Tuesday, July 15, 2014
And I've been... I don't know how to say it.. lost, I guess.
I stopped going to Weight Watchers because my weight was doing the old see-saw -- up 1 lb, down 1/2, down 1, up 1... basically I've been the same weight for the past couple of months.
As for the running... I've let myself fall out of it, regularly. And my speed is still somewhere around 13 min/mi - 14:30 or so...sometimes slower depending.
On the advice of my trainer I've decided NOT to do Marine Corps marathon this year. I'm going to (but haven't yet) switch to the 10K.
I'm going to look for a full-marathon for 2015 with a GENEROUS course time limit. like 7hrs... and actually have one in mind.... the Baltimore Running Festival. Don't get me wrong, I want to do Marine Corps Marathon eventually... I LOVE love love Marine Races...but I think that for the first I don't want to have the added pressure of having to hit a certain mile marker by a certain time.... for the first one I just want to finish.
Diet-wise... I've flirted with low-carb, but not sure that I can DO that.. I'm also not weighing in at the moment. I weighed in on July 1...and am not going to weigh in until July 30.
I feel like I'm still stalling out...but of course don't KNOW.
Anyway, that's where I am... I'm still alive.. still fighting the good fight. ;)
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
This was my first year doing this race. And I wished, going into it that I'd felt better about my training. But really... well.. it hadn't been the best. Thanks to Mother Nature and her hormonal mood swings.
The race was supposed to start at 7am. I live about 15 minutes by car (maybe less min, really) from the start area, but wasn't sure how soon they'd close roads, so I had my husband get me up early and I tried to be out the door by 6:15 or so....My mom wasn't able to come down so early (she lives like 1.5 hrs away)..so husband would stay home with the kids... I'd be starting and finishing this race with no cheering section. Anyway, I parked at the mall and walked across the road/highway to the start area.
As I walked, I turned on my garmin.... Okay, make that TRIED to turn on my garmin. The #$%^#%^ thing wouldn't turn on!! Cue panic attacks... I had planned to do run/walk intervals and how could I time the intervals without my garmin?
Well, as it turned out, there was a problem on the course (still not sure what) and start time was delayed about 1/2hr. In that time I found someone who helped me do a soft reset on my garmin. So yay!
The slowest pace group they had was 13 min/miles... the course time limit was 4 hrs, so we were told you had to keep a18:18 pace or better to finish in the time limit. I thought *maybe* I could hang with the 13 min/milers, and maybe in time (and losing a few more lbs) I could..but not this time. But being optimistic (and not knowing the course so well -- the map wasn't released until late) I thought I'd try..
4 is a link to my garmin's account of the race. Check out that elevation map! Holy cow!
As for the race itself... well timed intervals went out the window. To be honest, I expected my garmin to die at any moment... it literally gave me a "low battery warning" at mile 1.... and then proceeded to last the entire half. Go figure!
Anyway, if you look at my splits, you'll see mile 9 is abyssmal... I totally blame that on gut cramps and having to stop at a portapotty... and wait for said portapotty. I left the garmin running because... hey.. official race timer was still ticking. (That and I was afraid messing with the garmin would cause it to die.)
Up until mile 9 I had entertained the hope of breaking 3 hrs.. even if only 2:59... my other 3 halves being 2:48:35 , 3:07:40 and 3:21 something... but my biggest goals were to finish..and if possible kill that stinking 3:21.
Anyway, by mile 9 I figured under 3hrs was out... and as long as I beat 3:21 I was going to be happy. So I just did my best... tried to run for a min or two, then walk..then run.. more walking than running on uphills (of which there were a LOT)
But I finished. In 3:07:15...so not only did I get less than 3:21... I even beat (however slightly) my 3:07:40... and THAT was earned on a flat course (while recovering from bronchitis)... this was on a very hilly and challenging course.
Here's the first bling of 2014:
I'm satisfied. and I thought.. now that I have my treadmill (that's the subject of a whole other blog entry!!!) I will be able to train no matter what the weather... so next year I'll be better prepared.
And if I can do 3:07:15 with less than stellar preparation... who knows how much better I can do if I prepare better ---and in an ideal world, get the scale to cooperate.
**edited to add... and better still.. .garmin says my overall average time was 14:20 for 13.1.... and 14:11 average moving time. So I'm ALMOST there now at the necessary ave 14 min/mi for the first 20 miles to beat the bridge of Marine Corps marathon... so with good training (and MAYBE a little weight loss)....
Thursday, February 20, 2014
I don't do a lot of races.
Mostly its because as funny as it sounds, I like the longer distances. I joke it takes me a mile or two to truly get in the grove and in a 5K that's almost finished! So I "like" 8Ks, 10K and half marathons.
The problem there is at least in terms of the half marathon as slow as I've been lately (past year or so since regaining about 35 of the 60 I had lost)... that I need a cutoff time of 3.5 hrs or MORE to feel like "Yes, I can do this one" --- best half time was 2:48:35 (at the -60 lbs) , worst was ~3 hr 21 min (Historic half in May 2013, after most of the regain).
Now my county running club usually has a "weekly series" race that the fees are like 1 or 2$ but the thing there is my own hangups. I am SLOW...and many of them are true gazelles. So I don't often do the longer races there.. especially since I run/walk and not do straight running like many of them do.
And of course there's always the simple fact that bigger races (with the crowd support, cutoff times, etc) are usually expensive. I just can't afford to do a lot of them.
So yesterday in my feed I mentioned I was trying to register for some Marine Corps races. The first one I wanted to get into was the Marine Corps 17.75k (~11 miles). I did it last year..and this is a race that sells out FAST. Last year it sold out in less than an hour. The main reason is that when you finish it you get a "golden ticket" -- guaranteed entry into the Marine Corps marathon..which has consistently sold out in about 2hrs.. in fact that is one reason this year, 2014, the MCM is going to a lottery registration. So the golden ticket race means more than ever to some folks.
Now I didn't NEED the golden ticket because I had done 17.75 last year and had gotten one (and into MCM) but deferred on MCM after the coward's attack on me. As a deferral I already had a guaranteed in. But if I had made it into 17.75 I would have given my golden ticket to a friend.
But as you might guess from my tone, I didn't get into the race. The race sold out in 9 minutes.. maybe less than 9 minutes. Oh well... I had hoped to do it, it was fun..but it wasn't necessary if you know what I mean.
I DID register for the Marine Corps Historic Half in May.
And yesterday was the first day I could, as a deferral, re-register for the Marine Corps marathon. So I did. This will be my first marathon.
I'm trying to be positive here.. it WILL be my first. I will do it.. I will finish.
But even as I type that there's the flutterings of panic. Sure, I can do a half..but I worry about of course doing the full distance... and there's the additional pressure of "beating the bridge".
This is from the MCM FAQ...
What is Beat the Bridge?
Runners must maintain the 14 minute-per-mile pace to reach the 14th Street Bridge and successfully "Beat the Bridge" just before mile marker 20. The 14th Street Bridge will reopen to vehicular traffic making it unavailable to runners after 1:15 p.m. Any runners unable to "Beat the Bridge" will be required to board the straggler buses and be driven to the event finish area
Last summer before I deferred, my pace in longer runs was at best in the 14-14:30 range. Almost, but not quite the needed pace. Toward the end of summer I was hitting faster paces in shorter runs 12-13 minutes, but then my training went into a tailspin with the summer heat and after that rat-b*stard coward groped me on the bike path. I didn't feel safe on the bike paths and finding someone to train with at my pace was... hard. Plus I had panic attacks at first at the thought of going outside to run. I was hyper-aware of my surroundings and my heart would just pound...even in situations where I knew I was safe -- like at the high school track, and initially at the treadmill at the gym.
Now the winter has been... BLEH...here in Maryland. Bitter cold and more recently snow. Its thrown another monkey wrench in the works. The last long outdoor run I did was on Feb 2 (so more than 2 weeks ago!)... a 7 mile run with an average pace of 13:43. (I think I was doing either 1 min run 1 min walk intervals... or it might have been 1.5 min run / 1 min walk)
So that gives me hope that with consistency and continued training I can hit the required minimum pace -- or maybe a tad faster. But a marathon is a BIG deal... so I have the flutterings of panic.
There's part of me that thinks "Who am I to think I can do this?" I'm obese! I'm no athlete!
I've heard people say "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right." or something along those lines. So what do you say to someone who is literally arguing with herself almost every step of the way? There's part of me that says "You CAN do it....even as heavy as you are, you move at a decent pace... and you're back at weight watchers, working on the weight... you can do this."
and there's the part of me that says "I'm not an athlete.. not a "real" runner... I'm just 'fatgirl'." what my tormenters called me in middleschool.
I'm truly not fishing for sympathy... just trying to explain some of the stuff swirling around in my head.
That said.. I've got the Columbia Irongirl half on 4/27. I've got to see what I can do about picking my training back up to prepare for that. Its hard when the sidewalks are iced over in many places and my gym membership is lapsed. But hubby has said that maybe we can get me a good running quality treadmill with some of our tax refund. I haven't been sitting on my butt doing nothing... I've been doing indoor walks with Leslie Sansone...and that has helped maintain my fitness some, but it isn't readmill running....and it definitely isn't outdoor running!!
Then I've got the Historic half in May... the Ft McHenry Tunnel 5k on September (Not registered for this one yet, but Thomas and I have done it for 4yrs in a row... Ft McHenry tunnel being one of his FAVORITE places in the world.
I may or may not register for the Strider's 'metric marathon' (26.2k) which is also in Sept I think.. and then of course the big kahuna... the marine corpts marathon.
Sorry this is a ramble.. welcome to my mind (such as it is!) ;)
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