Thursday, October 14, 2010

Three Things Thursday

1. Running Diva Mom's Virtual 10k
I woke at 430am a little tired but knew that if I didn't get this virtual 10K done this morning I probably wouldn't get it in tomorrow - especially since I have plans to swim tomorrow morning!

So, I flew out of bed, changed, and was to the gym and on the treadmill by 445am. It's nice to live so close to the gym and now have 24-hour access to the cardio and weight machines. Before 24-hour access was available, I wouldn't be able to get on the treadmill until after 5 and there was no way I would be able to run this distance and get ready in time for work.

I will admit, doing long runs on the treadmill is not ideal and I do not recommend it to anyone. I know that I run faster on the treadmill then I do outside, so I crank up the incline to "try" to give myself a more similar workout to running outside. Today I had it set on between 1.5 and 2.0 for the entire run. This also helps with my knees.

Breaking the run down - The treadmills are set to shut down after 30 minutes, so I broke my run down into 2 30 minute sessions, and then completed the rest of the 10K. (Unlike some of you, I need more than an hour to run a 10K.) Here's how it looks:

First 30 min = 2.56 mi(11:42 pace)
Second 30 min = 2.64 mi(11:21 pace)
+ 11:34 min = 1.1 mi (10:30 pace)
Total = 6.3 miles

For some reason, I always have this habit of adding a .1 or .2 to my runs. Don't ask. I just do it.

Overall, it was a good run and faster than I expected. My last long run left my right groin feeling a bit twinged, but today all was good. My left knee was a little tight, but I know that with a little extra stretching throughout the day and using the foam roller tonight, I will be golden.

Love, love, LOVE, these virtual races! Did you participate?


2. Brad Paisley Concert
This past Saturday, the BF and I and another couple, went to the Brad Paisley Concert at the Ralph Englestad Arena (Fighting Sioux Hockey arena) as part of the BF's birthday celebration. Even though we were up pretty high, our seats were perfect - just off the corner of the stage.

Justin Moore was the first opening act and even though I didn't know many of his songs, he did a wonderful job and I really enjoyed his music. Then Darius Rucker (Hootie) performed and did an AWESOME job. I would love to see that man in concert if he started his own tour. What an amazing musician he is! Brad Paisely did awesome as well. The music was a little loud for his concert and all of his mad-guitar skills, but overall it was a wonderful show! We definitely got our moneys worth with 3+ hours of music!


3. A Well-Needed Break
Next week we have Thursday and Friday off for NDEA conference. It used to be required that teachers go, or stay back and work in their classrooms, but now it's not part of our contract hours, so many don't go. Sometimes I miss how it was my first couple years of teaching and choosing to stay back to do grades, progress reports, prepare lessons, etc. However, I look forward to having these two days off. It will make for a nice long weekend ... to get some grad school homework done.

27 comments:

Jamoosh said...

Let's hear it for four day weekends!

Steel Springs said...

Congrats on the great virtual race. I'm impressed by your 4:30 wake-up call. The concert sounds like a blast and yeah for 4-day weekends!

Holly said...

Mitch and I went to Brad Paisley when we lived up in GF and I think his was one of the best concerts we've been to.

YAY for four-day weekends! :)

Colleen said...

Congrats on the virtual race! :)

The concert sounds awesome! I love Brad Paisley, but think I would love Darius Rucker too!

Jen (Triathlete Within) said...

Wow!! 4:30 am? Good job on getting up early and getting a great run in!

I missed Brad Paisley when he was here but heard he was amazing! So jealous you got to go!

Have a great long weekend!

Tricia said...

I did 18 on the treadmill on Tuesday. Youre right, NOT something to recommend. :)

great job! have a lovely weekend

Marlene said...

Congrats on the virtual 10K (+)!

Enjoy the much needed break next week!

Scott Keeps Running said...

I like the idea of the virtual races too. Very cool. :)

J said...

Great job on the 10k! I wish my gym was open earlier! We are going to see Brad paisley when he comes here! i can't wait!

My Life and Running said...

Nice negative "splits" on that run! :)

sunapeegirl said...

Great job on the 10K!

I'm SO jealous you saw Darius Rucker in concert!! He is my favorite! Brad Paisley would have been a nice bonus too : )

onelittletrigirl said...

We have NJEA here the first weekend of Novemner and I cannot wait!!!!

Lisa said...

i always seem to add .1 to my runs as well. i finally figured out why...i walk to a certain point to start, hit start...then run all the way back. and i guess that distance must be .1 mi!

Badgergirl said...

On the treadmill by 4:45? Dang! Nice job getting the miles done in the early morning hours!

The concert sounds like a blast and yea for four day weekends! Enjoy!

Katie A. said...

Ooooo! A four day weekend! You deserve it! And love that you got that run done so early! You are hardcore!

Aimee said...

Nice job with the virtual race! :)

Yay for 2 days off! Enjoy the time!

Michelle said...

Woot, woot for 4 day weekends! Enjoy!

Sheesh - you rock on the longer runs on the treadmill. I cannot stay on that long and especially if it cut off after 30 minutes and restarted. Way to go.

Leana said...

Congratulations on the virtual 10K! Nice job!

Sherri said...

Great job on the virtual race! 4:30 is early...WOW!!!
I love 4 day weekends!!!

Today's Triumph said...

Nice job on the virtual 10k sistah!!!

Today's Triumph said...

Nice job on the virtual 10k sistah!!!

Jess said...

Darius Rucker headlined Sunday in the Country (giant all day long country music festival in MD) last year and he was amazzzzinnnggg. Seriously he is so awesome in concert.

Glad you had a fun time at Brad Paisley!

Fair Weather Runner said...

well i'm a little behind here, but it sounds like you had a great week last week. getting up at 4:30a is no joke. hard.core!

Running Diva Mom said...

WOW -- HUGE kuddos to you for getting up that early for your run! GREAT JOB! Great time, too! Thanks for participating in the virtual race!

Staci Dombroski said...

How fun to go to Brad Paisley!! Have a great weekend :)

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