2012 Training Summary By Month – July

Remember me, my friends?

I have been running, but it has felt like it has been slow going because I’ve reintroduced gluten back into my diet. I am finally getting the test on July 2. I have a feeling it will be negative, but it is good to know. And, I am looking forward to removing it again. I have felt very run down and I’m looking forward to getting my energy back.

On another note, I have had a hard time keeping up with either of my blogs because of work. I have literally been triaging responsibilities with the kids coming first, then the job writing, then running, then cleaning/laundry… with all of that, there was no time for this. I have missed it. I have missed you. Other than feeling wiped out and bloated – which I attribute to the gluten – I have been struggling to get my runs in. I have missed my 90-mile goals the last two months and have been frustrated by it. I am going to add the stats for April, May and June in this one post. I hope to get back into the regular routine in July as the biggest project will be over next week (yay!)

To combat the heat, I have been running on a treadmill more frequently. I miss having my own treadmill in my house – it works better with the kids. I’m currently shopping for one and am heavily considering a SOLE F85 and I welcome comments and reviews for it if you have thoughts. Now that it is officially the end of the month, time to check in my 2012 goals.

Cumulative 2012 through 6/30/2012:

I am farther behind on swimming and weight training, but have added Yoga, so I am still getting a little cross training in. I liked the comparison of this year to last year, so I’m comparing my 1/1/2012 through 6/30/2012 cumulative with my 1/1/2011 through 6/30/2011 cumulative:

Stats by Month

June 2012:

Continuation of the gluten intake for the gluten test, scheduled for early July.

May 2012:

The key thing to note about this month is that I started eating gluten again for my gluten test, which I scheduled for July.

April 2012:

  • Total Running Mileage: 90.0
  • Total Running Duration: 13:40:46
  • Total Running Average Pace: 9:07
  • Number of Running Activities: 16
  • Duration per Running Activity: 48.47
  • Average Miles per Running Activity: 5.625
  • Races: Tarheel 10-Miler (4/21/2012)

March 2012:

  • Total Running Mileage: 85.1
  • Total Running Duration: 13:02:14
  • Total Running Average Pace: 9:11
  • Number of Running Activities: 22
  • Duration per Running Activity: 35.33
  • Average Miles per Running Activity: 3.86
  • Swimming Totals: 0 activities
  • Cycling/Spinning Totals: 3 activities / 62.7 miles total (avg 20.9 per activity) / duration 2:40:56 (avg 53:38 per activity)
  • Other: Weight/isometric training: 2, 30 minutes per session
  • Races: none

February 2012:

  • Total Running Mileage: 90.5
  • Total Running Duration: 13:31:57
  • Total Running Average Pace: 8:58
  • Number of Running Activities: 16
  • Duration per Running Activity: 50:44
  • Swimming Totals: 1 activity / 1 mile (1600m) / duration and average pace – 58:32
  • Cycling/Spinning Totals: 2 activities / 46.5 miles total (avg 23.25 per activity) / duration 2:04:33 (avg 1:02:16 per activity)
  • Races: Hilton Head Half Marathon (2/11/2012)

January 2012:

  • Total Running Mileage: 93.6 *monthly mileage PR for me
  • Total Running Duration: 14:33:45
  • Total Running Average Pace: 9:20
  • Number of Running Activities: 17
  • Duration per Running Activity: 51:23
  • Swimming Totals: (none)
  • Cycling/Spinning Totals: 1 activity / 19.0 miles total  / duration 41:44 (total and average)
  • Races: (none)

Fourteen… Times Two

Happy Easter Eve, my friends!

As I sit here reflecting on the Lenten season, as we are taught to do, I am mostly thinking about how grateful I am. Grateful for my beautiful boys. Grateful for a wonderful father and sister who love me unconditionally and have been there for me in tough times. Those tough times that, at least in some ways, made me a bit of a stronger person. Grateful for friends who have been patient with me through the tough times I’ve had the last couple of years… and have listened (or at least feigned interest) in my constant blathering about running and the 50 states goal (part of the reason I started this blog…I know you guys are listening – and I’m grateful for that). I’m also grateful for the gift I’ve been given to run. To be healthy enough to run. To have the ability that, although I work hard at it, seems to fit me naturally.

I just *knew* my disproportionally long legs would be a benefit to me one day.

I write this tonight as I close out my first week of April, meeting the goal I set for myself of attaining at least 22.5 miles. Yes, I set a big goal for the month: 90 miles again. I had overcome a slight setback in the beginning of March (physically, at least) that had me worried about setting that goal – partly the reason I set the audacious goal in the first place (some call that tenacity…). Another part of setting that goal was that, when I find something that works, I tend to stick to it until it no longer works. 90-mile months worked once for me feeling alright after the dreaded mile 10.5 (my personal bonk point) as did running 14 miles as my last long before that half. Because worked before, let’s see if it works again… so yesterday I set out to do another 14-mile run. I’ve only hit that distance once before in January and I really didn’t want that to be a fluke. I had friends with me then – cheering me on, encouraging me not to quit, making me slow down so I didn’t burn out too quickly (as I have tendency to do). But, with the Easter season upon us, all my usual running friends were busy readying for their Easter celebrations. I was alone for this trip. I had to make it to 14 on my own.

I picked one of my favorite trails that was one of the flatter places I could think of for this run. Sick of my own library of music (which happens occasionally), I was delighted to discover that my local library actually “loans” out MP3 files of audio books (by the way, I’ve made quite a long wish list to keep me entertained on these drives and long runs for the 50 states quest), so I downloaded a book about Ann Boleyn and set out on my trip. It was a perfect day for a long run, especially considering the weather the last few weeks. The first 7 miles seemed easy, but I was going too fast. After I stopped to take fuel, I tried to focus on pace, but, on occasion when the book got interesting, I lost my focus. I can see from my splits where I was concentrating on it and where I was not because the splits are all over the place for that period in the run. Ironically, last three miles felt much easier to me than miles 7 through 10.5.

I finished the 14.

I finished the 14 strong, in fact, just under my goal pace of 9:30, shaving off about 8 minutes from the last time I did 14 miles.

I was sore, a little, but by this morning, mostly recovered from that run. I’m also grateful for that, as quick recoveries from longs are relatively new to me.

Regardless of the apparent recovery, I didn’t intend to run today. I could barely sleep last night so I was pretty tired and I moved a bunch of stuff around the house… not to mention that I was just kind of in a bad mood. I thought a good spin ride would be what I should do – nothing hard, something to just shake out a little of the left over lactic acid build up. It was not to be… due to maintenance on other equipment at the gym, I ended up running tonight because treadmills were all that were free. Normally, I roll my eyes at the mere thought of being “relegated” to the treadmill, but tonight, I saw it as an opportunity to run uber flat and controlled pace for exactly 40 minutes, so I took advantage. Maybe I was just pissy enough that a good run is what I needed… dunno. I ended up with another 4.22 tonight, bringing my total week to 26.9.

I am happy to announce that my attitude has officially changed 🙂

Happy Easter to all of you and your families. Bless you!

2012 Training Summary By Month – March

Hello! Happy April to you all! I hope your March was a good one. Mine started off with a bit of discomfort, but I seem to have recovered from that just in time for the heat (and humidity) to begin to put kinks in my training as I try – again – to acclimate to the hot weather running. Now that it is officially the end of the month, time to check in my 2012 goals. You’ll find my February and January stats below March.

Cumulative 2012 through 3/31/2012:

So far this year, I’m behind only really on swimming and the weight training, although, I did have 2 weight training activities this month and plan for at least once a week (thanks to my training partner) so I hope to keep up with this throughout the remainder of the year. As far as my running is concerned, however, I’m pretty happy with what I see here! I was curious about how I was doing – running-wise – since last year, so I put the same calculations from this period last year in parentheses after the number from this year for the running stats. It is no wonder to me why I did not do well in some of those races and half marathons. February of 2011, I only had 3 runs. THREE!?!?! This helps me keep perspective and stay motivated. I may do this next month if I think about it.

  • Total Running Mileage: 269.2 (2011: 130.3)
  • Total Running Duration: 41:07:57 (2011: 20:03:50)
  • Total Running Average Pace: 9:29.08 (2011: 9:14)
  • Number of Running Activities: 55 (2011: 23)
  • Duration per Running Activity: 44:52 (2011: 52:20)
  • Distance per Running Activity: 4.89 mi (2011: 5.66)
  • Swimming Totals: 1 activity / 1 mile (1600m) / duration and average pace – 58:32
  • Cycling/Spinning Totals: 6 activities / 128.2 miles total (avg 21.36 per activity) / duration 5:27:15 (avg 54:32 per activity)
  • Other/Weight Training: *finally* getting around to adding this statistic 🙂 2 activities/ duration: 60:00 (avg 30:00 per activity) – including quad/hamstring weight training, back/abs isometrics (plank, crunches), stretching and some yoga poses.
  • Races: Hilton Head Half Marathon (2/11/2012)

March 2012:

Given how I felt at the start of the month, I’m impressed with my numbers this month. I also spent some time running with my 5 and 7 year olds who are enthusiastic, but not patient with the pacing. We’re working on that 😉 I might track those runs separately going forward so I can see what I actually did for training, but for this month, those are included below. Considering the start of my month, I only hit one long run – a 10 mile – late in the month, so I have some make up to do for endurance/stamina beyond 10 miles in the first half of April. To work around my inability to get the longs, I ran shorter distances more frequently to cover the difference I lost missing those longs and I’m ultimately pretty happy with my mileage this month. I’m looking to April to help me get back into the swing of the longer distances – hopefully a 14-miler – to help me prepare for my next half in May. My April mileage goal is between 85 and 90. I have the Tarheel 10-mile race on 4/21, and I am hoping to beat my time from that race last year. That is the only race I have scheduled for April because of the proximity of it to the OneAmerica Indy Days half marathon I have May 5 (two weeks). So, to reach my mileage goal, the mileage will have to be front-loaded in the month… which means I need to make sure I get to the gym today! Here is what I did in March:

  • Total Running Mileage: 85.1
  • Total Running Duration: 13:02:14
  • Total Running Average Pace: 9:11
  • Number of Running Activities: 22
  • Duration per Running Activity: 35.33
  • Average Miles per Running Activity: 3.86
  • Swimming Totals: 0 activities
  • Cycling/Spinning Totals: 3 activities / 62.7 miles total (avg 20.9 per activity) / duration 2:40:56 (avg 53:38 per activity)
  • Other: Weight/isometric training: 2, 30 minutes per session
  • Races: none

February 2012:

I’m very, very happy with February… I didn’t think I would get 75 miles and pretty much wrote off February until this past weekend when I realized how close I was to 90 – I took advantage of the extra day and pushed it to 90. Happy that I got in 2 spin activities – wished I was able to get at least one more swim, but I got a really good one in and that’s better than nothing so I’ll take it.

  • Total Running Mileage: 90.5
  • Total Running Duration: 13:31:57
  • Total Running Average Pace: 8:58
  • Number of Running Activities: 16
  • Duration per Running Activity: 50:44
  • Swimming Totals: 1 activity / 1 mile (1600m) / duration and average pace – 58:32
  • Cycling/Spinning Totals: 2 activities / 46.5 miles total (avg 23.25 per activity) / duration 2:04:33 (avg 1:02:16 per activity)
  • Races: Hilton Head Half Marathon (2/11/2012)

January 2012:

  • Total Running Mileage: 93.6 *monthly mileage PR for me
  • Total Running Duration: 14:33:45
  • Total Running Average Pace: 9:20
  • Number of Running Activities: 17
  • Duration per Running Activity: 51:23
  • Swimming Totals: (none)
  • Cycling/Spinning Totals: 1 activity / 19.0 miles total  / duration 41:44 (total and average)
  • Races: (none)

I’m Still Here… I swear…

Good evening, my friends!

I realize it has been almost 10 whole days since I last posted… but I am still here… and still running… and still feeling better bit by bit. Still logging miles. Actually getting cross-training in – something I’ve griped and moaned about for ages. I’m actually doing it!

In fact… I had my fastest run in a while today. My usual running partner and I were both a little stressed about a myriad of things circling above our heads and just took off.

Like bats out of Hell.

Guess the name of my blog is a little fitting today. Ah, but I feel better and I’m pretty proud of that run. I’m on target to reach 85 miles this month and I must say, I’m floored that I am getting that because I wasn’t sure I’d make half that about 20 days ago. Since the pity party is officially over, it is time to go back to work. I’ll post my stats at the end of the month – it’ll just be a little cleaner that way.

So… another thing that has slowed my posting is that I’ve started another project… I’ll post more about that later, but, if you’re interested, I have a blog about that project too. Let’s put it this way… that project is giving me stuff to talk about during my runs that make me *not* think about my speed (and gives me an average 8:30 4-miler – woo hoo!)

Hope you have a great night and happy training!