Juneathon

June Summary/July Goals

June was a pretty successful month. Juneathon, friends, running. It had it all! Let’s see if I accomplished any of my goals for the month and make some new goals for July!

June Goals:

–Juneathon: Accomplished. I worked out every day, logged it, and blogged about it. I tried new things and I feel a lot better with my body.

–More strength training: I would consider this accomplished. Going to the YMCA helped me with this. I was able to use different machines there and use heavier weights there too. Welcome back, strength training ­čÖé

–Running Group: Accomplished. I met with them every Saturday (except the Saturday of the Bellin Run). I also went to one of their fun runs and to the monthly meeting. Everyone in this group is so positive and encouraging.

–Sign up for the Fox Cities Marathon and one other race on my schedule: Big time accomplished! I was able to sign up for the Fox Cities Marathon at a discounted rate at the Bellin Run race expo and I signed up for the rest of my races this summer.

–Go to the YMCA and take a spinning class: Sort of accomplished. I joined the YMCA, but I didn’t take a spinning class. I usually go to the Y on Friday’s and there aren’t classes offered on Friday’s. But I usually make an attempt to get on the bike while I’m there.

–Take more pictures: Accomplished. I managed to get to the Appleton Botanical Gardens and I took more pictures family functions this month and when I hung out with my friends.

–Visit one friend: ACCOMPLISHED!! I visited my friend, Tom, in Madison last weekend. And this weekend I was able to see him again, along with my other friend, Ella! Yay! Those were two of the best weekends and I hope I am able to to more stuff with them the rest of the summer.

–Finish one book: Epic fail. It’s really hard for me to read anymore because I don’t get any breaks at my job. At Walmart, I used to read on both of my 15min breaks and during my hour lunch. But now I really don’t have time when I get home because I have other things I want to get done.

June Summary:

–Ran in the Bellin Run! It was a lot of fun, despite the heat.

–Got new hours at work. 7am-3pm. It’s nice to get done an hour earlier, but getting up at 5:30am sucks sometimes.

–Started watching the new Dallas series. So far, so good!

–After seeing my uncles Ironman tattoo, I started thinking about maybe doing a triathlon in the future.

–I started taking three more multi-vitamins and I feel awesome.

July Goals:

–Take a spinning class this month: Maybe I can accomplish this goal in July

–Keep going to my running group: I would like to get some friends in my group. That was one of the reasons I joined was to make running friends.

–Get my school stuff straightened out: Look at my schedule, do my FAFSA, lame stuff.

–Keep visiting friends: I hope I can continue to see my friends and maybe see my cousin this month too!

–Start thinking of where I could work once school starts: ugh

–Attempt some speed work into my training

–Write out my schedule for the upcoming week on Sunday night

–Continue to keep up on blogging: with Juneathon, I had to blog once a day. It was hard some days, but not impossible. I don’t want to blog every day, but at least three times/week.

This month my family and I are going up north for a week, so I’m not sure how many of these I will be able to accomplish, but we will see!!

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Juneathon 2012 Recap

Juneathon 2012 is done. And now I know why it’s called JuneATHON.

Going into Juneathon, I thought it wasn’t going to be too hard to work out every day. I had worked out pretty much every day in college, so what would be different? Well, working a 40hr/week job is what’s different. Having social obligations plus a job is what’s different. Living 30min away from the gym instead of 2min is different. So, needless-to-say, this month was sometimes harder than I thought.

The days that I had running scheduled were easy. I packed my bag and went to the trail in DePere and ran my scheduled miles. Or on Saturday’s I met with my running group. Sunday’s were also pretty easy because I was at home and lifted weights in the morning.

The days that were usually the hardest were Thursday’s because I have an appointment right after work that lasts usually an hour. I made this appointment for Thursday’s because that is my rest day. Well, for Juneathon, there are no rest days. So I usually went home and lifted weights or went to the YMCA. If I missed a run on either Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, I would run it on Thursday’s (which happened twice).

There were also three days that I just did crunches. I do crunches every day, so I felt like I was cheating a little, but at least I did something!

Pro’s about Juneathon-

–I joined the YMCA and got back into strength training. Near the end of my half-marathon training, strength training sort of fell my the wayside. So I’m really happy that I was able to get to the Y and do some strength training and try out different machines.

–I was worried that working out every day would leave me injured. I already going to the chiropractor for my knees and that’s when I take rest days! But I didn’t get injured at all and actually felt really good! I’m not scared to add a running day if I want or do strength training at the YMCA on a rest day.

–Fuel. Fuel. Fuel. Juneathon some days left me exhausted. I started drinking a protein shake for breakfast because I got so hungry right when I got into work. I tried to keep myself properly fueled so I wouldn’t die out in the middle of the day. It was especially important on days I went to the YMCA or on my long runs. I always made a double batch of my protein shake and had half before and the rest after my workout.

Con’s about Juneathon-

–Like I said above, some days (here, here, and here) it was hard to get a work out in. There were also two days (here and here) where lift seemed to get in the way and I had to squeeze a work out in.

That is really the only con I can think of! Even though some days were challenging, for the most part, I really enjoyed Juneathon. It made me work out somehow everyday. It made me try new things and I think I will try and work out every day unless something comes up!

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Juneathon Day 30: Out with a Bang!

Well, it’s the last day of Juneathon and it conveniently landed on my longest run since the half-marathon!

I was really nervous going into this run. My last 12mile run was really hard and I didn’t want a repeat performance. So I went in thinking about going slow and not worrying too much about my pace/time.

I met up with my running group again and we set out at 7am. I always seem to start out too fast when I’m with my group, so I tried to start near the back, with no success. My first mile was pretty fast.

The second mile and half of mile 3 were probably the toughest until the last two miles. I’m not sure why, I just didn’t feel right. But then I got into a pretty decent rhythm and it was smooth sailing from there. Literally, I felt awesome miles 3.5 to mile 10. My pace felt decent, I wasn’t straining to keep the pace I was going. Awesome, awesome, awesome.

There were two water stations and since this week’s route was an out and back, we hit each one twice. I brought along a packet of sport beans and a Peanut Butter Gu (I hadn’t tried that flavor yet. SO GOOD!). I took the beans whenever I felt like and I took the gel at mile 8. The first and last water stations I took water and the second and third I took Gatorade.

On the route this week there were TONS OF HILLS!! Oh my gosh, so many hills. And not just little hills either, these were pretty big hills. And since it was an out and back we had to do these hills TWICE. Gah! So lots of practice with hills this week.

Miles 10 and 11 were tough. It was getting pretty hot. I always try to kick it up a notch that last mile, but it was really hard.

Mile 1: 8:47 (ambitious)
Mile 2: 9:09
Mile 3: 9:39 (ouch)
Mile 4: 9:13 (yay!)
Mile 5: 9:26
Mile 6: 9:30
Mile 7: 9:13
Mile 8: 9:43
Mile 9: 9:29
Mile 10: 9:43
Mile 11: 9:33
Mile 12: 9:33

Overall, I’m really happy with this run. I was thinking about being in the┬á pace range of 9:40+ but all but two of my miles was above that, which I’m very happy with. If today would have been my half-marathon, I would have killed it.

Juneathon Day 30: 12mile run. 1hr 52min.

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Juneathon Day 29

Yesterday I was pretty active at work. Instead of gluing things together, I was able to work on a machine. Lots of moving things around and lifting boxes.

Then I just did some crunches and core work when I got home.

Juneathon Day 29: Physical Labor. Crunches

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Juneathon Day 28

My job asked me if I could switch my hours from 8am-4pm and come in instead from 7am-3pm. This has been the first week of getting up at 5:30am and that hour of sleep definitely makes a difference!

Yesterday I had my normal Thursday appointment after work and then my sister and I planned on going to the YMCA. I texted her before I got home and she asked if her boyfriend and one of her friends could come. It didn’t matter to me, but we had to pick them up.

Long story short, we didn’t end up getting to the YMCA until 6:20pm. Normally this wouldn’t matter, but when I have to go to bed now at 10:30pm, it does.

My sister and her clan went off and did their own thing. I lifted some weights (curls, kickbacks, squats, overhead presses). I used a body ball and a medicine for some core work. Then I did the Sci-Fit again for 12:00min of torture on my arms. Back to weights for a little while. Did the stair climber for 15min. More weights. And I finished with the bike for 4miles. I didn’t want to stay on anything for too long because I wanted to get upper and lower body worked.

We left at 8pm, got some Subway (I only ate half of my 6in sub. Not hungry), and arrived back home around 8:45. I ended up going to bed around 11pm and I can certainly tell this morning!

Juneathon Day 28: YMCA. 1hr 40min.

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Juneathon Day 27: Experiment

Yesterday was in the 90’s (again), so it was a good thing I only had a 3 mile run. While I was at work, I got to thinking that I haven’t done a run where I didn’t worry about pace since I got my Nike+watch. I decided it would be a good day to run on feel instead of hounding a pace, especially when it was so hot.

I parked at a different spot by the trail, because I had to get home quickly after. But the whole trail was open! Yay! I put my screen so I just saw distance and headed out.

Unfortunately, the spot on the trail that I was by had no shade. And no shade for almost that whole first mile. The second mile had some more shade, but barely. When I turned around, the wind was blowing at me (and it was a pretty strong wind!) and I could tell that I may have gone out too fast and the heat was getting to me. Even though it was really hot, this run seemed to fly by.

I got back to my vehicle and was dripping with sweat. Yuck. Luckily I had some water in my car and I quickly drank that.

When I plugged in my watch to my computer, I was anxious to see how my run had gone. Well, it was as expected, I went out pretty fast and lost (a lot) of steam as the run went on. Oh well, can’t win them all.

Mile 1: 8:39

Mile 2: 8:57

Mile 3: 9:19

I don’t know how many of these kinds of runs I’ll do where I don’t look at my pace. But yesterday was so hot and it was only 3 miles, so it was a fun little experiment.

Juneathon Day 27: 3miles. 27:59.

Also, last night I had a meeting with my running club. The guest speaker was the race director of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon (remember the one that got cancelled mid-race). It was interesting to hear what all goes on in calling a race and other little details. He did a very good job at explaining everything that happened this year. And he also talked about what is being looked at for next year to make the race better.

 

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Juneathon Day 26

My normal spot on the Fox River Trail has been closed (curious because people still seem to come from that way), so I’ve been running the other way the past two days. I don’t like going that way because there are a few more streets (and one quite busy street) that I have to cross. The normal way runs right behind a whole bunch of houses and is street free.

Today’s run was okay. Nothing magical about it. My pace seemed to be all over the place. Whatever. 6miles done.

Mile 1: 9:23

Mile 2: 9:24

Mile 3: 9:09

Mile 4: 9:09

Mile 5: 9 ;15

Mile 6: 8:51

Juneathon Day 26: 6.22miles. 57:14.

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Juneathon Days 24 and 25

Sunday I had to attend my cousins graduation party in Milwaukee so I just did some crunches and push-ups. Nothing thrilling.

I REALLY REALLY REALLY (really really really) want to PR my upcoming 5k. Basically anything under 26min. My plan is go just go all out. Run like I’m going to die and then keep running. So I figure I’m going to have to practice faster running. Today I attempted fartleks with much success.

My Nike+ watch has a feature where I can tap the screen and it makes a lap. I used this feature to time myself with my fartleks.

The plan today was 4miles. I ran the first mile regular, then sporadically ran the middle 2miles, and ran the last mile regular again. Here are my mile splits:

Mile 1: 9:11

Mile 2: 8:51

Mile 3: 8:39

Mile 4: 9:05

I rested for about 30secs between each fartlek. Comparing the first few intervals to the last ones, I did get faster:
First few:
0.19mi- 8:12pace
0.14mi- 8:03pace
0.15mi- 8:26pace
Last ones:
0.20mi- 8:00pace
0.29mi- 7:51pace (yay!)
0.22mi- 7:46pace

This was my first attempt at it and I felt AWESOME after. It was so great. Better than just straight running for 4 miles. Fartleks and some speed work will be in my future training.

Juneathon day 24: crunches and push-ups

Juneathon day 25: 4miles. 36:21

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Juneathon Day 23: Running and Walking

Yesterday I had my Saturday morning group run. After last week’s bad 10miler, I was a little nervous about this one. This week was only 7miles, but I was still nervous.

As usual, I got to Runaway Shoes at 6:50am, but I made sure to use the bathroom BEFORE we started running. Lesson learned from last week. While waiting for the port-o-potty, I chatted with a guy about running schedules and which distance we were both doing. He said he was a novice and asking ME about this stuff. I’m a novice myself! This is my first marathon, so I’m still learning. But it was cool to talk compare schedules with someone else too.

We did our stretches and then headed out. This run was so.much.better than last weeks. Complete difference. I felt full of energy and ready to go. This route was actually the same route we did three weeks ago, but most of the routes we run are on the Fox Cities Marathon race course. So it’s nice to get familiar with the terrain.

There were water stations at miles 3 and 5. I took water at the first one and Gatorade at the second. The last time we ran this course, I pretty much followed one guy the whole time. I tried catching up to him, but he was always the same distances in front. Surprisingly, I followed him this time too. Deja vu. This run felt a lot better than that one though. Maybe we are both getting better, haha.

Mile 1: 9:12

Mile 2: 9:10

Mile 3: 9:20 (water station)

Mile 4: 9:02

Mile 5: 9:16 (water station)

Mile 6: 9:08

Mile 7: 9:08

Oh yeah, I beat my 10k PR on this route too. 57:01! Yay!

When I was done, I quickly grabbed a piece of bagel and left because I was heading down to Madison to visit my friend, Tom.

He showed me around Madison and I had a great time! We walked all over State Street and by the lake. The weather was absolutely perfect. Needless to say, it was a great Saturday ­čÖé

Juneathon Day 23: 7mile run. 1hr 3min. Walking around Madison.

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Juneathon Day 22: Lots of Different Things

Today my sister and I headed to the YMCA. I would love if this becomes a weekly trip for us. It’s usually never THAT busy there on a Friday afternoon. And I like spending time with my sister.

I already had decided on doing my little gym triathlon: rowing, biking, running. I first did 15min on the rowing machine. My arms are probably going to be SORE tomorrow! Then I got on the bike and went for 9miles. And I was able to watch an episode of FRIENDS! Yay! Last was running and I used my Nike+ foot sensor and it actually worked for once…until it fell out of my shoelaces. Awkward. So I only did 2miles, which is okay because I’m running again tomorrow. My whole gym triathlon took about an hour and 10 min. It was really fun because I worked my whole body. Upper body with rowing, lower body with biking, and my whole body overall plus cardio with running.

After I got done with that, I tried out the Sci-Fit. Works the arms like CRAZY! Holy cow. That was an intense 10min. Then I did some weight machines for my legs and stretched while my sister finished up.

I got to thinking today about how crappy I always feel after work. I’m tired. Mentally drained. No energy. But once I get my work out clothes on and either get to my running spot or to the Y, I’m ready to go. The work day is out of my mind and I’m focused on my run or whatever I’m doing in the gym. And, of course, I feel FANTASTIC after. I always sing in the car on my way home and I’m just so much more happy when I’m done. Best. Feeling. Ever ­čÖé

Juneathon Day 22: 15min rowing machine. 40min biking (9miles). 17min running (2miles). 10min sci-fit. 20min weights/stretching.

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