Catching Up!

It’s been a few days since I last blogged, so here’s a recap: Thursday: AM: Strength Training Session with Trainer PM: 7-mile run

I was so exhausted from the two-a-day on Thursday that I went to bed at 8:30 pm. It had been a long day that started with a strength training session with Dave (trainer) at 6:30 am. He usually has me do a few circuit sets, but for this session, we did straight reps consisting of:

5 sets of: - 10 push-ups - 3 one-minute planks - 3 one-minute side planks on each side - 10 squats with shoulder presses using 10# weights - 10 dead lifts using 20# weights - 15 lateral arm raises using 5# weights while doing a fitness ball squat - 15 jack knives

It was a hard session and I was worried about how my legs would feel at the end of the day for my run. We usually train on Wednesdays, but I had work meetings and had to move it to Thursday.

That evening I headed to one of the local tracks for my run. The plan was to run a 1-mile warm-up, 2 miles at 9:30 min/mile, 2 miles at 10:00 min/mile, 1 mile at my best pace and then a cool down mile.

My splits were: 10:08, 9:14, 9:15, 9:53, 9:57, 8:36 and 10:12.

As soon as I was done, I could tell this one would leave me sore. I came home, forced myself to eat a little dinner and then crashed.

Friday: Rest

I was so looking forward to sleeping in on Friday; instead, I was up at 4:30 am. It’s a curse. I have no ability to sleep in. I tossed and turned for a while, then gave up and checked my email. There was an email from my Mom, sent out to a bunch of relatives about a tsunami heading to Hawai’i.

Growing up in Hawai’i, there were always tsunami warnings so I’ve become more or less immune to them. But then I checked the news and learned of the earthquake and tsunami that had hit Japan. Then I logged into Facebook to see a plethora of updates from Hawai’i friends about evacuating, lines at the gas stations, etc. That’s when I figured out it was for real. I spent the next 3 hours watching the local Hawai’i news on my laptop.

Though parts of Hawai’i did receive significant property damage, thankfully no one was injured. It could have been much worse, like those poor people in Japan. My heart breaks for them.

Saturday:10-mile run

I had planned to run at Sawyer’s Camp with Kady, but she came down with the flu. So I opted to do my run around town and along the Bay. I hadn’t done this since last summer, and I was on a time schedule, so I thought it would be the quickest way to get this done.

It was sunny but cool so I dressed in shorts, a tank and decided to finally use the arm sleeves I had bought over a year ago but never worn. Less than a mile into my run they were already peeled off – too hot.

Also shortly into my run I remembered why I don’t like to run around town – too many traffic lights and cars, lots of uneven pavement and the Bay Trail is packed with pedestrians and their dogs.

You’d think it’d be sweet to run with these views of the Bay:

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Bay3

But in reality, you spend most of your time fighting the wind.

I don’t know if it was lack of sleep, dehydration, or both + more, but I did not feel comfortable once during this one. Every step was a struggle and it took every last drop of energy in me to finish. But I did, in 1:43, or a 10:19 min/mile.

After I was done, I had to get ready and head to Jasmine’s birthday parties – yes, she had 2 today.

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The first was a Justin Bieber-themed party with 24 of her closest friends.

Plates
Plates
Cupcakes
Cupcakes
Party
Party

The second was this evening with family and close friends where I got my own special Sibby’s cupcake:

SFGCupcakes
SFGCupcakes

And now here I am paranoid about the time change. I already have enough sleeping problems and I’m concerned that the hour loss will make it even worse. So I’m turning in early, hoping to get as many unmedicated hours as I can. Wish me luck!