These last two weeks have been, without a doubt, the most stressful weeks since I was in college running programs and getting ready for exams. I’ve lost more weight. 5-6lbs at this point. When I weighed myself yesterday morning, I was just 0.02 points away from being underweight on the BMI scale. I’ve tried eating more, but my appetite just isn’t there. This from someone who normally looks forward to snack time every morning and afternoon. I have a 5K this weekend, so I really need to get my appetite back, lest I want to collapse when I hit the 2 mile mark. I’m currently in the process of shoving some lasagna into my mouth. Lots and lots of stress also make my brain start to shut down and just not care. Fortunately, I recently started a project at work that really started to reenergize me. I’m hoping that I’ll easily continue this momentum upwards and I’ll be back to my normal self soon.
Run to Remember training started this week! Aaaaand I’ve been pretty failtastic at sticking to my training schedule. I’m giving myself a small pass because of item #1 and my busy post-work schedule this week. But this weekend, no excuses. The weather is supposed to be beautiful on Saturday and Sunday, so hooray!
Nickelodeon sub-station TeenNick is bringing back old school 90s Nick shows? Awwwwwwww here it goes!
Just about a year after I decided to run my first half, I signed up for my next half. This May: Boston’s Run to Remember.
I have the running bug. Not that you’d know it, since I’ve really only run one mile since Chicago. Really? Really. This is my life right now. Last week there was only one day I was home before 9:30pm. This week and the next two weeks will basically be the same. I’m realizing that the chances of me doing any running before my Turkey Trot are slim to none. Oh well, it’s totally possible to PR a 5k after not running for a month, right? Don’t look at me with that tone of voice.
Once I have some semblance of free time back, I need to craft a good plan to improve my half time. That includes creating a better base over the winter: indoor track workouts, muscle classes, and cross training galore. I have until the end of February to kick myself back in gear. I can do it.
You might be thinking “Okay, so you’re busy during the week… but surely you have free time on weekends!” You would be right if you weren’t totally wrong. And don’t call me Shirley. With Cabaret opening next week, we have rehearsals all week long (no days off until *maybe* 11/15). And this past weekend? Well… I was at a little rally down in DC.
Yes, it was amazing. Yes, we drove 8+ hours each way to see it. Yes, the city was absolutely MOBBED with people. Yes, we attempted to go to an Italian restaurant for dinner, only to remember that the next morning was the Marine Corps Marathon when we were told there was a 7 hour wait for a table.
My life is crazy and I kinda love it. If I can ever find more time to write a detailed post and photos, I’ll do so. Magic 8 Ball says “ask again later.” Dammit, 8 Ball I don’t have time to ask later.
Run on, folks.
Yesterday, I ran a half marathon. It wasn’t organized, it wasn’t official. There were no water stops along the way, and no crowd to cheer me on.
What it was was a training run. A training run I did in only 2 minutes over my official half marathon time.
My friend and I did it together, which was a huge mental motivator. We did the whole run as an out-and-back along a local bikeway. What we didn’t realize is that the entire first half of the run was downhill… leaving the second half as a steady uphill climb, going up over 200ft.
Making it past the 7.5-8 mile area was a huge step for me, since that’s where I began to cramp during my half. This time, I stayed fueled with Chocolate Outrage GU and lemon lime nuun.
No cramps! But wow, IT band pain in the last two miles. Every step burned and I wanted so badly to just walk. At that point, the mental struggle was greater than the physical.
Onwards and upwards in distance from here. Here we go.
First of all, I think I’ve been skipping out on my blog so much because I haven’t been feeling confident in my training lately. My friend/training partner gave me a figurative smack upside the head this weekend to get with it, which was needed. And the result was a badass track workout last night.
I got to the track a bit later than I wanted last night, so I only had time for a half mile warm up before the group got started. Here’s the total rundown of the night:
.5mi warm up
800m of fartleks
4×400 speed work with 200m recovery
2×800 speed work with 400m recovery
.25mi jog to hills
4 hill climbs
.25mi jog to track
1.2mi cool down
TOTAL: 6.5 miles
I haven’t been to a track night in a few weeks, so I was terrified that I wouldn’t be able to move again for 3 days. But one ice bath and a night of sleep later, I felt great; great enough to do a slow 3mi recovery jog this morning! It was also such a beautiful evening for running yesterday, aside from a bit of hot setting sun.
I feel recharged and ready to go. We’re running a half marathon training distance this weekend, which is both awesome and bizarre to me. 6 months ago, this weekend’s training distance was my overall goal. And now it’s just another number. Well, not really.
Is it totally nerdy of me to want to wear the same outfit I wore in my half? Probably.
I’m okay with it.
I finished my 10k training yesterday with a 6.15 mile run in 1:02:11 (including a walk break around mile 4 for foot pain purposes). So today is the official start of my half marathon training. There’s now less than 10 weeks until the race! And I love my Garmin. I tried not to look at it too much as I ran, as I knew that if I saw my pace go over 10 minutes I would kick it up. Why? I don’t know. A 10:00 pace is like an evil barrier to me. I want to stay under it for no reason other than hubris.
That being said, I think I’ve been pushing myself too hard and that’s why I’m getting all these rebellious injuries. As much as I hate myself for it, I’m starting to seriously consider switching to a run/walk program until I build a stronger base. It’s not worth it to run through injuries, I’m just getting hurt over and over. The Galloway Method suggests a 3:1 run/walk ratio for my pace. Eh, I can’t imagine just running for 3 minutes then walking… and doing that for almost an entire race. But I can try it out on my next long run and see how it works. Maybe I can push myself to a 9 minute pace for those 3 minutes? (hahaha look I’m not even done with this post and I’m already thinking about pushing myself. Silly Kera. This is why you’re a klutz.)
The spin bike is going to be a big friend of mine this week. I haven’t done some good cross training in a while, which may also be a fast track to Injuryland®, home of the beloved character Mickey Ouch.
I’m coming up with a list of anti-resolutions that I’ll post here. They aren’t “things I’m going to change in 2010” because I feel like most of those are always doomed to fail. They’re like fad diets; sure they’ll work for a while, but sooner or later you’re going to change back to your old habits and gain all the bad stuff back. I’m glad I have my new running tights, as I’m sure I’ll be running outdoors until February when all the “going to the gym” resolution people have dropped like flies.
Oh my lunch is almost gone. Okay okay I’m getting back to work now.