Showing posts with label Fall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fall. Show all posts

Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday Night Trail Run

"It's easier to go down a hill than up it, but the view is much better at the top."
-Henry Ward Beecher

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
-Jim Ryun

It was about 68 degrees after I ate dinner which of course is perfect running weather. I headed to my favorite trail and got a few miles of speed work in, covered the hills trying to tackle them with quick shorter strides, and even covered a mile around a huge grass field. Running grass was tough, but I enjoy changing surfaces as each provides a different challenge. I was dripping when I got through seven miles and since its rained a lot in the past week, my lower legs were packed with a thick layer of dirt. I couldn't wait for my shower.

Nothing beats a hot shower after a good run. I didn't want to get out! I am pretty sure if I don't break this habit I will have a record high water bill this winter. I can see where a hot tub would be a real benefit to a runner. My hip felt better after a steaming shower.

I uploaded my Garmin after I slipped my compression sleeves on and noticed I have a new trend happening lately. My heart rate is not spiking quite as easily as it used to. I am not sure how to feel about this. Yes, it means I am more fit and my heart is getting stronger, which is good since I am old, but the flip side; I am not burning as many calories. I am going to have to do some research about this but not now...The Voice is on!

Overall a trail run is a good way to start the week.





Sunday, October 20, 2013

Vacation and Returning to Routines

It's no fun returning to your normal routine after vacation. After an average of 10 hours sleep a night and no alarms, setting the clock for 5:30 a.m. made me shudder. I could hardly sleep Thursday night, it's a good thing I returned to work on Friday I guess. One day to ease into it.

Running was great on vacation however my motivation since I returned home four days ago is a little low.

I did have one goal for myself on vacation and I am sad to say I didn't meet it. I wanted to run a half at least once while I had the benefit of crisp mountain air but my longest distance ended up being 10 miles. That seems to be some kind of personal wall for me and I need to find a way to crack it. Of course, I didn't carry any water for that run and that wasn't so smart, but finding that little extra you need to keep pushing evaded me that morning.
The invigorating mountain air was soothing for my soul.
Wrap up for vacation running:
Wednesday (the day I arrived) 3.11 in 28:44 a new PR for me. I had to look twice to believe it!
Thursday off
Friday 8.50 miles in 1:29:09  it was beautiful and I soaked up the views
Saturday 7.03 miles in 1:09:40 another good time for me, the cool air did wonders for me
Sunday 9.01miles in 1:32:49
Monday 8.22 mile brisk walk, my legs felt a little tired
Tuesday 10.02 miles in 1:41:20 I held my pace pretty good, but I should have gone farther
Wednesday (the day I left) 1.46 miles in 13:27 because it was drizzling and I needed to get showered and to the airport

That's the most running I have done in a week's time ever. My body held up pretty well and I didn't feel much soreness in my left hip at all. My hip has been a thorn in my side affecting my running, but it really didn't hurt until I sat on the plane for 6 hours cramped up. I have come to the conclusion the sitting is worse than the running. I think the 8 hours of sitting at work everyday is killing me. If I could walk away today I would be so happy. I don't do well trapped all those hours and as I quickly approach 50, my energy reserves are a little more limited than in my 20's and I resent I use up a lot of energy at work each day. After working for 32 years I am over it. Enough of that rant...

A few more views from Montana. I loved my time there :)

It was looking a little like Fall


I love the peacefulness


Hungry Horse Dam- the peaks in the background are Glacier National Park

One of my run routes

Path around the Lake in Whitefish

Monday, October 14, 2013

Montana

My frustration with hot humid weather had peaked just before vacation. I took three days off after the Danville half. Wednesday when I arrived in Montana, the cool air revived me and I went for a quick run. I ran a 28:44 5K. I broke a barrier (under 29:00) I thought was unattainable for me. I ran a cool down lap and stretched out and started to rethink my retirement from running.This week was much needed and right on time. 

A path I have been runnng on



Morning Views
 

By Whitefish Lake


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Glimpses

I am snuggled up on the sofa, compression sleeves on, muscles feeling used up, watching the Real Housewives of  New Jersey season finale. I still don't feel well, the second dosage of antibiotic helped, but I still am having a hard time swallowing. I hate being sick like this. My energy level is zapped and I am achy but not quite bad enough to be in bed non stop.

I knocked out eight miles this evening. I left the house and thought I would like to get eight in, but I wasn't sure if that was doable since I really am kind of blah. Starting out I had the fatigue feeling again but I pushed through and I hit a 5k in 29:48 which helped motivate me to keep moving. During the run I hardly looked at my pace. I am trying to adjust my movement based on how I am feeling. When I hit mile seven I was pretty close to home and I really wanted to call it a day, but I pushed myself to turn and run one more mile. This will be my last long run before my next half so I wanted to push myself when I really wasn't feeling up to it.

 9:35, 9:44, 9:26, 10:09, 9:57, 9:58, 10:01, 10:11 a total of 1:19:08

Glimpses...I caught a look at myself in a window on my way home. My posture was a sad mess! All hunched forward...ugh. I need to work on that. It's a good thing I didn't see that in the beginning or I probably would have never got my run in.

Enjoying a yummy shake to recover

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Trail Run

Ten miles down tonight that started on the trails and ended up on pavement. It didn't matter where I ran, I was slow because it was super hilly. I am worn out from it, sitting on the sofa, and of course I must have a cat as close as he can get to me.
Otto is cramping my writing

I did run a new piece of trail and it was nice not knowing exactly what to expect. I needed a change from the normal loop I do.
  • I actually ran without my headphones. I did turn my IPOD on in my running belt and I really love having nothing on my ears!
The last few miles I left the trails and ran the road but it was rolling hilly and I struggled to keep it going. I actually popped out of the woods on a stretch that is uphill incline for about a mile. I kept telling myself it will make me stronger, but it was rough. Needless to say this wasn't my fastest run, but I did accomplish my distance goal. I am trying to not focus on my splits to gauge my success. My average pace was 10:51.

I am still undecided if I am going to attempt my second half next week, but hitting double digits helps me to feel more confident that I can do it.
I interrupted a snack

Monday, September 23, 2013

Trail Walk with a Little Running

Today when I walked out of work the cool air was to inviting to pass up. I decided to take a trail walk in an area I haven't been since last year. It felt strange to fill my camelbak and go. I love it for walking, hiking, and biking. I still haven't found the perfect hydration pack for running yet. 
When I finished the moon was out

I started off at a brisk pace and enjoyed the cool air. It didn't take long and I wanted to run some. No real plan just trotting along for the pleasure of it. Easy pace run for about a minute then walk for awhile. Running a little is okay with my pack on, but it does get irritating, so trying to wear it for even a short non stop run would probably make me crazy. Sometime during mile two my headphones started the warning bell so I knew they were going to die. Dead about ten minutes later. I didn't have anywhere to tuck them away so I wore them around my neck. I realized over the next few miles I liked the feeling of freedom with nothing on my ears. I turned my IPOD on and kept the music low. I enjoyed myself so much I think I will get brave my next run and try to just turn my IPOD on in my running belt and see how I do. I have never ran without headphones. Who knows I may love it right?

After I was on the trail for awhile I came to a turn I wasn't use to. I tried to take mental notes but you know trees and trail start to similar when the sun sets. Anyway, I took a new turn and came out of the woods in a whole new area. I realized there was another whole piece about two miles I had no idea existed. (Smiles) I think it's going to be my next run spot. It's actually not that far from the four mile loop I usually do so it will give me a change of scenery. Woot!  
In my excitement walking/jogging thinking about my new route I realized I needed to get back to my car.
The short version...
  • I made a wrong turn even though I made mental notes lol
  • It got very dark
  • My last mile I could have used a head lamp
  • Had my pepper spray in hand
  • Saw a huge buck who looked at me like, "Get out!"
  • Will plan better next time-darn short days
These are the kind of temps that make me want to be out for hours. I ended up taking a 9.20 mile walk in 2:13 my half marathon time, must be a good number for me, thinking I should buy a lottery ticket.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Trail Run 15K

The weather continues to be amazing here, 70 with low humidity and a nice breeze; perfect running weather. I headed to my favorite trail and considered trying to do the four mile loop three times. That was over zealous I guess because I ended up finishing a 15K. My back up plan was 9 miles.  I want to be prepared just in case I decide to run another half in early Oct.

Since I am always slower on my hilly trail I planned to run around the loop with a decent pace first, take a water stop and do it again easy pace. I thought if I was feeling great I would consider a third loop...
So my first go was a success 9:56, 10:07, 10:33, 11:04 and a half mile in 5:42, that was a good trail time for me and it helped me to relax for my second go round.
I drank the water bottle I stashed at the mouth of the trail and went again.
10:50, 11:16, 11:13, 11:49 and I ran out and up the road to my car which was .80 in 8:27 which made a perfect 15 k distance.

I was sweating like crazy and with the sun going down I actually felt chilled. I couldn't wait to take a shower! There was no way I could of would of went again. It's really strange after all these months of suffering through heat, humidity, and nauseous symptoms, to actually feel chilled.


That's Baby (the cat)
I am happily on the sofa watching 19 Kids and Counting (what a nice family) happy I got my run done with my Zensah sleeves on.



Couldn't resist showing my polka dots



Saturday, September 14, 2013

Trail Day

The weather today is fabbbbbulous. Cool breezes, and low humidity. I left the house and headed to my favorite trail. I even got to sleep in because finally I don't have to get up at the crack of dawn to try to survive and avoid strong sun and heat. I am not sure why but I put on my Brooks Ghost instead of my trail shoes today. The shoes are super comfy, but I really needed my trail shoes. Mental note - my shoes are not going to make me faster on trails, in fact I think these made me slower. My Brooks don't have quite the grip as my Montrails.


I took off for my first long run since my half. It felt so amazing not to be experiencing heat stroke like symptoms. I just tried to enjoy the run and I didn't check my Garmin for pace the whole run. I knew it was slow, but I tried not to let it bug me. I haven't been on this trail in almost two months. The hills were kicking my rear! No power running up the hills today, just trudging along at snail speed. I am going to have to work back up to powering the hills.

Today toward the end of my run I wondered how in the heck I ever lasted 13.1 miles. I tried to briefly talk myself into another 2 miles when I was nearing completion but my mental strength wasn't there today. I didn't really feel bad, but I couldn't find any reason to keep going either. I think I need to sign for another half and do it again. I need that extra motivation to push that far.

The good part of trail running is 8.6 miles and my hip isn't aching and I don't feel any soreness in my knees. I have to learn to enjoy a sense of accomplishment that isn't attached to fast splits.

10:05, 10:18, 10:34,10:56,12:13,11:31,10:24,12:31,10:39
1:35:06 avg. 11:03


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Some Days are Go Days

When I run alone I often just scoot out with a loose plan and readjust the plan as needed. The heat has caused me to function like GPS.  I leave the house with a route in mind and recalculate when I feel off  (based on how well my body is tolerating the humidity). 

There was a break in the humidity today so no excuse, just go run.

I thought easy pace and maybe I can get a decent distance in. My last long run was 9 miles on August 18th. I have run several times since but all under 4 miles. I realized shortly after taking off  I probably couldn't get more than 7 in before it was too dark so I figured I just better go hard a few miles and burn off the Milky Way (mini) and pound of Humus I ate earlier. 

When I started off  I felt fatigue in my legs and recalculated my 7 miles into a 10K. I kept trying to pace myself, but when I slowed down I felt worse, it was really exhilarating just to keep pumping hard. 

What always puzzles me is that I can't really predict how I am going to feel once I start running. I experienced a little of the "lead legs" when I took off, but by a few miles in I had a decent rhythm going and was jamming to my music. I feel good I pushed myself today. Some days just aren't meant to be an easy pace kind of day. 
 9:33, 9:35, 9:38, 10:12, 10:00, 9:52 , and .2 @1:45

This is a good time for me.  Just once though, I'd like to shave it to under an hour even if it's 59:59. It'd be a bonus if that happens at the Monument Ave. 10K this year.

I love my Brooks, for short runs they are super comfy, but I am not sure if they are the perfect long run shoe for me. 

Still on my search to find something super cushy under the ball of my foot. 


Cool air makes me think of Fall - my favorite time of the year. Oh, I am wearing my compression sleeves while I write out my thoughts. I seriously love how they feel. 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Do You hear Cheering?

I had dreams back in May then it got positively sizzling hot

I ran a 15K in May and thought it's not that much farther to run a half. "Keep training and go for it - run a half marathon in August!" I was so excited, but by July I had to wave the white flag and accept that wasn't going to happen. The heat, humidity, and sun were tough on me this summer. I even took a break from exercising last week because I felt exhausted, but I know it won't last forever and the idea..."Run a half....run a half," swirls around in my head all the time. 
Summer running miles:
June- 70 miles 
July- 88 miles 
August- 72 miles 
Very few of the above mentioned miles were easy and smooth. The numbers look okay, but I remember how they felt. LOL
I welcome cooler temperatures with arms wide open. If you hear cheering it's probably just me the first 60 degree day of Fall.



Is is December yet?


I like having a race goal.  I like running longer distances and the sense of accomplishment when I am done and I like the calorie burn. I like feeling stronger. What drives you to run?