Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Log: 2008.12.31

Activity: Running
Distance: 6.5 miles
Pace: 8:41

Notes:

Easy treadmill run

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Log: 2008.12.30

Activity: Running
Distance: 5 miles

Workout:
1m warmup; 3 x (4min @6:18 pace; 3min eay); 1 x(2min @ 6:18 pace; 1.5min easy); warmdown

This was a tough workout but I was ableto do it all so that was all good.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Log: 2008.12.29

Activity: Running
Distance: 6.56 miles
Time: 60:00
Pace: 8:41 (not including wu or cd)
Elevation: 1%

Notes:

I felt much more comfortable today and the pace even felt easy which is a good sign. I stretched with a band afterwards which I plan to make a regular habit of. I am hoping that will minimize the occurrence of my knee pain flareups.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Log: 2008.12.28

Activity: Running
Distance: 8 miles
Pace: 8:41
Elevation: Light hills on tm

Notes:

I struggled through the first part of this run which concerned me. However, about halfway through things started to shake out and I felt better. Probably some lingering fatigue from Christmas, my cold, and the time trial

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Log: 2008.12.27

Activity: Lifting and Yoga
Time: 30:00

Notes:

We finally finished our exercise room in the basement and it is wonderful. It's like having my own private gym. Our Christmas present to each other was a new tv which now adorns the wall in front of the treadmill. All the better to watch Jack with :)

Friday, December 26, 2008

TIME TRIAL: 2008.12.26

Activity: Running - TIME TRIAL
Distance: 5 miles

Time Trial Distance: 5K
Time: 20:11

Notes:

I went all out this go around and definitely felt like there was nothing in the tank when I was done. The good news is that this correlates to the right Daniel's VDOT for a 3:14 marathon. The aptitude is there - now I just have to get my fitness together.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Log: 2008.10.10

Activity: Running
Time: 45:00
Distance: 4.85 miles
Pace: 8:49 (not including wu and cd)
Incline: 1%

Notes:

This is the fourth consecutive day which is the longest streak I have had since becoming pregnant over a year ago. I'll probably take tomorrow off to rest my legs but this was good practice for marathon training which starts soon!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Log: 2008.10.09

Activity: Running
Time: 47 min
Distance: 5.07 miles
Pace: 8:49 not including wu and cd
Incline: 1%

Monday, December 8, 2008

Log: 2008.10.08

Activity: Running
Time: 45 minutes
Distance 4.96 miles
Pace: 8:49 (minus wu and cd)
Incline: 1%

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Log: 2008.12.07

Activity: Running
Time: 70:00
Distance: 7.68 miles
Pace: 8:48 (not including wu, cd)
Incline: 1%

Notes:

Finished out season 3 of 24. Now I need to go back and watch Season 1 and part of Season 2 that I haven't seen. Thankfully Cleveland has a long winter and I have many miles to put in before my May marathon.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Log: 2008.12.05

Activity: Running
Time: 40:00
Distance: 4.33 miles
Pace: 8:48 (not including wu or cd)
Incline: 1%

Notes:

This was my first day at my new "easy" pace as determined by Tuesday's time trial. Everything felt fine and no soreness afterwards. Daniel's calls for 8:55 pace but my treadmill only does 8:48 or 8:59 - I figured it was to opt for the harder pace...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

TIME TRIAL - 2008.12.02

Activity: Running
Time: 41:46
Distance: 5 miles
Incline:1 %

Time Trial Details:
5k - 21:15, Pace: 6:51; Splits: 7:10, 6:51, 6:41

Felt good (up 3 VDOTs for Daniel's) and may have more in the tank. I'll retest at the end of the month. Pretty happy ro be running this sort of time 5 months post-baby. Of course, I'm still far from my PR but that was 10 years and 2 babies ago...

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

Log: 2008.11.24

Activity: Running
Time: 47:00
Distance: 5.01 miles
Pace: 9:22 (1% incline)

Notes:

After a long Monday, I was so not in the mood to run. However, I knew I had Jack Bauer (complete Season 1) waiting for my at the library. So I drug the kids in the cold rain to the library to pick him up. Hey, I let my toddler check out a Clifford movie so I'm not that evil. Jack and I had a date when the kids went to bed. And now I am all hot and sweaty :)

Log: 2008.11.24

Activity: Running
Time: 47:00
Pace: 9:22

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Log: 2008.11.23

Activity: Running
Time: 52min
Distance: 5.26 miles
Pace: 9:22 (not including warmup/cooldown) - 1% incline

Notes:
I felt like garbage but still mustered up the courage to step on the mill and knock off another episode of the Sopranos. I was 20min short of my time goal for the week - will need to be more vigilant next week.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Log: 2008.11.12

Activity: Core (Wii Fit)
Time: 30:00

Notes:

I tried out our new Wii Fit yesterday and it's actually pretty cool and a real workout. It's primarily yoga, pilates and strength exercises with a few games thrown in. I'm even a little sore today!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Log: 2008.11.11

Activity: Running
Time: 47:00
Distance 4.8 miles
Pace: 9:22 (not including warmup and cooldown)
Incline: 1%

Notes:

Yet another exciting episode of 24...

Monday, November 10, 2008

Log: 2008.11.10

Activity: Running
Time: 24min
Distance: 2.3 miles
Incline: 1% (and up - hills)
Pace: 9:22

Notes:

I missed my mileage marks for last week so I made sure to get some time in today even though it's not my normal running day. I'm glad I did as I felt less tired afterwards.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Log: 2008.11.07

Activity: Running
Time: 27:00

Notes:

This was a true multi-tasking run as I stopped at the post office, picked up a birthday gift for my dad, and got ingredients for dinner while pushing the kids in the stroller. Yet another day in the life of a running mommy...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Log: 2008.11.06

Activity: Running
Time: 45:00

Notes:

Ducked out of work early to hit the trails in get in one last comfortable run before the snow flies. Felt awesome!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Log: 2008.11.04

Activity: Running
Time: 30:00

Notes:

Easy treadmill run; All is well - the new pace feels much better

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Log: 2008.11.02 - TIME TRIAL

Activity: Running
Distance: 4.67m
Time: 40:00

Notes:

1m warmup; 5K Time Trial; remainder cool down;

All at 1% incline

Splits: 7:40, 7:02, 6:53

5K Time: 22:14 (7:10 pace)

As I've noted in previous blog entries, I felt my training pace was too slow. I have been following Daniel's Running Formula which had me at a VDOT of 39 based on my recent half. So I decided to test the wheels out today and see what I could do.

I did even better than I expected and improved my VDOT to 44. A 3:15 marathon tracks to a VDOT of 49 so I am well on my way. I felt like I had more in the tank and looking at my splits shows I could have easily dropped 30s or more off the first mile. Very encouraging!

I'll do another time trial in December and see where things stand.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Log: 2008.10.31

Activity: Running
Time: 20:00
Distance: 1.89 miles
Pace: 10:34

Notes:

Just a quick and easy run to rack up the time. During this base phase I'm focusing on time instead of miles since I hope (and expect) my fitness to improve more than normal due to getting back to pre-baby shape.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Log: 2008.10.30

Activity: Running, Weights/Stretching (Medicine Ball)
Time: 30:00, 15:00
Distance: 2.89 miles
Pace: 10:22

Notes:

I just got off the treadmill (10PM at night!) due to a long day at work and a birthday party. However, I'm glad I did it even though it was hard to get motivated. At least I got another episode of 24 in.

I think I wrenched my back with the medicine ball. This was my first workout with it and I used some exercises I found on the interweb. Probably a list too advanced for my flabby self.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Log: 2008.10.28

Activity: Running, Lifting (BOSU, Balance and weights)/Stretching
Time: 30:00, 15:00
Distance: 2.99 miles

Notes:

24 is the best show to watch on the treadmill I have found. I got totally wrapped up in it and the time flew by. Good thing there are 24 episodes per season and I'm only on season 3. Snow is falling - my long winter on the treadmill is starting...

Friday, October 24, 2008

Log: 2008.10.24

Activity: Running
Time: 20:00
Distance: 1.97 miles

Notes:

This weekend is going to be crazy busy with my toddler's 3rd bday and my baby's baptism. It's pretty bad when 20 minutes is all you can fit in!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Log: 2008.10.23

Activity: Running
Time: 20:00
Distance: 1.97

Notes:

Life is crazy. So hard to get a run in. Uggg....

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Mission Accomplished

No, I did not run a 3:15 marathon quite yet (maybe this Spring?...) However, I did get back to my pre-pregnancy weight today! YAHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've got some toning up still to do (ok, a lot of toning on my bowl full of jelly) but I am excited to be back!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Log: 2008.10.21

Activity: Running
Time: 28:00

Notes:

2 or so years ago I signed up at seemommyrun.com. The site really wasn't much of anything and I kind of forgot about it. Then last week I got an email that a running group for mommies was starting in my area.

My first run with the group was yesterday. The weather was lousy and it ended up being me and the boys, another mom and her daughter and a mom sans kids. They were all very nice and it was fun running with other mommies. I look forward to meeting more of the group.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Log: 2008.10.19

Activity: Running
Time: 20:00
Distance: 1.86 miles
Pace: 10:45

Notes:

For future reference, drinking two large glasses of cider and eating a PB&J immediately before running is not a good idea. I felt like I was going to barf all over my treadmill and brand new exercise room.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Log: 2008.10.18

Activity: Running
Time: 30:00
Distance: 2.97 miles
Pace: 10:06

Notes:

I screwed around all day and was forced to run on the mill late at night. I should have gone to the park in the morning and taken advantage of the nice weather. Oh well.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Log: 2008.10.17

Activity: Swimming
Time: 15:00

Notes:

Friday nights are the best for swimming. No need to share a lane!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Log: 2008.10.16

Activity: Running
Time: 30:00
Distance: 2.89 miles
Pace: 10:22

Notes:

The pace still feels slow but I am going to place my trust in Mr. Daniels and his Marathon Training plan. What a leap of faith!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Log: 2008.10.14

Activity: Spinning, Core
Time: 30:00, 20:00

Monday, October 13, 2008

Log: 2008.10.13

Activity: Running
Time: 30:00
Distance: 2.71 miles
Pace: 11:04 (without warmups and warmdowns - 9:40-10:00)



Notes:



Easy run on the mill at 1% incline; The pace seems slow but that's what Daniel's dictates based on my HM of late. I'll probably do a time trial in 2 or 3 weeks to see where I should be at.

Log: 2008.10.11

Activity: Hiking
Time: 1:00

Notes:

We decided to enjoy one of our last hiking opportunities of the season. The baby is finally old enough to turn around in his Bjorn and he loved taking in all the sites.

Log: 2008.10.10

Activity: Running
Time: 22:00

Notes:

Not so wonderful today. I think my cold is catching up to me. Blah.

Log: 2008.10.09

Activity: Running
Time: 30:00

Notes:

The weather continues to rock. I took the boys on an easy run through the 'hood and felt amazing. I love this period between training phases when you can just run for fun.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Log: 2008.10.07

Activity: Running
Time: 58:00

Notes:

The weather was perfect today so I took the kids and the double jogger on an adventure to a new park and rails-to-trails path. The temps were great and the scenery beautiful as the leaves were beginning to change. We stopped halfway through for a picnic. Afterwards, we did a mini hike and saw an amazing waterfall.

A great day to be a runner and a great day to be a mommy.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Log: 2008.10.06

Activity: Cycling, Core
Time: 30:00, 20:00

Notes:

I was doing a lot of movement exercises on the stability ball and I got sort of sea sick. Seriously, I thought I was going to throw up. Who knew...

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Log: 2008.10.04

Activity: Running
Time: 30:00

Notes:

Just an easy run around the 'hood. It was refreshing to not be pusing a stroller or worrying about pace.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Log: 2008.10.03

Activity: Running
Time: 30:00

Notes:
I pushed the kids around the neighborhood. It's starting to get cooler. I think my double stroller runs with the kids will be coming to an end soon. No one has fun when the kids are freezing their butts off on a run.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Log: 2008.10.01

Activity: Cycling, Core/Stretching
Time: 30:00, 15:00

Notes:

My first day back working out after the HM. No soreness so that was all good. Now I just need to get caught up with my posting. Getting ready for the half, work, the kids has taken a toll on my energy level and time and unfortunately blogging as suffered...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Log: 2008.09.14

Activity: Running
Time: 40:00

Notes:

Family run with the double jogger. It ended up being a fartlek because someone needed a snack or a paci or a toy every few minutes causing us to slow down.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Log: 2008.09.13

Activity: Running
Distance: 8.5 miles

Notes:

.25m warmup; 8miles averaging 8:05 and 1% incline; .25m cooldown

The thought of running 8 straight miles at tempo pace on the mill was enough to drive me batty. So I did short intervals at various paces and inclines which broke it up and kept me from going insane.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Log: 2008.09.12

Activity: Swimming
Time: 12:00

Notes:

Short swim. I didn't drown. Nothing further to report.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Log: 2008.09.10

Activity: Cycling, Core
Time: 30:00, 15:00

Notes:

I didn't get on the bike until after 9PM and finished up a little before 10. I really don't like working out that late but with two little ones and a job it's my only option sometimes.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Log: 200.09.09

Activity: Running
Distance: 6 miles

Notes:

.5m warmup; 4x1m @ 7:35 (1% incline) w/ .25m walk recovery; .75m cooldown

Mile repeats have never felt so good :) Too bad I am three weeks out from the race as I would have normally racheted it up a bit. This was a good confidence boost for the half marathon coming up.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Log: 2008.09.08

Activity: Cycling, Core
Time: 30:00, 15:00

Notes:

Easy ride on the bike followed by core work on the stability ball. Nothing interesting to report.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Log: 2008.09.07

Activity: Running
Distance: 10 miles
Avg Pace: 8:51

Notes:

My longest run to date post-baby. I ran at a local park which is uphill for the first 3+ miles. Ouch. However, the best part about going out uphill is that you come home downhill. It was nice to let loose and fly. I could have run the last half faster but I didn't want to leave it all on a training run so I dialed it back. I was supposed to run the mileage at 8:53 pace so I was right on target. Great run and definite confidence boost.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Log: 2008.09.01

Activity: Running
Time: 1:17:32 (9:42 pace)
Distance: 8

Notes:

I ran this at the park on the trails so the time was slower than my goal. However, I ran the last 2 or so on roads and they were at pace so all is well.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Log: 2008.08.27

Activity: Biking
Time: 45:00

Notes:

We locked our bikes to the bike rack on our car for the trip. And then we left the keys at home. And didn't realize it until we were at the beach. Oops. We called a locksmith who said those locks are impenetrable. (Hard for me to believe - what if we had lost the key? - would we have to drive around with the bikes for eternity?). So I called my neighbor back home who graciously overnighted the keys to the beach.

Since riding the bike turned into such an ordeal I had to relish this ride :)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Log: 2008.08.26

Activity: Hiking
Time: 45:00

Activity: Running
Distance: 4.25 miles

Notes:

Hike was in the AM over the dunes while carrying a baby. Walking through deep sand in the heat lugging a little one is a recipe for dead legs.

However, I forced my concrete legs out in the afternoon for:

1m warmup; 6x400m @ 7:08 w/ 200m walk recovery (1% incline); 1m cooldown

Much to my surprise it went well and I was able to complete the workout without trouble. I am so glad I didn't bag this workout even though I was tempted.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Log: 2008.08.25

Activity: Swimming
Time: 15:00

Activity: Core, Stretching
Time: 25:00

Notes:
Our rental house is across the street from the resort fitness center which includes a large indoor pool (with lap lanes and a hot tub), a weight room, and a cardio center. They even have stability balls and medicine balls. Much better than usual vacation exercise fare...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Log: 2008.08.24

Activity: Running
Distance: 5 miles

Notes:

I wanted to run 8 but my legs were completely dead and I struggled to finish 5. This is the first time I ran (for real) back to back days post-baby and that coupled with the long car ride led to a miserable run.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Log: 2008.08.23

Activity: Running
Distance: 4 miles (roughly 8:15 pace)

Notes:

We're on our way to vacation! I am looking forward to a week of playing in the sand with the kids and getting a lot of training in.

I ran on the hotel treadmill today. It was really old and crappy and who know how accurate it was. At least I got some work done.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Log: 2008.08.19

Activity: Running
Distance: 5.5 miles

Notes:

1m warmup; 3x1m (1% incline) @ 8:01, 7:47, 7:35; 1m cooldown

I hate mile repeats. Always have and always will. It didn't help my MP3 player ran out of batteries halfway through and I had to stare at the wall. I got through it and actually was able to ramp up the pace ( I was supposed to do 8:01s for all)

Monday, August 18, 2008

Log: 2008.08.16

Activity: Running
Time: 55:13
Distance: 6miles
Avg Pace: 9:12 (9:39,9:11,8:48,8:54,9:38,9:01)

Notes:

Another family run. Felt pretty good and had to dial it back a few times.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Log: 2008.08.14

Activity: Running
Distance: 4.75 miles

Notes:

.25 warmup; 4miles @ 8:31 pace (1% incline); .5mile cooldown

This tempo run felt pretty comfortable. Maybe it's time to rachet it up again?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Log: 2008.08.12

Activity: Running
Distance: 4.75miles

Notes:

1m warmup; 4x800 @7:41 pace (1% incline) w/ .25m walk recovery; 1m cooldown

Based on Saturdays run I moved my goal HMP to 1:55. Thus, according to FIRST was to do these repeats @ 7:41 pace. When I first did the math 7:41 seemed crazy fast. And then I realized I used to be able to run 26 miles at this pace! 800m @7:41 didn't seem quite as crazy once I put it into perspective. (Nevertheless I was still pushing it to do 4 800's at that pace!)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Log: 2008.08.11

Activity: Core work w/ stability ball and stretching
Time: 20:00

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Log: 2008.08.10

Activity: Cycling
Time: 1:14:16
Distance: 15.54 miles
Avg Pace: 4:47

Notes:

This was my first on my road bike in about a year. I felt good going out but slowed to a crawl on the way back. I did try out my new pedals and cycling shoes and found out I have been ccling knock kneeded all these years. Good to know.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Log: 2008.08.09

Activity: Running
Time: 45:31
Distance: 487 miles
Avg Pace: 9:21

Notes:

The plan called for 8 miles but we opted for a family run and the kids weren't feeling it. Nevertheless, a nice run and the only struggling I felt was trying to hand out animal crackers and replace pacifers while running.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Log: 2008.08.07

Activity: Running
Distance: 5miles

Notes:

1m warmup; 3m @ 8:57 pace (1% incline); 1m warmdown

My first threshold workout post-baby. I was totally dreading it. I hated them when I was in-shape and really hate them now. I struggled at first but finally found my rhythm halfway in. Unfortunately mommy duties called as soon as the run was over so I didn't ice or stretch like I should. And now I am feeling it.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Log: 2008.08.06

Activity: Cycling, Core w/ Stability Ball and stretching
Time: 30:00, 20:00

Notes:

First time back on the bike since baby. The places I thought would hurt didn't and the places I didn't expect did. Go figure. I had no idea that you used your core so much sitting on a bike but my screaming abs are telling me loud and clear.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Log: 2008.08.05

Activity: Running
Distance: 2.5miles

Notes:

.5m warmup; 4x400m @ 7:53 pace w/ 200m walk rest; remainder cool down

My first interval workout in about a year. I was both excited and apprehensive. Thankfully it was 400s which is my very favorite interval workout. Probably because I have fond memories of 90s quarters in high school (chasing a 12:00 3200) and 20x400m in college (chasing a sub 19 5K).

The workout went off without a hitch and it even felt a little easy.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Weight Update: 2008.08.04

Weight: 132 pounds
Body Fat: 31%

1 pound and 1% down from last week. Text book.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Log: 2008.08.03

Activity: Hiking
Time: 60:00

Notes:

Nice hike on the Buckeye Trail with the fam. I carried the baby in the Bjorn so I'll count that as strength training. That bugger is growing like a weed.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Log: 2008.08.02

Activity: Running
Time: 59:34
Distance: 6 miles
Pace: 9:56
Splits: 10:19,10:04,9:56,9:45,10:03,9:29

Notes:

Today was my first workout for my HM training. The plan called for 10:40 pace but I ditched that and ran on feeling. Basically I was looking to run a touch over comfortable. It was hard to get going but it fell together halfway through. I didn't mean to run the last mile that fast but it just happened.

Based on today's workout I am in 2:04 shape. I'll probably base my intervals on 2:00 pace to make it easy.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Log: 2008.08.01

Activity: Running/Walking, Core/stretching w/ stability ball
Time: 20:00, 15:00

Notes:

I felt like garbage today and ended up canning the planned 40 minute run. I walked home with my tail between my knees.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Log: 2008.07.31

Activity: Running
Time: 30:00

Notes:

I had only the baby today but realized as I headed out to run that the single stroller was in the trunk of my husband's car. So I pushed one child in a double jogger. Not fun but I guess it is better than two children in a double jogger!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Log: 2008.07.29

Activity: Running
Time: 55:00

Notes:

10min walk; 35min run; 10min walk

I took it easy today. I also discovered that pushing a double jogger up a hill is downright ridiculous.

HM Training Pace

I am set to "race" a half-marathon at the end of September with my DH, brother and sister-in-law. Knowing that I will be 3.5 months post-partum at the time I do not have high expectations. And yesterday's Garmin run was quite humbling.

I figure since I ran the meat of yesterday's run at 9:30-10:30 pace I'm going to start my HM training out at 10:00 pace. (Normally I would trim 30 seconds of per mile to account for pushing the jogger but I probably should err on the conservative side).

I can readjust as my fitness (hopefully) improves.

Wow, I am a long way from my 1:37 HM PR :(

Monday, July 28, 2008

Log: 2008.07.28

Activity: Running
Time: 53:00 or so
Distance: 4+ miles

Notes:

10min walk; 35min running; 10min walking

The other day I felt really good on my run and had the suspicion I was in the general vicinity of my old pace pre-baby.

So I took the Garmin out on my run for the first time since I got pregnant. I was a tad bit off. Like in WAY off. Once I got a pace established I checked my watch and was horrified to see I was busting out 10:00+ min miles. Sure I was pushing a baby jogger, but still... My former self didn't even warmup at that pace. Needless to say I was put squarely back in my place. Humble pie anyone?

Mommy Runner Routine

When I was just a runner by running routine consisted of:
1. Put on running clothes
2. Grab MP3 player and head out the door
3. Drive to park
4. Run
5. Drive home

Now that I am a mommy runner (x2!!!) my routine is a tad more complicated:
1. Put on running clothes
2. Change two diapers and dress two kids
3. Pack snacks, water, toys, picnic lunch, picnic blanket and double jogger into car
4. Load two kids into carseats
5. Drive to park
6. Unpack car and load double jogger with aforementioned supplies and kids
7. Run while handing out goldfish, sippy cups and finding awol pacis
8. Stop to see animals at the nature center
9. Run some more
10. Stop to have picnic
11. Change a diaper and nurse baby
12. Push toddler on swings
13. Run some more
14. Unload stroller and put two sleeping kids back in car
15. Drive home

Weight Update

Weight: 133
Body Fat %: 32%

10 pounds and 10% to go. I wish it would melt off quicker but I know I need to be patient.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Log: 2008.07.26

Activity: Running
Time: 50:00

Notes:

10min walking; 30min running; 10min walking

I headed out to the new park on my own and felt pretty good. By the end I had a nice tempo going. I think I am going to do my next run with the Garmin to see where I am at so I can set the course for my half marathon this fall. (More on that later) After the run I felt mentally great - 6 weeks post partum and I can run 30min straight. YEAH!!!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Log: 2008.07.25

Activity: Running
Time: 50:00

Notes:

10min walking; 30min running; 10min walking

Took the kids to a different park for a little run, picnic and play; Nice outing

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Log: 2008.07.22

Activity: Running
Time: 37:00

Notes:

10min walk; 25min run; 2min walk

I took the boys to the beach today. But before they could frolick in the sand we went on a run around the paths and parking lot. I actually fely pretty good despite the fact I was pusing the double jogger. My left knee was tweaky later on though.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Log: 2008.07.20

Activity: Running
Time: 40:00

Notes:

10min walking; 20min running; 10min walking

I tried out the unpaved trail at the new park. I was better than expected - from the parking lot it looked a boring loop in a field. In actuality it was a meandering trail through woods and meadow. Too bad it is unpaved - it would be great to take the boys on.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Log: 2008.07.19

Activity: Running
Time: 53:00
Weight: 134
Body Fat: 32%

Notes:

3min walking; 20min running; 7min walking; 5min running/5 min walking x2; 3min running

The whole family headed out to the bike path for a family run. Daddy pushed the double jogger thankfully. Daddy also pushed mommy to run more than planned. But it's all good even if I am sore all over.

Running is progressing nicely - too bad weight isn't :(

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Log: 2008.07.17

Activity: Running
Time: 35:00
Weight:133.5
Body Fat: 31%

Notes:

10min walk; 15min run; 10min walk

It was a slow start this morning but once I got moving it felt good. I even pushed it a little at the end. Each day I get a little closer...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Log: 2008.07.16

Activity: Running
Time: 35:00


Notes:
10min walk; 15min walk run; 10min walk

Holy cow 15min has never been so hard. At least I did at a new park which made it a little less crazy.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Log: 2008.07.14

Activity: Running
Time: 30:00

Notes:

10min walk; 10min run; 10min walk

I took the baby out in the jogger and he loved it. He went straight to sleep and snoozed the entire time. Perhaps I should trying going for a run with him in the middle of the night...

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Log: 2008.07.13

Activity: Running
Time: 20:00

Notes:

5min walk; 10min run; 5min walk

This was the longest I have run at one at one time since I was 30 weeks pregnant. It felt pretty easy so I think it's time to throw RW Guide to Pregnancy out the window and create my own plan. I am thinking:

2 days on, 1 day off; Each set of on days add 5 min to last set; i.e. 10,10,off,15,15,off,20,20, off

Once I get to 60 minutes or so I'll start throwing in speedwork.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Log: 2008.07.11

Activity: Running
Time: 26:00

Notes:

10min walk; 2min run, 4min walk x 2; 2min run, 2 min walk

I took the boys out in the double jogger. That's a lot of kids and a lot of stroller!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Log: 2008.07.10

Activity: Running
Time: 26:00
Weight:133
Body Fa: 32%

Notes:

10min walk; 2min run/4min walk x 2; 2min run/2min walk (RW Guide to Pregnancy)

I felt much smoother today. Leg turnover is still an issue but I felt more fluid so that's a good thing. One more day of this short run stuff and then the plan calls for 10 whole minutes of running. I can't wait!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Weight Update: 2008.07.09

Weight: 133
Body Fat: 32%

Making progress... 10lbs to go!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Log: 2008.07.08

Activity: Running
Time: 26:00
Weight:133.5
Body Fat: 33%

Notes:

10min walk; 2min run/4min walk x2; 2min run/2min walk (from RW Guide to Pregnancy)

I felt good again today and once again I have all major organs and body parts in tact. I have been easting lousy since the baby was born, probably due to being home all day and grazing. Yesterday, I started tracking my food intake on Fitday as well as focusing on having 5 meals containing a protein and a carb. I already feel better.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Log: 2008.07.06

Activity: Running!!!!! (sort of...)
Time: 25:00
Weight: 135
Body Fat: 32%

Notes:

10min walk; 1min run/5min walk x 2; 1min run/2min walk (from RW Guide to Pregnancy)

I'm back in the saddle again. it was great to be running again and nothing fell apart in the process which is always good. It was more of a shuffle than a run and I felt less than fluid. I chalk it up to (a) no core muscles (b) many months of pregnancy waddling. Patience...

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Log: 2008.07.05

Activity: Hiking
Time: 1:00

Notes:

We headed down to the Buckeye Trail for some family fun. I had the baby in the Bjorn and my hubby had the toddler in the backpack. The BT is a great trail but pretty strenuous - especially when lugging children on your body. All in all, a nice adventure though.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Log: 2008.07.01

Activity: Walking
Time: 30:00
Weight: 134.5
Body Fat %: 33%

Notes:

Nice stroll with the boys in the double jogger, or as my toddler calls it "the brother stroller". I can't wait to start running with my guys!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Log: 2008.06.29

Activity: Walking
Time: 30:00
Weight: 135.5
Body Fat %: 32%

Notes:

We had a family outing to the park. It was a beautiful day and I was dying to run. However, things aren't completely healed yet so I did the sensible thing and walked. I started running again at 3 weeks with #1 and that's still my tentative goal...

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Log: 2008.06.28

Activity: Walking
Time: 30:00
Weight: 136
Body Fat %: 32%

Notes:

Our baby arrived as expected and without issue. He's perfect of course but I'll write more about that later - this is a training log after all!

I've been walking since he was born, but today was my first official outing that I am going to count as exercise. I took the double jogger out for a spin with both kids and it rocked. However, it is pretty massive - I can't imagine running with it yet!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Third and final call

I feel like I did in high school and college before a big meet and later on in life before a marathon. The preparation is done, the plan is set, nothing can be changed now. All I need to do is go out there and execute. I just need to keep my mind focused on the finish line and not let little things distract me on the way there.

With a curious mix of anxiety, excitement and serenity, I toe the line and wait for the gun to go off.

Log: 2008.06.12

Activity: Running
Time: 30:00

Notes:

1min running, 1 min walking for 30

Mission complete. I made it to the end upright and with one foot still in front of the other.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Log: 2008.06.10

Activity: Spinning
Time: 60:00

Notes:

A week of lasts. My last spinning class before baby. Tomorrow is my last day of work before leave. And Thursday will be my last run for awhile. Wow. Reality is slamming me hard in the face.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Log: 2008.06.08

Activity: Cycling
Time: 30:00

Notes:

I really wanted to get a run in today but the weather is not cooperating. I am hesitant to run outside normally when the thermometer hits 90 degrees, but being days away from delivery I don't even entertain the thought. It's hard enough lugging around a full term baby without the added burden of the heat. Additionally, they always warn about over heating during pregnant exercise and I think 90+ degrees would definitely qualify.

Not to mention I would have to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated.

Drinking a lot of water + pregnancy + running = one seriously uncomfortable bladder

"Is that you mommy?"

I was trying to escape the heat yesterday and crashed on the couch to watch some Tivo'd track and field. DS crawled up to next to me and asked to cuddle.

The women's 1500m came on and DS pointed to the tv and asked, "Is that you mommy?" followed by "Run mommy run!". It was so too cute beyond words and swelled my heart that my tiny toddler already associated me as a running mommy.

Of course, both DH and I both found great humor in the fact that with my short stature, massive belly and waddling pace I do not look remotely like any of those tall and lean elite athletes with ripped abs and impressive speed. But hey, I'll take all the compliments I can get even if it is from a 2yo!!!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Why so hot?

We seemed to have skipped the 70s and 80s and went straight to the 90s. It's miserable and even much more so in my current condition. I wanted to run today but was tired this morning so I planned to run this evening. Of course it is still ridicously hot outside so it's probably not the best idea to attempt running at 38+ weeks pregnant. We are in the midst of a basement renovation so I can't hit the treadmill either. I guess I could bike but it's less tiring to just surf the net all night long...

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Log: 2008.06.03

Activity: Swimming
Time: 10:00

Notes:

Yes, that's right I actually pulled a double in my final weeks of pregnancy. Of course, the second half (swimming) was a bit on the weak side but the hour of spinning in the morning was respectable!

When DH got home from work, he suggested that we hit the Y for a family swim. I needed to get out of the house and DS had energy to burn so I gladly agreed. DH took the first shift of swimming in the kiddie section of the pool with DS so I could swim some laps. We then switched and I took DS. Poor DH - about the exact moment he got into the pool and got his goggles on the lifeguards saw lightening and closed the pool. (It still baffles me that they close an indoor pool for lightening but whatever) So he didn't get his workout in and I got two. I felt bad!

Log: 2008.06.03

Activity: Spinning
Time: 60:00

I went to spinning class today for the first time in a few weeks. I felt great afterwards. I've been letting my diet go lately and have been feeling rotten, physically and mentally, as a result. There's nothing like a good workout to clear out the toxins (hello Mickey D's!).

Monday, June 2, 2008

Log: 2008.6.02

Activity: Running
Time: 30:00

Notes:
I set out to run 3min/walk 1 min and quickly realized that was not in the cards. I felt like crap. So I backed it down to 1 on/1 off. I was beating myself up about not being able to do the prescribed "workout". Then I had a bit of reality check. I am carrying 30 extra pounds, primarily in my abs. I am carrying one baby and pushing another. I am going to give birth in less than 2 weeks. Maybe it's ok to cut it back once in awhile...

Friday, May 30, 2008

Log: 2008.05.30

Activity: Running
Time: 30:00

Notes:

3min running/1min walking x 7, 1min running/1 min walking

I can't believe I am almost there. In a short period of time I will have a brand spanking new baby. Also almost as unbelievable is the fact that I am still running. When I first got pregnant I sort of set a personal goal to see if I could run as long as last time (36 weeks). With recurring knee issues, a ton of craziness in my non-running life and a toddler to care for, it didn't seem always possible. But here I am and I might just cross the baby finish line still running!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Log: 2008.05.28

Activity: Cycling
Time: 30:00

I worked today which is more restful than being home with an energetic 2 year old. Since I actually had some energy at the end of the day, I hopped on the bike when DS was fast asleep and read and rode.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Log: 2008.05.27

Activity: Cycling
Time: 30:00

Notes:

I am still sore from Sunday's race, especially in my butt and quads (it was a hilly course). My shins hurt too which is always a sign I need new shoes. I'm sure the 26 extra pounds does not help with the pounding on my muscles and bones. So I opted out of running and did an easy spin while DS was napping.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Log: 2008.05.25

Activiy: Running
Time: 1:24:00
Distance: 5.25miles

I actually raced today. Of course at 36 weeks "racing" means paying the sign up fee, receiving a t-shirt I can't fit into, and walking all the hills and waddling the flats and downhills. Oh and I did it while pushing my son in the running stroller.

I "raced" it with my friend who is 20 weeks pregnant. We were quite a sight with our bellies and baby joggers.

It was fun and I enjoyed the sunshine and catching up with my friend.

The baby in my belly was no problem. The baby in the stroller was another story. He wailed for 2.5miles straight. It was lovely. I noticed everyone trying to get away from us :) FInally he feel asleep and the rest of the run was in blissful silence.

Needless to say, my 4th place showing from last year was not repeated. But at least I can say I raced at 9 months pregnant!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Log: 2008.05.23

Activity: Running/Walking
Time: 30:00

Notes:

DH, DS and I headed to alocal park to run. My goal was to run 4min/walk 1 min for 30 min but I felt like crap and ended up walking most of it. The strange thing about pregnancy is that you feel like a champ one day and can barely crawl out of bed the next. I guess that's like non-pregnancy running too, but with preggo running the extremes are bigger.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Log: 2008.05.21

Activity: Cycling
Time: 20:00

Notes:

Easy spin as I read my US Weekly. Somehow I forgot to renew the magazine and I just received my last issue. It may take awhile to get it restarted. Good thing it will be a little time before my tush is cycling ready post-baby, as I don't think I can cycle without the latest on Britney and Jessica...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Log: 2008.05.20

Activity: Running
Time:30:00

Notes:

5min running, 1min walking x5

I'm actually feeling pretty decent running, all things considered. I quit running last time at 36 weeks but I think I may be able to make it to the end this time. That would be pretty cool to say - I ran until the day I delivered. Of course, these last few weeks are like miles 21-26 of the marathon - anything can happen!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Log: 2008.05.16

Activity: Running
Time: 30:00

Notes:

5min running, 1min walking x 5

I had a doc appt today and they did an ultrasound. All is well in my belly. The baby is in the right position and things are progressing nicely. This is really going to happen, isn't it?

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Log: 2008.05.15

Activity: Swimming
Time: 15:00

Notes:

I haven't been in the pool in awhile and found it suprisingly enjoyable. I felt like a little fishy that could swim forever. A really slow fishy. I would probably been eaten by a shark many moons ago if I was actually in the wild. See, I am a horrendous swimmer without a massive growth on my midsection. Add 26 pounds of baby and you get the world's slowest fishy aka shark bait.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Log: 2008.05.13

Activity: Spinning
Time: 60:00

Notes:

I'm still lumbering into spinning class. However, I can no longer hold onto the handlebars because my belly is too big. I am quite the sight.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Log: 2008.05.11

Activity: Running
Time: 30:00

Notes:

6min running, 1.5min walking x 4

As part of my Mother's Day treat, DH watched DS so I could have a blissful 30 min run without pushing a joging stroller. It was heaven.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Log: 2008.05.09

Activity: Running
Time: 30:00

Notes:

6min running, 1.5min walking x 4

My wonderful parents came in town and offered to clean my house top to bottom. It was the most awesome gift ever. With Grandma and Grandpa here to sit I was able to escape for a quick (time wise, not speed!) run.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Log: 2008.05.07

Activity: Cycling
Time: 30:00

Notes:

DH and I had the stomach bug the last two days. Its rough enough being 8+ months pregnant, let alone being sick and dealing with a crabby 2 year old. Good times, good times...

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Log: 2008.05.04

Activity: Running
Time: 30:00

Notes:

7min running, 2min walking x 3; 2min running, 1min waking x1

Friday, May 2, 2008

Log: 2008.05.02

Activity: Running
Time: 30:00

Notes:

7min running/2min walking x3; 2min running, 1min walking

Another easy run around the neighborhood with DS in the jogger. My neighbors think I am nuts to be:
1) running
2) in the rain
3) while pushing a running stroller
4) while 8 months pregnant

I had two different neighbors tell me as much (but nicely). I guess I can kind of see their point...

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Log: 2008.05.01

Activity: Running
Time: 30:00
Distance: 2.08

Notes:

8min running, 2 min walking x3

My husband took the day off work to do some work around the house and graciously offered to watch DS so I could get a run in on the treadmill before work. It felt great to get it done so early but I was dragging all day long.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Log: 2008.04.30

Activity: Cycling
Time: 30:00

Notes:

Easy spin at home

I was definitely not feeling in the mood to exercise but my doc's orders to get the weight in control weighed heavily on my mind (no pun intended). Thus, I was cycling at 9PM at night with very little excitement...

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Log: 2008.04.29

Activity: Spinning
Time: 60:00

Notes:

I went to the gym planning on doing a light spin on the recumbent bike but saw all my old spinning classmates and felt obligated to join in on the fun. I'm glad I did because it's definitely more fun than regular workout by myself. However, my huge tummy prohibits me from bending over and holding onto the handlebars. So I sat and spinned with my arms to my side or rested on my belly.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Log: 2008.04.26

Activity: Running
Time: 30:00

Notes:

8min running, 2min walking x3

Grandma had DS so DH and I headed to the local park for trail running. It was the first time I've been off-road or off-mill in a long time and it was heavenly...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Log: 2008.04.22

Activity: Running
Time: 31:00

Notes:

9min running, 2 min walking x 2; 9min running

We went to a park that has a paved trail that loops around a playground. My thought was that we'd run and then DS could play. Of course, as soon as we pulled up and he saw the slides and swings I was a goner. Nothing but 31 minutes of constant whining about wanting to go the playground!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Log: 2008.04.20

Activity: Running
Time: 33:00

Notes:

9min running/2min walking x 3

Another run with DS in the jogging stroller. There was a light drizzle and no one was out. It made me feel like a real runner again to be out in the "elements". I've spent so much of this pregnancy on the treadmill I was beginning to feel like a wuss. Nope, I still got it :)

Friday, April 18, 2008

Log: 2008.04.18

Activity: Running
Time: 33:00

Notes:

9min running, 2min walking x3

I dusted off the jogging stroller and took DS out to enjoy the unseasonably nice weather. He had a blast chomping on crackers, slurping from his sippy and quacking at ducks. I, on the other hand, was sweating, huffing and puffing, and feeling the desire to find the nearest restroom. Nevertheless, it felt good to be back out with my little running buddy.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Log: 2008.04.17

Activity: Cycling
Time: 30:00

Notes:

Easy spin

I've noticed that my rear end is increasingly sore while on the bike. There are probably two explanations:
1. My hindquarters are so humungous they don't fit on the seat properly
2. The baby is placing a lot of pressure on my sensitive areas

Of course, in my case, the soreness has to be due to #2 :) (Ok, yes I admit I am in denial that I look like a linebacker from behind...)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Bibs?

RW.com asks "Bibs: What's the Point?":

My guesses to why we still get bibs in a chip timed race:
  • The race photographers association has a powerful union
  • If you are paying $100 for a race, you better get more than an over-sized cotton t-shirt
  • The race directors think it's funny to see everyone sporting band-aids on their fingers race morning from nerves-induced safety pin stabbings from those trying to affix their bibs

Log: 2008.04.14

Activity: Running
Time: 31:30
Distance: 2.24miles

Notes:

10min running, 2.5min walk, 10min running, 2.5min walk, 5min running; remainder walk

I started a new job today. There's nothing like trying to learn and get acclimated to a new job and company with a maternity leave looming right around the corner. I feel like I have a 20 miler to do but only the time alloted for 15. I've got a lot of miles ahead of me but I have to do them quick because my time is limited!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Log: 2008.04.12

Activity: Running, Core
Time: 25:00,20:00
Distance: 1.65miles

Notes:

10min running, 2.5min walking; 10min running, 2.5min walking

I felt lousy on the first running set but kept with it for the second one based on my experience of the other day. However, things did not get any better and I felt some tightening and general uncomfortableness so I cut it short. I think the baby was in a bad position which made things extra hard today. Oh well. At this point in the game, any steps I take should be viewed as a bonus and not expected. Of course, that's easier said than done.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Log: 2008.04.10

Activity: Running
Time: 35:00
Distance: 2.45miles

Notes:

11min run; 2.75min walk; 11min run; 2.75min walk; 5.5min run; remainder walk

I struggled through the first run segment but felt fine on the next two. I think my preggo body just needs awhile to get kick started. I have to keep this in mind when I approach workouts over the coming weeks (10 to go!). If it's tough at first, keep going. If it's still tough, then I should take it easy.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

"Maternal exercise benefits mother and infant"

Not only am I keeping the pregnancy pounds in submission, by running through my pregnancy I am giving my little one a kick start on its cardiovascular health. Score!

I wish I could print out this article and tape it to my shirt when I am exercising. Perhaps it would keep those pregnancy "experts" at bay (you know - the ones lacking a MD but not lacking for advice of how I shouldn't be running).

From Yahoo Health/Reuters:

Exercise during pregnancy has cardiovascular benefits not just for the mother but for the developing fetus as well, according to research presented Monday at the 121st annual meeting of the American Physiological Society, part of the Experimental Biology 2008 scientific conference.
...

"When the mom exercises during pregnancy, the unborn baby gets the same type of training effect that you would see in an adult - so you see the lower heart rate and also improved heart rate variability, which is evidence of improvements in the nervous system of the heart."

"Maternal exercise may be the earliest intervention to improve the heart of children and possibly the best," May concluded.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

It's here!!!

My BOB Ironman Dualie with car set adapter and drink holder arrived today! I am giddy with excitement!

I will post more about this beauty once I con DH into assembling it...

How to lose baby weight the easy celebrity way

(In case you missed it, the subject line is dripping in sarcasm)

I believe the biggest disservice to pregnant women is celebrity moms. They always seem to lose the baby weight magically over night.

After my first baby, I had 20 pounds to lose. It took me 20 weeks despite training for a marathon, breastfeeding and eating relatively well. According to everything I have read, 1-2 pounds a week is healthy post-baby weight loss. So I was right in line with expectations.

So why didn't I lose the weight overnight like Jamie, Tori, Mel, et al? Oh yeah, I don't have a personal trainer, a personal chef, a nanny, a maid, an assistant....

Log: 2008.04.09

Activity: Cycling, Core
Time: 20:00, 20:00

Notes:

I wasn't really feeling the core work but convinced myself to do it by watching The Biggest Loser. Ali looks amazing! I really hope she wins. Not only does she deserve it, but they do need a female BL already.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Log: 2008.04.08

Activity: Spinning
Time: 60:00

Notes:

We didn't have our regular instructor today. The new lady was big into jumps. While jumps are good for my aching (and enormous) rear as they get me off the saddle, they also require a good bit of core strength. Despite my gallant efforts to do core exercises throughout this pregnancy, I must admit my core is on extended vacation right now. It was a tough workout!

Monday, April 7, 2008

"Is it worth it to buy organic"

msnbc.com has a nice article about which fruits and veggies are worth buying organic and which ones you save your money on.

Right now, we only are getting organic milk but I think I will try expanding my organic purchases to celery and apples as well. I was glad to hear that you don't need to buy organic bananas because we consume a ton of them and buying organic would put me in the poor house.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Log: 2008.04.06

Activity: Running
Time: 39:00

Notes:

Outside at the park - YEAH!
10min running; pitstop/playground break; 11min running; 3min walking; 5.5min running; 3min walking; 5.5min running; remainder walking

Felt good but slow. This is the longest run I have done in awhile. I received a lot of strange looks from passerbys but thankfully no snarky comments. I was sore afterwards but no pain.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Log: 2008.04.05

Activity: Running
Time: 18:00

Notes:

11min running; 3min walking; remainder running

Short run but DS was going crazy about visiting the playground at the park. It was probably a good thing as I don't want to overtax my knee on my first day back to running.

Friday, April 4, 2008

2008.04.04

Activity: Cycling, Core
Time: 10:00, 20:00

Notes:
I have started undergoing a rigorous rehab routine which seems to be working. Basically icing and stretching three times a day. Ok, maybe not rigorous to lay people but have you seen how difficult it is for a fat preggo lady to get down into hurdler's stretch?

Anyways, it seems to be paying off and the knee feels greatly improved.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Knee Pain Continues :(

My left knee continues to cause me pain. The other night I could barely sleep due to the pain. I am taking Tylenol but it doesn't do much. I would kill for a maximum strength Advil right now.

I've been icing and resting too. The resting is driving me insane. I feel like such a fat blob and I really want to keep running (or should I say waddling). Alas, I probably should take it easy until it heals. I'd rather make a little sacrifice now then have lasting damage later.

Alas, being broken sucks. I am in a such a lousy mood!

Log: 2008.03.31

Activity: Cycling
Time: 15:00

Notes:

The knee pain is back and it made me cut back my exercise time. Very annoying and frustrating.

2008.04.03

Activity: Cycling, Core
Time: 15:00, 20:00

Notes:

I had a good core session as I watched The Biggest Loser. That show is great for inspiration. There's nothing like sweating it out alongside other fatties :)

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Log: 2008.03.29

Activity: Running, Core
Time: 30:00, 15:00
Distance: 2.08miles

Notes:

12min run, 3min walk, 12min run, 3min walk

The knee is feeling much better. Very crazy how it comes and goes. I did try putting a pillow between my knees when I slept and that may have helped. I think the belly weight may be putting too much pressure on my knees as I sleep on my side.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Log: 2008.03.28

Activity: Cycling, Core
Time: 30:00, 15:00

Notes:
I really wanted to get a run in today but my knee was killing me again. I am so sick of this. I can't wait to get my relatively pain free (knock on wood) body back post-baby.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Deena Kastor Videos

Runner's World has some nicely produced videos chronicling Deena Kastor's training and life.

Is My Dream Job Really a Dream?

Everyone has a "dream job". You know, the job you would really be doing if there were no limiters like talent, income, family commitments, etc. For a lucky few, their dream job is their current job. For the rest of us working stiffs, all we have is our fantasies that begin with "What if...".

Well, my dream job has always been (at least for the last 15 years or so) to be a professional runner. Unfortunately lack of talent has prevented me from pursuing this profession. However, I still fantasize about what it would be like to live a life where my only commitment was one or two training sessions a day.

However, in reading professional runner Brianna Glen's blog I am having second thoughts about my fantasy...

When I was in college, I thought that if you decided to compete after school and you were good, you’d make money—pretty decent money at that. Well my first year, I had an Adidas contract and ran a few meets, and I barely made it.

I guess it's back to the real world and my somewhat interesting but no means glamorous job that keeps the mortgage paid ...

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Log: 2008.03.26

Activity: Running
Distance: 2.27 miles
Time: 33:00

Notes:

13min running, 3.25min walking, 13min running, remainder walking

I felt pretty decent and almost ran more. However, I knew that if I over did it I woul pay the price tomorrow. My pace is slow but I am happy I am still slogging away at it.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Running For Two: "Athletic Labor?"

Lisa Jhung writes in her Runner's World blog:

This whole labor and contraction thing has me wondering: As runners/athletes, are we more well-equipped for labor? Do our athletic backgrounds, which maybe include pushing ourselves through pain and managing how our bodies respond to challenge, help prepare us for the intensity that comes with giving birth? And physically, does staying active and healthy and doing things like lifting weights and doing yoga—beyond running and whatever cardiovascular training we’ve been doing—actually help us go through the physical rigors of labor? I wonder.


I had a pretty rough labor experience with almost 4 hours of pushing. In fact, I have run 26.2 miles quicker than it took me to birth my son! I really think being an athlete helped me get through that as I had the endurance and mental toughness to keep going. I believe if I would have been out of shape or less determined I would have ended up with a c-section after an hour or so of pushing. That said, I'm hoping that this time around the delivery part takes about the time of a 5K and not a marathon!

Healthiest Resturants

Health magazine lists some of the healthiest restaurants. There were some no-brainers (Ruby Tuesday's) but also some surprises (Bob Evans). I was pleased to see some of my fave restaurants on the list including:
  • Olive Garden
  • PF Chang's
  • Macaroni Grill
  • Panera Grill

Of course, these restaurants are only healthly if you choose the right stuff and not the Chocolate Explosion...

Monday, March 24, 2008

Log: 2008.03.24

Activity: Cycling
Time: 30:00

Notes:

Easy spin after a tiring day of traveling and IKEA shopping. My lower back was starting to hurt after so much time in a car so I had to wedge a pillow between me and the seat. I guess I need to continue work on my core strength. On another note, I do not recommend IKEA'ing with a toddler who has been stuck in a car for hours. I spent more time chasing after him than I did looking at the cheap but hip, Euro influenced knick-knacks and pseudo-futons.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Log: 2008.03.21

Activity: Running
Time: 23:00

Notes:

A combination of running and walking in the neighborhood by my in-laws. They unfortunately live in a very hilly area and I got schooled by the hills.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Ryan Shay's Autopsy Results

I'm not sure how to take the findings from Ryan Shay's autopsy report. From Amby Burfoot's Footloose blog:

In an e-mail to Shay, Ellen Borakove of the New York City medical examiner's office wrote:

Ryan's cause of death is cardiac hypertrophy with patchy fibrosis of undetermined etiology. Natural causes.

Shay was 28 at the time of his death. The autopsy made no mention of the toxicology tests performed on Shay after his death. However, his father said that he had "been 100-percent assured that the drug testing was negative." In other words, no foreign substances had been discovered. The full toxicology report will be contained only in the full, written autopsy.


I am happy to know that Ryan was clean and did not die from performance enhancing drug use. I am sad though, that such a healthy, fit young guy could just keel over and die leaving behind grieving family and friends. It's scary to think that what happened to Ryan could happen to anyone.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Running For Two: "Changes Afoot"

Lisa Jhung from Running for Two writes about two common issues during pregnancy - foot growth and swelling legs and ankles.

Many women report that their feet grow at least a half size during pregnancy. I’ve read that this is due to the prolaxin hormone stretching out our ligaments, and the additional weight we gain contributing to our feet flattening out.

I haven't experienced these phenomenons during either pregnancy (knock on wood!) and neither has Lisa. I wonder if there is some sort of correlation with exercise during pregnancy and keeping abnormal lower extremity expansion at bay?

Log: 2008.03.19

Activity: Cycling
Time: 30:00

Notes:
Easy spin while finishing up Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult:

From School Library Journal
YA-Philadelphia defense lawyer Ellie Hathaway retreats to her great Aunt Leda's home in Paradise, PA, to get a break from her high-pressure job. Almost at the same time that she arrives, a dead baby is discovered in the barn of an Amish farmer. A police investigation reveals that the mother is an 18-year-old unmarried Amish girl, Katie Fisher, and that the infant apparently did not die of natural causes. Even in the face of medical proof that she recently gave birth, Katie denies the murder charge. Ellie reluctantly agrees to defend her, even though she does not want to be defended. To better understand her client, Ellie moves into the farmhouse with the Fisher family where she begins to see firsthand the pressures and sacrifices of those who live "plain." As she searches for evidence in this case, she calls upon a friend from her past, Dr. John Cooper, a psychiatrist. As Coop and Ellie work together to unravel fact and fiction, they also work to resolve issues in their relationship. Readers will experience a psychological drama as well as a suspenseful courtroom trial. The contrast between the Amish culture and the "English" provides an interesting tension. This study of opposites details much information about a way of life based on faith, humility, duty, and hon-esty.
Carol Clark, formerly at Fairfax County Public Schools, VA


I definitely recommend this book. It was an easy but entertaining read. If you are looking for something to blow your mind this isn't it. However, if you want a good book for the bike or elliptical this one will make the minutes go by easy. Also, I live near Amish so it was interesting to me to learn about their inner-workings.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Log: 2008.03.18

Activity: Spinning, Core/Arms
Time: 60:00, 15:00

Notes:

I've been slowly working arm exercises into my strengthening workout since I've noticed I've gotten a little flabby uptop since becoming preggo. I've been doing core stuff all along and my legs get worked out by virtue of running and cycling. I started out light and have been gradually adding a little more weight each time. I think I maxed out today with 12lbs for single biceps curls. Lifting 12lbs is pretty sad as I was doing 20+lbs pre-baby. Of course, I wasn't lugging around an extra 17lb weight on my abdomen at that time. Perhaps I should count todays effort as 29lbs (12+17)? That would be a new record for me...

Monday, March 17, 2008

Log: 2008.03.17

Activity: Running
Time: 30:00
Distance: 2.08miles

Notes:

14min run, 3.5min walk, 9min run, remainder walk

I left work early so I could sneak in a run before my DH got home with our son. It's been hard to get workouts in at night since he has transitioned to the big boy bed. Some nights he goes down easy (10 minutes) and other nights it takes hours. I think until we get him ok with sleeping in the big boy bed I'll have to squeeze out workout times at very random times.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Log: 2008.03.14

Activity: Running, Core/Arms
Time: 29:00, 15:00
Distance: 2.04 miles

Notes:

14min running, 3.5min walking, 7min running, 3.5min walking

I planned on running longer today but felt awful. This was definitely one of those "listen to your body" days. I had planned all week to go longer today so it was frustrated that my body had other plans. Alas, it's not like I'm training for anything at this point so it's not that big of a deal if I miss a workout. I have to keep remembering that at this point what matters is that I try and do something and not going a certain speed or distance.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Footloose Blog: Carol Goodrow, Leading The Way For Kids Fitness, With Zest And Joy

Amby Furfoot writes in his Footloose blog...

WE RUNNERS ARE A BIG DIVERSE GROUP, and as a result, we often have many different viewpoints on different subjects. However, there's one thing just about all of us agree on: The nation's youngsters need more exposure to exercise and other healthy-living habits. And on that front, my friend Carol Goodrow has been leading the charge longer than most.


Carol sounds like an inspiring woman. What's great about her is that she is just an average runner but still being a great role model. I think many parents feel that since they can't be a superstar or look like a model that there's no point to exercise. However, kids need you to show them the way no matter what your skill level or body type!

Husband Jealousy

Lisa Jhung writes in Running for Two:

I’m realizing that maybe instead of being resentful of his actions and/or ability to snowboard and run and play in his regular, non-human-carrying body, I’m struggling with my own neediness. It’s a new thing for me, and I find it frustrating.


I definitely get resentful that my DH can continue his life as normal and I can't do everything I want. Every time he goes for a run or has a glass of wine I get jealous. I guess I agree with Lisa - it's not really that he can do these things, it's the fact that I've changed (both in body and spirit) and it's hard to come to terms with.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Food Swaps for Kids

In my quest to make sure my son is deprived of sweets (basically, being a responsible parent) I am always on the lookout for articles on children's nutrition.

MSNBC.com takes the popular Eat This, Not That book theme and extends it to kids: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23503078/?pg=1#TDY_MH_Kids

Akron Marathon

Runner's World says that the Akron Marathon is one of the marathons you should do in 2008.

I'm probably not going to be able to do a full marathon in 2008 but thinking about attempting a half. Everyone always raves about the organization and quality of this race.

Log: 2008.03.13

Activity: Running
Time: 28:30
Distance: 2.02 miles

Notes:

15min running, 3.75min walking, 7.5min running, remainder walking

This run felt easy so maybe I should notch up the intensity next time. The running time seems ok so I probably won't tweak that.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Best Cereals for Kids

My toddler is starting to get sick of Cheerios so I did some research on-line for breakfast alternatives. WebMD has a great breakdown of the best cereals for kids.

Most of the A+ rated cereals are high fiber stuff that no toddler in their right mind would eat. However, the A list has some good options. I think I'll pick him up some Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes next time I'm at the grocery store.

Weight Gain :(

Last time around I ate anything and everything in sight (including embarrassingly enough a 20 piece chicken nugget from Mickey D's). I ended every day with an ice-cream sundae. Unfortunately that resulted in a 37 pound weight gain. While not crazy huge (they recommend 25-35 pounds of pregnancy weight gain) it was too much for my small frame and took me 20 weeks to shed all the baby fat. Additionally, I had a large baby which made delivery complicated.

So this time around I am trying to eat better and exercise more. I was doing really well for awhile but had a rough patch between 20 and 24 weeks. I am back on the wagon now. However, when I got on the scale today it showed that I have gained 17 pounds already. If I keep up this pace I'll be at the same place I was last time (or worse). Very depressing.

I'm really craving a candy bar right now too. Sigh.

Log: 2008.03.11

Activity: Spinning
Time: 60:00

Notes:

I think my spinning instructor is worried I might go into labor during her class. She asks all the time if I am ok despite the fact I am taking it easy and barely breaking a sweat. I'm more concerned about the several 60+ spinners in the class who look like they may have a coronary anytime. I guess a heart attack would be easier to clean up than if my water broke all over the spin bike and the shiny studio floor...

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Log: 2008.03.08

Activity: Running
Time: 28:00
Distance: 2.08 miles

Notes:

15min run, 3.75min walk, 7.5min run, remainder walk

I felt pretty fatigues today so I took it pretty easy. Thank goodness I have a treadmill as there is a mighty snowstorm happening outside.

Friday, March 7, 2008

San Mateo Cuunty Times: "Young widow runs on to honor late husband"

The San Mateo County Times has a nice article about Alicia Shay, who's husband, Ryan, died at the Olympic Marathon Trials this past fall:

"So many of my memories of Ryan are interlaced in my running," she said. "Ryan would tell me all the time, 'Toughen up, Alicia.' So it's difficult in a good way.

"The running is good for me. It provides a schedule to my day, a routine, a purpose. Especially now, when so much of my life has changed and come crashing down, things that are familiar are comforting."

Log: 2008.03.07

Activity: Running, Strength/Core
Time: 37:30, 15:00

Notes:

15min running, 3:45min walking, 15min running, 3:45walking

It was not too shabby a run although it wasn't easy by any means. Of course, no runs are easy anymore now that I have a hefty basketball strapped to once was my abdomen.

Despite looking a bit like a hippo on the treadmill, I did feel sorta cute in my Nike black maternity tank and cornflower blue maternity running shorts. The blank tank minimizes both my baby flab and huge belly and makes me look slim but still with a cute baby bump (sort of like what all the preggo celebs sport). The shorts are generously cut which make my widening hips and extra cellulite look deceivingly trim.

Perhaps that's why my first inclination was to call it "not too shabby"...

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Log: 2008.03.06

Activity: Cycling
Time: 30:00

Notes:

Easy spin on the stationary bike at home. I wasn't really feeling into it but I told myself all I had to do was 15 minutes. Of course, I got into the book I am reading and was able to extend it to 30 without too much struggle.

TreadDesk

Am I crazy to want this? Although I can imagine doing a serious workout would be a tad bit difficult...

Running for Two: "Best Run Ever"

Lisa Jhung of Running for Two, had her hubby strap on some extra weight so he could feel her pain. His response was cute...

After a few minutes of swaying across the snow I was ready to call it quits. How could more running in this ridiculous get-up possibly do any good? I was not surprised to find my legs going wobbly. I was even less surprised to hear the words "You’re not done yet! Run longer!” echoing around the neighborhood as I turned for home. My jog turned to a walk as soon as I thought I was out of eyesight. Even walking was getting difficult. I nearly panicked at our doorstep when I couldn't untangle the straps to remove the packs.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Log: 2008.03.05

Activity: Running
Distance: 2.12 miles
Time: 30:00

Notes:

Easy run on the treadmill. 17min run, 3 min walk, 8min run, 2min walk. My son recently switched to a big boy bed and this was the first run I have done while he was asleep in it. I had the baby monitor on but was still nervous I would come up from the basement post-run to see him roaming the house. There's a lot of security in knowing that they are staying in one spot when you place them in a crib. Nevertheless, he did fine and I'll feel better next time I attempt a late night run on the treadmill.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Lifting for runners?

There's a short article and a long debate at the Runner's World website about the benefits (or lack thereof) of lifting for runners. It seems like this topic tends to cycle. A few years ago they used to say you had to do serious weightlifting. Then it was all about specificity and lifting wasn't as important.

I'm not sure where the debate stands now but it seems like more and more runners, both recreational and elite, are turning to core work as the lifting alternative. It may be a fad, but it's definitely popular.

I personally love core work mainly because (a) I hate lifting (b) you can do it anytime/anywhere. It's so much easier to sneak it some core exercises while I am playing with my son than it is to get a serious gym session in.

I don't have much of a core these days, but I do attempt some simple and modified yoga and pilates moves. For upper body strength I do some light lifting with dumbbells.

Log: 2008.03.04

Activity: Spinning Class, Core/Lifting
Time: 60:00, 15:00

Notes:

We did mainly sprints at spinning today which I find easier on my preggo body than hill climbs. I'm not sure why that is. Perhaps it is because the sprints are short in duration while hill climbs tax you for a long period. We also did jumps. When I am normal I hate jumps (as do most people). However, my preggo butt and belly love jumps. Sitting in the saddle too long gets uncomfortable in both places, so any out of saddle work is greatly appreciated.

Monday, March 3, 2008

FIRST Half Marathon Plan

I just found the FIRST Half Marathon training plan on runnersworld.com. It's basically a 3 day a week program that you combine with cross-training.

I did RW's full marathon plan for my first marathon with success. I also did it for my second marathon with a little less success. (My theory is that it will get you to a certain level but then you really have to start adding miles in)

I am contemplating using the FIRST Half plan as my post-baby get in shape plan. Main reasons:
  • Low mileage: Perfect for recovering
  • High intensity: The first time around the thing I had the most trouble regaining was speed
  • Low frequency: With a newborn, a toddler and a job I'm not going to have a lot of time for mileage at first

Perhaps I'll do this plan this fall to get back in shape and then once my body is starting to make progress, switch to Daniel's for a spring marathon.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Mammoth Lakes in SI

I was happy to see the latest issue of Sports Illustrated focused on the training towns of our Olympic hopefuls. In particular, it mentioned Chula Vista and Mammoth Lakes. I visited the former during college and it is just as beautiful and conducive to training as you could expect. The latter seems awesome as well (and especially because Meb, the Halls, and Deena all reside there).

They have some photos online.

Log: 2008.03.01

Activity: Running (treadmill)
Distance: 2.14 miles
Time: 30:00

Notes:
As predicted I was quite sore and tired today. Running definitely has a bigger impact on my preggo body than any other activity. Interesting. Anyways, 16min running, 4 min walking, 8 min running, 2 min walking. BTW, I keep saying that I am running even though some would consider it jogging pace (or more accurately waddling). I've always felt jogging was for overweight middle-age men in sweat pants and headbands who are trying to lose a few pounds to improve their golf game. Running (no matter what your speed) is for people who live and love the sport. Hence, despite my pregnancy induced slowness I'll still call it running.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Log: 2008.02.29

Activity:Running, Core/Stretching Routine
Time: 40:00, 20:00

Notes:

I ran at the gym today on the treadmill. 16 min running, 4 min walking, 16 min running, 4 min walking. I felt pretty good but tried to keep it conservative as I know I am always very tired after maternity miles.

I did the core workout at the gym and I am sure I was quite the sight. I noticed people looking at my big belly but no negative comments thankfully. Actually I received one positive comment from one of the trainers which was enough to lift my spirits.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Blog Shoutout: "Run With Me"

I plan to regularly mention running blogs that I find interesting and/or entertaining. My first selection is Run With Me.

The blogger behind RWM regularly writes about her training and racing. In particular, she does a lot of marathons and ultras and is a pace leader for various races from time to time. I always find her race reports to be thorough and well worth the time.

Also, I've always wondered about the people who become pace leaders so it's interesting to read about the strategies she employs and what it's like running a race to not do your best.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Log: 2008.02.27

Activity: Cycling, Core/Stretching Work
Time: 30:00 (Cycling), 15:00 Core

Notes:

My knee only had a light twinge so that's a good thing. Perhaps I'll try running on it tomorrow. I'm still trying to get through Persuasion. My book club meets Friday and I still have about 10 agonizing chapters left. The book requires deep concentration which I really don't have much of due to the combination of being pregnant, fried from work and trying to workout at the same time as reading. However, it's just like being on the 5th rep of an 8 interval repeat workout. The end is near, a lot of work is already done and I have to dig in and keep going...

I've been slacking on the core work for several weeks. I'm doing only stuff approved from pregnancy books. However, in the few short weeks since I last did these exercises my belly has grown substantially. I used to laugh at how simple some of these exercises were - now they are down right difficult!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Crazy Pregnancy Issues

I have been lucky in that I escaped morning sickness in both of my pregnancies. However, I seem to make up for it with random other issues.

The first time around I experienced the following issues due to pregnancy:
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Gastric Reflux
  • Itchy Skin
  • Heartburn

This time around I am have a lot of joint and muscle aches and pains. Today, my left knee began experiencing painful stabs intermittently. I tried running on it but the pain was excruciating. I could barely sleep because of it. (And of course you can't take any real pain meds when preggo)

I experienced this last month as well. My OB says that your muscles loosen up in preparation for childbirth. This isn't always a good thing as you do need some tightness and stability in places like your knees. She said that for some unknown reason things can get worse the second time around.

I've been relatively injury-free (knock on wood) my entire running career so it always freaks me out when something doesn't work like it should. However, everything I read says that things should return to normal after the baby is born.

Oh, the joys associating with bringing forward life...

Sunday, February 24, 2008

My running history: The middle school years

The summer before my 8th grade year my mom challenged me to run my little town's annual 4th of July 5 mile run. I had never run before and showed up in K-Swiss boat shoes and those scratchy wool/cotton shorts that everyone wore for sports back in the 80's. Not exactly performance wear. However, I must admit I was pretty stylish in the K-swiss :)

Well, out of the blue I ran a 42:39 (isn't in amazing how I still remember that time after all these years - half the time I can't remember my own name anymore!) and caught the attention of the cross-country coach who was also at the race. He convinced me to go out for the team and I did.

So I started cross-country in the August before my eighth grade year. Up until then I had the trifecta of dorkiness going for me: 1. I was shy. 2. I got good grades. 3. I liked sports. Not exactly the stuff that puts you at the cool kids table at lunchtime. Especially in a small town where everyone has known everyone for all their life and stereotypes once-set are permanent.

However, on the cross-country team I found a bunch of other misfits and quickly found a comfort zone insulated from the ugly, cruel world of junior high politics. My confidence grew as I found out I had a knack for this running thing.

My first cross-country race was at middle school the next town over. I had no idea about pacing, race strategy or any of that other stuff I study religiously now. I just went out and ran to run. Ah, the innocence of youth :)

This meet was actually an invitational but for some reason they ran the boys and girls together. To this day that's the only race I ran with a combined field (the exception, of course, being road races). Anyways, because of the mixture of sexes I had no idea how I was doing. I just ran and ran until they told me to stop. Imagine my surprise when I found out that I was the top finisher among girls.

I received a tiny medal with no-engraving. I thought it was the best prize ever. I still have it. It looks pretty modest sitting next to trophies and marathon finishers medals but it probably still means the most out of all of them because it was the one that started it all...

Saturday, February 23, 2008

My running history

The byline of my blog title indicates that I hope to run a 3:15 marathon after I have this baby. I'll give you my running history leading up to this over a series of upcoming posts....

Friday, February 22, 2008

Log: 2008.02.22

Activity: Swimming
Time: 15:00

Notes: I am not sure if it was because I took the last two days off or because pregnancy turns you into a fish but I had a great swim today. I'm a pretty lousy swimmer so for me to say that says a lot. I felt very comfortable and effortless in the water.

Review of April 2008 Running Times

I got the latest Running Times in the mail yesterday and was giddy to see it was full of stuff on elite women runners. The profiles on Kara Goucher and Elva Dryer were very interesting.

The magazine included a sample marathon buildup schedule for Elva. Basically she did an hour workout in the AM and a half hour in the PM. I know her pace for these workouts is probably ridiculously fast, but still... Only an hour and a half a day? I wish I could put in that amount of time and be an elite athlete. I wonder what she does the rest of the day? As much as I dream of being an elite runner it might be too boring of a life for me.

I also found of interest that they listed the top contenders for US Olympic marathon team. Basically Deena and a bunch of others. It did not mention Ann Alynak though. However, she is listed later in the magazine as the #2 American female marathoner of the year. I guess I feel slighted by this as we both hail from the Buckeye State. I will be rooting for Ann this April!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Log: 2008.02.21

Activity: Running
Time: 46:00
Distance: 3.49 miles


Notes:
This was day one of my new strategy for getting through runs. I did 18 min of running, 5 min walking, 18 min running, 5 min walking. I felt great the entire time. I'm not sure if it is because of the new plan or because I had taken the previous two days off. Either way, it felt great to be feel good on a run again (even if I was as slow as molasses)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Final Countdown

Lisa Jhung writes on her Runner's World blog about hitting the physical and mental wall as she approaches the final weeks of her pregnancy.

I definitely know what she is experiencing. At that point everything is physically more difficult and mentally it is hard to get your self up for something that's not really all that enjoyable anymore.

I ran up to 36 weeks during my first pregnancy. Albeit, it was very SLOW. My husband could walk faster than I was running.

I didn't have much pain but just felt out of sync and sluggish. Part of the problem could have been I put 37 pounds on a small frame.

To get through the runs I alternated running with walking which made it much more reasonable.

I also had contractions while running from time to time. My OB said it was ok as long as there weren't too many. Whenever I experienced a contraction I immediately stopped and walked for a bit.

I ended up quitting at 36 weeks mainly because I got mentally tired of everything - pregnancy, running, being huge, etc. I chose to sit on the couch and be a grump for the final weeks :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Log: 2008.02.19

Activity: Spinning Class
Time: 60:00

Notes: I took it easy during class but still was pretty tired later in the day. I took a 45 minute nap which was heavenly. It was a sad day though as I no longer can fit into my cute, shorty tri shorts. Instead I had to wear my husband's bike shorts coupled with a maternity tank. I looked neither cute nor fit. As I looked in the mirror during class I saw a whale riding a bike staring back at me :(

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Log: 2008.02.17

Activity: Running
Time: 42 minutes
Distance: 3.11 miles

Notes: In the last week or so I've definitely felt the effect of my ever growing waistline. I finally got to the point where I decided it was time to intersperse walk breaks into my run during this workout. I ran for 15 minutes, walked 5 minutes, ran for 18 minutes and then walked 5 minutes.

To keep it interesting I think I am going to shoot to run without breaks:

40 - weeks that I am = Number of minutes to run without breaking

I'll use these formulas to determine the walk break amounts:

While weeks <>
# of consecutive running minutes /4 = walk break

When weeks > 30...
# of consecutive running minutes /2 = walk break


(Can you tell I studied engineering in college?)

So when I am 23 weeks I'll run 17 minutes and then take a 4.25 min walk break (and repeat if I can). At 24 weeks, I'll go for 16 minutes/4minutes, etc. I figured that would give me a goal but still take into consideration the inevitable slow down that is going to occur over the next months.

Of course, I am sure my little system is going to go out the window as I get huge as a cow and as miserable as a diabetic who works in a chocolate factory...

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Log: 2008.02.16

Activity: Running
Time: 30:00
Distance: 2.33miles

Notes: Nothing to report. Just a fattie slogging away at the miles...

Friday, February 15, 2008

Log: 2008.02.15

Activity: Cycling (Stationary)
Time: 30:00

Notes: Not much to report - just an easy spin. I worked on reading my book club book - Persuasion by Jane Austen. Not an easy read, especially while working out. Too bad my US Weekly didn't come in the mail today. It's just the light, fluffy read that works well when you are on the bike.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Log: 2008.02.14

Activity: Running (treadmill)
Time: 30:00
Distance: 2.27

Notes:

10min warmup; 19min speedplay between 4.5mph and 6.1mph; 1min cooldown

I got up and ran before work this morning which is something I rarely do. However, I haven't worked out the last two days due to being extremely tired and I knew I would prefer to spend tonight cuddled up with DH than pounding away on the 'mill.

It was pretty rough getting going and it took me longer than usual to find my groove. However afterwards I felt more alert and alive that I do most mornings. It's also great knowing that my workout is already done and not looming ahead of me all day long.

Maybe I'll do this more often...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Your mommy may be a runner if...

I have been taking my son to Storytime at the library every week. He likes it because they sing songs, make crafts, read stories, etc. I like it because it free. (Can you believe how much MyGym and Kindermusik cost? You would think you were sending them to Harvard instead of running around and jumping in ball pits...)

At the beginning of the class we sing a welcome song and then do some light stretching. I guess the thinking is to try and get the two year olds to wind down and relax prior to the reading of the books. (No small feat!)

Each child gets to pick a stretch that all the kids do. The kids usually pick something simple such as touching their toes or reaching for the sky. Not my son. He chooses to bust out the yoga moves, including downward dog and butterfly.

Everyone is always surprised except me. Awhile ago I learned that while running makes you cardiovascular-ly (is that a word?) fit it tightens and warps your muscles. This is starting to become a hindrance as I age, I mean mature gracefully.

So I started doing yoga several years ago BB (before baby). I did pre-natal yoga during my first pregnancy and did a mommy/baby yoga video after his birth. He's too old for that video now but he still likes to join me on the mat when I do a yoga DVD. I never thought he retained any of it until I saw him get his Omm on at Storytime :)

Monday, February 11, 2008

Log: 2008.02.11

Activity: Running
Time: 30:00
Distance: 2.32 miles

Notes:
10 min warmup; 18 min speed play ranging from 4.5mph to 6.1mph; 2 min warmdown

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Log: 2008.02.10

Activity: Cycling
Time: 30:00

Notes: Easy spin on stationary bike

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Evidence: Marathon running easier than childbirth

If you listen to the baby books and mommy runners, they'll have you believe that running a marathon makes childbirth seem like a walk in the park.

I respectfully disagree. Scratch that. I don't respectfully disagree - I vehemently disagree. So here's why I think childbirth is tougher than running a marathon...

With my first child I went into the hospital a week after my due date to be induced. (LIE #1 - Runners tend to give birth early). I had been walking around for 2.5 weeks 4cm dilated. All the nurses and the doctor said I was going to have a short labor since I was already so far along (LIE #2).

I got hooked up to the pitocin, got my epidural and put my feet up for what was supposed to be a short and uneventful birth.

The first major difference between childbirth and running a marathon is nutrition. During childbirth all you get is water and popsicles (and not even the good juice ones - they are the cheap ones that taste like pure sugar). I would never imagine trying to run a marathon without proper fuel (Gu, Gatorade Endurance, etc). My body is conditioned to take in the proper carb/protein/water balance during extended physical exertion and it definitely rebelled from lack of proper nutrition. I never thought I would see the day when I would kill someone for a packet of Strawberry-Banana PowerGel.

So the hours passed (S-L-O-W-L-Y), my hunger grew insatiable, and I grew very impatient to meet the creature that had been mooching off me for 9 months. What was supposed to be a short labor, drug on and on. It felt like I was running a race where you didn't know the race distance. I would just have to keep running and running indefinitely until someone yelled “Stop!”. How do you pace your self for something like that? Answer: You don't. Instead you just whine to your husband, whine to the nurses, whine to the doctor, and whine to the cleaning lady who comes by to empty the trash.

Finally sometime that evening the doctor said the magic words I've been waiting all day to hear: "It's time to push". I would equate hearing those words to seeing the 25 mile sign in a marathon. You've come along way and you realize for the first time that you might actually finish this thing.

And just like the last 1.2 miles can eat you up and destroy both your body and spirit, so can the actually delivery portion of childbirth. I pushed. I pulled. I twisted. I turned. I cried. I ran out of epidural (which I highly do not recommend). I gave up. I rallied myself. I gave up again (Would it be easier if we took the baby out of my nostril?). I dug deep into my reserves.

It got ugly (it's never good when you look up and see a dozen doctors and nurses in your delivery room) but in the end I got a sweet finisher's medal - a little boy.

Now, back to my initial assertion that marathon running is easier than childbirth. Let's look each element of marathoning/childbirth separately...

  • Nutrition: Marathon is easier (No specially blended power supplements to aid you during childbirth)
  • Anticipation: Marathon is easier - at least you know how long it's going to be.
  • Pain: Childbirth is easier. One word - epidural. They should hand those out at races around the 21 mile mark. The finisher’s area would definitely be less grim if everyone was hopped up on pain meds…
  • Award: Childbirth is better. It's tough to compete with a long sleeve technical tee, but creating a human being takes the cake.

So, we have a 2-2 tie. For the tiebreaker, we will compare my marathon PR with how long it took me to deliver a baby (the actual birthing part - not the all day labor)...

  • Marathon PR: 3:27
  • Baby Delivery PR: 3:45


Ladies and gentleman, we have a winner! I could have run a marathon, got a finisher’s medal draped over my head, gave back my ChampionChip, ate a banana, washed it down with lemon-lime Gatorade and cozied up with a space blanket in the time in took me to deliver a baby.

The evidence speaks for itself my friends, marathon running is easier than childbirth.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Salivating over a stroller

Right now I have the single B.O.B. Ironman Stroller and it freakin' rocks. It glides like a champ, my son is nice and comfy and it's easy to fold up. I've logged many miles with it and love it like a member of the family.

However, when baby #2 comes along a single stroller just won't do. Thus I've been eyeing the B.O.B. Ironman Dualie. Rocks as much as my current stroller but room for two kiddos. Of course I would pimp it out with the infant seat adapter, weather shield and handlebar console.

The only drawback - the cost. The Ironman ain't no cheap plastic stroller you pick up at Babies 'R Us:

B.O.B. Ironman Dualie - $479.99
Infant Seat Adapter - $79.99
Weather Shield - $54.99
Handlebar Console - $24.99
A leisurely run on a local bike path with both kids - PRICELESS

In anticipation of this ridiculously expensive purchase I requested gift certificates to joggingstroller.com for Christmas. I figure that those certificates combined with forgoing Mother's Day and birthday presents should get me close to actually owning this marvel of engineering (instead of just lustfully looking at it online on a daily basis).