Saturday, September 26, 2009

Fall Running Rocks

This morning I finally had a good run. My leg felt good! Still a slight pain, but nothing NEAR what it was two weeks ago. I cannot express how happy I am at this moment.

It was also a gorgeous morning. Yes, it was cold -- 38 degrees when we started, but the sun was shining, the sky was a brilliant blue, the trees are starting to put on their peep show of colors, there was a mist coming up from the water and deer and bunnies all over. It was the type of morning where you look around you and see how amazing the change of season can be.
Before the run I was able to get a group shot (only half were there today!) of the 1st Marathoner's with our fearless leader, coach Kevin.

Aren't we cute?!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Injury Woes

Last week, I talked to Coach Kevin and he put me on a recovery plan for two weeks. My right groin muscle and the muscle that starts behind the knee and goes up (don't know the name) have been extremely painful. Coach seems to think that one injury led to the other. Anyway, it got to the point where it hurt to walk and running...ha! It was more like limping quickly.

However, I am not in a panic. We have 10 weeks till Philly and I've already logged one 20 mile run. I am confident if I listen to coach and take it easy I will be okay for the marathon.

This week all I did was 15 minute easy runs. I've been stretching and icing as well. Today, I went to 30 minutes. There was some definite discomfort, but not pain and I wasn't limping. Wooo hooo!!! If things are still going well, I will do a 90 minute run on Saturday and then jump back on track with the training.

In the meantime, we've been looking for some t-shirts to wear at Philly. We want matching shirts and something funny and a wee bit sarcastic. We've found a few and this one, which I can't wear, but made me laugh out loud: 26.2 - not as easy as your girlfriend last night. SNAP!
The one I think I am going to buy is:

If Found On Ground Please Drag To Finish Line.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

20 Miles...check

Today was the day. The first 20 mile run. But first, let me give you some background.

Tuesday, was a tempo workout and I managed to maintain an average 8:30 pace for 40 minutes. Second mile was my best -- 7:59 mile! I was so happy. My legs? Not so much. The tempo just tore up my legs...bad.

Thursday, I headed out for a easy 60 minutes. There was nothing easy about this run. When I took my first steps it hurt so bad. Not like, my legs are sore hurt, but shooting pain in both legs pain. For a minute I didn't think I could run, but hobbled (literally) for 5 miles. When I finished I was scared. What the hell did I do to my legs and how bad is it? Is all my hard work going to be for nothing?

Today, I get to the run site and inform Coach Kevin about the run on Thursday. He advises to run for 90 minutes and see how the legs feel. If the pain works itself out and I can keep going, keep going.

We start out and the first few miles hurt...a lot. It was SLOW going and around mile 3 I thought for sure the 20 mile day was going to be another day. However, about an hour in to the run the legs warmed up and the pain wasn't too bad. The decision was made -- keep going.

Mile 17-20 were HARD!!!! Strategy was to get through it one mile at a time. After each beep of the Garmin I would tell myself...only 3 miles...only 2 miles...less than 2 miles...only a mile...less than a mile. We finally hit 20 miles at 3 hours and 41 minutes. The emotion of completing those 20 miles is indescribable. My legs were killing me, but I felt triumphant!! I did it. 20 miles. Only six more to go.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Landscaping 911

My sister came to visit this weekend and decided it was time that our front yard needed some serious help. My sis is a professional landscaper so the sight that greeter her was too much for her.

Before - EGADS!

After - is this the same house? She planted beautiful mums for fall, and a some gorgeous blue stars (an evergreen).

Before - not too bad, but it wasn't good either.After - it looks so pretty!!! Those two bushes were a BITCH to get out. The first one took us two hours, many curse words, and a few blisters to get the roots. But worth it! She planted more mums, a purple plum tree, bowling balls (I can't spell the really long name) and more blue stars. Everything is easy low maintenance. She knows me so well.
Had to do around the mailbox too! I love mums.

Here we pulled out the huge overgrown tree and planted grass that will grow really tall. Rimmy LOVES this type of grass to root around in.