Saturday, October 27, 2012

Ugh, so slow

I ran twice this week and both runs were slow. 1st was Wednesday; I had fasted Tuesday and not gotten quite enough sleep that night. I rather expected Wednesday's run to be slower. Plus I ate too late that morning before the run, a half PB&J. 1 lap walking to warm-up; Total distance 2.2 mi, avg pace 15:54min/mi.

Today was long run day. Warm-up 10min walking, then alternating running and walking, lots of walking. Total distance 4 mi, time 1 hour, avg pace, 15:00min/mi. I started feeling mild tension around my forehead somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 of the way out. It was 47deg outside, sunny, breezy here and there. "RealFeel" temp was 56deg. I went out with a cap, t-shirt, compression shorts under soccer shorts, calf compression sleeves, (shoes and socks), and 1/2 finger gloves. About a quarter of the way out (out and back route) I took off the gloves; about 1/4 way back I pushed down the sleeves--they're really warm! When I got home, my 64deg house felt hot, and I opened the back door. My 4yo complained and closed it. ;-)

I hope to get a new Polar HRM soon and start heart rate training. Max HR today was ~190, HR range 155-190 most likely. I reset the Timex watch a couple of weeks ago to the proper date and time, but it has since re-reset to some default date and time. It's unreliable, so I won't try to use it afterall.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Ah, Saturday

I haven't run in over a week. I did do some extra cycling on Tuesday and a home workout including KB swings and snatches. I think I did too many snatches--I think I pulled a muscle in the right side of my back; it's been hurting ever since. Yesterday or the evening before I did some sit-ups and they hurt my back more. :-(

I had to run a class this week, which requred me to be in earlier and stay later than usual. Add that to the evening activities we have, and I either didn't have the time to run or the energy. But today it's all over. I haven't tried running yet, my back's still tweaked, so we'll see how it goes today. Fall festival at the local elementary school, and my 2 youngest want to go. Plus I'm baking cookies. Slept in.

Checked out "What to Wear for Runners" to see what Runner's World would advise this morning. It included a vest to keep the core warm but let the arms stay cool for that "in between" temp. Problem is, my core warms up just fine, it's my arms and hands that get cold. Plus at this altitude, the sun feels more intense, so shorts and a t-shirt would probably still be fine in 55deg temps. It depends on the breeze--they've gotten quite chilly lately!

I still bike to and from work. I learned a shortcut, so it's even less of a workout now, because of course I take it. Next week, since I don't have to be at work as early, I'll go the longer way again. I need to bike farther. I think I'll take lunch on Wednesdays for longer rides. I know a ~5mi route that takes around half an hour. Make it worth the $ to get bike-specific tights this winter. (padded--I wore my padded cycling shorts this week, and they were actually comfortable with this new seat. Yay.)

Monday, October 8, 2012

OT: Failing student

How do you remotivate a student who should be making A's but is failing? In one class he's not even turning in his homework; he says the teacher doesn't ask for it. I asked him if maybe he just didn't hear the teacher ask for the HW, and he said, as he sits 2nd in the row, he'd notice if the kids behind him were turning in their HW. Also this teacher has a reputation for being mean: yelling at the class and calling kids stupid. Last week during the after school program the students in my son's group discussed this with their adult leader. She said she was going to get the vice-principal involved.

Last Monday I saw an assignment in my son's binder that was due today. I only glanced at it and thought it was an extra credit assignment, so I wan't too worried (not that he doesn't need the points) when I suddenly remembered about it last night shortly before bedtime. So my son started working on it, stayed up late. This morning I could barely get him out of bed, & he lay on the couch until it was time for him to leave. I took another look at the assignment; it's not extra credit. :-(

His lack of caring literally has me in tears.

I was looking at one graded assignment that he failed: latitude and longitude. Had me worried that he was really confused about it. I looked at the ones he missed, but he got them right! When I asked him about them, he said they were counted wrong b/c he hadn't put down the country as well as the city.  !!!  The worksheet asks for the city. Apparently the teacher said to include the country. OK, how about partial credit? The way it's graded makes it look like he doesn't understand the material! To me, the point of HW is to learn the material, and tests gauge mastery of the material. How can that occur when you're nitpicking? I understand the need to follow directions, I do. We get onto our son about that quite frequently. But that's a different section of the grade book.

He also learned how to do multiplication some "matrix" way; it's very messy. His current math teacher doesn't want him to use it anymore. Yeah, good luck with that. Until he can see a very good reason for changing (which will have to be something other than "b/c I said so"), he's going to resist changing, and he's quite stubborn.

We visited Sylvan and talked about their study skills and organization program, but it's expensive!!! My husband would be willing to do it, but he doesn't believe our son will take it seriously, and that it would just be a waste of money in the end. Does anyone have any experience with it?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Getting back into running

Well I think I ran twice the last half of September. I had made a challenge to run 6 times. I had a class last week which threw me off my plans. I did get in a"long" bike ride of 5+ miles one day at lunch time. I ride along the bike path & was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of vegetation had grown along it this summer. I was NOT, however, pleased to see HUGE goat head sticker plants encroaching on the path! There were many at least 4 feet in diameter. With a dozen stems radiating out from the center root, a plant that size could take out both bicycle tires, they produce so many stickers.

I've run twice this week, & my shins are achy, so it's probably just as well I didn't run 6 times over the last 2 weeks. I should make 1 day a week a walk to work day instead of riding my bike every day...restrengthen my muscles. This evening I did my Indian School road hike & ran a little. Aside from my shins, my legs felt good running; it was my heart & lungs working hard. I also need to find my hrm strap & start heart rate training. I hit over 200bpm trying to run up that incline. It's actually harder & possibly slower coming down b/c of the steep grade.