Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Malachi

Looks like I somehow missed a week of blogging. Last week was pure insanity at work as I was running back and forth between work and Cleveland for a Manufacturing Conference. We are in high gear at our shop trying to keep our heads above water and ride this out. I have come to a realization that we have to completely revamp our business strategy for the long term future. This is a good time to do that. I think that a lot of people get down and depressed and forget that one day things will turn around and an opportunity to evaluate your business will be gone. In times of hardship, there is a lot of opportunity. Remember, the Chocolate Chip Cookie was invented during the Great depression! Now, if I can just find about $5 mil under a rock to do what we need to do at our business.

On the running front, things are moving along nicely. I'm in a great groove and have a consistant schedule. I'm finding a lot of solitude in this. The week of Malachi I ran 48 miles and last week I topped off at 50. On the Tuesday before Malachi, I did a workout so my legs wouldn't forget how to run faster. I did 3x1 mile with a 400 jog, 800 jog, & 400 jog. It was about as hard as I would have expected running around 6:20's. I went into the race at Malachi hoping not to die.

So onto Malachi. It was a chilly morning, but buzzing with energy, which I just LOVE! I registered and did a 2 mile warm up. I then proceeded to go to the Port-a-Poty which there was not a single soul. I got really worried thinking I somehow screwed up the start time. I went anyway, then realized everyone must have been running or watching the 2 mile race. Lucky me. That never happens....EVER.

Onto the start. I got over to a good spot at the start and ran into a couple running friends. It was so nice to converse with other running friends I haven't seen in a long while. It's really been a long winter for me! I was still groggy and stressed out from the previous week which carried into the start of the race...through about mile 2. The first mile started well, fast, and some icy spots. A tad under 6:10 was the reading at mile 1. I didn't think my legs could go that fast in a 5 miler at this time. I tried to get in a good groove for the 2nd mile. It was kind of odd, I felt very detached from the situation. It was like I was outside looking in. I wasn't really with it. I got to mile to in about 12:36 or so. At that point a light switch turned on and I got into my old running self. Mile 3 was hilly. I don't remember those hills. Got to mile 3 in about 19:XX (I'll have to look it up in my log). Mile 4 was a good one. Downhill and flat. Too bad for the pot holes and icy spots. I recovered from mile 3 nicely and cruised mile 4. I think I passed through 4 in about 25:50 or so. The last mile was quick. Perhaps it was the impending uphill at the end I was thinking about, but I wasn't letting it bother me. I was anxious and ready. I ran with a few guys and looked ahead and didn't see any women. The last hill came and I almost split an eyeball going all out to get to the finish line just for the shear bliss of being done. I crossed in 32:17. Not bad. The only disappointing thing I came to realize was the first 5 women (I was 6th I later found out) were about 20 or so second ahead all together. Darn. I wish I would have realized that so I could have competed better. Next time though.

So all in all, I was happy with the race. I felt decent the next day, but super sore the day after in odd places. Funny how that happens. It was a good time, and we skipped out on the awards at the Pub to hit up the West Side Market. We were suppose to have dinner guests coming that day. I love the West Side Market.....that is the best post race place. I would have liked to have made the awards at Malachi though.

The next week (last week) went well. A bit tired from the race, took Wednesday off due to exhaustion, and ran a workout at the Towpath (yippie!) on Friday. We are working Mon-Thurs at our shop so I decided to work from home on Friday which was nice...I guess. Anyway, the workout didn't go as well as I would have hoped for. I ran a 5 mile tempo and wanted to run around 6:50's with a faster last mile, but I was struggling to hold the 6:50's. I don't know if struggling is the right word, I guess it's just not as comfortable as I would have thought. That was a little disappointing, but I was happy with the effort. Maybe it was just an off day. It's not like I'm busting out a lot of workouts either. Sometimes I get a little ahead of myself.

Anyway, this week is off to a decent start. I'm getting more 5:30am runs in which is nice. I'm shooting for 1 tempo or hill workout this week and my long run. This weekend I'm babysitting for my best friend...yikes! She's got 2 twin girls that are 7 months old. I'm in for a treat huh? They are just precious though. I love them!

Hope everyone had a good week!!

Last week:

M- 6m (morning)
T- 7m (morning)
W- Off
Th- 7m (morning)
F- 9m (2m w/u & c/d 5m tempo (6:50, 6:50 6:50, 6:48, 6:58 34:19 total)
Sat- 7m (4 with Stewie!!)
Sun- 14m

Total: 50m

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Keeping is Consistent

Last week was another pretty good running week. I took Monday off just because I came home and really didn't feel like doing anything other then cooking dinner and getting some work done. I told myself I'd get my butt out of bed the next morning to run. The cold is what really did me in. I had no desire to fight it, or run on the treadmill.
I had 2 successful morning stints on the treadmill before I headed outside to some much warmer weather. I hit up some trails at Hudson Springs Park which were super muddy, but super great! It felt so good to slosh around on the trails. I can't wait to spend some good quality time on the trails when it gets nice.
The only "workout" I did this week was a medium run on Friday. I wish I would have had the Garmin on me to check the pace, but I was pretty tired after so the effort was definitely there.
Long run went smoothly.

I'm looking to run the St. Malachi 5 Miler this Saturday. No goals for the race other then not to completely die. I'm looking for a fun time and some motivation. I'm kind of in limbo right now. I ran some mile repeats for the heck of it, a couple days ago, at the track which went pretty well, but proved to me I'm not in great racing shape....or any sort of racing shape. Gotta start somewhere though! It's always interesting for me to race after a bit of a hiatus from the racing scene. Sometimes your body responds better then you anticipate. It's always good, for me, to step into a couple races with no real goal or time in mind. JUST RUN!!
After that I have shopping at the West Side Market to look forward to...whohoo!! I love that place!

In other news, the economy super sucks and it has definitely trickeled down to our Manufacturing Company. We are cutting hours and days, but still trying to hold onto everyone we have. We are doing what we can, and looking into future opportunities, especially in the Green Mfg. Sector, but none of this is a short term fix. We can only hope and pray things come around sooner then later. We are all aware things will turn around, and we will still be here...just not sure how battered and torn. In the mean time, just going day by day and hoping not to go too crazy! Just part of the ups and downs in life.

Weekly Rundown:

M - OFF
T- 8m (morning!)
W - 6m (morning!)
Th- 8m (afternoon trails...warm finally)
F - 7m (5m medium/hard pace...super warm)
S - 6m
Sun - 14m

Total: 49 Miles

Monday, March 9, 2009

Wretched Monday

I realized I saved my last blog as a draft all week instead of posting. I slept right through my alarm this morning. I forgot a CD that had my Quality Manual for work at home. I obviously didn't run this morning. I'm cold. Work is slow. I HATE daylight savings time....the beginning of it anyway. I burned bread pudding I made for a friend which I threw away (which I have made a million times and have NEVER had any problems with). Oh, and my husband spilled a large (Venti for all you purists) Starbucks coffee on my much loved, and relatively new, area rug....which I think is going to take a month of daily cleaning to get rid of...if I'm lucky.

OK...I got that out of my system. This week is going to be a good week even though this morning was a bit rough. I'm being optimistic. That is my mantra :) My dog is currently staring at me in an odd way. I think he's trying to figure out why we came to work an "hour early." I think it's funny that is his biggest concern in life. He's a very cool dog.

I'll write a blog a bit later that is a bit more detailed and running related. I need to get out of this Monday morning fog first. It may be a while though.

Anyone who is reading this....Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Fridgid

It's March...and it's so cold. I don't have an ounce of fight in me when it comes to battling the cold. I did up until last Sunday. I'm done with it. Last week was a really good week of running. I ran everyday due to the fact it was so warm on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday, my alarm went off at 5:30am and I heard the wind whipping and the rain falling. I curled up in my happy, warm bed and figured it would be cooler, but calmer later in the day. I was thinking I'd opt for the colder, but less windy run in the evening. It's so easy to convince yourself to run later at that time of the morning.

Fast forward to Friday evening. The temps went from 55 to 35...and the wind didn't stop. No Sir. I dreaded the run, as last Sunday's brutal long run was still with me. I ran through a neighborhood I very much enjoying running through. The homes are so beautiful and the run seems to go quickly. Saturday I took the day off to attend the MAC Indoor Track Championships at Kent. Sunday I woke up and I guess I didn't realize how cold it was outside. I dressed well, but it was BRUTALLY cold and windy. The wind always seemed to be in my face. I seriously almost stopped to cry...or scream...or something of the sorts to vent my frustration. wear 2 pairs of gloves which for the 3rd time in 1 week didn't hold up to the wind. My fingers just couldn't take it, but I didn't really have a choice. I'm sitting here after 3 days of swollen fingers, barely typing. My right hand fingers are so, so swollen. It's insane. That is my sign to dump the cold. I give in. Mother Nature...you win.

I'm not really sure what to do about the swollen fingers. I have a couple doctors, that are friends, that have told me I may have Raynaud's. I have had a lot of trouble with the cold the past 3-4 years or so. It's not a big deal, but it's something I try and be careful about. I guess I'll just ride out the swollen fingers thing unless it get worse for some reason.

In other news, I had a GREAT weekend. One of the best in a long time. I met with a really good friend I haven't seen in ages and had lunch with her. We ran in college together. She was an awesome runner. I think her CC PR was under 16:20.....All-American. Pretty sweet. Anyway, we went to Kent for the MAC meet and had a blast. Nothing better then catching some good competition. Even better....Akron's Women won!! Go Zips! I was thrilled to see another good friend/ex teammate with her new baby. It was just an all around great day. Sunday, Jason and I met up with another one of my friends, whom I co-oped at Kimberly-Clark with and roomed with. He and his wife had a baby last year and we got to finally see her. It was a very nice Sunday morning late breakfast. Made up for the freezing long run. I thinks it's so crazy that they ended up loving so close to us. He went to Purdue, we met in Wisconsin, roomed in Seattle & Wisconsin...then I moved back home and he got married and got a job in Aurora. (Yes, I roomed with a boy....while I was dating Jason. This guy is a great friend and was probably one of the better roommates I have had. 2 people of the opposite sex CAN room together without drama in college!!)

Anyway, I'm keeping this week pretty uneventful. Last week I had a pretty good broken Tempo run and longer run. This week, probably looking at mileage in the mid 40's or maybe 50 again if it works out. My left foot have been bothering me in the beginning of my runs if I don't warm it up and stretch it out enough. It's like I have this tendon or something that slides around until it finds it's place to stay. The process of it finding its place it pretty painful. It doesn't stop me from running nor does it get worse...it's just annoying. I think my body is revolting against the weather at this point.

Weekly Rundown:

M - 7m
T - 2m w/u
4m Broken Tempo (6:35, 6:31 - 1 mile 7:52 - 6:35)
2 m c/d
W - 5m
Th - 8m
F - 8m
Sat - Off
Sun - 14m

Total: 50 (love round numbers!)