Saturday, January 07, 2006
Me and Gram
... in Pasadena, (Calif.) over Christmas. This photo has nothing to do whatever with running, but I have a new computer and a new version of Picasa, and I wanted to test-drive both. Wave hi to Grandmere.
Oh, I also just spent 1 1/2 mind-numbing hours trying to set up a new blog on Typepad, as Blogger just ain't cutting it these days. And you know what? It's hard! Or at the very least, extremely time-consuming. Stay tuned.
Running Update: On Tuesday, I ran intervals. The breakdown: 1/2-mile warm-up, 1 1/2 miles at marathon goal pace (9:00/mile), 3 X 1 mile at 8:27/mile with one minute slow jog in between, 1 1/2 miles at 9:00/mile, and finishing with 1/2-mile at 9:30. Total of 7 miles. Afterwards, my sweat-soaked body fell on the ground and I just lay there, blinking. Well, no, I didn't really lie down. But I wanted to.
On Wednesday, I did 3.5 miles on an elliptical machine at levels 14-15 and threw some dumbbells around so my arms don't look like skinny-runner-girl arms. Thursday was a miserable 6.25 miles in the dark after work, running along major roads choked with traffic, shivering in the cold and getting high on car fumes.
Friday was supposed to be a rest day, but I felt fine, so like an eedjit, I did a cardio/weights class (with tons of killer leg exercises), then a Bikram Yoga class that evening. Which was not relaxing. Not in the slightest. Not unless you consider 120-degree heat, soaring heart rates of 190+ and pretzel-like poses held an infinitum relaxing. Jeanne and her daughter did the class with me and E. We felt as if we'd been pummeled all over our soft, now-pliant bodies.
Today I was supposed to run 14 miles with my local running club's SLR (slow long run) group for the first time. But I overslept. Go figure. I was exhausted. So I held off on the long run until tomorrow and today logged 5.6 miles along the Potomac on a sunny but blustery (and bone-chilling) afternoon.
Appropriately named: My running buddy, P., completed the first part of the Goofy challenge for the Disney World Marathon and Half-marathon. He ran the Half (starting off at a so-early-it-hurts-time of 6 a.m.) in 1:46:51, a PR for him. I do hope he's pacing himself, though. Tomorrow is the marathon. Send good vibes.