Friday, February 10, 2012
I think I'm as ready as I'm going to be. Loaded up on carbs yesterday, and will go a bit lighter today but still take in plenty of carbs - drink lots of water and do my stretching and just take it easy.
I'm a little concerned about fading out the last couple of miles. But I know I can finish, just maybe not so strong a finish. Probably I didn't train long enough to do a half marathon, but I am impatient to do this. Plus, I got a little more rest than I usually do before my long run days, so that might help a bit.
This is a small venue, I bet there won't be more than 200 runners in the HM. I only see about 150 preregistered. They're also having a 5K and 10K at the same event.
The race location is about an hour and a half from my home, so in order to not wake up too too early and drive we are going to a nearby campground and stay overnight. We have a small RV that fits the two of us and our Boston terrier Barney perfectly.The campground is about 8 mi from the race, so we won't have to drive very far in the morning.
Will post some after race info tomorrow!
Saturday, February 04, 2012
Did a 5K this morning. My lower back has been sore lately so I was a bit worried about how I would do. Didn't seem to matter much, 'cuz I made a PR with a time of 26:47 and placed 2nd in my age group.
There were only 3 of us in my AG, but hey, I beat one of them.
They gave me some bling for 2nd place, and I got a hug, too! I didn't see anyone else getting hugs, so my chick magnetism still works.
I really pushed myself, kept checking my heart rate, and it was consistently around 175 bpm and I know that is working hard. My back was kinda sore at the end, and I looked and felt whipped.
This was my 4th race since I started running. Pretty happy with my results so far. And it sure is fun.
I am apprehensive about my Half Marathon coming up next week. When I train, I don't seem to have a lot left in me after the 10 mile mark. Hoping the race day adrenaline, and excitement will carry me through.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Went to visit my daughter and grandkids for a few days. Returned home yesterday. I did 3 straight days of running and a couple days light lifting during my stay. My 15 year old grandson (benches 225!) has a nice set of free weights, but I don't like the olympic bar, so I just used dumbells.
One of the nice things about where they live, is that it's at Lake Wales, FL which has a 2 1/4 mile running concrete path which has some nice little hills and dips. Good for counting towards a "hill run" day. Back and forth - 4.5 miles. Did this 4.5 miles 3 days straight then took 2 days off.
Today I am going to do about 7 miles - walk/run as a tapered long run, as I have a 5K this Saturday, and don't want to be too sore or weak for that one.
My recovery times are not so good sometimes, because I tend to overtrain for my age group. Being new to this, I am still working all this stuff out by trial and error. And then, I am balancing running with my weight training. My weight training is not so intense as it was, but I justify that with the enthusiasm for my NEW running interest. Suppose it will sort itself out with time. I do intend to continue with both, as I am sure the aerobic effect of the running is helping lower by body fat percentage.
Having some trouble there too. Trying to take in enough protein, and now more carbs for running endurance, and still lose body fat, while staying strong enough to complete long runs (15M most recent) in preparation for a Full Marathon later - next year ?
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Finished the Seasons 5.2K race in Winter Park this morning. The weather couldn't have been better, cool and dry. Well organized race, cheerful volunteers, plenty of parking. Coffee and hot chocolate at the start and plenty of food at the end including bananas, oranges, grapes, Clif Bars and maybe more that I didn't see.
What a huge event! This race had over 2,300 participants. Not being accustomed to such a large event, I got off to a poor start because I placed myself in a difficult starting position.
There were signs posted at the starting line for different paces. As racing etiquette calls for, I placed myself between the 9min and 10min per mile pace, as I intended to start off slowly. And, boy did I start slow -- slower than I wanted, I just couldn't get around those who should started behind the 9 - 10 mark.
I jumped onto the sidewalk to get around walkers and slower runners and started at my intended starting pace, but this cost me time. If this was just a fun run, it wouldn't have mattered so much, but I was looking to compete in this run. Though I was disappointed with my time, I did okay, I placed 7th in my 65-70 year old age group which had a whopping 33 runners!
There were two ending times for this race, due to the unique length of 5.2K. My time for the 5.2 was 28:14 and I got a new PR for my 5K time: 27:19, despite my slow start.
Now tomorrow a day of rest, then my long run on Monday. Nice being retired, I can do my long runs any day of the week - don't have to wait for a weekend!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
So, I just got back from a great run, after a nice days rest yesterday. The weather is so nice in Florida, It was probably in the high 50s when I started - bright sunshine, since I got a later than usual start. I did a slow 3.1m at a 2/1 run/walk. So it took me about 40 minutes to do it. But those nice slow runs are very enjoyable, except I always have to rein myself in. I want to go faster and not walk, but I know that's not advisable at my age and doing a race in 2 days.
My race this Saturday is the Seasons 52 Park Ave 5.2K Run. That's right 5.2 'cuz the Restaurant that sponsors the run is Seasons "52" get it? Yuk yuk.
At this point in my training when I run several days in a row I get aches and pains. Still kind of at the trial and error stage, having only been running a few months. The long runs take their toll as well. I couldn't believe how exhausted I was when I did a 13m long run last week. It took me way longer than I thought it would, too.
My projection was to run 13.1 miles in about 2hr 15mins, according to my age and times for a 5K and a 10K. Probably just need to do lots more long runs before my time will be correct.
Anyway, I am scheduled to do 2 Half Marathons in the near future, so I will write about my results after I do 'em. I know, just do the first one "to finish" I know that intellectually --but my ego wants a run I can be proud of. Pretty sure I don't have a "dominant" left or right brain, 'cuz mine are constantly in battle.
Ok. So that's my first blog entry. Hope one of your brainsides got something out of it. -Vic-
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