Friday, January 30, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
- Monday: Swim 1200 meters (31:10)
- Tuesday: Pilates (missed a lot of sleep on the weekend and just was too tired to run)
- Wednesday: Spin class followed by a 2 mile run; weight training class
- Thursday: Swim 1200 meters (31:02); run 3.5 miles (hr training)
- Friday: Off. Had a family (uncle) funeral to attend so it was a good day to take off
- Saturday: 6 mile run; 2000 meter swim (52:13 and no Tai Chi man!)
- Sunday: Spinerval DVD, 1 hour 22 min. heart rate training zone
I finally started getting better sleep by Wednesday and hope it continues. Maybe the extra training has something to do with it; maybe its the melatonin I've been taking nightly. If it continues to work, I'll continue to take it unless I find something contrary to taking it.
Jan and I actually did an outside run on Saturday, looking like ninjas with our face masks and hoods. While we started out together, that didn't last long, since I was trying to do heart rate training and she desperately wants to get her speed back up again. So basically I told her to go ahead and do intervals, waiting for my slothlike self to catch up at intersections. We ran downtown mostly since those streets were the most cleared and even dry in some spots. It was cold (about 7 degrees), but no wind, much better than yesterday or today where it is once again in the minus digits. (Thinking spring, thinking spring, thinking spring.) I followed this with my 2000 meter swim. It felt so relaxing and warm getting in that water after braving the elements. I didn't push it at all, just patiently swam lap after lap, keeping pretty consistent with my pacing. I was hoping for 50-51 minutes but went over. The odd (and good) thing for me again is my first 1/2 mile is slower than my second. I just wish all this would convert to my run!
The first indoor tri of the year will be February 15, this year at a new venue from the past 15 years. It was a disappointment that the Y cancelled this event after more than 15 years. Suddenly they decide its not a money maker?? But fortunately, someone else organized it at a different and newer venue, so that's the good part, as well as not having to run up 3 flights of steps for each of the 3 legs or run on a track that is 19 laps to the mile.
Hope everyone had great weekends, and I'll be catching up with you today and/or tomorrow!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
- Sunday: 1 hour on bike trainer, zones 2 and 3
- Monday: weights (30 min.); day 1 of 200 situps challenge (67--too easy)
- Tuesday: Swim 3/4 mile (32:07); run/walk 3 miles (HR training); pilates/yoga
- Wednesday: 1 hour weight training class; day 2 of situps (75)
- Thursday: Swim 3/4 mile (31:29); run/walk 3 miles (Yasso 800s x 4) (HR training)
- Friday: off (due to a family issue) (I was supposed to bike but didn't want to do it late in the day to not have back-to-back workouts running into my Saturday plan)
- Saturday: Swim 1 mile (41:27); run/walk 1 hour (intervals) (HR training); day 3 of situps (100)
The hardest part of this? Getting enough to eat and getting enough sleep. I have not slept well in months, meaning I sleep a few hours, wake up, stay awake an hour or more, go back to sleep for an hour or so. Nearly every night. And I don't drink caffeine and have tried just about every non-prescription sleep aid out there, as well as chamomile tea at night. Sometimes I've taken things to help me sleep and I still don't sleep. My mind is not in turmoil so I don't understand it. I'm rarely exhausted so its not like I'm craving sleep. I just feel I would do better with a little more, and preferably uninterupted sleep. And trying to make sure I have enough food with me all day to avoid snack binging. So everyday I have to load up the picnic basket for work it seems.
My current training schedule calls for increasing long workouts again next week and then yipee, the next week is a drop back week. I just hope I can get some more runs in outside next week or I might just lose my mind!
Stay warm everyone!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
- Sunday, 50 min. bike trainer, cadence
- Monday, weights
- Tuesday run 30 minutes; swim 30 minutes; pilates
- Wednesday, 1 hour weight training class
- Thursday, swim 30 minutes, run 30 minutes, intervals
- Friday, spin class
- Saturday, 45 min. run; 30 min swim
It was an easy week. Eventually, I will add another spin class. The hard part is getting the run/swim days done on work days. If I swim in the am, it is hard to get to the gym at lunch because I can always be guaranteed some crisis coming up and preventing me from taking a long lunch, leaving an evening run, when I am at my low point of the day, and it is an absolute stretch to get me on a treadmill at that time of day. Added to that, I am attempting still the heart rate challenge, meaning trying my best to stay within my zones, which is nearly impossible when running. Biking and swimming, no problem. Running? I max out every time, no matter how slow the pace. Please, someone, tell me this will pay off eventually??
Friday, January 09, 2009
Just what I needed to add to my winter challenges. Marci had this on her blog, the 200 situp challenge. I had actually started my own situp challenge back when I started the 100 pushup challenge, and had gotten to 100. Since then, I've been doing at least 50 at a time most days, and the weight training class I've been taking for the last 6 weeks also has an ab portion at the end of the class, where we devote 10 minutes straight to ab work, so I think I'm in good shape to start this challenge. There's nothing that helps you look better than trim abs and well shaped arms. So let the challenge begin!
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
You've heard that saying "a three dog night"? Where its so cold you need 3 dogs to stay warm? Today was one of those days when it was going to take 3 pair of tights to stay warm. I headed out for my run at 6:30 am in my purple Barney the dinosaur coat (looks bad but its been the best coat ever) and 2 pair of tights. I didn't check the temperature ahead of time (its cold, what more did I need to know?) but wished I had. Within minutes, my quads were stinging from the cold, and my butt was feeling it too, even with the coat flap over it. I pulled up the hood on the jacket and that helped keep my face warm, since I hadn't put on my face mask either. But with no wind and the roads as dry as they were going to be over the next few days, I decided it was a good idea to get out there while the going was good. I am committed to running outside this winter as much as possible. I know, there will be days when I'll regret I did and days when I'll regret I didn't, but after 2 years of strictly inside treadmill running, I had reached my limit. I will still do speed workouts inside, but hopefully the long runs and shorter maintenance runs will be outside as much as possible.
I was glad I had put on my Yak Trax too, since the almost all day, rare appearance of the sun on Monday brought melting and overnight refreezing. For the most part, the sidewalks and streets were clear, but there were enough icy patches to make me feel smart for having put them on. The commitment to run outside also requires more caution, and running with Yak Trax is just one of those things I need to do. Surprisingly, the worst stretch of sidewalk was right in front of a public school. What's up with that? It was an ankle turner for sure. While most of the school yard was a glaze of ice, that stretch of sidewalk hasn't even been shoveled, and there's no excuse for that. With lawsuits in abundance these days, you'd think our public schools, struggling financially, would be more diligent in keeping their properties safe.
I am realizing that wearing an extra 10 pounds of clothes is a definite slow down, so I'm not worried about my time while out there, other than not staying out so long I get hypothermia, and definitely by the end of the 3+ mile run, my toes on one foot were numb and feeling the cold, a holdover from New Year's Eve standing out in the cold for 4 hours, and I could feel the cold penetrating right through the layers. I really don't know how much more I can wear!
All in all, a good run, and a good way to clear all that gunk out of my head and nose!
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Friday, January 02, 2009
It was great to be at an innaugural event in our city, although I can now say "been there, done that." And after spending over 4 hours out in the cold night, I no longer have any excuses for not running outside this winter.