Trailbreaker Half Marathon – Mini Report

March 31st, 2010

March 27, 2010 – Trailbreaker Half Marathon – Waukesha, WI
NEW PR! – 1:46:22

Full report to come…

Upcoming…

March 24th, 2010

Trailbreaker 1/2 Marathon this weekend! I’m so excited that I haven’t been too productive lately. Longer post to come, I just feel bad not posting regularly.

19 Miles later…

March 15th, 2010

So, yesterday (Sunday, March 14), I ran 19 miles – my longest run yet for this training cycle. (fyi – I’m typing this with both my laptop and an extremely large purring orange cat on my lap, so I can’t vouch for my typing skills.) I had planned on doing 20 miles but things didn’t really come together for that. However, it was still pretty much a success in my mind.

I was meeting a friend from the Daily Mile at 8am to our start long runs. We had originally planned on 7am, but daylight savings time foiled me again so we pushed back the time to 8am. I got up around 7, and thankfully the forecast was 40F with no rain, so I got dressed in my running gear – running capris, a short sleeve tech shirt and a thin zippered hoody jacket, and ate 1/2 a cup of oatmeal with a tablespoon of pb and 1/2 a cup of coffee. I left the house at 7:30 and got to the bike trail parking lot 20 minutes later.

It was really nice meeting Cara! It was such a nice change running with someone else for my long run and she definitely wasn’t an internet creeper. We started running down the bike path and chatting away, so much that we ran our first mile in 8:10. Whoops, neither of us had any plans to run our long run at 8:10 pace. After a few miles we settled into 8:45 or so pace, which felt pretty good and the bike path scenery was pretty so the miles went by quickly.

Not my picture, but this is the trail where we ran.

Except that my stomach started to bother me and unfortunately all of the bathrooms along the course were locked. By the time we got to the trail head – we had started about 7 miles out from it – I was ready to pop a squat, so I was incredibly relieved when to find out that those bathrooms were open.  I’ll spare you the details, but I’m seriously considering writing thank you notes to the local Park Dept for keeping that building unlocked.

I took my first chocolate GU post-bathroom break and we set back off on the bike path, still feeling pretty good. My legs started to tighten up and my feet were hurting by around the 13 mile mark – although we did manage to hit 13.1 miles in 1:54 and change. Not too bad! I stopped to stretch out around 14 miles and soon after I got really hungry and started falling apart. When we got back to where we had parked at 14.5 miles,  I took my 2nd GU, but I didn’t feel much better. I split up Cara after the 16 mi and she went on to run a total of 22.5 miles – beast! I got through another 3 miles that included a sorry amount of walk breaks and few 11minute miles, for a total of 19 and was more than happy with that. I even made a quick excursion to Pick’N’Save at 18 miles for a pee break and a nutella and graham cracker sample. holy moly, it was delicious, I would have seriously gone back for seconds if I could have gotten away with it.

Total: 19 miles in 2:57 or 9:18/mile

On the race front, my schedule has changed. I didn’t run the Shamrock 5k on Saturday and now I’m not planning on doing the Southshore Half Marathon. Instead I’m going to run the Trailbreaker 1/2 Marathon on Waukesha on March 27th because I think it will be a nicer race and it fits into my training schedule much better.

Coming Soon

March 14th, 2010

Tomorrow, I’ll have a report on today’s 19 mile long run! A real update I swear. And here is a picture of a kitten.

Yet Another Run

March 9th, 2010

Just got back from a quick 5 mile recovery run (44:08 or 8:49/mile for anyone keeping score), I feel good mentally and it was a nice run. It felt very short, which I suppose is a side effect of doing these crazy long runs. The only downside is that my legs feel kind of out of it and my left knee felt achy. I am a little bit concerned about that and I absolutely don’t want to get sidelined with an injury, so I’m going to make an effort to really take it easy this week. So, I’ll be resting when I feel like resting, running slower than I can run and maybe even forcing myself to do some cross training. I don’t have a gym membership right now, so I don’t have an elliptical machine or exercise bike to use, but I’ll figure something out.

So, I’m not sure if I’m going to race that 5k on Saturday or not, but I will be running 20 miles on Sunday. So BRING IT ON.

Also, check out my new running swag!:

A copy of Matt Fitzgerald’s new book Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance and a new pair of Tifosi Dea T – 1710 sunglasses. Wicked! I also got a 26.2 magnet for my car,  but I’ll have to photograph that later.  I haven’t read the book yet, but I will post a review after I do. I did, however, test out the sunglasses today on my run.They are awesome, I highly recommend them!  A really nice change from going blind from all the snow/sun reflections and they are super comfortable to run in. I don’t have any pictures of me wearing them,  so you’re spared from seeing my face. Shucks.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for today.

Sunday Long Runs

March 8th, 2010

Yesterday, I ran a 17 mile long run on Milwaukee’s Lakefront, it was gorgeous. I especially loved Lake Park, since it sits between the waterfront and a neighborhood of amazingly beautiful (and enormous) million dollar houses. The architecture of these houses is just stunning and every single one is different, I wish I had thought to bring my camera with me yesterday. It was a nice change from running in my dinky town all the time, although I could have done without the 40 minute drive both ways.

I also came to the conclusion that wearing my fuel belt screws me up mentally. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I find that when I’m supposed to be doing my long run and I’m wearing that thing, all I can think about is how long until I take a break, and then I end up taking a million walking breaks during my run, which I talked about last week. I was having a pretty crappy, can’t focus, slippery ice is annoying kind of run through about the 6 or 7 mile mark, until I decided I should run back to my car, dump the fuel belt and then get on with the damn thing.  And miraculously, I had a much better run for the rest of it.  I think the problem is that wearing a fuel belt is a reminder, this is not a normal run, this is a long run, you are going to be running for hours, you look like a spaz, this is going to be boring, might as well save some energy by taking a walk break about here.

Well, next week I have plans to run a 20 mile long run with a friend I met on Daily Mile and I think that will make a big difference. I’m also still on the fence about that 5k next Saturday, I need someone to help me decide if I should run it or not.

Happy Friday!

March 5th, 2010

This has been a great running week for me so far. I have just felt so peppy and motivated and really enjoyed running. Not to mention that I actually feel quite fit and my runs have been a bit faster than normal. For the rest of the week, I have five miles planned this afternoon, Saturday is my off day and then on Sunday I have a long run of 17 miles on the schedule. That would bring me to a total of 46 miles, the most of I’ve run in a week so far this training schedule. And probably several years to be perfectly honest. I used to average around 40-50 miles/week back in college, but that was a good 4 or 5 years ago.

I think this week’s long run is going to go much better than last week’s, although I’m not sure yet where I’m going to run. The longest running loop that I have in town is 10 miles, so I could do that, plus a shorter 7 mile loop – or I could try to stretch out the 10 mile loop by adding some different roads that I haven’t run on before. Decisions, decisions.  I’m still undecided about my fuel belt too. I like having the water with me while I’m running, but I hate wearing it!

Sleep has unfortunately been a problem this week. I have a hard time falling asleep and then I wake up over and over and over again through the night, tossing and turning and I just cannot seem to get comfortable. Add to that mix a bunch of cats draped all over me or randomly deciding that 3:30am is loud purr and cuddle time, certainly isn’t helping. But, I’ll get through it, even if it means kicking the cats out of the bedroom. And in the mean time, there’s always coffee.

Well, that’s all I’ve got… But there are some exciting things coming in the mail for me that I want to post about soon.

Warmer Weather

March 2nd, 2010

It’s been nice in WI these past few days! I’ve actually seen the sun! Little bits of grass next to the sidewalk are visible now, which is pretty exciting considering that the ground has been snow covered since the beginning of December.

So these few hints of Spring and temperatures that have actually hit above freezing (just barely, but let’s count it anyway), mean the grand return of such amazing things like SHORTS! I love running in shorts. Running capris are okay, I wore them out running today since it was around 30  degrees when I left for my run. But nothing beats running in shorts after a long frigid winter of running tights.

Speaking of runs, I had a glorious 8 mile run today in 68 minutes and change or 8:33/mile. I feel fast! I like it. I realize, I’m not exactly going to break any speed records here, but I’m feeling in shape and it’s such a nice rewarding feeling. Maybe I’ll actually PR in some races this year. It could in fact happen!

Well, that’s all I’ve got, maybe I’ll come up with something a little more interesting tomorrow. Or I’ll actually take some photos while I’m out for my run, so I can cut down on all this tl;dr stuff.

Spring Races

March 1st, 2010

So, I know I’m running the Wisconsin Marathon on May 1st, but I’ve been thinking about what other races I want to incorporate into my running plan.

I would absolutely love to get my 5k PR down – I don’t think my current PR (24:24 if I have my records straight) is anywhere near my potential. Especially considering my 10K pr is 48:50, almost exactly 2x’s my 5k PR. Crazy. So, I think planning one or two spring 5ks would be a good idea, as well as concentrating on them more over the summer.  Aside from high school cross country, I really haven’t run very many races over my running career.

So here are two races I’m thinking about incorporating in my spring training plan:

The Blarney Run 5k– Saturday, March 13th 2010 at 12:00 AM

South Shore Half Marathon – Saturday, April 10th 2010 at 8:30 AM

My only problem with the 5k is that it’s the same day as my next group run and I really love going to group runs. It’s not a huge deal missing them – I work some Saturdays, including this one, so I can’t always make it – but I really enjoy them! It’s all about meeting people, camaraderie, and faster paced runs than I usually manage on my own.  But, I think I could benefit from the 5k, even if it does mean running 18 miles the next day.

The 1/2 Marathon should be good, it’s a very low-key club race ($10 entry fee!) and I’ll probably add on 7 miles afterwards, since I’m scheduled to my last 20 mile run that weekend. I would like to run it for speed and see how well I could do, but I think doing my last 20 mile run before the marathon is more important.

Just nine weeks until the marathon! I’m scheduled for today as my off day, but I don’t work  today and the temp may in fact reach a very nice 35*F – which is probably the warmest I’ve seen since November. Shorts weather! I don’t think I can say no to a short recovery run in that kind of weather.

February Wrap Up

March 1st, 2010

February 2010

Total miles: 133

# of Runs: 19

Average pace: 9:21/mile