Saturday, January 26, 2008

10 Run 1, Week 1 (BTHR-P2) + Run 1, Week 6 (CT5K): Got to Keep Moving to Stay Warm!


Just got back from my two runs of the day. According to the weather report, we ran in 30 degree weather. Right now, my hands are so cold, I can barely type! They were warm while I was running, but of course became cold again when I stopped. And, yes, I had warm gloves, but they apparently weren't warm enough! ;-)

OK, well this post's going to be brief, as I've got a lot of job-hunt related stuff I've got to take care of today:

My first run (which I started at 1:25 PM this afternoon) was supposed to be 40 minutes, but in order to complete my usual 5 laps (3.7 miles), my time was actually closer to 43 minutes, 43:05 minutes to be precise. That means I ran a 11:38:39 pace today. That's a marked improvement over last week's 40-minute runs, but slower than the week before that. Considering I only got 5 hours of sleep (yes, still not sleeping well!), I'd say that the run was still decent. Frankly, what I'm most ecstatic about is that I've been running for several weeks straight now without knee pain. Those glucosamine chondroitin pills I'm taking before my runs appear to be doing the trick (I took another 2 before today's run as well), plus I've been very moderate about about my exercise. Well, lately I might be a little too moderate in my exercise ;-), as I've only run twice this week & also twice last week, which is not fulfilling the required 3x/week exercise "pact" I've made with myself. But I'm going to cut myself some slack, since I'm fairly stressed these days. I guess I should be proud of myself for continuing to run & lift semi-regularly in spite of all of the chaos. ;-)

OK, so onto the next run: My friend & I were supposed to meet around 2 pm today for our run. I was actually doing the final lap of my solo run & rounded the corner at approximately 2:07 pm or so, and was thankful that she hadn't yet appeared (as I was a bit late myself in finishing up my solo run!). Since I didn't yet see her, I took the opportunity to do a brief cool-down walk around the lake, walking about 1/4 of the way around the lake and then doubling back to our meeting spot, all the while making sure that our meeting spot was still within my line of sight. She had actually showed up earlier but then, upon not yet seeing me, had gone back to her car to get her scarf. ;-)

We started our workout closer to 2:15 pm or so, and ran 2 intervals of 8 minutes followed by a final 5-minute run. My friend commented that the runs seemed rather easy, which was great to hear, as it means her fitness level's definitely improving. And of course our run today seemed relatively "easy," especially when compared to the 20 minute run we did the last time! ;-) We had a great chat today & managed not to gab too much afterward, as my friend needed to return to work to finish up some paperwork & then had plans for later in the evening.

As for me, I'm going to do some final follow-up related activities concerning my job hunt, and then perhaps later, I'll do the movie write-up, as I'd promised. Will be something to look forward to doing after the job-related stuff! OK, thanks everybody, for your great comments. I plan to reply soon!

Hope you're all having a great afternoon!


Abimars said...

Hiya, I've been MIA for a while will be back to catch up and start my comment fest

tootie said...

I'm impressed that you did 2 runs! That's awesome!

Mister Scott said...

great job putting together a two-a-day! one question though--your hands are cold and it's a balmy 30 degrees? you must live in Florida to have warm weather like that! ;)

though thanks to global-whatever, we have yet to have enough snow here in upstate new york to really snowhshoe yet (im sure i just jinxed us)!


mr. scott

Tim Wilson said...

Good to hear that your knee hasn't been bothering you. It is always good to get some runs in pain free after having trouble for so long.

cyberpenguin said...

Hi Everybody,
Thanks for your great comments!

To Abi: Thanks! As always, look forward to hearing your thoughts. Also know how busy life can get, so please take your time. No rush, OK?! Just hope things are going well for you.

To Tootie: Thanks, the two-runs-a-day thing is actually something I've been doing for a while. The second set of runs (i.e., the Couch-to-5K program) with my friend is a way to spend quality time with her (we usually talk before, during, & after our runs!) & also help her get to her goals of getting into shape & having more energy! And speaking of which, I'm just thankful to have enough energy to do the second set of runs with her. ;-)

To Mister Scott: Well, I only wish I lived someplace warm like Florida, especially right about now! 8-) Would be great for winter running, eh?!

Like the typical woman, the middle of me is usually warm enough but the extremities are often cold. (You guys are certainly lucky to have a higher core body temperature, especially when running in winter weather!) My fiancé, Erik, jokingly likes to call me "Cold-Hands Corey." (Sounds like some kind of Mafia moniker, eh? ;-) Right up there with "Tony Two-Toes" and "Cement-Shoes Lenny"! LOL.)

The fingers were warm enough during the workout; I even took the gloves off while running, but then the hands very quickly got cold again afterward. It also got much colder & windier outside as the evening progressed, which could also explain the lack of warmth. Aside from the fact that the gloves probably weren't made out of warm enough material, they typically don't keep the fingers as warm as mittens. I know 30 degrees doesn't seem that cold, especially to people who are used to much colder winters in places like upstate New York & Minnesota (!), but I'm always amazed how my hands are the only part of me that get so cold so easily. Maybe I need to find a better pair of gloves or swing my arms harder to improve the blood circulation in my body! ;-) You're very lucky that this doesn't seem to happen to you!

To Tim: Thanks! Sounds like you can relate to the knee issue. ;-) Do you have any similar sensitivities, either brought on by past injuries or the occasional overly strenuous workout? ;-) Do you tend to be fairly moderate in your exercise, or do you find yourself overdoing it on occasion? What's your "exercise personality"?!

Tim Wilson said...

Oh yes it does. I have had my share of injuries, and I dread not being able to run.

I tend to be moderate most of the time, but will sometimes push myself really hard to see what I can do.

Sometimes when I go hard I find myself going too hard, both those times are getting less frequent.

My personality is pretty much summed up with "inpatient" I want to see too many results too fast. :)

Running Hoosier said...

I will have to try the glucosamine chondroitin pills for my knee. I had an accident back in '85 and broke my the patella on my left knee. Sometimes is hurts other times it doesn't.


cyberpenguin said...

Hi Tim,
When you say, "oh yes, it does," to which part of my response are you referring? Are you referring to my questions about your knee or your exercise personality?


Hi Running Hoosier,
Thanks for stopping by my blog & leaving a comment. Hope the glucosamine chondroitin works for you!

Tim Wilson said...

I was talking about the knee comment, but even more general than that - injuries in general. In fact I have just posted this morning on my blog about my run this morning and my ankle. Why oh why do I ask? :)

Coaster said...

I started the couch to 5k a while back but due to some slack reasons I stopped last April. I need to start trying again don't I?
cheers from Australia.

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