Saturday, August 24, 2013

A Break In the Weather

This morning I "blended" in with the a training team for a half marathon with my running race buddy Kasey. What a great experience. Soooo different than trotting around here at the crack of dawn solo. I like the big pack feeling; it was like a race day.  Today's laps 10:33, 10:02, 10:09, 9:38. It felt great to run in cool air. Air that felt light and crisp verses the past few months where air is like a blanket. The break in the humidity makes for a happy attitude.

I actually ran 2.2 more miles after we came home, but it was still shy of the 90 minute run I was supposed to check off today. The temperature was still workable but it was too sunny for this ginger by the time we drove home. Next week...long run.
I have my compression sleeves on rejuvenating me.
I am addicted to Zensah

Black is not kitty cat friendly. Otto is sticking to my sleeves

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Compression Sleeves ~ Thumbs Up!

The past few weeks have been rough. Lots of up and downs; feeling hot then too cold, feeling fatigued, feeling anxious, not able to sleep enough and in general a lack of motivation. Procrastination is at an all time high...my house is filling up with dust bunnies. If I had to choose to breathe I would be in trouble.

That being said exercise has been taxing. July I struggled through crazy humidity, hot temps, and getting up at 5 a.m.to run. August has been better weather wise, but my body is hitting some kind of wall. I have felt the "lead weight legs" for most of my runs this month. Even after three rest days I just feel leg fatigue when I start running. I have scraped through this, but I am not breaking any speed records. Thursday I ran 8.6 miles in an hour and a half. Friday I ran just shy of 8 miles in 80 minutes. In the past I haven't been able to run on back to back days so I should celebrate getting stronger even if I do feel challenged. 
Yesterday I ran in compression sleeves for the first time (because the temps were cooler). I am in search of a "lead weight" cure.
I love the pink                                                               


I love the squeeze feeling! I need to wear them a few more times to give a thorough opinion, but I love them. I do think they are actually going to be more effective for recovery after long runs. I am wearing them today and I feel energetic and ready to go after just a few hours rest. I think these will be great when winter rolls around. I like my calves warm in the winter and these will be perfect. I need two pairs now, one to run in and one to wear after... :/ No one said running was cheap!

This morning, Saturday, I decided to bike. My legs felt too fatigued to run. Biking is also great for recovery.
I am going to keep working my "lead weights" and stretching and try to push through this latest wall.
Running...will it ever feel easier?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Intervals Are Fun

My training guide called for intervals this week. 3 minutes x four and a ninety second recovery run. After my first interval I decided it was easier to time to the minute so my recovery run became two minutes. Three minutes - 6.6 (9:29 pace), 6.7 (9:20 pace), 6.8, 6.8 (9:12 pace), and I did one extra for good measure @ 9:20 pace. Three minutes at that quick of a pace felt pretty long and got my heart pumping. I ran a 10:54 pace for my recovery run. I really loved this workout! I am much more appreciative of the treadmill these days. I still don't love it enough to try to do a longer run, but timing myself is actually making the 30 minutes fly by. Love that!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Trail Run

I decided to go to the park and trail run this morning. Skimming my training calendar revealed all my July runs were street or treadmill runs. No wonder my knees felt crabby after my last run! I usually mix it up better than that. 

The tree cover on the trails is pleasant and keeps me from getting up at the crack of dawn. The hilly trails force me to follow my training guides "easy pace" "no target" directions.  


I took easy pace to a whole new level this morning. 9.75 miles with an average pace of 11:40. It took an hour and 54 minutes. Miles and time were really odd stopping points for me today but my willpower was ebbing.
The park in Dec. 


My fastest mile 10:23 and my slowest 12:51 lol That's almost like dawdling! I actually knew I was running this slow and was telling myself to put a little zest in my step, but I swear someone slipped lead weights in place of my insoles today. I never really felt overly thirsty or even over heated; I just couldn't find any energy in reserve. I had been feeling under the weather this week and took three rest days so I was anticipating feeling totally energetic. Ha! I try to finish my runs on a strong pace, but that little pick me up didn't happen today. Accomplishing something and feeling it was just a lackadaisical effort makes me want to go back and do it again! 

This is my longest distance to date and yes it would have been nice to just round it out at ten miles, but by 9.6 miles I was running by my car and the water was inside! I had a hard time going by a few times just to get to 9.75 miles. I just couldn't make myself run the parking lot to get to ten. Sitting on sofa now that seems silly, but at the time I was just ready to stop and stretch! 

Maybe next time I'll make it to ten-the pesky training guide says I am supposed to do it again next week.