Sunday, January 30, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Monday, January 24th: AM: Swim; PM, 45-60 minutes cross train/strength and core
Tuesday, January 25th: 45 minutes out easy; back in 41-42 minutes. Total=10 miles
Wednesday, January 26th: AM: Swim; PM, 60 minutes cross-train + strength and core
Thursday, January 27th: 6 miles easy
Friday, January 28th: AM: Swim; PM, 60 minutes cross-train + strength and core
Saturday, January 29th: 20 minute warm-up; 8x 3 minutes at a harder effort, 90 seconds rest (should not be all out, kind of like a longer fartlek); 20 minute cool-down. Total=9.5 miles
Sunday, January 30th: 11 miles easy (go very, very easy)
Weekly Mileage Total: 36.5 miles
Sarah says that for every hour put in on the elliptical, it is about the equivalent of a 40 minute run. So, 36.5 regular miles, plus approximately 15 miles from the elliptical, plus the swimming. Pretty steady mileage, and I just need to remind myself of that.
Went headfirst into training this morning with a 7AM swim. Really cranked it out - 49-50 minutes for the 2000 yard swim. Was chilly after - the ends of my hair froze! Then I had one of my independent study classes at 9 - I think swimming before was a good idea - it woke up my brain too! Seriously, I think running/training has made me a better graduate student - I tend to think through things a bit while I exercise and then am more prepared for class/discussion. Then had my TA course, and after that hopped on the elliptical an hour (7.7 miles) - that helped me to avoid the afternoon crash! Revitalized, I have one more class at 5 - Medieval Documentary Sources, which now I have the energy for.
On Saturday, I did an 8 mile run, which was my longest run of 2011 so far. Now, I am not one to really change my running routes, so the long runs just become various upon similar routes. I had a moment of triumph - I ran past the spot where I had to stop and walk on November 14th - the first sign of the IT band problems. I kept on going and going on Saturday, and it felt like a major triumph. I felt strong - the PT has been working and cross training has served as an adequate supplement to training. Definitely my happiest running moment of 2011 so far!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I am thrilled to be a Pacers Ambassador again for 2011. They renewed my contract last night, which means I will be wearing some of their gear in DC races. I will also be volunteering at their phenomenal race series. Their races are awesome: well-organized, beautiful courses, and they know how to throw a helluva after-party. If you live in DC, I recommend signing up for some of their racs: they have races ranging from 5ks to half marathons. They also organize some great fun runs during the week and a long run on Saturdays. Those group runs helped me get ready for Boston, as I was running with people who really knew how to push me. Will update on some of the races/programs that I'll be participating in. One of the benefits is that I have met some great runners in the process - am hoping the same will happen again in 2011!
I was very excited to read the RW interview with Kara Goucher concerning her post-pregnancy comeback (racing in the PF Chang's Rock and Roll Half Arizona Marathon on Sunday). She seems ready and pumped to start racing again. Obviously, I am also hoping that she gets a podium finish in Boston too and leads the American women to victory. It provides a sense of optimism about returning strong after any kind of "lay off" from running. Good luck on Sunday, Kara! Speaking of strong returns, I read Meb Keflezghi's "Run to Overcome" over Christmas, and I still need to write a review of it. Stay tuned...
Last night, I ran 5.4 miles - no pain! The PT is working, and I am increasingly becoming a huge believer in the power of stretching/strength exercises. It was amazing - I could've went further, but knew that it was time to stop for the day. We had a "wintry mix" while I was running, and by the time I was done, my jacket actually froze! I feel like I earned my BA points for the day from that.
Harder, faster, stronger - my new mantra.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Today is the first day of classes. I already had one (tutorial on medieval monasticism/piety/sanctity), which was a lot of fun. It is just me and the professor, and we talk about one book per week. It is nice to be at the point to have an advanced, intellectual conversation about good books – this kind of thing would have freaked me out a year ago. In a few minutes, I am off to TA for a class about early medieval Rome (400-800), and then tonight will be in a seminar on the late medieval English narrative. All good things! I am also taking German this semester, which starts tomorrow, as well as another tutorial tomorrow on Renaissance education.
Today is my first day on the gluten-free diet. I had pizza and beer last night as a “last hurrah,” and will start things anew today. Went grocery shopping last night. Some of the major staples of my diet: Kix cereal, yogurt, chicken, and rice. Those were my favorites beforehand, and now will be around ALL of the time. I’ll be adding in more stuff too, and will be updating on good meals/restaurants that have great gluten-free options.
Today kicks off 2 weeks of base training before marathon training starts on the 24th. Mondays are cross training days. This afternoon, I am going to swim 2000 yards, and then get on the elliptical this evening after class. XT days will be “double days” – meaning 2 XT sessions a day. I am still in the process of solidifying my school/work schedule, and will be happy when everything is set in stone.
Today is a fresh start. New semester, new diet, new training. Here’s to optimism on a Monday!