Friday, September 20, 2013

Great Quote

If your heart is hurting too, take heart, because we will run it out, sweat it out, breathe it out, and work it out. We will ache until it’s time to stop aching, pine until the time for pining is past, learn whatever lessons were ours to learn and release the ones meant for other people. We will label our heartache as a growing pain, and grow up and through the cracks, blooming gloriously on the other side.

-Kristin Armstrong

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Track - Fail

4:55 am wake up
BCAA w/ h2o
2 pieces of toast.

Left house at 5:10

Got to track did 1 mile warm up.

I was feeling good when I woke up and on the drive over. I really thought that I was going to have a great day at track....


400 - 400 - 800 - 800 - 1200 - 1200

The warm up mile was kind of a struggle, but usually it is just a shake out and things get better.

He put me in group 5 to start. Which I thought was going to be doable...

We came in on the first 400 at 98 minutes - - it was supposed to be 95. My watch didn't start so I had no idea what was going on. I did feel like I was pushing it, so when I found out we were slow I started to realize that it wasn't going to be a good day.

Next 400 - 94 - back on pace.

800's were difficult and slow. My body just didn't have the energy to run fast. Heart was racing, legs felt dead - I had nothing. Breathing was deep. It was rough


Slower than the plan

When we got to the 1200's he moved me back a group.

Well, we were approaching the 800 mark and I couldn't go any further. I kept slowing down and knew i had to stop.

1200 fail --> 800 = 3:22 --- slower than the other 800s!

Next 1200 I told myself to push it and get it done. No excuses...


Today was really discouraging. The feeling of having no energy to run and to feel like you have never run before sucks. Especially when you LOVE to run. Having people that have always been slower than you beat you feels horrible.

I was a little sore from the workout with J yesterday, but I don't think that was what was pulling me back.

I sort of think it is my diet. I don't know if I am fueling properly throughout the days. I shouldn't feel dead on my runs. My body shouldn't feel like it just wants to quit and sit down and give up.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Easy Tuesday

4:50am Wake up

Eizekl Toast w/ yogurt butter
1/2 glass BCAA with h20
Stick Rolling

Plan was 8 miles with strides.

I decided to take a somewhat different course today so that I could hit a water fountain. The humidity is still unreal at the beach which makes every run a struggle.

Starting out I was feeling good, but I was really trying to just maintain pace and not get too crazy.


I was pretty happy with the run overall. The paces were pretty even. I am starting to feel better on the daily runs which is making me happy.

I have a ton of work to still do, but I know it will come back.

At lunch I met J at the gym for some weights

5x5 Jammers
10x3 Cleans
(5/5/5 Pullups --> 25 Squats) x 4
Planks (:30 reg, :30 right, :30 left) x4

Pretty sure that workout is going to be leaving me feeling sore for track tomorrow!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday Tempo!


1 Mile Easy
2 x 7:00 minutes fast w/ 3:00 easy in between
1 Mile Easy

I had to be at the airport at 7:45 am this morning, so I had to start early to get this done!

Woke up at 4:50am had my cup of coffee with Stevia and Almond Milk.

As I was getting dressed I had a 1/2 glass of BCAA mixed with h2o

I did some Stick Rolling

And then I was off.

I decided to stay in my neighborhood for this run and just do loops. I figured this run would put me around 4 miles, which would make a little over 2 loops.

Workout ended up:

Mile 1 - 8:30
7:14 @ 7:36 pace = .95 Miles
3:00 @ 8:19 pace = .36 Miles
7:00 @ 7:24 pace = .95 Miles

Workout ended up being 3.3 Miles - So I made it 5 Miles

Cool Down
1 Mile @ 8:27
.7 Mile @ 8:08 Pace

Total Avg = 5 Miles at 8:03 pace

This workout pushed my heart rate for sure.

It was 80* with 90% humidity.

I think it really showed me where I am at and that I am close to being better. It's just going to take drive, determination and keeping my goals on my mind.

No excuses. Just Do It. Every.Day.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Saturday Failure

Woke up at 4:30am feeling tired, but excited about the run. Since getting accepted into Boston I have been pumped and ready to train!

1/2 Cup Coffee
Ezikel Toast x2

Met friends at 5am to head to Fort Desoto.

Drank 1/2 cup of BCAA mixed with h2o on the way to the park.

The plan was to run
4 easy
4 @ 7:30
1 easy
3 @ 7:30

This was really aggressive for me right now, so I was just going to "pick it up" on the fast miles.

I ran the 1st mile really slow with my Friend, so when I hit the 2nd mile I took off. I could tell at this point the run wasn't going to be good.

My stomach hurt, I felt bloated, my legs didn't want to run. They were sore from a Spin Class the day before. My head hurt. It just wasn't good.

I made it to mile 5, stopped, stretched my legs. My heart was racing and I just wanted to call it a day.

I made it to the car, which put me at 6. I decided to call it quits, my pace was bad, I was needing to stop to recover and knew it was just going to continue to go down hill.

As I drove home I started feeling bad about quitting and hated that I made that decision. When I got to the house, I immediately hopped on my bike and went out for 13 miles. I figured another 50 minutes of cardio would make up for some of the miles I lost.

I was pretty depressed about quitting for the rest of the day. Part of me wanted to go out the next day to tackle it again, but end in the end I decided to just continue with my schedule.

Obviously my body needed rest, so I took today off and will resume the schedule tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

#Boston2014: I AM IN!

I got the email yesterday. I am Boston 2014 Bound!!!

It isn't going to be easy.

It is going to take dedication and will power.

I am going to be focused.

This is it.

This is game time!!!

So pumped!!!