Saturday, April 19, 2014
Since my last blog entry, I completed my final four training runs (which included a 12.4 m run) and was feeling pretty well-prepared for today's race! I was not prepared for the STEEP climbs and descents, though - all I can say is WOW! I thought last year's HM had some steep climbs, but they were no comparison to today's course. There was lots of hiking during this half-marathon! Here's a pic from my runkeeper app showing the elevation changes (total climb was 2602 feet):
Along the route, I got a kick out of this group of volunteers that dressed up for the event:
Also, this event is called "escape from prison hill" for a reason - here's a pic looking down onto what used to be our state's maximum security prison:
Here's my proof that I made it to the summit of prison hill (elavation of 5695ft) as well as a picture looking south from the summit:
After cresting the summit, the fun was not over - next, came the "south hills" - a combination of steep descents and ascents so steep that, when I leaned into the hill to go up it, I was touching the trail ahead of me with my hand!
Finally, after the insanity of the steep ups and downs mellowed out, I ran for awhile along the most beautiful part of the course - the Carson River. At one point, the course even took us over a very unique single track experience:
Another steep ascent, and then it was free sailing to the finish! The best part was my cheering crew at the finish line. They actually volunteered to go with me at 6:15am to the race!
Even though this course was more difficult than my half-marathon last May, I liked the trail surface much better! On the steep descents, I was running mainly on sand (it actually felt like I was running down sand dunes). This was much kinder on my feet than last year's sharp, loose shale rocks:)
I didn't have a great finishing time - but I really don't care. I'm proud that I completed the race!
13.1 miles in 2:47:12 with a 12:45 pace
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Since my last blog posting, I've had 5 training runs. Today's was the best by far and just what I needed. I've been waning on my desire to compete in the upcoming half-marathon... I had a decent 11 mile run the other day, which gave me the confidence that I can complete the half-marathon, but my desire has just been lacking.
Today was a beautiful run and it reminded me why I enjoy running so much. I will complete my next 12 mile training run, then the half-marathon. After that, I think I'm going to stick with 3 - 5 mile runs. 30 - 45 minute runs are just perfect for me and my schedule. Longer runs "eat" into my day so much.
Stats from my last 5 runs:
Apr 3 - 5 miles in 50:31 with a 10:06 pace
Apr 4 - 2.46 miles in 21:49 with an 8:51 pace
Apr 7 - 3.1 miles in 32:33 with a 10:30 pace
Apr 8 - 11.1 miles in 2:05:48 with an 11:20 pace
Apr 10 - 4.43 miles in 45:57 with a 10:23 pace
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
So far this week, I've been able to get in 2 training runs and plan to get 2 more in before the weekend.
Since I wasn't able to run my scheduled 10-mile run this past weekend, I set out to run it on Monday. At 5 miles into the run, I got a phone call from my kids but my phone's battery died before I could find out why they were calling me!!! Mom-panic set in!!! Luckily I was only about 2 miles away from home, so I picked up my pace to get back home as fast as possible. Turned out, they were just calling to see how much longer I was going to be, and that all was ok. I thought about going back out for another 3 miles to complete a 10-mile run, but my mind had concocted all kinds of bad things that could happen while I was away from them, so I opted to stay home and put in 30 more minutes on my elliptical machine...
Today, I braved another run while leaving kids home and it went just fine. They actually said "back already?" when I got home. I just did a 3 miler. Tomorrow, I'm planning a 5 miler, but will never wander too far from home just in case I'm needed back at home for something. Then Friday will be another 3 miler.
Only 2 more weeks of training before my half-marathon!
Friday, March 28, 2014
This week I have accomplished 3 great training runs.
Tuesday: 3 miles in 27:29 with a 9:10 pace
Wednesday trail run: 6.21 miles in 1:05:11 with a 10:30 pace
Thursday: 3.06 miles in 28:36 with a 9:21 pace
Wednesday was my favorite - I love running up into the hills (actually, it's the running down the hills that I like the best, but to run down - I must first run up...) I guess that's true with most of life - in order to experience the fun stuff, we have to suck-it up and put in some hard effort first. Although, Wednesday was scheduled to be a 5 mile run, I decided to run the 10k (6.2 miles) that I missed from last weekend.
One dilemma that I've been working through on my recent runs has been "data"... Turns out that my spotify app (that I pay premium membership for just so I can listen to music offline while running) has turned into a data eating machine! After going over my monthly data limit, I started researching what was eating my data - and discovered the culprit was Spotify (even though I was playing it in offline mode!!!) Turns out, I'm not the only one getting screwed from Spotify. For now, I'm turning my phone's data completely off when listening to Spotify - if that doesn't work, I may cancel my subscription. Grrrr.... listening to music is one of my main joys of running... Oh well, I'll figure something out.
Today is the kid's last day of school for two weeks!!!! We're very busy this weekend, so I probably won't get in my 10 mile scheduled run, but I'm not stressed. I'll have all kinds of time to get in runs while the kids are out of school. It's sooooo nice now that my oldest can watch her younger siblings while I go out for a bit. I'm loving the new freedom!
Countdown to race: 3 weeks from tomorrow!
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