2017 Training Stats

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

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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!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Dopey Training Preview - Week #45


MIND CHECK
I have another high mileage week scheduled for this week. Another longest walk ever planned. Thankfully I have some time off work for the holidays so that should be helpful.
BODY CHECK
I'm actually a bit sore from playing Kinect. It sounds silly as I've been playing regular games, not even workout games, but I'm telling you it's a good workout. Other than that, I'm feeling really great right now.
NUTRITION
I'm very happy with where I am right now. I am feeling pretty good on the food front. I'm not worried about Thanksgiving as I will be eating my normal food so I shouldn't be doing too bad here this week.
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: Bike - 20mi @ no target
Thursday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 6mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
Friday
AM: Walk - 4mi @ no target
Saturday
AM: Long walk - Warm up walk, 23mi @ 16-18 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 #44


MIND CHECK
I may have taken rest a little further than I needed to this week, but I feel a bit more rested and ready for another tough week coming up. Overall I felt pretty good this week and am happy with where I'm at in terms of mileage - still a bit worried about the pace though.
BODY CHECK
No real problems to speak of here. Things are pretty average in terms of soreness this week.
NUTRITION
Another great week in terms of eating. I stuck to my plan of staying between 1200-1500 calories and other than being hungry a few times it's been fine. The good thing is I realized that the hunger was all about the stress and I did not cheat to try to make myself feel better!
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
REST
I actually did take the entire day as a rest day. I felt it necessary after the tough weekend before. Amazingly, I wasn't feeling too sore after all those miles which makes me happy and baffled at the same time. I will definitely continue to use ice baths after the long runs as it does seem to help.
Tuesday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 4mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
PM: Treadmill walk - 4.67mi, .32mi warm up walk, 4mi @ 16:53 per mi, .45mi cool down walk
Didn't feel like walking this morning, but at least I got some miles in on the treadmill tonight. I really wasn't feeling the mill though - it was tough to stay on for any length of time. I know that I need the miles though so that's a good thing.
Wednesday
AM: Walk - 4mi @ no target
AM: Walk - 4.03mi @ 15:11 per mi
Started a new pair of shoes today. I took the dogs on a walk this morning and we kept a good pace going. The new shoes felt okay except for the double blister I developed on my left heel. I can't believe the problems I now have with blisters - 3 years and never a blister and now I have them constantly...It did feel good to get outside though!
Thursday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 6mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
PM: Bike - 20mi, 1hr 27mins, 13.6mph avg, resistance level 2
I just wasn't feeling great today so I decided to skip the walk/jog and do a pedal instead. I was feeling a bit sore and achy today - not sure if it was the new shoes yesterday, pushing the pace or just general soreness.
Friday
AM: Bike - 20mi @ no target
PM: Walk - 2.52mi @ 15:58 per mi
Took the dogs out for another walk tonight using the new shoes. I redid the laces on the new shoes and it did seem to help with the blisters. Jasmine wanted to run tonight - it was very cute the way she started trotting and all of a sudden she took of at a run and I followed along. It was a short sprint, but it was still fun. I bought Kinect for XBox 360 and I only played for a bit, but I got a bit of a workout from it and I definitely got up a sweat!
Saturday
AM: Long run - Warm up walk, 6mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
I am a slacker. I just didn't want to workout today so I didn't. I had a play to go to in the afternoon and it sort of cut the day in a weird way and it really just made me sort of tired. I felt it would be okay to take the day off.
Sunday
REST
AM: Walk - 4mi @ 15:58 per mi
Took the dogs out for another walk today. It was windy and cloudy and absolutely beautiful outside! Jasmine was wanting to run again today so we did a couple of quick sprints again - she's so funny when she runs and her ears blow back with the wind! My legs are a little sore today - not sure why since I've hardly done anything this week :).

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

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Dopey Training Preview - Week #44


MIND CHECK
Okay...Major accomplishment completed. Last weekend was a challenge and a confidence booster. This week will be about rest and recovery. Need to make sure the tired legs get a chance to rest and rebuilt after some hard work. Must keep the momentum going though!
BODY CHECK
I've been feeling pretty good in terms of the body right now. The knees get a bit sore now and then, but nothing too terrible. I need to keep it that way. I'll continue to stretch after workouts and get some non-feet cross training days in as well.
NUTRITION
I started to get back on track last week and I want to make sure that I do that again this week. Now's the time to try to get a few pounds off before January. I know that it will help with speed and everything else.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
REST
Tuesday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 4mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
Wednesday
AM: Walk - 4mi @ no target
Thursday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 6mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
Friday
AM: Bike - 20mi @ no target
Saturday
AM: Long 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 #43


MIND CHECK
The week after my fifth half marathon and I was feeling pretty good. Started to worry about the 16 minute per mile pace, but I'm going to do this. Mentally I feel pretty tough right now so I need to keep this mindset and keep moving forward as we get closer to January and the challenge of my life.
BODY CHECK
No soreness at all from the last half marathon. I guess that counts for something. Overall this week has been pretty good in terms of my body. Hope it stays that way!
NUTRITION
My Team Voice buddies reminded me this week that I need to take care of the nutrition portion of this program as much as I take care of everything else. So, I've been much better this week in terms of my eating and I think that has been a good mental boost as well. I need to keep this momentum going in to the holidays which will be a challenge, but one I think needs to happen.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Walk 2mi @ no target
PM: Treadmill walk - 2mi @ 17:08 per mile, .2mi cool down walk
Really no soreness after the half so this was just a nice way to ease back in to the workouts after the race. Felt good overall.
Tuesday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 4mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
Okay, I admit it, I completely wimped out today. I wasn't feeling good and felt really tired so I decided to take it easy.
Wednesday
AM: Walk - 3mi @ no target
AM: Walk - 3.08mi @ 15:36 per mi
Took the dogs out for a great walk this morning. It was in the 40's and I think I might need some new long sleeve shirts - I went out in short sleeves and it was a little chilly. I'm really worried about my speed - of which I have none right now. It's been tough to keep it under 16 mins per mile right now even on a short walk.
Thursday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 3mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
PM: Bike - 10mi, 42mins, 13.9 mph avg, resistance level 2
I had a rough morning this morning so I didn't make it out the door for a run or walk. Since I'm really pushing the miles this weekend I decided that a nice short bike ride would be a good alternative instead. Got a nice pedal in.
Friday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 4mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
PM: Treadmill easy - 4.73mi, .33mi warm up walk, 4mi @ 15:07 per mi, .4mi cool down walk
I ended up working until 1am again this morning so I wasn't up to heading outside this morning. I got home this evening and jumped on the treadmill. Got a nice wog in...The first of the Dopey Challenge weekend and I was nervous about the miles but also very excited to see what I can do. This weekend will be very telling.
Saturday
AM: Long run - Warm up walk, 9mi @ 16-18 per mi, cool down walk
AM: Treadmill walk - 9.59mi, .33mi warm up walk, 9mi @ 16:07 per mi, .26mi cool down walk
Did water during the walk and Accelerade after - no fueling problems today. I wanted to get outside, but I have to say that I just got up to late to get outside. This is when it's nice to have the treadmill at home. I did only manage to get about 3 miles in doing run/walk intervals, the rest of the time was walking. I was pretty happy with the speed today - I am not pushing so hard that I'll hurt myself this weekend. I did try my first ever ice bath after this one - well that's not a pleasant experience!
Sunday
AM: Long run - Warm up walk, 20mi @ 16-18 per mi, cool down walk
AM: Treadmill walk - 20.69mi, .4mi warm up walk, 20mi @ 17:00 min per mi, .29mi cool down walk
I got up a little late again this morning and debated for a while whether or not I wanted to head out. You see, today was planned to be my longest walk ever. To be honest, I wasn't sure how my fueling was going to go, whether I'd need bio breaks, etc....It made me very nervous to head outside today. So, I decided on the treadmill. Yep, the dreadmill! I've become pretty good at using the treadmill for long amounts of time as long as I have a good book to read. I did it - not super fast, but I set the speed and just keep going. It was rough towards the end, my knees are a bit sore and my hips were a little sore by the end. Overall though I felt pretty good and I can't believe I accomplished this one. I had about 50-60oz of water, 20oz of Accelerade and 2 raspberry Hammer gels. I did another ice bath after this one today so we'll see how I'm feeling tomorrow.
That's a wrap for this week. Be on the lookout for the Dopey Training Preview post for next week's plan!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thank You Veterans!

To all those that serve our country - I thank you!

What Have I Learned?

So, I've been a bit bad about blogging recently. Work has just been crazy and hasn't left me with much time for me, but I wanted to get this post out there because it's been on my mind for a while now.

Last Sunday marked my fifth and last half marathon for the year. Each of these events has taught me something new and I thought I'd share my triumphs and failures for each of these events.

January - Walt Disney World Half Marathon
The first half marathon of the year took me to sunny Florida. Sunny, sure, but freezing cold. Who could have guessed I'd be in Florida and freezing during the entire race. Ice, sleet and even some snow greeted me in Florida. While I brought warmer gear than I normally use, I did not have enough warm clothes for this event. Regardless, the event went on and it was here that I finished my third half marathon ever (with a lot of thanks to Jeff W for keeping me going).

In addition, this trip prompted me to sign up for the Dopey Challenge. What was I thinking?

Lesson Learned: Never underestimate the power of the weather. Even sunny Florida can be cold and your normal cold weather gear may not be sufficient. Pack for anything :)!

March - Run for Ryan House Half Marathon
My first non-Disney half marathon and one that was right here at home. I saw the elevation map - I knew it was going to be tough. It was a small event, only about 450 runners. After three miles I seriously considered quitting. The hills were never ending and this was just the beginning. I stuck it out, cheering those that were way faster than me and finding out just how mentally tough I can be when the body has had enough.

Lesson Learned: I am no good at hills and need to work on this a lot. At the time I didn't know how much I could improve by shortening my stride and keeping my posture upright. This works great for up and down hills.

September - Disneyland Half Marathon
My second time to do this half marathon and I was nervous. I didn't know if I could do this one. Training hadn't been going as well as I wanted this year, my weight is up and I'm just nervous about finishing. The race day came and my knees were hurting pretty bad. Bio Freeze was helping, but I knew that there was no way I was going to be doing any running. I had to make the decision to walk the entire race and just enjoy the experience. It was a slow finishing time, but I had a great time and it got me the Coast to Coast medal!

Lesson Learned: Sometimes you just don't think you can do it, but you can. Readjust your plans, go with the flow and you just may have the best race experience you've ever had. I met a ton of new and interesting people, encouraged others that were having a hard time and finished with a smile on my face despite the blisters ;)!

October - Wine and Dine Half Marathon
Back to Florida and I can tell you that this time it wasn't freezing! It was pretty warm and humid - much more what I would expect from Florida. This was my first night race - a true learning experience. Not only was it my first night race, but I also ran a 5K that same morning. The half marathon started great. I was feeling pretty good and ready to run. I started out strong, kept to my run/walk intervals and made it 5.5 miles before disaster struck. All of a sudden my stomach was cramping so bad it almost doubled me over. I started walking and just kept going 1 mile at a time until it was finally over. Many times on this course I contemplated quitting. If the sweepers would have been by me I'm not even sure I would have argued a couple of times, but I persevered once again and using my mind got through a tough race.

Lesson Learned: Fueling for a night race is completely different. I didn't eat any real meals before the race and that left my stomach a bit too empty. The race started and I was drinking water and Accelerade. I'm pretty sure the combination on an empty stomach is what caused my problems during the race.

November - Women's Half Marathon
Another inaugural event and another at home race. This time my friend was doing this race and it was her very first half marathon. It was my job to get her through this race and get her a medal. She hadn't done a lot of training - 10 miles over a month ago her last training walk. We were walking this entire course and there was a 20 minute per mile pace. It was a tough course in spots with a couple of good hills and weird zig zagging from miles 9 - 11. I did my job and kept her motivated and going through the entire race and it was tough at times. This was a slow race taking almost 4 hours to complete, but I have to say I wasn't sore after we were done :)!

Lesson Learned: It was quite interesting being the cheer leader and motivator. It certainly made me not worry about what I was doing at all and put my energy in keeping my friend going. I did find it hard at times to maintain the slower pace and I really would have liked to kick up the pace a few times. The joy was getting her all the way to the finish line and getting that medal put around her neck. I can see why people like being a pacer, but it would take me a lot of practice to keep a consistent enough pace to do it!

Well, that's where I've been this year. Now I look forward to my next great challenge - the Dopey Challenge. It's coming up pretty quickly and I keep facing new challenges every time I put on the shoes. I have high hopes of finishing and I know I'll need my physical and mental strength to get it done!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Dopey Training Preview - Week #43


MIND CHECK
I'm feeling pretty good going in to this next week...I put in a nice 25 miles last week and I'm really ready to ramp it up a bit more this week. This week is going to be a great mind check for me as I intend to go for some mileage I've never done and do a good portion of the Goofy. I'm nervous about the mileage, but I'll back off a bit this week if I start feeling too tired so that I can really focus on this weekend.
BODY CHECK
I'm feeling pretty good after the half marathon today. It was a slow walk which in some ways is harder than pushing and it was so slow so that I could keep my friend going. I'm a little sore in the left knee, but I'm sure that a bit of ice tonight will ease that up nicely and I'll be ready to go!
NUTRITION
Just going to do what I can do in this area this week. It's been a struggle here and I feel will continue, but really my focus has to be on mileage and staying strong right now. The weight will have to wait to some degree until I can get through the Dopey!
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Walk 2mi @ 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, 3mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
Friday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 4mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
Saturday
AM: Long run - Warm up walk, 9mi @ 16-18 per mi, cool down walk
Sunday
AM: Long run - Warm up walk, 20mi @ 16-18 per mi, cool down walk

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 #42


MIND CHECK
Okay, not a bad week this week. Feeling a little sore this week, but there are reasons for that and I can handle it. Spent the week working way too much still, but still managed to get some miles in and prep for the half marathon on Sunday!
BODY CHECK
Overall, not feeling to bad after 25 miles on the feet this week. The mileage will need to stay there so I'll have to suck it up some more :)!
NUTRITION
Not even going to claim that I tried my best here this week. I didn't do completely terrible, but I didn't do great either.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 2mi @ 14:34 per mi, cool down walk
PM: Treadmill easy run: 2.71mi, .4mi warm up walk, 2mi @ 14:45 per mi, .31mi cool down walk
I had to guess my pace today because stupid me forgot to hit the Garmin button for the lap when I started my run/walk intervals. That's okay though - it was a nice easy run today.
Tuesday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 6mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
Yep, I wimped out today. Just felt really off and tired today so decided it was better to rest than try to push through today.
Wednesday
AM: Walk - 4mi @ no target
PM: Treadmill walk - 4.14mi @ 17:11 per mi
Go my walk in after I fell asleep on the couch for two hours this afternoon. I have to say that I must have needed that sleep :)!
Thursday
AM: Easy run - Warm up walk, 6mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
PM: Treadmill easy - 2.11mi, .34mi warm up walk, 1mi @ 16:45 per mi, .76mi cool down walk
Oh, I stopped and got Wendy's for lunch today - yuck, it's just sort of sitting in my stomach. Not good. I know I didn't hit my miles today, but at least I got a couple of miles in. Time to start hydrating well for the half this weekend.
Friday
AM: Bike - 35mi no target
Don't laugh - I decided that I didn't want to ride the bike tonight because I didn't want my rump to be sore for the half marathon....I'm such a wimp!
Saturday
AM: Walk - 3mi @ no target
AM: Walk - 3.3mi @ 16:23 per mi
Took the dogs out for a nice walk this morning. They were a bit hyper in the beginning, poor kids have been housebound from all the working I've been doing. They settled in nicely after a mile or so and we had a nice walk in gorgeous weather! The rest of the day is for resting for the half tomorrow.
Sunday
AM: Women's Half Marathon (20min per mi time limit, walking with friend)
AM: Women's Inaugural Half Marathon - 13.26mi @ 17:25 per mi
I spent today helping a friend through her first half marathon. She didn't prepare as much as she should have, but I have to give her a lot of credit because she finished and she did it without too much complaining. The course was a bit odd and deceiving towards the end, but overall it was a good course. For an inaugural event it was pretty well run. I'll do a more thorough trip report later. I have a few others to do too :)!

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

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