Friday, November 27, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
This was my first race after injuring my knee from the trail run in August. My knee did fine, but this was a tough race for me. I had to take several walk breaks to get my hr down and finally at about the last mile I found a nice pace where I was able to maintain a decent heart rate. This was the first time I have a done a race with my i-pod, I'm not sure that I noticed any difference it having it, except I guess it helped to keep me distracted from the "are we there yet?" mindset. I had a couple of friends who saw a cheering group with bells and pom-poms and they thought that was finish line, and than realized it was further ahead. Funny, I didn't even notice them. I could see the red timer and was just focused on getting to the timer, so I didn't get distracted thinking I was done earlier than I really was.
This was a really fun race and very well organized. I'm not sure how I haven't done this one in the past, it's a huge community event. I think they were expecting over 2000 people between the 10k, 5k and 2 mile. And since it was all downtown it was awesome to have people lining the streets and cheering you on.
Hoping to get one maybe or two more runs in this year. Next up, race planning for 2010!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Overall I feel like things are coming together, but it would be nice to run again and watch my food intake so I can focus on losing the rest of this baby weight!
Friday, September 4, 2009
On Monday after the race I did my usual work-out at the gym. I rode the bike and moved onto weights. I was able to do everything except for the seated leg press, yikes, that was painful so I moved on after one set. After I finished up my weight training, I hit the treadmill for 15 minutes, I decided not to push and just walked at a brisk pace, the knee seemed to be ok.
Tuesday arrives and I head to the hospital for my volunteer shift. My knee seems to be tolerating being on my feet and I try to take the elevator more than the stairs just to be on the safe side. Later that evening the pain is really bad. I think I've been blowing it off because the pain comes and goes but man, when it's there, it's excruciating. Before bed I ice the knee and around midnight take an Excedrin pm since I've been tossing and turning and can't fall asleep.
Wednesday morning and this time I'm off to volunteer at a car seat inspection, another 3 hours on my feet. Again, no real problems through out the day. But, evening arrives and man oh man, this is not cool. Another night of ice and Excedrin pm.
Thursday, I decide to be intelligent and stay off my feet. Sat in bed for about 2 hours while the baby napped and kept the knee up. Wow, this resting thing seems to be a good idea. Pain was still there but no where near as intense as the past couple of nights. Iced the knee and fell asleep on my own.
I see my sports medicine doc on Tuesday just to be sure I'm ok and doing the correct things. I think it's ITBS, it makes sense to me. That 5k was all up and down. The plan is to avoid running until I see my doc on Tuesday. I haven't planned on any races for September. October is going to be a busy month, so I would like to spend this month taking care of my knee and running just for fun. Lets hope I'm on the right path!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
We started out our first day with what we thought was going to be a short ride from our campground to Fallen Leaf Lake. The sign as you exited the campground said 1/4 mile. Well, we must have missed the unmarked turn off because I looked down and realized we had gone a mile. So we figured we would just ride Fallen Leaf Road to the other end of the lake, of course we had no idea how far that would be. It was lots of uphill at the start, so I realized that meant the return would be downhill, which pleased me. As we continued more uphill we came to a sign that said Fallen Leaf Lake 2.5 miles, we were already 2 miles in to the ride. At this point we had been riding mostly flat with some rolling hills. I could tell from here on out it was all uphill and the road narrowed so much that we had to slow and pull over to let vehicles pass us. As we approached the other end of the lake it was one more brutal hill climb and then a quick right and downhill to get to the small sandy beach. I was feeling good, but glad to get off the bike for a rest. We let the girls play in the sand and water for about 45 minutes before we made our journey back. I knew it was going to be brutal and I was getting worried ad the traffic coming in was now growing and folks were not driving as slowly as they should be for a one lane road with lots of blind corners.
Getting up and out of the parking lot, nearly killed me it was so steep, thankfully there was the steep uphill that I now got to go down once I made it out of the parking lot. We continued back towards the campground with lots more walkers and vehicles on the road. We had to pull over many times until the road widened. I thought about all of my tri-athlete friends and thought to myself "there is no way in hell I could go run after getting off this bike". I was ecstatic when I looked down and saw that we only had 1.5 to go, that meant it was all downhill from this point. We reached speeds up to 19 mph (which scared the crap out of me) before having to slow down as the vehicle traffic picked up again. As we made it back to our campground we had logged 8.5 miles, for sure the longest ride I've done post babies. I worried about how my legs would be feeling later in the evening and the next day. I was pretty sure that I would not be able to make the same ride the following day.
After lunch and naps for the kids. We decided to take the girls to Baldwin Beach at Lake Tahoe. It seemed like the best option was to bike it. Really? Was I getting back on my bike again? It looked that way, this time I was in a bathing suit and a beachy dress cover-up. It was another 2.25 miles to the beach, but well worth it since it was $7 to park at the beach. We hung out for awhile before riding back to our campsite.
Total miles logged for the day - 13. Really? Who am I?
So, my legs ended up doing fine, it was my butt that was not a happy camper. We rode the next day only about 2.5 miles and yeah, I really couldn't have done any more than that.
I'm excited to have done so much riding because it has reminded me how much I love my bike and riding. I wish it were easier to get out and ride around my house. Will have to figure out a way to get more bike time into my routine.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I think the next logical step for me is increase my running distances. So thanks to Kirsten who sent me Hal Higdon's 10k plan, who apparently received it from Molly (bunch of pushers I tell ya!), I will be embarking on a 10k training program. This seems to be the most logical step, with the plan I can incorporate swimming and biking on my non-running days and maybe once I tackle this feat, than I can focus on a super-sprint tri.
Don't get too excited, I haven't signed up for a 10k yet. I'm going to continue with my schedule of 5k's (assuming I can still find appropriate child care) and once I have completed training than will search out that perfect first 10k race.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Today was the Moraga 4th of July Run. This was my first time doing the run that supports Campolindo High School's Track Team. We arrived just before 8am so that I could get Sydney signed up for the kids run. Scott had done much briefing the night before about racing and no pushing and being a good sport, so Sydney was ready to go. She lines up and patiently waited her turn, and then they were off! My parents were a little further down the course and than I swooped over the end of the course to watch her finish. As I saw her running towards me I was s impressed with how focused she was, I took a few photos and jumped in to run the last stretch with her. She said to me "Mommy, I'm really tired" but I told her to keep running as she was almost to the finish line! She was so pleased to get a medal for running "with all of her friends". I was so proud of her, that was a pretty long for her and I'm certain the longest stretch she has probably ever run, she did awesome!
Next up was Mommy's race. We got lined up and waited. It was nice to be in the crowd, because it was warm standing amongst all of the other runners. I found a nice spot on the inside line and waited for the gun. Bang, and we were off! I was glad I had kept to the outside, because my parents and the girl were there on the sidewalk shortly after we took off, I gave a big wave and smile as they cheered me on. We ran down Moraga Road headed towards Canyon. They had one lane of traffic closed for us and one lane open to vehicles. As we were running a young boy appeared to be looking for whoever he was running with, spun around and out of the cones into the lane of vehicle traffic and nearly was hit by a car, I think we all gasped at the same time, scary. While I love that there were so many young children running this race, it was clear that there should have been some briefing about running and staying on the course. As we approached Camino Pablo, the 5 milers split off to run up Camino Pablo and we continued on heading towards the bike trail. There was a slight incline at the start of the bike trail, but I powered up it. all I kept thinking was of Sydney and how she powered through her race, so I wasn't going to stop and walk. At about the 1 mile mark I started to get a side cramp, so I focused on my breathing and told myself that I only had 10 more minutes of running. Focus on my pace and breathing and just keep going. I hadn't been on this part of the trail in years, I think Scott and I rode our bikes on it once, so I kept trying to figure out where we were and how much further we had to go. As we came out of the bike trail and made a left I knew we were hitting school street and the end was near. They had traffic stopped at the intersection so we could easily run past. As I ran up School Street and towards Safeway, I could see my parents and the girls. I waived and than heard my Mom say "There she is!". They cheered me on and Sydney yelled "Mommy, go get your gold medal!" I practiced my best Molly smile and hope they got a nice photo out of it. From here, I knew I was close, but I couldn't actually see the finish line, which was a bummer, because I didn't know i I should start sprinting or conserve. By the time I saw the line, I picked up my pace but there wasn't much time left and it was single file through the finish line, so I could have passed the woman in front of me, but instead just tailgated her in. I was quite shocked to hear him yell 20 minutes as we passed through, really? I just ran a 10 minute pace? That's my best pace ever!
Feeling really great post race and super pleased with my results. So pleased I think I'm going to go ahead and sign up for the Jail Break Run in 2 weeks. Although, that race may indeed be a kid haul, unless grandparents decided to come out and watch again!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Kylie and I went out for a run this morning since we hit the gym yesterday. We did the 1 mile loop only once. I did my usual warm up walk up the hill, hit the flat portion and started running, pushed up the small hill and continued to the flat portion. Than came the downhill, I have started to realize that I'm not taking advantage of the downhill portion, so I'm working on taking greater strides to try and gain momentum and time. As we came down the giant hill, we pushed forward and rounded the corner to the entire uphill portion of the way home. Usually when on my own I do this loop twice and I can make it uphill two blocks before I walk the rest and start my run again at the flat portion. Today we made it up one block before we started walking. And by the time I hit the driveway I was dripping in sweat and my lung capacity was pretty diminished, so we called it a day. It felt much warmer this morning than I think it really was. And than I kept reminding myself that I would be running on Saturday at 8:30am and not 9:30am and maybe that will make a difference???
I'm still trying to decide what to do about the Jail Break Run, I'd really like to do it, but if I do, it may be another kid haul, and I'm not sure I'm up for a 5k kid haul in August... but we shall see. S working on weekends is really cramping my racing style!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Even though I have estentially taking time off since completing the battle, I have been trying to stay active. I rode my bike for the first time in two years this past week. We hit the trails at Boca, and while it was only 3 miles of riding, there was lots of hills and plenty of rocky paths to navigate. I think it was a great first ride. And the little Yox girls had a blast. Following behind Daddy in the double trailer you could hear them squeal with delight as he went down hills and over bumps, what a great ride for the entire family. And did Imentuion the sore butt... two days of sore butt, yes it's been awhile.
Today, our first day home, Ky was too sick to go to kids club at the gym, so I put her in the Bob and took off for the neighborhood loop. On my own I typically do the 1 mile loop twice and run all of the flat and downhill portions and portions of the uphill and walk the rest of the uphill. Today I found I could only do the loop once and couldn't run as much of the uphill as I normally do. Between the cough and warmer weather , I was "put a fork in me, I'm done". Despite whooping cough, I must continue as I have the Moraga 4th of July run in less than 2 weeks, and as my friend Kirsten calls it "the kid haul". Yes, I'll be pushing at least 80 pounds of kid and stroller for the two mile run. So must preapre as much as I can.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Hit the gym this morning for a mellow workout of 30 minutes on the bike, weight training, followed by 20+ minutes of walking on the treadmill. I'm still trying to set a goal for tomorrow's run but I've never run a 2.2 miler before s I guess I'll have to do some math and my average speeds from 5k's.
Speaking of 5k's I'm researching my next races. I'm looking at doing the Jail Run Break in Dublin next month. It's hosted by the Alameda County Sheriff's SWAT Team and benefits Special Olympics. It's a flat figure 8 course.... sounds right up my alley. Then I was looking at the Bear Creek Trail Run, close to home... but I've never done a trial run and it sounds like it is uphill and then downhill, nothing too severe they tell me. Um, this girl runs flat courses so any trail running will prove to be severe for me. If anyone has any feedback on either of these two runs, I would love to hear more.
Otherwise, wish us luck for tomorrow!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Did I mention that I have decided not to weigh myself this week? Since I'm taking a week off from my dieting/healthy eating habits post the Battle, I've decided it is in my best interest not to weigh myself. I'm giving it a week before jumping back on that wagon to lose the remaining weight. And that Mr. Pibb sure did taste good today after 12 weeks of no soda. I know, it sounds like I am being terrible, but I'm really not. I'm still making decent choices when it comes to food, but I'm not counting calories. And I did decline the fully loaded bake potato at Outback and opted only for sour cream and chives... skipping the bacon and butter is a good choice right? I ate my veggies as well!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I just finished the Battle Royal VIII. 11 pounds lost, 9.07% body fat lost, 3.37 inches lost and 2 dress sizes lost in 8 weeks. I'm pretty pleased with myself. I achieved an overall 102% fitness rating. I still have about 8 pounds left to lose in order to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but I'm at a lower body fat percentage than I was pre-pregancy, so I'm pretty excited about my accomplishments in that area. Awards dinner is scheduled for June 11th, should be a fun evening.
Next up on the agenda is "Hit the Road Jack" a 2.2 mile run in Sonoma followed by music and wine. My mother-in-law has graciously volunteered to watch the girls overnight so that Scott and I can enjoy a fun filled overnight trip to the wine country and not strain ourselves too much in the short distance run.
Oh and thanks to everyone who suggested the ipod touch. Scott got it for me for my birthday and I am loving it. My 1st generation ipod had a great run, but it was time to retire it, lots of good memories together. Now I need a case for the new one, any suggestions?