21 October 2005

Thank god this week is over!!

It's been one of those weeks that go on and on and on and on and on...........
I bounced out of bed this morning so freaking happy it was Friday my husband couldn't stand it. It's been kind of slow around the lab here and I haven't felt like working. All this led to a very long week. It has given me time though to plan my race schedule for next year. This year was plagued with injuries and I didn't get to do all I wanted to do. But next year will be different. I will do a number of sprints all leading up to:

Just thinking about attempting a half ironman is so exciting I can hardly contain myself. I'm already talking with a coach and getting a plan together. I will focus on my marathon training till the marathon, Dec 11, then I will take a couple of weeks off for vacation. When I return in January it will be right into training. Wow!! Who would have ever thought I would attempt that??? I'm really excited.

Well, I do have some stinking paperwork to do. Maybe if I get everything done I'll leave early. That sounds good!!

I'm a pony????? Hmmmm.................

You Are A: Pony!

ponyWho doesn't love a pony? You are one of these miniature horses, renown for your beauty and desired by many. Full of grace, you are a beautiful and very special animal, full of strength and majesty.

You were almost a: Duck or a Parakeet
You are least like a: Groundhog or a ChipmunkThe Cute Animals Quiz

19 October 2005

It's Wednesday and it's really quiet around here.

Wednesday's are usuallly our busiest day but it's really quiet today. Not that I'm complaining, it gives me time to do personal stuff :)

Things are going well on the exercise and eating front. Last night was WW weigh-in and I was up .4 lbs, but I'm not letting it get to me since it's probably PMS!!!!! I must say I did track my food exceptionally well last week and I know where my problem lies and why I'm not losing weight. WW gives you a point limit everyday (points are calculated using calories, fat calories, and fiber grams of a food) plus additional weekly points to use. So I have 22 points a day plus 35 a week I can use anyway I want to. Also, you can earn points by doing exercise. So for a week I get 189 points plus I generally earn 4 activity points a day for a total of 217 points a week. Last week I really watched what I ate but still ate fairly normally and I was like 20 over for the week. Do you think this could be why I'm not losing any weight??? Maybe eating an extra days worth of food every week has something to do with it?? So, now I know what's wrong I can fix the problem, right??? Yes, let's hope. So anyway, I'll be tweaking my diet over the next couple of weeks to fit within my points yet still keep me satisified.

On the exercise front things have been well. It's a fairly light week after Sunday's debacle :) A little knee pain developed during the run and it's been plaguing me since then so I'm taking it easy; walking, light running, stretching, and lots of ice. I'm also working on a new plan to start next week. I'm already beginning to plan next year and I want to start training now. I have goals for the coming race season and as this year has been more of a learning curve, next year I get serious. So I'm working on that and recovering from Sunday.

Until the marathon is over my weeks will be nuts. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday I don't get home before 7:30 or 8:00 p.m. Monday and Wednesday I have marathon training group and Tuesday is WW meetings. Normally I go to WW on Saturday morning but since I have marathon training on Saturday morning too, that's out. Once the marathon is over everything goes back to normal and I'll be free to sit on my ass and watch tv all night - NOT!!!

That's really it. I'm going to amuse myself around the lab here and head off to marathon training early tonight.

17 October 2005

Okay, it's time for a change

Ever since I wrote my race report yesterday I've been mulling things around in my head. Why did it happen like that?? What could I have done differently?? Am I going to be ready to do a marathon in 8 weeks???? Etc...etc...etc..... And while many of these can be answered with better nutrition and more awareness on food/hydration, there was something missing. I have finally realized what it is - It's me!! I have not been putting my heart into this whole process. I have only been going through the motions - phoning in my workouts!! Okay, considering the total and complete lethargy that engulfed me just a few weeks ago, I should be happy I was doing anything. But that's it; it's over. I have some very specific goals and if I'm going to reach any of them I have got to get on the stick and work at it. Tonight after marathon training, I'm going to sit down and plan my workouts in much greater detail. It's going to require hard work and dedication but I think I'm ready to tackle it again.....

16 October 2005

My first DNF :(

I've got to get this race report down so I a) don't chicken out; b) conviently forget what happened; and c) not learn from the mistakes I made today.

Okay, let's begin this puppy yesterday. I got up and was feeling great. It was a beautiful day and so I decided to go for a bike ride. I did an easy 20 miles and just really enjoyed a gorgeous day. Got home to find the electrician working on our exterior lighting. Since the hubby and I had plans to go out for breakfast I hadn't eaten anything yet and was getting hungry. Plans were quickly altered to lunch and I grabbed a yogurt and hit the showers. After the electrician left we headed out. I had to go into work for an hour so we did that first. Then it was off to packet pick-up and lunch. By the time we actually got to the restaurant it was 1:30pm and all I'd had all day was a banana and a yogurt - I was starving. A big fat cheesburger, seasoned fries, and a beer later and I was much better, although this would turn out to be not the best choice. After having eaten such a huge lunch kind of late I was not hungry the rest of the day so I had a very small dinner. I was off to bed by 9pm to get lots of sleep for my 30k today.

The alarm went off at 3:00am and I would have given anything to roll over and pull the covers over my head. I never sleep well the night before a race, I just don't. I fell asleep fairly easily but kept waking up and looking at the clock every 1/2 hour, UGH!!!!

So I drag my butt out of bed, shower (I know, weird to shower before a race but it helps wake me up), grab coffee, finish getting my gear to together and by 3:40am I'm on the road and off to Waikiki trying to choke down some breakfast on the way (I don't eat well on race mornings either).

Get to the parking area by 4:15am, nice and early cause I hate to be rushed on race day. Get all ready and head off to find my group. We did some stretching and warming up and stood around stragetizing for the race. Now our group was not supposed to finish the race. We were going to go out to mile 7 then turn around and head back. For the past 2 weeks I'd been going back and forth with our coach over whether or not to finish this thing (I really wanted to and he didn't want me to). I had finally decided last week to not finish it and stick with his plan (although I was still on the fence a little). In talking this morning though my running partner had decided she wanted to finish it so I said, what the heck, let's go for it! Oh what a mistake.

The first mile was really slow since we were still warming up and if we were going to do all 18.6 miles there was no need to rush. We started picking up the pace a little though and by mile 4 were cranking out 12 minute miles and we were very happy with that pace. We kept that up till mile 7 (the turnaround point).

Here we met up with our group again and were debating the merits of turning around. Now I should point out my serious lack of nutrition yesterday and the fact that I only brought one gel with me since I figured we'd be turning around early. My partner and I decided to go 1 more mile and another girl decided to join us. Mile 7 was pretty good and we decided to go 1 more mile. Mile 8 was also okay although I was starting to feel it in my hamstrings. But, since I didn't want to drag them back with me we decided to go 1 more mile. Well, now were are at mile 9 - the halfway point, we still had about 3/4 mile out to go since the return is shorter than the out. Well, we'd made it this far it seemed silly not to go to the turnaround. By mile 10 I was really starting to feel it. Having eaten my gel at mile 6 I could feel myself getting seriously depleted. Miles 11 and 12 weren't too bad and when we saw the half marathon marker we were stoked - woohoo only 5 miles to go, yeah!!!! (yes, we were ignoring those pesky .6 miles at this point). Once we passed the half marathon mark I could no longer run and neither could the other girl. My original partner was still feeling strong and so she kept going - yeah Darlene!!!!!

From 13.1 to mile 15 we did okay, not great but we were hanging in there. At about 15.5 miles I realized I could not go much further, I was at my limit. The girl I was walking with helpfully pointed out that I really had no option, there was no other way to get there. Realizing she was right, we took a break, stretched, drank some and headed back off. By this point I was in agony wondering if they had a sweeper van and when it would come by.

We had just hit mile 16 when she looks down the road and says, "Hey, there's my husband." A million thoughts raced through my head; yeah, a ride; damn, we are only 2 miles from the finish; maybe he has some food; is the truck air conditioned; etc, etc....... Well, since he was the smart one and turned around at Mile 7, he'd been waiting quite a while for us. He told us to get in the truck. After a little debate and conferring and totaling up pain we decided to get in the truck. He then drove us to the finish line to drop off our chips and that was that, we went on our merry way.

Now, while I did DNF this race I went further than I intended and so that is good. More importantly is I learned (actually relearned) a number of lessons.
1) Proper eating the day before is critical on a long run.
2) Always, always, always, carry at least 4 gels no matter what!!!
3) I hate Amino Vital powder drink mix.
4) I am going to have to train more if I plan on finishing this marathon unscathed.....

So, overall I'm very pleased with the day. I learned some very important stuff and realized where I need to focus my training energy for the next 8 weeks.

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