Newport Marathon. 3:30:17. Totally hit the wall. Hard core! Could barely hold on to the last 6 miles. It was hot, I took off too fast or some might consider it brave and ballsy or taking a risk. I think it was a little of both. Didn't meet my goal of 3:15 and swore I would never run a marathon again!
|Yes, I do have my gels in my bra! Hey, those speed shorts don't have a lot of room.|
|Jenn sent me a 26.2 tat! I should have known that it wasn't a good sign that the temp at 5:30 a.m was already in the 70's.|
|I was starting to hurt here and think "WTH was I thinking?!!" My husband and son cheering me on helped greatly!|
Sauvie Island Marathon. 3:24. Yep, that "I'll never run a marathon again" thing didn't last too long! I was planning my next one several hours after the Newport was done. Ran this one with my husband Waylon. He had never run a marathon and said he would never run one. Then he read Born To Run, fell in love with running and jumped in a marathon while he was only training for a 5k. My only goal was to run a progressive race. I wanted to see what it felt like to finish strong and start slow. Felt great the entire time!
|Mile 26. So happy!|
|Best Running Partner!|
|3:24 for his first and not trained! So proud of him!|
Rest of July
Very little running. After a week or two off, I starting playing around on the track to see how I was with a little speed. I jumped in a track race and ran the 2 mile in 13:09, 1 mile in 6:09 and then did some other races for fun. This was not racing all out but it did give me the confidence to think that I still have some speed potential.
Jumped in this track 10k race. Big mistake. It was a race that was also a 10 mile track relay where teams of two do 400 meters at a time and then pass off. I showed up thinking there would be more people for the 10 k. Nope. Instead, it was like this hidden track where all of these hard core, Lululemon wearing, buff, fast chicks (and some dudes) with racing flats and short shorts were there to get a KICK BUTT workout. So there I was...one of five people running the 10k on the same track that the relay was going on. Only female. Horrible idea!! So not good for the mental case in me. Imagine running a 10k on a track with people flying by you the entire time. And no support for the 10k runners. Was really lame. I almost quit. Stopped and tried to talk myself out of it but my husband wasn't letting me off easily. Apparently, he didn't want to hear me bitch for days on end about how I shouldn't have quit. Ha! I went back and finished the race in around 7 min miles (first mile was a 6:30 and then I lost my mojo). I couldn't wait to be done!! Because I stopped, my time was totally butchered too. Bummed that that time is with my name but it was my fault. After the race, a guy said "Good Job! You were the first place woman in the 10k!" I wanted to punch something. Ha! I was the ONLY woman in the 10k dude! And I ran at least 5 minutes slower than my 10k PR. It was a learning experience.
And an excuse to keep being lazy.
End of August
Hood To Coast! This was fun! All of my runs were a low 7 min average. I ran several sub 7 min miles and right around 7:15 felt like a pace that I could run for a long time. This made me happy!
Where I am at now?
Still being pretty lazy. I have a half marathon coming up in October. The Girlfriend's Half. I know several of you who are running it. At this point, it is too late for a serious training plan for this race. Part of me wants to start training more seriously for the next 5 or 6 weeks or so and see what happens but the other part of me is just really enjoying not having something to train for right now. I've been taking workouts from my Brain Training book here and there but nothing consistent. I take lots of days off and find it really really easy to just stop a workout short or run slower than the workout called for just because I didn't feel like it.
But if I stick to the plan then I'd be starting week 15 of a 20 week plan. Today will probably be a 14 mile progression run with the first mile being at recovery pace and the last one hopefully just under 7 min pace.
Can you tell I'm having a hard time committing to anything right now? I've been having way too much fun with my cross training: traveling, concerts, happy hours, jumping on the trampoline, etc.
|Red Rocks Concert in Colorado|
|Dave Matthews at the Gorge Amphitheater|
|Music and Beer with my man|
What is after October?
I have nothing planned except maintaining a base and gearing up for some hard core marathon training starting in January. I'll be training for Boston and I hope that my husband will be training with me. We won't be able to do much together because of the kids but it would be great to have him training at the same time and to be able to encourage each other. Suggestions about what I should be doing between October and January are welcome. I think it will be a good time to do some strength training, cross training, and just keeping up with my base.
So, there you have it! For those of you that were wondering where the running part of Runninghood went, there it is! This should balance out my past few posts about putting your artist hats on, defining yourself, and thinking about what your gifts are!
This and That
1. I've heard from a few of you that have said that you are working on an art idea (simple art!! and fun!) for the art contest. I hope to see some soon but you do have until the end of September for those of you that need some time to put those creative juices to the test. Please think about participating if you haven't! So many options since there are really no rules! It can be funny, motivational, serious, big, small, colorful, useful....whatever. If anything, it will be worth a good laugh.
2. My husband has his marathon next weekend. He is hoping to qualify for Boston with a sub 3:10. Please send all your positive vibes, prayers, running mojo, or whatever you've got! I'm so excited for him! He's been training so hard and I think he has a GREAT chance of doing this!!
3. I know that a lot of my recent posts have been pretty reflective and harder to respond to but I do want you to know that I have been getting a lot out of your responses and thoughts about self-definement, your gifts, artistic expression, etc. Your comments are part of my reflective process! Thank you!
Off to attempt a 14 mile progression run. Starting at recovery pace and hoping to make my last mile fast! Then organizing my daughters' clothes for the big day back to school tomorrow! What's new with you? What have you done this weekend?