Carrie's Turkey Day Race Journal

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Carrie's Turkey Day Race Journal
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Wed, 09-12-2012 - 4:37pm

So I've decided to keep a journal outlining my 10 week training for the Huffing for Stuffing Thanksgiving day race instead of a monthly journal.

I'm going to use this week to get ready to start my training next week - so figuring out my GPS watch, heart rate monitor, setting goals, looking/understand the workouts, etc.. and then next week I'll start Week 1 of the "Own It - 10K plan" from "train like a mother".

Planning Week

weight:  132.5 (probably a drop from the big run the day before - my goal is to keep it in the 132's till next Monday)
Goals:  track food 4 days, prepare to start plan next week

Monday:
Calories:  1561
Water:  good
Exercise:  4 mile run   I read somewhere that you should run a slow "recovery run" the day after a race to help your muscles loose the lactic acid that causes them to be stiff and sore.  That's a big lie - I ran at lunch and by the afternoon I could barely get out of my work chair!  I have to admit that it did feel uplifting to do it though!

Tuesday:
Calories:  awfull!  I was doing o.k. till I got home and had to make caramel corn for Caden to bring to daycare for his birthday treat.  I ate a lot of it in the process of making it... it doens't have a single redeming quality to the recipe either!  Oye!
Water:  good
Exercise:  none

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Wed, 10-03-2012 - 1:28pm
Wow Carrie this new workout plan is intense. I love the variety though and it makes me ponder how I could adjust my own workout routine. I too find the stats really interesting.
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Thu, 10-04-2012 - 8:23am
iv_miranda_d wrote:
How do you like the venison burger? Is that something you guys make at home or buy?

It's something we make at home.  Dh is a hunter so we have a freezer full of venison and elk meat and that is what I use in place of beef.  We process it ourselves and don't add any fat to the meat so it's really lean - I'd like to think it's pretty good for us! :smileyhappy:

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Thu, 10-04-2012 - 8:26am
ladybookworm wrote:
Wow Carrie this new workout plan is intense. I love the variety though and it makes me ponder how I could adjust my own workout routine. I too find the stats really interesting.

It certainly is LBW!  I'm basically doubling my workouts now to follow this plan and I'm finding that I can fit them in - I just have to be very organized in doing so!

The numbers are really fascinating and very motivating!  I feel like it's "upped my game" to be able to see the results and try to beat my last time.

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Thu, 10-04-2012 - 8:39am

Oct Miles: 8

Week 3:

Workouts:
Easy 3 or XT - Tuesday October Challenge Week 1
Long Intervals - Monday
Easy 3 or XT
Long Tempo - Wed   http://connect.garmin.com/player/229841577
Rest or XT
Long 8

Scored another sub 10min mile run yesterday!  9:41 to be exact!  I tried maintaining a reasonable speed during warmup/cool-down and recovery.  I was going for 9 min miles for the Tempo part and I managed to go under that the first temp mile but just over that the second.  Yesterday's workouts was hard...I'm not sure if it's because of lack of sleep, a strange breakfast, or because I was sore from Miranda's challenge workout from the day before.

It snowed!  Woot woot!  Of course it didn't stick but it still snowed and I got to run in the snow yesterday!  Finally a day of running where I'm not dying of heat exhaustion!

My breakfast was all messed up - One of the departments decided to have a meeting in the break room - must not have reserved a meeting room!  This is the second Wed in a row that they have done this...I'm finding it very irritating - I'm trying to be nice by not interrupting them but if they make this a habit I might just do it - and I'll be sure to pack smelly foods that day.  Maybe some hard boiled eggs, broccoli, and burnt popcorn....ha!

Calories:1500 
Breakfast: Coffee, Tea, cheese
Snack: Banana
Lunch: Venison burger patty, carrots, green pepper
Snack: Plain greek yogurt with frozen strawberries
Dinner: 3 fried eggs, venison bacon, red grapes, 2 peanut butter bite

Water: 42oz

Not much going for me this weekend - yea!  My sis is watching Caden overnight tomorrow and he's very excited to get to spend some time with his cousins.  I'm not sure what to do with a quite night but I think I'll use the time that she has him to get my long run in and maybe make it a trail run.  I haven't done a trail run without my friend though and it makes me a bit nervous to do it alone...will definitely have to take the dog!

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Thu, 10-04-2012 - 11:32am
Yes do take the dog if you're doing a trail run - I'd be a little spooked too! I'm jealous that you have access to fresh meat - of course we're in the province where there is a huge beef recall due to contamination from one of our plants right now, so definitely suspicious of store bought meat at the moment.

Great job on the run!! That is awesome!

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Tue, 10-09-2012 - 1:03pm
Miranda - between pink slime, water added chicken, and McDonalds Chicken for salad needing 20+ ingredients I'm extremely happy to have a freezer full of natural range elk and venison!
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Tue, 10-09-2012 - 1:09pm
lol Vanessa - it is a lot to catch up on isn't it. I tend to type as fast as I think/talk so I can blabber on sometimes...lol!

I'm not sure if the instructor was a fill in or not for the peak alignment class. It was great for stretching but I think I'd prefer, and can't beleive I'm saying it, that I'd like a class that actually left me feeling like I worked out.

You just tried Priate Booty for the first time recently - you don't get out much do you! :smileywink: You can buy the white cheddar kind at Costco so that is my go to healthy snack for Caden. I've tried the veggie one and it was o.k. - i'm sure healthier for you - but I'm not looking for my puffs to taste like broccoli...lol.

Yes - I've started the shred workout again. It's killer... I've done it a small handful of times now and I'm feeling stronger about the moves but I still can't keep up with them for Level 1 strength. I'd like to get a handful of DVD's that I could rotate through for my cross training days... I could really use some ab ones...argh!

I'm actually quite smitten with the idea of snow right now! I'm sure in a few months I'll be more than over it but right now I'm certainly enjoying the cooler weather. It's been such a long summer and it finally feels like it's ending!
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Tue, 10-09-2012 - 1:28pm

Oct Miles: 16

Week 3:

Workouts:
Easy 3 or XT - Tuesday October Challenge Week 1
Long Intervals - Monday
Easy 3 or XT - Saturday  30 day Shred Level 1
Long Tempo - Wed http://connect.garmin.com/player/229841577
Rest or XT - Sunday  2.75 mile hike with Caden and his cousins
Long 8 - Friday trail run  http://connect.garmin.com/activity/231339432

Thursday was horrible!  I was going to workout at night but was "to tired" and actually spent the evening watching TV eating the rest of those darn peanut butter bites.  At least they are all gone now but talk about loosing ALL self control!  I learned though that if I'm going to workout on Thursday that it will have to be at lunch because lets face it - it's the end of my work week and I'm pretty much disolving when I get home at that point!

Friday's run was wonderful if a bit creepy!  I took the dog, Dexter, for added security though he'd probably turn on me in exchange for a biscuit or a good ear scratching.  I didn't see a single person past mile 1 till I'd looped back to that point so I ran the middle 6 miles completely alone without crossing anyone.  It was cold and snowing just a tiny bit... there was a 1/2 mile stretch near the end where I was running on snow/ice the entire time!  I loved it!  At mile 4 I turned around and thats when things got creepy...lol.  I could have sworn that Dexter kept looking up the hillside and I got all freaked out that I had a bear or a mountain lion stalking me (mental note: take the break spray next time - even if that means 1 more think to carry in my hands).  I kept checking the hillside and finding nothing but boy did it inspire me to run faster...lol!  I set some great times for the run overall - must faster than I had thought possible on that course!  I made it out completely unharmed and out of breath!  We'll see if the first 4 miles (peacful, serene, beautiful) were enough to get me out there alone again for my next long run.

I didn't track my food on the weekend but I did make an effort to pay attention to what I ate on Saturday and I'd give myself an "A" for the day.  Of course Sunday was a complete failure for food.

I did try this for making healthy popcorn and it worked really well:   http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2011/06/17/recipe-the-popcorn-trick/  It didn't take as long as the recipe states in the microwave.  I think I'll measure out some popcorn and take a few bags to work with me - seems like it would be an easy healthy snack!

 

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Tue, 10-09-2012 - 1:32pm
md_twin_mommy wrote:
carrie_mt wrote:
Vanessa - yes - I celebrated my birthday all week last week and while it was wonderful I'm ready to get back to tracking! Those extra splurges add up quickly!

OMG - I can TOTALLY relate! Mine was Friday and wow did I splurge!!

Happy late birthday!  I hope you had a great celebration!  Mine was on a Tuesday so that led to a complete week long celebration!  Whew - cross it off for another year!

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Tue, 10-09-2012 - 1:48pm

Oct Miles: 20

Week 4:

Workouts:
Easy 3 or XT
Intervals
Easy 3 or XT
Easy 4 - Monday  http://connect.garmin.com/activity/231507967
Rest or XT
Long 6 with strong finish

So it was supoosed to be an easy 4 miles... I did the hill loop again and wanted to beat my time from before so I tried to keep my speed around 10 min miles on the way "down" or the last 2.5 miles.  It actually wasn't as hard as I had thought it would be but it certainly wasn't my slow ambling pace of days past. 

I didn't count food because I ran out of time but I'd give myself an A for the day!

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