Toot-Toot!

Yup, that’s me tooting my own horn. I have to, I can’t help it. I finally had a good run. This entire summer has been a huge drag on my confidence in running. Every run has been so slow, and a total confidence buster.

This was my first summer of running so I really didn’t know what to expect. Of course I know it’s hot as hades in Florida, but I didn’t know how that was going to effect my run.

Not an outstanding pace, but it just felt so much better than any run I’ve been on in months. The temperature was around 80 and there was this awesome breeze, oh my gosh it was SO nice!!

So I’m feeling a lot better about my running ability. I’ll quit tooting my own horn now.

I’m looking forward to my run tomorrow, and Saturday.

Off to multi-task. Homework & Grey’s Anatomy! Yay!

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Quicky

Where have I been? I’ve been busy, and I don’t even know with what? My training hasn’t really picked up, I guess life just got in the way.

I did 5.58 mi tonight in 53:16, avg pace of 9:32. Not to shabby compared to my last couple of training runs.

I felt pretty good for the first 3 miles, despite the 1000’s of gnats that i ate.. GROSS!! I should have taken a picture when I got back from my run. I was covered in gnats, and I do mean covered. They were every where, SO GROSS!! I was spitting every 5 seconds because they were just all over my face, my mouth, in my eyes. Oh, it was disgusting!  The last 2.5 miles were a little tougher. Oh well, I got the job done. Tomorrow is a 5miler, I hope.

It’s the last day of the month tomorrow and If I do my 5 miles I’ll be @ 70 miles for the month. That is my 2nd highest mileage, which really isn’t all that impressive. Bah!

Gotta go do homework.. Must.Not.Get.Behind!

Zoo Run Run 5k

My friend Carolyn & I ran the Zoo Run Run 5k put on  by Lowry Park Zoo on Saturday.

My morning started very early @ 4am. I ate a wheat bread thin with peanut butter & some dry Special K blueberry cereal.  Google maps told me it was 1hr 15min drive down to Tampa, so I got all my stuff together and I was out the door by 5:15am. I plugged the address into my Garmin and it said 1hr drive.. Well crap. That means I’ll be arriving @ the Zoo 30 minutes before I was supposed to meet Carolyn. Oh well.

About half way there I realized I didn’t have a card in my camera, and my Sunpass {for the toll roads} wasn’t working..Great =/   I stopped @ Walmart to buy a card for my camera and a battery for my sunpass. Normally I wouldn’t worry about the battery, but it’s about 6 or 7 tolls and I didn’t want to run a total of 13 tolls in on day. That is bad news.

Race time was @ 8am, but Carolyn & I wanted to get there early so we could get our stuff and relax. I hate being rushed, which has happened to me the last 2 races I’ve run. It’s a good thing we got there early because there was quite a line after we checked in and got our numbers. The line for the bathroom was even more ridiculous. They estimated 900+ runners, WOW! That was a lot more then I was anticipating.

Race time! The first mile was a loop out, down the Hills River, and back into the zoo. The first mile was pretty good. We chatted a little bit, saw a lady eat dirt {she was behind us, but someone hollered “Oh Sh*t” and we turned around and saw a lady had fallen}. The second mile was actually inside the zoo, it was an okay mile, my chest started hurting and that was annoying. I had to stop because my stupid chip had started flopping around and I was afraid it would come completely off.  It took me a little while to catch up with Carolyn and once I caught up with her I ended up falling back behind her again. My chest was killing me and I was having a hard time getting my breathing regulated. The 3rd mile was uneventful, I was just trying to catch my breath. I was very happy to see the clock and to be done.

Time: 26:13
Age Group: 7/100
OA: 114 out of

After the race we walked around the zoo and checked out all the animals. This proved to be a stupid idea, my legs and feet were killing me by the time we got back to the car.

After I got home from the zoo, I took a shower, ate some cereal for lunch and took a 3 hour nap. Awww, nice.

I was so sore and exhausted I could hardly stand to walk around or do anything besides lay down. So lame. I decided to skip my run today.

Next week I really have to buckle down and get my training under control. The Women’s Half Marathon is 8weeks away! AH!

Hope everyone had a nice Saturday!

Who are you?

My friend Carolyn posted this week about her structured training schedule, and the lists in her life. During a recent talk w/ her I admired her “structuredness” and my wishes to be like that. I “like” lists, I use them for grocery shopping & work things. Other then that I don’t use a list. I don’t have a list of things I with to do with my life. I mean, I do, but it’s not written down. It’s in my head, and it’s not a concrete list, it’s just ideas I guess.

Anyways, she says she is “totally type A”… I’ll be honest, I have no idea about type A, B, C, or D personalities. Jk, I know there are only Type A or Type B. I just don’t know which is which. With a quick google search I found a “personality quiz”.. I took the quiz. It was hard, yah, hard. Some of the questions I couldn’t decide if I as A or B. I feel like I am both sometimes. So I answered what I am more times then not.

Here is what the personality quiz says about me:

INFPs represent between 4 and 5% of the U.S. population

INFPs value inner harmony above all else. Sensitive, idealistic, and loyal, they have a strong sense of honor concerning their personal values and are often passionately committed to making sure their beliefs and actions are congruent. INFPs are also extremely perceptive about people. They value their uniqueness and typically seek unconventional ways of doing things. Sensitive and empathetic, INFPs tend to be exceptionally adept at reading between the lines. Although they demonstrate cool reserve on the outside, INFPs care deeply inside.

They are compassionate, sympathetic, understanding and very sensitive to the feelings of others. They avoid conflict and are not interested in impressing or dominating others unless their values are at stake. INFPs seldom express the intensity of their feelings and often appear reticent and calm. However, once they know you, they are enthusiastic and warm. Feeling truly understood and respected for their unique perspective and strong values is important for many INFPs.

 

So, I’m reading this description, and it seems pretty accurate. I hate conflict, I rarely will argue w/ anyone {unless your name is Chris and your my husband, then I’ll argue till death do us part!}  While I was taking the quiz there were questions that asked if I was outgoing, or in what situations I felt comfortable. These were the questions that were the trickiest. I can be pretty quiet if I don’t know you. I am pretty reserved and I’m not really a big conversation starter.  Read the last two sentences of “my” personality, “However, once they know you, they are enthusiastic and warm. Feeling truly understood and respected for their unique perspective and strong values is important for many INFPs.”   I think that pretty much sums it up for me. I think in my little circle of family & friends, I am loud and outspoken. I enjoy spending time with my friends, and I will talk about argumentative topics {if I know anything about it, or have something to say about it}.

Well, now I’m obsessed w/ this Type A or Type B thing {which type is obsesseive?} I took another quiz, and it says this:

You seem to be in the middle between the Type A and Type B personality. In this case, the middle ground is good. Your attitude to life is more of the “smell the roses” kind and you know how and when to relax. Nonetheless, you realize that picking up a challenge and competing a little bit for your place in the sun can add some spice to your life. The equilibrium is important, so don’t let your hostile, aggressive, and competitive alter ego take over too often. Generally, you are easy to be around, and people tend to feel relaxed and comfortable in your presence. Yours is a very healthy attitude towards life.

 

These results don’t make me feel one way or another about myself. I am who I am. I don’t wish to be something else {besides richer}. I am at an okay place in my life with who I am. Could I better some things about myself? Uhm, of course. Who can’t? If you say you, your lying. No one is perfect, not even Chris, even if he tries to convince you other wise =P

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Last night I didn’t run {yah yah, shame on me}. I was so cranky when I got home, I didn’t feel like cooking much less running. In reality, I should have ran, that might have relieved some stress. Oh well, woulda, coulda, shoulda! Tonight is not looking good either. I am going to get my hair done as soon as I leave work. I won’t get home till probably around 9, plus I’m running a 5k w/ Carolyn tomorrow so I need to be nice and rested so I can run fast!

Have a Happy Friday!

Sore.

Apparently, physical therapy whopped me yesterday. My calves are so sore today. The PT had me do these toe raise things. I stood flat footed then raised up on my toes and back down. 40 times. I know, I know, that doesn’t seem like a lot. Well, I’m here to tell you, it is! I can’t think of any other reason why my calves would be so sore today. My run yesterday wasn’t that intense to cause soreness.

So, I am pretty much taking today off. I am afraid to make the soreness worse. I have physical therapy in the morning, and I have a 5k this weekend.

In other physical therapy news, I am no longer having knee pain. I haven’t had knee pain since my first visit. I didn’t even have any pain when I was there, stupid, right? Tomorrow is my last scheduled appointment, not sure if they are going to release me back to my Dr, or If they are going to schedule me for some more appointments. My original script was for 3x/wk , x 4wks… but I’ve been going 2x/wk, and this week is my 2nd week. So I guess I really have 2 more weeks. I guess they will talk about it w/ me tomorrow.

I did a quick short run of 1.1.mi, in 11:23. I just wanted to do a quick run to stretch out my calves.

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For dinner we had pasta, shrimp & zucchini. I know, we’ve had this about 500 times this summer. Well, so?! We really like it, and it is SO.Easy! Quickest meal ever.

Kay. Off to do school work.

Pushing past the comfort

Lately my runs have just been mediocre as far as speed goes. I’ve been running at a “comfortable” pace. I haven’t pushed myself in the least bit. I’m to afraid. Afraid to get injured, afraid to be uncomfortable.

Today I did a 5mi run. I decided early on that I was going to push past my comfort zone to a faster speed. My speed still wasn’t where I think it should be, but it was better.

5mi @ 9:27, 47:17.

I felt pretty strong, I stopped twice for a few seconds. The only problem was that it was SO hot!

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Tonight for dinner I tried another new recipe. I am all about trying out new recipes. We like to eat around here, and we like to eat different things. Thankfully no one is very picky so that leaves us a lot recipes to try.

Tonight we tried Pasta E Fagiol. The verdict- it was okay. I added chick peas and that kind of ruined it. I thought it would be good. That’s what I get for thinking, and trying to make up my own recipes. It would have been pretty good w/o those chickpeas. We also had fresh green beans, meh. I don’t think I’m a fan of fresh green beans. We’ve had them 3 or 4 times in the last few months and  I just can’t get into them. Maybe I’m not making them right, suggestions? Right now I just put them in a pot of water w/ some salt and boil them. I could add some butter, but that kind of takes out the healthy factor.

Good Night, I’m off to do homework!

Euphoric

This morning we got up early{7} so I could get my run out of the way. I had 9 miles planned out. I wanted to go to a trail, but it’s kind of a drive so we decided to stay in the neighborhood.

The weather was great when we first started out, cool and a little bit breezy. The first 3-4 miles went by pretty quickly. I wasn’t aiming for a time goal, I just wanted to feel strong through out my entire run. I kept it around a 10-10:15 pace (well, I tried).

The last mile was pretty tough {as you can tell from my time}, my legs were really starting to get tired and I was ready to be done. My legs were a little sore at first, but now they are totally fine, no soreness. Yay!  I did the run in my new shoes. I think I feel better now that I got fitted and they told me these shoes are fine. Maybe it was a psychological thing?

I felt so great after my run..well, after I took a shower. I felt euphoric, a huge sense of accomplishment. 9 miles isn’t my longest run, but its my longest run during this training and my longest run since March.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Black Bean Chili and Rice

The other night we had this yummy creation for dinner, Black Bean Chili & Race – I didn’t not create this chili, I found it on a blog.

Serves 4-6

1 cup cooked brown rice; cooked according to package directions
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1/4 cup broth or water to saute bell pepper & onion in ( I used organic vegetable broth)
2 cans of black beans, drained & rinsed
1 cup salsa
1 can diced tomatoes (I used tomatoes w/ chilis)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon powdered cumin
1/2 teaspoon lime juice
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I used chili powder)
salt to taste

optional
chopped tomatoes
chopped green or red onion
chopped avocados

While rice is cooking saute onion and green pepper until most of the liquid is gone and the vegetables are soft in the pot.

Add the cooked rice and the rest of the ingredients except the optional toppings and cook on medium/low for about 20 minutes to blend the flavors

add optional toppings

– This was a great recipe. Everyone liked it, and it will probably appear again. I like to have a good meatless meal every now and then. This was really filling and had great flavor!

___I finished Look Again, by Lisa Scottoline. I really enjoyed this book, obviously, I read it in about 3 days. It was a good story line that moved very quickly. At first I thought I knew what was going to happen at the end, she kept dropping hints and I thought I had it all figured out. Then, the last chapter snuck up on me and WHAM! I didn’t see that coming. I really liked it. I only shed a few tears, in a couple of chapters.

My next read is Julia’s Chocolates, by Cathy Lamb

Fit2Run

Since I have been having knee pain, and IT band issues I decided I should get fitted for shoes again. I went this morning to Tampa to a running store, FeetFirst. I got a coupon in my e-mail so that made my decision to go there. Bad idea.

I was already flustered by time I got there from the drive alone. It’s a 1hr 20min drive to Tampa from my house, the time isn’t the problem. It’s Tampa. I HATE driving in Tampa. I don’t do big cities! Seriously, I get all panicky and anxious. Ugh. There is just so much going on, all the cars, the building. Focusing is almost impossible. It wouldn’t have been as bad if Chris was with me, then he could help me look for the building… which was not marked, AT ALL. There was nothing that said FeetFirst. It’s in a plaza thing, and its hard to get to, and I was just annoyed. I passed it and had to find a place to turn around. Bleh. So, that didn’t help my opinion of the place.

I went inside and told the lady I wanted to get fitted, she said okay she would be right with me. I should have noticed then that there were no treadmills, or any device that would measure my feet/gait.

She had me take off my shoes, stand in front of her, then turn around. That was my “analysis.” She then recommended three different types of arch support. Told me to go run around the block and come back. I had pretty much already decided this was not going to work for me.

The entire time she was helping me, she was helping two other ladies. That was fine since I was out running around the block but when I came back her focus did not return to me. I guess she had done what she was gonna do so that was it.

I thanked her and left.

I then went to Fit2Run where my experience was completely different and very enjoyable. They were kind of busy so I waited a few minutes for someone to become available. The guy that helped me was awesome. I really wish I had gotten his name, but I didn’t.

I told him why I wanted to get fitted again, and that I had new shoes, but I wanted to make sure they were the proper shoes for my feet/gait.

He got me some neutral shoes and right to the treadmill we went. He recorded me running for a about 45 seconds then played back the video so he could show me ‘where’ I overpronate.

I tried on about 9 pairs of shoes, ran around the little track they had in the store, and ran on the treadmill for every pair.

In the end I didn’t end up getting shoes. I also ran in my regular shoes so that we could see if they were causing me right foot to roll out. Nope. There was a slight roll out, but nothing that would be causing injury. My left foot was perfectly neutral. His recommendation was to stay w/ my current shoes , and to run on softer surfaces if possible.

Seriously best experience ever. You can hardly ever go into a store w/o a sales person trying to push something on you that you don’t actually need. Very cool, I will def go back there, and absolutely recommend Fit2Run to anyone looking for a running store in WCF.

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I didn’t get my run in yesterday. We ended up going out to eat last night and that trumped my run =/

I plan on jumping on the treadmill in a few minutes and running 4mi while I watch the Gator game. Go Gators!

shower stretching

Edit: I am editing this entry. Last night when I was writing it I was so tired, and sore I could hardly stand myself.

It’s now Friday morning. My legs are sore anymore, maybe it’s due to the muscle relaxer I took, or maybe my stretching paid off.  When I went to the Ortho a few weeks ago he gave me some muscle relaxers with pain meds in them for my knee. I am not a big pill person, I hate taking pills, they freak me out. I don’t want to be some pain bills bitch. The Dr. prescribed me 40 to take twice a day. I really have an issue with what seems like Drs just handing out pain meds- buuut, that is another topic. Needless to say, I have not taken the muscle relaxers like he prescribed, I don’t feel that it’s necessary. I have taken them a few times when my legs were so sore I thought the relaxers would help. I always take them right before I go to bed so I can sleep through any side effects and I wouldn’t be drowsy during my work day.

My back has been sore since Tuesday. I slept wrong Monday night and that put a knot, or a kink, or something in my back. I have tried stretching, Ibuprofen, the muscle relaxers last night; nothing is helping.  I have been reading that running in the wrong shoes can attribute to back pain, but this seems like a different kind of pain. Plus, I haven’t even run that much this week. 8.5 miles, 7 of which were last night.

I told myself I was going to get my 7mi run in last night, and I was doing it outside. Yesterday was the perfect day to do it time wise; Chris worked late so I didn’t have to rush to get dinner done, eat, and then figure out when I was going to run. I made dinner when I got home so it would be ready after I ran, and when he got home. Plus, it’s WAY to hot @ 5pm to even think about running outside.

I left around 6ish and it was still pretty hot outside. It was starting to get cloudy and I was actually crossing my fingers that it would stay cloudy and rain.  It didn’t rain until about mile 4.5, boo. Then it quit raining, it was kind of cool. Then I got closer to my house where it hadn’t rained as hard and it was SO humid! ick!  See mile 7 in the chart below. uhm what happened? Mile 5 wasn’t so great either. Heck, the whole thing isn’t that great. Whatever, I got the miles done, that’s what counts.

Normally I don’t like to take a shower as soon as I walk in the door. I need to cool down before I get in the shower, I don’t do cold showers and hot showers are gross when I’m already super hot. However, yesterday the rain cooled me off quite a bit, so I grabbed a gatorade and jumped in the shower. My hammies were killllling me. I could hardly walk up and down the stairs (uh and that’s an issues), and standing in the shower was not fun. I did some stretching while standing under the water, but it wasn’t helping. I finally just sat on the floor in our shower and stretched for about 5 minutes. It felt SO good. I should have turned on both shower heads,ooo, that would have been super nice. Maybe next time. Our shower is kind of ginormous so I had plenty of room to stretch.

For dinner I made a Black bean & brown rice chili thing. I can’t find the website I got it from right now, I have the recipe @ home. I’ll write it up later, with a picture. It was pretty tasty.

I am really lovin’ Fage 0% Greek yogurt these days! Right now i’m eating some w/ grapes and honey mixed in, uhm, yummy!

Today’s run will be 4mi , I hope. Ha. Not sure what our plans are for tonight, and what time Chris is getting off work. So I should say, my goal for today’s run is 4mi.

Happy Friday!