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Monthly Report: April 2005

Running: 15:55:30 | 103.1 miles
Walking: 00:11:14 | 0.64 miles

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Catchin' Up

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Here's a hodgepodge of stuff:

Training Week: April 18 - 24, 2005

Running: 27.35 miles | 4:14:46
Walking: 0.25 miles | 0:04:15

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What Not To Wear

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I drove over to the bike paths for my long run today, and afterwards went to the gas station and the library. If anyone wants to nominate me for TLC's What Not To Wear, you missed a great opportunity for the secret footage, as I think I was a big walking Don't with my high school cross country sweatshirt, too big fleece pants, running hat and sloppy ponytail. It was better than going places in my sweaty Dri-Fit shirt and tights, though. And besides, I was cold - stupid 25+ MPH winds.

In other news, I tried the new Gatorade Lemonade. While I did like it better than regular ol' Lemon Lime, it still has the slight sweat taste. Must be the sodium.

Be back later.

Wed = Intervals

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Tuesday:
treadmill | 3 miles | 29:57 | AHR 147 | 66% PE

Ran inside so I could watch TV.

Training Week: April 11 - 17, 2005

Running: 3:56:55 | 25.36 miles
Walking: 0:02:39 | 0.14 miles

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Slosh Slosh

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That's the noise my stomach made for most of my run this morning. I'm not sure what that's about, but it was annoying. So was being hungry when done and having to drive back from the lake. Other than those things, it was an okay run. I wore my HRM, but pretty much disregarded the heart rate readings. The pace felt comfortable, and I even picked it up at the end.

Tempo run

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Thursday, I ran 3 miles after work. I had thought about going over to the lake/river bike paths, but ended up just running around the house. Nothing too special.

I did a 40 minute tempo run this morning. I took too long to get going, so I ended up running around here again. The problem with that is that I had to deal with hills on the return portion of my run. It was an okay run, I guess. One thing that annoys me about my watch is that after you store the run, the distance shown is only to 1 decimal point. I can't figure out how to change that to 2 points ... 1 point is kind of crappy.

Thursday: 65 degrees | 15 MPH
3.09 miles | 29:19 | 9:29/mi.

Saturday: 54 degrees | 9 MPH

10:00 | AHR 153
20:00 | AHR 182
10:00 | AHR 172
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tempo run | 40:00 | 4.46 miles | AHR 173

Bloglines

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My Bloglines account appears to be broken ... it's forcing me to log in, and none of my usual passwords are being accepted. The lost password link tells me that I'm using an invalid e-mail address. What gives? --ETA: Finally fixed at 11:45 AM.

Speedwork

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Yesterday, I only ran 3 miles on my treadmill. I would've gone outside, but it has been rainy all day which dropped the temperature back into the 40s (30 with windchill). Unrelated, but I saw my first crayfish yesterday. I was walking into work, and one of the guys coming in at the same time pointed at something on the sidewalk. I initially thought it was a giant spider, and then thought maybe someone had let loose some lobsters?? I was told it was a crayfish/crawdad, though. My work is right along a creek, and apparently all the rain brought out the crayfish. Well anyway, I had thought about running 4-5 miles, but I ate too much at the lunch pizza buffet so I decided 3 miles was going to be good enough.

Today I learned something interesting. I was talking about running with one of the engineers at work, and I found out he runs for my shoe store's running team. I knew that meant he had to be fast, as you have to be able to run certain times to be on the team. He had told me about a 10K that he ran last year (this huge gigantic one in the Twin Cities), so I looked up the results. Wow! He ran sub-32 last year, so I'm pretty damn impressed. Oh, I also found out the team members get a 50% discount at the store; if only I were speedier.

So I've decided I need to do some actual speedwork to combat my slowness. I looked at a couple of Higdon's schedules today, and I think I'm going to make some modifications and follow one of his 1/2 marathon schedules. I'm not sure what's happening with the marathon relay, however. J hurt his knee a few weeks ago and hasn't been able to run. He was going to try to run tonight, and I'll find out tomorrow how it went. We have until May 1 to sign up before the price increases, and any entries received before May 10 will be accepted regardless of the cap. I think the speedwork (and having it laid out for me) will be beneficial no matter what happens with the half.

Today's workout was 6 x 400m, with 400m walking or jogging in between. I still haven't figured out the local track situation, so I headed over to the bike path along the river. I left the HRM at home, since I haven't calibrated the foot pod yet and wanted my distance to be more accurate. So I ran with my GPS for the first time since the marathon. It was a pretty decent workout; running on a track would've probably been better because it would've been flat and I think I would've rather had a defined start/finish line. I do kind of wonder what my heart rate was during the workout but I kind of enjoyed running without the chest strap.

Tuesday:
treadmill | 3 miles | 30:01 | AHR 153 | 70% PE

Wednesday: high 50s/low 60s, upper teens for wind

1.05 mi WU | 10:05
0.25 mi | 1:41
0.25 mi | 2:33
0.25 mi | 1:35
0.26 mi | 2:36
0.25 mi | 1:35
0.25 mi | 2:34
0.25 mi | 1:36
0.25 mi | 2:37
0.25 mi | 1:36
0.25 mi | 2:33
0.25 mi | 1:31
0.14 mi walk | 2:39
1 mi CD | 9:32

Frustration

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When I let 3 weeks go by without a post, it tends to be a safe bet that: a) I've gotten really busy, b) I'm injured/sick/otherwise not running, or c) I'm not happy with my running. This absence was a combination of all 3. I last posted during the snowstorm, when I spent most of the weekend attempting to sleep off the sickness. I ended up taking that Monday off of work, but still felt kind of cruddy and kept coughing. I went to see a doctor, but he was pretty useless as far as actually diagnosing what was wrong. I did get some meds, which helped. I managed to run a few times while still sick, but it was hard because I kept getting really warm.

I stopped weighing myself while sick, and just finally stepped back on the scale this week. I wasn't too surprised to see a 3 pound gain, which puts me at the same point I was post-marathon. I've decided to stop fussing with/worrying about my weight for awhile. I'm lucky, I guess, in that I'm at the lower end of the acceptable weight range for my height, so I have the "luxury" to do that. I do have a point, however, at which I will take action, but I hope to not get to that But I figure that as my mileage increases, everything will sort itself out. One thing that is annoying (and kind of confusing to the Engineer) is that 3 pounds is enough that I needed to go up a size in pants. But there was a sale at the mall, and I think I like my new pants better so that's good.

I've been pretty frustrated with my running, post-marathon. I feel like I had some momentum coming off of the marathon, and it's been squandered. I had stuff in mind to post about this, but it's not coming to mind. But I feel like I've lost endurance and speed; all I've managed to accomplish lately is the ability to run real slow.

I ran a race last weekend and another yesterday. Both were disappointments in their own way. I'm not feeling too good about my spring season, based on these preliminary results. I had girls finish ahead of me that I should've been able to keep up with. I've got to do something with my training - obviously increasing my long runs and adding tempo runs/intervals back in. Hopefully I can undo the slowness. One thing I am wondering about is my MHR ... the heart rates that I was able to hold for both races were higher than they should've been according to formulas. The only way they make sense is if my MHR is higher than I think it is, which would make more sense for everything. I may try to do a MHR test outside soon, where I'm not limited by my fear of falling off of the treadmill, but I think that this week, I might just run based on feel and use the HRM as more of a comparative tool.

Site note: I've closed down comments for now. I appreciate everyone that has left me feedback in the past, but I think that I need to focus on writing for myself and not having comments might help make that easier for me.

Training Week: April 4 - 10, 2005

Running: 3:54:56 | 25.93 miles

Training Week: March 28 - April 3, 2005

Running: 4:46:33 | 30.07 miles
Walking: 0:04:20 | 0.25 miles

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Training Week: March 21 - 27, 2005

Running: 2:26:34 | 14.30 miles

Still recovering from being sick; took until the very end of the week to feel "normal."