Sunday, December 6, 2009

Chocolate

Makes everything so so good.

Had a lovely weekend with the B and the Husband.

Monday: 8miles
Tuesday: 50min
Wednesday: 50min
Thursday: 1 mile in 5:39, 1.4 miles at 6:30pace, 1200m in 4:12, 1.4 mile at 6:30 pace, 800m in 2:24, 1.4 mile at 6:30 pace, 400m in 77-78
Friday: 8miles
Saturday: 12.5 miles in 1:25
Sunday:3miles/3miles, weights and abs

Saturday, November 21, 2009

It's merely just...Running....

OK so here I am a little MIA on the blog. I can say I am busy, stressed with work, and tired. And yes, all these things are true---but- the real reason why I just have not been bloggin lately..

Is because the running thing is not that important right now.

Dont get me wrong, I am still up 2 hours before early every morning (4-4:15, 4:30 if I am lucky) getting my run in, 7-9 miles, sometimes more. Always with friends, never alone.
So on thursdays, I do not have a running buddy...so I don't run.

Sometimes, If I miss a morning session I go to snap fitness and...gasp!...run on the treadmill so I don't miss my afternoon line up of good T.V. So, am I now considered a hobby jogger?

Well, a week or so ago, there was this rumor around that i was "sorta out of shape". I know right? Well, maybe I started the rumor...possibly..but this week I had a kick ass workout with Micah and Elizabeth on mugshots (we dropped some 5:35 miles and some 2:37's for the 800's). A workout like that, is not something I would have been extatic about in the spring or late summer, but after running enough just to stay in shape for months on end...I think that is a pretty good start.

So, another confession..
I have not done a long run in about 4 weeks. So this weekend we went out to the boardtown groupd and worked my tail off to stay up with Drew and Houston. I rooolllleeeeddd through ten miles in 64min, and finished the 13.1 mile course in sub 1:28. Now, still nothing to be extatic about BUT if you consider that the we were only running HARD HARD for about half the run, I think I was at goal half marathon pace for at least 6 miles.

So, what does this all mean? Really nothing unless I have a plan for the spring. And as I kissed my marathon dreams good bye a few months back (chalk it up to a "tight hip" or laziness) I am driving through the middle of nowhereville without a GPS...or running along without any plan what-so-ever.

So what to do?

I dunno, you tell me?

out.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Update....?

Suffered from a bad case of fatigue lately, but still had a good workout and long run last week. Houston and I had a good run with a triathlete friend of Micah and Kelly's on Saturday. Ohhh it was so nice to get bread, I think I dream about the bread all week.

we had a solid 15miles at 7:01 pace saturday,
8-9miles with my 2 coaching sessions sunday
monday was an hour
tuesday was an hour
wednesday will be a tempo of some sort.

Really nothing fabulous about the previous two weeks. We had a really good workout last wednesday , 2 miles at 6:18, then 6:00, and a 5:45 to finish it off but nothing that we have not done, and nothing special.

B-man had surgery today. He is so tired now. I was so worried about him at work today. Love my little man..

Check out my new twitter article from work. I thought it was kinda cute, no? Tweet. Tweet. haha.

out.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

End of week

Thursday: 30min easy
Friday: 8-9miles (7:10 pace)
Saturday: 13miles, 1:22 for 12
Sunday: 9miles (2 runs) drills, strides

Hips are tight. hamstrings are cramping.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Turning in my Launch by Brooks :(

So the wear testing period has ended, and I have to give my shoes back to brooks. Loved wear testing the launch, hope they found me suitable for another...

Sunday: 9 miles total (5+4) = strides
Monday: AM: 9.5 miles (70min)
Tuesday: AM: 8miles (59min)
Wednesday: AM: alternating 1 mile at 85%, 1 mile at 60% for 8 miles (6:04, 6:14, 5:50, 6:15), easy miles at7:30 ish), for 10 miles

why is it that every sleep in day (aka thursday) I have to go and make plans...

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Worn out, another 20 miles logged in the AM

Thursday:30min easy
Friday:8+ miles, 58min
Saturday: 20miles at an average of 6:53

Fell off the back a bit on the last leg of the twenty, not alot. group averaged 6:52 so I added a second or so.

Hurtin now.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Huntsville Marathon Training Week 2

LW---
Saturday: 20.5 miles in 2:23
Monday: 10.5 miles, 73min
Tuesday: 8-9miles, 7:20 pace
Wednesday: 2X20min at tempo, 9miles
Thursday: 20min easy (worked late, no afternoon run)
Friday: 8.3 miles, 57min
Saturday: 11miles relaxed

TW---
Sunday: 9-9.5 miles (68)
Monday: AM: 10.5 miles, 72min
Tuesday: AM: 8.8 miles, 64min
Wednesday: AM: 8min, 6min, 4min, 2min, 8min hard w/2min recovery jog in between. first 8min at 6:15 pace, the rest of the workout at around 5:40pace, 9 miles

another big run on saturday, gotta prepare.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

20.5 miles in 2:23

Good run today. Got talked into running 20 and a half. longest run of my life.
Not sure what i am going to do about this running thing, but I am going to keep enjoying training with my friends.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

16 miles in 1:52, maybe a race on saturday....

Again, MIA on the blog. Thats life.

Running is going pretty good, I am not running alot of miledge just running pretty hard. My husband and I have just bought a house, and work is rolling right along. I will try to sit down and write a good training post, but I just have alot going on right now.

Not sure when and what I am going to race soon, I am just content doing what I am doing now.

hmm.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Nothing Good

I havent been running much just with the group, just enough to stay in shape. I hurt my calf last week when Houston and I went to Comox B.C to visit my sisters new baby (yes I am an aunt!) and I havent done to much since then.

I think its about time I start training hard again. I just dont wnat to end up hurt, like last year.

I think it is important to lay low for a while.

In other news, Houston and I are buying a house! and the three of us (Houston, Me, and Buster) and planning on moving very soon. I am so excited, cannot wait!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Not much miledge but some good runs

Friday: AM: 8 miles in 56 w/ Nathan, Micah, Simone
Saturday: AM:12miles w/ Boardtown (good for about 6 miles of it, lol.)
Sunday: AM:40min w/ M.E
Monday:AM: 8.8 miles in 60min (around 6:40- 6:50pace) w/ Nathan and Micah
Tuesday: AM: 45min with Kelly (6+ miles, probably 7:00 pace)
Wednesday: AM:w/u, 5mile hilly loop in 30:10, c/d w/ Nathan & Micah
Thursday: 30min easy
Friday: 8miles in 54:02 w/ Nathan & Micah

It was 117 degrees on the black top today. Lol. I remember looking at the walgreens sign reading 100 degrees, 110 percent humidity. Its like running in soup. But we love getting up at 4:15 to stay out of the heat...right?

Thursday, June 18, 2009

MIA on the blog...been busy with life!

Well since my last post I have joined a new running group, bought a dog ( a Morkie named Buster) gone head first into my new job, raced a half marathon, and reduced my miledge a good bit.

This new group I train with runs at 4:45am mon,wed,fri and 6:30 on saturdays. We also meet tuesdays at 5:15. Because I typically dont come home from work till after six, I rarely run in the afternoons now. Whats the point? I am not training for anything big except for a couple of 5k's late in the summer.

Problem is, my long runs are now with the boardtown group, and we usually take long water breaks which I am having trouble getting used to. Yes, my pace has been getting down to around 6:45 per mile on my regular run days, and can drop down to 6:30 on my long runs for quite anumber of miles--- but I havent been able to do more than one workout and a hard long run per week because the change in training has been so hard to get used to.

I really have enough time to get 10 miles in most mornings, but it seriously effects my jog performance, and right now, I cannot afford to be hungry all the time (or tired for that manner). And, at the end of the day I just want to go home and be with my family, and not run. 8 miles is enough for me. NOt only that, I am taking thursdays off! And sundays I barely run! I havent done this since I started running. I feel so guilty but why bother getting myself fatigued right now.

So I have a new Morkie named Buster, hes almost 12 weeks old and the cutest thing you have ever seen. Thats his picture on this post.

Besides the fact that I have significantly reduced my miledge, my training has been pretty good. I wish I would have posted some of the runs we have done...but I just didnt get around to it.

As for the half marathon..I ran a race in Jackson last weekend, pretty low key, I really used it as a long run...but ended up getting heat exhaustion by the end. I would have never won it anyway, I settled for second before the gun went off (I was being realistic). Not only could I not have won, I couldnt be bothered trying to race. I am to exhausted and mentally drained. Still pocked $250, which was not much but a nice treat for a long run effort....probably not worth me having to sleep all day sunday.

I promise to try to better about blogging my training from now on...promise to TRY. lol.

Happy Running everyone!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

4:45 AM with the Boardtown Group

Tuesday:AM:40min PM:30min
Wednesday:AM: 1.5m w/u, 1.5 m c/d 5x1mile hard w/ 2min jog btwn (5:45-5:50 effort)(9)

I missed all the miles but 2, because I was wearing my garmin and I kept pressing stop instead of lap. Must have been because it was 4:45 in the freakin morning...wow.

I really enjoyed it, its about time I sucked it up and got a workout in. Whats all this crap about being over fatigued and maybe anemic..blah blah blah. I felt fine today.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Weekend

Sunday: 8 miles with Houston in 56:45
Monday: AM:30min w/u, 10min c/d 3X8min hard w/60-90rest (9)

Still running terrible. This morning i wok eup to rain, again, so the humidity was triple digits. It was awful. I dont know if its the weather, or the fact that I have lost a bunch of weight lately. Houston seems to think its the combination of both. Im going to really try and eat a bit more the next few days, I really have tried. I was only running my 8min sections at 6:30 pace, but it felt like an all out effort. A few weeks ago I could run 10miles below 6:10 pace. I do not understand what is going on.
If it continues all through this week, I am going to get a blood test to check my iron levels. It doesnt make sense that such a major reduction in training volume brings so much fatigue and the inablility to run.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Workin the Beer Tent a Rock FEST 09...well sort of..

Wednesday:AM:60min
Thursday:AM:20min w/u, 10min c/d 10x 280m-300m hill (start at 58-down to 53 so not 300m)
Friday: AM:50min
Saturday: 10.22 miles w/ Boardtown group in 1:14

yeah...still not alot of running...Im really trying to get back into it. promise.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Vacation training..or lack of...

Saturday: AM: 55:50 for 8miles (relaxed+progressive)
8:00, 7:15, 7:05, 6:53, 6:50, 6:46, 6:40, 6:20
Sunday: AM: 70min easy at 4500 FT and HILLY
Monday: PM: 29min (4miles w/ Houston)
Tuesday: AM: 56:30 for 8.02 miles (1st mile 8:00, last 3 miles were 6:45)

I am started to feel REALLY good again. Been eatting more, drinkig lots of water, taking my vitamins. Finally got some sleep last night and I feel FABULOUS.
Told Houston that I want to jump on the training wagon ASAP. He told me to give it one more day.
Really happy that I am starting to get my legs back under me. I am actually starting to miss workouts.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Vacation

Wednesday:AM:50min PM:21min (3 miles on the rec treadmill)
Thursday:AM:20min w/u 27min c/d 5x 1 mile, 5:49, 5:30, DNF
Friday:53min relaxed

I dropped out of thursdays workout. I was tired from getting up at 5am or earlier for the last two weeks and I just couldnt get my legs going. I also got a massive chest cramp that took me to the ground a few meters from the finish of the second mile. I decided that I should probably just relax and take a few days to get my act together.
I have a few races left to run this summer, but the only one I really have to run is june 13th. As long as I can keep up with my long runs and one workout, I should be ok. I am just not into it right now and I am exhausted all the time running. I have lost a bunch of wieght these last three weeks..even with a reduction in my training load. I need to reach some sort of balance between time with my husband, my job, and my running..

On vacation until end of sunday. Not to concerned about miledge, just trying to get at least a 90min run in while I am out.
I think I mmiss work already...isnt that terrible?
lol.

Monday, May 11, 2009

April showers bring may...well its not sunshine, thats for sure

Saturday: AM: 21min warmup/20min cooldown, 10k race in (ahem...)
Sunday: PM: 60min easy on southfarm
Monday: AM: 1hr 39min for 14 miles (7:04 pace)pouring rain and thunderstorms..
Tuesday: AM:2 mile jog Pm:40min run

Saturday was a terrible experience. I went out not to fast, 5:48 at the mile which was relatively conservative and just got slower from there. I know Gum Tree is not a fast course, but there is no excuse for what I ran. Really, it was not a terrible day, I had a two time olympic gold medalist out kick me at the end and only beat me by less than 15 seconds...so that was ok. I am just not happy with it...the field was loaded I know but it was awful. I need to find out what oart of my training is missing...I can go through 10k faster in a half marathon than I can just racing the 10. It just doesnt make any sense.

I am jumping back on the training wagon and really hope to have a good week this week. I know Monday was not my best long run effort, but I felt so good and relaxed..and easy!..that I really felt like it was a great day.

Houston leaves for the SEC meet in the morning. I wish him and the whole team luck. Sad to miss it this year :(.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

New Job First Week

Monday: AM: 1:24:58 12.0 miles
Tuesday: AM:44min PM:20min
Wednesday: AM:56min run
Thursday: AM:55min with 6x3min Hard (5:45ish effort)w/ 90sec-2min rest on mugshots
Friday: AM:30min PM: warmup+ strides (2 miles)

Did not run a whole lot this week. I started a new job and I am trying to adjust my schedule to getting to bed before 10pm and getting up before 5:30am. So far its going ok, I should be able to sneak in another 12 miles or so during the middle of the week.

Started my new job on tuesday. Really tired from the weekend. Planning on running GumTree this weekend.
Not much else to write.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

MBA in hand: New job starts Tuesday!


The Picture is of one of the biggest loser contestants and myself at the Country Music Marathon
Friday:AM:50min easy
Saturday:AM: 20min w/u, 28min c/d, 2mile tempo run: 10:51.88
Sunday:AM:59min run (8.25 miles)

I have really really enjoyed this recovery week. I had a great run on sunday, and after a relaxed 2 miles, I had a hard time slowing down to run 7:00's.

Anyways, the two mile tempos went pretty well. I ran it on mugshots by myself very early (I mean warmed up by 6:00am) but HOuston did keep me company by driving beside me in his pathfinder (its nice to have such a wonderful Husband). I ran this tempo almost 15 seconds faster then last time and I felt really good the whole time.

Anyways, I walked for my Masters on Saturday, start my new job tuesday. Houston and I have been looking for a house in starkville, and he has been looking for a dog for me. I told him that I want my graduation gift to be a Morkie, so we are actively searching the state for breaders.

Next week I will pick my miledge back up again and get right back on track. I really think this recovery week is exactly what I needed after bonking in Nashville.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Recovery week

Wednesday:AM:53 min (7) PM:35 min
Thursday:AM: 65min w/ Simone, 4X5min Hard on south farm, 5 min runs in between

Not really motivated to train to hard this week. Walking for my Masters on Saturday and I have family in town. Figure I will get back on it next week.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

3rd at Country Music (half) Marathon


Thursday:AM: 50min run
Friday:AM:40min jog, drive to Nashville for the CMMarathon
Saturday:AM: 2.5mile w/u, 13.1 mile race 1:26.01 (ouch!) for 3rd, 30min walk/jog c/d
Sunday:AM: 30min easy
Monday:AM: 35min easy
Tuesday:AM: 60min relaxed (8)

{sound of a bomb dropping}...
Well sooo country music did not go over as well as I would have liked. Before the race they kept us in corrals for like 20 minutes while the tempature progressively got hotter and the people beside me progressively got stinkier. The race was hot, miserable, and I was dead by 3 miles. I went out to hard and decided to slow down..and then I just stayed slow.

The high light of my race was when a women in 4th place caught up with me with a mile to go, and I ended up beating her by over 40 seconds...must have been a monster of a kick.

SO what did we learn...we learnt to never try to run half marathons after march in the south. We also learnt that 3 halves ina month and a half is to much, we learnt that 3 months of race prep for the half is probably not enough. we learnt that we should probably take it easy for a week or so.

I know I haver really not been running alot, and I am planning on changing that in the near future. Its just that everytime I take my miledge up, my legs get very fatigued.

On another note, some one asked me about a possible cool prize (seeing as the full pays 10K for the winner, and another 10K for the winner of the mens/womens time competition) this is what I wrote on his facebook wall:

"Well elite racing called my phone whne I was already on my way back to starkville and convinced me to go back. they fed us a nice meal and i got to mingle with the other elites...and had my picture with the biggest loser contestants! umm but yeah not really much of an award really. They were very good to me but I hate to say that I will not run this race next year.I know that the times were not terribly fast in the half, but over all it was a very good race. If you look at the results there were women and men from all over coming out to run the half. For a full marathon that pays 10K for the winner (+another 10k for the male winner), I felt like the least they could do was give us a pair of shoes or a useful piece of running apparel from their big new balance sponsor. they had all these huge sponsors set up for the expo that they could have scored something cool from.I should have stayed and ran the double decker in oxford and saved my self 8 hours of traveling....the awards for the half were a joke.."

hope everyone had a great week...saturday I will be walking for my masters..tuesday I start my new job!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sleepy

Wednesday: AM:3miles relaxed
PM:17min w/u 12min c/d, 10min, 6min, 4min, 2min at half marathon pace
I think I was about 6:10-6:15 at the mile in the 10min segment and felt pretty good, the 6min segment was to fast, in the high 5:50's..4min was fine...2min I ran on the track instead, a 600 in 1:58. then I was spent actually.

Been sleeping alot lately. must be the weather, its getting pretty hot here...mississippi in the summer is miserable....but some reason i cant leave this place.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

4 days out from Nashville

Monday: AM: 10miles in 1:10:07, w/ 4 miles at relaxed tempo in the middle (6:49, 6:41, 6:40, 6:24) went out very relaxed for the first few miles, then tried to pick up the pace after 6.
Tuesday: AM: 5omin easy run

really taking it easy this week. I am in my last 2 weeks as a student EVER as I will be graduating with my masters on May 2nd. Even though I have been finished with the MBA for a semester, I am still completing the classes for my minors in marketing and sports administration.

only 4 days away from Nashville. Getting pretty excited...starting to feel pretty good with this taperish week.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Tempo

Friday: AM:50min run PM:30min run
Saturday: AM: 16min w/u, 20min c/d
6mile tempo (broken into 2X3miles w/2min recovery)
18:12, 17:27 total of 35:39 for 6 miles

felt a little sluggish for the first 3, felt much better on the second 3, but my hip was pretty tight at 4 miles. just tried to do what ever i could to keep it from locking up. Over all, it was an enjoyable workout. Simone and I ran together, it was a good change from running solo.

Sunday: pm:50min(like a snail)-guess I am trying to taper a little bit for Nashville on saturday. I dont know whats wrong with me, but I want to sleep all the time...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bulldog Miles

Am: 2mile shakeout (because I was working out before noon)
Mid-AM: 2mile w/u 1mile c/d (ran out of time for more miles)
Bulldog miles 5k pace workout (on road-mugshots+sanderson)
4X300m w/100m jog
2x800m 90sec-2min rest
1x1609m 3min rest
2x800m w/ 90sec-2min rest
4x300m w/100m jog

60,62,60,60, 2:41, 2:41, 5:21, 2:37, 2:39, 59, 58, 58, 58

decent workout for me. The last two 800's we usually run on mugshots but there was crazy traffic and I was getting freaked out, so we went straight out on the sanderson loop. I was really nto looking forward to that, because last time I ran a workout on the sanderson loop I could not even run 6min pace (its really hilly). But, its a good workout to do to get ready for Nashville.
This workout was 20seconds faster than the last time I did it. It could have been about 25 seconds faster, if I would have run the mile alot smarter, and the last two 800's on mugshots...but I will take 20 seconds.

Nice warm day for a workout.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Mid week...not much

Monday: AM: 15miles, with the middle 11 at a nice pace.
7:33,6:46, 6:53, 6:55, 7:09, 6:46, 6:58,6:52, 6:41, 6:59, 7:10, 7:04(exited on to the track to drop simone off), the last three miles were slow and relaxed at 7:30.
Tuesday: AM: 38min easy (? forgot to start watch) PM:20min easy
Wednesday: PM: 9.5 miles in 71min (5 with Houston in 36min, 4.5 with the womens team)

Its been a busy week. I have accepted a new job that starts May 5th, and I have alot going on this week. Tryoing to reduce my miledge a little bit for Nashville next weekend.

Not much time to write...Bones is on.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter

Friday:AM:50min run (skipped the afternoon run)
Saturday: AM:2mile w/u 8 mile tempo on campus loop in 49:10 3mile c/d
Sunday:am:55min and stretch

Yesterdays workout was good through 6, but my hip cramped really bad on 7 and 8 and i lost cordination again and could barely get my leg to work. i was angry, but I felt like it was starting to loosen up again, and may have been alot looser on mile 9. maybe not though. I felt really good through six, so without the cramp i knew i could maintain. I have not been doing my exercises so its partly my fault. 6:01, 6:07, 6:03, 6:05, 6:11, 6:07, 6:13, 6:20

i was really suppose to do this workout at 6:15, which would be goal half marathon pace but that felt to slow. maybe if i would have stayed at 6:15 i would not have cramped up? hmm.
(the picture is SEC conference meet junior year, thats me in the Mstate with #1 as my hip number)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Big decisions ahead...

AM:2-3mile warm up, 4x1 mile at 5-10k pace w/4min rest, 2 mile cooldown
on the mugshots loop from the middle-yeah Houstons trying to make it harder on me (goal was sub 5:30 on the fast miles, sub 5:35 on the slow miles)
5:35, 5:15, 5:34, 5:28

I was a little disappointed after this workout...I had traffic on the first one so I had to slow down throught the lights. I also want the run better on the 3rd one..even though it is almost completely up hill.

I have had a really rouhg week. I cant eat sleep or stop shaking. I have had 4 job interviews this week, and three offers. I am a little relieved that I do not have to go to any more interviews, as I have had 15 this semester.
I really have to sit down and decide what I want to do. I know where I want to be and what job I want, but I need to really look at the long term plan.
I know whats going to make me happy. Now I just have to call 10 otehr people and tell them I am not interested. Not looking forward to it but all in all thats a pretty good problem to have.

I think the game plan for this weekend is to get a long tempo run on saturday, and then another solid long run on monday. I really need to do something about my appetite because I felt my legs start to cramp this morning. I need to eat more. I am thinking of an appetite stimulant. Any ideas?
Wine might help, but I would probably be asleep before it took any effect. I am not much of a wine drinker to tell you the truth.

Its after five and I am off for the weekend! Bye y'all.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Busy Week

Monday: AM: 26min PM:36min
Tuesday: Am:30min (4) PM: 58min (8)

today was suppose to be mile repeats, but I had to drive to jackson today and did not get back till later, so I am pushing that till tomorrow.

Cant wait till tomorrow afternoon. Im tired already.

In other news, I talked to some out at the Country Music Marathon in Nashville on the 25th...so now I AM RUNNING COUNTRY MUSIC!

Really overly excited. guess we are scrapping the 10k stuff.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Never OVERestimated your competition

Saturday: AM:2mile w/u 2mile c/d 5k in 17:35~17:45 (had to estimate with mapmyrun.com and my GPS, because I was lead almost 1 mile off course..and I still won..interesting.)
PM:26min jog
Sunday: 50min run, + M.E's workout (she had a 1200m timetrial, a hard 400, and some 150's)
Monday: AM:16.0 miles in 1:52.10 (not sure about the seconds)

So Saturday was an experience...I decided not to drive to New Orleans to race....(only to look at the results to find the race was won in 18:24 which is 24 seconds slower than I ran there last year and about 50 seconds slower than I probably would have run this year (kiss $1000 good bye))...but I had a short tempo on schedule, and decided to jump in a local road race. I ended up leading from the gun, not a single male around to help the pace. The police car lead me for about 16min, when it just left. I had no idea I was only 400m from the finish...but I was lead the wrong way. Yeah, not like a few hundred meters or anything...a freakin mile!
1 mile they sent me off course. When I finially crossed the finish line, two males had just finished... I basically ran a 4 mile tempo, but I doubt the last mile was very fast, as I stopped a few times to ask for directions (that nobody knew). I was really mad when I was finished.All the race director just told me "you still won the womens".

Why is it that these people do not understand? (this is not the first time this is happened to me.) Its not about beating other females, its about beating EVERYONE. All the frat boys and avid sanderson goers...the guys that need a good butt whipping from a female.
....Oh well, I still cleared a 50 dollar gift card. Only 950 less than I would have made if I would have took that trip to New Orleans. Fantastic! (hint of sarcasm there)

So that was saturday. Sunday, I had to workout with Mary ELizabeth. I had a time trial on her schedule, and I was so pumped up all day. Too pumped up, because when she got to the track I could tell she just was not feeling my enthusiasm.
And why would she? she got kicked in the knee playing soccer the day before. I lead her threw 3 SOLID laps at 6:00 pace, I was so excited. She, on the other hand, got freaked out and started crying, telling me her knee hurts. I made her stop, a lap short of the mile. She just sat on the ground a cried. Probably out of embarrasment and disappointment.

Good thing Houston was there and helped me calm her down. I made her finish the mile, but I did not want her to be upset. She did what I told her to do, run 6min pace for as long as she could. ANd as long as she could that day was 1200m. This year, this child has learned so much. Everytime she leaves the track I feel like I have pumped her so full of information that her head might just pop off. This is the hardest year of running, the first year. But I know she likes it, and I know she wants to win, she just does not know the difference between running "hurt" and physical "pain". And like I told her, that is the hardest thing to "learn" and somepeople never do.
So that was sunday, monday was a long run in the AM. I shot out of bed at 4:30, only to find it nasty cold, and windy...extremely windy. I ended up averaging pretty well ,minus the first and last mile that were barely under 8 min pace. Many of the miles on the farm were very unpleasant...to say the least...because I had wind right in the face. The last 4 miles, were brutal. My face hurts from expression of agony that I held for 8min short of two hours.

thats it. I think. no clever closing. just...it.

Friday, April 3, 2009

2 Halfs, 2 weeks, 2 2nd place finishes, No New Orleans this weekend..

AM:9miles in 65min w/ 4X20sec strides during last mile
PM:20min jog (why, because I was bored...)

Finally, here are the results from knoxville: http://www.milliseconds.com/participants/final_list/division/75739
So I didnt really want to drive the 5 hours to New Orleans this weekend. I am not to tired from Germantown and Knoxville, but those were both fabulous performances for me and I just dont want to end up hurt in a month...like the last two years. I think this year I want to make it to Canadian National Cross, everything I do must be about that race. I want to finish on a good note before I get pregnant...or swith to the marathon...because that seems to be the direction I am heading.

I am trying to get into the Nashville country music half marathon on the 25th, I am going to forgo running the mississippi race series and focus on some bigger races and running some fast times.
I may not make as much oney on the roads this year...but Im going to have a real job again in a few weeks, so none of that really matters any more. This is the way I would rather do it. I think.

I just hope that race is won in sub 17 so I am not mad I didnt go.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Half marathon recovery week

Monday: AM:35min elliptical + weights
Tuesday: AM:55min easy
Wednesday: AM:2miles PM:65min easy
Thursday: AM: 30min PM: 2mile w/u, 2-3 mile c/d 6x800m w/2min recovery on mugshots(from the middle)
2:40, 2:45, 2:36, 2:33, 2:42, 2:42 (from the middle, 2, 5, 6 would be up hill)

Todays workout went fairly well, seeing as I am just 4 days recovery from my half marathon. I am a little frustrated about the race because I ran 10 miles solo. There was a pack about 40 secounds a head that I really should have caught by about mile 10, but it would have taken alot.

I just had way to much at the finish. I recovered way to fast.

Today the workout felt pretty relaxed. I was suppose to do between 6 and 8, and decided that today was not the day to empty the tank. Now I need to decide what I am going to do about the weekend, and if I am going to stay or travel to NO for the bridge run I did last year. We will see.

Its past 10 and I have had an extremely busy week. Im out.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Knoxville Half Recap: Is it still a PR if its only a second....?

Sunday:AM: 2mile warmup
Half marathon in 1:23:33 for 2nd place and a 1 second pr (who does that?)
1-2mile cool dowm (walking and running)
6.5 hour drive home (or 5 hours to alabama, and another 90min home after that).

I think I forgot how hard this course was. At least I know, after running Knoxville in a PR that I am able to run a sub 1:22, hopefully in a few months time I can find a good race to do it...it needs to be a few months or its going to be to hot. The race was really freakin hilly. BUt my legs feel pretty good today. I was really worried, after being crammed in a car for two days.

I am extremely over loaded with school work, all I can say was the race went well, I ended up 2nd, which was a whole place ahead of where I was last year. Profited very well, even if you take into consideration the driving and everything.

I am going to post at a later date much of the weekends activities.

Oh, just want to make a shout out to Robert Scribner, whom shattered the MSU school record in the 10000m, 29:07 was wha he ran. Absolutely fabulous performance. Must be all that good coaching. I knew my husband was good at something.

Nice work man.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Watching the Stanford meet on flotrack

Thursday: AM:30min PM:40min
Friday: PM: 44:30 (6.0miles) run from walmart to get new tires
PM: 24:21 (3.38miles) run back to walmart to pick up car (9.38 miles)
I was up until 2am last night finishing a paper for class so I woke up with barely enough time to get to work...but I managed to be fully,clean, dressed and presentable.

I have been a little worried about my legs. I have been cramping alot, and I think I have not gotten over my dehydration. My hip has been hurting alot as well, I am not sure how this weekend will go. How ever this weeks workouts were very relaxed and I felt good...so we will see.
Right now I am watching the results of the stanford meet on flotrack. Supposably, they were going to have live videos..but I guess not.

Matt Cameron just raced section 3, and won it in 3:45.01. Is time would have actually won section 2 as well. Nice job Matt. This kid will be 3:43-3:42 by the end of the year.

Im about to pack for my trip to Knoxville...I am actually going to stop off on the way and watch the womens 5k in Alabama. Its going to be a long day tomorrow...and I did not get to much rest last night.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Race Prep & Sun Shine

AM: 26min light jog (got up early to read moneyball for class)
PM: 15min w/u, 15min c/d
2X2mile at 1/2 marathon goal pace (90sec R)+ 4X200m (60 sec R)
6:08,5:59 (12:07) 6:06, 5:55 (12:01) 35, 34, 35, 35

This was one of those days that you feel like you should still have a workout left...I guess thats why its called race prep. It was strange to stop at 2 miles and take 90 seconds, it felt very easy and relaxed. I had a little bit of cramping in the final mile, but my pace didnt slow at all, and my effort didnt change. I know its because I got myself dehydrated after my long run. I really need to be better about that.

Houston leaves for stanford tomorrow. I leave for Knoxville Saturday (race is sunday) I am going to stop off on my way and watch Sarah run the 5k at Alabama, and then continue on my journey. I am dreading having to race this weekend without my better half. But hes got to work.

My Husband just informed me that I have 220 pages left of moneyball to read so I apologize for the short post.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Counting down the days..

Sunday:AM:46min relaxed (6miles) PM:warmup+cooldown W/ M.E. (8 total)
Monday: AM:1:32:14 (13.2 miles) relaxed (13 in 1:31:17)on south farm
Tuesday: AM:30min bike abs, back (had to read a paper for class) PM:45min easy run

Monday's long run was much more relaxed than I have been running them. After a mile and a half of wake up miles, we settled into a consistent pace around 6:50-7:00min. Felt good. I will be alot more rested for wednesdays race prep workout. Not sure what I will do yet but I gave Houston a suggestion and he was pretty open to it...and why not, Im level 1 certified, I know how this stuff works. Right?

Back to work.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Rhodes and mile Repeats

Am:12min jog before departing extremely early
Mid AM: 2mile w/u, 2mile c/d 3x 1 mile on road course (at Rhodes meet)5min rest
5:28, 5:20, 5:27

Im going to go ahead and say I was happy with this workout.Not my best but for this early in the year plan, I think its a good spot. The miles were out and back, and mile 2 was much faster than mile 1 and 3, I am not sure if it was effort or the hill but I have not run anything pure VO2 yet...except for bulldog miles and the other mile workout I did a few weeks back, so I am still thinking I am about where I need to be. Last time I did 5x a mile I think I averaged about 5:38, and ran my 2 mile tempo at 5:32 pace. The goal is to run the 2 mile at 5k pace, which would be about 5:22-5:24 pace. Seeing as I have only really been doing tempos and half marathon/10k stuff, I pretty sure that will happen sooner than later.
I just looked over and saw that my husband just fell asleep watching Jon and Kate +8 so I am putting him to bed.
Meet went well..I will post later. I think we have put in a 14 hrs of driving in 2 days.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Dreaded day comes to a close...


Thursday:AM:30min 4 PM:51min w/1,2,3,4,4,3,2,1 min hard & 1/2 jog@5:30-6:00pace(GPS)7
Friday:AM:60min (8.0 miles :() PM:20min (no GPS-2.5)

My legs are destroyed. Thursday was the worst I have felt since the injury, I have come down with my monthly bout of weakness syndrome and felt absolutely awful. The pace was fine, but it felt way to difficult and I had to practically walk to get my heart rate down to a controllable level before I started the next interval- hence thats why I oly ran 7 in 51 minutes. It was hot, I was miserable, sore, tight, and feeling sorry for myself.

Friday was a different story. First of all, my Zune decided to up and die the night before so I was a little hesitant to walk out the door with out my tunes this morning. And if it was not for my little garmin I would have recorded a 7:00ish effort, but after a whole string of 7:30's I really had to try and push it to get the pace down. I think mile 4 I hit a 7:05, but I fell asleep again and ran a few more 7:30's before my finaly mile, I managed a 7:15. I think its probably just my body creaming for a recovery day. I eventually just felt it wasnt worth battling my legs for a less than adequate 10 mile run. Besides, the hour was ungodly, like 5:00am, and I was just not feeling it. This is going to be the year that I dont become extremely over trained. I told my self I am not battling miles, I am not counting weeks, and I am not running to many workouts.
And then I went out in the afternoon and ran a junk 20minutes. Oh well, It felt good on the legs, and my Husband was going out to the trace.

We had a load of family things to take care of today. Alot of really delicate and sad stuff that I would rather not mention. My mood has been terrible all week, but as I am sitting here tonite, all what was needed to be done today is finally over and we all managed to do it just fine. After all that, I only managed to loose my cool once this week (sorry Mr.Radio Shack).

Tomorrow is the Rhodes invitational. Not a big meet but I chance for our team to step down and race some stuff out of the ordinary. I know that Simone is coming off back to back hard days so it should be interesting to see what that tough nut can handle. Loren is also set up to run a good 1500 (i think) and a few others that I am interested in watching. We are in tupelo for the night, so we leave out pretty early again. Looking forward to watching some track and field. I know my Husband is getting pretty antsy.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Recovery

Monday: AM:46minutes very very slow and easy, weights, abs
Tuesday: AM: 30min very easy PM:40 minutes very easy
Wednesday: AM:60min easy


I am busy this week writing my paper on commercialization in track and field. If anyone has any ideas, articles, papers that would help this process, I would very much appreciate the help.
Today is the only work day of the week, so I had to get up a little after 5:30 to get my hour run in. NOtice I said hour...not 81/2 miler...because I am still pretty sore from the half, probably because my hip cramped for over half the race. Tomorrow I am suppose to have a light fartlek and I plan on running it very relaxed. I had a little more pop in my legs today which is a pretty good sign.

I had a pretty hard time getting up this morning, which is funny because I get up every monday at 4:30 am to get my long run in. Also, on race day it is sometimes much earlier than that. You would think I would be used to it by now. Mondays are the biggest thing I have changed this year versus years previous. Yes I run less miles, take my easy days easier, and I do less workouts, but on the flip side of that, my workouts are much more intense. During my long runs, I may bot be running as far or as long as I did in the past (2-2:10) but I am running faster for less time. I said earlier this year that I wanted to get my long runs down to 6:45 pace. I am actually almost there. Last weekes run was pretty short, only 13, but over 10 of it was at 6:49 pace. I am excited to run faster.

As for the hip, well it has not stopped me from running a PR. My goal for the half this year is to break 1:22 on a big course. Probably not Knoxville but maybe something later in the year. I have only races a half marathon 3 times, and have pr'd every time. So I hope that if I run two-three more this year, one of them will be faster than Germantown.

Monday, March 16, 2009

HUGE PR in Germantown

2 Meggan Franks 1:23:34 STARKVILLE MS
http://www.besttimescct.com/results/GTHalf09.txt

1:23:34!
42:12 for the 1st half (6:26.4 pace)/41:22 for the 2nd half (6:18.9 pace)

Huge huge PR this weekend...by almost two minutes! I ran this race OVER two minutes faster than I did the year before (my previous pr was from knoxville last year). I am soo excited and so pleased, especially given the fact that I thought I was going to have to drop out a 5 miles because my hip was so tight I could hardly move. I just stayed patient and tried not to freak out. In between mile 5 and 6 the course entered the park where I knew from running this race in the past that I could get a little bit more motion in my hip...we also switched direction which helped.

At half way, I was running 1:24 pace, so I knew when I hit the carpet (marking the middle of the race) I had alot of work to do. It was about that time I heard 3rd place breathing behind me....and I decided it was time to make things hard. Then, almost immediatly, a young gentleman shot by me, so I thought I split second about latching on....and I just went with it. The first few miles I felt like I was going to passout, but I trusted my fitness and took some deep breaths every now and then to sound like I was not working as hard as I was. He was running 6:10-6:19 pace, which was what I wanted to run....and was suppose to be running. I tried to give my self, just one more mile, and 9,10,11 went by and I just kept digging and spitting all over myself. It wasnt before I got to mile 12 that I thought I was going to passout ...just one more mile became "just one more minute".
I ran a huge negative split, but the 4 miles in the beginning that my hip cramped up costed me a minute. Therefore I know I can run 1:22, I just need to fix this stupid hip.
Its nice to know I've got a good race in me still.
Two weeks of training, and I will be heading to KNoxville. This year, I am not expecting to PR, Knoxville is a very hard course and Im just going to enjoy it and survive.

Sunday: AM:2mile w/u, 13m.1mile race (1:23) 3mile c/d for an 18mile day
Week Total: 74.5 miles for the week.

(To much for me, and I tried to keep it low.)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Rain and Sour Attitudes

Thrursday: AM:4miles PM:5miles (no GPS)
Friday: 64:42 (9.00 miles)
Saturday: 42min (6miles) +5min of strides on the turf room

Felt fine today but its pouring rain (felt good) and I am still pissed off about my hip. My first mile was 7:47 and I started throwing a fit, blaming it on the inconsiderate drivers.....there are alot of those here, or maybe its just the fact that its shocking for them to see someone out running (MS is the fattest state now, with 30% obesity rate). In my opinion there needs to be more people out running...and less drivers

There for I told myself that my slow mile was lack of effort, and proceeded to run a 6:53 before I calmed down and told myself its not worth freaking out over. My first mile is always terribly slow.

Im still in a terrible mood over my leg loosing coordination on wednesday. I am contemplating dropping out of Knoxville but I am going to run Germantown to see if I can survive it or not.

My messed up hips is bringing me down and I am taking it out on the world.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wednesday

AM: 3miles
PM:2.5 mile w/u
3miles at half marathon pace (6:11,6:18,6:12 for 18:41)
2miles at between half and 10k pace (5:53, 5:55 for 11:48)
1 Mile at 10k pace (5:46...crazy windy on the way back)
1.5 mile c c/d

This workout sucked. It was not hard, it did not hurt, I was just in a terrible mood because my leg started to lose coordination again...like the last 6 years of my life. I thought this would be the year that I didnt have to deal with it. I just completed a 10 mile tempo and had no problem. I am just pissed off. I am going to get a referral for an orthopedist. I dont want to go through this again. Not looking forward to racing through this crap all year.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

One Amazing Journey

AM: 45minutes (taper week)

This post is not about running. Today I was given the task of finding out as much information about a student that graduated from our program. I was given a name only, I did not read the attached email (if I had it would have made things alot easier I think).

The students name was Laura Beck Kitchens. Immediatly I logged onto our database, searched for Beck...searched for Kitchens...nothing. I went to the back and searched all the hard files from the last five years...no go. A little concerned by this...I typed her name in google (surely she must be on google) and I got a crazy number of hits. In less than 3 minutes I found out, she lives in my town, she was diagnosed with a serious form of cancer in 2003, she went through her 8th round of chemo therapy at this time a year ago, she has a website called One Amazing Journey http://www.oneamazingjourney.com/ that she blogs about her journey with cancer and sells adorable long sleeve and short sleeve t-shirts on. I also found a large number of prayer requests at a number of churches her in starkville.

I went to her website and on the front page it read:
"One amazing journey. That's what the last several years have been. An incredible adventure of life, love, faith, and hope...with unexpected treasures at every turn. I was diagnosed with a rare kind of cancer in 2003. My story does not focus on the disease, but rather on the blessings - and adventures - it has brought. Through this website, I hope to share a few tales from the road, so to speak, and maybe in doing so, offer a little hope and light to others. " -laura (One Amazing Journey, http://www.oneamazingjourney.com/)
I did not read many of the posts. There had not been many for the past while so I figured she had either won the battle, or had other things in her life that were going on.

Since the email came from our Academic Records Assistant, I figured that she had already checked the campus wide database. Still having yet to find the information I was looking for (when she graduated) I typed her name in online and hit the search button. I felt a stab of pain in my stomach, but looking back it was completely obvious. The Laura Kitchens was deceased.
Confused I went back through the email thread and discovered that a professor had read her obituary in the paper and was curious when she graduated.


"I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many amazing people along the way that have touched my life and my heart immensely. I would never have encountered them otherwise. I’ve learned so much from so many of them, as they’ve shared their hearts and lives with my family and me. And I hope somewhere along the way we left a little joy or happiness with them as well. What true blessings God gives us in the most unexpected places.
Yes, as strange as it sounds, I’m thankful for my cancer. Period – end of story. "
(Laura Beck Kitchens)

Read Laura's Amazing Journey online at http://www.oneamazingjourney.com/

Monday, March 9, 2009

Early Morning LR

AM: 1:23:47 (12.08 miles on the GPS, 10 @6:49 avg.)+ 1mile jog on the fields to make 13 (just so I could record at least 90min) Felt SOO short.



Today was a great run. I only had 12 miles on the schedule (considerably short than what I have been used to), so after two easy miles we got right into it. We threw a 6:36 in there and a bunch of 6:45's. On south farm thats a pretty good run because its extremely hilly.

All in all I felt awesome, I just loved it! Simone was with me today so it kept the running feeling short and really helped keep the pace up.

It was dark when we started, dark when we finished. Kept falling all over the place because of all the gravel and it being pitch black and all. Run was rather short because of the half on sunday. Getting pretty excited!!

Oh, by the way, Matt Cameron ran 3:45 at north florida for his first race of the year (besides the 8:10 indoors unattached) for well under the regional qualifying mark...nice job Matt. Recap is available at http://mstateathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=90942&SPID=11004&DB_OEM_ID=16800&ATCLID=3686980

Saturday, March 7, 2009

1 week out

I think I was the only one of the streets this morning...

AM:2.5mile w/u
2mile tempo run (time trial?) on mugshots, 11:04.90 (5:32 slit m1, 5:32 split m2)
+6X200m w/ 60 rest
3mile cooldown

Mid AM: 5miles

(marking off the loop for the womens tempo run in Ackerman...the first 2.5 was more like a walk jog because I had the wheel and I was putting out cones.)

Today was interesting. I got up early to run a 2 mile tempo all by myself. No coach, no other runners around to push me...no one even outside to witness my pain. It was interesting. I settled alot the last 800m because it got hard and I started to feel sorry for myself....and I was running up a hill. In the end, I really wanted to run around 10:55 but I have only really had 6 weeks of good training...maybe 7..and this is exactly where I need to be. I dont want to be running fast yet because my racing season is going to be long and hard.

I met the women at 8:30 so we could drive out to Ackerman and run the lake look around Oktock lake. It was really hot by the time we started, and the trail really needed to be swept so I was quite pleased with the way the workout went considering the conditions. I was so tired by the time I got home that I slept for over 2 hours.

On another note, ME had her first track race EVER today...actually 2 races, the 2 mile and the mile. Unfortunately I wish they would have put her in the 800 and the mile, or just the mile, but I have no say in that... I can only make suggestions. I am guessing she will make the state meet in something...I am hoping.
EIther way, she is only in 8th grade, she has a long way to go.

The husband is out of town and I am way behind on school work so that is what is on the agenda for the rest of the night. Yes saturday.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Recovery

Thursday: AM:4 miles (30min) PM:7miles (51:57)
Friday: AM: 60min (8in 58min)

Two recovery days, taking the afternoon off. my legs hurt and I am fighting with my GPS a little bit. Hope that I can get recovered by tomorrow morning.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Midweek Workout-Ackerman this Saturday

Tuesday: AM:3miles PM:6miles (recovery)
Wednesday: AM:30min PM:15min w/u, 20min c/d workout: 3X (1200m,200m,200m) (was suppose to be 4 but Houston got concerned with how much work I have in my legs and never let me finish #4) (405,37,37)(402,38,37)(356,38,35)

This week has not been to hard yet. I have a workout saturday that is relavely short as well. I am racing in 10 days so I guess we are kind of trying to get some of the crap out of my legs. Though I am still coming back from injury, this miledge does not bother me (possibly because I cross trained like crazy so that I could come back quickly) and I dont feel like I am that tired, at least right now. Last week I dug deep in the bulldog miles, because many of the 800's I was doing the uphill segments with wind right in my face. Yesterdays workout was not very hard, but my calves cramped up from the 200's, I just havent done anything at mile pace for a long time.

Houston's men are in florida for their first outdoor meet of the year, the womens team is at home this weekend. I will be taking them out to Ackerman for a tempo run. I would do my workout out there (its a 2.5 mile wood chip bike path around the lake) but it would probably not workout. Instead, I am just going to get up at the crack of dawn and do mugshots from the middle. the last two miles are always pretty fast.

Good luck to the men's team this weekend, hopefully this will serve as a nice warmup meet for many of them...although a few of them are coming off of 8:10,8:14,8:20 3000m's at kentucky a few weeks back. Must be nice.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Long Run

AM: 1:51:00 (15.5 miles on GPS)
-Was suppose to go 16 (so I thought, but my legs just didnt have it today). I just did not have any pop and my left foot was killing me so I was freaking out the whole time (finally figured out its just the top of my foot rubbing on it) after two wake up miles I settled into a 7:05 pace for 12 miles. Just could not get going, but last week was pretty hard on me and I doubt I am recovered from saturday's 10 mile tempo. I cut it half a mile short because I was about to run 7:30's.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

PR for 10 Miles

AM: 10mile relaex tempo at 61:50 (notice it said relaxed). It is very hard to understand that tempo should be relaxed and progressive, when all through college every tempo run was considered a time trial. Today was probably my PR for 10miles, at least that was recorded and on a measured course, I have done a few 8 milers at 47:30 ish but that was a few years back. I am pretty happy, as I have had less than 6 weeks of workouts post injury.
tomorrow will be a jog at snail pace. This was by far the easier workout I had this week.

611,620,607,614,617,616,610,606,558,555

Sunday:40min recovery

Total miles for the week: 70 (this is about all I can handle right now, in order to get recovered for the workouts)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Cramping & Warm Leg Syndrome?What??

This post is pretty boring so I apologize in advance....

Monday:Am: 15miles in 1:44:57 (13 miles at 6:44-6:55 pace according to mr.gps)
Tuesday: AM:20min
PM:40min, weights
Wednesday: AM: 66min (9miles)
Thursday: AM:20min (hurting soo bad after driving to and from nashville on wednesday, 11hrs in the car)
PM:2mile w/u&c/d Bulldog miles (4x300m, 2x800m, 1x1600m, 2x800m, 4x300m)
the 300's are suppose to be 400's but it was extremely windy and I just wanted one workout where I didnt have to battle it the whole time. ran the 1st 300s at what was suppose to be the pace i ran the workout, but I ended up gutting throught it pretty well and ran alot faster. After the mile, Houston actually walked up to me and said "where did that come from...5:16 ??thats not current 5k pace!." seriously, I have not done any thing faster than 10k pace in like, 7 months. All the 800's and the mile were on mugshots, with hills and wind. so i was pretty happy with the results...all over the place... 62, 62, 62, 62, 2:49, 2:43, 5:16, 2:48, 2:36, 59, 59, 58, 57
Friday: AM:5miles PM:5miles, abs (it was hailing and lightning, so I actually did this 5 miles by running approximately 50 laps in the turf room...barefoot. Sounded like a good idea at the time.
Saturday: 10miles tempo in 61:50 (6:10 pace)
Sunday: 40min recovery run


So I have been having some extreme cramping issues, so bad that I actually thought something was seriosuly wrong with me. The doctor told me I just sweat alot and I need to hit the salts HARD. SO I have been...sometimes I eat soup for breakfast, my lunches containt over 40% of your daily values of sodium, I dont drink water any more it is diluted gatorade and cytomax..lots of bananas, lots of salt in everything even my water glasses. On wednesday I had to drive to nashville for a job interview and I cramped so bad the whole time it was painful, especailly going to sleep at night. Now, I have had some issues with a thing called "warm leg syndrome" it feels like someone is pouring warm water on different parts of your body. Supoosably it is caused by a B12 deficientcy. I am really having a hard time getting enough calories and vitamins this time around. Im not sure if I can run many half marathons if I cannot even get the nutrition aspect right.

On another note, the womens team headed to kentucky yesterday for the SEC Indoor Championships. So far, our womens multi's have been lighting it up. Results will be posted here:
http://www.ukathletics.com/sports/c-track/spec-rel/2009-sec-indoors.html

Monday, February 23, 2009

Monday

Am: 15miles in 1:44:57 (13 miles at 6:44-6:55 pace according to mr.gps)
Felt very good today. After two miles at a very relaxed pace I started running 6:50 pace immediatly. I did not slow down till about 400 meters from my house when I got a massive cramp in my back and just jogged in. That would have been a pretty impressive mile so it did not kill my pace.
I tried to think of it like this, I had about 64 seconds to shed after the first two miles, and I just ran relaxed and what felt like a solid effort. I am still working on trying to get my long runs down to 6:45 pace. Hopefully that will come soon.

As for last week, well saturdays 6 mile tempo turned out to be 5 miles because my hamstring started cramping up pretty bad after 4. Sunday, I just jogged a few miles before I worked out with ME (she had 3X500, 3X300, 3X200, 3X100 at her goal 800m pace, it was a pretty good workout for her, I was glad I could help her out. I had to give myself some credit for hitting all her intervals on her exact pace. I even let her sit down for a second or two after the 500's and the 300's because she said "I would rather drink gatorade sitting down." She is so cute, I bet she will kill her goals I gave her at the beginning of the year.

Anyways, I was about 70-71 miles last week, which is OK (I thought I was not going to count numbers this year). But I really would rather be up around 75. If I start to feel good by wednesday that I will gradually increase the miledge. I have heard that wednesday is going to be pretty damn hard.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

My Week

U.D--

week is going ok so far. I got over the weakness syndrome, but it came back yesterday during my workout. I was running 5-10k pace for my 6x1200's, but I could not bring myself to run any faster than that.
My legs hurt.

Monday: Long Run 15miles at 6:52-7:04 (for 13)
Tuesday: am:45min PM:2mile w/u + basketball game
Wednesday: AM:20min PM:2m w/u, 2m c/d, 6x1200m at 5-10k pace
Thursday: AM:55min + strides in the turf room, drills (Houston made me) PM: 30min + weights and abs (my legs are killing me know).
Friday: AM: 71min run, stretch + 2 hr nap before work
Saturday: Planned 6 mile tempo (5:55-6:05 pace) + 200m strides
Sunday: recovery run of about 6-8miles
~72-73miles (thats enough for now. I am pretty tired)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

3 Weeks Out.....


Week is starting off ok, I was really sick sunday night..dry heaving... and went to sleep at like 6pm...missed basketball..got up at 4am to meet the girls for a 15 miler after pounding out a couple of gatorades because I did not eat dinner the night before. My stomach was sloshing so bad.


The 15 miler went pretty well, after a mile we were 7:04-6:52 (according to Mr. GPS) pace the whole way, and on the back side of south farm that is saying alot (for me).

I have had a fever the last few days so I am not feeling to hot right now, just wimp syndrome probably.
The women were at Tyson this last weekend. I was extremely pleased about the women's distance races. Lauren ran a PR in the 5k of 18:27 (this is huge! I cannot believe the improvement of this girl) and Simone ran a 10:07 3k. It was not a PR for her, but she is running progressively faster this season. Conference should be good for her.

3 weeks I am home and then I am off to my first half marathon of the year. I cannot wait to get racing again.

Saturday: 2mile w/u 2mile c/d 8miles at relaxed tempo (half marathon pace) 49:31
Sunday: AM:6 miles relaxed PM: w/u and c/d with M.E
Monday: AM: 15miles with the girls team (7:04-6:52 pace for 13)
Tuesday: AM: 45minutes relaxed PM: planned easy run + b-ball game (seriously)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Chocolate....anyone?

All I have ate this weekend are doritos, cake and chocolate chips.
Really terrible. I am going to pretend like this last few days never happened.

Ran really easy today, like 45 minutes (yesterdays tempo was about 6:13 pace for 8, which was surpirisingly easy and relaxed but my hamstring is on fire now) plus I have the meet ME at 2:00pm for her workout...and basketball practice at 7:00pm.
So maybe I will have chance to work off all that spinach dip that I forgot I polished off this morning.

wow.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Fit-ness

I'm trying to stop eatting so much cake so I dont have to by a new race siglet....the wine and chocolate chips are not helping~

I think this may be my favorite time of year, in terms of running. I have had to LONG layoff's since college, well three if you count the time I dabbled in triathlon training for a while, and every year between jan 1 and about the middle of march I am basically getting myself back into racing shape. For the first 6-8 weeks I feel like I get fitter everyday, my "regular" running pace drops significantly, my tempo runs improve by minutes, my intervals by a good 10-20 seconds. It feels good right now.
I am running a half marathon in germantown in the middle of march. I am then heading to Knoxville two weeks later to run another half, then New Orleans, then the Mississippi Race series, and the rest....I cant really remember that far.

Training for the last week....
Well I have come to realise that I run all my runs at around 7min pace which is nice. A few weeks ago, I fought everyday with my GPS because I was sure it was "miscalculating" my pace, there was no way I was going as slow as it said.... and some of the girls on the team were a bit sceptical.
Now, I truely believe it is quite accuract (only because it says I am running what I think I am running) I mean...with in 17-21m accurate. thats good.

Im still getting into shape from injury so I am planning on getting my long runs down to 6:45 pace. I am sure that will come..

Monday: 14miles (12 at 7:00-7:10pace)

Tuesday: AM: 6miles wieghts, abs

Wednesday: AM: 2 mile shake out PM:1.5mile w/u & c/d, 8x1000m on the fields at 5-10k pace
40+ mile an hour head winds did not help my pace any.

Thursday: AM:7miles PM:4miles

Friday: 9 miles (7:00-7:15 pace)

Saturday: Planned 8-10mile tempo run

Sunday: planned 8-10 mile run


Still trying to get my miledge up, this week will be just short of 70

The women's team is heading to Tyson this weekend. A few of them had pretty good performances last week, Simone ran 10:10 in the 3k and Lauren ran 10:31 or so, which was a huge PR for her. Some of the men ran unattached in the 3k, Matt was 8:10, Scrib was 8:14, and Adam was 8:22. The 3k was awesome to watch on both sides, everyone really went for it.

Coaches 800m group has been having some pretty good workouts lately, so I think a few of them are about to post some fast times. Cant wait for that. Getting really excited for outdoor to start though.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

2009 schedule and what did we learn in 08?

I have finally been training up till the point that I will feel confident racing in about 6 weeks. I currently have two races on my schedule, in about the middle of march I will start racing again. I am so excited, I have high hopes for this year, being that I was out for 7 months before last years races. This year, I did have a lay off but only four months, I reallly feel that I have bounced back. I am tougher than I have ever been....well at least since I was a freshman. The things I did as a freshman are beyond me.

Anyways, things I have to focus on in 2009 now that 08 is over.
1. Start strength early and be consistent. Everyyear I am out with an injury and becoming stronger will help that.
2. Dont run as much. Seriously, I am tired of being hurt. My body does not want to run 80miles a week, I am not invincible. I am going to work on getting in what I need and resting more. Maybe this will help some of my fatigue and keep me from losing to much weight in the middle of the season.
3. Know when to win, and when to run a fast time. I race alot and I need to really try and gauge intensity more often.
4. Be happy I am out there doing it, and anytime I get bored or tired or am hurting really bad during a workout, remember what its like to do two hours of intervals in a pool wearing a water vest and strapped to the wall.

So far this week has started off better than the last.
Monday: AM: 1hr 40min run (100minutes)
Tuesday: 64 min run (7:45-7:15 pace)
Wednesday: 5x1mile with 3 min rest on north farm 5:38, 5:27, 5:45, 5:50, 5:39
** it was freakin 30mile an hour winds on 3 and 4 just awful. North farm is thick gravel in alot of places so its not particularly fast, but its better than running in cirles....its just one big circle.
Thursday: Planned two rcovery runs 9-10miles totatl
Friday: planned one run on 8-9 miles
Saturday: planned tempo
Sunday:nothing hard, maybe nothing at all. seems to be working for me.

My hamstring is acting up but the doc gave me a dose pack so I will see if that helps.




I am going to Kentucky this weekend to watch the girls run. I am so excited!!

6 weeks till first race, 2008 in Review

Wow so its 2009 and its the first week of february, I have finally been able to run about 60miles a week, my long run is back up around 1hr 45min, and I am consistently running tempo runs at

Thursday, January 29, 2009

this week

Been busy with the job search and my hamstring flared up so not much running this week yet.

Monday: AM:55min
Tuesday: AM: 1hr 35min run
Wednesday: AM:nothing, 3 job interviews PM:48min run
Thursday: AM:55min run w/ 8X3min HArd, 90 sec easy
Friday: AM:45min PM:40min
Saturday: warmup/6mile tempo run at half marathon pace/ cool down (hamstring was really tight so I was extremely conservative and ran 6:20 pace. fairly easy.
Sunday: planned 70min run

62-63 miles. I would like to run more but my hamstring is killing me.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

....

School is school, work is work. Its really cold here and it feels like death. I really dont have much to say...just running I guess.

training update-
Monday: AM:60min run PM:40min run
Tuesday:1:18 (11miles) w/ 8X3min hard, 90 sec recovery
Wednesday: AM: 20min bike and weights PM: 53min (7+miles)
Thursday:AM:40min PM:w/u 8x200m at 36, c/d
Friday: 50min recovery run
Saturday:12miles in 1hr 25min, w/10 miles at 6:40pace (58.5)
Sunday: recovery run

probably about 63 miles for the week when its all over.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Xbox and workouts

training updated--
Not to much this week...havent been motivated to do anything related to school. Ive been to busy playing Fallout 3 to give a crap about school. Ive also been looking for a job, and with the economy so bad. nothings look up so far.

As for running, Ive been doing a decent amount of that. I plan to get up to 60miles this week. My achilles is a little sore from a relatively easy workout I did this afternoon so I am not sure if I will make the miledge this week. I am trying to be careful, but Im stubborn and not very smart unfortunately.

The womens team as a 1000m, 4mile, 1000m workout on saturday. I plan on running it with them but I am not sure how much help I will be...probably none because I am not in shape yet.

Monday: 70min with 5X 6min HARD, 6min easy
Tuesday: AM: 54min ( 7:35-7:00min pace)
Wednesday: AM: 40min PM:35 min (7:15-6:45pace)
Thursday: AM:30min PM:45min with 30min of 2min hard, 1 min easy
Friday: PM: 55min run
Saturday: warmup, 4mile tempo with Simone (24:06 on mugshots, about 6:01.5 pace), cool down, lots of ice......
Sunday: Planned hour run

Miles for the week: planned at 60+or-

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Garmin 305 review


Ok, I have not been able to use my GPS because of my injury (really did not care to see how fast I was running) but the last few days I have been wearing it regularly. Basically, its pretty accurate, but only if you are the farms on the roads. We have miles of windy trails about a mile from the track, and it does not work very well on that.
The heart rate monitor works pretty well, I have not worked much with the zones or anything yet, I dont really care for that kind of stuff. few other things I figured out

-the distance/pace function works better if you set it to automatically lap every mile, versus getting the average pace for the entire run (especially if you are doing a tempo, and the first two miles are for warm up)
-dont expect acurate readings on windy and heavily forested trails.
-Carry a watch on your other wrist just in case you forget to charge the batteries
-HRM does not work underwater (bummer)
-set the smoothing option to least amount of smoothing, if you are a crazy pace monitor like me.
-dont forget to change the time zones when you travel

I have read a few concerns about the elevation calcualtions on the 305, but I took my watch with me to Calgary,AB and got fairly acurate readings for elevation. I have started using the training tool that comes with the 305, however I have since downloaded a new program recommended by users called Sportstrack.

Today we ran about 10.5 miles, in 1:19, which I felt was pretty accurate, felt about 7:30 pace most of the way. (longest run since injury).

FYI- if you do purchase a garmin, find it on google checkout or amazon. I know that Houston got mine for less than $200 USD.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Back from Canada


Houston and I are now back to work after 2 and a half weeks of visiting family in Tupelo, Calgary, Athabasca, and then my sisters wedding in Banff. It was a great trip, but we were both exhausted when we arrived at home sunday night (after waking up at 3am driving to calgary and waiting in line for 2 and a half hours before departing) I hate flying all day. We got home around 9pm, and Houston refused to let me run because it was storming terribly. So I did not run that day.
As for running, well -33 C reallu does a number on the body. I caught a terrible sinus infection about a day into my Canada trip...and then another cold after arriving in starkville. I ran through the sinus infection, but it wore me out. The cold air actually felt pretty good on the lungs, and helped clear up some of my congestion. Tha altitude, not so much. I did not wear my GPS because I was having a really hard time running in 2 feet of snow. For some reason, in calgary, the do not clear the streets so everyday was a little bit of an adventure.

I still have yet to start workouts, but I have been uping my miledge and being extremely careful with my calf.
The pictures are of Houston sledding at my mothers house in Athabasca, and of my sisters Bridal Shower in Banff.

Monday: hour run
Tuesday: AM 37min PM 34min
Wednesday: AM: 60min with the girls PM: 20min bike and weights
Thursday: AM:26min easy PM:42min (little bit tight)
Friday:AM:40min with Houston PM: 40min elliptical
Saturday: Planned 75 min run
Sunday: Planned 45-55min
Total miles for the week will be about 56. still working my way up.