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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Fri, 10-12-2012 - 5:20pm
Hey Carrie, I do like roasted cauliflower, but it's on my list of can't haves right now. :-( As for the run, some days you just maybe don't feel it.

I used to watch Jackie Warner on TV (she had some reality show) but have never done any of her workouts.

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Fri, 10-12-2012 - 11:37am
And if you want to be more eco friendly you can get a very inexpensive air popper at Target or similar stores. You don't need oil in that either. I bought one over the summer and have no idea how I lived without it.
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Thu, 10-11-2012 - 6:49pm
I found a couple DVD's that I'd like to get but havnen't purchased them yet. They have shorter workouts (15-20min) which I like right now because like you said - my running is my focus but a bit of cross training is good to.

Anyone ever tried the Jackie Warner DVD's? I'm assuming they are similiar or equal to any of the biggest looser DVD's...
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Thu, 10-11-2012 - 6:46pm

Oct Miles: 24

Week 4:

Workouts:
Easy 3 or XT  - Tuesday 30 Day Shred Level 1
Intervals- Wed  http://connect.garmin.com/activity/232273096
Easy 3 or XT
Easy 4 - Monday http://connect.garmin.com/activity/231507967
Rest or XT
Long 6 with strong finish

My interval run was awful!  Felt like I was trying to run with 20lb weights strapped to each leg.  It was all I could do to just do an "average" run!  I'm not sure what my issue was - sore legs from the Shred workout the day before, warmer weather, just not my day?  I'm not sure....   I actually wore my heart rate monitor on that one and I'm even more confused by the fact that if you compare my heart rate and calories burned between my two runs this week then yes - the Wed run was more "aggressive" yet my Mon run felt better and I had a faster time overall.  I'm just stumped by it all.

Regardless - it's now a proven fact that I have "off" days and it doesn't only happen on race day!

Tuesday Food:   "F"  so darn snacky! 
Wed Food:  "B" 

I made these cauliflower crisps for dinner:  http://www.delightedmomma.com/2012/01/baked-cauliflower-poppers.html  Caden licked one, gaged, and then spit on his plate.  He's such a great eater that I was suprised by his reaction!  I only made 1/2 a batch (1 head of cauliflower) and I loved them so much that I ate all of it!  I'm sure it was a salt heavy day!

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Thu, 10-11-2012 - 12:24pm
Hey Carrie, I'd be spooked on a lonely chilly trail run too! As for your popcorn trick I found you didn't even really need the oil - the plain kernels in paperbag works just fine! And definitely pick out a few different workouts to spice things up - especially when you've got your running as your major exercise just pick and choose a few different workouts that you enjoy for your cross training.

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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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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 - 1:28pm

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 - 1:09pm
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 - 1:03pm
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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