Friday, November 28, 2008
My times for previous years (the website only went back to 04):
2004 1:04 10:25 pace
2005 1:02 10:06 pace
2006 1:05 10:36 pace (ran Ari with me that year)
2007 59:18 9:33 pace (fucked up ITB)
Dominic rode his newly painted Fuji track bike, while I ran
The race drew almost 12,000 people. It was a crazy start! I got there about 8 minutes before the start, so the only warm up I had was my 20 minute walk with the dogs before I left, and a slow jog from the car to the start.
These mass starting lines just suck! People NEVER line up where they're supposed to. I couldn't get to the 9 minute milers if I wanted to! Once the gun went off it took me more than 8 minutes to cross the starting line.
I started running and dodging people, passing speed walkers, and people running with strollers. I felt like yelling at them! 'Didn't you see the sign in the back that said STROLLERS! Get the fuck outta my way!' But I didn't.
The first mile I hit at 8:30. I felt fine and I thought this was a good pace for me. I continued to run around people and run on the sidewalks, anywhere there was a clear place for me to run, I ran. It stayed crowded the entire time.
I hit the 2nd mile at 8:30 too. WHOOOT! But I knew I wouldn't keep that pace. I am just not there yet. The miles started to fly by. By the time I hit mile 5, I checked my watch and was off my goal by about a minute. I knew I wasn't going to finish under 54. That's ok. I still did ok.
55:38 8:58 pace
We met up with Ryan after the race
INTERUPTION - We have to go to Turkey day dinner now. The plans changed and we're having it at my Mom's house with my Dad and Dominic's Mom. It's a long story....
Ok, so it's Friday now and Thanksgiving is over. This post is getting long.
Dinner ended up being really fun last night. I was nervous, and I just wanted to get it over with. We had a change of plans at the last minute.
Dominic has been remodeling his Mom's kitchen for the last 3 weeks and on Monday he decided he didn't have enough time to finish it for Thanksgiving. So his Dad and Stepmom went somewhere else, his brother and his kids went to the other Grandparents house, and my Mom cooked up a traditional kosher Thanksgiving dinner at the last minute for me, Dominic, my Dad, and Dominic's Mom.
Our Moms got drunk. They drank a whole bottle of wine. Me and Dominic did the dishes. The food was soooo good and I ate way too much.
I came home and crashed out by 9:30. I slept 10 hours.
Whew. Made it through that holiday. I am ready to get back to training.
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!
Monday, November 24, 2008
I have been off work since Sunday. I am actually off all week except for working from home Friday and one day in the office on Saturday - 10a-10p. The off days are nice, except for the not-so-nice stuff, like cleaning, grocery shopping, etc.
Sunday I took the dogs for a off leash walk on the golf course, and then went running alone. I ran for 7 miles. I didn't have time for anything else because we had a birthday lunch with Dominic's brother and the whole family. I chowed on fried chicken and cheesecake. That's why I had to burn some calories Sunday night with my new Spinerval tape.
It rained that night and my house was a muddy mess. I cleaned for two hours on Monday and did the grocery shopping. That took up the better part of my day. I managed to squeeze in a leg workout at the Y - squats, quad press, ham press, abs, done. All 15 rep sets.
At 3pm, I met the coach at UC for some swimming. He has me do the funkiest drills. But they are helping my technique so much, it's amazing. Yesterday we worked with fins. I haven't worn them before and it felt like I was just zipping through the water, so freaking fast! I loved it! We did several sets of drills, zipper, finger tip, one arm, and they were hard!
He had me swim a 100 with the fins (1:08) and I was pissed, it should have been under a minute with those fins. My best w/o fins is still 1:23.
We did drills for almost an hour and then he left me with a workout to do, without fins.
I was tired when I finished.
Today I ran Nancy's dogs. I took one of the dogs 3 miles which was nice. I usually run them 2 at a time, so when I only have 1, it's easy. Gracie's a good dog too, she runs really well. A couple of her dogs are spooked by stuff so they are hard to run. Two of them are so buck wild, I can hardly call what I am doing, running. Today I fell with two of them, but I didn't let go of those leashes! I didn't hurt myself, and I just got right back up and kept going. I ended up going about 6 miles.
Right now I am waiting on Dominic to finish work and then we are going to lift at the Y.
I am RACING Thursday! A 10k! I have some goals. We'll see what happens.
I hope you all have a good Thanksgiving.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
The tape was kind of old I think. The athletes in the video were all triathletes, some old, some young, some fat and some lean as hell. One girl was a pro. Some of their bikes were old school tri bikes (Soft Ride). The workout totally kicked my ass.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Today's workout was a half mile warm up, 7x800, and a half mile cooldown. The 800's averaged about 3:48.
I had debated whether I should be a pussy and use a treadmill, or should I run outside. It was cold out! I decided to HTFU and just do it outside. It was 30 degrees and there was a headwind that was really hard to run through. I was ready to crap after the 1st 800. That's how this shit affects me! I didn't think there was anyway I could do 6 more. Each one hurt more than the last. My chest and legs hurt so bad, I can't describe it. I just know this is a workout I hate and will continue to dread. But I know it has to be done if I want to speed up.
And I don't think it's smart to try and swim 100's after the track workout. At least, that's what I learned today.
I couldn't get warm after the 800's so I went to the Y to soak in the sauna and then swim. I was so cold. I soooo did not want to get in the pool either. But I did.
1x300 warm up
10x50 (averaged 43)
1x100 easy free
5x100 (averaged 1:36)
1x300 easy free
It was hard to swim and I am sure it's cuz my energy was zapped after the track. Double DUH!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Dominic's making chicken soup. It smells so good.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I am not really excited about the Time's yet. I need to ride outside to get used to them and that wasn't happening today. It was snowing a tiny amount of flurries, and the temps were dropping, and I didn't want to ride in the cold. I know. Call me a pussy. Cuz I am. I hate riding in cold weather, even though I just bought a new jacket. I don't want to HTFU either.
So Dominic and I lifted today, I did light weights, heavy reps. My triceps are already sore. We played around in the pool and I swam a 50 in 34 seconds.
When I got home, I rode the trainer for an hour.
Look at those socks!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
1x200 warm up
10x100 best time 1:34 (most were 1:35 and a couple at 1:36)
1x100 breast stroke
1x100 back stroke
1x300 cool down
In the middle of my 100's, on #7, my goggles got water in them cuz I pushed off the wall too hard, so I had to stop and start over. Then my swim cap came halfway off and I had to stop for that. I was cranky in the water this morning.
More on my mind than having a sucky swim, is the stupid scale. I don't even know why I get on the mother fucker. In Sept, at the DR, I weighed 145. This morning, I weighed myself at the Y before getting in the pool, and the scale says 151! I also got on the work scale (they have a Biggest Loser competition going on so they bought a scale to weigh everyone on) and it confirms my weight gain. BOO!!!
This is why I don't let myself recover. I feel like I have to be constantly burning calories because I like to eat! I don't eat whatever I want though. I watch my food intake about 65% of the time, chips are my downfall, but I hardly ever eat real sugar. I am just sick of it. I don't know what else to do to lean out.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I slept in, got up at 8:30am. That is so late for me! When I have to work I am up by 7 usually, and one of those days I get up at 5:30am for laps at the Y. I felt good when I got up except my legs are still trashed from the leg workout the other day.
I took the dogs to the woods for a couple miles, they ran off leash and had fun. When I got home I fed them and had some eggs with Dominic before he went to work. Then I went to the Y and did upper body weights for 40 minutes. After the Y, I headed to the track!
I warmed up for a mile, then did 6x800, with one recovery lap in between, and a mile cool down.
Can I tell you how much I hate running fast? I hate hate hate it cuz it hurts so fucking bad. Those 800's about killed me today. And for the record, today I ran so hard I wanted to crap. And puke. Possibly at the same time. You reading this Claire? My legs and my chest hurt and I really wanted to stop but I had to HTFU and just do it. My times were ok, right on schedule from last week.
3:57 (?? my watch fucked this one up)
3:47 (?? my watch fucked this one up too)
I was so so so glad when it was over.
Got home, had a Muscle Milk, and worked in the yard for two hours. Mowed the leaves. Raked them up, bagged them, swept. I hate yard work. I especially hate leaves.
Now I am exhausted. To say the least. But working.
Yesterday was a good day too. I swam laps. I decided to just have a long swim and time out some 1500's. My intention was to do just 2, but then I decided to do a 3rd.
Total 4500y. I think that is around 2.5 miles?
I came home and rode the trainer for an hour too. I think I added that in because we were having dinner with some friends and I knew I was going to eat a lot.
Dominic cooked manicotti at Emily and Gino's house.
Emily and Gino
Me and Dominic are full
Monday, November 10, 2008
Races in those 21 months:
2 full marathons
5 olympic distance triathlons
1 half iron distance triathlon
1 50k trail race
2 seasons. That's it. And I have no fucking clue what I am doing.
I work out 6 days a week, sometimes 2-3 times in one day. I have no idea if I am making progress or what. I don't have any idea what I am, or should be doing. I can't afford a coach right now so I am just kinna going with it. There's no schedule, no excel spreadsheets, I just do it.
IMKY training starts in 2 months. For now, I'll chill out on distance. Focus on speedwork. Maintain fitness.
Tonight I went to a masters swim class at UC. I liked the class, it was a good switch up, but do I really need butterfly stroke and dolphin kicks for triathlon? I don't think so. I like Alan, the coach. He's the same coach I have met with the last couple weeks. I'll still meet with him one on one, he has improved my stroke SO much.
Earlier today I worked out with Dominic at the Y - we did legs. He had me do 250lbs on the leg press and I got 7 reps. It about killed me. I made 8 reps at 230. We did back to back sets. Like Crossfit. Lactic Acid. I might go to a Crossfit class soon. If it wasn't so expensive, I'd join.
Sunday I ran the dogs 7 miles and then me, Dominic, and our Mom's, went to Ikea.
Lucy after her 7 mile run
Friday, November 7, 2008
1x200 warm up
1x500 (intervals by Claire - 25e, 25f, 50e, 50f, 75e, 75f, 100e, 100f)
1x50 breast stroke
1x200 cool down
I usually feel really good after my swim, but today I was tired. I walked the dogs at the golf course and let them run off leash. It was just a 2 mile walk but my legs felt fatigued. I forgot to eat when I got back from my swim which did not help. So when I got home, I fed the dogs and had a protein shake. Then I woke Dominic up to cook me a real breakfast (egg white sandwich with fat free cheese and fake butter).
I was rushing around to get ready to leave for work. I worked from home Wednesday night and all day Thursday so it was good to get the hell out of the house this morning. I left early and stopped and got gas ($1.82!!). It was drizzling. I was getting onto the highway, and was on the entrance ramp, when the guy in front of me started skidding all over the place. I started skidding too and then my car went BAM! right into the fucking guardrail. We called the cops even though his car didn't hit anything. The cops came and didn't cite anyone. My car was still running, the headlights worked, and his car was ok. Neither one of us were hurt, thank goodness, so we left. I was about 10 minutes late for work, and very shaken up. My heart rate is finally back down normal now.
What sucks is my car. It's 10 years old and we just keep putting money into it. I just got it back yesterday. It needed a new starter, which was put in 3 weeks ago, but the starters they keep putting in, are bad. This is the 3rd one in 3 weeks! And Dominic had to put in new brake pads yesterday and a new battery.....FUCK! Dominic wants me to drive his Scion and buy a work van for him. So whatever we do, it's going to cost us another fucking car payment.
Can you tell I am pissed?
Here are the finished pictures of the kitchen. The new tile on the counter will be done when we find some cool tile. Other than that, it's pretty much done. I wish you could have seen a "before" picture - the cabinets were purple and the floor was a black and white sticky tile and the walls were white. The fridge is where the table is now. Big difference.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
We met Sandi, her friend Mike (who is also doing IMAZ) and Ryan at the bike shop at 9am (though we were late from me standing in line to vote).
Good picture for Ryan's Match.com profile (single women in their 20's should apply!)
We climbed about a total of 2200-2500 feet. We told Ryan to keep it relatively flat because Sandi had just done a century 6 days ago.
We have both gained like 10 pounds
Monday, November 3, 2008
For those that don't know, 800's are 2 laps around a track (that equals a half mile).
This morning, I warmed up for 8 laps (2 miles) and then started the 800's with a recovery lap after each one. I took my headphones off for the 800's so I could hear myself breathing. I just gave it everything I had, going all out. My chest hurt, and my legs were killing me, but it felt good! Ok, so this is what speed work feels like!
My times for each 800:
I cooled down for 2 laps so that gave me 6 miles total. I think as the 800's increase, I should just warm up for 4 laps and cool down for 4 laps. If anyone has any advice on track work, please leave me a comment. I need all the help I can get. I haven't run on a track since I taught myself to run 10 years ago. I love it though.
This afternoon I met up with Coach Alan at UC. He's great, I like him. So far he's shown me so many things I need to correct with my form, which is exactly what will help increase my speed. He had me do a lot of drills. I have some work to do. He wants me to breathe from each side, every 3rd stroke. Normally I breathe every 4th stroke and only to the left. It's a hard habit to break. And when I turn to the right to breathe, I usually look up and then right, which is not good. I did about 45 minutes of drills, some fast some easy.
At the end we do a timed 100:
My best time prior to today was a 1:28.
So it looks like I may be getting somewhere. If I keep up doing speedwork. I think I can handle it. I certainly like the way it makes me feel. It hurts, but it's a good kind of hurt. You know what I mean. I never cared about speed before, but for whatever reason, I do now.
Ari and Bruno say GO VOTE!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
After the clean up, I went running. Dominic was at the bike shop helping out and it's 4 miles from my house, so I ran there. The temps went way up and it was hot out! I think it was close to 70 degrees. It was a good run, lots of hills. I hung out at the shop for a little bit and then ran home. 8 miles total.
We went to Fear Fest at King's Island last night. We took 4 teenagers with us - his twin niece and nephew who are 15, her friend who was 15, and the other nephew who is 17. Do you know those girls did not stop texting the entire time? On the rides too! Teenagers are a fucking trip! Good luck to all of you who have them. It was so fun though. We rode rollercoasters and ate junk food and had a blast. The kids had fun too.
This morning we took his nephew (the 15 year old) out to the bike trail, on his bike that Dominic built for him. I wish I had brought the camera with me - it is a cool old lugged steal frame and Dominic restored it for him last summer. Me and Dominic rode fixed - so we all were riding bikes Dominic had built. The bikes got major compliments, from some guy at the coffee shop, who called them elegant.
Ok, so anyways, Zak, the nephew, is not in shape at all. It was a slow ride of about 22 miles, and I don't count this as any kind of training what-so-ever. It was just a day to take the kid out on his bike. (I have some major mileage coming up though, and I am excited!)
After we took Zak home, we headed out to Ikea. Such a cool place. We got so much stuff for so cheap. The kitchen is almost done now.
Here is a sneak peak of the colors.
And my pretty boy Ari.