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Feelin’ good…

March 1, 2009

I just completed 8.0 miles!! Actually, it was a little more…I mapped out the run before hand, but this gives me a very inaccurate distance because:

  1. I ran on a trail which is windy and curvy but the lines in the software I was using were straight so tracing my path involved cutting some corners.
  2. It’s tought to identify landmarks on the trail so knowing where a specific mile is from where I started is difficult.

I generally map to the distance I want to run and then find a landmark a little beyond that, just to make sure I get the full distance.

My stats:

  • Distance: 8.25 miles (my best guess…could be a little more, could be a little less)
  • Time: 1hr 23min 54sec
  • Pace: 10:10 min/mile
  • Average HR: 180bpm

My comments:

Distance was great, I felt good the whole time, I really love endurance runs. My overall time and pace were higher than I would have liked. I generally like to see under 10:00 min/mi as a pace. I know that my distance could have been greater than 8.25, but it’s not likely that it was as high as 8.4miles. I’ll have to work on that. I sense more sprint workouts in my future.:) The number I’m happiest about it my heart rate. I was only over my target heart rate for less than 2 minutes during the whole run! I usually have a high heart rate and spend around 50% of my runs over my target zone. I know, heart rate isn’t everything, but it is great to see this come down.

I had a big salad (lots of veggies, some cheese, dressing), grapes, some nuts, and a cookie in the hour and half before my run. I really thought having that much food in my stomach might sabotage me, but after the first mile, I didn’t feel it at all.

 To round out my workout, I’m going to do some ab and arm work then a little yoga to wrap it up.

Hope you all enjoy your Sunday!

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Ramping up…

February 25, 2009

I’m two weeks into my “official” marathon training for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon. I’m starting to psyche myself out, though. Any shortness of breath while running, any soreness, any disruption to my training is starting to freak me out.

This past weekend my long run was 7 miles. It was fairly easy, but its unnerving to think that the marathon is nearly FOUR times that distance. But I’ve got over four months to get there, right? And I did 4 miles yesterday, 5 miles today (following my training schedule, of course) and I’m not in any pain, so I’m on the right track…right? And I’m strength training, stretching, and not pushing myself too hard, so I’ll be fine…right?!

What I SHOULD be thinking is that in two weeks my long run is 10 miles, and that will be my first double-digit run. And that’s freakin’ awesome. 🙂

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Hello world!

August 16, 2008

So here we have it. The obligatory introductory post. This is where I bare my soul to the world, telling you who I am and why I’m here. I’ll try not to bore you.

Well, I’m mostly doing this for myself. I’m a 23 year old, recently married, software engineer. I enjoy running and nutrition so I read a lot of fitness and food blogs. I have a hard time seeing myself accurately (I never know if I’m eating too much or too little, training too hard or not enough), so I thought if I posted my food and training I’d be able to develop a more accurate self image.

Unlike a lot of other blogs, I’ve never been overweight and I don’t plan on having a career in nutrition. I’m not a personal trainer, chef, or model. I’ve never had an eating disorder (Though I have had some disordered eating, but I think most women have that in their past. It’s sort of a rite of passage.). I’m not vegetarian, pescatariation, or vegan. I’m not training for the Olympics, trying to lose weight, or looking to change careers. And I’ve never painted daises on a big red rubber ball (but that does sound like fun).

I’m just this girl who likes to program and wants to be healthy.

Post-wedding crash
Post-wedding crash