Showing posts from September, 2007

Guest Speaker Gilbert Tuhabonye

I didn't run today, but I wanted to hear our running group seminar speaker Gilbert Tuhabonye and it was worth the drive to hear him tell his life story and to get some running advice, too. He told how God protected him during tribal fighting in Africa as a young school student and how he hopes to be in the Olympics.

Then he gave us some running tips. You really don't need to stretch before you run, but stretch alot after you run. If gels make you sick, make your own with honey. During the marathon, eat every 30 minutes or so. Keep your core strong - he does 500 sit-ups a day! Whatever your dreams - be disciplined and never give up.

While I was there, one of my ATP friends told me about another stretch I can do for my hip flexor strain. Another friend said she had the same problem one year and got a cortisone shot so that she could continue running. Hopefully, just taking off from running for a few days will take care of this strain. Oh, and I'm stretching (just finished that…

Hip Flexor Strain

My day started at 3:11AM. My days are starting earlier and earlier, aren’t they? I woke up in the middle of the night, looked at the clock, decided to skip ATP and turned my alarm off. My leg has been hurting a little and I wanted to give it a chance to heal before Saturday’s long run. Then I changed my mind and decided to go to ATP, but to take it easy. So I went back to sleep until 4.

At ATP, I ran 1 ½ miles. When everyone else sprinted, I kept my pace slow. After that, we did about 45 minutes of “improve your running form” exercises. Rather than run another three miles with the group, I went home and worked with the weight machine and dumbbells for about half an hour.

I’m glad I went to ATP because a fellow ATP’er told me that I have a hip flexor strain and she showed me a good stretch I should be doing. I'll take a break from running tomorrow to give my hip flexor some rest and ice it.

I forgot my dumbbells at the park. When I finally got a chance to drive back to the park, th…

Week 11 ATP (Advanced Training Practice)

What a great morning it's been!

We started a new phase in ATP and we seem to be focusing on our running form now. We ran a warm-up mile (8:41 pace! I was staying up with the speedsters today! Well, almost!) and then we ran two 30 second sprints with a recovery run and all of that totaled 1 1/2 miles.

Then we started the exercises. Most of them were new, except for the feet-elevated push-ups. (Are we cursed to do those forever?!) We did two sets of 15 of those. Those were one of the hardest exercises we did.

There was another hard exercise, but it was only hard because my ankles were tired of the repetitive motion of lifting my toes up (70 times) as I stood on my heels and leaned against a street-sign pole. The other exercises weren't that hard, unless you count trying to balance on one foot while doing various exercises hard. That's kind of hard, but not too bad.

After those exercises, it was time to do three miles of easy running, but rather than do that, I came home and fed …

My New Socks: Adidas Ultra Tech

Running for nearly two hours and sitting on the riding lawn mower for another two makes it easy to sleep through the night. I had a wonderful 9 1/2 hours of sleep last night. And surprisingly, I didn't wake up sore after yesterday's long run.

I didn't run today, but I went swimming this afternoon and later, we had grilled steak for dinner. I covered the steak with kosher salt for an hour before grilling it and then rinsed the salt off and patted the steak dry before grilling. It was good and didn't taste too salty like you might think - just delicious. The salt tenderizes the steak.

Last week, I bought some new socks that I like. I've run in my new Adidas Ultra Tech socks three times: on an easy run, for speedwork, and on a long run. I need socks with cushioning and they have cushioning at the heel, ball and toe of the socks. Usually, after long runs my toes are wrinkled like raisins after being in soggy, wet socks for hours, but after yesterday's long run of twe…

Twelve Miles Completed

Preparing for today's run really started last night with dinner: a turkey sandwich and potato salad. This morning, I woke up at 4:35AM and ate a banana and a couple of fig newton cookies and by 5:50AM, we were off.

Here's how the run went:

Mile 1 - 9:48 min/mi average pace
Mile 2 - 9:33
Mile 3 - 9:29
Mile 4 - 9:27
Mile 5 - 9:27 (Towards the end of this mile, I ate 3 black cherry Clif Shot Bloks. I like them.)
Mile 6 - 9:30
Mile 7 - 9:45
Mile 8 - 8:59 (Goal pace:8:45.)
Mile 9 - 8:46 (Goal pace:8:45.)
Mile 10 - 8:34 (Goal pace:8:45, but maybe this makes up for mile 8.)
Mile 11 - 9:17
Mile 12 - 9:20

Average Pace - 9:20 min/mi

I used my Garmin to remind me to drink - drinking whenever it beeped for each mile, when I remembered. The last time I ran with the group, I was surprised at how little I drank. Today, I drank Gatorade during the first three miles or so and water after that. Fortunately, volunteers put water out for the runners, because I drank all of the water that I had brought with me. …

Marathon Route Drive

I just ate some of the best watermelon I've had all summer - sweet and juicy. That's my kind of hydrating! It was one of those small, round ones and just the right size for a small family.

We were in Houston this afternoon and I saw the worst part of the whole marathon: the hill on Westpark near Wesleyan. It's some sort of overpass and it's near the middle of the marathon- maybe mile 12, I guess. Right after the hill, you take a right turn at a market on the corner. I'll be so happy when I get to that market- if I'm able to get that far without falling apart on that hill.

Then we drove down Post Oak. We weren't purposely following the marathon route; it just happened. I like that part of the marathon. There's shade along the way and it reminds me of the fun we've had in the Galleria area: ice skating at the mall and Easter egg hunts at the old FAO Schwartz toy store.

Good running group news: today I have all of this week's schedule for my color gro…

Fired Up 5K - Special Edition!

Brought to you by your guest blogger, Tina's husband - Live Blogging from Sugar Land

And they’re off! It’s Tina, Number 347, leading the pack!

And there she goes in a blur!

Apparently exceeding the speed limit, Tina leads a high speed chase as she tries to evade the police!!
Worn out from all of the excitement, Zoe and Dad take a breather!

Safely back at the pavilion, Tina accepts her 3rd plaace award, a beautiful and costly pen and pencil set... "Yeah, Tina - hooray!"

I'm so happy... I'm so happy!!!" :-)

The End You can find Tina's race report here. And DH is my dear husband. : )

Fired Up 5K Race Results

Happy Labor Day! I am the proud owner of a fancy-shmancy pen and pencil set this morning. And you know what's engraved on the side of my pen and pencil set? Fired Up 5K 3rd Place! This is the second time I've placed and it's still very, very exciting. Can you tell?!

DH, was my support person this morning. He was driver, bag carrier, photographer, and dog holder. Yep, Zoe the weimaraner got to go to the race this morning. This was her first race appearance and she loved all of the attention. DH said he had lots of people to talk to during the race because of Zoe, who has ears as soft as velvet. I didn't realize it until later, but the 1st place woman in my age group (who was very fast!) stopped by with her husband and kids and although she probably will never read this, I want to say that her kids are so cute and so polite - asking permission to pet Zoe and then thanking us before they left.

I woke up at 5:10 AM and ate a banana and two fig newton cookies. I was a little …