Thursday, September 30, 2010

Week # 7 Day Two 6 mile run

Wednesday night was 6 miles. I ended up going past the apartments that I turn around at for my 5 miles route. I went to the end of the dead end road which was 3 miles. Then turned around and went back towards home. I started at 6:30 pm, and it was light out. By the time I was on my way back it was already dark, but I had my flashlight with me. I just tried to keep a steady pace, my legs were a little tired. I ended up doing 6.0 miles in 59:33. My pace was 9:50 a mile and I burned 622 calories. Overall I felt good. When I saw my time I was thinking " did I do the whole route? ". I even mapped it out again when I got home. I was just trying to keep the same pace, but then picked it up for the last mile. When I had 1/2 a mile to go I was soo tired, but I kept going. Felt good overall, but my legs are dead today. Tonight is supposed to be 4 miles. Then 12 on Saturday. Saturday I'm going to run with James. at 5:30 am at lake Mead. We're going to try to do the Hoover Damn 1/2 marathon course. Well 12 miles of it anyway. Wish us luck : )

Week # 7 Day One 4 mile run

Have been so tired at night I haven't posted. Monday was my rest day. Tuesday night I had to do 4 miles. I didn't have a set route, just kind of went out for an easy run. I ran to the railroad tracks which is the 1 mile mark, and then headed back to Dawson Ave, and ran to the gas station and back. Once I got to my gate I kept going on the sidewalk to the end of the intersection. Then turned around and finished at my house. Ended up doing 4.45 miles in 45:07. Wasn't trying to break any records, just a nice relaxing run. I ended up running into an older couple that was walking 3 times during my route. The last time was when I was on the sidewalk towards the intersection. The guy said " you're busy tonight ! ". lol My pace was 10:06 a mile and I burned 462 calories. My shin was bothering me about halfway through, but it felt okay once I was done. Overall it was a nice run.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Week # 6 Day Four 10 mile run

Well yesterday did not go as expected. Was supposed to do 11 miles, had it all mapped out. It began when I had my alarm set for 5:30 am so I could run in the morning and get it over with. That didnt happen. I ended up waking up at 8am, and got outside at 8:30 am. It was already really hot outside. I took one bottle of water with me, since i still don't have a camel pack/hydration pack to wear on my long runs, and it was definitely not enough. I ventured out to the River Mountain trail by my house. Its a paved bicycle/hiking trail. I went the other way towards Boulder City. I was about 5 minutes into the run when I realized it was going to suck. It was so hot, and I was running along black paved trail, with nothing around. There were tons of people on their bikes, too much spandex to see in one day. The trail is full of hills. Up and down, up and up and up. Then some down hills. I went slow, my pace was 11:06 a mile. I trudged along, thinking this sucks by myself. I wanted to quit the whole time. I ended up walking up some of the steeper hills. I was sweating so much and finished my water before the turnaround. I ended up going past the Veterans Home in Boulder City, and wanted to go a little bit further to get to the 5.5 mile mark I had mapped out. I ended up getting to the 5 mile mark and saw signs that said " Do not enter. Closed for private event. ". So I didnt go any further. I turned around and started back home. The last 5 miles went by a lot faster than the first 5. I got to go down the hills I had gone up, and knowing I was getting closer to home made it even better. My pace was awful and my form was awful. I think I was just kind of shuffling along. I was thinking I should do a mile near my house to make up for the mile I lost. That didn't happen. Once I got off the trail and near my house I could not bring myself to go any further. I ended up doing 10.18 miles in 1 hour and 53 minutes. I burned 1056 calories. I weighed myself when I got home and had lost 2 pounds during the run. I tried to drink a lot of water once I was home, but ended up having a killer headache the whole rest of the day. Lessons learned : # 1 ..Run earlier in the morning. It was too hot, and I got sunburned. Have a nice sock and short line , and burned arms. # 2.. Don't run that distance by yourself. It just sucks. No one to tell you to keep going when you feel like you can't. # 3... Bring more water. One bottle of water did not do the job. Well tonight is my rest day. My left shin has been killing me all day. Was fine during the run, but today its hurting. hope I'm not getting shin splints. Those suck. Had them in high school a few times, and they are horrible. Tomorrow is 4 miles. Think I'll take it easy for those 4. Not try to break my record. Might try adding a mile to one of my runs this week to make up for the one I lost. We'll see.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Week # 6 Day Three 4 mile run

4 miles tonight. Decided to go to the railroad tracks past Nevada State and back. 4 miles exactly. Started out at a decent pace. Tried to pick it up a little on the downgrades. Got to the 2 mile turnaround in 19 minutes. Turned around and had to go up the inclines. Once I got to the flat straightaway I started to pick it up a little. Then once I got to the spot where it was one mile left I picked it up a little more. A few downgrades until I got to the last hill before the stop sign. Kept going, and caught a glimpse of my time. Figured I was on a good pace and better not slow down now. I ended up finishing 4 miles in 37:49. Burned 418 calories and did a 9:14 mile pace. I was surprised ! First time I broke 40 minutes for the 4 miles. I felt pretty good once I was done, very tired, but good. Rest day tomorrow, then 11 miles on Saturday. James & Chad are running together Saturday morning and doing their 11 miles on the Las Vegas strip. I can't join them, I had already signed up for the flu shot clinic at work that day. Have to be there at 7am. They're running at 5:30 am. Wouldn't be done in time. Now I have to find an 11 mile route and run by myself. That's gonna suck. I might just do the River Mountain trail, and run to Boulder City and back. We'll see.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Week # 6 Day Two 5 mile run

Well, I felt so much better today than I did on Monday. Yesterday's rest day was well worth it. Had to do 5 miles tonight. I did the same route that I did the last time I did 5 miles. I left the house after 6pm, and this time brought my flashlight with me. I felt pretty good when I started, surprised that my legs weren't feeling dead. The only thing that sucked was that the first half of the run I was running right into the wind. That killed my time. Once I got to my turnaround it was much better. Forgot how many inclines there were on this route though. When I had a little over a mile left I picked up the pace. Most of the remaining route was downhill, until I got to the end of the road that's uphill. Once I was up the hill it was just down a little bit further to the gate and then onto my street to my house to finish. I was surprised I kept that quicker pace the whole last mile. I felt really good. I ended up doing 5.02 miles in 49:42. Burned 525 calories and averaged 9:45 a mile. The last time I did this route I did 48:22. Was glad I still broke 50 minutes though. Tomorrow its 4 miles. will see how that one goes.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Week # 6 Day One 4 mile run

I was still pretty sore today. Did not want to run tonight, but I had to. 4 miles was on the schedule. I felt like crap as soon as I started, and it was a really bad run. My legs were sore and felt like lead, and I had to convince myself to keep going. I ended up doing 4.11 miles in 42:44. My time was better than I thought, and I was not worried about my speed at all. Just focused on making my legs move. I burned 429 calories and my pace was 10:27 a mile. Once I was done my legs actually felt better. I guess they loosened up a little. My feet are a mess. I have blisters and calluses on my left foot, and one blister on my right foot. Guess I won't be wearing flip flops for a while. : )

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Week # 5 Day Four 11 mile run

Today was the day of the 11 mile Forest Challenge race. I got up at 5am, left the house at 6am, and got to Mount Charleston a little after 7am. The race started at 8am. It was freezing before the race ! It was around 38 degrees ! I knew it was going to be cooler, but no idea it was gonna be that cold. My fellow marathoners in training James & Chad and I all did this race today. The race started on a gravel uphill trail. That continued uphill until the 3 mile mark. With the elevation changes and hills I was dying. Everyone was having to walk in parts, it was just too much. Chad took off and had a good pace going. We didnt see him much during the race. James was ahead of me also. He was doing good. I just felt like crap. Once we hit 3 miles it changed to a single trail that was kind of dangerous. A lot of tree roots and rocks, and a few spots you could've fallen down the mountain. But that was the best part of the race. It felt like Cross country in high school. I was by myself, and I just kept a nice pace, and it was going downhill. Some parts were too dangerous to run so I had to walk those spots. hit the 4 mile water station, and knew I was almost to the turnaround. Was still feeling better than going uphill at the beginning, and then it hit me. I'm going to have to go all the way up that I've just come down. I made my way towards the turnaround and I saw Chad on his way back, and then a little while later saw James. James told me I was almost to the turnaround, and sure enough a little bit further and I was.
I didnt realize until they told me after the race, but the turnaround was actually right near where we started ! We had gone up the mountain, then down, and then back up and down. The trail part going up was bad. I had to walk different sections, almost tripped a lot, but never fell. Once I finally made my way up to the next water station it was 4 miles to go. Another mile and it would be all downhill to the finish. Got to the last water station, and was happy it was only 2 more miles. During the race my hands were starting to go numb. i looked at my hands and they were so swollen. I had to loosen up my watch and my rings were making my fingers hurt. I kept going and actually saw 2 people ahead of me. By this time my legs were almost in shut down mode, and my objective was to just finish. I could see those 2 guys the whole rest of the way down the gravel trail. I kept waiting to see the gate we started at, but it seemed like it was never going to appear. Finally I saw it, and just kept at my same pace. Could not go any faster. As I was heading down the last hill I saw James & Chad waiting at the finish yelling "Good job Nancy ! ", and a few of the other people there started calling my name too. That was pretty cool. I made it to the finish line and was so relieved. I think my time was 2 and a half hours. Not too concerned with the time, considering it was an insane Overall it was a neat experience, but not something I would ever want to do again. I will stick with the flat roads thank you very much. : )

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Week # 5 Day Three 3 mile run

The last 3 mile run until week # 15. Did not want to run tonight. Did the 3 mile route to the gas station and back. Felt better once I got started, but my legs were pretty tired tonight. Not too many people were out tonight. I tried to keep the same pace, but the last 1/2 mile was tough. I was really tired, and just had to keep moving. I ended up doing 3.01 miles in 29:18. Burned 314 calories and averaged 9:33 a mile. Tomorrow is a rest day. Have to pick up my trail race packet tomorrow after work at The Athlete's Foot in Vegas. kind of nervous about that race. I'm not worried about speed, I just want to finish the 11 miles. : )

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Week # 5 Day Two 5 mile run

5 miles tonight. I was so tired when I got home from work that I ended up taking a 15 minute power nap. I didn't start my run until almost 7pm. It was already getting dark outside. I didn't wear my reflective vest or bring my flashlight. I should have. It was way too dark and some of the roads did not have sidewalks, so it was kind of dangerous. Since I'm boycotting horse country I decided to run in my usual area. I went past Nevada State, and past the hospice and adult day care center, and past the bread factory. Went down the road across form the gas station to the first apartment entrance, which was 2.5 miles. Then I had to go all the way back. The first part once I turned around had a lot of inclines. But I felt really good the whole time, and kept a steady pace. I ended up doing 5.02 miles in 48:22. I averaged 9:33 a mile and burned 525 calories. It was so dark that I couldn't really see my watch, which turned out to be a good thing. I caught glimpses as I passed under street lights, but kind of just went by how I was feeling. I was so happy I broke 50 minutes. Last time I did 5 miles it took me 52 minutes. Tomorrow is my last 3 miler until week #15. My legs are sore now, but during the run they were okay. Will sleep good tonight : )

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Week # 5 Day One 3 mile run

Week # 5 already !! 3 miles was on tap for tonight. I changed my route a little bit. Started at my house, left the housing community and took a right towards Nevada state college. Once I got to the railroad tracks which is the one mile mark I took a right and went along a gravel path that runs alongside the train tracks. It took me all the way across to the street that Nevada State is on. Ended up taking that street past the bread factory, which smelled really really good, and took a right at the gas station. This brought me to the street that connects back to the main street that leads to the train tracks. From there its an incline that leads to making a left back to the street that the gate to the housing community is. Overall I felt pretty good. I ended up doing 3.03 miles in 29:54. Finally broke 30! Yay ! Averaged 9:33 a mile and burned 316 calories. I have to do 5 miles tomorrow, I think I'm going to include this route in that run. I'm taking a break from horse country. There is something with that place that just makes me die while I'm running. I do fine on the sidewalks and roads in my usual routes by my house, but when I get to horse country its just torture. Its probably all in my head, but I'm not gonna go back there for a while. Maybe its all the horse crap messing with my brain. : ) Or the fact that I just hate horses. : ) Saturday is the 11 mile trail race. I officially signed up today. You get a sweatshirt and a plaque with your name on it. Shall be interesting. The first half is all uphill, but the 2nd half is all downhill. This is my last week of 3 mile runs, until week # 15. Better enjoy it while I can. : )

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Week # 4 Day Four 8 mile run

Did my 8 miles tonight. Was not fun. I ventured out into horse country, and did the 3 mile square twice, plus the mile it took me to get there, and then the last mile was down 1 street of the loop which equaled a mile. The first mile was ok. By 2 and 1/2 miles my calves were screaming. It was a struggle to get to the 4 mile mark. But once I did I knew I had to do another loop and then some, so I kept going. As I was going up the long incline that's about 1/2 mile long ( 2nd time going up it ) a lady pushing a stroller going down the incline told me " You've gotta be in good shape to make it up this hill ! " . I said " I'm trying ! " lol. Had to do that damn incline twice. I hate it. A lot of people were out walking their dogs tonight. Saw a big Marmaduke dog and a kid with a scooter that had some type of engine rigged onto it. He was having fun going around in circles revving the engine. I finished my 8 miles in hour and 28 minutes. I averaged 11 minutes a mile. Burned 836 calories. My legs are soooo sore now. I weighed myself when i got home out of curiosity and I had lost 2 pounds while running. I'm trying to drink more fluids than usual right now to rehydrate myself. I'm sure its just from all the sweating. Well I did my 8, did not like it, but glad that its over !!! Time to take a hot bath to relax my legs. Rest day tomorrow !!!! : )

Friday, September 10, 2010

Week # 4 Day Three 3 mile run

3 miles tonight. I was pretty tired today. Ended up falling asleep on the couch for about an hour tonight after I got home. Woke up and it was 6:45 pm. Knew I still had to run, so I put on my running clothes/shoes and mapped out a route. Decided to run to the gas station and back. felt pretty good. One good thing was that the weather was perfect. It was nice and cool, and it was already dark by the time I ventured out. I was going to wear my reflective vest, but didn't. I was staying on sidewalks the whole time, and there are plenty of street lamps. A lot of people were out walking and riding their bikes. My foot felt fine tonight. : ) Ended up doing 3.02 miles in 30:32. I almost broke 30 minutes. Picked it up once I got up the last hill before the turn back to my house, and was close to breaking my time, but wasn't meant to be tonight. Oh well. Ended up averaging 9:55 a mile and burned 318 calories. Rest day tomorrow, then 8 miles on Sunday. Still don't know where I'll run for that one. Its gonna be a long one.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Week # 4 Day Two 5 mile run

5 miles was the name of the game today. My foot was feeling pretty good today, just a little sore. I decided to take a different route tonight. Went down past Nevada State college and took a street that leads back to the main street that I usually do for my 3 miles. That took me in a big loop, and I ended up having about a mile to do once I passed the entrance of my housing community. Went down to the end of the road to the 4 way intersection, turned around and finished at my house. Ended up being 5.01 miles. Did it in 52 minutes and 2 seconds. The first half of the run I took it easy, then when I realized I was feeling pretty good I picked it up a little for the 2nd half. Averaged 10:22 a mile, and burned 527 calories. i was happy with that, and was glad I felt pretty good overall. Tomorrow is 3 miles, then the long 8 this weekend. My 2 co workers/marathoners in training have signed up for a race on 9/18/10. Its an 11 mile trail race at Mount Charleston. I'm gonna sign up too, just hoping its not all uphill lol. That weekend is when we're supposed to be doing a 10 mile run, so this way we'll be sure to do it together. Should be interesting. : )

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Week # 4 Day One 3 mile run

Well 3 miles was on the schedule today. I had done my 7 miles on Sunday, then rested on Monday. Monday night my right foot started killing me. The pain is right on the arch near my heel. It hurt to walk and even if I wasn't walking it still hurt. I woke up Tuesday morning and it was still very painful. I worked all day, and was on my feet pretty much the whole time which didn't help. It hurt throughout the day, even when I was sitting down. I decided to take Tuesday night off, and then run Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. I iced my foot Tuesday night as I played Super Mario Bros. 3 on Nintendo, and it was feeling better. Woke up this morning and it hurt, but not as bad as Tuesday. Came home from work and did some stretches that I found online, and iced it. Then around 6:30 I had to get going and run. 3 miles, I'll see how it is. When I started it was painful. I kept going and at the first mile mark I had to stop for a little bit and stretch it out on the curb. That helped. I resumed running and felt pretty good. I took it nice and easy, and it overall it felt pretty good. I finished 3.08 miles in 31 minutes and 57 seconds. It hurts now, but I plan on icing it again tonight. I'm hoping it was just from breaking in my new shoes the other night. Tomorrow is 5 miles, then 3 again on Friday. Long run this weekend is 8 miles. Hopefully it starts feeling better and I can keep running. Can't believe its already week # 4 !

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Week # 3 Day Four 7 mile run

Finished week # 3 of training ! Today was the 7 mile run. Was kind of nervous about it, haven't run that far since high school cross country, and we did that distance one time. I was in need of some new running shoes. I had bought some Saucony running shoes last week at TJ Maxx. They seemed okay in the store, but once I got them on and walked around in the house with them they just didn't fit right. Never ran in them, and now I'm glad, because I returned them today. I went to Kohls, they were having a big sale on shoes. I loved the Saucony shoes that I had gotten for Bootcamp class, but I have worn them out. at Kohls they had a bunch of Asics. Hadn't worn them since high school. Tried a bunch on, then decided on a white, gray and apple green pair. They only cost me a little over $40 after the 20 percent off. Decided to wear them for my run tonight. Probably shouldn't have broken them in for that long of a run, but what's done is done. For my run tonight I basically did the route I did for my 6 miles, but started on the walking path in my housing community. By the time I got to horse country it was already a mile. I carried a water bottle with me, which was awkward, but I needed it. The first 3 miles was okay, but I had to stop for a minute to pull my right sock up because the heel on these shoes are higher than the Sauconys, and I have a nice open area on the right heel, and blood on my shoe. Once I fixed the sock it was fine. Overall I felt okay. By the time I got to mile 4 I got a second wind. My time was on track, and I was going at any easy pace. Then I hit 6 miles. Everything after that was torture. My legs did not want to move. It felt like I was running in cement. I kept going, slowly, and managed to get to the entrance to my community. That ended up being 7.15 miles. It took me 1 hour 18 minutes and 4 seconds. That last mile killed my time and my legs. I walked the rest of the way home, slowly, since I had hit my distance. According to my tracker I burned about 750 calories. Rest day tomorrow, and then its on to week # 4. Next week's long run is 8 miles. Time to eat something and soak in the tub. Can barely move right now. lol.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Week # 3 Day Three 3 mile run - Regular Run: Regular Run on 09/03/2010

3 miles was on the schedule for tonight. Thought to myself " oh, easy 3 miles ". Yeah right. Did my original 3 mile route that takes me to Nevada State College and back. My legs hurt tonight ! I think I might've just been tired from the 4 miles yesterday. I had to take it nice and easy. Ended up finishing 3.23 miles in 32 minutes and 41 seconds. Rest day tomorrow, then 7 miles on Sunday. Still don't know where I'm gonna go for the 7 miles yet. I have calluses and blisters on my left foot. In need of some new running shoes.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Week # 3 Day Two 4 mile run - Regular Run: Regular Run on 09/02/2010

4 miles was on the schedule tonight. Felt like trying some different scenery tonight. There is a bike/hiking path near my housing community that I've never checked out. Its actually one really long path that goes through different cities. I could run from my house to Boulder City ( where the Hoover dam is ) on the same path. That may be convenient when I have to do my really long runs in the future. I mapped out my run so I would run starting from my house to a bridge on the path that would be 2 miles, and then I would just turn around and run back towards home. The start of the run was okay. My legs felt a little tired, but I was eager to try out this new route. I noticed that there were mile markers on the path. i knew when I went a 1/2 a mile, then a mile, etc. , so that was convenient. I saw 4 people walking their dogs on the path, and they nicely stopped and held onto their dogs leash/collar until I went by them. Saw one guy on a bike who flew by me and gave me a nice little breeze for a few seconds. Once I got to the bridge to turn around my legs were feeling like lead, really heavy. But I kept going, knowing I had to do the 4 miles. It was getting dark as I made my way back, but finally got back to the side path to my street. When I finally got to my garage and was done i looked at my watch. 40 minutes and 24 seconds for 4.12 miles. I averaged 9:41 for my mile. I had been averaging 10 minutes a mile before. I was happy with my time and even happier that I was done. In high school my fastest mile time was 6:25 in track, and 14:01 for the 2 miles. That was also 15 years ago. lol. I'm happy with my progress though. Have lost 12 pounds since January , been a slow process. Have also gained muscle and lost inches though. Hoping I can fit into my favorite jeans by November lol. Haven't worn them in years !!!! lol. Just need to keep running : )

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Week # 3 Day One 3 mile run - Regular Run: Regular Run on 09/01/2010

Didn't run last night, so now I have to run Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, with my long run ( 7 miles ) on Sunday. 3 miles was on the schedule for today. It was already getting dark by the time I started, so I changed up my 3 mile route so I would be closer to home. Ran 3.2 miles in 31 minutes and 39 seconds. Felt okay until the last mile, but pushed through it. Short and to the point post tonight. Pretty tired.