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I finished! I mean, I didn't have any doubt that I would finish, but I got a PR and despite the hill in the last half mile, I was still able to sprint the last .2 miles of the race to the finish. I guess having some slight to moderate hills in my training in about the same place is a good thing.

They didn't allow headphones, so I was a little concerned about pacing without music. But I met up with [livejournal.com profile] smileypv and we stayed together pretty well and talked through the whole race. It's been a long time since we've seen each other, so we had a lot of catching up to do. In fact, I bet people around us were pretty pissed off, because we were pretty loud and jovial and were kind of in the back of the middle of the pack where the women who are really struggling to get through it are.

Jennifer was a little disappointed in her time, but I think her slightly faster speed helped pull me through a little quicker than I could have done on my own. I just hope I didn't drag her down too much.

Now, I'm ready to go for another run, like RIGHT NOW! And, I'm ready to keep training and try to get my time down a bit. When's the next race? :)

ETA: Stats, for my reference: time was 38:15, which is down from 43:15 from my first race and down from my training PR of 39:45. I was 20th in my division (of 22) and 129th of 171 finishers.
mellymell: (homer running)
Still didn't get all four days in last week. Was all set to go yesterday, walked out the front door starting the stopwatch and everything, but heard some thunder and noticed it was starting to rain (and was still quite slick from the rain earlier in the day). So, I came in and did laundry instead. Would have much rather been running, for sure!

Monday - exhausted from the weekend!
Tuesday - rest
Wednesday - 2.25 mile straight run w/stroller; 2.53 total miles in 33:38 mins
Thursday - 2.25 mile straight run w/stroller; 2.8 total miles in 38:05 mins (do not go in the heat of the day! DUH!)
Friday - rest
Saturday - 2.25 mile straight run w/o stroller; 2.8 total miles in 35:27 mins (AWESOME run! felt great!)
Sunday - rest (I tried, I really tried)

Mileage totals:
Week - 8.13
Month - 10.66
Year - 98.21

Exciting, my next run will put me over 100 miles this year! I know, that's not a ton of running for 7 months, but I'm proud of it. It's a lot more than I've done in certain years past. Hell, I could barely push through a mile in high school and I thought I was in much better shape then.

Since I missed a run last week, I'm going to try to work in 5 runs this week, the first of which will be another 2.25 mile run (tomorrow). Then I'm going to bump up to 2.5 miles for the rest of the week. Next week will be 3 miles (almost there!). The week after, I'll take it to 3.5 miles. I'm debating on if I should try to go to 4 miles before I start working on speed (which will extend my 5k plan another week). I'm devising a plan to alternate various speed and endurance workouts once I finish the initial 5k plan I'm doing right now. I hope to have that hammered out by the end of the week and will post it here for opinions. I really want to get down to a 10 minute or less mile by the end of the year. I'd love to be able to run the zoo 5k in January right at or under 30 minutes if I can.

Today was supposed to be a yoga day. Put Jonah down for a nap and went in the office to take care of a couple of things and the next thing I know, it's 4pm. I swear, I have a hard time watching the clock on days when I didn't get much sleep. I also have a hard time with my internal clock. Usually I have a good idea of how much time has passed when I'm working on things, but today, I've just been lost. Must do better tomorrow. Jonah's going back to school for the first time in two weeks. So help me god if I get a call that he's got a fever. . .
mellymell: (homer running)
No, I'm not giving up already, I promise. I just forgot to post it.

Monday - 2 mile straight run w/stroller; 2.53 miles in 34:51 mins
Tuesday - 2 mile straight run w/o stroller; 2.53 miles in 33:19 mins
Wednesday - rest
Thursday - 2 mile straight run w/stroller; 2.53 miles in ~34 mins
Friday - unintentional rest (got busy in the garden and never got around to running)
Saturday - rest
Sunday - hungover

Mileage Totals:
Week - 7.59
Month - June = 5.06 July = 2.53
Year - 90.08

And even after all that telling people the $20 registration for the Halloween 5k ended on June 30th, well, I forgot to freakin' register. D'OH! So, $25 registration ends July 31st and let's try this again.

Increasing distance this week for the first time in. . . forever. I'm just taking a gulp and doing it and not over thinking it or second guessing if I'm ready or not. Did it yesterday and today, actually. Added a quarter mile to make my runs 2.25 miles now (or at least for the rest of the week). I'll try to up the distance again next week because, well, that's what my plan wants me to do and I'm going to try to stick to it. Also, instead of bouncing back and forth between 2.25 mile runs and 2 mile runs like the plan says to do, I'm just making the increase and sticking with it. At this point, I don't really see the point in bouncing back to 2 miles and it might even be detrimental. Also, also, I'm going to stop trying to run 5 days a week (not that I was succeeding at that anyway). I'm cutting back to 4 (again, not that it's really cutting back since that's the most I've run so far this year). On my running rest days, I'm going to do an hour of yoga. I really need some cross training and I simply do not have the time to workout for 2 hours a day. I can pull an hour though, so with 3 days of yoga and 4 days of running, we'll see how that does for me.

Let's see, also, I think I'm going to rework my route for a little while. I'm feeling some soreness in my leg again (no popping anymore though) and I'm starting to think it's from a certain section of my route. It's usually fine until I get to this point where the pavement is sloped and it puts a little extra strain on my right leg. If I alternate and do that section backwards, the wear might be a little more even on my body. Also hoping the yoga will help to stretch and strengthen that out a bit. Another reason to change it up is that now at the very end of my run, I've got an incline. It's somewhat gradual, but enough to wear me out and make me hurt right at the end. I'm thinking if I cover the neighborhood in more like a figure 8 sort of pattern, I'll get the hills out of the way when I'm still fairly fresh (first mile or so) and then I can also do that uneven section with the left foot for a while. Win, win!

Also in the win, win department, I believe I made an idle wish to start running again and to start making jewelry again in the month of June. By the skin of my teeth, I did both in the last week or so of the month. That's procrastination for you.
mellymell: (homer running)
Thursday - 2 mile regular run / 2.53 total miles / 33 mins / no stroller
Friday - rest
Saturday - rest
Sunday - 2 mile regular run / 2.53 total miles / 34:14 mins / with stroller

Mileage totals:
Week - 5.06 miles
Month - 5.06 miles
Year - 82.49 miles

Mental notes:
1. Get some running skirts/shorts. It's too freakin' hot for long pants. Also some compression tank tops/t-shirts that will wick better than cotton t-shirts.
2. Don't try to run to Death Cab. It will only drag you down.
3. Get out right after breakfast before it's 97 degrees out.
4. Wear sunscreen on at least my face. 30+ minutes in heat of the day sun is going to age me at best and burn me at worst.

Tomorrow is the last day for early bird registration on the I Run For the Party Halloween 5k. It's $20 now and goes up in intervals of $5 to $35 the day of the race. Think I'll go ahead and register. Maybe I'll have Maleficent done by then and can do the race as her.
mellymell: (homer running)
Well, I went running today for the first time in 8.5 weeks.

The good news: I can still do two miles without hurting too bad. Breathing was actually easy. Never got a catch in my side and no burning in the lungs or heaving. The heat and humidity are good for something, at least for me. I don't think I've gained much weight in the past two months that I've been off the wagon. I feel like I have, but the scale says otherwise. I may have started to lose a bit of muscle. Which means I'm probably going to be couple of pounds heavier tomorrow, because, well, that's just how it seems to work with me. I think because of how I lost the weight I managed to lose before, it's stayed off more easily. That gives me hope for weight maintenance in the future.

The bad news: I've lost a couple of minutes of time (overall, still not timing individual miles) and my legs are very tight even after extra long warm up/cool down and stretching. I'm anticipating it taking a good week or so to get the kinks worked back out again. Then, of course, my yoga DVD should be here so I'll start doing that and cause all sorts of new kinks for a while. This was kind of the last straw. I'm feeling aches and pains again that were around before I started running (knees, that pesky ankle thingy though it's not as bad as it was, lower back, shoulders, etc.). I'm also just generally feeling unhealthy, what with no exercise paired with things like bacon wrapped smoked pork loins and homemade sausage and such.

I'm really going to try to get back on this. I feel like my life would get back to normal just by changing this one aspect. Also, I don't know why I wasn't running when I was in full time contemplative mode. Half an hour, 5 times a week to be alone with my thoughts. Why didn't that make perfect sense? And the weather was so nice then, aside from tons and tons of rain.

So, here goes. I've missed all the early summer races I wanted to run because, well, I wasn't running. Here's what I'm pondering now (because I'm just the sort of person that has to have a deadline of some sort to procrastinate against):

Sept. 12th - Broken Wheel Festival 5k in Nolensville (just because it gives us an excuse to go to Nolensville and therefore go eat at Martin's Barbecue after the race, thereby undoing all the good work I will have done that morning by running a 5k, heh).

Sept. 26th - Shelby Bottoms Boogie 15k/5k

Oct. 10th - Germantown 5K Bier Run (no link yet)

Oct. 17th - I Run for the Party Halloween 5k

Oct/Nov ??? - Superhero 5k in Asheville, NC (they still have their Ninja 5k info up from May so no info yet).

Not saying I'm going to run all of these, they're just the ones I'm looking into. If I can do 5 days at 2 miles a day next week, that will basically be week 1 of the 5k plan I was doing before.

In addition to this, of course I'm going to start using the yoga DVD as soon as I get it. It's the show I used to do when we had satellite, but since we no longer have satellite, I spent $15 on his DVD. It's Kurt Johnsen's Yoga for Life, if anyone is interested. Also, I'm going to start doing push-ups and sit-ups again. Just a few at first, like maybe ten of each per day. I just noticed that I was getting a lot more toned with a lot less mileage when I was doing some calisthenics along with the aerobic exercise.

Ass kicking and cheerleading are welcome.
mellymell: (homer running)
So, I wasn't just absent on teh intrawebs last week, I pretty much spent the entire week in my head and didn't even run. I managed to mostly keep up with house work (which was a little easier without a working vacuum) though that was about it. I'm also fairly certain my homicidal mood was not only because of Twilight krappenfest overload, but also because I wasn't exercising. But I did run three days the week before. Let me show you them:

Week 12 (Mar 23-29)
Mon - 2 mile straight run; 2.53 miles in 29.45; 1st mile 10:53, 2nd mile 10:49
Tue - 2 mile straight run; 2.53 miles in 31:09; 1st mile 11:46, 2nd mile 11:05
Wed - Rest
Thu - 2 mile straight run (w/stroller); 2.53 miles in 30:45; 1st mile 11:19, 2nd mile 10:53
Fri - Rest
Sat - Rest
Sun - Rest

Mileage Totals
Week - 7.59
Month - 22.77
Year - 72.37

Two new rules I'm imposing to get out of this rut and upcoming races I'm considering to fulfill one of those rules. )

D'OH!

Feb. 1st, 2009 01:07 pm
mellymell: (homer running)
Well, at least I realized it before I registered and paid for it, but I realized that the Cinco de Mayo 5k is on the same weekend that we were planning to do something special for my grandmother's 90th birthday. Oh well, there are certainly plenty of other races, though I would have liked to have done an I Run For the Party one. Oh well, I'll plan to do their Halloween one.

So, I've been looking at the races coming up in the next four months or so. I'd like to do one every couple of months. Except, I'll happily skip July and August. Just doesn't sound fun to run a race in the hottest months of the year. There are at least two in October I'd like to do (Oktoberfest Bier Run on 10/10/09 and I Run for the Party Halloween 5k on 10/17/09). So, considering when I want to run races and what races are available, I think my next two will be these:

Judicata 5k/10k at Percy Warner Park, February 28th.
Purity Moosic City Dairy Dash 10k/5k at Metro Center on April 11th.

While the one in the park is extremely early (check-in is at 6:30am and the 5k starts at 8am), I think the run through the park would be lovely and make it worth it. I still won't be quite done with my training at that time, but I'll be really close and should at least be able to beat my first time.

The Purity one is just spaced conveniently, time wise, for when I'd be ready for another race. The next one I'd be able to do wasn't until May 30th. I think there was one in June I might consider, but then I'll take a break on races until September or October and just try to keep up with my regular daily runs.

Of course, my arm could be twisted to do other races if someone else is doing one ([livejournal.com profile] frenchpress?). I haven't registered for any of these yet.

In other running news, I haven't run a single time since the race last Saturday. Early in the week, I felt like crap and the weather was terrible. Later in the week, I just felt like crap. I think I'm going to get out and try to do 2 miles here in a bit. I meant to try to get out yesterday, but my timing was off with Jonah's nap and such. I still kind of feel like crap, but I'm hoping the exercise will help. My cold wound up turning into a sinus infection that doesn't seem to want to go away. Might have to go get some antibiotics to shake it completely.
mellymell: (homer running)
I ran today. I figured I should take advantage of blue sky while I could. I did run 5/walk 1 minute intervals since if I was being honest with myself, that's about what I was doing the couple of times I ran in December. It was cold, but we were well equipped. Jonah actually kept his hat and mittens on the whole time, but his hands were still a bit chilly when we were done. I wore gloves and some of my new compression gear and felt comfortable for the entire run. I did get a couple of blasts of wind that really knocked me back a bit. It's really blowing hard out there, but in sporadic gusts. My time was slower and I didn't cover as much ground as I was the last few times I ran, but I'm not going to beat myself up about having to backtrack in my training. At least I did something. I must say, I also had to stop at least 5 times to pick up a sippy cup that was dropped overboard and I stopped briefly to get our gloves on. So, maybe I wouldn't have been so far off had I factored those things in. I'm also resetting my week count. I didn't run enough in the past two months to really count those weeks, so I'm just going to start over. New year, fresh start.

I have just 17 days before the Zoo Run Run 5k. I've registered and there's no way I'm backing out. But, there's also no way I'll be to a point in my training where I'll be running a 5k. But I'm going to try to run as much of it as I can. Unfortunately, I figured out that it's on the same day that we scheduled the Smial book discussion of Book 1 of FOTR. It makes me a sad panda to miss out on that, but I don't want to half ass the race to try to make both events and I committed to it first.

As far as running resolutions:
1. Finish my 5k training
2. Run at least three 5k races this year (maybe more)
3. Work on my times and endurance and try to get down to a 30 min or less 5k, then think about adding more distance.

If I accomplish these things, maybe I can think about working towards a 10k. Then I can cross off another thing on the 43 things.

Now to go heat up some minestrone. My second breakfast wore off shortly after my run.
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Firstly, my heart goes out to [livejournal.com profile] sailingwest, who's had more than her fair share of sorrow in the past two weeks. *hugs*

Secondly, after spending way too much on costume pieces for Jonah and I at Target today (even though it was all good deals, it adds up), I started rethinking the financial reality of this trip. It seems like we're incurring a lot of extra expenses this month and I don't want to be the cause of a household financial shortage, especially, with the holidays around the corner. So, as much as it pains me to say, I'm not coming to Asheville tomorrow after all. I know, I registered, I promised people I'd be there, but I'm just not going to be able to make the trip. *super sad panda*

[livejournal.com profile] petullant, keep me updated on fun things going on in Asheville or Greenville and I will definitely have to try to make it over there to meet you guys.

[livejournal.com profile] jkg_vader, [livejournal.com profile] lordofhaladin, et al, I'll meet you guys at Dragon*con next year, if not before, somehow, somewhere.

As a consolation prize, I'm tagging along with Chris to his brew day tomorrow in the middle of nowhere just north of Huntsville.

Sunday, I'm hoping to go for a hike in the Warner Parks.

And tonight, as a bit of retail and horticultural therapy, I bought a new orchid at the grand opening of the new Trader Joe's in Green Hills. Just over a year ago, at the Whole Foods grand opening, I bought the Aspasia. Now, I've got a cute little Paphiopedilum (one of the slipper orchids) to join the family. It's not green, but it does have some neat green stripes. In fact, I stood there debating between four plants. There were two green and white Paphs and two burgundy, green and white ones. I felt the burgundy had more personality. I thought about it and picking out a new orchid for me is a little like picking a new pet from a pound. They all look so sad and cute and you want to take them all home. I'm still tempted by that lime green Dendrobium at the Kroger by our house though.
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Chris isn't wanting to do the Halloween 5k this weekend now. He thought it would just be me doing the actual race. He doesn't want to pay $35 to walk the race and honestly, neither do I (I thought it was $20). I tried to talk him into just going to be counted for the record (apparently you don't have to participate in the race to do that) and the block party afterward, but he's still not enthusiastic. He wants to do some gardening this weekend and I must admit that is something we really need to do. I have to say, I'm a bit relieved to not have to run around to thrift stores today trying to throw together some costumes. But, I am a little disappointed because it sounded like a lot of fun. This is the 4th one, so I'm going to mark it on my calendar for next year to be ready for it, whether he wants to do it with me or not. Maybe then I'll have some people to do it with me (looks at [livejournal.com profile] sailingwest). If I had registered in August, it would have been $20.

Since I'm not getting zombie costumes together for this weekend, I'm thinking about not participating in the Zombie Walk next weekend, too. We've got three events next weekend and that would knock us down to two. That also knocks me down to three sets of costumes to put together in the next 3 weeks instead of four. Our October budget is probably thanking me.
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I only ran one stinkin' day last week. Monday, I was dealing with poor Jonah's muck. Tuesday I ran and thought I was on my way to being back on track. Wednesday, I came down with the muck and I've been fighting it off ever since. Despite the fact that I still have a runny nose and off and on bouts with stomach ickiness, I'm going to try to get back out today. I'm hoping the endorphins will give me an immune boost and help me fight the rest of this stuff off.

Monday - rest
Tuesday - 2.35 miles in 30 mins (run 5 min/walk 30 sec intervals)
Wednesday - sick
Thursday - sick
Friday - sick
Saturday - rest (I felt well enough to run but didn't)
Sunday - sick

Mileage totals:
Week - 2.35 mi
Month - 2.35 mi
Year - 81.88 mi

I'm thinking about doing the Halloween costume 5k this coming weekend. It's advertised as a run/walk and I think it would be fun to do. Chris said if I can throw together costumes for all of us, he'd do it with me. Their goal is to try to break a Guinness record for most costumes worn in a 5k race. Costumes have to be "traditional Halloween" though, meaning ghosts, vampires, witches, etc. I could probably put together a Dracula type costume for Chris out of his wedding vest, black slacks, a white shirt and my Bat Mel cape. Or I could just go ahead and put together zombie costumes for the zombie walk the following weekend and kill two birds with one stone.
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Thanks to Laura and J-9, I really, really, REALLY want to do the Superhero 5k in Asheville on Nov. 8th. C'mon, it's sponsored by Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company. What's not to like?

I've still got my old "Bat Mel" cape, but the shirt is long gone, as are the black JNCO's with the orange stripe down the sides that I used to wear with it. Of course, those heavy JNCO's wouldn't be too practical for a 5k anyway. The mask I always painted on and I think that would be more comfortable than wearing one. I'm thinking if I could get a replacement shirt (Hot Topic has the women's fitted black shirt with the yellow logo on it, or at least it's on their website), some black leggings and a black running skirt, I'll be set. Maybe if I'm feeling adventurous, I could make some gauntlets and/or boot fakes or something. A utility belt would be a welcome, but not necessary addition as well.

Ok, so really I just want to run in a cape. So sue me. Costuming and running. Two great things that go great together. ;) There's a costumed 5k in Nashville in two weeks, but I don't think I'll be ready to do a race by then. Then there's the Nashville Zombie Walk on the 26th. Lots of fun costumey, walky, runny things coming up.

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