September 15, 2008

Getting Faster and Hungrier

I’ve done the math… too many times to count. I can’t believe it.

I’m doing 13.5 minute miles.

Four weeks ago I was doing 15.5 minute miles.

If I can continue 13.5 for 26.2, I will finish in less than 6 hours!

(Please keep in mind, I cannot run 26.2 miles… this body will not let me and I have no desire to have knee replacements. I am fitness walking and running… intervals.)

I have essentially cut 2 minutes per mile off in… four weeks. I’m very very happy.

I walked in from training on Saturday morning at 8:30AM. My husband, who normally sleeps until 9 on Saturdays (he gets up at 5:30 every other morning), was watching TV. The following conversation ensued to the best of my recollection:

Me: You’re up already. It’s Saturday!

Hunhead: I wanted to see how those idiots on Galveston Island faired.

Me: Death watch?

Hunhead: No clue, could be. I had to see though…

Me: Damn, I’m hungry. I’m eating Pizza and watermelon…

Hunhead, looking at the clock: Hell, you’ve been up since 4AM. This is like Noon to you!

*When training with a ball cap on, one must wash it as frequently as one washes their clothes. I need more caps.

Case in point, I was getting ready for a Wednesday team training, grabbed my sunglasses and cap and made my way to the car. I threw my cap on and a couple minutes later thought, “Oh good God. What is that awful stench?!”

I was driving down the road, grabbing my shirt and smelling it, grabbing my bra strap and smelling it thinking, “For… the… Love… of… God, what in the HELL is that awful smell?!”

My clothes smelled like the unscented Tide I use. I thought perhaps the detergent hadn’t worked.

And then I realized… holy crap, it’s my hat! I’d not washed my hat in a week! I felt awful for the folks who had to train with me. I kept hoping they wouldn’t get down wind…. I could scarcely stand being around *me*.

(I have to wear a hat… it keeps the sweat out of my eyes.)

Posted by Boudicca at September 15, 2008 08:26 PM | TrackBack

Dump the hat, go commando. Headband !!
Kinda ties into your previous post.

Posted by: Mike D. at September 16, 2008 01:56 AM

Go Bou!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: PeggyU at September 16, 2008 02:53 AM

Go Boudicca!

Two Saturdays ago, I ran 6.5 in about an hour and a half.

This past Saturday, I did 7.5 in just 5 minutes longer. So, essentially, I added a mile but kept my time the same. Can you say ecstatic?!

Looking forward to training with you this week.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at September 16, 2008 07:15 AM

oh, and I'm a freakin bottomless pit of hunger! I feel like I'm constantly shoving bananas down my trap. Because I am! (you know, to help with the aching muscles on the right side of the body)

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at September 16, 2008 07:16 AM

I recommend wearing a headband, and when you're finished exercising just hang in on the outside mirror of your van before you go in. */;-)

Posted by: Angos of Stirling at September 16, 2008 07:29 AM

That doesn't seem right. I just walk... Well that's not strictly true, I run the up hills and I don't JUST walk, I walk fast, but I average 13.75 minute miles over 4 and about 14.5 over 7.5.

How do you wash a hat without it getting all crumpled and beaten looking? I wear baseball type (low crown) hats and they won't fit in those hat things you buy at linens and things.

Posted by: K-Nine at September 16, 2008 01:28 PM

K-Nine- First keep in mind you have some height on you. I'm 5'2", so my stride is going to be smaller and to walk fast, I have to really move it. But I'm now running one minute and walking for 7. I have a watch and am consistent with it.

I'm hoping to get to walk 5 run 1, intervals the entire 26.2. I had hoped to run half, but my body isn't cooperating...

Posted by: Bou at September 16, 2008 04:30 PM

Ah... I suppose I need to work on my reading comprehension. One in seven and it makes more sense. I realized I have a longer stride, but i missed the part about the split.

I was hoping to be running my four by now, but my knee won't let me. Torn ligaments and some removed cartledge from HS football. It'll take the pounding physically, but I get a stabbing pain if I push too hard.

Jack would probably like the 1 in 7 or 1 in 5. I may have to try that rather than just run the uphills.

I think you're doing awesome, and I wish you great luck!

Posted by: K-Nine at September 16, 2008 05:32 PM