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June 2009

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Location:

La,USA

Member Since:

Jul 09, 2007

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Half Marathon Finish

Short-Term Running Goals:

1. To run six days a week consistently

2. To run more than 40 miles a week.

3. To run from the stress of my work situation.

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
112.751.510.000.000.00114.26
Night Sleep Time: 29.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 29.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.200.000.000.000.005.20

Ran early am. Can I tell you how much better my running feels now that I had my SI injected??!!

SI injection on right side.

Pliometrics and core work in pm:

2 X 50m exaggerated skipping with medicine ball

2 X 50m bounding with medicine ball

2 X 50m lunges with medicine ball

3 X 20 squats with medicine ball

3 X 20 crunches with medicine ball

3 X 20 reverse crunches with medicine ball

3 X 30 reverse obliques with medicine ball (upper body steady against floor; legs swinging from side to side with medicine ball between knees)

3 X 40 twists with medicine ball holding core tight

3 X 10 pushups

3 planks

3 X 20 triceps with medicine ball

200m run in indoor track with Nike Frees (plan to work up barefoot - got to start somewhere) 

All done while Bubbles was at gymnastics. I love having access to the indoor track and a place to do all this stuff that is not in the sun. It is actually air conditioned but I get pretty sweaty. Only draw back is I did less bounding today because two moms were talking to me while I was resting and I didn't want to be rude. It is just as well considering the SI injection this morning and the addition of exercises and the addition of the medicine ball during the skipping and bounding. My legs felt pretty trashed aftern the lunges and the swats. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

Six miles. After yesterdays workout and SI procedure, it felt surprising good. First five miles I felt like I was gliding. Last mile, I was "driving." Got tired the last 200m so I judged it right today. Yea!

Life is getting better. Got asked to write two more World BooK Encyclopedia articles! This might be a good opportunity for me to switch careers. Planning to do a bang-up job and see how I can leverage these articles into another career -- science books for kids.

I will talk with my brother. He wrote a children's book a number of years ago. It is awesome, but self published.

 

 

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0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Swam 3000m. 500m warm up with drills. 3X500m swim with 1min rest in between. 1x500 pull with paddles and bouy. 3x100 on 2:00. 200 cool down.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.000.000.000.000.005.00

Five miles easy

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.050.000.000.000.008.05

This one was weird. I wasn't sure I was going to run all 8 as planned. Went out with no watch and paid no attention to my pace. I just ran. I told myself, I would figure out how far I would go at mile 5 and then again at 7. I had no problem with 8. I felt good the whole time. When I was done, I ran it about 1 min per mile faster than I thought I was going. This was even faster than most of my mid-week runs. Bizarre. I did wear the SI belt which I don't do for short runs.

 

SBD-1 Day 1

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.000.000.000.000.005.00

Five miles easy in the am.

Plyometrics and strength while Bubbles was at gymnastics. She is asking to go another day of the week so I may be able to add one more day of this.

3x55m exaggerated skipping

3x55m bounding

2x55m lunges

3x25 squats with mb

3x25 crunches with mb

3x25 reverse crunches with mb

3x40 oblique twists with mb

3x10 plank reaches

3x10 pushups

3x25 tricep extensions with mb

SBD-1 Day 3

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.100.000.000.000.006.10

Six easy

SBD-1 Day 4

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0.000.000.000.000.000.00

SBD-1 Day 5

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.000.004.00

easy

SBD-1 Day 6

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.000.000.000.000.005.00

Wanted to run 6 but I was running out of time and was bonking. It was 15 degrees hotter than my Sat am run, plus the heat index was in the stratosphere. Low carbs was another issue of the day which I fully realized when I peeled off my wet clothes to smell the lovely smell of ammonia (= serious ketosis). Not what I intended. I am trying to get my weight under control; I should add that I don't weigh myself. I just need my clothes to fit better. I've added in a few more carbs today to so tomorrow's run will be successful.

Tomorrow, I run very early as Bubbles, Honey, and Jeff and I are going to go pick organic blueberries. We are excited!

SBD-1 Day 7

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.020.000.000.000.007.02

Seven miles. Whoohoo! Felt good. Did this run without SI belt. Didn't bonk and finished strong. Ran early because we went and picked organic blueberries. We had a really great time. I am grateful for such a sweet, well-behaved little girl in Bubbles. Other people with kids there were not having such a great time. One Mom complained to me, but I told her we were having a great time. Bubbles picked a lot and then only at the end did she start eating them. We joked with the people who own the place that we should have weighed her before and then after. They are used to it and they encourage kids. I think it is really important for kids to know where there food comes from. Grocery store? NOT!

We are joining an organic farm cooperative and I am excited. We buy shares in the farm and get at least 10 lbs of produce every week. I am excited to support this family farm and turn my family into locavores. Also, we have a friend who is going to raise a grass-fed cow with us. We will split the meat with them. We buy grass-fed beef, but sometimes it is hard to get. Bubbles will go visit the farm we have shares in soon.

 SI pain much better now. I sleep with the SI belt on for most of the night. Very romantic! It is helping and I am finally getting sleep! And, I am running. I couldn't be happier about that.

SBD-1 Day 8.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.020.000.000.000.005.02

Had to force myself to get out of bed this morning. But I did and I ran 5 with no problems!

Bubbles doesn't have gym tonight so I don't know if I will do my plyometrics. I do have to move 2 yards of mulch out of my driveway and into my backyard.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.250.000.000.000.005.25

5.25 very slow, very sweaty miles.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.120.000.000.000.004.12

Swam 2300m. 500 warm up with drills. 8x100m on 2:00. 200m kicking with kickboard verticle in water (tombstones). 500m pulling with paddles and buoy. 200 cool down.

Ran 4.

SBD-1 Day 12

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.000.004.00

Dehydrated from yesterday. Bonked a bit on this run so I made it a mile shorter than I wanted to.

SBD-1 Day 13.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

Slogged through 6 miles. I am not sure if my lack of energy is diet related or just that the temps are soaring right now. I have been getting up at 4:45am to run but I went to bed at just after 7 last night so it wasn't fatigue.

SBD-1 Day 14

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

Six slow miles. It was hotter than ever today even though I ran at 5:15am. I think I am starting out dehydrated. So I am going to drink more before I start. I push fluids all day until I pee clear about noon. Then I definitely slack off in the evening and I can drink a bit more before I go.

I hit 30 miles this week and ran 6 days! Yea!

SBD-2 Day 1

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.000.000.000.000.005.00

This run was easier this morning. I am not sure if I am getting used to the heat or if I didn't get dehydrated yesterday or if I ate a few more carbs yesterday.

Tonight Bubbles has gym so I get to hop and skip and crunch!

 

3x60m skipping

3x60m bounding

2x60m lunging with mb

3x10 pushups

3 planks w/ arm raises

3x25 crunches with mb

3x25 oblique reverse crunches

3x25 reverse crunches

3x25 tricep curls w/mb

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.000.000.000.000.005.00

ran 5. Tired legs.

Night Sleep Time: 9.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.751.510.000.000.005.26

5.26 miles with 3x800 at a 2:00 per mile faster pace.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.240.000.000.000.005.24

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.000.000.000.000.005.00

It was hotter than hades today.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

Slow, hot miles.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
112.751.510.000.000.00114.26
Night Sleep Time: 29.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 29.00
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