Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Keep going, and going, and going...

I'm on fire lately. I can't believe how much more energy I have. I bike commuted to work (which always makes me feel good--hey! it's 30 extra minutes of biking!). When I got home, I hurried into my running clothes and out the door before the sun went down. It's a race to beat the sun! Jason got home just as I was leaving with my new running shoes. Score! My old ones started to poop out last week, and my half marathon is this coming weekend! Perfect. I have just enough time to break them in a little without deflating the cushioning too much. (I hate how often I need new running shoes. Seems like every 3 months. But my feet can really tell the difference.) Out the door and down into the canyon. I passed so many walkers, hikers, people jogging with their dogs, and mountain bikers. It's awesome how active everyone is around here. Felt very comfortable the whole way. Trail running is hard though! I had to definitely slow it up and do some side-stepping and careful negotiations around rocks and ditches. It was kind of fun. I love the trail SO much more than the road. The entire way back was uphill, which always sucks. However, I was prepared this time. I just took my time. Made it out and back (10k) in sub-9 minute miles. That's good for me lately! Especially b/c of the trail running and the hills. Plus, the pace felt comfortable for me the whole time.

Showered, stuffed myself with scrambled eggs and salmon on toast (I love breakfast for dinner) and some dark chocolate (with skim milk). Mmmm. Crashed for 30 minutes on the sofa. Then, lugged myself off the couch and stretched and eased into some free weights for a good 45 minutes. Then, I don't feel so guilty about watching trashy t.v. (The Bachelor--horrible show, but I couldn't turn the channel!).

This morning, dragged myself out of bed at 5:30 to make it to our first spinning class at UCSD at 7:00. Ugh. So early! It was a blast though. Plus, I get to lab earlier so I get the day started earlier. Nothing is better than that feeling of starting the day off with an early morning workout.

Hoping to make it to a club track workout tonight for a final run (with some speed) before the half-marathon this Sunday. The rest of the week will be more relaxing. Some biking and swimming but nothing too taxing.

8 comments:

Cliff said...

..those uphills are good...u will be much stronger on flats...

u make me feel bad..now my season is over..i sit here doing nothing but veg....

hmm veg :)

Jenö said...

I love starting up in new shoes... I'll bet trail running is a good way to break them in!

Paul said...

Which half mary are you running on Sunday?

Zoo said...

Sorry I didn't comment earlier, internet down here at work all day. I definitely need to start some trail running however there's no trails around my house :( I'll have to go exploring for some. I'm still trying to get myself out of bed early enough to get a workout in before work, but now that I'm not commuting to work it's more difficult since I'm not a morning person :P Any suggestions?

Good luck in the half-marathon, can't wait to read the race report.

Jodi said...

Wow, you are on fire! I wish I had your energy :)

You'll do great at your half marathon if you can keep up those splits on trails!

Jodi

JeffM said...

That was a great pace for trail and hill! The Tour De Poway sounded relaxing- did you moo at the cows?

Jessi said...

Oh no! The Bachelor started and we hadn't set Tivo to record it yet! Dammit! I can't believe I missed the first episode!

Wait, were you saying something about training?

Mon said...

I would love to get my workout done in the morning, and not worry about the evening, and have anything after work be a 'bonus' workout. I cannot drag myself out of bed though.

The bachelor is awesome, watching women fight over a guy they barely know is hilarious.