tread lightly and don’t forget the tissues

It’s cold out again. And slippery. I don’t have a whole to say about my runs this past week. Oh, except that I ran 4 miles the other day! Otherwise, I’ve just been keeping up with training and it’s been going well (just uneventful). My 5K is coming up on Saturday, and I’m starting to look forward to running for running’s sake and taking a break from training.

I do have two things to mention. First, I’d like to thank the people who shovel their sidewalk, even when there isn’t much snow. I’ve started making a game out of running between the shoveled/un-shoveled houses, but it’s not exactly ideal. I very much appreciate when sidewalks are shoveled. I’m sure my fellow sidewalk runners feel the same. It’s dangerous out there.

Secondly, I wanted to express my appreciation to those runners I have crossed paths with these last few days. Especially when it is cold out, I get a huge boost of energy when I see other runners. The other day I did a simple 2 miles and I really wanted to stop around mile 1. I had dropped my tissue and it was cold and I just wasn’t having fun anymore. Then I saw two other runners and I was encouraged to keep going.

Anywho, that’s all for now, here’s the Kiddo!

my week on the mill

This week I’ve been pretty busy, so I haven’t had a lot of time to do much writing. I’ve been doing most of my last few runs on the treadmill because of snow and ice. Yesterday was pretty hard because I had to go 3 miles, but I think I have figured out a way to make the treadmill more enjoyable. Normally I run too hard for the entire run, but yesterday I tried to gradually increase my speed. I started out walking for .25 miles, then increased to a light jog for .75. At 1 mile I increased to a comfortable but relatively fast speed. At mile 2 I slowed back down to a light jog for .75 miles, and walked the last .25. I think it worked out pretty well because I was tired afterwards, but my legs didn’t feel like jell-o and I felt pretty good. I think I’ll be stuck on the treadmill until the weather clears up a bit.

As far as other things keeping me busy this week, I did finish organizing the desk and have been using it everyday. It’s really nice to have a designated spot, rather than sitting on the couch. I feel so much lazier on the couch. I also reupholstered my diningroom chairs. The chairs were very nice, but the fabric was dated. Now I have a nice looking chair to sit in a the desk!

I also started going through my clothes. It’s something that’s needed to be done for a while now, but kept putting off. I decided to go through each room and take care of the things I no longer have any use for. I wasn’t too excited about going through my clothes, but I plan to consign a bunch of stuff, and I’ve already given some items to a friend of mine, so I’m happy about that.

As far as Kiddo goes, he rolled over for the first time last week! I don’t think I’ve ever been so proud (although it might be something weird to be proud of, I didn’t have a whole lot to do with it, he’s just getting bigger). Lately he’s been content to sit in his excersaucer all day and likes to chew on the sides.

Unfortunately, I’m not feeling up for running tonight. I’m disappointed because I only have to run one mile. However, I am not feeling well. I felt fine all day, but around 4:30 I started to feel very tired. I took a short nap, and hoped that would help, but it hasn’t seemed to. Tomorrow is a rest day, so I will go then, as long as I’m feeling up for it.

morning treadmill run

Well it finally happened. Since Kiddo came along I swore I wouldn’t have to get up in the morning before 8:00 7:30 7:00, but today I was up at 6:00. There are two reasons for this. This week we are rabbit sitting and I decided it would be best to check on them before Kiddo wakes up at 7:00 so that Paul could be home with him. (Rebecca, in case you’re reading, the rabbits are doing well. I gave them carrots and they were very happy about that). I also decided that I could get my run done during that time before Kiddo woke up.

That last part didn’t happen exactly as I planned. I was all geared up to head straight down to the treadmill as soon as I got home. I was actually happy to run on the treadmill today, even though I usually prefer to run outside. I finally got new shoes and wanted to give them a try. It snowed a bit last week and I wanted to wait until it had cleared out before taking them on the road, so I was happy to give the treadmill a go.

However, when I walked in the door at 6:40, someone was crying. It was probably for the best. One thing I had not anticipated was the more endowed physical features my body takes on first thing in the morning. Sorry if that’s not descriptive enough. Basically, since I had not fed Kiddo at this point, I was looking a bit more like Pamela Anderson than usual. So, I decided to feed him first, then we headed downstairs and hit the ‘mill.

Today also marked the first day of 5K training. I decided start from scratch since it’s been awhile since I’ve run consistently. Today’s plan was for 1.5 miles at an easy run/walk pace. I don’t know if it’s me or the treadmill, but I never do very well on it. Of course today wasn’t much of an exception and, although I ran the whole time, it still took me 18:15 to complete the run.

After my run I got the cat out from under the treadmill and we headed back upstairs to get ready for nap time. I decided to try making an iced-coffee-protein-shake since it was breakfast time, but I had just finished running (and we don’t have any chocolate milk). I don’t really have a recipe, but here are the ingredients:

  • Coffee, brewed and cold
  • Protein powder (I tried half vanilla/half chocolate, but I think I’d do just vanilla next time)
  • Milk or coffee creamer
  • Sugar or sweetener

Mix it all in the blender and voilà – look at all that foamy goodness! I actually made quite a lot so next time I won’t make so much, because I don’t think I’ll be able to finish it all.

5K training in 4 weeks

I’m planning on running the Red Flannel Run in February and needed a training program since it’s been awhile since I’ve been running consistently. I googled 4 week programs and found this and it looked easy enough, so I thought I’d try it. I am mostly looking for something to get me back into the grove of running more than once a week. It’d be nice to get a PR, but right now I feel great just getting out and moving. This is what the next 4 weeks look like for me.

Week 1:

Monday: 1.5 miles
Tuesday: 1 mile
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 1.5 miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 2 miles
Sunday: Rest

Week 2:

Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: 1 mile
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: .5 mile (2 track laps) warm up, 4x400meters (1 lap) – 3 minutes rest between each, .5 mile cool down
Friday: 2 miles
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 4 miles

Week 3:

Monday: 1 mile
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: .5 mile (2 track laps) warm up, 4x600meters (1 ½ lap) – 3 minutes rest between each, .5 mile cool down
Thursday: 3 miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 2 miles
Sunday: 4 miles

Week 4:

Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: .5 mile (2 track laps) warm up, 4×200 meters ( ½ lap) – 1 ½ minutes rest between each, .5 mile cool down
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 1 mile/rest (easy recovery)
Saturday: RACE DAY