Thursday, March 31, 2011

Three Things Thursday

1)  It is Spring Break here-  so the kids are home for the next 10 days. Hmmm what will we do????

2) Pain in the hip/ knee is still continuing.  So so frustarting.  I am taking the rest of the week off  (again so furstrating) but I am waiting for new shoes to come in.  I tallied up the mileage on my shoes and they have almost 370 miles on them.  Time for some new ones.  The local store didnt have the exact shoes that I wanted.  This time around I didnt want to try on new shoes, I just want my 'old friends' (as my husband called them).  Basically the same pair that I have worn for the last 2 marathons.  I know they work, I dont want to change.  So, I ordered them directly from Brooks-  Adrenaline GTS 10.  They shipped today, so hopefully I will be back out on the pavement soon.

3)  Marathon is only 5 weeks from Sunday-  wow!!!  I am hoping this injury is  just the shoes,not something else major-  really want to run the marathon and not have to adjust my distance

Sunday, March 27, 2011

12 miler complete!!!!

I am so excited-  I took the run outdoors.  It was mighty cold , a whole 17 when I left the house.  BUT it was SUNNY out, so that made it bearable.  I took it nice and easy. I ran / walked the whole thing.  My hip still hurt but I am deteremined to do this marathon.    My goal for this run was to finish in 2:00-  that would be a 10 min avg.  Here are my splits  
Mile 1  8:54 ( holy fast)
Mile 2  9:41
Mile 3 9:40
Mile 4 9:52
Mile 5 10:12
Mile 6 9:49
Mile 7 9:54
Mile 8  10:16
Mile 9  9:54
Mile 10 10:18
Mile 11 10:28
Mile 12 9:41

So overall, not my fastest splits; but I was trying to take it easy on my hip.  Overall finsihing time
No argument!!!!  Avg pace 9:53

Have a super Sunday!!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Where have I been?

Sorry, it has been a crazy week;  bad blogging lately.    We have just been very crazy busy. I am scared to say this, but I am actually looking forward to spring break, because there is nothing planned for the week.  ( I am going to say that and then everyday is going to fill up)

1st and foremost I missed last weekends 16 mile run on purpose.  My hip ( or whatever that area is called - the socket area around your thigh/ hip) has been hurting.    I am thinking that it is because I have done so much training on the treadmill and then headed out doors with huge mileage runs.  Or who knows, it could just be my body not liking something???  So anway, I rested it last weekend .  I have done 8 and 5 mile runs this week.  It still hurts, not as bad as last week but it still hurts.  I am going to run the 12 scheduled for this weekend and see how it goes.   It just really bumms me out-   really come on.  Why do I have to keep getting injured???  The joys of running ?!?!   Only 6 weeks until the marathon,  this cant be happening now.    Looks like the weather should be nice this weekend, so I can take the run outdoors.  Wish me luck!!!!

Have a fantastic Friday

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wow Wednesday!!!

Hit the pavement running this morning, on this BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! 8 miles!!! My sister in law is letting me borrow her running watch so now I can see my mile splits. So fun
9:15, 9:39, 9:11, 9:16, 9:21, 8:58, 9:10 and 9:57 . 

That last mile was silly, I stopped to walk for a few seconds and got lost in the beauty of the day. Total overall time 74:51 avg pace 9:21  Not going to argue at all. Enjoy this wonderful 'spring' day!!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Super Sunday??? I will let you decide

I am proud to announce that I went running outside today!!!!  Yippee, that is so much nicer that running on the treadmill.    15 miles  .  These defiantly were not the prettiest 15 miles but overall I really cant complain.    I ran / walked the entire thing,  not sure why but I decided that I was going to take that approach for this one (since 15 miles in starting to cross into the crazy mileage).    When I left the house my goal was 2:30,  that is slower than I have been running on the treadmill but really that is my marathon pace goal.  I would LOVE to finish the marathon with  a 10min/ mile avg. 

Everything was going great.  I was holding just under a 10 min/ mile avg coming in mile 10. THEN things slowed down a bit.  I  started to get hip pain in my left side (the same pain I got on my 12 miler) and then I got a crazy shooting pain through my left knee. Now having had an IT injury before, I immediately stopped running and started walking for a bit.  Not sure what that pain was about because after a short walk I resumed running the knee pain was gone; hip pain was still there but the knee pain went away.   At about mile 13 I was losing steam really fast, I was really hungry ( realized fueling on pizza and milk shakes last night was not the best thing; of course I should know this as it is Marathon #3) .  I pushed on though,  only 2 miles to go.    As I said I wanted  to finish no later than 2:30,  and I finished in EXACTLY 2:30.  Little disappointed even though that was the goal I set out with but at the same time I know that I can run it faster.   

Sometimes though we cant be disspointed, we have to see how far that we have come.  So tring to console myself I got out my running journal to see what I wrote the last 2 times I ran this training run  Here is what it said :
* This was training for the Chicago 09 Marathon-  ran in 1/2 mile clips  until last 2 miles ran in 1/4 miles.   Overall happy with run finished in 2:45
* This was last year training for the Chicago 10 Marathon- Ran whole thing except for stopping at water stations (that we had stationed at 1.5, 4.25, 7.5, 9 and 11.5)   Gave it everything I had and finished at 2:29

So looking at it now, this time around I should be ecstatic because I took a lot of walking breaks,  wouldn't necessary say I gave it my all and finished in 2:30 .  Plus hey, I ran 15 miles this morning  !!!!!  It was cold out-  I never warmed up enough to even take my gloves off, but it was so nice to be outside.  

29 miles in this week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Have a Super Sunday!!!!!!  

Friday, March 11, 2011

Few things Friday

Wow- its Friday already!!!!!!! Yippee.    My 5 year old managed to pull a clean sweep this week and miss the whole week of school.  Remember how I said he was taking a really long nap on Wednesday, well  that would be an ear infection rearing its ugly head.  No wonder the fever never went away.  Today, finally he is showing signs of feeling better.

Despite have a sick child home all week I did manage to get in my mid week runs- 3,7,4.  All on the treadmill but hey that is better than nothing.  Looks like I might be able to head outdoors this weekend for the 15 miler- YIPPEE!!! (crossing my fingers the weather doesn't change.)  The weather man just said- if all goes well we could see 60 by next weekend. Spring!!!!! 

Weird thing happening this week.  Each day that I ran, about an hour before I would be planning on running, by legs would get really antsy. It was like that knew I was going to run.  I dont know it was just a strange feeling.  Once I ran it went away. 

Have a fabulous Friday!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Run done

I got in a 7 mile run today-  me and the treadmill meet yet again.  This is starting to get really old.  The weather here is up and down- today it has rained all day long.  Spring is right around the corner, right???  Just under 2 months until Marathon #3 

So I ran on Monday, I was going to count that as an extra run but due to having sick children , I think I will just count that run.  So 2 runs down for the week, 2 to go-  15 miler lined up for the weekend.  Please please be nice, as 15 miles on the treadmill would be a long ways.  Better prepare and look for a new movie to watch.  

My 5 yr old is still sick.  Poor little guy, he has had a fever for 4 days now.  We just keep chasing it- a round of ibuprofen and then a round of Tylenol.   He has been sleeping for a long time, taking a 3 hour nap. Is is this a good thing or a bad thing?? I will find out soon. 

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday!!!!! 

Monday, March 7, 2011

Motivation Monday part 2

I did get a run in today-  1 child took a nap and the sick kiddo was vegging on the couch. Jumped on the treadmill for a 3 mile run.  Not the fastest by any means,  I figured since I was adding a run I better not go crazy.  Slow and steady but I did notch the incline up a little more to 2 % and ran there.  Overall very nice run  29:00

Motivation Monday

Wow- I have motivation today but I feel as though I need more.  Last week was not a good one for the runs.  I had my oldest home from school for an extra 2 days due to sickness and then today I have my 5yr old home due to sickness.  I pushed my runs back a day and then we ended up going out of town for the weekend; hence all runs were not completed.  I am stressed but at the same time I am not- weird ??    I really want to get in an 'extra ' run today, but we will see if I can pull that off.

The weather is so nice outside today-  I am really hoping that spring is around the corner.  The weather has to stay nice or at least nice on the weekends so that I can get my long run outdoors.  The treadmill is getting quite boring for long distance. 

Even though the spring marathon season isnt even upon us yet, everyone is already signing up the Fall races-  I have made a decision.  No marathon for me in the fall!!  Well that isnt exactly true, I am just not running it on my own.  This fall I am going to participate in a Marathon relay,  not sure which one yet- either Grand Rapids or Detroit.  But I am so excited,  I think this will be so much fun!!!!