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Monday, November 16, 2009

10K Bookends

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Replace "cat" with "dogs" and you have my Saturday morning. I originally set my alarm so that I would be up and on the road running by 8AM. But, when my alarm went off I immediately wanted to go back to sleep. My body was sore and tired from a busy week and a new gym routine.

However, the dogs had other ideas. Therefore, after ignoring their whining and barking for 30 minutes, I gave in. I dragged myself out of bed so that they could be fed and decided that while I was up I might as well go for a run. I usually like to go for at least 8 miles on Saturdays, but after adding up my mileage for the week I realized I only needed to do another 10K to hit 20 miles for the week.

See, I'm also participating in Pile on the Miles 2009. And while I have no chance of winning any of the awards for the most mileage, I'd like to not look like a total slacker. So, a 6.2 mile run on Saturday it would be.

I decided to take it nice and slow. This would be the bookend to my fast 10K just a few days earlier. Overall it was an uneventful run. I totally forgot to hit the STOP button on my Garmin when I hit 6.2 miles so it kept recording while I stretched and got myself a glass of chocolate milk. That totally threw my average pace off! Oops.

I'm feeling a few twinges here and there. My right arch feels funny occasionally. It's difficult to describe but it's almost as if it's really tight and being stretched makes it tingle. I think I need to massage it. Also, after my run on Saturday morning I spent a good chunk of the rest of the day sitting. Most of that was in the car to and from having lunch with Kate. My right hip did not appreciate having to move my leg from the accelerator to the break, but lunch was great and I loved meeting Kate so I'd say it was worth it. Just need to remember to stretch a lot this week!

Finally, I actually went to the gym on a Sunday for the first time in what may be, well, forever. I had time to kill so I decided to head over there and lift some weights.

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I warmed up with 10 minutes on the elliptical and then did the routine pictured above. It's supposed to take 30 minutes, but I didn't time myself. Also, I usually skip the ab workouts listed and do my own thing with the stability ball. But, I love having a little checklist that changes so that I don't always do the same thing over and over or wander around the weight floor looking lost. It's like having a personal trainer without the cost. So cool.


Stats (which are off because they include me just standing around in my kitchen and walking around my house at the end)

Route:--Elev. Avg:626 ft
Location:Forest Park, ILElev. Gain:+0 ft
Date:11/14/09Up/Downhill: [+121/-121]
Time:08:27 AMDifficulty:2.1 / 5.0
 51 F temp; 65% humidity
 51 F heat index; winds SW 8

Distance: 6.40 miles
Speed:5.5 mph
Pace:10' 55 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
19' 17-1' 386.5+1.0+3 ft
29' 40-1' 156.2+0.7+10 ft
39' 39-1' 166.2+0.7-10 ft
49' 51-1' 046.1+0.6+10 ft
59' 52-1' 036.1+0.6-10 ft
610' 06-0' 495.9+0.4-4 ft
end27' 38+16' 432.2-3.30 ft
Versus average of 10' 55 min/mile

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kilax said...

Funny how the animals always drag us out of bed! :) I hope your right arch feels better. Are you going to ice it at all?

Thanks for showing us your gym workout! I liked reading it, to learn more about the gym equipment and to compare it to what I am doing.

Bayjb said...

Wow that checklist would be nice. I find my routine harder now that I'm not doing it all the time. SHows I just got so programmed into it. You're awesome to sleep through 30 minutes of whimpering dog too.

lifestudent said...

I think the best invention would be a garmin(type) think that actually knows when you start and stop. I think all of us have forgotten to stop (or start) our timers at some point, and it is a huge letdown at the end of a run to realize you messed up :(

kristen said...

Good for you for hitting the wieghts. I need to do that so badly. It's the first thing to go when I'm training :( Now is the time to do though. Thanks for the inspiration!

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