Monday, January 12, 2015

Training Recap: 01/05 - 01/11




Hey, I'm training again!  And I have a lot of work to do...

Monday:    6.3mi with 6 x 10 sec hill sprints (9:36 pace)

I wasn't 100% recovered from being sick the previous week, but figured an easy run would be ok.  Took it nice and slow, then ran the short hill sprints in my neighborhood.

Tuesday:    7 snowy miles (9:49 pace)
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View of the W&OD Trail
Ended up with icicles in my eyelashes!
Ran a freezing cold, snowy set of miles.  It was 20*, snowing hard, and the ground had a solid 2" covering.  It was a little bit like running in sand, but actually was a lot of fun. 

Wedesday:   8 treadmill miles (8:47 pace) with 8 x 30sec @ 10k pace

Ran on the treadmill in my office gym at lunch.  Definitely not my favorite, as one of the treadmills kept skipping while I was doing my fartlek portion.  Fortunately, after 4mi, another one opened up so I switched over for the latter half of my workout.  It was a fun way to break up the work day...

Thursday:    Hot yoga

Haven't been to yoga in over a month.  Holy crap, I am out of shape!

Friday:     7 treadmill miles (8:56 pace) with 2 x 10min @ HMP (sort of)

Plan: 2mi w/up, 10min @ HMP (7:05), 5min easy, 10min @ 10k pace (6:43), 2mi easy.

Actual: 2mi easy; 10min @ 7:03 pace; 5min easy; 5min @ 7:03 pace...then 1min of sucking wind, another minute at 7:03, another minute of sucking wind, and finally gave up, finishing it up with 5min @ 7:30. Wow.  So now I know...my HMP is seriously ambitious, as I currently cannot run 20min at it.  But I was close.  Next time, if I start to fall off the interval, I should just slow down a little bit instead of trying to force my way through it.  Lots of work to do before March...

Saturday:      4 easy treadmill miles

Tried to do a long run on the treadmill, but it sucked and I quit.  Probably still tired from Friday's death workout. :)

Sunday:     10 miles, last 20min hard.

Finally, an outdoor run!!  Yes, it was 16* when I left my house and I was covered in fleece, head-to-toe, but it was still better than being on the treadmill for 90min.   My legs were tired and sore, but they warmed up pretty well.  I lost some time dodging snow and ice on the trail, as it wasn't entirely melted, but oh well....last 2mi @ 8:20 and 7:56. 

TOTAL: 
Running:  42.3mi
Yoga: 75min

Friday, January 9, 2015

Change

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I have so many goals this year, so many plans for 2015.  Some of them are part of long-term objectives; some are small, more immediate goals.  Of course, I've thought about them, written a long list of them.  Everyone does that on New Year's Day.  Fired up by the thought of clean, promising calendar pages, confident with a whole year stretched out in front of us, hopeful...we list out shiny new goals, objectives.  "We have so much time!"  we tell ourselves.  "We can do it all!"

And I'm an optimist, so I say, "yes, yes we can."  But will we?  When it comes to the actual "doing" of the things, we often miss the mark.  At least I do.  I can't even tell you now how many times I have resolved to qualify for Boston.  And yet it's 2015 and here I sit, with a dusty old 3:37 PR (most definitely not a BQ).  

I think this is because the achievement of almost all goals takes change.  If you didn't need to change anything to get there, you would've done it already, right?  And change isn't sexy.  It doesn't happen suddenly.  It takes work, often over a long period of time, to make it happen.  So yes, we have a year to accomplish all of these things, but the time alone is insufficient.  As Lauren Fleshman recently wrote:

Time fixes nothing. Time is a facilitator but you still have to do the fixing; Dig into the difficult conversations; Look hard at yourself in the mirror and ask if you’re doing everything you can do to get healthy. If you aren’t currently living the life you want, there is no other way to get there. Time won’t make it happen. So you can either adjust the goal, or give yourself a swift kick in the ass. Those are your only two options unless you enjoy the feeling of eternal tug of war.

So this new year, for me, isn't going to be about achieving those goals, but rather about the changes I need to make.  It's about the day-to-day decisions that - eventually, ultimately - lead to goal achievement.  It's about asking myself every single day, "what did I do today to help me reach my goals?"

It's not about the new half marathon PR, but about the workout that I had to do early this morning.  It's about yesterday's yoga class.  It's about the chapter of a classic novel I read nightly.  It's about the water (not diet coke) that I am currently drinking.  

Change is incremental.  But I'm working at it, day by day, workout by workout, water by water.

What did you today to help you reach your goals?


Time fixes nothing. Time is a facilitator but you still have to do the fixing; Dig into the difficult conversations; Look hard at yourself in the mirror and ask if you’re doing everything you can do to get healthy. If you aren’t currently living the life you want, there is no other way to get there. Time won’t make it happen. So you can either adjust the goal, or give yourself a swift kick in the ass. Those are your only two options unless you enjoy the feeling of eternal tug of war. - See more at: http://www.oiselle.com/blog/year-i-take-chances#sthash.4R50AZry.dpuf
Time fixes nothing. Time is a facilitator but you still have to do the fixing; Dig into the difficult conversations; Look hard at yourself in the mirror and ask if you’re doing everything you can do to get healthy. If you aren’t currently living the life you want, there is no other way to get there. Time won’t make it happen. So you can either adjust the goal, or give yourself a swift kick in the ass. Those are your only two options unless you enjoy the feeling of eternal tug of war. - See more at: http://www.oiselle.com/blog/year-i-take-chances#sthash.4R50AZry.dpuf
Time fixes nothing. Time is a facilitator but you still have to do the fixing; Dig into the difficult conversations; Look hard at yourself in the mirror and ask if you’re doing everything you can do to get healthy. If you aren’t currently living the life you want, there is no other way to get there. Time won’t make it happen. So you can either adjust the goal, or give yourself a swift kick in the ass. Those are your only two options unless you enjoy the feeling of eternal tug of war. - See more at: http://www.oiselle.com/blog/year-i-take-chances#sthash.4R50AZry.dpuf

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Virtual Coffee Date

For the last few weeks, I've been entertaining the idea of coming back to this little blogspot. It's been a year without social media and I've certainly enjoyed that. But I've also started to miss this community of runners and triathletes. So, if you were sitting here with me at Peet's, I'd tell you that....

I completely and totally bombed the Richmond marathon. In a huge, planned to BQ but went out too fast, hit a wall, and barely eked out a 3:54 sort of bombed. I was so bummed. There were tears, lofty redemption race thoughts, and finally acceptance.  I was not in any shape to run a redemption race just a few weeks later so I let it go.  Guess I'll have to run another one next year.

I am training for the Shamrock half marathon in March. I haven't PRd at any distance since 2012 and I am more than ready for a PR race. I've chosen Shamrock, as I loved it last year - good weather, nice flat, fast course, and friends to visit afterwards! I'm using Higdon's Run Faster Level 2 training plan and I am excited for some very hard work this winter. Those plans are no joke.

I'm starting to get tired of training alone for things. But I'm also an introvert and dislike strangers. It's a problem. But in 2015, I am going to check out - and maybe join - Capital Area Runners. They do two free casual group runs a week, and also offer a program with a coach and track and tempo workouts weekly. I think it could be really good for me, both training-wise and socially. Now I just have to get over my sense of stranger danger!

Patrick said he wants to train for a full marathon! I'm inherently, diametrically opposed to 20milers in Feb, but I think we could do a late spring race.  There's a nice looking one in DE in May...or maybe I can talk him into San Diego in June? That would be a trek, but I could go for some San Diego weather.

We are in the middle of "The Great Christmas Roadtrip 2014" and it's been a lot of fun. We took a drive to PA to visit my family, then headed west to visit Patrick's family at the lake house in Wisconsin. Next week, the Maus clan heads to Ohio for a NYE wedding, then we loop back home.  It's been wonderful to see everyone for the holidays...but I'll be glad to be home next week.

I got an iPad for Christmas and I am obsessed with it. I must beg you to excuse any typos, as I am definitely blogging from it and the autocorrect is a little ambitious :)

I could use a hot yoga class. It's cold, windy, and rainy in Wisconsin, and some hot power yoga would definitely fit the bill today. But unfortunately, it seems that the yoga craze hasn't hit the Midwest, as there isn't a studio for like 40mi! Guess hot chocolate will have to do...

Monday, May 12, 2014

Time to Go...Bye!

I sit here on another Monday, thinking about writing a training recap.  A nice enough post, sure, with my workouts from the previous week.  Maybe this one would have a solid venting session at the end of it, about how I sucked at my track workout and then freaked out about how I'm not improving like I want to be.  A rant about how I took the whole weekend off running and I'm concerned about my race this weekend. 

Which is true...that all happened last week.

But I don't want to write about it.  Not because of the week itself...but because I'm over this blogging thing. 

It's no secret that my blog has taken a downhill turn lately.  I post weekly training recaps which are boring and easy to write.  Sometimes I ramble about training stuff.  But for the most part, I'm finding blogging to be a chore, something on my to do list.  Maybe it would be easier if I talked about something other than running on my blog, but I don't want this to be a lifestyle blog.  Frankly, that takes a ton of work and I don't want my personal life all over the internet (as evidenced by my lack of an internet-presence in general).

So I think it's time for me to complete my vacancy from the internet.  I've already quit all other forms of social media - facebook, twitter, instagram - and that decision was absolutely POSITIVE for me.  It removed a source of stress from my life.  It freed up a lot of time.  (If you're thinking about doing that, I highly suggest it.)  And so, I'm completing the cycle and ending the blog.

Now, before I delete it, does anyone know how I can save it in a useful format?  There are some good pictures and stories (especially from our cross country roadtrip) that I don't want to lose! 




Monday, May 5, 2014

Why I'm Quitting the Whole30 - Day 21.

As I sit here typing this post, I'm eating a Whole30 compliant dinner.  I have no plans to dive head-first into some non-compliant food, an open bottle of wine is not staring at me, I'm not dying for some chocolate.  I have no plans to go "off-plan" in the foreseeable future.  But I am still quitting the Whole30.

Why?

Because it no longer serves me. 

Do What Serves You

I went to yoga tonight, as I do twice a week.  At yoga, we often talk about doing what serves us.  This does not mean that we should only do things that bring us instant gratification or pleasure, but rather that we should do the things (even hard things...often the hard things!) that help us become better people.   This is not about avoiding difficulties, but about choosing to embrace that which makes us better in any number of ways - stronger, kinder, smarter.

We also talk about letting go of things, practices and habits that no longer serve us. If something is no longer improving you, as a person, or improving your experience, then it no longer serves you.


It's Not a Competition

So this afternoon, as I struggled (and failed, I might add) to get into crow pose, my instructor calmly said,  

"Remember, this is not a competition. 
You all are the sum of your own individual experiences.  
Some of you have been sprinting for a long time.  
Some of you are jogging.  
Not a one of you has the same start line or the same finish line.  
This is not a competition."

Wow, talk about something I needed to hear today.  And let me say, I recognize that this is applicable across my entire life, but for this post, let's just apply the theory to the Whole30.

My food habits are the sum of my individual experiences - and those experiences are diverse.  I have been a calorie counter, a vegetarian, a vegan, an omnivore, and a Paleo-eater.  I have attempted, more than once, to quantify my eating habits in a way that allows me to be "successful" at food.  I want to do it "right." It's a little bit about looking good in a bikini and a little bit about running faster, but mostly it's about my Type A personality, my need to win, and my need to do it "right" (whatever it happens to be). 

But here's the funny thing - the more labels I try to stamp on it, the more "rules" I try to apply to the way I eat...the more stressed out the whole thing makes me.  Simply put, food rules are stressful.  Simply going out to eat is anxiety-ridden because I'm afraid I'll mess up and break one of the stringent Whole30 rules.  And then, I also want to mess up because non-compliant food is tasty.  So it becomes a vicious cycle in my head - wanting to eat the thing, feeling guilty because I shouldn't, not eating it, then feeling frustrated about it.

The funniest part is this is entirely self-imposed!  I signed up for this Whole30, I'm the one imposing the rules, and I'm the one terrified of "failing" at it.  What's going to happen if I break the rules?  Will the Whole30 police show up and take me to jail??  Am I going to be labeled a "loser" for the rest of my life?  Will I get a scarlet "Non-Compliant" stitched to my chest?  Nope.  You know why?  Because food isn't a competition.  Let me say it again -

Food is not a competition.  I can't "win" at food.  

Because of this, I am quitting the Whole30.  Strangely enough, I have no big plans to go "off-roading."  I'm not diving into a giant cupcake as I type.  For all I know, I might eat within the Whole30 parameters for the next week, next month.  But I won't call it that.  I am removing the rules, stripping my plates of "compliant" and "non-compliant" labels.  I'm taking away the "winning" aspect of food...because if there are no winners, then there are also no losers.  I can no longer be afraid of "failing" because failure isn't an option.  There's just food.

What I've Learned

You mean other than all the other stuff I've already talked about?

I'm sure I'll learn more as I start eating other foods again and when I receive my thyroid test results, but for now, I am happy to say that I have learned quite a bit over the last 3 weeks.  I've become much more aware of all the ways that sugar and processed foods were sneaking into my diet.  I've developed a knack for making my own salad dressings.  I've broken the mindless "snacking-out-of-boredom" and the "dessert-every-single-night" habits that I developed over the winter.  I've gotten back into the habit of eating lots of vegetables.  I discovered coconut water.  I've re-learned the difference between being hungry for a second serving versus wanting to keep eating just because it tastes good.  These are valuable lessons and I am glad that I took the time to learn them.  But now, it's time for me to let this go.