Category: Running + Training

A reason to be cautious of puddles

By , May 30, 2016 10:06 am

It finally happened! I finally fell off my road bike!

I’ve had my road bike since the end of summer in 2013 and have said multiple times that I’m surprised I haven’t fallen off it yet. I figured my first fall off would be a slow motion, coming to stop and not unclipping fast enough sort of thing – because that seems to be when most of the people I know fall off their bike.

No, mine was riding my bike through what looked like a long shallow puddle of water, only to find out that underneath the water was a layer of slimy mud.

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It was a very fast skid and fall with no time to unclip. My ankles seemed to do that on their own when I hit the ground (ouch).

I immediately got up because I heard my dad fall behind me – he fell when he hit the brakes so he wouldn’t hit me! Ugh! Luckily, Will saw it all in time to put his feet down (he was on a recumbent) and get off his bike to walk it.

Then, just walking through the water was a challenge because of the slimy mud. Dad fell again! And ended up with the most impressive road rash:

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You can barely see the scrapes on my shoulder – my shirt (and bra) got the worst of it (and I woke up sore from it, today):

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(Funny thing – whenever I pick a jersey to ride I almost always think “I should wear something with sleeves because it provides more protection in case I fall!” But wanting to be comfortable (heat-wise) and not wanting a farmer’s tan always seems to win. So yeah, I had a tank on when I fell).

And this all happened less than a mile in to our ride! Ha!

We were saying there should have been a sign out – there are signs all over the rest of the trail for MUCH smaller puddles. And lots of signs to dismount, too.

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But really, if I saw that sign, and saw how low the water was, I would have had no idea it had a layer of slimy mud underneath and still probably tried to ride through. But we all know I won’t ever do that again! Ha! I was very cautious of puddles after that!

We continued on with our ride. I noticed my left handle bar was crooked from where I landed it on it (the guys helped me push it back in place), but my tires were spinning evenly and the gearing was all working, so I wanted to keep going! My hometown has a great paved trail system that is fantastic for road biking and I had really been looking forward to riding with Dad and Will!

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The rest of the twenty miles were mostly without incident. We did come across a tree that was down on the trail (they had a nasty storm last week), but it was timed perfectly for Will to put in a bid on eBay, ha!

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And then there was an incident where a goose thought I was riding too close to him and his family and flew in front of my bike and was flapping his wings in mid-air while I tried to ride forward… silly goose.

It was a fun ride, despite it starting with our falls! I can’t wait to ride a day of RAGBRAI with Dad and Will (and Will’s sister Julie, and Gina). Two months to go!

Training Week 345

By , May 29, 2016 10:42 pm

Highlight of the Week: Going on a bike ride with Dad and Will (my brother-in-law)!

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Monday | May 23, 2016: teaching strength class
Strength: soft balls and cones, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, but distracted and pissed about work (and I had the day off)

Tuesday | May 24, 2016: 2 m run
Loc: hood, Temp: 83°/73°, Time: 18:40, Pace: 9:19 avg, Difficulty: medium, Felt: legs sore from Monday… then had to turn around to use the bathroom
Wednesday | May 25, 2016: 5 m run + 10 m ride + 10 mins strength
Loc: hood, Temp: 68°/65°, Time: 47:58, Pace: 9:35 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: okay, legs still tired
Indoor Ride Time: 34:56, Pace: 17.2 mph avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: pissy about the TV not working, but good, otherwise, ha

Thursday | May 26, 2016: rest
Friday | May 27, 2016: teaching strength class + 3 m run + 5 m run
Strength: med balls & Airex pads, Difficulty: easy, Felt: decent, hot
Loc: hood, Temp: 69°/70°, Time: 27:55, Pace: 9:17, Difficulty: medium, Felt: tired legs (from pond work?)
Loc: hood, Temp: 74°/76°, Time: 47:35, Pace: 9:31 avg, Difficulty: medium, Felt: SO WARM

Saturday | May 29, 2016: 5 m run + 5.1 m ride (both w/Dad and Will)
Loc: to Prairie Lake, Temp: 62°/63°, Time: 47:57, Pace: 9:36 avg, Difficulty: hard, Felt: tired and sweaty
Loc: Cedar Prairie Trail, Temp: 63°/65°, Time: 32:43, Pace: 9.4 mph avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great, no longer so sweaty!

Sunday | May 30, 2016: 21.4 m ride (w/Dad and Will) + 2 m run (incl. 3×400)
Loc: Around Waterloo, Temp: 63°/68°, Time: 1:58:52, Pace: 10.8 mph avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: Cedar Prairie Trail, Temp: 68°/68°, Time: 17:22, Pace: 8:40 avg, Difficulty: medium, Felt: so hot

Notes:

  • I was really pissed off about surprise office days (my commute is two hours each way) messing up my workout schedule (and home life balance!) this week. Grow up, Kim.
  • We got our first real taste of summer weather this week – humid humid humid. If I feel that horrible when it’s in the 60s/70s and humid, how will I survive the 80s? Ha ha. I will adapt. I do each year.
  • On my Friday lunch run I was a bit suspicious of a car waiting on the end of my street (on my way back home). I stayed clear of him when I ran in, but he called out to me, “Do you have plenty of water?” Aww! Just a neighbor being friendly! I thought that was nice.
  • I went to my hometown this weekend and got a chance to ride with two of my RABGRAI compadres – Dad and Will! We had an interesting ride Sunday, but more on that, later!

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Repetitive

By , May 25, 2016 6:37 am

You know who is really courteous to runners (at least where I live)?

FedEx Freight drivers.

My safest (traffic-wise) route takes me on a country road back to a one+ mile sidewalk next to FedEx Freight. I worried at first they’d be annoyed I was running near (not on) their facility, but they’re always so nice to me! Ha, maybe they are annoyed and are just really good at hiding it.

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photo along the route this am

This is my go-to route for runs under six miles, so… almost all my runs lately. Thankfully those drivers are so friendly!

(The dog on the first house I pass? Not so much! I blame that on him being chained up all the time though. Poor thing!)

Training Week 344

By , May 22, 2016 11:56 am

Highlight of the Week: Teaching a fun, high energy boxing class / getting back to my weekly mileage goal.

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Monday | May 16, 2016: 6 m run + teaching strength class
Loc: hood, Temp: 46°/44°, Time: 55:43, Pace: 9:17 avg, Difficulty: medium then easy, Felt: good
Strength: soft balls and cones, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good

Tuesday | May 17, 2016: 5 m run
Loc: hood, Temp: 52°/51°, Time: 44:07, Pace: 8:49 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, annoyed with the wind at first
Wednesday | May 18, 2016: 6 m run
Loc: Chicago Lakefront Trail, Temp: 57°/58°, Time: 53:37, Pace: 8:56 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good! thirsty!
Thursday | May 19, 2016: 3 m run
Loc: hood, Temp: 41°/47°, Time: 26:32, Pace: 8:50 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, thirsty
Friday | May 20, 2016: teaching strength class + 10 m ride + 3 m run
Strength: soft balls and cones, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Indoor Ride Time: 37:55, Pace: 15.8 mph, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great to ride after so much time off
Loc: hood, Temp: 60°/59°, Time: 26:01, Pace: 8:40, Difficulty: easy, Felt: really good

Saturday | May 21, 2016: 11 m run + teaching strength class + 2.7 m run (w/Anne)
Loc: DPRT, Temp: 53°/57°, Time: 1:44:30, Pace: 9:30 avg, Difficulty: medium, Felt: body felt great, lungs a bit tired
Strength: Boxing and body weight moves, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: Grayslake, Temp: 67°, Time: 35:00, Pace: 12:59 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, thirsty

Sunday | May 22, 2016: 3.3 m run (incl. 6×1:00) + walk (w/Steven, Mica & Harrison)
Loc: hood, Temp: 65°/66°, Time: 29:48, Pace: 9:02 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: a bit tired, but good!

Notes:

  • Last week when I was leaving for a run at work, the security guard asked me “You running five?” I said “Yep! And maybe speedwork too!” (<— that didn’t happen). This week, he said “You running five?” I told him yes, maybe six, and he asked “what was that thing you were talking about doing last week while you run?” It took me awhile to remember speedwork! But I explained it to him and he sounded interested. I’ll have to ask if he gave it a try the next time I see him! I like how nice the security guards are at my building. Another guy and I used to chat above movies all the time. I can’t get too attached though, because they get rotated to different buildings based on seniority.
  • I’m so thankful my body is on autopilot. I get up at 3:45 am on Fridays to teach. Somehow, my alarm was turned off for this Friday… but I still woke up at 3:45 am, thinking “Isn’t this when I am supposed to get up?” Eek, that would have been bad if I kept sleeping!
  • I rode my bike on Thursday after not riding it since Monday the previous week! I thought it would feel horrible but it felt so great for my legs. I’ve still only ridden it outside one time this year though!
  • I listened to a podcast for most of my long run on Saturday. I forgot how I used to do that. And now I remember one of the reasons I stopped – it slows me down quite a bit and takes a lot of my energy to focus on what they’re saying! It was a nice change of pace (har har) though.
  • Anne’s birthday was Saturday, and we boxed, ran, and ate lunch together! What a fun treat to get to spend so much of her birthday with her!

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Random Thoughts Thursday 100

By , May 19, 2016 6:35 am
  • Whoa! One hundred Random Thoughts Thursdays! I wrote the first one on July 14, 2011. I don’t write them every week, but have been on a kick with them for awhile. It’s a nice way to share little thoughts that don’t warrant a full post.
  • Gah, Data is still being a turd. Steven text me on Monday to tell me Data snuck out again. Then Monday night, Data decided he didn’t get enough popcorn, and had to get some on his own. Ha ha.

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(It’s not a spanking to hurt him – just a gentle tap to remind him who’s in charge.)

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SO HUNGRY. (It cracks me up so much that Data doesn’t like any human foods… except popcorn.)

  • My brain is so fried from my work training. But I did learn a lot, and actually enjoyed it! I liked that the class was math based, and the group activities were solving numerical problems, rather than setting up project plans, flow charts, etc. I like that it was logic based and there was basically one right answer.
  • I switched out my Chicago Marathon shadow box for Dallas! I am anxious to hang it up now! I think I will put it, and one of my medal racks above my desk.

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^before

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^after

  • Has anyone every had this weird message pop up on their iPhone – “you must change your iPhone unlock passcode within x minutes”? It showed up for me and kept popping up each minute. I didn’t find a reason online as to why this is happening (there were theories about exchange servers and VPNs but that did not apply to me) but I did try someone’s suggestion to clear my Safari cache/history and do a hard reboot and that seemed to do the trick! Other people said they did change the password and it forced them to do six digit passcode (which I think you can change back to four digits in the settings)? So strange.

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Training Week 343

By , May 15, 2016 7:18 pm

Highlight of the Week: Having the energy to run after teaching.

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Monday | May 9, 2016: 5 m run + 10 m ride + teaching strength class
Loc: hood, Temp: 53°/52°, Time: 46:55, Pace: 9:23 avg, Difficulty:easy, Felt: good, legs a bit stiff
Indoor Ride Time: 38:19, Pace: 15.7 mph avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, need to work on getting the sit bone comfortable
Strength: soft balls and cones, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good

Tuesday | May 10, 2016: rest
Wednesday | May 11, 2016: 5 m run
Loc: Chicago Lakefront Trail, Temp: 61°/61°, Time: 44:54, Pace: 8:59 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, legs still stiff
Thursday | May 12, 2016: 7 m run
Loc: Lake Andrea, Temp: 69°/70°, Time: 1:02:05, Pace: 8:52 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, but legs still off
Friday | May 13, 2016: teaching strength class + 2.8 m run
Strength: soft balls and cones, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: hood, Temp: 47°/48°, Time: 26:17, Pace: 9:23, Difficulty: easy then hard, Felt: fine then NO ENERGY

Saturday | May 14, 2016: teaching fitness boxing + 5 m run (incl. 2×800 4×400)
Strength: Boxing and body weight moves, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: Grayslake, Temp: 45°/45°, Time: 43:40, Pace: 8:44 avg, Difficulty: easy/medium, Felt: good

Sunday | May 15, 2016: SMA Walk

Notes:

  • This is the first week in awhile I’ve thought “speedwork sounds fun!” (That’s usually what happens when I’m off plan, like I am now.) But the two days I wanted to do it (Wednesday and Thursday) my body said no. Gotta respect the recovery. Luckily I felt ready on Saturday.
  • I had plans on Friday to do a double. I felt great after teaching and went out for just under three miles and bonked at mile 1.5. Of a less than three mile run. What. The. Eff. I was out of energy and felt DEPLETED. It was so odd. I ate enough Thursday… but maybe not enough after class?! I felt thirsty on the run, and this is a good reminder that it’s the time of year to start carrying water and a gel on all runs. No matter the length.
  • We had some high winds on Thursday and Saturday that were giving me flashbacks to the half marathon! Ha, during my Thursday run, I actually saw someone wearing an old Wisconsin Marathon shirt and asked if he did the race last week and when he said yes, I told him the winds were giving me horrible flashbacks… he didn’t laugh. Maybe he did the full marathon and it was too soon to joke about it. Ha ha ha.
  • When I complain about my monthly mileage being so low at the end of May, remind me of this weekend where I decided to sleep in (until 7:00 on Saturday and 6:00 on Sunday, ha ha!) instead of getting up and running before our weekend morning commitments. Eh, based on how my body was acting this week, I needed it!

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Random Thoughts Thursday 99

By , May 12, 2016 6:23 am
  • We haven’t been to a wedding since my snister’s in June 2014! And this year we’ve been invited to three!
  • Do you use the phrases “on point” and “clutch”- like, the trendy versions of them? In one week, I saw the phrase “on point” in five or more articles. So odd. These phrases are not part of my vocabulary. I hear clutch and think of a car. I hear on point and think of ballet (with an “e” at the end of “point”). Get with the times, Kim!
  • I took leave at work yesterday for my Alaska trip and it felt soooooooooooo good!
  • Yesterday the Dallas Marathon announced a new title sponsor – BMW – and opened early, limited, discounted registration! Funny, Gina and I were just talking about when registration would open earlier this week! I’d like to run that marathon again, but I’ll wait and do late registration if I do. I want to focus on getting in 5K shape (read: lean and strong) and see what happens from there. (The new logo is hella schweet though.)

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  • I don’t think I’ll be updating my “Raced in / Run in Map” with any new states raced in this year, but I do think I will add some new states run in – Alaska, and maybe Ohio.

  • Data has taken to going outside on his own now. Sigh. He waits at the door and escapes! He never did this at the old house! Steven took this pic of him yesterday – Steven opened the front door to grab a package and Data jumped out through the gate! Luckily, Data doesn’t run when he gets out. Little turd.

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  • A little crowdsourcing – any favorite, not-horrible bridal shower games you’ve played?

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Wisconsin Half Marathon Race Report 2016

By , May 9, 2016 6:23 am

Yay! After a few crummy years, I finally had a good race at the Wisconsin Half Marathon!

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Although, if you look at my splits, you wouldn’t think that…

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Um, what the heck is going on there?

Ha. Well… we had some wind on the course. Which, truthfully, was better for me than sun and heat, which had been forecasted earlier in the week. I may have finished with the same time in the sun and heat, but would have been miserable. Surprisingly, I wasn’t miserable with the 17 mph constant winds from the north and (felt like constant) 33 mph gusts. I thought it was funny. And I just laughed. Laughed, laughed, laughed.

I laughed in the first mile, when I tried to start out slow. My plan was to run an 8:30 mile and see if I wanted to speed up or slow down from there. I kept trying to slow down but the wind was pushing me forward. Okay then. Guess we’ll go with it (8:10 first mile?!?!) and have some ugly splits. There was so much wind at my back and none in my face, that I started to get too hot – my sunglasses fogged over from touching my face. Yuck! It was still warm when we started – 67°. It dropped to 52° by the time I finished, though – yay!

This course starts by going south for 2.5 miles, then turns north for the five middle miles (in to the wind) to a turn around, back south for 4.5 miles, then north for the last mile or so. I thought as soon as we turned north, I’d feel the wind that was pushing me forward in my face. Not entirely! The downtown residences and buildings blocked some of that. Cool! (What did not block any of it? People. I was trying to get in a pack for some protection, but always seemed to be running with no one right in front of me. Oops. But I suppose this is the only time I’d want that!)

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Where’d we have to go to really feel the wind? To the lake. Oh my gosh, it was nuts there. Sand was blowing off the beach and all over everyone (ha ha, I took a hot bath when I got home and there was sand all over in the tub when I was done!). There were times I didn’t feel like I wasn’t moving. But, it made me barely notice the inclines on the course this year! Score!

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Here’s a photo I tried to take of the sand blowing all over – you can see the wind created some dunes that aren’t usually there! I also tried to take a photo of the caps on the wave, but my photo is crap, ha ha. Note the blown over course marker cone – A LOT of the mile markers were blown over. Craziness. 

So you can probably guess which miles were going north in the screenshot above – 6, 7, 8 and 13. I felt like I was keeping the same effort in to the wind as I was with it at my back, but I decided NOT to push it more than that, just to keep the same pace, and feel like death for the last miles of the race – it was a huge goal of mine NOT to finish with a death march.

When people got to the turnaround to go back south, with the wind at their backs, they smiled. I did too. I thought, “Finally!” But I didn’t feel it at first. What the heck? Did the wind stop all of a sudden?! Oh no it didn’t! There it is, pushing me up this hill! Wheeeeee!!!!

I ran three decent miles (9-11), and was happy that the out and back portion didn’t get to me as much as the past years. I was pleasantly surprised to see two friends from Efit around mile 11 and that pumped me up!

Then in the the last mile and a half my body was like, “meh.” I stopped at mile 12 to fill up my water bottle (hence that slower mile). And then we headed north for the last mile and my body was like, “SUPA meh.” Ha! So I ran another slow, not feeling like I was moving mile. And I definitely dropped the effort on that one.

I tried to have a decent finish though, and not look like death when I crossed the finish like. Success?

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Note: Steven got a lot of pics of me making concentrative running faces. Of course, I am only sharing the smiley (read: flattering) ones.

I finished in 1:53:07, which is a second fastest half marathon time for me. Cool!

And even though my splits were HELLA crazy, I am proud of this race. I kept a steady effort until those last one and a half miles. I enjoyed the race despite the nutso wind, and the race itself went by really fast! I saw a lot of people running, and saw a lot of people I knew spectating. And had a good time.

But… I am happy it’s over! This is not the race for me to try to PR, which I write every year, yet, I still think I will train and PR it, when spring is a really hard time of year for me (with the weather shift to warmer and more daylight, I get a bit depressed and put on weight). So. Let’s see if I say I am going to try to PR it again next year. SOMEONE TELL ME NO!

Next up running-wise – I want to train for a 5K in October. That’s it for now! I’ll keep my mileage going and see what I can do with any fitness gained from 5K training.

Other tidbits:

  • Rachel got her PR! I am so proud of her. She ran a fantastic, even race on this stupid windy day. YAY!!! (This was especially important to me (WAY more important to me than my race), because I wrote her training plan and was highly invested in it – we’ve been chatting most days about her runs since January.)

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Anne, Rachel and me! Anne ran the 5K!

  • Brian’s (my boss at Efit) son, Sam, completed his first half marathon, in a push chair! A team of people (including his mom, brother, a few relatives, an Efit trainer and Efit classmate) all took turns pushing him on the course! How cool! I was so stoked to see them during their race and kept wondering when I would! I love this picture of Sam smiling!

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  • I am so grateful Steven comes and takes pics at my races! I am sad I forgot to get a picture of us together though. Wah.
  • Steven was getting set up at his first photo spot (mile 1) when he heard the race start. He said as soon as he heard the horn blow to start, the wind picked up. What wonderful timing. At about that time, I said to Rachel as we were standing waiting to start, “they were right about one thing – the wind!” She actually saw lightening before we started! Eek! But nothing happened. No rain. Just some nice clouds covering the sun for some of the race!
  • Major props to the volunteers this year. Dealing with that wind must have been a nightmare. I saw someone trying to pick up cups as they were blowing every which way! Eek!
  • I can’t imagine doing the full marathon in that wind, either – I think their last eight or so miles would have been in to it. Props to them, too.
  • This is my eighth year running this race! I’ve run every year since the inaugural. So I feel like I have to keep doing it, even though I am finding out I am kind of… not so interested in it anymore. Maybe I will stop at ten years. Ha.
  • I had a KILLER headache on Friday – most likely from the huge weather shift we had. Highs in the 50s Thursday, then 80s Friday. Then back to the 60s, Saturday. Ha ha. No wonder it was so windy. I’m happy the headache went away cause it was baaaaad.
  • I love how the race medal has a cape!

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  • I carried my own water, but took some of theirs on course, too. I did stop twice to drink their cups, and at mile 12 (MILE 12 HA HA!) to fill up my water bottle (I was soooo thirsty). I took a gel at 4, 8 and mile 11.5 (was hoping it would help – not so much… just made me soooo thirsty).
  • I ended up with 13.18 miles, which is pretty good. I tried really hard to run the tangents!
  • Edited to add: my knee didn’t bug me during the race, yay!
  • Edited to add, II: the wind made it a big problematic for spitters like me. Eek.

Training Week 342

By , May 8, 2016 8:31 pm

Highlight of the Week: Running a solid race at Wisconsin.

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Monday | May 2, 2016: 20 m ride + teaching strength class
Indoor Ride Time: 1:15:05, Pace: 16.0 mph avg, Difficulty: easy/medium, Felt:good, sore quads from Sunday!
Strength: Sand bags and Slam Balls, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good

Tuesday | May 3, 2016: 4 m run
Loc: Chicago Lakefront Trail, Temp: 60°/62°, Time: 33:08, Pace: 8:16 avg, Difficulty: medium, Felt: hot
Wednesday | May 4, 2016: rest
Thursday | May 5, 2016: rest – massage day!
Friday | May 6, 2016: teaching strength class + 3 m run (incl. 5×1:00)
Strength: soft balls and cones, Difficulty: easy, Felt: not good – bad headache
Loc: hood, Temp: 82°/83°, Time: 24:52, Pace: 8:17, Difficulty: medium, Felt: OMG SO HOT

Saturday | May 7, 2016: Wisconsin Half Marathon
Loc: Kenosha, Temp: 67°/52°, Time: 1:53:07, Pace: 8:37 avg, Difficulty: medium, Felt: fine
Sunday | May 8, 2016: rest

Notes:

  • Last week I complained about runners not acknowledging each other on the Chicago Lakefront Trail… this week, it was all about too many tourists out around the museum campus, not paying attention to what they were doing! Ahh, tourist season. A good reminder for everyone to pay attention to their surroundings, especially if on an exercise path. And during commute time in busy areas. And… all the time. Please.
  • I normally feel antsy not running my typical amount during taper, but this time, I felt so lazy and didn’t want to run at all. And this week, I tried to get extra sleep (I took a nap one day on lunch break, slept a bit after work another day, and used my Friday off for a nap! – maybe I was intuitively doing this?! (pdf here)). I’ve just felt so tired lately.
  • So, yeah. Really lazy this week. Hopefully this is not a sign for how all of May will be!

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Random Thoughts Thursday 98

By , May 5, 2016 6:24 am
  • Ha, I started looking for the MBP bracelet while my snister was here and after she left. I had a feeling she left it here! I found it Tuesday am when I went to get dressed – she had attached it to the hanger of a new shirt I got when I was with her. Ha! Good one, snis, good one…

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  • My second race of the year, the Wisconsin Half Marathon, is in two days! And today is my second (!!!) rest day/pre-race massage day! I put in miles, but didn’t train as hard as I could have, on the roads, or in the kitchen. Going for a PR or running “for run” will be a race day decision, depending on how I feel, and the weather. I’d rather have a solid race than go out too hard and die, as I have the last two years. I don’t want to end the spring racing season with that feeling. Again. But I’ll bring this pace band just in case. (Also, this race doesn’t have the best monthly timing for me, so there’s that.)
  • Christina did a lot of research and found a house for all of us (ten people!) to rent when we’re in Alaska! I really appreciate that she did all that hard work and coordinated everything. It looks like the place will have some great views:

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  • It’s been so nice to use the new bathtub, but I seem to have lost my hot bath stamina – I can’t stay in there as long as I used to without getting dizzy/too hot. I’ll have to build it back up. Maybe I should write a training plan? Ha ha.

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  • Really random thought: I never volunteered at a race last year! I need to make sure I do that this year!

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