I went to the gym instead of running. I spent the morning, first, cleaning up dog vomit from my yellow lab, Sandal. Then Tino, our Rottweiler-chow pup, jumped into bed, and I found three ticks on him. So much for me sleeping in until 7am. The house needed cleaning and decluttering badly, so I did that first. Then I went out and mowed around my raised garden beds. Then I decided I needed to spread more hay around the beds to keep the weeds down. Then I decided to mow the area behind our house (which is on a 45 degree slope.) So by the time this all happened, it was about noon, and I wasn’t looking forward to a long run. And since I don’t really have a schedule or firmed up short term goals, I decided to go to the gym today and do my normal core workout. I’m glad I did, because the gym owner was there, and I had asked him to help me with squats. This is his specialty, and I wanted to make sure I had good form. So I did three sets, with him watching and correcting my form. I also tried reverse crunches on the incline bend, which was new for me–these are tough!! I came home and revised my core workout, I’m going to try some new excercises just to mix it up. My quads are a wee bit sore now. My gym owner said it would probaly be my glutes that will be sore. We’ll see. I am pretty well developed in my legs and glute area already.
[This was the Ecothon 10 K Trail Run, where I fell in love with running on trails last year… But as I drove up to the http://www.thewilds.org/, I noticed the start/finishing line was right beside where we parked. Uh huh! New course! You could not ask for nicer weather. It was in the 60’s, a wind blowing slightly, nice sunny day. A little chilly in a singlet and shorts at the start. The 5K and 10K runners went off together, so it was a bit of a crowd until the two groups split about the one mile mark. My friend, Marina, who I lost at the start, passed me around here saying she was now warmed up, and was at least 1/2 mile ahead of me for the whole race. I almost forgot, this was a cavewoman run for me. I took Garmin out at race time, and noticed the battery was dead! Oh well, time for a race accordingly to how I felt. It felt strange yet liberating not to be starting a watch at the start. Unlike last year’s course, this race was completely over strip mined pasture land, over nicely rolling up and down hills. Some really good hills!! It was both pleasant yet boring, as it was a very gentle trail. The footing was soft, due to recent rains, but not muddy at all. I did feel my IT band a bit as some of the hillsides had us on a slanted surface, but I did stretch after the race. I clocked in at 1.11, which was two minutes off last years course of 1.09. Pretty good considering I knew no splits and had no way of monitoring myself other than the race.
1.11 was also good enough for 3rd in my age group!!
I had a doctor’s appointment after work, so I just did a core workout instead of running. It was a good workout, I added some legs into the routine tonight. Tomorrow should be a run day, then maybe take Friday off, the one day taper before the 10K race. It was a new doctor I went to, he seems really nice. And I only had a twenty minute delay in seeing him, unlike my old doctor where I sat in the waiting room for one hour. I don’t have time to leave my job early, to go sit in a waiting room. Anyways, they took blood for my thyroid, iron, cholesterol, pretty much the works. I’ve been concerned about my thyroid, wondering if anything has changed since I cannot get these ten lbs off my body. And I hate to use that excuse “it’s my thyroid, that’s why I can’t lose weight”. (Well, I won’t use that as an excuse.) The thyroid remark is usually made by some obese woman who, while may have a underactive thyroid, but is also shovelling doughnuts in her face. I get the lab results back in about one week. I’m hoping we’ll have to crank up the dosage and these ten lbs will just melt off my body. Yeah right.
4 miles on the treadmill at the gym. I know, you are thinking, “when is she going to the trails? She calls herself a trail runner”. Well, okay, that’s the ideal situation, which doesn’t always happen in real life. If I had driven down to Salt Fork, in the pouring cold rain, the run wouldn’t have happened. Besides, I do have a trail race this weekend, at the Wilds, http://www.thewilds.org/Events/EcoThon/ where, last year, I ran my very first trail race and was introduced to the way cool world of trail running.
Coach Kimba had even written and left me a note and a Clif Brownie Bar in my vehicle, which basically said, okay, work may have sucked today, but you are going to do a 4 mile run.
Coach Kimba is my coach. She has a face very similiar to mine but a buff body similiar to the hot female coach on the TV show The Biggest Loser. That’s a pretty cool show, but I never remember when it’s on. And no, I don’t have Tivo or any other gadget to record with. The only Biggest Loserepisodes I caught was a marathon (I always love non-runners using that term, they should be forced to go run 26.2) over New Years.
I guess I should back up a step here and explain myself. In 2003, I found my short frame (5’2″) hitting an excess of 225 lbs. Yeah. Here’s my web page about that: http://www.geocities.com/kimba90/weightloss.html. I had an epiphany then. I joined Weight Watchers, lost 75 lbs and was down to 150 lbs. Yeah me. I now have a totally different life. I work out daily. I run marathons. I lift weights. I am happy. I wear size 6-8-10 clothes. So I love to watch weight loss shows and see people want to change and suceed, that is so great in my book. And while I don’t like the whole “vote them off the island” crap, the Biggest Loser has seemed to help most folks on the show.
I have some vivid dreams. I remember alot of them. And some of the running dreams (or probaly more like running nightmares are pretty funny. But last night’s dream was just me, out there running in the woods, on some smooth path or trail, just running effortlessly. I hit my turn around spot and headed back, and had to run up some wooden steps at the end. Then I realized I had run 20 miles and only had a 12 miler planned for the day. Then I woke up.
I only have four miles to run today. And no, I am not planning on running 20 accidentally either.
My fall 50 mile race will be the Mountain Masochist Trail Run, November 4, 2006. I have told the husband, and will be sending in my race application Monday. I have plenty of time to run the hills around here to prepare for this run. Bring it!