Friday, July 29, 2011

Running with sore legs

On Wednesday I ran 4 miles on the treadmill and had a session with my personal trainer. I thought we were going to do arms but no she had legs planned. We did squats, leg press, dead lifts, lunges, leg weights and abs! It was a 40 min leg killing session. My legs were like jello. So yesterday I was suppose to run 7 miles but instead I took a day of rest. My legs were so sore that it was difficult to walk. So this morning I woke up at 5am and ran 7 miles. When I got out of bed I was so stiff! Today was one of those days when getting out of bed was a challenge! The first 2 miles were really stiff but then I started to loosen up. I ran 7 miles is 1:07:33!! No a bad run considering I was really sore!!

Last night the family and I went to the mall and did some shopping. All I ended up buying was a new running hat. The hat I have is about 8 years old!! I was in desperate need for a new one!! I ended up getting a pink under armour hat!! I love getting new gear!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Longest Run

Well this week has been a very busy running week. I am going out of town this weekend and will be unable to run so I did all 5 of my runs during the week. Usually I have a day of rest in the middle of all these runs. But since I didn't want to miss a run (since I am addicted to running now) I had to do it all in a row. After this mornings run I am tired and ready for a day of rest. Here is what I did this week:

Monday: 4 mile run
Tuesday: 7 mile run with 45 min session with personal trainer (Legs and Abs)
Wednesday: 7 mile run
Thursday : 4 mile run with 45 min session with personal trainer (Arms and shoulders and abs)

This morning I woke up at 5:30 and headed out the door for my longest run since my marathon in April. I needed to do 14 miles at a comfortable pace. This morning started out with the temperature at 82 degrees. It felt so muggy. The first 2 miles just felt horrible, stiff and just out of synch. After the first two miles I was feeling really good. I wore my fuel belt and brought with me about 28 ounces of half gatorade and half water. I am starting to get bored with all the routes I have been running. I have always walk out the door and pick a direction to run. I feel like Forrest Gump when I am running around the city. I need to venture out of this area. Don't you just hate it when you are running and pass something that sounds so good. Today I past Mcdonalds and I am in love with their mango pineapple smoothies!! I also passed a local bakery called Nothing Bunt Cakes and I so could have walked in there and ate a whole cake. Luckily they were closed. At about mile 9 I was beginning to run low on liquid so I found a 7/11 and filled up my bottles with ice water. They were nice to let me fill them up and not charge me. I think they took one look at me and thought wow is she sweaty she looks thirsty. I finished 14 miles exactly at my driveway. I was feeling pretty good but it was hot. The temperature was 88 degrees. I am worried about the Hottest Half coming up in 3 weeks. The race doesn't start until 730 and I was finishing up at that time today. So it will definitely be hot. My finish time today was 02:17:25. I was happy with that time. I looked at my watch at exactly 13.1 mile and my time was 2:09. So if I run that on race day then I will have a PR. I am not planning on making a PR though. I am just running for fun.....

Overall a good week. The miles are going to just keep piling on as the weeks go by in my training!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Marathon Training Plan

Well I am in week 7 of my marathon training for Tyler Rose Marathon on October 9. This will be my 2nd marathon. I am using Hal Higdon's intermediate training program. I have used his training programs in the past and have always been happy with the program. It is an 18 week program that has pace runs, long run and tempo runs. At the peak of the program I will have a 43 mile week. Since Tyler has a lot of hills on the course I am also adding hill repeats to my schedule every other week. I am feeling stronger this go around than last time. I am hoping to have a better time than the last marathon.

My thoughts on weight training

I have been working the past 4 weeks with my personal trainer. We have been alternating doing legs, arms and shoulders and abs. I have never really done a lot of weight training. I always got bored with weight training. I think it is because I didn't really know what I was doing and didn't want to look dumb doing it. So I just never lifted weights. Now 4 weeks has past, and I am feeling a lot more toned. I see more definition in my legs and arms. It is hard to coordinate weight training with running. My personal training suggest weight training first then run afterwards. (I wonder if that is how everyone else does it.) I have also been trying to watch what I eat and try to eat healthy most of the time. I allow myself one cheat day a week to eat whatever I want. I definitely feel good and have more energy!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Group Run

Today I met the Mckinney Running Club at Market street for our Saturday long run. Half of the running club was not there because they were running the Lady of the Lake Relay. I ran with a group of 8 girls. It was a great run. Running with other runners is so much more enjoyable. I really like running with a group on my long run for two reasons. First being the company, makes the miles go by fast. Second being that they make me stay at a comfortable pace. We ran 8.5 miles in 1 hour and 28 minutes. I think it was an average of 10:20 pace. That is slower than I have been running but I definitely enjoyed it. I wish I could run with the group a lot more but my hubby's schedule doesn't allow for that. So I will take what I can get. I am only 4 weeks away from my half marathon in August. I am looking forward to the race.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Back to posting

Well life has been really busy!! I am ending my 5th week in my marathon training. Getting ready for my next marathon in October! Training is going good so far. I am running 5 days a week with 1 cross train day and one rest day!! I am up to 30 miles a week. I have been doing most of my runs early in the morning around 530. This morning I woke up at 5:30 and got dressed and headed out the door at 5:50. This was the first time I have ever just wore a sports bra and shorts. I decide to try it out since it was so hot this morning. I must say that I liked it much better. It was definitely cooler. I ran 12 miles at a 9:21 min pace. I ran a lot of hills this morning so I was proud of my time. I felt really good running this morning, no major aches or pains. I am trying to get ready for my half marathon I am doing in August. I am a little nervous about the race since August is usually hotter than any other month. I am just hoping to finish and not last place. My plan is to just run for fun and not even weary Garmin it will be really hard for me to not use it because I never run without it!! It will definitely be interesting!!