Carrie's Summer Journal

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Carrie's Summer Journal
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Thu, 07-12-2012 - 10:26am

June Miles: 72.8
July Miles:  25.2

6-29  11m run up Sourdough Canyon Trail- uphill all the way in so it was tough but I did it!  I'm really starting to like this trail!  Sadly, Dexter cut his paws up horribly on this run even though we've done it before without issues.  The poor dog could barely walk the next day and he'll be out of commission for a few weeks while he heals.  It's going to be hard leaving him at home.

7-2     4.2 m run

7-4     1.5m run/walk + 2m hike up Garnite Lookout  should have realized that lookout towers are located at the TOP of mountains.  The hubs and Caden rode the 4-wheeler up and I ran/walked/hiked till they intercepted me on thier way down.  I'd like to try to attempt the whole 5 miles as a run/walk up and a run out later this summer.

7-6     11.9m run  Tried a "route" close to my house and it was horrible.  Full sun the entire time, loose and rocky gravel roads, gopher hole infested "track" or pavement.  Will not repeat this route!  To top it off some ladies dog followed us for about 1/2 a mile before she pulled up in her car and yelled at us for not stopping and returning her dog to her!  We were aiming for 12 when we started but hoping for 13...it didn't happen for me.  I hit my "heat block" around mile 9 and it was all I could do to shuffle after that.  I quit earlier then I had hoped but I don't feel any misgivings over that - I pushed myself past the point where I wanted to be done, and even past the point where I felt like I was dying slowly.

7-7   11-12m hike with the hubs and my running partner and her hubs.  Hiked up the local ski mountain to the ridge line and then hiked the ridge line to the end of the mountain range.  The ridgeline was up and down a few peaks so it was a challenge in it's own right also - I thought the downhill part was actually harder then going up! It was AWESOME!  The valley has such a different feel and look when you see it from that perspective.  The ridge was breezy and cool so it was a break from the heat to.  It took us FOREVER because the guys were slow...lol!  This is the first time that I've out hiked my hubs! 

7-9      3.7 HILLS - ran my hill loop in the opposite direction so the daunting hill is at the end of my workout.  Had to walk a bit up it because I was SPENT.

7-11    4.2 HILLS - ran it in reverse again and still had to warlk a few strides.  It's my new challenge to see if I can make it all the way up without stopping.

Hey girls - I'm starting a "summer journal" because it's getting busy and I'm not sure how much I'll be able to get on here but I'm hoping I can give updates like I did above and keep up with some form of tracking!  I'm still running but this heat is KILLING me!  I think my blood boils natrually around 90 degrees and then throw in some running and I'm on fire!  I'd like to think that I'll eventually adjust to it but that might be a dream. 

My running partner and I are training for a half marathon in September for my 33rd birthday so our long runs are getting pretty long!  Granted, we signed up for a half marathon next weekend (what - where did that come from?) - we must have been delisional from a long run runners high.  We are doing the half marathon next weekend as a "training long run" or at least that is what we are telling ourselves.  I have yet to make it to 13 miles so we'll see how it goes.  The "real" one in September is the one we are training for and hoping for a set time - this one it just to run and finish if possible.

My weight seems to still be holding solidly between 132-135 and I'm fine with that.  You'd think with all these extra miles I'd be loosing something but nope - I like to eat popsicles!

From my June journal:

LBW - nope.  All I do is running.  I did a weight class and zumba a few years ago but I've never picked it back up since I started running last fall.  I feel like I only have enough concentration for one thing right now...lol.  Maybe this winter I'll take a breather from running and mix it up a bit more.  It's hard to think of loosing such momentum and progress though by switching.

Miranda - Here are the coleslaw recipes:  http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/vinegary_coleslaw.html   and http://cleananddelicious.com/2012/05/23/clean-eating-coleslaw/  and http://gregcarver.com/blog/2008/apple-cider-vinegar-and-honey-coleslaw/  I liked the 3rd one the best.  After having an apple cider coleslaw at a local restaurant I'm trying to copy something like that and this was close.  I think it needs less oil/honey and I'll play with that next but I'm looking for a "tart" coleslaw.  All three definetly were a good change from the traditional stuff though!

Vanessa - This heat running is getting hard but I shouldn't complain because we don't experience the extreme heat or humidity that you guys do.  I wonder if I could even do a 5k in your neck of the woods...lol!

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Re: Carrie's Summer Journal
Wed, 07-25-2012 - 2:49pm
Carrie -

YOU ARE AWESOME! Way to go! You have come so far with your running! Amazing!!


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Mon, 07-30-2012 - 9:07am

July Miles: 61.7

7-23  4.2 miles.  I FINALLY conquered the hill in reverse!  It wasn't pretty though...lol.  Hot, hot, hot!  I've got to start taking my lunch break earlier so I can skip running in 90° weather.  There was a slight breeze once I reached the top which is probably the only thing that kept me going forward.

7-25  3.2 miles  Did an evening run with the dog through the neighborhood.  I prefer the trails in town where I work but the evening weather was much cooler and the dog certainly needed it!  I didn't wear a watch so I have no idea of my time but I felt like I pushed myself.

7-27  5 mile hike/run  Started out as a slow jog which turned into a hard hike up a mountain!  The trail wasn't that bad for a hike but it just wasn't something I could run - to steep!  I felt like I was hiking pretty quickly - breathing hard and sweating a ton - but it still took me an hour to reach the top of the mountain and then the sign said I'd only gone 2.5 miles!!  Felt like a few more than that!  The run back down was good though!  This was a great "practice" run for a long hike/run I've got coming up.  At least I know how my hiking backpack sits on me while I jog!

I had a fabulous weekend!  We took a few extra days off and made a long drive 6hrs north to go camping with my family.  We met up with two of my sisters, one of my brothers, and my dad at the lake and spent quite a bit of time boating, swimming, and sitting around the campfire.  The bugs weren't to bad and the weather was great!  Caden caught a fish and even tried waterskiing for the first time - he got up and managed to make it for about 20 seconds before he let go of the rope.  He's so brave - I refused to try waterskiing!  I'm just so amazed at how willing he is to try new things!  We got to spend some time with my mom which is always good but really hard.  I wish she could see how her family has turned out...

This week is actually "normal" for me but I've got a ton of chores to do at home since we were gone - lots of laundry and cleaning the camper and the house.  I'm hoping I can get somewhat caught up during the week so we can do some things this weekend!

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Mon, 07-30-2012 - 9:15am
Thanks Kristy - it's good to remember that it's an accomplishment which can be hard when I feel so ragged after it!

LBW - It's interesting that you mention how sweet organic honey is since I just bought a tub of it to use in baking. I'll have to try it plain and see how sweet it is - I've just used it in baking. I bought a few different kinds of gels and gummy things to try out but I also read that raisens have the same benefit to. Just trying to imagine eating anything while I'm running seems like such a task but we'll see. I did find something called "nuun" though - it's for your water and has the right electrolyte mix without the sugar and carbs so it's supposed to be better for you than gatorade or sports drinks. I'm going to give it a go since I don't like the taste of gatorade but need something more than just water.

Thanks Vanessa! It seems like such a long way from the start of the C25K that told me about!
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Mon, 07-30-2012 - 9:18am
Miranda - Does your mom have the garmin watch or just a garmin GPS? I've been drooling over them for a few weeks now but I wonder how much I really need one - it's not like it's going to make my running easier or faster but perhaps the motivation to see the numbers would do some of that for me?

Sadly my phone gps no longer works....grrrr! I'm starting to think that I should just use my phone for a phone (what a concept!) and get devices for all the other things (music, gps, games, etc) so that when the phone goes I don't loose everything to! I'm due for a new phone soon though so we'll see!
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Mon, 07-30-2012 - 11:29am
Hey Carrie, what a great sounding weekend! I love the idea of camping activities, just not the overnight camping bit. LOL

And congrats to Caden!! What a little daredevil!

As for the garmin watch - she has the Garmin GPS - I think this one (https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=11039).

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Thu, 08-02-2012 - 11:17am

7/31  3.7miles Hill Repeats - I decided to switch it up a bit based on something that I read in the Train like a Mother Book.  I picked out a loop trail that runs up the side of a hill, then down the front, then back to the side.  It's not a long loop - only .6 miles - but running up the side is 6% incline and almost a quarter of a mile.  I did the loop 5 times and then ran back to the office.  I must say that the last loop seemed twice as hard as the first loop.  I great workout for endurance!

TOM has hit full force and I'm using to stuff doughnuts in and skip workouts.  Ugh!  Not what I need right now since I stepped on the scale on Monday and weighed 136!  There goes my "no tracking" is working fine for the summer!  I was hoping to stay below 135.  I'm going to see what my weight is next Monday to decide if I need to do something - what I'm not sure though!

I signed Caden up for a kid run this weekend.  It runs down the main street in our town right before a parade so it's lot so of fun for the kids and they get cheered on the whole way.  It's 1 mile and I'll probably do it with him unless he thinks that his dad is way cooler to run with - grrr.... this "man bonding" thing between them is getting old.  I birthed him and made him for petes sake! :smileyhappy:

Other than that it's a few runs, house cleaning, and maybe some motorcycle/bike riding with Caden.

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Thu, 08-02-2012 - 11:19am
Miranda - I've been drooling over the watches and I'm pretty sure I'll be getting one for myself for my birthday in Sept! he he... Now it's just up to choosing between the bazillion different features to find the one that I'll use the most!

Vanessa - I'll have to look at cross training more - I don't really know that much about it. I definetly need to be adding more than just running though it's a matter of finding the time to fit it in.
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Thu, 08-02-2012 - 12:29pm
Awww Carrie, that male bonding thing can get old LOL It seems to run in phases with boys one minute they are mama's boys the next they are rolling their eyes at us. The joys of motherhood. :-S

Awesome job on the hill training! That sounds tough! As for TOM, just get back on track as quickly as possible, and I know the damage isn't permanent. Never weight yourself during TOM because it can be a blow to our already fragile mental state! LOL Things will be back to normal next week!

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Sun, 08-05-2012 - 4:48pm
Hey I think all the male bonding between Caden and his dad is great. Whatever develops from that type of bonding is exactly what will make girls find Caden very very appealing when he's older. Come on now....you ladies know exactly what I mean...no girl wants a mama's boy. Yes we want him to respect her and care for her, but we want a man's man hehehe.

That aside congrats on the reverse route and the hills Carrie. My goodness my hat is off too you.
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Tue, 08-07-2012 - 10:18am

Aug:  13.75 mile

8/1  3 miles  Headed out in the evening and man was it nice to run in cooler weather with a good breeze!  Huffed it out and managed to do it in 28:22 so 9:27 min miles.  Woot woot!  I'm not goona lie - it was brutal and the track was pretty much flat so I did have an advantage there but I'll take it. 

8/3  10 miles  Friday a storm blew in and we were forecasted for a high of 70.  Lovin it!  I ran early with my friend and she remarked that it was "cold" but I thought it felt great!  We finished the last mile or two at a faster pace than the previous 8.  The whole run was wonderful - certainly felt good and if we'd had more time I could have banged out another 3 - I'm sure of it!  It left me feeling better about this upcoming 1/2.

8/4  .75 miles with Caden - kids run.  Caden ended up running the kids run with Dh, Dh's dad, and I...lol.  3 adults for 1 child but at least he was well encouraged.  It just amazes me how he can get out there and power through it.  He set off at a very quick pace and he made it about 4 blocks before his shoe went flying off.  Caden got a bit panicked over all the kids passing him (it's not like we were near the front anyway!) but we quickly put his shoe back on and he got right back with it.  Note for next time - buy him new shoes!  He got tired and slowed down but never stopped - he ran the whole way.  It's not timed so it's hard to say what the real distance is but he did it in under 9 minutes so I'm guessing that was around 3/4 miles.  I'm just so proud of him!  When I signed him up they gave us a ribbon for him (ugh - at least pass it out at the finish line) so we had that in Dh's pocket and whipped it out at the end for him.  He thought he rocked it since he was the only kid with a ribbon...lol!

Friday Caden and I leave for a week at the coast with my mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and 3yr old niece.  I'm excited but a tad nervous since I've never traveled with them.  Caden is very excited at the thought of staying in motels (his latest and greatest joy though I'm not sure why), playing in the ocean, and digging for pirate treasure...it's sure to be fun.  I've mapped a few routes out so hopefully I can get out for a run or two while I'm there.  I might even try running on the  beach!

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