Monday, March 28, 2011

Tired today....

But still training....  I went for a 3 mile run today.  Not including the warm up or cool down of course.  I managed to do over half of it at a 11:30 pace.
Then I went to Hard to Resist and managed to make it through the class... It was tough today to make it through the class...

After doing some research on my knee pain I think the problem there is a weakness in my quads, so I'm going to work on building them up.
The toe burning, I think is just something I need to work through.  I researched it, and it is one of two things.  One of them is more severe, but that burning pain doesn't go away right after they stop running like mine does.  The other comments about it said they just rain through it and it went away.  Like my issue as soon as she stops running for the day the pain stopped.  She said it only happened as she increased the distance (which matches up with mine)...

Well... I'm going to go hop in the shower and then take a nap to try and beat this sinus infection.  Then off to school

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Race to the Rocker = BRRRRRRR

Oh my goodness was it cold this morning.  The wind chill was 28 degrees...
That did not stop Linda and I from heading on up to Cuba anyway.  We got there around 7:30 or so (packet pick up was at 8).  We found the location with no problem and went to find the bathroom.
The wind was blowing right through all of our clothes!  Freezing, overcast morning but at least it wasn't rain/snow/sleeting right???
Found the bathroom, got our packets and race bibs.  I got my Volunteer form signed for school and we went back to the car to warm up.  About 20 min before race time (which was 9) we got back out of the car and went to find a bathroom and warm up.
Lined up for the race between the 10 min pace sign and the 12 min pace sign....  We did NOT hear the starting gun, but when the masses moved forward we did too.... It's hard to describe what it felt like to jog in a group of people that large (570 something).  Very quickly the pack thinned out, with the fast runners leaving us in the dust, and the walkers or walk/joggers lagging behind us.
I think we weren't even at a mile in when the lightening and thunder started up.... Nothing like running in the countryside in the freezing cold while lightening brightens up the day.
We maintained a pretty good pace (11 1/2 min mile for the first two miles) and just kept chugging along.  There was a lot of laughing, talking and joking between runners.  There were some kids who we kept playing leap frog with... We bypassed the first water station (around 1 1/2 mile I think) because we didn't want water.  Kept going out into the countryside...  I removed my hat and then shortly after that my gloves.  Removing my jacket was trickier (I had pinned my bib to it... rookie mistake I'm sure)  Ended up slipping my arms out of it, leaving the bottom part intact.
Shortly after we passed that blessed halfway point it began to sprinkle.  It wasn't rain though, it was freezing rain.  I had to laugh about that, I no sooner take off hat, gloves and coat that it starts to rain.
We just kept chugging along.  There was another water stand, and we did get water from the cute little 4H girls at that point.  We just kept going... slow and steady
Mile 3 came and went, lots of hills by this point...  Then the sleet and ice started coming down in earnest.  It was definitely cold, wet and nasty out there...
Just keep moving!  This is what I kept telling myself, much warmer to jog then it would have been to walk....
At 52:15 Linda and I crossed the finish line....  It felt great!  We didn't bother looking around just went straight for the tent with shelter (wet! so very, very wet!)  We collected my race bag, our bottles of juice, water and snacks and hopped the bus back to the start point.  We knew we had won nothing, but the feeling of accomplishment for having finished was more then enough for us both.
Halfway back to the start point Linda realized she had missed seeing the rocker, then I did too.  We were right next to it... but so cold and wet we didn't even look :)
I'm sore and tired tonight, but no knee pain... I think the fatigue is really more from the meds and the sinus infection then from the run.
Good day... then we rushed home to have Karah's party which also went well...

13:04 average mile time... it's a place to start.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Week in review....

Now that I have had a few days to adjust to all that went on last week I can blog about more than just my running.
So I met my biological father face to face last week.  Mike and I drove to New Mexico to meet Charlie on his home turf.  It went well... There wasn't any real tension or drama at all.  It was good getting to know him.  He is very straightforward, no bs.  He doesn't pretend to know how our lives would have been if he and Mom stayed together.  Life happened and he wasn't there by her request.  That simple...
Mike and I decided on Monday that he was welcome to come back and meet the family so we drove back to Texas on Tuesday.  I cannot begin to describe what it felt like to see him interact with my girls and Mike's boys. He listened when they talked, and played with them.  He paid attention...  Jen got there and he welcomed her and the girls in with open arms too because I consider them family.
He flew kites with the kids, and even went to the roller rink (which I know had to be a little unnerving with all the noise and strange people).
Friday morning he headed home so he didn't miss Ashlyn (another grandchild) 13th birthday.
It was good... It is different to have someone on my side who is interested in things again.  I haven't had that really since Mom passed and Dad remarried.  It's going well and we are just going to keep taking things day by day.  As of right now he is planning on coming out here at some point this summer....
Back to real life today, school and an easy run plus trip recovery....

Saturday, March 19, 2011

End of vacation...

Tomorrow morning we will head back home to Missouri.  I am really happy that I managed to stay on track with my training this week.
It was different running in Texas and in New Mexico.  I wasn't sure that I would be able to stay on track with my training.  I have to admit there were several days that I didn't want to go for my run.  I would much rather have stayed at home with the family and visited.  Jim was great though, he  ran with me every time I ran here in Texas.  He knew that I didn't want to go and he saw it as a way to spend time with me.  I'm glad he did

So ran 3.5 miles on Saturday, Monday, and Thursday.  2 miles easy jog on Wednesday, and a 4.6 mile run on Friday morning.  No run today because of the dangerous dogs up the road and of course tomorrow I will be in the car all day so no run there either.  But I still think that's pretty good for a vacation training week.
Longest run ever on Friday, and other than burning toes towards the end, and a tightness in the tendon behind my knee again no problems...

Friday, March 18, 2011

Dogs!!!

Dogs, dogs and more dogs...
So every day that we have run here we have dealt with dogs.  One set of dogs has gotten more and more aggressive every time we have gone past their place.  Today (my long run day) they finally got brave enough to be stupid.  Going past there today on the way out one of them decided to try to bite me... He didn't manage to break the skin, just scratched the skin.  Jim gave him a swift kick in the face.
There is no way to come back to the house without passing them again, so we picked up rocks right before we got close to their house.  When they attacked again Jim chucked rocks at them.
I had planned on going for a two mile easy tomorrow but I am thinking I don't want to run past them again tomorrow.
Regardless stats for today's run... 4.6 miles in 55 min.  Pretty good run, I got a stitch in my side about mile 2 and then at about 4.3 miles my toes started burning... I'm not sure what that's about but it was still a good run

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Running in different places...

So I'm on vacation and diligently following my training plan anyway...
So far I have ran twice in Texas and once in New Mexico.  The air is different here and much different in New Mexico.  My first little jog in Texas was 3.5 miles and my brother and my husband went with.  I didn't know that Mike hadn't been running in years so I felt a little bad when he was in severe pain later.   He picked the route though so not too bad.  Very hilly, and a little tough but it was good.
Then we went to New Mexico to meet my biological Dad (which went well for those that are wondering)...
I went for a 3.5 mile run there and wow the air was THIN!  I was sucking wind after about one half a mile but I just kept going... It was kind of funny, I was calling my brother to bring water outside to me.  But I was in the yard by the time he got outside.
Then I went for another 3 mile run today back in Texas...  We ran the route we ran last time backwards, and the steep hill almost killed me.  Lead legs and no oxygen when I was 3/4 of the way up it... I ended up having to walk that last little bit of it.  Started back into jogging at the top though.   I started to walk at 3 miles since I was sore from riding in the car back from New Mexico and didnt' want to injure myself.  Two more runs this week... Another 3.5 and then my long run this week should be 4.5

Monday, March 7, 2011

Nursing Final...

and I am worn out from this morning's workout!

Did 2.5 miles in 28 minutes on the treadmill at the gym.  Steady pace of 4.6 for the first mile then 4.8 for the rest of it.  I had it set to random so the treadmill was adding in some hills and valleys in there... No idea how much.  Running without my walkman sucked, no music made it hard to keep going.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Engineer Trail...

Today... Jim took me to the engineer trail on post to run.  Holy smokes!  Some killer hills to conquer on it.  The really sucky part was thinking we were done, and realizing we were one ridge away from our car.  So having to run again to get to it... and that was the steepest hill.  But we did it....  Not quite the distance I was aiming for today, but my leg cramped up at the top of that hill so I didn't want to do a second lap.

Stats...
2.25 miles, 26:40 min, avg pace 12:26, max pace 5:48,  avg speed 4.8 mph, max speed 7.4 mph, 521 feet ascent, 585 ft descent

Gonna go conquer it again the first weekend in April (won't have a chance before then)/