Carrie's Turkey Day Race Journal

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Carrie's Turkey Day Race Journal
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

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!

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, 09-17-2012 - 10:22am

September Miles: 34.2

I survived the weekend!  lol  First it was Caden's birthday party.  Took me pretty much all of Friday and Saturday morning/afternoon to be ready for the 4 hours of chaos that it was on Saturday night!  It was lots of fun though - between the homemade capes (the kids thought they were awesome!) and the birthday cake (took me 2hrs to decorate) and the 20 relatives that attended it was a fun time but exhausting!  Thank goodness I only have the one child!  I can't believe I have a 5yr old now!

Sunday my running partner and I tackled our goal of getting to Mirror Lake.  It was a 5.15 mile jog up hill (3-6% grade) to the base of the mountain and then a 1.3mile hike up steep switchbacks to the glacier lake.  It was 12.9 miles total and took us just over 5 hours.  We didn't see anyone past mile 2 and the only wildlife we saw was a wood pecker but I was ok with that - I ran the whole way with my bear spray in my hand because it wouldn't stay tied to my backpack!  Needless to say today, the day after, I'm very stiff and sore!

Last week I accomplished my goals - I figured out how to use my GPS watch, upload the data, and tried out the heart rate monitor - I calculated my interval/temp/race paces also.  My heart rate monitor is either broken or I have a heart disease because it showed me working near my maximum heart rate for most of the time on my one run last week.  I'm going to use it this week and keep and eye on it - maybe I need to have it on tighter?

So Week 1 for my 10K training plan has me working out 5/6 times!  I'm wondering if I can't lump a few of these into the same day so I can have more "off days" - so do a running workout over lunch and then the easy/XT that evening and cross off 2 workouts in one day.  I'll just have to see how it goes... I really want to stick as closely to the plan as possible.

Weight 9-17:  132.8  woo hoo - even with multiple servings of birthday cake on not tracking as much as I should have last week I did land in the 132's again.  Next week's goal is 131!

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


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Thu, 09-13-2012 - 10:42pm
I love that chart, its so interesting to see the stats on your runs. I think you're doing great despite the candy corn incident.
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Thu, 09-13-2012 - 1:49pm
Carrie that is so cool that you can track so closely and make those adjustments! I like the idea of an event journal too - so you are working towards something rather than just the end of the month!

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Thu, 09-13-2012 - 12:25pm
WOW at the runs! You are doing a fantastic job, and I know you are enjoying your GPS watch! It's really coming in handy to see how your times are adjusting! :smileyhappy:
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Thu, 09-13-2012 - 10:19am

September Miles:  23.9

9/12  3.5 miles  I tried something new this time - negative splits.  Negative Splits is where you run the 2nd half of you distance faster than the first half - so in theory a slower start and a quicker finish.  Thanks to my new GPS watch I was really able to pay attention to my speed and try this.

Mile 1:  Tried to keep it around 12min miles. It was actually pretty hard and I had to make myself slow down.  Ended up around 11:45min miles

Mile 2:  Tried to keep it around 11min miles - worked!

Mile 3:  Temp Run so my goal was 10:10-10:30.  I actually did it around 9:30 min miles!  This really shocked me since I haven't ran this fast in ANY of my non race runs unless it was the very first mile!

Mile 3.5  Cool down - super slow jog - was suprised how easy it was to maintian the 11min miles at this point - as if my body got used to the speed in Mile 3 and so 11min miles seemed quite slow and easy.

The weather probably really helped - it was somewhere around 60°!  The first day in a long time that I've been able to run at lunch and enjoy the weather!

I found this running calculator online: and used it to determine what my race pace, interval pace, and tempo pace are.  It's quite interesting!  I'm hoping to keep adjusting it as I go but at least it gives me a starting place and a goal.  I entered my stats for my Turkey run last year (9:59 minute miles overall) and these are the training numbers they gave me: