Monday, September 8, 2014

My new plan

Sometimes plans don't work out the way you thought they would. I've noticed life in General is like this. You plan for one thing, and something different happens. I am learning to flow, to just go with life, trust God knows my plan better than me and do the best I can.
I really wanted to do a couple races this fall, but it's not in the cards. Something better came along. Right now, I get the opportunity to utilize what is available to me. We get free classes in the athletes weight room at work. So four times a week, I will be marching my butt down to the gym for strength and cardio. I need strength, I know it will make me a better runner. So that's my plan. To work really hard on what I need to do to become a better runner.
Something else came up, I thought about it, and along side some sorority sisters I will be running the Phoemix Marathon this February. I'm ecstatic. I always knew I'd still do a few more marathons. This one will be a challenge because I will have to train in Pullman during the winter, which will consist of snow, ice and below 0 temps. It will also be a great reward. Two dear friends who recently got married, one is my big sis from the sorority, will be competing in their first long distance race. They are both running the full marathon. I cannot WAIT for training to start and to be able to see their progress. To see the trials and triumphs and agony and finally, when they cross that finish line. The pure joy they will have when they get that medal. Course, it could go the other way and they could take me out for suggesting such foolishness. But I anticipate the former :) I also anticipate they, like so many others, will quickly be hooked.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Training for races 12 & 13

Started training this week for a couple of races for the rest of the year. I am planning on a half near Denver last weekend in September and a full in Tucson, Arizona first weekend in December. Hopefully Elyce will join me on both of these! It's getting extremely hot out, so I've started running in the morning before work. It feels so good! I love starting my day with my shoes and the road before I get into work. There is something to be said about jumping out of bed and getting out there. I know training in the summer heat is hard, but if I can survive summer running in the summer in New York I can survive dry heat in the Palouse!
This week I ran 9.25 miles. I did miss two workouts, but that won't happen again. I'm ready to jump in fully and do even better on these next few races. Every week I'm going to put the amount of miles I ran in a savings account, so if I miss a run I'm only cheating myself! This account will fund my future running adventure s, I have to pay for London 2015 somehow!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Week 7 thoughts

Sitting at week 7 of training for the St. Joe River Half Marathon coming up June 8th. Training has been fairly decent, better than past races, just following the training plan and actually getting out and doing it. A lot easier to train in the spring/summer when football/basketball isn't hovering over my schedule. The biggest thing I've noticed is my pace. As of right now, I'm averaging 9:30 per mile and that's been pretty consistent the past several weeks. I ran an 8-miler a few weekends ago with Irvin and Tucker, and we rocked that pace the entire time, if not a little faster. Since after my first race, I've wanted to finish a half at 2:10 or under. Currently my PR is 2:20....but if I could keep a pace under 10 the entire race, I know I could hit it!

We drove out to the race course on Sunday to check it out, I was nervous of the elevation chart I saw on 'mapmyrun' so I wanted to see what we needed to prepare for. The course itself isn't as hilly as I thought, it's more rolling hills. What did stand out was the quietness of the course. The majority of the race is going to run through farmland and back roads next to the river and in the woods. It's been raining a ton, and after the winter we had, there are a lot of potholes on the course. I'm hoping those get filled in before the race! There will be approximately 1,000 people running this thing, so at least it will be better than the Greater Portland half!

This weekend is Bloomsday in Spokane, and Corinne, Javier, Irvin and I are all running it. Corinne and I will run it, but I know the boys are going to want to race, which is fine. 50,000 people in the event, I'm not sure how much 'racing' I'd get to do anyway! To me, it will be a fun time to enjoy a race, like the St. Pats Dash Irv and I do every year. I think it's important to throw some fun races in there between the big ones, to liven things up a bit! We'll see how this goes!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Training with coworkers!

Thought I'd finally get some races on the schedule for this year. Right now, I have June 8th in St. Marie's, Idaho on my calendar, the St. Joe River Half Marathon. I thought it'd be fun to ask some coworkers if they wanted to try it, and got an overwhelming response! Not only are two coworkers in the ticket office running it (for the FIRST time!), two of our student workers are. Plus a coworker in the basketball office...and some Young Life College kids! It's great to have such a fun group, reminds me of when I prepared for my first race and had all the Knight Runners as support.

Most of these will be first time half marathoners. I think back to four years ago (FOUR YEARS???) when I began to prep for my first half. The daunting task of running, 'gasp' three miles. The distance of the running gets easier, the preparing involves more knowledge. Having ran 10 long distance races now, I feel less like a newbie, and more like someone who has a tiny bit of knowledge on how to train for a race, however there is still SO much more to learn. I want to pace myself better. I want to pay attention to my nutrition, and how best to fuel my body for 13.1 I want to fully training, not missing a day because of laziness, or using an excuse, but truly focus on training the best I can, so I have NO EXCUSE on race day. I don't want to finish, disappointed at my time, knowing I didn't do everything I could. I want that 2:10 time. It's what I've been aiming for since my first race. I've gotten my time down to 2:20, last year, and I know knocking 10 minutes off my time, at age 30, will be a challenge. Gladly accepted!

I can't wait till 12 weeks from see my coworkers finish this race, to see that shiny race medal around their neck, to get that awesome post-race picture, to congratulate them on such an accomplishment. This will be a fun, challenging, hard, worth it 12 weeks for all of us.