Monday, November 05, 2007

Whole different way to Train

It's been an interesting ride with my Coach. I keep having to ask her if I'll be ready for this upcoming marathon. Four weeks away, and no recent 20 miler!!! But she says I'm ready.

I did a lot of Saturday and Sunday long runs. Lots of cross training during the week. And now I'm focusing on getting my Quads strong as the course is all downhill. Hard to find hills in Chicago to train on, but they have a man made one on the lakefront. So this past Saturday I ran up and down it for 2 3/4 hours. Hope that counts!!!

My weight stays the same, but I'm tightening up. I've gotten real tired of watching the calories (or Points--25 nurses at work have joined Weight Watchers, so the meeting is at our office!) I joined in with the group.....but I'm not behaving!! I'm supposed to get 7 points for my workout days, but the leader says we can't take more than 4!! What's up with that???!!! I'm hungry, damnit!

So I'm rebelling from the "diet" and just eating healthy (well, don't count the animal crackers I like to munch on late at night!)

I guess I'll just stay a size 8---cant complain about that now, can I???

I've gotten a small group of runners to continue on from the half marathon training program. We do monthly pot luck dinners, and now we started a book club. First book is, "Eat, Pray, Love" (my suggestion). Four are coming with me to Tucson to do the half marathon. I'm loving this!!!


Jack said...

Life is obviously good...enjoy!

Neese said...

a size 8 remains in my dreams.
nice job on working that hill, omg almost 3 hrs!? :-o

Brooklyn said...

you've always looked good to me. :) keep up the good work; this next marathon is going to be great!

Haight said...

Yep....she's hot

(but maybe I'm biased)

Firefly's Running said...

ROFL! (Gotta love Haight's comment!)

Being a size 8 is near perfect - a size 6 in my view would be pushing.

I am on the online version and get about 8-10 activity points on the days that I hit the gym (and I personally would not listen the leader because I would need the points to re-fuel!)

lizzie lee said...

Wow, you had several activities going on. Did you have the Tuscon Marathon planned when Chicago, or was a decision after Chicago's shut down?

I wish you the best.

Thanks for the advice. Not sure if I would change the "calories" matter in the tapering stage. I would be scared, but I definitely will have more calories for breakfast. I was not thinking in taking Gatorade during the race, as is recommendable NOT to have both GU and Gatorade, to avoid the system to deal with both.

thanks again,
lizzie lee

runliarun said...

No recent 20-milers? There must be a secret to it. I wish I knew it, since I am not fond of training 20-milers.

Eat, pray, love - sounds good. Hmmm... in which order?

robtherunner said...

I know you'll be ready, Lora!

Lisa Smith-Batchen said...

Trust me my are fit, strong anf ready.

olga said...

I can't count calories either, no matter how much I try, I don't stick with it for more than 2 weeks before forgetting the food scale:) Yep, just making sure to pick less fat and smaller portions, and hang out at the kitchen less:)
Trust your coach. Didn't she just trained JFK winner?

Lisa Smith-Batchen said...

Talking to Greg for an enitre marathon, waiting for him to go to the bathroom did not help any!
He said..yep..we lost about an hour but had a great time:):)
Great to meet you in person and hope you are loving the sun