Sunday, May 06, 2007

Training Has Begun

I got my first two weeks schedule for training. Interesting to see that my coach fully believes in a mix of running and walking and a day of powerwalking. I've discovered I'm a much stronger runner when I mix the two together.

She has me starting slowly, the first two weeks I suppose is to see how I do and then know where to proceed from there. I've done my first yoga class already and loved it. Of course, as my luck would have it the intstructor who so impressed me is leaving for the summer! The class was packed......so interesting as ten years ago yoga was only known in very small circles.

I went to dinner with three guys that use my coach, well actually two of them hire her, the other enjoys learning from his friends. These two were wearing Marathon Des Sables teeshirts and were happy to share their experiences. They believe that will soon become my goal too. Well, I've learned never to say never! I certainly never thought I'd be training for a 50-miler when I was heading towards my first marathon!

So far, I've done running/walking, powerwalking, the elliptical, spin class, core exercises and a yoga class. She had me buy a weighted jumprope too---can't ever remember the last time I used one!! I was probably 10 years old!!

When I told her about my puppy eating my $500 custom orthotics she recommended I purchase this: Treat-Heal-Cure: Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Spurs which I have and noticed I had no shin pain while running. Spending $30 is much more appealing to me, so I'll see if it continues to work in the long run.

She also has had me track my eating over the last two weeks. I don't think she'll like seeing the few cups of ice cream I indulged in, but ya gotta live, don't ya??

I'll be at the Ice Age Race this coming Saturday, serving at the 40-mile water stop. My daughter will be joining me, and will help me cook our family's special chicken soup for the runners. So stay tuned for pics!!

16 comments:

Haight said...

It's about time you added something here. Wouldn't want you to become a blog slacker like me.

JeffM said...

That sound like a good workout balance.
Very nice about the soup- I'm sure you'll be popular.

Jack said...

That's interesting about mixing the run/walk and powerwalking into your training. I keep reading that one should practice this when training for the longer ultras. I look forward to following your progress.

Travis said...

Mixing it up is good, helps keep things fresh. When my dog was a puppy he chewed up quite a bit of stuff; MP3 player, sunglasses...basically anything that was mine and not my wife's :)It will be great to see you at the 40 mile mark. As far as your offer goes... pretzels and M&M's(peanut if available), I'm easy!!!

olga said...

Congrats on hiring Lisa! She is wondefful, she'll have you up and kicking in no time, but what's important - she will be your FRIEND with it. Have fun, and yes, MdS is something to ponder while you are running your 50 miler:)

runliarun said...

This sounds like a really thorough, rounded-out program. You will be so strong.

teacherwoman said...

I was thinking that you must be busy, since we haven't "heard" from you in a while!

Glad to hear the training has begun and looking forward to hearing more about it!

Firefly's Running said...

Nice job on the training - alot of variety. How cool!

Deb said...

Good to see a post and you're doing well! Homemade chicken soup for the runners....you are an angel!

E-Speed said...

glad the coach is working out so far!

Julie B said...

Hi Lora! I'm so happy you will be at mile 40. I will definately remember you will be there and I will make a point to introduce myself. It looks like Ice Age is going to have wonderful weather, 73 and sunny the last time I looked. Woohoo! I have been using Lisa since March and LOVE her workouts! I think you will like her too. See you at mile 40!

Black Knight said...

Mixing it up is a good plan. Enjoy the Ice Age Race, will you be there to plan your race-strategy for the next year?
B.T.W. I am very very sorry for your "hard life" in Florida, please take care and be careful the next time, don't risk!!!!

Jennifer P said...

Hooray! You're back! Glad to hear you're running pain free.

Ryan said...

Hooray…HAPPY TRAINING = )

Sorry to hear about the custom orthotics check out Sole heat moldable or Superfeet inserts they’re great too!

I’ll be out volunteering at a local ultra this weekend too, have a fun time and that soup sounds very tasty.

Steve said...

A personal trainer? are we talking future Olympics?

From Here to There said...

oooh how exciting! I can't wait to read about your training!

My former trainer bailed out of MDS after his kidneys shut down. He messed up his hydration (you think?) but he was doing soooo well up to that point. He came back stronger though, running the Sahara, and soon will be in the Matt Damon movie. I knew him when... :)