Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I did it again...

How did I miss a week of blogging again? It's like I get caught in some sort of time warp. I think in my last blog I mentioned something about no snow. Well, the little black cloud that follows my words was on me...and it snowed early last week. Yuck! Thankfully, my tulips are over it....and so am I. I am waaaaaaay over it.

Nothing too exciting going on in my non-running world to report on. Work it about the same. We went to a little ASME Industry Night to promote our business and hook up with some other engineers. It was actually a really, really good time. The best one yet. I'm really getting used to being home Fridays and working.

Jason is getting very busy at work....but REALLY needs to get to school and finish his darn thesis! He was suppose to defend and walk in May...but that is pushed back to August (I hope!!). I told him he ruined a big surprise party I planned for June. I was lying of course....terrible I know. I'm trying to guilt him into finishing his Ph.D. Take the motivation where you can get it right? Works with running....why not other areas? Ha ha :)

Speaking of running....it's okay....at best. Still super consistent with my mileage, which is a plus. My workouts are so/so....not the times I'm used to pumping out as easily as I do, but again, I'm not in training mode in any sort of way. I've just been feeling a little off though. I'm lucky if I feel good 2 times per week. Not that I feel horrible or anything, just not as chipper as usual. I'm still glad to get out and do my thing. Running is like breathing to me.

For quick rundown on the last 2 weeks.....I did a Tempo (which I think I ran a little too hard) and a long run 2 weeks ago...the last week I was too icky feeling to do any harder workout, so I combined my longer run with a workout to make a Dynamic run. Worked out great and I actually felt great.

As far as this week is going...not so great. My runs are okay...but my attempted 800 reps yesterday failed as I was struggling to hit times that should NOT have felt easy to hit for a workout. (I feel like a broken record). I stopped after 3 (of 5) and finished the rest as an easy run since I got really bad lower tummy cramps. Kind of freaky. Time to listen to my body a little better for a while. I gotta see what it's trying to tell me.

Weekly Rundown (Week of April 1st)

M- Off (pooped out)
T- 8m Morning (nice!)
W- 8m (2m w/u&c/d....4m Tempo (6:40, 6:43, 6:36, 6:35))
Th- 6m
F- 8m (rainy rainy)
Sat- 7m
Sun- 14m

Total: 51m

(Week of April 7th)

M- 7m
T- 40 min Bike
W- 8m
Th- 8m (nice run - Kirtland)
F- 7m
Sat- 12m Dynamic Run (8:22, 7:50, 6:56, 7:49, 6:54, 7:41 6:49, 7:34 6:44, 7:44, 6:44, 7:51 - Towpath....GREAT run overall, especially 2nd half)
Sun- 7m (Happy Easter)

Total: 49m

Hope everyone had a nice Easter. I had my family over and it was hectic, but worth it...as always.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Happy April

It's April, which in my book means the brunt of any sort of major winter weather SHOULD be over! You know the saying, "April Showers....." it's not April Snow. My tulips are starting to bloom, the greenhouses are buzzing....I love it!

So, last week was another steady, consistent week. I feel rather boring with my mileage when I look back on each week. I think consistency is a very good thing though. Each day, I enjoy my runs, and enjoy 1 day off a week. My mileage keep averaging around 50 with 1 workout and 1 long run. Even though I don't have major plans, I'm hoping this will help my strength and stamina in the races I plan on running. I like to be a bit more dynamic with my training when I'm very specific on my racing goals. I like to work hard...and rest easy.

So last week, I was driving home on Tuesday and noticed the new neighbors across the street in the woods. It was the woman, and it looked to me like she started a small fire to burn something. I was thinking "Seriously? She could catch one of the trees on fire and all the woods could catch on fire in a minute." Who has a fire right in the woods, in the back yard, with houses lining the trees? Well, as I was getting ready to run, my dog was freaking out staring out the window. Then I hear TONS of sirens. The stupid-bug hit me or something, because I totally didn't think anything of it, nor did I notice the THICK BLACK SMOKE clouding the sky. I laced up my running shoes and headed out. As soon as I stepped out of my garage, I saw it all. You guessed it.... the woods were on fire! I think the whole fire department, EMS, and police department were in our cul-de-sac. Crazy. So one of the neighbors (the ones who live directly next to them....who have their shed in the woods), came and we spoke for a while. I guess when I saw the woman in the woods, she was actually trying to put OUT the fire with her garden hose. Good idea lady. I guess they had a bon fire the night before, which was apparently large, and it never quite went out. To make the rest of the story short, they got it out after battling it for a while...and who knows what kind of trouble those people got into. Geeze...think people! I don't even want to get into the dog they let roam all around the neighborhood without keeping an eye on him. I LOVE dogs....but not ones that come into my yard and freak my dog out. They seem like nice people....I guess they just didn't get a good start. Maybe they'll make a comeback.

In work news, we laid of our first person every today. Boooo. We are hoping that if things pick up to call him back VERY SOON! They don't teach you all these things in school...or anywhere else really, about running your own business. It can be brutal.
On an optimistic note, the first quarter is over, the fresh new second is starting. I have high hopes. Keep on trucking along and doing what you can I guess. Life could always be worse.

I'm thinking of perhaps running a race this weekend. If I do, it will probably be in Hudson, and I may treat it as more of a hard run then a race. It's at the park I run at sometimes and it's VERY hilly, on trails, and not conducive to any sort of fast times. It would probably be a fantastic workout though. We'll see.

Weekly Rundown:

M- 6m (morning)
T- 8m (evening)
W- 6m (morning)
Th- 8m workout (8x400 (approx) uphill, 400 down rec, all within 1:42-1:45...yeah, it was hard!)F- 8m (morning - later)
Sat- OFF (babysat the twins...I'll have to blog about that sometime!!!)
Sun- 14.5 miles

Total: 50.5

Hope everyone is having a good start to the month!!