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Moving right along January 3rd-9th

indigoiis2010-05-01 03:57:26 +0000 #1
It sounds like everyone got some great running in over the holidays! That's awesome! I didn't run as much as I would have liked because I got sidelined by a cold. I was visiting friends in Brooklyn last week, went out for a run, got 1.5 miles in and tripped on a sidewalk. I am not used to sidewalks - especially the slate kind that reach up and grab you! Tore a hole in my favorite tights, too. So because of the head cold I took the next few days off. Ran 5 yesterday with DH, it was about 18 degrees and snowing and very windy. I ran in my scuba booties again - I really love running this way, "nearly" barefoot but not anywhere near cold. Today is my strength/stretch day so I have Pilates tonight. How about you all?
Veronica2010-05-01 04:08:41 +0000 #2
Today is the first day of official training for my HIM on May 23. I ran 3.25 miles this morning. It's the most I've done since I injured my knee in October.

Tonight is yoga. Tomorrow more running in the AM, personal trainer session in the PM. Wed. more yoga in the AM and bike trainer in the PM. Thursday is the same as Tuesday. Friday is a rest day. Saturday/Sunday one day will be bike trainer and one day will be an outside ride. And I'll get in another yoga session on the weekend too.

Veronica
skhill2010-05-01 04:17:53 +0000 #3
Sunday-- 2 miles, in 6 F. BRRR! But it marked 12 weeks until my half-marathon, so I felt the need to get out there and run. It wasn't that bad, really; I was a bit too warm with a tailwind, and a bit too cold with a headwind.

Monday-- a very slow 4.5 miles, in 15 F with snow falling. I had no stamina at all. It might have been due to lack of sleep (my cats were quarelling all night long over who got to be under the covers with me) or due to giving blood last Friday. Or the wind and cold and iffy footing. Or maybe all the above!

I'm thinking it's time to look into joining a gym... There's a Y just 1.25 miles away, with all the amenities (like heat)!
kacie tri-ing2010-05-01 04:44:41 +0000 #4
Veronica! Exciting! I hope your injury continues to feel good!

So DH and I went on a week vacation to Austin, because we had never been. It was a great time, and I got some great runs in. I signed up for the resolution run 5K in Austin, and I PR-ed 24:09, and I got 2nd in my age group (and got this really cool purple geode for a medal!). So fun!!

Today is the official first day of my Ironman Training!!! Yikes! Today is just strength training, but it still feel like a big deal! I am so excited about the whole journey! I am sure that there will be lower times, but right now, and I just excited about it!
Susan Otcenas2010-05-01 04:56:35 +0000 #5
5.5 miles outside yesterday (a "make-up" run for the run I skipped on Saturday

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6 miles on the treadmill at this gym this morning, doing some tempo work at target heartrates. Tough, but fun in it's own weird, sick way.

On New Year's Eve, I did the First Run 5K with my friend Jill, at midnight. (in sparkly dresses!) She's not a regular runner, so this was a challenge for her. I ran a half step behind her, so she wouldn't feel like I was pushing her. Finished in 29:57. 9:38/mile. I was so proud of her! As for me - last year I ran the Shamrock 5K in March in 30:33. 9:48/mile and it was a full-on effort. This run was actually really easy for me. I'm felt like I could have gone 9:30/mile or even a little less, as I really felt like I was just cruising and was able to hold a conversation with Jill. :-) Oh, and it was the day after my 9 mile long run. Guess I'm getting faster!

Added up my December mileage and saw I did 95 miles last month. Feels pretty decent for December.
Jolt2010-05-01 04:23:32 +0000 #6
Today I had to pick up a few things from the grocery store and decided I'd make that trip my run for the day (the store is about two miles away). I ran there and ended up walking back since my backpack ended up getting kind of heavy and most of the way home is uphill. Still, it was nice to combine exercise and errands during a season where biking isn't so practical.
Urlea2010-05-01 05:12:14 +0000 #7
Haven't been able to access the forum for the past few days, not sure if it's my browser or not. Either way, it's good to see that you ladies are starting the year off well!

Lots of ambitious upcoming races too, I'm excited to see how everyone does!

Bitterly cold -18F temps didn't keep Maggie & I from our first long run of the year a stellar 16miles Saturday afternoon. I was able to video several sections along the way which will some up most of my feeling/thoughts of the run so I won't be long winded here. Video is on my blog.



It was a really decent run, we had fun & managed to spend a good deal of it comfortable. Vasaline kept my cheeks from getting frostbitten and making a pocket between my mouth & the face warmer/balaclava to warm the air before it hits my lungs worked beautifully. Freezing water has been a huge issue this winter, but wearing my hydration pack under one of my two jackets worked great this time. The hardest part is actually the pavement and stiff shoes. It's harder on the joints making me watch my form a lot to make sure my foot-striking isn't hurting me. I'm used to doing long runs on trail or moving off the paved path onto grass beside the sidewalk in town to limit impact but that's all under at least 3ft of snow. That said, I'll adjust. I did last year.

In other news, my first ultra (a 50k) of the season is May 15th! It's a beautiful course on terrain I used to hike through as a teen. I didn't run back then so I'm curious to see how it will be to run it.

bikechick Welcome to the frosty eyelash & eyebrow club & nice run! It isn't as bad as it looks, is it? After a while I forget the ice is there.

Lime Don't be to hard on yourself about the recent race. 1:04 is a very respectable time and I have no doubt you'll get your pace back!
rocknrollgirl2010-05-01 06:31:16 +0000 #8
Well I felt pretty studly with my 40 min trail run in 27 degree weather, with headlamps until I watched that video!!!

Urlea.....You fargo girls are tough! I have camped in those temps and skied in those temps, but I have never run in those temps. Rock on ladies!

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