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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Push it Harder

Although I've been feeling rather blah about running this month I decided to get off my duff and go out for a 4-6 mile run on Wednesday afternoon. I also decided to push the pace a little bit since I've been feeling like a slacker compared to Mica.

Well, let me tell you, pushing the pace even on a shorter run after not running hard for over a week? Not the best plan. I don't know if it was the weather (low 30s), how I was dressed (tights, short sleeved top, long sleeved top, gloves, ear band), the route (ran on the street most of the way), lack of fuel (double fiber English muffin with crunchy peanut butter and dried cranberries) or what but this run felt HARD.

And my right knee bothered me almost the whole time :-( I think it was the camber of the road since there was more traffic than usual so I had to run on the sloped part.

I cut my run a little short and decided to use a route I hadn't run in a long time. I was really dragging at the end until I got stable syndrome. That's when you can almost see the finish line so you power through.

After the run I decided to push myself a little harder and did my new 40 minute strength training DVD:

Stupid title, good workout

Afterward I sat at my desk and thumbed through The New Rules of Lifting for Women which I got as a Christmas gift. It had some really interesting things to say and I think I'll do a post on it later. Have any of you read the book or used the workouts?

Today I went to the gym and did 65 minutes on the elliptical followed by some ab work. By the way, I can totally hold plank pose for a minute (I timed myself with my iPhone stopwatch). Yay!

And then I added up how many miles I ran in December. I wasn't planning on running tomorrow but after I saw the number my mild OCD kicked in so I think I'll be squeezing in a few easy miles. Especially since tomorrow it's supposed to be in the 50s and I can wear my new capris!

I had these on my Christmas list but ended up finding them at Nordstrom's Rack for half price! And I had a gift card. Score!

I've still got my December Wrap-Up post to write as well as my year in review (complete with news about my very own "major award" that I haven't told you about yet). Stay tuned and I hope you have a happy New Year!


Mica said...

Hahaha, I can't believe I made you feel like a slacker. My weekly mileage is pitiful, and my runs are only fast because I had an Olympic trials qualifier dragging my ass around.

That video has the goofiest title! It makes it sound like she's going to shrink away your boobs.

I've heard of that weight lifting book, but I think it intimidated me since I have NO weight lifting skills at all. Let me know how it is! (Also, have you done "30 Day Shred"? I feel like I've asked you this before, and now I can't remember.)

kilax said...

I read another blogger who worked her way through that book. But I didn't understand it very well.

I still think you had great splits for your run. How is your knee feeling?

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