Archive for June, 2012

5 K Anniversary Run

I am still experimenting with the run/walk. Today was a 3:3 (3 minute on TM at 5.8 followed by 3 minutes walk at 4.7 until 3 miles).

I only had time for 3 but I wish I could have gotten 6–that was what I was feeling. Busy day today and it is my anniversary—17 years and he is still the one.


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This or That

See, in actuality, one be can it be,
I made it look easy, because it is to me ….15 MILES DONE!

So today I experimented with a LONG walk/run–ratio was 3 min walk (4.7):2 minute run (5.7) on TM.  I did not play around with the ratio or walk with 5 lb weights like I normally do.  I wanted to see what it would feel like to walk/run for 15 miles.  I figured it would take approximately 3 hours and since I have Breastfeeding Support Group today, I set my alarm for 5:30–knowing I would not get out of bed until 6:15–I HATE getting up early (but keep in mind sleeping until 7:30-8 am is sleeping in for me).  I told Ray and the boys the plan so they would know not to interrupt me (Ray left for work early and Finn and Ronan did not get up until 8 am anyway–Conor is still sleeping as I write this)–I told Nikki my plan so she would hold me accountable.

I really wanted to see how I would feel—I feel GREAT.  I feel like I just ran 5 at a good pace (not even my fastest pace), if that makes any sense.  My butt muscles ache a little only because walking and running use different muscles and I use my gluteus maximus different when I walk 🙂  I am sitting here drinking my post run smoothie (blended in the vitamix)

Coconut water


2 frozen bananas

2 heaping handfuls of spinach

and I feel WONDERFUL.

I will let you know if that changes in a few hours and I spend the rest of the day in bed, but I don’t think that will happen.  OH—the best part is that I did it in 2:55 with an 11:38 pace (not ANY if much faster than I would have run it).

Today’s song, Hey Ho, The Lumineers–my new favorite!:

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7 Miles Done! but it felt like 13. I ran with Nikki this morning and I feel like I owe her one big apology. Talk about “not being in it.” My body was done with this run before I even got started. This week I have not felt like running and although I was looking forward to running with Nikki today, I knew it was going to be a tough one. The heat broke (it has been in the high 90s to 100 degrees here in the NE this week–feeling HOT HOT HOT); this morning it was in 80s but cooler than the last few days and a light breeze–so why were we sweating so much and it felt like we were running on the sun. My skin is covered in a crusty salt and sitting her post run I still feel nauseous.

We got 7 and change in but we really should have made it 8 or 9 with the time we had. Nikki hired a sitter and I feel like I should pay her since it was my need to break and even walk a bit that held us back. I am going to have to suck it up and figure out how to get these runs in —-but I want to enjoy them too—-running should not feel like torture.




Avg Pace
Summary 1:16:34.2 7.28 10:31
1 10:33.1 1.00 10:33
2 10:02.1 1.00 10:02
3 10:06.2 1.00 10:06
4 10:29.7 1.00 10:30
5 10:29.2 1.00 10:29
6 10:49.7 1.00 10:50
7 11:01.3 1.00 11:01

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I ran yesterday before heading to the beach, but more importantly before the temps reached 100 degrees here in the NE. The boys last day of school was on Monday but because everyone is having a baby this time of year (said with a smile), I have a lot of work appointments scheduled. I took the day off from support group so I could spend the day with my boys (and since they have been stuck at home “enjoying” their summer vacation). I wanted to run 5-6 miles, but I knew it would be tough before I even stepped out the door into the wall of humidity.

I ended up running 4–taking a break at every mile and walking in the 3rd and 4th mile up the steep hills–it was brutal and I could not have imagined running 2 more–I was happy with 4. I saw some other runners out there and they did not appear to be affected by the heat and humidity–at least not as badly as I am. I really crumble.

I ran too fast–I am going to work on running an 11:30-12:00 min pace on hot/humid or long run days. My first two miles were way to fast and even though i walked in miles 3 and 4 my time should have been slower to account for the weather. I would be able to go further if I slowed down and would not need to stop so much (no, the time did not take into account my stop breaks which were about a minute each mile).

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Avg Pace
Summary 40:15.6 4.00 10:03
1 9:27.0 1.00 9:27
2 9:01.6 1.00 9:02
3 10:48.5 1.00 10:48
4 10:56.2 1.00 10:56

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It is a BUSY week. The end of the school year, end of travel soccer, end of travel lacrosse for all three boys. So needless to say it has been a busy week for mom. That on top of a busy work schedule and the fact that I threw my lower back out this week means that I need a vacation. Conor had his 8th grade dance last night–he was so handsome:

I woke up this morning wanting to hear all about it–Ray picked him up at 11 pm last night, but I had gone to sleep with Finn. What should I do? Go for a run, of course. 6 miles–felt good. I stuck to my neighborhood so I could pop in for water, bathroom, and to see if Con had gotten up yet.

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Avg Pace
Summary 1:01:52.6 6.12 10:07
1 10:00.1 1.00 10:00
2 9:50.8 1.00 9:51
3 10:04.0 1.00 10:04
4 10:14.1 1.00 10:14
5 10:05.8 1.00 10:06
6 10:27.8 1.00 10:28

Here is a photo of Ray, Finn and I from the Spring Lake 5. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this photo–shhhhh, don’t tell Ray that I had to buy it (and it was not cheap).

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Switching it up!

So normally I strength train on T and Th but for the last couple of weeks I have been ditching class and spinning instead. I love strength training and I love the instructor, but I was getting bored and I needed heavier weights. The heaviest weights for the class are 10 lbs and there are quite a few of us who have been taking this class for awhile and there are just not enough 10 lbs to go around. I really wish the Y would add some different classes to their schedule—where are the Body Pump, P-90X, Insanity, Cross-fit like classes. They aren’t competing with the popular exercise trends and if they don’t kick it up a notch they are going to lose some clients….

So I have been spinning almost every morning and trying to fit a run in at least 3 times a week but hopeful for 4-5 times a week. Today I took a slow 3 mile jog on the TM and watch a True Blood episode. It was a perfect run for just shaking the legs out. Next week the boys will be out of school and Conor and I plan on hitting Insanity/Asylum/P90X pretty hard–along with marathon training, I am hoping to get rid of the last 10 pounds I have to shed.

Today’s Vitamix Creation–Roasted Vegetable Soup:

Roasted garlic, onion, carrots, red pepper, Jalapeño, tomato, asparagus with fresh ground pepper
blend in vitamix and add cumin and spicy curry–Yuum (leave the Jalapeño out if your little ones don’t like spicy).

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Runners Colitis

Soooo, I thought I had the exercise induced colitis beat, but today it came back full force. I was thankful to meet Nikki and T this am for a run at Thompson. We ran 6 and then Nikki and I kept going to get 10 in. My tummy did not feel great during the whole run but there were no emergent situations. By the end of the run I wasn’t feeling great but I normally have some pretty intense lower bowel feelings an hour after every run. I don’t know how to describe it–intense pressure in the entire pelvic region that just goes away. But I knew today was different as soon as I got in my car. The pressure was worse and I did not feel well—I had felt this way before when my exercise induced colitis kicked in—after long or intense runs (every 2 or 3 miles runs would sometimes trigger it).

Of course that did not stop me from running to Starbucks, although I held off drinking my latte until now. I feel pretty bad. For the last few weeks/months I have consumed an 80% raw and almost 100% vegan and gluten free diet–except for my cheat meal once a week which is PIZZA (I can’t help myself) and my Starbucks vent soy lattes (which have got to be bad for you–because they are soooo good). This week however I have not been so good—only about 40% raw, 2 night of PIZZA (I know–so bad), bread yesterday, and lots of chips and hummus (nightly snack, when I typically don’t eat after 7)—-so, I guess I should not be so shocked that I had a flare up.

After lying on the bathroom floor for the last 30 minutes, afraid to move away from the toilet, and wondering if I would need to take an iron supplement because of all the blood I lost (sorry if that is TMI–I know how gross this is)—and most importantly wondering how I am ever going to make it 26.2 miles when 10 just kicked my *** (literally)—I have come to the conclusion that I can’t deviate from the raw/veggies and fruit diet. For me, diet is key. Not only do I feel better, but I won’t have to worry about needing a transfusion after every run (OK, there is not that much blood).

Sorry for the TMI topic but such is the life of a runner….
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Avg Pace
Summary 1:45:32.0 10.01 10:33
1 10:22.8 1.00 10:23
2 9:58.7 1.00 9:59
3 10:22.0 1.00 10:22
4 10:32.7 1.00 10:33
5 10:41.3 1.00 10:41
6 10:12.0 1.00 10:12
7 10:37.6 1.00 10:38
8 11:15.3 1.00 11:15
9 10:42.7 1.00 10:43
10 10:39.4 1.00 10:39
11 :07.4 0.01 11:46

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