2017 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 29.01
(Run/Walked = 29.01, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)

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Friday, December 31, 2010

Goals for 2011

I am going to use 2011 to work on myself again. I think 2010 wasn't great for me in terms of taking care of myself and I need to change that and make myself a priority again. So, with that, here are the top things that I want to work on in 2011.

1. Complete the Dopey Challenge
Complete may not be the right word...Perhaps Attempt would be more appropriate. I will consider it a success if I toe the line of each race, but I really do want to complete all three races!

2. Participate in at least one running/walking event each month of the year
I have done some research and so far I have found events for all but one month (they are listed on the side bar on the right). I may make a few changes along the way depending on my budget and/or work schedule. I would like to participate in organized events, but if I can't get to those I'd like to at least participate in a virtual event.

3. Release the fear and return to running or run-walk-run intervals
I let the fear of injury prevent me from pushing myself in 2010 and instead of running the way I know I should and can I have mostly been walking. I want to get back to running the way I used to.

4. Continue working on eating better and losing weight
This should be pretty self explanatory. I need to quit letting stress control my self control. I will continue to log the food I eat. I will not completely deprive myself of the things I like, but will work to control the portions of those foods.

5. Add at least one day a week of Pilates to my workout schedule
In order to work on core strength and flexibility I want to get back to doing Pilates at least one day a week. I have gotten out of this habit in 2010 and I miss it.

6. Add at least one day a week of strength training to my workout schedule
I don't want to go crazy with the strength training, but I would like to add some light strength training back in to aid in weight loss and strength.

7. Participate in at least one 10K
Even though I've done a lot of different events I've yet to participate in a 10K. I'd like to try at least one 10K in 2011.

8. Work towards a new PR in the Half Marathon
Of course I'd like to get under 2:30 in the half marathon, but instead of being specific I thought I'd just try to better my best time. Right now my half marathon PR is 2:40 and I'd like to get under that time.

9. Maintain consistent mileage each month throughout the year
I would like to run/walk 80 to 100 miles per month in 2011. I think this is doable as long as I continue with my long runs every other week at a minimum.

10. Run and/or walk at least three days a week in 2011
I believe I'm going to try using Jeff Galloway's run/walk/run method this year and one of his principles is that you don't have to go crazy and get out there every single day in order to maintain your fitness. I'm going to try this and see how it works for me this year.

How Did I Do with My Goals for 2010?

Here is the list of goals I posted for 2010 and how I did.

Goals for 2010:
-Run a half marathon in 2:30 or less. I've got three chances to make this happen - as long as my finances hold out.

Well, I didn't even come close to this goal this year. In fact, my speed went out the window and I fell off the running wagon and hit the walking wagon instead. The lowest half marathon time I had this year was 2:58:51 in March at the Run for Ryan House Half Marathon....

-Get my diet back under control, loss the excess weight and work darn hard to not fall in to the fall holidays eating binge. I've started to recognize the patterns - now I just have to acknowledge them and figure out a more productive way to address them.
So this goal was a fail for about 11.5 months this year as well. I continuously gained weight this year, hitting my highest weight ever. When I lost all my weight in 2007 I swore I wouldn't let this ever happen again, but I've learned that I let stress take over my self control and eating and it can get pretty ugly. I'm still weighing a lot more than I want, but the last month and a half have been much better and I've been able to take off a few pounds.

-Figure out what I want to be when I grow up (i.e. look for another job)...This is going to be tough on me. I'll be even more stressed than I already am, working in a new job (if I can find one) with eating right and exercising might be very difficult, but I think it has to be done!
Boy - I wish I could say what I want to be when I grow up. I'm still not happy where I am, but I'm a bit fearful of trying to move on to a new job. While my job is not my favorite thing right now, the pay is decent and I love the people I work with. I just wish that management was different. I know I need to make a change as my growth has stopped and I've been continually told that I cannot move in the direction that I would like to. I am on the third boss for the year and each one has been progressively worse for me. I've been told that I don't sell myself enough, I live in the shadow of a co-worker, I don't communicate at all and that I can't be trusted to meet my deadlines....Oddly, I've never missed a deadline, the co-worker whose shadow I live in is in a different group and I talk to this manager daily. Not sure I'll ever be able to live up to what this manager wants...Oh, and let's not mention that fact that I now have to manage consultants and I am not a manager.

-If I can stay on my running schedule it will mean I'll end up logging about 1300 running miles and I have no idea how many walking/biking miles. I will be very impressed with myself if I can do this. It's going to take a lot of dedication, but I think I need that. That will mean doubling my miles from 2009.
I only managed to get in 704.65 miles on my feet (running/walking). While it's no where near the amount of miles I had hoped for, it is still the most miles I've ever done in a single year. I have also hit some new high mileage in the last few months as I've trained for the Dopey Challenge. My longest mileage to date is 26.38 miles on the treadmill no less :)! So while I didn't hit my goal, I still feel quite good about where I am right now in terms of mileage.

-Support anyone that asks for help in regards to their diet and exercise goals
I don't know if I've met this goal or not. I like to hope that I have helped someone along the way, but I really can't be sure.

Maybe my goals for 2010 were unrealistic, but even though I didn't reach them all, I did quite a bit this year.

Tiny Thought - 4 Days Happy New Year

Tiny Thought: Here's to a happy healthy prosperous New Year to you, your friends and loved ones!

A little under six hours to the new year here in Arizona and I thought I'd take a moment to wish everyone a happy new year!

I hope the goals you had for 2010 were met and that you'll have even more success in 2011 with the new goals you have for yourself.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tiny Thought - 5 Days The Mind Is Strong

Tiny Thought: "Mental fortitude is more important than physical endurance."

Not sure who said this, but I really think it's an important thing to know. On my last 20 mile walk I wanted to stop and sit down many times on my journey, but I didn't. How did I stop that from happening? I have a little saying that I have used for several years now and it makes me smile and it makes me think of the goal at hand.


What is my little saying? Well - you know the "We Can Do It" song from Cinderella? The one that the mice sing when they make a lovely dress for Cinderelly? Yeah - the chorus changes to "I can do it, I can do it, I can finish this walk." In fact, I make up words for the whole song while I'm out on the course. It's just one of those things I started during my first half marathon at Disneyland in 2008 and it stuck.

What's your favorite motivational song, phrase, or whatever else helps you get through when the going gets tough?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tiny Thought - 6 Days War Wounds

Tiny Thought: Who needs Toenails…Keep Running!

If you run, walk get out and get going you probably have some war wounds or at least war stories to share with the group.


When I first started running I was very new to the sport and I fell several times. In fact, the last time I fell I was so good at it that I did the movie roll, pop up and kept running for another couple of miles. Yes, I have some scars on elbows and knees from those first falls - thankfully, as I ran more I gained better balance and learned to pick my feet up so that I wouldn't trip on the uneven sidewalk areas.

Right now I have a bruise under my right big toe nail. To this point I've never had a black toenail and I'd really prefer to keep it that way, but there is a possibility that this toenail isn't going to make it. Keep your fingers crossed that it doesn't cause me pain until after the races!

So, what war wounds or war stories do you have from your experiences with running/walking? Leave me a note and let me know!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tiny Thought - 7 Days No, 3 Days

Tiny Thought: Here you thought I have a week before I head to the world....and you're right, but I only have three more days in the office before I head to Walt Disney World!

I can't tell you just how happy this makes me after another very long day. Boy do I miss the days when the end of the year was at least manageable...Now it's just pure craziness all year long!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Tiny Thought - 8 Days of Decisions

Tiny Thought: What to wear, what to wear!

Now, you'd think it would be easy to pack the race gear for the upcoming trip....I wish!

My training gear has gotten a bit worn - imagine that...I tried to get more bottoms from Target as I love the C9 capris I've been wearing....guess what - they don't carry them any more. ARGGGGHHHHH!!!!

I have other things that I can bring and wear, but they're somewhat untested. I haven't used them for any 20 milers...Makes me a bit nervous, but they are going to have to do.

Then - here I am trying to pack for the weather. Another difficult thing to do. If I wear a long sleeve shirt under this it works for cold, but what if it's hot will the short sleeve shirt be okay on its own.

I tell you I am not loving these decisions. I feel like no matter what I'm going to pack it's just not going to be right. I know, it's just the nerves talking, but darn am I glad I started looking at things today!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Dopey Training Preview - Week #50


MIND CHECK
It's going to be a short busy week at work this week and I'm not exactly looking forward to it. The stress will escalate as I have a lot of things to get done around the house as well. Guess it' a good thing the tapering has started. I was able to do my online check-in for Bay Lake Tower today and that's super exciting!
BODY CHECK
Okay, I'm a bit stiff and sore from the 20 miler yesterday, but not too terrible. I just want to keep it light and easy on my legs this week. Want the legs refreshed for the races.
NUTRITION
I feel quite good about this so far. I'll keep the food in check this week and I don't think it will be too difficult - the grocery shopping is done and that always makes it easier.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Walk - 4mi @ no target
Tuesday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 4mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
Wednesday
AM: Walk - 3mi @ no target
Thursday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 4mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
Friday
AM: Bike - 35mi @ no target
Saturday
AM: New Year's Day 5K
Sunday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 6mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Review post to see how this week turns out!

Dopey Training Review - Week #49


MIND CHECK
Oh wow, I cannot believe how close the races are. It's been a pretty good week overall. I haven't been too bad mentally. I have some fear and doubts swirling around in my head, but it's not that hard to stop those. I just have to envision the medals that I hope to achieve.
BODY CHECK
The flu is gone - thank goodness. I had some bad cramping and tightness in my right knee for a couple of days this week, but I was able to work that out by using massage and ice. Everything is back in order now and feeling pretty good.
NUTRITION
This week has been really good in terms of food. No major slip ups or over indulgences. I hope to keep this up now until I leave for vacation.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Walk - 2mi @ no target
PM: Treadmill walk - 2.26mi @ 16:50 per mi
Still dragging a bit from the flu, but starting to feel better. It felt good to work up a bit of a sweat.
Tuesday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 6mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
PM: Treadmill walk - 3.69mi, 29mi warm up walk, 3.14mi @ 16:02 per mi, .26mi cool down walk
I'm still kind of tired and worn out and I didn't get all my miles in, but I did manage to get a few miles in at least. The final race instructions are out!
Wednesday
AM: Walk - 3mi @ no target
PM: Bike - 15mi, 1hr 4mins, 14mph avg, resistance level 2
My legs were not feeling great today so I decided to rest the walking muscles a bit and do the bike instead. I've been having a lot of work stress and it sure makes it tempting to give in to food cravings, but I've resisted so far.
Thursday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 6mi @ 14:88 per mi, cool down walk
Took a total rest day today. My right knee is sore and crampy today.
Friday
AM: Walk - 4mi @ no target
PM: Treadmill walk - 4.2mi @ 18:12 per mi
No lingering pain in the knee today and I got a nice walk in on the treadmill. I am still concerned that I have no idea what my pace actually is since the treadmill was set for 17:02 and the Garmin shows 18:12 - kind of crazy. Hoping for a good fast long wog tomorrow.
Saturday
AM: Long walk - 20mi @ 16-18 per mi
AM: Long walk - 20.74mi, .29mi warm up walk, 20mi @ 15:39 per mi, .45mi cool down walk
Well, I finished my last 20 miler before the races. I'm not sure if I feel better or worse for having done it though. I was hurting by the end - it was rough maintaining this pace today and it was a lot slower than I wanted to go. I know that I'll just do the best I can during the races and I've come to terms with the fact that I will accept whatever medals I get with grace and a smile. If I fail this time - well, it won't be a failure because I tried - I will try again until I get all the medals. I am relishing this challenge and I will give it all I have.
Sunday
REST
AM: Walk - 2.15mi @ 18:20 per mi
Took the dogs out for a nice slow short walk this morning just to keep the blood flowing and to help the legs recover. It took about .4mi before the stiffness worked out and I felt okay walking. Overall I'm not feeling horrible. I have some pain in my knees, hips and heels - nothing too bad though, just general workout pain. I am officially in taper mode and that scares me because I just feel like I could use more distance, but I want to go in to the races refreshed.

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Preview post to see how next week's plan looks!

Tiny Thought - 9 Days Online Check-In Check

Tiny Thought: The first thing I did today was online check in for the upcoming trip!

How excited am I? I am so excited I can hardly stand it right now. I am checked in at the Bay Lake Towers (my home resort) and I cannot wait to stay there.

Whenever I get to the online check in it makes the trip more real to me. Soon I will depart for a fabulous, scary, challenging, fun trip and I am going to enjoy every minute :)!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Tiny Thought - 10 Days Merry Christmas

Tiny Thought: Merry Christmas - Did you remember to give yourself a gift?

What you think I'm selfish or crazy? Well, that may be, but I'm serious. Did you give yourself a gift for the holidays?

So, what do I mean? Well, it's an amazing feeling to give loved ones and friends a gift - better to give than receive and all that.

But...when was the last time you thought of yourself? In our everyday lives we like to take care of others, we do what has to be done for work and often we neglect our own lives and needs.

What do you give yourself? Well, I gave myself the gift of a final 20 miler before the Dopey. Yep, I headed out and put in the miles. More than just the long walk, this helped to relax and focus me. It was the gift of health, of enjoying the outdoors, of building confidence.

Now, think about it...what will your gift to yourself be? Time with friends, family or yourself. The gift of health of relaxation. There are so many things that you could give to yourself. Leave me a note and tell me what you'll give yourself - it doesn't have to be today, but over the next week or two.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Tiny Thought - 11 Days of Prep

Tiny Thought: Today I went in search of fuel and shirts!

I braved the last minute gift shoppers to venture out in search of fuel and running shirts. I headed to Target first...I love the C9 brand and I was hoping to find another shirt or two, possibly some gloves and a pair of running tights if I could find them. It was a quick adventure and the only thing I found was one new shirt....Better than nothing. I headed up to the registers and there was one open with no one in line - yeah :)!

Next I headed to Sports Chalet. I needed to get gels and perhaps some Power Bars. 12 gels later and no line for me to check out and I was done with Sports Chalet.

Final stop of the day was Wal-Mart. I was actually in search of groceries. Figured I'd get the majority of my shopping done to get me through the last days until the trip....It was an uneventful trip, but I did get my PowerBars! I had to wait for two people in front of me and I was done.

So, my Christmas Eve shopping trip was over and while there were a lot of people I managed to get everything done I wanted without too much stress!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tiny Thought - 12 Days of Final Preparation

Tiny Thought: There are 12 days left for me to prepare myself - mind, body and soul :)!

I can't believe how close the trip is getting now. I need to start putting my running gear together for the races and see what else I might need to protect myself from cold or heat or whatever else the weather might be.

I am shooting for one last 20 mile walk this weekend and then it's time to taper and let the body rebuild and get strong. Want to go in to the races rested and ready.

I will take some time to reflect on this year. The successes and the failures. Find patterns and look at ways to correct the problems going forward and keep up the good things I have started.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tiny Thought - 13 Days and a Long Journey

Tiny Thought: The longest journey begins with a single step. Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching

13 days to go before heading off to Orlando for an undertaking I never even knew about 4 years ago.

I have to say this year has been a long journey already, but I suppose step one on this leg of the journey started the day I hit submit to sign up for the Dopey Challenge.

Then the truest, most amazing part of my journey will begin and it starts with the first step of the Buzz & Woody Family Fun Run 5K. Nerves and excitement battle with each other right now. I know this is a good thing - it means I care, that I'll try my hardest and keeps my mind sharp and ready to be strong to push my body further than I ever thought possible.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

WDW Marathon Weekend Final Race Instructions

For anyone participating in any of the races during the 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, the final race instructions are now available. You can check out all the event info here.

An interesting change for Goofy Challengers - no wrist bands this year. You'll receive two bibs, two d-tags, three shirts and one goody bag! I can't say I'm super upset by this as the Coast to Coast wristband was not my favorite thing at Disneyland this year :)!

Another change - there is no need to check in at the Goofy Challenge tent after the half marathon on Saturday.

If you are Perfectly Goofy or Perfect 18 you can pick up a commemorative lanyard after the finish line....And let me just say - CONGRATULATIONS!!!

We're closing in on a new year and another Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend - and the excitement mounts :)!

Tiny Thought - 14 Days Large

Tiny Thought: What the heck was I thinking when I put down that I wanted large shirts?

Wishful thinking on my part or just not thinking at all...Not sure, but somehow I ended up with large as my shirts for all the races. I never request large - I always request extra large.

Well, I'm stuck with larges now as the final race instructions say they won't be able to exchange the shirts...I hope they'll have somewhere that I'll be able to exchange them or I'll never even get to wear the darn things...

Monday, December 20, 2010

Tiny Thought - 15 Days Do You Dodge Cars?

Tiny Thought: I don't think jogging is healthy, especially morning jogging. If morning joggers knew how tempting they looked to morning motorists, they would stay home and do sit-ups. Rita Rudner

I could not resist posting this one...How great is that? Having done plenty of morning walks and runs I can certainly say I've had to dodge my fair share of cars out there, but I still prefer morning outings over the evening.

Here's wishing you an uneventful and fabulous morning run/walk and if dodging cars is not your style good luck with the sit ups :)!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tiny Thought - 16 Days Pilgrim

Tiny Thoughts: Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. John Wayne

Well. pilgrim...I'm going to be saddling up in January...I'll certainly be scared to death, but fear will make me stronger and I will beat it.

What are you afraid of and what will you saddle up for in the new year?

Dopey Training Preview - Week #49


MIND CHECK
Looking for this week to pull me back in to the swing of things. I know the time is running out and this week will be the last full week of big miles before the taper begins. Although I expect to still be putting in good miles during taper :). I am mentally worn out going in to this week and that worries me. I just need to keep my spirits up and focus on the goal!
BODY CHECK
I really feel pretty good overall. Hopefully the flu will leave me alone now and I can be back to 100% asap. Legs are feeling good and feeling overall like all the work is starting to pay off.
NUTRITION
Fell off the good eating a bit last week and will do my best to get back on track this week. Any weight I can get off before the races will just make things that much better!
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Walk - 2mi @ no target
Tuesday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 6mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
Wednesday
AM: Walk - 3mi @ no target
Thursday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 6mi @ 14:88 per mi, cool down walk
Friday
AM: Walk - 4mi @ no target
Saturday
AM: Long walk - 20mi @ 16-18 per mi
Sunday
REST

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Review post to see how this week turns out!

Dopey Training Review - Week #48


MIND CHECK
Ugh, this has been a horrible week all the way around. I am home from business travel - thank goodness. It was just a rough week on me mentally for sure. I had a lot of health things going on and I feel mentally beat up. I know I need to buck up and get back on track as the challenge awaits :)!
BODY CHECK
I got extremely swollen on the flight to New Jersey...So swollen that I had trouble putting my shoes on. Swelling on planes is nothing new for me...It happens almost every time I fly. The swelling lasted a couple of days and finally went away. Sadly, as soon as the swelling was gone, the flu hit me hard. I ended up working while wanting to curl up and sleep for two straight days. Started feeling better, but it took its toll on me.
NUTRITION
I didn't do great, I didn't do terrible on the food front this week. It's hard during business travel to be perfect, but overall I did okay. Of course, I didn't do great this weekend. Oh well, the week is over and done and I move on from here.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Bike - 10mi @ no target
My legs are still swollen from the miles and travel so I decided to not push it today. I took the extra rest day. It was also tough with the time change to get myself motivated to get up and get moving today.
Tuesday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 4mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
AM: Bike - 11.5mi, 30 mins, resistance level 2
AM: Treadmill walk - 4.07mi # 15:47 per mi
Still a bit swollen but it felt good to get some miles in today. Feel pretty much recovered from the dress rehearsal last week which is pretty amazing to me.
Wednesday
AM: Walk - 3mi @ no target
While I am still a bit swollen, it is getting better. Of course, now I am so sick - my stomach is just very upset and I feel really awful. Really wish I could just sleep instead of going in to the office for a full day of meetings.
Thursday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 4mi @ 14:88 per mi, cool down walk
Still extremely ill...My stomach is just raw and upset. Another long day.
Friday
AM: Bike - 10mi @ no target
Ah, it does feel good to be home. I'm starting to feel better, but I'm mentally drained and still a bit sick. I also got some very sad news today which didn't make me feel any better :(...
Saturday
AM: Long walk - 12mi @ 16-18 per mi
I had every intention of getting a nice long walk in today, but I just don't have any energy at all. I ended up sleeping quite a good portion of the day away.
Sunday
AM: Walk - 2mi @ no target
AM: Bike - 20mi, 1hr 23mins, 14.4mph avg, resistance level 2
I was going to try for a brick workout today, but by the time I was done with the bike I was completely worn out. Instead of pushing myself and getting sicker I decided to back off after the bike and take it easy the rest of the day.

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Preview post to see how next week will shape up!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Waivers Available

Are you doing any of the races in Walt Disney World this January?

If so, you can print your waivers
HERE!

I've got my 5K and my Goofy Challenge waivers all printed and ready to go....How about you?

Looks like all races are now full. If you didn't sign up and want to, you may need to check with charity teams to see if they have any openings.

Thoughts and Prayers For Tina and Family

I have had the same pet sitters for over six years now. A mother and daughter team that spoil my pets and take such good care of them.

On Thursday I received a very sad text that Myra (Mom) had a severe heart attack and was going in to surgery for a double bypass.

When I arrived home on Friday, I checked in with Tina (Daughter) and learned that Myrna had not made it through surgery.

I am so saddened by this loss and just wanted to take a moment to ask for thoughts and prayers for Tina and her family for their loss.

Loss is never easy, but it is especially difficult so close to the holidays.

You will be missed Myrna!

Tiny Thought - 17 Days and Feeling Better

Tiny Thought: Don't get the flu while traveling for business!

That's right, I am finally home from a week of business travel and I have to say it's great to be home.

Traveling Sunday, two days after my Dopey Challenge Dress Rehearsal went okay. I had some major swelling issues with my legs on the flight, even with compression socks, but other than that travel was uneventful.

Monday and Tuesday were business as usual. I got a good workout in on Tuesday and felt pretty good.

When I woke up on Wednesday I was severely sick. The flu had hold of me big time. I was miserable all day - not a good thing when your day is filled with business meetings. I made it through, but it wasn't fun.

Thursday wasn't a whole lot better...but again I made it through.

Thankfully I was feeling a bit better for the flight home on Friday. Today I'm almost back to normal having slept the morning away :)!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Tiny Thought - Day 22 Snow

Tiny Thought - I sure do hope it doesn't snow for the races this year.

No, it's not snowing in Arizona, but when I came out of the restaurant after dinner tonight there was snow falling from the sky...Yep, I'm in New Jersey.

It's shaping up to be another cold winter and I sure do hope that it doesn't snow for the WDW races in January 2011.

The good news is, at least I'll be as prepared as I can be this time :)!

Dopey Training Preview - Week #48


MIND CHECK
Well this week is starting off rather interestingly...I have to say that I feel a lot better after the Dopey Challenge dress rehearsal than I thought I might, but I am still a bit sore so I am not going to push too hard for at least the first part of the week. I need to keep my intensity light, but up this week.
BODY CHECK
In terms of pain, I'm feeling pretty good overall. I expected to be a lot more sore after the high mileage last week. I still have some lingering soreness, but nothing more than what I do after any good long walk.
NUTRITION
Very worried about this week in terms of nutrition. I have to travel for work and that means a lot of restaurant food and less control over what I will have access to eat. I'll try my best to make good choices, but I know it will be tough.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Bike - 10mi @ no target
Tuesday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 4mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
Wednesday
AM: Walk - 3mi @ no target
Thursday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 4mi @ 14:88 per mi, cool down walk
Friday
AM: Bike - 10mi @ no target
Saturday
AM: Long walk - 12mi @ 16-18 per mi
Sunday
AM: Walk - 2mi @ no target

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Review post to see how this week turns out!

Dopey Training Review - Week #47


MIND CHECK
Well this was one telling week for me. Changed up the plans a little bit and when for the fully Dopey Challenge over the course of the week. It taught me some stuff that I really couldn't have known without doing the miles. I am happy to say that I made it through the full mileage and survived and I'll discuss this more in the workout reviews below.
BODY CHECK
I was on the treadmill a lot this week and put in quite a few miles. Overall the body was feeling great going in to this week and did pretty well throughout the week.
NUTRITION
Great nutrition until Sunday which was a travel day and led to me overeating at dinner. Overall I feel like I did pretty good here considering. Had a nice weight loss of 3.6 pounds for the week, which felt really good :)!
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Walk - 4mi @ no target
PM: Treadmill walk - 4.41mi @ 16:12 per mi
I was really tired tonight, but I managed to get some miles in on the treadmill. I really wanted to start the week off right since I know next week will be hard with the business travel.
Tuesday
AM: Bike - 20mi @ no target
PM: Bike - 20mi, 1hr 26mins, 13.8mph avg, resistance level 2
Wow, I'm still very tired, but I still got the bike ride in tonight. I know what the plan says, but I think I'm going for the full Dopey Challenge this week...I really want to see if I'm going to be able to do this.
Wednesday
AM: Easy run - 4mi @ 14:48 per mi
PM: Treadmill wog - 3.41mi @ 16:05 per mi
I put the WDW 5K on the treadmill so I could run it. I did a nice 1 min run/1 min walk interval session and felt really good. I finally realized that I've been afraid to run this year. I know I weigh more than I should and I didn't walk to injure myself before the Dopey so I haven't pushed as hard as I should have. At least I finally figured this out and hope to move forward from here.
Thursday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 10mi @ 16-18 per mi, cool down walk
PM: Treadmill walk - 13.34mi @ 17:13 per mi
I put the WDW Half Marathon on the treadmill so I could walk it. I was slower than I wanted to be, but overall I felt pretty good and kept it light and easy. I only used 20oz of water for fuel and felt pretty good through the whole walk. I did eat a good snack before I started out and this sustained me pretty well and I didn't have any stomach trouble.
Friday
AM: Long walk - Warm up walk, 20mi @ 16-18 per mi, cool down walk
PM: Treadmill walk - 26.38mi, .26mi warm up walk, 26mi @ 17:17 per mi, .12mi cool down walk
Used quite a bit of fuel on this one - 64oz water, 32oz Powerade Zero and 3 gels...I know that I did not have enough fuel during the walk...This was a huge challenge - I didn't get to start until after 5pm and didn't finish until after 1am. I'm a bit worried about the pace as I don't feel I could have gone much faster - the treadmill was set at 16:40 per mi, but the Garmin clocked at 17:17 per mi so some discrepancy there for sure. I felt pretty good up through mile 20 and that's where it got really tough. I wanted to stop several times, but kept telling myself that if I can't do it here I can't do it at the race - this kept me going to the end. The treadmill actually said I did over 27 miles, but I'm going with the Garmin distance of 26.38. By the time I was done I thought I was done for - my legs were so sore, tired, jelly-like that I wasn't sure I'd be able to walk the next day. I did an ice bath, put the compression socks on, ate dinner and went to bed. I'd just have to see how the next day went.
Saturday
REST
Surprise, surprise - I can walk and I don't actually feel so bad. I was walking a little slower than normal, but I was walking. I managed to go see a play, get dog food, and do my grocery shopping all without much pain at all. There is some soreness don't get me wrong, but I'm much better off than I thought I'd be.
Sunday
TRAVEL
Well, since today was a travel day there was no workout time for me. Did do some house and yard work before heading to the airport. Felt pretty good unless I tried to walk fast. The plane presented some problems...I normally swell when I fly, my legs get pretty swollen...This time I could barely wear my shoes - very, very swollen. Have to keep an eye on that.

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Preview post for next week's plan!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tiny Thought - 26 Days and Then Back to Basics

Tiny Thought: After this amazing journey it's time for me to get back to basics...

While I am going to enjoy every step of the Dopey Challenge, I know that when I get back I need to start fresh.

I've finally realized that I've been afraid to run....Afraid to get injured...Afraid of the failure....Afraid in general.

I let the stress of home and work really eat away at my spirit for a good part of the year. Finally realizing that has really opened me up to getting back to myself.

Right now I feel good about what I'm doing and I need to make sure that I continue this path when I get done with the Dopey Challenge and then nothing will stop me from reaching whatever my next goal will be.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tiny Thoughts - 27 Days and I Feel a PR Coming On

Tiny Thoughts: When (not if) I complete the Walt Disney World Full Marathon I will have a new PR!

That's right, no matter how slow I am at the full marathon, as long as I don't get swept I will have a new PR.

Ah, the joy of doing a new distance in a race, an automatic personal record awaits you as long as you finish :)!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tiny Thoughts - 28 Days to Believe

Tiny Thought: "Whether you believe you can or believe you can't, you're probably right."
-Henry Ford

This is one quote that I fully agree with. I believe that I can do anything if I believe I can....That's why I'm doing the Dopey Challenge. It would have been very easy to quit, to stop training, to accept that I'm not in shape enough for the challenge, that the weight that I've gained this year will make it impossible.

Instead, I visualize finishing the full marathon and receiving the Goofy medal. I know that I can do it, I know it won't be easy, but believing that I can do it will help me to actually do it.

Take a second to think of something that someone told you that you can't do...Then believe that you can and do it and you will!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Tiny Thoughts - Under a Month (29 days)

Tiny Thought: What to pack, what to pack....

If you've followed me for any length of time, you probably remember that I wasn't exactly prepared for sleet and snow in January in Walt Disney World.

I had the only warm gear I owned with me and it wasn't enough. Not nearly enough.

So what am I doing different this time? I have running tights, long sleeve shirts, throw away jackets, and gloves.

What does this mean? That it'll probably be 95 for the races :)! Thankfully my top layers for cold work as cool layers for hot - at least I hope....

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Tiny Thought - 30 Days and Counting

I honestly can't believe it, but it's true....There are only 30 days until I head to Walt Disney World for one of the biggest challenges I've ever undertaken. So, I'm going to try to post something little each day before I leave. Whether it's a fear, accomplishment, hope, or something completely off the wall I don't know, but it'll be something.

Today's Tiny Thought: What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

Yeah, sometimes I wonder why the heck I decided to sign up for the Dopey Challenge...I am a year ahead of what I was going to do. The plan was going to be do the full marathon in 2011 and do the Dopey in 2012...Then I got bit by the bug...Spectating during the full marathon I figured there was no reason that I shouldn't do it a year earlier. I needed some fear in my training - too bad that fear didn't hit me a little sooner ;)!

Now I'm a month out and I'm nervous. Not so much about the pain and the miles, but I'm worried about the pace. I've gone to pretty much strictly walking right now and it concerns me that I won't be fast enough.

I'm sure going to do my best to make it through though!!!

Dopey Training Preview - Week #47


MIND CHECK
Back at it strong this week. It's going to be a bit tough this week as I have to get ready to travel next Sunday...That means that I'm going to have to try to fit my 20 miler in on Friday (I have a play to attend Saturday). In addition to all that, work is crazy and I have to get the house cleaned up so the dogs don't destroy everything while the pet sitters are watching them. It's going to be hectic and crazy for sure, but the miles are very important right now and I want another good 20 miler under my belt for sure!
BODY CHECK
There's going to be a lot of treadmill work this week - probably including the 20 miler. It's going to make it a bit tough to get it all done, but I'm going do what I have to do and it'll give the joints a little break as I put in quite a few miles!
NUTRITION
The only day I'm concerned about this week is going to be Friday - we have our company holiday party (it's a lunch buffet) and that's always a bit rough, but I'm going to either fore go the food or still to the veggie tray (sans dip) as much as possible. Since I'll be trying to get my long walk in the same night of the holiday party that should make it easier to bypass the food - I don't want a heavy stomach while trying to go that far.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Walk - 4mi @ no target
Tuesday
AM: Bike - 20mi @ no target
Wednesday
AM: Easy run - 4mi @ 14:48 per mi
Thursday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 10mi @ 16-18 per mi, cool down walk
Friday
AM: Long walk - Warm up walk, 20mi @ 16-18 per mi, cool down walk
Saturday
REST
Sunday
TRAVEL

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Preview post for next week's plan!

Dopey Training Review - Week #46


MIND CHECK
I did end up using this as a recovery week...Three whole days off in fact. I didn't mean it to be that many, but work got in the way and you know how that goes. Still feeling pretty good and wanting to build some more confidence in the mileage and pace. Generally though, I just have a sense of nervousness hanging around me as we get closer and closer to race time.
BODY CHECK
Can't really complain here. I feel good in terms of joints and aches and pains. The soreness from the 23 miler went away very quickly which makes me feel good.
NUTRITION
I did really well here this week. I stayed on track with calories between 1200-1500 and really watching that I wasn't over snacking. Felt like I made good progress here this week. I was also down 2.8 pounds which is great.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Walk - 4mi @ no target
AM: Walk - 3.15mi @ 16:21 per mi
Took the dogs for a cold and windy walk this morning. I was dressed warm, but not warm enough. Ended up cutting back a little on mileage, but still got a nice walk in. The good thing is that I am pretty much done with the soreness from the long walk over the weekend.
Tuesday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 6mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
PM: Treadmill walk - 3.27mi @ 15:37 per mi
Ended up staying late at work so I didn't have time for the full 6 miles, but at least I got some miles in and it put me over 125 miles for the month of November. Did a little walk/jog for a while tonight which felt pretty good as well.
Wednesday
AM: Walk - 3mi @ no target
PM: Treadmill walk - 3.11mi @ 16:08 per mi
Late night at work again tonight, but I started off the new month with a couple of miles. I felt that was important...The pace was rather sad since I was thinking I pushing it a bit tonight.
Thursday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 6mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
I was feeling a bit tired and swollen all day so I decided that I would take today off and let the body rest. Good thing I made that decision as I didn't get home until 10pm and then ended up working until after midnight.
Friday
AM: Bike - 30mi @ no target
So I had a vacation day today - no work....HA! I did get a little nap in the morning which threw me off my schedule and then I ended up having to work from 2pm until after 1am. I wanted to work out, but it was actually probably a god thing that I was forced to take another day of rest and I still was feeling very tired.
Saturday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 6mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
AM: Bike - 30mi,2hrs 11mins, 13.6mph avg, resistance level 2
PM: Treadmill walk - 6.42mi, .26mi warm up walk, 6mi @ 16:11 per mi, .15mi cool down
Well, if you're going to work out do it right....Right? I took an easy 30 miles on the bike - nothing too difficult. Then I took a few minutes to hydrate and headed for the treadmill. A nice long walk on the treadmill and I'd finished a nice brick workout. My legs felt good and strong during the whole workout and that was amazing. I just have to keep the momentum going and working on getting stronger and faster as we get closer to race day!
Sunday
REST
Yep, it was another rest day. I was going to take a walk, but I just didn't feel it today so I skipped it. I did get some yard work done though so at least I wasn't a complete couch potato :)!

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Review post at the end of the week!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

WDW Marathon Weekend Status

Race Capacity is as follows:
Marathon - 96% Full
Half Marathon - 99% Full
Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge - 99% Full
Disney Family Fun Run 5K - Full
Mickey's Marathon Kids' Fest - Full

EXPO
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Thursday, January 6, 2011
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, January 7, 2011
9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 8, 2011
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

RACES
Disney Family Fun Run 5K
Friday, January 7, 2011 at 7:00 a.m.
Location: Epcot®

Mickey Mile
Friday, January 7, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Mickey's Marathon Kids' Fest
Friday, January 7, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Walt Disney World Half Marathon presented by CIGNA
Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 5:40 a.m.
Location: Epcot®

Walt Disney World Marathon presented by CIGNA
Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 5:40 a.m.
Location: Epcot®

Get the 2011 Marathon Weekend Program here: 2011 Marathon Weekend Program

Not participating, but going to cheer someone else on? Get the spectator planning guide here: Spectator Planning Tool

There's a lot more information available, to find out more you can check out all the information at RunDisney here: Click on the categories on the left for all the latest Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November Wrap Up

Okay, I know I don't always post a monthly wrap up, but I felt that November was such a stellar month for me that I wanted to share with all my followers (thanks for following by the way)!

Weight Loss
While I didn't do as good here as I probably should have I really kicked back in to better eating habits and I made a small stride forward the last half of the month, even through Thanksgiving. I ended the month with a 4.4 pound weight loss - yes, a loss for a change instead of more gain!

Mileage
I am so happy with what I did in terms of miles this month - this is what has really prompted this post. I've never hit the miles on my feet that I have this month. I started the month with a slowly walked half marathon with a friend. The following week I did my first 20 mile walk on the treadmill which included 4.73 miles on Friday, 9.59 miles on Saturday, and 20.69 miles on Sunday - my first Dopey attempt and I felt good with the progress. Then I ended up the month with a 23 mile walk - outside this time, my longest ever. This was a great month in terms of mileage gain and through it I've had some sore spots and times, but overall I've been feeling pretty good in terms of joints and body in general.

Want to know the numbers?

Walk/Run Miles: 125.94
Bike Miles: 50
Total Mile: 175.94

Do I feel good about all these miles? Heck yeah I do!!! It hasn't always been easy with the stresses of work and home, but I'm so proud of where I am at right now and I don't want to lose the momentum. I am really gearing up for the Dopey Challenge and while I'm still very nervous and will be until I have the medals around my neck I know that my mental strength plus the hours I'm spending building miles will help me reach my goals.

Don't get me wrong, I still have a month of hard work ahead of me and I'm relishing that challenge right now, but this will be a tough month with holidays and travel and other obstacles. I am going to do my best and know that the work I put in now will help me later!

In case you haven't noticed, I'm pretty far from WDW in my attempt to get there in terms of mileage this year...I will more than likely fail that goal this year. Fail is a hard term because I'll still have done the most miles I've ever done in a year, and that does count for something. That being said - I think I will reset the clock on this in the New Year or I may choose a new destination to run to, but I will do another running to challenge next year.

I don't know what my race goals will be for next year after the Dopey Challenge, but I'm sure there will be some new challenges and I'll be starting to look for those challenges in the next couple of weeks as we head for the new year.

Leave me a comment and let me know how your November was - are you happy, stressed, disappointed? Take stock and see where you are as we head towards the holidays and soon a brand new year with new challenges, new goals and new successes!!!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

D-23 For Me (Long)

Nope, I'm not talking about Disney's D23....I'm talking about the fact that I have now done a 23 mile walk. The longest I've gone yet. The craziest thing I think I've done yet....well, maybe not, but it sure felt crazy. I'm going to spend a little time blogging about my little journey yesterday.

I was going to try to get going by 6 - 6:30am, but my nerves got the best of me and I didn't actually get moving until 8am. I had to get ready, feed the dogs, eat a PowerBar and take a deep breath.

It was about 8:40am when I finally made it out the door. I was wearing my 40 ounce Camelbak full of water, attached to that I had a 20 ounce water bottle and a 20 ounce bottle of Accelerade Fruit Punch. In addition, I was carrying four Hammer gels and another PowerBar. I had a pretty clear plan in my head about how I was going to fuel for this walk and for the most part it worked well. I had also gone online and mapped my route so that I would have a general idea of how far to go, turn around, head the other direction, turn around and make it back home.

I knew that I wanted to push myself a little bit more on this walk than I had been this year. For some reason I've been afraid to push myself at all. I've been skating by and frankly, it has me a bit concerned. I'm not so concerned about the distance, I'm concerned about maintaining pace. This is something I really need to focus on in the next month. My goal for the walk was to stay under 17 minutes per mile - which would be faster than my 20 miles on the treadmill, but if I could I'd prefer to stay under 16 minutes per mile. That's where my head was.

The new shoes and socks were on my feet and I was hoping for good things from them as well. I was only able to get one test walk in wearing them, but I was hopefully. The first 8 miles were pretty uneventful. I was keeping a consistent pace under 16 minutes per mile and my feet and legs were feeling good. This is where I took my first gel - a Hammer Raspberry gel. My mind was having problems wrapping around the fact that I still had so far to go, but I kept thinking it's not that bad.

The next 4 miles were also pretty uneventful. I was a bit tired and couldn't believe I still had half way to go. I took my second Hammer gel - an Apple Cinnamon gel...Not my favorite by the way - a little too odd for me. My stomach was feeling great, no problems. I had been sipping water as I felt I needed it, but not too often I didn't want to over-hydrate. I was also sparingly sipping my Accelerade. No bad reactions from my stomach so that was a great thing.

I kept walking....and walking...and walking...I was keeping the pace pretty consistent still and was still below the 16 minute per mile pace. The pattern continued on to mile 16. This is where I decided I would eat a PowerBar for some extra energy, carbs and protein. I have to find something else to use as fuel. My stomach didn't have any problems with this food, but it was horrible trying to chew it. I have enough trouble with the gels, but trying to walk and chew at the same time was causing me some issues (go ahead, laugh, I am). I ended up eating half of the bar and honestly I was full from that so it was a good amount for me.

At mile 17.5 I got a low battery warning from my Garmin. Great...I would have no idea how far I had gone if I don't have my Garmin. I pulled out my iPhone and downloaded RunKeeper Free and got it setup and ready to go in case I needed it. I just love technology :)!

Heading in to mile 18 I was starting to get pretty tired. I was feeling my hips a little more, I was noticing areas on my feet that were kind of sore. I kept trudging along. At mile 19 I took my third Hammer gel - Montana Huckleberry. This was a great gel, I need to get some more of this flavor.

I kept going, reaching mile 20, then 21 and I am starting to really slow down and drag. I'm really feeling the miles at this point. I'm barely maintaining the under 16 minute per mile pace, but I'm trying to push through and I do.

Mile 22 and I now know what hitting the wall feels like. I've never hit it before, but boy did I hit it today. I have nothing left. It's all I can do to keep my feet moving. I feel like I'm going so fast and when I look my face has slipped to slower than 17 minutes per mile. I keep pushing and I'm getting close to the end now. At 22.5 miles the Garmin was completely dead - no warning - just dead! I pulled out the iPhone and started up RunKeeper Free. It's now clocking and I'm getting very close to home.

I continue on and finally arrive home...Boy am I wiped out. I take my gear off, let the dogs out and stretch out as best I can - which isn't very much as my legs are tight and tired. I still managed to get a little stretching in so I know that will help me. I grab some carbs and protein - crackers and lunch meat.

Then it's time for the dreaded ice bath. Good grief, it is so hard to get in that cold water and then sit there for 15 minutes. Again, I know it's for my own good, but darn is that tough. The problem today is, I'm freezing after the ice bath and have to take a super hot shower to warm up and probably undo all the good of the ice bath :).

Time to try out the compression socks. Wow - I'm liking these, they're like a nice hug on tired legs. The foot and Achilles is padded and it makes stepping on my feet hurt a lot less than being barefoot. I kept these on until bedtime and I do think they helped and I will be using them again.

So, I want to talk a little bit about food and hydration. I had 60 ounces of water and 20 ounces of Accelerade with me - I went through all 80 ounces of fluid. I expected I'd have to stop for a bio break at least once or twice during this journey - but I didn't. Now, this might be TMI, but I was not super dehydrated when I got home, but I don't think I was as hydrated as I thought I should be after than much fluid. There's absolutely no way with the setup I have that I can carry more fluid. I cannot even attempt to run with the Camelbak full and two handheld bottles attached to it....If I need more liquid I'm going to have to figure something else out.

As far as energy. I felt good with the three gels - for the full I'll add one more gel at mile 23 or 24. While I didn't enjoy chewing the PowerBar, it didn't bother my stomach and I think it was a choice overall. I'll have to think about this one and maybe try something else on the next long walk.

My overall pace for the 23 miles was 15:37 per mile. While this is an improvement over the 17 minute per mile pace I maintained for the 20 miles on the treadmill, I'm not comfortable being that close to 16 minutes per mile. I'll have to continue pushing myself on the pace front and hopefully I'll be able to get a little more speed.

I know I rambled on for quite a while on this one, but it was to help me figure out how I felt and what I want to change. Chime in, let me know if you have any ideas, suggestions, comments, etc....

Dopey Training Preview - Week #46


MIND CHECK
Yeah - a recovery week...Okay, so I'll still be putting quite a few miles in this week, but not all at one shot! Overall I'm feeling good about this week. I'm ready to keep putting the miles in and keep pushing myself in terms of my pace since that's where I'm struggling the most. All in all though, I'm really starting to build some confidence and hope to keep building on it all the way through the races!
BODY CHECK
Okay, I've got some aches and pains right now. Just general soreness after the 23 miler yesterday. My left hip seems to have taken the brunt of the walk and is the most sore spot. Also have some soreness in my feet. Overall though, much better than I feared I'd be feeling.
NUTRITION
Last week is last week and I'm going to get right back on track this week. I'm not seeing any weight loss which is discouraging, but I feel better and I know eating better is going to help during the races.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Walk - 4mi @ no target
Tuesday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 6mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
Wednesday
AM: Walk - 3mi @ no target
Thursday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 6mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
Friday
AM: Bike - 30mi @ no target
Saturday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 6mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
Sunday
REST

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Review post at the end of the week!

Dopey Training Review - Week #45


MIND CHECK
So, how am I feeling after this week. It's been an interesting week to say the least. Only a couple of days of work to stress me out - although I've put in plenty of time this week while not in the office. Family drama can get to me sometimes (today particularly). Thanksgiving has come and gone. Oh yeah - and I've completed my longest walk ever! All in all, I'm feeling pretty good about things in general. I'm a bit tired, but feeling okay mentally.
BODY CHECK
Ouch - yep, ouch. I'm a bit sore right now. My long walk took a toll on me yesterday so I'm feeling the effects a bit today. Nothing serious, just general soreness from pushing harder than I have lately.
NUTRITION
I'm not a saint. I slipped up a bit this week. Nothing drastic, but I had a couple of days where I was at about 1700 calories - I have been trying to stay between 1200 - 1500...Nothing ridiculous, but I need to be careful and make sure that I don't let it become a habit.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Walk - 4mi @ no target
PM: Treadmill walk - 4.29mi @ 17:13 per mi
Stressful day, but I still got my walk in.
Tuesday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 6mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
PM: Bike - 20mi, 1hr 27mins, 13.7mph avg, resistance level 2
Stayed late at work and ended up not wanting to jump on the treadmill in the evening, so I decided to do a nice pedal instead. Felt pretty good after 20 miles, legs were a little tired, but not terrible.
Wednesday
AM: Bike - 20mi @ no target
AM: Walk 5.24mi @ 15:33 per mi
Took the dogs out for a nice long walk this morning. The new shoes are still causing me a lot of pain in the left heel and they just don't feel great. Looks like new shoes are in order for sure.
Thursday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 6mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
Turkey day left me tired and wiped out. I didn't do a darn thing but nap and watch TV today. It felt so good to not have to do anything.
Friday
AM: Walk - 4mi @ no target
AM: Walk 4.08mi @ 15:58 per mi
Got the girls out for another nice walk today. I wore my new Nike Pegasus 27's - ah, how awesome are these new shoes? So great. New shoes and new socks and no pain - it is great!!!
Saturday
AM: Long walk - Warm up walk, 23mi @ 16-18 per mi, cool down walk
AM: Long walk - 23.25mi, .29mi warm up walk, 22.5mi @ 15:37 per mi, .4mi @ 17:07
What can I say about this one? A lot, that's why I'll do a separate post about my longest walk ever. It was quite an experience and I pushed harder than I have in a while and I'm feeling it in the hips mostly. I'm very pleased that I was able to do this and it means that I am getting closer to the Dopey!
Sunday
REST
AM: Walk 1.63mi @ 19:04 per mi
Figured I needed to keep the blood moving today and keep the joints as loose as possible. It was rough to even get this mileage in today, but after I got warmed up I knew it was the right decision. The dogs were quite happy to get out and walk this morning too :)!

That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Preview post for next week's plan!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a safe and fun Thanksgiving. Me, I decided to use it as a rest day and basically do nothing. It was quite nice for a change.

This year I am thankful for many things. Some of these things include:

Family
Friends
My Job (even though I complain about it a lot)
My Health (even though I haven't done as well here as I should have this year)

Take a few minutes this Thanksgiving to reflect on that good things in your life and give a little nod of thanks.

We now move in to full blown holiday season and the joy and stresses that come with it...Don't forget to take care of yourself during these times!

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