Monday, December 31, 2012

Running Goals for 2013

1. 5K by 5th Virtual Run Series - I'm running/walking a 5K each month for 5 months.  This is a virtual run series created by a blogger named Laura who blogs at mommyrunfast.com. 

2.  I'm going to run/walk the Eugene Marathon in Eugene, Oregon on Sunday April 28th.  It was rated the best new marathon by Runner's World in the January 2013 magazine.  I wanted to run the Avenue of the Giants marathon in California.  Unfortunately, the logistics of the marathon were going to be a bit expensive and I called too late to get into a hotel close to the starting line.  The Eugene Marathon just makes more sense and is closer to home. 

3.  I'm going to run/walk the Seattle Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon on June 22nd. 

4.  I'm going to run/walk the Seattle Marathon on December 1st.

5.  I'm going to regularly attend Yoga classes twice a week.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Virtual 5K's

I signed up today for the Virtual Run series sponsored by Laura, the blogger aka mommyrunfast.com.  She sponsored a fun virtual 10 miler I did on Labor Day weekend.  This new Virtual Run is a series of 5K's done by the 5th of the Month, January through June. 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Walking and Running

This week I've gotten a bit of my mojo back.  The Christmas light viewing season has started and I'm participating by walking through my neighborhood in Marysville with friends.  Wednesday evening I walked with Terri 3.54 miles.  Thursday evening, the same with Tracy. 

Yesterday I finally got the courage to jog again on my sprained foot/ankle.  I jogged on the treadmill!  Starting out slowly, I used a 2 minute jog/1 minute walk interval.  After a warm-up I worked up to jogging 5 mph/walking 3.6 mph for 2 miles.  The best part is my foot didn't bother me until after I took my shoe off.  Then it only was sore for a while. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Marathon I Didn't Do

Today was the Seattle Marathon.  It was a perfect weather day for a marathon.  I spent the day machine quilting a quilt.  I thought about the marathoners all day.  As the hours passed I made remarks regarding the marathon such as, "I would now be at mile 18 on Lake Washington Blvd".  It was a bittersweet day.

My foot/ankle is better but not good enough for even a half-marathon.  Tonight was my first walk since I sprained my ankle.  I walked 1.81 miles through the neighborhood and looked at Christmas lights.  It took me 37 minutes.   

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Major Setback

I'm major bummed right now.  I'm sitting on a recliner, with my left foot wrapped in an ace bandage, propped up on a pillow.  I have crutches sitting close by.  Last night I stepped off a curb and fell.  My left ankle hurt badly and I skinned my right knee.  Klutz should be my middle name!!!

This morning it was x-rayed.  The doctor said it is sprained.  He is not sure I'm going to be able to run the marathon next Sunday.  I have been ordered to put no weight on it for the next few days.  I'm thankful there is no break. On the other hand, I'm extremely upset that all the time and effort I put into training might not culminate into crossing the finish line and having a medal hanging around my neck.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

10 Miles

My overdue 10 mile training run/walk was completed today.  I was supposed to do it last Sunday.  My time was 143 minutes.  I'm entering the final stretch of the marathon training known as tapering.  I can't believe the Seattle Marathon is only a week and a half away.  I should be scared but I'm not.  My time goal is to do the best I can.  If I'm able to match my June marathon time of 6:33 I'll be very pleased.  If not, oh well.  I'm doing this for fun and to keep myself in shape.  I'm running more than I've ever run in my entire life.  Not too bad for a 50 year old.

I finished watching the second portion (1985) of the mini-series, North and South.  It was titled Love and War, I think.  The third portion (1994) was panned by the critics but I'm determined to watch it.  I never saw the originals on tv and bought the trilogy at Costco.  Gotta love Costco! 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

4 Miles

Today I walked and only jogged a teensy bit.  4 miles in 64 minutes.  Tomorrow I will do better.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Easy Run

Today I did an easy run/walk on the treadmill.  I completed 4 miles in 57 minutes.  I ran/walked at the ratio of 2/1.  I'm planning on doing this for the marathon later in the month.  To keep me busy I watched the beginning of the 1986 mini-series called North and South.  I love 19th and 20th Century history so the hour flew by. 

Lesson learned today... Caffeine is good.  I had a Diet Coke today and felt wonderful. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Basic Weight Training Class

Today I attended another Strength Training Class.  The class went smoothly and my muscles are sore.  Not overly sore, just the right amount to make me feel like I'm doing something good for my body.  My neck didn't hurt yesterday but I wasn't going to take any chances so no Yoga today.  I'm going to try to do both classes next Tuesday.  Tomorrow is a run/walk day.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Yoga and Basic Weight Training

Today I started my new cross-training exercises.  I am taking yoga and basic weight training classes at the YMCA.  I've read both of these are the ideal cross-training exercises for running.  I enjoyed both of them today but wrenched my neck in the yoga class.  I've been icing it and the pain isn't going away so I may be calling the doctor tomorrow.  Quite a bummer for my first day of class.  I hope the Thursday classes go smoother.

20 Miles on Sunday, November 4th

It's been a long time since my last post.  We first went on a vacation to the Midwest for 2 weeks in late September.  I've mostly kept up on my marathon training.  I need to keep up with the blogging.


Sunday I completed my 20 mile training run/walk. I did 14 miles on the Centennial Trail and the last 6 miles in Marysville.  I did a run/walk ratio of  running 2 minutes and walking 1 minute.  The first 12 miles went smoothly and the next 8 miles were a bit more of a struggle.  I took more walk breaks and then walked the last few miles.  My legs are sore today but nothing that is too painful. 


I'm finding a few things that are working for me on this quest for running.  I've found out taking ibuprophen doesn't work for me.  Sports beans are easier to eat than gummi bears. Another thing is I need to take my high blood pressure medicine before running.  Chocolate milk is a great after run drink.  It is supposed to repair muscles and tastes yummy.

Little by little I'm becoming a runner. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Monday's Walk

I'm trying to not make my late entries a trend but here is another one.  I walked 3 miles with Terri yesterday around the neighborhood.  It took us 55 minutes.  After the 14 miles I completed on Sunday, my legs were sore and slow-moving.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday, September 23rd, 14 Miles

I decided to change my long endurance day to Sunday. On Monday I was walking the first 5 miles with Terri and then I would complete the rest of the mileage jogging/walking. Since I want to jog/walk the entire marathon, I thought it would be helpful to train the same way.  So... Today I jogged/walked 14 miles on the Centennial Trail. I completed a portion of the Centennial Trail I had never been on before. In fact, it had been months since I had been on any part of the Centennial Trail. Mark dropped me off at the Armar Road trailhead. I jogged to the Bryant Trailhead, about 8 miles, turned around and jogged back through the city of Arlington. Mark picked me up again after I completed 14 miles. This was accomplished in 3 hours and 36 minutes. At the end, I was very tired, but felt very satisfied with my jogging!

Something I found out today was my race belt didn't work as well as I had envisioned it would.  It works fine for the shorter walks and jogs I do during the week, but for long jog/walks I'm going to have to come up with something different.  Before, when I walked, I used a waist pack/fanny pack. I fondly referred to it as my exercise purse. It was large enough to carry a water bottle, snacks, phone, etc. It also bounced a lot when I jogged. I bought a running belt from Ifitness that worked well for jogging. It did work nicely, until today. This running belt isn't large enough to carry everything I need, while doing an endurance jog. The hydration bottle only holds 4 oz. I just went to the website and discovered they sell larger bottles. Anyway, I purchased the Amphipod pouches and the Amphipod hydration bottles to add to the running belt. While jogging, my running belt now slips down to my hips and would've slipped off if I hadn't hiked it up numerous times. I'm going to have to come up with either a new belt or some other way to carry fluids.

Reading the books, Marathoning for Mortals and Marathon: You Can Do It!, have changed the way I feel about jogging. It doesn't have to be continuous and it's okay to intersperse it with walking. This paradigm shift in my thoughts of jogging, has given me the courage to push myself beyond the comfortable limits I had placed upon myself.

Today would've been my younger brother's 49th birthday. He died of a heart attack 2 years ago. In Curt's and my dad's memory is a big reason I do marathons. Both of them died of heart attacks. My dad at age 55 and my brother at age 47. I have another brother, who is still living, who had a heart attack at 50. My walking and jogging is an attempt to keep heart disease at bay. I want to live to 100 years old and do marathons into my 90's.


 







Thursday, September 20th

I jogged/walked 3.5 miles on the treadmill in 49 minutes.

4.7 mph / 3.6 mph

Wednesday, September 19

I jogged/walked 4 miles on the treadmill. 

55 minutes
4.8 mph / 3.6 mph

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Monday's Easy Day

I haven't kept up with the posts this week.  Some days I was too tired and others I just plain forgot.  Today is my day to get caught up.

Monday was an exceptionally easy day.  Thanks to my new training schedule of the endurance days being hard every other week.  I walked 5 miles with Terri and then jogged 1 mile on the treadmill for a total of 6 miles.  Easy peasy.

5 miles - 70 minutes
1 mile - 12:43 minutes

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Following the Training Schedule

I have to say, I'm proud of myself.  I'm following the training schedule.  Not perfectly but very close.  There were so many times last month I didn't reach my goals, resulting in feelings of discouragement and disappointment.

Today's treadmill workout consisted of a jog/walk ratio of 4 minutes jogging and 1 minute of walking times 9.  Jogging pace was 4.7 mph and walking 3.6 mph.  My total mileage was 3.8 counting the warm-up and cool-down. 

According to the books I'm reading, I need to do some of these work-outs outdoors.  I already knew this and it's how I trained for all the half-marathons and 2 out of 3 full marathons.  As of February this year, when we acquired a new treadmill, I developed the habit of jumping on the treadmill so it makes it difficult for me to go outside.  I don't have to wear sunscreen, I can wear a sleeveless workout shirt and not feel uncomfortable, the bathroom and water is within easy reach, I could go on and on.  These are just excuses and if I am to do this correct I need to jog/walk outside. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Monday's 12 Miles Marathon Training

Yesterday was my 12 mile long, slow distance day.  I walked my regular 5 mile walk with Terri around the neighborhood. The weather was a cool low 60's degree day.  Hooray for the mild temperatures of September!  The last 7 miles were at a jog 3 minutes / walk 2 minutes pace on the treadmill.

.5% incline treadmill
4.5 mph jog / 3.5 mph walk

After 10 miles I was starting to doubt my ability to keep jog/walking but I pushed forward and kept up the pace.  I checked the time of my gymboss pacer quite often during the last mile.  After I completed the 12 miles, I was extremely proud of myself. 

I have to say I love this new training schedule.  The jog/walk ratio seems to be working.  Today is my rest day and I don't feel any pain or muscle soreness.  Next week is an easy 6 miler and the following week is 14 miles.  The training schedule is quite different than the other one I followed for my previous marathons and half-marathons.  This new one is much easier.  I'm trusting the authors of the book, Marathoning for Mortals, that they know what they are talking about.

I also had a doctor's appointment about my big toe. A friend thought my big toe might have had toenail fungus. Sounds yucky doesn't it? I was not looking forward to taking another pill for 3 months. Turns out my toenail was just damaged from the trauma of running. I've lost three toenails thanks to jogging. This sounds painful but it isn't. The toenails bothered me but it wasn't anything I couldn't live with. The one that really hurt was the big toe in question. I kept getting an ingrown toenail that hurt like the dickens. The toenail was obviously bruised and had been damaged for a long time. When it came off, it was a relief. The pain of the ingrown toenail stopped. If it didn't look so odd, I'd be happy to keep it off forever. Unfortunately, I'm vain and I like the way my toenails look after a pedicure. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Tempo Training Day

My workout today consisted of slightly increasing my speed.  I jogged/walked for 56 minutes for a total mileage of 3.88 miles.  My intervals consisted of jogging 3 minutes and walking 1 minute x 10 at the following speeds;

4.6 / 3.6
4.7 / 3.7

The last 10 minutes were tempo intervals of 3.6 mph and 5.0 mph and 5.5 mph.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

5 Miles

Today I jogged/walked my training schedule for a total of 44 minutes.  Jog - 3/Walk - 1.  I completed 3 miles in 44 minutes.  My right foot was bothering me during the jog portions but I was able to work through the discomfort. 

I then proceeded to walk another 2 miles because I wanted to watch the end of the Dallas episode.  I decided I would only watch Dallas from the treadmill and I couldn't just stop in the middle!  I was able to check out the entire first and second season of Dallas from the library.  Yeah, no more waiting for the dvds one by one from Netflix.

Another good day!

Monday, September 3, 2012

10 Miles



Today was a 10 mile training walk for the Seattle Marathon.  My total time was 2 hours and 47 minutes.  According to my marathon training schedule it is supposed to be a long, slow walking endurance day so I'm not worried about time. 

It also counted for a 10 mile Virtual Run on Labor Day weekend that I am participating in.  It's a cool idea and this is the race bib for the run.   http://www.mommyrunfast.com/labordayvirtualrun/   I wish the leaves in Seattle look like the race bib picture.  Alas, it's too early in the season in Seattle.   Besides, I would have to go the arboretum or up to the mountains for this many deciduous trees.  We are not known as the Evergreen State for nothing.

I walked the first 5 miles with Terri around the neighborhood.  It took us 95 minutes.  We started our walk at 8:00 am because we are trying to avoid the heat.  Cloudy skies and cool temperatures were the theme of the morning.  Very nice walking weather.  The sun was just starting to peak out of the clouds as we finished the last two blocks. 

Today I noticed there were plastic geranium flowers planted in a flowerbed.  It's too funny and I had to take a picture.  I've walked past this house at least a hundred-plus times, yet this is the first time I noticed plastic flowers.  Who knows, maybe they were put in recently, I should be more observant. 






 
The next 5 miles were ran/walked on the treadmill. After a 5 minute warm-up I ran 3 minutes and walked 1 minute repeated throughout most of the next 5 miles. I did take a 5 minute walk break somewhere in the middle.  The total time on the treadmill was 72 minutes.  I was originally going to walk/run this marathon but I'm waffling between the run/walk training schedule and the walk/run schedule.  I know my first 5 miles are going to be walked because I decided my long endurance day is going to be on Mondays.  Every Monday I walk with Terri for 5 miles, and there is no way she will jog, so I'm always going to walk the first 5 miles.  So for now, I am going to walk the first 5 miles, and run/walk the rest of the miles on my training walks.  Who knows what my finishing time will be this year at the Seattle Marathon.

I watched the third episode of the 1978 Dallas series.  I'll now have to wait at least three days for the next dvd from Netflix.  The time speeds by watching this series. 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Another Successful Day

Today was another successful day.  It feels warm and fuzzy to say that.  This last month I've been feeling inadequate in full-filling my fitness goals.   

Yesterday was easy for me and I knew I could do more.  After consulting the Marathoning for Mortals training schedule, I decided to follow the training schedule for the run/walk instead of the walk/run. I'm still planning on following the walk/run schedule for the endurance or long mileage days. 

3.71 miles  50 minutes

Warm-up - 5 minutes at 3.5 mph
Jog 3 minutes at 4.5 mph / Walk 1 minute at 3.5mph - Repeat 10 times
Cool-down - 5 minutes at 3.2 mph

I watched the second episode of Dallas.  It was intriguing enough to make the time whiz by.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Treadmill time

I can finally start this blog entry off right.  I followed my training schedule almost to the letter.  Yesterday was a rest day.  I did yardwork for a couple of hours.  Mowing and weeding.  Fun, fun, fun!  Today I walked and jogged on the treadmill.  I set it at .5% incline.

5 minutes walking at 3 mph warm-up
3 minutes walking at 3.5 mph / 1 minute jogging at 4.5 mph - repeat 12 times
5 minutes walking at 3 mph cooldown

I used a Gymboss Interval timer to keep me on schedule.  I also watched to premiere episode of the 1978 Dallas series.  I'm hoping to watch the entire series on the treadmill.  It is going to take me quite a while.   I just read that Dallas had 357 episodes.  Watching Dallas kept my mind occupied since I hadn't ever seen the first few seasons of this series. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

9 Miles

Last week was another week I didn't meet my fitness goal.  I'm very frustrated with myself.  I had migraines for three days.  Oh well, it's a new day and I met my goal today. 

I walked 9 miles this morning.  My marathon schedule was for 6 miles, but I made up the 9 mile week I was supposed to do last week.  The first 5 miles were walking outside with Terri, followed by walking 4 miles on the treadmill.  I set the treadmill for a 1% grade incline.  A 1% incline is supposed to simulate walking outside.  It seems to be a bit harder than walking outdoors.  I figure erring on the side of more difficult rather than less difficult is better for my fitness level.  The temperature outside was 76 degrees by noon.  It was warmer than the weather forecasters predicted. 

I promise to faithfully follow my training schedule the rest of this week .  :)

Monday, August 20, 2012

7 Miles

Today was the start of my new goal of following the marathon training calendar.  I messed up already.  I walked/jogged 7 miles instead of 9 miles.  I walked the first 5 miles with Terri.  I was then locked out of the house because the garage door wouldn't open.  Terri drove me up to her house and from there I walked to Sue's to get an extra key she has to our house.  After talking a bit, I walked and jogged back home.  I wasn't sure of the mileage and the Internet has been unusable since last night.  After I had lunch I decided to hang it up for the day and go Wednesday.  Tomorrow I'm going to be doing cross-training consisting of yard work.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Another Short Walk

Liam and I went on a 2 mile walk this morning at 7:00am.  The early hour is due to the extra warm weather we are having in the Pacific Northwest.  They just said on the news the temperature might be in the high 80's today vice the 90's.  This is due to some unexpected off-shore winds.  I hope they are right.

Sarah made reservations for her puppy Liam to be shipped back to California on Sunday evening.  Looks like I'll be taking him on at least one more walk.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Early Walk with Liam

Today Liam and I went on an early walk for 3.14 miles to beat the heat.  We are scheduled to have record-breaking temperatures in the 90's today and tomorrow.  Today I let Liam have extra length on the leash when we were in Jennings Park.  He seemed to enjoy the freedom.



Liam and I noticed lots of cats enjoying the early morning temperatures.  One cat in particular caught my eye and I had to take a picture of it.  I don't know if this fence had a hole in it previously or if the owner cut it for the cat.  The black kitty fit perfectly in its' empty space. 


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

New Day

I did some reading last night that gave me encouragement.  The books I read are Runner's World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training and Marathoning for Mortals.  Both books stress how important it is to stick to a marathon schedule.  I've always stuck to the long, slow distance day of increasing my mileage but never to the other days of exercise.  I studied the training schedule in the Maratahoning for Mortals book again and decided to follow it to the letter.  It calls for you to walk/run only 40 to 45 minutes on the regular days.  I can deal with this and not feel like a failure. 

Today I took Liam for a 1.6 mile walk.  It really is too warm to be outside for long.


It's hard to get Liam to pose and look happy.
Path through Jennings Park



Liam relaxing after his walk

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Revising My Goal

I feel like a loser, AGAIN.  Today I had the best of intentions about jogging.  I got on the treadmill and did a fast warm-up walk.  Every time I started to jog it just felt difficult and I really didn't want to do it.  It might be because I increased the interval to 1% incline.  In the past month, I have read and heard that if you truly want to mimic outside conditions jogging you need to add incline to the treadmill.  Another reason, or excuse, is yesterday was my long mileage day.  Regardless, I'm tired of feeling like a failure due to not reaching my goal.  I'm just not up to jogging 5 continuous miles three times a week.  So my new goal for this month is to jog 5 continuous miles once a week.  I will exercise 5 times a week.  Perhaps I will now start to feel a sense of accomplishment.  One can only hope.

I did walk/jog 5 miles in 80 minutes.  The temperature inside and outside was 79 degrees.  16 minute miles. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

8 Miles Today

I walked a 3 mile walk with Terri and Sarah's puppy dog, Liam.  I then proceeded to walk/jog 5 miles on the treadmill today.  I jogged 2 of the 5 miles.  I feel like I am failing in my quest to jog 5 miles, three times a week.  

It is going to be a hot week.  No, not because I want to look stunning.  The outside temperature was 86 degrees today and will be in the 90's by mid-week.  Too hot for me!  My exercise will be much easier if I jog early in the day.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Walking with Liam

Well, my August goal is just not getting done....  I was sick with a tummy virus from Monday until Thursday.  I'm finally back to normal.  I'm going to jog tomorrow and then start again next week.  My calendar is not filling up with exercise entries as I had hoped.


Liam in Jennings Park

Today Liam and I went on a 6 mile walk.  I charted out a 3 mile loop so I could let Liam have a drink of water at home.  So we did the 3 mile loop twice.  He is one tired puppy dog.  I doubt he'll be causing any trouble this afternoon.  He doesn't really cause trouble, just occasionally barks at the neighbors while he is outdoors.  He guards the perimeter of our property like Chloe the dachshund used to. 



Liam after his walk

Monday, August 6, 2012

Multnomah Falls Hike

We visited Alyssa this weekend in Portland, Oregon.  She is in Portland from Auburn University for a conference.  It was wonderful spending time with her again.  Yesterday we did a hike at Multnomah Falls. 



Wikipedia - Multnomah Falls is a waterfall on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge, located east of Troutdale, between Corbett and Dodson, along the Historic Columbia River Highway. The falls drops in two major steps, split into an upper falls of 542 feet and a lower falls of 69 feet, with a gradual 9 foot drop in elevation between the two, so the total height of the waterfall is conventionally given as 620 feet. Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in the State of Oregon. It is credited by a sign at the site of the falls as the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States but that claim is debated among waterfall experts.

We hiked to the Upper Viewpoint of the Falls.  Mark and I were winded on this hike.  Alyssa looked like she was doing a cake walk.  I'm sure she could've been up and back twice if she wasn't with her parents.  When we got to our end destination we were rewarded with a spectacular view below.  I put my overheated feet in the glacier cool streaming water.  Portland's temperature high on Saturday was 106 degrees!  On Sunday, when we were hiking, the temperature had cooled down to 96 degrees.  Luckily, our hike was shaded by the tall trees. 















We hiked to the tippy top of this waterfall.





Friday, August 3, 2012

5 Miles on Treadmill

Well, I did it.  I jogged 5 miles on the treadmill in 66 minutes.  The weather is getting warm for Seattle, thank goodness for fans.  I hope 5 miles gets easier to jog or I'm in for a tough month. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Mommy Run Fast blog

I just signed up for a virtual 10 mile walk/run on Labor Day Weekend on the mommyrunfast.com website.  What a cool idea!  This also fits in perfectly with my marathon training schedule.
http://www.mommyrunfast.com/labordayvirtualrun/

Seattle Marathon Training Walk

Today was the day I started training for the Seattle Marathon.  The Seattle Marathon is always the Sunday after Thanksgiving.  This year the date falls on November 25th. 

I walked and jogged 7 miles in 107 minutes.  I would've jogged more but the day was hot, for me, and my body feels a bit tired.  My overall pace was 15:30 minute miles.  Not too shabby, considering I used to walk 18 - 20 minute miles.  I'm going to try to do all my training walks around this pace.

Training walks are supposed to be long, slow, distance walks.  The trouble I had with my last marathon is I never trained at a faster pace and I thought miraculously on marathon day, my body would move at a good clip, effortlessly.  My body did move at a faster pace, but I felt tired and worn out from the first few miles of the marathon.  I never experienced that on my previous marathons or half-marathons.  I don't want that to happen this November.  I plan to jog 5 miles, 3 times a week.  I hope to get my body in good enough shape that jogging this distance will feel easy.  It will then be easier to go a bit faster during the marathon.  I also need to add some interval training in too.  Not sure how to do everything I want to accomplish.  I think I'll worry about interval training in September.  Right now jogging 3 times a week is enough for me. 

I'm following a new training schedule.  It is John Bingham's program.  John Bingham is known as the "penguin" in running circles.  He co-authored a book with Jenny Hadfield called, Marathoning for Mortals.  It talks about walking, walk/running, running/walking, and running marathons.  It gave me a new paradigm in the way I view marathons.  I cannot say enough good things about this book.  It also gave me the confidence to add running into my marathon training.  Marathoning for Mortals was published in 2003.  I wish it had not taken me 9 years to discover it.

The training program I used for my other marathons was from the Portland Marathon website.  Their program adds your mileage one or two miles a week, concurrently every week and you are never given a break until you hit your 20 mile walk.  The Bingham/Hadfield training schedule gives you a mileage break every other week.  Such as 14 miles one week, 8 miles the next, and 16 miles the following week.  It was never a problem for me before, but the right before the June marathon my mind was getting a bit burned out.  To be fair, I think a lot of this had to do with me adding the jogging in for the last months and the worry about the time limits.

Tomorrow is a day off for me and then Friday jogging 5 miles.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Jog on Treadmill

Tuesday, July 31st

Today I jogged on the treadmill.  I jogged/walked 4.3 miles in 62 minutes.  I jogged 3.3 miles and walked 1 mile. 

It was a warm day so I wore my new Bondiband Headband.  I ordered some of these off the internet.  I was having issues with perspiration falling into my eyes and stinging.  The headband looks ridiculous on me because of my short hair but it did the trick. 

Tomorrow is the first day of August.  My goal for August is to jog 5 miles a day, 3 times a week.  My marathon training has also started and I need to complete a 7 mile walk this week.

Walking with Terri and Liam

Monday, July 30th

Today I walked with Terri and Liam. It was our regular 5.14 mile walk through the neighborhood. Our time was atrocious, 1 hour and 48 minutes, because of Liam. Terri and I are both blaming him for it, LOL. We took a few breaks for him to mark his territory, get some water, have a potty stop, get a picture taken, etc.  He did well until the last mile when he spotted a couple of dogs a few blocks ahead.  He then whined and pulled so he could say hi to them.  Regardless, Liam makes a good walking partner.

Believe it or not, this was the best picture we could get from him. 

After his walk, Liam slept most of the rest of the day!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Jogged 5 Miles

I just finished jogging 5 miles, without stopping on the treadmill!  It took me 67 minutes at 4.5 mph.  I'm very proud of myself.  I'm on my way to the goal I set a few weeks ago of jogging 5 miles without stopping 3 times a week.  Happy dance!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A New Walking Partner

Liam after his walk
Liam, Sarah's puppyface dog, is visiting us for a month.  Sarah is in Aspen, Colorado working for a family as a personal assistant/estate manager.  Liam's pack, Monster, Chip, and Ebony (the Weiss dogs), are in Aspen.  There isn't a fence at the Aspen house so Liam wouldn't have been safe, since he is a "runner".  Anyway, we are dogsitting Liam so I have a new walking partner.  We've been taking Liam around the neighborhood for a walk in the evenings.  Today is the first time I've taken him out for a longer walk.  Liam and I walked 2.43 miles.

Walk/Jog in Bend, Oregon

I'm the person jogging in the pink shirt.
I walked and jogged for 40 minutes last Thursday, July 12th, in Bend, Oregon.  This was the only purposeful exercise I did.  I would have walked/jogged on Friday but I was beginning to feel the effects of another sinus infection.  Of course, I did a lot of walking and looking at quilts on Saturday at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New Day and a New Goal

I started this blog so I would have a place to record my workouts.  I have taken a break from walking/jogging since the Seattle Rock-n-Roll Marathon on June 23rd. 

June 29th - 3.2 Miles in 45 minutes

July 2 - 5 Miles in 93 minutes - Walked with Terri

July 9 - 5 Miles in 93 minutes - Walked with Terri

Today I jogged/walked on the treadmill.  5 Miles in 68 Minutes!  I jogged most of this at the pace of 4.5 mph.  Unfortunately, when I am jogging outside my body wants to go at 5 mph and I have a difficult time sustaining that pace.  I'm very happy with myself for getting back on the horse and jogging again.  I was scared I might have lost my jogging ability in the few weeks since the awesome marathon Alyssa and I did together. 

One of my goals for jogging is to jog for long periods of time.  I consider a long period of time to be 2 hours without stopping to walk.  I would LOVE to jog 10 miles without stopping sometime in the future.  Right now I'll consider jogging 5 miles thrice a week without stopping awesome!  I think I'll make jogging 5 miles, 3 times a week, my goal for August.  I have 20 days to get my body in shape for that. 

I'm leaving for a quilt retreat tomorrow at Sisters Oregon with Tracy Harper and Julie Huffman.  I packed my jogging clothes and hope to do a short jog on Thursday and Friday mornings.  It will have to be early because the predicted temperature is 90 degrees.  We'll see if I get up early and do it.