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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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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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Treadmill Trail Run!

WTF, right?  How can I do a treadmill trail run?

Well, because I realized that for running on the treadmill, music keeps me going more than TV (the TV makes me want to walk, not run).  The one problem is that I run with music staring at a black TV screen.  No fun, right?  If we had blackout curtains, I would totally turn all the lights off and just run in the dark, but sadly, that’s not an option.

So after lots of poking around on Amazon, I dropped way more than I ever had on a single DVD and bought a running DVD.

Yesterday, dealing with yet another full day of this…


…I figured it was time to give the newly arrived DVD a try!

And you know what?  It helped.  Because while listening to music (this run’s keep-putting-on-repeat song was Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train” go figure), I was instead staring at this…


And this… (blurriness to do with the fact I took this while running – just imagine the non-blurry image on the screen instead!)



I’ll do a full review of the DVD later, once I have tried the other runs (snow, marathon, trail, beach, etc…).  Right now my first thoughts is that it’s awesome to look at this instead of a black screen, it certainly distracted me.  Some times I would be leading the run, sometimes following a runner.  It fit both my slow pace, as well as my sprinting pace at the end. 

The stuff that annoyed me?  The random words on the screen every few minutes “play” “breathe” “believe” UGH!  I’m trying to distract myself in the views, stop giving me yet another reminder it’s all fake.  But the most annoying part was that at some point, the runner who was filming would put the camera on him every two minutes.  I DON’T WANT TO SEE YOUR SWEATY FACE WHEN I’M TRYING TO FORGET ABOUT MINE!  Plus, then it’s the feeling of me running backwards, which is odd.

Also, it doesn’t tell me how long each “run” is for.  When I was ready to sprint on my last tenth of a mile, the word “calm” jumped on the screen and the chick started walking. Then they filmed the moon for what seemed like forever.  (So I had to rewind part of it so I could continue running.)  So obviously the run was less than my planned run, so it would be nice to know that ahead of time.

But all in all?  Still better than staring a black screen.  And if anyone knows of other similar DVDs that you have tried, please let me know!

I ended up running 3 miles at a 12 min/mile pace, sprinting at a 6:40 pace on the last tenth of a mile (for you treadmill users, that’s the “9” setting).  First and last miles at a 0.5 incline, but during the middle mile I was starting to doubt I could do this and changed it to a 0 incline, putting it back up for the last mile.

I finished it with a very slow cool down walk for the last tenth of a mile. 


Will I ever be able to run a 10 miler on a treadmill?  Probably not.  But if I keep doing 3 miles here and there, I’ll be happy.


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And I ran, I ran (not so) far away…

I was super sore yesterday, but I thought that a short run on the treadmill might help flush some of the lactic acid out (it didn’t).

I was tired so the lack of sleep meant I wanted to sit on my ass much more than I wanted to run.  But, I put on my running clothes and told myself I could suck it up for a mile. 

Because though a mile is not a lot, it’s still a LOT better than nothing.  I set up the treadmill at a super slow pace (12 min/mile which used to be my long run training pace), and no elevation (usually I put between 0.5 and 1 for runs), because I was hoping once I got started that I would go further than a mile, and didn’t want to burn myself out when I’m still trying to get back to the swing of things.

It turns out, once I started, I was feeling gooooood.  That weird “this run feels awesome” feeling that I haven’t had in a long time.  Heck, not since DC!

So one mile turned into two.  At two, I realized I can turn this into a 5k, and once I was approaching the end line I even decided to sprint at a 6:40 pace for the last tenth of a mile (THE LONGEST TENTH OF A MILE EVER!  Obviously, I was not made to be a sprinter!). 

Was my finish time slow for a 5k pace?  No doubt, but I have to restart somewhere, and this is the longest I’ve run (with no walking), since the 5k here in Manila two months ago (geez, time flies by…).  I’m at the point where every little bit counts.  It’s so hard to get back on track!

I even took a picture of the screen when I was finished (just ignore the stupid calorie count.  Since the iFit thing doesn’t work, I can’t put a profile for myself, so I have no idea who they’re basing all those calories from.  All I know is that I DO NOT burn 477 calories on 3 miles – I wish!).


At the end I was sweaty but happy (and can you tell I was still super tired and sleepy?)


Now for the embarrassing confession?  I ran with music, and apparently listening to “Stop and Stare” by One Republic on repeat is what kept me going (WTF, I know!).  (I did change the song for the sprint at the end though.)  I guess the “I think I’m moving but I’m going nowhere” parts fits well with treadmill running?

Does this sound like the type of thing that keeps you running?  I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I’ll take what I can get! (Luckily the music version doesn’t have all those random sounds on the intro like the video…)

One last note on how accomplished I feel with being able to run 3.1 miles on the treadmill?  Even when my short runs consisted of 10 miles, I have NEVER been able to run more than 3 miles on the treadmill before giving up due to boredom.  (I have, however, done run/walks longer than that, though not by much.)  So a 5k, even if a slow one, is a big deal.

Now I just have to get my butt outside from some outdoor runs, which is what I truly love.  It finally stopped raining today after days of wet and gloomy weather!


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