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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

2011 Ironman Statistics

I'm pretty sure that I won't be participating in an Ironman Event - ANYWHERE - but these numbers are fun to ponder. And it's a pretty cool poster :)

2011 Ironman Infographic2 2011 Ironman World Championship by the Numbers
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Week 2 - Almost Through The Week

We are on week 2 and I'm still pretty much on track. Had a slight hiccup on Monday and only ran 2 miles on the treadmill - I didn't even try for 3. That's how crummy I felt. So I made up that mile on Tuesday before getting into the pool. Ran 2 yesterday and will do 3 on Saturday. Next week will be super easy 2, 2 and then 3. After that we start adding more distance, but I'm not going to think about that right now. Today we did yoga - hoping for another swim tomorrow :)

I have figured out that I feel bad on my Monday runs because I'm so bad with hydrating on the weekends. This weekend I'm going to try an experiment and see what happens if I drink water like I do during the week. Also, I thought maybe I don't get enough sleep, but I usually am a little sleep deprived during the week, so that probably isn't the problem.

To help improve my running we have been doing strength training after our runs, I can tell that it helps. My runs feel so much better now - not so sluggish - so I suppose I should keep that up. Also, I read this online:

"As a rule, muscle mass declines with age, starting in the 40s and picking up speed after about age 50. Then the typical rate of muscle loss really begins to outpace the rate of muscle gain, so that there's an increasing net deficit..."

Picking up speed? Goodness...I've got a lot of work ahead of me. Lifting weights is not one of my favorite things to do, but just so I don't decline too much, too quickly, I'm going to have to make an effort to make strength training a part of my fitness routine!

So, today is Tom's birthday and the celebrating started with breakfast at Biscuits Cafe and coffee at Starbucks. Tonight I'll make Mushroom Risotto for dinner. Afterwards we'll go out for a sweet treat, Tom's choice. This Sunday we'll be heading out with our core group for a little Happy Hour at Lapellah...oye.

I might have to work extra hard next week to work off all the calories that I'm consuming now and will consume this weekend...hehe.

So I need to drink more water...I will consume lots of calories...and work out harder.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Wet Run

At the finish of All Women's Event
Today wasn't exactly a downpour, but it certainly wasn't dry. We got out and did the 3 miler for today and it wasn't too bad. I spent a lot of time dodging little puddles on the sidewalk or road. I was also determined to not stop at 30 minutes, but to keep going to the 3 mile mark.

I don't know why I'm so excited about that...but I think mostly it is because it's so easy to talk myself into walking and if I can do a run without giving in to my mind telling me to stop I feel pretty good about that - yay :)

So I get a break from running until Monday morning so I think tomorrow I'll get into the pool and try to do a few laps. My swim yesterday wasn't that great, so of course I want to try to fix that. I really shouldn't take too much of a break from swimming, I'll never get better at it!

We go back to standard time tonight so the extra hour will be nice!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Week 1, Run #2

Okay, so today was supposed to be Run #3, but I was still in lazy mode on Saturday - the supposed first day of my new training plan.

Today was another whoppin' two miles on the treadmill. After just trudging through my Monday AM run, I felt TONS better today! I don't know why or how, but it was just good.Although, I did have some pain here and there, but nothing that lasted long. I'm figuring the pain was my body still working over my mind and trying to get me to stop running.

I remember a couple of years ago I was sticking to a running plan pretty regularly and the running felt pretty good most of the time. Sure there were days that I just plain didn't feel so great, but I was always happy to have gone out and do the run anyway and usually finished feeling a little better. So I just need to stick to it and it will become a part of my regular training routine!

We did strength training again today which is a good thing - Tom and I travel around the gym together so it isn't as awkward. If I need help he is there to lend a hand :)

Tomorrow is a spin class day for Tom. I am going to get into the pool and see how that goes. I really should be spending as much time swimming as I possibly can. The sprint tri swim distance is a half mile and I am only at a quarter mile right now. It's a bit daunting to think that I need to swim another quarter mile! Just need to chip away at it and over time it will come.

So, right now it's running, strength training and swimming, maybe throw some yoga in the mix for something a little more gentle.

Looking forward to my next run - 3 miles on the road on Saturday.

WOO HOO!!! I love Saturday Runs!!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Looking Forward...

I like my collection of running shoes!
Now that we have finished most of the events for this year - just one left to do (Winter Wonderland Lights Run/Walk) It's time to start looking at my potential events list for 2012!

January - Resolution Run (Battle Ground)
March - Shamrock Run Portland, Fort Vancouver Run
April - Monster Cookie Metric Century (?)
June - Blue Lake Sprint Tri, Vancouver USA Half Marathon & Tour de Blast (?)
July - 4th of July Run (Ridgefield), Cycle Oregon Weekend Ride, All Women's Event
August - Covered Bridge Bicycle Tour (?)
September - StumpTown Sprint Tri, Peach of a Century (?)
October - Harvest Ride, Run Like Hell
November - ???

I don't think I have enough on my list...I better look for more stuff to do!!!

Took a week off after we did Run Like Hell the Sunday before this past Sunday and it was a super lazy week! Did go to the gym, didn't think about running, riding or swimming...aaahhh. Yesterday we were back at it and at the gym bright and early 2 mile run and then some strength training. Tomorrow is another 2 miles and I probably should do more strength training. I'm trying to be smart about my training now. Before it was just a willy-nilly thing. I think it will still be willy-nilly, but at least there will be some structure here and there ;) I can dream right?

If anyone is interested - Winter Wonderland Lights Run/Walk is on November 26 at PIR. Come join the fun! The Party In The Pit starts at 3pm there will be a sock hop, Mrs. Claus Hula Hoop contest, a Lil Elf parade and then the run/walk at 5pm!

This year has been a good year with all the events and pushing myself a little more than usual to run a 10k and do a couple of triathlons. Now I'm looking forward to more of the same for next year and new challenges!