Posts Tagged ‘good news’

workout: track run…actually on the track!

It’s beauuutiful outside today! It’s in the high 80s, but there’s no humidity. This means I can take my run off the treadmill this evening and actually run outside on the track. I’m very excited.

Here’s what it’s going to look like:

  • 10-20 minute warm up
  • 12 x 400 (90 second RI)
  • 10 minute cool down

To makes things clear, 400 meters is once around the track and “RI” stands for “rest interval” where I can either walk or jog slowly. I like to jog slowly. If I start to walk, I don’t want to run again.

I don’t have any time goals for the 400 meters because I don’t know what my ability is there, yet. I just figured out how to do lap times on my Garmin (after 8 months together…pathetic) so after tonight I’ll see how my speed and consistency is across twelve 400 meter repeats.

Good News
With the start of college football right around the corner, Virginia Tech was chosen to win the ACC title this year! Matt is very excited about this. As excited I am about eating cake, he is about college football.

For all you college football fans, here’s the ACC predictions:

Virginia Tech was chosen on 50 ballots to win its fourth ACC football title in just its seventh year in the league. Florida State finished second with 26 votes, followed by Miami (10), Georgia Tech (8), Boston College (2) and North Carolina (2). The Hokies were tabbed to win the ACC’s Coastal Division with 532 points and 62 first-place votes outdistancing Miami (444 points, 20 first-place votes), Georgia Tech (408), North Carolina (379), Duke (169) and Virginia (126). Florida State compiled 565 points and 78 first-place votes to claim the Atlantic Division title over Clemson (479), Boston College (389), NC State (283), Wake Forest (203) and Maryland (139).

Our first game is September 6 against Boise State.


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workout: track run tonight

Here’s how it’s going to play out:

  • 10 minute warm-up
  • 4 x 3 minutes fast followed by 3 minutes recovery
  • 10 minute cool down

I hope the rain holds out and I can make it to the track tonight. I really don’t want to be stuck on a treadmill again.

Good News Roundup
Spreading Incurable Optimism: Michael J. Fox Grants Teen Wish
Living Soldier Nominated for Medal of Honor
Parking Meter Celebrates 75th Anniversary (for Matt)

This article just made me giggle; it’s about absurd pet-sitting requests. Scout likes plain greek yogurt, his carrots peeled, and JIF peanut butter. Oh, and he doesn’t like potatoes or green beans.

He also likes it when he gets his belly scratched underneath the ceiling fan in the kitchen. That’s about it!

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workout: track run!

My training schedule starts on July 5 and I’m 90% done with it. I just need to convert it to Excel, and then I’ll post it online. I’m very happy with how it’s turning out and I’m very excited to get training started. I’m going to use this week to get in the groove of things. I want to feel comfortable with training when it starts; I don’t want the workouts to seem too new.

I mean, I only have 130 days left until NYC. Need to get goin’!

So this morning I didn’t run and I’m running around the track at my local high school when I get off work. To ease me into speed work, here’s my plan for tonight:

  • 10 minute warm up
  • 6 x 1 minute fast followed by 3 minutes slow (meaning I repeat this pattern 6 times)
  • 10 minute cool down

Maryland’s currently in a 90 degree weather heat wave. It’s going to be another scorcher today, but at least the humidity is gone. I plan to hydrate all day and drink a bottle of orange G2. It’s not the best tasting stuff, very sweet, but it gives me electrolytes without a ton of calories.

Good News
Here is a unique way to earn money for charity. An Arizona golfer played 100 rounds of golf in 10 hours to earn over $3000 for the Arizona chapter of the Special Olympics. Neat idea!

The world is getting greener by the day. Virginia Tech’s Lumenhaus won the overall competition at the 2010 Solar Decathlon Europe. Way to go Hokies! The house was set up in Times Square and featured on ABC’s Good Morning America. From the website, “the teams, which were selected from universities in the United States, Canada, Spain, and Germany, were charged with creating houses that utilize energy-efficient technology and demonstrate that houses powered entirely by the sun do not have to sacrifice all the modern comforts and aesthetics homeowners are accustomed to.”

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workout: kickboxing DVD

I wanted a tough crosstraining experience today, so I dusted off my old Jillian Michaels “Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism” DVD. I had not used this video since February when Maryland experienced the worst snowstorm ever. I was training for a half marathon and was stuck inside for 5 days due to 2 feet of snow and blizzard conditions. This was pre-treadmill too. I was miserable. I worked out to this DVD everyday to keep my endurance up. When I had a bad race, I blamed Jillian and the snow. Sorry, Jill.

This morning it was like pre-snowstorm days and Jillian kicked my butt. It felt great! And I’m already looking forward to my run tomorrow. Usually I dread Thursday runs because I’m tired and worn out. I’m going to love this new schedule!

For good news today I wanted to share a program that VT created for undergraduates. Here’s the description from the CPSVP website:

The CPSVP has developed a new undergraduate degree option at Virginia Tech. This University Concentration in Violence Prevention and Peace Studies will offer students from many areas an opportunity to focus their academic efforts on the field. The CPSVP will offer a Capstone Seminar allowing students to crystallize what they have learned in concentration tracks housed in several departments, and to work closely with students from other disciplines.

Courses will be taught by faculty from across Virginia Tech, and visiting scholars. The Capstone Seminar course will include service learning projects in the community.

The Concentration option is expected to be available in Spring 2011. Currently, students may enroll for the course Global Society, Violence, and the Prospects for Peace (Soc/Phil/Geog/AAE 4984), which will be introduced as a year-long course beginning in the Fall semester of 2010.

Isn’t this a neat program? I like how it will get students involved in the community. I was an Appalachian Studies minor at Tech and it involved a lot of community hours. I loved getting out of the classroom and into the heart of southwestern Virginia and West Virginia. The best courses are the ones that get you involved and active. It’s so rewarding to see your hard work in action within the surrounding community.

It’ll be interesting to see where this program goes and to read about its impact in the local VT community and globally.

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workout: rest day

I’m in super need of good news today. I woke up feeling blah. Clocky rolling under my bed at 5 am didn’t help either. I didn’t even mean to set him last night; today’s a rest day! I need Tuesdays off to get through the rest of the week. I use Fridays to cross train in the morning. I even set out workout clothes last night. I don’t know what I was thinking. Guess I was subconsciously being ambitious.

Oh, nifty note. I got a pedometer yesterday because I’m a dork. I just want to see how many steps I get in everyday. And it was only $5. Score.

I walk a lot. I always takes stairs, I ride public transportation to work in the city, I walk at lunch, and I’m a huge fan of getting out to walk after work with Matt and Scout (unless I’m super hungry and NEED to start dinner right away, but that’s not too often since I dig my hands into a bag of olive chips everyday when I get home from work, but that’s beside to point). I’m curious to see how far I actually go. Plus, it’s pink. I mean, come on.

Real Good News
An 11-year-old artist is painting pictures of birds and doing her part to help with the oil spill in the Gulf. Olivia Bouler is painting pictures of birds to sell and raise money to help with clean up efforts. This just goes to show that you’re never too small or too young to help the world. If you have an idea to help others, tell someone because there’s a way to make it a reality.

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Monday’s workout: 7 miles; 1:11:52
Tuesday’s workout: rest day

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend with friends and family! I had three cookouts planned and made it to two, but cooked for three. Fun!

Yesterday I went on an early 7 miler. I don’t have my mile splits, but my pace averaged 10:17. I took it slow. I had to get out and run before the heat came, but it was still hot at 6:45 in the morning. I took a few walk breaks; all occurred at the top of big hills. I usually don’t walk on long runs, but the heat was wearing me down. Next week I’m going to run the same route with no walk breaks. I’ll be more used to the summer-ish weather and will bring water with me. Like a smart runner should.

It actually got up to around 90 degrees yesterday. Matt and I took Scout to the dog park and all the pups were chillin’ under the tree. He was so tired from not doing much, that Matt had to carry him to the car. He wouldn’t walk! He just wanted to lay down in the shady grass.

Tomorrow I’ll post pictures of Scout from the dog park!

Now, here’s some great news in honor of Memorial Day weekend. A Missouri man started a non-profit organization that gives segways to war vets. The program, Segs4Vets, “allow[s] soldiers to stand on new prosthetic legs for longer periods and greatly increase their independence, letting them to move around college campuses, military bases and on family outings with a greater degree of ease than other options.” You can read more about this cool organization here.

Sorry for this short, choppy post. I’m still getting it together from the weekend!

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workout: rest day

Kind of. I plan on walking at lunch. I work right next to one of my favorite running trails, the Capital Crescent Trail, in Bethesda, MD.

Photo courtesy of cctrail.org.

While I don’t get on the trail as much as I used to, it’s still dear to my heart. I ran it a lot pre-Garmin days to train for my first couple half marathons. Every half mile is clearly marked and since it used to be a trail way, it’s relatively flat. I can’t really run long distances on it anymore. (1) It’s farther from my house now and (2) I know it so well, it’s really quite boring for long distances. I know all the turns, the grades, and the tunnels so well that I don’t need the mile signs anymore. I ran 15 miles on it last summer, training for Philly, and it was hard. Not physically hard, but mentally.

But while the trail is no longer useful for long runs, it’s great for 30-40 minute speedy walks during lunch. It’s shaded with trees and generously populated with other lunch walkers. I like getting out of the office and listening to my music along the trail. So relaxing. I’m not good at sitting at my desk all day. I get antsy.

Anywho, I read this article on good sportsmanship recently and thought it’d be good to share today. It’s about two collegiate golfers vying for a spot in a national golf tournament. One golfer, a sophomore, already held a team spot on the nationals. The other golfer, a senior, was playing for his last chance at nationals. Toward the end of the qualifying tournament, the sophomore purposely shot out of par to let his opponent have an open spot in nationals.

This story can go two ways. I really like how considerate the younger player was when he gave up an individual honor to let someone else have a chance in nationals. You don’t see selflessness like that a lot in competitive sports. But then again, the senior will never know if he really earned that coveted spot since it was given to him. Do you think he feels personally accomplished?

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