Mission 2 a day: Day 1

Mission 2 a day: Day 1

Since I have a lot of big races coming up in the near future I figured I better get my butt in gear and like now. So my mission beginning today is to work out twice a day at least 4 times per week. Each day I will complete at least 1 of my 3 disciplines (most days 2) and add in some strength training or other exercise to balance me out.

Today was swim in the morning.


And a run in the evening.


I’m hoping that putting this in writing will help me to stick to my mission. Wish me luck!!

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Where did summer go?

Where did summer go?

I had a nice easy run on the track this morning but my 6am run started at 6:20 because it was still dark out ?. I never thought I would look forward to the day that we turn the clocks back. Oh well, the road to 26.2 continues!

  

Nobody tells you marathon training sucks!

Nobody tells you marathon training sucks!

IMG_4313 Seriously!!! If you are like me and are a member of multiple running groups on facebook then you see the weekly medal Monday posts celebrating the success of marathon (and other distances) finishes, and sometimes by the same individuals over and over again, and it just becomes contagious.  But no one tells you all the hard work and sacrifice that goes into marathon training, and especially the beating that it puts on your body.  I mean no one in their right mind (well at least not me) would run a half marathon every weekend for 8 or more weeks.  This is basically what marathon training is; and most time running way more than a half marathon weekly.  When you think about it it really is lunacy!

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Hey Deb & Tania!

I had a pretty crappy last 2 long runs.  So crappy to the point that I was contemplating quitting training this week.  I started out Sundays run making a rookie mistake.  I put my heart rate (HR) monitor underneath my sports bra.  Mind you I have never ever put my HR monitor under my sports bra so I have no idea why I decided to do it this morning.  A mile into my run I felt so fatigued and my breathing was labored  and I had no idea why since this has never happened to me.  I kept pressing on, but my 2 it was worse, and when I finally got to mile 3 I just stopped and thought what the heck is going on.  I lower the HR monitor to where I usually wear it and voila instant gratification.  That belabored first 3 miles started my run off on the wrong foot and it just went totally downhill from there.  I somehow made it to mile 7 with a few walk breaks, but the back 7 were awful.  I basically walked the whole thing because my knee started throbbing.  So what started off as a dumb mistake turned into a physical ailment that I did not want to make worse.  On top of that the bottom of my feet were killing me.  This often happens when I’m on my feet for long periods of time.  Once I got back to my car I stretched, then got inside and ate my protein bar and stared off into space wondering why I was putting myself through this!

Even my Garmin knew my run was terrible because it recommend a recovery time of 4 days!! Now that was a first.  Well 2 days later I decided to test out my knee, and I felt great!  No pain at all.  It was a 5k so a longer distance is definitely needed, but I was just happy to run pain free.  Thanks to my buddy Deb IMG_4303who told me 1 week ago that I need my running accoutrements, I finally invested in some leg compression sleeves, and I have to say I think they work; as I’m sitting here typing and still wearing them! So this weekend I’ll live to run another long run, and hopefully it goes better than the last 2 and snaps me out of this funk that I am in.

The moral of this story is marathon training is super hard work.  Yes in the end reaching that goal of finishing 26.2 miles and that bonus medal you receive crossing the finish-line are worth it, but it takes a lot of guts and mental fortitude to get there.

RUNon!

~Kim

 

Running with a plan?

Running with a plan?

  
I started my run today with a plan to keep a steady pace of 10:30 each mile. Welp that was an epic fail!! I started off good but then increased a little to much and couldn’t maintain that pace. 

I’m trying to find my comfort running zone for the marathon so that I can maintain that pace for the entire 26.2 miles, and it is turning out to be much harder than I imagined! I have another 2.5 months to go, so hopefully I can get it together looooong before then.  There’s always tomorrow…..wish me luck! 

What I’ve been up to……

What I’ve been up to……

Well its been a busy start to the year. I haven’t been racing as much because it is frigid out of course, but I did complete 2 races in January:

NYRR Joe Kleinerman 10K January 10, 2015
Call me crazy, but I am doing NYRR’s 9+1 program again. Just in case I have soooo much fun doing the NYC Marathon this year. I’m keeping my options open for 2016. Plus there are at least 7 of their races that are must runs for me, so I may as well add another 2 and volunteer to get guaranteed entry for 2016.
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This had to be one of the coldest days of the year. I really don’t know how I survived it! I mean everything on me was frozen. I literally could not move my face and my fingers, forget about it. They felt like I had frostbite (not like I know what frostbite feels like!) I did manage to clock a pretty decent time, and am feeling as though that sub 60 10k is within my reach.
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Sayville Running Company 10 Mile Run to the Brewery January 17, 2015
Now this one was a doosey! The course was mostly flat, and ran through local neighborhoods. Why I got up at the crack of dawn to drive an hour for a brewery run when I don’t drink beer, I have no idea, but it was actually super fun.

Mandatory Selfie

Mandatory Selfie

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Start-line Pic

It was freezing this day too, not as cold as the 10th but cold none the less, but I did manage to stay in the 10min range for the whole race. That’s an accomplishment for me at this distance.
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The after race festivities were off the chain! There were two huge heated tents set up with food galore! I mean this was a fat kid that loves cake dream race. I’m not much for sweets but they were flowing.
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Since I’m eating healthy I just grabbed a grilled chicken sandwich and a bottle of water. It was so tasty I went back for a 2nd sandwich, and a 3rd and 4th to take home.

The beer was flowing heavily. If you are a beer drinker this is your race. There were all types, and all you can drink. I don’t like the stuff but did bring a cup home for hubby and he said it was really good.
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This race sells out in like 40 minutes, so if you like beer, like to run 10 miles in the cold, then this one is for you. Have your finger on the trigger to register when it opens.

I am in week 2 of my Iron Man Triathlon training, and it is fun!! I’m learning a lot, especially on the bike which I desperately need. Also improving my swimming. I thought I was good, but I thought wrong! I still have a ways to go, but I’ll get there. I think I’ll start a weekly post on my training chronicles….they are a doosey…..until next time!

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Tuesday morning run….brrrrrrr

Tuesday morning run….brrrrrrr

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I try to get out with the Tuesday morning run crew, but after getting to bed at 1am, getting up at 4:45am was not happening! So I gave myself a little xtra time, woke up at 6am, and hit the pavement by 6:15 for a solo run around the track. Now the track is usually pretty boring. There really isn’t much you can do to make going around and around in a circle fun. Here are some of my tips:

1. Run the outer lane – yes I know this is the furthest distance, but if you are doing a 3+ mile run, you’ll end up doing 1-2 laps less since you are running a longer distance. Yes in reality you are running the same distance in the end, but psychologically I’ll take running a couple laps less.
2. Ramp up your music – I like running to a playlist. I know some people don’t like running with music at all but I do…to each his own. I like fast tempo pop, house music, or rap music with a dope beat. (yes dope!) Not typically music I would listen to, but it gets me going. I just added the Pitbull and Neyo song Time of My Lives and I love it!! I can listen to it on repeat for my whole run.
3. Run with a buddy – my run today was alone, but if I had a running partner it would have been more bearable. If you can talk and run (which I can’t) it’ll make the time pass more quickly. I always think if you can hold a conversation while running you should be running faster! JMO

Well it was cold this morning, so I think that contributed to the faster miles. I wanted to get my butt out of there! I’ll keep working toward getting to that sub 10 per mile pace, my goal for 2015!

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P.S. Yes that’s a Dunkin Donuts hat from the NYC Marathon…bloop!

Happy Tuesday!

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