map your run!

Last night Matt and I decided to try a new route (well it was new to me!) for our run. Back in the days of .99 cent per gallon fill ups, when we were in high school, Matt spent his after school hours playing sports. If he wasn’t hitting the links then he was at basketball practice. Now, you’d think if he was at basketball practice he’d be … errr … playing basketball, you know dribbling the leather orb, swooshing 3’s … but ha! instead the entire team spent their “practice” time running. Everywhere. Suicides, laps on the indoor track and miles around town.

So when I explained my annoyance with the same ‘ol up and down Pontiac Trail run I have been taking since I started my training, he suggested the 3 mile loop the team would take in boot camp – ahem, basketball. And not that I didn’t believe him that it was 3 miles, but it just seemed too short. So off my fingers went typing, bringing me to the ever helpful mapmyrun.com and sure as the Pope is Catholic …

High School Loop
Find more Runs in South Lyon, Michigan

3.0 miles indeedy sweetie – and off we went!

The run was great – best one we’ve had together thus far in fact. It is almost all sidewalk which is a pleasant change from the half-in-the-road-half-on-a-beat-up-sidewalk run I have through town. There are a few changes in elevation, notably the large and steep hell hill on Pontiac Trail approaching the high school. It sucks. I hate it. However I did comment to Matt after the run how much I enjoyed the change in scenery.

Each half mile is broken down in to different backdrops if you will. The first is just along 11 mile, then you proceed on through the subdivision, then down the back road parallel with the trail, then le tour de “downtown”, hell hill and finally the home stretch! It’s nice to break up the monotony of a run and makes time pass much more quickly.

We were both thrilled with how we felt after the run – Matt only sweat through 2 shirts – a miracle indeed! We had ho’d and hummed about whether or not we’d continue on to the gym for weight training but we both felt great so we agreed to make it a quick one.

When we got to the gym Sharon was working. She loves us! No seriously. She does. We chatted a bit about the race as usual. Her enthusiasm is contagious and I love love love it! We worked on shoulders which was nothing short of torture … I was grimicing and grunting like a cavewoman. Did the usual ab routine and called it a night.

Tonights workout is still in the air – if anything it will be a light run at the gym and abs because … It’s Friday bitches – woot woot – so realistically I would rather just be a veggie-table and relax. The only condition is that at 8:15 a.m. tomorrow I will be pampered and spoiled the way I deserve to be 😉 at Visions in Novi for a spa pedicure and then in the afternoon we have Matt’s cousin Jeff’s wedding … so a workout will NOT, I repeat NOT be in order for my Saturday.

**Special shout-out to my loving and generous man candy for purchasing the manicure (being saved for another day) and pedicure for me!

so on that note … I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and I will see you here on Monday with pictures from the wedding and other going’s on’s!

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go big or go home!

Here it is … in all its torturous glory … my training program!

Nike+ Human Race 10K – Chicago, IL – 8/31/08
Week Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
July 20th
Rest Goal: 3.0 mi Goal: 4.0 mi Rest Goal: 3.0 mi Rest Goal: 7.0 mi
Easy Run WU: 1.0 mi Moderate Run Long Run
RUN: 1 x 200
RECV: 200
REPEAT: 7x
Run: 1 x 100
RECV: 100
REPEAT: 1x
CD: 1.0 mi
July 27th
Rest Goal: 3.0 mi Goal: 4.0 mi Rest Goal: 4.0 mi Rest Goal: 7.0 mi
Easy Run WU: 1.0 mi Moderate Run Long Run
RUN: 1 x 1000
RECV: 200
REPEAT: 2x
RUN: 1 x 100
RECV: 100
REPEAT: 1x
CD: 1.0 mi
August 3rd
Rest Goal: 4.0 mi Goal: 5.0 mi Rest Goal: 4.0 mi Rest Goal: 8.0 mi
Easy Run WU: 1.0 mi Moderate Run Long Run
RUN: 1.0 mi pace
RECV: 400
REPEAT: 1x
CD: 1.25 mi
August 10th
Rest Goal: 3.0 mi Goal: 4.0 mi Rest Goal: 3.0 mi Rest Goal: 8.0 mi
Easy Run WU: 1.0 mi Moderate Run Long Run
RUN: 1 x 200
RECV: 200
REPEAT: 7x
RUN: 1 x 100
RECV: 100
REPEAT: 1x
CD: 1.0 mi
August 17th
Rest Goal: 3.0 mi Goal: 3.0 mi Rest Goal: 4.0 mi Rest Goal: 7.0 mi
Easy Run WU: 1.0 mi Moderate Run Long run
RUN: 1000
RECV: 200
REPEAT: 1x
CD: 1.0 mi
August 24th
Rest Goal: 3.0 mi Goal: 3.0 mi Rest Goal: 3.0 mi Rest Goal: 2.0 mi
Easy Run WU: 1.0 mi Moderate Run Easy Run
RUN: 1 x 400
RECV: 400
REPEAT: 1x
CD: 1.0 mi
August 31st
Goal: 6.0 mi
RACE: 6.2

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A for effort

Okay boys and girls … I have a pet peeve (okay fine – I have many pet peeves) … but for time’s sake I will narrow it down to just one.

I cannot stand when people comment on my eating/excercise habits. It really irks me, deep down in my soul.

As a petite and fit woman I find it almost as insulting when others comment on my weight, or what is on my plate as I can imagine I would if I was obese. Because you see people – weight is personal.

It is mine, not yours.

It is something I carry (literally and figuratively) day in and day out.

Just yesterday as I was eating my egg whites on light multi grain wheat toast in the lunch room at work I had someone ask me – “what’s your trick for being so skinny?” And I think this quote from Madonna sums up my response perfectly …

“There are no tricks. Tricks don’t work. Discipline does.”

So tonight at the gym – discipline it is. On the schedule for this evening for me and Matt is …

  • 3.0 mi – moderate tempo run (outside if the weather permits)
  • Weight training
    Sholders
    Legs
  • Abs

Ooh and I almost forget in my rant induced phase above to show you all the super-duper uber cool t-shirt (it is the red one) all of the participants will be receiving for the Nike+ Human Race. Our bib number (10973 for me!) will be printed on the front.

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put my money where my mouth is

It is OFFICIAL folks … while our tired bodies were deep asleep last night National City decided it was time for me to end my procrastination once and for all and moved my $35.00 registration fee from the pending debit column to the posted column.

I always thought it was silly to charge people to run a race … but now my frugal (read: cheap) self has 35 George Washington’s waiting for me to lace up and make the 10 kilometer trek along the lakeshore in Chicago with 14,999 other people and 1 million Worldwide.

You see … the folks over at Nike came up with this genius marketing plan to hold 25 10K races Worldwide on the August 31st, 2008 for those who use the nikeplus sensor. They have since named it the Nike+ Human Race and have modified the stipulations that you can run using your sensor in your own neighborhood if you’d like … but that isn’t very fun now is it??!

So … a few weeks ago I logged on to sign up for a race in Detroit, but alas, no such race existed (go figure). The closest location was Chicago and whaddayaknow I just so happen to have a very dear friend (Gina) who lives downtown who I was planning on visiting the following weekend anyway! I ran the idea by her (and basically told her that she would be letting me use her living room as a hotel room that weekend) and in a moment of insanity she agreed to join me.

My other cohort on the other hand … not so interested in my devious plan.

Matt – who has been my motivator, teacher, coach, fellow gym rat and personal David Beckham for months now – has taught me all there is to know about weight lifting and weight training (he is going to be the best dagdum teacher this side of the Mississippi someday!) but running … ah yes running … it’s not his strong suit. So when one day I turned to him and said

“wanna run a 10K with me??”

I wasn’t surprised to hear a chuckle followed immediately by a “uuummmm no” response!

BUT – I must be doing something right, or just bugging him enough, because he agreed! (bwwahahahaha!) And diligent he has been … racking up the miles on the treadmill, running back and forth through town, and even doing sprints and intervals on the track of our alma mater.

Which leads me to today … t-minus 38 days folks.

38 days to get my sh*t together.

And this … this little corner of the blogosphere … shall be my journal.

of progress

failure

and success!

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