Friday, December 13, 2013

it's been a while...

I haven't put a post up in a long time because:  1) who cares, nobody reads this any way!!! and 2) I felt boring. I was in a weird transition in my life and nothing was happening, besides my running, my days were pretty dull.

I don't know if I'll come back to posting on a regular basis, but I do miss having a place to document my training or recap my races.

To catch you up on my life, since my last post (June 2012) I have moved back to the Fresno Area, got a new job as a Biologist, ran 2 marathons, hurt my IT band and am slowly making my way back to running multiple times a week and longer distances.

I'm taking it slow (more spin, less run) and getting myself ready for full year of running in 2014... and hopefully a lot more exciting things to share on this blog :)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

what a difference temperature makes!

Last Saturday was super hot ( max 105 degrees). I got up early to try to beat the heat but it was still really warm. I ran for 2 hours and only did 11 miles. It's a little cooler this morning (95 degrees for today) and I felt a lot better during my run. I ran for 2 hours and did 13 miles with positive splits. That means I started off slow (around 10min/mile) and finished faster (9 min/mile).

For the first time in a long time, I felt good about my run.

The rest of the week looked like this:

Sunday- Rest
Monday- Tempo 7 miles
Tuesday- 6X800. slow at 3:50-3:35
Wednesday- 7 miles easy
Thursday- Farlek 6 miles. ( warm up, 200 meters fast, 100 meter jog (4 miles), cool down)
Friday-  Rest + strength

Total miles: 38 miles.

This was a good week. I'm still working on building up my base and getting some better at speed work.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Happy National Running Day

Today is National Running Day!! Go out and run :)

I've been trying to get up earlier and try to beat the heat. I didn't meet my goal this morning. I left a little after 6:30 and it was already super bright and warm.

Yesterday I worked on sprints. I did 6X 800. I haven't done this workout in over 2 months so I knew they weren't going to be awesome. They turned out ok, given that I haven't been running fast and my hip has been bothering me. The splits were: 3:45, 3:37, 3:33, 3:37, 3:50. 3;40.

Yeah, not pretty. After the third one my hip started to hurt and it was difficult to push my self :(

The pain comes and goes. Usually if I'm sitting still for more than 10 minutes, I get a cramping pain in my hip (could this be a problem with a nerve???) If I walk or run slow, there isn't any pain. If I run fast or pound too hard then it hurts.

This morning I wanted to go on a shake out run. I did a slow 7 miles with my thoughts. I came home and did some core work and squats.

Its summer aka short shorts so squats are mandatory!

Friday, May 31, 2013

focusing on form

This morning, I was in Visalia (30 minutes from where I live) and I decided to run somewhere new. I ran on a bigger street, it was long and busy but there weren't many stop lights which helped me keep moving. 

It was so much easier (mentally) to run on a bigger street. I picked a far away landmark and ran to it and then back. Dinuba is super small. I think the whole town is 2 miles wide, which makes it hard to run a decent distance without going in circles. 

My hip hurt every now and then. I tried to focus on my form and keep my hips steady. Pretty much, I tried to stop my hips from swinging and just move forward. It definitely helped and hurt less when I focused. 

I ran 10 miles today and am thinking of running 10 tomorrow for a back to back long run. We'll see how I feel about that tomorrow morning. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Good Running Form

Monday- 7 miles. Hip hurt during run.
Tuesday- X
Wednesday- slow, 7 miles. Hip hurt after run.

My hip is still hurting. I know that I need to rest and take it easy but it's really hard for me not to workout. I am taking it really slow though. This morning I decided I was going to focus on my form and that way I have to slow down and it will still feel like I'm gaining something from the run.

I've been doing some homework. Here's what I've learned and will be focusing on.

Good running form:
- tall body: feet straight ahead, soft knee, arms at 90 degree angle, arm swing not crossing body
- mid foot strike: entire foot lands softly under hip line, run light, avoid pounding
- high cadence: 180 steps/ min
- forward lean: lean forward without bending at the waist,

Benefits of good running form:
- an easier run
- reduces the chance of injury

Article from runners world here and this video are both really informative.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

memorial day weekend 2013



Craft beers at Monkish Brewing Co.  

5k at the Vista Strawberry festival 

Anthony's goal was to come in under 30 min. 


LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders

Robbie Keane's Hat Trick

& Fireworks

Monday, May 20, 2013

CA Classic Weekend Half Marathon- Race Review

The CA Classic Weekend is a two day event in Fresno, CA. On Saturday, the city hosts a 35 miles, 60 miles and 100 miles bike ride. The runs (Half Marathon, 5k and kids race) takes place on Sunday.

*** this is just a review of the Half Marathon***

The expo:
The packet pick up was on Thursday and Friday, which is kinda a hassle but they stayed late from 3- 7pm. The pickup itself was super easy. I went on Th at 6 and was in and out in 5 minutes. Seriously, it took me longer to find a parking spot.

The start:
The stadium bathrooms were open- which meant CLEAN Bathrooms with running water- Big Plus! There were also plenty of port-a-potties at the start line. There were a few pacers on the course. I noticed that they lined up really close to each other on the starting line. Also, there was no real corral with meant walkers lined up in the front and made it difficult for runners to get around.

The race:
The course was great. The first third was downtown, heading north towards the zoo. The 6th mile was in a very shady park around the zoo and then we ran into the zoo. We weren't there very long but it was cool to see the giraffes, sea lions and zebras. The last part of the race was back towards the stadium. The course was flat except for one or two on ramps.

There were tons of water stations. They were staffed with a few volunteers but I never felt like it was difficult to get water or gatorade. There were also tons of small local bands and small cheering sections.

The stretch was a very cool run into Chukchansi Park and down the baseball diamond. There was also a jumbotron capturing the finish line.

The after party:
The volunteers had ice cold water!! Best thing ever!! especially after a hot race. After collecting water and the finishers medal, runners have to walk up the stadium to get food or meet with family. I saw that there was a finishers breakfast with a pancake, eggs, banana. There was also a beer garden. I didn't fell like eating anything so I didn't grab anything. There was also a Coldstone Ice cream- I did grab one of those.

Overall, I think the race was well organized, the volunteers were awesome and the experience was a good one.