Move it monday………..
Linkin up with Ashley again for her “move it monday” series. I feel a little guilty though because I haven’t moved it today, I missed the 4:30 group run this morning and am not sure I will have time to squeeze in a run during the hour Josh is home before he goes back to work. (edit: I DID go get a quick 3 miles in, I only had 30 minutes since Josh had to get back to work, and my schedule called for 45 min today, but something is better than nothing right?)
I had a hard run on Saturday though and I feel like my body is still making up for that. We had 8 miles Saturday morning with a HILL REPEAT thrown in. At about 4 miles we ran down a hill then ran a bit farther to hit the 4 mile mark, then turned around and had to run back up that hill, turn around, run down it, then turn around and run back up it before we could run the 4 miles back in. Holy freakin moly!!! That was AFTER running up the hill I have named “killer hill” which is about 3 1/2 miles into our run. THAT hill is a bad mamma jamma and kicks my butt (whenever I make it to the top of it, all I can hear in my head is the Rocky theme song and I feel like jumping around and pumping my fist in the air………ok so maybe I DO jump around little and pump my fist)!! So needless to say our run on Saturday was the farthest I had ever gone and had a ton of hills in it. Our trainer assures us that hill training is one of the best ways to condition your body for a run, even if the race you are doing is relatively flat, the hills build up your endurance to make you a better runner. Whatever!! I think she just likes to torture us and watch us suffer, ha! She has informed us that we better like hill repeats because every Saturday from now until the race (Oct. 9th) we will be doing them! This Saturday we have 10 miles. Eeeeeek.
(this is the view after we get to the top of the “killer hill” the lake at sunrise, so it kind of makes the hill worth it to see that at the top. Sorry for the crappy pic, it’s on my phone and I was all shaky from running up the hill.)
(my running buddy, Paula, happy after conquering the “killer hill”)
One thing I am NOT doing that Ashley is really good at remembering to do is strength training! I know I need it, that running is not enough by itself, but after running at 4:15 a.m. the last thing I want to do is go inside the Y to do weights. I know I just need to suck it up and do it, but it’s hard. All I want to do is go home, shower, and lay down for a little bit before the ankle biters wake up. Plus I am easily intimidated, so if there are guys in the weights area, I usually turn around and walk out. I work there for crying out loud!! I should not be intimidated or embarrassed but I totally am. I wish I was more confident or had more of a “I don’t give a s*&#” attitude, but I really lack that.
I am still trying to figure out what foods work best for me to run the next day. In other words: what food won’t make me need to use the ahem restroom. I am sorry if this is T.M.I but it totally stresses me out on a daily basis. I have had 2 incidents now where apparently I did NOT eat the right thing and halfway into a run it catches up to me. I live in a small town, I run at 4 a.m. translation……NOTHING IS OPEN, THERE ARE NO BATHROOMS!! The first time I just turned around and got in my car and went home, the second time I went into a nursing home. A NURSING HOME!! AT 4:45 A.M.!!! I fully expected the cops to bust down the bathroom door and arrest me for trespassing. At that point though, I didn’t care. Saturday was a good run and I had pasta the night before so maybe I should stick with pasta before my long runs, it made me SUPER tired though and I was in bed by 8:30 on Friday night…..lame.
This is my Saturday running crew, and this isn’t even all of them!!
Tomorrow is cross training day and we can either walk or swim instead of running. I pretty much only drown when I try to swim laps so I am going to walk with the group tomorrow morning then doing yoga afterwards. It should be a nice easy day, pretty pumped about that!