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A long-ish run for me

February 26, 2012

Workout: 5 miles

I woke up this morning around 6. I got dressed, ate some pre run fuel and was out the door by 7. I left my house down to the beach, I had mapped this route out last night on I was feeling good the whole way there. Once I got to the beach, my legs started feeling week and my hip started to feel tight. I stopped a bit and stretched it out. Long story short, I got a ride back home from my husband. My plan had been to turn around and come back for a total of 10 miles.

I know, I know. 4.75 miles...but I round up to 5 🙂

When I got home I foam rolled and it hurt so good…if that makes sense.

My daughter loves the foam roller too..although I'm not sure why

Overall, even though I didn’t run my full 10 like I should have I still feel good about it. Its the longest I have ran by myself, just me, my ipod, and the road. My long runs usually have a group of runners with me, maybe not right beside me, but they are running the same course. That right there is what helps me keep going. When I know someone in my group is feeling the same thing and fighting the same mental fight, it almost makes me feel weak to stop.

Tomorrow, I am going for another 5 miles. Last week daily mile told me I did about 12-13 miles. I was SLACKING last week, big time. I didn’t push myself when I knew I could and I didn’t just keep going when I knew I could. This week will be different. I’m going for 20 miles. I also have a 15k race this Saturday. I just have to focus on doing this for me. I need to push myself each time. My week will look something like this:

Monday: 5 miles
Tuesday: 4 miles in the A.M and track workout with SDTC in the P.M
Wednesday: Strength in the A.M and running with Roadrunners Sports in the P.M (6 mi.)
Thursday: 8 miles
Friday: rest
Saturday: Sue Krenn 15k with SDTC
Sunday: Strength in the AM and some bike riding

See ya soon!
<3, Vero


Been a little down lately..

February 25, 2012

It’s been awhile since I blogged and I think it has to do with the fact that I have been a little down. The funny thing is that I am not sure why. My running has not been up to par. I overslept today and didn’t meet the SDTC for the 2 hour long run. Sometimes I worry that this marathon wasn’t a good idea after all, I feel I have this mental block. Lately, I set out to run 5-6 miles by myself during the week and end up only running 3.

There are many reasons that this can be happening, but part of me feels like it is because after learning of Sherry's death, I became a worry wart. It was all over all the blogs I follow and I even did a run dedicated to her. Now, at times I can be naive. I know there are bad people in this world and I know that a lot of the times bad things happen to good people simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, I can honestly say that when I started this marathon journey I didn’t think something like this could happen to me, but it can. It happened to Sherry, someone who didn’t deserve it and didn’t think she would be robbed of her life that day. I know this shouldn’t discourage me, but maybe thats why I won’t go on long runs alone. I want to be stronger, mentally and physically. I want to complete this marathon. BADLY. And I will dedicate this week to Sherry.

This week I am going to focus on longer distances and not worry about my pace. Since I missed today’s long run, I am going to set out and do it tomorrow.

Today was a normal saturday (except for the missing my long run part). I took my daughter to the park and came home to a nice little snack
I’ve given up soda for lent, so I’ve been drinking water, seltzer water, and one cup of coffee a day. It’s only been about 3 days, but I feel great about it!

I’m off to get ready for work! I promise to be around more, update this more, and in turn you guys will keep me on track.

<3, Vero

Since we last spoke…

February 18, 2012

Workout: 6 Miles 1:23:36

Hello All!
Sorry I’ve been away, but it’s been crazy!

I started my day off today with a little pre run breakfast.
Some english muffins from trader joes, with a little almond butter and some banana.. YUM.

I met my San Diego Track Club at Cal State San Marcos for a long run today around twin peaks. We set off around 7 am and got back 8:45 am. It was brutal! Let me just tell you it was difficult, hills, straight up but the views were beautiful.

Beautiful views

My running shadow 🙂

straight up hills!

The run killed me, I’m not used to running hills. I walked mostly all the hills and of course ran all the way back down. It totaled about 6 miles. On the way up, I started talking with another woman who gave me all these tips for first runners.

Tips like:
-if you get a side cramp raise your arms above your head, if you cant raise your arms while running slow down to a fast walk.
-if you’re running a long run by the ocean jump in after! Your legs will probably sore and numb after a long run, so they wont be in too much shock after jumping into the cold ocean. Ice baths can do the same trick.
-Before a long run or a race, you must eat a pre run fuel. You can’t go from sleeping thru the night with no food/fuel to running.

Got to get ready for work!


February 12, 2012

Saturday: 7 miles

Today was long run day. I was already nervous, today’s long run called for an hour and a half. The most I’ve ran was an hour and ten minutes. It went well though. Well….it could have gone a bit better.

I had to try my new lululemon running skirt that I got on CLEARANCE!

Lulu skirts make me run fast!

After starting strong, I felt the urge to use the restroom.
Uh-oh, how could this be?? I went before I left the house! Just keep going Veronica, it may pass. You have to keep going! There is no bathroom around here!

Well, about 2 miles of that led to the conclusion that I couldn’t hold it and had to go. Luckily, I flagged down some golfers and they gave me the code to use their restroom. And just like that, back on the road again!!

I finished the last half strong, which makes me think I could have done a lot better and maybe got in two more miles if I didn’t have the whole bathroom episode. BUT, despite me thinking that I could have done better my husband reminded me what was important. He said, “focus on how far you have come. Don’t fail to appreciate what you have accomplished so far”. I love him. 🙂

I then proceeded to eat my breakfast when I got home. Trader Joes whole wheat mini pita bread with honey apple butter and banana. YUM. I stretched more, because we all know that it does wonders. I have since been a lazy bump on a log and it feels oh so good.

Catching up

February 11, 2012

Friday: REST DAY

Since we have last spoken I’ve completed a 10K, specifically the Super Run 10K in San Diego.

My first race tech tee that I can start a collection with!

I’ve started running religiously in the AM, like before the sun comes up, AM…

The Moon before the Sun

Simply Beautiful

I’ve finally fallen into a running routine and it feels AWESOME! Right now I am about 12-15 miles a week. I’ll be updating this each day with my workouts to hold myself accountable. Tomorrow is my long run day, an hour and a half to be exact. BRING IT ON! 🙂

Oh hey little blog…

February 10, 2012

Hey little blog. It has been awhile. A LONG while, things have been great on my end. I am in the San Diego Track Club and am training for RNR SD FULL marathon!! EEk! Can you believe it??

Anywho, I am back on track with the whole blog thing. I want to document my training and my weight loss. I’ve lost 25 pounds so far!!

I’ll check in later 🙂

Tomorrow’s a new day

October 17, 2011

Well lets just say it…these last couple of days have been crap. I have worked like a bagillion hours, eaten anything I could, and haven’t had time to exercise. Literally, I worked from 6am to 945pm one day, and then had to return the very next day. My body is weak, sore, and tired. I haven’t slept much in the last couple of days and have hardly had the energy to get out of bed. My job isn’t exactly labor intensive, I think its more mental than anything. But now that I have gotten all that out of the way, tomorrow marks a new start.

I will be working at the yoga studio I frequent and will be getting a run in during the afternoon. I can’t wait! I can finally try out my garmin.

I signed up for the SDTC and can’t wait until January to go to their orientation…In the meantime, I have a 5k to run November 6 and November 24..My first races ever!!! eek!

These will be the races I am running, I am not looking to PR or anything, just finish. I do want to feel like I gave it my all though.

That’s it for now! See you all tomorrow!