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.

20 comments:

  1. Love that you are getting stronger! What a great example for your kids.... Current training plan for me is out in the either somewhere. I need to put one together for my Sep. marathon but haven't gathered my neurons yet to do so.

    Gas is getting expensive, but at least your not in Chicago. Drove through there over the weekend, gas was over $4 a gallon.

    Grocery staples? Hmmm, ..... spring mix, spinach, baby carrots, broccoli, potatoes, Green yogurt, dark chocolate chips, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, dried fruit, organic go-gurts, fruit cups, Silk, OJ, apple juice, bread, cheese of one kind or another, bananas, apples, cereal, oatmeal.....more....

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  2. Btw, have fun volunteering! That can get as addictive as running.

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    1. Thanks! I'm really excited to hang out with the future of running.

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  3. Wow you are getting so fast! It is inspiring me to work on my speed this summer. The hubby and I used to belong to Costco but we live in a tiny house and there are only two of us so the gazillion roles of t.p. and 12 pounds of sun chips just were not making sense. But I do miss the bulk produce.

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    1. We had a Sam's membership back before kids, an we would end up moving stuff four times before we used it all. We moved a lot, but still. It just recently became worth it again in the last year.

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  4. I always forget that we have a Sam's club membership. My MIL put my husband on as her 2nd person. I always forget to use it and we probably should/could for the produce and cheese alone! The newest staple in our house is cottage cheese. I recently became obsessed with it and my husband has rekindled his love for it as well (and our dog likes it too).

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    1. Their organic spring mix and spinach are great deals! Cottage cheese--now there's something I also need to learn to love again.

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  5. A 6:47 mile after running at a 7:30 pace? Holy crap, I thought I was being extra speedy the other day when I pulled out a 10:12 pace. LOL Being pregnant rocks!
    Nice job girl.

    I have several friends who are either coaches or volunteering to do the Girl's on the Run thing out here. Sounds like an excellent program.

    Hmmmm, staples are usually bananas, yogurt, granola, apples, and carrots. Lately. Wine and beer when I am not pregnant. :)

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    1. I'm super impressed with all of you pregnant runners. I only started running post babies, but I know that my number one mantra would have been "don't pee your pants, don't pee your pants."

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    1. Sorry, wrong trigger finger.

      I am coached, much to my husband's chagrin (I LOVE IT)
      I have Runner's World Run Less Run Faster book if you would like to borrow it and give some structure to your BQ dreams.

      I just went shopping this afternoon and all I seem to buy is apples, cereal, yogurt, and milk.

      I don't think I would get much fuel in trade for my children. They are loud, dirty, and complain a LOT. I might get fuel to take them back!

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    2. My Saturday running partner just told me about some parts I that I should read. I bet they have it at our library, but it's probably one of those books you want to make notes in.

      For a minute, I thought you were talking about my kids.:) Especially the complaining part!

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  7. We just started with the sam's club membership. I love their bags of chicken breast. I want to say it's 10lbs worth, but they are thin pieces and it cooks up great. Chicken,milk,yogurt,fabric softner. We like the whole wheat great value bread at walmart so we just skip over that at Sam's.

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    1. Ok, adding chicken to my list. I love when they freeze them in thin slices.

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  8. Good luck running fast at GOTR! Our race is so big that it's darn near impossible to run without tripping over someone LOL. I volunteer for it every year and it's a ton of fun.

    I have no training plan, no goal race, no mileage goals. I'm just running when it seems like a good idea at whatever pace my legs and lungs can do.

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    1. Your current running plan sounds amazingly relaxing! I love it.

      I hope our GOTR race is well attended too. I'm not sure how long it's been in our city.

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  9. Dang mama. You Runnin fast!!!! I also make up my own workout plan. I'm waiting for my drap shin splint to be 100% before I start running again so last week I did 5apin classes, walked 15 miles. To
    Orrow I'm going to start swimming Nd see how that goes!!! I've been trying to kill my core with crunches on the yoga ball and medicine ball work!!!! I'm dying to get back out there!!! Live tour blog:)

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    1. You're killing that cross training! Still hoping your legs heals soon!

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  10. Have fun volunteering this weekend - you're going to love the experience!

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  11. That is so sad. I love going to that Five Guys and then getting fro yo. We also have a tendency to end up at Sam's when we are in Bham too and so far we have yet to leave without finding something we have to have.

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