snow run

Today was the first actual snowy run of the season. There was a light dusting on the ground during my first 9 mile training run, but it was hardly enough to see on the grass. This was a little more snow coverage and insane wind accompanying it, so it was not the most enjoyable run. I was scheduled to go four miles, the last definite run before 13.1 on Saturday. I have an optional 3 miles on Wednesday, but I’m thinking I will do an Insanity DVD instead. Looking back over my long runs over the past couple of months, it appears I do a lot better during the run when I have one or two Insanity’s during the week – something about the breathing and sweating so hard no run I have ever done even comes close to comparing…

That being said, I haven’t been so dedicated to Insanity over the holidays and my runs have definitely decreased in performance. We will see if it will help coupled with the excitement being in Disney will bring! I was going to do a DVD today, but I am still nursing my shoulder a little bit – loading up on Ibuprofen to decrease the swelling. It seems to be doing better, but I didn’t want to use my arms/back any more than necessary. I’m thinking a stretching/recovery insanity tomorrow and a regular one on Wednesday.

Anyways, the run this morning was so windy and cold, but I was happy to do it in the daylight! I was off of work today and slept in until 7, and then went for a run right away. Once I got back, vegging out ensued. Well, Christmas decorations were taken down and the house was cleaned first, but then I spent some quality time laying on my bed (flat on my back for my shoulder) reading a book that one of my co-workers wrote (she had me for Secret Santa and she gave me one of her books!). Even though outside was windy, cold and snowy, inside was nice and toasty and it felt like a snow day. After lunch I even baked up a half batch of the best gluten free chocolate chip cookies I have ever had – reminds me so much of Carol’s Cookies!

I really can’t believe I have only two days of work and then I’m off to Orlando! I am really excited for this trip even though it seems to have come up so fast!

disney 1/2 training: 7 miles

My 7 mile run took me to the next level. I can’t even remember the last time I ran anything over a 10k so my comfort zone is definitely starting to stretch. There’s only 5 weeks(!) until the Disney World 1/2 Marathon in Orlando and I am so excited. Even though I know the next 5 weeks are definitely going to test my body + mind, I feel content and happy and so fortunate that since I got over the tendonitis in my food at the beginning of training I haven’t come up against any other injuries *knock on wood. Poor sister was having some IT band issues this week, but hopefully they have turned around since she completed her 7 mile run just fine this morning!

I woke up at 6 6:30 this morning to set out for my run at 7:30.  Getting the tree was on the schedule for this morning as well, so I had to make sure I was back and ready by the time we left for that.  Kinley chickened out of running outside and decided to head for the gym.  Since I decided to go against the monthly gym membership fee to save money, I had no choice so I sucked it up and prepared to head out. When I got up I had coffee and a rice cake with PB2 + preserves, per usual. I have found that eating more than an hour before running is too much time, I need something closer to the start but not too close that my stomach gets all wonky. I also had plenty of water to make sure I was hydrated.

Today was not only the first 7 mile run I have done in a very long time, but it is the first day that I tried fueling on a practice run.  Sure I’ve had applesauce and a couple of clif bloks during races, but not during weekend runs because the fuel I got from my pre-run food was sufficient. I (only) have 3 more long runs (8, 9, +10 miles) before the half marathon so I need to make sure I am using what will actually work for me and make sure I can take it while running (and keep it down…). I decided to use the Razz Clif Shot that I got in my Clif Bar Pace Team packet. The energy shots are Sister’s favorite item to use to fuel, and this way I will only have to use one at around miles 4, 8 and 12? I guess we will see, but these seem more convenient than the Bloks and Sisters says they last longer. The Razz flavor was okay – but I am really looking forward to the chocolate one I already have for my 8 mile run!

I set out at 7:30, just like I was planning. I was going to wear a rain jacket but decided to go without and just get drenched.  I don’t think a coat would have really helped much anyways… I had a Christmas mix on my iPod and just felt happy… I don’t really know why I was feeling this way but I couldn’t get over the fact I was running my furthest distance to date and feeling good while doing it! At mile 3.5 I took a walking break to figure out how to get my Clif Shot open with cold + wet fingers… teeth, that’s how. So I took that with some water and continued on my way. I got SOAKED. Literally from head to toe nothing was dry but that was okay – it wasn’t that cold so I at least wasn’t covered in ice ;).

Please forgive my lazy eye… never noticed that before – maybe it was flipping out from the cold/wet??

I ended up running all of it except for the first 200 meters, a minute or so at the halfway point and then 200 meters at the end. I really wasn’t expecting a decent time and was just aiming for under 11minutes miles and didn’t think I was going fast especially being weighted down with wet clothes, but I was pleasantly shocked when I finished and had run it averaging 10:19 minutes miles (fast for me, especially when it was 7 miles!)! I finished it in 1:12:13, and fairly even splits? Well, even enough for me!

That umbrella looks so innocent, nothing that would actually help in a torrential downpour.