Sunday, November 25, 2012
Still reveling in the accomplishment of my first half marathon. Believe it or not, but the pace group I trained with usually finish a half in 2:52-3 hours. So despite the fact that Barb could have gone faster, I'm getting a lot of congratulations on the 2:37:36 time from my Galloway group members! I see I was 30th out of 90 in my age group. I was something like number 1918 out of a total of 3150 runners. Not bad for a first effort.
During the race I had no pain, but my left glute and hamstring were telling me that they were working hard. I thought they might really hurt after the race, but they didn't. Right after the race my calf muscles cramped hard several times. I drank a lot on the run, so I don't think it was dehydration causing those cramps. I figured they were just telling me I went as fast as I should have.
The day after the race, I had soreness in my quads whenever I moved. The next day I only felt it if I squatted. Three days out I was just feeling a little tired, but I also was having some trouble sleeping so that might have been the reason. Five days after the race I woke with a burning desire to run. Thought I should take it easy, but I just loved running on the beach. I even got lots of people giving me positive comments. I was wearing my St Pete Women's Half Marathon tee shirt! I ran with only a few walk breaks for over an hour. It just felt so good.
I am a runner. I am a half marathoner!!
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Again, thanks to Barb (ONEKIDSMOM), Monty (MIRAGE727), and Darren (DSSECRETS) for a great and fun half marathon. Couldn't have done it without you -- at least not as fast and not as fun!
Then it was to the beach for a week of family fun:
Gwen runs at sunset on the beach.
Natalie runs at sunset on the beach.
I worked toward the half marathon for 5.5 months. Now what?
I'm thinking I'll stay with the Galloway group. I'll run a "miracle mile" as soon as I can and try to move up to a faster group. I'd like to train at run 2 minutes/walk 1 minute and do my next half at that pace; the one I just finished I did at 1 min run/1 min walk. I believe I can run faster safely and still enjoy it.
I'm also thinking about getting a personal trainer. My first choice would be a trainer who is a certified running coach with experience in coaching 60 year old woman and extensive knowledge and experience with strength training. I've been slacking a bit on and off on the strength training and want to pick that up. I particularly want to strengthen my lower back and core.
In 2013 I'm planning to do more local races: 5K, 10K, HM or other. I might consider doing the St Pete Women's Half again especially if Barb, Monty, and Darren are running. I'm planning to observe a triathlon and consider whether I want to train for one.
In 2014 I'm planning to do a Disney half marathon. Will have to decide which one to do. There is the Disney World Marathon Weekend, January 9-12, 2014 or the Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend Feb 21-23, 2014. I considered 2013, but family wants to make a big trip out of it thinking Gwen will enjoy it more in a year. Sounds good to me!!
So, I don't have my next race selected but I have the beginning of a plan. And I have a commitment to continue to make running and fitness important parts of my life!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Hey, I'm kind of tired this evening, but feeling good! The half marathon was AWESOME!! Barb was very generous. She could have gone faster, but she waited for me. Love her!! She is in person just like she is on SP!! So I was so very glad she achieved a PR (personal record, beating her previous time by 19 seconds) at 2 hour 37 minutes and 36 seconds with me by her side!!
To see the race, just go appreciate the work and fellowship and support of two amazing SparkFriends, Monty and Darren. They got up at 4:30 AM to come support us and Monty took great pictures! Check out his blog for more about our awesome race!! www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
Thanks to everyone who sent positive, supportive messages and sent Goodies and good thought waves our way!! It all worked.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
I just finished my last training run before my first HM, the St Pete Women's Half Marathon on Sunday, Nov 18th. Although it wasn't a particularly fast workout nor particularly long one, it did help build confidence. I woke up not feeling quite right. My stomach just felt yucky, even though I didn't overeat yesterday. Most days I would have waited a couple hours, eaten and rested, and see if I didn't feel better before running. But today I decided to see how a run would go even though I wasn't 100%. Who knows how I'll feel Sunday morning.
When I first started my run today I wasn't sure, but then the good running feelings took over (endorphins, I suppose) and the stomach wasn't much of a distraction. I finished up the run just fine and my stomach wasn't better or worse.
Most of the time when I'm ready to run I'm feeling strong and healthy and raring to go. But I realize since I started training in June I have run on too little sleep, after too much food, after too little food, with healing cut on foot, with healing strain in lower back, in extreme heat and when cool, in the dark, and otherwise when I just didn't feel like it. I've run by myself and with groups going various paces. I've run with music and without. I've warn various clothing and three different pairs of shoes with and without arch supports. In other words, things don't have to be the same or perfect for me to run.
So that helps me be confident that no matter what, I'm going to feel like running Sunday..... at least by mile two.
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