Monday, October 11, 2010

Training part 2

I've decided to stop being a slacker and start running again. I realized last week how much I miss it, how much I need it. Running isn't just something to do, it's a time to yourself to get into thoughts, relax and leave everything at the house and just GO. I think being so incredibly busy and NOT leaving time to run/excercise is a bad idea, you need an outlet for the energy and built up frusterations, so they don't get released another way.

I signed up for my next big run, the Rock and Roll Nashville half marathon on April 30, 2011. Allison and my aunt Gretchen are both running it as well, and it't the perfect time of year. Plus Nashville is just fun. So this is my focus. I want to be ready to go, be running weekly between 9-12 miles so when I start the hardcore training I'm ready. I want to cut down my time to under 2:15. I feel that is do-able considereing the last race was my first one and it was pouring down rain, not to mention I was slightly a slacker toward the end.

I defered the marathon to next year, I didn't feel I could adequitly prepare for it and do well. So, lets get this time down and let the training begin!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Week 2

Well....this week I learned about east coast humidity. It's been over 100 degrees with a 104 heat index. It's been 90 degrees at 9:30pm. It's been hard to get up the energy to go for a run, I just walk outside and I'm dripping in sweat. Even when I wake up at 6:30am it's 80. Obviously people run in this weather all the time, and the cadets are all doing it so I know if I run, I may actually survive. It's all about knowing the balance of fluids and energy. Gatorade is my best friend. I have the G1 and the G2 and it's been helping in keeping the sweat down. I went out and ran today, about 8:30 and it wasn't too bad. My gps still needs to be calbirated, so I thought I ran 3 miles but actually did 2.15. Not exactly the same but I'll get it straight. This is all a learning process, and something I'm going to have to learn to deal with if I'm going to continue my training! I'm suppose to run 7 miles this weekend, we'll see how that goes!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Week 1...

I'M BACK! Didn't I just start my running journey? Wasn't my first blog article titled "Week 1"? Well, here I go again (on my own...). Today marks my 18-week training journey to my first marathon, on October 31st down in DC. I'm running the Marine Corps Marathon with a friend from college and am SO EXCITED! I woke up ready to run this morning and my body said 'no Hannah, you were at work at about 6 am yesterday...get some sleep!" So I listened. Thank goodness I did because when I got home from work a box was waiting for me on the table. I open it, and it's my birthday present from my dad, GORGEOUS new running shoes. The Nike LunarGlide + to be exact. They are so cute! They're white and pink and grey and fit just right. My little sensor fits in the sole and my toes have room to wiggle. I was so happy I through them right on, ran upstairs and put on the rest of my running ensamble. Then went to get my hair cut and browse Target. And eat Taco Bell. (I had the healthy tacos, so I'm good!)

I came home, let the tacos digest, then grabbed my sportband and iPod and got ready to hit the pavement....until I realized my iPod had died. Blast, forgot to charge it. Put it back on the table and away I went. I was trucking along pretty good, they had the road by the library opened again so I didn't have to run up the hill by Michie. I go to walk up the little ramp and what do I see but 1400 new cadets being marched right where I was going to I turned around (they have their time to learn to be awkward cadets, I didn't need to bowl through them). Back by the house, around Buffalo Soldiers and to the house. My watch said it was 3 miles and I ran it in 26 minutes, but when I mapped it the map said 2.6 miles so who knows. I might have to re-calbarate my band again with the new shoes. I still ran hard and it felt so good. The shoes worked well!

Overall, happy first day, but 71 more to come.....

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Starting all over...

I guess this weekend is my last official weekend before everything starts. I woke up this morning and read some of my Marathon book. It's written by this guy who's ran over 110 marathons in his life, and he's really motivating. I am so excited to embark on this 18 week journey. Four and a half months of preparation to see a finish line at the end of 26 miles and 385 yards. In WASHINGTON DC. I've taken some time off since the half (look at me, sounding like an athlete) and I'm ready. I'm ready to put on my shoes (new Nike LunarGlides thank you daddy!) and run out the door. I"m ready to do my easy runs and pull myself through the hard ones. Get up on days I really don't want to because I know I will end up wanting to. I'm crazy, I'm fully aware of that. And I love it. we go...Monday marks the 18 week countdown and I will be updating this (I promise) on all the aspects of my version of training for a full marathon. So...let's begin!

Monday, June 7, 2010

New Week

Only a few weeks left until I start my actual marathon training, so this week is a new week. I thought about it this weekend, as two of my dear friends ran their first half marathons. It's going to be a great summer, getting up early to run around West Point with just my iPod blasting worship and Jesus by my side. Sounds like a pretty darn good summer to me! The Sunday after my 27th birthday starts cross training, so will take ideas on what to cross train with! Swimming, biking, possibilities are endless! I'm excited to really get into this, to become a runner, to become an ATHLETE again. It's such a rush to finish a long run, to know what has just been accomplished. It's HARD, but it's totally worth it when you're done, when you make it back home and get to have all your thoughts cleared, and grab a giant glass of chocolate milk :) It will be a time to think, to get ready for the day and have some energy to help throughout the day. This will be FUN!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


I seem to have lost my motivation and drive. Not quite sure where it has gone...but it has wandered away. I try to run but have been getting frusterated with it lately. I'm excited, willing to get out there, but not having much fun once I'm out. I may need to revamp things and get my priorities straight because it's not going to get any easier the more I slack off! The marathon can dangerously sneak up on me quick and being unprepared for that is not an option.

Excited to run the Virginia Beach half with Allison, it should be a weekend of accomplishment and joy, then a lot of relaxation on the beach :) This summer my goal is to focus on speed training, working on my pace time. Now that I know I can run a half marathon in 2:37 in the POURING DOWN RAIN, I know I have bigger goals to accomplish. I really would like to cut down that time. I have no idea what a good goal to accompish would be, what is realistic in time-cutting. If I ran it in 2:15 I would be extremely happy. My realistic goal is under 2:30, that is definatly do-able.

So as of right now changing my priorities and making this my main focus. I'm doing this for ME and I need to remember that. Running makes me feel good, it gives me time to myself to get away from the stress of life and run freely. I love to just throw on my iPod, get some good music going and just have time to myself. Well...we'll see how this goes :)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Week 26 countdown...

Here I go. Starting the official countdown until my MARATHON. Am I crazy? Sure am! Am I excited? SURE AM! Never ever when I started off the 2009 year I thought I'd be living in New York with a half-marathon under my belt training for a marathon. God is so good.

Set my alarm early for Tuesday and Wednesday. Both days were epic failers. Tried to get up early Thursday...another non-winner. BUT after work I threw on my running clothes and went out there. My AWESOME sorority sister Nicole had sent me some mail that I was suppose to get before my half but it was sent to my aunt's house. In one of the packages was a cd she made me of her favorite running songs. So I listened to it on my run today :) I ran 2.85 in 28 minutes at 10:01/mile.

Saturday is the post-wide yard sale which means I'm officially on the hunt for a bike for my crosstraining. Wish me luck!

Starting the pre-training...

Well, here it goes. I got my rest now it's back on track to running. I like it. I like the running, the freedom I get, the chance to escape from life for a while, throw on my iPod and go. It's hard to get back into the grove of things though, I feel like my next race is so far out, but I know I need to continue my milage to keep that momentum going.

I love my Nike+ sportband. It tracks my time, milage, and pace. I can just plug it into my computer and it will upload it to the website and keep track of everything. AND the more I run, the more my cute little mini gets active. It's a win-win really.

I did my first run after the half on May 1st, just to see how it would go. I ran 1.49 miles in 16:39 and ran at a 11:07 pace. Not too bad, just wanted a light run to see how it'd go.

On Sunday, May 2nd I got up early and ran 4 miles. AWESOME to do it before Church, and throw on my worship music. Running with Jesus? Can't get better than that!! I finished in 38:09 and ran a 9:33 minute pace. WHAT?? It felt so smooth and easy. If I can continue training at that pace, I could run my next half and easily knock off my time! PR here I go!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

My first half marathon

Well I did it. Today I ran AND completed my first half marathon. I woke up this morning and it was a DOWNPOUR outside. We get to the park and it was no different. My race bib was #9995 and brown. Back of the line for Hannah, as I was in the last corral. Fine with me since I was new at this, had no idea when I signed up what my mile time was and it was my first race. So I jogged up to the herd of ladies and took my spot. Each corral had 1000 ladies in it, so one by one we scooched up. We finally made it and when my foot hit that starting line such adrenaline went through me. The area I was in there were a lot of walkers so I had to be stealth and wiggle my way through them all. I had my iPod with a good playlist, a hat so no rain could get in my eyes and finally a Nike sportband so I could keep track of my running. We finally hit the start at 11:30 or so minutes into the race, so I knew I would have to subtract that from each time I saw.

Besides the rain the race wasn't actually that bad. There were some hills that were tough but not horrible. I did not master the drink stations. Up the nose went some water, that was plesant. I tried to squeeze the cup to create a funnel and almost choked. Will have to work on that later. The race looped around Central Park twice and about mile 4 or 5 a bunch of bikes and a loudspeaker went by "move over to the left, lead runner coming through" Yup, she was lapping us already. When she came up behind me we all started cheering, then I got all teary eyed. No idea why, it just seemed appropriate for my first race.

The rest of it went fairly the same. I ran, it was cold and rainy. I didn't want to stop running because I knew I would never start back up again. I ate my jelly beans and took my gel, had some Gatorade and I was feeling pretty good. Mile seven was exciting because I knew I was over halfway done. Mile 10 I was getting ready to walk when the song "I am free to run" came on my iPod. Ha ha God, thanks for that one! So I ran. Mile 11 I started tearing up, then had trouble breathing. Two more miles Hannah! Not there yet! Mile 12 I picked up the pace and at 12.6 some guy goes half a mile! Excuse me? So I booked it....and when I saw the finish line and the stantions and all the people I started tearing up again. I made sure I was the only one crossing the finish line at my time and as I was approaching the lady on the mic said "Way to go Hannah Herbig you're almost there!" Yah I lost it and sprinted to that glorious finish line.

Not sure my exact time, but I think it was around 2 hours and 35 minutes. Honestly it felt good to just finish, but to finish 10 minutes faster than I had dreamed? Yesssssss. I can't wait to see the pictures and know my official time so I can start getting ready for the next one! I ran about a 11:50 minute mile, so I definatly think I can knock time off of that!

So that's that, my first one. I got my medal and I'm a happy kid. What's next? :)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Week Sixteen

RAAAAAAAAAAAACE WEEK! I cannot believe it's been sixteen weeks since I started this journey. Looking back I could hardly run .6 miles without dying, now I'm running 13.1 miles this weekend. What a journey its been, to my first race. This is actually my first official race since my senior year in high school when I ran sprints in track. Wow, it's been nine years. As this week comes to a close I want to focus on carbo loading (peas are carbs...sorry Myssi, I will not focus on pea carbo loading) and protein. I've learned a lot from this experience, and can't wait until my race is over and I can focus on the next one!

Day 46 April 20: Tapering down continues as I'm only a few days away from race day. Ran up to the high school, took in a girls lacrosse game, then ran back home (and around Roe Park to get that extra mileage in). I went 3.45 miles, total run time was 37 minutes 14 seconds and ran a 10:46 average mile. Granted, I had stopped inbetween my running so got some rest. Need to be careful of my pace so I don't burn out come race day!!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Week Fifteen

Almost there! I can't believe I've been training for over four months now. It feels like both it just started and I've been running forever. It's more of a routine now than something strange I decided to do. I've started saying "oh, I'm just doing five miles today" without any worries, where when I started this adventure I was dying at 1.5 miles and dreading the gym. This week marks another accomplishment. My friend Jac from college, she lives in DC now and we have been throwing around the idea of running a race together. She text me and said she's running a Marine Corps race in October in DC and I should run it too. I looked at the website and they have two races, a 10k and a full marathon. I asked which one, of course she's doing the full marathon. So...after 7 minutes of thinking (and seeing the race was already 98% full) I went for it. Why not? If I can complete a half marathon, and this full isn't for another 28 weeks, I can sufficently train for it. So on October 31, 2010 I will be running my first FULL marathon in Washington D.C. OH MY GOSH!!!

Day 43, April 13: Starting the taper down of miles ran process, so ran 3.91 miles today. Ran an 11:20 average, 5.29 mph. Pretty happy with the pace and starting to get so excited about my race!!!

Day 44, April 15: Working late for the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships so got to go into work late. Started my run a little after 8:30am, it was nice to start the morning with a run. Refreshing! Did the same taper 3.91 run, average 11:25, 5.24. It's nice to see my pace is staying fairly consistant with these runs.

Day 45, April 18: Final long run day. Still tapering down so I did my run to the Bear Mountain Bridge, across then back home. It is 8.68 miles there and back. Ran it in 1 hour 39 minutes, so 11:24/mile. Comfortable with keeping that pace, and knowing I can keep it during my race. Loving the fact it will probably get faster with adrenaline going through my system. Exactly one week until race day!!!

Week Fourteen

So close to the race! Going through the final weeks before race day, learning how to pace myself more and gear up to taper down. Trying to eat better and not put bad things into my system.

Day 40, April 6: Did not go for a run, can't really remember why but it had to have been pretty important for me to miss a run now!

Day 41, April 8: GREAT run today. Ran the cadet area run, 5.12 miles. The only time I walked was up the hill by the cadet library, other than that ran the entire time! Ran it in 56:45, mile pace was 11:04 with a 5.41 mph. Not sure how I'm running at a quicker pace, but that probably needs to slow down a little bit. Can't burn out the first five miles and die after that!

Day 42, April 10: Was suppose to do another 12.5, but one of my Young Life girls wanted to try and run with me, so we did an 8.5 mile run out to Bear Mountain Bridge and back. AWESOME RUN. Ran the entire time without stopping and talked for most of it. So cool to mix my training with friends and learn how to run with other people. Should learn that since in a few weeks I'll be running with 40,000 of my closest girlfriends....Ran the 8.5 in an hour and 48 minutes. We averaged 12:25 a mile, which makes me a little more comfortable. I used my new running belt for the first time, Gatorade in two of the bottles and water in the other ones. Also put the jelly beans in the pouch. Worked AWESOME. Learning to run and drink at the same time. Granted, I will be drinking out of cups for my race, but that will give me good opportunity to slow down a bit and catch my breath. We did have some encounters. Right after we came back over the bridge we almost got attacked by some giant vulcher bird; Annie had to yell at it. People kept honking at us, which was slightly funny because we knew some of them. Oh the joys of road running.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Week Thirteen

Three weeks to go before race day and the long runs are getting longer! The test this week is a 12.5 mile run. It's only .6 away from my half marathon lenght, so time to see how I truely can do, and what I need to work on before race day!

Day 37, March 30: No run today, still feeling a little under the weather, need to take a rest!

Day 38, April 1: Ran a marathon! Bah ha, April Fools :) Adjusted my lenght and did 5.12 through Cadet area, still getting over the sicky grossness so tried to slow the pace down a bit. Ran it in 59 minutes, 13 seconds at 5.19mph

Day 39, April 3: LONG RUN!!! Had a lacrosse game in the morning/afternoon and wanted to get home by the time the first Final Four game started at 6pm, so that was my main goal. Mapped out my run on the website, so started out at my house and ran all the way to the toll booth, across Bear Mountain Bridge and back past the house onto post, up to the Doubleday Baseball stadium and back home. 12.5 miles. Ran most of the way, with mini stops. Completed it in 2 hours and 29 minutes, so just under 2:30. I should have no problem finishing my race in 2:45!!! Pace was 11:55/mile with a 5.03mph average. I got these energy jelly beans I ate about mile four, then stopped at the house on my way through to grab a drink of this sports energy thing I had. About mile 10.5 my hamstring was cramping up a bit, but I stretched it out and continued on. It felt like such and accomplishment to run that far, and really gives me the confidence to know I can finish this race in a few weeks!!!

Week Twelve

I let life get in the way of my training this week, BAAAAD idea. Also flew out to Seattle for the weekend so my training week was already cut short. Only did a long run this week, and it wasn't as long as it should have been. Also pigged out with food I shouldn't have.

Day 34, March 23: Did not run (Allison's last day to play...)

Day 35, March 25: Did not run (however, spent a few hours going up and down the stands in Michie Stadium putting on seat available signs before I flew out to Seattle)

Day 36, March 28: In Tri-Cities for a very good friend's wedding, so got up early Sunday morning before church and went for a long run along the Columbia River in Richland, WA. Not as far as I wanted, but I think I was starting to get a little sick, and the West Coast air is apparently different....anyway, ran 6.7 miles in 1 hour 19 minutes. My pace was about 11:49/mile with 5.07 mph. It was kind of fun to be running half way across the world!

Week Eleven

Again with forgetting to keep this thing updated. Blast. Anyway, I'm officially out of the gym, have not stepped back in it! Enjoying the runs outside, with being at West Point overlooking the Hudson River it's hard not to!!

Day 31, March 16: Starting doing my 5 mile out and back. If I start from home, go on post out around Cadet area and back it's 5.22 miles. Pretty run with hills mixed in. Ran it in 55 minutes and 23 seconds. I've learned how to link up to my iPod with the stopwatch, and I'm using my website more. Ran a 10:35 average going 5.66 miles/hr! May need to slow my pace a bit!

Day 32, March 18: Did the same run, slowing up my pace a bit so I don't get burnt out. Ran it in an hour and 1 minute, averaging 11:43/mile and going about 5.11 speed.

Day 33, March 21: Moved my long run to Sunday because we had things going on Saturday. Used a gel pack halfway through my run for the first time and I really noticed a difference. It boosted up my energy when I felt myself starting to drag. I ran from the house, through Cadet area, all the way to Lee gate and up to Keller Hospital, then back down Washington Road back home. My total distance was 8.89 miles, ran it in 1 hour 41 minutes and 16 seconds. Had a 11:22 mile average with 5.27 mph

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Week Ten

Its offically spring outside so no more treadmill training for me. It's getting close to the race and I really need to start training outside, on the pavement with hills so I can get used to it! I got my map for the race in Central Park, it wraps around the park twice then starts up a third lap before finishing out. It even shows where the water and gatorade stations are...and most important apparently, the restrooms! Sweet!

Day 28, March 9: Allison and I met up after work to do a run around post. I left my car up at Michie and jogged down to her place, picked her up then we started our journey. Back up the hill past Michie, down Stony, through Cadet area back to Allison's house. By then I was EXHAUSTED, and forgot I had to run back up the hill to get my car. Rats. I ran 4.47 miles in 43:29, average 5.31 and 11:16 mile time! Whoa, faster than I thought. Love this running outdoors gig.

Day 29, March 11: First time running outside alone. Thought there would be a motivation factor with that and turns out I was right. I slowed down and walked a little more, but overall finished and that is the important thing! I ran 5.52 miles in 1 hour and 3 minutes, speed of 5.19 and mile time 11:33 average! I'm feeling more confident in my running abilities, and the farther I go the more I know I can finish this race!

Day 30, March 13: 30 days I've ran (mostly), thats an entire months worth of runs, not too bad! It was POURING down rain when I woke up in the morning, I could here it pitterpattering on my skylights. I was contemplating going to the gym to do my run, but I knew I was suppose to do a long run. Then my friend reminded me where I was from, and the fact that it rains 9 months out of the year there. Dur. So i grabbed my gear, but on my hot pink running zippy and headed out. I decided to veto the big Mills hill, since nothing that crazy is in Central Park, and picked a nice hilly route. I ran from my house all the way to Keller Hospital and back, 7.43 miles later and I had succeeded. I ran it in 1 hour and 23 minutes. NO IDEA HOW I DID THAT. Especially since I ran 6.23 miles the previous saturday only 6 minutes faster. 11:16 mile, 5.32mph. Obviously I'm running a lot faster off the treadmill. My race is SIX WEEKS AWAY, so it's almost game time!

Week Nine

Slacker lately and letting life get in the way of my running too much! That and the snow really messed up with my running routine. I have to remember I can't let things get in the way. This race is so important to me and I want to finish with a decent time, I can't let other things overshadow my running.

Day 25, March 2: Went out with Allison so didn't go to the gym...again.

Day 26, March 4: Made it to the gym and ran 2.5 miles in 32:24. Was cramping up and couldn't breath very well, not sure why. It could have been because I hadn't had a good workout in a while. I need to work those things out SOON! Average mph was 4.77 and ran a 12:34 minute mile.

Day 27, March 6: GORGEOUS SPRING DAY! Blue skies and 55 degrees, so I got my running shoes on and decided to finally run outside. I met a lady from work at Thayer Gate and we ran to Lee gate and back, I ran 6.23 miles! I have NEVER ran that far, it felt so great at the end. I finished in 1 hour and 17 minutes. I ran an average of 4.76 mph and my mile time was 12:34. So comprible to what I was doing on the treadmill, with a more beautiful landscape. The hills were hard though, I had been running on 0% incline on the treadmill, so hilly West Point was a challenge. I found this AWESOME website called where you can make your own runs, see how far you're going and input the time, it will calculate everything else. I can even save my runs for future dates!

Week Eight

Day 22, Feb 23: Really added to the distance and ran 4.9 miles. On the treadmill too, talk about long and boring! Ran it in one hour 54 seconds at a 4.82 pace, about 12:25/mile.

Day 23, Feb 25: CODE RED. It snowed two feet so we had code red and the gym was closed. For two days. It was not exciting. I did walk to West Point in the snow which is about 1 mile each way. Good calf workout.

Day 24, Feb 27: Still snow on the ground but the gym was open so did about 3 miles on the treadmill. 36:34 minutes. Thought I was going to go back and finish up the rest I had left but got lazy...need to work back into it!

Week Seven

REALLY been bad about keeping up with this. Now that hockey and basketball are done should have more time to focus on race stuff.

Day 19, Feb. 16: 3.15 miles in 38:40. 4.88 mph and about 12:17/mile. Obviously got the good treadmill....

Day 20, Feb. 18: 3.15 miles in 38:50. 4.86 mph with 12:20/mile. Keeping up the pace!

Day 21, Feb. 20: Army/Navy doubleheader so did not make it out to run....ran up and down the bleachers all day so at least I got my workout in!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Week Six

Distance is being bumped up along with starting the long-run Saturdays!

Day 16, Feb 9: Got my favorite treadmill and figured out I'm bumping up my distance by half miles. I ran 3.15 miles today WITHOUT STOPPING at an average speed of 4.78. Ran it in 39:31 with an average mile time of 12:33. I like that overall my average mile time is staying pretty consistant, it will make pacing myself for 13 miles a whole lot easier!

Day 17, Feb 11: 3.15 miles again at 39:25. Speed was at 4.8 and avg mile time 12:31

Day 18, Feb 13: Long-run Saturday. We had events in the afternoon so I had to get my butt out of bed early to finish running and have time to not be the smelly kid before I had to be at the Wrestling match. Plus today I ran 3.6 miles...3.6 MILES. That is quite a feat for someone who again, used to be a sprinter. I ran it an average speed of 4.8 miles, finished in 45:03 minutes with my average mile time at 12:31!

Week Five

So I forgot to update my blog, so a few of these aren't going to be as detailed as I'd like, just will have the stats.

Day 13, Feb 2: No running today, there was a fiasco with my poor car STILL in the shop and I became carless for a few days. Couldn't make it to the gym, hopefully this is the ONLY time it will happen. I left Debbie a message on her phone to tell her I couldn't make it but I wished her luck and let her know how proud of her I was. The next day she told me she was sitting in the parking lot not wanting to go in and got my message! Yay at least I motivated someone else to gym it up!

Day 14, Feb 4: Ran 2.6 miles in 32:39 at a speed of 4.8. My average mile time was 12:33. Exciting thing about this day is I SIGNED UP FOR THE HALF MARATHON!!! So I'm officially doing the race. Pretty exciting because it ended up closing a few days later, so I just got in. Guess it's time to actually work at it now! One of my friends from high school, who I haven't really spoken to since is going to be running it as well! She lives in Long Island with her husband and kids, when I put on my facebook I had signed up for it she said she wanted to do it to. So that's exciting!

Day 15, Feb 6: Always a treat to drag myself to the gym on a Saturday, especially when I had an actual Saturday off due to no games. But I ran and it went great. 2.6 miles in 32:36, average speed 4.8 and average mile time was 12:32! Moving up the distance again next week so should be interesting!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Week Four

Week four includes bumping up the distance to 2.6 miles. As the milage gets longer I realize it's not that hard, by the time it goes up again I think I feel ready for it to go longer. I say that now, but not sure how I'm going to feel when it starts going above six miles! :)

Day 10, Jan 26: First day running 2.6 miles and I was really nervous about it. Turns out it went really well, and I was so excited when that 2.6 finally hit! What an accomplishment to actually run more than two miles (for me anyway). I stayed with my 4.8 pace, ran 25:34 for two miles and my full time was 33:04.

Day 11, Jan 28: Changed up my playlist which turned out to be a terrible idea. It wasn't very good and I was distracted the entire time. Plus my shorts didn't have the iPod pocket so I had to hold it, which was obnoxious. However I've started to get used to my new favorite treadmill, and at the end (before I do the cool down) I hit 'end workout' and it will tally up all my stats. Today my two miles were 25:06, my 2.6 was 32:37, I ran an average of 4.78 mph and my average mile time was 12:33. Not to bad! Definalty feeling great about this running thing. Saturday the running group is starting, however it's FREEZING outside so I think I'm going to forgo it this week. I don't think dying on my first outdoor run would be all that great....

Day 12, Jan 30: I'm horrible and have been forgetting to update my blog, so just adding this day's stats: Ran 2.6 in 32:41 at my 4.8mph pace average mile time was 12:34!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Week Three

So technically I am on week four in terms of my training guide, but my real week one was the first of the year and I went snowboarding for the first time this season....13 weeks until the race so I'm still good :)

Day 7, Jan 19: I've gotten past my forgetfulness of hitting pause and not going again fast enough...for now. Ran a little bit faster because I'm not really feeling the workout anymore, I am, just not at what I'd like. 4.8 speed so mile was 12:40 and 2 mile was 25:09. I like the pace so I might keep it at that for a while. The stretching after helps so much, I'm hardly sore at all anymore! Remembering little things from my track days like not to swing my arms in front of me (criss crossing across my body) because it swings the hips more, bad running form. My calves are holding up quite nicely, I had bad problems with that in track as well, but they're happy for the time being. I can't wait until I get my NIke+ braclet and can start running outside, I need a change of scenery away from the gym.....

Day 8, Jan 21: Thursday nights have been Hannah goes to the gym on her own days, which is good because it pushes me to still go, not just the guilt of someone is waiting for me. The gym wasn't too packed, which was weird since on Tuesday I had to wait for a treadmill. I grabbed one of the last treadmills in the row, it was different from the others. COOLEST TREADMILL EVER. It has this screen on it with a 400 meter track and will show you your distance, how many laps and such. Perfect for a former sprinter who measures distance in laps anyway! This was definaly a motivation!! It had all these cords I didn't pay too much attention to, I just set my speed (4.8) and went on my way. Average mile time 12:30, first mile was 12:50 and my two mile time was 25:19. When I finished my cooldown the treadmill asked if I wanted to save my info on a USB port. What? I was instantly intreged so I went to the front desk to ask more about this new technology. Turns out it syncs with...ta da! The Nike+ and my iPod! AWESOME! So if I plug this in it will store my data and I can upload it to my website. This morning I was playing with my iPod, checking out the settings and discovered I already have Nike+ uploaded on now I don't even have to get the expensive wristband I can just get the sensor and start running outside! I'm going to try and get that same treadmill tomorrow for my Saturday run and start testing it out....

Day 9, Jan 23: The gym was having an all morning health and fitness expo so Allison and I went to check it out. We got to the gym about 8:30am and got a tour of the strenght equipment, and then they were doing a fitness class sampler, where you got to 'test out' the classes for 15 minutes each. The first one was body pump...baaaaad idea. We had 7 1/2 lb weights on either side and went through a class in the 15 minutes. I think I worked arm muscles I didn't even know existed. Honestly, they still hurt and it's Monday. We also did a spin class, but had to cut out of the rest of the classes to go do measurements and weigh-in. I know I don't need to lose weight, but it's all part of the process. 109.2lb, not too shabby! The guy thought I was 18, which was pretty entertaining and he didn't believe I'm actually 26. After the weigh-in we went and ran, my time was a little slower because I kept getting distracted in the beginning. Toward the end I dropped my iPod, it was still dangling on the earphone cord so I went to grab it, forgetting that I was still running at 4.8mph. Needless to say I almost fell off the treadmill and entertained Allison, and half the gym. Week four is a jump to 2.6 miles so here we go!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Week Two

Day 4, Jan 12: Bumped up my distance to 2 miles, so that was a treat. I ran at 4.7 speed with a .5 incline, trying to bump up my time as well. It didn't hurt as bad as I was anticipating; my mile time was 12:55 and my 2 miles was 25:42! The only bad thing was I had no water. I went to buy a bottle prior to my workout, however I learned to actually check if the number you hit has water loaded...$1.25 waisted and a very thirsty Hannah for half an hour. Baaaad idea. We stretched afterward, something we have failed to remember to do yet. I noticed I wasn't nearly as sore when I woke up yesterday so yay! Two weeks of 2 miles before it goes up to 2.6 miles, I think this training schedule is very doable, and I'm happy to have people to do it with. Allison's FINALLY back from her adventures and will be joining me at the gym tonight, then Subway afterward. Whoohoo!

Day 5, Jan 14: Researched today and realized a good mile time for a half marathon is around 16 minutes, that would put my half at 3 hours and 19 minutes. So now my focus will be on PACE and DISTANCE rather than trying to go fast. Makes sense since I'll be running for longer, don't want to burn out! 2 miles again today, 4.7 speed ran in 26:47 with my first mile at 13:40. I ran my first mile then Allison walked in and I got distracted. Lesson learned with that one because apparently your treadmill restarts if you don't unpause it. Whoops. Felt pretty good after, did some more stretching and ready for Saturday's run! One thing I really need to focus on is to STOP EATING SUGAR AND CANDY. Seriously, it surrounds me and I can't stop. I'm eating Milk Duds right now.....sigh.

Day 6, Jan 16: Was at the office at 6:30am this morning (Saturday) to work the Gymnastics Open, so I took off about 11am to hit the gym. Was EXAUSTED so I didn't think it'd be that fun but Debbie and I kicked butt today! The treadmill decided to be really fun and was on pause for one minute before it restarted, so I guess I'll have to be more aware of my breaks. Or stop taking them. Ran at a spead of 4.6 no incline for 26:37, mile time 13:14. Went to Subway after the gym and got a sandwich, chocolate milk and yogurt. Trying to stay away from the sweets. UGH, temptations...

Next week is still 2 miles so working on my pace and getting set to go up to 2.6 miles for week four! Happy Running!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Week One

Yesterday I started my 16 week training process to run my first half-marathon on April 25 in New York City's Central Park. My background is six years as a sprinter, never racing more than a 400 meter so I figure this will be quite a challenge.

Day 1, Jan 5: Went to the gym with some co-workers. Ran 1.5 miles on the treadmill at 4.2 speed in about 22 minutes. Much better than I thought working out for the first time in about nine schedule said 1.5 miles OR 30 minutes, whichever came first so feeling pretty good! Woke up in the morning and calves are kind of the point where I walked down the stairs and about fell over. Had oatmeal for breakfast so on a roll! Next scheduled 'run' date is Saturday, but I might go in Thursday for a little cardio.

Goal is obviously to finish the half-marathon, but the restriction is finish it in 4 hours, so here we go!

Day 2, Jan 7: Alone at the gym today, so had to build up some motivation to go. Would rather sit in my sweatpants, but we have goals to keep up people! Gym was pretty empty, which was nice, so I hopped on a treadmill and got to work. Same schedule as Day 1...1.5 miles at 4.2 speed in 22 minutes. 21:56 actually. My mile time right now is a little over 14, so working on getting that down. Calves are still sore, something I dealt with a lot during my high school track career, so I need to figure that one out soon. Overall, very pleased! See you Saturday Gym!!

Day 3, Jan 9: Saturday morning...duh duh duh. Made it to the gym at 10am and met up with a friend, so great to have someone to work out with! Always gives me more motivation than going by myself. Resisted all temptation to stop at the Mcd's on my way into Post (sorry Myssi!). I forgot how much easier running gets everytime you go, makes me really miss my high school track days! 1.5 miles at 4.3 and 4.4 speed, knocked it down to 21 minutes. Not too bad! Next week schedule says 2 miles in under 30 minutes, will probably start running at 4.5 and getting my time down. Can't wait until my schedule has my Saturdays as longer runs, I really want to go down to the city and run in Central Park on Saturdays! Will have to wait until I get my Nike+ in so I can track my milage. Overall, successful first week and I feel GREAT!