I’ve Missed You Guys!

WARNING LONG POST AHEAD!  Yes, yes, it’s been awhile.  But I warned you in my last post.  Work is just insane right now.  All good things, but I’ve had to prioritize my time a little.  Hopefully it will settle down in a couple of weeks.

So what exactly have I been up to?  Well besides work, I have been continuing to train for the Baltimore Half, I ran the Charles Street 12, and I got a few new pieces of gear.

Lets start with Baltimore training.  When we last spoke, I had just wrapped up week 5.  I’m now about to start week 10.  I just realized I have 4 more long runs until the race.  Wow, time sure does fly doesn’t it?  Training has been going well, except for the fact that I have unfortunately missed the last few weeks of tempo runs.  First it was due to work, then weather, then just pure exhaustion.  This past week it was raining in the morning, so I planned to go after work, then I got out of work an hour later than I wanted, it was still rainy and I just bailed (it’s a step back week anyway.)  Or so I reasoned.  I’m recommitting this week, so it will get done, come hell or high water.

Mileage counts have been:

Week 6 – 13.3
Week 7 – 15
Week 8 – 16.2
Week 9 – 10

This week I’ve got a track workout Tuesday, tempo on Thursday, and 12 on Saturday.  I have to be honest though, I’m so sick of training.  I’ve been training for races since February.  In May it was the Frederick Half, then in June it was the Baltimore 10, and then last weekend it was the Charles Street 12.  The Baltimore Half will be my last long distance race and I’m so glad that I’ll be done with it for a while.  I need a break from long distances.  If I was just running for fun, maybe I’d feel differently.  There is just pressure (self-imposed) to perform and run well, so it’s just been a bit draining.

Next on my adventures over the past month was the Charles Street 12.

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Facebook followers got this last week. At mile 11.9 I found a small droplet of energy I didn’t know was left and booked it to the finish.

I won’t bore you with a full on race recap, because you can read a nice recap over on Salt’s, Lisa’s, and Amber’s (who placed 3rd in her age group wahoo!) pages.  But I will share my tale.  This was the FINAL installment of Charm City Run’s B3 race series.  It started north of Baltimore City and for 8 of the 12 miles took Charles Street all the way down into the city.  It was my first time running and this race was a doozy.  It is net downhill, but that doesn’t mean downhill.  It was a typical Baltimore City run loaded with rolling hills, awesome city views.  The weather was overcast, but HUMID!  I was running it as a training run, so I wasn’t trying to race it (but I did have a super secret time goal – spoiler alert, I didn’t make it).  The humidity got to me as did the need for the bathroom at mile 6.  I waited much longer than I would have liked.  There were several downhills that I took way too fast and then at mile 10 when it flattened out, I was just dragging.  The last two miles were a real struggle for me – the sun had made its way out at that point and there were no more downhills to ride to the finish.  Oh well, I made it to the finish in one piece and collected my bling.  I felt pretty beat up last week following the race, so I took it easy (step back week as I mentioned).

This race was really fun and challenging.  Not sure if I will do it next year or not, but I would definitely run it again – I love my Charm City Run races.  The premium was nice, it was an Under Armour waffle long sleeve shirt.  It was kinda odd, but I have so many tech shirts it was a nice change of pace.  I Will (see what I did there Under Armour?) definitely be sporting it once he weather cools a bit.  The B3 premium was a really nice Under Armour gym bag.  I think it was originally advertised as a vest so this was a really nice surprise.  The color is a weird reddish brown, but whatevs, it’s still a really nice bag.   I’ve already used it on an overnight trip Labor Day weekend.

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Next on my adventures…new gear!  Everyone loves new gear…but not new gear they really weren’t in the market for.  Like a new Garmin.  In my last post I mentioned how my Garmin 110 was acting funky, well Garmin support couldn’t help, so a new 220 it was.  I haven’t used all the features yet, but I’m loving the wireless syncing.  That is just amazing and so worth it.  I’m actually really excited to use the Workout function and download some workouts to try on my own.
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Next on the gear list is new shoes, no pic yet as I just ordered them today.  I’ve been rotating between a pair of Saucony Triumph 11s and ASICS Nimbuses for the better part of the year.  I was starting to feel the pavement towards the end my long runs.  I actually had been looking for a while, just trying to find a deal.  Since I need a wide shoe, its hard to find my size in stock, so I bit the bullet and just got the Nimbus 17s.   Now was the time to get them so I can break them in before the half.  So I’ll wear these Nimbuses exclusively until I can get a deal on a second pair.

Then yesterday there was this:

   

Charlotte ran the first race of the Charm City Run Kids Cross Country Series.  To say she was excited was an understatement.  She was in the 4 and under age group and they ran one loop around the track.  It was so cute.  I ran with her and she did such a good job.  Before the race I told her that if she gets tired to just slow down, but don’t stop running.  Well during the race she stopped a time or two but I encouraged her and we ran holding hands.  When she made it to the finish – she had the biggest smile on her face.  She kept saying “I did it!”  It’s not her first kids race, but it was the longest.  Our next one is in two weeks.

Anyone with the Garmin 220, what’s your favorite feature?  How do you break in new shoes?  How is your training going?

Baltimore Half Training – Week 2

Good Morning!  What a beautiful weekend!  I spent my Saturday doing a hilly long run (more on that below) and my Sunday was spent at Dutch Wonderland with the lovely Miss Charlotte and my college friend and her daughter (our girls are only 4 months apart – which is awesome).

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Last night I also tried a new coffee.  Yes, a coffee at night.  It’s called Counting Sheep and it’s an enhanced decaf coffee.  It’s blended with valerian root, which is an herbal sedative, to help coffee lovers end their day.  I’m always looking for an alternative to snacking at night and this was a great solution.  Since I like flavored creamers, it’s like a nice dessert at night.  So I tried it and I was OUT at 9:30 when I turned off my light.  I’m not sure if it was the coffee or my long day, but it didn’t keep me up so I’ll be trying it again.

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I was traveling last week, so I did my best with workouts. I was thankful to be in Cleveland and escaping the 90s and humidity in Baltimore.

7/20 – I was tight on time due to travel, but I got a little bit of yoga and stretching in before I went to bed.  Plus, now I have this baby to take with me wherever I go.

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So I did a little bit of foam rolling too.

7/21 – 2 mile time trial with 1 mile warm up.  This is where I joined in with an existing track workout run by Second Sole in Cleveland (Rocky River to be exact.)  While their group did their workout (which looked brutal) I went to town on my two miles.  On the track.  Completely mind numbing.  I’m ecstatic to say that I shaved 2 minutes off of last year’s time!  This will be plugged in to McMillan Running to get my training paces for the season.  After the track workout was done, we did a core workout on the field.  Overall it was a great workout.  I’m excited to join up with them again next time I’m in town.

7/22 – Unintentional Rest Day – I had wanted to get a little yoga in in the morning, but due to the late night at the track, I was too tired to get up.  I did get in some stretching in the morning though.

7/24Yoga!  Should have done a tempo run, but I just couldn’t get out of my bed.

7/25 – 1 Mile, stretching, and foam rolling

7/26 – 7 Miles – This run was at Loch Raven Reservoir in Baltimore County.  This is a hilly place to run.  Well it’s not really hilly, but has a major hill right in the middle.  It’s a tough run.  It’s a very beautiful place to run though, and lots of shade.

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Since I’m embracing my inner turtle this year, it wasn’t so bad. I even had a decent fast finish mile.  Splits were:

Mile 1 – 13:39
Mile 2 – 13:15
Mile 3 – 13:01
Mile 4 – 13:53
Mile 5 – 14:02  (coming back up the hill, ugh!)
Mile 6 – 13:58
Mile 7 – 12:07

After the run, I took Charlotte to her gym class and we enjoyed a nice Mommy / Daughter lunch date and took a ride through the car wash before heading home to relax at home for the day.

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A nice chicken tostada salad from Baja Fresh. Next time I’ll need them to go light on the cheese. And I only ate a few pieces of the shell – victory!

7/27 – Recovery / Rest Day – As mentioned above, I took Charlotte to an amusement park and spent most of the day walking around.  Not exactly rest, but a decent active recovery.

Total Miles – 11

This week I need to get some strength work done or some more challenging yoga – it’s been a while.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workout Review – 1/12 – 1/19

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend?  Mine was spent celebrating Charlotte’s 3rd birthday!  I cannot believe that she is 3 years old already.

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Friday, we surprised her at school with cupcakes for her class.  And a cute little Birthday Girl headband.

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Saturday we had a party with the grandparents and she received her beloved Tangled cake.

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Sunday she was diagnosed with Strep Throat!  Happy Birthday Charlotte!  She’s a trooper though.  Aside from saying her breath hurt and not eating, you wouldn’t really know she was sick.

So on to the workouts.  I had to prep for that cake!

1/12 – Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred – Level 2

1/13 – PT Exercises & Spin Class

1/14 – 1 mile run & Yoga

1/15 – 3 Mile Progressive Run (got scared when I hit 5.5 and started going backwards to finish out the 3 miles)

1/16 – rest

1/17 – This was Charlotte’s birthday so I put off my long run so that I could be home when she woke up for snuggles in the big bed.  I did do my PT exercises and some Sun Salutations to get a little workout in at home.  Charlotte rolled out a mat beside me and did some down dog too.

1/18 – 5 miles on the treadmill.  It was a tough 59 minutes.  I played with my speed a bit though to keep it interesting – it makes it easier to break it into chunks.  I’ve been running faster on the treadmill than I have before, so part of me feels like I am getting faster.  I can’t wait for next weekend when it’s warm enough (and not icy out) to do a long run outside

Today I finally got back to Body Pump after 2 weeks of missing it.  It was a tough class today, but I loved it.  I added weight to squat & chest.  I left arms and shoulders alone (glad I did).  I could barely raise my arms to wash my hair this morning.

Total Miles – 9

Today I’m off to Atlanta where the highs will be in the 60s!!  I’ll be working a few long days, so I don’t think I’ll be able to make it outside for a run, but I’m going to enjoy the sunshine anyway.

How was your weekend?  What was your best workout this week?