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I don't need the scale...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I don't need the scale to tell me that I am gaining weight. In fact, we have had a challenge in our BLC#13 competition this week to stay off the scale. When I get on tomorrow, I am HOPING for a gain emoticon Yes, you heard me right....I am hoping for a gain. I don't want the false security that I feel like I have had over the last few weeks with a loss on the scale. I KNOW I am overeating. I KNOW it is going to catch up with me. I KNOW I need a wake up call.

This is nothing new for me. I talked about this a lot with my spy sisters at the end of last round. I run a big race and then I just sabotage myself. I eat, eat and then eat some more. Now I know what many of you will say....your body is recovering you need food. You are right but I don't need donuts, cake, cookies, soda pop, fast food, etc. I think if I actually gave my body HEALTHY foods emoticon, I probably would be okay with the additional calories but I am not giving my body anything nutritional to refuel itself.

I have done better this time, not from a nutritional standpoint but from a fitness standpoint. I have recovered from my last marathon. I probably feel the best "fitness wise" than I have in a long time. Even my dh has commented about my endurance. I was lying in bed last night and just thought that with the massive calorie burn that I have been creating (almost 5000 last week), I could be at my goal weight right now if I was just eating right. Why do I do this to myself emoticon. Maybe someday I will figure it out but for now, I am just going to stop the bleeding. I know what works for me so I guess, I am back to weekly blogging.

I have been putting this off. I know this weekend will be hard with the holiday but having 1-2 bad days, is going to be better than having 5-6 like I have been doing over the last several weeks.

Here is my weekly plan.

Wed 5/26
Run or cross train~ YES, cycling
Take vitamins~ YES
Eat within my spark range (1460-1810)~ YES, 1767
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Check and record weight~ 129.6 (+ 3.4)


Thurs 5/27
Run or cross train~ YES, swimming for 1 mile emoticon
ST~ YES, 3 spark videos (upper, lower and core)
TNT challenge~ YES, spark upper body work out video
Take vitamins~ YES
Do some yard work~ YES, this was a bonus as it was not originally on my schedule
Eat within my spark range (1460-1810)~ YES, 1809
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ NO, didn't get to bed until almost 2am
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~YES

Friday 5/28
Get a massage~ YES
Take vitamins~ YES
Eat within my spark range (1460-1810)~ YES, 1801
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES

Sat 5/29
Run 15 miles~ YES
Take vitamins~ YES
Do some yard work~ YES, this was a bonus as it was not on my original schedule for the week
Track food and create at least a 100 calorie deficit~ YES, 2968 which created a - 211 calorie deficit emoticon
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Sun 5/30
Recovery workout~ YES, swimming
Do some yard work~ YES
Take vitamins~ YES
Eat within my spark range (1460-1810)~ NO, 2689 which cause a + 206 calorie differential
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Mon 5/31
Run or cross train~ YES, biking and running
ST~ NO
Do some yard work~ NO, rained a good majority of the day
Take vitamins~ YES
Track food and create at least a 100 calorie deficit~ YES, 2214 which created a -570 calorie deficit
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Tues 6/1
Run or cross train~ NO, took a rest day as I did so much over the weekend. Did take the dogs for a walk though
Take vitamins~ YES
Eat within my spark range (1460-1810)~ YES, 1805
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES

Rough estimate of calorie deficit for the week: - 1465

I will edit each day!

  
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GRAVYCHAIN 6/1/2010 12:07PM

    Hey! Looks like you are doing really well! It's so difficult to get into a healthy routine after a race. I ALWAYS gain weight after races, it seems inevitable. The only thing that stops me, is to start training for something else! haha Great Job!

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KJHOUSTON 5/27/2010 2:38PM

    I feel your pain about the sabatoging - after my great loss yesterday, I promptly went over my calories yesterday and didn't do a dang thing for exercise - grrrr. New day and a good plan for today so here's hoping!

Your plan looks great!

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FELIXC 5/26/2010 10:27PM

    OMG, Molly, you are not the only one! I have eaten like a PIG since my HM on May 2nd. What is wrong with me? I totally understand when you say you don't need the scale to tell you you've gained weight! Geez, I can just look in the mirror or put on a pair of jeans! My ticker is a LIE!

Let's get each other back on track!

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SWEETMNTHING 5/26/2010 9:56PM

    Sounds like a good plan, Molly! I know blogging your plans really helped you last round and kept you accountable! Would it help if I went Jillian Michaels on you and started yelling at you if you didn't do what you said you would do? haha j/k You know I'd never do that! Good luck with the plan though! You can do it!

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CRAZYLIZZIE 5/26/2010 10:38AM

    Hehe I've kind of been feeling the same way lately. I've been doing badly with food but getting away with it with the scale. I need a wake up call too LOL! Keep going you're doing great!

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BILLALEX70 5/26/2010 5:09AM

    Molly,

I'm TOTALLY with you on this. Since my half I've eat more crap than I'd care to admit and on the flip side my exercise has been hit or miss. I decided to give up the scale for May, but maybe it wasn't such a good idea. I do have to say that state of mind is as important as a number on an appliance. Look at the amazing things you've accomplished and put some merit into that as well.

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SMALLERSHEEP 5/25/2010 9:36PM

    Molly, you so have this! I know just what you mean though. I am fully aware of what I SHOULD be doing, but that doesn't necessarily mean I am doing them. I'll tell you, if we could figure out WHY that is, we'd never have to work again!

I'll tell you, I'm really GLAD that you are allowing yourself to enjoy the holiday. It is so important that we don't deprive ourselves. You CAN do it!

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ARQUETTEZ 5/25/2010 9:10PM

    Plan to succeed. YOu got this girl!

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EUGENERUGOSA 5/25/2010 7:40PM

    I am sure you can & will follow your plan. As always, you are my idol.

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AUNTIE65 5/25/2010 6:07PM

    Looks like a great plan for getting back on track! I like how you have planned for your days on the weekend where you will indulge - you can't not live life and enjoy!

Now everyone will see where I got my idea for my blog :)

Tami

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OHIOBRIE 5/25/2010 6:05PM

    Great plan!

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DONZO64 5/25/2010 6:00PM

    I know just how you feel. For me too, the scale is an invaluable tool...keeps me honest.

You;re absolutely right, 2-3 off days are better than 5 or 6 off days. We are going to work thru this self sabotaging ( funny, I just posted about this same topic a few minutes before I read this).

I think making a plan is the best course, Im going to have to work on it.

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Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon.....

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Well after months of training, race day finally arrived. As most of you know my work has been crazy and it was uncertain as to whether or not I was going to be getting the day off before my marathon. Well I did. So we left bright and early Friday morning and headed for Champaigne Illinois.

I should first start by explaining that for whatever reason, when I registered I did not book my hotel. When I did finally book at the beginning of March, hotel choices were limited. The event website stated that most area hotels were booked but that some might be opening up additional blocks of rooms in a couple weeks. I was worried about waiting any longer. I did some research through the visitors bureau and found a place about 20 miles outside of the city. It got good reviews (although I didn't realize it at the time that the last review was written almost 14 months prior). It was camp site that also had a lodge, pool, etc. Well we arrived and the neighborhood was very run down. We kept driving around because we couldn't actually find the lodge. When we did, my husband looked at me and said that when he saw this building from the backside earlier, he thought it was a prison. This is funny now but it wasn't at the time, probably because it really did look like this. I had no idea what to do but I did not want to stay there. I suggested that we go to the expo first and deal with the hotel situation later.

We went to the expo which was very small but extremely organized. It was held at the ARC fitness facility on the campus of the University of Illinois. I got all my stuff and still had about an hour to kill before the pasta dinner. This was the first pasta dinner that I had attended and I was doing so primarily to hear the speakers. For this reason, I had signed up for the earliest setting so that I would still be able to eat dinner later in the evening. The speakers were Kathrine Switzer and Jean Driscoll. Although I had read Kathrine's book "Marathon Women" it was still great to hear her speak. I was not familiar with Jean's story but she was an inspirational speaker as well. Both her and Jean signed my race bib which is going to make a great souvenir

In the hour before the pasta dinner, we drove around town and scouted out hotels but all were booked. We were convinced that we were going to have to stay in our original hotel when Michelle texted me and told me that her hotel had an opening. It was about 30 miles south of town but I didn't care. We called and had them hold the room for us. Michelle told me that when she travels to races she always stays at a Holiday Inn because she knows what she is getting. I think this is some good advice that I will remember especially if I am staying in a more remote area. Once we got to the hotel, we all went out to dinner and then retired for the night.

The forecast all week had been calling for rain and possible emoticon. It was very windy on Friday and definitely looked like severe storms were moving in. In fact, they had issued tornado warnings for several counties in the area that night before we went to bed. Most of the storm seemed to blow over and the weather forecast for the next morning changed. When I got up at 445, it was already in the low 60's with 96% humidity. The forecast now predicted a temperature range of 64-74 with humidity starting at 94% and slowly dropping to around 65% by noon. This was pretty much spot on however the overcast and mostly cloudy skies was way off. The sun came out about mile 2-3 and stayed out for almost the entire rest of the race. I have some really nice tan lines to prove it emoticon

I arrived at the starting gates and easily checked in my gear and actually saw Michelle from across the street. I was surprised with almost 14,000 people there how organized it was. It really never even felt crowded. I used the port a potty (no line) and sat down and tried to adjust my shoe as it felt like there was already a rock in the bottom of it . Me and Michelle lined up at this point and let the race nerves take over (even if we look calm)

The race started and away we went. I could feel the humidity almost right away. Before we started we did have overcast skies with a pretty strong breeze but that changed within the first 2 miles. The wind died down and the sun came out. I couldn't even put my sunglasses on at first because they would just fog up. By around mile 5, I was already thankful that there was a resident who had brought out their garden hose and was offering to hose people off. The water was ice cold but welcomed treat! The other thing that I noticed as we were running through this residential area was that the road surface was concrete. I had somewhat expected that in the city but not in the neighborhoods. This was just the beginning of my disdain for concrete. I would estimate that more than 1/2 of the race course was concrete. I must be really spoiled because all of my long runs are done on a nice asphalt bike path. I didn't blister but my feet were so tender on the midfoot. All I can say is that thank goodness my Newton's have extra cushioning in the part of the shoe. The repeated impact on that type of running surface was brutal.

The course was pretty crowded and I was actually worried that it would "thin" out too much once the half marathoner's turned off. I was pleasantly surprised when it didn't. I always felt like I had other runners around me. The spectators were supportive and I was having a pretty good time. I saw my husband just after the half way point and he commented that I was looking strong. I said I felt good but I was just "hot." This I think is what ultimately made the race so difficult for me.

We had a pretty cold and snowy winter here in Columbus. In fact even through the end of February, we were having record amounts of snow. For this reason, training was difficult. I did a lot of runs inside a nice air-conditioned gym or in 10-20 degree temperatures outside. When the weather did break, it was still cool for our long runs because we start so early in the morning. The temperatures on my long runs probably only reached the mid 50's. In the weeks leading up to the race, I did do a couple 6-8 mile runs in warmer weather but certainly not enough to prepare me for a race with sun, 70+ temps and humidity.

Although this was a tough race for me. I am extremely proud of my accomplishments. Of course I wanted a PR but more importantly, I wanted to run smart and I did. I had a plan to run the first 5 miles at approximately 11 min/mile. I did this! Then I slowly wanted to build my pace to around a 1015 by mile 8 and then just hold there for as long as I could. Hopefully the remainder of the race. I reached a 1010 mile and then decided with the heat, that was too fast. I decided to try and keep my pace closer to a 1035-1025. I did this from about mile 8-20. I actually felt pretty good but was struggling starting about mile 17. I just couldn't get myself cooled off. I just kept saying that I would just take it "one mile at a time." By mile 20, I decided to try and walk for a short time to see if that would help me cool off. I had already been sprayed by several water hoses and even the local fire department had set up misting stations. EMS seemed to be working overtime and runners were walking, stopping to stretch or just plain sitting on the ground trying to rub out their various cramps. I felt lucky. I was not experiencing any cramping but I was worried about overheating.

When I stopped to walk, it did not cool me off like I wanted. I was also starting to experience significant back pain. Sorry if this is TMI but TOM had decided to join me on my run. I thought that might happen so I had taken a pamprin before the race started. Unfortunately, I think it wore off. Okay, enough about that.

I aimlessly walked/ran for about a mile and a half. I decided to call my husband as I was thinking I might end up walking the rest of the event. This was really hard for me as I had never allowed myself to walk in either of my two previous marathons (except at the aid stations). In that mile and a half, I watched 15 seconds come off my average pace. I couldn't believe that I was letting all my hard work go to waste. *It should be noted that I was well on my way to nice new PR*

I remembered the wise words of coach Randy. He told me that when times got tough, you must make new goals for yourself. He would say "just pick a landmark and agree to run to that point and then re-evaluate." I decided I needed a plan. Starting at mile 22, I decided that I would walk for .25 miles and then run the remainder of the mile. It was tough but it gave me a sense of direction. It worked. In fact, I found that my Garmin was off by about a tenth of mile so when my running interval was over, I would make myself run a little longer until I actually saw the new mile marker. I did this for the next 3 miles. When I hit mile 25, I allowed myself to stop for water and then I told myself that I had to run the rest of the way. I was actually feeling much stronger and I had only lost about another 12 seconds off my average. Compared to the fact that I had lost more than that in a short mile and a half, I felt like I was salvaging my race.

As most of you know, I was running this race for my grandmother. I said a prayer at the beginning of the race and said that I just wanted to make us both proud. I think I did that. The finish line of this marathon was the 50 yard line of the Illini Stadium. As I approached there were lots of people and excitement was in the air. As I began to run down the tunnel, I said to my grandma "I was fighting for her. I was bringing her to the finish with me and we were going to finish strong." I sprinted down the field. I saw the official clock and it was 4:55. I couldn't believe it. I thought I was way over 5 hours. This might be hard for some of you to believe but I don't like to see my total time displayed on my Garmin when I am running. I have it set for average pace and last mile pace (along with distance and HR). I guess I could have done the math but who wants to think that hard. So I didn't. I really had no idea that I was still going to finish in less than 5 hours. That made me sprint even harder. When I crossed the finish line, I threw my arms up in the air. One of the ladies handing out medals got a huge smile on her face and said "I want to be the one to give you this medal." I gladly accepted! My husband was sitting in the stands as family was not allowed on the field. When I saw him, I was overcome with emotion. I think it was a combination of a hard race, thinking of my grandmother and being extremely proud of myself. I cried for just a minute and then began relishing in the day.

It was not the PR that I had hoped for and even felt that I deserved. However, I got medal engraved with a finishing time (4:51:09) that I am proud of

  
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AMCG2002 5/16/2010 1:53AM

    Molly,
I'm so glad I finally had a chance to read your blog! What an amazing race!! You have many great "words of wisdom" in there (Holiday Inn = known quality, Coach Randy...). Can't wait to catch up more with you on the trail!

Anne

PS How did you get your medal engraved?

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RUNSHANBUN 5/8/2010 10:06PM

    Lots of hugs! So many reasons to be proud of yourself!

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CHEMKATT 5/4/2010 8:01PM

    Molly, I LOVE the picture of you holding up your shoe!!! I love reading about your marathons, they inspire me to get my butt going and train harder. One day, I'll get to that marathon distance, maybe. *snicker* Good job!!!!

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OHIOBRIE 5/4/2010 5:36PM

    Great job! You should be proud of yourself and I'm definitely inspired by your story of how you pushed through even when you felt like giving up. Way to go!

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FINDINGMEIN2012 5/3/2010 4:58PM

    Congratulations!! You should definitely be proud of yourself!! I love the idea of setting new goals midrace if conditions are tough. That definitely paid off for you and you have a great time to show for it! YOU ROCK!

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EUGENERUGOSA 5/3/2010 3:51PM

    You definitely made your grandma proud!! You did great!!!

I knew you were a rock star, but, wow..I am even more impressed w/ you. Running in heat & humidity w/ that TOM?? Holy cow..you are super woman!!!!

Glad everything went well for you.

Have a great week & hope to see you in person soon!

Tricia

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FELIXC 5/3/2010 12:33PM

    Molly, you are just amazing! Hotel stress, TOM and you still did GREAT! Talk about someone who sees an obstacle and just jumps right over it!

I am so proud of you, Miss 26.2!

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SARA_ANN12 5/3/2010 11:34AM

    What a beautiful story about your grandma. You should be darn proud of your time and your achievement, I know I am! Kudos to you! emoticon

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GRAVYCHAIN 5/3/2010 11:17AM

    So amazing! Great race report and an even better accomplishment! Congrats!!!

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BILLALEX70 5/3/2010 10:15AM

    emoticon emoticon

As I've told others this weekend; I've got more respect 26.2 after doing 13.1. They can't be compared, but they're both INSANE!

When I finished and was walking to the car I turned to my wife and said "I can't believe this would just be the halfway point!" Now, with training both are possible, but the amount is different.

I relate to your waves of emotion. There were many times during Saturday that I felt that ebb and flow of emotions, but that part of the process. I find that during long bike rides I 'hear' things that you don't hear in every day life; things that are on your mind get answered.

Glad you were able to find a suitable hotel and had a great time. That bib needs framed! Sweet medal.

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DOGSTARDADDY 5/3/2010 6:35AM

    What a wonderful blog. You are inspiring, and you both looked great!

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LOVEMYPETS 5/2/2010 8:51PM

    Congratulations on completing the race with at time that you can be proud of...and I'm sure your grandmother was proud no matter what! Way to go!!!
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AUNTIE65 5/2/2010 8:49PM

    Molly, I'm so glad that your race turned out so well dispite the heat! Your race inpsires me in my training for my half! I love that you ran for your grandmother and I'm sure she is very proud.

I'm also glad you found a new place to stay.... trust me, been there, done that and will never stay in a place that gives me the creeps again!

Tami

PS - LOVE the picture of you taking the rock out of your shoe!

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SWEETMNTHING 5/2/2010 7:56PM

    emoticon Molly! I'm glad things worked out for you to get the day before the race off and to stay at a different hotel! And that's great that you finished under 5 hours! You should be so proud of yourself and your accomplishment! Keep up the great work!

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Marathon week is finally here......

Sunday, April 25, 2010

So I have been a little complacent for the last two weeks and really have not blogged about my weekly plan. Overall I have been doing okay and still continued to track my food everyday but one. This is an important week for me. This is marathon week. So for that reason, I need to be disciplined.

Here is my plan for the week. Just for fun I will also update the weather forecast for race day with each new day. Lets see if out of all the predictions, the meteorologist can get it right. I mean seriously, wouldn't you love to have his job. You can be wrong 95% of the time and still get paid emoticon

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon so what will it be????

Sunday 4/25:
No cardio (required rest day)~ YES
ST~ NO
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Take my vitamins~ YES
Take a nap~ YES
Consume under 1700 calories~ 2035 which included lunch out with family after visit to hospital. Overall I am relatively pleased.
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES
Weather forecast predication~ Temp range is 55-77 with scattered emoticon

Mon 4/26:
Run of cross train 4-5 miles~ YES, elliptical for 40 minutes plus some additional walking
ST~ YES, core and lower body
Wall Sit~ YES, held for minutes (my longest hold to date!)
Take a nap~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Take my vitamins~ YES
Consume under 1700 calories~ 1872 but I am okay with this as my food choices we healthy and I still created a deficit
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES
Weather forecast predication~ Temp range is 52-76 with 40% chance of scattered emoticon

Tues 4/27:
Run or cross train 4-5 miles~ YES, running 5 miles
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Take my vitamins~ YES
Take a nap~ NO, tried but company came over after only about 10 minutes
Consume under 1700 calories~ 2848 which included lunch with mother after visiting hospital. Going way over on calories this week. Only bright side is I have made healthier food choices and not just eaten a bunch on junk. Think TOM is coming to visit:(
No fast food~ YES
No soda pop~ YES
Get pre race massage~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES
Weather forecast predication~ Temp range is 53-73 with 40% chance of scattered emoticon *starting to think this might not change

Wed 4/28:
Run 2-3 miles~ 3 miles running plus 2 miles walking
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Take my vitamins~ YES
Consume under 1700 calories~ 2348, bad week for eating as far as calories are concerned but this is the first day that I have not eaten as healthy as I would have liked.
No fast food~ YES
No soda pop~ NO, one Mountain Dew
Get 8 hours of sleep~ YES
Weather forecast predication~ Temp range is 54-77 with 30% chance of isolated emoticon *guess this is a slight improvement

Thursday 4/29:
No cardio (required rest day)~
Drink 8 glasses of water~
Take my vitamins~
Consume under 1700 calories~
No fast food~
No soda pop~
Get 8-9 hours of sleep
Weather forecast predication~

Friday 4/30:
No cardio (required rest day)~
Drink 8 glasses of water~
Take my vitamins~
Track food~
No soda pop~
No fast food~
Try and get some sleep~ emoticon
Weather forecast predication~

Saturday 5/1:
Run smart for 26.2 miles!

I will check back each day and update my progress!

  
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EGRAMMY 4/25/2010 8:12PM

    Good plan and good wishes for your race

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BILLALEX70 4/25/2010 6:53PM

    I'd say "copy and paste" this morning for next Saturday. It was beautiful day for a run; until the storms hit. I hope that taper week treats you well and I'll be anxious to hear all about your Marathon.

We'll miss you for lunch, but hope we can meet in the near future.

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-AIRYN- 4/25/2010 4:39PM

    Good luck!!!!! emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/25/2010 3:44PM

    "required rest day" makes it sound like it's torture for you to NOT do any cardio, hehe. Good luck with the marathon!

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SWEETMNTHING 4/25/2010 1:29PM

    Good luck with the plan, Molly! emoticon I hope the weather is nice for race day!

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OHIOBRIE 4/25/2010 1:01PM

    Good luck!

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FELIXC 4/25/2010 11:45AM

    Still ordering the rain to stay away . . .

You always have such a good plan, Molly!

26.2 (again!)--you are SO ready!

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EUGENERUGOSA 4/25/2010 11:21AM

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CRAZYLIZZIE 4/25/2010 11:17AM

    Best of luck :) I know you can do it!

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AUNTIE65 4/25/2010 10:48AM

    Looks like a great plan Molly! I always think that weather is God's little way of telling us we really don't know what will happen so be prepared for anything... hehe!

Enjoy your rest day!

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An interesting experiment....

Saturday, April 17, 2010



So my marathon training group decided to test our pacing abilities today. When you showed up this morning for your run, you were asked the following questions: 1) how many miles you were running and 2) your predicated pace. A timing mat was placed at the start, you were chipped and sent on your way. There were no formal pace groups today and NO ONE was allowed to wear a watch or a Garmin.

I had wanted to treat this as a training run and was afraid that just knowing there was a chip on my shoe would make me run too fast. Since I normally run with the 1030 pace group, I decided to predict my finishing pace at a 1025. This would allow for an extra minute in case I was feeling "chippy."

It was an interesting experiment to say the least. I have never thought about pace so much during a run. It was mentally exhausting. I wanted to start out slow for the first 4 miles and then slowly build up speed over the next 8.

I thought I did a pretty good job. There were several times during those first 4 miles that I thought I might be going a little faster than I wanted so I pulled back. I slowly increased my speed to a nice comfortable pace once I reached mile 4. I saved some for the end and tried to make my last mile the fastest.

I don't know where I went wrong but I did. I predicted my finishing time to be 2:05. My actual finishing time was 2:07:32. Overall that is not bad considering I was strictly judging my pace by a feeling.

I have a new love for my Garmin emoticon

I did think it was funny that the person who did the best (and yes there was someone who got it spot on) was going to win a free Garmin. Shouldn't it be the person who did the worst?

  
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SMALLERSHEEP 4/19/2010 11:01AM

    Interesting experiment. I love reading your blogs as they help me learn about all those things everyone else already knows. lol. Congrats on being so close!

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EGRAMMY 4/18/2010 6:44PM

    Thanks for the great blog

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AMCG2002 4/18/2010 6:26PM

    It was an interesting event. I did wear my Garmin, but only checked it when it beeped at the miles. I knew I would not be in contention for the new Garmin and I didn't want to accidentally run too fast since I had the 5k race later.

Although I've been running with you in the 10:30 group, I find whenever I run by myself, and for my half, my pace is almost always 9:42-44. Wonder what that means...

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ROOT4HOME 4/18/2010 6:10PM

    First of, thanks for your comments on my page! This is a really interesting blog - I was just talking bout something similiar for the Turkey Trot 5k that's happening in Nov. Everyone predicts their finish time and the 1st 50 people to come closest to their predications (regardless of when they finish) wins a free turkey!! Of course, no one can wear a Garmin or watch. I'm thinking of signing up just to see how well I know my pace....sorry you didn't get the garmin tho!! emoticon

Great run & coming so close to your predication too!! emoticon

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MARATHONMOM26.2 4/18/2010 2:20PM

    Woo Hoo!! I like the sound of this experiment, I'm going to suggest it to my running group too. I'm pretty good at pacing, very consistent, but then again, I've stared at my Garmin so many times over the years... am I good because I check myself so often? Or do I intuitively know how hard I'm working? Hmmm....

I think finishing within 2.5 minutes is awesome!

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AUNTIE65 4/18/2010 10:50AM

    Haha - I think you are right... the person who didn't get it right definately needs the garmin! I'm not sure I would be able to pace myself correctly. I get into a zone and get going too fast!

You did really good though, within two minutes of being right on. You are going to be sooo ready for your Marathon!

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FELIXC 4/18/2010 10:03AM

    That's still pretty close, Molly! Wow!

You all were brave to run without Garmins!

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/18/2010 8:58AM

    That's pretty interesting! I've thought about getting a Garmin, but they're so expensive. You were pretty close to your prediction!

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BILLALEX70 4/18/2010 8:58AM

    I agree about the worst should have won!

Great time; great day, weather terrible.
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CHEMKATT 4/18/2010 8:18AM

    I think that's really good! I'm awful at pacing! Great job!!!

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EUGENERUGOSA 4/18/2010 4:55AM

    you are such a perfectionist! I think you were pretty darn close to a correct prediction. Remember your lesson from your fabulous 22 mile run..enjoy the run & don't stress about the time!

BTW..how is swimming going?

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BOTECCHIA 4/17/2010 10:48PM

  Congrats not bad at all emoticon

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Remembering the feeling.....

Sunday, April 11, 2010

I typically do not blog about a training run but I had the most amazing 22 mile run yesterday. As my "status" says....If it never happens again, I want to always remember the feeling. So for that reason, I am going to reflect on the day.

I was very anxious about this training run. I did a 22 mile run last winter in preparation for my first marathon. It was brutal and I came home and just cried. When I trained for the NYC marathon over the summer, no one I knew was running that race. I wanted to have friends to run with so I followed their training schedules and just made some modifications. I never ran a 22 mile run. Instead I did three 20 milers. So to make a long story short, this was only my second 22 miler EVER.

I really didn't care about time. I had gone out way too fast on my 20 mile training run and ended up having to walk. I felt awful and once again was close to tears. I just wanted to get through this run without walking and without tears.

I meet up with a couple of girls from my group at 6am to start our run. Most of our training group only had 12 miles to go yesterday so we wanted to get our first 10 out of the way before they started at 8am. Our plan was to go slow, somewhere around an 11 min/mile and just try to hold there. One of the girls I was running with is notorious for going out fast. I told her the plan and she agreed that it would be best to start slow. She said she just wouldn't look Garmin.

At 6am, off we went. It was a very crisp 31 degrees. I had decided to wear shorts with a short sleeve shirt and jacket as it was suppose to be near 50 by the time we would be finishing up our run. I struggled a little as I had made my Gatorade the night before and put in the refrigerator. I NEVER do that. Well it was cold coming out of the refrigerator and the temperatures outside kept it cold. Trying to hold it as I ran was like trying to hold an ice cube. My fingers were painful for most of the first two hours. In fact, I never took my gloves off for the entire run (even after I shed the jacket).

We were keeping a nice slow pace with an average somewhere close to 1108 for most of the first 10 miles. We got back to our starting location at 8 and the group was not ready to go out yet. The sun was coming up so we shed some cloths, took some supplements and STILL they were not ready to go. We decided to go on without them. Our plan was to run out to the first water stop at about mile 2 and then turn around and meet back up with them.

We had begun to pick up the pace slightly and now were running under 11 min/miles with the average pace going down to about an 1102 by the time we hit mile 12. We had thought that we would be getting passed by the faster pace groups but only one had come past us. So we figured, everyone must have gotten a really late start. At that point, we decided to just forge ahead. There was only going to be two of us from this point on as our other friend only had to go 14.

Me and Michelle talked and we were excited because we only had to go out another 3 miles and then we could turn around. WRONG!!! I had miscalculated. We needed to go out another 4 miles before turning around. I don't know if Michelle had realized my mistake but if she did she didn't say anything. I had mistakenly turned my Garmin off at one point and lost a 1.54 miles before I turned it back on....Ugh!

The miles went by fairly quickly. I was starting to get tired at about mile 15 and wishing that we were already heading back. I think this was more a mental fatigue because of my miscalculation. When we hit our mile 16 turn around, it was like we got our second wind. The sun was shining. We were running a different trail so there was hardly anyone out there. It was very peaceful and we were on our way back "home." It was a good feeling. At one point, I looked down and noticed that we had just done a 1010 mile. I told Michelle that even though I was excited that I could do that fast of a mile so late into our run, I thought it best to slow down a little. We still had many miles to go. She agreed and we did pull back. Our next mile was a 1021. Not really as slow as I had in mind.

At this point, we had both put on some music and were just kind of running in our personal zones. We had done quite a bit of talking all morning and so we were just chillin out. When we hit our last water stop, Michelle said to me "I don't care how the next 2 1/2 miles go, I just want to tell you that this has been the most amazing run. I have never felt so good, so far into a run." I laughed and said "me too."

We took back off and something happened. We started seeing other MITer's heading back and so we were exchanging pleasantries and I said to Michelle, "I am almost giddy." She said that was obvious as we were running under 10 min/mile now. There was a brief moment when we thought of slowing down but then I think we both just decided to go with it. I told Michelle that even if I tank at the marathon, I would always remember THIS run.

This run went against everything I had always believed. I never believed I could run a negative split in a long run. I had done it in a HM but never anything over that distance. I always knew that no matter how slow I ran, I would never be able to conserve enough to run faster at the end of a run.

Yesterday was amazing for me as a runner. It changed me! I am capable of so much more than I give myself credit for. It wasn't just about the negative split. It was the feeling. I felt like a runner for the first time emoticon

I don't usually sit down and analyze my mileage breakdown but I did pull my history out of my Garmin. I want to preserve this memory. So sorry that this is boring to most of you but here are my splits:

Mile 1~ 1134
Mile 2~ 1111
Mile 3~ 1117
Mile 4~ 1108
Mile 5~ 1109
missed mile 5-6.54
Mile 6.5-7.5~ 1058
Mile 7.5-8.5~ 1045
Mile 8.5-9.5~ 1051
Mile 9.5-10.5~ 1050
Mile 10.5-11.5~ 1039
Mile 11.5-12.5~ 1055
Mile 12.5-13.5~ 1050
Mile 13.5-14.5~ 1044
Mile 14.5-15.5~ 1027
Mile 15.5-16.5~ 1026
Mile 16.5-17.5~ 1018
Mile 17.5-18.5~ 1010
Mile 18.5-19.5~ 1021
Mile 19.5-20.5~ 1004
Mile 20.5-21.5~ 941
last 0.44 miles~ 407

Average overall pace 10:41.

This is better than my best marathon finishing pace. Can I remember this on race day? Slow and steady CAN win the race (well you know what I mean:)

Update: Just found out that there were pictures taken during our training run on Saturday. Here is a photo to help me preserve the memory. This is a picture of me and Michelle at about mile 17.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SARA_ANN12 4/14/2010 3:36PM

    Wow, what inspiration you're providing! I'm stoked with my 4ish these days. I can only hope to bee bop 22 miles as happily as it appears you did! emoticon

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RUNSHANBUN 4/14/2010 2:57PM

    Molly that is wonderful to read! Hope to be out there with you soon!

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BSTAKINGACTION 4/13/2010 2:45PM

    A friend invited me over to your blog to help me prep for my first 22 miles this weekend! Thanks for the breakdown of your run. I also run between a 10-11 min pace and am glad to know that you were able to reserve the energy for the last 1/2.

I can only hope my run on Sunday goes as well!

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KJHOUSTON 4/12/2010 12:20PM

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EGRAMMY 4/12/2010 6:40AM

    I really enjoyed this blog. Cheers for you. You ARE a runner. emoticon Fit Buckeye Fans cheer for you.

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FINDINGMEIN2012 4/11/2010 9:42PM

    Congratulations on an awesome run!! Days like this make it all worthwhile! I'm so glad that you shared this with us and wrote it down so that you can hold on to that feeling as well!

Can't wait to hear about your marathon - I have a feeling it's going to be a GREAT one!!!

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DOGSTARDADDY 4/11/2010 5:16PM

    jeez.... nice job!

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MARATHONMOM26.2 4/11/2010 3:26PM

    I loved this blog... it made me think of my "special" runs... those infrequent days when everything feels right, effortless, light, happy... I've only had a few of those over the past 3 years, but they are memorable.

I'm also a bit of a numbers junkie and love that you put your mile splits in here! I live and die by my Garmin, LOL.

You basically just had the run of a lifetime, and this will probably change you forever!! Hang onto it, but realize that it is special, and won't happen every time you go out... you can only run the race that is in you on any particular day, and knowing that this is possible can sometimes make those less-than-perfect runs harder to get through. Still... what a feeling!

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BILLALEX70 4/11/2010 2:48PM

    emoticon

I'm slow and steady, but I'll never win the race. BUT it's more about the achievement than anything else.

I can only dream of running 22 miles, but I can appreciate all the hard work you've put in.

Keep it ROCKIN'!
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SMALLERSHEEP 4/11/2010 1:24PM

    Molly, I think that's just terrific! What a great way to go into taper mode. You are going to have your best race ever!

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FELIXC 4/11/2010 1:05PM

    I am just in awe, Molly! 22 miles. That is just absolutely incredible. I love seeing your times per mile. Mine are usually just the opposite. Faster at first, then slower towards the end.

I am so happy for you that you have such a great run to savor!



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DONZO64 4/11/2010 10:54AM

    Awesome Awesome Awesome. What a great blog. I felt like I was running along side you. Congratulations...22 miles is amazing and your pace is ....WOW

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AUNTIE65 4/11/2010 10:33AM

    Way to go Molly! Sounds like an amazing run and I'm sure that your marathon will be great too! I can't WAIT for the day when I think 11 min pace is sllloooowwww!

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