Saturday, May 28, 2016

Running and Drone Video!

For today's cool down, I walked my dog, Zoe, at the park behind our house. That's when we ran into my husband who was taking video of the partially flooded park. We had a lot of rain yesterday and the creek next to the park overflowed. The park still hasn't been restored after the last flood that we had!

I flew the drone, too - making it go higher, lower, to the left and right. It was very easy to fly and a lot of fun! The photo posted at the top of this post is one that I took while flying the drone. Here's a video my husband took with the drone of me running with Zoe, our Weimaraner.

Before the walk with Zoe, I had a three part workout. First, I did 30 minutes of strength training using my Sworkit abs & core app. Then I went for a 10 mile run. At first, I thought that the park was still closed after yesterday's flooding so I only ran in my neighborhood. I ended up staying in the neighborhood. To finish up, I went on a 30 minute bike ride. It's much easier to run and then ride rather than doing it the other way around. That reminds me of how tough triathlons are when you ride and then run.  

After my walk, I did some weeding and thinning of plants in my front yard. I saw a drone in the sky and waved at it, thinking it was my husband's. Then I walked inside and saw my husband there - he was not out flying his drone after all! Oh well, that drone owner will just think I'm one friendly stranger.

After my workout, I had yogurt topped with bananas, flax seeds, coconut and almonds along with an English muffin with almond butter and honey. I used My Fitness Pal to plan a meal with a 3:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio (4:1 works, too), which was probably important after all of that exercising today.

My Workouts this Week

Sunday: 8 mile easy run, 30 min. strength training
Monday: 18 mile run at 10:31/mi ave. pace, I was glad that it didn't rain.
Tuesday: rest
Wednesday: 6 mile progression run, PM: 30 min. strength training
Thursday: 5 mile easy run
Friday:  rest
Saturday: 30 min. strength training10 mile run with 2nd half faster, 30 min. ride

Running miles: 47
Time on the bike: 60 min.
Strength training days: 3

Saturday, May 21, 2016

12 Mile Run and Links You'll Like

A 12+ mile run - now that's a great way to start the weekend! I ran around the neighborhood and through the partially open park where I normally run. There's a lake there with water lilies.

Today's run of 12.5 miles was fueled by two pieces of toast with honey and an egg at about 4AM. I'm starting to naturally wake up about then every day since I started getting up earlier Tuesday through Friday. Early morning workouts are easier for me than afternoon workouts. How about you? I don't eat before my early runs - no time, but whether I ate or not didn't seem to make any difference.  

During today's run, I brought along some snacks I don't usually eat on the run -  a small amount of each: Sun Chips, pretzels, crispy M&M's and banana. No cramps or tummy troubles for me. I ate every 3 miles when I stopped at a water fountain.

I was glad when there was a bit of a breeze today to move around the suffocating feeling of the warm, humid air.

My Workouts this Week

Sunday: 8 mile easy run, 30 min. strength training (hips, arms, core video)
Monday: 16 mile run with last 4 miles faster after eating only 1 piece of toast with honey because I didn't set out to run so many miles, but it was fine, small snack during run: small cookie and salted raisins
Tuesday: rest
Wednesday: 7 mile run w/last 4 miles faster, PM: 30 min. strength training (back, arms, legs)
Thursday: 5 mile easy run
Friday:  30 min. strength training (15 in AM, 15 in PM - fitting it in when I can!), 30 min. ride
Saturday: 12.5 mile run (10:18/mi ave., last 1.5 miles faster: 9:25, 8:39)


Running miles: 48.5
Time on the bike: 30 min.
Strength training days: 3

My Fave Links of the Week

Long Training Runs on an Empty or Full Stomach What's your preference?
85 year old Ed Whitlock, who recently ran a half marathon in 1:50 thinks he should have been faster.
Recap of Running R2R2R (at the Grand Canyon) Laurie doesn't sugar-coat her epic adventure.
Out for a Run Podcast I listened to the show with new mom of 4 adopted older girls, Sara Hall, today.
Cocoa Pancakes Recipe - One of Sara and Ryan Hall's favorite recipes. I want to try this!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Two 15 Mile Runs This Week!

Time to run 15 miles! After some toast with honey and a banana, I started the Strava app on my phone to track my run. It's fun to see the running others are doing (especially if they start running at 4AM 'cause than I don't feel like a crazy person when I do that, too) and to give a thumbs-up to other runners. Today I posted a photo of the deer I saw hiding in the woods on Strava and Twitter, too.

I had half a Pop-tart at miles 5.5 and 8.5. In the last mile, my side ached and my eyes stung from sweat, but those pains stopped just as soon as my Strava app alerted me to the 15 miles completed! 

Although it was warm, I didn't have it very bad compared to those who were swimming, riding and running in the Texas Ironman. My husband and I walked around the local triathlon race route in The Woodlands today. The "real feel" temperature was over 100 when we were there after lunch. I'm in awe of anyone who can complete a triathlon, but to add the heat to the mix... I don't know how anybody finished that race! 

My Workouts this Week

Sunday: 8 easy mile run, 30 min. strength training (back, arms, core)
Monday: 15 mile run (10:25/mi ave.)
Tuesday: rest
Wednesday: 6 mile 4AM run, 30 min. strength training (glutes, arms, core)
Thursday: 6 mile easy 4AM run, 30 min. PM bike ride
Friday:  rest
Saturday: 15 mile run (10:31/mi ave., last 3 miles faster: 10:02, 9:52, 9:55), 15 min. strength training while my husband and I made plans for lunch at Lupe Tortilla and Ironman spectating

That's 50 miles of running. I don't usually do two 15 mile runs in a week, but it's supposed to rain on Monday (my long run day) so I did my long run today. I'm not training for a race, but I like to keep my miles up. Besides, I'm hoping to run 2,016 miles this year. 

How about you, any running goals for the year? 
Any triathlons in your past or future? 
Do you use any exercise apps like Strava?

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Snow at the Grand Canyon

I recently visited the south rim of the Grand Canyon (April 25) on an unexpected trip from our home in Texas to visit family in California. I was surprised when it started to snow as we parked in the Grand Canyon parking lot. The snow made visiting the Grand Canyon extra special because I don't get a chance to see a lot of snow.

Snowing at the El Tovar
We walked around the visitor centers and the Grand Canyon rim viewing areas before we went inside the historic El Tovar. We had lunch there in the restaurant of the hotel. The chili with lots of cheese on top was good, but the view from our table of the canyon with the snow falling was even better.

My Husband Getting the RV Ready to Leave for California 

My husband and I stayed in our RV at the Williams/Grand Canyon KOA that night. When we arrived there, I ran 15 miles on a dirt path near the RV park. The morning that we left, I was surprised to see snow outside when I opened the RV door. My first thought was to hurry back inside to tell my husband, but then I decided that it would be more fun for him to be surprised like I did so I kept my little secret - that was hard for me, but I was glad that I did.

Workout recap:

Monday: 14 mile run the day we got back home, 15 min. strength training
Tuesday: rest
Wednesday: 6 mile run, pushed the pace
Thursday: 8 mile easy run
Friday: 30 min. bike ride, 15 min. strength training
Saturday: 12 mile run (3 miles faster mid-run: 9:50, 9:40, 9:30/mi. ave. pace), strength training
Sunday: 8 easy mile run, 30 min. strength training (back, arms, core)

Monday, May 2, 2016

Extremes: Running, Flooding, and RV Driving

We were hit with a lot of rain where I live north of Houston. Nearby Cypress Creek overflowed and flooded the park where I like to run, ride and walk my dog. That's a picture of the parking lot for the park - not so good for cars, but great if you have a boat. Our house was fine, but we had to take a detour to leave the neighborhood for a few days.

RV Resort

Unexpectedly, my husband and I needed to drive from Houston to Bakersfield in Central California last week. Running first thing in the mornings made me feel better for the rest of each day. 

One day, I ran 12 miles at the Bakersfield RV Resort where we stayed. A complete park loop is 1/2 a mile - I ran 24 loops. Since I started so early in the mornings and felt safe there, I didn't mind the loops. On a couple of other runs, I ran outside of the RV park and passed some nice neighborhoods on the outskirts of town.

RV Park Gym

After most runs, I worked out in the RV park gym. Then I stopped by the office for coffee. Coffee and newspapers are free for customers. The RV park has a large laundry room and grocery stores nearby, but the best part for us is that it's close to where our family lives - the reason for our trip. By the way, the weather was nice for running.

We drove the 1600 miles home from California to Texas in two days. Although my husband drove most of the way, I drove, too. I drove through wind, rain and even snow in New Mexico and Arizona. Wind is the worst!

Park is Closed!

We got home this morning at 3:30 am and I was asleep at 4. I woke up at 8 and ran 14 miles. It sounds crazy,  but it really wasn't that hard. Since the park where I always run is closed for now, I ran through a nearby neighborhood. I'm looking forward to running at the park again in a couple of months even though I enjoyed running down some streets that I've never seen before.

Running this week: 5, 10, 12, 8, 5, 0, 14 = 54 miles

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