Thursday, December 18, 2008
I haven't written here since last spring. Yikes! Lots to catch up on. The top of my left foot was hurting after those two spring 5Ks. Not sure if I mentioned that because it wasn't exactly a running injury. A pair of new street shoes I bought was buckled too tightly and I think it caused some tendonitis. The top of that foot bugged me all summer. Fortunately it's gone now, but I haven't really done any speedwork this year because of nagging aches like that one.
My last blog mentioned my next goal of new PR in the 10K. It had been over a year since my last 10K so I was pretty confident I could run a PR, but the course ended up being harder than I expected it to be. My previous time to beat was 54:23. I set my goal at a sub 54. The first half of the race was relatively easy, but I had a hard time keeping the pace the second half. I felt my sub 54 goal slipping away, but I wasn't going to give up because I still wanted a PR. Fortunately the finish line was .04 mi. closer than the Garmin said it would be which translates to about 20 seconds. So according to the course and my chip time I did make that sub 54 goal coming in at 53:51. I'm pretty sure the Garmin would've put me just over 54 if I would've run the 6.2 according to the GPS. In my experience usually it's the other way around and the Garmin gives you a better time and says the course was longer than it should've been. Either way I feel the need to note the difference. Here are my mile splits and HR info. 8:32@187, 8:19@195, 8:57@194, 9:12@194, 8:47@196, 9:00@196. Average HR 194(95%). That was in July.
August was the first time I ran over 100 miles in a single month and I did it again in September. There were a couple of LSD records there too running 15 miles for the first time in August and 16 miles for the first time in September.
In October I ran my 2nd half marathon followed by 10 days of no running while we were on vacation. My 2nd half marathon was the same race as my 1st. Yes, I waited an entire year to run another half. I decided I'd try to beat my previous time of 2:06, but I wasn't going to go for sub 2 hours because my hamstring was bugging me and I knew I'd have another chance the very next month in another race I had signed up for. This race was so much better for me than the year before. The year before I ran it injured and discouraged and it was HARD! This year I felt strong and was able to run easy and still beat my previous time. It was such a great feeling passing all the same points I did the year before and remembering how bad I felt then compared with how great I felt now. I had no problem running a negative split and I came in feeling great at 2:03:30 confident that I could break 2 hours the next month. Here are my mile splits: 9:07, 9:21, 9:05, 9:35, 9:21, 9:05, 9:17, 9:23, 9:18, 9:24, 9:13, 9:14, 8:38.
In November my running highlight of the year happened when I broke 2 hours at the Big Sur Half Marathon. I was mentally and physically READY! Still no speedwork, but I knew all along that if I was healthy and I wanted it bad enough to really push myself, then I could do it. It was such a great race. I got plenty of sleep the night before, I was able to use the restroom right before so I didn't have to stop on the course, I fueled well before and during the race, and best of all I wasn't injured. The only thing I would've changed is I was carrying too much water on me, but I guess that's better than not enough. During the first mile I was reading the Garmin wrong and I thought it said I was falling further and further behind my goal, but actually I was running further and further ahead. What a relief when I figured that one out! LOL! Fortunately I stayed a good distance ahead of my goal the entire time according to the Garmin because this course ended up reading long. My Garmin time for the 13.1 miles was 1:57:58 (9:01/mi). My chip time was 1:59:23. I was really pushing that last mile when the Garmin said I was all done and the real finish line was no where in sight. I was ecstatic when it was over! I couldn't help crying. Such a great feeling, especially when you have to work for it. I was high for days. Here are my splits from that one. Miles 1-3 27:04@185, 9:01@189, 9:14@190, 8:59@187, 9:20@189, 9:10@190, 9:21@191, 9:12@191, 9:26@191, 8:54@193, 8:55@196. Average HR 190(93%).
Goals for 2009 include running 1000 miles, a trail race or two, and running my first marathon in October. There are a bunch of half marathons I'm looking at coming up, but I think I'll just run them easy. The next time I race a half with a goal in mind I'll attempt an average pace just under 9:00/mi. since I was only 2 seconds off that pace last month.
Right now I'm gearing up for my longest training run to date coming up this Saturday. 30K here I come!