Saturday, October 17, 2009

Just remembered

Oh yeah, so I just remembered that I didn't write about my almost fatal accident. Ok it wasn't almost fatal butalmost a wip out. I was running and there was a yeard sale, so I looked over and when I did I guess I didn't see a crack or whatever the hell it was in teh cement and I tripand went forward, face first. Somehow I managed to save myself and not fall. I don't know how but I did. Now my foot hurts when I walk. Not badely but bothersome.....geee whizzzzz

Last long Run

I am sitting here humming/singing a song from Phantom of the Opera. I have no idea why, but I feel GOOD!
I ran my last long run today before the Marine Corps Marathon next weekend. The weather was great for a run. It was sunny but cold, and a little bit of a wind. I headed out on my run and thought to myself, wow its pretty cold out here. (mind you I am wearing my normal attire for warm weather)...its gonna be even colder in DC. I definitly better get a throw away jacket, and some gloves! My ears were starting to hurt a little from the cold air so I am going to pick me up a head band at the expo as well.
So as I ran ,the plan was to stay under 11:00 min miles.The "running"plan calls for 10:45 min miles. Well guess what, I did it! I ran all 10 with an average of 10:33. Well below the 11:00 planned. I am happy. It felt good, I felt like I could keep going. I wasn't out of breathe at all, it was great!
One more week left, and I won't be running much this week. A few miles here and there..its rest week. I am so excited!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

It's going...

It's going well so far, the running I mean. What else would I be talking about? I ran 6 miles this evening. It was decent out. Not cool by any means but not sunny either where the sun is beating down. Very humid though.
My plan called for 6 miles at a 10 min pace. I had a little bit of a hard time getting into the run for some reason. Not too sure why but it had to be done. i also had a stitch inmy sidefor like the whole first mile which didn't feel so good. Pushed on through and I finished in 58:42. I am very happy with that. Thats a better time than the Shamrock race and I wasn't even racing tonight.
I definitly know that keeping that pace up would last much longer. maybe I could get another 4 at that pace but then I would fade for sure. My kneealso started hurting slightly. So I IB'd it up and its on ice as we speak.
As far as my knee goes, it hasn't hurt at all, really until today. I think I have realized that when I start trying to speed it up a little thats when I aggravate it.
ok so next is Thursday or Friday another 4 miler and then the weekend a 10 miler.
Till then....

2 weeks and counting

Less than 2 weeks left till the big day! Yay! Its taper time, but I haven't felt like I have been runningall that much where I have to taper a lot.
This week I am following the plan and follwing the times, to see if I can do it. Monday I ran 4 miles with a 9:18 pace or so. I was supossed to keep a 9:30 pace, but I was under so I am happy. Today, Wednesday, I am supossed to run 6 miles with a 10 min pace. So later this evening I will be running that.
The plan after that is a run on Thursday and then a 10 miler on Saturday. Saturdays run is 10 miles at a 10:45 pace. Thats will be the challenge, but for myself I will be attempting to stay under that pace.
Here's the thing. I have been wondering what pace I am going to try and race at. I haven't really been running the long runs with the intent of finishing at a certain time. I have just be running them to finish and I have finished almost all of them. I would have liked to get another 20 miler in but its too lat now.
I took a look at my past Garmin runs and when I went to Florida and ran with the group I ran a 3:23 for 18 miles. Here for 20 I ran a 4:10. Thats a big difference for 2 miles!! So whats the prob? Maybe since I am running alone I don't have that motivational pace like I had with the group. Maybe the hills here tire me out more. Hard to say??? Ido know that I need to figure out my pace and quick that way I have more of a definite goal.
Speaking of goals....My ultimate goal is to finish under 5 hours. Next to that anywhere under 4:45 would be great! Not sure what the outcome will be. I do know that I can't start out to fast or I will fail, but at the same time I want to give it all I got so that at the end I don't say " I could have run a little faster". I do that to myself a lot.
Anyways, I am starting my list of things to do and pack that way when the week goes by and next week comes I won't be rushing around to much.
I will try and update tonight or tomorrow after my run.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Time is Flying by

Well Folks we have just a little over 2 weeks until the big day! So exciting!!!!
I finally, after all this time, ran a 20 miler this past Saturday. I got up early (yes it was still dark, and for those that know me I rarely get up that early) and it was actually chilly out. I started my trek at 6 am. I ran on some roads I had wanted to run on but because there are no sidewalks and lots of traffic I was waiting for a time like this to run them. However to my dismay, they were BUSY for 6 am. I guess all the Alabamians looking for some sweet yard sale deals! after a couple miles I got off those roads and ran into some communities to put the mileage on and most of the way after that was either communities or sidewalks. I stopped every 6 miles, for a slight break and then kept on going. In the final stretch I called home and asked for a bottle of water and and ice bath, and for my kids to come out and cheer me on. When I turned the corner they were there cheering me on. It felt really, really satisfying to cross that 20 miles mark! I was on a high the rest of the day.
I went to the gym today and ran 5 miles at a faster pace than normal. I felt fine, then changed and went to the pool. The pool was for fun though. No working out. I had Syd with me so it was a short visit to the pool.
I have an 8 miler planned for tomorrow and then on the weekend a 13 miler. After that I have to look at me schedule.
My goals have changed a little since I first started this blog. I wanted to finish MCM in 4:30, then it changed to 4:45, now my new one is just to finish sub 5 hours. I think I can, but I will be tough. It took me 4 hours and 10 mins to run the 20 miles on sat. Granted I was alone, so I am hoping that the adrenaline will kick in on race day, the excitement will push me a little harder, etc.
I have also found out that my stomach just does not like gels! In the past when I have ran my long runs and then I write on how sick I felt afterwards, I am pretty sure its been because of the gels. I have a sensitive stomach and G2 and water are the best things for it. i was completely fine this weekend running on that alone.
So what else.....all these different little topics all rolled up into one.... I think that is all I wanted to write about today. See you all soon!