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4 Miles in 2.5 hours!

Wait, what?

I like structure.  I might suck at motivating myself to get out there and run, but when I have a training plan in front of me, I follow it.  Sure, with time I learned what works for me and can tweak things here and there for my training, but I still need to see a schedule.  On paper.  With numbers.  And I need to check those miles off my calendar.

So after deciding to sign up for a 10k that I am in no way in shape for, I of course went over to my friend Hal Higdon (ok, so he has no idea who I am) and checked out his beginner’s 10k plan.  Let’s not mention how his plan is 8 weeks long, and my time frame is only 2.5 weeks.  But though I’m at a beginner’s endurance, I’m not really a beginner per se, right?  After all, I have ran over 30 races, with over a third on the double digit mileage, so even though I’m out of shape, I still call myself a runner.

Oh, and did I mention how I broke out in hives?  And how it hasn’t gone away?  And I’m now on prednisone?  (Which sadly, is not that type of steroid…)  Just like last year, I have a horrible reaction to prednisone, I’m a bit “off” most of the day, you know when you’re there but not really there?  So I’m tired all day, and the hives are just now finally improving a bit.  Luckily, most of the VERY noticeable part is hiding under clothes…

But onto the running 4 miles in the time it takes me to run a half marathon.  And yes I RAN it.  NO WALKING.  The last time I ran this much, was with Erin on my last run with the group a couple of days before leaving DC (I didn’t blog about it, but I got 5.5 miles in), but I did blog about my last 4 miler in DC, and gosh, looking at those pictures again, I ache for those trails…

So I hopped on the treadmill with the goal of running 3 miles, but after a (very slow) mile, I was sweating profusely and breathing hard, despite having the AC pumping and the treadmill fan on (damn you prednisone!!!).  It was TOUGH.  So I hopped out.  I took a break.  I went on the computer, I ate dinner, even took pictures of myself after the sweat dried out.  

And then I went back for one more…   I put the elevation back at zero (I had run at 0.5 for the first mile), and when I hit the end of that mile I decided that I could finish the 3 miles.  I even sprinted for the last quarter mile at a 8 min/mile pace with the 0.5 elevation back on!

I was sweaty…  but decided that it wasn’t over yet.  I went outside, walked Lily, and then was back for a final mile, sprinting to the finish again, this time at the last tenth of a mile.

And I finished 4 miles!  Definitely sweaty.  Yes, I’m totally posting a sports-bra picture here, you can almost see the hives on my chest – my stomach is really the worst part, where the hives are almost purple, I was trying to avoid the sweat factor not to make the hives worse.  (And as you can see I still love my Moving Comfort Fiona, even if the company never gives me anything free to review…  I think the one I’m wearing is 5 years old…)


Sure I took breaks, but I got the distance done in one day, and in the end, 4 miles in 2.5 hours is still better than if I had given up after that single miserable mile…  (And I should add that the first mile was the only miserable one!)

The treadmill proof!  (If only the total calories part was accurate…)


And Lily as usual wouldn’t let my post-workout sweaty face alone…


This Sunday I’m off to Cebu for a couple of days to celebrate my birthday (I’m freaking old already), and I’m hoping to get a couple of miles in down there too.

And I still owe pictures and reviews from both Coron and Moalboal, so that is coming soon!


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Nothing like a pool reward…

Yesterday, I went off to the treadmill with the plan of running 3 slow miles.  Instead, at mile 1 I knew it was not going to happen.  I was feeling like crap, my body was tired due to lack of sleep (thanks to Lily, who started sleeping on my pillow.  Fun times).  So I made a deal with myself of only running 1, then maybe walking the other 2.  Or even running 1 and going to the pool and running another 1 after I came back.

At the start of the walk, “Raise Your Glass” by Pink came on and that made me want to run.  So I ran another mile and a half putting it on repeat (yes, it seems that putting songs on repeat is what works for me…), sprinted the last quarter of a mile, and finally walked the last half mile.  All in all, it was 3 miles at a 12:36 average pace, including the last half mile walk.  Not too bad.

Today, since weightlifting was on the menu, I went for a quick mile (it’s still better than nothing, right?).  I finished it in 9:30 – not my fastest mile (this was my fastest mile, on the only time I attempted it), but definitely my fastest as of late (stupid 20lbs makes the running so much harder!).


After weightlifting, I was definitely sweaty, but it was worth it, as I had my reward in sight…  (No worries, I did rinse it off at the shower before going in!)


Ah, another super sunny day in Manila to make me all happy inside… 


What the pictures don’t show is that I spent the whole time reading a book on my kindle (yay for waterproof cases!) while getting my tan on!


I can get used to this life… 

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A mile is better than nothing, right?

That’s my motto lately…

Yesterday I got up early for physical therapy (which I’m going to stop since I found out it’s a FORTUNE here!  It makes no sense since the doctor’s appt was so cheap!), then it was into weight lifting – yep, still using the book and been pretty good at maintaining the 3x a week schedule, let’s hope it continues like that.

I was exhausted once I was done, and didn’t have much free time until it was time to leave to pick Karl up from work so we could go to our diving classes.

But a mile is still better than nothing, so I jumped on the treadmill!

I ran the fist 3/4 of a mile at a 11:45 pace, but increased it considerably on the last quarter of a mile, finishing at a 6:30 pace for the last 0.15 of a mile.  (All with no elevation, per doctor’s orders, so I know that’s not a true outside speed.)  All together, I was able to complete a mile in exactly 10 minutes – not a big feat by any means, but it does show how I compensated the lack of speed during that last quarter of a mile, since I cut 1:45 of the predicted finish time by sprinting then.

I was sweaty and tired, but happy to have done at least something.

I ran with these shoes the whole time…

…but then at night the ball of my right foot was very sore – as if it was bruised.  Maybe I came down too hard on the sprints since I usually wear the Five Fingers during a slow mile? 

Who knows?  But I’m taking a break from them until at least the end of the week to be on the safe side.

As for my treadmill video, I used the snow skiing one, and though it was ok, it was only 7:40 minutes long, so definitely not one to use for longer distances!


Filed under Five Fingers, Injury, Treadmill Run, Weightlifting

Treadmill Group Run!

I crack myself up…

Due to the lack of running friends, I have to resort to this…


But you know what?  It was a good way to fake it.  Again, it helped keep me distracted while I jogged on the treadmill.  I put my music loud (what’s with me and repeating a song over and over during a run?  Does anyone else do that?  Today, it was Pitbull “Give me Everything”).

The run went fine.  Since the doctor told me not to run on elevation because of my hip (the incline does aggravate it), I kept it at 0% but after one mile, changed the speed to a 11:45 pace (still SUCKS that I have to run 3 miles that slow!).

And I also pulled these babies out of the closet after owning them for months and ran the first mile with them.


I definitely noticed I take shorter strides with them, but wasn’t able to mimic the strides when I put on regular shoes.  Hoping that will change with practice.


The trail group run was pretty nice, different enough from the last one to keep it interesting, since there was always a group in front of me, I was never leading, and this was a lot more trees around then just open air space like the last video.


And they weren’t kidding with the group – for most of the run there were about 30 people there!  (Blurriness is thanks to running while shooting pics.  Glare is from the flash.)


And crap, this is a real trail – imagine having to crouch under a rock on a creek in the middle of your run?  (I admit I paused the treadmill to take this one!)


This segment was only 25 minutes long, but it jumped straight to the next one.  Since I didn’t want to do a different scenery this time, I just started the same thing over.


The only thing I didn’t like was that it wasn’t a continuous run.  It was many different group runs, on different days.  A few minutes on each run, it would jump from one to the next.  But after a while I got used to it.  Still better than staring at a black screen!


Loser with no friends to run with:


I finished the run again sprinting at the last tenth of a mile, this time at a 6:30 pace (9.2 setting on the treadmill), and I didn’t feel like dying, so next time I might try it to do it for the last 0.15 of the run.  (This probably also means that I could up the speed on the treadmill in general, but I’m still in the process of easing myself back into running, so it’ll be 11:45 pace for a while…)

Once I hit 3 miles, I cooled down slowly for the last tenth of a mile before hopping off.  I never cool off on outdoor runs, but I guess walking to the car is enough!  (The 14 elevation gain is because I forgot to change it to 0% early in the run.)


So I got 7.75 miles in this week – my largest weekly mileage since April (how sad is that?  Less than 8 miles for the week became a big deal?). My longest weekly mileage this year was 20 miles (back in February), so here’s hoping I can get back to that in a couple of months!


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