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Not Comfortable


Monday (12/27): 6 Miles Recovery (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 51:09, 8:32 Pace)

Tuesday (12/28): 5 Miles LT (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 39:14, 7:59 Pace), Bike 7 Miles Hill (Exercise Bike, 30:02, 13.98 mph)

Wednesday (12/29): 2 Miles Warm Up (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 16:58, 8:29 Pace), Weight Training, 6 Miles Recovery (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 50:42, 8:27 Pace)

Monday’s workout was standard recovery after Sunday’s long run. Tuesday we hit the road to be with my Dad who was having an out patient surgery. His surgery went well. We stayed the night to accompany him to his follow up appointment the next day. The hotel we stayed at didn’t have a fitness center so a couple searches on the old iPhone and phone calls and whala…found a gym about 15 minutes away.

It was $10/person and we were just trying to get in a quick workout. The facility was good and the equipment looked really new. We headed upstairs to the cardio equipment and jumped on a couple treadmills and got to work. I had 10 Miles Lactate Threshold with 5 Miles at LT Pace. I knew I probably wouldn’t get all 10 miles in so after a 1 mile warm up I picked up the pace. I mistakenly over dressed. I had on capris and a light long sleeved shirt. After a couple miles at LT I was melted. I was covered in slimy sweat and my head was aching. I felt very gross and the place felt super hot. I asked Rob and he agreed that we were running in a sauna reminiscent of the hotel in Birmingham. LT is what I need to work on most, so I also got to feel how lacking my fitness is and this heat wasn’t helping. I was dunzo. I felt completely melted in the brain and couldn’t process one more step forward. I cut my run short at 5 miles.

To not make this workout ubershort we jumped on some recumbent bikes to cool off. I am glad that we got out there and worked out on a day that a long drive and time at the hospital it would have been easy to just call it a day.

From the bike.

When we got back into town we went to our local gym to lift weights. I got in a 2 mile warm up that will help chip away at the 5 miles miles I will need to get made up in my weekly mileage. It was so nice to be a gym that wasn’t a 100 degrees. Lifting felt great since we haven’t been in so long. We ran into our friends Larry and Jo and caught up with them too. 🙂 We then headed home and later that night I got my 6 recovery miles done.


Not Enough


Sunday (12/26): 17 Long (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 2:14:11, 7:59 Pace), Abs

Today’s run we 17 Long on the treadmill with 8 @ MGP which puts me at 67.3 miles for the week and back on track in my training schedule, but I’m no where close to where I need to be fitness-wise. I did a quick check of my training log and see that this is a new weekly mileage record for me by .2! My last longest mileage week was 67.1 back in April while training for this IL Marathon. However, I know there is more to do to get my fitness ready, just plugging in the miles won’t be enough to get it done.

I stink at math, but by my calculations I have 16 weeks, 4 very quick months, until it’s time for Boston. 16 weeks is not a lot of time to get my strength, flexibility, stamina, and nutrition where it needs to be to pull out a great race. I’m not freaked out, just aware of the amount of time and the fact that where I’m at now, what I am doing is not enough. It’s serious time, to buckle down and get this thing going. 16 weeks will fly by and I need to make use of all of it.


Christmas Cheer


Friday (12/24): 6 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 2% Incline, 49:26, 8:15 Pace)

Saturday (12/25): AM – 6 Miles Hill (Treadmill, 3-6% Incline, 49:56, 8:20 Pace), PM – 5 Miles Recovery (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 42:50, 8:34 Pace)

Last night I cooked Rob and I Christmas dinner and this morning I made Rob a monster omelette with leftover ham, green pepper, red onion and tomatoes.

I had a less monstrous version of a one egg scramble with the same ingredients and then went for a 6 mile hill run on the treadmill.

Then it was time to get on the road to see family and friends. I had to wear my new presents. 🙂 My first piece of Boston Marathon gear!

I’m going to get all geeked out on Boston Marathon gear and Rob has started me off with my first BQ item.

And heck yes I chose to wear this bad boy to our Christmas gatherings over something more dressy and appropriate for the occasion. This is now my fancy workout gear.

Eye of the tiger.

Rob also got me some Juicy hats and gloves and our early Christmas present was the iPhone 4. 😀

After some great visits it was back home to watch the Lakers loose (crappy!) and a movie, then a recovery run.

I hope you all had a great Christmas!!

A shout out of congrats to my girl Nic for getting engaged!! We are so happy for you both!!




Thursday (12/23): 13.1 Miles Med-Long (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 1:49:10, 8:20 Pace)

Last night I had got in my 13 Mile run that I had to flip days with due to an unsettled stomach. This time the run went fine and I had no issues. I had to throw in the .1 to get the half marathon distance.

Do you do the same thing when you run 13, add the .1 to get a half marathon in?

Today is Christmas Eve so I have some final touches to do to the tree, a couple of presents to wrap and then it’s time to get to celebrating!

Merry Christmas!! I hope you all get to spend time this holiday season with those you love!


Sweet Plans


Tuesday (12/21): 8 Miles General Aerobic (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 1:30:48, 7:59 Pace)

Wednesday (12/22): 6.2 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 51:38, 8:20 Pace)

Today I had 13 Miles scheduled and was ready to get that busted out no problem. My stomach had other plans. I got 6.2 Miles in before having to call in quits for the day. Since I had 6 for tomorrow I will flip the days and do 13 instead.

I knew it would be a gamble because I ate differently than normal today due to a work holiday party. I ate a salad with grilled chicken, no cheese and a little light dressing, but I did enjoy some of the team’s holiday dessert creations. They were delish. I’ve passed up a lot of holiday treats around work and gatherings so I felt inclined today that a few sweets for the holidays were okay. My stomach has been so sensitive lately and this deviation from my regular eating got the best of me. I have to remember next time that if I am thinking it’s okay to have a sweet treat to factor in if I’ve ran yet or not, post-run will be the only way to go.