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track series #2

Tonight was the 2nd week of the Northwest Florida Track Club‘s summer track series.  Every other week counts in the points total.  Tonight counted, which is perfect because we’ll be out of town next week and then back again for the next race that counts! :)  I decided to run the 800 and 1600 tonight.  The 800 was 1st, so part of why I wanted to do it was to take pressure of the 1600 – I got nervous thinking about trying to run faster than a 5:41!  Next race in 2 weeks, I plan to only race the mile to try to crack 5:40.

This week, instead of separating us by gender, they separated us by age brackets.  I was glad to run with guys in the post-highschool/has beens/old folks group.

800 I ran 2:35 and 1600 I ran 5:51.  I was psyched by a 2:35 and quite pleased to still break 6 minutes in the 1600 with it being the 2nd race.

In the 800 I started out tucked in behind 2 guys.  1 pulled ahead pretty quick. I ran on the other guy’s heels for the 1st lap.  We hit the 400 in 1:15.  I pulled ahead on the back straightaway. I knew I was risking it by surging then.  On the final turn I started to get that numb feeling in my arms.  He pulled even with me in the final 50 meters and just barely out kicked me.  I’ve definitely lost my edge. Back in the day, no one out kicked me! :)  It was fun to race though!

My legs felt shot and I was dreading the 1600. Well, not dreading, just being realistic that I don’t have what it takes to run 2 really hard races.  I said if I broke 6 minutes, I’d be happy. I started out more conservative this time. 1st lap was 1:24.  Even though we were racing with a huge group, I found myself alone.  The fast high school guys were WAY out in front, and then a middle-age guy pulled ahead pretty quick in the 1st lap, and then about 12 middle school and older people were behind me.  I kept thinking stay strong stay strong.  2nd lap 1:28.  3rd lap 1:28. I felt like I pushed the last lap pretty hard. 1:29. Guess I was pretty shot!

1 funny thing – as we lined up for the 1600, I was in lane 1 behind a fast look/serious high school guy.  I told him he better take off quick because I’d be on his heels. He looked at me like I was crazy. I thought I was pretty funny!! :)

The real highlight of the night was Sarah.  After watching the elementary races last week, she wanted to race and intentionally wore her “runners” tonight.  She walked up to the race director on her own and said “I want to run the short race with the kids.”  So she lined up for the 50 meter dash!  Jon made a good point to explain to show her the lanes and explain that she needs to stay in her lane.  She did great! Ran the whole way and in her lane!!  And she LOVED it! So much so that she asked to race more. So she did the 100 meter dash too!!!  It was so cute!

It’s been a fun group that’s come out for these races – good morale/energy, really encouraging, funny – which I guess you have to be all those things if you go run a track race for the heck of it! :)  And partly crazy.

Can’t wait for the next race in 2 weeks!

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it was a PR!

I should have checked my own “PR” page – in 2008 I ran a 5:42 – so my 5:41 last week WAS a post-kids PR!!!

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4 laps around

I ran 5:41 tonight.  My 1st reaction was man, 1 second slower than the last time I raced a mile!  That was a road mile in May ’08.  My 2nd reaction was WOW, I can’t believe I just ran a 5:41!!!

I was hoping we’d run with the guys, but there were enough people that they split it.  I was the oldest girl by probably 16 years.  I ran alone the entire race.  I hit my 1st lap in 1:19.  Keep it respectible I thought – back off a bit – don’t want to do the last lap on my hands and knees.  Hit the 800 in 2:45 (1:26 for that lap). Wow, I can do this. Hold strong on lap 3.  4:15 (1:29).  I spent 100 meters trying to do math in my head of what that lap needed to be, but the brain wasn’t being agreeable.  Just hang on!  Last lap was 1:25.  A 12 year old finished 2nd in 6:41.

I was pumped. Can’t wait for next Wednesday!


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anticipation … I’m so excited!

I can hardly contain myself.  My husband got me a Garmin watch for my birthday last week (I turned 30 btw – still a bit weirded out by that one). Well, actually he didn’t get it for me. He printed out a picture of one saying “order the one you want.”  There are a lot to choose from. I choose the Garmin Forerunner 305. I’ll write a review of it once I test it, and will talk about why the 305.

It should be delivered Tuesday.  I’ll have already run when it comes. Wednesday is the track meet. Thursday should be a day off but I’ll probably be out running just to test it out.  :)

I’ve wanted one for a while, but the money has just always been spent on other things like power and water bills, diapers, and other exciting things.  But now it’s coming. Feels like Christmas!  Being such a type-A runner (I like to know my exact distance, pace, etc) makes a Garmin just seems like candy!!!

I’m so stinkin excited! A Garmin and a track meet in one week … can it get much better????


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this morning’s run + coffee

I kept thinking to myself, wow, NOBODY is out this morning. Hmmm.  It’s 5:30am-6am-6:30am on a SATURDAY morning.  Of course no one is out!!  People are sleeping in, having lazy mornings. I bet 7am-8am-9am lots of people were out.  We were packing for the beach by then!  With Jon not able to lift Cora out of her crib, alas, even on a Saturday morning I have to be home from my run in time to get her up.

I did a longer run (7.3 miles) and popped back in the house about 6:30am.  The girls were awake but seemed quite content, so I went back out to do a few “400’s” as I had hoped I would have time for.

7.3 miles felt very comfortable.  I ran about a 7:40 pace.  I was a bit fatigued by the end, I think due to my lack of long runs lately.  I have REALLY let those slip.  I’m trying to get at least 1 one hour+ run in a week.

I read something recently about how beneficial it is to do a bit of speed work after a normal run, when muscles are fatigued.  I only did 4, but they were solid.  I had mapped out a straight shot .25 miles in my neighborhood.  I did them in 1:30-1:26-1:28-1:24.  Nothing stellar, but considering the already run longer run, I was pleased.

Now the “+coffee” … while I planned to run this morning and even talked with Jon about it last night, I forgot to set my alarm. I woke up in the middle of the night remembering I had not set it, and actually thought I turned it on. Nope, only looked to see what time it was set for but did not flip the switch.  At 5:08am I hear Cora crying.  I go in her room, put her plug (aka pacifier) back in her month, and lay on the couch to make sure she’s back asleep. I went in the kitchen to get some water, and noticed left over coffee from yesterday.  I heated up a cup and downed it.

It helped.  Sadly (but not sad enough for me to have even an ounce of a desire to do anything about it) I am so used to coffee, I think my body simply felt more normal having a cup of coffee in it! :)  I’m now debating taking my coffee issue to a whole new level and always having a cup pre-run.  I’m not sure I want to go that far.

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The Northwest Florida Track Club (my local track club) is hosting 6 track meets this summer, starting next Wednesday.  I’m curious/skeptical of how many people will come out … hopefully I’ll be surprised!  The longest race distance is a mile, but that’s perfect for me. Back in the day, I LOVED the mile.  Training on the track for the mile and racing it where hands down my favorite aspect of my competitive running days.  It’s long enough that there is some tactic, but short enough that raw speed and gut still play a factor.

Alas, my raw speed and gut have dwindled down to a pitiful mess these days, and being competitive does not carry me like it used to.

I am still so excited. So excited that I plan to buy a pair of lightweight trainers on Monday.  I need new shoes, and want a lighter weight shoe than my Nike Vomero that I have run in for 4+ years (multiple pairs in that time – I just keep replacing with the same model because it has worked so well for me).  I’ll still run long and easy runs in my Vomeros, but the lighter shoe for tempo and races.

To attempt to remind my legs what it feels like to run fast, I did a tempo run this morning. I felt surprisingly well!  I warmed up 10 minutes, then ran 4 min on, 2 min off, 3 min on, 2 min off, 2 min on, 2 min off, 1 min on, 2 min off, 30 seconds on, 1:30 off, 30 seconds on, 1:30 off, 30 seconds on, 1:30 off and then cooled down (about a mile). 5.5 miles total.  Nothing like the old track workout days but better than nothing!

I doubt it’ll be pretty next Wednesday evening, but I can’t wait to try!

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Being a mama, there is no “wait and see” if there is time for a run.  If I wait and see, IT DOES NOT HAPPEN.  We have sought to make it part of our routine.  Yet when our routine is off, my running is inconsistent to nonexistent.

Our routine has been off lately.  Jon (my husband) had back surgery last Wednesday and thus can’t pick up our kids for at least 6 weeks.  It isn’t really an issue with Sarah, but is with Cora.  If she wakes up screaming while I’m on a morning run, he can’t get her out of her crib.  Normally this isn’t an issue, but her sleep has been a bit out of whack lately.  She’s been sleeping better the past few days, so I’ve been more brave to head out the door with her still sleeping.

Yet even before surgery, we went on a weekend camping trip came home with a sick Cora and an exhausted mama.    I didn’t run for 4 days.  It was the 1st time in a long time that I took 4 days off not for an injury.

This added up to May being my lowest mileage month since November, when I was out for a bit because of my ankle.

Here’s to June being a consistent month!!!

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