Monday, December 03, 2012
It's been an interesting week. Started out well, then as the week progressed, I supposed I came to realize I was running the biggest race of my life in 2 weeks and the anxiety symptoms started again. So I've been doing some "mind" exercises I've learned to help me. "It's just a race" I want to tell myself, but the answer is "But you want to qualify for Boston" and the battle continues. Anyway, I'm still moving on and working to keep everything in perspective. From a realistic point of view, I totally know it's okay whether or not I qualify for Boston at this race. I won't beat myself up if I don't and am proud that I'm going to just do my best. It's my darn competitive side that's messing me up lol. But this too shall pass. Honestly looking forward to getting this race over with.
On another note, yesterday I ran my 21st Half Marathon. I had a 16 mile training run to do, so I ran a local Half, went through the finish line, got my medal, stopped for a quick sec to pee, then off I went to do the other 2.9 miles. Tucked my medal in my sports bra. Enjoyed the race, though it had a pretty long and steep overpass that I went over four times, so that was some good hill training.
Also, yesterday marked four years since my "Aha!" moment when I changed my lifestyle. Four years ago, I was on a cruise, ran into someone I hadn't seen in a couple years and she said she almost didn't recognized me because I'd gained so much weight. Right there on the cruise I changed. Got home and signed up for my first race in 13 years and haven't stopped since!
Here's a pic from Dec. 2, 2008 on the cruise, and Dec. 2, 2012 after my race yesterday.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Had a great week of training! On Wednesday, did 4 x 800's of speedwork and keep my speed around a 6:45 pace for each interval. Was very encouraged by this! My coach is having me do a run/walk method as I've been challenged with maintaining my stamina, so we'll see how that works for my long runs.
Yesterday I ran my 20th Half Marathon at Space Coast in Cocoa Beach, FL. To think that only 3 years ago this month I ran my very first Half, and didn't even run my second Half until a year later! Now I can't stop running the Half's lol, guess I'm just a Half Fanatic (#1518 actually)!
For this Half, I was a Pacer and paced the 2:15 group. This is such a great race! Pretty small, around 3,000 between the Half and Full. Beautiful, scenic waterfront course and flat! The race starts early at 6:15 so we were able to see a breathtaking sunrise along the course and dolphins!
I had a great group that ran with me and came in at 2:14:13 so right on track! Had a few people in my group set a personal best which was awesome!
3 Weeks until my Marathon!!! Am I ready? As ready as I will be! While I would love to qualify for the Boston Marathon and my focus is that, I'm careful not to put undue pressure on myself to do it. I already have a pretty aggressive race schedule afterwards so either way I'm excited! To Yahweh I give all the glory and praise!
Always great to see Sparkfriends!
Mom was my traveling partner for the weekend, we had a blast!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
The folks from Competitor Group flew out for the Kick Off Party for Rock n Roll St. Pete and for the Women's Half Marathon (WHM) St. Pete Race, so I was busy with them. Kick Off Party went well, then the WHM Expo. While I was the Ambassador for Rock n Roll St. Pete this year, I really wasn't involved at the Expo. I had no idea how much work it was! Thursday was a lot of heavy lifting and setting up for merchandise displays for WHM. My booth was pretty simple to set up. Then, a staff dinner which was nice, but I was so tired, and then had to drive the hour home. On Friday and Saturday was the Expo so I was on my feet ALL day! I felt so stiff and my run Friday after the Expo was horrible. I got through it but it was so hard. Had Saturday off from running, but from the constant standing from 8:30am - 5pm, I was concerned about how it would affect my 20 mile run the next day.
My plan was to run 6.9 miles before the WHM, then run the 13.1 during the race. Finally got to bed around 10:30pm and set the alarm for 4:30am. Woke up at 4am...
Did the 6.9, partially along the race course. Weather was so nice and cool and I was along the water the entire time. Finished with enough time to potty before the race started! I had planned to run with the 2:15 pace group, but as I got in the corral, I decided to start with the 2:00 group and see how I felt. The pacer was awesome, walked every water stop for a full minute which was helpful. I stayed with them until Mile 7, then had to walk a bit more. At that point I was determined not to let the 2:15 group catch up to me! I had to walk a LOT, every mile and sometimes in between. The miles were catching up to me and it became a mental game. Approached mile 10 and knew I only had a 5k to go!
I finished at 2:05:46 and was super happy! It's not anywhere close to a personal best for a Half for me, but considering I had run the 6.9 miles before the race, I was very proud of myself. I ended up doing the 20 miles at a 9:21 pace and am happy with it. Looking forward to a couple days off!
If you're in a market with a Women's Half Marathon, I highly recommend the race. Very well organized, love the bling with the detachable charm and the designer goodie bag! This was my first Half Marathon in 11/2009 and today it was my 19th. Enjoying the journey! One month until my marathon!!!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Challenging but good week!
Had a couple easy runs, an interval run and a 16 mile progressive run. Progressive meant that I was to start at a super easy pace and finish just under race pace. I was super tired but did it!
On Friday and Saturday, I worked the Disney Wine & Dine Expo at the Rock n Roll Marathon Series booth promoting St. Pete Rock n Roll in Feb. It was 20 hours on my feet over the two days and by the end of the day Saturday, I felt so arthritic. I wondered if I would be able to do my run so I was happy to finish it, though I was really tired. I took my first ice bath after a year today. I was actually looking forward to it!
My 20 miler is next Sunday! Race is about a month away! I plan to be ready!
Monday, November 05, 2012
Not sure why I posted that blog on Saturday, when I normally do it on Sunday. Guess with all that happened last week, everything was off!
Just wanted to update about the Half Marathon on Sunday. I went into it with no real expecations and figured I'd see how I felt starting out. Started out strong, first mile around 8:15 and felt good...then all of a sudden...the 5k from the day before caught up to me...and my calves were SO tight I had to STOP and stretch them. I'd never experienced this before, so I had to stop a few more times and was so uncomfortable running. So I eventually decided this race was going to be a nice stroll with a medal at the end lol! I'd never tried to "race" back to back before and I don't think I will again! Since I was originally scheduled to pace the 2:30 group in Savannah, then do a race pace shorter run the next day, I figured I did the opposite, a race pace on Saturday and a pacing pace the next day. I walked a lot and enjoyed the water views along the course. Finished in 2:20 (my personal best in the Half is 1:49) and I was fine with it.
But for a highlight, my husband also did the Half and he came in 10th overall and 1st in his Age Group. I was so proud of him! He ran this race last year and came in 4th just shy of missing out on an award. So proud of him!!!
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