Sunday, October 16, 2011

New Respect- Day something

I have a new found respect for marathoners who train while they work full time. 
The last thing I wanted to do yesterday after working 8-530 was to go running. I wanted to eat dinner and I wanted to not move from the couch. Then I WTFU and ran. I had a 35 minute “zone 4” run, and I did a 5 minute warm up and 5 minute cool down, so I ran 5.5 miles in 45 minutes! wooo! 
Yesterday during a meeting at work our managing director used an awesome quote that I will share with you now…
There’s no growth in the comfort zone and no comfort in the growth zone”
Ain’t it the truth. Baked my bestie Brit homemade cookies because she’s sick and we watched midnight madness. Super secret business this morning, then cross training day, family party, and hanging with my friend amanda tonight! Let’s get TO IT! 
Rizzo is gangster.
---
Today's run is a 60 minute zone 3 run.... I will be doing it this afternoon after the GIANTS / bills TAILGATE!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Merr

I've been trying really hard to remain positive lately. I really don't mean to be a "debbie downer" or anything like that, but sometimes life gets you down and you forget all the great things that are happening and focus on the negative.

For example: Facebook sucks. I am notified daily about how my college soccer team is doing, how they are all having a great time, and how I can not play. Another reason why facebook sucks, I keep getting asked by people to play on their indoor teams. This sucks. I really really really want to play. So I get bummed out that I can't play and then I remember "oh wait it's not just this year you can't play YOU CAN NEVER PLAY AGAIN". Brain injury+ broken skull that isn't healing = more likely to get more broken skulls and brain injury. Sucks. No pick up basketball, no indoor soccer, no football <-- wait I only ever played once a year on thanksgiving... but still I can't play anymore :/

Reason number two I am bumming: Another person in my family has cancer. And I'm not even sure if I'm allowed to write that- because I don't know if it's "public" knowledge yet, but it sucks. I mean obviously it sucks, but it sucks even more because it just reminds me of losing Russ and Aunt Cindy. And then it reminds me of how my entire families lives have been changed and effected by this.

So then I kick myself in the butt and tell myself to suck it up and focus on the positives out of all of this.


  1. Even though I can no longer play contact/team sports this does not mean I am done with sports. I am grateful for my obsession with running which started a year ago, because if I didn't have that, I would be lost. With that being said, I can now focus on trying to become a better runner and eventually start doing triathlons and all sorts of good things from there!! New goal: Be a pro runner...
  2. Even though cancer is impacting my family in a negative way it is also giving me a chance to appreciate my family and the little things more. I used to be a stuck up brat and would book my days full of hanging out with friends and spent as little time as possible with my family. Now I make them a priority and love every second of hanging out with them. 
There are definitely more reasons for me to be grateful for and way more positives in my life than I can think of right now, but I can't let little things get me down. 

To make this more aesthetically pleasing:



-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Onto the training part...  



Sometimes I forget I go to college.... I had class today at 2pm and I had to leave at 11am in order to get back to Potsdam in time. This being said.... I had to run this morning... Today on the schedule was another "threshold day". Probably so I can find the most accurate heart rate. And well it's a dang good thing I did it again because I stupidly didn't do it right the first time... therefore my "steady eddy" run now makes more sense why I bumped it up.  Anyways- Only did a 3 mile run today, last threshold I did 4 but that was because I 'climbed" back down because I wanted more of a work out. So anyways- did the 3 then finished up on the elliptical at the gym for another 30 then had to quickly get on the road.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Another xt day!

My morning started like this : 

I got my (hopefully) LAST CT SCAN!! YAYYYY!  I had to take a picture of this because when i filled it out i was in serious shock over the words "CT brain" like it still shocks me how serious this ish was/is! Multiple ppl at the imaging place were asking all about the accident one woman told me i should have drank more milk as a child... THANKS LADY haha


And I immediately got it on CD so I can bring it to my surgeon! yahhh boiii!

Sorry blurred things out...#stayawaycreeps
--
Some nicknames that have come from this whole brain injury business...
CT (because it is also my initials...ppl are so witty)
and
TBI (traumatic brain injury) bahah also whenever I do something dumb my friends/family just say "TBI...." 

^^Funny side story- yesterday I got lost on my way to get my ct scan, walked into the first hospital to get it and they said it wasnt there today and gave me directions to a dif building (um my tbi kicked in... ) and I couldnt remember any of the directions. So i just guessed...went to another wrong building...they gave me even more confusing directions...got lost again... called and rescheduled for today... bahah
--
Then I went to GOLDS GYM!!! Yayy new gym! It was great- its massive and totally commercialized and I felt like a celeb. I'm planning on going to make it to some classes this week on my "cross training" days. OH AND THEY HAVE A POOL SO I HAVE NO EXCUSES NOW!!!!


After lunch I was bored and it was super nice out so I took my dog for a walk at the state park near by! Look at that foliage gotta love upstate ny fall!!


She's so stinkin' cute :) 


Attempt at being artsy....


Now we're pooped!!

I plan on going to bed by at latest 10:30 tonight... I am beyond exhausted and my legs are so sore!! I started my lunges/squats again daily and boy am I feeling it. BUT IM DIGGIN IT!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Stead Eddy- Day 3!

Tonight's run at first was some what mentally hard. It was called a "Steady Eddy". It was a 45 minute run at Zone 3 pace, which means I run keeping my heart rate in between 142-156. But I didn't do that, I felt WAY too slow at that heart rate so I kept it between 165-173. I am glad Wednesday's run is another threshold test because I think it will give me a more accurate read at what I can really push myself too.  I had to keep in mind multiple times during this run that it was meant to be nice and easy. It was about building endurance NOT killing myself with speed. I'll get to that more in phase 2 and 3 ;) 


So 5.3 miles in 45 minutes. Then I did my squat/lunge/push up/ab work out. 4x25.


Now I'm watching 

True life the Kardashian's are all time favorite people. 


Oh in other news!!!

HOPEFULLY TOMORROW MORNING WILL BE MY LAST CT SCAN EVER!!!!!! So please please please cross your fingers for good results!!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Day 2 Betch

Sooo this whole training program is going to be interesting because it's the first time I won't be running everyday. It is pretty much running 4 or 5 days a week, so as much as I love running, I kind of like it because it is helping me realize I don't need to run everyday (sometimes I get too obsessed...as we know).

This all being said, today was a CROSS TRAINING DAY! Woo... so I went over to my good ol' Jewish Community Center and hung out with all my friends ;) ...actually it was just Dolph Shayes and I!!

(That's Dolph Shayes..he used to play for the Nats)

Elliptical+ Upper Body Lifting day = Happy Caitlin 

As much as I love the JCC though, I'm starting to look for other gym around here that I want to start going too... I need classes and a pool in order for me to get to where I want to be! The jcc just is not up to date enough!

As usual, today was GANNONS DAY! Had a small almond bark ;) NOOOOM And saw this sign... it's really funny yet entirely true... I'm thinkin about it... but really the winter should be my time when I forget about ice cream....They shouldn't tempt me like this.


As for the rest of the day, I JUST CHILLED OUT. And didn't drive anywhere YUESSSS




Saturday, October 8, 2011

OFFICIALLY DAY ONE!


Today marked the first day of training for the Disney Marathon!! 




For my training this time around I'm following something much more structured. Last time I just did a "run x amount of miles per week and have x amount be the long run". I really don't think this was my best game plan because I definitely got burnt out and I remember having multiple injuries come marathon day and just pushed through them. 


Also, with this book Be a Better Runner, the idea of each run is to get better overall. No run is just to "run" they all have a purpose. The training program is split into 3 phases over 12 weeks (I'm starting it a week early just because I'm getting anxious to start). The first phase is focusing on building overall endurance and stamina. The second phase is about building strength through hill work outs and long runs. The third phase focuses on preparing speed work and quality of runs. I'm super excited. Each run's effort is based off a threshold and heart rate. This leads to no more "black hole" runs, meaning runs that just tired you out and actually hurt you in the long run (no pun intended). 


So as for today's day 1 training I was to figure out my threshold and heart rate zones. Meaning at what speed can I run to maintaing a certain heart rate. So overall I ended up running for 40 minutes, this included a warm up/cool down and the progression to find the thresholds! So 4 miles in 40 minutes. Felt like some quality stuff right there ;)


After the run I did Hope Solo's 15 minute body Nike Training Club work out. I love those things. 
Followed it all up with a protein shake (aka 1/2 skim milk, 1/2 water, 1 scoop protein powder). And some marinated wegmans chicken with a veggielite souffle and a banana! Good stuff. 



Um did I mention my most recent obsession with Lauren Fleshman? Oh yeah- I want to be here. She's 30 and a racing champ. This gives me such hopes. What I would kill to be a pro- I'll get there gotta stay focused AHHH. Also- side note, I was on Lauren's blog/website today and noticed she said anyone who send their copy of Runner's World (w her on it) she will sign and send back to you!!! Soooo I went out to buy another copy because mine was all beat up.... Talk about my new idol. 


Side note- Went to visit my best friends at SUNY Cortland last night... This was my "I'm a grandma and it's 1030 therefore I'm ready for bed not going to the bar" face. 


The National Cancer Institute estimates that approximately 11.7 million Americans with a history of cancer were alive in January 2007. Some of these individuals were cancer­free, while others still had evidence of cancer and may have been undergoing treatment. By fundraising for the American Cancer Society, I am helping raise awareness of cancer so that all of our families can enjoy a cancer-free future. Every bit helps, so thank you in advance for any support you can provide.
Dedicate your donation to a friend, family member or someone you know that has beat cancer, or has been a victim of it. Please let me know their initials and I will add them to my race shirt and run in honor of them. 
http://main.acsevents.org/goto/caitlintitus 





Sunday, October 2, 2011

5k FUN

Okay- So I wanted to write a post today so I could mark this in the training books. This morning I ran the Festival of Races 5k in 24:10, it felt really good considering it was my 2nd run outside and I was holding an under 8 min pace! 


I originally was thinking about doing the Syracuse 1/2 marathon on the 16th, but after today's run outside it made me realize I need to run outside more, but sadly it's hard with the noggin right now. I'm thinking about going to neighborhoods near by to run, therefore its loops and many people around incase I pass out or something... 


That being said I'm trying to figure out if I want to start my marathon training early and say buhbye to the half marathon and focus on training. Not sure what I'll do I'll think about it for another week I suppose. 


Hope everyone had a good weekend!!