Monday, August 15, 2011

5k run/race

Last Wednesday I did a practice 5k with my seester for the 30th birthday Virtual Race.

She + other seester are running the 5k Giant's Race in SF in two weeks, while I run the 1/2. We took it soooo slow. We walked several times. I would hardly call it a race (for me) but it was outstanding to be running with my sedentary seester, who I know is just doing this running thing because she appreciates me and wants to spend time with me. She'd much rather be watching a movie and baking cupcakes, but I try to convince myself that she enjoyed her time on the run.

I told her we would just try & make it to the 1 mile mark, which she did with no problems. I could tell she would have gone out much faster if I hadn't held her back. I reminded her to drop her arms below 90 degrees to help relax. We walked for 1/2 a mile, and then turned around. When we were back at the 1 mile mark we ran with only one quick walking stop about 1/2 mile from the finish. Overall she was super, and we celebrated by jumping in the Snake River to cool our legs and refresh our faces.

So, this was hardly a race, but many many people enter 5 and 10k's (even marathons!) with the intention of walking, and simply doing the best they can. I'm proud of her for running with me, and appreciate that she goes WAY out of her comfort zone to run with me, Because I Love It!

Monday, August 1, 2011

July Recap

Miles Planned/Ran: Holy Lord. 130.
Rest Days Planned/Taken: All of them. I love rest days.
Highest Mileage Week: 33

Long Runs Planned/Ran: 5
Current Book: Ultramarathon Man- Dean Karnazes, and Run Faster from the 5k to the Marathon
Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: Eating too much for no reason
Current Obsessions:
getting to Jackson for Jenny's wedding
Current Drink: water, coffee and home-brewed iced tea - Oh, and Clifshot electrolyte lemonade
Current Song: Eddie Vedder's Ukulele Songs - I love when it comes on the radio
Current Wish-List:
Can't think of anything new...need category seems more appropriate
Current Need: Running Shoes. It's time.
Current Triumph:
Finished the painting by August 1! Yay! Time for cabinets.
Current Bane of my Existence:
Stressing over our newly imposed move-out date for the yurt, and whether or not to go to JH
Current Goal:
Have at least two more property BBQs with friends/family, and log four days this month of strength training
Current Blessings:
My excellent family of Maia and E - we're such a great team
Current Excitement:
Peak volume training this week, and the Giants Race with family in S.F.

Lord Sorequad

Yippie Skippy. Just ran 5 miles on the Home Trails (slang for Trails Around My Home). I think I kept a pretty good pace the whole time but didn't bother to use my GPS. I did two hill sprints, and several shorter intervals at 'pace'.

Quads. My quads were definitely feeling it on the uphills, and consistently at the end. Come to think of it, my quads have been pretty ripped and torn feeling since Friday. They're pretty sore - not in a fatigued P90x legs&back way, but in a ripped up way. I wonder if this is due to my lack of ice bath? Squatting is painful in a really really good way. I found myself squatting for a few seconds randomly throughout the weekend at work, just to feel the burn/release.

This is my highest volume week of marathon training, peaking at 36 miles. Looking forward to it!