The gym was CRAZY first week in January packed. Good grief. Apparently, everyone in Oregon goes to the gym at 6:30. I had to wait my turn on the stair master and the treadmill so I took advantage of the reclining bike to get some book club reading done since I am way behind and book club is on Thursday. Doubt I will finish since I tend to spend way to much time reading blogs about running instead. But I love your blogs! They inspires me, make me laugh, and just make me want to keep reading. Thank you.
* 20 minutes of reclining bike (don't know the real name for this bike. Just know that I feel quite relaxed and really don't feel like I"m getting much of a workout).
* 25 minutes of the stair master on level 13 fat burner mode. Just enough to sweat but not too fast so that I couldn't keep reading my book. But definitely sweat! Yippie for cleaning out pores!
* 2.5 mile Tempo Run....short but sweet. First I stretched really well...especially my pesky hammy. Started at 8 min pace and every .25 miles I clicked it up 2 notches of speed. Ended up with a 7 min pace for .25 and then came back down for a bit. Man oh man, 7 min mile pace feels so much faster to me than it did before my injury. I have some major work to do in order to be back where i want to be! I want 7 to feel like I can hold on for marathon...or at least a half.
* 30 min of yoga. I slipped in and slipped out. The instructor was actually very annoying. I think I need to find some real yoga centers if I'm going to get the yoga that I want. This 24 hour fitness yoga just isn't cutting it yo!
* Foam roll and stretch.
I now feel like a new woman! Thank you God for Working Out! And thank you for discovering an entire blog world out here where I can write about my love for running and working out without annoying people but rather find people that relate! I can see that my blog is slowly turning into much more of a running/fitness type blog than the motherhood side. Fortunately, many of my "followers" are also MOMS so at least I know I won't scare all of you off when I start talking MOTHERHOOD!
While I was in Yoga, I noticed my toes. Ugggh, now feet are not something I find attractive...on anyone really but especially my toes. But bear with me. Check out these toenails.
Notice the leftover red polish?! Good grief lady, what are you holding onto? A lot actually. You see, it was the day of my big fall in the forest ....the day (August 15, 2010) that I completely ripped up my hamstring and was out of the Portland Marathon training when I got this red toe nail polish! I didn't really admit it to myself that I wasn't running the marathon or that I was even seriously injured until a few weeks but I ended up wising up eventually. Anyway, it was this day that I came home and decided I needed a pedicure to make me feel better after such a nasty fall. So, I went to get my toes done with a friend. I brought some ice and ignored her horrified expression when she saw the lump on my leg. I just enjoyed my pedi and hoped to be running again in a couple of days. HA! so funny how we runners can be so stupid with our addiction! Anyway, I have yet to take it off. It has kind of been my way of saying to myself, "See, you have not lost that much! You've still got the polish on from when you did this to yourself. It's all good Dog!" Time to take it off I think. Maybe, maybe not. I think I might just keep it on as long as I can. Who knows, with the crap they use in products now, this stuff just might last until my next Marathon.
Great transition. This brings me to my 2011 plans! I have not decided for sure (this is going to be a long blog folks. Please keep reading) what my plans will be but that is where you can help.
* Newport Marathon on June 4th. Anyone know anything about this marathon? Definitely less known than the Portland Marathon but I'm thinking that I want to "try again" sooner than October and really, I think the Portland Marathon might just be something I don't necessarily need or want to do. I mean, live in Portland and I've seen the city. Really. Also, I question myself....Can I realistically run a kick ass marathon time this soon after a serious injury?! Feedback appreciated.
* My husband has agreed to train for a race with me. We are thinking we'd like to do a 15k since we both agree that the 10k is a little fast but the 10k is probably what we will find more of! We'd like to run sub 7's for at least some of the miles( not saying that I will). Thinking of a Marchish race. Any ideas for Oregon races? Please share any 10k training plans you have. I'm so excited to run another race with him! We used to run together all the time but since kids, we have yet to do a race together. Actually, I take that back, we ran the Nike One Hit Wonder two months after our first daughter was born. I was nuts! Never felt so crappy in a race! And mastitis came to visit right after that. uggh!
* Already registered for the Hippie Chick Half Marathon on May 8th so I'm thinking that if I do decide to do the Newport Marathon then I can work this race into my training somehow. Also my friend Tiffani (she does read my blog but this one is long so I hope she sees her name. The color will help if she is skimming) is running this race too (the Hippie Chick). Talk about inspiration. This will be her third half marathon and she's come so far! I can't wait to tell you more about her in another blog. She's one of the most determined and self-motivated/self-competitive people I know and I think she is capable of so much.
On to just plain Randomness:
My sweet girl and I before my 3 yr old's Christmas performance.
She was so proud. My daughter is the one in the pink.
This photo below is really Hilarious to me! Last night I insisted that my husband sit down and help with the Christmas cards/letter. I asked him to write a heart felt message at the bottom of our family letter. Ha! You'd think I asked him to pluck his eyes out. He whined and moaned! "We are not doing this next year! This is womens' work! I'm not in touch with my feelings like you!" (he was really joking under all that fit throwing) He did it. All 20 if his share (out of 100). What a baby! At least he had whine (oh, I mean wine).
Part of my daily focus. My bathroom mirror.
Oh, and I love love love my new Mizunos. Why did I ever insist on sticking to those Nike shoes. No offense Nike. Now, this week I will test out my Saucony Kinvaras. Thank to all of you that had such great feedback about them! So excited to run in them!
Feels good to run again! Feels good to write again and be reminded why I started this blog...for ME! But I really do love having all of YOU to read what I have to write too. Thank you for all your wonderful and positive comments. I've learned so much from you.
What is the highlight of your week so far? Any fun plans for the Holidays?