Sunday, March 27, 2011

Putting in the work

Nothing huge to write about this week, frankly I am tired and can't wait to jump into bed but then again getting in bed on a Sunday night is never fun because you know Monday morning is on the other end.  

I'm trying to think of things to write but really there isn't much to say.  I wasn't able to ride outdoors for over a week because of rain in the area.  Although odd for Southern California, it reminds me how great it is that it almost never rains here.   Luckily, the rain stopped over the weekend.  

I haven't talked in awhile about the gluten free diet, don't worry, I'm still on it.  I do however refuse to stop eating soy sauce, keep my stomach use to something with wheat.  I even drug Jamie to a liquor store to check out Gluten Free beer, it didn't go so well though and we decided to pass.  I know I need to get a greater hold on my blood sugars moving forward this week.  Not that they have been bad but I know they can be a little better.   I've been waking up with slightly elevated sugars. The training is starting to ramp up more and more so I know the greater hold I have on the betes, the greater my training will be.  

My training runs on both Friday and Saturday mornings were more than sluggish, they were done right awful.  The rest of the week went very well though, I was once again able (thanks to Jamie) to get in an extra swim session this weekend and then get back from San Diego early enough to get my 90 minute sunny ride in.  

I love the weekend ride, it's by far the best part of the training.  I took the ride this weekend a little slower than most, doing some hill climbs around the Santa Monica/ Pacific Palisades area.  The views are amazing once you get to the top, always making it worth the climb.  Putting in more and more climbs will assist my training goals even if the "A" race in Utah is relatively flat.  

The above pictures are taken on the cell camera so it doesn't really do the ocean view justice but it reminds me how lucky I am to live where I do, being able to train literally year round where most people want to vacation.  

Just putting in the work.   Close to seven hours this last week, around the same this week before recovery then putting in real hours.  Carlsbad 5k coming up on Sunday, shooting for a goal under 20 minutes but I doubt my speed work is anywhere near that yet.  I can dream right?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Zen Moment even with the Betes

One of my favorite parts of running is that randomly you get these "zen" moments.  I can't say what causes them because it doesn't happen often but when it does it's absolutely amazing.  It's hard to even describe what is happening but it's like everything is clear. 

My training plan meant for me to go for the weeks long run on Saturday morning but because of working an event for the LA Marathon on Saturday I ran on Friday night.  Normally changing the schedule at all eats away at me but since it is still early in the plan and pretty light, this modification was fine.  

Friday started with a light bike ride with the La Grange group in Santa Monica, this ride is always pretty slow and easy on Friday, nothing bad (this may have played a factor in my mind with running later in the day).  The plan called for a 7.10 mile run in 58 minutes.  

I go for the long run and 25 minutes in I stop to take my blood sugar.  I rarely do this, scarcely having a problem with a low during a run.  Normally, I take my blood sugar while keeping pace but this time I could feel low so I stopped (I know proud of me right Mom).  As the run was later in the day and close to an hour in length I had a bottle with me, full of carbo-pro.   Knowing that my blood sugar is much more prone to drop at night.  I drank it all along with the gel I had in my back pocket, around 55 grams total.  Waited a bit (a short bit) then started going on. 

This is when I could really start to feel the runner's high but the zen moment is more than that.  It's a feeling of being in the moment, something that doesn't seem to happen often in life (in anything).  

I ran another ten minutes but still low… UGH… I use the $15 I have all rolled up and buy a gatorade at the gas station, the first time that I have actually used the money I carry.  

I finished the run but I was really in the moment the whole time.  I had a great runners high with time seemingly standing still in a good way.  On one hand the struggle of the low blood sugar could have destroyed me, could have made me ask the "why me" question but it didn't.  In some sick and twisted way I felt sorry for everyone else.  This was the zen moment.  All the runners near me that day on San Vicente Blvd just go out for their run and home to bed, they never think about much else.  I have this whole range of odd things to consider that at this point just come as second nature.  

When something like a low happens, you can either take it as a learning experience or let it get you down, especially during a run.  I could have let that ruin the run but it made me a more impatient individual, made me see what I should be thankful for, good health and a drive to manage my health.  It gave me clarity.  

Flash flood warning in Santa Monica tonight, looks like I'm running on the treadmill in the morning.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Catalina Island 10k

My first week of training for the Utah Half Ironman is complete.  The training week was really easy but it was good to be back in the good old swing of the regimen.  My diabetes is always in much better condition on the strict training schedule.  Even though I was on a good plan before, the very strict structure of goal driven training is the best circumstance for attaining great blood sugars.

The training week ended with a 10k on Santa Catalina Island in the city of Avalon. 

Santa Catalina Island, 22 Miles from the California Coast

Jamie and I went over there for race as a little vacation to get away.  While I wouldn't say I treated this like a "race", I always run a little harder when it is in the race format.  You know, that person is ahead of you and you just know they shouldn't be so you catch them for no other reason than to make sure you can.  

Before the race Jamie was shocked at how calm I was.  I didn't do a warm up run or anything, just ran the "race".  Prior to the race I had looked at the course map but it didn't have any elevation on it, well let's just say it was a pretty hilly 10k course.  

Elevation Gain in Catalina Island 10k, above 6% grade twice

As you can from the above, the course had some serious elevation, with the second leg of hills ending at a memorial to Mr. Wigley (yes, the chewing gum company, former owners of the Cubs, they even had spring training on the island until the 50's).  The good news is, what goes up, must come down.  

In every race, even ones I don't take too seriously, there is something to be learned.  I made sure in this race to eat at least two hours before hand.  The hotel had a lite breakfast early in the morning so I was able to have a "meal" early enough to let it settle in my stomach then have the usual shake before the race.  My blood sugars were great as soon as I woke up (115) and maintained that good level throughout the morning.  I ended the race with a 162.  

Coming to the finish
I ended the race with a 47:48, a 7:43 pace.  I feel pretty good about that; I didn't run very hard, it was a hard course and I ended with good blood sugars.  

The week's master's swimming and bike training also went great.  On Friday I cycled with the La Grange group in Santa Monica.  I rode with a fellow triathlete, Chris, who trains in my master's swimming group.  He kept telling me how I need to join LA Tri Club.  It would help my training tremendously, plus it's just more fun training with people (not to mention A LOT safer on the bike, safety in numbers).  

Back to master's swimming tomorrow.  Wake up nice and early for a swim.  Love it.