Friday, July 31, 2009

Sleeping In

I woke up at 6:00am to the sound of pouring rain. In my younger years this would not have stopped me, but this morning there was no way I was going to get up and run in the pouring rain. I must be getting soft in my old age.LOL I finally got up at about 8:00am and it was no longer rain so I was out the door before 9:00am and got in 6.8 miles. Leg and back pain was much better until the end of the run. SLOWLY BUT SURELY GETTING BETTER!! Did weights and abs and swam 1 and a fourth mile.

Just wanted to say good luck to all those running BR tomorrow. Wish I could be there!!!!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Running with Kyle

kyle & kristen
kyle running

Today I got 7 miles in on the cross-country course in Loudonville. It's about a quarter of a mile down the hill from our house. Last night, Kyle, my middle son, asked if i wanted to run with him in the morning. He had a 7 mile recovery run so he would be running easy.LOL I agreed, so at 7:00am off we went. I was a little worried about the pace because of my back and leg but running on the grass would be a lot easier and it was. We averaged about 8 min. mile pace which was real slow for him. As for me, the pace was easy if only my leg didn't hurt. I don't get to run with Kyle very much because he is so much faster than this old lady but it was really fun to be able to talk about running and life in general as we ran around the course.

Let me fill you in alittle bit about Kyle. He's my middle son,age 19. He attends Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware,OH and is majoring in Physical Therapy, with a 3.8 GPA. He also runs c-c and track. Thank goodness I have a runner in the family. Although, we are so much alike that we often butt heads about training techniques and other problems that arise with a young man!! He started running in Jr.High as a sprinter and football player. He was a great running back but broke his ankle at the end of his 8th gr. football season,which pretty much ended his football career. He holds the Loudonville Jr.High records in the 100(11.5), 200(24.2) and 400(55.3). When he entered HS, he decided he wanted to be a distance runner and joined c-c. It was a good choice for him because he become quite good as long as he stayed healthly, Kyle has a problem with staying healthly. It seems like once he starts running real well he gets injuried.(kind of like his mother LOL) He has always been in the top 7 while in HS. His pr for a 5k is 17:o3. Track running is his real love. He holds the HS record in the 800m 1:58.6 but never made it to state. That's his real love the 800m but he can also run a fast 400m 51 in HS. Thanks goes to Don Baun for being a great coach to Kyle.
The start of his college running was not a very good experience for him. First of all, he had an IT band injury and was unable to train last summer so he was not in good shape entering c-c season, plus he had to move up in distance to an 8k. I don't think Kyle likes pain sometimes you just have to gut through it! And maybe he missed mommy alittle!! He did manage to run a 28:24. Indoor track was much better for him. He won the conference 800m in a pr of 1:56.04. Outdoor once again he got sick with some kind of upper respitory infection. I personally think he had mono but he would't get tested. He only placed 8th at conference and couldn't top 1:56.
This summer, he has been running great. He can hold 6:00min. mile pace for 10miles and 5:35 pace for his tempo runs. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and saying alot of prayers that he stays healthly!!!! It looks good so far. So that's pretty much Kyle other than getting his heart broke by his HS seetheart but of course he has another girl friend from Memphis, TN and will be living in a house this school year with three girls. THAT'S KYLE!!

After our run, I didn't lift but did abs. Went to the Y, swam 1mile and a fourth doing a ladder starting with 25m,50m, 75m, 100m, and back down.

Enough blabbing for now, Talk later!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A rainy, humid day

I heard it raining early this morning but by the time I got up around 7:00am it had stopped. I ran 6.5 miles and couldn't believe how humid it was. I was soaking wet with sweat, like I just jumped into a pool!! Did weight lifting for my biceps, which means alot of curls and rows and abs. On my way up to the y, it poured like crazy. I haven't drove in rain like that in a long time. Some of the roads were under water. Once at the y, I got in a mile and a half swim with 10x50 meter sprints, 300 meters of kick board and 250 meters of pull. These workout might seem strange because they are workouts that I make up myself. I swim intervals like I would if I were on the track.
My leg seemed better today. I think if I try to run with a straighter back and a slower pace it helps. I have registered to run Germantown 50k on Aug. 22 so I hope to be better by then. We'll see!!
Until next time....

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Boys with their new ink.........


Ran 6 miles this morning. Did my weight lifting. Today was triceps,delts, shoulders and abs. Ended up running 5.5 more miles this evening on the trails with the hubby. I thought about running with the y club but decided the trails would be kinder to my back.

I'm also adding a picture of keith, the youngest, at the ASAC swim championship a couple of weeks ago. He won the breaststroke in the 15-18 age group 50 meters in 36.19.


Monday, July 27, 2009

Another Day Done

I got a rather late start this morning and didn"t get out the door until 8:00am. I think Keith was up for High School football camp before I was. I got a 6 miler in and than did a weight lifting session in that took me about 90 minutes. Did benching, shoulders and fly work along with abs. Off to the y for my daily swim. Today I did 1 mile and a fourth but did 18x25 yd. sprints and 450yd pull. It seems that sprinting in the pool is the only way I can get my heart rate up since I can't do any intervals running because of this thing with my leg and back. It's better than nothing!!
This afternoon I made homemade applesauce with transpartant apples. It's great!! I can't make it like my mom does but I'll keep practicing. I put it in containers and freeze it.
Tomorrow I plan to run on the trails and than MAYBE run with the y club in the evening
Got to get to bed because it's late once again!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

It sure has been an interesting evening. I am still trying to set up my blog. My husband and I are having difficulty. If I pop up on someone's blog with multiple names, so sorry!! I will have to keep working on getting some pictures and so forth.

I wanted to run this morning with the Mansfield run club but was to tired to get up. The two older boys were out late and of course I was worried and couldn't sleep until they were home, which ended up to be around 1:00am. I ended up getting up around 7:00am and ran 6.5 miles on the road. I was alittle tired from yesterday and my leg and back still was hurting. I'm getting real tired of this pinched nerve problem, so if anyone out there has any suggestions on how to cure this thing please let me know!! After my run, I did my weight lifting. Corey, my oldest, who plays football for Marietta College, has set up a lifting program for Kyle, my middle boy, who runs for Ohio Wesleyan, so I'm following it. After lifting, I headed for the y to swim. Got in a mile and a half. After that I had to got grocery shopping. Since the boys are all home, it seems that I go shopping every other day!! Even got in a nap later. I am now going to try and post some picture on my blog so wish me luck!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

first blog

I have just spent most of the evening setting up my blog. It wasn't that difficult but it took me awhile and help from my husband. I will talk more tomorrow because it's late and I need to get to bed. I did run 20 today on the trails at Mohican with Joe Crawford and Chip (sorry I don't know his last name). My leg and back are still bothering me, however. I do believe the pinched nerve that I have been suffering from since Mohican 100 is slowly getting better. Night All