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I am officially nuts.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Yesterday morning I ran a 5K and last night I did a 2 mile walk in Philly for Crohn's research. This morning I woke up at 6:00 and decided to do another 5K near my mom's house. I knew it wasn't going to be for speed, but more for a workout. There were some positives to today:
- I was able to run the whole thing today. My legs were tired, but I did it! I was so psyched that I was physically able to run two 5Ks in two days. Tomorrow is definitely a rest day. I paid attention to my body yesterday and today, and when I woke up today, I felt really good. I knew I'd be able to do it.
- I passed some people again today. I didn't run fast today AT ALL, but I did run steady. My miles were all about the same (slow) time, but I didn't peter out at the end. I think my endurance is getting better. I had to sing some silly songs along the way to keep my feet going, and it worked. I think I'll treat myself to a very small iPod and new running headphones.
- I feel really good. I am happy I decided to run this morning. It was a great workout, and the trail was just beautiful. A little shady, through the woods, and just a little hilly.

Negative - there was no more bottled water when I finished. (I guess I need to start finishing faster!) How can a race run out of bottled water??? Luckily, I had some water in my car that was still cold. A little annoyed at that.

Today is brunch with my family and then back home. Tonight is a senior music awards banquet. Should be fun! Happy Sunday!

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EATNBOOGERS 6/1/2009 9:13AM

    How can a race run out of water????

Good for you! You're doing so great! Glad you're enjoying it!

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ROGUE_1 5/31/2009 4:19PM

    Wow, look at you, Superstar! If this is what being nuts is, I want to be nuts too! I am amazed and inspired!

You should definitely treat yourself to an Ipod. Do you run to music currently? The shuffles are inexpensive, light weight, and come in a variety of cute colors, and best part about these gizmos is that they clip onto your clothes! The nano's are also wonderful - bigger than the shuffle (they don't clip onto your clothes) but you can see what song is coming up next and or select specific songs/playlists to listen to. I had a shuffle and loved it. But then my husband surprised me with a hot pink nano and loved it even more because I was able to tailor my music to my workouts - i.e faster songs for running, slow relaxing songs for stretching, etc.

Happy shopping! You deserve it!!!

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KAYAKID 5/31/2009 11:31AM

    Carrie, this was more like a training run. Great job. I plan on a nice easy run tomorrow. You have a great weekend! one to be remembered for a long time. I bet your family is proud of this journey you are on. I am going to start training for my 15k starting this week. It is a 16 week training. I am using the smart coach on the Runners World website. I don't know about building up to a 10 mile run. Its scary for my bones and joints.


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Heritage Run 5K recap

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Well I had two goals for today.
1) to finish in a better time today than my last 5K
2) to not finish last (yeah, a superficial goal, but it kept me moving.)

I met both goals. Wahoo! My time today was 31:57 - beat my last time by 22 seconds. I think my interval training this week really helped. I was able to sprint towards the end. (And I actually passed 4 people today!)
The temperature was perfect, and the trail was really pretty. Generally flat, with only a few very short hills. I kept an eye on another runner to pace myself, ended up passing her at the turnaround, and picked another runner. I felt really good about it today. I paced myself better and I didn't feel like I was petering out at the end.
Tonight is walking in Philly, so I'm off to get ready for that. Happy Weekend!

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KAYAKID 5/31/2009 11:25AM

Great job on your race. You did awesome! getting a PB. I would have welcome a course with not too many hills. Way to pace yourself you are progressing nicely. Whats next?
You have a nice relaxing day today! Enjoy your family brunch.

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EATNBOOGERS 5/31/2009 9:02AM

    Good job!

Passing people *does* feel good (I feel sheepish admitting that, but it's TRUE!). Have fun in Philly!

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ROGUE_1 5/30/2009 7:30PM

    Way to go on beating your previous 5K time! That is wonderful! Did you end up wearing the shoes that you purchased a few weeks ago?

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Swimming blind

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Last night I took a nap after dinner, before the gym (it's a weird nap time, but it happens often). I slept in my contacts (bad idea) so I took them out to go to the gym. I was going swimming, so it didn't really matter if I could see or not. Since I couldn't see last night, I got some of the best swimming in that I ever have! I was not fixated on the clock, not watching what everyone else was doing (for goodness sakes I couldn't even tell what lane people were in without my glasses!), and I really concentrated on pushing myself. I think I may have to swim that way from now on. is forecasting t-storms this afternoon; I was going to try to get some good outdoor running in, but I may have to go to the treadmill. That may be better anyway; I'd like to do a 5K on the treadmill and experiment with some paces so I can improve my time and stamina at Saturday's race.
last night my fiance told me again how proud he is of me for everything that I've done. That comment alone makes me want to put down the ice cream and work even harder.
End note - I LOVE this experiment I'm doing by not weighing myself this month. It has been so wonderful seeing how much my body is changing (new muscles! shadows on my tummy! a rib in the back (which is a good thing)! Bingo arms going away! neck tightening up!) without getting (too) upset about what the scale tells me. I will have to do this again in the future.
Happy Thursday.

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KAYAKID 5/28/2009 10:44AM

    Way to go with the swimming. I love swimming. I like to go to YMCA and swim the pool at the club is nice but a little small. I too can't see the clock because I wear glasses(I don't wear glasses while swimming) and can't see that far. good luck to you this weekend!!! we will talk on sunday and share our experiences.

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EATNBOOGERS 5/28/2009 8:34AM

    Very interesting! (re swimming blind)

Maybe you need a HRM/digital watch/timer thingy that helps you keep track of your pace? And I'll say it again (tell me to stop if I'm annoying you)... intervals have been the best thing for me for improving my *overall* pace. The way I do intervals... I have about a 1/2 mi-1 mi warm-up (can be walking or slow running), then I run as fast as I can (at a steady pace for the length of the interval, knowing that I have *more* intervals ahead) for a specific length of time. Slow jogging (to recovery or about a minute), then repeat. I started with 1 min fast running intervals, about 4 of them. I've worked up to about 2 min x 9 (boy, 2 min is more than twice as hard as 1 min). At the end, same cool-down as the warm-up.

I hear you on the not weighing as frequently. Somehow, I'm more focused on the big picture--the ongoing fitness, not just *this week*.

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COFFEEMOM79 5/28/2009 7:44AM

    Good for you! Good luck with your race, and that's a great idea about swimming "blind". I can relate about how easy it is to get a little "bored" with swimming or a little intimidated by other swimmers around you. I'm not the best swimmer in the world, but if I could get in the pool and swim laps, I would.
Keep it up!!
I'm going to try not weighing myself for a month too. ;)

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A quickie for Tuesday

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Don't have too much to say tonight... went to the gym and did a great upper body workout and some core stuff, and did an easy run. Drank all my water today and then some. Scrambled egg whites with hot sauce and and an English muffin for breakfast. It was the perfect breakfast.
Tomorrow I'm going to do some swimming. The pool at my gym was closed for maintenance but now it's open. yay! I missed swimming, and my foot needs a break. The good news is that my foot is not getting worse; I am icing it and wrapping it like crazy. Feels much better.
Off to bed. I am sleepy and I have an early meeting tomorrow.

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KAYAKID 5/26/2009 11:23PM

    We kind of did the same thing at the gym today. No running for me though. I did 60 minutes of elipitcal. core work and St. sound familiar. What is your plan the rest of the week. I am going to do a slow run tomorrow about 3 miles and do core and st on thursday upper body only. Friday rest except for work. good luck to you!!!

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Tortoise and Hare 5K Day

Monday, May 25, 2009

My time today was 32:19. Not bad, but I was really hoping to beat my last time of 31:35. Today's course was hilly and it was HOT. Four of us ran today, not all together (we have very different times). Sometimes it's frustrating to run "with" people who are much faster. To hear about their times of 22:00 and 24:00 is hard when I am just happy to run the whole 5K. BUT, I have only been running since the end of March. I never ran before, ever! So I keep thinking of how far I've come since then, and am happy with my progress.
Some things I've learned:
I need to drink caffeinated coffee before I run. All I had today was decaf, and now I have a gigantic headache.
I need to NOT do lower body weight training in the 4 or 5 days before I race. I think it was Saturday (maybe Friday?) that I did some lower body stuff, and my hamstrings were hurting a lot today before the race, even though I have been stretching them all weekend.
Getting a new watch was a really good thing for me. I didn't have my trainer today, so I had to go by what *I* was doing. My first mile was a 9:40 mile with a hill, so I was pretty happy with that.
I can't get lazy on the training. I didn't run a lot at all this past week because I was getting my foot feeling better. Also, I haven't had a car to get anywhere to run (yes, I have to drive somewhere to run). But aside from these excuses, I think that I kind of treated it like "oh, well I ran one, so now I can run another" and slacked on the training. I asked one of the girls today how much she ran during the week, and it was 4-5 days. She runs more than 3 miles at a shot to get used to the 5K distance; I have to seriously think about my goals and decide how I am going to get my mileage in each week. If I decide to run the half marathon in November (I think I really want to) then I need to make time for running in my schedule.
I drank too much coffee and water before the race.
I really enjoy the feeling of crossing the finish line. As much as it sucks at times during the race, I love crossing the line and having everyone cheering for you. I think the cheering from strangers motivates me more than the cheering from people I know. Weird? I don't know... but it seems like everyone is pulling for everyone else. I love it.
I *really* enjoy the feeling of being fit. I look at everyone at the races and how fit they look, and I think "wow, I *am* one of those people. I don't feel out of place, I don't feel fat. I feel fit. It's amazing that I feel better about myself among very trim runners than I do around slim people in non-running situations (i.e. walking around the city, going to the mall, etc.).

My wonderful fiance went out to get us some coffee so I can stop moping around with my headache. We are grilling tonight and I think I'll go to bed early. It has been such a relaxing weekend.

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KAYAKID 5/26/2009 10:54AM

    Your Awesome, You did it!!! I love your plan to do more. we are in the same place in our progress. I have been running for about a year, but I have gotton serious about since joining spark. I have been a member since mid march and I am looking at running my second 5k this weekend. I will be looking for much support from the crowd on this 5k. 150,000 people is the crowd. We run before a major west coat parade. they encourage runners to dress in costume, but I think I will dress as a long distance runner. hehe I have put on my schedule 5 more races this year before october. 2 more 5k 2 10k and in october a 15k around a lake. Wishing you all the luck you need. Have a great day and the training will come together for you.

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TABBALOOSA 5/25/2009 8:12PM

    Wow! That's just awesome! Congrats! Love your neat analysis of things, too. Hope your headache's all better now.

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EATNBOOGERS 5/25/2009 7:57PM

    Hey dude, I was the "fast" runner today, and I hope I was more gracious than your companions (not a peep from me about time, and I reminded her a couple of times that she needed to set the pace).

I think you are doing *awesome* with running. By the way, I read in the NY Times an interesting article that basically said that coffee before a race is a good thing (makes you run faster).

Re mileage, training, etc... There are lots of schools of thought on all this. I run 3-4x/week, but during the last month, that's been 18-20 mi/wk. You don't *have* to run every day... cross-training on the "off days" is "active recovery" and it spares your feet. There are all kind of books on running, but I've found articles on web sites (like,,, etc) to be more condensed. If you *do* decide to go for a half, think about starting to do different kinds of training days. I do an interval day each week, and I try to work in a regular longer run, tempo runs, and an occasional hill run. They're all good for increasing fitness, speed, endurance and keeping you from getting bored.

I love the cheering from strangers. Maybe it's because I see the Bolder Boulder as one big party, maybe it's because the pressure of a time goal was off, but I loved the whooping it up. ;-)

I know what you mean about feeling fit. Today, I thought about how even though I wasn't running the pace I wanted, we were *still* faster than last year and the year before.

Glad you had a great race!

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LYNNOTT 5/25/2009 3:38PM

    Congrats on running the 5K race! I think you did just fantastic, especially if you just started running in March. Kudos to you!

Best wishes on your weight loss journey,

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