Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Five: Slow

As I ease back into running, I've been making a serious effort to keep my runs slower and to slowly build up my mileage. This isn't something that comes naturally to me as I usually run on feel, so I've come up with a few things to help me learn to slow down.

1. A new playlist. I don't know about you, but the beat of my music has a solid influence on the turnover of my feet. I've even made a specific speed playlist for days I want to push it a bit. Well, now I'm also the proud owner of a slow playlist. Filled with ballads and slow jams, my slow playlist helps me zone out and relax. Favorites: Slow Cheetah by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Slow Dancing Swaying to the Music by Johnny Rivers

What? This doesn't make you want to run?

2. Run with a Buddy. This is not to say my buddies are slow, but when you are trying to chat or gossip about work, you can't help but slow the pace up a bit.  It's also nice to company when running.

3. Use the treadmill. The treadmill allows me to set a speed and forget about pacing. Sure, it's not the most exciting of runs, but the control factor is super handy when you are trying to regulate your pace.
4. Slow beer. They say you only get out what you put in right? Well, with that in mind I've been trying out New Belgium's new beer Slow Ride in hopes that a slow beer in will help with slow miles.  Worth a shot.
I really like it. No, I don't say that about all beers.
5. Put on your big girl pants and just do it. To be honest, I just keep reminding myself that it's the smart thing to do and I'm not giving myself another option.  My goal from now until 26.2 with DONNA is to work purely on endurance and strength, without pushing pace at all. The race won't be a goal time race at all, so just getting to the start line healthy enough to run is enough for me. There is plenty on the course to enjoy and that is what I keep reminding myself.

What tips or tricks do you have to keep your pace light?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Treats for Tatas

I've never done a "What I ate Wednesday" post or blogged about recipes even though I love food and we spend a lot of time crafting meals at our house. Today I'm going to break with tradition and talk a little about food, but to mix it up I'm calling it "What You could eat Wednesday".
I say could, because it only takes one simple step for it to happen. :)
Do we have any fans of cookies here? Oh, good, because I'm having an on-line bake sale. This week as part of my fundraising for 26.2 with DONNA, I'm thanking every donation of $20 or over with fresh homemade Treats from scratch, delivered to your door.  Umm hmm. Who can say no to that?
Lemon poppy-seed biscotti anyone?
Wait, you don't like cookies (I'm judging you a little)? The Treats for Tatas offer extends to homemade candies and bar desserts as well. You can also have your treats mailed to someone else if you rather share them.
Sea Salt Caramels anyone?
So this is "What you could eat" if you decide to join in. All this week, not only will you get a warm and fuzzy feeling with your tax deductible gift, but you will also get treats. I'll send each person an email to get their address and treat selection at the end of the week. Remember, if you donate anonymously, it's really hard for me to send you Treats! Many thank you to everyone for the support!

Offer good on any donation through midnight on Sunday 1/25/2015.

Stay tuned! Additional fun coming in the weeks leading up to race day!

What is you favorite cookie or treat?

Monday, January 19, 2015

26.2 with DONNA Training Week 8

While I work on easing back into running, I've thrown my training plan out the window. I'm sure this shocks no one after missing 3 weeks of it. I'll be playing it day to day as a ramp back up and set a new schedule when I feel ready to use one.

Monday: Felt fine after Sunday's run but decided to play it safe and cross train for a few days before trying it again.
Actual: 35 minutes cycling (20.23 miles/hour)

Tuesday: This week marks a month until the 26.2 with DONNA festivities kick off!  I am so excited! While I won't be racing obviously, I will still be running and enjoying all the events. Time has really flown by!
Actual: 30 minutes Elliptical, Strength training (squats, lunges, lower leg exercises)
 Pretty excited to earn a few of these medals! Less than a month to go!
Wednesday: This one felt good. It's that dangerous moment during recovery when workouts start to feel good, but you know you still have to take it slow. Honestly, it's the hardest part! I told myself at the beginning of the week I was only allowed slow 3 mile runs this week and I'm sticking to it.
Actual: 3 miles running (9:32/mile pace)
Well, there goes my motivation for speed training.
Thursday: All the ellipticals were full. Thanks New Year's people.  I'm all rah-rah about you working out and trying new things until it affects me.  I hopped on the bike instead.
Actual: 35 minutes cycling (17.73 miles/hour)

Friday: Today marked a fun moment in my running career. It was the 10th anniversary of my very first half marathon (Houston January 16th, 2005), which was my first big race. I wish I had a photo, but it was in pre-smart phone days. I do still have my bib and t-shirt. To give you a glimpse of how much running has changed since then (and how much I have changed for that matter), I didn't even know what a gel was at that point, I had never run longer than 9 miles (which I did the week before the race in 70 degree heat with no fluids), I wore soccer shorts, a new shirt, and a fleece during the race (which I didn't drop until mile 7 when I gave it to a friend), and when a guy asked me during the first mile if my goal was to break 2 hours, I said sure because I didn't even know what that worked out to for a pace.
Actual: Legs were tired so I decided to rest.
If you like the cotton t-shirt you should have seen the 80's style finishers sweatshirt.
Saturday: Today we celebrated Christmas so I was busy drinking cocoa, opening presents, and spending time with the family. Didn't get in a run, but fun was had by all.
Why yes, I did decorate a cookie like a running shoe. And then the Jayhawk ate it.
Sunday: Back on the treadmill. This run felt good enough that I decided it was time to try out running on consecutive days.  A little bummed to be running inside on a beautiful day (50s and sunny), but I'll take running pain free over anything else!
Actual: 3.1 miles running (9:32/mile pace)
I've never been so excited to run on the treadmill.
Now that I am starting to log some semi-regular mileage, I will start addressing my Miles for Dollars donations next week! I didn't want anyone stuck sponsoring gimpy mileage. :)

How was your week? Anything exciting to report?
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