Saturday morning, I ran in the Destin’s Bayou Bay and Back 10K. I ran 42:16 (way faster than expected!), was 5th overall, and the 2nd place woman. Being honest … I get sick of 2nd place. It seems like I’m always getting 2nd. And I shoulda won. But more on that in a moment.
Back to being happy! I ran 42:16!!!! A 6:48 pace! Wo, dude! I thought 43:30 – 7 minute pace – was a stretch. So yes, I was excited, encouraged and energized by how I did.
But there is always room for improvement. 1st off, I stopped to tie my damn shoe about 2 miles in. I swear I’d double-knotted, but it still came loose. So after that, I threw down a big surge to catch back up with the guy I was running with. We were running strong, and I slowly pulled away from him, and caught the next guy ahead of me. All the while, the lead girl is in sight, and very in reach. I slowly close the gap, and pull even around 4 miles. After a few steps together, she surges and pulls ahead. Let’s be honest … that got me. She pulled a nice lead on me. I began to close the gap again, but in the last .2, she pulled ahead more and beat me by about 25 seconds. Maybe I should have held 10 feet back for a bit longer, and closed more at the end? Definitely should have held stronger in miles 4-5.
On another note, the girl who beat me is 41. That EXCITES me. I hope (and believe) that my fastest years are yet to come. So when I see someone running fast who is 10 years older than me, I get excited!
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I just registered for my 1st race since having Andrew – a local 10K on Saturday.
This is the longest “post having a baby” race I’ve done. When Sarah was 4 months old, I loafed my way through a 5K. When Cora was 4 months old, I ran did a 5 mile trail race and was in decent shape. So it’s about time I run a race since Andrew is 10 months old!!!
I’ve been getting in a good rhythm, getting ready for the half marathon on March 4, so this is good timing for a tune up/reality check. I honestly am not sure what to expect out of myself. Ideally I’ll hit 43:30 (7 min pace), but as long as I’m under 46 minutes I’ll be happy.
Last week was another high – 30.8 miles. Saturday’s long run was 12 miles – longest run since before Andrew. And already, January is my best month since he was born. It’s been encouraging to have some good weeks.
This morning, I did a bit of a different workout … 10 minutes warm up, and then 5 minutes hard, 5 minutes normal, 4 hard, 4 normal, 3, 3, 2, 2, 1 and then cool down. I got progressively faster in each interval (the goal) and stayed solid during my normal segments (the other goal). It was good.
So tomorrow I’ll do a recovery base, take Thursday off, easy Friday and race Saturday. I’d long to get a long-ish run in on Sunday (8 miles or so) but we’ll see.
This morning I did mile repeats. The last time I did this workout was mid September. Considering how NOT consistency the past 4 months have been, I was quite happy to improve from September!
The workout is 1 mile warm up, then 3 x mile with 1/2 mile recovery jogs, then cool down. My miles were 7:30, 7:13, 7:01. It’s a far cry from where I’d like to be. But it’s progress. And that’s what it is about right now. Last time, I did 7:47, 7:19, 7:09.
Last week, I ended the week with 28.2 miles – my highest week yet since Andrew was born almost 10 months ago. Saturdays 10 miler was GREAT. I averaged just under 8 minute pace, and felt solid the whole run. Last week was also 1 of the few post-Andrew weeks where I have actually been able to get 5 runs in during the week.
I hope to “hit it hard” in the next few weeks, and then back off a bit leading up to the half marathon on March 4.
This week, I finally feel like I am getting back in my groove. Last week was good, this week (so far) has been better. Actually, the last 3 weeks have been pretty consistent. The last week of December, I ran 19.8 miles. Last week, I ran 18.9 miles, and it was better quality than the week before. This week I’m at 15 miles so far. Tomorrow is a rest day, then I’ll go easy 3-5 miles Friday and 10 miles on Saturday.
Here’s what I’ve done this week …
Monday – easy 5 miles – 8:33/mile
Tuesday – 5 miles, with middle 3 miles tempo. I averaged 7:28/mile for the tempo.
Wednesday – 5 miles at a steady pace – 8″-7/miles
So if all goes according to plan, I’ll hit 28 or 30 miles this week.
While “back home” for Christmas, my sister-in-law took me on an incredible trail run! I hadn’t run technical trails since I sprained my ankle in August 2009. (that Fall, I did run a lot of super easy trails – that are more like dirt roads)
I had lived on Lookout for almost my whole life but had never been to High Point (aka the highest point on the mountain). We did a 7 mile loop from her house that took as to High Point and back. We ran a bit, then walked up the ridiculously steep part and scrambled across the ridge of boulders, etc. The views were spectacular. It was breathtaking. We then ran down the gravel road for a bit (steep, quad killer) and then onto the new Connector Trail and ran the 4 miles back to her house. It was so so so much fun!!!
It had been so long, that I had forgotten how much I LOVE trail running. Regardless of where we live, I doubt I’ll ever end up a solely trail runner, but I do hope to be able to run trails more at some point. The trails in FL are sand … so I don’t really have the desire right now.
And I will say, HOLY COW, I was so unbelievably sore after that run. Wow :)
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2011 did not go as “planned” in terms of running. I had hoped to hit 500 miles in the 7.5 months of running since Andrew was born, as I did in 2009 in the 7.5 months since Cora had been more. I was not even close. There are BIG gaps of no running – all are with “good reason” yet it still is discouraging. I haven’t even run a race since Andrew is born. That is sad to me. I so enjoy racing. It motivates me to train. I love competing against others. It’s just plan FUN to me.
Aiming high but trying to be somewhat realistic, my 2012 goals are …
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