Feb 27, 2007
Feb 26, 2007
Feb 22, 2007
Tomorrow is a scheduled day off so I'll probably just strength train for 45 minutes in the morning. I actually have to work this weekend, which will make it a little tricky to get my runs in but I'm going to try.
Feb 21, 2007
Feb 20, 2007
I woke up this morning at 4:08, let the dogs out, fed them, ate some Cookie Crisps (the breakfast of champions) and watched poker on TV for about 10 minutes before finally getting my workout clothes together and heading to the gym. Four minutes in the car and I found myself waiting alongside the other earlybirds to get into EMH. Once the doors opened, I quickly changed and was on the run by 5:05 doing 800-meter repeats (4x800). I ran my 800's at 5:30-5:40 pace with about 60-seconds rest in between. Following a mile cooldown, I did about 30-minutes of strength training before signing up for tomorrow morning's 5:45 spin class on my way out. It felt great to have accomplished so much before 6:30AM and to have set myself up for more of the same tomorrow. I got home and drank a huge glass of V8 before showering and leaving for work. I was feeling super healthy until I arrived at work and saw that it was Girl Scout cookie delivery day and two boxes of Thin Mints were waiting for me! I was good though and only had a few. I threw the rest in the freezer in hopes that I forget about them or am too lazy to walk to the lunch room to grab them!
Strength Training summary
Abdominal crunches (3x20, 60 lbs)
Lower back hyperextensions, Roman chair (3x20)
Tricep pulldowns, tricep bar (3x14, 70 lbs)
Bicep curls, dumbells (3x20, 20 lbs)
Standing lateral shoulder raise (3x12, 10 lbs)
Butterfly chest press (3x12, 60 lbs)
Feb 17, 2007
My first mile (5:55) seemed fast considering it took me a minute to weave through the crowd at the start. Mile 2 (6:12) seemed slow and mile 3 (5:55) was either fast or I did better than I thought turning around a cone positioned on a small out-and-back section near the end. Of course the last 1/10 of a mile was fast (kick time baby!) and I came in at 18:37, which averaged out to 6-minute pace exactly. Sweet!
I placed 4th in my new age division and 16th overall. Enjoyed some chili, conversation and laughter with some good friends afterwards (pics still to come).
Elizabeth, DaisyDuc and Bridget's blogs tell their story! Check 'em out!
Feb 16, 2007
Male genatalia aside, I was happy with what I saw at EMH and after filling out all the registration paperwork, was able to squeeze in a 30-minute run at near tempo pace (final mile was 6:15) . The indoor track, on the second floor, is 1/10 mile and loops around the pool, the fitness room, a first floor fitness area and the main lobby. For an indoor track it's actually quite scenic. There are a total of 21 spin classes Monday-Saturday ranging from 45-60 minutes. Three of the classes are at 6AM or earlier and happen to be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, which is perfect because I can still run on Tuesday and Thursday mornings with my peeps (once it warms up).
I'm looking forward to Chili Bowl on Saturday. This will be my first race in a new age group (30-34) so I'm either going to be humbled by the vets or piss them off because I'm fresh out of 25-29. I suppose, like most races, it'll depend on who shows up and who's feeling "it" on that day.
Feb 13, 2007
Feb 9, 2007
Now, 12 years out of high school, I barely tip the scale at 143 lbs and have no desire whatsoever to weigh any more or any less. I've come to accept and be really happy with my "small-ness". I probably wouldn't be nearly as good a runner if I was 5'11" 190 lbs like I so desired while in high school. It's amazing how things find their place in life. Running is a part of who I am. It took me a while to find it but it all sort of makes sense now.
What can I do with this realization? Well, hopefully in a few years, if necessary, I can tell my son that being small has it's advantages. You know, you can be a horse jockey, run fast marathons and maybe even play a hobbit if another Lord of the Rings movie is filmed! Now... doesn't that feel better? : )
Feb 8, 2007
I'm really leaning towards running the Cleveland Marathon this spring. I ran the last 10 miles of it last year with a friend and feel it a good course to PR on (assuming no gail force winds at the end). Plus, it'll be a lot easier for my family and friends to come cheer me on. I'm going to focus on both the quality and quantity of my training runs from now until then. The FIRST program is big on the quality of each run whereas other traditional programs are more about the quantity (i.e. just getting the miles in). I'm going to blend the two together and see what happens. My mileage buildup might look similar to the chart below.