Monday, December 6, 2010

stats, race & goals

clearly i've been in a bit of a blogging slump, but i also couldn't compete with matty's guest post.

stats
after three decent weeks in a row, it was time for a cutback. i didn't really want to, but i forced myself to run less (showcasing some of the maturity i gained in 2010, woot).

week in review (11/29 - 12/5):
total miles: 29.16
time spent running: ~ 4 hrs 42 min
avg pace: 9:53
off days: 2
  • mon: weights & abs; yoga
  • tue: 70min on the trainer watching "coach carter"
  • wed: easy 6mi; weights & abs
  • thu: easy 6mi
  • fri: easy 9mi w/ hrm, crappy*
  • sat: 5k with sister**
  • sun: easy 5mi

*friday i gave my heart rate monitor a second chance. back in the summer it was annoying to wear and frustrated me to see a high hr when i ran an easy pace (by feel). apparently it's still being frustrating. i ran slower than my typical easy pace to keep my hr from creeping up, but that made my legs ache so bad i cut the run short. i'm certain that had i not listened to the hrm, my legs would have felt fine and i would've had a better run. the hr-forced slow pace was a solid 30-40 seconds/mile slower than what typically feels like an easy pace to me.

race - reindeer run 5k


**a couple weeks ago my sister asked if i wanted to do a 5k with her. i said sure, as long as it did not take as long as last time. i was excited that she wanted to do another run, and tried very hard to not bore her with my running nerdiness. for the most part, we stuck to a 6-min run, 1-min walk and she pr'd by 10 minutes, even though she didn't know what a pr was :o)


christmas-lights update: josh replaced the fuse and re-hung the lights to prevent future fuse-blowage. now they all work except for these 4 strands, which worked fine previously. whatever.

december goals:
better late than never

  • 40-hours of exercise - i think 25-30 hrs has been the "norm" so 40 should make me stretch
  • 8 early morning runs - classified as any run started before 7am. seeing as how i've had 2 since july, this is definitely a stretch
  • 4 long runs - 10-15 miles
  • 3 tempo runs; 3 speed workouts
  • abs - 20x; yoga - 4x; weights - 8x
  • purchase all christmas presents before christmas this year - last year i gave a friend her present in february, or was it march?


guess i just cleared that writer's block with this wordy post. now you can go visit matty and perk him up after his dnf this weekend.
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36 comments :

  1. Glad to be catching up with you again!

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  2. good goals for december

    and it's nice that you ran with your sister again :-)

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  3. I am scared of the heart rate monitor. My Garmin has one which I never used. I feel like it is going to mess with my head.
    Great goals! As far as getting Christmas presents on time...hmm, you are way ahead of me!

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  4. Fun racing with your sister! Where are you big blow up Christmas decorations?

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  5. Bummer about the HRM. Hope it works better for you next time.

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  6. Glad to have you back. Must be that time of the year b/c I wasn't feeling very creative and now my mind's eye has posts for this week all planned out.

    Christmas lights and fuses blowing = total madness for me. I tend to stomp on them after a while and buy new ones. No patience for that stuff.

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  7. You're such a good sister!!!!

    And I'm totally LOL at your xmas light situation. :P

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  8. Lookin' good. Nice to see you taking a smart step back week and getting into the groove again. Now go to bed, so you can get up early :).

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  9. That HRM thing sounds like it made for a frustrating run. As much as I adored my heart rate monitor, I was a little relieved when it finally died after eight years of faithful service. It definitely drove me a little batty when my HR wasn't where I thought it should be. Congrats to the sis on a PR! :)

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  10. Love the specific goals!

    Oh and Xmas lights!

    One word

    LEDs!

    Seriously it's the way forward!

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  11. Hahahahaha I love the "purchase all Christmas gifts before Christmas" goal. That's a good one. I had such good intentions of finishing my shopping early this year and then whaddya know, December is upon us! Ugh!

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  12. Great training week all days!!!
    As you say better late than never, great! I hope you get all your dec goals.
    hubs
    Tania

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  13. Don't they have a Christmas in March thingy? Hey if you need any ideas, you can give away chocoturds. Ill ship as soon as I get them in production. Nice goals for Dec, and give your sister a break, then again, I don't know her like you do. lol. I have never ran with a HR. Do they work? I might be blowing up my Heart and not know it. hmmmm. Take care and Congrats on the win.

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  14. finally youre back!

    you trying not to geek out with your sister reminded me of a conversation with my little brother who told me he started running around campus and i asked him what kind of shoe he was wearing and he said his skating shoes and i just gave him a lecture of why he should have real running shoes and his come back was....well you wear those stupid barefoot things so you cant really tell me what to wear....touche

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  15. Ha - I gave up on Christmas lights years ago. They never all work at once!

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  16. Oh how I long for a run longer than 1/2 mile!!
    All in due time.....
    PS/I can't wait to pull up a chair and listen to your running nerdiness!

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  17. GOod luck with your December goals!

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  18. We didn't even get our Christmas lights up this year...so you're ahead of us! Glad your sister PR'd and good sis award goes to your for running with her!

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  19. How nice to run with your sis! It's weird to see christmas lights that aren't snow/ice encrusted.
    FWIW I have the same experience with HRMs. Makes me think I'm gonna go into cardiac arrest but yet that's where I feel like I'm running easy.

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  20. Great goals!!

    Congrats on getting your lights up/working. I declared the other day that quite honestly, I don't have the energy for lights this year... ugh. At the rate I'm going, I won't get them up until after Christmas.

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  21. That's exciting that your sister wants to do another race with you!

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  22. You've expanded my vocab, 'run nerdiness' and 'fuse-blowage'.........HA

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  23. Yay for another race with your sister! And congrats to her on the big PR. I remember the days of not knowing what that meant...

    See, I think your lights look more "natural" that way. What are the chances that ACTUAL icicles would form in a perfect line allll the way across the eavestrough?

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  24. Awesome week of workouts and I LOVE your goals for December....I may just have to copy you:)
    Love that you got to run with your sis again.

    P.S. So glad we are sweet tooth twins:)

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  25. Sooo... The big question is... Did you get up this morning??

    It was so crazy cold, I wouldn't blame you if not!

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  26. Yayyy good job. HR monitors are just so weird, I don't find mine particularly useful except for calculating calorie burn.

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  27. good luck in December. I dont even attempt xmas lights.

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  28. I really love your December goals. Their not as rigid as a training plan, but still give you something to strive for. I may try something like that this month since I'm in desperate need of some motivation.

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  29. Look at you, running so much you need a cutback! Back on the bandwagon!

    I wish my sister wanted to do a 5k. Nice job to your sister.

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  30. december goals look great!! so fun you ran with your sister again :)

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  31. Big time woot for maturity! Now that you're running slightly fewer miles and getting more cross-training in, do you feel any different? Better? I'm such a slacker with XT that I need someone else to tell me what it's like :P

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  32. I love how you have your month planned....I could learn something here! It's good to see you back in the groove!

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  33. I don't think it's fair to say that you're in a slump or that my post was something you couldn't "compete" with. I think you should have said that you needed the dust to settle from all the readers that I lost on your behalf before you posted again!

    I love your goals exercise at the beginning of the month. It's a wonderful re-focusing that I would like to make a part of my life.

    Also, lights look good. That Josh is a good fuse-replacer!

    Hope you're having a great Wednesday morning.

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  34. couldn't resist the $99.00 Garmin 305 last wk so I updated mine and now I have the HR monitor again (mine had died). So 2011, I would REALLY love to know how to train by HR. Any good tips?

    Loved the part about your sister. My sister is very familiar with what a PR is because I blab, blab, blab about running. (not because she's ever run a race)

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  35. haha! love your goals. i purchased x-mas gifts in november, and i feel very, very strange, because normally i give those out in spring, haha!

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