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.