Archive for December, 2011

New Years Eve Morning Run this morning with N and L.  I love these ladies.  

I was sick the last 2 days again (I was sick 2 weeks ago too) and I never get sick.  I pride myself of taking my vitamin d and oil of oregano to avoid colds/flu in the fall and winter months, but there was no avoiding the cold this time around–the house is contaminated.  Finn was sick for the last month with a bad cold and the day after x-mas Ray, my hubby, came down with a cold–which in husband terms means out of commission entirely for 3 days.  Finn and Ronan were soon to follow and Conor and I thought we escaped……we were wrong.  

Sinus colds are the worst for me and I always worry about them turning into bronchitis (I suffered from chronic asthma as a child–I have taken control over my health through healthy living choices as an adult and have not had an asthma episode or used an inhaler in the last 14 years).  I bulked up on the vitamin D, Chlorella, and spirolina the last few days.  I HATE feeling sick.  I did back out of a dinner that I was really looking forward to (I also missed a holiday party that I was looking forward to two weeks ago)–I hate missing these social things because Ray and I NEVER go anywhere or do adult stuff.  Sure we go out to eat and stuff  but with our kids not with other adults…..I was looking forward to an adult chit-chat dinner.  Hopefully our friends will invite us again.

I did head out for a run this am.  I was not sure how I would do.  I took a rest day yesterday–no exercise at all (totally bummed–only 3 days into P90X2 and Con and I just could not do it—we were both completely out of it yesterday).  I met N and L and warned them that this run may not be pretty.  I was prepared to let them go ahead of me–I really did not want to hold them back.

We started out doing the 4.5 mile loop at Thompson but about 1 mile into the run we saw two older men run out of the woods from a trail.  I thought I knew where this trail would lead and we decided to head off the paved path and into the woods.  Turns out this was a new trail to us–YEAH!  I love that we can run at Thompson park and always find something new.  I also loved that we had changed our route–I needed the distraction of a new path and the slower trail pace was good for me. We took the trail to the reservoir trail and stuck to the trails for most of the run.  It made for a slower pace but a tougher run.  I am convinced that 2 miles of the run was a slow incline.  My quads and gluts were feeling it–in a good way.

We ended up with 6.9 miles but it truly felt like we ran 10.  I really do want to try for 10 next week…..


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I created this training plan for my son.  This will be the second 1/2 Marathon he is training for.  The schedule is flexible; for example, long runs on Sunday can be moved to Saturday and vice versa with the weekly runs.

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Conor and I got P90X2 from Santa and we could not wait to get started.  Yesterday we did Core X2 and today is Plyocide (sounds intense).  Tony is cheesy but we love him and the workouts are great.  I wanted to get a short run in today but Con slept so late (teenager) so finally I charged out without him.  It was windy out there today and I had to struggle to keep my cap on, but it was sunny and warm for this time of the year–so I’ll take it.  I kept thinking about how last year we had the blizzard and we were housebound due to the 22 inches of snow.  This year we are housebound because we are lazy; although, I do plan on heading out for some Starbucks coffee in a few minutes:)

I saw The Artist last night, it was amazing.  The filming was brilliant and I love the use and lack of sound.  Here is the trailer:

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One of my running goals for 2011 was to run 1000 miles—DONE!  I hope everyone is enjoying the week–I took the week off from work and the kids and I have been veggin since the Christmas Holiday, enjoying all the fun stuff Santa brought.

I am in the process of converting all the computers to Apple–geek heaven.  There is going to be some adjustment but so far I am having a ball.  The iMac is beautiful, the 27inch screen makes me want to cry tears of joy, and the mac pro is a dream.  Now I just have to figure out how to transfer the data I need and I would love to get “home sharing” for iTunes working between all our apple devices–any suggestions?  I can see the music on the iPhone and iPad but not my playlists and unless my old laptop is on and iTunes is open I can’t see home share on the mac pro—oh well, I will figure it out.

P.S. This is the first time post run that I uploaded to Garmin Connect and the laptop did not freeze or go to the Blue Screen of Death (BSD)

Last Run

4 mi
00:39 /09:48 pace

Week Miles
2011 Miles
1000 mi
Total Miles
1725 mi

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Met a great group of ladies this morning for our first ever annual Christmas Eve morning run.  Nikki had brought 2 friends with her, A and C,  and a friend of mine L came to meet us for the first time.  The weather was seasonal today–low 30 degrees, but it has been so unseasonable warm lately–this was the first colder run I have had.  I dressed in layers and felt comfortable the whole run.  I wore my Lululemon Run Your Heart Out Pullover; my early Christmas present–the lightweight luon fabric was perfect top layer (I was worried that I would get too hot).  I have this pullover in heather plum and black, but they do not look as good on me as this model (perhaps it has something to do with my inability to fill out the top:).

I was worried about how I would feel since the last long run with Nikki 2 weeks ago was a disaster for me–we kept a nice pace and chit chatted the whole time (that always helps).  We got back to the parking lot at 4.88 mile and dropped L off to meet her family–they were going for a bike ride and swapping cars and little ones–how great is that.

Nikki and I headed out for a wee bit more and ended up with 7.21 miles today.  The sun was shinning and there were LOTS of runners out there–I declare the first annual Christmas Eve Morning run a HUGE success!

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Just finished a great 3 mile run.  I had run 1.5 miles on the TM before Finn got on the bus and I knew I was going to take a short run after he got on the bus–but who knew how gorgeous it is outside!  It is AMAZING.  It is 50 degrees here in the NE today on December 22.  I ran in a skirt and I was HOT.

I wish I had time for a long run today, but alas with Christmas almost here there is too much to do. 

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I have been attempting to run a 5 K in the morning before my youngest gets on the bus for school.  Yes, running on the treadmill (TM) is not my thing, but I am trying to make it my thing.  Once the boys go off to school I get wrapped up with work and life and do not always get to sneak my run in.  At least with this approach, I am getting 3 miles in/day.  

I wanted to run 6 today, but after running 3 and getting Finn on the bus, I ended up trying to clean a wee bit before Breastfeeding Support Group.  In hindsight, I should have just jumped back on the TM…the house is still a mess!

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