Stefanie S asked me why I was tossing my lovely marathon plan Mark wrote for me out.  Well, to clarify, I am not getting rid of it entirely.   As my boss always says at work, “this is a guideline, not a policy.”  So I am using it as a guideline.  I am keeping the practice of a base phase and then a sharpening phase with quicker paces.  I kept a lot of the long runs.  I like that the paces are in a range, so a slightly off day doesn’t become a disaster and I can still hit a workout.  I am ditching some of the 10 mile pre work runs, and some of the over 20 mile runs.   I also am giving myself premission to have weeks I just don’t do anything on the plan.  Like next week, when Mike is out of town, and I’ll be running circles around my block every morning.  Call me lazy, but I just don’t have it in me to do 10 miles that way.   I realized that things can be unpredictable.  I still have a lot of nights I get very little sleep, so I usually switch things around and run something easy in the morning.  I have a friend other than Mark who meets before work once in a while and I certainly do not want to turn down her company to stick to a tight schedule.    So there you go…think GUIDELINE!

Here a couple of interesting articles:

On barefoot running from a marketing perspective.  I loved this one

And…Top ten reasons exercise is bad for you.  LOTS of interesting points made here. 

Ok, gotta run.  Lunch break is short and it takes me longer to eat when my salad fills a mixing bowl.


Acceptance comes in stages

I am was off today and the morning started with a 4am wake up for an 8 miler with Mark, toddler yoga, then groceries, house work during nap,  swimming after nap, cookie and dinner making after the pool.  And I wonder why I am tired all the time…

It would appear Mark and I have both sworn off our marathon plans.  I am reverting back to what works for me, PR be damned.  I usually write out a long run schedule, and this is critical for me, and once again I did that.  But I am pretty much reverting to my one day speed run, one day mid distance, one long run and everything else is filler.  I guess when it comes right down to it I am just not a schedule and log keeping type of person.  I abandoned Daily Mile long ago and it only took me 2 weeks to screw up the Mark plan.   Quite paradoxical, as I am very type A.   We’re usually spread sheet junkies.  Not this type A.  I guess I prefer to keep it in my head and fret and obsess over it that way  🙂    By the way, I think I do a very good job coming up with a long run schedule.  I’ve done enough marathons at this point that I would stand by it, so anyone ever wanting help if you’re just starting out, let me know.

I am going to try really to watch my eating habits this training go round.  If you are one of my runner friends reading this, do you eat healthy?  I am a lot better than I used to be, but not where I want to be.  While I wasn’t ever exactly chowing on big Macs, I love me some treats.  I have a hard time turning down homemade sweets, and I love a huge breakfast.  I used to indulge in both quite a bit citing the ol’ “I ran 20 miles, I can eat whatever I want.”  Nope…unfortunately when you run for long enough your body adapts and you gain weight like everyone else does.  After I had Jasper I got serious, because for the first time in my life I had weight in double digits that needed to come off.  While I didn’t deprive myself, I made I big effort to not keep sweets in the house, so I couldn’t just nibble every night (says the girl who just made cookies).   I also am very motivated to eat healthy just by having Jasper.  I try to mimic what I feed him.   Very minimal processed foods, and if he wants a snack he gets things like a cup of blueberries.   So why am I chowing on tortilla chips and cookies when I wouldn’t let my kid do that? Exactly….huge motivator.  I still like an occasional homemade oatmeal cookie.  And, per dietician friend Meredith’s advice, I do have one day a week I just eat what I want and don’t fret.  Now this isn’t giant fast food platters, but more like good local tex mex, or a good brunch, or my fave, pub food at Black Star Co-op (and a beer!).   I guess what I am getting at is there is a fine line between being mindful and being obsessive.  I personally think there is just too much good food out there to never enjoy it….and we are super spoiled in Austin.  We have fantastic local, inexpensive restaurants.    Plus, you don’t want to be the buzzkill at the potluck, or happy hour or whatever, who refuses to eat.  For me, I am trying to trim carbs here and there, and take more giant salads for lunch.    Anyhow, stuff to think about if you run.  We don’t get a license to pig out….yeah darn.  The exception is after a race.  You should go celebrate however you want!  Oh and by the way, Jasper and Pancake are sharing a plain greek yogurt in the photos….the reason I don’t think I could go vegan.  I LOVE that stuff.

Ok…laundry calls, then Harry Potter.  Gotta get caught up so we can get a baby sitter to see the final movie!


Sore muscles, the depths of hell and test tubes…

At the construction exhibit at the Children's Museum
Self portrait by Jasper

I had a whole post written the other day about the benefits of massage.  I was super tight all week from many loops around the block with tight turns the week before and a killer yoga class.  My stupid work computer crashed and I lost the whole post.  I am not sure if I can recapture what I was trying to say, so I guess I should mostly move on.  But the bottom line is don’t wait until it is too late to do things like massage, and don’t feel too silly to do some home remedies.   Foam rolls are super cheap, and tennis balls even cheaper.  That tennis ball can really get a knot good.  You’ll know if you’ve got it on a deep knot you didn’t even know you had, because that sucker hurts like labor.   I am still pretty tight, but Ashtanga yoga today really, really helped.  A hot room when it’s 104 out does seem kinda gross, but it’s no joke that the heat really does allow you to get deep into a stretch.  I had not been in 2 weeks, and it was wonderful.  I still will do things like roll around a piece of round foam while we are watching a movie and have Mike say things like “it’s really distracting to try to watch a movie while you are rolling around everywhere.”   Yeah, runners are weird like that.

Anyhow another weekend similar to hell here in Texas.  This whole heat wave thing won’t get much of a reaction from us in Texas since we’ve had triple digits, high humidity and no rain since early May.  I guess that was a complaint.  Mark has declared running in such conditions ridiculous, and running a long run in it about as much fun as major dental work.  I have one little benefit of being under 5 feet tall.  It’s not that hard for me to keep hydrated, and I seem to tolerate it ok, since I just have less body surface to work with.   I am not saying it’s fun, but as one of the docs I used to work with said “it’s Texas in the summer, what can you do?”  We’ve yet to become independently wealthy and buy a summer home up in the mountains and not have to work, so I will continue to plod on.  The only good news is at least July is almost over.  Back in early June it was super depressing that conditions where so rough this year.  We only have about 2 more months left (insert sarcastic tone here).

The test tube baby has a tube again.  I went to the Children’s Museum where I got the first one that started this mess.  They were sold out of test tube bubbles.  Ahhh!!!!!  Jasper cried all week about that thing.     Jasper had given a tube to his little friend Amelia, a few weeks ago on a playdate, and Amelia graciously gave it back (thank you to her mom, Stephanie).  So Jasper has a test tube again.  Now if I can just get him to quit waking up twice a night, life would be good.

Ok…Harry Potter calls.  Time to get in bed and have my PJs on before it’s dark.  That’s how I roll….