Monday, June 29, 2009

Just a few more days

So, are we ready? It is hard to believe that we are almost to the race. Our group has improved since our start in April, and I am confident that you will reach the finish line next Saturday.

I had a great time running with you all this weekend! The bigger group tackled the heat on Saturday and then Cherie, Kim and I ran the course on a misty Sunday morning. And although I know I am teaching the class, you were all solid motivation for me to get out of bed and run! Goes to show you the power of the group and also the importance of scheduling our workouts so we cannot back out.

However, that run was longer than what you will have to journey next Saturday…. Speaking of which, it looks like it will be mostly sunny and in the 70s! Hydrate this week.

Homework- run between 2 and 3 miles!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Tomorrow's Run

Are you ready?

Remember, we will meet at my house at 7:45! I am headed to Jimmy Buffet, so quick recap before I have to meet the tailgaters at 9:30. Are we 16????

Here it is....

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Chatty Cathys and a New York Times Article

Well, last night was a lovely run, wasn't it? I think it was Meg who commented on how chatty we all were, and isn't that an indication of us having a nice little time out there?

Seriously, solid effort last night ladies! We did not kill ourselves, but that was not my intention. It was just about being out, enjoying conversation and being grateful that we can run.

Interesting NYT blogpost about interval training- some background as to why I put you through track pain last week!

I owe you a big post- now only if I can get my annual reports finished for work!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

On the Road Again

Hello there- we are going to do Saturday's posted workout for tonight. Same route!

I am super busy at work this week after being out for two days last week. I cannot write that much! Instead, for some fun reading, here is a Runner's World link on "How to Run the Perfect Race."

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Homework

Just so I don't forget-

map out 3 miles and get it done- I have lots to write about, but I am going to wait until tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Out of My Comfort Zone

As I told many of you tonight, I am headed to space camp tomorrow. My mother won a sweepstakes- who does?- so we are headed to Cape Canaveral tomorrow at 7AM. On Saturday, we will be on the zero gravity flight. I am in a rush, but I promise that my mother and her sweepstakes are a whole separate blog post.

I am COMPLETELY nervous about this ride. I have walked through the markets of San Salvador looking very American by myself, but for some reason, the whole space thing freaks me out. It is completely outside of my comfort zone. I cannot explain it, and I know it a once in a lifetime opportunity, but for some reason, it is completely disconcerting for me!

I am not sure why- I don't know if it is that I am such a person of strategy, and I like to know what the backup plan is before it is needed, and that the whole concept of outer space and not knowing does not fall into it. Regardless, I am sure I will have much to say when I get back. Enough freaking me out!

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Homework- Run four miles, running and walking. Don't worry about time. Just enjoy it.

Workout for Saturday.....

3 minute run
30 second walk
Repeat

Last Track Workout of the Season!

Tonight is our very last track workout of the season. Here is the plan.... Every 200is equal to a HALF lap of the track

Run 200
Walk 200
Run 400
Walk 200
Run 600
Walk 200
Run 800
Walk 200
Run 1000
Walk 200
Run 1200

Repeat!

See you tonight. Remember to bring water to the workout.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Homework

4 miles somehow, someway.... start working on your strategy for the race. How do you plan to get to the finish line?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Bachelorette

Well, my single life ends tomorrow. I am excited for my husband to return from West Point, but the bachelorette life has not been all that bad. (Granted, I saw him over the weekend, so it is not like I have had to go too long without him.)

Dinner has been all about me- I have had veggies,brown rice and tofu stirfry, spinach salads, veggies burgers, soy milk, and all those earthy crunchy foods that would never enter his mouth. I have been able to go to yoga a bit more, and I am now Cisco the dog's best friend. I have read so many books, something I normally don't have time for....

But then I remember that it's nice to share a meal with him, and I miss our morning rituals. And, taking care of Cisco alone is a lot harder than when it is a team effort. I think, well, it is probably okay if I keep the soy milk in the fridge next the the real stuff. After all, marriage is about compromise, right?

I have had a good week, connecting with friends and with myself. My other half coming back will turn it into a great one though.

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On another note, AWESOME run the other night ladies. Everyone did at least 4 miles, and we kicked its butt. I was so proud of our little tribe kicking Otis Hill's butt. We looked even stronger heading up the Main St hill.

You are all such an inspiration, seriously. It took me much longer to become a runner, and you all will get there in ten weeks. Wow!

Motivation

Running for yourself has to be the ultimate motivator. Everyone else can help with the preparations, but it is ultimately you who digs deep in the middle of wanting to stop.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tonight's Run



Workout


3 minute warmup
4 minute run
1 minute walk
Repeat- turn around at 25 minutes in

Girls Night Out

As you know, I am a big fan of the local road race. Big races have their magic and pizzazz, but give me that start line where the seven year old is lined up to THAT guy who will win the race anyday.

I am lucky to have a nice group of women who share their passion about running. We may have never connected without running, but we have created strong bonds over sweat and early morning runs. One of those special ladies, my best running buddy, is Leann. She is a phenom, whose ability to run up hills should be photographed for the Museum of Fine Arts, it is just so beautiful to watch.

Leann lives in Milton, and every year, the Milton Junior Women's Club hosts a Tuesday evening race. Last year, it fell on Leann's birthday, so we had a little group to run the race. It was literally 100 degrees last year when the gun went off at 6:30. I only did the 5K last year, because I was too wimpy with the heat and my MS.

Since we live in New England, of course the weather was completely different a year later. It was 53 degrees with misty rain last night. However, the weather may have helped us, as we had a slightly bigger group for what we now call Leann's birthday run, and not the Milton race.

Before the race, we did typical female things, emailing each other wondering what each other was going to wear. (Isn't it amazing that we do this as females whether it involves a night on the town or a race =)?) We decided on long shirts and shorts, and met each other at the race. We ran into some of our L St friends, including two of my other female running buddies, Maureen and Michelle. More chit chat about nothing and then we lined up for the race.

OMG- I should have stuck to the 5K. The 10K is WAY hillier than the 5K and my legs were toast from my morning Spin class and my afternoon swim. (Side note- who does that? I am not a professional athlete. I do not know why I thought I could be all bad aXX.) So, I trudged on just trying to keep Leann's orange shorts in my sight. I was successful until about mile 4, but it just wasn't my night. I finished the race with much help from my friend Susan, who came up behind me with about a half mile and told me to pick it up and follow her to the finish line. Yes, she beat me by a few seconds and she is old enough to be my mother. I hope I have 10% of her energy when I am her age. But, I finished, and sometimes, that is all that matters, having the energy to finish strong when the energy to run is just not there.

We went back to Leann's afterwards for a birthday celebration, and more female talk ensued. In fact, the men in our group went outside because they were bored by it. I told Leann that I tried REALLY hard to keep her shorts in sight, and she mentioned that she just tried to keep Maureen in sight. Joanna piped in that she just kept my pink shorts in sight!

Isn't it funny? We all were encouraging each other without even knowing it. We may always not perform deliberate actions to support a friend, but sometimes the unintentional act offers as much.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Less than a Month to Go

Goodness gracious- where has time gone!

The race is getting closer and closer. We have a big two training weeks, and then we will start to taper down.

Tomorrow night, we will be on our feet for 50 minutes total. If you need to do your homework today, please only go out for 25-30 minutes. Keep it short!

And, to save the date, on Saturday June 27th, we will run from my house to the middle school. Then, we will go over some race hints on my porch while we drink coffee and eat breakfast. You will need to be at my house at 7:45 that day, and I imagine that you will leave after coffee around 9:30/9:45 or so. I just want to throw it out there so we can plan it out.

Tomorrow we will head to the harbor.... See you at 7!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Double Loop

Reminder- I am away on Saturday, but will be there on Sunday night at 7PM. Ann Marie sent an email about running on Saturday, so get back to her if you want to join her.

This week's workout is a DOUBLE LOOP. You will complete the posted workout twice, to give you a total of 4 miles. Doing this helps you to think about what we refer to as NEGATIVE splits. Take the first one easy, let your body warm up, and then push a little harder on the second one. I also am having you do this as it will mimic the last mile of the race for you twice.



See you on Sunday or Wednesday!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Track TIme

Hello runners, tonight we will be doing our workout on the track. Meet out back at the Rec for a rocking good time.

Here is our work out....

5 minute warmup
3 minute run
1 minute walk
4 minute run
1 minute walk

Repeat

Let's start right at 7, and we will finish up at 7:50 so that we have time to stretch.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Even the New York Times

Is promoting the run/walk concept. Great advice here- when we plan our walk breaks, we gain control over our race.

See you Wednesday! It is track night out back at the Rec.