Friday, April 29, 2011

9 miles today

and I won't lie and say it wasn't tough... it sure was!  I ran the reverse route of the hill behind my neighborhood, down to the bottom where it meets T hwy, up to toward town to the top of the hill (having to stop once and drink water), turned around and ran back up T (again having to walk a bit on that hill, they are killers! the steepest part was a 29% incline) back past the neighborhood on T and over into the development across the way.  Back down behind my neighborhood again and then a loop around my street to hit my 9.
Came inside and stretched and then hopped in a tub of ice for as long as I could stand it... (not long)

Having finished it, I can say it wasn't too shabby.  I completed 9 miles with some pretty major hills, having to walk a step or two in 1 hour and 54 minutes.  Avg Pace 12:46, avg speed 4.7 mph, fastest speed 6.4 mph.

Woohoo!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Sunday

and it's a rest day for me.  I ran my 7 miles yesterday on the treadmill at the gym due to the weather.  It sucked! Not the distance, although that was not a picnic, but just being on the treadmill for 99 minutes.  If I managed to run the whole half at that pace then my finish time would be 3 hours... Which isn't too bad, but I don't think I will be able to do that.  I'm running with a partner and I'm just a smidge faster then her so I slow down that little bit, then add in those hills... we shall see what happens.  6 more weeks of training for it and it's coming up fast.  I can't wait to do it, but I'm nervous too.   This week I need to reserve my hotel room for the night before, and talk to Jim about signs.  I would like them to make signs to cheer me on, but I don't want to see them in advance. :)  I'm also going to help them make T-Shirts to wear that say something cute.
Three more weeks of nursing school till summer break too.  That will be nice.  Looking forward to it...
Dropped my app for a job at the hospital, and am hoping to get a call back for a little part time something but who knows.
For now on with Easter

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Running to catch up

Got to running group a few minutes late today so I had to run harder to catch up... I managed to run a full mile at an average pace of 9:15!  I was dying but I did catch up to Linda.  Then I finished the next 4 miles at our pace (which today was around 12:30).  Nice to know I can go that fast for a short distance though :)
It was a good run, tomorrow I will do cross training and then Friday 2 miles.  Saturday or Sunday we are going for 7 wootwoot!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Conquered that hill!!!

Woohoo.... I'm feeling jazzed right now. The hill I mentioned previously, you know... the one that made me puke :)  I have ran it several times since then and still found it kicking my butt versus otherwise.  I hadn't managed to make it to the top without walking....
Today, I did.  :)  I felt a little bad because my running partner had to stop and walk (her first attempt at this hill) and I didn't stay with her.  I told her at the top I just couldn't.  I knew if I slowed down to jog beside her walk I would not make it to the top and I wanted to conquer it. :)

My knee appears to have recovered fine after a week of almost no running so I think it was simply an overuse injury.
Ran my 6 miles from last week yesterday (and yes forgot to mention it).  Crazy busy with nursing school but must log triumphs as I go.  The 6 was hard, and I wanted to cry.... but i have noticed that is the case the first time I attempt any new distance.  The next time I run it, it isn't so bad. :)
In noticing that yesterday we ran around the neighborhood (2 1/2 laps around the whole neighborhood equals 6 miles).  The very first run I went on in this journey with Jim back at the beginning was a partial lap around the neighborhood.  I was wanting to quit and walk at mile 2.... I couldn't even get all the way around the neighboorhood.  Now 2 miles is an easy run, and 6 is hard.... I like seeing that progress!  This coming weekend... it's gonna be 7 :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Overdoing it on my knee...

Well I ended up taking some days off running last week.  My run on Friday and Sunday didn't go to well... My knee was hurting badly so I decided to cut them both short (as in less than a mile both days).  I didn't run yesterday at all, debating going to the Doctor's.  I really don't like going, not to mention I don't really have time to go.  I decided to make today a short run and see how it went.  Planned 2 miles...
I ran the back way around the neighborhood (the same route I did with Jim on the 2nd).  Those hills kick my butt!  I was able to run more of them today then last time but still had to walk a couple of times.  At least this time it didn't make me throw up (yes, it's that route).
knee twinged a bit, but didn't ever really hurt... It's not hurting now either.
Figure unless it starts aching later then I was correct that it was just an overuse injury.  Tomorrow will be a longer run (the church group run... )  Not sure if it will be a 4, 5, or 6 mile run.  That and the injury are why I went such a short distance today.
Gonna wait and see how things go... For now I don't think I need to see the Doc.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

5 miles... :)

Today was not meant to be my long run day.  I planned to do it on Sunday, since I would be out of town on Saturday (field trip with the kids).  I went to meet with Linda and run with the church group. 
We were supposed to run up to a church, and hadn't quite made it yet when we hit 2 miles (which was meant to be our turn around point).  We thought it was at the bottom of that hill so we kept going...
We never did find that church :)  But we hit 2.5 miles (the turn around for a 5 mile which was supposed to be our long run this week) so we headed back.
We did 5 miles in 1 hour and 10 min.  It was a pretty good run.  My knees are hurting a bit tonight, especially my left one.  Jim wants me to go the doctor and get it looked at... I'm thinking about it.  We shall see how it is feeling tomorrow.  If it's hurting then I will call on Friday and make an appointment.
Tomorrow will be a rest day (I have clinicals) and then Friday I will do 4 miles and Sunday 2 (or that's the plan anyway :) )
Tonight I celebrate my longest distance to date :)  Till next week anyway

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Best 4 mile to date

Today was an interesting run...  I forgot my walkman, so no music.  I went outside that way if I wanted to quit, it was pointless to do so (have to get back home somehow!).  I did NOT make my distance yesterday when I ran on the treadmill.  I had forgotten to eat all day (no hunger, no eat... ) so I got dizzy at about 2 miles and quit.

Today I felt like I was sucking wind when I started out.  I felt discouraged and like I wasn't doing all that well.  I would not let myself quit though... I can't quit on my training runs when the race is only two months away.  I just kept going, reminding myself that i needed to keep going.

I went out till I hit 2.5 (yes further than I needed)... then turned around and headed back.  There are some pretty steep hills out there.  On the route today the grade was 40% at one point.
When I hit 4 miles I switched to walking (figured that would be a nice cool down).  I was at 46 minutes.  That is my best time to date for a four mile...  :)  So even though I thought I was sucking wind, I was actually doing really well....

Saturday, April 2, 2011

I can finally say...

that I ran till I puked for once...  I have never experienced that before.
I could not clear my nose and throat of mucus no matter what I tried.
Jim and I ran out along T highway, down the big hill and into the neighborhood the back way.  I wanted to check the distance of that run (2.5 miles for future reference).  I think to make it 4 (which was the target today and I didn't make it) we would have needed to go straight back to T and then home.
I thought the hills wouldn't be as much coming in the back way.  I wanted to see the distance so that I could work on running up the big hill on T when my sinuses were clear.
The grade on some of those portions of the road back there was 22%!  I didn't realize they were that serious back there!  I filled up with mucous to where i couldn't breathe and threw up... started running again... and did it again.
By the time we got back to the neighborhood I was done from straight up lack of oxygen.  What should have been my longest run of the week (although I ran 4 miles two other days this week) turned into my shortest run of the week.
Ah well... such is life.  Everyone has bad run days... :)  Back at it again on Monday