3 *cold* miles done!
Looking at a map of the US, literally the ENTIRE country as snow except the southeast, oh and then florida is in a heat wave….
We’re just cold and rainy. If it’s going to be this cold it should at least snow amiright? Although everyone knows us folks in the south can’t handle the snow so maybe it is for the best. Everyone stay safe & warm!
Today I had 3 miles on the training schedule and figured I’d run one of the local Jingle Bell Runs. My friend ran it last year and the course goes through a fun area and I really liked her shirt…so I signed up!
Since it was a christmas themed run, I figured I’d use this time to practice running in my new tutu for the half marathon! It’s green - so that works!
I always love races where people dress up - it’s so much more fun!
It was COLDDDD. The high today was 58 but that was at like 12:30 last night (78 degrees yesterday - and it’s about 40 right now!) and it just dropped for the rest of the day so it was frigid and rainy this morning. I regretted the capris a couple of times before the race.
I picked up my packet, got my fantastic race shirt, and slipped the tutu on.
It was time to go.
This race went extremely well. Better than I had planned. It was an out and back course and is pretty much a gradual hill all the way to the turn around point. But I kept telling myself that meant it was down hill on the way back!
I actually really like out and back races, they seem shorter and I love seeing the first finishers and cheering for them, it reminds me of how great the running community is!
Mile 1: 13:47
Strangely enough I had to weave in and out of walkers mostly during mile 2. Probably a mix between the sheer number of runners and no real order from slow-fast in the line up and all of the people who go out too fast because they don’t realize how long a mile is (does anyone else realize that someone who doesn’t run NEVER realizes how long a mile or 5k is? they’re always like - I can do that! But then they’re like “wow this is long!”)
I reached the halfway point turnaround and knew I would make it without walking. During the first mile and a half I had to tell myself to slow down! I’m the queen of starting off too fast and didn’t want that to happen - I was after negative splits!
Mile 2: 13:25
Mile 3 was mostly downhill and it was GREAT! I coasted at 12 min/mil for a while. Right before the end there is a pretty steep short hill before turning left for the .1 miles to the finish line. This was the only part I struggled with. A lot of times during races I walk close to the end to ensure that I can finish strong but I told myself just make it to the top - to the stop light and you can coast to the end.
Mile 3: 13:12
I turned the corner and finished super strong to a huge crowd of people.
Last .1: 10:10 min/mile
Ireally wanted to break 40 minutes but knew I didn’t quite have it. That’s okay though I felt strong and felt like I ran a smart race!
Finish time: 41:46
Was it super fast? No. Was it my fastest 5k? no. My PR is almost 10 minutes faster. But I ran the whole time, not even stopping for water, and NEGATIVE SPLITS!! I’m finally learning about this whole smart racing thing. I felt good, and had fun! Races like this remind me why I run! =]
Like, I went to the running store and they were like “oh you’ve run these into the ground.”
Is it weird that I am kind of extremely proud of this? I should hang all of my worn out shoes in a row with a sign “Who run the world?” or something stupid like that.
I literally WORE OUT running shoes in 4 months…if that isn’t bad ass not sure what is.
Store under things I thought I’d never be able to say…
I signed up for a local turkey trot 8k for thanksgiving morning. I’ve always wanted to do a turkey trot, and themed runs are always more fun! I had an 11 miler scheduled for that Saturday and I thought, well I’m already going to run 5 miles, i’m basically half way there! So I decided to get back out there and run 6 more once I got home.
The turkey trot was one of the largest I’ve ever run in. My mom was telling my family at Thanksgiving dinner about it and she said “there were at least 200 people there!” I laughed at her and said “mom! There were 2000 not 200!” It always is surprising how many people are into running now - it’s so great!
My mom drove me to the race and it was COLD!! Soooo cold. The high was 40 for the day and the race was off at 9. I wore a long sleeve under armour, nike jacket (with thumb holes which are the best things ever), running tights, gloves, and a headband thing (I need to get a more run friendly one of these.)
I ditched the headband shortly after this right before we took off because once I was in the sun it started to warm up.
After a couple of pictures all of a sudden we were off. The first mile was through a really nice neighborhood and I had fun just pretending I could live in them…
First mile: 12:38 way too fast for me. That was my fastest mile since the start of this training season! While I was proud that I ran a good pace - I had 10 more miles to run that day!
The course was an out and back on a pretty busy road so I felt bad for people who were trying to get home for Thanksgiving! I walked a bit during mile two but was still feeling pretty good.
It will never cease to amaze me when I see the leaders on the turnaround! I was at mile 1.5 and saw the winner coming down the street! He was 3 miles ahead of me! CRAZY!
Mile 2: 14:05.
Mile 3 had the water station and a pretty big hill into a neighborhood which I walked.
Mile 3: 15:03
At mile 4 I realized a girl was using me as a motivator. Whenever I would pass her she would run until she reached me and then stopped. It was pretty funny.
Mile 4: 14:05
Toward the end I was ready to be done. The last 1/4 of a mile was uphill which I didn’t appreciated but I finished strong and gelt great.
Mile 5: 14:53
Final 8k time: 1:11:53
After the race we grabbed some bananas, a doughnut and headed home.
After stretching for a couple of minutes, I grabbed some sports beans, some water and was out the door for 6 more miles!
I actually think the stretching in the middle helped a lot. I felt pretty great for the first few miles but I was having a little bit of pain in my left ankle so I walked up most of the hills.
Mile 6: 16:18
Mile 7: 16:44
Miles 8.5-10 were some of the hardest of my life. I was ready to be done, I was getting hungry, and my feet hurt SO bad. sosososos bad.
Mile 8: 17:15
Mile 9: 17:26
Mile 10: 17:15
I walked a lot more than I should have and these are like crazy positive splits. Not exactly what you want when you go out for a long run. The last mile I was just ready for it to be over and to eat some turkey!
Mile 11: 15:47.
I was really hurting after my run and for the days after. I did some searching online and found out that I may have Posterior Tibial Tendonitis which was causing me to have a lot of pain in my inner ankle. I went to the running tore and they told me that my left arch was collapsing a little and showed me how warn my shoes were! It was crazy. I ended up buying some new shoes and hopefully this will help! I’m going to stay off of it for a few days and try to get better before the half in a month!
Celebrating turkey day with 11 miles! 8k turkey trot+ 6 miles! I’ve earned my turkey! (And stuffing…and pie) :)
Happy thanksgiving y’all!
This morning me and a couple of friends completed The Chocolate 5k!
Even though it was only a 5k it was a not a fun run. Chocolate + running SOUNDS like a great idea, but my stomach was NOT having it. I woke up this morning not feeling to hot and knew a run wouldn’t really help it.
This race was super small and just a fun run so it wasn’t timed. Most people running weren’t super fast which was actually nice. We finished over 40 minutes and were still in the middle of the pack!
The way the race worked was about every kilometer there was a chocolate station and the volunteers would hand you 2 pieces of Ghirardelli chocolate (different flavors each time.) The first one we reached we stopped to walk and eat the chocolate then started running again.
My friend Veronica wanted me to bring some milk in my water bottle (lul) so I did and we would wash it down with some milk. I would loved for them to have more water at the stations! It’s hard to eat something so rich without water!
We went out way too fast and looking at my Garmin later I saw that we were clocking paces as fast as 8:58 at the beginning - RIDICULOUSLY fast for me! Our first mile with walking at the chocolate station was 13:49.
I grabbed and ate one piece of chocolate at the next station and then I had stop. My stomach felt pretty bad and was not liking the richness of the chocolate.
The second mile was full of hills…not my friend. We walked a chocolate station and up a couple of hills and had a 16:59. The trail was beautiful and went back into some trees and we circled back around for the 3rd mile. Mile 3 = 15:46
Toward the end my stomach started cooperating more and I was able to run a little faster and finish strong. The last .1 I ran at a 12:49 pace and finished at a time of 47:30.
This is my slowest 5k to date but up to par with my average pace I’ve been averaging (15:27 average) but with all the walking and chocolate eating I bet our average running pace was at least around 14.
After the 5k was over they had loads of chocolate and even chocolate soda which tasted like Yoohoo. They had a chiropractor there that helped stretch me out and told me I had really tight quads (tell me something I don’t know) and showed me some stretches to try.
This was a super fun run and I liked that it wasn’t super competitive like some of the other 5 or 10k’s I’ve done. Time wasn’t really an issue - just having fun! It could have been better organized (only ONE porta potty!) with more trashcans for chocolate trash as well as more water stations with the chocolate. There was one water station on the course and while I usually don’t need that much water on a 5k the chocolate just made me want more.
Overall a fun morning! Now to eat some food other than chocolate!
11/21/13: Run 30 minutes
Legs were still crazy tired from my 10 mile run on Sunday. Started off way too fast per the usual - clocked 10:30/11:00 pace several times. The big surge is when I suddenly had a cramp in my side and walked for ~ 30 seconds.
* In spite of my legs being tired, I still ran up all hills and felt pretty strong.
* My usual pace is around 15-15:30 (super slow, I know) so 14:11 is pretty good for me! (race pace ~ 14m/mile)
*I need to work on the whole negative splits thing. My first mile is 13:33 and my net one 14:46! granted, I did walk during that second mine but that’s partially because I started to get tired.
*My neighbor, a marathoner, said “if you feel comfortable, you’re going too fast” I believe this so much. You start off and you’re like “I feel SO GOOD! I could keep this pace forever!” and then mile 2 comes around and you’re running a minute slower!
* I need to not start off too fast. Even starting too slow is better - then I can finish strong.
* I drank some soda with lunch and also had a really late lunch which might be the reason for the cramping. More water and longer between lunch + run.
* Learn better recovery after long runs. It’s almost been a week and I can still feel my legs tire easier than they usually do. Hoping this will also fix itself a bit the more long runs I get under my belt.