Monday, April 27, 2009

Allergies, Sigh.

I had a nice week of training last week.  I was trying to decide if I would do the 10k on Sunday.  The weather looked even worse than last week.  Thunderstorms.   Holly does not do Thunderstorms.  I am terrified, like abnormally so.   I actually do a crouch walk to the car if I get stuck out in one so I'll be lower to the ground.  Ok you can stop laughing now.   So I decided not to pre-register.

I'm glad I didn't.  Friday we had our first 80 degree day in 6 months!   This was great but caused every single tree to start blooming.   I have terrible spring allergies.  Mainly eyes issues.   We went out for dinner with friends Friday night and everyone wanted to eat outside.  I knew that would be an issue but I went with it.  By the end of dinner my eyes were a mess.   I woke up on Sunday and they were swollen and glued shut.  Yuck.  I stayed in the house all weekend and am recovered for now.  I didn't do a long run all weekend.  Very bad!   I'm afraid to step outside it's either going to be the trees or the lightning!   Or both, what if  lightning hit a tree?  Crap.

Monday, April 20, 2009

My First 10k

I did it.  I completed my first 10k!  First a video preview of how I was feeling before the race:

My fears were well founded.  I didn't finish last but I did finish next to last.  No worries from me though.  I'm very happy with my time.  1:14:01.   11:56 pace.   Speedy for me!   It was a miserable day with rain and wind coming right off of the lake.  My legs were cold the whole race.  There was one downside, one of the volunteers at the water station.   The course was a two loop course so I got to pass by twice.   He started off the second time by saying  "Didn't I see you four times already?"  then the best one " Can I call you a cab?"   Dude!!!!   At least I am out here running.  I just laughed at him.   I mean he is standing in the rain, but that was pretty uncalled for.   I wasn't that far back from the end of the pack.    

The plus side of a small race that you finish at the end of?   It's easy to spot your husband at the finish.  He was the only one!    Thanks for waiting in the cold Dave!  Love you!

I am sore today.  The course was rolling and I think I beat my quads up on the down hill.  I still forced myself to do a 3 mile run today to help loosen things up.

So there is another one next Sunday.  I may give it another try.  Hopefully this will have more than 55 runners in it and I'll do better than next to last.   

Stay tuned!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Where's the sun?

I'm really getting sick of this weather.  I am still pulling out the winter coat!   Enough!!!  Had a couple of nice runs so far this week.  Skipped the strength training yesterday as I must have slept funny or something.  I woke up with a stabbing pain by my shoulder.   Thankfully that is gone today.  I'll be back at it tomorrow with a run and strength training routine.  

Getting excited for my 10K on Sunday.   I can't believe I haven't run a 10k ever!?   Marathon-check, Half Marathon-check, 13k-check, 8k-check, 5k-check.   10k not so much!   I'm planning another one next weekend as well.  I'm a bit worried about finishing last as I'm afraid there won't be very many slower runners.  But I love this saying:  Dead last finish is better than did not finish which is better than did not start.   Here's hoping for at least the dead last finish- HA!!!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

I must update more often.

Ok,  let's see if I can get in a better blogging groove.    The weather here is still not great.  Cold, rainy, typical Chicago in spring time weather.  I'm dying to get outside.   Hopefully Sunday will be good because I have a 10K race to do.  

I had a good week of training.  I did 6 miles for my long run on Saturday.  It feels good to get up in the mileage again.   I was tired though.   My legs were tired from climbing stairs.   Stairs?  Yep, stairs at an indoor waterpark.   Dave and I went to Key Lime Cove in Gurnee, IL on Thursday night.   We had a blast.    The slides were pretty cool.  We went up and down several times.  My legs were screaming!   It's tough on my feet to walk barefoot on concrete especially climbing stairs!   The park was fun and we had a nice getaway.   

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Another race?

I was back on the treadmill again this week.  3 miles on Monday, Wednesday and today.  Strength training on Tuesday and Today.   I'm hoping for a six mile run on Saturday.    I signed up for a 10K on April 19th.   I've never done a 10K.  Should be fun!  Hopefully no snow this time around.