Monday, July 20, 2015

A week in workouts 07/20-26/2015

Monday: Group Ride (teach) and core/back weights

Tuesday: Group Power (teach), 1 mile walk with Dad and Lexi, 4 mile progression run (because it started storming!) with Coach Carl

Wednesday: doggie hiking adventure (about 3 miles)

Thursday: Group Power (teach), 4.4 mile run, 1 mile-ish walk

Friday: walking/exploring/rest day

Saturday: 2 mile hike

Sunday: Group Centergy (teach)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A week in workouts 07/13-19/2015

Monday: rest day

Tuesday: Group Power (teach), R30, Group Core

Wednesday: Group Ride, 30 mins. leg work (presses, adductor/abductor thighs, kettlebell squats, wall balls, calf raises) and triceps and a little weighted core too :)

Thursday: Group Power (teach AM and PM), 3 mile run PM (treadmill), 1.8 mile walk with Lexi, and 30 mins. back work (back extensions, balance ball plank, ab machine, bent-over single-arm rows)

Friday: Group Power (teach), 1/2 mile walk with Lexi (casual pace) and 1.5 miles at 11% grade TM walk for 22 min. and hard run 3 minutes

Saturday: Hotlanta Half Marathon course run - around 9 miles

Sunday: leg (adductor/abductor thighs, leg press, calf raises) and arm weights (bicep curls and tricep dips), Group Centergy (teach)

Monday, July 13, 2015

Peachtree Road Race 2015

We'd been watching the app closely. We knew what was probably coming. Rain is always a bit of a bummer for races, but Dad and I put on our ponchos and made the best of it, because Peachtree is our thing every year (and will hopefully be our thing for many years to come!). It didn't start raining on us until after we'd taken the train to Buckhead, waited in line for portapotties, and walked to the start line. About 5 minutes before we were slated to start, in Wave L, we felt the drops. Finally we crossed the start line and were on our way, and about 2 minutes in, we saw the lightning. Oops, keep running! (We found out later that they actually paused the race right after us, for Waves M through ??, due to the lightning, but everyone got to start - albeit later than planned - and got to finish.)

It rained about the first 2.5 miles, then it stopped for a while. Just enough to soak our shoes! About 5 miles in, we were both hot and we ditched our ponchos. We were in the clear until we reached the finish area, where it started to steadily come down again. Piedmont Park wasn't as muddy as two years ago, but it was still pretty soggy out there. We got our cool finishers-only t-shirts and grabbed snacks, and we looked for friends but based on the weather delay and the fact that it was coming down pretty hard at this point, I don't think a lot of folks stuck around for the party. (And after all that, we didn't, either. But we did manage to get a peach each, and it was a glorious treat on our way back to the train station!)

So, not as glorious a story as previous years, but we had a good time and were both glad we showed up to run in the rain. As always, I am proud of my dad who is 66 years old and runs a few times a week!

The rain stopped mid-day, so everyone across the area was able to enjoy some outdoor picnics and fireworks for their Independence Day :) (Even if they couldn't enjoy a hot, dry run that morning!)

Peachtree Road Rage 2015

Yes, you read that right.

This is a small race that is run "about the same time of year as another race you might have heard of" (quoting race director Kyle Torok). It follows the same course as the "other race" but is run the night before.

I signed up this year because 1. why not and 2. Kyle was going to donate all the proceeds to the Hospice Foundation in honor of my friend Carl's late wife, Emma. I ended up using this run as a long run, parking my car at the 10K finish and running all the way to the start area.

I had run the Peachtree course backward once before, but that time we'd done it second, after running it forward, so I thought that might be why it was harder. Nope. It is just harder to run the steady two-mile climb uphill that you come to toward the end of that portion, as it turns out! I needed the mileage for my upcoming 39K, and I had plenty of time to get it done, which was also a good thing because "that other race" was the next morning and I needed to be able to function, even if not on fresh legs.

I made it to the "start line" (i.e. a group of us hanging out in front of the Westin in Buckhead) with plenty of time to spare. I caught up with a few folks I recognized, then after a few minutes we took off. There was a prize for DFL place, so I was working really hard for that. (Not really - my legs were shot already! I didn't have to try that hard to be last, especially in a group of less than 50 runners.)

At one point, I stopped to refill my water bottle while on the course, at the Chick-fil-a, and as I was coming out, I saw the last two people run by, so I jumped in about 50 feet behind them and maintained that distance. It was super slow, because they were run-walking, but I saw my DFL prize within reach, so I stayed back. Unfortunately, at one point, one of them looked back and saw me, so I was caught. I was able to stay behind her, but it was tricky because she was trying to make small talk and distract me. I thought I had her just where I wanted her, but less than a quarter mile from the finish line she said she was thirsty and ran into a restaurant to get water. Sandbagging at its finest! One of had to be the bigger person and let the other one "win" (lose), so I just kept on going, and I did not collect the DFL place prize of a Yeti lunchbox. Bummer.

I didn't hang around much after the race, feeling sad after my defeat and feeling not much like eating or having a beer after almost 13 miles total of running and a spin class that morning. Too tired to munch. Plus, I was going to be getting up before dawn to come right back to that same spot in "that other race" the next day for the Peachtree Road RACE, so it was time to call it a night. Overall, a good time and a productive evening. The weather was considerably cool for this time of year, which is always a good thing if you're running 12+ miles. Too bad the weather didn't really cooperate the following day....

Troop Trot 39K 2015

Last year I wasn't feeling the running thing, at least for the first part of the year. So, training for Troop Trot 2014 was something I dreaded. Instead of running the 39K last year, I dropped down to run the 10K. It felt weird to "just" run the 10K, though, and admittedly, I had some race envy last year watching the 39Kers do their thing.

So, this year, I knew I needed a repeat of 2013. I was going to run the whole thing. And I was actually excited about it. Troop Trot is a race consisting of 3 13K loops. It mentally screws with you as it physically taxes you. With temps in the mid 90s and with switchbacks for days, you feel like you're never going to make it around for the next go round. As slow and I pretty as it was, I made it, and I'm glad I got out there to tackle the beast!

You need sunglasses for looking at that tummy! I didn't care. It was hot! But now I have poison ivy on my belly. How, I don't know....

Boy Scout Troop 39 (who puts on the race each year) performing the flag ceremony pre-race.

Katrina, Delicia and I pre-race!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A week in workouts 07/06-12/2015

Monday: Group Ride (teach! My first solo class!!) and 3 mile evening walk-run

Tuesday: Group Power (teach x2...yikes) and R30

Wednesday: R30 (teach) and Group Centergy (teach)

Thursday: Group Power (teach x2 again...woah...) and R30 (teach)

Friday: REST DAY

Saturday: Troop Trot 39K

Sunday: Group Power (teach) and Group Centergy (teach)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Do you take supplements?

Over the past 6 months I have started taking magnesium and calcium (almost) every day. Last fall I was having lower leg (high ankle area) cramping during longer runs, and a massage therapist told me about magnesium after I swore up and down that my body had plenty of sodium and potassium coursing through it.

Often, magnesium and calcium are forgotten as electrolytes, and sodium and potassium are highlighted. Every female especially wants to get enough calcium because it is important for our bone strength, but many athletes do not also realize that we need that as an electrolyte as well. Magnesium, as it turns out, is really important for preventing cramps during a run.

I have also been taking the vitamin biotin for years. It helps with hair health. After I lost weight, my hair thinned out, and it really helped. The latest version I bought was a Kroger brand called Hair, Skin and Nails. It has a hefty dose of biotin in it, along with what is basically a "targeted" multivitamin. Can't hurt, and it was cheap, so I'll give it a shot for a while.

I have better feelings about taking vitamins and minerals than I do about taking pills and powders that claim to make you lose fat and 5 inches off your belly. Even when I was overweight, I told myself I'd never resort to weight loss by popping "fat burners" or voodoo pills, and I never had to. Even "pre-workout" drinks etc. - drink a cup of green tea in the afternoon to rehydrate and invigorate you for that evening workout. With any product, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. Talk to a medical doctor before taking anything, but also be willing to read the labels and take responsibility for facing a hard truth - not everything that claims to be good for you actually is.