Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Year in Review

At the beginning of 2013 I put together a list of goals and here's how I did:


go the whole year injury free - I did very well until one week ago where I went snowboarding with my dad and sprained my toe. I could barely walk on it for several days but after a week it's feeling much better. i don't feel comfortable running on it just yet but I'm hopeful.

1 mile timed run each month 
January outside- 8:05
February treadmill - 7:35, and almost died
March - ...
April - ...
May - In my defense, I was out of town for 3 of the 4 weeks in May.
June - too dang hot. seriously, the second I walk out the door I'm covered with sweat.
July - mile repeats at 8:15
August - too hot
September - mile repeats at 8:14
Oct - 7:48
Nov - I moved across the country.
Dec - 7:55

Overall I really failed at this one. I just couldn't do it in 80 degree weather for most of the year and then I traveled a lot and moved across the country. oh well.

Run/bike/swim 2000 miles combined
Run - 24.6
Bike - 86.5
Swim - 3.3
total for November - 114.4
Total miles - 1732.4  Shy of my 2000 for the year but I'm still impressed with myself. ;)

Run a sub 2 hour half marathon. Epic fail, I'm blaming the weather

run a sub 25 minute 5KJune race - fail. October race - fail (25:56) but happy with a huge PR

bike a 15 mile bike ride averaging 19 mph. not yet.

race a 10K under 58 minutesnot happening this year.

weight training at least 2x a week.  I did just okay until we moved to Idaho and now I've been killing it at the gym. It's so much easier with all that equipment everywhere.

maybe try a duathlonmaybe next year.

I feel like I did pretty good but I'm excited about next year. New goals, new chances, new races!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Operation: Runner

I've decided that I am a "real" runner.

I realize that there are endless quotes out there that say things like...



But while in my head they made sense, in my heart I felt like a phony.  

I know this is due to my consistent 10 minute mile paces even though I train hard to become faster. I think somehow in my head I've told myself over and over again that since my "comfortable" pace is around 10 minutes/mile then there is no possible way I'm really a runner. I'm a jogger. To me a real runner can run in the 8's consistently. And while I can run in the 8's for a 5K or for 5 or so miles, I'm working hard and I can't hold it for a half marathon.

This morning after I rode my bike for an hour, I hopped on the treadmill for an experiment. I will call it Operation:Runner. I set the pace at an 8 minute mile (7.5mph) to see if I could hold it for 1 mile.

and guess what? I DID! I even upped it to an 8.2 by the end (mostly because I wanted it to be over quicker). I'm really proud of myself and it's the first step to me running that 5K under 25 minutes and that half marathon under 2 hours.

I'm a real runner from now on. Next week? 1.25 miles at 7.5mph. Bring it.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Your pace or mine?

Because it's been icemageddon here in Idaho for the last week and a half (for real, there is still a thick layer of ice on all the roads and the temperature has not gone over 30 one time), I've been stuck inside to do my running on the treadmill. When you are used to running outside all the time, the treadmill is hard. I don't know why. Perhaps because the speed is always constant and I'm not a constant speed runner?

Anyway.

I haven't been able to go longer than 3 or 4 miles at a time in the last 2 months (outside or otherwise) and my speed is nothing to brag about ever since I moved way up high at 5000 feet.  I decided to test my legs on the treadmill and see what I could do.

I did 3 miles to get all loosened up and then started with 3 minutes on 7mph (8:34 pace), walked a little. Then did 2 1/2 minutes at 7.5 (8:00 pace), walked a little. Here's where it gets tricky. 2 minutes at 8 mph (7:30 pace), 1 minute at 8.5 (7:04 pace), and THEN 30 seconds at 9mph!!!! (6:40 pace)

I have NEVER in my life ran at a 9 on the treadmill. Ever. It is really fast but I didn't feel like I was going to fall off. So there's that.

I think I might try to work my way up to doing 1 minute at 9mph like 4 or 5 times and see if I can do it. Especially since it looks like I'll be stuck inside for at least another week.

Friday, December 13, 2013

like a fish

After not swimming regularly in many years (probably 3), I've gone to the pool twice a week for the last 3 weeks or so.  It really hurts. My shoulders burn, I can't breathe, I'm slow (in comparison to the workouts I did in high school and college), and it kind of sucks.

But I broke through the wall!!! I'm still slow-ish but this week when I swam on Tuesday - it was amazing! My shoulders felt good, my body strong, my breathing more regulated, and I'm getting slightly faster. I can go for about 45 minutes without stopping and I'm thrilled that it only took a couple weeks for my body to remember how to do this.

I always base my speed and swimming shape by the standard 8x50's on :50 or 8x100's on 1:30. I did those sets ALL. THE. TIME. I can rock 8x50's on the :55 (I feel so good I can do 10), but when I dropped the time down to :50? ouch. I know I'll get there, it'll just take a couple more weeks. But my 100's are sucking big time because I have to do them on the 1:45. wow. I used to be able to do them on the 1:20. Anyway, those are my goals. I hope to be able to do my 8x50s and my 8x100s on the :50 and 1:30 by the end of January.

I can just taste those triathlon wins!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

November review

December, what? I can't believe Christmas is almost here. I've been so busy with the move and trying to get settled and whatnot, that I'm not sure I'm in the Christmas spirit. hmmmm....

go the whole year injury free!!! feeling great!

1 mile timed run each month 
January outside- 8:05
February treadmill - 7:35 (almost died)
March - ummm, oops.
April - yeah.

May - In my defense, I was out of town for 3 of the 4 weeks in May.
June - too dang hot. seriously, the second I walk out the door I'm covered with sweat.
July - ummm, I did some mile repeats at 8:15, so there's that.
August - I'll do this again when it cools off. This is just ridiculous.
September - I did some mile repeats inside of a bigger workout about 8:14's or so. Still haven't done this.
Oct - 7:48
Nov - I moved across the country.

Run/bike/swim 2000 miles combined
Run - 75.24
Bike - 89.4
Swim - 3
total for November - 167.71
Total miles - 1618 (Face the facts, 2000 is not happening this year)

Run a sub 2 hour half marathon. Epic fail

run a sub 25 minute 5KJune race - fail. October race - fail (25:56) but happy with a huge PR

bike a 15 mile bike ride averaging 19 mph. not yet.

race a 10K under 58 minutesnot happening this year.

weight training at least 2x a week.  in the last two weeks since I can use the gym at the college, I've been getting back into it with real weights.

maybe try a duathlonmaybe next year.

I'm having a good time with all the gym equipment and trying really hard to adjust to the altitude here and stay in shape in the bitter cold (- 8 currently). Really enjoying where I live right now and am super excited about my triathlon next summer. (June!) Good things are coming!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Turkey Trots

I headed over to a local park (maybe 2 miles away) for a Thanksgiving morning 5K. Since I can't breathe up here at this altitude, I thought I would just run for fun (a 5K just for FUN? Who knew?!) and burn some calories before pie time.

The race started about 10 minutes late which wouldn't have mattered if it had not been 20 degrees outside. My legs were cold, my face was cold, and I couldn't feel my toes.

Anyway, we start and I can't believe how stiff I am from cold waiting for the race to start. I try to keep it easy and hit mile 1 about 8:50 or so. I am THRILLED with that since I didn't feel like I was trying too hard.

Then, a hill. Combine high altitude with hill training = me sucking wind big time. My pace up the hill was around 11 minutes/mile but it wasn't too long so mile 2 was still around 9:10 or something.

I think by this point I could start to feel my face but DANG I was freezing this whole race and gasping at this thin air. Mile 3 around a 9 minute mile and I raced it to the end for a 7:47 pace the last .1 or so.

Finish time of 27:30 which is really close to my almost dying 5K's I tried in Bath (except the last one) and I didn't feel like I was really "racing", you know?

I had a good time and I'm still continuing to bust through this altitude and start breathing normally again. Going up the "hill" tomorrow morning.