Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
It blows my mind most of you guys run long distances at my interval paces. Good news -- I am not the slowest person at my speedsessions anymore. A couple of new girls have been showing up lately and they started running the 800 with me. They both took off half way through and finished before me, BUT they were only able to do 2 of the 800's before they quit on the workout. I wonder if they'll slow down next time? A couple of things I need to work on: Pace - I was supposed to run the 800's closer to 5:00, but the first two just felt so good I stuck with it. The second two, not so much. I know hitting your time is very important and will definitely come into play when I begin to do longer intervals like mile repeats etc. Bottom line, I need to hold back at the beginning of the interval. Rest Intervals - Again, go out too fast and I need a longer rest interval before I can hit the next one. This is not what I need to be doing. I need to hold back so that I can take shorter rests. I was supposed to only take about :45 rest, but I was all over the place. PAY ATTENTION when I hit my lap button and stay engaged on the rest intervals. **I had no idea I was supposed to do the 400's and only found out after I hit the head and saw one of the guys doing them. (Usually I am one of the last ones to finish). So that was kind of a shocker and had I known that I probably would have gone slower on the 800's like I should have done regardless. ************ Swim: 1700 meters/~45 minutes
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
If you ever get the opportunity - DO IT!! I was so fun. My legs were so sore the next day and I was like, "why are my legs so sore, I only ran 8 miles yesterday" and then I realized. I rode a frekin' mechanical bull and held on for dear life with my legs. Now I understand why bull riders walk so funny. Damn.
Project Suck - It: Week 1 went down without a hitch. The only problem - does anyone know how to retrieve Garmin data when it wont automatically download to connectgarmin.com? I did a hill workout Thursday, but for some reason it wont download. I even tried to "force" it to sync with my computer but nothing. Sometimes when that happens it usually gets downloaded with my next workout, but that didn't happen. It's driving me nuts.
Week 1 total miles: 26
Friday, June 19, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Next week I will post some of my goals for this training cycle as well as for the marathon.
On the coaching front -- technically my coaching will start beginning July, but I am pretty much being coached by him already considering he owns the store I run out of, heads the workouts, and tells me exactly what to do. He is also training for the same marathon so I think most of the group workouts will cater around our plan. Hopefully that means plenty of people to run long runs with.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Pre-race smiles My strategy: run comfortably strong all the way through. Since it was all hills, I couldn't rely on mile splits or time.
My goal: Sub 1:15
Mile 1.5 was all down hill so what to say about that. What goes up, must come down right. I was really concentrating on my form here. Trying to run strong knowing that even though I had done about 10 minutes of plyos and warm - up, I didn't want to open it up and fly to hard right out of the gate.
Mile 1: 8:58
Mile 2: 9:23
Mile 3 & 4 had a major climb and I really wanted to make it up without stopping. I was really trying to draw energy from the strong runners ahead of me, but I had to stop towards the top. I didn't want to waste myself before the halfway point. A little high school kid picked me up before the top and helped get me through it. Thanks kid - good luck in your mile swim coming up Friday!
Mile 3: 10:17 (super proud of that split)
Mile 4: 10:04
Mile 5 had a sharp climb at the end of a long steady climb so I held on again for as long as I could. I tried to draft of a couple of women who were running very strong, but I just couldn't make it up without a little power walk.
Mile 5: 10:17 (again, super proud of that split and how weird that it's the same as mile 3)
The first half of mile six had somewhat steady terrain and I was able to regroup and mentally pump myself up. What a difference positive self - talk makes. I couldn't believe just last week I was actually talking myself down so much. Why did I do that to myself? I was closing in on the last mile. Mile 6.5 - 7 was the climb to the top where we started (remember that 1st mile 8:58 downhill split).
Mile 6: 10:08
By mile 7 all those hills were catching up to me and I had to stop so that I could finish strong. I am a little disappointed here though. I only walked a total of three times and each time I tried to keep it to a minimum (under 20 sec), but I must have walked longer here, plus it was all uphill so I know I was moving slower.
Mile 7: 11:49 (I didn't think I was going that slow)
The last half I knew I was so close to sub 1:15, I was trying to give it all I had. I was weaving in and out of people trying to beat the clock so hard.
I was really fighting the lactic here.
My eye was on the finish line - please let it be sub 1:15. I didn't even want to look at my watch, I just wanted to put my head down and go for the last gut check.
Final Time: 1:15:37
(10:04 ave pace/Total elevation gain: 4,425 ft.)
:38 seconds off, but I'm not going to let me get down about it. That was a hard f'ng course and next year who knows, maybe my goal will be sub 1:10!
More pics courtesy of my personal photographer (and it's my blog so I can have as many pictures of myself as I want right):
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
- I need to loose a couple of pounds in the next few weeks. Marathon training starts this month and I know I wont be loosing any weight once I start logging big miles. I think my weight loss goal might make a comeback in the sidebar.
- General eating: Stop eating like it's my job. For the last month I have been eating whatever I want, whenever I want. I'm a big believer in giving into your cravings, but this is out of control. I need to go back to my 'normal' ways, eating for fuel and craving healthy foods.
- Swim: at least 2x a week. Stop the pussy-footing around it. I love it and it's the perfect workout. Why I am slacking here?
To end on a positive note, I got my hair done Saturday and I am once again, convinced I have the best hairdresser and she is worth every penny. This is the next morning. I did absolutely nothing to it - no brush, no product, nada and it still looks better than when I do it.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Today I did a 10k. It was a very low key event and I really didn't 'train' for it, but I was expecting a much better performance. The check-in was pretty chaotic. Thank goodness is was a fairly small event because there was a problem with the pre-registered participants and we had to essentially re-register. It took longer than expected and I didn't have much time in between checking in and the start. I ran for a couple minutes warm up then I did a few plyos to loosen up the muscles. Despite the problems with check in, the race started on time which was actually pretty impressive. My strategy was to start out at about a 9:30 pace then around mile 4 pick it up a bit and finish strong. When I was approaching the first mile mark I realized I forgot to change my garmie to time every mile so I was immediately kicking myself. (Note to self: take even the smallest races more seriously and be prepared the night before.) The first mile I covered in 9:26 so I guess mission accomplished there. I am not interested in hashing out the mathematical details in trying to figure out my my mile splits, but I will post my garmin link for those that are interested in seeing just how shitty I am. Upside - maybe it will make you feel better. The second mile was basically a down hill. I actually got a side ace from it though. What's up with that? The third and fourth were good to go but mile 5 - 6 were pretty much incline. I'm over these fucking hills. Yeah, I know they are supposed to be good for you but c'mon how the hell am I ever supposed to get any confidence when I am either recovering or climbing. Annoying!! I stopped at mile 5 for about 30 seconds to sip on some water. The negative trash talk was full force inside my head by this point. "What the fuck are you doing calling yourself a 'runner'? Your so damn slow. Seriously, give it up. What's the point of all this training? Blood. sweat, tears, blisters the size of Mt. McKinley, soreness - for what, to get passed by some bitch with a full face of make up and a fake nails who probably has never done a speedwork session in her life. I pretty much hated life with a passion at this point. I had a good kick at the end when a female in front of me was struggling and I tried to encourage her (I guess it was one of those "fake a smile when your grumpy and see how it improves your mood" moments because I did end up finishing strong. Overall I feel like shit about the whole thing. I am so disappointed in myself. I want so badly to become the swift fast strong runner you all are, but it seems like nothing I do makes a difference. I train diligently. How patient do I have to be to see result? I am not born with the gift of speed or the freakishly low heart rate but c'mon somethings gotta give. I guess there is nothing like a disappointing race to force you to re-evaluate what your abilities are. I am coming back full-fucking-force. No bullshit. I am so completely determined to get faster that I am going to make myself and everyone around me crazy. Portland marathon training starts in a couple of weeks. I have one more race next weekend (which I am not looking forward to because it is a crazy ass course but I am going to treat as a training run) then I will officially start marathon training. No holds barred for this. I am going to eat, sleep, dream about running. I'll even piss sweat I'll be training so hard. I am trying to think of a good name for this next four months. I'm thinking of calling it:
Project Suck It
....as in suck it up bitch because you are going to get faster if it fucking kills you.
Sorry for the pity party potty mouth but I know you guys will understand. Here are the hairy details: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/6613170
Thursday, June 4, 2009