Sunday, February 28, 2010

february 2010

february: the month of no m&m's. for a short month, it sure seemed long at times, but i successfully made it all 28 days without indulging. i won't be whipping up m&m pancakes tomorrow morning as marlene suggested (though they do sound delicious), but i guarantee you the streak will end. i do have a few packs from a co-worker from throughout february as well as the large bag from beth to put away. while i successfully went m&m free, i overly-enjoyed other forms of chocolate instead. after i treat myself to some m&m's, i'm going to enforce a new chocolate rule on myself - one that i still have to figure out. nothing extreme, just something to keep the chocolate intake under control.

week in review (2/15 - 2/21):
total miles: 36.45 (avg temp 31.3* f)
time spent running: ~ 4 hours 55 minutes
avg hr: 167.67
avg pace: 8:32/mile
off days: 3, three! blah

not a great week, but i did pr in the 10-mile (by default).

week in review (2/22 - 2/28):
total miles: 52.86 (avg temp 33.8* f)
time spent running: ~ 7 hours 29 minutes
avg hr: 162.33
avg pace: 8:34/mile
off days: 1

finally! a week worth claiming as marathon training (sorta... no real long run and no speed work). i got up for three successful morning workouts - 2 runs, 1 strength training. it was the first time i did any sort of strength training in close to two years, so i spent the rest of the week with serious doms, walking around like i had stick up my butt. i'm trying to get over the mental barrier of getting up at 4am for a short run. it's not that early... right? now that the olympics are over maybe i'll get in bed before 11, which should help with waking up for a 4:30 run. i've been taking naps during lunch to help compensate for my big 5-hours of sleep. my long run was 'only' 14.7 miles for the week, but i ran with these guys for a sub-8:00/pace for most of it until i had to uh, utilize the facilities and they left me.

hmm trending? january weekly mileage: 41, 36, 38, 50. february weekly mileage: 43, 44, 36, 52. apparently i can only make myself crest 50 when i realize it's the last week of the month.

february 2010
total mileage: 177.36
time spent running: 24:54:22
avg pace: 8:36/mile
days off: 8
avg resting hr: not measured
avg max hr: 179.89

not running related...
i recently did some online shopping at delias. in case anyone shops there in the next week - feel free use code "DAC2" to get $10 off $75 or more. real convenient how they email you coupon codes after you place an order...
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25 comments :

  1. Congrats on your m&m success! I was not 100% successful on giving up sugar (had a treat on several occasions), but did get out of the daily habit, which is good! Funny on the coupon thing, I get the same with Lucy.com and store; as soon as I buy something, they mail or email me a discount coupon. :)

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  2. Awesome job on the non m@m month! These things never work for me, the more I say no, the more my brain says "but I want it". I do have a chocolate rule that works. I am into the dark chocolate covered ginger from Tj's these days, so I allow myself 20 pieces a day.

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  3. So will you be doing more strength training? It does get easier, probably no DOMS next time if you don't wait too long...

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  4. ooooo i LOVE delias! nice training month, and hey, even if that 10 miler was a "PR by default" that's still a really killer time! and yay for m&ms again, enjoy! :)

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  5. Nice month. Glad to see you made it the whole month M&M free.

    Keep up the strength work, it will pay off in dividends the more you do!

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  6. congrats on the M&M's dilemma. I wish I could say I've had success on the diet dew issue. I tried to just have one today and by 2pm I was a raging bitch! By 2:15 after slamming a dew, my sweet self came back!
    Oh well, 2 is still better than 6!
    Just keep plugging along.....

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  7. I can't complain about getting up at 5a if you're getting up at 4a. DOOD that's early!

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  8. Wow, you had an excellent month with high miles and fast splits!! Very impressive and it makes me feel like I need to be doing more:)I think it will get easier to ramp up the miles once the snow is gone and the weather warms up. I hope that you have a great week!!

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  9. i ate a bag of m & m's after my long run today and thought of you! haha.

    ugh, i could never wake up at 4 am to do anything. 3 times in one week is super impressive. lol about the doms walk...maybe that's why i never lift? nice job hitting it the last week of february...that speedy 14.7 sounds sweet, sub 8 for that long is pretty awesome!

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  10. Thanks for the secret code for delias, I'm going to use it for sure! I loved the way you remember Feb. as the month with no M & M's! What will you say about March? I feel like you, this last week felt like my first "real" week of harder training and longer miles. Have a super week and good luck with the training!

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  11. Good luck coming up with a way to cut down on the chocolate ;) And as for your comment on my blog earlier, don't worry about sounding too hippie-ish, I believe all that stuff too and I'm definitely going to try to brighten my attitude this week!

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  12. Hey Lindsay!
    Sorry, I honestly can't be my usual creative self this morning. It'd Monday at 5 a.m., and coffee's not helping me wake up. Soooo, eat LOTS of m+m's, pray for better weather, and keep being an inspiration to me. Have a great week, superstar.

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  13. For me resistance is futile when it comes to chocolate so I admire your will power.

    I am about to go out for a run and have avoided the fridge all day as yesterday the children made rocky road
    http://www.nigella.com/recipe/recipe_detail.aspx?rid=96

    Keep on running
    Paul

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  14. I think February is the longest month, even though it is short.

    Way to go this month!

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  15. I am impressed with the m&mless month! I gave up candy
    for lent and it has been harder than I thought. Your running stats never fail to impress- something to aspire to... I am going to check out delia's right now :)

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  16. The month of no m&m's! That made me laugh out loud!

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  17. I'd say that's a pretty successful month if you ask me (m&m and running-wise). Hopefully you feel more confident about Boston, if not you still have time!

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  18. Actually, 4am *is* "that" early. It's so early that it's more like "late".

    Great miles for the month - funny how you seem to pick it up for the last week... kinda like cramming!

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  19. congrats on a great month!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    question: do you have an "off season" for running/training? or do you think it is kinda continuous?

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  20. I know what you mean about the chocolate intake-- that's why I gave it up for lent. Turns out it means I just drink more wine, but whatever.

    Congrats on the month, it looks solid. And I am so glad that you are going for it at 4am, too. What time do you go to bed?? I'm trying to figure it out without going loony :)

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  21. What's really sad abou tmileage like this is we feel guilty for *only* doing 40 miles in a week. Hell. Two years ago I was happy to do 40 miles in a month! Good Feb!

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  22. I'm shivering looking at those avg temps you were running in! Well done getting out in that cold and esp. w/o the help of your M&M friends.

    Hey, have you decided which 3 marathons you are doing this year? (sorry if I missed the announcement)

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  23. Actually, yes. 4am IS that early!!!
    Good for you, though, for doing it!

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