September 17, 2012

Trucking it, on foot and at Railroad Park

Training wrap-up

Monday: Speed work, 2 miles warm up, 2x1600 in 6:51 (60 sec RI), 2x800 in 3:17 (60 sec RI), 1.5 cool down. Total 7 miles, 57:43.

Tuesday: Rest day

Wednesday: Tempo run, 1 mile easy, 4 miles @ 7:38, 3 miles easy. Total 8 miles, 1:10. This was also a double-run day. Not intentionally, but I had a chance to go to a group run at Trak Shak (local shoe store) so I went for it. I take those chances when I can get them because our four-young-kids life doesn't allow for it much. We did 5 miles at an easy pace, no timing or tracking it -- just relaxed and fun.

Thursday: stationary bike for 45 min, CXWORX (core class) for 30 min. The CXWORX soreness lasted until today. Plus I went for a physical therapy session. If you haven't read before, I'm going to a PT office that practices myofascial release. So it's like an hour of intense stretching.

Friday: spin class, 45 min

Saturday: 20 miles, 2:51, avg pace 8:33 (goal pace was 8:40)

So this long run went amazingly well! The stars definitely aligned for me on this one. Weather was perfect. The training group was fun with some new faces, meaning new people with whom to chat. The route wasn't too hilly, for our area. The water stops had plenty to offer (last week one of our stops ran out of water, and we were dying until the next stop). My fueling worked, and my GI cooperated. The weather was cooler with a high of only 83 that day. I'm not sure what the humidity was, but it didn't feel horrible.

I also didn't consult the ole Garmin as much as normal. It just felt like we were cruising along easily, and I looked down at my watch much less than normal. Our legs must be getting used to these training paces because it is definitely starting to just feel better without quite as much struggle to reach the goal paces.


The Garmin also told me that my average heart rate was 150. Perfect! That means I wasn't working too hard. I know the weather helped in this area. Also, with all these hot summer runs, I've always lost weight, like up to 6 pounds, on long run day from all the excessive sweating. This Saturday, I lost zilch, and my shoes didn't leak sweat with each step. I might have even gained a pound. 

Fueling? So glad you asked!

The night before, I fueled with Costco pizza. Apparently big-box bargain stores force out my crazy face. 


Here's Saturday morning's fuel. Minus the banana, which I opted out of at the last minute. I was afraid of the extra fiber, if ya know what I mean.

A Builder bar, chia seeds, and a Steaz energy shot.

During the run, I had two packs of Honey Stingers and a shot of Gatorade ever few miles. Plus I drank a cup of water every 3 miles or so. 

Now let me rewind to my morning chia incident. I decided to copy my brother-in-law and funnel my dose. I didn't really think it through and just put a heaping tablespoon in and let it rip. Then there I was choking on chia seeds with the inability to swallow. After dumping the funnel and the chia seeds that were still in the spout, I was able to get a portion of the seeds (that were now clinging to my dry mouth and throat) down with each swallow of water. Not bad at all really -- when I wasn't choking on them. I think next time, I'll try just spooning the seeds into my mouth a little at a time, avoiding the choking. Or just funnel less at a time. 

So basically, Saturday was all hearts and rainbows and shooting stars.

Until I drove 30 minutes to my favorite thrift store, and this happened.


Vacated.

Hey, Alabama Thrift Store, it would be awesome if you would mention on your web site that a store is completely closed. Also, it'd be really cool if the sign telling you where the new location is would mention that that store isn't open yet either. And for any Alabamians: the Alabama Thrift Store in Midfield is closed!

But back to hearts and rainbows. I started A Life Without Limits, and so far I like it, minus the sexist foreword by Lance Armstrong, who is obsessed (in his own book and this foreword) with the idea of getting chicked, Lance's favorite word. I kind of hate that term for some reason. And for real, Lance, we get it. You can stop obsessing over getting passed by a woman now.


We also made it over to Trucks by the Tracks, a food truck festival, at Railroad Park. My brother volunteers for the park and helped to plan the event. Great job, bro! The park was absolutely packed, and the food truck lines were a million people long. 




And any weekend that ends with a Segway sighting is a success. 


Was your hometown weather better for this weekend's running?

What book are you reading right now? I'm still finishing Unbroken on CD in my car. I definitely recommend it to everyone!

Do you do energy drinks before long runs or races? What kind? I've had 5-hour Energy drinks before races, much to the disgust of my taste buds. Steaz was much better and more natural. I found them randomly on sale at a little organic hut/store in my town. 

23 comments:

  1. Killer week! And awesome 20 miler!...super impressed. Sounds like training is going really well! :) sounds like you had a great weekend and I'm happy the temps are cooling a bit for you. It's been beautiful in the NE too...this weekend it was in the high 50s when I would start my run and by the time I finished it was still just the high 60s, low 70s! :) I might get the Valerie Plame book to read (I saw the movie again last night and it reminded me that I had wanted to get her book)..I'm really into politics and stuff like that, haha. Have a great Monday! :)

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    1. Ahhh, that weather sounds amazing! I'll have to check that out. I'm always curious how much of those types of books are true and how much is sensationalized to make a good book. I was all inspired by Three Cups of Tea right before they came out and said that most of it was a lie. Sad! But I still love to read them!!!

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  2. Don't you get the infamous crash from the energy drinks? I'd be scared to take one. When my oldest son was in grade 8 he decided to drink an energy drink before a volleyball game (without my permission). I honestly thought that he was going to have a heart attack on the court. His cheeks got really flushed and his heart rate excellerated. That was the last energy drink for my kids! I'm not reading anything right now, and our weather is awesome! I was even cold when we started our run at 6:30am on Saturday morning!

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    1. I have with other ones that are more artificially pumped up. This one is all that organic, herb-y business, and it really did feel better. My heart was never racing like with some of the other kind I've tried. But I haven't tried very many. I've never had a Rockstar or Red Bull, so I'm not sure about those types. Crystal Light energy makes me feel like I'm on crack though, so I am pretty sensitive to some of them.

      I'm just waiting for that day when I feel cold at the start of the run!

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  3. What a great 20 mile run! Maybe one day I'll get there :P

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  4. Stunning 20 miler. When is your marathon? You're going to rock it!!! We had cool weather here when I ran yesterday morning - I wore a long sleeved top over my tshirt but obviously was boiling by mile 3!!

    I'm reading 'a bike ride' by Anne Mustoe, an older English lady who sold all her possessions and then cycled around the world. Fantastic book, I'm loving it. It's giving me wanderlust!!!

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    1. November 3rd, but I told my training partner that I feel ready today. I know we'll get stronger, and that's probably just the nerves (what if I get injured?!) talking.

      OK, I'm going to look that one up. Sounds like a dream come true.

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  5. Nice work on your 20 miler! Woohoo! Bummer about your favorite thrift store:( Weather has been beautiful here in the Seattle area and is supposed to be great this week too! Yay! I drink Zipfizz before every run and I love it!

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    1. My only problem with zipfizz is getting it all down before a long run. Lots of fluids to intake when no restrooms are readily available. Do you mix it by the directions?

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  6. I'm not an expert but splits on 20 miler look super. And your daughter is a great junior ham. Hamette? Ham off the old block? Help me out.

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    1. Thanks!!! It felt great. And I would say Ham Jr. Or HJ for short.

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  7. You must've felt on top of the WORLD after that 20-miler. So impressive!!

    Your Chia Incident sounds pretty bad, though. I had a recent CI, as well. Mine involved worms...

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    1. Hopefully candy ones. Because if they were real worms, that could be wrong on many levels.

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  8. Just finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and it was excellent. Just started Paris:A love Story by Kati Marton. Very good she was married to Peter Jennings and then a diplomat Richard Holbrooke. Also listening to Let's Pretend This never Happened by Jenny Lawson (the blogess)very funny.
    Great run! You're so fast!

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    1. That's funny that you listen to books and read other ones at the same time. Me too! It almost makes book reading more interesting, with keeping all the plots and characters straight.

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  9. You are so fast! Nice! So do you usually keep your running to 3-4 days per week? That's kind of my aim - I feel like I'll reduce my chance of injury if I limit the # of days I run.

    I don't know what's up with Lance's forward. Why was it even necessary? And at this point, if I were Chrissie, I wouldn't want Lance's name associated with my own.

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    1. Yes, Run Less Run Faster says to only run three, but I sometimes throw in an extra one because I crave it and want some easy miles or want to go run with friends. And so far my injuries have been minimal this season!

      Lance can be a real goob. Obviously he's an amazing athlete (with or without drugs), but I'm surprised he didn't read his own book and think, "I sound like a total douche."

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  10. So this might be a weird book recommendation but I really loved The Life and Times of Henrietta Lacks. I also loved Unbroken. Way to rock the 20 miler. Loving cooler weather for sure:).

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    1. Well I already know that I can trust your movie recommendations, so that makes your book recommendations solid too!:)

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  11. I wanted to read that book too, just haven't found it cheap enough!
    Before a long run/race I drink a diet RockStar energy drink, more for getting things moving in the bathroom though. Seems to work for me!

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    1. I checked mine out from the library. They didn't have it at mine, but they shipped it in from another library in our county. Love that they do that!

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  12. Glad your 20 miler went so well! I hate that your favorite thrift store was closed. That stinks!

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