Thursday, May 31, 2007

10K: Week 4, Day 4

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No workout for me this AM. I just couldn't bring myself to get out of bed. I got in pretty late last night (due to a work event) and it just wasn't happening. I will get back on track this weekend. I've got to!
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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

10K: Week 4, Day 3

Well, I'm halfway into training for the 10K. I'm still not sure if I really want to do this. I have yet to run over 3 miles in one sitting. We'll see...

This morning I did my 35 minute cross training workout on the treadmill. I did the aerobic workout and I worked up a good sweat.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

10K: still training

I'm still here and training, somewhat. Due to travel over the past few days, I've been unable to post. I did, however, adhere to my schedule partially. I did a 60 minute walk on Saturday, Week 3, day 6. It was a good walk along a winding path early in the morning.

I was unable to get the 4 mile run in on Sunday, Week 3, Day 7. I had a late night Saturday and didn't get up in time. Since I was in a really hot and humid place there was no way I was going to get the run in that day.

I was still away on Monday morning, Week 4, Day 1 so I didn't get the weight training in either. I did stretch though, so all wasn't lost. :)

I got in really late last night so no workout this AM, Week 4, Day 2. I'll be back in the gym tomorrow morning though!
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Friday, May 25, 2007

10K: Week 3, Day 5

A day of rest is always needed. I definitely needed it this AM.
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Thursday, May 24, 2007

10K: Week 3, Day 4

I had some minor pain during my run this morning. I'm not sure why, but my right knee was screaming at me to not run! I didn't quite listen all of the way. I walked up any hill I came upon, ran the flat portions, and jogged down the hills. I wonder if I need a brace for my knee. It wasn't happy at all.

When I returned to the gym I lifted weights. I didn't do the lunges or the squats though. I don't have to run again until Sunday. I'm hoping the combination of a rest day and cross-train day on Saturday will allow my knee to rest-up and feel better by Sunday.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

10K: Week 3, Day 3

This morning I did a 35 minute aerobic workout on the treadmill. It was a good pace, got my heart rate going, and I broke out a sweat. Lovely. Again, it was hard for me to get out of the bed this morning. That was probably due to a late night on the phone.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

2 great links

I posted a link to this site in my post earlier today, but I don't think I gave it an explanation. On the USA Track & Field website there is a great resource that allows you to map out a route to see its distance. There is also a database of routes that folks have entered in the past. Check it out:

Another great link is Her Active Life. Her Active Life is an informative fitness website geared toward women. The posting are pretty frequent and cover a variety of topics for women.

I have them both over there ------> in my blogroll.

10K: Week 3, Day 2

Training today called for 2.5 miles. I'll admit, I did not want to get up this morning. Though I was awake prior to my alarm clock going off, I still didn't want to leave my nice, comfy bed. I did though and made my way to campus for the 2.5 miles. I mapped out a route last night which was right at 2.5 miles. I decided to drive it this AM before running it to make sure it was sufficiently lit. It wasn't. Well, it wasn't enough to make me want to run it at 6 am this morning. So I altered a bit. Unfortunately, my altered route wasn't quite 2.5 miles. It was about 2.2 miles. Oh well.
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Monday, May 21, 2007

10K: Week 3, Day 1

Mondays offer a fairly easy workout. It is strength & stretch. I easily get through this in about an hour. Lovely.
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Sunday, May 20, 2007

10K: Week 2, Day 7

The schedule for today was 3.5 miles. I didn't quite make. It wasn't for lack of energy, but for I thought I was done. eek! I took a slightly different route today which I thought would add the additional 1/2 mile to my regular route. Unfortunately, I didn't quite make it. Oh well, its okay. I did a full 3 miles today with another .2 as a warm-up and cool-down.
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Saturday, May 19, 2007

10K Week 2, Days 4, 5, & 6

Wow, so it wasn't my intent to not post the past few days, but life got busy. I have been doing my training despite not updating blog.

On day 4 of this week I ran 2 miles and weight trained in the gym. I did everything on my list except for crunches. I did crunches on Day 3.

Day 5 was a day of rest as always. Simply lovely.

Today, day 6, I rode the stationery bike for 20 minutes on the hill profile and I walked for 20 minutes on the treadmill.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

10K: Week 2, Day 3

Cross-training occurred today. Originally, I wanted to go for a walk this afternoon. But, that changed when I checked the weather. There is a strong possibility of rain showers this afternoon/evening. Therefor a change in plans. I went to the gym this morning and did 20 minutes on the bike. I did the hill profile. I then did 12 minutes on the treadmill. Both were really good workouts. I ended with crunches and finally I stretched. My calves are still very sore.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Marine Corps 10K

Registration is now open for the Marine Corps Marathon 10K!


10K: Week 2, Day 2

My training guide called for a 2.5 mile run today. Though I did the route for 2.5 miles, I probably walked the last 3 or 4 tenths of a mile. I was beat!
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Monday, May 14, 2007

10K: Week 2, Day 1

I moved fairly quickly through today's workout and I added squats. I figure it wouldn't hurt to add that exercise and it will help to tone up my thighs and compliment those much-hated lunges.
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Sunday, May 13, 2007

10K: Week 1, Day 7

Well, I made it through the first week of training with no big issues. Today was a 3 mile run and I did it in 30 minutes flat. Not too bad considering I haven't run that distance since I ran the 5K. The route I took was mostly flat so I'm sure that had something to do with having such a good time.
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Saturday, May 12, 2007

10K: Week 1, Day 6

My 40 minutes of cross-training today consisted of a 6 mile bike ride. I wanted to ride the route that I ran on Day 2 to see if it really was 2.5 miles and to ride another route to see how far it was. It turns out that my route on day 2 was, indeed 2.5 miles, and the other route I want to incorporate in my agenda is just under 3 miles. I like the idea of having different routes to take as they offer different challenges with hills and flat sections.

My calves are sore.

Friday, May 11, 2007

10K: Week 1, Day 5

I do love Day 5 of training. Rest. So easy to do. Just lovely. :~)
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Thursday, May 10, 2007

10K: Week 1, Day 4

Today's run was hard. It was hard because I am so very sore! I ran almost the same route that I didn't on Tuesday but I cut off one street since I was only supposed to run 2 miles today. I did today's run in about 17 minutes. I then headed into the weight room and did a circuit of 8 strength exercises with stretches in between. I have a feeling I'm going to be even more sore tomorrow. *sigh* The price we pay for staying healthy.
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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

10K: Week 1, Day 3

My plan was to do a 30 minute bike ride this afternoon for my cross-training activity. The weather here has been really nice, kinda breezy, not too hot. So I wanted to take advantage of that. Well, I was getting a little stir crazy in the office so I decided to go for a walk around campus. It was just what the doctor ordered!
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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

10K: Week 1, Day 2

I haven't run outside or for a distance since I ran the 5K. I have been working out regularly including cardio (walking on the treadmill, biking, or the stairmaster). So I wasn't too worried about running for that distance today. I was, however, worried about any hills I would encounter. I knew the route I would include a few slight hills. I decided to forge on.

I did the 2.5 miles in just under 22 minutes. Not bad, I think for someone who hasn't run a distance in a while. Going uphill was slow, but I was able to pick up my pace downhill or on the flat stretches.

I did about 15 minutes of stretches afterward. I am really sore from yesterday's strength training. Those lunges do it every time!
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Monday, May 7, 2007

10K: Week1, Day 1

I was in the gym at about 2 minutes after 6 this morning to begin my training for a 10K. According to my training guide I was to stretch & strength. I did both over the course of the hour, as suggested, and I got a good workout in. I've already consumed 20 ounces of water so I am starting the day off right!
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Sunday, May 6, 2007

Ready to go!

I spent some time yesterday reviewing the 10-K training guide. I wanted to get acquainted with weekly routine and suggestions offered for the strength & stretch days, as well as the cross training days.

I'm all packed for in the morning, including my lunch. So I should be good to go! I just need to go to bed at a decent hour.
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Saturday, May 5, 2007

Starting again

I'm about to start training again. This time, it is a 10K. Eek! I don't know if I'm up to the task, but I'm going to, at least, give it a try. I'm going to follow Hal Higdon's novice guide for a 10-K.

I just printed it off and I will start on Monday. I like that it includes strength training and cross training. It also gives some guidelines for stretching. So expect regular posting to resume come Monday about my progress.
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