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Nancy Clark Article - Eat Cookies!

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Today I ran three recovery miles at 9:50 and then 6 x 100m sprints in my fourth mile. Then I did 30 minutes of aerobics. I plan to eat some Tootsie rolls and candy corn tonight - no guilt. My sort-of-healthy tip: eat plain almonds with your candy corn. Almonds are good for you and the combo is yummy.
I came across an interesting article, Taming the Cookie Monster: Win the Battle Against the Munchies, by Nancy Clark that you can read by clicking my post title. I like any nutrition article that tells me it's okay to eat cookies! ~A Cookie Monster

17 Miles Again

I've been following one of the Pfitz marathon training plans and this was the third and last 17 miler in the plan this month. When I put on my running shoes this morning, I realized that I'm getting used to running 17 miles. As long as some pain doesn't pop up and it's not too hot, I know that I can run 17 miles.

My plan was to gradually speed up. Here's how it went: 9:45, 9:37, 9:41, 9:26, 9:19, 9:07, 9:15, 9:03, 9:24, 9:13, 9:14, 9:15, 9:09, 9:07, 9:08, 9:00, 8:45. The ave. pace: 9:16.

I talked to a neighbor during my run who asked about my running. When I told her that I was training for the Seattle marathon, she was so excited that I felt like I was training for the Olympics!

Do you know how much you're drinking during a race when you grab a cup of water? I've read that one swallow might equal one ounce, but I did a test today using a cup like I would in a race and I need two gulps of water to drink one ounce of water. Today, every two miles I drank a doze…

6 1/4 Miles at 7 1/4 AM

For breakfast this morning I had a few of my homemade pumpkin cranberry raisin walnut muffins. They taste good, but they're very dense (think "Texas mud"). Maybe it's because I forgot to put in the baking soda.

It was only forty degrees this morning at 7:15AM. At first, I wasn't happy about the temperature because I don't like pain very much, but it was a good chance for another Seattle marathon dress rehearsal. I don't like warm legs or freezing ears either so I wore shorts today instead of my capris and kept my earband on for the whole run: perfect. (I also wore two shirts and a cap. One of the shirts has long sleeves that I pull down over my cold hands at the beginning of the run.)

After a warm-up mile, I ran at a faster pace (8:44 average pace) for five miles. My splits: 8:45, 8:55, 8:54, 8:44, 8:23. Then I ran a slow 1/4 mile home.

~Gotta Run Now

17 Beside the Bayou (Mostly)

This was a great morning for a run. I ran seventeen miles at Terry Hershey Park. I really like the shady trail and hearing the water rushing along in the bayou. The temperature was 60 when I started. There are some hills along the trail I had forgotten about and I don't think I need any more hill work this week.

I fueled up with gels and water today, but I had a little water trouble. I drank the last of my water at mile ten. I thought I must be very close to a fountain when I came upon a big work truck in the middle of the trail cleaning up (tearing down?) a huge tree, probably because of Hurricane Ike. Rather than make them stop to let me pass, run to the water fountain, and make them stop again when I returned, I made a u-turn right there at 11.83 miles. I was hoping for a drink at mile 12, but that wasn't going to happen.

I ran back to the parking lot, eating gel at mile 13 (what will happen if I don't drink water with it like the directions say?) and got my drink at 13.3…

Running Warehouse

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When I ordered my Mizuno running shoes last week, I received this Mizuno shirt for free! This is a picture of the back of the shirt. See the zippered pocket on the back? I wore this shirt over a short sleeved shirt a few days ago. It was about sixty degrees so I couldn't wear my new shirt for very long before I had to take it off and wrap it around my waist. It's comfortable and I really like the pocket that holds my phone or some gel.

The best part about ordering from Running Warehouse is that their shoes are sold at discounted prices. Two-day shipping is free and returns are free, too. If you sign up at their website, they'll let you know about the special deals like this one. Click on the today's title to go to Running Warehouse.

~Gotta Run Now

A Very Nice Day

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My day started off with a great 11 mile run, which included hill work on the treadmill. I was so surprised when I went outside to finish my run (after the treadmill hills) to find that it was cool(in the 60's with no humidity). I had to go back inside and change into a warmer shirt. How wonderful is that?!

Around lunch time, I received the best gift - a phone call (which included singing)from my daughter who remembered that today I turned a year older.



This is a photo of my afternoon dessert: birthday cake ice cream and a chocolate cupcake without frosting. No frosting - so that makes it healthy, right?!

We have family visiting from California and took them to dinner at Papa's BBQ and then on a short tour of the city. Later, we came home and watched our homemade family videos. I know - surely, that's a form of torture! But, well... They laughed at the videos so maybe it wasn't too bad.

~Gotta Run Now

Seattle Marathon Entry and 17 Miles

I signed up for the Seattle Marathon last night. With so much going on lately, if we hadn't already bought our plane tickets, this trip would be a no-go, but maybe this trip will be a nice vacation - a special memory to look back on someday.

So I'm signed up and the training continues... This morning, stepping outside was like stepping into an sauna- so warm and humid. When I started, the temperature was in the low 70's and when I finished, it was in the low 80's. It rained. There was a hard wind. The sun beat down on me, but worst of all was the humidity. Today's run was so hard.

Maybe once or twice, I tried to speed up, checked my Garmin to see if I really did speed up and told myself that it was okay not to go fast today. My goal was just to finish the whole seventeen miles and I did. My average pace was 10:09/mi. Most frequent thought: I will (finish).

~Gotta Run Now

55 Miles Run this Week

I ran about twelve miles this morning. I changed the Pfitz plan a little for the day, swapping out two 1/2 MP miles for twenty minutes of hills.

I ran four warm-up miles: 9:46, 9:20, 9:31, and 9:31/mi. pace, at the park. I was happy to see those pretty pink birds again.

Then I picked up the pace: 8:31, 8:17, 8:25, 8:27, and 8:21/mi. (These numbers are the average pace I ran for each mile.) My goal for these miles was 8:10-8:25/mi. I did that for three (almost four!) miles, but it was not easy.

After the first mile, I didn't feel too bad because at least I was running under MP pace, which is 8:35 for a 3:45 finish. In the next mile, I played running games: run fast passed that man and that lady and to that pole and down that hill. I was pretty sure I couldn't play that game for too long, though. In the next mile, I thought I slowed way down and that maybe I should give up, but then I saw that my average pace was 8:25 and I knew I shouldn't be such a quitter - I was inside of …

That 20 Miler? Done!

I was up at 6 AM and running by 7 AM. The temperature today was about twenty degrees cooler at the start (57) than yesterday and my only problem (and I love to have this problem) was that I had to figure out what to wear for the chilly morning. I wore shorts and a short-sleeve shirt with a long-sleeve shirt over that which I took off after an hour. That worked out perfectly.

I didn't have to do anything special today (no MP miles) so I just ran at a comfortable pace, which has gotten faster as the temperature has lowered. My average pace for the run today was 9:08/mi. I started slower than that and the last miles were faster than 9:08/mi. That's just how it worked out.

When I had about three more miles to run, it got kind of tough. I was tired and the wind had picked up. Unfortunately, the hills I'll be running up and down and up and down again in Seattle will be worse than the wind I ran against this morning. I didn't quit knowing that I have to keep going even when win…

6 + 6 + 2 = 14

After eating oatmeal out of my Houston marathon mug, I was ready for my run. I ran fourteen miles with an average pace of 9:11/mi. I felt pretty good since the temperature was in the 60's. I broke the run into three parts: two six-milers and a two-miler, going back home after each of the three runs to refill my drink bottles with Gatorade Endurance.

Unfortunately, I got chased by the same little yapping dog twice today. I think the dog's owner is using runners as her dog exercise service. The next time that happens, I'm sending her a bill!

~Gotta Run Now

My Snake Catch

Since I didn't run this morning, I spent the morning weeding. I found a snake in the yard, caught it, took pictures and then I took it down to the lake and let it go.

My husband says I have to catch a bigger one now. That's the one problem with doing something brave and courageous - people expect even more heroic actions. ; )

Update: My husband just looked at his snake book and my photos and thinks I caught a marsh brown snake which can be aggressive if threatened. When I caught it, I thought it was only a garter snake.