Monday, August 31, 2009

Life is Almost Back to Normal

So my terrible bug lasted almost an entire week. And we aren't talking, an easy cold. We are talking, hacking up a lung while you run, knock you out for the rest of the day, and kill your appetite bug. Needless to say, I have gotten nothing done since I got home from vacation almost 10 days ago now. My house is a disaster and I haven't cooked much because my husband was out of town and I had no appetite.

So at last, today life is back to normal and I cooked. I LOVE to cook. If I was getting ready to go to college again, I would go to culinary school. Yes, I know I can start over, but I am currently paying student loans for my degree and taking time away from my kids right now does not sound like fun, so maybe in the future, but for now I will be my family's personal chef. But anyways, I digress. Tonight I made stir fry with tofu in it. Since going vegetarian back in May, I have eaten tofu many times but only liked it a handful of times. Tonight, I fried the tofu in a little bit of canola oil and a tiny bit of sesame oil and some soy sauce. Yum, it turned out perfect. My stir fry had green peppers, zucchini, bean sprouts, mushrooms, and celery in it, along with my fried tofu, all on brown rice. What a delicious dinner, and my body is so happy to have eaten a normal home cooked meal and not restaurant food. I am lucky I run so much or I would have gained a ton of weight these past few weeks.

Yesterday, I ran 18 miles and 14 were at Marathon pace. I was shooting for 8:27 pace which is my BQ pace. When I was going for Sub-4, I aimed for the slowest pace I could go to get my goal time and during the race, I was easily able to go faster than needed. So 8:27 was my goal, and it was easy. EASY! I couldn't believe that I was able to run about 10 miles at 8:20 pace and slowed the last 4 down for an average of 8:25 pace for 14 total miles. The average for the first 16 miles of the run was 8:30. I slowed it down at the end, first of all, because I could, and second of all, the ball of my right foot was burning. The pain went away immediately after, so who knows what the problem was. During my run I passed a woman and she yelled out to her friends, "Young and strong!" I was very flattered, and I wish I could tell her how much she made my day. I will be 30 in December and I don't consider myself young anymore. Strong, definitely, but young, not so much.

That 18 mile run rounded out another 70 mile week, my second in August and 269 miles total for August. While on vacation, I was asked which training program I am following, since I have been running so much. I am doing Pfitziner's 18/70 program. The minimum mileage was 55 and I maxed out at 70 on two different weeks. I run 6 days a week. When I first started the program, I was very worried about the high mileage, but for the most part, the plan has been pretty good to me. I have really worked hard on slowing down on the longer runs so that I am recovered for every run. The only time I had a hard time hitting paces and completing runs was on my vacation. If I ever write up a trip report, I will fill you in more, but the heat was a killer on my vacation as was the travel. I did cut a few runs short while driving down to Florida, but did not miss one mile while in Florida, I even completed my first 70 mile week while I was there and a 22 miler.

OK, I need to get to bed, I have to get up early for my run tomorrow. Thanks for reading, and I apologize for being so absent lately.


Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

"Young and strong!" is RIGHT...way to be toughing it out with the sickness. And AMAZING that the pace you want is "Easy". I see a BQ in your future my friend..

Caroline said...

That's amazing, holding the BQ pace for the long run, and it being easy!!!

Glad you're feeling better :)

mamasweeds said...

Your stats never fail to impress me, I love it, keep it coming! I am so, so stoked for your marathon, I wish I could be there to hold up a sign that says "Go Robin Go!" Maybe I'll make a sign anyway and just hold it up at home that day!

aron said...

AWESOME long run!! seriously amazing :) your training is going so well too!! i really want to do the 70 mpw program one of these times :) you are making it look easy!