Archive | August, 2010

A Hot 5-Miles

30 Aug

Saturday, August 21st,  we had our fourth group training run.  The cool weather and marine layer we have enjoyed along the coast most of the summer disappeared, and our 5-mile run was HOT!  Although the temperature remained cool, the sun was out full force beating down on us throughout the whole run.

This week we had our last clinic – on nutrition and hydration – before heading out on our run.  We were reminded that we have to make sure that we are properly hydrating and eating on the days before our long runs, not just when we get out on the course.  I need to make sure to start planning meals better, especially on Fridays.

The 5-mile route this week varied from our previous runs.  We started out in the same direction and then headed down a hill to run along the trail by the railroad tracks.  For the most part, the run was pretty flat and easy.  But the beating sun definitely zapped my energy.  Additionally, our coach had us doing fartleks throughout our run.  Fartleks are short bursts of speed during the run.  Our coach had marked lines along our route to measure the fartleks.  When you hit the starting line, you were supposed to pick up your pace to sprint speed for the couple hundred yards to the marked finish line.  The purpose of fartleks is to help increase your speed by engaging your fast-twitch muscles.  There were six fartleks laid out along the route, and they certainly tired me out.  But I finished the 5-miles in about an hour and was pretty pleased with my run.  The nice nap later in the afternoon wasn’t bad either.

I am still working on my fundraising and want to thank everyone who has already donated to support me.  You can still help by passing my blog and fundraising website along to your family and friends.

Thank you all!

Go Team!

Note: I started this post the day after the run, but then got caught up in work last week and never got around to finishing it till now.  I will try to keep more current going forward.

Third Group Run

16 Aug

Saturday morning I finished my third group training run.  It was another early morning at Heritage Park in Irvine.  After announcements and a warm up, we had another clinic.  This week the clinic was on core strength.  A strong core can help you when running long distances.  So I think my pilates practice will definitely help me as the training continues.  After some instruction on core exercises, it was time for our training run.  This week it was a timed running – 30 minutes out then turn around and run the 30 minutes back.  I continued to run at 4-1 intervals with a few other ladies.  It was a nice cool and overcast morning, so the run went pretty well.  My total mileage for the run came in at just under 5-miles and my pace was pretty consistent with what I have been running lately – about 12:30 to 13:00 per mile.  All in all it was a good run.

And speaking of pilates, I did get back into it last week.  I had a session on Friday afternoon, and it felt good to start my practice again.  My body was definitely tight after a month off, but I could feel things start to open up and loosen throughout the session.  My body felt much better after I was done.  Then I woke up on Saturday morning and was reminded of the soreness that comes from working muscles that haven’t been used recently.  Luckily the soreness didn’t bother me while running, but it was another reminder that I need to keep up a regular pilates schedule.  I am hoping to get it in about twice a week throughout the rest of my half marathon training.

My fundraising has slowed lately, but I have surpassed the $2000 mark.  However, I still have a long way to go to reach my goal.  If you haven’t taken a minute to donate yet, please visit My Fundraising Page to make your tax-deductible donation.  Any amount of support is greatly appreciated and helps an amazing organization.  For those who have already donated, or for anyone who wants to support me in another way, please pass along my blog and fundraising page to your family and friends.  Unfortunately, almost everyone has been touched by blood cancers in some way, and support of my goal is an easy way to fight back.

One way to define team is:

Together Everyone Accomplishes More

You are all part of my team in this journey!  It is only with your help  and support that I will accomplish my goal and that the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will continue to find ways to fight blood cancers.

Thank you all!  Go Team!

4 Miles Done!

11 Aug

I have now completed my second group training run.  However, before I got to the 4-mile run on Saturday, August 7th, I had to keep up with my maintenance runs during the week.  I met a girl through the running meetup group that I have joined who lives nearby in Laguna Beach.  She was looking for someone to run with in the mornings, so we have started running Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning.  Right now we are running an easy 2-mile route through Laguna at 4-1 intervals – running for 4 minutes, walking for 1 minute.  Our route has some hills which are good training and keep the run challenging for now.  We are slowly improving our pace each day.  Having a partner to run with during the week keeps me motivated to get the runs in.  I know she is waiting for me down the street, so I have to get my butt out of bed and get moving.

I already told you that we received training shirts from TNT that they want us to wear to our group training runs.  They also asked us to get creative and put our names on the shirts.  At first I was just going to go the sharpie route, but last week I got creative.  After a quick stop at Michael’s, I pulled out the iron and personalized my shirt with my name on the front and a little Woohoo! excitement on the back.  I will try to get a picture of me in my shirt at m run this weekend so I can show you my craftiness.

So Saturday morning was our second group training run and our second clinic.  We actually had two clinics on Saturday – one on running form and one on stretching.  Both clinics were informative and will hopefully help me make it through the season injury free.

After we finished the clinics, we went out for our out and back 4-mile run.  I decided to stay with the 4-1 intervals I had run during the week.  My mentor Jacqueline and teammate Britney ran the route with me.  It was nice because we were able to talk and get to know each other throughout the run.  We ran through a residential area in Irvine, which included a lake and some ducks enjoying the early morning.  The weather was overcast and cool – perfect for running.  I finished the 4 miles in about 50 minutes, which puts me at about a 12:30 pace.  I am pretty happy with my pace at this point and think that with consistent training, I will be able to bring it down a little before race day.

I am keeping up my weekday maintenance runs this week, and I am also getting in a pilates session.  I have missed pilates for the past month and think it will be good to get back into it on a regular schedule.  Now, i just need to figure out what that schedule will be.  I do expect to be sore the day after my pilates session, since it has been so long since I’ve had a session.  But I think it will be a good balance to my running.

Thank you everyone who has donated to my goal.  I have raised just under $2000 and am still working toward my goal.  You are all amazing and give me the motivation to continue.  Thank you!

Prudence Noon

Hakim Elaby

Roger Newhall

George Newhall

Ken Nelson & Tom Simmons

Skip Newhall

Elaine Lawson

Svend Peulicke

Anthony Newhall

Pilates Hound/Amy Truong

Mark Chung

Peggie Thomas

Bana Hilal

Catherine Peatross

Brian Peulicke

Katie Haven

Robert Cormier

S A Electric Inc

Natalie Verbeck

Doug Long

Bonnie Brown

Cindy Prewitt

Barbara Klein-Robuck

Paul Gadebusch

Jeffrey Jones

Patrick Scott

John Moreiko

Nancy Long

Gail Sahara

Jean Brotherton

Jacqueline Peraza

Patrick Freeman

Deana Pink

Walter Semizorov

Miriam Kranser

Thank you everyone for your support.  Please share My Fundraising Page with your family and friends so that they can contribute to my goal as well.

My mentor is working to plan a group fundraiser at a local restaurant soon, and I will let you all know the details as soon as they are set so you can spread the word and help us raise money while having dinner out.

You all are the best.  Go Team!

Training Begins

10 Aug

So I am quite late with this posting, but life has been crazy lately.  Saturday, July 31st was our first group training run.  I spent the day before the run moving so I was pretty tired and sore at 6am on Saturday when I had to get up.  Our first month of the group training runs all includes clinics on different aspects running and training.  The clinic on our first training day was the shoe clinic.  We met at a local running store and learned about the different types of shoes available and how they can help your running form.  Then it was time to run.

The first group run was an easy 2-mile run – one mile out and one mile back.  I tried to go out easy and not start off too fast.  I actually ran a pretty steady pace.  And, I ran straight through the full 2 miles.  The only time I stopped was waiting for a light to cross the street.  I finished those 2 miles in 25 minutes, and I was pretty proud of myself.  It was a good start to the group training.

After the run, in addition to the water and snacks they had for us, we had the opportunity to be professionally fit for proper running shoes.  Since I still had moving to finish, I couldn’t stay for that fitting, but I plan to head back to the store for a fitting soon.

I was excited to get started with the official training and to start meeting some of the other people who I will be running with this season.  It is really amazing to see so many people who are working toward the same goals – running a 1/2 marathon and raising money to help eradicate blood cancers.

I want to thank everyone who has donated in support of my goal.  I am about one-third of the way to my goal.  Your support keeps me running.  If you haven’t donated yet, please visit My Fundraising Page and give what you can.  I would also appreciate you passing along my blog to your friends so they can support my goal as well.

Thank you all!

Go Team!

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