Saturday, February 21, 2009

Finally... a good run!

Yesterday I had the best run I've had this month~ FINALLY! The weather has turned biting COLD and WINDY again, so the TM it was. I am not fully back into the Pfitz plan, did 8 on Wednesday, so wanted to do 10 Friday, and hope to run 15 or so on Monday.

My legs felt fresh... sort of like the end of a taper for the first time in a couple of weeks. The ITBand also stopped hurting... it had been a noticeable twinge 24/7 for the past week or so. So-- first 4.2M did at 9:35 pace, then did the last 5.8 at 8:54 pace-- most of the last 3M were at or faster than MP. It just felt good to go fast again!

Followed that up with 10 minutes on the stair climber, so a good overall workout! We had dinner with our neighbors, which was fun.

Today both boys had hockey games-- Tommy's team won, and Danny's lost, but both boys played great... really fun!


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Swimming my way to Boston?!?

Ok- so I have not posted in over a month. Training was going really well until the week after our ski trip (two weeks ago) I ran a short run outside on February 3rd or so, and tweaked my hamstring on my left leg. IT Band/knee issue still in play on right leg, and I think the skiing did not help that. SIGH.

So, learning from past mistakes, I cut my 16 miler during week 11 down to 14 miles, and then did not run for a week. Swam 2M, 2.5M and did work on the Cross-trainer in attempt to not lose too much fitness during week 10.

This week is 9 weeks to go, and I am basically running to my own plan (pun intended). Did 8M yesterday, last 2M at MP (somewhere between 8:30-8:40 at this point in time). Today I swam 1/5 miles, including two 10 length kick sets, which really took it to my legs, in a good way. I have also added the stair climber to my routine. (goal 10-20 minutes 3x a week) in attempt to strengthen my legs. Am also committed to stretching every day at least 10 minutes a day. I figure I have 9 weeks to go, and want to get in as good of shape as possible. Hoping it will be good RUNNING shape.