Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas Run and getting back on track

Monday 4.5 miles/42:10/9:22 average pace

Christmas Eve Zach and I went on a tough but beautiful trail run in the Sunol Regional Wilderness. It was basically 2 miles of climbing, which kicked my ass, then two miles of Weeeeee! :) I had to stop several times on the climb but ran non-stop back down. It was fun! We went for a dip in the apartment complex hot tub then spend the evening at my brother's house.

We had a wonderful Christmas Day at home. We received so many great gifts and talked with all our family members and friends on the phone. Zach got me a beautiful necklace and some running socks, and my mother-in-law got me a pair of running capri tights. Plus lots of bath stuff, candles, and candy! I got Zach a Garmin 305, which is just like my GPS watch but also has a Heart Rate Monitor. I also got him a book about HR Training, and some other stuff. In the afternoon we went for a 2 mile walk and tried out his GPS. Then, I made a big dinner including a pumpkin pie. What a day.

Now it's back to the real world of work and working out! I am actually really looking forward to it. The whole month of December (actually since Thanksgiving) has been made up of too much eating and drinking, and far too little running. The obvious result is I am up a few pounds. But it's good because now I am motivated to start eating better and working out to lose it. :) So far this week I've done good:

Wednesday 6.0 miles/56:30/9:25 average pace

Ran last night with Zach and we included a big hill. I was slow but strong! I'm not stressing my pace at all because I am so glad just to be out there. Last year at this time I was injured and depressed about it, so I'm counting my blessings.

Thursday swim 550 meters. The pool was cold because one of the heaters was broken. I was also short on time so I did 10 laps (500 m) in 10:25. Then I did one lap of breaststroke for the heck of it.

I'm planning on going to the gym for a cross-training workout tomorrow morning and then running again Saturday.

Last but not least:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARITZA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


kelsalynn said...

Happy Holidays! And have fun getting back into the swing of things...


miss petite america said...

good to see you're back at it!

Petraruns said...

So sorry I've been out of it - great to read your upbeat spirit! The right attitude to get into the new year with. What's next for you?

Phil said...

Isn't it great to have a running partner.

BTW .. loved your NYC pictures. That Central Park loop is one of my favorite runs on the planet. I've only run it three times and loved every inch.

Wishing you a great 2008.

Marathon Maritza said...

Awww thanks for the bday shout-out!!!! I missed you!!