Monday, April 26, 2010

Free Your Sole 5K & 10K

Yesterday was my last big run before the half marathon on Saturday. I ran the 10K for the "Free Your Sole 5K 10K" race at Woodland Cemetary. It was a very hilly course and challenging, but it felt good to push myself after taking some time off the last two weeks to rest my knee.

The volunteers were super nice at the water stations, and everyone cheered as you came to the finish line (the 10K was the same course as the 5K, you just looped through again, so I got cheers two times). The friends and family members who were watching their friends and loved ones were very encouraging to the runners, even if they didn't know them. This was so nice.

This week I have a 5 mile run on Wednesday, bookended by 3 mile runs on Tues/Thurs, and then the half on Saturday. It's odd that my task list on Google now has so few things to do - it was very satisfying to check off each training run as I completed it.

Route:--Elev. Avg:839 ft
Location:Dayton, OH, Elev. Gain:-3 ft
Date:04/25/10Up/Downhill: [+656/-659]
Time:09:58 AMDifficulty:3.2 / 5.0
Weather:Mostly Cloudy
 63 F temp; 89% humidity
 63 F heat index; winds SSW 10 mph

Distance: 6.01 miles
Speed:6.2 mph
Pace:9' 44 /mi

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Getting ready for the big day!

Last weekend I did my longest run yet - 11 miles. It was a gorgeous day, perfect running weather. My dad (on his bike) and I started at the Second Street Market and ran on the Great Miami River Recreational Trail from downtown Dayton to Moraine and back. It was really beautiful and scenic. I saw the usual fauna - geese galore and some mallard duck pairs, which was interesting. The geese must nesting b/c they were very territorial and hissed at us as we passed them on the path.

Route:--Elev. Avg:0 ft
Location:Dayton, OH, Elev. Gain:+0 ft
Date:04/10/10Up/Downhill: [+0/-0]
Time:10:47 AMDifficulty:0 / 5.0
51 F temp; 50% humidity
51 F heat index; winds S 9 mph

Distance: 11.03 miles

Speed:6.1 mph

Pace:9' 46 /mi



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I had my phone in my new SPIbelt that I picked up at Up and Running a couple of weeks ago. I love this belt. It is small and inconspicuous and it doesn't bounce. I had to tweak the positioning before I found the perfect spot on my hip for it. Plus, it has a stripe of hot pink around the zipper which is very cute! I also stuck some money and a package of lemon-lime Sport Beans in the belt - very handy. I'm not sure about the sport beans. I liked the fact that they are jelly beans (I have an addiction to the Starburst ones at Easter) but they tasted like a bit like Gatorade and made my mouth pucker a bit. The week before, I tried Luna's Moon chews on my long run. I bought two flavors, watermelon and blueberry. I didn't care for the watermelon flavor during my long run, but I tried the blueberry later on that week during one of my training runs and I enjoyed those much more. The flavor was very close to that of actual blueberries and not artificial at all. I think for the Capital City Half, though, I will stick with Sharkies. I think my belt should be able to fit my Blackberry, camera, and Sharkies packet, right?

I ended last weeks long run with some knee pain and have taken it easy this week, skipping my long run today on the advice of my chiropractor. He says I should be ok for the race on May 1st. I hope so - I would hate to do all this training and then have to skip the race! Tomorrow I'm participating in Live Earth's Run for Water 6k in Cincinnati. I'm gonna take it slow, easing my way back into things.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Catching Up

I haven't forgotten about this blog, though it may seem like it. The Capital City Half Marathon is three weeks away, and I've been training for it. I took a couple of days off last week because I felt worn down - I haven't really changed my other exercise habits, just added the training runs on top of the Zumba classes, lifting, and dance classes; and I'm a little afraid of over training.

Last Saturday, I ran 10 miles. I started off from home, ran to Riverscape metropark, followed the Mad River Recreational Trail to Eastwood Metropark, looped back to Riverscape, and ended at the Second Street Market for breakfast. Yesterday I did 11 miles and started at the Second Street Market. I ran the opposite direction from last week, on the Great Miami River Recreational Trail past the University of Dayton and Carrillon Park, out of the city of Dayton, and into Moraine. I returned the way I came to end up at the market for another yummy breakfast. It's a nice pattern to end the long run with an omelette. I slipped in some mud leftover from rain last week and have managed to end up with a sore knee. I took today off and I'm hoping it's back up to par tomorrow, as I have to teach 2 dance classes. Today was very nice: I spent most of the day with friends at STUDIO Zumba Fitness helping out during an event and ended the night with my girlfriends eating dinner at The Melting Pot. It doesn't get much better than cheese and chocolate fondues!