Wednesday, May 27, 2009

May 27, 2009

Wednesday....Week Five. Anyone who has been in the RR training for the half knows what the 5th week in training for the half means....Hills! At first I was dreading them as I have never done them before! But as usual I faced them with my usual optimizm...I cant believe how much that works! I have been on a positive high for months now and it has really gotten me through some tough times. I have found a few tricks already that get me through the hard times while out there running...Smiling goes a long way! I think that if I am smile right at the moment some else is looking at me having a harder time it will ease thier mind and get them through the rough patch...Also its really hard to have a hard time yourself when your smiling so it works great! I also try to take small moment to enjoy my suroundings like today, on my way down Emily Murphy Hill I was really enjoying the view it was an awesome sight! I am finding it really important to stay positive and sych myself up to the awesomeness to the run! I am looking forward to Tempos tomorrow and the long run on Sunday!

I am finding that all the commitment is paying off...the 5 days a week at first seemed really undoable! but WOW I would definitly recommend doing all the training I have encreased my pace and time already! I can almost comfotably run with my heart rate at 160 bpm...which is awesome! I am really surprised at how far I have come along! with this progress I might even break my goal pace before I even set it! HA!

OOO I almost forgot! when I got home tonight bfore dinner I did the Pilates 20 min workout! it was great although I did have an audiance...Thanks sweetie for the encouagement! but I felt great so I will incorporating this into my workouts!

I also want to mention...for those who read that also run with me :) WOW where the guy with the hot body and great calves and the nicely bronzed skin come from! I sure hope he comes back as WOW he was the reason I made up the second hill!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday May 24

Well I know its been a bit since I jotted anything down, and I appologize! The running has ben wonderful and I am noticibly getting better which is awesome! Today I ran the longest I have ever run, and I ran the fastest, I averaged a 8.03/KM which is pretty impressive so I just may get that half done in less than hours as I first expected :) Although I am still focusing on completing and giving more thought into heart rate than pace speed.

For the past few weeks I have been stressing over my eating habits, I have talked to a few people and I am starting to be a bit more relaxed and just choosing healthy choices and trying to get my fill of starches during the day instead of at night, which is hard if your a snacker as most of the snacks are starches and I would want them at night, but I have ben finding that I have been choosing fruit and veggies for a change :)

It seems kind of funny but most of the people in my "To Complete" group have either bailed or have not been showing up for the group runs and are running on their own, there is good and bad with this, the good is that I can zone out and run, not feeling obligated to chat. There have been a few times where I was the only "complete" runner in the group so I was running on my own anyway although the group lead would periodically run back to make sure I was Ok. Its kind of good and bad as with a group like today I ran the fastest because I was keeping pace with them for the first stretch of the run, but once I listened to my body I started to fall back a bit (which is fine with my as I am there for no one but myself) I started to keep note of my HR instead of which stretch of the 10.1 I was on. I considered it a success to continually have my rate between 160 and 170 considering my max is around 188!

I have noticed that my knees have been sore...which is no surprise considering the amount of exercise I have been doing, I hope that the soreness goes away though as I can really see this becoming a way of life for me as I am already looking into some future ideas and events!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sunday May 2

Sunday Morning.....up at 7ish, Ugh need more sleep but looking forward to the run today. I have just enough time to get up and shower and be on my way, I will have to remember to get up earlier next week as I will need time to eat something the runs get longer :) but today I completed my first 7 K, It was awesome and really not only 7 K but also some impressive hills too! It was a nice steady paced run and I would say the last 30 mins I pretty much ran the whole way (no stopping for the minute break) not sure how ofter I will do that but I wanted to run up the hill and then I really just didnt stop :) Todays run gave me so much energy it was the best Sunday in quite a while :)

A special thanks to Sarah for keeping great company and for Les for actually making a scond round trip....Thanks just crazy!! but hes going for the gull marathon which is amazing!