Tuesday, July 09, 2013
After 4 years of running, I'm finally doing track workouts for speed! Did my first one 2 weeks ago. It really kicked my butt. I've always done my speedwork on my treadmill, mainly because I didn't know where a track was near me. Found a group that meets at 5am on Tuesdays very close to home. I have to get used to my pace at the shorter distances, I find I go out too strong and get winded quickly. But I'm doing it and I'm excited about it because I know I'll get better!
I did a 10 mile run on Sunday, that's the longest I've ever run in the month of July. Since I've been running, I've always taken the summers off from running because of the heat and humidity, but this year I want to keep my base so I'm doing one day of speedwork and one long run and sometimes another short easy run. I went with a large group which was great, we started at 6am and it wasn't as bad as I would have thought.
I've been enjoying being in the gym lifting regularly too, getting my strength back! So far, it's a great summer!
Saturday, June 08, 2013
I won a free entry to a local 5 Mile Race, so figured "Why not?". Since I had just ran Niagara Falls Half last Sunday, I wasn't going for an all out effort. But it ended up being not much of an effort at all. In Mile 2, my headphones kept falling out from all the sweat (was SO humid), then my beautiful necklace with my 13.1 & 26.2 charms fell off, so I had to stop to make sure I didn't lose anything. Did I mention it was really humid? On top of that, this race has been around a while but had only had a 5k, but they added the 5 Miler this year. But there was so much confusion about the 5 Mile course so some people went one way, some went another. So people who ran the 5 Miler ran as little as 4.2 and some as much as 6.8 miles. My Garmin GSP said I did 5.5. It's a little defeating when you're hot and tired and your watch says 4.95 but there's no finish line in sight. But I finished and at least we got a medal, which is rare for a 5 Mile race. So this was Race #20 for the year. I did 18 races all of last year, so I'll probably do at least 30 total races this year.
So starting Monday, my routine will dramatically change. I will lift weights much more than doing cardio and will only run twice a week. I'm excited about the change. While I don't plan to get back to my competition size, I plan to get reasonable and maintainably close by September. I'm excited about it!
Come September, I'll transition back to marathon training for the New Orleans Rock n Roll Marathon on Feb. 2nd, where I will again go for Boston Qualification. Hubby will be as well.
With some of the ladies of Black Girls Run! Tampa!
Monday, June 03, 2013
I chose the Niagara Fall Wonen's Half Marathon for my 30th Half. I'd never been there before and ended up knowing about a dozen people there from my area! I took my Mom as a Mother's Day gift since she had never been there either.
This was by far, one of my top races EVER! We ran by the Falls twice and the entire race was along the Niagara River. Weather turned out awesome. I could have gone for a Personal Best but I had to stop many times along the course and take pictures! So when I ran, I ran strong but I just enjoyed the entire time! Not a huge race, less than 1,500 but well organized. The race director made you feel like family!
I ran a 2:02 and was very happy with that but was happier that I allowed myself to just enjoy the race!
So no more Half's until end of October. I'll "hibernate" in the gym for the summer and get back to some heavy lifting to lean out before the fall race season. I'll run twice a week, will alternate a speed drill with hill repeats and will do a long run to keep a base. Other than that, will do another couple days of HIIT Cardio. I'm excited about really lifting again!
You know I have to share some pics!
Race Shirt, says "Empowered" on the front:
View of the Falls from our 18th floor hotel room:
The nicest Port-a-Lets you'll ever find, complete with flowers, lavendar scent and toilet seat covers!
Before the race:
Me with the race director and his daughter after the race:
After the race showing off our Bling:
Mom and I. She was able to watch us from the hotel as we ran by the falls. She even saw me waving at her!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
It's been 3 weeks since my last Half Marathon and I have to wait 3 more weeks until my next one - oh no!!!
I've been keeping myself busy, did another Trail Race a couple weeks ago, it was a 10 Miler. I'm still learning the lingo of trail race descriptions, so I didn't realize it was called The Claw because you have to "scratch and claw" up vertical dirt hills, slide down them, wade through streams and rivers and with all that, enjoy the most beautiful scenery. It was officially the longest race timewise I'd ever done under a full marathon. There were just parts you couldn't physically run. But I'm glad I did it. I felt like a contestant on Survivor lol!
Then Tueday, 4/30, my Grandmother had a stroke. Fortunately it was minor. I flew up there (South Carolina) on Wednesday, as we didn't know how bad it was at the time. She was in the hospital Tuesday - Friday and is back home on her own and as the doctor put it, perfectly healthy at age 91. She just has to keep a better eye on her blood pressure. So thankful to have her!
While there, I stayed in a hotel, and I was so proud of myself that I continued to eat clean while there and exercised every day. Even went for a run twice, once outside and once on the gym treadmill. Usually a stressful situation like that would allow me to eat whatever, and staying in a hotel had always been a license to eat whatever. I got home late one night and really wanted some Chicken Wings, but I got a Salmon Salad instead and was fine. Yay me!
Today I did a 5 Miler race, which supports cancer research. Ran it in memory of my Dad. I was looking at my race tracker (www.athlinks.com) and realized I ran 18 races last year, and as of today, I've already run 18 races this year! I had no idea! This fall, I'll focus more on the quality of my races and improving my speed for my next full marathon in February.
Next weekend I'll be in Orlando for my USATF Level 1 Running Coach Certification. I'm super excited about this! I plan to only do virtual coaching so I can coach any and everywhere. I plan to pass my exam on the first try and take it from there!
Still having fun, and hope you are too! Wishing all the Mothers out there a Happy Mother's Day!
Here's a pic of the two most precious women in my life, my Mother and Grand Mother:
Pics from The Claw 10 Mile Trail race:
Today's Race, Miles for Moffitt 5 Miler:
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