Wednesday, October 10, 2012
It's starting to get exciting! I am getting daily emails about the Half Marathon. I printed out my e-ticket for registration. My husband and I are going to drive down to Baltimore tomorrow afternoon to get my bib and shop at the Health Expo. We have to work Friday and I don't want to be stressed about not getting there in time to pick it up. I booked a nice hotel for us on the Harbor and made reservations at an italian restaurant in Little Italy.
Today I "jogged" my 3.1 hilly running route. I ended up changing back to my "old" sneakers. I have been wearing the new ones for six weeks and have never felt real comfortable in them. When I wore them Sunday for my 13 mile run, I ended up getting a blister under my foot in the arch! I am hoping it is pretty much healed by Saturday.
Tonight I packed my running gear. I also remembered to get gummy bears. They worked great last time. I am going to check out new earbuds at the expo.
Monday, October 08, 2012
Yes, Saturday is the BIG day! It looks like it is going to be in the low 60's, no rain... Yayyy!
Last Saturday, we went to Baltimore to the Fells Point Festival. My husband was going to drive me along the running route so I could see where I would be running since I am hearing lots of talk about hills. We didn't finish at the festival until dark, so I planned on driving back down to Baltimore (about 45 mins from my house Sunday). Then I remembered my iFit module!
I pulled iFit up on my computer and put the entire running map in. Bingo! I ran it on my treadmill while I watched the computer screen which showed the streets I will be running on. Here is what it looked like:
I have never run 13 miles on my treadmill. I had my iPod blaring, two fans running, lots of water and Baltimore streets on the screen! It was pouring rain and cold, so I was in the right place for my last long run. Here is the final graph of my run -- there was 3, 5, and 7.5 incline points. It is going to be a hilly race!
I ran the whole thing without stopping. The only problem I had - which got on my nerves fairly quickly - was that I forgot to change the max speed on my map, so every time I hit an incline it dropped my speed down between 2.4 to 4.2 . I had to keep changing the speed back up. I guess I will be ready if a runner stops in front of me :)
I also wanted to show you where I have been doing most of my training. It is in the development right by my house. I think these hills have helped me the most with all of my races, and I think they have prepared me for this HM.
Here is the first hill - it is the steepest and is the first thing I run up as I get out of my house...
This is the rest of it...
As soon as I get to the top, I turn right onto a much smaller hill. After I run up it, there is an equal distance down hill, then I turn around in the cul de sac, run up and then down and return to the main street.
Then I hit this hill, it goes to the top then I turn around in a cul de sac and come right back down...
This is the the longest, highest hill. I always imagine everyone watching out their windows so I don't stop!
I ran these hills for the first seven miles of training last week. I ran each one four times with the main road in between.
So, now I am taking it easy. I am not sore at all today but know to take a break. Tomorrow afternoon I will go to my chiropractor for my final adjustment. All of this running on asphalt throws my hips out of line. I will run three miles on Wednesday and two miles on Thursday at a nice easy pace.
I will end with a "quote of the day"...
"Many people shy away from hills. They make it easy on themselves, but that limits their improvement. The more you repeat something, the stronger you get."
- Joe Catalano
Sunday, October 07, 2012
Yesterday morning my husband, and two sons (24 and 21 years) and I ran together in the Main Street Mile (held in Newark, Delaware).
This race was monumental not only because the whole family ran, but, that it marks one year that my husband has been cancer free! Last year, my husband walked this mile which wasn't long after his surgery.
It also was the first time my 24 year old has been in a race - he started running two weeks ago. He is the shortest one of my three guys in the picture below. He loves his new running shoes and ran it in 8 mins.
My other son has run several races. He ran this mile race in 7 mins, 15 secs. Two hours later we found out he had strep!
We also had several friends who came out to race too. Most impressive was a friend who is starting to exercise and working on her weight. She has to lose about 100 pounds. She always comes out to cheer us on, but, yesterday walked the Main Street Mile. She came out and did it!
I was so excited by all of the above, I didn't realize until today that I completed another goal! Last year I ran this race in 9 mins 15 secs. Yesterday I ran it in 8 mins, 38 secs.
We all had a lot of fun!
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
So, as I reported earlier, I found out that my upcoming HM has some hills. Yesterday, when I mentioned my upcoming HM to my gym's owner, he looked at me like I was nuts. I thought "oh, crap!".
So I ran a bunch of long hills yesterday. I came up to one long, very steep hill in a development. I got half way up and had to walk fast the rest of the way up. My goal this weekend is to make it all the way up.
Today it rained. I ran 3.5 miles at a 3. Incline for about half of it - on the gym treadmill. I then did some quad work - squats, leg extensions and leg ups.
Tonight I talked to one of my marathon ruining friends. She said she hasn't run this marathon but said she heard it is the hilliest EVER!
So, I am going from the flattest HM to the hilliest! I am going to take my time, get a nice pace going and go for it!!
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Got stuck at work every day last week - worked long hours do I didn't get out on my usual 3 - 4 mile runs. I did find out that this Half Marathon is very hilly. I am glad I train on a lot of hills! This morning I ran 5 miles of hills of various variety. I kept a nice 9.38/per mile pace. I plan on running this pace for the first 10 miles of the HM, then kicking it the last 3. I want to beat my last HM time of 2 hours, 10 minutes.
So, my plan is to keep running the hills. Monday or Tuesday of this week I am going to take a long lunch and run 10 miles around the City of Newark. I am going to clean up at the gym (conveniently located where I do my long runs) and then head back to work. My gym bag is packed and ready to go:)
With 12 days left I gotta get and stay focused!
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