Archive | November, 2010

Schedule — Week of 11/29 and Weekly Recap

28 Nov

My schedule for this week looks like this:

Monday:  40 minutes easy

Tuesday: 6×1 min./2 min.

Wednesday: 20 minutes easy

Thursday: 30 minute tempo run

Friday:  Rest

Saturday:  14 miles

And here’s how I did last week:

Monday 11/22:  Rest [mission accomplished]

Tuesday 11/23:  Speedwork 2×1600/4 minute recovery  [I didn’t feel like going to the track for speedwork, so I just did a 30 minute run.  It was muggy and hot, so I was glad I didn’t opt for speedwork.  I went just shy of 3 miles in 29 minutes]

Wednesday 11/24:  20 min. easy [Pre-Thanksgiving baking and meal prep got in the way and I didn’t run today]

Thursday:  Sugar Land Turkey Trot (5 mi.)  [Despite the very warm and sunny conditions and some stomach cramping, I finished the 5 miler in 52 minutes, which was a 7 minute improvement over my time last year]

Friday:  Off  [Does Black Friday shopping count?]

Saturday: 16 miles — that should work off all the Thanksgiving turkey!  [We used Map My Run to find a route that was supposed to be 16.56 miles.  According to David’s GPS, it actually turned out to be 18.6 miles.  UGH!  It was a tough run, but we survived.]

Schedule Week of 11/22

21 Nov

Monday 11/22:  Rest

Tuesday 11/23:  Speedwork 2×1600/4 minute recovery

Wednesday 11/24:  20 min. easy

Thursday:  Sugar Land Turkey Trot (5 mi.)

Friday:  Off

Saturday: 16 miles — that should work off all the Thanksgiving turkey!

On my own…

20 Nov

I am nervous this time.  It’s more than the occasional, “What was I thinking when I signed up for that marathon?” jitters.  This will be my 3rd marathon, but the first time I have trained for a long-distance event entirely on my own.  With our first two marathons in the early 2000s, we trained with Houston Fit.  I just completed a half-marathon with Team in Training.

But now, I’m on my own.  It’s entirely up to me to set the training schedule.  There’s no one to meet me in the pre-dawn hours for Saturday long runs and certainly no one to map out the route.  It’s just me.

Thank goodness for Map My Run!  It at least gives me a starting place to design a route for myself.  I’m going to try to start running with my phone so that the iMapMyRun app can track the distance for me and then I can upload my routes.

This past week was light on training — just an easy 3-mile run on Wednesday morning.  Then I went 11 miles this morning.  I’m glad I headed out early because it warmed up pretty quickly once the sun came out.  I will post my training plan for the upcoming week soon.

Happy Trails!

My online running log

18 Nov

After a 10-year hiatus, I have rekindled my passion for long-distance running.  Over the weekend, I completed the Rock N’ Roll San Antonio Half-Marathon.  It was my first event longer than a 10K since I ran the Disney Marathon in January 2001.

The weather was perfect, and the race had tons of great volunteers and cheering spectators.  I trained for the event with Team in Training and raised over $3,600 to help find a cure for blood cancers.  Talk about rewarding!

Anyway, I decided to start this blog just to document my running and keep me on track as I continue training for various events.  Next up:  the Chevron Houston Marathon on January 30, 2011.

I will also post race reports and event photos here, so stay tuned!