Tuesday, November 25, 2008

About time I'm back

Well it's about time I catch up with my blogging a few minutes before I head out to lunch.

As some of you may remember from wayyyy long ago when I last posted, marathon training started last week.

To recap:
Monday's run was crappy.
Tuesday's 5-miler was better
Wednesday's three-miler was pretty good.
Thursday rest.
Friday wa five at pace.

I wanted to my pace to be between 10:30 and 11 minute miles, with the idealist in me really really hoping to whip out some 10 minute miles. I don't remember the exact time, but I finished the five in 51:10ish I believe, which is just a little bit slower than 10 minute miles. Not too shabby.

My weekend long run was eight miles. I couldn't get it done on Saturday because I was packing and driving back to Maryland for our last home football game of the season (which we blew to FSU) so I planned to do it Sunday.

I ended up having to go to the leasing office for my new place on Sunday and had to wait by the phone for the rest of the day for a return call, which left me zero time to go running. I was kind of bummed because it was a gorgeous day for an 8-miler, but that's life and unfortunately making sure everything is squared away with the new townhouse is a priority.

I won't be getting my runs in this week either because my commute is about an hour each way until I can move to my real place and it's too dark before I leave and when I get back. For now I'm just crashing with friends in Annapolis until I can move.

I do have tentative plans to run a Turkey Trot 5K on Thursday though, so I won't feel like a complete slacker. (Ok that's a lie, I already feel like a complete slacker.)

I hope to get things back on track with the running soon, but I know I'm in a big transition right now and just need to take things one at a time until I get settled in. Missing a few runs probably won't kill my training.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Learning why nutrition is important...the hard way

First off, I have to apologize that I haven't read a single blog since last week. I'm so far behind and I'm a little afraid to look at the damage in my Google Reader. I will catch up soon though, just as soon as my life starts to settle down a bit.

To update quick on that. Friday was my last day at the newspaper in PA. I moved everything out and gave a bunch of my stuff to my parents when I saw them Saturday for the Notre Dame vs. Navy game in Baltimore. (ND won! WHOO!)

I basically kept two duffel bags and now I'm crashing at friends' places until I find a place to live. I have tentative plans to see a place tonight and definite plans to see a place tomorrow. Cross your fingers for me.

Marathon training officially started today. I'm following Hal Higdon's intermediate plan, but I shifted some of the days around because I like my long runs on Saturdays and he has them on Sundays. 

Today was supposed to start with an easy three miler, but I felt horrible from the moment I started moving. My legs felt like dead weight. I pushed through a little more than two miles and then took a walk break. Started running a little more and then walked again. I ran the last .2 or .3 miles or so in the 3.5 mile loop I had mapped. 

Because of things being packed in strange places, I think my watch was in a box that my parents took (or else it's lost because I can't find it) so I didn't have a time for this run.

I realized though the reason I sucked so much was because yesterday I ate about no food. Not on purpose. It just happened. I was going down to North Carolina for the day for the ACC Tournament to watch Maryland vs. UVA in the finals. (You may remember from last year that day trips to North Carolina are fairly common during soccer season.)

We left around 7 a.m. and I had a pack of trail mix with me. I wasn't super hungry, so I didn't crack open the trail mix until about 10ish. We stopped for food at a BoJangles (for those not familiar, it's fried chicken and lots of sweet tea). I'm not a big fan of fast food and there was no way I was going to be chowing down on fried chicken so I just got a water. 

One of the other kids in the car wasn't eating it either. He was smart though and packed a sandwich. I hadn't. He had a whole box of granola bars though and offered me one so I took him up on it.

After the game (which we won by the way...whoooo ACC Champs!!!), the coaches gave us two of their pizzas so, I had two slices on the way home. We stopped at Sonic on the way back, but I wasn't super hungry because I had eaten the pizza only about two hours before then and plus it was more fast food.

I ordered a strawberry smoothie with low-fat yogurt because I figured I'd get hungry at some point. I only ended up having half of it.

So that was all I ate, all day: Granola bar, a few handfuls of trail mix, two slices of pizza and half a smoothie. Definitely not enough. No wonder my three-miler sucked so bad this morning.

I'm making pasta for dinner tonight. I've got a five miler tomorrow that I'd really rather not bonk on.

If anyone has a good nutrition plan that they followed during marathon training, let me know!

I promise to catch up on my blog reading ASAP! (Pics from the ACC tourney to come as soon as I find my camera connector cord....but it might also be with everything that my parents took...oh brother...I need to find a place to live soon.)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Busy busy busy

Man I feel like I haven't had a second to catch my breath since this weekend. I've been filling in for one of my co-workers at work who's out for a family emergency and I've been trying to finish up all of my work that I need to finish by my last day on Friday.

I spent about four hours packing last night and tonight I'm going down to D.C. to look at another place to live. Then I'm going back down again Thursday night to look at another one. I really hope one of them works out. I'm starting to stress out about being homeless in a few weeks.

In the workout world, I haven't had much going on. I ran a 5K with my friend on Sunday.

We did OK, but the course was kind of crappy. It was an out and back, which I don't mind. Except this course was completely downhill the first half and up a huge hill on the way back. We clocked out first mile in 8:36 because we gravity was pulling us down the hill so fast. Unfortunately we hit mile two at 19:46 and then finished at at 30:50 according to the official times. The hills were brutal and there was just no way I could sustain my normal pace over the race course. 

I was disappointed in my time, but Amy and I  had a really great time and it was a beautiful day, so I can't complain too much. I'll just need to find a different race to Shave my 5K.

Oh and in other news...it's official.

I registered for the National Marathon on March 21 in D.C. Training starts next Monday. I sure as heck hope I have my living situation figured out by then. I don't want to be skipping runs at the beginning of training because I'm busy looking for a place to live.



Friday, November 07, 2008

So long shoes

To my beloved turquoise Mizunos,

You have been so good to me for the past six months, getting me through a half marathon, my knee rehab and my return to running. Sadly you are old and worn out and now I must let you go. I'm sad for us to part ways and I will miss our time spent together on the road. I apologize for replacing you with a new flashier (and way cleaner) version. It must be hard for you to know that your twin is going to be going with me on my long runs, tempo runs, short runs, all my runs from now on and you will be demoted to my cross-training shoes. It was a tough decision, but I promise, it's not you, it's me.

-- Jess

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Last night I picked up my new Mizunos and they are all kinds of bright colors. I've been running in the Wave Inspire for a long time and I've had blues, oranges, yellows, but none of them as electric as the blue/purple comb on my new ones. I know you're supposed to break in your shoes before races, but I'm breaking that cardinal rule. I've got a 5K on Sunday and probably won't be able to get a run in before then.

I also finally registered for the Celtic Solstice 5 Miler in Baltimore in December. I'm really looking forward to it.

And I put together a marathon training schedule last night. I haven't registered yet, but I've got the schedule. It starts in earnest on Nov. 17th. So from now until then I'm not going to follow anything really, just going to do some runs when I can.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Some big news and some odds and ends

I decided to scrap the gym last night and get my run in outside after work. It was starting to get dark when I got home, but it was still decent, plus my neighbors have all kinds of lights and stuff. By the time I got to mile two though it was pretty much pitch black and it was hard to see the road in front of me. I was worried I was going to trip and fall. (Maybe that's why my time was so crappy...32: something for 3.2 miles...way slower than I have been going lately.)

But I got it in and I didn't sprain an ankle. It's probably a good thing my iPod died in the NOT cold again because I could hear cars coming and such. Seriously maybe it is time for a new iPod or something. It dying every time the weather is not 70 degrees is getting a bit old.

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My Big News:

Well I've been sitting on this news for a long, long time because nothing was official until this week. But it's official now.

I got a new job! In Washington, D.C.!!!!

I can't put into words how happy I am to be getting back to the D.C./Md. area. You guys know I've been going back there almost every weekend since the end of July because I love it and miss it so much.

So yea, new job working for the government starting Nov. 24. I'm super excited.

I'm currently in the midst of trying to find places to live. It's not easy let me tell you. I saw two places last weekend. Neither was great. I'm going to see a place tonight (yup driving down three hours in rush hour traffic after work, looking out a house, and then driving another two hours back home so I can be at work tomorrow...ick) and then I'm going to see another place next Tuesday and I'm sure a few more this weekend.

It's stressful to say the least, but it's got to be done. I've been a hobo on my friends couches on the weekends for long enough. I don't want to further impose by not having my own place to live!

I have high hopes for the place I'm seeing tonight. The girls living there now seem really friendly so I'm hoping they'd be good roommates. Cross your fingers for me!

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Also a few of you commented on the "cute blind ref" from the Halloween pics. Man, I can't slip anything past you guys! He's the BF. He's a real nice guy that I met...where else...at a Maryland tailgate.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Halloween fun

Nothing too exciting to report in the way of running. My calves were really really tight after Friday's 8 miler so I took the rest of the weekend off. It was darker than I realized when I got home from work tonight so poor planning on my part led to no run. I might try to hit the gym after work tomorrow. I'd go before but I'm going to be busy waiting in line to vote. (I think the running gods will forgive me for missing my morning work out to vote.)

P.S. I registered for the GW Law School 5K I mentioned a few posts back this afternoon. Attempt No. 2 at Shaving my 5K this Sunday!

Anyway, here's some pictures from the Halloween festivities this weekend.

Indiana Jones and the TV Guide. (My roommate works in the TV dept. at the Washington Post. She got a ton of interesting comments about her costume, including one from a creepy guy who was like, "Hey, so what's on tonight." Not creepy by itself, but totally creepy the way he said it.)

A blind ref, a fallen angel and the Hamburgler (without her mask on)

Emily, me and Sam getting ready to go out.

Soccer player and a ref. (It wasn't planned, I swear.)

Me and my fave! (AKA my college roommate Emily!)