Getting back to blogging has been interesting. I’m trying to get back into my posting routine so here’s the return of my weekly running recap!
Please excuse the crappy photo. I’m trying to set up my running app and Garmin so that I’ll be able to get weekly reports. Until then this will have to do, lol.
In an effort to get out there and be more social I signed up for a ABC Do-Re-Me Musical Playdate. I figured it would get me to socialize with other parents and Izzy would get the social interaction she craves. I was nervous about the class but excited to try it out.
About a year and a half ago, I made a it a goal to become a stronger runner. Up until that point I ran here and there and never really paid much attention to my pace or technique. I decided that I wanted to be faster and made a running streak my goal.
Today was the last mileage increase for my training plan. I was so happy to see that day because, let’s be honest, I hate getting up early on the weekends to get a long run done in a decent time. I was a bit apprehensive about the run because my calves had been really sore and my Achilles were tight. I tried stretching and doing light runs on the two days prior to the run to help mitigate the ache but I still felt it that morning. I just braced myself for a slower pace as I went out the door.
I was pleasantly surprised by my average pace! My first mile was slow and yucky at about 10:10 but after that I kept my pace between 9:20 and 9:50. The hills this time around destroyed me but I didn’t have to stop other than my planned refuel stops. I did come to realize that after the half marathon mark my water belt begins to chafe so I think it’s time to look into investing in a Camelbak (this happened on my last run, too). I do dread long runs because they’re, well, long but I do like that I find out about running issues like chafing then rather than race day.
I’m really looking forward to taper now. I have a nice 10K on Sunday at Six Flags then it’s all training runs until the marathon. I decided to defer my Wicked 10K entry to next year because I really wasn’t feeling the drive to VA Beach.
Not much else to write about running wise so I guess that’s it for now.
In the days leading up to long training runs I loathe the idea that I have to run so far. I dread the early wake up and the amount of time I’ll be out on the road. However, once I get up and out there I have a total change in attitude. Today was no different.
Pre run I had a chia bar and I made sure to pack my Sport Beans and Gu. I decided to fill my bottle completely since last time I only filled it halfway and I found I needed more water. I went out with the plan to refuel every 3 miles and to run a nice slow pace. I usually like to start with a bang and I know how much that hinders my overall performance. It was going to be a mental challenge to not run as fast as I could.
The run was nice. I did a long loop that was new to me and I really liked. The one thing I do appreciate about running without headphones is that I take in my surroundings a lot more. I found a couple of places a wanted to check out in the future (yay children’s consignment shops!) and really got to learn the roads around here. It’s funny because I never really learn roads until I run them and I’m always so shocked when I realize where they led. Maybe GPS is hindering my exploration, lol. I ran past the high school along the way and saw they were doing a 5K in a few weeks. I briefly considered it but I’m running the Six Flags Biggest. Loser 10K the day after this race so I shot it down. Of course, this was after going through the scenario in my head of how I could totally do it because it’s only a 5K. I know, I’m crazy. I also ran past a fellow runner and had the whole “why hello there fellow runner!” internal conversation in my head. Yes, this is what happens when you don’t listen to music while you run.
I was about ¾ of a mile away from home when I got a panicked phone call from my husband. He asked if I was okay and was worried because I should have been back 20 minutes ago. I kind of gave him an “um…it’s only been 2 hrs” (well, it was a little more than that) and then he realized he calculated how long I was going to be gone wrong. He had already climbed into the car to search for me when he saw me and laughed. Instead he went out to get me coffee and apologized for stopping me in the middle of my run. I love him =). I don’t blame him for worrying since I did have one previous episode where I didn’t finish a long run because I had a bad dizzy spell. My anxiety med had caused my blood pressure to drop really low that any exertion gave me tunnel vision. Of course, this happened the one day I didn’t take my cell so I had to walk the last 4 miles back to the home and hope he’d realize I was gone to long (which he did). Since then I’ve taken my phone on all runs over 8 miles and he diligently tracks how long I’ve been gone. That’s love right there =)
I managed to finish 15.13 miles in 2:25. Not bad really. It’s not as fast as I would have liked but I maintained a constant 9:35min/mi pace which is great. I even ran the last 3 miles with negative splits! I got a nice 8:55 in the last mile. I also felt amazing the entire run. I didn’t get winded or sore at all and I felt that my fueling stops worked out well. Even now I’m not sore at all like last week. I think all in all it was a successful run. I even got to enjoy a nice donut and latte afterwards, though Izzy insisted on helping me eat half my donut. I swear that child looks out for my diet, lol.
Sorry for the lack of photos. For some reason the computer isn’t wanting to upload my photos.
Today was the much dreaded long run. Okay, it wasn’t much dreaded. I actually look forward to these morning runs because I like the solitude I get run them. Well, I get some solitude. Half the time I’m humming the Sheriff Callie theme song (thank you, Izzy).
This morning I set off with my running belt in hand. I don’t usually run with fueling belts unless I’m running a marathon but I figured I might need to refuel during this run. This run made me realize that I should really invest in a Camelbak because I hate running with a belt around my waist. It never seems to sit right and it slowly loosens. I might just need to look for a better one. Starting off wasn’t too bad. My calves were pretty tight, probably from the tempo run I did yesterday. I just focused on an easy pace and settled into my stride. I try to remember that these longer runs are supposed to be at an easier pace but a lot of times I find myself looking at the Garmin and wanting to speed up. It was a tough mental challenge to not go too fast so early in my run.
I ran a new loop I mapped out the night before. The first half was on the loop I normally run so it wasn’t too bad. All the inclines are gradual and I’ve gotten accustomed to running up them. The second part of the new loop was a different story. The entire path was rolling hills. I found it super challenging and even had to take a short break at the 9 mile mark just to shake it out and stretch my legs. Still, the route was very serene and I enjoyed running under the tree canopies. Nothing beat the feeling when I turned on to the main street that led back home, though. I was so glad to see the finish.
I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t too thrilled with my average pace. My last long run pace was 25 seconds faster. I get annoyed when I don’t keep the same pace or improve. Then again, this week hasn’t exactly gone according to plan training wise. I didn’t get to do fartleks and my long run was on Tuesday instead of Saturday. It could be a strong possibility that my legs are still tired from running a long run 3 days ago. The 4 mile tempo run yesterday probably didn’t help my case either. Still, a finish is a finish. I also tried to remind myself that the last .30 of the 13.40 was done at a jog/walk pace of 10:30. That probably didn’t help my average. I’m glad I did it, though.
Due to several scheduling issues and a 5K I signed up for, I didn’t get to do my usual long run this weekend. I also have been feeling like crud lately (but more about that at another time). Finally, I told myself I needed to stop slacking and get out there and do this run. I did just that yesterday.
I was supposed to just do an 18K but I overshot the distance I needed to get to before I turned around to head home. I’m always so paranoid that I didn’t go far enough so I add in just a little more distance. This time it was a full 3/10 more than I needed to go. Oops.
The run itself was amazing. I started at about a 8:50 pace and managed to stay below 9:20 the entire time. I’m no speedster but this pace average was awesome for me considering a few weeks ago it was at 9:45. I’m nowhere near as awesome as I was pre-2013 Shamrock Marathon but I’m happy with the progress I’ve made in such a short period. I’ve only been training for the Baltimore City Marathon for two weeks so I think I’m doing well.
This is probably where I should go through my marathon training plan. I’m not the type who builds her own training plan. I pop in some key words in Google and go from there. I was able to find a 2 month program and have been working on that. It began with a 15K for a long run and the last long run before taper is a 27K. That worked great for me since I usually dread the long runs greater than 20 miles. In fact, I’ve only ever run 20 miles outside a race once and that was on deployment. I was trying to burn off some steam and just kept going. Other than that, I’ve never gone that distance outside of races. I’m interested to see how this plan works out. It’s very much so a crash course for running but thankfully I’ve been running long before I started this plan. We’ll see how this goes.
During this training run my shoes bit the dust. The funny thing was I was pondering when I’d have to replace them. I was dreading that since it seems New Balance no longer makes them. Suddenly, pow, mine ripped. Great. Luckily I was able to find another pair on Amazon and ordered 2 just in case. The Minimus lives on!!!!
I felt great and very alive after I was done. I was also soaking wet because a thunderstorm rolled through just as I was starting mile 4. Seems Mother Nature thought I was getting too hot or stinking up the place. I really do surprise myself when I finish long runs like this. Every time I go for one I never doubt my ability to finish and I never feel the need to stop to take a breather. I’ve come a long way. I can’t believe I’ve gone from a non-runner who was part of the 3 miles a year club (AKA I only run for my Navy fitness test), to a novice runner, to a pregnant runner, to a mother who happened to finally run a decent marathon. It never ceases to amaze me!
I will post a race review for my 5K sometime this week. I just need to get the corrected results in (I won my age group with a stroller! Talk about dumb luck!)