As I expected, my weight was up this morning: 138.5, which is up two pounds from last week.
I ate way too many almonds and Twizzlers yesterday. I had bought the individually-wrapped Twizzlers thinking that they wouldn't be a problem, since they're such a pain to open each one; yesterday, my fingers apparently got quite the workout ;) Back on track today, and I'm hoping to see 135-ish next week.
I think I'm still running my "easy" runs too fast. There are lots of charts in the book, which the nerdy part of me loves. According to the race equivalency chart, based on my most recent half-marathon time (1:52:07), I should be able to run a marathon in about 3:55. The chart is very close to having predicted my other PR's, so I guess 3:55 is a realistic goal (but I laughed out loud when I saw that). Since I'm not running to PR in Chicago, that number hasn't really meant anything in my training.
The Hansons' Method is all based on pace (not heart rate), and the pace is calculated based on one's marathon goal. So I think for the sake of training, I'll just pretend that I'm going to be going for a 3:55 marathon, and I'll base my training paces on that finish time. With that in mind, these are the paces they suggest for my training:
Easy run: 10:00-10:40/mi
Long run: 9:38/mi
Marathon pace/tempo: 8:58/mi
Strength run: 8:48/mi
Speed work: There are lots of different charts, based on what the workout is.
These seem so slow to me, considering I've been doing my easy runs at roughly a 9:20/mi pace. And the McMillan Calculator gives me very different paces. But since I'm following the Hansons' training plan, I'm going to try and follow the prescribed paces for a week or two and see how I feel. I think maybe the reason my intervals were so difficult yesterday was because I was running my easy runs too fast.
I just realized that today is the 10 year anniversary of the big Northeast blackout of 2003. I'm sure most people don't ever think about it, but my wedding was two days after the power went out. I remember I was working on centerpieces when the power shut off, and wasn't too worried; I thought that it would be back shortly.
Then Jerry called me (he was with his best man, picking up their tuxes) and said the power was out all over the place. When we learned the extent of the blackout, I was SO upset. Our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner were that evening (Thursday, the 14th). Without electricity, there was no air conditioning in the chapel for our rehearsal, and it was HOT.
The restaurant we'd planned to go to for the rehearsal dinner had to close because the power was out, so instead, everybody went to my parents' house and we cooked hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill (in the dark). It ended up being a lot of fun! But I cried when I woke up the next morning, and the power was still out. My photographer called. My DJ called. My caterer called. Everyone wanting to know if the wedding was still on.
Everyone kept trying to make me feel better by saying that it would be beautiful to get married by candlelight, etc. I just kept thinking about a reception with no music and no food! ;) Thankfully, the power came back on late Friday night, just in time for my wedding on Saturday!
So for some odd reason, August 14th is a day I always stop and think about what I was doing on this day in 2003. The Huffington Post just posted a bunch of photos from that day. It's so interesting! I can't imagine what it would be like in NYC without power like that.
Jerry's and my 10th wedding anniversary is this Friday! We don't have plans, because he'll be working. But hopefully we'll be able to go out another day to celebrate.