2014 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 275.19
(Run/Walked = 181.82, Biked = 89.60, Elliptical = 3.77)

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Virtual Run Report and Bondi Band Review

I started the day at 7am and checked in for my flight to NJ tomorrow. Yep, have to travel for work - not my favorite thing to do, but must be done so, that's the way it goes.

I headed out the door for my 5 miles this morning. My goal - to stay below the 16 minute per mile pace. I know I've gotten a lot slower than I like from all the extra weight, but I have to stay below that pace for the upcoming races so there you have it. It was warm and sticky this morning - we're in the middle of monsoon season and it's not a pleasant time in AZ right now, but at least it was cloudy and I didn't have to deal with sun beating down on me.

I started with a nice .31mi warm up walk. Just getting the blood pumping and getting used to the temperature/humidity. It was pleasant with the clouds and a nice way to start.

Then came the time to wog. I just started out running for what felt comfortable - about .75mi or so...I noticed that a comfortable pace is in the 12 minute per mile pace, but I can't sustain for as long as I used to. When I'd get a bit worn feeling, I would walk. During these walk breaks I was working on getting my breathing under control, but maintaining a nice quick pace anything under 14 minutes per mile.

This continued on for the first 3.5mi and then I started walking more, but again walking quickly. At some points I was walking faster than I could run so I just sort of went with it. At one point I was running along nice and steady and another runner I had passed and said hi to earlier was doing his cool down walk and he says good job and clapped at me - that's just weird. I know I don't look like I runner right now, but I really wanted to ask him how far he'd gone this morning...Honestly odd...

Anyway, I continued on picking places to start running and walking and really, before I knew it the five miles was over and I was on to the cool down walk portion. I did a nice .5mi cool down walk back to my house.

Once back at the house I grabbed some water to hydrate and then I got the dogs ready to go and headed back out the door. I took the dogs for a nice leisurely 2.16mi walk - it's really hot for them so we stopped often so I could give them water and let them cool a bit - they have their own water bottle and they drink out of it quite well - it's pretty cute to see!

We got back to the house, I had some PowerAde Zero, stretched, had breakfast, fell asleep on the couch and now I'm doing all the house prep work to prepare for the pet sitters.

I wanted to talk a little bit about Bondi Bands. These are headbands that are made of wicking material and they're not just for girls so guys they have styles for you as well! I wasn't sure how I felt about the Bondi Band until later in the day. I wore one of these bands for the entire time I was out this morning and I only had to adjust the back a little bit a couple of times, the front never slipped at all.

I've been wearing a plastic Goody headband that is contoured to my head, has soft pieces behind the ears and does a really good job holding my hair. When I wear this headband I don't have to adjust it very often, but the sweat does still tend to run down my face and get in my eyes. I also notice that the hair on the sides tends to bug me at times when it hits me in the face.

The Bondi Band did a great job keeping the sweat off my face, in fact, I never once had to wipe the sweat off my face from it running down from my forehead. The wicking material did it's job and when I took the band off it was soaked.

I also noticed that the width of the band kept the hair at the sides pulled back far enough that it didn't once hit me in the face.

So, if you're looking for a headband to help keep the sweat out of your eyes and/or your hair out of your way, I can definitely recommend the Bondi Bands! You can purchase them from http://bondiband.com. They have a ton of colors, patterns and sayings to choose from. I had my order within a couple of days and everything was exactly as I ordered.

Well, that's it for now, hope everyone else has had a good running weekend!

Wine & Dine Event Details Announced

For those of you interested in the Wine & Dine Weekend Events, they have finally been released.
First for the medals:
Check out the Halloween 5K Course Map here.
Check out the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Course Map here.
Get Epcot International Food and Wine Festival information here.
There's still time to register for the Halloween 5K or the Kids' races. Even if you don't run, you could see if you can volunteer or just show up and be a spectator. The runners appreciate any support you can provide!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

2011 WDW Marathon Medal Revealed

Did you vote?

Did your favorite medal win?

There were over 50,000 votes cast, and today the 2011 WDW Marathon medal winner was revealed! There's a nice large photo on the Disney Parks Blog:
2011 WDW Mickey Marathon Medal

Check out the winning medal and more event information here:
WDW Marathon Weekend Events

The Full Marathon is at 55% capacity
The Half Marathon is at 75% capacity
The Goofy Challenge is at 60% capacity
No percentages listed for the 5K or Kids' Challenges

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Nature - What Have You Seen?

So, I'm really behind on podcasts and I was listening to one this week about how a little boy was bitten on the finger three times by a water moccasin at WDW in a bush where he went to retrieve a toy he dropped.

Now, I have a couple of snake stories from WDW. In 1998 we were staying at the Wilderness Lodge and one night while walking from the parking lot back up to the lodge a large black snake slithered across the sidewalk not more than 5 feet in front of us. This is a safe distance - I didn't feel threatened by it, but it's still creepy, especially at night.

The second snake encounter I had was at Animal Kingdom in 2007. I was sitting on curb outside of Dinoland waiting for a line for a show to open. I was just people watching and someone caught my eye. A group of people was walking by and one guy about jumped out of his skin and hopped to the left. I thought this was odd, until I looked and literally right next to me a huge black snake comes slithering along up in to the bushes not two feet from where I was sitting. This was way to close for comfort. I jumped up as quick as I could and went and found a bench to sit on :)!

While out on a Wishes cruise in 2009, the captain took me around and we went looking for alligators. He usually finds them right as it gets dark, especially around Fort Wilderness and Discovery Island....We didn't find any, but he assured me that there are plenty of them out there.

While on the Backstage Safari Tour at Animal Kingdom the guide (Paul) was explaining how they had an alligator actually climb a fence to get inside. He said they didn't know they could or would do that, but they've seen it a couple of time since.

Now, I live in Arizona and we have our share of dangerous critters - scorpions, gila monsters, rattle snakes, black widows, brown recluse spiders, etc....I try not to get to close to any of them if I can help it.

What dangerous critters live where you are?

Have you had any close encounters on Disney property?

I'd love to hear your stories so leave me a comment!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Dopey Training Preview - Week #28


MIND CHECK
Okay, so you might have thought my last post was a bit depressing - you're right. It was a rough week last week. This week is going to be better. I'm going to get out and get some running and walking in. I'm going to do my best to do what I have planned and hopefully it will be an outstanding week.
BODY CHECK
I haven't been feeling good. I'm working through some issues here right now, but I expect things will start to improve here soon. I know that getting some good workouts in will certainly help! I'm going to do my best to get one good workout a day in this week.
NUTRITION
Back to basics. I've planned out my meals for the week and shopped for them. I have everything I need and now I just have to make myself do it. I am hoping I can get back on track here because I know that my life really needs it right now.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 6mi @ 14:31 per mi, cool down walk
Tuesday
AM: Walk - 4mi no target
Wednesday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 6mi @ 14:31 per mi, cool down walk
Thursday
AM: Walk - 3mi no target
Friday
AM: Bike - 25mi no target
Saturday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 5mi @ 14:22 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 #27


MIND CHECK
I don't have anything good to say about this week. It was a total bust. Not a single workout. Between a/c problems, work and not feeling good it was just a failure this week...Sometimes life just gets in the way. I'll pick myself back up and move on from here!
BODY CHECK
I've been holding a lot of water this week and it has made my feet very swollen and my joints sore. It's just been one of those weeks. I expect to be back up and running (literally) tomorrow.
NUTRITION
Boy, this was one of the worst weeks I've had in a long time in terms of food. Too hot to cook the first couple of days I fell in to the fast food trap. Working extra long days the rest of the week, the bad trend continued. I have no excuses, I knew what I was doing and did it anyway.
WORKOUT PLAN
No workouts this week at all. I know I'll pay for this, but it's just the way it went. Looking forward to doing a lot more next week.

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

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ahhhhhhhh......

The new A/C has been installed and the house is back to it's normal 80 degrees....The dogs are happy, the bird is happy and I'm happy.

Now all I want to do is sleep...It's been a long few nights on the couch and I am definitely feeling the exhaustion from the heat.

Here's to some great workouts to come this week now that the house is back in order :)!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Dopey Training Preview - Week #27


MIND CHECK
Looks like it's going to be another tough week. The A/C work will begin Tuesday and even with the portable A/C helping to cool the house a bit, it's still hovering around 90 in the afternoon in to the night. It's pretty miserable and I have to keep checking on the dogs to make sure they are handling this okay. It's been rough on them. Regardless, I hope to at least get a good long run in this weekend. I have the perfect route planned out, now the weather and my brain just have to cooperate :)!
BODY CHECK
I've already noticed that the Glucosamine is taking away the aches and pains in the joints. I can't wait for the long run to see how the joints hold up...I'm hoping good :)!
NUTRITION
Still taking this day by day. Going to do my best to be good, but not going to stress if I don't do as well as I'd like. There's been no cooking in the heat of the house and that's already led to some bad choices, but I'm working on it I promise.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
REST
Tuesday
REST
Wednesday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 3mi @ 14:34 per mi, cool down walk
PM: Pilates 20 Minute Circle Workout
Thursday
AM: Walk - 4mi no target
PM: Pilates 20 Minute Power Sculpting Abs with Resistance Band
Friday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 4mi @ 14:22 per mi, cool down walk
PM: P90X Shoulders & Arms
Saturday
AM: Long Run - Warm up walk no target, 14mi @ 14:49 per mi, cool down walk no target.
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 #26


MIND CHECK
Between training for work and then my home A/C quitting on me, I have to say that last week was not a good one. I really can't say that there were many high points this week, but it's okay I'll bounce back.
BODY CHECK
Overall, I've been feeling pretty good here. At least in terms of exercising. I do have a long way to go still, but I feel okay here right now.
NUTRITION
I had good days and bad again. Not that this is anything new here. Just have to keep working on this.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 2mi @ 14:34 per mi, cool down walk
PM: Pilates for Abs with Resistance Band
PM: Bike - 5mi, 17mins, 17.7mph avg, resistance level 4
It was a tough day at work as I tried to get ready for my training that starts tomorrow. At least I got in a quick bike ride.
Tuesday
AM: Walk - 4mi no target
AM: Walk - 3.08mi @ 15:02 per mi
Had to cut the walk a little short today as my training class started at 9am Eastern - 6am AZ and I had to make sure the technology worked before class since I couldn't make it work the day before. Not a bad walk, but it's hot even at 4am and the poor dogs were probably very happy to have me cut it short!
Wednesday
AM: Speed Run - Warm up walk, 1mi warm up jog no target, 1mi @ 12:37per mi, .5mi jog no target, 1mi @ 12:37 per mi, .5mi jog no target, 1mi cool down jog no target, cool down walk
PM: Pilates 20 Minute Circle Workout
PM: Bike - 5mi, 18mins, 16.1mph avg, resistance level 3
Really tired this morning, class started early and so I got another quick bike ride in tonight.
Thursday
AM: Walk - 3mi no target
PM: Bike - 5mi, 18mins, 16.4mph avg, resistance level 3
It was a rough day in class, work later and just over all. Decided to just get in a quick bike ride again. Not a stellar week for working out at this point.
Friday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 2mi @ 14:34 per mi, cool down walk
PM: P90X Shoulders & Arms
So, I didn't workout, I ate poorly and am so tired I fell asleep on the couch at about 5pm. Got everything ready for the long run in the morning.
Saturday
AM: Long Run - Warm up walk no target, 14mi @ 14:49 per mi, cool down walk no target.
I wimped out and didn't go this morning because I was just so tired and knew I wouldn't give it my all so I decided to do it tomorrow instead. Then, my A/C died around noon - uh oh...This may mean no running tomorrow if I have to continue dealing with no A/C.
Sunday
REST
Still no A/C - can't leave the dogs home alone for long enough to get my long run in. Even if I went, it would be very tough to cool down after the run.

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

Sunday, July 18, 2010

It's All About Sweating....

Well, my plans for a long run this weekend have been squashed. I decided this morning to forgo my long run until tomorrow. I was just really tired and knew I wouldn't give it my best effort.

I had my run all planned out for tomorrow, but alas, it's not to be...At around noon today my home A/C stopped working. Now, this has happened before and I've been able to fix it or have it fixed. I tried all the tricks I know and nothing...Nothing at all...I called my A/C company (living in AZ most of us have A/C companies on speed dial) - we can have someone come out between 5 and 9pm...Okay, that'll have to work.

At 8:45pm I get a call that a technician is on the way. Finally. I've been sitting here in the house sweating. Normally I keep the house around 80...It was 84 by the time I noticed that something was wrong and has been climbing ever sense. My thermostat doesn't go higher than about 94 - it hit that hours ago...It's 102 outside right now and it's cooler out there than in here.

I've been feeding my dogs ice and putting ice around my little old dog's neck to keep him cool. I don't like how hot he is since he's 17 years old I worry about him.

In the meantime, I've been drinking like crazy to keep from getting dehydrated and even with every fan I own sitting here pointing at me, I'm sweating like crazy. It'd be great to take a cold shower, but cold water is non-existent in AZ in the summer so I can't even do that. It's like hot Yoga without the Yoga :)!

The technician came out and my compressor is dead...I can't complain, the unit is 14+ years old...It'd be a couple grand to fix the compressor or I can suck it up somehow and get a whole new system....I've known this was coming, but I still am not sure how I'm going to pay for this. This is not a minor purchase - I have a guy coming out tomorrow morning to give me an estimate.

Boy has it been a long week!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Dopey Training Preview - Week #26


MIND CHECK
So, I pretty much fell down on my Pilates, Abs, Strength program last week - having only done one of the three. Hope to do better on that this week. This week's long run is the farthest I've ever attempted. It will be interesting to see if I can manage a distance further than a half marathon.
BODY CHECK
Started taking my Glucosamine yesterday and I have a feeling that's going to be a good thing. I'm going to work on feet time this week. I plan on forgoing the bike and elliptical and getting out and walking and running each day instead. I think this will be good for me.
NUTRITION
Still taking this day by day. Going to do my best to be good, but not going to stress if I don't do as well as I'd like.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 2mi @ 14:34 per mi, cool down walk
PM: Pilates for Abs with Resistance Band
Tuesday
AM: Walk - 4mi no target
Wednesday
AM: Speed Run - Warm up walk, 1mi warm up jog no target, 1mi @ 12:37per mi, .5mi jog no target, 1mi @ 12:37 per mi, .5mi jog no target, 1mi cool down jog no target, cool down walk
PM: Pilates 20 Minute Circle Workout
Thursday
AM: Walk - 3mi no target
Friday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 2mi @ 14:34 per mi, cool down walk
PM: P90X Shoulders & Arms
Saturday
AM: Long Run - Warm up walk no target, 14mi @ 14:49 per mi, cool down walk no target.
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 #25


MIND CHECK
Could have done better could have done worse this week. I didn't get all my runs/walks in this week - in fact I ended up resting three days this week. The workouts I did put in were good quality and I know that everything I do now will help me later!
BODY CHECK
Finally got past the migraine that held me back for too long. I've discovered that being without my Glucosamine for three weeks was not a good thing and am now faithfully back on it :)! I am very sore from the long walk this week and I don't much like that.
NUTRITION
It was hit and miss in this area this week. Some days I did good and others it was just plain rotten. Just have to keep trying to do what I can here.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 2mi @ 14:34 per mi, cool down walk
PM: Pilates 20 Minute Circle Workout
AM: Easy Wog - .3mi warm up walk, 2mi @ 13:47 per mi, .46mi cool down walk
PM: Pilates 20 Minute Circle Workout
I'm at that place where my mind wants to do more than my body is capable of right now. I wasn't able to run a full mile today - my calves were a little tighter than usual and it was hot outside. I did Pilates this evening and I had forgotten how difficult this workout can be when you're out of practice. I'll be feeling this one later!
Tuesday
AM: Elliptical - 3mi no target
PM: P90X AbRipperX
Still fighting the migraine today and felt it was smarter to not push today and use it as a rest day instead.
Wednesday
AM: Tempo Run - Warm up walk, 1mi warm up jog no target, 4mi @ 13:04per mi, 1mi cool down jog no target, cool down walk
PM: Bike - 15mi, 1hr, 14.8mph avg, resistance level 2
Still not feeling 100%, but starting to do better. I set out for my 25 mile bike ride tonight, but it just wasn't going to happen so I stopped at 15 instead.
Thursday
AM: Walk - 4mi no target
PM: P90X Shoulders & Arms
PM: Bike 15mi, 54mins, 16.6mph avg, resistance level 3
Got a good 15mi in on the bike tonight. Been feeling a bit drained and the joints are sore - need to get the Glucosamine back in my system.
Friday
AM: Bike - 25mi no target
Okay, I wimped out tonight. I decided to skip the workout altogether. Hope it helps on the long run tomorrow.
Saturday
AM: Long Run - Warm up walk no target, 12mi @ 14:22 per mi, cool down walk no target.
AM: 12.28mi, .24mi warm up walk, 12mi @ 15:42 per mi, .04mi cool down walk
Well, I'm not a runner today - I'm a slow walker. It was 97 degrees with 29% humidity. I just didn't have the running in my system today. At least I got the mileage in though!
Sunday
REST
Thank goodness for a rest day. My hips were so bad that I could barely walk last night. Doing much better today though. Still pretty sore from the 12 miles yesterday. Hope that getting out tomorrow will help the soreness fade some.

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

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Soooo.....

Maybe I'm just a walker now. I just got back from my 12 miles today of which I might have run about a mile. Not only am I walker, I'm a slow walker - 15:42 per mile pace. At this rate I'm going to be good friends with the sweepers during the Disneyland Half Marathon :).

Okay so it was 97 degrees when I went out this morning at 6am. The humidity was 29% - I know those of you anywhere but here think that's nothing, but trust me when you're used to less than 5% - this is humid. In fact, for the first 3.5 miles it rained lightly on me.

Incredibly the weather was the only thing that kept me from quitting sooner today. There was a really nice cloud cover hiding the sun from almost my whole trek. Good thing because every mile until mile 6 I kept saying I'm just going to turn around and go home, I don't need to do 12 miles today.

I did it though. I'm sore, tired and very proud that I managed to get the miles in.

I took a 20oz bottle with Accelerade Fruit Punch. If you haven't used this you might want to give it a try - it contains a 4:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio. 1 scoop contains 120 calories, 20 carbs and 5 protein. It's one of the only things that I've found that doesn't make my stomach sour on a run.

In addition to the Accelerade, I also to 40oz of water in the CamelBak waist pouch (which I've finally gotten used to). I completed all 60oz that I had with me. I was down 3.4 pounds when I got back...Not sure how I can physically carry more hydration with me. Regardless, I don't feel dehydrated and I've finished another 32oz of Powerade Zero while typing this. Crazy amounts of fluid right?

Well, that's it for now. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Dopey Training Preview - Week #25


MIND CHECK
Hoping for a better week this week. While I felt good ending the month having gotten miles in everyday, July has started out a lot weaker. This migraine has not been an easy one - it's left me weak, my legs swollen and my head throbbing - not conducive to running or anything else at all. It's starting to ease up some and I hope to be back on track as soon as possible.
BODY CHECK
I haven't taken any Glucosamine for several weeks now and I'm debating whether I want to start taking it again. My joints are feeling a bit tender, but it could be because of the migraine and not feeling well. I think I'm going to hold off one more week before I make a final decision about this.
NUTRITION
I'm going to slowly try to get back on track here. I'm not sure what the plan is going to be at this point, but I know I need to do something and soon!
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 2mi @ 14:34 per mi, cool down walk
PM: Pilates 20 Minute Circle Workout
Tuesday
AM: Elliptical - 3mi no target
PM: P90X AbRipperX
Wednesday
AM: Tempo Run - Warm up walk, 1mi warm up jog no target, 4mi @ 13:04per mi, 1mi cool down jog no target, cool down walk
Thursday
AM: Walk - 4mi no target
PM: P90X Shoulders & Arms
Friday
AM: Bike - 25mi no target
Saturday
AM: Long Run - Warm up walk no target, 12mi @ 14:22 per mi, cool down walk no target.
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 #24


MIND CHECK
June went out with a bang and July came in with a whimper. Sadly I've yet to be able to work out this month as I've been suffering with a migraine for the past week. I think it's finally starting to ease up and I hope to get back on track as soon as possible.
BODY CHECK
Feeling pretty good right now. The legs are pretty strong and now it's time to get the rest of me a bit stronger and more flexibly.
NUTRITION
Still struggling here, but it'll come together at some point.
WORKOUT PLAN
Monday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 5mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
PM: Bike - 20mi, 1hr 13min, 16.3mph avg, resistance level 3
I was up five pounds this week...that's not a good thing. I got a good bike ride in tonight though.
Tuesday
AM: Bike - 20mi no target
PM: Bike - 5mi, 20mins, 14.5mph avg, resistance level 2
Two nights of no sleep and pretty severe migraine has me pretty down today. I could only get a few miles in on the bike tonight. Can't quit on my 30 days of miles this close to the end though.
Wednesday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk, 5mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk
AM: Walk - 3.57mi @ 15:45per mi
Took the dogs out for a walk this morning. Still battling the migraine. My legs are very swollen tonight.
Thursday
AM: Walk - 4mi no target
PM: Pilates 20 Minute Circle Workout
Complete rest day. Still fighting the migraine.
Friday
AM: Elliptical - 2mi no target
No workout again today, still battling this migraine.
Saturday
AM: Easy Run - Warm up walk no target, 4mi @ 14:48 per mi, cool down walk no target.
Yikes - another no workout day, the migraine is still fighting me pretty hard.
Sunday
REST
Good thing it's a rest day because I'm still fighting the migraine, it's starting to ease up some and I can't let it keep me down much longer.

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

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