Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I may start liking that wood chip path

I am SHOCKED at my pace. I donated blood yesterday, pushed the boys up to Grimm's Gate and back (at a 12:30-ish pac), AND dug up more sod as part of the garden expansion, and I still managed to run a 10:46 pace this morning from work to Liberty and back? On the wood chip path, no less? This is absolutely astounding.....

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Tough run

Good pace (11:25 mpm) considering the route. Liz and I ran the Bevan/Coleman route + a run up to the reservoir and back down. That hill to the reservoir is a nasty thing. I had to take two (but only two) walk breaks on that hill. Four total walk breaks overall.

Friday, April 24, 2009

getting miles in

Ran to Grimm's Gate + a lap in the cemetary - only two walk breaks (probably didn't need the 2nd one - lazy bum).
Looking forward to Florida. I will be running on the beach and amidst palm trees in just two weeks!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I hate the wood chip path

Total 4.5 miles. I felt very sluggish the 2nd mile. I ran the wood chip path and dirt trail on my lap through Liberty. I hate the wood chip path. Really, really hate it. However, I did it because
1) I know that I need to do things that I hate - I only hate them because I'm lazy, and I enjoy being lazy.... But, lazy keeps me fat.
2) I need to prepare for the relay in June since most of my first leg is on dirt road.
3) I need to prepare for Mesa Falls marathon because nine miles of it is on dirt road and trail.
I missed Lizzy. She is always a joy to run with. Maybe I'll go again tonight - certainly won't hurt me since my weight has crept back up - AGAIN.

Friday, April 17, 2009

BTW - balance exercise

Thanks to the suggestion from Iris over at , I finally tried a balance exercise that her rehab folks recommended to her after a nasty ankle sprain. It was hard for her because of said ankle sprain. I thought I would easily pass the test. HOLY CATS! It's so much harder than it looks! I think that I'll be doing this a couple of times per week to hopefully get some more stability in my ankles/feet. I'm just happy that I didn't topple right onto my face!

last night run

Liz and I ran the Broadway loop last night. I tried to get to 11mpm or lower - I was very close @ 11:07mpm. It was that bloody hill @ the cemetary that really did me in, but I pushed for it anyway. I had to walk after the top for a bit, and that made a difference. I also should have skipped my first walk break since it was on a slight downhill. Maybe I'll run this again this weekend with those modifications to see what happens.

Monday, April 13, 2009

It's got to stop!

I've gained back the five pounds that I lost. I'm such a yo-yo, and it's getting ridiculous.

Lizzy and I ran to Grimm's Gate and back today. 11:04 mpm - not a bad pace. It was early, and we passed two other runners - a guy I've never seen (and barely saw today because he didn't have a stitch of reflective clothing on) and Liz with J-Dog. We usually see them when we run to Grimm's in the morning.

I'm pissed that I've gained again. Idiot.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sub 10mpm!

Woo-hoo! Look at that pace! OK - granted, the 3.95 miles were all gradual downhill, but still - I ran sub-10 for 4 miles! No walk breaks for me this night. I told myself that they (walk breaks) were just silly and unnecessary for a downhill course. And I was right. My plan of attack: run the first mile at normal pace as a warm up; run the next two miles as intervals which loosely translated to 1/2 block of normal pace and 1/2 block of accelerated pace; run the final mile at fast pace. It worked! Even Lizzy was tired by the end after our blazing fast pace.