Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Hill Repeats are FUN!!

Every week I have the slightest moment of dread as I depart from the house for my hill repeat workout. It is such a hard workout, and trying to accomplish long repeats in Austin is also quite the mental challenge. The longest "safe," meaning no traffic hill, is .6 of a mile. In order to make it worth my while I have to do 6-8 repeats...last year I got up to 10. I alternate weeks. Last week the focus was down, so I choose a steeper hill powerwalk up and sprint down. This week was up, so the task was to run slowly down and sprint up. For the up weeks I found a good hill that is .6 of a mile and challenging but not at such a steep grade I can't truly get a hard workout in.

Anyway, my window of opportunity to get it done was in the middle of the day. It was sunny and almost 80 degrees, with some fantastic wind 15-20 mph. I ran from my house to the base of the hill, and as I climbed the first set I realized that my uphills were going to be straight into the wind. At first I grumbled to myself, but then as each repeat went on it seemed to get a little better and I was able to put my head down and fight to the top. I ran 6 repeats, and then ran home...almost 9 miles. It was a great workout, and of course the dread that occurs at the beginning of the workout is left behind and a great sense of accomplishment takes over for getting it done!!

I also tried a new post workout recovery meal...Kashi Go Lean (1/2 cup), Whole Wheats O's (1/2 cup), blueberries, and soy milk...yum, yum!!

Have a great day!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Day Two...I better get more entertaining if I want to keep this up!

This morning was a fantastic day. Clea and I went for a run on the Greenbelt with our dogs. It was a great treat for us and them. The weather was perfect and the company was great.

I came home after and have been working all day. It's Sunday and beautiful outside, and I have spent the better part of the day in front of my computer. If I want to keep this up, I guess I better get a little more exciting??

This week should be a busy one, but I am going to try to play outside as much as possible. I am also going to try to buy a digital camera; that's right Clea, Michael, and Michelle I am no longer going to keep the disposable cameras in business. One of my reasons for buying the camera is so that I can post pictures when I don't have much to least I will have something on my blog :)

Have a Happy Week!!

Saturday, February 24, 2007

My first post on my very own blog!!

So Here it goes...
The weather was supposed to be bad this morning, but instead it was a beautiful day. A friend came over and we ran a great hilly post-marathon 10-miler. Tomorrow we'll hit the trails. It is finally warming up, and will be a fabulous 80 degrees on favorite weather!

By the way, this pic was taken before I paced at the RR100 at the beginning of the month.