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Don’t mind if I do!

September 4, 2008

I haven’t run since Monday and it’s killing me! Two days of no running make Bethie something-something…go crazy? Don’t mind if I do! At least I managed to fit in some sit-ups, push-ups, and a wall sit. I ❤ wall sits (because I’m crazy!).

My excuses:

Tuesday: I couldn’t sleep Tuesday night. I got less than 2 hours of sleep and developed a horrible stomachache before morning. I don’t think a run would have been a good idea, so this day off was justifiable.

Today: My husband’s birthday. Sure, choosing to make my husband French toast for breakfast over running at 6:00AM makes sense. But not running this evening? I really should have made time for it. *sigh* At least I did something today, right? Right.

Tomorrow most certainly is another day and I’ve promised myself a good, long, morning run. No excuses. I just love morning runs. It feels so awesome to go to work knowing that I have x number of miles under my belt already. It’s as if I’ve already accomplished something so the rest of the day is just icing on the cake.

On a side note, I’m sick of hot dogs and hamburgers. After last weekend’s BBQ, which was lightly attended due to rain, we were left with crudload (plus or minus one) of BBQ meats. Because the freezer is filled with meat, we are unable to freeze the additional crudload of hotdog and hamburger buns. I HATE wasting food, so we have been consuming hot dogs and hamburgers at an alarming rate. I don’t know if it’s the sodium, fat, or tedium content of these dinners, but it’s really weighing me down. However, this does make me all the more excited for my husband’s celebratory birthday dinner this weekend. One thing’s for sure: I will NOT be ordering a burger!


Head for the Hills!

August 23, 2008

So my run last night got pushed off to a run this morning.

I started my day with1/3cup of oatmeal with a big scoop of peanut butter (probably about 3Tbs, I don’t measure) accompanied by a cup of coffee. Yummy! That adequately fueled my run, which turned into some spontaneous hill training. I had intended on taking the trail near my house for a few miles, but then I started thinking (which can never be good). Another of my favorite running routes is along a river. It has beautiful scenary, well marked half mile distances, a convenient location…but no hills. Great to run on, but doesn’t provide a lot of elevation change. While “training” with my friend for a half marathon we never ran, we did afew hill workouts. And they SUCKED. They were incredibly challenging, and left me sore. In other words, they were great for training. Unfortunately, the hills we started on were incredible steep and long, a little much for a hill beginner like me. I’ve like this new trail near my house, because it does have some change in elevation. When I got to the trail and ran up the first hill, I realized that my pace slowed down significantly. And that it just unacceptable.

So I went down the hill, and went up it again…well, more accurately I charged up it. I attacked it. And then I did it again. And again and again…again 9 times. It was a fairly short hill, and a did take jogging breaks after the 3rd and 6th time I charged the hill. Then I ran back home.

Run summary:

time: 33:55 (yes, with one second of my last run)

distance: again, unknown, but it did include 9 hills along with some flat, sustained running

average heartrate: 167

Arm workout: 2 x (12 push-ups, 15 arm raises with jelly jar, 3 x 10 arm lifts) + 11 arm lifts ( the extra 11 because I wanted125 arm repetitions :-P)

Now it is time for me to do a little post run fueling. I’m thinking tuna…