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Week 3 of Marathon Training

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

So far so good! I have a new coach, Joe, with The Boston Running Center and the training is very specific but doable! Did a 7 mile easy run on Sunday and felt great! Yesterday I did some core work like I never had! It was hard! Here's the link if you want to check it out. I was to do each position for 60 seconds each leg!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GLrKr54yA0

Today, did strength and cross training. Easy run tomorrow! And I'm doing a 3 Day Fruit & Veggie Detox that I started yesterday, just to do some cleansing. I'm enjoying it!

www.bostonrunningcenter.com/choose.c
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ANDREA0301 8/30/2012 3:10PM

    You're doing so good Tia!
Keep up the great work!!

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NEW-CAZ 8/29/2012 2:59AM

    Great plan Tia, you are amazing, a true inspiration!

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NEWME0519 8/28/2012 10:24PM

    Thanks for sharing your plans! You continue to inspire us!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 8/28/2012 3:56PM

    Hope this works for you

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Week 2 of Marathon Training

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Week 1 went well. Was happy to finish it! I struggled with my "long" run of only 7 miles (I know some of you are saying "only 7 miles" but remember, I was running a Half Marathon every weekend for a while). My goal was to run it at a 9:15 pace, and I did pretty well. I took some walk breaks which I'm okay with.

Today was another speed drill. 8 x 400's. The 6 x 400's were hard enough last week and now 2 more??? Last week, I took 1/2 recovery in between each 1/4 mile (400). This week, I was on schedule, with 1:50 of recovery in between and got through it! Last week it took me 1 hour 7 minutes to complete it, this week I did 2 more intervals and still finished under 55 minutes, so was glad to be on track!

Thursday, I'll do a 3 mile Tempo run, then 10 miles on Sunday. I'm feeling great during the running, which I'm so grateful to Yahweh for! I know it will take me a moment to get back into the groove of running consistently but I'm looking forward to it! And really hoping we'll start to get a little cool weather soon!

No matter what kinds of activity you do, you should sign up to be an Active Ambassador! It's a fun way to get "sponsored" by a company and get free stuff like apparel, shoes, products, merchandise, cash incentives and more! You don't have to be fast or "good" at anything, just active! Check out the link and complete your profile! Please put my name as the one who referred you: TIA PETTYGRUE.

www.activeambassadors.com/

Wishing everyone a great week of activity!

  
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ANDREA0301 8/22/2012 2:42PM

    So glad to read about your training progress and successes!!!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 8/22/2012 11:17AM

    Looking good - glad I am only training for halfs.

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NEW-CAZ 8/22/2012 2:44AM

    emoticon job, emoticon

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NEWME0519 8/22/2012 12:01AM

    Go Tia Go!

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PURPLE180 8/21/2012 9:32PM

    Awesome job! You will be back at it 110% in no time...I will check out the site as well. :-)

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KAMCCLARY 8/21/2012 9:24PM

    Great job Tia, I am going to have to check it out! Be blessed!

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Week 1, Day 1 of Marathon Training!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Today I started training for my next and 3rd full Marathon, the Kiawah Island Marathon. It's on Dec. 8th in South Carolina. I chose this one because of it's flat and scenic course, and since it's near my Grandmother, she will get to see me do a race. My goal is to qualify for the 2014 Boston Marathon.

After having crazy symptoms like problems breathing, I've spent the past few months being poked and prodded by doctors and labs to figure out what's wrong. After eliminating everything from Pulmonary to Gastrointestinal to heart and all else, looks like it's simply ANXIETY. Me??? Have anxiety??? Isn't that stress? I don't lead a stressful life by any means. But I learned that anxiety is very different from stress. Here's my personal conclusion about this. Since it started happening in January, I really think I was pressuring myself to qualify for the Boston Marathon, even if unconsciously. As my training time began to approach, I found I was literally terrified to start running. I'm such an overachiever. I'm used to reaching every goal I set, I'm not used to failure and I think it scares me.

So I had two choices:
1) Forget trying to qualify for Boston and just enjoy running races. Challenge with this: I'll forever wonder if I could have...
2) Go for it and see what happens with no major expectations. The old saying "you never know until you try."

I've opted for #2 but going into it with a new attitude. Doctor gave me some meds, bur I don't plan to stay on them and he doesn't want me to. He just wanted to see if it helped with my symptoms which it has. I'm definitely not too proud or embarrassed to get some therapy and fortunately it's free through our insurance. I'm all about fixing it, not just treating it!

With all that said, I found a training plan that works for me. It's the Less is More plan where I will only run 3 days a week, a speed drill, a tempo and a long run. The plan actually starts next Monday, but I figured I'd start this week with 17 weeks to go.

So today I did Speed Drill, 6 x 400. That means 6 repeats of 1/4 mile at a fast pace. The schedule said to use your 10k pace minus 55-60 seconds. I hadn't raced a 10k in a long time, so I put in my time from my best Half Marathon (Rock n Roll St. Pete in Feb) and found my 10k pace which was 7:58. So I was to do 6 x 400 at 6:58, something I'd never done. And I haven't been running much over the summer (too hot), so I know I'm not in the best shape for it. But had to give it a shot!

Did a one mile warm up at a 12:00 pace, then I started the 400 at 6:58 which is 8.6 mph on my treadmill. I got through it. I would do a walk/run for 1/2 mile in between each sprint. I got through all siz at the goal pace! I honestly was so surprised I did it, I was so excited!

I remember when I was training for my 15k when I started my healthy lifestyle journey in Jan. 2009 and it was a big deal for me to sprint at 5mph or a 12:00 pace. Now that's my warmup pace. Amazing to see progress!

So I'm going for it and the nice thing is that if I'm not able to get my speed to be able to qualify, I'm really okay with it. My training schedule will keep me from running a lot of the races I normally would, so if I can't go for Boston qualification, I'll run every Half Marathon I can find each weekend between October and April just for fun!

I'm also planning to do the Disney Goofy Challenge mid January (you run the half on Saturday and the full on Sunday). It's the 20th Anniversary of the Disney Marathon, and since I ran it in 2011, I figured I'd do Goofy this year! Have a bunch of Running Friends doing their first marathon there, so it will be fun to run with them instead of worrying about time!

So I plan to blog about my progress. Sorry this is so long, but I'm excited!

I am so thankful to my God Yahweh for his blessings and mercy!

  
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SEABREEZE65 8/19/2012 9:28AM

    You are doing so great and with some wonderful goals.

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LKEITHO 8/15/2012 10:21PM

    Good luck on your qualifier!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 8/15/2012 10:50AM

    Glad you have it figured out. Good Luck!!

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QLBM22 8/15/2012 7:19AM

    You are AWESOME!! Good luck with training and your races!! emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/15/2012 3:12AM

    Good luck Tia, hope you qualify! emoticon emoticon

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SHARPISTOL 8/14/2012 11:00PM

    Good luck with your races; and I hope that you qualify for the Boston Marathon!

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Week 1, Day 1 of Marathon Training!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Today I started training for my next and 3rd full Marathon, the Kiawah Island Marathon. It's on Dec. 8th in South Carolina. I chose this one because of it's flat and scenic course, and since it's near my Grandmother, she will get to see me do a race. My goal is to qualify for the 2014 Boston Marathon.

After having crazy symptoms like problems breathing, I've spent the past few months being poked and prodded by doctors and labs to figure out what's wrong. After eliminating everything from Pulmonary to Gastrointestinal to heart and all else, looks like it's simply ANXIETY. Me??? Have anxiety??? Isn't that stress? I don't lead a stressful life by any means. But I learned that anxiety is very different from stress. Here's my personal conclusion about this. Since it started happening in January, I really think I was pressuring myself to qualify for the Boston Marathon, even if unconsciously. As my training time began to approach, I found I was literally terrified to start running. I'm such an overachiever. I'm used to reaching every goal I set, I'm not used to failure and I think it scares me.

So I had two choices:
1) Forget trying to qualify for Boston and just enjoy running races. Challenge with this: I'll forever wonder if I could have...
2) Go for it and see what happens with no major expectations. The old saying "you never know until you try."

I've opted for #2 but going into it with a new attitude. Doctor gave me some meds, bur I don't plan to stay on them and he doesn't want me to. He just wanted to see if it helped with my symptoms which it has. I'm definitely not too proud or embarrassed to get some therapy and fortunately it's free through our insurance. I'm all about fixing it, not just treating it!

With all that said, I found a training plan that works for me. It's the Less is More plan where I will only run 3 days a week, a speed drill, a tempo and a long run. The plan actually starts next Monday, but I figured I'd start this week with 17 weeks to go.

So today I did Speed Drill, 6 x 400. That means 6 repeats of 1/4 mile at a fast pace. The schedule said to use your 10k pace minus 55-60 seconds. I hadn't raced a 10k in a long time, so I put in my time from my best Half Marathon (Rock n Roll St. Pete in Feb) and found my 10k pace which was 7:58. So I was to do 6 x 400 at 6:58, something I'd never done. And I haven't been running much over the summer (too hot), so I know I'm not in the best shape for it. But had to give it a shot!

Did a one mile warm up at a 12:00 pace, then I started the 400 at 6:58 which is 8.6 mph on my treadmill. I got through it. I would do a walk/run for 1/2 mile in between each sprint. I got through all siz at the goal pace! I honestly was so surprised I did it, I was so excited!

I remember when I was training for my 15k when I started my healthy lifestyle journey in Jan. 2009 and it was a big deal for me to sprint at 5mph or a 12:00 pace. Now that's my warmup pace. Amazing to see progress!

So I'm going for it and the nice thing is that if I'm not able to get my speed to be able to qualify, I'm really okay with it. My training schedule will keep me from running a lot of the races I normally would, so if I can't go for Boston qualification, I'll run every Half Marathon I can find each weekend between October and April just for fun!

I'm also planning to do the Disney Goofy Challenge mid January (you run the half on Saturday and the full on Sunday). It's the 20th Anniversary of the Disney Marathon, and since I ran it in 2011, I figured I'd do Goofy this year! Have a bunch of Running Friends doing their first marathon there, so it will be fun to run with them instead of worrying about time!

So I plan to blog about my progress. Sorry this is so long, but I'm excited!

I am so thankful to my God Yahweh for his blessings and mercy!

  


2012 Peachtree Road Race 10k - YOU GOTTA DO IT!!!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Someone from my Running Friends group on Facebook offered me two guaranteed entries to this race the night before the lottery opened. I wasn't super familiar with this race, but since it was the world's largest 10k with 60,000 people, how could I refuse??? Of course the first person I asked was hubby, but I already knew he wouldn't want to take a vacation day (Tues) for a 10k (he's not a race fanatic like I am lol). So I invited a running friend, Carol, to come with me.

Fortunately we booked out hotel the night before the lottery opened, all the listed hotels sold out the following day!

We made the 6 1/2 hour drive to Atlanta to the Expo. Expo was okay, not the biggest or best, but still great. We got there around 2pm and was surprised there were no lines to get our bibs. Got to meet one of the world's leading running coaches, Jeff Galloway!


The race is a 10k which is 6.2 miles. If I were in peak condition and racing, I could finish it in around 43 minutes. So I was in Corral B. There were a total of 27 Corrals, starting with Seeded (those who have a chance of actually winning the race), Sub-seeded (not quite fast enough to win, but still elite athletes), then A through Y. Based on my qualifying time, I was put in Corral B, so that was pretty cool! However, I know I'm not in peak condition, and don't really like to race the 10k distance, so I opted to run with my friend Carol in her Corral G and just enjoy the race.

At the last minute I decided not to wear my earphones, which I've never done for a race before. I'm so glad I didn't wear them! There was so much going on! The streets were lined with people cheering, handing out water, beer, slushies, margaritas, bloody mary's, popsicles, pizza and more! Seemed like you could get water every 100 feet or so!

Lots of people in costumes, water spraying from lots of directions (which was awesome since it was about 80 degrees), firemen everywhere, loud music all throughout...it was incredible! At what they call Cardiac Hill, you pass Shepherd's Hospital and they have a lot of patients out in their wheelchairs lining the sidewalk. Was so cool to run by and hi-five them! Lots of costumes, funny signs!





As we approached Mile 5, I wished it was a Half Marathon, I didn't want it to end I was having so much fun!

So we finished, time was irrelevant, and I don't think I'd ever want to "race" it and miss out on the fun!

Carol and I after we finished:

Pic of me and Wendy (Sparkname RUNTRILAUGH), she volunteered this year:

Pic of the Post Race Festivities to give you an idea of how many people, and of course this wasn't nearly everyone!


And my favorite post-race food: Georgia Peaches! They said to take as many as you wanted, so I grabbed enough to make Johnny a Peach Cobbler!



This was definitely the most fun race ever! I would love to do it next year, and bring my Mom and would walk it with her! I know she'd love it! So please know, you don't need to be a runner to do this race! It's more of a 10k party than a 10k race! TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!

  
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ONELOVED15 7/8/2012 7:29PM

    That's amazing and awesome, I wish so much that I could run, so proud of you!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 7/7/2012 6:28PM

    Yep - it is amazing.

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MARGARITTM 7/6/2012 11:44AM

    Just sent your blog to some of my running buddies. This looks so much fun!

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DRB13_1 7/6/2012 9:53AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon "Peachy keen!"

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MBSHAZZER 7/6/2012 9:16AM

    Tia, that looks like a totally awesome race!! Glad you enjoyed it. Hope Johnny enjoys his peach cobbler! :D

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LKEITHO 7/5/2012 10:50PM

    Sounds like an amazing event. I've wanted to do that one for a long time, but I have trouble justifying traveling across the country for a 10 K. Congrats!

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RUNTRILAUGH 7/5/2012 9:05PM

    Perfect blog for one of my favorite PARTIES! :)

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TMCLEOD4 7/5/2012 8:53PM

    You are amazing!!

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NEWME0519 7/5/2012 8:39PM

    Awesome Tia! Thanks for always sharing your enthusiasm with us!


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TIFFY0906 7/5/2012 5:25PM

    I live in the ATL area and one of my co-workers ask me was I going to do the race and I said no - but I might re-think that for next year.

So glad you had fun and you look wonderful.

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STSCOTT11 7/5/2012 4:31PM

    WONDERFUL...still looking good.

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