Sunday, May 13, 2012
Up at 3am for the drive over to New Hampshire - 3hr drive, just short enough to be manageable without an overnight stay, but long enough to make us still consider it... and reject it! :)
This was my first race after my move to Vermont, and the move came with some inconsistencies in my training- then as I was getting back to normal, I got sick and too a week+ off completely, last week was my first week that felt really normal at 29mpw :P, hoping to keep building from there moving forward, but I felt in no way prepared to attempt a PR at this race.
My current half PR is a 2:27:16 at the Soldier Half Marathon last Nov - a 12+ min PR at the time! I felt really well trained going into that race, had an ideal course, and ideal conditions.
Knowing my training at this point, and that the course was supposed to be hilly, and the weather was pretty good, maybe just a little warmer than perfect at the finish - I tried to decide on a goal that would help me push myself, but not be unreasonable. I decided to aim for my goal MP which is about a 12mm - so faster than my LR and Easy Pace, but nowhere near what I'd need for a PR (sub 11:15)
Now the RACE!
Gorgeous weather - I ran by a sign shortly after we started that said it was 48 degrees. NICE! If you look across the water by that tree you can see a runner warming up.
Feeling good, trying to let everyone in the world pass me since I want a 12mm pace and I know it'll be easy to go too fast...
Mile 1: 11:28
Mile 2: 11:33
Whoops! Too fast!
Sign that made me laugh at an early aid station... :)
I manage to get closer to my goal pace:
Mile 3: 11:50
Mile 4: 11:56
I had decided to GU based on miles, knowing this race had EIGHT aid stations, I was just going to aim for somewhere close to 4, 7, and 10 - there was an aid station at like 3.55, 6.85, 9.88 or something like that - close enough. I took water at most of the other aid stations, only skipping one early one.
Worth mentioning now, the aid stations are having a contest for most awesome, so several had themes - here's a flamingo hat at the "Aloha" station...
Mile 5: 12:00 BANG ON!
Mile 6: 12:02
Passing halfway, feeling great - we are now turning onto a loop of a smaller road, and hit the next aid station where I see this lady:
SUPERHERO AID STATION!!! All the kids were dressed up, a couple green lanterns - I took water from a Superman kid complete with fake muscle chest.
Now... on this loop, now I realize why they call the course hilly... short steep rollers start just POPPIN OFF!
(On the steepest, I was NOT taking pictures - pure concentration! But you can see the rolling nature at least...)
But apparently this inspired some pep in my step, or it was my latest GU - who knows. I wasn't watching pace just rollin w/ the hills
Mile 7: 11:26
Mile 8: 11:33
I think at this point I see how fast I took the last two, and we hit some more steady uphill sections and this is where I really start longing for the next mile markers....
Still beautiful! This little creek/waterfallish thing was at the top of a longer hill. :)
Mile 9: 12:11
Mile 10: 12:13
Mile 11: 11:43
At the mile 11 point, we turn back onto the road we headed out on, and I remembered seeing mile 12 marker on my way out - LET'S GO!
I forgot my bodyglide and I have blisters on both pinky toes by now, my left piriformis is talking to me, and I'm ready to be done.
Mile 12: 12:16
Mile 13: 12:00 - BANG ON!
Time for one last picture!
Final .22 - 11:12
Garmin Time: 2:36:40
UPDATE: Official time - 2:36:35
Average pace per Garmin Measure - 11:51, Pace for 13.1 mile course measurement - 11:58
Official time is a HAIR better since I waited to cross fully before shutting down Mr. G, but pretty spot on to my goal - soooo happy. And my 2nd best half marathon time!! On a tough course! Undertrained! (Good weather though, so I had that on my side - it was 60 at the finish!)
And my DH brought our sweet Roscoe out to the finish for me! :) That was AWESOME!!!!
I could have only been happier with a PR race, and feeling I wasn't ready at this time for that - I am glad I picked a reasonable goal for myself.
I just LOVE the ribbon on this medal!
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
I want to win free pizzas!
Mine is the one w/ pesto, chicken, sundried tomatoes, artichokes, and goat cheese. :)
Edit: Try this link?? https://www.facebook.com/RunVermont The voting poll was put up by RunVermont on facebook...
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I know that tracking my food is the key to my success. I have said this often - but I keep falling short!
Well - I'm trying again. Because if I keep trying, then I won't fail. Everytime I fall off the tracking bandwagon, if I spend less time in the non-tracking mode, I will be doing better and better until hopefully, finally, I'll be back in that habit that I used to have of tracking absolutely EVERYTHING!!!
I tracked the past two days: first, within range, second - JUST over by like 20 calories. I call that close enough.
Feeling reallly good. :) Haven't done the yoga challenge everyday, but I have used the videos provided by the challenge to get in yoga more frequently. I also haven't been hooping everyday, but I have sometimes. Day before yesterday I did a Coach Nicole upper body workout, which was great. And I ran Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
I'm taking today off from running, but I will still walk the pooch, do some yoga, hoop, strengthening - so lots of good stuff. OH - and tracking alllll the food! :) *nods*
This week is tough because I've had music rehearsal every night thus far. I will have tomorrow night off, and then Saturday I'm going with the Youth from church on a Temple Trip to Montreal. SO EXCITED! BUT - it's 9am-4pm. Yikes.
They told the youngins to pack a lunch so that is what I will do as well - should be super good for food to be that busy, but although I've been less busy during the day (as far as out of the house commitments) I've been gone when my DH has been home a LOT! :P So it's like we trade. *sigh* but tomorrow night will be a great night at home together! And then next week I just have Orchestra on Tuesday night and then I'm done with the jam packed evening schedule. :)
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Loooove this song. Toro Y Moi - New Beat. I'm a bit of a funk addict. Hooping here is like... soooo a bunch of waist hooping - no trickery. But I was dancing and feeling the mojo. Plus up close views of my two favorite hoops.
P.S. - just watched the video and saw there is a little more trickery than I remembered. :D But not too fancy.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
I've been bailing on my 30 min hooping challenge - I will hoop today!
I'm not running or Making the Cut today.
I was gonna run, but I just realized tomorrow is the 12th and I missed Feb and March 12athon running challenge, but I'm feeling good running wise, so I'm gonna go LONG tomorrow.
I did start a yoga challenge.
And I just tracked my food today... :P I really NEED to track but I haven't been doing it. Self sabotage much? Not sure what my deal is.
I realized a couple days ago that if the ideal weight gain during pregnancy is like 20-30lbs, that really reinforces what I think of as my ideal goal weight (170lbs) because otherwise I may go over 200 while pregnant and I'm not sure I would mentally deal with that very well, even though I'm sure I'd still be being healthy.
My BMI changes to 25 (overweight BMI) at 195, but I'm not worried about BMI while pregnant, that's stupid. But I'd like to be more toward the middle of BMI than where I am now, so that I don't get too far outside of the realm while pregnant that it feels overwhelming to get back. Does that make sense?
From an article I found online:
"Pre-pregnancy weight Recommended weight gain
Underweight (BMI less than 18.5) 28 to 40 pounds (about 13 to 18 kilograms)
Normal weight (BMI 18.5 to 24.9) 25 to 35 pounds (about 11 to 16 kilograms)
Overweight (BMI 25 to 29.9) 15 to 25 pounds (about 7 to 11 kilograms)
Obese (BMI 30 or more) 11 to 20 pounds (about 5 to 9 kilograms)"
So it kinda depends where you're starting. Underweight people obviously need to gain weight anyway. I'm toward the upper side of the BMI right nwo but if I get to the middle before getting pregnant, and I'm able to manage my pregnancy gain to around 25-30lbs, then I'll be just getting close to 200. I think that sounds reasonable.
If I stay where I am, which lately has been close to 190, and is technically within that "normal weight" range above, and gain that much, I'll be like 215+ which the thought really freaks me out. Even if I were to go by the overweight guidelines I'd need to gain at least 15lbs, which would put me at 205.
So reminding myself of that goal, which is to get fit and prepare my body for pregnancy, I really need to get focused.
I also read something yesterday talking about how a routine helps with weightloss - and when you're off your routine your body creates cortisol (stress hormone) which can promote weight gain, or at the least stymie weightloss.
My routine has been crrrazy with this job waking up at 4:15 somedays, but music rehearsals until 9:30PM some nights, not able to really find my schedule mojo. I think that has really been hurting me.
So I turned in my notice at work - not sure if I blogged about that here yet. It was a good deal, but the lifestyle negatives outweighed the gym membership benefit. I did get asked to stay an extra week from my notice (this week) and in return I'm getting two MONTHS of free membership - so I said YES to that.
But after this week, I will no longer have to ever wake up at 4:15AM! :D WOOHOO!!!!
One of the motivating factors is also that we're getting our dog back this Saturday. :D Roscoe's heartworm treatment went well, he got the all clear, and now we're bringing him up here! I'm sooo excited, but I know he will require a lot of training and attention, especially at first.
So things are changing around here... but I think all positive changes. I am looking forward to getting a good routine set for myself once we get Roscoe here.
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