Monday, February 22, 2010

Pleasant Surprises!

Where does the weekend go? Seriously?

Here's an update on my workouts...

Thursday, 2/18 - treadmill run
Thursday is usually my swim day, but for some reason I had this urge to clean our master bathroom shower stall. I hate cleaning that thing - especially the glass, which always seems to have water spots, no matter how much I use the squeegee. Since I hadn't run all week, I decided it would be a perfect night for a treadmill run.

I hesitated a lot before this run, because my hip had been bothering me all day. When I finally mustered the courage to get on the treadmill and start moving, I was pleasantly surprised that my hip didn't hurt at all. However, it did hurt afterwards...ouch! Total run time - 30 minutes, 2.87 miles, 10:27 pace.

Friday, 2/19 - Swim, 1000 yards
After getting the kids to school, doing the grocery shopping and cleaning the house a bit, I headed to the gym for a swim. It was weird swimming during the day! I followed these drills for a total of 1,000 yards. It felt great and the best part - swimming didn't bother my hip at all! And, for some reason my hip didn't bother me at all for the rest of the day....crazy! I won't complain though, I'll just enjoy it!

Saturday, 2/20 - Long Run, 10 miles
I had the unique opportunity to run on Saturday morning with my running peep, Katie. I miss running on Saturdays with my peeps! Since the Kiddo has a class every Saturday, I don't get to do it often. Our next race is the Zooma 1/2 Marathon in Bastrop, so we decided to run the hilliest route in our neck of the woods - Flintridge.

Now let me tell you, we also ran some Flintridge last year to prep for Zooma, but there is nothing that can prepare you for those kind of hills! They hit you one after the other and they pretty much suck. But, at least the Zooma website doesn't sugar coat it - they do call it a "challenging" course! I'm a bit concerned, because I don't get to run hills every week....guess I need to up the incline on the ol' dreadmill more in the coming weeks. Let's face it people, Houston is not hilly! I was also concerned because of my on-going hip issues. I've been afraid of pushing it too hard and making things worse.

The course was an out and back with a couple of laps through a very hilly neighborhood. The conversation was good and there were pretty houses to look at, so the miles went by pretty quickly. It wasn't a fast run by any means, but then again, I am not accustomed to the hills. But, we did run a negative split, so that made me one happy runner! Afterwards, we met more of the running peeps for coffee and got to catch up! Fun times! Total run - 10 miles plus some change, 1:53, 11:21 pace.

Later in the day, we took my Dad to dinner for his birthday (the BIG 65!) And then headed over to a friend's house where the kiddos could play and the grown ups could watch some Olympics.

Oh - and no hip pain before, during or after the run! I was surprised how great my legs felt after the 10-miler, hills and all! WHOOT!

Sunday, 2/21 - rest day
I really need to work out my tri training schedule. Sunday should be a bike or swim day, but it's not in writing, therefore it did not happen! After a semi-late night at our friends, I was surprised that the whole house actually woke up in time to not only go to church, but have breakfast beforehand. After church, we headed to hell Chuck E Cheese for a birthday party. And, for the 1st time EVER, the Hubby and I were able to take a nap! The Munchkin was down for his nap and the Kiddo was perfectly content coloring and watching a we napped. It's been so long since I've taken a mid-day nap, that I forgot that I don't like them! Sounds weird, but I always wake up feeling groggy and yucky. No more naps for me.

Oh, and still no hip issues! Yahoo!

I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to a super productive week of amazing workouts!


Julie said...

Good job on that 10 mile hilly run!!! Extra bonus for having legs that felt fabulous after the run:) I love running in neighborhoods with beautiful houses to look at too! You are right, it makes the run go by faster:) Happy 65th birthday to Texas dad:) Good luck this week with your workouts and training!!

Jill said...

I actually like hill repeats on the treadmill - but I'm certain I'm not in the norm here. Yeah for no hip issues a great 10-miler!! Hope you have an incredible week running!

Staci Dombroski said...

WOW! Way to go on those workouts!!