Saturday, May 14, 2011
Road to the Pogue is a 6.1 mile race that takes place in Woodstock, VT at the Billings-Marsh-Rockefeller (or some varient of that combination!) State Park. It was a GREAT course! I loved it. The trails were nice and soft, mostly covered with pine needles, but not muddy. The Pogue is a little manmade lake that part of the course loops around - absolutely pristine and gorgeous. And it was very well organized, and everyone - volunteers and fellow participants - were so friendly.
Plus there were two men in full regalia playing BAGPIPES on the course! It was such a fun and energizing surprise!
There were three-ish hills to tackle - the first one was over the first mile, which felt good. I didn't go out too fast - I found a few women to fall behind so that I could keep a consistent pace. The second hill was the toughest for me - it was at about mile 3, and I was trying to eat a Gu packet and my body was just hating/loving me for both the effort of getting up the hills and trying to get that sustenance into my belly. The third hill, which looked the steepest and the toughest on the elevation chart, went super well - I found a good rhythm, and was at the top without much anguish or struggle. The last 1.8 miles was downhill, and I made sure to reserve some energy so that I could kick it into gear at that point.
I finished in about 1:06! They haven't posted the "official" results yet, but my watch said 1:06:08 and the race clock said 1:06:15 or something like that. But I started at the back of the pack at the start, so I am claiming 1:06:00 for the win! That is about 10:49 per mile, on a challenging course at that.
I actually passed people at various points in the race, who then proceeded NOT to catch up with me again. The competitive aspect of races is fun, but I don't live to pass people. I am more used to being at the very way back of the pack. I guess things are changing!
So crossing the finish line was wonderful. My twin (who spectated, after deciding not to run due to some training difficulties) gave me a high five, and a ton of people with big smiles were clapping and cheering for me and the rest of the finishers.
I seriously feel like this was the best race I have ever ran. The race itself was gorgeous, and I felt so strong, and happy, and motivated.
I am incredibly hopeful and excited about the VCM partner relay (a half marathon) and the Covered Bridges Half Marathon, which are happening one weekend right after another after I get back from my vacation. If I can do 6 sub-11 minute miles on this terrain, I bet I can get close to that at these halfs.
I can't wait! Well, I can. But I am going to be super good about keeping up my training while on the cruise. Two 5 mile runs and one 11-12 miler should do the trick, and the following week I will taper pretty dramatically so that I will be well-rested.
So, I will be off for my cruise to Bermuda tomorrow! I will miss SP. Here is what I will do to stay fit and healthy:
Get in my three training runs!
Only drink water - no soda!
Be active everyday - I want to try the rock wall, and swim aaallllllooootttt, and walk all over the island!
Read a book about first time marathon experiences!
I have packed a notebook and will write down what I eat as a way to keep my eating in check. Hal and I also agreed to watch out for each other, as he doesn't want to overeat the whole time either.
I am packed, and a taxi is coming at 4:30AM tomorrow! Can't wait! But for now I am tired, so I am going to just relax, have some kitty time, and go to bed early.
Sunday, May 08, 2011
And I am feeling it today! I am physically tired throughout my body, with some mild soreness in my thigh muscles. But I feel so good - like I am on the verge of a massive nap. And I feel proud! I am definitely on track for my half marathon, which is now three weeks away.
So yesterday I visited my dad at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, NH. After spending the early afternoon with him, I changed and headed to the beginning of the local rail trail. It was a gorgeous day, so perfect for a run. I set out at 3:30. The trail is 23 miles long, I think, and marked at various points (though not all the miles are marked!). I knew from the map that mile 6 was marked, so I decided to try for 12 miles - 6 out and 6 back, because why not!?
Miles 1 through 5 were fine and lovely - I was going almost exactly 5 mph. Mile 6, however, was hellish. I think it must have been mismarked, lol. It just went on forever, and took me like 16 minutes. And the terrain didn't change... Hmmm. It made me wish I had a gps device, because I would bet money that that mile was closer to 1.25 or 1.33 miles. And all I wanted to do was get to the turnaround point! I did make it eventually, and miles 7 and 8 were okay. I took a triberry gu at mile 8 (and also finished my water) and that helped me push through miles 9 and 10. I knew at about mile 7 that 12 wasn't going to happen, but I still ran farther than I ever had before by more than 1.5 miles!
So I finished 10.2 in 2:10. It felt more like 10.75 or 11 because of that wonky 6th (and 7th) mile!! And then I had to walk 2 miles to get back to my car, lol. I used that time to pout, and then eventually to be thankful for each part of my body that helped carry me forward. I was on my feet for 2:40 total!
I hope that I can be a bit faster at the halfs, but whatever happens, I know I will be happy.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Oh my goodness, I can't believe it is going to be May tomorrow! It was a long winter, and it is SO nice for spring to finally be settling in here in Vermont.
Here is what I have lined up for May, week by week:
Week 1: Continuing my half marathon training = two 4.5 mile runs and a 9-10 mile long run on Saturday. At work, get my April notes done and out of the way this week.
Week 2: Continuing my half marathon training - two 5 mile runs and a 6.1 mile race on Saturday. At work, make sure my vacation coverage is set up, and complete any stray paperwork that I may have procrastinated on. Finish trip preparation, pack!!
Week 3: BERMUDA!!! Being physically active every day balanced with quality relaxation! I will also be continuing my half marathon training - one to two 5 mile runs and a 10-11 mile long run on Friday or Saturday. Write down my food and estimate calories to help me stay in line!
Week 4: Last week of half marathon training!!! Let the taper begin... one to two 4 mile runs and a 2 mile run on Friday or Saturday. Then VCM on Sunday!!!!!!!
Other goals for the month: Strength train twice per week; stretch EVERY DAY and especially after runs; and eat within my calorie range 5 - 6 days a week.
I had initially hoped to reach my 100 pounds lost mark by 5/15 (in time for Bermuda!) but I am still hovering about 5-7 pounds above 164.4. I am not going to lose that much weight in two weeks, and I am okay with that. I am feeling healthy and fit, and ready to lounge in my two-piece! I also think that it is perfectly normal for weight loss to be on the back burner while I am training my my events! (As long as I am making more healthy choices than not and keeping my weight stable).
Happy May everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful month ahead!
Friday, April 29, 2011
~runrunrunrunrun! Run 8-9 miles tomorrow!
~visit my dad in the hospital on Sunday (he is hanging in there! Trying various treatments for his kidney infection through the weekend, and he already sounds a lot better.)
~take a walk on Sunday
~grocery shopping tomorrow afternoon - with a focus on work-friendly lunches and snacks! So need to get more consistent with my eating.
~put together a flyer for upcoming health and wellness programs at work (I am on our healthy living committee)
~talk to roommates about ending lease in a few months... Eeee. My roommates are great, and I feel nervous about telling them that I am going to be moving in with someone else (The Hal).
~maybemaybemaybe go to the mall for odds and ends.
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