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, 09-19-2012 - 12:28pm

Happy Birthday!!

Hope it was a good one - and it sounds like a great weekend planned!! And as for your new running jacket (lucky!) here's a few tips:

http://running.about.com/b/2008/07/11/how-can-i-remove-the-smell-from-my-running-clothes.htm

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Thu, 09-20-2012 - 12:34pm

Miranda - that pic really cracked me up!

I think my hesitation about the running jacket is that it's white - ummm.. I'm a clutz - and that I have a hard time justifying sweating profusely on something that was so expensive...lol!  I'll get over it though because I look fab in it! :smileyhappy:  I'll just have to take a few tricks from the sight you posted and keep is looking new as best I can.

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Thu, 09-20-2012 - 1:02pm

September Miles: 41.4

Week 1:

Easy 3 or XT (crosstrain)  - Monday bike
4 miles Intervals - Wed 3.7
Easy 3 or XT - Tuesday
3-5 mile Tempo
Rest or XT
Long 6

Jenkies girls - this makes 4 days in a row of exercise if you count my long run/hike on Sunday!  I think sticking to this plan will require me to be more organized and actually plan my workouts for the week instead of just trying to fit them in when I feel like it.

I did my first Interval run yesterday - a 10 minute warm up followed by 1min intervals of fast jog/slow recover jog for 10 intervals total and then a cool down.  I wasn't sure what I could aim for for speed so I was just going to give it my best and see where my first numbers fell out compared to my calculated pace above.  Well - I impressed myself!  http://connect.garmin.com/activity/224858766  Most of my fast intervals were in the mid 8 minute mile range!  It was certainly interesting to feel how my breathing became steadier as I hit those last intervals - as if I had figured out how to breathe better through them as the time went which is just the opposite of what I'd assumed would happen.  I assumed my breath would become more labored or ragged as I got tired - it was a pleasant suprise!

Interval and Tempo runs are supposed to work towards building your speed and I have to say that I've never done anything like this in the past - mostly I'd just go out and run a slow but hard distance the entire time.  I'm really loving this watch and the instant feedback it gives seems to be very motivating - it quantifies why it hurts but pushes me to keep it there!  I think I'm going to recalculate my pace numbers above in a week or so once I seem to settle on where I'm at.  I keep suprising myself with how much quicker I though I was.

So while I'm getting the workouts in my eating has been terrible!  I'm actually eating a donut as I type this...ugh!  It's my birthday which apparently morphs into a week long celebration.  I'll get it under control next week...lol!

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Thu, 09-20-2012 - 3:39pm
Carrie I love looking at your garmin data! You were really consistent with those intervals - awesome job!!

And I love your "jenkies" comment isn't it funny how some cartoons just stick with you?? LOL Great job on the 4 workouts in a row!! You rock!

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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 9:17am
Miranda - I guess you can tell which cartoons Caden likes to watch huh? :smileyhappy:

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!
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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 9:36am

September Miles: 51.1

Week 1 Wrap Up!

Easy 3 or XT (crosstrain) - Monday bike
4 miles Intervals - Wed 3.7
Easy 3 or XT - Tuesday
3-5 mile Tempo - Thursday 3.65
Rest or XT - Friday 30 Day Shred Level 1
Long 6 - Sunday - ran a slow easy 5 and then fast for the last mile  6.1m

I'm tired...lol.  I managed to get all my workouts in last week but it certainly was a struggle!  I've never worked out so much in my life before!  My eating was horrendous - lots of "birthday celebrations" going on!  I weighed in at 135.2 this morning...it is what it is and I know where I need to focus this week!

My weekend getaway to the hot springs was fabulous!  We spent 6hrs by the pool on Saturday - Caden pretty much continously looped the waterslide with his cousins the entire time while us adults relaxed and swam.  I snuck away for an hour for a pedicure with my girlfriend...so nice!  It was such a relaxing weekend and one that we will certainly do again!  My girlfriend and I did get a 6 mile long run in Sunday morning while our hubs/boys swam.  I feel like I should be able to count double miles for it since it was accomplished while on a relaxing weekend getaway...lol!

So this week ahead...  Week 2:

Easy 3 or XT
Hill Intervals
Fun Workout
Easy 4 miles
Rest or XT
Long 7

Another 6 workouts - no rest for the weary!  I really need to concentrate on my food this week so my goal will be to track 4 days during the week and 1 weekend day.  I'd also like to prepare a new recipe this weekend - seems this warm weather is hampering my desire to spend any of it in the kitchen and I'm not sure how many more nights of scrambled eggs I can get away with!

My week ahead is fairly normal and I don't have much planned this weekend - hopefully I can concentrate on getting some things done around the house.  I do have a Chi running class with my friend on Friday morning which I'm very excited about - supposed to show us proper form to run run faster, quicker, and easier while being injury free!  I'll take that!

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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 4:47pm
The weekend sounds fabulous!! I'm so glad you got some quality girl time in too!! :-)

I hear you on getting something done in the kitchen - I"m more of a poached egg gal, but have been relying on it a bit too much (as well as eating out) this month. I can't wait to hear about the running class - see if you pick up any new tips!!

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Tue, 09-25-2012 - 9:30am

Week 2:

Easy 3 or XT - Monday
Hill Intervals
Fun Workout
Easy 4 miles
Rest or XT
Long 7

Headed to the gym yesterday over lunch to try a new class - Peak Alignment.  It was touted as a mat based class designed to teach alignment principles.  It was ok...perhaps I'll try it again but I'm not sure.  It was 50 minutes of stretching like moves which was ok but the instructor just stood at the front of the class and read what we were supposed to do - she didn't even demonstrate it.  I kept having to look around to see what was going on and once I did an entire set completely wrong and she never corrected me.  I think the class has potential - the instructor just didn't work for me.  Regardless I'm counting it as cross training...lol!

Food:  2030 calories
Breakast:  plain greek yogurt, frozen strawberries
Snack:  cheddar cheese
Lunch:  1/2 chicken enchilida, baby carrots with butter/brown sugar
Snack:  Banana Oat Muffin
Snack:  Raw almonds, salt and pepper pistachio's - while dinner was getting ready
Dinner:  Cabbage, carrots, ham, roll, cucumbers/vinegar, Pumpkin Pie

Water:  48oz

My food really could have been better.  If I hadn't eaten those nuts while waiting for dinner or the pumpkin pie for dessert I'd have been much better off.  I almost wasn't going to track the day since it wasn't great but I decided a dose or reality was in order!

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Tue, 09-25-2012 - 9:33am
iv_miranda_d wrote:

I hear you on getting something done in the kitchen - I"m more of a poached egg gal, but have been relying on it a bit too much (as well as eating out) this month.

I've been browsing recipe sites trying to get inspired but I'm not having much luck at the moment!  I just can't seem to find the desire to cook right now.  Maybe I'll just pull out a few tried and true recipes and see if I can't make those...anything is better than eggs right now!

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Wed, 09-26-2012 - 5:12pm

Week 2:

Easy 3 or XT - Monday
Hill Intervals - Tuesday
Fun Workout
Easy 4 miles
Rest or XT
Long 7

Did hill repeats yesterday - ugh!!  I haven't had a chance to upload the data off my watch but I can't wait to see what it looks like.  I'm certainly slow going uphill and believe it or not I'm kinda slow going down - feels like if I go down to quickly I get a side ache - as if I'm clomping instead of striding. 

Food: 1628 calories
Breakast: plain greek yogurt, frozen strawberries
Lunch: 1/2 chicken enchilida, green beans
Snack: Banana Oat Muffin
Dinner: Spaghetti, meatballs, garlic toast, corn

Water: 48oz

Food was much better but I'm still struggling with if I'm recording the correct portion and the right things.

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