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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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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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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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 - 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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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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Wed, 09-19-2012 - 11:21am

September Miles: 37.7

Week 1:

Easy 3 or XT (crosstrain)
4 miles Intervals
Easy 3 or XT
3-5 mile Tempo
Rest or XT
Long 6

Well - I certainly seem to be able to get the "easy runs" crossed off my list!  UGH!!  Monday I was still sore from the hike/run the day before so I decided to head to gym over lunch and try out the bikes so see if it wasn't a viable option for a snowy winter day.  It was o.k.  The workout part was good but staring at a wall listening to people thump/breath around me was very borring!  I'm not familiar with biking so I just chose a bike with pre-programmed courses on them and did a few.  I can see myself doing it again but only in wretched weather...lol!  The good news is that it was very low impact so it didn't make me any more sore than I already was.

Yesterday was my birthady - yay me - I'm 33!  I took the afternoon off work, stopped and grabbed my favorite lunch salad and headed home for a long run with the dog - my crazy birthday plan!  I learned ahard lesson that you shouldn't run in heat (85 yesterday!), dehydrated (hadn't drank any water AT ALL that day before the run), and right after you eat a big lunch.  Needless to say I made it to mile 3.5 and then walked home.  My poor stomach!  So my planned long run went to an "easy short" one.

The hubs and Caden took me out for dinner to my fav place - best burger ever!  They also got me a new white winter jacket for running.  It will be perfect this winter - it's just so nice that I don't know if I want to wear it running though.  Seems everything I wear running just ends up so stinky!  lol

We are going out of town this weekend to a hot springs resort a few hours away to celebrate my birthday.  They have a waterslide there so I imagine it will lots of swimming, looping the waterslide, eating, and more swimming.   I'm so excited!

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Wed, 09-19-2012 - 11:05am
iv_miranda_d wrote:
And wow on the run - sounds like a tough one!!

It was tough but oh so pretty!  I really do enjoy the hiking trail runs more - they might be harder because of the inclines but I feel more at ease doing them.  Unfortunately my running friend struggles with them more so she prefers the longer runs in town where the trails are flatter.  It's a good mix though and hopefully we can push each other when needed!

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Wed, 09-19-2012 - 11:02am
md_twin_mommy wrote:
Is it ok to double up-on the days? Isn't the purpose to give your legs more running breaks or something like that instead of doing a whole bunch on one particular day?

I was thinking more along the lines of a run at lunch and then a crosstraining workout at night - so not necessarily doing two runs in one day but those are seperate days on my training plan.  Do you think that would work?  I can see that with so many workouts each week I'm going to need to be pretty organized to get them all in!

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Mon, 09-17-2012 - 2:00pm
Holy smokes Carrie, you truly played the role of wonder woman last week! Way to go on hitting all your goals, as well as managing a 5 yr olds b-day party which I know is a LOT of work!! And wow on the run - sounds like a tough one!!

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Mon, 09-17-2012 - 12:04pm
Wow, girl, you really did it! The capes, the cake, the party, the hike & miles, the data charts from the GPS, woo-hoo! Glad that Caden had a wonderful party! And also, WTG on being in the 132s! Mmmmmmm, birthday cake, lol! Great job! :-)