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

New Routes

February 28th, 2010

I keep dreading the idea of posting, I feel boring! I don’t have anything to say, I don’t have cool pictures to post. well, I feel bad for abandoning the blog, especially with all 3 of my spam comments! I can’t abandon the spammers now when I’m just starting to be noticed by them.

Well, whatever. Today I ran 14 miles for a grand total of 37 miles this week. My training plan had 16 miles scheduled, but I pushed myself way too hard and too fast yesterday on my group run and my legs were toast today. Combined with an insufficient pre-long run breakfast, I was hungry, exhausted and decided to pack it in after 14 not very fast miles (2h 18m or 9:51/mile). I ran a new 9 mile loop that I haven’t tried before, and for the most part, it was nice. A wooded and windy road with hardly a car in sight, it reminded me of running in Delaware.

Long runs are tough mentally for me, I struggle to just let go and get in that running zone. Instead of just zoning out and letting the miles tick away, I struggle. I think too much. I take gu breaks. water breaks. walk breaks. I keep breaking things up instead of just running. I think that finding a running partner for my long runs would make a big difference for me since my long runs are such mental games anyway, so who knows what I’ll come up with.

Other than Saturday group runs, I run alone. I need to change that.

9 weeks left to marathon Saturday, planning on 40+ miles next week.

Weekend Runs

February 14th, 2010

On Saturday morning, I met up with the local running group again. Last week, I was the only woman out of the 6 or 7 people who attended, but yesterday it was completely reversed with 5 or so women and only 3 guys. I’m really enjoying running with a group and I think I may have found a training partner to do some of my week runs with.

We ended up running 5 miles together and I finished up with a 1/2 mile run home for a total of 5.5 miles in 47:06 or 8:33/mile average.

This morning I ran 13 miles, the longest I’ve run so far in this training cycle.  I woke up this morning at 5am when two certain cats decided to climb on my head. The joys of pet ownership. I couldn’t fall back asleep because I was hungry and keyed up, but my alarm clock was set for 6:30, so I stayed in bed until around then.

Weatherbug said 9*F, so I bundled up in a thin long sleeve tech shirt, a thicker pullover tech shirt, a very thin shell type jacket, balega crew socks and tights. Ugly Hat of Many Colors and fleece gloves too. 1/2 a cup of nasty left over coffee and a bowl of cereal and I was out the door. And it was verrry cold. My hands legs were especially chilly. I wore my fuel belt since there aren’t any water fountains on my route, which always makes me feel like a dork/weirdo.

I decided to run around the lake, a  7 mile loop and then do another shorter loop to make up 13 miles. I felt pretty good for the first half. Despite taking some chocolate Gu, I started to get pretty tired, especially after mile 8 and having my water bottles freeze didn’t help matters. But I kept going and finished strong with a final mile of 8:48.

Total: 2:04, 13 miles – average 9:32/mi

Splits: 9:13, 9:14, 8:57, 9:07, 9:17, 9:00, 10:14, 9:50, 9:01, 11:38 (tired & very icy), 9:56, 9:28, 8:48

Planning

February 9th, 2010

I’ve been having terrible writer’s block with this entry. Every time I sit down to write something, I can’t think of anything worth posting.

Well, let me just start off by reviewing my running last week:

Monday (Feb 1) – 6 miles in 62 min (10:20 pace)
Tuesday
– rest day
Wednesday
– 6 miles in 55 min + 5 x striders (9:07 pace)
Thursday – 4 miles in just under 36 minutes (8:57 pace)
Friday
– rest day
Saturday
– 8 miles in 71min (8:52 pace)
Sunday – 4 miles in 37 min  (9:11 pace)

Total Mileage: 28 miles in 5 runs

Not a bad week, especially considering I was pretty sick on Monday, so I was pretty slow that day and took some walking breaks. I would have liked to do a long run on Saturday of 10 or 12 miles, but I decided to try running with the local running group for the first time instead.It was really great actually, and I may dedicate an entry to running with a group in the future, but for now I’ll just say that while I did run considerably faster than I am used to running by myself, I didn’t get the mileage in.

I think this week I may run for 40 minutes or so before meeting up with the group and then tack some additional miles on to the end if needed. Or I might just plan on getting my long run in on Sunday instead, I’m really not sure which is the better plan.

I’m concerned because as of yesterday (Monday, Feb 8), I am 12 weeks out from the Wisconsin marathon and my training has been generally pretty so-so up to now. I really need to work harder on getting my long runs done every weekend or I will be suffering on marathon day.  And I still don’t have a marathon training plan! I’ve been making it up as I go along, which I don’t think is a good idea. I should probably spend this morning reading up and deciding what I want to do.  Any thoughts?

A few of my favorite things…

February 8th, 2010

10 things that make me happy, some running related, some less so.  I’m keeping humans off this list, so just assume my husband and family and friends and such (usually) make me happy.

10. Always Sunny in Philadelphia – this show is the bestest. Liking this show is a pre-requisite for being my friend. (well not really, well maybe really).

9.  Pizza and wine nights – how can you not love them?

8. Shorty shorts –  I miss these suckers – Wisconsin winters mean my legs have haven’t seen the sun since about mid October.

7.  Books – I am a librarian, nuff said.

6. My kitties – they drive me nuts, but they are sweet and I love them. Do wish they wouldn’t spend so much time plotting ways to interrupt my sleep.

5. Oatmeal and Peanut Butter – My number one breakfast since high school. I have probably eaten 5000 bowls of this stuff and I never get tired of it.

4.  Ipod Nano – Love my nano, and by proxy – Excellent music and running podcasts.

3.  Coffee, sweet sweet coffee. Preferably freshly ground Alterra Columbian roast.

2.   Brooks Launch! – Brooks are the best and these ones make me feel SPEEDY. Look at me so fast and intimidating with my lime green shoes.

1. Mr. Garmin – my OCD LOVES my garmin. Oh the numbers, oh the obsessing. Be still my beating heart.

Wisconsin Marathon

February 5th, 2010

Got my entry confirmation today!

Intro

February 4th, 2010

See this is the thing, I love reading blogs, running blogs, food blogs, style blogs (the list does go on), but not maintaining my own blog means that feel a little bit like a creeper. I want to be one of the cool kids! So, this is probably the third blog that I have started, but hey third time’s the charm, right?

I had a hard time figuring out what kind of blog I wanted to create, I do love my food bloggies (Sup Snackface?,  Sup PB&J?), so that was an option. But running is my thang and I think this is a good outlet for me to ramble on about running and hold me accountable for running consistently. I might still post some meals and such on occasion, but only if they are super awesome.

I should probably give some of the requisite introductory materials. Well my name is Julie and I’m a twenty-something runner. I first started running the summer before I started high school, and I have been running ever since. Well, pretty much ever since, I have had a few set backs and I hardly ran at all during grad school. I do post my training on the Daily Mile so you can check that if you want and be my friend!

I am currently training for a spring marathon – in particular, the Wisconsin Marathon in Kenosha on May 1st. I’m about 12/13 weeks out and pretty much making my training up as I go along, which is not the smartest thing I’ve ever done, but unfortunately, probably not the dumbest either. I would like to attempt a sub-4, so around a 9:00 min per mile average would be most excellent.

So here is my blog, I plan to post daily-ish updates and hopefully no one will be so bored that they start throwing rocks in my general direction.

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