Monday, April 30, 2012

Week in Review (4/16/12-4/22/12)

I had an awesome week of training and am super proud of myself, I broke the 50 mile mark, well on my way to 60. I had a back to back runs of a 20mile trail run on Sat, and a 1/2 marathon trail run on Sun, both of which I felt great, and was minimally sore on Monday.

Runs: 5
Miles: 57
Yoga: 0

This following week, which I am already in, is a recovery week. I was only able to get a 10 mile run on Tues (4/24/22) and 4 mile run on Thurs (4/26/22). I had oral surgery on Friday to extract a permanent tooth that has had a crown and 3 root canals, and has been getting low grade infections for the past 3 years or so. I was super nervous for the procedure, but it went well. I'm post-op day 2 with no major pain, have been on top of pain meds every 8hrs. Hopefully back to running in the next couple of days. In the mean time lots of walking, hiking, sleeping and yoga.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Big Weekend: Success!!!

After my 20 mile run on Saturday, I ran a the Foxy Roxy 1/2 marathon on Sunday with some friends from work. It was a fun way to get back to back longer runs in a weekend. Once again, I was training by heart rate and not actually going for time. I finished in about 2:17, 10:30min/mile which I was quite happy with after the long run the day before.

Congratulations to Christina, finishing her 1st 1/2 marathon ever, I'm sure there will be many more to come!!!
Christina and I post race.

Myself, Laura, Mark, Lisa and Christina

Cheers to a fabulous run with fabulous friends.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Long Run Notes (4/21/12)

I was super excited to start my weekend of training, I knew this would be an important training weekend with the longest back to back runs yet and it would give me a good judge of where I was fitness wise.

Saturday I drove out to Cuyamaca State Park to get a long trail run with a bit of elevation gain. It was a beautiful day, 85 and sunny. I started my run up to Cuyamaca Peak, then returned back discovering some new trails, refilled water bottle at the campground around mile 8 and set out up the fire road around the back side of Middle Peak, also new territory. I love finding new trails in places I've been several times, its invigorating. I encountered some deer and lots of rabbits. There were also a decent amount of hikers out on the trails.

Around mile 18 couple miles from finishing and I was thinking how great it was that I hadn't encountered any snakes, knowing it was going to be rare going forward with the warm weather. Then stretched out on the trail in front of me a 3 ft snake. I am terribly afraid of snakes, so I quickly halted and waited....and waited, no movement from snake. Picked up a stick, threw it to scare snake, nothing. Bigger stick, hit closer to snake, nothing. Then a bee got stuck in my hair. Here I am on a trail trying to scare a snake away and I start doing the, "ahhh there's a bee stuck in my hair dance" outcome: 2 bee stings behind my left ear and a snake still not moving. At this point I decided it was not a rattler and probably not dangerous. About this time a couple of hikers came by, they also tried to scare the snake with no luck. This finally gave to the courage to run around it and continue on.

I am still training by heart rate which keeps me running slower then I'm use too, but helps me sustain even energy and pace throughout my run. I finished 20 miles feeling great.

Run stats:
miles: 20
time: 5:41 (total time including stops) (avg 17min/miles)
elevation: 4700
calories burnt: 3368
calories: 900 (400 cal of cliff blocks, 300 cal coconut cream larabars,  200 cal of raw almond)
fluid: 2L water
wildlife: 5 deer, multiple rabbits and squirrels, one docile snake and one stinging bee

Times that by 5 and you have a 100 miles and 23,500 ft of elevation gain. I would like to see me be able to get my pace with this kind of elevation down to 15min/mile.

Also I need to increase my calorie intake to about 250 cal/hr...for now I'm shoot for 100 cal every 30min, which I was also behind about 200 cal.

Post-Run Hydration and Snack

Since I had only run with water and had no electrolyte replacement during my run, I felt great need to replace my sodium intake. Once a got into the car I stopped at the nearest market for a jar of pickles to drink the pickle juice and snack on the pickles on the way home. Yummy :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Time to catch up on some blogging!

I have so much to catch up on my blog. I have been so busy and tired at night that when I get home from work I am just crawling into bed. I love my new hours and the flexibility. I am adjusting well and it is working out great with my training...I can run in the late morning/middle of the day and enjoy the San Diego weather. I still haven't gotten back into yoga, but am feeling the need now that my mileage is up. Also I need the core work that Core Power Yoga gives me too.

My mom is coming into town tomorrow for 10 days, yeah!!!! I'm having oral surgery on Friday, so she gets to take care of me. Then she and my brother, Eric, are running La Jolla 1/2 on Sunday. I probably won't be getting much running in this weekend...considering the surgery. I'm hoping maybe a good long hike on Sunday or Monday...depending on my mouth, we'll see. This week is a recovery week, so I'm not going to sweat the missed miles/runs too much. Plus I had an amazing training week last week and realized I am right on track with my training, yippee...I am so excited. In May I'll be running a 50k, Sycamore Canyon 50k, then after that I'll be planning on spending weekends in the San Gabriel Mountains and San Bernardino Mountains for some higher elevation training than East San Diego county (which gets me up to 6000ft). My brother, Eric, doesn't know it yet but my plan is to have him training with me at the higher elevations so he can be my pacer at Leadville from mile 50-60 over Hope Pass which reaches 12,540 ft. There is a stretch of approximately 2.5miles of 2600 ft elevation gain that gets us up to the pass...don't worry Eric, we'll be hiking this part, then the rest is downhill, with some stream crossings at the bottom.

Since I'm going to be laid up after my oral surgery I hoping to catch up on some blog posts to get you all up to speed on where I am in my training.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Easter Sunday Run

Picture Story of Easter Run in Cuyamaca State Park
What a treat! Even before I started my run.
Starting Elevation

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Week in Review (4/2/12-4/2/8)

I've been offline for a couple of weeks. All is good though, meant to take a little one week break from the computer, then life got crazy busy.

Miles: 48
Runs: 5
Yoga: 0...I got too busy so I gave up my work for trade at CPY studio and haven't gotten back in to renew my membership

I was super happy with the week, good miles. Body's feeling great

Goals for next week: break 50 for weekly milage