Sunday, September 30, 2007

He's a heartbreaker

And by He I mean the entire Terrapin soccer team. They break my heart over and over again. The most recent example: Last night's 2-0 loss to Wake Forest.

Maybe this loss wouldn't have sucked so much if I hadn't driven 6 hours to the game and then had to drive 6 hours back home. (Although to be fair, I slept on the ride home while one of my friends drove.)

Maybe it wouldn't have sucked so much if it didn't look like half the team didn't show up.

Maybe it wouldn't have sucked so much if it didn't put us to 0-3 in the ACC and 3-4-2 overall.

But it probably would have sucked just as much even if none of that was true. It just breaks my heart when we lose. We've all been spoiled the past few years. We've had solid teams, hell we were national champions two years ago. Now we have a pretty young team, but even the more senior players aren't producing like they have in the past. So it's tough. Next game is Tuesday at home against Stony Brook, which will hopefully be a chance for us to get back on a winning streak.

To quickly highlight some positives: Road trips rock. Bo Jangles was pretty delicious. (But probably only because we don't have them up here.) My friend put me on his player-guest list so I didn't have to pay for a ticket.

Octapulluza starts tomorrow. When I made my guidelines, I forgot about Halloween and I forgot that October is going to be an insanely busy month. But I'm fairly confident that I can still make it work out, it's just going to take some more careful planning.

Running today just isn't going to happen. We didn't get in until late late last night, and the energy to run is just not there. I'm sad because I wanted to break in the new shoes, but there's no sense in going out for a run when the energy just isn't there.

In freaking awesome news, the Phillies won the NL East and are going to the playoffs for the first time since 1993. I was way little then and needless to say don't remember too much about it so I am PUMPED!!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Octapolluza

Ok, so after reading Teacherwomen's post about her Octapolluza, I've been inspired to jump on board.

These are the requirements she set for herself:

  • 1 workout per day. That being a minimum of 2 mile run, a 10 mile bike, or 30 minute swim.
  • 1 optional rest day each week.
  • 1 strength training day each week.
  • no SODA. I like the carbonation, but it makes me feel like CRAP. I want it gone. PERIOD.
My requirements are similar, but not completely the same:

  • 1 workout per day. Minimum of a 2 mile run or 1 hour class at the gym.
  • 1 optional rest day per week
  • Definitely one strength training day per week, ideally two though.
  • And finally, no sweets for the month of October.
I don't drink soda, so that wouldn't have worked for me. But I eat entirely too much refined sugar from things like brownies and ice cream and stuff. The only sad part is I have a sweet tooth so it'll be tough. But whatever...it's Octapolluza haha!

In other exciting news.....check out my new fly kicks! Mizuno Wave Inspire 3's. (I found a place, Pacers, that is a specialty running store. They just opened a branch in Silver Spring, which is close to campus. The guy who sold me my shoes was super nice. We chatted about races and stuff and then he gave me this booklet that lists just about every race happening in the area up until December. It rocks!)







And now....check out my most recently retired shoes:
Clearly, they've seen better days. Looking at the new and the old side by side....haha...wow. Those are some freaking dirty shoes.


I'm super excited to get out on the road with them, but sadly I don't think that will be happening until Friday, at the absolute earliest. Tomorrow I'm in class all day and then I volunteered to sub a bunch of classes at the gym for people at night. And tomorrow is my roommate's 22nd birthday so we're having a party for her. And then Friday I'm teaching at the gym a bunch again. Wow, I just realized that depending on my schedule this weekend (gone all day and most of the night Saturday for the soccer game, back by like 4 in the morning Sunday, then seriously sleeping, then my brother's girlfriend's field hockey game and then a homework project. Then work and yoga Monday.) damn, I might not be able to get a run in until Tuesday.

Yea screw that. I'm making it happen before then. I will run Sunday on no sleep if I have to. But I really really realllllllllly want to get the run in on Friday.

Oh and update on the 5K situation. I'm not doing the one this Sunday. I won't get back from Wake Forest until reallllly early Sunday morning (we're talking three or 4 a.m. here) and there's no way I can run a 5K on about 1 hour of sleep. But I did finally register for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on October 14. SO Yay for having another race on the schedule.

Alright no more ramblings tonight...time for bed because I have to wake up early for class....boo!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

So Many Things...

Ok so here we go....

Last night I taught yoga and because it's supposed to be a power yoga class I threw in a lot more planks than I did last week. My shoulders weren't so happy with me afterwards, but whatever, they'll get over it.

Then I stuck around to take Gliding. Because I can't accurately explain it...check out here for more info on what exactly it is. But man it kicked my butt. Who would have thought sliding around on the floor on frisbee-shaped discs could be such a workout.

This morning I told my friend Virginia I would take her Athletic Conditioning class this evening. Basically this class is exactly what it sounds like. You do lots of sprints and suicides and agility stuff and then do a bit of circuit work for strength. It's pretty intense. And I figured the agility work would be good for helping me increase my speed a bit.

Afterwards I stuck around for Muscle Works because I wanted to get back into the strength training mode. So all in all I'm pretty pleased with my workouts today.

As far as the new shoes go, I found a really reputable running store that just opened up another branch about 20 minutes from me, which is awesome because otherwise I would have been driving into Virginia. I think I'm going to try to stop by tomorrow morning and then maybe get in a run later. I'm not sure about the run though because I have about 500 other things I need to do tomorrow, including but not limited too, scheduling interviews for my internship, working on a project for one of my classes, putting together my resume and cover letter and writing samples and dropping books off at the library. It's going to be a crazy busy day.

And if all that's not enough, I'm planning a road trip for this Saturday to Wake Forest to watch the Maryland vs. Wake soccer game. Now in case you're all wondering, Wake Forest is about 5.5-6 hours from here. And yes we will be driving there and back in one day....for a three hour sporting event. Crazy? Perhaps, but hell this is college..and if my friends and I don't all kill each other by the end of the day, we'll come out with some hilarious stories.

So I am super pumped for that. I love Terps soccer like I can't even explain!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Late Night Run

Time: 33:33
Distance: 3.1

Well I didn't get to lifting class today, but I'm not too upset because I got a solid run in. I didn't really seem to have any problems with my calf while I was out there, but it's a little tight now, even though I stretched. So I'm glad that I have yoga tomorrow to help stretch it out some more.

My original plan was to go for a long slow run, but by the time I got out it was starting to get a little bit dark out and I didn't want to be out too late because College Park is skkkkkettttchy at night. So I decided on a short and fast run. (Or at least faster for me).

I didn't keep a super close eye on my splits, but I felt like I was giving a pretty consistent effort throughout the run. One of the hills was a little bit killer, but other than that it seemed to go well.

I'm thinking about running the National Half Marathon in March, but you have to qualify for it because they can only take a certain number of people because it's kind of hard to shut down the country's capitol city for a long time. In order to qualify you need to run a 5K in under 31 minutes. (Or a half-marathon in under 2:30, but I probably won't be running anymore long races like that between now and then.) So I really want to shave my 5K time so that I can qualify.

I'm most likely running a 5K this coming Sunday to get an idea of how I do in a race setting and then I think I'm going to register and train for Komen Race for a Cure in October to see if I can get the time I want then, and possibly qualify for National.

Oh and I'm definitely going to need new shoes soon. I can tell the padding in mine is pretty much shot. But I've never bought running sneakers in Maryland. So I'm panicking a little bit because I don't know where any specialty running stores are. I'm so used to my one at home. Uh-oh.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Thinking things are feeling better

I'm thinking the calf is about back to normal again. I've been bumming because I haven't been able to work out since Monday. I'm giving myself today as my final rest day to make sure everything is good and then I'm hoping to get to lifting class tomorrow evening. I'm going to the bar though in the afternoon for football with my roomie and some friends, so it will just depend if we get back in time.

If not I'll be back on board on Monday.

Also apologies for not reading and leaving notes as much this week, I had a lot going on with classes and work, so I'm trying to catch up today.

I've also realized that there is only one week left in September and I promised myself I'd really get on with the job hunt starting in October and that is really soon, which makes me a little panicky and nervous.

Notre Dame's playing MSU now and the score is 17-7 MSU. Justin's probably happy...he's at the game. My Irish need to step it up.

Terps football on the road at Wake Forest today. Not on TV though.

And Terps soccer at Duke. We were supposed to go down but Dept. of Transportation didn't give us a bus and it's Yom Kippur so a lot of my friends who are Jewish obviously wouldn't have been able to go anyway. We need a win tonight so that we don't fall to 0-2 in the ACC.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Oh Poo!

I did something to my right calf. I'm not sure what, but it hurts really bad and it's really painful when I flex my foot. Thus walking is a little complicated. It started to bother me a bit yesterday when I woke up and at work.

I was able to teach yoga without a problem though and even though the stretching might help it out. But today it still hurts and it forced me to skip my lifting workout and my run. Major bummer.

It kind of feels like it did back in mid-Julyish when I was having a similar problem. I mean the only thing I could do then is to rest and stretch, and I guess that's my game plan for now. I'm bummed that I had to miss my lifting class. I was doing so well with going twice a week.

If the leg feels better tomorrow I can go then, but I'm not really thinking it's going to magically heal itself over night. So I guess I've just got to bide the time until it feels better. I don't want to push it and risk getting hurt....especially with two potential 5Ks on the horizon for two weeks from now.

But what really sucked today was walking to class. Class is 1 mile (no seriously I'm not exaggerating) from my apartment. (I would pick classes that are held in the building on the complete opposite side of campus from my apartment.) So hobbling too and from this morning was not a fun time haha.

Anyway, I must go to the grocery store now because I am in desperate need of milk!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Weekend in Review

Let me sum it up real quick:

1. Terps football loses
2. ND football embarrassed (again)
3. Terps soccer drops first ACC match to Boston College.

Needless to say not the best sports weekend for me. Although hey the Phils swept the Mets this weekend, which rocks and will definitely help them as the regular season ends.

Saturday was crazy busy with errands and stuff and a run just didn't happen. But today I hit the gym for Step, Abs and Weight Lifting class. Step was a solid hour of cardio and then abs, well that's pretty self-explanatory, but it's a half hour class. And then Muscle Works is an hour. So all around it was a pretty good work out day.

My internship starts tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it. I'm back at the same place I was last spring. Then I'll be teaching yoga and maybe sticking around for Gliding afterwards (see a few posts back if you missed the description of Gliding).

Eagles vs. Redskins on MNF! I'm stoked!

Friday, September 14, 2007

I love football...

...even when the Terps play a crappy game. Although truth be told we didn't play a crappy game. We had crappy play calling. (We lost to WVU 31-14 on ESPN last night.) Every single play was either a run or a pass in the flat. There was no going deep until the very very end of the 4th quarter when we were too far behind to do anything anyway. I have no idea what was up with the conservative play calling, but it wasn't cool.

In other football news, Notre Dame plays at Michigan this weekend. Two of my friends are there. One actually goes to ND, thus a huge fan. The other is a friend from Maryland, who hates on ND like no other. There's the chance this might actually be a good game...because both teams currently rock at mediocrity. Either way, I'm hoping my Irish can pick up their first win of the season this weekend.

Speaking of football....the European kind...my Terps (the soccer team) play up at Boston College this weekend. It's their first ACC game of the season and will probably be a good test of how we will do against other teams in the conference.

On the workout frontier, I taught yoga class on Wed. and haven't done too much since. Wed. night was my friend's 22nd birthday and I got a whopping 1 hour of sleep before having to drag my booty to class Thursday morning. Then I skipped a class to tailgate for the aforementioned football game. (Man senior year is making me a rebel haha!)

This morning I woke up early because I had to help the journalism school with new student recruitment stuff, after which I came back home and napped until about 45 minutes ago.

My plan is to get back on board this weekend. I'm hoping to get out for a decent run tomorrow and then Sunday I'm going to the gym for some kickboxing and lifting.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Weights and a Run

Last night was the first time I'd done any kind of strength training in ages. I mean I know how important it is, but I can just never stick to it. But last night I went to my friend's Muscle Works class. It's an hour long and you hit every major muscle group during the class. I'm sore today. But in a good way. My shoulders and triceps especially.

After the class, I decided I wanted to go for a run, just a short one because it's been since the race that I've run. Unfortunately by the time class was over it was getting a little too dark to get any type of run in outside. So that meant I was stuck with the treadmill. I was trying to be all positive. Thinking it wouldn't be that bad. But man it sucked. Not the run itself, the fact that I had to do it on the treadmill.

I put it on the hills course to get a bit of a challenge and then did it for 30 minutes. My earbuds weren't staying in my ears so my iPod was rendered useless. Good thing the gym usually plays good tunes.

One thing I just don't get about treadmills is the speed thing. I programmed it for 5 miles an hour, which should average out to a 12 minute mile. When I'm outside I can do that or faster without a problem. On the treadmill though it felt like I was doing an all out sprint sometimes. Does anyone have any idea what's up with that?

Tonight I'm teaching yoga again for my boss because she's still sick, and then I think I'm going to stick around and take kickboxing because it's my favorite class ever.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Kickboxing, Yoga and Gliding

It's been about a week since I've done any sort of physical activity because I had been sick. So yesterday I had planned to get in a short run before I had to teach my yoga class.

Well turns out like half of the fitness instructors on staff seemed to be sick yesterday and they were in desperate need for people to sub. Now normally I would have been all over that because I can always use the extra cash. But I still didn't have a voice. (Note to self: Must stop cheering so loudly at soccer games. Side Note: Terps beat GMU 3-0 on Sunday! WHOO!) But my boss was really desperate.

I told her I would teach Gliding. (You basically stand on frisbee-like discs and do all sorts of crazy stuff. It is one hell of a work out. If it's offered at a gym by you...I seriously recommend trying it. I'm still sore today.)

The main reason I offered to teach Gliding is because it doesn't require as much up beat yelling as kickboxing. But then she called back and said she got another girl to teach Gliding could I do kickboxing. I was like yea sure, I'll manage somehow.

Turns out I ended up teaching Kickboxing, then yoga, then Gliding...back to back...that's three straight hours of working out. And people let me tell you I am sore. I was not in yoga shape at all. My shoulders are none too happy with me today.

But that's some serious money in the bank! Tonight, I'm thinking about heading over to the gym to do some lifting. We'll see how sore I am though.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Well it's about time...

...that I put up some race pictures.

The first three are the ones I took:
Me with my mom at the finish line.

Check out the blister!

And another blister shot because I've kept you waiting so long for these pictures haha!


The rest of the pictures are the ones from the professional people. Not great, but not terrible.


Finishing up down the boardwalk.




Crossing the finish line.




Almost crossing the finish line (Yea these are in no order whatsoever!)




So very close.




This is definitely my favorite picture out of all of them....too bad my head got chopped off.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Still no pictures :o(

Sorry all still no pictures....this thing called class has been keeping me busy. And well last night was soccer Friday. Today's football Saturday and tomorrow's football Sunday. Haha. I promise pictures will happen eventually.





As for today....Notre Dame plays PSU....what a huge game...but if ND can't get their act together it ain't gonna be pretty.











My Terps play FIU. GO TERPS!

Tomorrow.....Eagles vs. Packers...







and then more Terps soccer vs. GMU. (Photo courtesy of The Diamondback)

I currently have no voice. But this time it's not because I'm sick. It's because I was busy screaming my head off at the soccer game last night. We lost in over time....stupid Golden Goal....it was zero zero the whole game and then literally two minutes into over time....WVU put the ball in the net...curses!!!!

Anyway.....I love sports, I'm so stoked the seasons are up and running! Whoooo!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Sore Throat + 13.1 = Success?!

Race report, race report....where to begin....there's so much to say......chronologically will be the only thing that makes sense I think. Here we go:

As you all know from the last post, I was not feeling my best when I was heading to Virginia Beach to run the Rock n Roll Half Marathon (which was yesterday.) My mom drove down to College Park picked me up around 11:30 and we were on the road about 11:45.

After sitting in insane amounts of traffic on I-95 and dealing with two accidents and a tunnel back-up resulting in a detour on I-64, we finally made it to our hotel about five to five and half hours later. And by that point I was feeling like crap. I walked into our room and started freezing, and the air conditioner wasn't even on so the room was really hot and humid. But I was shaking like crazy and dove under the covers and fell asleep for a while. My mom had gone to take a walk just to see the beach and such and when she got back she suggested we head over to an emergency care walk-in place to see what my deal was.

(Oh right I forgot to mention before I fell asleep I was crying like crazy because I thought I wasn't actually going to be able to run the race with my throat on fire and my head congestion and feeling achy and cold.)

We find a walk-in place and by some miracle there is no one else there. We were in and out in like 45 minutes...when does that ever happen at any medical facility? Anyway, turns out I had an upper respiratory bacterial infection. (Basically some throat infection that is not a strain of strep.) But ALLELUIA! it was bacterial! Which means they could give me antibiotics. So with my Z-pack in hand and a container of microwavable chicken noodle soup, my mom and I headed back to the hotel where I popped the pills and hit the sack.

Woke up Saturday still feeling like hell. But I had to go to the expo to pick up my race stuff if I wanted to have any chance to do the race. By nine when we get there, I've taken my antibiotics, some Advil, some Sudafed and gargled with Listerine to help with the throat. (Yea the medical section of my race number had quite a bit of medicine listed.)

At the Expo, I'm feeling guilty as hell when my mom buys me a nice long sleeve race shirt because I'd feel like such a fake wearing a shirt for a race I didn't actually run (and at this point, I wasn't feeling any better.)

We wandered around the Expo for a while, checked out all the cool stuff, and headed back to the hotel where I took more Advil and Sudafed. I napped, watched the Notre Dame football game (dismal), laughed a bit when Michigan got knocked off by App. State, and then my mom and I went to carbo-load at a pasta place.

By dinner I wasn't feeling great, but I wasn't feeling bad, and I figured if nothing else I could at least start the race and drop out if I felt like hell. Or maybe I'd even be able to walk the entire thing.

After dinner it was back to the hotel to sleep. (After first of course checking the Maryland football score with my friends. Terps win 31-14 over Villanova! GO TEAM!)

4:30 a.m. wake up call Sunday morning. I'm feeling better than Friday, but not great. Had it been a training run, I wouldn't have done it. But hellllo I've been training for this all summer and I'd be damned if I wasn't going to at least attempt it. Antibiotics, check. Advil, check. Sudafed, check. Lots of water, check.

I packed extra Advil and Sudafed in my running waist pack in case I needed it on the course. I also threw in a pack of Clif Shot Bloks, my camera and cell phone (so my mom and I could find each other at the end.)

Because I wasn't feeling great I had no appetite, but I knew I needed to eat to have the energy I needed. I ate a pack of Sharkies Energy Chews and forced down about 3/4 of a Clif bar. It was all I could manage, and I was a little worried it wouldn't be enough.

I was in corral 16 and my mom was in 20. It's a good thing it was a wave start because we stood in the porta-potti line for like a half hour and missed the first few corrals start. I was soooo nervous as my corral approached the starting line. I had all these negative thoughts about having to drop out, about getting sick, about not being able to finish in the amount of time they allotted. I was trying to calm myself down as my corral was about to start.

When we did start, I jogged nice and slow and steady. I didn't want to push it or risk anything. By the time we got to mile 1, my throat was so dry and scratchy and thank god not far ahead was water stop number one. Also at mile one I noticed I was running way under a 12-minute mile. I don't remember my exact split, but it was something between 11 and 11:30. I was surprised, but kept telling myself to not get overly-confident.

It was hot and sunny and the sun was strong and there were long stretches of the course without shade. I was keeping a good pace though. I got to mile two at around 22 or 23 minutes and mile three around 34 minutes. But I was tired then and stopped to walk for a bit. And I wanted some more water. I was figuring this is where I was going to have to start walking the rest of the race. But I really didn't want too. So I told myself I'd try a walk-run pattern and see how that worked. I was able to keep run five, walk two for most of the rest of the course. (I know Wes always says start walk-run from the beginning and stick with it, but being sick and all I threw all my plans right out the window lol!)

As the miles markers kept passing, I was checking my watch to see how I was doing time-wise, and I was consistently under the time for averaging 12-minute miles. I was doing a little happy-dance in my head.

Nothing too important sticks out in my mind between miles 5 and 10. I ran with a group of people for a few minutes between miles 6 and 7. They were nice to chat with, but I lost them when I started walking and didn't want to jump back into the conversation when I caught up with them when I was running again.

I ate two Shot Bloks around mile 7, washed them down with water. The sports drink of choice on this course was Accelerade. It was the nasty stuff I have ever tasted. Seriously it was gross, but I choked it down because I needed the electrolytes. I also think mile 7 is where I started taking two cups of water. One for drinking. One for dumping on my head/down my back.

Right before mile 8 some neighbors had hoses and were spraying runners down. They rocked my world at that point.

I hit mile marker 10 at 1:57:58 or something like that. Two whole minutes under two hours! I was elated. In fact, I'm pretty sure I fist pumped and said "YES!" (But kind of quietly lol!) I was also thinking "BOOO-YAAAH upper respiratory infection!"

At mile 11, we started the final stretch down the boardwalk. (To be read: There was no shade, it was the last leg of the race. It was hot and super sunny and I was tiiiiiiired!) I hit mile 11 under the time for averaging 12 minute miles, so I was pretty stoked, but I was also looking pretty desperately for the next water station. They seemed to be getting scarcer and scarcer. I was able to keep the five run, two walk until mile 12. That was the last mile I made in the time to average 12 minute miles.

I ended up walking most of the way from 12 to 13. I was just dead. I tried to keep moving fast. I was still passing a decent amount of people even though I was walking. When I could see mile marker 13 wasn't too far away I started running again and once I passed the mile marker I sprinted with everything I had left in the tank for the last tenth of a mile.

It was good enough for an official time of 2:37:49. (My watch had 2:37:58, but I don't think I stopped it right away.)

I'm okay with that. I know I could have done better if I hadn't been sick. I also know I lost at least a minute to a minute and a half at every water/Accelerade stop. A lot of the stations didn't have the cups pre-poured so they were pouring as you got there. It was a lot of wasted time. But all things considered, I still think I kicked ass.

My mom kicked ass too. She finished in 2:43:00. She would have done better too, but at mile 7 she had to stop, take off her shoe and sock and adjust her blister pad because it had come unstuck and was causing problems. She was majorly bummed out.

My one complaint about the course was that there were not enough water stations, especially towards the end of the race when the sun was strong and there was no shade coming down the boardwalk.

But over all it was a fun race. The finisher's medal is sweet. And now I so won't feel guilty wearing my race shirt. (I'm definitely wearing it to class tomorrow.) I'm not too sore, just a little tight in the hips. Oh and I have a nasssssty blister on my toe. (Don't worry I have pictures to show you haha.)




Official Splits:
5K: 35:17
10K: 1:12:53
10 mile: 1:57:56
11 mile: 2:10:50
13.1: 2:37:49

Official Splits from Baltimore:
Half: 2:31:36
21 mile: 4:15:54
26.2: 5:26:16

This was slower than my Baltimore half split time. But if you divide my final marathon time in half, it was faster than that.