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When is that Marathon again?

Posted by katrinwolfe Mar 19, 2011

The Pittsburgh Marathon is less than two months away.  I cannot wait to get this training over with.  I am hitting the wall mentally.  It is getting tough to be motivated to run.  Plus I wish Spring would come and just stay.  The temperatures are way too up and down for me.  I should know better and this is what Spring is normally like in Western PA but I am still frustrated.  I am definitely getting nervous about the race but I am ready to have my normal life back, well my regular workout routines back.  What is a normal life anyway, hehehe?


I am so ready to not have to deal with tripping during runs, and the rolled ankles that are inevitable.  I am ready for normal sleep patterns to return.  I have realized that I currently need about 9 to 9.5 hours of sleep a night to function at a good level.  I am ready not have to worry about do I have all my running gear packed.  I am ready not to have to wear my hydration belt.


The whole process is a tough mental game and I am glad I am currently beating the challenge.  However, it gets harder and harder as the training goes on.  Yesterday I was suppose to have a seven mile run.  Through out the week I over did myself physically.  I had to substitute for some group exercise classes.  I taught a cycling class for the first time in six months.  Can you say a major cause of DOMS followed? Also, I did some personal training which I usually don't do.  Training adds some extra stress.  In addition, I am in the process of changing jobs.  I have two weeks left in my current position and then I immediately start my new job.  That is a huge stress but a good one.  So when it came down to running 7 miles yesterday with sore, tired body it does not really work.  I got about 2 miles in and decided to listen to my body.  You need to take a break.  I learned yesterday that even though I was not scheduled for a rest day sometimes you have to give yourself a rest day.  I did a short walk because the weather was beautiful and then went home for a nap.  I also went out to dinner and a night out with friends.  It as much needed.


This morning I slept in.  I did not set an alarm and just let my body rest.  I slept till almost 10am, which is unheard of for me.  I then had a nice breakfast and then finally went for a run.  I had 8 miles today.  I did the whole run.  Not a bad run.  I did trip at one point and then rolled my left ankle a little but otherwise a good run.  I did some hills and the sun was out.  The temperature was perfect for a run.


Next week I have a training race that is a 30k.  I am so glad it was not this weekend.  I am not excited that I still have to teach all of my group classes but that soon will be ending.  It will be nice for the last month of my training that I can focus on running and not have to teach any group exercise classes.  I think that is not helping me very much.  I am running more than I have done in my life and adding a lot other exercise even if it teaching is not much fun.  I want to conserve as much energy as possible.           

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Crazy Week

Posted by katrinwolfe Mar 5, 2011

It has been a crazy week.  I have some good news but I am not going to announce it until next week.  I just have to finalize some stuff but I am so excited.


The week was crazy because of work and life.  I was tired a lot but not a sick tired.  I also tried to push five days of work into four.  I didn't want to take off Friday but I also didn't want to spend all day in the office.


I was so tired all this week.  I rarely was up past 9pm all week.  The only night I was up late was Tuesday and that is because I have to close at work.  I think last weeks running took a toll and my body.  I was just allowing myself to heal so to speak.  Even last night (Friday) I went to bed early.  I went out to dinner and a movie with friends.  As soon as I came home I was in bed.  The only good thing about early to bed is early to rise.  I like being able to get up easy in the early AM.


I was glad to have a "off week" or a micro-cycle.  My long run was seven miles.  I had to rough spots th is week.  My run on Friday of six miles was tough.  I did it on the treadmill early in the morning before work.  I wanted to get into work early so I could get on the road to come home to Johnstown.  I had some stuff planned for the weekend, and I did not want to be at work all day Friday.  I decided to do my run on the treadmill since I was already at work.  I was never able to get a good pace going.  I struggled to get the six miles in.


My long run was seven miles.  The only big thing about the run was I rolled my ankle about half way through.  I stepped on a rock.  Some crazy language came out and I had to walk for about 1/2 mile.  I did get the run finished.  I was also able to get it in before the major ran that is in Western PA for the weekend started.  My left foot is a little tight this evening but nothing major.


I am currently looking for a water belt for my long runs.  A lot of places do not carrying them in the store.  I guess I am going to have to order one online.  I don't like having extra stuff on my body but I know I need to have some type of hydration regularly now that I am in the longer runs.  I tried to do the place water out before the run but I can't guarantee they will be safe or that will be my exact route.  I have definitely had to change routes during a run.  I also need to get the carb gels or beans for the long runs.


Oh well the whole thing has been relatively fun.  I hope it continues that way.

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Colds Are No Fun

Posted by katrinwolfe Feb 13, 2011

I am at the ending stage of a cold.  Colds are such bummers.  There is nothing good about them.   I even had to take a day of a work because I was not doing well.  On Thursday I was teaching a group fitness class and I had to stop in the middle of it.  I thought I was going to pass out.  My body did not want to move anymore.  I went home for a quick nap and came back to work for a big meeting.  The meeting never happened because the speaker canceled during the meeting.  It was very frustrating.  I worked all week for the meeting and the gentleman ended up not coming, and it was so last minute.


Friday was the day I ended up taking off.  My body was not cooperating.  I slept from Thursday afternoon till about Saturday morning.  I had the chills, cough, sore throat, headache, and cold sweats.  On Saturday when I finally woke up, I felt a lot better.  I still have a cold but I am more able to function.


On Saturday I went to work to get a quick run in.  It was a tough run but I got in.  I knew I was still sick but I had the "cold sweats" while running.  Not a great feeling but I did it.  I ran this morning for my long.  It was nice to have a micro-cycle this week.  My chest was definitely tight during the run.  Since I really did not get my usually workouts in during the week, it felt like I had not run in a year.  My legs felt heavy.  In retrospect I probably started back too soon after not feeling well.  I am the worst on taking time off.  I had surgery on my foot during college and did everything I could to get out on the golf course.  I was practicing my putting on one foot because I was not to but any weight on my left foot.


I am feeling a lot better.  I am glad it was nothing worse than a cold.  I hate missing work for illness but sometimes you just have to take off for the good of your health.  I just think it makes me feel lazy when I take off for sickness.  So weird.

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Back Running

Posted by katrinwolfe Dec 16, 2010

I am back running. I am currently doing all my running on a treadmill.  The weather currently is a little too cold for me.  Plus, the times I am available to run are in the early morning or late evening in the dark.  I am not comfortable running in the dark and add the single digit windchills, I am just fine running inside.


I just got back from a trip to NYC.  I was able to do some crosstraining on an elliptical and a stairclimber while I was visiting.  I was glad to be able to keep moving while I was visiting the best city in the world.


Life is a little tough right now.  I am not enjoying my job and Christmas is not really in my heart this year.  I need to finish my shopping.  I can't believe 2010 is almost over.


I am excited to say I just got a new pair of running shoes.  The last year or two I have been running in Under Armour shoes.  Under Armour shoes were not available in my size so I switched back to Brooks.  I am excited to be wearing the Brooks Illusions once again. I went to a running store to get fitted so I am very excited to get to wear the new shoes.


Hope everyone has a great Holiday Season.

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