Training

Don’t Call It a Comeback…

Hello, Hello Fellow New Runners!

Yes, once again I took a hiatus, but now I am back!!  Oh I have SO much to tell you!!

Why have I been gone for so long, well…I got one of those 9-5 type of gigs…that’s right after 3 years off I finally got a full-time job again!  Why am I so excited?  Hang on to your hats folks, I actually LIKE to work.  I know, weird right?  The fact is, I enjoy what I do, I love the coworkers and I even enjoy dressing to go into the office.  The one thing I am not a fan of?  Traffic. Blah.

running mom

So now, I am not just a wife, mom and runner, I am also a working wife, mom and runner.  The transition has been a bit easier than I thought, but there have been bumps along the way.  Fitting my running in has been a challenge, but I am making it a priority, so you know what?  It gets done.

Let’s see..what else…

Oh I ran this little race called The Tower of Terror 10 Miler!!  Yes, my longest race ever and my very first RunDisney race.  I will write a post on the blog about that race in a bit but as a preview…it…was…AWESOME!  My daughter also did the Kids Races, and let me tell you, that was the best $15 I’ve ever spent.

I have had a couple of longest ever runs, most notably not one but two 13 milers.  The first one was a little rough as both myself and my running partner were not feeling well.  The second one went much, much better.

I can’t wait to fill you all in on everything that has been going on!

See you on the asphalt and as always…Enjoy the Run!

Yvonne

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13.Fun!

Good Morning Fellow New Runners!!

**Yes, I am aware I “borrowed” my headline from the amazing ladies at Another Mother Runner.  Click on the link to see what you are missing…it is a website chock full of great stories, tips and links to their hilarious and amazing books. 

Well, I did it.  My first ever 13.1 mile training run.  It took longer than I wanted and I certainly ached more than I expected during it, but I can no longer ask myself “if” I can complete a half marathon.  Now I know I can.  

4:30am wake up call on Saturday?  Must be a runner!

4:30am wake up call on Saturday? Must be a runner!

VERY early (5:15am) last Saturday morning,  I met up with my running partner and we headed off on long run.  Neither of us had a good running week the prior week.  We were both battling sickness, me a nasty head cold/chest congestion/sore throat thing and she a stomach virus.  So neither of us completed our weekday training runs like we should have.  But, like the troupers all us runners are, we set off on Saturday morning determined to at least get some miles in.

The first couple of miles weren’t hard, but it was darn hot out so we stopped for water breaks almost every mile.  My running partner had more stomach issues during the run so we kept walking for longer than either of us wanted.  With the walk breaks, our legs and feet started aching.  However, that eternal struggle that all distance runners know made us keep going.  We had to get back to where we parked our cars.  So, the last 3 miles we put our headphones in and trudged through.  I kept going until my Garmin read 13.10.  Man oh man was I excited to see that!  Even though my running partner has completed quite a few half marathons and is currently training for a marathon, this was her first 13.1 training run as well.  

We had to get to our cars to take us home...to the food!!

We had to get to our cars to take us home…to the food!!

Source: Runners World

Once we got back to our cars, the aches and pains subsided into joyous elation that we had done it!  We downed a bottle of water each (we had both gone through the 4 8oz water bottles on our hydration belts during our run, summer running in Florida is fun!) and headed home, she munching on a banana, me on my protein shake.  What a way to start the day.

Enjoy the Run!

Yvonne

Of Running & Sleep

Good Morning Fellow New Runners!

I’m baaack!  It as been a few weeks, yes weeks, since my last blog post.  My half marathon training has been more draining than I was prepared for.  I’ve been following the plan, taking the prescribed rest days and pushing my mileage only when I felt up to it.  However, my exhaustion level has been higher than usual.  Why?  I think I know.

Should I be asleep now?  My body has no idea!

Should I be asleep now? My body has no idea!

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Runners need more sleep than most, 8-10 hours at least.  Don’t believe me? Read about it here or in this true life tale here.  I don’t know about you but 8 hours of sleeps seems like a glorious dream.  Between family, home and just every day life, getting 8-10 hours of sleep is hard for even the most organized and disciplined.  Add in my varied running schedule (some days it is early morning, other days it is late at night, somedays it is mid-day..) and my body has no idea when it should sleep.  So inevitably I am wide awake at midnight and having trouble keeping my eyes open at 2pm.  It’s a mess.

For the past week, I’ve been trying to get to bed earlier, when I can.  I’ve found an app that tracks my sleep so I have a better understanding of my sleep patterns and how much sleep I’m actually getting.  I’ve utilized the treadmill so I can run during the day vs. waiting until night to run (because running at 4pm in Florida in the summer is just a bad, bad idea).  I’ve also worked on getting more water and making sure I limit my sugar intake as this also affects my sleep.

Will all of this help?  I can only hope so!  The good news?  My running is really coming along nicely.  Last week I completed my longest ever, over 12 miles and my speed is improving as I had a sub 10 minute mile!  I am excited about how much stronger I feel during my runs and even though I’ve been tired and the past few days I’ve been battling a cold, my legs still move when I ask them to.  I know this is a good sign as running is becoming more second nature than it was before training began.  Yes!!!  

Enjoy the Run!

Yvonne

Question: How much sleep do you get a night?

When Mother Nature Doesn’t Cooperate

Rain, rain go away!!

Last week started off so amazingly.  On Monday I did my “fun” workout and this time, I selected swimming laps.  I love swimming, even did it competitively in my youth.  Did a nice variety of different strokes including, Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and even Butterfly. 

On Tuesday I hydrated like crazy, ate a fantastically good dinner with just enough protein, carbs and veggies and couldn’t wait for my longest mid-week run to date, seven miles.  Then…the rains came.  Having lived in Florida off and on for over 15 years, I know a little about the weather.  I knew enough to wait it out and the storms would stop.  Keeping a watchful eye on the weather radar, when I saw my chance I (literally) ran out the door.  

Oh. My. God.  Those miles were simply awesome.  I felt strong, I felt fast, I was completely in control of my run.  I felt like anything was possible.  The miles simply ticked by one after the other and before I knew it I was on mile five.  Just two more to go. 

Aerial view of Tampa, FL..note the complete lack of elevation of any kind...

Aerial view of Tampa, FL..note the complete lack of elevation of any kind…

One thing about Florida…it is flat.  There are no hills, no mountains, so I was able to keep a watchful eye on the sky throughout my run.  The problem with this is things often seem close when they are far…and some times…like Tuesday night…seem far when they are, in fact, super close.  

I heard the thunder…I saw the lightening.  I just didn’t think it would hit as fast as it did.  Around mile five and a half the skies opened and the rain plummeted to earth.  I hid under a neighbors front porch for a good 10 minutes then when the rain let up, tried to make a break for it.  No use.  The skies opened again and the deluge began again in earnest.  

You may recall I have written many times about how I love a good run in the rain.  Still do.  However this type of rain had thunder and lightening with it and was coming down so fast I literally couldn’t see.  I hid under another neighbor’s porch, this one had cameras (hi neighbor!!) and sullenly came to the realization that my amazing run was going to end prematurely.  My husband was already asleep (he goes into work at 2am) so I called my dad who came to pick me up.  As I sloshed into my house I still felt good about my run.  I mean, if the lightening of a good run can happen once, it can strike twice, right?  

Enjoy the Run!

Yvonne

Adventures in Hill Repeats

Good Afternoon Fellow New Runners!

Last week was week three of my half marathon training.  So far the Train Like A Mother 1/2 marathon Finish It Plan has been super easy to follow.  I feel stronger and my runs are really getting better.  I’ll publish a brief recap of what I did last week, but wanted to dive in deeper to one specific workout.  

Hill Repeats.  I’ve never done these before as I live in Florida…super flat Florida (our hills are either bridges or landfills…true story!).  Luckily for me, the races I’ve signed up for and have run have all been in Florida so there hasn’t been a real need for me to try to tackle hills.  However, the training plan called for hill repeats and I’ve heard there is a hill in the Tower of Terror (on-ramp on the highway, I told you all of our hills are man-made!) so I thought I would give this “hills” stuff a try by using a treadmill.

On Thursday morning I set off, did a nice 1 mile warm up, up to the mini gym in my neighborhood.  There was no one there (thank God, you’ll see why in a second) and I jumped on one of the treadmills to start the hill repeats.

 I quickly realized I had to adjust both the incline and the speed..at the same time.  This was tricky and I never did master it.  It took a few seconds for me to get the treadmill up to speed and the incline I wanted.  Next time I am going to use the timer on the machine vs. my Garmin, hopefully I’ll get a more accurate interval time in.  

My first interval I apparently thought I was superman as I had an incline of over 7 and a speed of just about 6 minutes per mile.  I realized I made a terrible decision pretty quickly as I had to hang on for dear life lest I go flying into the free weight area.  (who puts free weights right behind the treadmills..I mean really!).  

The next incline was a bit better, I lowered the hill just a bit (6) and decreased the speed a ton (8-9 minute mile) and had better luck.  However my euphoria ended on intervals 3 and 4 as I started wheezing and my hamstrings and glutes were yelling at me to stop the insanity. 

As soon as the torture session hill repeats were over, I jumped off the treadmill, cleaned it and headed home.  The mile run back home was hard as my legs felt like lead.  I walked in to the house and promptly plopped myself down on the floor (I was too sweaty for the furniture) and said “never again”.  The problem is I have to do this all over again in two weeks…and add 2 extra intervals on.  God help me. 

Here is how the rest of the week fared: 

Monday: 3 mile run with 4 strides.  Felt strong, fast and just down right amazing during this run.  

Tuesday: 6 mile evening run.  I had some…ahem gastrointestinal issues that made this less fun than it should have been.

Wednesday: Rest 

Thursday: Aforementioned hill repeats.  

Friday: Should have crossed trained, but didn’t.  Does mopping count as cross training, because I did that.

Saturday: 8 mile long run.  This was a great run, finished strong in the summer heat and humidity.  Actually went longer than 8 (almost 9) and was quite pleased at how well I felt during the run.

Enjoy the Run!

Yvonne

Question: How do you handle hill repeats if there is no hill near you?

How to have a terrible run. My week of boneheaded decisions.

Good Morning Fellow New Runners!

Last week was week 2 of my 10 miler/half marathon training plan. Remember in my last post how my runs seemed so much easier? This week that did NOT happen. Mainly because of boneheaded decisions by yours truly. I share in the hopes that you all do not make the same mistakes I did.

Monday: This was “fun workout” day on the calendar. I did a 30 minute pilates video and a 30 minute aerobic video. It was fun, the munchkin even joined me in doing some of the moves. I used muscles I don’t usually use in running plus had fun in the process.
Boneheaded move: Forgot to stretch afterwards. This would haunt me for the better part of the week.

Tuesday: After an air conditioner meltdown on Monday night into Tuesday morning, I got about 4 hours of sleep. My parents were willing to take the munchkin (we still had no a/c in the house and it was going to be 93 degrees) so I ran her up to their house and decided to get my 5 mile run in.
Boneheaded move: 4 hours of sleep. Zero hydration. The run started at almost 9am. It was brightly sunny and around 86 degrees. I brought no water with me. My lack of stretching from the day before was haunting my legs.  Horrific, horrific run. If you can even call it that.  Brisk walk with lots of huffing and puffing might be more appropriate.  

Wednesday: rest (thank God)

Thursday: 4.50 mile run. After the fiasco on Tuesday, I got out early for my run. This one fared better as I didn’t have the sun beating down on me.  However I forgot to hydrate the day before and even woke up with a slight headache due to dehydration. Was also STILL sore from not stretching on Monday.                                                                                                     Boneheaded move: Didn’t drink enough water the day before so I was dehydrated when I started the run.  I conked out around mile 3 and had a terrible pace for mile 4 and beyond.

Friday: Should have crossed trained but went to a 4th of July BBQ instead.

Saturday: 7 mile run. Shockingly this one went right. I brought my hydration belt with me, had a plan for my pace and stuck to it. I hydrated well the day before and ate a bit more knowing I had this run planned (can beer be considered “carb loading”? It should).  Got up early and got most of the miles in before the sun came up.  It was a great run.

Sunday: rest

Let’s chalk this week up to a “learning” week.  I did everything you aren’t supposed to do, but came back at the end of the week and had a darn good seven miler on Saturday.  It felt amazing, especially after how terrible the runs at the beginning of the week were.  Training is showing me that I can dig deep and finish what I started and that I am stronger than I thought.

Enjoy the Run!

Yvonne