Archive for November, 2009

Turkey Trot

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We sure did! Thursday morning was the yearly Turkey Trot. It was a cool morning but definitely not as cold as it has been in the past. It was a great race! My time was 16:10, that is an 8:05 pace! My goal was an 8 min/mile pace and 16 min total, I did not hit that goal but I was very pleased. This was a personal record and I got 1st place in my age group out of 12 girls! I have never won 1st placed with real competition so I was SO excited!! My dad and both sisters ran as well! They all did so good and I am so proud of them!

This week I started speed work. I ran mile repeats (1 mile at a fast pace, jog for 400 meters then do it again) on Tuesday. Then on Friday I ran a tempo run (1 mile warm up, 7 miles at my goal Marathon pace and 1 mile cool down) and the Sunday, Ledah, Dad and I headed out for a long run. It was cold, wet and windy! I am not going to lie, it was a tough run! My knees and hips continue to bother me during the cold weather and I realized I really need to strengthen my legs. I will be doing lots of lunges and squats over the next month! Ledah ran 14 with us and then we dropped her off ¬†and we headed out for 4 more! Let’s just say I was glad to be finished with that run!

I headed home and my wonderful husband had an ice bath waiting for me. It was tough because I was so cold, but I knew my legs would thank me later. I can only imagine how sore I would have been without it because my legs were very sore and achy all day sunday. I did a lot of laying around. I slept great last night and feel great today! I am ready for a good week of training and a 20 mile on saturday!

Don’t let the cold keep you in! Bundle up and see you on the road!

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Thankful

Since the last post a lot of mile have been run and a lot has gone on. 2 weeks ago I ran 16 miles! I took off early Sunday morning with my dad. Felt great in the beginning. I have really enjoyed running in the dark because you can’t see how far you still have to go. We carried water with us but about mile 12 we decided to stop to go to the bathroom at a convenience store and decided to pick up a gatorade. It hit the spot. I told myself that every half mile I could take a drink and it got me to mile 16. When we hit mile 16, we still had a little more than half a mile back to the house. We slowed down the pace and jogged. That last half mile was the worst part of the whole run! I was hurting so bad and very glad my dad was there to keep me going! It felt so good to finish 16!!!

Then next week was a crazy week and I did not hit my miles for the week. I was supposed to run high miles during the week but that did not happen. I just decided to refocus this week and get back in a routine. That is what I did with Ledahs help. We got up even earlier than usual on Friday and ran 10 together and then I finished 4 more miles to get my 14. It was good. I have had trouble on log runs getting cold. I am warm at first but them wearing wet clothes for so long really bothers me. I am going to have to find some new gloves. My hands get so cold and my gloves get wet on the inside once I start warming up and them don’t dry, which then keeps my hands cold and wet which is miserable. This is why you train though! You train your body but also figure out what works and what doesn’t. So now I continue to try new things till I find what works! Ill keep you posted!

This week is the Turkey Trot on Thursday which will be a quick 2 mile race and I am hoping to PR and truly see what kind of shape I am in. I will run 18 miles this weekend and am nervous but also looking forward to it! I am also trying to plan ahead and be prepared for all the yummy food that will be in front of me on Thursday!

I can’t finish this post without reflecting on a few things that I am thankful for. First of all I am thankful for all the ways that God has blessed me and my family this year! He has truly shown that he is in control in every situation and all things will work out for His glory! I am so very thankful for my amazing husband who supports me and loves me unconditionally. He is my biggest fan and I could not train for a full marathon without him! I am thankful for my family, my wonderful parents and sisters! I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to run a marathon with my dad! He inspired me to start running and this will be an amazing experience! I am so thankful for new and old friends! I won’t list all of you but want to thank each one of you for your love and friendship!

Hope each of you has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Longest Run

Yesterday morning, I got up and met up with Ledah to begin our long run. We were scheduled to run 13 but the route we took ended up being 14. We were both ok with that though. I was actually very excited about that extra mile because it is longer than I have ever run before! I was ready to run more than 13 and really start adding the miles! We had a great run. It was cold but it was great training. Ledah put out water and Gatorade for us and we both took 2 gels throughout the run. We both finished strong and I was so excited to go further than I had ever gone!
Post run, I stopped to get a chug of Chocolate milk! The best post-run recovery drink! Then ate my usual scrambled eggs. My legs were tired and starting to feel sore. I knew that Ledah always takes ice baths after long runs and she says they really help. I decided it wouldn’t hurt anything to try. I will be honest with you… it was miserable! The first few minutes it hurt and it took my breath away but after a few minutes it was bearable. I stayed in for probably 7 or 8 minutes. My legs did feel better after the ice bath and was curious to see how I felt later. Well, I felt so much better than I thought I would and today I am not sore at all!! Thats awesome! Yes my legs feel fatigued and I am taking the day off as I usually do after long runs, but I know they will be ready for an easy run in the morning! I will be taking ice baths from now on after long runs or hard workouts!! Here is an article that also was convincing and helpful! Ice Baths: Cold Therapy

Now for my October totals!!
127.2 miles in 21 hrs 53 minutes
This years totals so far: 547.4 miles and a total time of 88 hrs 12 minutes which is 3 days and 16 hrs of running!!!

Training is going so well! I am so excited to run 16 this saturday!
See you on the road!