Friday, March 19, 2010

10 Miles with Hills

Houston at Dusk: Palm Trees and Speedy Cars

I've been adding more hills to my workouts, even some slow hills on easy days. I don't think I'll ever get enough hill work in to fully prepare for Big Sur. Today I ran 10 miles with hills and my average pace was 8:56/mile. I had an orange burst Gu gel - tasted good.

Anybody else more tired than usual? I've needed more rest lately, since I've been adding on the miles. (You can see my training log at the bottom of my blog.) Next week is a cut-back week and although I like the challenge of running lots of miles, it will be good to have a bit of a breather.


That's the gecko I found in my kitchen sink. He turned a pretty green when I took him outside. Speaking of wild creatures, here's a video of my husband catching a snake in our old backyard in the Houston suburbs (we sold our house last fall - FSBO). Since living in Texas, I've found two snakes inside, yes inside, my house. I haven't found one in the house I live in now, though - yet!

14 comments:

  1. Wow, 10 miles with big time hills!! You rock Tina:) Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. and i sure hope you don't find one in your house!!! eeek! we've seen a few small ones in our backyard courtesy of our cat Frodo. but haven't in a few years...

    hills are so hard but so good! i am tired not from any intense training like you, but from the time change - still!

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  3. I would have to move out if I found snakes in my house. How can you stand it? You are a brave woman! And I am tired since the time change.

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  4. I just watched the video. I'll prob. have nightmares tonight!

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  5. I've read 6 blogs since I read this and I can't stop thinking about the snake. Like I've said before in my posts, that is one thing I like about VT and cold cold winters! Snakes are gone!

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  6. Your training looks to be coming along just fine. You should do great in Big Sur!

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  7. I remembered that video from last summer...wow, we've been blogging a long time now!
    Anyway, I'm really, really tired too! My training partner and I were texting messages of fatigue and tiredness today! It won't be long though, hang in there. Sorry but I agree, I don't think we can do enough hill training before our marathons but we'll get our there and run our hearts out and that's what matters!

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  8. Hills will make you strong - your legs will thank you down the road!! Cool gecko but freaky when it is in the sink...Do you have them often? Of course, we have bear, dear, and bobcats wandering our yard so it is all relative!!!

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  9. Surprisingly, I think this is the first gecko I've ever found inside our house and we've lived in Texas for years.

    Before we moved from the Houston suburbs into town last fall, we had deer and coyote and I think I saw some sort of wild cat once, too, but I'm not sure. We didn't see the wild animals often, like you do, but it was exciting!

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  10. Just an add-on - like AJH, we are thankful - no snakes in the winter here! And no snakes up at altitude in the mountains in the summer - yahoooo! We watched the Big Sur Marathon promo video - have you done some good downhill training? The downhills, if you are not used to them, will trash your legs more than the uphills. Keep up the hard work!

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  11. Yes, I'm running hard down the hills, too! Those Big Sur videos were great! Can't wait!

    (For everyone else, I tweeted the link, but you can find the videos when you google search the marathon.)

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  12. I am with you, I am really tired right now. I know a lot of it has to do with the time change, I just cannot catch up!

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  13. When we lived in Houston, a gecko got into our house once and when we tried to trap it, we accidentally cut his tail off. Needless to say, we were both a little traumatized by the whole thing! No geckos here in Oklahoma!

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  14. Funny! I'm glad I caught the lil' guy all in one piece!

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