Monday, September 29, 2014
It was surely a beautiful start to a beautiful Adams County Half Marathon. A cool crisp morning and the air was so fresh! I was somewhat nervous doing this whole 4:1 thing, uncertain if I could keep up with the speedy ladies on the run parts and especially make it to the end of the 13.1. I spoke with one of the girls friday and she said I could totally keep up and if I needed to I could go on ahead. I laughed that off! After all, the're speedy!
After a while though and some intentional running part of the walk breaks to catch up the power hill at mile 6.5 came and the speedys slowed, well we all did, it was a huge hill! After we got to about 7.5 miles or so, maybe even 8, I started to pull away from the pack a little. At a water station I stopped and walked backwards urging one of the girls who had also broken away some to come keep me company. She didn't really respond so I turned and headed back out.
I no longer felt the need to do 4:1 and didn't have my timer on me anyway, so I would walk at the water stations and take back off, I made cracks to the volunteers and the Amish neighbors about putting all the hills out there and took advantage of downhills. I started using people to keep me moving, one at a time, I think I ended up passing 24 because at some point someone told me I was 99th.
I saw a sign that said mile 12 and I got really excited, only to be turned to run down about a 1/4 mile road to turn back and have to run back up it, but I continued running because I knew that 12 mile marker was right there at the end of the road! When I passed it I got even more excited! I could feel myself speeding up, my legs light and airy, never have I experience this during a half, but all of the miles added up must be making a difference! To my dismay, and the dismay of my PR I walked for about 10-15 seconds after I passed the 13 mile marker! It may not have hurt my time because I did sprint to the finish!
I finished 4 seconds slower than my PR at Little Miami which was completely flat! My time and the girls I paced with:
I'll take it!!
Friday, August 29, 2014
I won't lie, I am a bit nervous to be setting out at 7am to do 16 miles! I am super
thankful for a great support system and all of the girls that plan to come out and
pound the pavement with me! The first 10 miles will be a hilly loop back to the start where we will bring a 2nd group of people, have potty breaks as needed and head out to do a 6 mile out and back. I am providing bananas, bagels and water, we are all going to deserve a snack after this crazy business! Woot woot! Wish me luck! Next week will be a HUGE challenge, just me and my training partner and 18 miles! Wow! This full really is going to happen!
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
I remember reading an article in Runner's World about recovery runs a while back. I went for a 13.1 mile run with friends and went out the next evening to try for a couple of slow miles to see how it felt. Oh my it was painfully slow and all I could muster was 2 miles. The article read that doing this was equivalent to doing the 13 miles the day before and ya know what, I believe it!
I hung up the idea of recovery runs for a while, but have been doing them for the past several weeks and it's crazy how much easier they have gotten! I actually ran 12 Saturday, 3.22 5k race on Sunday and did 4.31 miles yesterday and I feel amazing!! I am getting stronger and more confident! Not going to push it though, I have 6 hilly miles planned for Wednesday so taking a break from running today and gonna get some zumba in!
Run, walk, get fit Sparkers!!
Monday, August 18, 2014
I know most people don't do a 5k and run a half marathon this next day, but my mind says your are not trying for a 5k PR, but I never really hold back much! Finished in 28:20 and I'll take that with that crazy hill at the end!
And I got 2nd place in my age group!!
I would recommend, if you live anywhere with in reasonable distance, and want a flat, fast August half marathon or even 10k, that your consider the Little Miami Half in Morrow, Ohio, right near Kings Island! This completely shaded course along the Little Miami River on a bike path was awesome! The over all female finished in 1:23! That's insane to even consider! I came in 348/488 and PR'd by 4:56 with a time of 2:18:38.8! I cannot even begin to say how excited I am by this time! My goal at TBL was to try to get neat 2:15/16ish. That devil of a mountain made it impossible! I actually hadn't even thought about PR'ing for this one because we had 15 miles to do yesterday! We did a 1 mile warm up prior to the race and walked about a mile after for a cool down! Still awaiting race pics for it, but I'll share a few here! My friend Maggie also PR'd with 1:57.06!!
Too bad I'm gonna want to beat this time, I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me!!
Monday, July 28, 2014
I was worried last week end when I took so many walk breaks during my 5k race as was unable to continue my streak of being in the 27 time range. Not that 28 and a half is bad, it's still really good! Friday evening was hot and humid, and with only one walk break I was back in the high 27s! Shew! Wish I hadn't taken the walk break looking back on it. I am working on keeping most of my runs NOT following the Galloway walk/run so I can get that feeling like I meed to walk out of my head. Anything 5 and under I shouldn't feel like I NEED to walk!
Last night I ran 5 with a friend and anytime I felt like I NEEDED to walk I just pushed through it. Probably not my smartest decision to go to Zumba just a couple of hours before my run, my legs were already tired! My plan this week is to rest my legs Wednesday and Thursday ad see what I can do for Fridays 5k on fresh legs!
Either way, I love the trophy!
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