Sunday, October 31, 2010

Longgggg Run

Today was the day!  The longest run of the training session.  I woke up and could hear the cars driving on a wet road.  Great.  I knew there was no putting this off.  I was to meet Tegan for a swim workshop at 9 then off to meet Katie at 1030 for the long run.

I am very uncomfortable in the water.  My biggest problem is I can't relax.  I tense up and sink.  It is just awesome.  I was pretty nervous to go the workshop knowing that I was having issues.  But, another girl that I know was having similar issues.  So, we worked on kicking drills and making our way through the water.  The immersion system works well just takes a lot of steps.  I am certainly hoping that things get better.

The long run was tough.  I am having trouble keeping my legs going to get to my target heart rate.  So the run was long and a lot of walking.  Plus, it was dumping rain.  We were soaked before we even really started running.  Katie needed to do 16 so we were going to turn around at an hour to refuel at the cars.  The rain finally started to decrease 2 hours in.  Thank goodness.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Last Week of October

Back in the game... Or so I think.  So far workouts have gone pretty well this week.  I had another lactate test, ran with Katie, did a brick workout today, and tomorrow have a swim class and a 3:45 hour run.  Tegan and I have to meet up with our coach to talk about our training because we are having some heart rate issues.  I wonder if they are not lazy issues with me.

Mom and I went to the BSU game this week.  I love having season tickets and being and Alumna.  But, it was damn cold.

I put Zeb on an airplane yesterday so he could have a dude's weekend with some friends in San Diego.  So, today I did a brick workout.  I rode with Tegan and Kathy.  Alyssa joined us for the run.  I definitely need to invest in some shoe covers for my bike.  My toes and balls of my feet were so cold.  It hurt so bad when they got feeling back.

The bike was windy on the way out.  I love the run we did.  It was mostly on dirt and along the river.

Well, off to my mom's with the dog to watch some college football!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Motivation... or lack there of

This last week I pretty much had no interest in the thing I usually love most.  Doing any sort of exerting sounded like hell.  I wanted my muscles to turn to mush and just to have some beers and not worry about having to run, cycle, swim, and my least favorite any sort of weights!!

This last week at work I took a five day stretch of call.  That did tucker me out.  Plus, we were starting a new computer system at work that made everything take about an hour longer.  Then I had three nights in a row of overtime.  Alright enough complaining.

Zeb and I decided to head up to McCall for the weekend.  I packed everything that I would need for my weekend workouts since Zeb was going to be out hunting.  Well, I didn't do any of them.  The weather was cold and wet.  I just wasn't mentally prepared for it yet.  But, here we have a horribly rainy Tuesday in Boise.  I took today as a low census day and decided to get back on the wagon.

I actually went to the pool.  The pool and I have a tumultuous relationship.  I am getting better at technique but I get discouraged easily.  I am going to attend swim workshop this weekend so I hope that helps.

1400 yards in 50 some minutes.  Not too shabby for me.  Not only did I swim.  I rode my trainer.  For 65 minutes!  I do feel so much better!  I do need to mentally prepare for the cold football game tonight though.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sunday Long Run-Waterfall

Sunday was to be a 3:10 hour run.  A few weeks ago, Trina, Tegan, and I had decided to do a foothills trail run.  They say running hills is supposed to make you faster.  (Not sure why because I can guarantee that I am a freaking snail).

I wake early as always to eat my wonderful oatmeal and get my act together.  I can't plan for my runs very well the night before.  Tegan calls in the morning and her sitter has cancelled.  Well, damn!  I appreciate Tegan on these runs because she and I are at a similar speed.  Now I am left to trailing behind Trina.  She is a very bold motivator though.  I hate being the caboose and having someone wait for me especially because I had never run this trail before.

We start at Camel's Back Park and head on up towards the Hull's Gulch Trailhead.  Feeling nice, definitely trying to keep up with Trina.  Realize when we hit the trailhead that if I want to run for 3 hours to chill out. She moves ahead and lets me know that she will meet me at the top of the Lower Hull's Gulch trail.  I walk/run my way up there.  Stumbling over the rocks.  I had forgotten how steep that can be.  Trina is waiting.......

We then head up towards the waterfall trail.  It is just amazing.  The colors are changing, the trail is covered in a ridiculous amount of animal poo.  Not sure which kind but had bump and weave my through it.  The trail as we start climbing is sort of switchbacks and bridges.  The view is amazing on the overcast day that we were having.

We make it 7.5 up to the rocks.  The view of the city is spectacular.  We both wished we ran with cameras.  Then we start our descent down the hill.  We both are flying down.  The grade is nice and pushes us along.  Once again Trina waits at the Lower Hulls area.

Once we stopped there, my stomach decided to do some topsy turvy work.  I had to walk it off.  My legs and knees were definitely tired.  I meet Trina at Camel's Back and we are at 2:51.  I bet you can guess what I did.  I stopped.

No more!!  Legs were a burning and I knew I started call in again in 30 minutes and wanted to shower.  I do recommend this run though.  It was just beautiful.  It definitely made me happy to live in Boise and the fact that I am able to run.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

City of Trees Half Marathon Race Report

This was the second year that I ran this race.  Last year it rained.  I mean poured.  I had never been so wet in my life.  But, this year the weather was amazing.  It was sunny, not a cloud in the sky.  I met Tegan and Trina at the race start at 8 and were able to watch the marathoners start.  Not very many people run the marathon so it was rather quick.  I was pretty nervous for this race.  I really wanted to break two hours.

Tegan, Caitlin, and I did a 1.5 warm up on the Greenbelt near the start.  It was slow and felt nice to warm up the legs.

Here are my miles.

Avg Pace

The first mile felt great.  I started out with Tegan in the middle of the pack.  I was already warmed up so I decided to take off a bit.  This race is pretty flat.  I didn't feel like I was pushing myself too hard at the beginning.

Mile 7 was my blow up mile.  Around mile 5, a lady started running with me.  She liked my pace and I like hers.  We started talking about goals and we both were wanting to break 2 hours.  Well, she unfortunately was faster than I was but I was determined to keep up with her.  I climbed the hill at mile 6-7 going way too fast.  I just kept up with her and knew there was going to be trouble.  I am supposed to be keeping my heart rate under 180 which is where I am anaerobic.  Well, I was averaging in the 185 range.  Blow up was inevitable.

Mile 9 I had to talk a small walk break.  I knew my end was near.  We are coming across Federal Way and I was tired.  The same group of people kept passing me and I would pass them when I would get the  energy.  I knew at mile 10 there was a downhill on Capitol.  I knew I could pick up some time.  So, my mileage was ok coming down that hill.  I was feeling great.  But, at mile 11 it plateaued and I was screwed.  I couldn't keep up anymore.  All the thoughts in my head were negative.  I don't have the mental encouragement to make myself keep running.  I know that is something that I have to work on.

Miles 11 and 12 were miserable.  On top of feeling like garbage, Trina's husband, Ryan, passes me.  He is running the marathon and is on par to run close to a 3 hour marathon.  He passes me right when I start to walk again.  All I am thinking to myself is "Amber he is running a 3 hour marathon and you can't freaking run?"  So, I start to run.

I see the red bridge and start to sprint.  I have always been able to have a finishing kick.  Plus, I know that my husband and mom and dad are there at the finish.  Well, I started my sprint too quickly and once I get close to the chute and where the spectators are I am losing my finishing speed.  I turn the corner to see the end and am so excited!!  I get my medal and I know I didn't hit my goal but was happy to finish.

I see my family and we wait for Tegan to come across the finish.  She gets a PR of 5 minutes!!!  We stretched, ate, had a beer, and chatted with the other runners.  

Final Time:  2:05:08  PR by 26 seconds.  I guess you can't beat that!!

Here is the course on my Garmin:

My only real issue with this race was that there was no Gatorade or Powerade at the finish.  The aid stations were a little stingy on the water.  And as always with races in Boise, the lack of support from the city.  I would love to have more people lining the streets to support all of the runners.  Overall, really enjoy the race when it doesn't rain.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Kelly and Nick's Wedding

Busy busy...  That is the only reason as to why I haven't been blogging.  And my laziness.  At least to typing.

We had two weddings in the month of September.  One of them being Kelly and the other being a college friend of Zeb's.  I have some great pics of some of the girls and guys from the wedding.

It was a great day!!  It was quite warm but that made the evening that much better.  We wish the happy couple all the best.