Monday, June 30, 2008

You Never Know When Life is Going to Bite you on the Ass!

So, it finally happened to me-- after 17 years of running, TODAY I was attacked and bit by a dog-- on the *SS! Not the first time this dog has come after me, and thus I don't run on this street very often, but he ran right past his owner, crossed the street, teeth bared, growling. I, of course, turned away, and he bit me! There are marks on my skin, and one almost broke the skin.The jack*ss just stood there and said 'I'm sorry'. am thinking he should have to by me a new pair of running shoes at least!

Of course it turns out DH knows him- I filed a police report anyway-- I'm not letting the Club prevent me from my basic rights. Also want to make sure damn dog is up to date on his shots, b/c there is one welt which almost broke the skin. Bruise is now pretty purple color.

Sure makes getting up early to run look fun, eh?

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Unique and Important Run

Thursday I did speedwork for the 1st time since the marathon. Did it on the treadmill, which I have decided is going to be my 'necessary evil' for speed/tempo running. Did 1 mile warmup, then 1 x 600, 1 x 700, 1 x 800, 1 x 700, 1 x 600, all at paces between 6:58 and 6:49. Felt great during, and the knee did not hurt. Have been doing weight training 2x a week, and will add another day or two of ten minutes of core work to the routine. Am getting frustrated that it is taking so long to lose this weight.

I had a very interesting run yesterday.

Started out on a soft trail I like to run longer runs on, and was planning to do 8M today, did my first speedwork since the marathon on Thursday and wanted to see how the knee would feel after the speedwork. I had my fuel belt on, which drives me crazy, but with the humidity at 3:00 this afternoon, was a necessary evil.

So, after the 1st two miles, my right knee was hurting, not aching, but hurting. I was pissed, and stopped to walk a bit. I ran two more miles, then started thinking "what the hell am I doing, I can't get hurt at this stage" and then walked another 1/4 mile or so, and was going to call it a day. So, I got back to my car, ditched the fuel belt and these little IT Band straps I wear on my knees (VERY sexy, BTW) and decided to at least get a good walk in. I started running again after a little bit, the knee felt better. I ended up doing six more miles, for a total of 10, and the knee felt great!

Obviously an unique run, but also important for two reasons:
1) I was willing/able to STOP when the knee hurt, and
2) Gave it a second chance and stuck with the run, albeit at a walk/run pace for the first 4 miles.

Overall pace was 9:31, which also was surprising and motivating. Knee feels good today!

Went out for sushi w/DH last night-- yummy dinner and good chat. Mistake was going to the Club for another drink. Oh well.

Boys have a b-day party later today, and we are going to Church in awhile. Yucky weather, nice lazy day.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Back at it!

RR: ran 4 easy Friday and 5 today. Knee feels MUCH better. I am going to run every other day for the next couple of weeks, and see how things go. It will be interesting to see how the 5K on 4th of July is, b/c I have not done any speedwork since April. Might have to do some 800s next week.

NRR: Have vowed to lose these damn 4 pounds-- 1 down, 3 to go. Frustrating, but all it takes is willpower, right?

Boys start playground camp and acting camp this week-- yea! Tommy is also doing the golf clinic, so they will be busy, and I will have some time to myself again-- which I desperately need.


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Take it Easy...

So- the mileage challenge was not the best thing for my old legs-- ran 28 miles last week, but have not run since Friday and its Tuesday. Knees have been hurting in different places, so I am taking it easy this week.

Today is GNO, so I am planning to swim, then take the Group Power class at Healthtrax before the drinks/dinner at the Club. I'm not sure if the Group Power is messing with my knees, or the ramped-up mileage. Am going to take it back to 20 mpw for the rest of June, then slowly build to the first week of training for Philly.

I am planning to do Pfitz again, but might modify it to a 15 week program, mostly due to the vacations we are taking-- I don't want to be obsessing about mileage when we are in Washington visiting with the other families. We'll see--


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

June Mileage Challenge

Ok- so I haven't posted for awhile-- been going through some yucky emotional stuff, and this is not the place for venting about that- might have to start another log/blog somewhere else for all that crap.

Anyway, I feel as though I have had a renewed interest in running for running's sake: not training, just getting out there and doing whatever feels right for that day. Inspiration has come in two forms:
1) the June Mileage Challenge on RW online: I don't want to be a big slacker, and want to post mpw of 25,28,30,35 or somewhere in that realm for a goal total for the month of 130 miles. Most of these miles will be very slow, and I'm not even sure I'm going to get a race in due to the combination of lack of races, DH's golf and boys' baseball games. Oh well- I've got my eye on breaking 21:30 again at the 4th of July 5K, so that is the prize for now.

2) Trying to lose the weight that has creeped on since running the marathon, combined with Deep Creek/Birthday celebrations. Goal is to run at least 3M a day until the 3lbs. come off. We'll see how long THAT takes!

Have also been doing strength training classes at Healthtrax, which will hopefully benefit my running and overall physique. Although I don't harbor any hopes of being as thin as I was a few years ago, it would be nice to feel good in my fun outfits.

Go team north!

Sunday: 10M
Monday: 4.5M
Tuesday: 6.25M