May 30, 2016

Weekly Workout Roundup: May 30th

Summer arrives on June 20th, but honestly summer arrived here in North Carolina this week. The temperatures were really warm, there was abundant sunshine and the pool water has hit the low 80's.

Post run, sitting here is always a treat.
Spending lots of time outdoors was the plan on most every day and my house usually takes a back seat to fun and sporting activities during this time of year. At least I got my laundry piles whittled down by mid week, but today will be a busy day cleaning clothing and the house.  Do you have tons more wash when it is warm?  We seem to fill our basket almost daily.

Workouts this week were much more challenging with the arrival of not only warmer temperatures, but the lovely humidity that descends on us this time of year.  Carrying a water bottle is a must, and I usually stop a time or two during most every run to catch my breath and cool off.  Every summer since my obsession with running commenced, I tell myself these hard runs in the summer will pay off with fall races.  With perfect weather, golf was back on my calendar since my races are in the distance.  The torque motion in golf can cause my right hip to act up, so during heavy marathon training, golf is put on the back burner. Fortunately, boating is harmless to my running health and with sunshine and blue skies, we set out several days to explore the local waterways.  Even Lulu enjoyed a day out, but she usually ends up in my lap.

While out for my long run on Saturday, I was busy cheering (in my head) for Christine and Megan as they ran their races, the Chick Fil A 10k and the Bayshore Marathon.  They both had great days and Christine will be writing a race recap soon.

Currently Training for: It was the Chick-fil-a 10k until Saturday!
Training plan: Based on Hal Higdon 10k novice
Fitness goals/focus areas: Continue working on strength and endurance 

Mon, May 23rd: 35 min stationary bike; 1 hour hard labor (aka excavation for our patio) 

Tues, May 24th: 3 miles after work with another trainer at 10:20 pace

Wed, May 25th: 25 min stationary bike; Worked on excavation for the patio for 2 hours

Thurs, May 26th: 2.1 easy miles at 9:15 pace

Fri, May 27th: Mostly a rest day...moved some sand and the mats for the patio

Sat, May 28th: Chick-fil-A 10k plus installed a patio

Sun, May 29th: Rest day

Currently training for: No race until August
Training plan: Coach Sami
Fitness goals/focus areas: Strength and maintain reasonable amount of mileage per week

Mon, May 23rd: Orange Theory Fitness class, walked dog

Tues, May 24th:  4.75 miles descending run, average pace 9:04,  9 holes golf

Wed, May 25th: Rest day but I ended up walking for over an hour on the beach

Thurs, May 26th: Ran 5 miles with average pace of 9:18, followed by 1 mile walk home. Oops, I did not calculate the distance right.

Fri, May 27th: Played 18 holes golf

Sat, May 28th: Ran 10 miles, average pace 9:48

Sun, May 29th: Played 9 holes golf, walked Lulu

We are linking up with Holly and Tricia for the weekly wrap.  Thanks for hosting and please check out there blogs here and here


May 27, 2016

Vacation Running

Summertime is around the corner and many of us take vacations to the beach, the mountains and all sorts of places in between.  When traveling for a vacation and not specifically for a race, it is important to decide ahead of time where you will compromise.  Visiting my mother frequently and with access to a gym, it usually is not too difficult to get in the workouts from my training plan.  But other types of vacations might make it a little more difficult.  Here are some of the things I have tried, some working better than others.

May 25, 2016

It's (almost) race day!

For those of you who haven't had the privilege of spending the night before a race with my Mom, you haven't heard her legendary "it's race day" cry that she usually squeals when she hops out of bed on race morning. Now you understand the secondary meaning of the title of this post. But really, it is almost race day for me.

Saturday, I'll be running the Chick-fil-a 10k as my first race, post-injury. To say I'm excited is an understatement! My focus leading up to this race has been a smart approach to running. I have trained pretty conservatively and have no aspirations for a PR on Saturday, but I do have some goals.

May 23, 2016

Weekly Workout Roundup: May 23rd

This week was a little all over the map so I'll try to capture the highlights...
- We picked strawberries on Monday evening after work and I was able to use some of them in a homemade strawberry cake. Delicious!!

Going into the oven! 

May 20, 2016

Springtime Favorites

It's Friday and a day to share some of my current favorites.  We are linking up with Courtney at
Eat, Pray Run DC, Mar at Mar on the Run and Cynthia at You signed up for what for the Friday Five.

1. It's no secret that reading is a hobby of both of us and running books appeal to us as well as non fiction and fiction.  Recently a new book was written by Amby Burfoot titled First Ladies of Running. Following the beginning of the women's running movement up until 1994 when Oprah Winfrey ran the Marine Corps Marathon, Burfoot covers the pioneers of the sport.  These women made it possible for all of us to participate in a sport that used to think that women would be injured or hurt by running more that a very short sprint race.  My favorite quote of the book came from Katherine Switzer:
"I think the Olympic Marathon was in many ways as important as giving women the vote.  Everyone had come to accept what women could do in the social and intellectual realms, but it took the Olympic Marathon to show the entire world how physical and powerful women could be."

I am not going to spoil the book by giving details but the running profiles and experiences of 22 women are shared by the author after many emails and visits with those profiled..  Burfoot captures the personalities and struggles these women faced at a time when distance running was tabu for women.

May 18, 2016

The comparison trap

There's a famous quote from Teddy Roosevelt that you've probably heard...
"Comparison is the thief of joy." 

I generally subscribe to this idea and when it comes to running, I am pretty good about this. I don't often compare my efforts or times with others. That's not to say that I am not intrigued when a fellow runner smokes a PR. In that case, I want to know how they did that and what tools or techniques they used that I could employ with my own training. I love learning about other runners's training and races but don't pay too much mind to how I stack up. But...when it comes to myself, I am playing the comparison game all day long....all day e'ryday.

May 16, 2016

Weekly Workout Roundup May 16th

After a whirlwind trip to Boston and Washington DC last week, I was happy to be home and ready to start running again.  I did not log many miles this week, but it felt good to get back to running after a two week break following the London Marathon.  Track practice is always a challenge after training and running a marathon, but it was great to accomplish the intervals recommended by the coach and know that hard work will pay off at future races.  A first happened this week too when my fingers slipped and I signed up for a triathlon clinic.  Although a triathlon race may not be in my future, cross training with biking and swimming will be incorporated in my training every week this summer, so why not improve in both of these disciplines.  One of the speakers is Michelle Jones, an Ironman World Champion and Olympic Medalist.  Surely there will be great information shared with all the participants including a track workout.  I can't wait!

Took this out for a spin after signing up for the clinic