Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spring Half Marathon Training Week 7

Monday Planned: GA+Speed 6 miles 2 sets 4x150 strides
Monday Actual: I had a really rough day Monday. It was so bad that the thought of putting on my shoes and meeting Toni for a run after not seeing her and running with her for almost 2 weeks, still didn't sound fun. So I hung out with Kyle and recharged instead. 

Tuesday Planned:
 GA 3 Miles
Tuesday Actual: GA 4 miles. Tried out some new shoes and then had to turn around and change back into old shoes because they were hurting my feet so badly.

Wednesday Planned GA 4 Miles
Wednesday Actual: Birthday run with the BRF! 4 Miles! My knee was really cranky on the switchbacks, both up and down. PANIC!!

Thursday Planned
Thursday Actual: GA with strides 4.23 miles. My knee felt a little bit wonky so I didn't do the full 6 I set out for.

Friday Planned: Recovery 3 Miles
Friday Actual: Rest. I got in for an emergency massage Thursday night after work, and I went right to bed after, and somehow managed to slip a rib out of place. I was up from 2am until 4:30am trying to find a position to sleep in to get it to right itself. It didn't happen, so I bailed on the run.

Saturday Planned: St. Patty's Day 5 mile + 1 Mile, 10 miles total
Saturday Actual: Race report's TBD but 9.5 miles total for the day.

Sunday Planned: Endurance 10 Miles
Sunday Actual: Endurance 10 miles with insanely consistent paces. Crazy.

Total Mileage Planned: 38 Miles
Total Mileage Actual:  31.81 miles

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Weekly Reads: Warcross

Warcross is the newest book by Marie Lu. I was excited to get my hands on it. I think fans of her previous books will really enjoy this one and it's an excellent read alike if you enjoyed Ready Player One. Check it out and let me know what you think!

My rating: 3.5 stars

Summary from goodreads:

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

Friday, March 16, 2018

St. Patty's Day 5 Mile and 1 Mile Race Goals

I am beyond excited to race tomorrow. I always enjoy a good excuse to race in green gear and celebrate my Irish-ness! We originally had planned to race the 5 mile, as I always like a good 5 mile/10k race to help me figure out where my fitness currently is. When Toni mentioned she wanted to race the one mile too, I figured, why not? They're about 5 hours apart, so might as well try, right?

So without further adieu, here are my goals for the races!

Based on my Frostbite 4 Mile race time, the racing calculator gods seem to think I can race the five mile in an 8:14 pace. My 5 mile PR was set in 2010 on a short course. Like a quarter of a mile short. So I've told myself that if I run that pace for this race, I'll count it as an official PR and toss out the old liar of a race time. :P I ran an 8:10 for that race, so we'll see! [it's insane that 11 months ago my goal for this race distance was sub-9, so stoked for how my training has been going!]

For the 1 mile, I really want to run a post-HS PR. I've only raced one, back in 2011 after running the 5 mile and 5k at this same race series. That PR is a 7:14. I'd be really stoked for a sub 7:10. If I recover swiftly from the 5 mile race, I'm gunning for a sub 7 finish!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Purple Hair Yet Again

A few weeks ago, during a week I wasn't yet training for all the spring half marathons, Kyle was out of town, the BRF was out of town, and I didn't have to work. What do people do when they don't have any obligations and no one to spend time with?!

Well, this person finds some old purple hair dye from the back of the cupboard and decides to put it in her hair. The last time I got my hair done, I wanted to get my hair much blonder. My hairstylist went a more icy blonde which is cute but super hard to maintain as a warmer gold kind of head of hair, naturally. I started using some purple shampoo which was helping, but I was just over the color and ready for something new.

I left it on twice as long as I previously had since it was an older bottle, I wasn't sure if it had lost some of its potency. I barely rinsed it with cold water, and loved how it turned out!!

I knew the next week it was going to fade fast because I was starting training again the next week, but I did manage to go a good 3-4 days without washing it and just using a lot of dry shampoo. Some days it looked purple, some days it looked blue, most of the time it looked blurple (blue+purple), other times it was a grey/lavendar (aka the days where there was too much dry shampoo).

I took a million selfies daily to document it, and actually spent time doing my hair for work. This is not usual for me. I knew that the color was going to go fast, so I wanted to have as many snaps as possible before it did!

One of the days I took my dad to the doctor and he didn't even notice I had done it. Geez dad. granted he was going in for cataract surgery so it's entirely possible he just didn't see me 100%. :P

I'm somewhat convinced that my four mile race went well because my hair matched my shirt.

I think my favorite hue was about 3-4 washes in. The dark had faded from the dark of my hair, and the light in my hair was a light violet. So fun.

Bye bye purple hair. Until we meet again! (or I attempt a different color).

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Spring Half Marathon Training Week 6

Monday Planned: GA+Speed 8 miles, 6x12 sec uphill, 6x100
Monday Actual: We had a blizzard roll through, so I got to spend some quality time with my husband instead of running.

Tuesday Planned:
 GA 5 miles
Tuesday Actual: The weather was still pretty crazy, and the roads were very icy but I rummaged out my 8 year old pair of yaktrax and managed to get in a little over 3 miles slipping and sliding around. 

Wednesday Planned GA 5 Miles
Wednesday Actual: GA 4.3 miles + GA 5 miles. I got in some miles during the group run, and then Chris and I went out for more miles after yoga.

Thursday Planned
 VO2 Max 9 miles, 6x1000 @ 3k-5k pace 
Thursday Actual: POWER Session 60 minutes + VO2 Max 9 miles, 6x1000 @ 3k-5k pace on a semi-shoveled track.

I had told myself prior to the workout portion that I would shoot for the 5k pace since there were some significant spots (aka the curves) of snow and packed down ice that would be slowly me down. So I was pretty dark excited to see my paces right smack dab in between my goal paces. Special thanks to Chris for maintaining the track so we could get in a track session outdoors!

Friday Planned: Recovery 4 Miles
Friday Actual: I woke up Friday morning and was soooo tired and sooooo sore. Uff da. I was so thankful for some recovery miles (and a mileage goal for the week that got me out the door for said recovery miles). Jessica ran a nice leisurely pace with me for 4.26 miles.

Saturday Planned: Endurance 12 miles
Saturday Actual: Solo long run, 12 miles after teaching yoga. So glad I taught in the morning because the city was a sheet of ice. I was excited to see what my long run pace looks like when the ground isn't covered by snow and ice. This is the first clear long run of the year!

Sunday Planned: Rest
Sunday Actual: .2 miles. I had planned to do a 5 mile recovery run to hit my 43 mile goal for the week, but my stomach had other ideas. I had a super angry stomach all day long, I attempted my run at 9pm and it just didn't happen. Oh well.

Total Mileage Planned: 43 miles
Total Mileage Actual:  38.12 miles

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Weekly Reads: The Dead Moms Club

One of my favorite actresses, Casey Wilson, mentioned The Dead Moms Club: A Memoir about Death, Grief, and Surviving the Mother of all Losses on her podcast several months ago. As a member of the super shitty club herself, I was excited to pick it up based on her review. It was amazing. I may be slightly biased as Kate Spencer's mother also passed from pancreatic cancer, so there are portions of the book that were so eerily similar that it gave me goosebumps. But this book is basically the entire conversation that I would like to be able to sit down and have with my friends who have also gone through this experience, except I'd just cover myself in snot and tears and not get out a single comprehensible word. Someday that might change, but for now, this felt like that conversation I've been dying to have.

Of course there were tears, but more than anything there was just so much, "yes, this. exactly this." as I felt like someone actually GOT IT. I, too, want to stand on a table when I'm having a particularly rough day or week or month and say, "DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND MY MOM DIED?!?!" because that's how I feel. I would recommend this for anyone who has gone through a loss, but especially those that have lost their mother. I want to buy a million copies of this and just pass them out as time goes on. I don't want anyone to join me in this super shitty club, but man, it's only a matter of time until that happens right? Because that's life. Uff da.

My rating: 5 snotty, tear filled stars with a side of 5 snot filled laughter stars

Summary from goodreads:

Kate Spencer lost her mom to cancer when she was 27. In The Dead Moms Club, she walks readers through her experience of stumbling through grief and loss, and helps them to get through it, too. This isn't a weepy, sentimental story, but rather a frank, up-front look at what it means to go through gruesome grief and come out on the other side.

An empathetic read, The Dead Moms Club covers how losing her mother changed nearly everything in her life: both men and women readers who have lost parents or experienced grief of this magnitude will be comforted and consoled. Spencer even concludes each chapter with a cheeky but useful tip for readers (like the "It's None of Your Business Card" to copy and hand out to nosy strangers asking about your passed loved one).

Thursday, March 8, 2018

February in Review

Total Miles:  120.14 up from 102.37 miles  last month.  41.8 miles last February. 2/12 months of 100+ goal--check!

Total Time:  20:05:05 up from 17:17:04

Total Runs: 17 runs, for an average of 7.07 miles a run.

Highest weekly mileage: 

2/19/2018 – 2/25/2018:39.1 mi6:35:1810:07 / mi

Most hardcore run: 8 miles with tempo portions, solo, in 25-35 mph winds AFTER I had just gotten over an insane cold. Where's my gold medal??

Favorite run: 13.1 miles with Toni through snow and ice. The miles flew by. Like insanely fast.

Favorite Race: Frostbite 4 Mile.

Favorite Jam: Tegan and Sara's Every Chance We Get We Run. Still.