Monday, May 22, 2006

Late Night Nine

Wow. That's what I have to say about Excedrin PM. I haven't slept like that in I don't know how long. For those of you following our activites you know that I haven't been able to sleep very well. What started out as just waking up very often turned to not being able to go back to bed and so only sleeping for 3-4 hours.

Jason is so nice as he said I just looked "really tired" this morning as we headed back from Fermi Lab from my last late night shift. In actuality, I looked like the walking dead. My skin was really pale and my eyes were really dark. It just wasn't a good look. I wanted to make sure I got some straight through sleep because we had a nine mile run planned for some point. So I took two of these lovely blue pills and I was out! For a long time. We slept from about 9:30am till about 7:30pm. The best part of all was that it was mostly straight through. I woke up around 5, but then was immediatly able to go back to sleep.

After watching the Desperate Housewives season finale we went out for our 9 mile run. I was worried about it since I felt so bad on our three mile run yesterday, but go figure....getting some sleep is a good thing. We had a GREAT run. It was smooth and fast and the city, of course, is so beautiful at night. There were some places along the lake front path, namely just south of fullerton which was REALLY dark and I got a bit scared....but hey, nothing like building speed work into your long run. We went south to the 7 mile marker which is inbetween Oak St. Beach and the beach near navy pier which I can't think of the name of right now, then turned around a came back. We stopped for water twice during the run and really just cruised the whole way.

Getting through this run put us at 30 miles total for the week. This is huge for us because when we started training for the marathon last year we weren't near these kinds of weekly distances. I am very excited to get into the serious marathon training. Bring it ON! We will actually start the Pfitz plan in one week. I want to give myself 3 weeks of buffer because of vacation and the "shit happens" weeks. Alright here are the plots for the week. (These could look a little different in a week or so, due to a little electronic device I ordered this weekend....stay tuned!)

12 comments:

Bob said...

ohhhhh charts, great job on "getting the miles in" keep up the good work. Looking forward to having you back on a normal schedule

Susan said...

Wow, charts. I love charts. Great job on the nine! What's the Pfitz plan? I haven't heard of that?

LeahC said...

The Pfitz plan can be found in the book Advanced Marathoning by Pfitzing & Douglas. It's really awesome because it gives lot of scientific reasons to be doing the workouts that you are doing. Also, it has 3 different plans and within each plan 3 different weeks numbers to get them in. So it has plans that top out at 55 miles a week, that can be done in 12, 18 or 24 weeks. Also it has max milages of 55-70, and then 70+. Jason and I will be doing the 18/55 (18 weeks, 55 miles max)

I have heard lots of good things about it as well, so I am hoping I can stick with it this summer.

Running Jayhawk said...

You kids are so stinkin' impressive. Look at you being all technical and Charty McCharterson.

Nicely done. :)

So when you two speedy folks going to come run with the slow kids of River North?!? :)

LeahC said...

well at least my physics graphing skills are coming into use somewhere (my stupid analysis is so stupid and not working at all)..

I think we should have a definite Chicago Runners get together. Maybe a once a month thing for dinner/drinks/coffee/smoothies...

There are lots of runners here and since we are all running with different training groups it might be nice to have recaps on how everyones training is going.

Chicago people send me e-mail (jasonleahrun@gmail.com) if you are interested in such an idea and we'll see if we can set something up.

Full Metal Lunchbox said...

I'm game. I'll send you an e-mail.

Lana said...

Nice job on the miles! I have to let you know that my husband and I (and our kids) are Cubs fans in Tennessee...Go Cubbies!! It must be nice to just drive over to Wrigley Field for the game whenever you like!! We have to plan a mini vacation to see one.

LeahC said...

oh man it's a hard year to be a cubs fan! ACtually we can just walk over to the ballpark, we only live like 5 blocks away!

Scott said...

Leah-
Graphs are always great...snort...

DAd

Anonymous said...

Leah and Jason,
You guys are awesome. Your graphs keep going up! Quite impressive. I can't even make a graph. Well I probably could but it would be a graph of how many snacks I could make in one day. Not so impressive.
Keep on a runnin'
sue

Bridgette said...

Love the comment, Scott! :) Graphs are always great HAHAHAHA

I was just thinking either I am really untechnical minded, or Leah has WAY too much time on her hands! :)

OK, Maybe I'm a LITTLE jealous that you are doing so many miles...I don't really keep track of miles, just time. Probably should start doing that, huh?

LeahC said...

i can't get my analysis to work, so i use my awesome physics analytical program to make graphs. yes. i am really cool. i think running by time is fine a way to train. I just happen to live near the lake front path where there are mile markers. If you are interesteed in your distance give www.favoriterun.com a try!