Monday, April 28, 2008

Where does the time go?

I'm looking at my last, kind of pointless, post and realized it was 3 weeks ago! Seriously, where does the time go?
I'm going through the phase of everything being REALLY busy. I don't even know what it is, the days just fly by.
I actually have some running news to report...Whohoo!!
I've been slowly building up my mileage over the last4 weeks. 35, 40, 43, 46. It's been progressing nicely with minimal discomfort. I'm running 5 days a week with at least one day of cross training (2 if I'm feeling good). The weather has been just wonderful and I've been loving my runs. I'm just grateful that I wasn't injured while all this nice weather is going on!
I did my first workout in FOREVER last week (2 workouts actually).
Tuesday was 3 miles repeats on a really hilly, rocky trail I like to run for strength. It went pretty well, expect for the last loooong hill that made me want to vomit. I ran 6:32, 6:35, 6:28 with a good paced mile up in the opposite direction back. I thought about doing a 4th rep, but I figured this was my first effort back, and my heart rate was going pretty high, so 3 would be fine for the day. Total miles for the day was 8.
Fridays workout I actually got to do in the morning and it was pretty good. 4x miles reps on the track with a 400 jog (800 after the second just for a little mental break). Splits were 6:18, 6:17, 6:20, 6:16. I was really happy with this effort. Totals miles for the workout was 9.
I'm in the process of trying to figure out how to work my training at this point and what races I want to run. So far, I know I need to work on my stretch and stamina. Speed to follow after I develop those a bit first. We'll see how it all plays along.
I keep a parental eye on my foot since it can get sore. I have a finicky tendon on the top that gets sore along with the previous area that was hurt before. Ahhh, the joys. I'm a core work, stretching machine in order to try and avoid any other issues. I do what I can.
So, I'm just happy to be able to write about some running I've been doing. Hopefully, the times will come down, the body will cooperate, and I will have some good old fun this summer and fall. We will see what the cards will bring.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Duhhhhh

"Fed chief Ben Bernanke now offers Congress a darker view of the economy" There may be a recession in our future.

Seriously, what planet are we on? There MAY be a recession? They must think people are stupid. Perhaps they are in there own little happy world or something. Call it what you want.
Anyway, that is my no running related 2 cents for the day while I kill some time.

Went for a run yesterday and it was wonderful even though it was some crazy winds and pelting rain. Being off from running for while sure makes me appreciate running so much. Foot is feeling good today after 3 straight days of running. Going to hop on the bike today for some cross training.
Racing is so far off my radar right now, but I'm hoping all that comes back quickly...especially as the weather gets nicer.

That's all for today. No real point...just a little bored.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Happy Spring

Easter and Opening Day have come and gone, and it's sort of is starting to feel like spring. It's windy as heck today, but warm....I'll take it I guess.

Speaking wind, that, out of all the elements, is my least favorite to run in. I can handle heat, cold, rain, snow...but I HATE wind. I wonder what most runners think about their last favorite element to run in. Just a thought.

Injury update. My foot is finally starting to heal itself back up. I'm starting to run a bit more. Oh the struggles of running again when being away from steady running, even for a short while. I have pretty much no range of motion in my hips. Last Friday I did a 6 miles and felt like an old creaky lady running down Main Street. My hips and quads were sore while I was still compensating a little too much for my foot for fear of re injury.

Sunday went much better. I went ahead a drove down to the Towpath and ran 7.5 miles and felt really good (relatively speaking) except for a really sore tendon on the top of my foot. That is normal when I start running so I wasn't worried. Seriously, I don't know what pace I'm running nor do I want to know or care. I know since I kept up with the cross training, core, & lifting, it will all come back pretty quickly. It just so hard and frustrating to get "started" again....wahhhh....enough crying already. I really am just so happy to be out and running again.
Hopefully my foot doesn't do anything stupid and I say injury free for a while at least.

Now my glutes are murderously sore like they were at the end of my marathon cycle. I have a massage scheduled for this Saturday that I'm looking very much forward too even though I think it will be more pain then anything. I leave feeling great though. It's the reward the counts. I'll have to remember that when I'm pregnant someday.

Speaking of pregnant, I made the stupid mistake telling everyone how I had this awful heartburn, nausea, and exhaustion last week, therefore allowing people to "diagnose" me as perhaps being pregnant. No one wanted to listen to the fact that I just came back from Vegas and got no sleep all last week, ate ham that was making me sick, and had a slightly runny nose. I think it's wishful thinking on some peoples part. Kind of funny if you think about it. I'm magically feeling better now that I got some sleep and stopped eating the Easter ham. HELLO PEOPLE. Note to self, keep issues to myself. It's always best to just keep the mouth shut.

Anyway, hopefully this will be a good week and I can keep up with the running. It's kind of a bummer that I won't be running the races I planned on , but maybe some good will come out of this in the long run. Hopefully, the weather will be a little nicer soon too!