 28° out and even though I had lots of layers on it's still darn cold at that time of day. It was pitch black out and very slow going. The ground in the gully is rough with lots of rocks and indentations from horse hooves with lots of ups and downs. Even in daylight I usually run at about a 12-13 minute pace on this trail. Ozzy loves running with us there because at that time of day I let him run off leash. He runs up ahead and waits to see our headlamps and flashlights before going on. At the halfway point I decided to take a drink of water only to discover that the bite valve on my water pack was frozen solid.
No biggie really, since we only had 2.5 miles left to go. Overall, the run was fun. We even had to cross a stream twice and joked that it was the Rucky Chucky River crossing. If you haven't read Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes or are not familiar with the Western States Endurance Run, definitely look at that link. Your mind will be blown!
1hr 10 min
14 minute pace
Monday, November 26, 2012
Today I drove to a nearby trail with Ozzy. It's a pretty short trail, but long enough for a few miles. It was 29 degrees out. Very chilly. My fingertips were pretty frigid. It feels good to start week two of training!
Note to self: buy warmer gloves, perhaps mittens.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
1hr 6 min
12:53 min/mile pace
I never miss a chance to ham it up on a run!
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
10:53 min/mile pace
Monday, November 19, 2012
11:14 min/mile pace
P.S. After a recommendation from my soccer playing son, I popped the (very painful) blood blister under my toenail from yesterday and now my toe feels as good as new! Thanks Kurtis!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
But let me back track a bit. The run from my house to Draper is mostly downhill. I love running downhill! I brought Ozzy along with me. We encountered a bit of rain the first few miles, but nothing too bad. The next few miles were beautiful. The sun peeked through the clouds and giant sun rays where shining through the cloulds and onto the mountains all around the valley. Stunning! When it started getting dark and I called Jeff trying to figure out if I was on track. He didn't know the exact address, and after a few chats and texts I decided to just continue west. As it was growing darker I looked in my pack for my flash light only to find it was missing. Bummer. Luckily I was wearing a bright yellow top and lots of reflective gear. I got to the frontage road and thought I was nearly there but I hit a dead end. At the same time a car came up next to me driving really slowly (I think he was as lost as me) and I was happy to have both Ozzy and my pepper spray with me. I had two choices. A field with a large antlered dear bounding toward me, or turn around and go back the way I came. I chose the latter.
This accidental adventure was amazing! I had so much fun! It was just what I needed.
1 hour 46 minutes
9:49 minute/mile pace
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
9:30 min/mile pace
Yesterday was chest and triceps. I have been making it to the gym about one to three times a week and have really been enjoying the time with Jeff. I figure by the time March rolls around I'll be a lot stronger for my 50k!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
*Disclaimer: Katherine was chucking her cookies a mere 24 hours prior to this run! So, despite my speed today I can't brag too much.
**I realize that a 10:08 min/mile pace is more than double what Mo Farah's pace is. But it's fast for me!
Monday, November 12, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
For the beginning Ultrarunner
How to train for your first 50K
Saturday, November 10, 2012
We mostly stayed out of the snow, but had to run in patches of it here and there. As we neared the end of our run the sun went behind a cloud and it started to get cold. We picked up the pace thinking of warm showers and hot meals and finished our nine miles in 1:38 (I think.) I forgot my Garmin *gasp* and I think it was 3:21 when we started and 4:59 when we finished. Not too shabby. I should chase Katherine more often!
Friday, November 9, 2012
This is my 18 week training plan for my 50k. The truth is, I made it up. I totally faked it! I have no idea if it's a good plan, but I'm flexible, so if it's too hard or too easy, I'm open to change. I'm also open to suggestions. And no, telling me how nuts I am isn't helpful. I patched this plan together based on three different plans, a lot of online ultramarathon tips and a few words of advice from a friend or two. Here are the plans I used to make this beauty:
Hal Higdon's Marathon Training Plan- Novice 2 (This is the plan I used for the St. George marathon)
Ultraladies 50K Event Training Plan (Yikes! 20 whole weeks?!)
Santa Clarita Runners: Ultramarathon Training Plan (Double yikes! Only 12 weeks!?)
I see a lot of early mornings and sore muscles in my near future. What else could a girl want? I'll be starting this bad boy on Monday, November 19th. Wish me luck!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
It's odd to have no training plan to follow. How far should I run? Should I be taking it easy? Should I even run today? Luckily, my new plan will start on November 19, so I only have a couple more weeks of limbo before I will have my sense of purpose back. Eleven more days. Think I can make it?
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The next thing I knew I could run more than walk. Then I did the unthinkable. I ran the 1.5 mile loop twice! I did it! Three whole miles. Then came 4.5 miles. I was really starting to enjoy running and enjoy reaching new distances. I started to love running, and running loved me back.
Fast forward through two 10k races, a 5k, two half marathons, a mudder and a marathon (not in that order) and you'll find me today. I sit analyzing, reading and re-reading as I make my training plan for my next running adventure. The Buffalo Run 50k on March 23, 2013. For you non-runners, 50k is 31 miles, an ultramarathon. I am beyond excited for this trail race!
So, when is the day I became a runner? Well, I think it happened over the course of many days, weeks, and even months as I laced up despite the snow on the ground, or the tired legs. I think I became a runner when running became who I am and not what I do.
I started this blog mostly for myself. I hope to write about my training, my races and my every day experiences as a runner. Maybe you'll find it interesting. Maybe it will inspire you to find your inner runner.