Whew...what a week. It's been a bit crazy here on the home front, but the exciting thing is that I've successfully completed week two of training and am feeling fantastic! Here's a breakdown of the week so far:
Monday: 4 miles
Wednesday: kickboxing for 30 minutes
Thursday: 6 miles
Friday: Killer 4 miles with Nic and 45 minutes of kickboxing
Saturday: 1 mile (see below)
Sunday: 8 miles
Grand total for the week: 23 miles
I'm learning that I need to be flexible with my training as things often come up! Wednesday I was supposed to go to a good form running class...and showed up an hour late because I wrote the wrong time down! SIGH! I did learn some sweet stuff which I will share in just a minute!
Saturday we were supposed to get up and run 8 miles. Nic called and we decided not to go, and when Ayden woke up, he wanted to know if he missed out on the jog. I told him that we hadn't gone, and he announced that he wanted to go jogging with me:) Ok! But he insisted that I wear Jorge so we would know just how far we went. We made it .2 of a mile before we walk/ran the rest of the way home. Happiest 20 minutes of my weekend, hands down!
Today I finally got my 8 miles in:) Abbey (my sister in law basically) is getting into running again and decided that she would like to join me! So off we went. Our splits look something like this:
Mile 1: 10:55
mile 2: 11:15
mile 3: 11:05
mile 4: 11:55
mile 5: 12:21
mile 6: 11:55
mile 7: 13:22
mile 8: 13:56
First let me say that I am so super proud of Abbey! She has NEVER ran 8 miles at one time before and was setting huge goals! Game plan: Nice and Easy!
We both decided to not listen to our music and it was actually really nice. We did a little stint through the country where we slowed down at mile four to take this picture of the sun set and try a sport bean thing (I'm in the process of experimenting with food while running to see what works best for me. If you have any suggestions of what you like or what works great, I'm always down for some advice:)
Around mile 5...I could tell she was tired, but amazingly enough, I seriously felt GREAT~ my knees had an occasional twinge, but I could have kept running forever! Honestly, my heart rate was only at 159 which is super low for me! So...what can I possibly talk about for 1 hour and 36 minutes with no music?? Cool little tricks that they taught at that class...which make me think about my form and what I'm doing. Here's a few of there suggestions:
~land on your midfoot: surprise, surprise, I used to land HEAVY on my heels! No wonder my knees hated me!!
~lean forward slightly: but not so far that it looks like you're an 80 year old Yoda (me when i'm dying and tired:)
~keep your head still: I'm terrible about cocking my head to the right, especially when i'm tired! And I tend to swing my pony tail all around: note to self, takes up too much energy!
~arms go straight back and forth: don't let them cross your body. bad habits die hard
~drive with your knees: again, I worked really hard on picking my knees up and was surprised at how much faster my pace felt!
So...they told us to set our watch for every two minutes, and to pick one of these things and try to focus only on it for 30 seconds. So I just keep chanting it to myself, and I'm amazed at how much better I feel! It's crazy! I'm hoping to get up there and take the class on TIME and possibly the second class they are going to offer this fall.
Here's Abs and I after her first 8 miler! Way to go Gaston! I'm so proud of you for not giving up when you really wanted to (she had that look in her eye like she would have thrown me in front of the next car if she could!)
Last but not least...it struck me today:
19 days until my rock n roll chicago half!
and I'm totally encouraged after our run today that maybe my goals of a new PR are obtainable!
All right folks, I gotta hit the hay.
Are you training for any races, and what's your secret weapon when it comes to fueling?
Have an amazing week!