Monday, April 30, 2012

drive by posting


My littlest girl has always loved pushing strollers and carts.  When she was barely walking, she'd push the double jogger by bending over to hold on to the bar along the bottom between the tires.  Now she can reach the handlebar.  She'd love to run with me the entire time if her legs could keep up. Of all my children so far, she may be my best bet for a future running partner. (p.s. that's marker on her calve, not blood!)  She also insisted on wearing an old visor of mine. I need to find a kids one for her. She'd die.

On Saturday I got to run with my sister, my husband and two new friends. A rarity for me, but so enjoyable. Our oldest had spent the night at her cousin's house, so we loaded the "little" girls up in the double jogger for 3.5 miles. We did 3 min run and 1 min walk intervals. When I get to run with others, it doesn't bother me to do intervals or a slower pace.  

This week our neighbor is driving the school carpool, which means I have a little more time in the morning, which means running before hubs leaves is pretty doable. I was on the streets at 6am this morning for a 3.5 mile run. I'm taking a week or two off from official training, so I ran by feel, but I wanted to push a bit too. 

My overall pace was 9:38 and I had negative splits. That is pretty fast for me. 

I'm running into an issue though, with fast running.  My right hip gets mad at me. It happened last week during some speedy running on the treadmill and I could feel it today as my pace went down with each mile. I thought I was pulling back a bit, but actually I didn't. I stretched well this morning and I'll do the same tonight. Foam rolling was recommended too.

This is a problem because to achieve a sub-2 half marathon, my pace needs to drop even more and be sustained for 13 miles. I'm starting to see that I'm capable, except this pesky right hip.

I'm glad I've been able to identify the issue so that I can work it out before I start half training later this summer.  Mama wants that new PR!


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I'm here...and running

It's been over three weeks since I blogged!!  Craziness.

Life has just been very full and my husband uses the computer a lot at night (which is my normal blogging time) to study.  I've traveled twice in two weeks, being gone for three days at a time for two different conferences.  So just not a lot of blogging time.  (you can read more here)

But, I have been running!  I am pretty good about logging my runs on dailymile if you ever want to check in there!

I've continued using the Train Like A Mother "Own It" 10k training plan. I was going to run my own race this coming Saturday, but I found out about a 10k at the end of May at the lake I always run at and so I think I'm going to wait to race then. I'll probably repeat a few weeks of the training plan.  I've been surprised at the paces I've been able to run, especially during speedwork. I think that sub-2 hour half marathon might actually be in my reach in November.

I am registered for a half in November. I PR'd at this same race in 2011 with 2:09.  It's a pretty easy, flat course and I really want a sub-2 this year!! (I didn't run in last year).  The hubs is also registered for this race.  He's kinda in denial that he agreed to run it. He's done 10k mud runs, but I don't know if he's ever run more than 10k. He enjoys running and being active, but he doesn't make it a priority. I'm excited that he's going to HAVE To do it soon.  First he needs to finish his class and we need baseball season to end.

The area I'm struggling in, STILL is cutting enough calories to lose weight, and sticking with it. I know what to do. I use a great app for logging my food. I know what mix of foods is good for me. But when I get stressed I want sugar. And when I'm busy and rushed, I grab things that aren't the best for me and I end up too hungry later.  And I neglect to grocery shop for things that will help me enjoy eating but stay within my calorie limit.

I have lost about 5lbs that I gained while training for the marathon.  But I still want to lose about 10 more to get to where I feel really good about myself and how my clothes fit, and I think I'll see my paces drop a little more too.

I've been trying to do more self-talk lately.  Reminding myself that I have the willpower and discipline it takes, that I WANT this.  Almost all of the significant weight I've lost in my adult life has been while breastfeeding, which burns an additional 500 calories a day.

Being out of town twice and eating a lot of meals out didn't help this month. I didn't go overboard, but when all your food and meals aren't in your control, it's not easy to lose--I'm happy I just maintained.

I also know that adding more strength training and high intensity intervals would help.  But it's difficult as a working mom to find time for that. Food is really what's stopping me though, so that's what I'm focused on--since I am running 3-4 days a week.

My ultimate goal is to reach my target by my 35th birthday in mid-June.  It's still doable, but I have got to buckle down and get serious.  Part of me wants to be super strict and completely eliminate certain things from my diet. But I also want balance; freedom to make adjustments for life and events. Whenever I try to do "elimination plans" I always fail. So balance is better for me. But I've been failing there too.

Sigh. I've been talking and blogging about all this for months, even years now. I'm frustrated and disappointed in myself. But I'm also forgiving of myself. Because I work, and I have 3 kids.  My husband is in school two nights a week and baseball takes up another 2, 3 and even 4 days a week.  If my jeans are tighter than I'd like them to be, if I have a muffin top, if I'm not too excited about swimsuit weather--I have to take all that other stuff into consideration.

If anyone has any words of wisdom or motivation or ideas--bring them on!!

I'm looking forward to my run tomorrow. I feel the need to run longer than 30 minutes.  I don't know if I have the time though, unless I'm up at 5am.  We'll see.

I'll try to blog more! Gotta get back in the routine somehow :)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

getting closer to being faster

I've mentioned (in every post perhaps) that I want to get faster.  Training for a shorter distance seemed like the way to go and following the "10k Own It" plan in Train Like A Mother is rocking my world!

Friday I did a speed workout, 3 days late, but I was able to hit the paces pretty well.

Since I struggle with running slow enough on my long runs, I figured being a little tired from Friday's workout could work to my advantage for a long run the next day. I got up at 6am to run as soon as it started to get light and get my run done since we were headed out of town for the day.

When I leave early before the kids are awake, I leave through our backyard, from a sliding glass door in our bedroom because the front door can be loud.  I admit, as I passed by my side of the bed and the warm covers, for a split second I just wanted to climb back in! But I continued out the door and onto the street.

The best route for a longish run from my house involves some decent hills, so even splits are difficult to achieve. My long run pace goal is around 11:00 minutes.  This long run was 7 miles, with finishing the last 15 minutes strong. I had no idea what I could pull off in those last 15 minutes, but I was going to give it all I had!

Here's how the run went:

10:53-Mile 1. Pretty flat, paced myself well.

11:33-Mile 2. Heading up the big hills. My goal on these hills is usually 12:00 or under.

11:22-Mile 3. More hills and a little flat.

10:34-Mile 4. Heading downhill now. It's SO hard to not run sub 10's on these downhills, but I really made an effort to go slow and not go faster than 10:30.

10:39-Mile 5. Finishing the downhill.

I couldn't quite decide how much distance to give myself for the last 15 minutes. After thinking about it almost the entire run, I decided on 1.75 miles.

10:20 pace for .25, getting ready to finish strong

9:13-Mile 5.25 to 6.25 Luckily the finish is flat. I was really pushing but it felt really good.

9:02 pace Mile 6.25 to 7. Dug REALLY deep and found my strong. I was shocked to see this pace on my Garmin. And super pleased! It was hard to imagine holding these last paces for an entire 6 miles, but I feel like I'm seeing good improvement to be able to hold them after running 5+ miles.

I have a few more weeks before I'm going to "race' the 10k distance. My confidence is increasing. Honestly I'd be thrilled with an overall pace under 9:30. If I can get in the 9-9:15 range, I will be ecstatic!

Even though it wasn't the greatest running week for me, I still finished with 14 miles.

Now on to next week!