Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A whole 2 weeks

I missed the anniversary of my blog or "blogiversary."  Do I care?  Not really.  I wrote a pretty good (well, I think so) post on my running anniversary, "runiversary," so it's no big deal.  But I started blogging not very long after I started running 4 years ago. 

I forgot to post anything last week, including anything about the Big Climb.  Oops! 

The Big Climb was fun.  I did it with 8 coworkers.  They have 2 different ways to do it, one is to race to the top, and the other is to just climb.  I would have liked to race it, but my coworkers (well, the group) did not sign up for that side.  So I walked it, but it was still not easy.  It was easier than I expected, but I didn't die, and I felt very little side effects from it afterwards.  I feel like a long run is much more difficult. 

I did it in about 18 and a half min.  I'm not completely sure the time.  I set my mapmyrun app but forgot to change it to "stairs" mode, so running up stairs and not moving much in actual distance (only vertically) means that it thought I wasn't moving, so it paused.  I didn't notice it until I was done.  One of my coworkers, who was using the same app, and behind me by a couple min said hers said she did it in 20 min, so I subtracted a min and a half and said I did it in 18 and a half min.  But I really don't know.  I know I was faster than 20 min.  ; )

Anyway, I was first from my group to the top.  I was also first to start, but I didn't take any breaks, and I passed others, plus, I lost the 2 people I had originally intended to walk with.  The one person that might have done it faster than me, I don't know how far behind me she started. They only let one person in the stairwell at a time, about 30 seconds behind the person in front of you.  So she could have started 4 min behind me, and done it faster than me, she didn't time herself, so I'll never know.  Not like it's a big deal anyway.  I'm probably too obsessed with time. 
At the bottom before starting
Outside looking up, waiting for my
turn to go in the stairwell
view from the top of the Columbia Tower
My coworker group.

 Last week was Damian's first track meet.  I've never watched a track meet before.  The school I went to was so tiny (seriously, I graduated in a class of 14 kids, the entire Jr/Sr High {combined school} had 100 kids) that it didn't have track.  I always wanted it.  I would have loved to have done cross country, but I didn't.  And I've never been to one.  My sister said that track meets are kinda boring and she always brings a book, but I thought it was sorta fascinating.   Anyway, Damian did long jump, javelin, and pole vault.  The only one I took a picture of was the pole vault.
It's a pretty cool picture. . .if you can
enlarge it, Damian is in the air in
the middle of the picture.
Saturday was a beautiful day here.  I thoroughly enjoyed doing nothing.  I went for a 5 mile run and then couldn't bear to go back inside.  So instead I grabbed some wine (it was after noon . . . about 12:05) ; ) and went out to our deck and just enjoyed the sun.  It was a little windy, but thankfully the house was blocking the wind, so I pretty much just dealt with 70ish degrees (it wasn't really that warm, but without the wind and with the sun reflection on the house it was close in my yard).  =)
This week, because it was Easter and we had plans (well, our morning plans were breakfast and mimosa's) I only ran 6 miles for my "long" run.  I also woke up at 7:20 and was out the door by 7:30, which is something I don't normally like to do, but I figured it was better to just do it.  I knew if I waited I wouldn't want to and other things would get in the way and I would end up skipping it. 

I am missing my long hair. 
Sunday we went to my sister's house for Easter.  We had dinner and a small Easter egg hunt for Maddox.  It was a good day.

Last week I only ran 15 miles.  I didn't do a long run because of the Big Climb.  I could have, but didn't want to.  I did increase my weekly mileage to 5 miles a day so that I could get as many miles as possible.  However, I skipped the Wednesday run.  I don't have any real reason why I am trying to increase the number of days I run other than that is what I used to do.  I don't think that's a good enough reason.  However, I did do a workout on the treadmill.  It included squats, lunges, jumps, and an uphill walk.  Seriously, my legs hurt for almost a week (well, 4 days, but that's close to a week, right?). 

I will probably do 5 miles tonight, and tomorrow I'm skipping my run again because I have a hair appt.  It's supposed to be really nice this week, especially towards the end of the week, so I will likely do 5 miles on Thursday as well. 
I hope you all had a good Easter!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

It goes too fast

I'm running more.  The last 2 weeks I ran 21 miles, which is 2 miles more than my most mileage week in February and 9 miles more than my lowest mileage week in February.  My legs have been pretty sore, and for some reason my back and neck have been really tight.  I am again working on stretching more.  I've heard that not stretching is a big cause of injury, and I'd like to avoid another injury.  2015 was the first year I've ever run without injuring myself, I'd like to keep that going into 2016. 

Maybe instead of looking at how fast I was at my fastest, I should look at what helped me to stay healthy and run an entire year with no pain. . . Okay, okay, I had some pain after my marathon.  Something was wrong with my foot, but a few weeks afterward it popped, loudly and painfully, and it was all better. 

Anyway, I got new shoes on Saturday.  My shin splints are still there, but I'm hoping a few runs with my new shoes and they'll go away.  That usually happens. 
This is my second pair of men's Asics's.  They are pretty comfortable and cheaper than the women's pair that were extremely similar.  Why are women's things priced higher than men's?  I don't understand.  I did think the women's shoes were a little more comfortable, but not enough to pay an extra $50.
 
Damian likes to play with hair, he always has.  If I have one memory (I have way more than one) of his childhood, it's him sitting on my lap, or hip (when he got older) with his hand in my hair.  He tapered off a few years ago, and I just chalked it to him being older and not so much of a Mama's Boy (I miss it though).  So when I got my hair cut a few weeks ago it surprised me that suddenly his hands are back in my hair.  Constantly.  He's standing behind me about to leave? hand in hair.  He's sitting next to me purposely so he can put his hand in my hair.  (Although, that might have a lot to do with being grounded, with no phone use at home and he's not going in his room to watch YouTube.)  We were even driving yesterday (he was driving) and he reached over and put his hand in my hair.  I told him no, he was driving, but that used to be common, even while I drove he had his hand in my hair.  Anyway, he mentioned that he missed my "crunchy" hair.  With this new hair cut I'm using hairspray again, and he likes the crunch (I miss the softness).  I've kinda missed it.  He's growing up too fast.
Then there is my goofy kid.  Damian and I were sitting on the couch (pictured above) and I wanted a picture of us, we have very little now because he's never around (too busy), and Maddox wouldn't leave us alone.  So I finally had to tell Maddox I'd take one with him too if he'd wait so "Mamian" and Mommy could get one. 
And then he covers his eyes.  Goofy kid.  And Damian being a creeper.  lol  (#mamasboy is my hashtag for Damian and #goofykid is my hashtag for Maddox on Instagram.  Damian has actually said he doesn't care if he's a mama's boy, in his eyes it's not a bad thing . . . of course, I don't think he tells people, but I'm glad he still likes me.) 

Speaking of Damian getting too old, he brought home a form for a class ring last week.  I'm so not ready for him to be a Senior next year.  I'm going to ball, probably all year long.  How can he be so old? 
Damian and his cousin in 2009

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

You get what you ask for

Last week I did increase my miles and the amount of days a week I run.  I ran 21 miles, which is up from my average of 16 miles a week for the month of February.  And as much as I hate to admit it, it made me sore.  My back, my legs, my feet.  I definitely need new shoes.   I ran Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the week and Sunday and Saturday. 

I'm not exactly sure why I am increasing my miles and days running.  I have been pretty comfortable with what I have been doing and I'm not training for anything.  I guess I would like to be faster.  I'd like to PR my 5k time, which right now is 24.11.  That is a 7.48 average pace.  Ugh!  That means that the DASSH 5k I just did I definitely would not have PRed unless I had gotten faster, not slower in the last mile.  Ouch!  I'd also like to PR my 10k this year, that is currently 56.37, which is 9.07 min/mile average.  I think that one is doable. 

I guess when I look at my fastest times, they are all from 3 years ago when I was running more.  I was averaging 25 miles a week.  I wasn't working on speed, wasn't doing hill repeats, tempo runs or anything to actively work on being faster, I was just running the same hilly routes that I run now, just longer and more often.  I was also 3 years younger (does that make a difference?) but I was around 10 lbs heavier (does 10 lbs make that much of a difference?). 

Is it worth it?  Do I care what my PR's are?  Do I really want to?

I don't know the answers. 

I'm not currently increasing my long runs.  Right now I'm at 8 miles and I'm okay with that, although my route is kinda boring.  But if I'm going to increase my midweek runs I decided to only increase that . . . you know, the whole thing about increasing slowly to prevent injury and all that.  I think after this week, maybe next week, I see how I feel after running 5 days a week again and reevaluate, either increase one day (probably Wednesday as that's only 2 miles right now) or go back to what I was doing.  I'm going to get new shoes this weekend and that (I hope) will help with my feet being sore, and should get rid of the beginnings of shin splints that I'm experiencing. 

Yesterday's run was nice.  I am liking that it's still sunny when I get home.  Of course, that will all change next week when the clocks move forward.  =(  Yesterday I was able to do an entire 4 mile run while the sky was still light.  It wasn't raining, and I wasn't been blown all over by the wind, although it was a little windy.  My average pace was 8.50 min/mile, which is pretty good right now for me.  And I didn't come home feeling like it was too hard, plus I listened to an audio book instead of music.  Music always makes me run faster, but lately I've been wanting to enjoy my runs, not die from them so I've been putting a book on.  Tonight's will be faster, especially since it's only 2 miles.

So this just happened . . .

Missing are the mini cheesecakes, coconut cream pie and
brownie thing, plus random muffins that were already eaten.

Chocolate and red velvet muffins
A coworker got hungry and wanted sweets.  I ate the two half muffins on the bottom, plus a bite of a coconut cream pie, and 2 bites of a coworkers caramel brownie thing.  Maybe my run should be longer than 2 miles, I don't think that's going to be enough to work off all the calories (including the Danish I had at Starbucks this morning). 

I was bummed that we didn't have donuts at the staff meeting this morning.  I think this makes up for it.

**Update**
Someone came along and did this . . .
That's a free 3 day pass to LA Gym, there's one under each of the three boxes of pastries in the break room.  =)