Thursday, August 25, 2016

Run 11/48 3x1 mile intervals

Well I did it I finished my interval training. I am so glad I was able to get through the run. I only rested 0.05 mile before starting the next interval. I am not feeling very good today. I was thinking of running my long run in Tulsa tom. I need to go in to work tom. though. I might end up going to Tulsa on Sat. morning. I hope your run goes well this weekend.

I finished my intervals

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Run 8/48 7 miles tempo pace, 9/48 13 miles, and 10/48 3 x 1mi @ 6mph or 10 min/ mile

I have news, I am in the training blues. Friday I ran 3 miles on the treadmill at race tempo and 4 miles on the strider. I just assume I did an acceptable pace for the strider. I was still working on  recovering from my sore hamstring. I stretched several times while running which seemed to help.

 The plan was to get up on Sat. morning and run with a group. I did not end up on getting up for the run. I slept in and felt better. On Sunday I again slept in, this time feeling guilty. I was still pretty sore. 1 had chores to do so I got those done and then headed out. The weather was only in the 80s but hott to run in. The first interval was 3 miles. I stopped for a bathroom break and water and headed back out. I finished another 3 and had to get ready for dinner. I was disappointed but glad I got some of the run in.

Todays run was supposed to be 3X 1 mile @10 min/mile or 6 mph. I started out on the treadmill at 6 mph. I was really struggling. I attributed this to the treadmill and headed outside. I was still having problems maintaining my pace at 10 min/mile. I was able to run faster for a bit and then I would have to slow down. The run was disappointing but I got it done. The overall pace was 10:49 min/mile. Since it was so slow I am going to try and do the intervals tom at lunch.

Life has been busy and my running has been suffering. I am going to try and keep it up as long as possible. I might end up running the first 13 miles and then switching to running every 0.2 miles and walk 0.05miles. I am pondering this, we will see what I do as training progresses.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Well shit snacks, that didn't go well.

Well, shoot guys. I tried running my 7 miler at tempo pace. I felt fine as I geared up and headed out into the heat. I was walking while waiting for my GPS to sync and enjoying the heat. Being in the AC all day really gets to me. Oh also there was an earthquake today. The shaking felt real fun from a skyscraper. I am definitely thinking about investing in a parachute.
Anyways, my watch synced and I was off. Well the first few steps of my run and the back of my legs seized up so bad I had to stop and stretch it out. No problem I thought let's just warm up it will be fine. I only made it to 0.6 and decided to turn around. I just couldn't and wouldn't push through the pain. I don't want to risk serious muscle strain or injury. I finished up a mile running, because I am OCD. I walked my butt back to the gym, which hurt a bit . When I got back I hit the foam roller and a stick roller and did some stretching. I really hurt on drive home.
I have been stretching, icing, massaging and taking painkillers. I am hoping this clears up Tom. And I can get back out for my 7 miler. I still plan on running 13 on Sat. With running group. I am trying to not run 7 miles and then 13 miles back to back especially with sore muscles. I think the lunges did me in yesterday so I will reduce those or not do them again.
Here is to your run. I hope you had better success than I did and if not, I am right there with ya.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Interval training 6 X 0.5 miles @ 6.2 mph run 7/48

Well after my breakdown on Sunday I decided to get back to life and run my interval training on Monday. The intervals started out pretty well. I got through two without too much trouble. The last 4 intervals were not going well. I toughed them out and showed them who was boss. 
Done son!!
I am not sure if I will run on Wednesday or Friday. I plan on running on Sat. morning with the Landrunners. I suppose this means I need to run on Wednesday as I am supposed to do 7 miles. Oh well I can finish it in about an hour and 15 min. See you out on a run!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Lack of running for run 6/48

I am feeling particularly down today. I haven't made it out for my 12 mile run yet today and I don't anticipate making it out. I am sore everywhere. My DH and I went to the salt flats yesterday and spent a bit of time on the ground and leaning over. All of that cause more soreness on top of the lifting I did on Thursday. I don't have to run particularly hard but I just can't seem to get out the door. 
I honestly am considering not running the marathon. I am not enjoying running and I just do it to stay fit. I am wondering if there is another activity I can do and be fit. I also may just be having an off week. I am planning on running tom. night for my interval training. I am considering running with the OKC landrunners on Sat. morning. They are doing 12 and I will need to do 13. I am hoping running with a group will get me back into running. I am for sure going to get out and bike today as the weather is just beautiful out. Or I will at least be going out for a short jaunt around the neighborhood. 
I am just torn about running the marathon. I am more interested in trying to get pregnant. I think I will shoot for that goal and not for the marathon. I will prob. continue to train for the marathon as if I will be running it but I might downgrade to the half. It just depends what happens with getting pregnant.

Run 5/48, 5 miles at 10:30 min/mile or 5.7 mph, Hottest Run

For this run I decided to split my run up into two runs. The first was 2 miles of hills in my neighborhood at 10:30 min/mile or 5.7 mph. The run in the morning went well although it was hot and humid. I was able to finish without too much difficulty.

The second part of the run was at the hottest run 5k. The run was much cooler than the previous runs. I was able to keep up with my DH and we were running at around 10:10 min/mile to start with. My DH picked it up the last mile and a half while I petered out. I was trying to keep up the 10:30 min/mile pace but had to take a few walk breaks of 0.05 miles. I felt pretty good but was pretty tired at the end. I am feeling better running at 5.7 mph.

I am glad the night races are over as running late is difficult.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Run 4/48, Running 4x.75 @9.50 mpm or 6.1mph

Week two is underway!  I was gifted a box of truffles and they were delicious. 
Back to running. I didn't run after my long run until Wednesday. I was just too sore on Monday and then Tuesday I worked out with a friend. My Tuesday and Thursday workouts are going well but are keeping me sore.
 The run was a 4 X 0.75 intervals at 9:30 min per mile or 6.1 mph. I started out running and then rested about 0.15 mile. I ended up finishing my run at 3.5 miles. I was pretty happy with how it went. I had a side stitch for a minute but pushed through it. I am fairly happy with my time even with walking intervals.
another run in the books
My next run is a 5 mile tempo run. I am unfortunately going to need to break the run up. My DH and I are running a 5k in the evening for a summer race series. I have 2 miles to do either after the run or before. I didn't get up this morning as I was pretty sore from my workout last night.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Run 3/48, 10 mile long run

On Sunday set my alarm for 5am for my long run. I was tired and sore so I shut the alarm off. I arose about 6:30ish and headed out. I started my run around 7 am. It was hot and uncomfortable. But I powered through. About mile 2sih I stopped to use the facilities and then continued on. As I approached the transition from trail to road on the dam I wasn't feeling it. I pushed through and kept going. Around mile 5 I felt like I was done. I still kept pushing but started taking 0.05 mile breaks and then running 0.2 mile. I finished the last 5 miles this way and was able to finish 10 miles. 9 technically running and 1 walking. I will take it though.

Here are my times. I did run a bit slower than I should have but I am cutting myself some slack as it was hot.  I hope to continue to get better as the heat abates. I am more interested in just finishing as well so I can live with this time.
Week 1 done

Week 1 of training is done. Now on to week two.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Run 2/48, 3 miles @ 10:30 min/mile or 5.7 mph

On Friday I completed my second run of forty-eight for my marathon training. The run went very well. I used the treadmill at work as I wasn't feeling well and wanted to be able to use the bathroom quickly if needed. 

Turned out I did not need the bathroom which I was very thankful about. I thought I would need to take a break but running at a consistent 5.7 mph was not as terrible as I thought.  The run went smoothly and I finished without taking any breaks! I was able to finish in 32:47 which is a PR for or at least a recent PR. I am really glad this run went so well as it gives me motivation for the coming runs, which I know will be hard.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Review of The Beautiful Creatures Series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Brief Summary: Beautiful Creatures Series is a romantic magical series set in a small southern town. 

Long Review: Lena Duchannes and Ethan Wate are the two protagonists of this series. Ethan is high school student trying to get finished and out of his small town. He is trying to run away from a father who has become depressed and withdrawn after the death of Ethan's mother. Lena is new to the small town and is trying to hide her family's secret. Ethan is instantly drawn to Lena and before they know it they are inseparable. The series starts with their love story and the drama surrounding Lena's upcoming birthday. The series continues as the pair encounter more magic in their small town and the consequences that have come along with this. 
All in all this was a very enjoyable series to read. The books kept me on my toes and I wanted to know more. I was sad when the last book Beautiful Redemption was over. There is another series about Lena's cousin called the Dangerous creatures series and an extra few books in the Beautiful creatures universe called The untold stories. I look forward to reading Dangerous creatures and The Untold stories in the future.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Marathon Intervals 8X0.25 miles at 9:30 min/mile or 6.3 mph

Hey running friends, marathon training is underway. I completed my first interval training workout. I stuck to indoor training as the weather has been hot, hot, hot. I set the treadmill to 2 interval training in marathon mode, 5.0 slow and 6.3 fast. I started out running and then took rest intervals of 0.1 miles. I really started feeling it around the 6th interval. I was able to power through and finish up.
I am glad to have 1 of the 48 workouts finished.

This morning I ordered a night brace for what I think is plantar fasciitis. I tried wearing a brace I had at home last night and it did not go well. I am not sure if I had it too tight or the brace isn't appropriate. I ended up ripping the brace off after a few hours. The pain doesn't bother me when running yet but I don't want it to get worse as I continue to train. I might go put the brace on after my running tonight and stretch the tendons. I also brought a x brace that is supposed to be worn with open shoes. I will see if they help. I plan on wearing them day and night to see if they will help heal my foot. Until next time happy running.

Review of 48 days to the work you love by Dan Miller

Brief Summary: 48 days to the work you love by Dan Miller is a good read for those who are looking for direction in their career and life.

Long Review: In 12 easy to read chapters Dan Miller introduces a plan to find and get the work you love. In the Schedule chapter there is a list for a plan for the next 48 days including when to read each chapter in the book. I of course read the book in a shorter time frame as I am only interested in the content. Each chapter is a easy to read breakdown of a specific topic. I found the first few chapters on introspection hard to read. Chapter 6, 6 job offers in 10 days, is when the book picked up for me and I felt I learned a lot from there on. The information on how to re-tool one's resume and examples in the appendix were very helpful. The information on the 3 steps to getting a job that isn't being advertised was useful as well. I may have to employ this in the future. The salary negotiations chapter was helpful and eye opening. The chapter on considering opening your own small business also made me think about other ways I could generate income. All in all 48 days to the work you love would be a good book to read if you are currently unhappy in your job and looking for new opportunities or are unemployed or underemployed and looking on moving to something else.

Rating: 3/5

Other works by the author:Wisdom meets passionNo more dreaded MondaysThe rudder of the day