Since the 8.7 mile run on the 8th I have felt disappointed and like I lost a lot of progress. I did workouts almost everyday, yet I didn’t get as any runs or mileage in as I would have liked. I think some of the workouts will help with speed and I stayed in shape, yet I am now worried about longer mileage. I am really happy with my progress with my abs and continuing to workout so I hope it pays off in the half marathon.
On August 15th, I did the Cardio fix extreme video for 30 minutes. I found it a bit difficult, as many of the exercises were unfamiliar and I was out of breath. The squats to jumping jack with weights gave me the hardest time, yet non of the exercises were easy. My mom was able to watch me for a few minutes to make sure my form was correct and give me tips. It helps having someone else in the room so I push myself even harder and make sure I complete the whole video. After, I did 10 pushups and 50 situps.
On August 16th, I texted T and Ally to see if they could run in the morning, as I was volunteering at the library for registration, yet neither of them could. Then, it hit me that I could ask Sandra, as she was also volunteering and we had talked about getting together. We planned to run at 7am, and do a mile timed and a 2 mile road run, yet Sandra got there closer to 730, so we had to cut it down to volunteer at 8. During the 1.68 miles, in 18:57 minutes, it felt really slow and harder than it should have been. I may have felt this due to my workout the night before, yet I still go stressed out, as it was less than 2 miles in 18 minutes, when I can do 2 in less than 16, even closer to 15. Then, Wednesday August 17th, I held an all-nighter at my house for my extended essay experiment to test how sleep effects the brain. In order to ensure everyone else stays up and I test them properly I slept in and took a 2 hour nap Wedesday so I could stay up all night.
On Thursday, I mostly slept all day. Yet, I also managed to get in a 20 minute ladder speed workout, ball touches, 15 pushups, 75 situps, 10 pushups, 15 hip dips per side, and two 1:30 wall sits immediately following eachother. I was surprised how good I felt working out since I hadn’t slept the night before, yet I was able to push myself in the ladder workout and every time I went through the ladder I did a sprint (as I learned from multiple soccer practices that this builds speed). Every time I made a mistake with one of the drills, I did it again 2 times, or until I could do it perfectly.
On Friday the 19th, I did 10 hip dips, 20 pushups, and 50 situps, as I was exhausted. Then, on Saturday I left for San Diego with T and Ally for the weekend, for a quick vacation. Our goal was to see 3 national monuments (La Cabreo, Fort RoseCrans Cemetery, and the lighthouse), and take 3 forms of public transportation. We met a man at the cemetery who left a great impression on me. He asked us to call so that they would allow real flowers, showed us where T’s great grandparents were, gave us a recipe, and gave us some voting advice. He was just really sweet and we were all amazed at his spirit. Throughout the whole trip, I kept trying to plan a run for us all, yet Ally didn’t want to and it ended up not happening. Saturday, I did 25 pushups and Monday I did 50 situps and 10 pushups, then we left Tuesday. When I got back Tuesday the 23rd, I did the 30 minute cardio fix again so I could keep working on improving. I felt better and was more comfortable with a lot of the exercises, yet the squat with weights to a jumping jack still challenges me. I did as many as I could, yet I had to go slower. After, I did 25 normal situps, then 50 with the legs, 15 hip dips each side, 15 pushups, 10 pushups, and a 1:30 wall sit. I also did a 6 minute workout with the ladder to improve speed. I want to keep doing hip dips every day so that when I go back to the other tape I won’t struggle as much.
On Wednesday the 24th , T, Ally and I ran! It was the first training run we had all done together!! I felt really good throughout the entire run, yet with a couple miles left my feet started hurting because of the new running orthotics. They were crampiong yet they were also burning. 2.2 miles in, T and I had to leave Ally, as she had soccer the night before and was sore, so she turned back and T and I ran out to 3, to get 6 miles in. My arms and back were sore from the cardio workout, yet I still did 15 pushups, 50 situps, and 10 hip dips on each side.
Then, Thursday I did two hill sprints (bigger hill than normal). My family also went to the moonlight theater to watch Titanic, and the play wasn’t the best, yet it was the first time I had seen the story in at least 6 years, and the tragedy and reality of the story hit me.
Friday August 26th, I did the 30 minute cardio workout, then 57 situps (since I did 7 then my brother talked to me and I stopped), 25 hip dips per side, and 2 sets of 15 pushups. During the workout, I pushed myself harder than I had been able to before, did more jumping jack squats, and ended sweaty and out of breath.
On Saturday, I did 5 miles alone. I set out to do more, yet as I ran I started to feel sick. At 4 miles, I could barely continue, but I wanted to get just one more in. I was so glad I oushed that one extra mile, yet very dissapointed I felt sick and not as light running. My orthotics were also hurting my feet and legs again, so I was running through feet and stomach pain. I hope this was a one time pain and that I will feel good again the ext time I run. I did 25 pushups and 50 situps to finish the day.
On Sunday, I did some jumping, then 75 situps, 10 hip dips per side, and 45 pushups in sets of 15. I was so happy with my aility to do so many pushups, since I started out barely able to do 10 while looking up!
On Monday, I ran 3 miles with T and Ally. To start off the run, I was frustrated. We had all been texting that we wanted to pick up the pace to be ready, so we would do 8 miles Monday. Yet, every time I asked, they didn’t have a time so it kept getting pushed back with no time ever set and I wasn’t sure how to plan for my homework. Since it was the first day of school, it took awhile to get started with homework, as I was talking to my mom and brothers (they both started middle and high school). I also was asking for them to meet me half way, since it takes me awhile to get to school then to have to drive back down to El Toro again can be hard with homework. When I pulled up, I was frustrated, yet as we started to run I cheered up. We ran a bit faster than normal when together so I was really happy and was pleased when T and I agreed to pick up the pace for training. It got dark quickly since we started so late so we ended up doing 3 miles. It was weird though, every time we compared what mileage we were at, T and I had the same (using garmins), yet Ally’s fitbit always said she had done an extra .3 miles. I think I need to trust the Garmin, yet how trustworthy is it truly?
Today, Tuesday August 30th, T and I ran 7 miles. During the first 2 miles, my legs felt so heavy, so when T suggested we stretch at the 2 mile mark I agreed. As we started running again, my legs felt a lot better and I felt light running. Here,2 suggested we go 6 instead of the planned 8, yet I said 7 because I wanted to get more miles in. For the way there, I was getting ahead of T, and I wasn’t sure if I should wait for her or stay ahead or go slower, but I ended up staying ahead and looping back a bit, because we had the conversation about a faster pace, even though I wasn’t really going too fast. At 3.5 miles, we ran into Jack in the Box to grab some ice water, as it was 93 degrees. My watch saved the run at the first 3.5, so I and to start another one on my watch. I felt fine and didn’t really want to stop but I knew the heat was hitting T and we should hydrate. I felt good til a little over 5, then my legs started to burn again. We finished the run strong, striding the last .1. I wis we could keep up a faster pace, yet I think getting miles in is also important. Prior to this run, I was uneasy and worried about getting enough mileage in before the half marathon but I think we will be able to do it! This run helped me to gain my confidence again, as I felt pretty good and ran faster than normal. I did 25 pushups and 50 situps, then when I got home I realized the one week that I really needed to worry about was the 14th to 20th, yet other than that I have actually gotten a decent amount of miles in.