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Location:

Washington,DC,USA

Member Since:

May 01, 2008

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

One marathon: 4:08; Half marathon PR: 1:48:30; Ten-miler PR: 1:23; 8k PR: 39:00; 10k PR: 46:51

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Lose 10 lbs. to get in shape to run faster and --> Qualify for Boston!

Race calendar:

May 18: Capitol Hill Classic 10k (50:23)

June 14: Lawyers Have Heart 10k (48:20)

July 12: Caribbean Sounds 10k (50:23)

July 14: Bastille Day 4-miler (30:55)

July 27: Riley's Rumble 1/2 Marathon (1:48:30)

(Stress fracture/broken jaw break)

Nov 9: Veteran's day 10k (46:51!!!)

Nov 27: Alexandria Turkey Trot 5-miler

Dec 6: Gar Williams 1/2 marathon

Dec 14: Jingle All the way 10k

February 14, 2009: Myrtle Beach marathon? (goal: 3:40!!!)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Finish a 1/2 Ironman before I'm 40 years old

Finish 10 marathons in 4:00 hrs or less by the time I'm 40 years old.

Run the JFK 50-miler

Personal:

Just another single 30-year old Argentine girl living the American dream in Washington DC and trying to run faster. Graduated from Southern Utah University in 2003, then moved to DC. I have a full-time job as research economist for an association in the transportation industry and I'm attempting to get my Master's degree in Economics from Johns Hopkins, part-time, while keeping my sanity!

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Tried to swim in the ocean but the ridiculous lifeguards wouldn't let me get 10 feet off the shore! So the waves were breaking on me, I couldn't get far off the shore to get a good swim! Very upsetting... Took a walk with my friend Rebecca, and then her friend Lauren picked us up for the long ride home... The beach weekend is over :(  I have to say Virginia Beach is not my cup of tea (waaaay too busy) but I enjoyed the experience.

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Managed to get up with the alarm at 6 and took off to the swimming pool - did 30 minutes of swimming and 45 minutes of aqua jogging ALL WITHOUT THE BELT!!!

I'm 34 days away from back to running!!! Yuppeee!

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Biked to the bike shop and back home after work - 30 fast and hard miles!  

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Ohhhh yes, for once I was able to count my laps of pool jogging, up until 16 laps, that makes 1,600 meters which is indeed one mile!  I was in the pool for 2 hours after work, one hour swimming and one hour aqua jogging, most of it without the belt. Why does that sound like an addiction? "Hi, my name is Lucia and I'm an aqua jogger" :)

Also biked to work and back, and to the pool and back, 11 miles. It was HOT out today!

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Biked to work and back; then spent 1.5 hours in the swimming pool. I was going to do mostly jogging, but the pool was EMPTY, which is unheard of, so I felt like I had to use the lanes! I felt tired though, probably because I haven't been eating well. I'm thinking of joining weightwatchers online again - it's worked for me in the past, and since Marion and some other of the wonderful blogger ladies are in it, they may help me stay on track. The blog works so well to motivate me with my exercise, it may work to motivate me with food too!

After the pool I got home, cleaned up, and got to make food for tomorrow's Hill intern reunion - I'm meeting with a bunch of girls who interned on Capitol Hill with me ohhhhh... 5 years ago already, yikes! Should be fun. I made some corn empanadas and attempted to make Cherry Garcia ice cream but wasted 2 cups of cream, 2 eggs, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of milk because something was bad; probably the milk or the cream... i hate waste!

With all the cooking and cleaning I didn't get to bed till 1... so tomorrow will be a forced day off, as I really need the sleep... not really ideal, but it happens.

 

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Badly planned day. No exercise.

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Lots of rain, depressing day, did nothing at all but sit home reading and cuddling with my one and only friend in this world, Salem.

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Hiked the 5.5-mile Little Devil's Stairs loop in Shenandoah National Park with the handsomest, most wonderful hiking mate a girl could ever have: the unstoppable Pepper! Of course, his partner Aaron came with us as well.

Now if you think you've seen a good-looking dog, think again! I can guarantee that you haven't seen anything quite like Pepper. He is not only a looker, but also a great climber. The first 2 miles of the trail were quite steep and we had to climb some pretty difficult rocks! 

It was a beautiful day with great company. Now I'm ready for a week of swimming, aqua jogging, and biking. Giddy up!

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Feeling completely drained of energy today. Called in sick at work cause I literally couldn't get out of bed. I slept in, but still feel very tired, dizzy, and have a headache... I wonder if it could be that I'm allergic to bees? I got stang twice yesterday, but it seems the effects should be gone by now... Managed to get up, dressed, and go to the swimming pool for an hour, but did not have a good workout. Somebody on the blog suggested I should increase my protein intake and I think that may be true - so I went to the supermarket and got some tofu, tempeh, and made an egg scramble. I also need to be better at taking my multi-vitamin every day, and put some flaxseed oil in my food every day. I'm getting really itchy to run. I started running on the shallow part of the pool and it feels great! Less than 30 days to go!!!

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Feeling better today, but have a rash in my stomach and back. Crazy how a little insect sting can affect such a big person so much!

Biked to work and back, spent 1 hour in the pool, 30 min swimming, 30 min aqua jogging. I don't use the belt at all any more ;)

26 days!!!

I've been thinking of which race to run. I'm in between the California International Marathon in Sacramento, the Las Vegas Marathon, and the PF Chang marathon in Phoenix. My idea is to attept at either CIM or LVM (both December 7), and then if I can't qualify then, I still have 5 weeks till Phoenix... I heard the LVM is hilly, while the CIM is flat and has a high percentage of Boston-qualifiers... while Sacramento is not a city that excites me much, I do have friends there and it's not far from the California mountains and fun areas... Something to look forward to!

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Survived my first day at the gym!!! I was in for 1 hour, 45 minutes in the elliptical, 15 minutes the bike. Biked to work and back, and to Rosslyn at lunch, so I got 2 hours of exercise total.

So, now that I have a gym membership, the plan is to do one hour at the gym and one hour at the pool every day, or whenever I can.

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Taking a couple of forced days off - sometimes you have to be there for your friends...

I decided (realized) that as many of you were pointing out, I should not run a marathon in December, but instead postpone it as much as possible to give my leg the best chance to heal and to have more time to get faster. So, I'll be running the PF Chang's Rock and Roll marathon in Phoenix, January 18, and hopefully will then have the chance to meet some of you fellow bloggers out there.

24.5 days and counting...

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Volunteered in the morning with KEEN - playing with kids with disabilities in the swimming pool. I suppose that's a bit of exercise, but not really. Lots of fun though. I played with Matthew, what a sweet kid. Loved it.

Went boating in the Potomac that afternoon with my friend Mike - very hot day!

Went home and walked my neighbor's dog, Malcolm. What a sweet dog! He's no Pepper, but still is a very good looking dog. That's all the exercise I got. Not good.

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Hottest and most humid day EVER!  Volunteered in the morning for the Parks half marathon - had to get up at 5:30 to walk my neighbor's dog and drive to the water stop, close to Bethesda. I was on water stop at mile 10.5, and the runners came up this long hill and they all wanted 3-4 cups of water! We thought we had plenty, so we didn't ration... then we realized we were running out of cups! How horrible!!! We had pitchers and plenty of water, and the runners coming by at that point were walking, so we gave each one cup that we refilled as much as they wanted. A few minutes later a biker brought us more cup, thank goodness. I got to see local elite runner and holder of some American records Mike Wardian - I hope he likes it when people recognize him and cheer him on, I don't want him to find me annoying! We cleaned up the place quickly, and I was on my way home. Gave the dog another long walk and went off to bike on the C&O Canal to Carderock to meet a friend and hike the Billy Goat Trail. I'm the queen of that trail. I have yet to meet another hiker that can do it faster than I can :) hehehe... Aaron, Jill, any of you want to take a stab? :)

Biked home after that, for a total of about 6 fast hiking miles and 20 fast biking miles.  

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No sleep last night + conference in town = no exercise for Lucia. Baaaaad Lucia!

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1 hour at the pool after work, half aqua jogging (no belt at all, and now I can do several laps before having to catch my breath), half swimming (feeling very clumsy)

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1 hr at the pool, 20 min swimming and the rest jogging in the shallow part of the pool. Not feeling too great. Too much work lately, too little sleep, too little exercise, too much food. Ughhh... it'll pass, I know. Only 18 more days!

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Biked to work, went to the gym for 1 hour after work, and biked home. Did 45 min elliptical and 15 min bike, doing intervals of 2 min at max effort every 10 minutes... my heart rate was around 140 in the lower effort part and got over 190 at max effort, so it seems to me I haven't lost much fitness quite yet.

 

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Biked to work, went to the gym after work for 40 mins in the elliptical, biked to the pool, swam for 30 mins, aqua jogged for 30 mins, and biked home. Whewww!

Good luck to those of you racing this weekend!

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Nada - took my neighbor's dog for a walk, went to a b-day party and danced a lot... but wouldn't count it as exercise...

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Biked from home to Ballston to pick up my friend Sangeeta and take her on a slow bike ride of her neighborhood - she is scared of biking... it's funny... I biked pretty fast on the Mt. Vernon trail, and tried to keep the momentum on the Custis trail but oh boy is it a hilly trail! I have to give kudos to Aaron for running on that trail so much, it really has some killer hills! After that I biked back to Roosevelt Island to meet a friend, we did some hiking around there and on the Potomac Heritage trail, it was such a beautiful day! Biked home after that - I probably biked about 25 miles and hiked 5 total. My quads were feeling it!

Tonight I'm getting my very first massage ever! The guy is also a coach, so he said he can help me plan my recovery phase. I look forward to it but I'm also scared - I'm not a big fan of strangers touching me, and I'm also very ticklish, which could make things interesting.

14 day people!!! 14 days!!!

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Biked to the swimming pool, aqua jogged and ran in the shallow part of the pool for 50 minutes and swam for 10 minutes. One of the lifeguards twisted his ankle really bad coming down from the high chair and they had to call the paramedics, poor guy, his ankle was really in bad shape and he was in pain. I met a fast runner who was also jogging without an aqua belt, he races 5k's but he had a hip injury. It was nice to chat with someone, made the time go by faster.

After work, I went to Ballston to get a sports massage - my first massage ever. It was nice. The guy is also a certified coach and works exclusively with women. He made a plan for me to get back into running after my injury that starts me by running 1 minute and walking 2, and increasing the run time progressively... over 10 weeks!!! He has me running for 20 minutes after 10 weeks of going back into it!!! It's just crazy! I told him no way - and then he said ok, maybe since I've been doing other types of exercise I should start on week 5 of his plan, which means starting to run for 4 minutes and walking 1 minute, and increasing to 20 minutes in 5 weeks... still, I really think that is waaaaay too conservative. My thought was that I would be able to do a long run of 10 miles after 4 weeks... I really feel so strong, I haven't really had a lot of pain in my leg (nothing even close to unbearable) which makes me think the fracture was in the very beginning stages and not very serious, and I'm taking the maximum time off from running that they recommend, 8 weeks, and I've been cross-training like a fish! I'm going to look for other opinions... I may end up not doing the Phoenix RNR marathon in January though, and run Austin in February instead...

Here's what I think I should do... starting with 10 miles/week and increasing to 45 miles/week during 9 weeks.

 Week of:  Running: Approx total weekly mileage
 (1) Oct 6 5 min run, 5 min walk, total 30 min running per day every other day, x-train all other days.   10
 (2) Oct 13 10 min run, 5 min walk, total 40 min running per day every other day, x-train all others  15
 (3) Oct 20 10 min run, 5 min walk for 1 hour every other day, x-train all other days  20
 (4) Oct 27  20 min run, 5 min walk for 1 hour, 4 days a week, x-train all others  25
 (5) Nov 3 10 min run, 1 min walk for 1 hour, 5 x week  30
 (6) Nov 10  No more walking breaks, run 5x week  32
 (7) Nov 17  same  35
 (8) Nov 24  same  40
 (9) Dec 1  Run every day  45

 

 

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Biked to work, after work went to the gym for 1 hour on the elliptical, and on my way home I figured what the heck, I'm going to the swimming pool... I swam for 30 minutes, then I was aqua jogging and this guy came and asked me if I believed in coincidences - He was the same guy who was swimming in my lane a few weeks ago, and at one point stopped and said "keep your center of gravity up, so that your legs kick higher up"... I thanked him, as I'm always looking for feedback to be better, since I feel so clumsy when I swim. So yesterday, he told me he had used me as an example with his employees as he was coaching them, sort-of a "pay it forward" thing, how sometimes just being nice to people and helping them for no reason pays off. Anyway, we got to talking and it turns out, he lived in Buenos Aires for a few years, a long time ago. It's nice to make new friends in the pool! After that, I biked home. Went to bed pretty late but got some good sleep that I really needed.

12 days people! I want to start the song "The 12 days of running": here's the first verse - you have to help me over the next few days...

On the 12th day of running,
the bloggers said to me,
slow down, don't re-injure your shins!

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On the 11th day till running
Lucia biked to work and back onl-eee
She was soooo laz-eeeee!

One of my wonderful friends is a high school teacher, and he helps train the cross-country team. He asked the school coaches about my injury, and how I should go about my recovery. Apparently, they all agree that running a marathon in January is too soon, and they even think February would be pushing it... I really feel that the injury was probably not too serious to begin with because I didn't have much pain, and that I'm very strong from all the cross-training, so that I can really do the one in Feburary. But, with so many people telling me that January is too soon, and as much as I really want to get to Phoenix to meet Wall-e, Misty, Shauna, and the rest of the gang, I'm going to have to pass and think about my longer-term health. Booo-hooo...

The high school coaches also suggested to find out from my doctor what was the cause of the injury. The first time I remember having pain in my shins, in both legs, was right after I started running with a new pair of Sauconys, so I wonder if that could be it. But, I really think I increased my mileage too fast. Maybe both.

As I mentioned, my friend is a high school teacher. He is always so positive and excited about his job, he's making me think about a teaching career again. That has always been in my mind, but when I decided to go to grad school and was thinking of either Economics or teaching, I went with Economics. It may not have been the best choice, as right now I'm starting to believe. In this town where everything is so dominated by politics, international development, etc., it's hard to "think outside the box" if you're not interested in that stuff.

Yesterday I went online and looked at schools back West that have Master's in Education degrees... Colorado State is a good possibility - I have a good friend living in Fort Collins that could make the move easier for me, and who is having some pretty serious health issues (he is unfortunately going blind from a degenerative disease, among other things) so I know he would benefit from having me around too. And, since Aaron and Pepper are going to be in nearby Denver, it's a no-brainer, right? :)

Ok, I was just bouncing out some interior thoughts there. Now back to work!

Austin Marathon, February 15, 2009, here I come!

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Biked to work in the morning, before the rain started - walked to the gym and did 1 hour in the elliptical, non-stop! Felt pretty good - no pain in the legs at all. Then I went to meet with the 12 Squirrels Gone Wild, the Ragnar Relay team I'll be volunteering for this Saturday. Pretty cool group of people - it's hard to go wrong with runners!

On the 10th day till running
Lucia went to the gym,
worked out, and sweated like a piiiig!

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The highlight of the day: lunch with the one and only Jillzo, Jillzo from the Blog!

1.5 hours at the gym after work tonight - 1 hour on the elliptical, 15 mins in the bike, and 15 mins doing strength/core work.

I was looking at other people's machines when I was on the elliptical, and everyone's heart rate was a lot lower than mine! I wonder if I'm pushing myself too much, and should train in the recommended fat burning zone instead... it just feels like I'm barely doing any work when I'm in that zone! I don't even sweat! I'll have to read more about it...

It's raining here... after the gym, I got on my bike thinking I'd bike home on the rain... but forgot I had switched to hybrid tires and didn't have my mountain bike tires - not a lot of traction with water. So, down I went - thankfully, the street wasn't busy so I didn't get hurt too bad - just a very bloody knee and a lot of pride hurt. So, I metroed home with my bike.

On the 9th day till running
Lucia's bike played a trick
she fell down on the streeeeeeeeeeeeet!

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Volunteered to set up the finish line of the Ragnar Relay in Crystal City - then staffed the first aid tent , but as expected, nobody had any injuries/troubles, so I was able to chat with runners and chill. Nada mas. My knee hurts from the fall, hopefully it's not injured...

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Was supposed to volunteer at a 20-miler, but woke up with a terrible back ache. Not sure if it's from the bike fall or from yesterday's heavy lifting to set up the finish line stuff... or from stress from trying to figure out what the heck to do with my life and career. Thankfully, I hadn't signed up officially to volunteer and was just going to show up, so they were not expecting me. I did some stretches during the day and took a walk around the neighborhood, and it felt a bit better.

On the seventh day till running
the scale said to me
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You need to control your ea-ting ha-abits better
unless you want to look like a whaaaaaaaaale!"

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Day 1 of back to focusing on nutrition! My goal for the week is to eat healthy and not over-eat as I have been. If I concentrate on eating when I'm hungry and not give in to office treats, I will be back to my normal weight in no time. I'm also going to attend a WeightWatchers meeting on Friday - the first meeting is free so what the heck, I'm going to check it out. Maybe having the incentive of getting weighed in every week and having to face others will get me motivated.

Morning weight: 148. Ouch. That really, really hurt.

Biked to work, 30 min elliptical after work, biked home, walked to Eastern Market with neighbors George and Amanda, walked back home.

Day 1 of focusing of nutrition over and went well. One day at a time, like the very wise Jillzo from the Blog said!

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Day 2 of focusing on nutrition went well. I got some wraps, spinach, tomatoes, hummus and tofu and made wraps both days for lunch, and have leftover for the rest of the week. Snacked on some clementines in the afternoon and made some quesadillas at home.

Biked to work, 5 miles, then after work I biked to the bike shop (16 miles) to take my ride for a few days at the spa (meaning, my bike is getting a tune-up). Then fast-walked the 2.5 miles from the bike shop to the metro and went home - it was pouring when I got home, I got so wet, and I have some leaks in my roof in my room. Ughhhh... 

Weight: 147. I cannot believe I'm in the 140s again. It is terrible.

On the 6th day till running
the bike shop said to me
you need to take better care of your bike
You've been riding it a lot more than you used to
and it's really suffering a whole lot
 

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