May 9, 2012

No-plan training and race volunteering

Last day to enter to win Pro Compression socks. Compression socks make my feet feel like they got kissed by angel wings. Very squeezy angel wings. 

Today's workout: 5 miles in 37:29 (7:30 average pace) then an added mile in 6:47. I don't know what's happening, but I think having a crapster marathon performance made me faster. I don't know the last time I ran a sub-7 mile, except for that full downhill one at Statue to Statue 15K. Today's sub-7 hurt. My legs were fatigued and burning by the end. Also, my legs were sore from the million squats we did in BodyPump class on Monday. Somehow, I didn't feel the squat soreness while running, though it probably added to the fatigue, but as soon as I got home, I was hobbling around this place. So that makes sense.

That usually happens on Saturday long runs too. I get out there and haul myself around the town for forever, and then I come home and hobble.

My mileage the last couple of days has probably been faster than I should to be running it, but I'm trying to get a feel for what my new feel-good speed is. That's my current training plan: figure out what speed your legs want to run comfortably for short distances. I'm going about it by just running whatever distance at whatever speed feels good and then picking up the pace to push it for the last mile. All of these runs are on an indoor, air-conditioned track, so it doesn't translate the same in real road mileage. But it's a start.

Today I didn't wear my Garmin because I forgot to put it on, but it gave me an opportunity to run without looking at a watch every second. I just used the stopwatch on my phone instead, so it's always a surprise when you are finished.

My most exciting running moment this week will be on Saturday. I'm finally volunteering for a race -- my first time ever! I'm even more excited that it's for Girls On the Run. The program, for girls from third to eighth grade, basically uses running as a tool to empower young girls and give them a positive outlet, instead of turning to drugs or eating disorders. These girls need to watch out though. Running can be pretty addictive too. Just ask Dean Karnazes.

I might even get to run the 5K in between pre- and post-race volunteering. Fingers crossed that it works out, and that I can get on making that sub-22 5K happen.

So that was the good news. The bad news is that when I went to Red Mango this weekend to redeem my birthday froyo credit I found this sign. What?!! Closed? Redonkulous. Now gone is the perfect neighboring store combo of Five Guys and Red Mango.

I also made a Saturday night trip to Sam's Club. Nothing says "mom" like rocking your Saturday night at the wholesale club, but we needed some staples.

Another staple -- gas. If only we could fill up on the fumes my son produces. Always, always in tight quarters when that happens.

What is your current training plan? I'm making it up as I get to the gym each day.

Have you sold any children/loved ones to pay for gas yet?

What are your grocery staples? From Sam's we have to buy milk, eggs, spinach, spring salad, bananas, fish, carrots, celery, oranges, broccoli, hummus, cheese sticks, turkey bacon, bread, bagels, peppers, yogurt, frozen fruit, Builder bars, and Mojo bars. I'm sure there are more, but that list already seemed too long to actually read.