Thursday, August 26, 2010

Chuck Your Buttons for Alzheimer's

I found this site through the Mid-South Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Check it out! They make bracelets and headbands, with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer's Association.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Quote of the Week

"You only ever grow as a human being if you're outside your comfort zone." ~ Percy Cerutty, running coach

I must really be growing as a human being, because these long runs definitely have me outside of my comfort zone!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Schedule for Aug. 23 - Aug. 29

Monday - Strength Training (Ab Work & Push Ups)
Tuesday - 5 miles
Wednesday - 8 miles
Thursday - Strength Training (Upper Body Dumbbells & Ab Work)
Friday - 5 miles
Saturday - Rest
Sunday - 18 miles

The forcast for this week looks MUCH better than the past several weeks. Here are the forcasted overnight lows for the mornings that I have scheduled runs. Hopefully, the lows are exactly while I'm running!
Tuesday: 67F
Wednesday: 69F
Friday: 62F
Sunday: 71F

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

75 Degrees with 62% Humidity

Yes, you read that right! When I checked the weather this morning, it said it was 75F with only 62% humidity. When I walked out the door, I was amazed at how easy it was to breathe. There was even a strong breeze. That was the easiest 5 miles I have run in a long time! My clothes weren't drenched when I returned home. It was amazing!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Recap and Things to Come

My training was going really well last week, that is until Sunday rolled around. I went to bed early Saturday night and woke up early Sunday morning in anticipation for my 17 mile run. I ate a light breakfast, got dressed, relaxed a bit so my food could settle, stretched, and away I went. I ran the first 3 mile loop with no problem. Half a mile into my 2nd 3 mile loop it hit me; I had to stop or else I was going to throw up in someone's front yard. I walked the .5 miles back home hoping to settle my stomach. No luck. I went inside and sat around for about a half hour, but my stomach was still upset. I was devastated. I really wanted to test myself and prove that I could run 17 miles. I guess I will wait until this weekend to get there.

Schedule for this week:

Monday: Ab Work and Pushups
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday: 8 miles
Thursday: 5 miles
Friday: Upper Body Dumbbells
Saturday: 17-18 miles (My original schedule calls for 18. Since I didn't run 17 yesterday, I will either run 17 or 18 depending on how I feel.)
Sunday: REST

Let me tell you something, it is HOT and HUMID in Memphis. I get up early before work to do my weekday runs. It is already in the 80s with 96% humidity. The only good thing is that the sun is not up yet. On my long weekend runs this poses a big problem. I am not a fast runner by any means, so these long runs span 3+ hours. I am not going to start running at 2:30 or 3am to get home before the sun rises at 6. These long runs are a real struggle, because by 9am the heat index has usually already hit 110. I just have to keep reminding myself that Chicago in October is going to feel WONDERFUL compared to August in Memphis!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Exactly 2 Months to Go!

2 months from today, I will be running the Chicago Marathon. I don't know whether that is exciting or terrifying! My farthest run so far is 15 miles...I can't imagine adding 11.2 miles on to that run. I will sure try...every weekend my long runs will be the longest ever. The thought of that is pretty exhilarating.

2 weeks ago was supposed to be my first ever 30 mile week. I training according to my schedule all week. Then came Sunday. I set out to do 15 miles. By mile 10, I was exhausted. Finally, after 13 miles, my body said "STOP!" I was pretty upset, but I had to stop. Luckily, the next week (last week) was a step back week with a scheduled long run of 11 miles. I turned this into my 15 mile run.

This past Sunday, I did indeed run 15 miles. It was incredibly hard! After mile 14, I felt like death. To make matters worse, I looked up and saw a couple buzzards circling overhead. Apparently, they could also tell that I felt like death.

The challenge for this week is the 17 mile run scheduled for Sunday. I can do it!

Here is the schedule for this week:
Monday - Strength Training (Upper Body Resistance Band & Abs)
Tuesday - Rest (I had a root canal yesterday, so John is making me take a rest day today.)
Wednesday - 4 miles
Thursday - 8 miles
Friday - 4 miles
Saturday - Rest or Strength Training
Sunday - 17 miles
Total Mileage: 33 miles

Thank you all so much for all of your support. This training is tough, but I know that it's for an excellent cause and that I have great support from my family and friends.