A few changes happening

After a too-long hiatus, I’ve decided to resurrect BecsBits.  There’s going to be some dust as remodeling comes about, but I’m looking forward to the changes:

A new name – As soon as I can find where Word Press will let me, the URL is moving, and the title (accordingly) changing. This is to reflect:

A narrower focus – rather than trying to cover dieting, cooking, family, quilting, food, and running, the focus is going to be running.  A good number of my previous posts have been toward that topic anyway so I feel the shift isn’t too big.  I’m looking toward BecsKix (as that ties my Runner’s World Online Forum ID in) but am not exactly sure.

My second running life began Fall of 2008 (I’d have to dig up a log to find a date), and this blog in 2009.  2010 was an awesome year as I was able to focus my training better, and 2011 is sure to be a roller-coaster as we are expecting a daughter in June.  I’m laying plans for 2011 and 2012, and with any luck my first marathon will be Fall of 2012.

Until I’m back on the roads and trails, I’m planning on posting what I’m learning about training, cycles, nutrition (can’t leave food totally out of the picture!) and how all that is shaping my plans for training this year, next, and beyond.  It’s sure to be an adventure!

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What’s a Magic Mile?

As I’m reading more about running, I came across this really interesting concept from McMillian running.  (Turns out other trainers use similar tables, Jeff Galloway calls it the Magic Mile.)  If you take your race time, or if you race a mile, that time and distance can be used to figure out how you would run at another distance.  (Of course, the bigger the difference the more skewed the prediction.)  Even more, you can use the result to figure out how fast you should be working out to get the most out of your workout, to improve your fitness.

The data geek in me loves this.

Since I’ve been pretty inconsistent lately with working out, I don’t know how fast I should be pushing, or rather, what I should be dreaming about when distracted at work. ;)  (I still need to beat Eric’s 22 minute 5k, which I’m sure I can do.)  So last night, I went to the gym, set to run a Magic Mile.  I guess part of me needs a line in the sand to compete against myself. 

I got to the gym and found the indoor track was 10 laps to the mile.  10 laps?  20 turns seemed like it would be awfully hard on the legs, so I ended up on a treadmill.  I didn’t want the treadmill to pace me, but it seemed the bette alternative.  The treadmill and my Nike+ read two different distances, so I’m guessing at my Magic Mile time.  But it’s a close guess, and it gives me a place to start.  \cheer!

I’m not making the 22:00 5k time, but with a little direction in my training, I might be able to hit it by May.  Maybe.

Just. Not. Moving.

Running plan I’m having a hard time getting out the door lately.  It’s not that I don’t want to, and it’s not that I don’t have a plan.  I’ve hammered out how bridge from a Couch to 5k program to a half marathon training plan, and I’m excited about it.  I just can’t find the bloomin’ time!  And that is frustrating.

With the weather getting cold and it raining for what seems like a week, I can’t just hop out the door, run for 25 minutes and be done.  I wasn’t stretching when I did that (which was bad) but I was getting out (which was good).  With it being dark and my subdivision being a construction zone, it makes for a run that is at best creepy and at worst dangerous.  Which means I’m relegated to the gym… which usually means at least an hour commitment, and that’s tough right now.

Last night I thought I would spend some time with the Wii Fit Plus instead of going to the gym… and I still spent over an hour to get a workout that wasn’t quite what I need.  The good news is that I got some movement in! :)

Soooo… I’m discouraged.  Time and sunlight are low.  If anyone has any suggestions on how to get some mileage when it’s o-dark-thirty (either AM or PM after work, hah!) I’d love to hear how you work around that wintery stuff.  Maybe I need to be told “suck it up and go?”  How do you change your running when time is short and so is daylight?

I Survived Steamboat!

I lost a couple of tires along the way ;) but survived Steamboat’s 4-mile race!  My first race this year (Strides for Justice 5k) was pretty small, they had a record number of runneSteamboat2009rs, with 43 finishing.  Steamboat, too, had a record number registered – 4,100! The difference in start lines was black and white; it seemed to take at least 30 seconds just to cross the start line today! (Edit: it actually took :42.)  People seeding themselves at the 8:00/mile maker were still running ~11:00/mile  after things thinned out…  It was really humid, and as soon as the sun came out it got hot.  But those were the only negatives.  Some people were really nice and had sprinklers out for the runners.  They had music bumping at the last water station, about 2/3 mile from the finish, and again about 1/3 mile from the end – the music helped so much!  The last 1/4 mile was all downhill, and if it weren’t I probalby would have walked, LOL!  As it were, the hill pulled me down to the finish line.  It was defintely a good effort today, and definitely a good time! :) Yay for my longest race!

Trying the Jogging Stroller

image of jogging stroller

The Toddler (18mos) and I tried out the jogging stroller again today.  We tried about a year ago, but he really wasn’t into rides, and the sun got to be too much, so it just wasn’t happening.  Enter Grandma A’s visit a couple of weekends ago.  She and E had a great time taking walks in the (regular) stroller, and E now often asks for walks when DH and E get home from their day.  A couple of weekends ago I aired up the tires in the jogger, and opened it up.  Now walks involve two trips around the block: one with the stroller, and a second with the jogger. :)

Today DH wanted to go to the gym after work, and E wanted to go for a ride.  I was itching for a jog (it’s been a couple of days, and I need to at least stay loose for Steamboat on Saturday) -so I thought maybe it was time for another try.  I stopped a couple of blocks in to ask E if he liked it, and I got this silly grin back from under the paci as if to say “this is GREAT!”  It’s a smooth ride, and I think he likes going fast.  I only went a little ways, as I didn’t want to press my luck and have a screaming, squirming toddler on my hands miles from home, but I think it’s safe to call it a success!  I just need to get a bigger sun shade, and I think it will be a winner for everyone!