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.