So I have a goal… to run the Nittany Valley Half Marathon in December! I’ve ran this race two times before and it is TOUGH! It is always freezing cold and the hills. Oh, the hills. December 8 is the date and I am trying to get ready!
I ran 7 miles last weekend, and had plans of doing 8 or 9 today. I didn’t get started right away and didn’t feel like running at all. I decided it was okay to back it down this weekend because I have 4 more long runs to get ready. I’ll do 8 or 9 next weekend.
Since I wasn’t feeling the run, I decided to listen to my latest release of BODYPUMP and ran at a comfortable pace. I’m so happy to see my comfortable pace is getting a little faster! I didn’t stop and walk at all, which always makes me happy!
We also had the cable company come to our house and run a cable to the basement! Colby will be starting Ironman training in January and wants to be able to watch TV when he is on his bike trainer. I’m very excited to be able to watch TV and run on the treadmill. We moved our bedroom TV down to the basement to use because it was bigger.
It took some effort to get myself outside yesterday for longer run, but I did it! I had high hopes of doing a 6-8 mile run and I did 7 WITHOUT WALKING! This is major for me right now!! I tried to not look at my Garmin the entire time and just told myself to feel comfortable. I was happy that my average pace was 9:45 and felt easy.
Colby went for a bike ride and found me during mile 6. I think that is why that was my slowest mile. He stayed with me for almost a mile and I talked to him while he rode next to me. I told him he could ride home when I had my last mile because it was windy and he was cold. I picked it up a bit for the last mile and felt great!
I think this was my secret weapon for my run! I usually run with my little iPod shuffle, but I don’t really know how to control playlists on that little thing and all my BODYPUMP music is on this pink Nano that I take to the gym. Our gym is launching this week and I’m teaching the new 87 release this Tuesday and Thursday night. I went through the entire release (except for cool-down) in my head while running and I didn’t mess up! I know the choreography and feel ready for the classes this week. It really kept my mind off the actual running and I think that is why I wasn’t tempted to walk at all! I also made myself stay at a comfortable speed because once I was a few miles into it, I knew I didn’t need to walk at all… even the hills
You can’t tell too much in this photo, but I got a nasty blister on the inside of my foot from my run. I’ve been getting them when I run longer than 3-4 miles. I decided that maybe it has been a little tooooo long since I bought a new pair of shoes (Brooks Adrenaline) so I ordered a pair online tonight. I’ve been running in the ones from last January! My new shoes are PINK and should be here in 2 days
I ran the White Rose 5 Miler on Saturday! I LOVE this 5 mile race and did it in 2010 and 2011. I was a little nervous since I haven’t been running as much as I should, and I’ve had a sinus infection. It went very well and I actually think it was almost the same exact time as my 2010 race! I’ll have to compare once the official times are up.
Perfect weather (I didn’t wear the sweatshirt in my before race pic) and I wore my prescription sunglasses I’ll post more about the race once I get my race pics from my Dad! I had a great time and I really want to do another race soon. I taught BODYPUMP yesterday afternoon with some soreee legs but I was fine. I’ve been stretching my hamstrings a lot. I’ve been wearing my compression socks!
I also made an awesome dinner last night and wanted to share. It was SO easy but tasted so good. I’ve never cooked scallops before because they intimidate me. This risotto was very good and it came with a seasoning packet to add to the rice. I found it in the organic aisle. For the scallops, I added vegan butter to a very hot hot pan. I dried the scallops with a paper towel, added salt and pepper and put them in the pan. 3 minutes on one side and 2 minutes on the other. Perfect!
After my hamstring drama, I was ready to kick it in with my running. I ran 5 awesome miles last weekend and I think it was because of the perfect running weather!
I had gotten a little off-track from my mini training plan to prepare for next Saturday’s 5 miler. This past week was tough. I had so much to do at work and would get home late and exhausted. I ended up taking Monday/Weds/Thurs off. I was feeling really horrible about it, but I just needed it. I decided to make up for it on Friday and Saturday.
Friday I ran 2 miles on the treadmill before teaching BODYPUMP. I hadn’t been to the gym in awhile because of my hamstring injury, so I was dying to get back up on stage and teach! The girl I taught with Friday asked me to come to her GRIT class at noon on Saturday. I had no excuse not to go, so I decided to run before the class on Saturday.
I didn’t have as much time as I wanted to run on Saturday before the class, so I fit in 2 miles at home. I was SO happy with these two miles because the second was 20 seconds faster! Woo hoo! Then I drove to the gym and got to GRIT…
Hardest. Class. Ever. GRIT Strength is intense. I can’t even imagine how tough the GRIT Cardio class must be, because I was out of breath the entire class and my heart rate was through the roof! Burpees, push ups, jumps, etc. will do that to you! It is only 30 minutes… because there is no way you could do that for an hour!!
Also, my friend Steph is getting certified to teach BODYATTACK this weekend and it is her Birthday today! So happy for her and I bet she is sore!