Monday, September 2, 2013

Weekly workout log

I'm quite surprised that the Type A in me has allowed myself to run without keeping track of my mileage.  (That's was the lazy in me.)  I'm thinking that I probably should start doing so, as it will most likely help my training.  Training for what?  Yeah, I don't know.  I don't really have a specific race in mind but I would like to get my speed back to where it was at least last year and increase my mileage.  By a significant amount.

I've been doing a few different things for speed work.  One is running to an area where a mile is marked off and there's no traffic to see how fast I can run a mile without dying and knowing that I need to run more than a mile to get back home.  Right now, I'm at an 8:40 minute mile but I have to stop and catch my breath for about 30 seconds before I continue on.  It's a start.

I had a few crappy weeks mid-August with work and I was only able to run twice a week.  Because I was on vacation last week, I've been running every other day.  I'd like to keep that up so that I'm running 3-4 times a week.  I know "work" sounds like a lame excuse but there are times where I physically can't work a 10 hour day, which means I'm gone from home for close to 13 hours, and then run at 8:30 at night.

Sunday:  2.7 miles (27:00)
Tuesday:  3 miles (31:03)
Thursday:  2 miles (don't remember the time)
Saturday:  4.2 miles (46:12)  I shaved 2 minutes from this same run 2 weeks ago.

Total miles for the week:  11.9

I don't know if I've mentioned this or not but we finally retrieved my 15 year old mountain bike from my brother's garage.  I haven't done any real biking and right now, I don't know if I will or not.  I wanted to have that as an option but my kneecaps just don't like biking.  Bicycles and I don't really get along.  But anyway, the bike has been good because now the girls can ride their bikes through our neighborhood because I can ride with them.  Rich was actually trying to teach Allie and Emily how to ride without training wheels this weekend and they were doing really well.  I'll think they'll have it down before winter moves in.  Anna can ride her bike with the training wheels.  She says she'll try without training wheels when she's 7 or 8.


Becky said...

Feel free to disregard if this doesn't apply to you - but have you had your bike fitted lately? For the longest time I thought I was in the same boat, that biking hurt my knees and I just wasn't cut out for it. Then, after a few years away, I gave it a try again, and the guy at the bike shop casually mentioned, "wow, your seat's really low - doesn't that hurt your knees?" Lo and behold - my seat is now 2 inches higher and my knees hardly hurt at all when I bike.

Wendy said...

I can't remember if you have an iPhone or not, but if you do, you can log your miles with the free Nike+ app-- it's what I use!

Sarah said...

Becky - thanks for the reminder. I did have it fitted when I first bought it 15 years ago. The main problem is that my kneecaps are really high and I dislocated one when I was in high school. The seat in the correct spot definitely helps but sometimes I still get some clicking/popping.

Wendy - I do. I'm a lazy iPhone user though. ;)

Angela Bailey said...

Tell Anna I didn't learn to ride without training wheels until I was 7 or 8, because I was scared. :-)

Also, I highly suggest the free app Endomondo. (I know you said you're a lazy iphone user, but I promise it's awesome!) It tracks your route on a map, so you can see exactly where you ran. It also measures elevation distances. (It knew when I went up the porch steps...c'mon!) It tracks time, distance, speed, etc. etc. etc. and all you do is enter your info when you sign up (height, weight, bday, gender) select which kind of activity you're doing, hit "play," and GO! I don't like complicated Apps. I have more coupon Apps (Um...get Target's Cartwheel App. Seriously. It will save you $$$ on things from food to clothes to home goods to toothbrushes) than anything, but after soooo many people I know told me to get it, I figured I'd give it a go. I just started using it yesterday and am in LOVE! (They have a paid version of the app where you can create a training plan to help you achieve your running goals...but I don't run.)

Here's a sample of my input from yesterday when I walked up to the vet to get meds for the dog of the family I nanny for. (I live a glamorous life!) I was walking with a three year old where we had to cross the street several times, so my time is a little slow. Heh.

Sport: Walking
Distance: 0.75 miles
Duration 18:14
Avg Speed: 2.5 mph
Max Speed: 6.6 mph
Calories: 76 kcal (not accurate since I didn't put my stats in before doing this...)
Hydration: 5.1 fl oz (this is how much I need based on my stats)
Avg. Heart Rate: (my HRM isn't connected to the app.)
Max HR: (my HRM isn't connected to the app.)
Min Altitude: 761 ft
Max Altitude: 978 ft
Total Ascent: 291 ft
Total Descent: 238 ft.
Weather: Partly Sunny

AAAAAANYWAY...just thought I'd share. :-)