Monday, August 7, 2017

Soaked

Yes, soaked, but I don't care.  Today's schedule had me doing 3 miles, but since I knew I'd do 3 easy miles on Wednesday, I decided to go ahead and go for 4.  In the rain.  Not bad really. Guess, I've been doing this long enough now, that I know the benefits far outweigh the discomfort.

 Went to the track just in case it started thundering or lightening, I could get to my car fairly quickly.

Absolutely soaked to the bone!
4.01 mi
Distance
50:07
Time
12:29 min/mi
Avg Pace
391 C
Calories

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Low humidity in August?!

Seriously, what was up with the weather on Friday and Saturday?  I think it was about 64 degrees with 60% humidity on Saturday morning when I went to do my long run.  I had eight miles on the schedule and it really wasn't too bad.
My running trail.....
 The sidewalk runs along the lake, around behind a ball field, back behind the historic fort, and up through the woods to the paved track.  I usually park here and know I am a mile from the track at this point. I'm doing pretty good on my half training.  I am giving myself plenty of time, and would like to work up to 13-14 miles.  I signed up for a virtual 10k on Solar Eclipse day!  Excited about the cool, keepsake medal.  What fall races are you training for?


Friday, June 30, 2017

Running in the rain

I hate summer running.  I am not a morning person and already get up at 4:30 2-3 days a week to get to work, so I just can't get out there early to run.  I'm much more likely to run at 8-9pm at night when I am trying to avoid the sun.  However, I love running in a drizzling rain.  Today was one of those glorious runs.  Even though it was on the track, it was cloudy, drizzly, I was basically alone, and I loved it!
I was hoping to do 5-6 miles.  I am wanting to try to start running longer since I can't seem to get faster.  Today, I was faster though.  It had to be due to the rain keeping me fairly cool. I did 6 miles with an average time of 12:50 per mile.  That includes 5 minutes of walking in the first mile. I sometimes change up my intervals but right now I am doing 2 minutes of running to 30 seconds of walking and that seems to work pretty good.  It felt so good today!  I've had the pleasant endorphins all day.  I never really try to run fast anymore. I watch my heart rate and since it tends to run high I try to keep it in a certain range.  Of course in races I do try to go faster. I try to follow Jeff Galloway's method of running 1-2 minutes slower per mile while training than you plan to do in a race.

I've got to do better about my sunscreen though.  I've had a teeny, tiny little red place on my arm for several years.  It comes and goes.  The dermatologist burned it off two years ago but it came back.  i was pretty sure that it was basal cell carcinoma.  My sister had one in the same place earlier this year and ended up with a quarter size hole in her arm when they removed it.  Rarely they metastasize, but if not treated promptly can result in disfiguring surgery to remove them. Mine was tiny. So tiny, I was a little embarrassed to even go to the dermatologist about it, although I was pretty sure it was that type of skin cancer.  I'm glad I did.  It was basal cell carcinoma and I ended up with a 1/4" hole in my arm for the biopsy.
I always use sunscreen on my face and neck and even try on my hands because they are showing my age. I am not good about my arms or legs. I learned that the left arm is a very common place for it due to the driver's windows in cars do not have sun protection.  So now, I get to go to the dermatologist every six months.

I do a lot of thinking while I run.  Running on the track makes it easy to let my mind drift.  The miles passed quickly today.....if I am not praying (which I try to do), or listening to a book (not time to get my monthly book yet), I might work on a quilt in my mind - thinking of the design, color, quilting, I might go over a conversation I've had with someone where we disagreed. Many times I prepare a rebuttal in my mind, but never actually make that rebuttal.  I guess that is good, I get it all out of my system while running, so I don't say things I shouldn't face to face.  Does anyone else do that? Sometimes I analyze my Garmin data while running.  I'm a data analyst by nature and career, so I love all the data Garmin provides.  Most of my running time is spent thinking, but sometimes I just run, and do nothing but listen to my beeps telling me when to walk and when to run.  I hope I can do this for many, many more years. Best. Exercise. Ever.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Still here....

Wow, just saw that it had been April since I posted.....Goodness.  It has been a rough season of life around here. Mom went into Hospice care, and passed away the first of May.  I had company for two weeks around that time.  Just as I was getting back to normal, my son and family made a trip home and stayed with us for almost two weeks.  During which, I caught a terrible cold that lasted FOREVER......(whine, whine, whine - sorry).

But, I am working my way back to 3x a week runs, and hope to do some longer runs.  Did 5 miles Sunday night at 2 min running/ 30 seconds of walking.  Hot, humid, but felt so good to just get it done.  My heart rate was high, as expected and my resting HR that night was about 14 points higher than normal.  I just love technology, don't you??  Yeah, I sleep in my Garmin most nights.

Seen on my running trail.  Not really a trail, a concrete sidewalk.

I am also trying to cut back on my sugar intake.  I feel so much better but I haven't seen any pounds fall off yet.  I'm currently hooked on raw sweet potato slices. Yum.  Trying to eat more fruits and veggies.  I don't have a lot of weight to lose but would like to drop about 5-8 pounds to get to my so-called ideal weight (according to some health app I used).

Yay!  for running again!  Hope to do a fall half....need to sign up, don't I?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Virtual Half Marathon

Have you ever done a virtual race?  Since I was trained up for the Covenant half I decided to do a virtual half marathon last Friday.  I chose the Run at the Mill Half organized by the Run for God organization.  I love long runs. I slowed down and ran it more like a long training run than a race, but still, it is a HALF marathon!


It was Good Friday and the track was full of soccer kids and parents, so I had to run the lakeside trail four times. I loved hearing the Methodist church bells playing "Because He Lives" as I ran by it.


The weather was nice, the pace was easy, it was another great long run day.


And I rewarded myself with ice cream when I finished!

Yay for my 7th Half Marathon!  The shirt and medal are on their way!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Knoxville Covenant Half Marathon

I think this was my sixth half. It was my second time doing the Knoxville Covenant half.  The first time was three years ago and it was my first half.  It is very hilly!
 It was a fun start with "Rocky Top" playing while we waiting to cross the start line.  And we ran under this huge flag at the start.
Had I known I was only 8 seconds over my previous finish on this race, I would have given it a little more gusto when finishing.  I truly didn't expect to be able to run it as fast as I did three years ago.  I finished 19th of 58 in my age group and I was very happy with that.  The weather was perfect for it - about 50 degrees.
I also got a great parking spot right at the stadium around 6:30, an hour before the race.  In this race, you finish by running through Neyland Stadium and finish on the 50 yard line.  It is awesome!  I was able to attend the pre-race church service put on by Team4:13, which was really good.  After the race, I didn't stay for all the food because the hubby was waiting on me to get home so we could leave for Florida, and I was so close to my car, even my legs didn't complain too much for the short walk.

My official chip time was 2:43:52 (8 seconds longer than 3 years ago) and I finished 19th of 58 in my age group (55-59 years old).  I was very happy with my finish.

The 50 yard line for the finish! I always say I'm not good enough to be competitive, but I'm competitive anyway.  I turned the corner into the stadium and saw the three girls in front of me.  I loved turning it on to finish before them....ha.  Made this old woman feel awesome!


Friday, March 17, 2017

Running Longest

Did 12 miles today.  I sure hope I didn't over do it.  My knee started hurting around mile ten. I just kept thinking, "I can do this.  I'll have two weeks to recover."  I needed some confidence that I can really pull the half off in two weeks.  I signed up for the Knoxville Covenant Half Marathon.  It was the first one I did three years ago.  And although I've run 3x/week since then, I am older and seem to be slower too.
I sure hope I didn't damage anything with the knee.  Ice, ibuprofin, rest.....and then on April 2nd I'll be ready to tackle that half!  The best thing about it, is you finish in Neyland Stadium on the 50 yard line!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Running Longer

Last week my long run was only 7 miles, so this week I was hoping for a good long run, in preparation for the half marathon that I have yet to sign up for.  It was rather cold, and I decided to do the treadmill. I am listening to a book on Audible and it really helps to pass the time.

I have never felt like ma treadmill was very accurate and even replaced the computer board.  It said I only did about 9.7 miles, and I know the 11 from my Garmin could be off, but I'm sure I did something in between the two.  Now to register for a half.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Running Long

The weather was perfect for a long, slow run yesterday.  Ten Miles!  I did my normal 90/30 run/walk intervals at a pretty slow pace and really, really enjoyed it.  Got to find a half marathon this spring!

About half on the lakeside walking trail and half on the track.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Running while traveling

I've been continuing my running and was even up to 9 miles before I left on my trip to see my grands.   I do enjoy finding places to run when I travel.  I've been in Cambridge, England for the last ten days.  My son is doing a part time job here at the University until the end of February.  After that, they will move back to Edinburgh, Scotland where he attends the University there.
 I was able to get in four miles on Wednesday and five on Saturday.  It is fun to run in new places.
 These are a few sights I saw on my runs.

But, of course the main reason why I am here is........
 these two cuties....
Emma and I had such fun playing in the garden, riding scooters, and swinging in the swing...well, me pushing her on the swing is more accurate.  I kept the kids one day so my son could take his wife on a day trip to London.
Then all of us did a day trip to London a couple days later.
I love the kids so much, but really do not enjoy traveling.  I am too much of a homebody.  Am anxious to get back to my own home, my running trails, and my sewing. I am hoping to do a half marathon this spring. I mean, I was up to 9 miles already, hate to waste it.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Back to Jeff Galloway's Method

Well, I tried. I really did.  I just couldn't do the MAF training, so I have reached a compromise.  I am back to Jeff Galloway's run/walk/run method and am trying to slow down my pace.  My watch was beeping all the time with my heart rate over the goal.  Now it just beeps at 1:30 minutes of running and 30 seconds of walking.  Did 8 miles today and it felt fabulous.  The weather was perfect at a slightly breezy 60-ish degrees. I was basically alone on the trail and track.

I even wasn't that tired afterwards.  I've slowed down considerably since I began trying the MAF. Today felt like it has been beneficial. My 'magic mile' (Jeff's one mile test) was 10:23 min/mi about 3 weeks ago. I am supposed to train at about a 15 minute mile pace.  I can't. I mean, I can't run that slow. I am so slow now, but even very slow jogging, and walking every 30 seconds, my pace has been around 14.  Today, I tried to keep it slow, but basically just ran by feel. It felt so good.  My pace ended up about 13:30.  Faster than he recommends but maybe I am getting stronger and faster! Slowing down enables me to run farther and supposedly that builds endurance. I hope to do another magic mile test later this week.

Today was a day when I felt like an athlete.  Strong, fit, and very thankful I can do this.