Week’s end wrap up

This wasn’t really my best week in training.  In fact, as one point, I actually almost cried a little with my coach.  BUT…I’m going to try to make this as positive and easy to read as possible!

I feel like a New Year’s Resolutioner.

I am so horribly out of shape and a bit over my normal weight, so I fit right in with everyone else who is currently crowding our gym! For the record, I really have no issues with resolutioners. I kind of hope they stick around and learn to love the fitness lifestyle.

I did several swims and you might have noted that even Florida got cold this week.

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It was pretty darn cold.  My first swim coincided with the coldest day we’ve had all year, so I plunged into steaming water in 39 degree temps and actually thought I was quite the bad-ass. I swam a fairly fast mile, because there was some guy with flippers on chasing me.  (if you swim with flippers you are automatically gonna be faster than most without).

This was truly the high point of Bad-Assery this week, after my swim it just went down down down hill.

This week saw a return to strength training. This kind of demolished me.  I started with what I thought was kind of a wimpy superset of leg exercises.  I kind of scolded myself for not doing more.  The next day, I found I could barely walk.

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I suppose it was a good workout. Sitting and standing were tough for the next 2-3 days.  My officemates are sedentary and think I am insane. Because I still don’t seem to Look like Barbie…they also see no value in what I do.  It’s hard to explain. I don’t even try anymore.  Does anyone else work in an office like that?

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Here I am December 1, at the Space Coast Marathon/half, so you see I am indeed NOT Barbie.

Sooo…I went into a bit of a tempo run on Wednesday with some trepidation, and also some joy. I REALLY wanted to run.  I was able to take it slightly faster than my 10K PR pace,and it ended up feeling pretty good, but I knew I was sore.

Thursday I had a swim in the morning.  Wind whipping around, the heating in the pool wasn’t working too well, and I was the only one in the pool.  Something about it just didn’t sit right with me.  I’m a little tired of swimming in the dark.  In addition, legs were still feeling torn up.  All I could think about was sharks.  Ridiculous.  But true.   I confessed this to my coach, and now I’m a bit worried that he will put one of those small mechanical sharks in the pool sometime…. It would be like him, and it WOULD be hilarious, but I am afraid it might also scare me to pieces.

Thursday night we had a weights get together.  I was in my mood and he seemed tired, so it was a fairly focused quiet session. We worked for 30 minutes on technique, and about 30 minutes of trying to get me to learn the Turkish Get up…OMG Try it…you’ll either love it or hate it. I hate it right now, but I’m gonna learn it, then I’ll love it.

I think my coach demonstrates better.  My coach has been doing cross fit for a few months now.  I am starting to see a lot of cross fit style exercises creep into my stuff.  I’m definitely not into Cross-Fit as a “sport” but hopefully he is picking the exercises that make sense for me. We had some deep discussion about coaching there at the end. I really almost quit everything during December, it was so hard, and then I almost changed coaching.  I’m still frustrated at doing what seemed easy just 3 months ago and finding it hard.  But, I can see now why most New Years resolutioners just quit.  I’m pretty lucky to have my coach, even if sometimes..like this week, all the workouts just seem to lack any fun element.

Friday and Saturday ushered in moments of “Garmin Fail”  My garmin tracked my runs, but later when trying to look at the data it told me my last run was Wednesday.  I fiddled with it and finally in desperation deleted all the old data.  After that, my current runs came up, and on Sunday it wasn’t an issue.

Sunday I ran a very short run, and did a spin out on the cycle.

I feel like I put out good effort during the week.  My only wish would be that I would be allowed to sign up for the 10K that I want to do at the very least.

 

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Race Calendar- help me choose!

Generally, a Floridian doesn’t really make a race calendar in January.  I guess we think about it, but in general, we are smack in the middle of race season, so making a calendar now seems kind of strange.

I, however, had my season kind of messed up, so I am looking to plan a super fun running 2014 to make up for my 2013. I need reader’s help as well, in deciding on my 2014 marathon…

Funny thing about 2013.  I had a GREAT running year.  I ran consistently, very little injury problems, paces were good, it just never translated into a really great great race for the year.

So, since I am kind of starting over at point nothing, I’ve decided to start my racing like I did when I first started coaching with Skeletor.

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With a 10K.  Ten K races are awesome.  They are long enough to be more than an all out sprint, but short enough that they are still entirely fun.  As a distance, though it’s rare to find.  5K’s are easy to locate, but the 10…well, not many to choose from.

So, in true fashion of looking to combine a race with some fun, I decided against the annual Winter Park 10K which is uber popular and massively crowded.  I went for a 10K at the beach!  March 1!  What’s kind of funny is I have not run a 10K in about 2 years now.  My PR is 1:06:29.  I laugh in the face of that PR.  THat is now about my Marathon Long 20 mile run training pace.  So.  I hope to start out my Modified race season (everyone else will be winding down for summer) with a PR.  Shouldn’t be too tough.

After that, I have made tentative plans to head out to California to visit my friend Sam.  We’ve known each other since we were about 3 years old, so a reunion is in place.

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Sam doesn’t run, but he likes wine.  So I decided this Napa Valley Half Marathon was just the ticket for the two of us to have a fun filled adventure weekend.  I won’t lie, I’m hoping for a Post surgery PR.  But mostly, I thought it would be fun.  He thinks so too.  I’d be happy with one minute off my 2:20 time.  But I managed to combine it with what promises to be a fun weekend, and the last time I didn’t PR at a fun weekend, I didn’t care!

June First is my stretch goal.  Pineapple Man Triathlon!  We’ll see how this goes.  My goal for this race would be to complete my first Triathlon, my first Open water ocean swim, and ride the bike without dying.  I do not care if I am dead last.  (though I’ll admit, I have been recruiting some of my slower pals so that I might not be dead last.)  I am still dickering around on Ebay about the bike. So, fingers crossed.  This would be the most awesome accomplishment.

After that folks, I am not a racer.  I will settle in for a Loooong training cycle for the Marathon. It gets errrr, warm…in Florida and wet and humid.

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My Goal would be for a Marathon in October.  This will have to be out of state.  October is too warm for good marathoning in Florida.

So I thought about this kind of hard, and am looking at 2 races I’ve looked at in the past.

The Wineglass Marathon in Corning NY.  And…. The Mohawk-Hudson RIver Marathon, in Albany NY.

Wineglass is October 5th and is already at 90.00

Mohawk is October 12, and registration is not open for it yet, fees are not posted.

Elevation for Wineglass:

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Elevation for Mohawk-Hudson River

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SO they are pretty much the same.

It’s also about the same cost to fly to either location.

Wineglass, being in Corning NY (you know Corning Glass)  has a very nice medal…Mohawk-Hudson is just kind of typical, not bad, but not very interesting.

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I don’t often get all Ga-ga about medals, but darn it, the wineglass is really lovely, and so much nicer than the typical one.  Well…who knows.

So which one would you choose?  In the end I will probably choose the one the Coach chooses for me.  And given that Mohawk-Hudson is later, he will probably go for that.

After the Marathon I will need a bit of a break, so taking about a month to recover, swim, cycle and have some fun,

I do plan on going to Space Coast Half Marathon yet again.  But really this will be just for FUN.  The have of course upped the capacity, so it promises to be a very crowded course.  I was going to make it my marathon, until I saw the increased capacity.

And that is about It for racing…unless I really love the cycle…which I think is up in the air right now.

Hope to meet up with Coach next week to run this schedule by him.  He is going to say it’s too many races.  Grrrr.