May 29, 2010

A week in review and other things too

*  This was a pretty good training week considering I didn't get  much done last week.  It was a little hard to get back into the swing of things after my in-laws left, but once I did, it felt great to be back at it.  Here are my numbers for the week:

Bike:  3 1/2 hrs.
Run:  12.75 M (not great, but oh well)
Swim:  7034 yds (woohoo!)

*  I got to do another OWS swim this morning.  I stopped off at Starbucks for a pumpkin scone and soy chai latte (I know, I know, not the best breakfast, but it sure was yummy!), and headed for the lake.  I got in the water and realized it was much warmer than Sunday, and it actually felt great (no aching, frozen feet today!).  This means that the water temp. for my sprint tri on Friday will be nice too!  Hooray! :)

*  I officially started my marathon training this week.  I looked at many different plans and finally decided to go with this one here.  What I like about it is that it incorporates speed work and tempo runs.  I also like how it has me running 3x a week (although I'm adding a 4th easy run day), which is totally doable with my Half Ironman training.  So, I did my tempo run Thursday, which was awesome, and a long run (8M scheduled) today.

Now, I'm usually pretty good about my nutrition when it comes to working out, but for some reason, I totally blew it today!  As you know, I didn't have the best breakfast.  Then, I did my swim, came home around 9:30, then at 10:15 we headed to Wash Park where I could do my long run and my husband could run with the boys in the jogger.  When we got to the park I realized I had not eaten anything except a pumpkin scone since 7:15 this morning.  Yikes!  Luckily, I had brought a Gu to eat during my run, but I knew I might be in trouble.  Oh, and it was HOT this morning too...nice!  I started my run and was feeling fine.  I took some swigs out of my handheld every once in awhile and ate my Gu around mile 4.  I was sweating like crazy and was getting really hot.  Around mile 6, things started to turn.  I started cramping really bad and knew that there was no way I was going to make it to 8 miles.  I tried to regulate my breathing, but the cramps just started getting worse and eventually led to back cramps.  I made it to 6.5 miles and finally had to stop and walk.  I walked to the playground where my husband and boys were and called it a day.  This is another one I can chalk up to dehydration!  I feel so stupid for letting it happen, but for some reason my brain just wasn't functioning properly today (see bee post below for a possible reason why).
Hot and red post-run.  My husband joked that the white sweat marks on my visor looked like the Rocky Mountains.   Ha ha.
Other things too:

So, last night around 11:30, my youngest son woke up crying and calling for me.  I went into his room and he was sitting up straight in his bed.  I asked him what was wrong and he said he saw a "buggy" that was buzzing and flying around him.  I turned on his lamp and looked around and didn't see anything, but he was so scared and was on the verge of tears.  Then, I remembered how there were a bunch of bees swarming around our flowers earlier and how we watched them at a safe distance until they flew away.  So, I thought maybe he was just imagining the bees.  Anyways, I tried to lay him back down, but he wanted his daddy, so I called my husband in.  Again, he kept asking if we could see the bee, and we never saw anything or heard anything.  We would get him calmed down, he would fall asleep, then wake up a little while later crying about the bee.  This went on ALL NIGHT.  Finally, after a 3AM cry, he went to sleep for good.

So, here's the kicker.  I got back from my swim and my husband hands me a glass jar and says, "Look what I found in his room this morning."  I looked, and there inside the jar was a tiny bee.  OMG!  I felt so bad, but honestly we never saw/heard the bee all the times we went in there.  We just assumed he was having a bad dream about bees.  Poor little guy!  We made a point of letting the bee go into the flowers so he would know that the bee was no longer in his room.  But, he's probably going to be scarred for life!

*  My oldest has his last week of preschool this week.  I can't believe how fast the year just flew by!  It's crazy to think that it's almost June.  Wow!

*  Our peonies finally bloomed yesterday.  We have two big bushes of them in our backyard and I absolutely love them.  I look forward to them blooming every year because I just think they are so beautiful.  :)

* I had to get another new training watch.  I'm pretty sure the watch I got from Amazon was a total dud.  It fogged up the first time I wore it swimming and has since lost all of its waterproof abilities.  Ugh!  I contacted Timex warranty and they said I had to send them a $7 check with the watch so they could mail it back to me.  And, they said they couldn't guarantee that they could fix it or replace it!   Are you kidding me?  So, instead of dealing with them, I went to REI which is having a 25% off sale on Timex watches.  I talked to the guy and ended up getting this lovely watch:
 Yes, it's pretty much the same thing I had, but I love the design so much better.  It actually reminds me of my honeymoon in Kauai!  And, because REI has an awesome return policy, if anything goes wrong with it they will replace it, no questions asked!  Yay!


SSB said...

That is an awesome looking watch. I <3 Kauai

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

good training week in the books! i'm a little jealous of your swim total. Yesterday, I was in the process of getting in a little over 7000 meters for the week but as I was just hitting the 500 meter mark, the lifeguard starting blowing his whistle for us to get out of the pool. Major lightning going on and a huge storm blew thru, so that took care of that.

I'm glad that bee didn't sting your son.

Love that watch. I haven't seen any like that one before.

And about that dehydration. I had a real problem with that up until last year. I would have the white Rocky mountain marks all over me and my stomach would cramp up where I couldn't breathe well. After doing a little research, I started making sure to drink at least 1-2, 32 ounce PowerAde Zero's everyday and have never had the white Rocky mountains again and no more dehydration cramps.

Caratunk Girl said...

Awesome training week! Oh man, I space it on fluids sometimes, sucky feeling, huh?

YEAH Peonies! Mine are going to bloom soon. I am so happy your son didn't get stung!

TRI-james said...

I used a Furman type plan for my 'first' marathon. The runs get HARD but the plan is solid!

Velma said...

Nice training week - I think Furman sounds like a great idea. I have the book, and I like the philosophy. I also have the same watch! We just ended preschool, so I feel your pain and excitement!

Christi said...

Congrats on the training. You are doing awesome. I am doing the 1/2 in Denver so we will have to meet up sometime that weekend.

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Great job training ...especially in the pool!

Love that watch ... I've been looking for a new lap watch and I think you just inspired me to take a drive over to the REI this afternoon after my OWS! Thanks!

Melissa said...

Nice watch!

Great job with your training. Love that your hubby watches the kids while you get in your run.

P said...

Your swim mileage is amazing!! Good luck at your sprint Friday!

Julie said...

Nice work on your training this week Aimee!

I also love your watch...very stylish and I love the shape of it:)

My little guy has one more year before he officially starts grade school. You are right, time goes by so fast! It is kind of sad because he is my baby and I want to enjoy every second:)

I hope that you are having a nice holiday weekend!

misszippy said...

So funny about the bee! At least he didn't get stung, right?

Dehydration is the pits. Live and learn.

DRog said...

You are getting some great training in! Way to go... exciting starting your marathon training, you'll do great.

Kelly said...

Great training despite the nutrition snafu! I have that same watch and love it. I feel like it's cute enough to wear even while I'm not working out...either that or I've just crossed to the point where I don't care!! :)

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Awesome job on the training! It's been unseasonably hot here, so I've been drinking non-stop to make sure I'm hydrated!!

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

again, we had similar days. my lil guy was up w/us for ~3 hrs on fri, for an ear ache (ok not a bee, but still;-)

Colleen said...

Cute watch!!! :) And don't beat yourself up about the dehydration... it happens to all of us at some point or another!

Hope your little guy is doing better after the bee incident. :(

Whitarican said...

You kicked butt on the swim training! Nice job! I have not experience dehydration yet but it sounds like it sucks! Happens to every though eventually.

Amber Shea said...

Aww, that's so cute/sweet/sad about the bee "dream"!
Sorry to hear about your bad run. I hate when that happens, and it's so much worse when you know it was within your control to prevent it, heh.

Regina said...

Good luck with the tri on Friday!!

We are in NH and my son was freaking out in the bedroom he was staying in because he heard the phone ring (sounded different than ours). It was agony to get him to go to sleep after that. So I sympathize. You never know when the fear is real or just an excuse to stay awake longer.

Love the flowers and the new watch!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Poor little guy, I am allergic to bees, like eppin allergic