A running date, that is! A neighbor of mine, the preacher’s wife, and I are going running Friday afternoon. Woot! I would have preferred going before work, but she gets up at the ass crack of dawn (well, 3:45am actually – before the crack of dawn!) to do PX-90. Wow. I’m soooo not getting up that early. I would have been willing to meet her at 5:30, but not 4:00. Hopefully we’ll be compatible runners and we can start a running relationship. I think that would be lovely. (Also – talking to her was one of my GFTW, so check one off the list, baby!)
Oh, and I’m officially old now. I was at the grocery store this morning and noticed bananas were on sale for $0.39/pound. And I got excited. Like, way more excited that I should have gotten about bananas being on sale. Sigh. I think it’s now time to laser off the tattoo, take out the piercings, and buy myself a minivan.
Today’s Workout: Trainer Bike: 10 min warmup, [1 min hard, 4 min easy] 6 times, 5 minute cooldown.
(Garmin Connect was being ornery, so I had to use the ugly Garmin Training Center screenshot. Boo.)
Analysis: I was dripping sweat during this. Like gross dripping sweat. Note for the future: turn on a damn fan!
I’ve also set out a rough race calendar for the next few months:
- Reach the Beach mid October (So excited to run with my bloggy friends!!)
- 5k mid/end of November (Thanksgiving morning, maybe?)
- Half marathon end of January (Hopefully Charleston. If I wanna live there I might want to actually visit first!)
- Half marathon beginning of June (Iron Horse Half Marathon)
We shall see how all this goes. None of it is carved in stone. If the weather cooperates this winter it might all happen. If it’s a snowmaggedon year, all bets are off.
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Happy Tuesday after Labor Day, everyone! (Yeah, I’m totally faking that enthusiasm…)
Workout: 8×400 (RI: 400) GP: 2:12
Analysis: ‘Twas pretty easy. We’ll see how my tempo and long runs go this week and maybe we’ll bump down my goal times.
Moving on. To a bullet point list:
- My Sissy-Poo and Clara-Bean came for the weekend. It was so very nice to see them!
- Sissy brought me a card she had made at work (don’t ask – it was a corporate team building exercise). It was awesome. I have now ordered the August make-your-own cards kit from Simon Says Stamp. I can’t wait until it comes in the mail! I have no intention of being creative and coming up with my own ideas. I shall copy the example cards exactly and I shall love it. And I don’t care if that makes me unoriginal. I just wanna glue stuff.
- I finally brought some therabands home from my parents’ house. This means my hip rehab can get into full swing.
- I am being evicted from my house in the spring of 2014. This is good. It gives me a deadline to work with, but one that is sufficiently far away that is doesn’t stress me out. I will have to start thinking about how to fit my expanded-to-fill-a-small-but-still-sizable-for-one-person-house-and-includes-three-maybe-four-bikes stuff into a presumably much smaller apartment. I can do it though. I look forward to the challenge.
- I’ve been sad for a few weeks now, and I can’t seem to shake it. I am thinking long and hard about the possibility of maybe considering changing my meds to try to combat said sadness.
And now some quick goals for the week:
~3 runs, 2 bikes~
~Foam roll 6 days, hip exercises 3 days~
~2 Fruits or veggies every day~
~Work 2 hours on a new site design~
~2 PPD blog posts~
~Make it to 25 likes on Facebook (currently at 22)~
~Call Cynthia re: running together~
~Read for at least 15 minutes a day. Doesn’t matter what – just read~
Filed under: GFTW, Goals, Running
I haven’t done a blog post in a while, partly because I’ve been busy doing other computery stuff, and partly because there’s been a lot going on in my head and I’m not sure how to wrangle it altogether into a cohesive able-to-be-understood-by-anyone-who-is-not-me post. So, we’ll get to the heavy stuff some other time, but for now, I’ll just do a simple everyday post.
Workout: Go out and run. Whatever I feel like.
Analysis: Seriously. I have got to do something about my hip.
Conclusion: Time to get serious with the PT kids. Here’s the schedule:
- Daily: Advil. (3) three times a day. I have an alarm set on my phone to remind me.
- Daily: Foam. Roll.
- Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Exercises for Hips and Glutes:
- Hip hike
- Standing dead lift
- Side leg lift
- Hip flexor stretch
- Seated internal rotation
- Seated external rotation
- Standing hip flexor
- Standing hip abductor*
I shall be aided in this endeavor by Wal-Mart brand ibuprofen, a foam roller from Ocean State Job Lot, and Therabands borrowed from Mumsy and Daddy. And I shall prevail.
Lastly: Coming soon to a LiveLikeAGrrl blog near you:
- race recap of the TriFitness All Women’s Sprint Duathlon.
- Goals for the Week.
- Depression: Two steps forward, one step back
* I was an athletic training major for two years in college. Abduction is “away from the midline”. Adduction is “toward the midline”. Whenever I see “abduction” I think: “abduct”: to kidnap away from the midline. And whenever I write or type abduction I say in my head “ay-be-duction”.**
** The 10 seconds you spent reading that paragraph is 10 seconds you will never get back. You’re welcome.
This was it people. This was the run I was waiting for. Boo-to-the-fucking-ya!
Workout: 6ish miles GP: 10:20ish
Analysis: Check out that shit! Am I the best runner in all the world, or what?! Well, there’s obviously a few people ahead of me, but still those are some pretty amazing times! And the best part was that it was easy. Like, scary easy.
I ran again with the Saturday morning girl group. And it was a crappy morning, weather-wise. Sprinkling on and off, but when it wasn’t the humidity was so bad you could almost drink the air. But I Rocked. That. Shit. Instead of being the straggler of the slow group I was the fast one of the slow group. That 10:26 time you see for the 5th mile? It would have been faster but I walked after mile 4 for about 30 seconds to let the slow pokes* catch up. And look. Just look at mile 6 and 7. I ran a sixth and seventh mile at 9:46 and 9:41! Squeeee! (Okay, I’ll stop using exclamation points now. Although according to the Hartford Courant** (via the Chicago Tribune) exclamation points are now acceptable in business emails.)
So anyway, where was I? Oh yea – Best. Run. Ever. In the history of ever. Well, if you consider “ever” to mean in the past 10 months, which for today, I do. The key now is to try to control my expectations. I’m not gonna have magically fast runs all the time now. But I had one today and for that I am eternally grateful.
*In this case though, the slow pokes were pacing themselves for a 20 mile training run, so I’ll cut them some slack.
** Hartford Courant: You have the shittiest search engine on your website. Seriously. Fix it.
***Sorry for the somewhat profanity laced post. When I get excited my trucker mouth rears its ugly head. Well, actually, I’m not sorry. So, I guess, sorry I’m not sorry!