Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Nuese River Bridge Half Marathon

cloudy.
70 degrees.
100% humidity with no rain and no wind. Stagnant. Gross.

Even though I didn't get my 50 degrees like I wanted, I had trained hard and felt confident in my ability.

The race starts and I'm feeling great! excited! I tried to stay relaxed but in control and hit mile 1 at 8:53, even running up the hill on the bridge!

I swear I don't really run with my hands like that. What am I doing?


Mile 2 - 8:38
Mile 3 - 8:57
Mile 4  was my first walking break. I was SO thirsty and so hot. I tried to grab water earlier but my hands were shaky, I was kind of dizzy and dropped the cup. So this time I walked to make sure I could actually drink it. 9:29

Mile 5 something happened to me. Out of nowhere I felt horrible. HORRIBLE. I wanted to stop running and go home. I was hot, stomach upset, dizzy, shaky, I couldn't catch my breath, etc. This is NOT what I trained for. 9:34

Miles 6-11 were a blur of pain and suffering, slogging along, trying not to quit but wanting to lay down on the road. I walked every time there was a water station and tried to get my breathing under control. My legs were not the problem, everything else was. 9:44, 10:03, 10:23, 10:30, 10:40, 10:38.

Mile 12 - Oh my goodness I'm going to finish!!!! Only 1 mile left!!!! YES! 10:45
Mile 13 - Almost there, almost there, almost there, I can stop REALLY soon. 10:30
last.2 - finish!!!!! (8:54 pace)





Finish time of 2:10 (9:51 pace). I'm disappointed because I trained so hard but I has serious flashbacks to my marathon when the weather was just not on my side. Actually, with all the walking I did, my time isn't too bad.

The thing that is really frustrating is how horrible I felt the majority of the race. I did not have fun. I did not enjoy myself. It was straight up a sucky day.

After the race, I started my (now typical) throwing up. I threw up for 5 or 6 hours and wanted to die. After researching Dr. Google a little bit, I think I had a bad reaction to higher levels of caffeine.  (by higher, I mean anything over 65 mg) I naturally have low blood pressure and low blood sugar and by adding caffeine and hot weather, it's a disaster.

Note: After the race I came home and looked at the results online. First place in my age group finished at 1:56. There were 77 finishers in my age group and only 3 of them were below 2 hours. Slow times all around. I looked up results from previous years and there were 20-30 finishers below 2 hours then. I think the weather affected everyone.

Looks like my sub 2 is going to be in 2014.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

It's on like Donkey Kong

I am such a nerd.

Moving on.

So, half marathon on Saturday. It looks like the weather forecast changed and it is now supposed to be 65 degrees at the race start. When am I going to get a break for the weather during race day?!

It's going to be warmer than I wanted it to be, so I'll just have to keep an eye on how I feel. Here are the goals. ish.

Main Goal - Sub 2. That's a 9:09 pace (in case you didn't know) which I think I can hold if I feel good and the weather is perfect. Right now it doesn't look like the weather will be perfect, but you never know.

Realistic Goal - 2:04, this is a 9:30 pace which I'm pretty confident that I can do even in not perfect weather.

Angel singing and unicorns dancing at the finish line everything comes together with magic goal - 1:57. 9 minutes flat pace. Pretty unrealistic for this race but hey, it's possible.

Bad Day goal - Anything under 2:11. That was my time the last half marathon I did (3 years ago), so it will be a PR, but I'm in much better shape now so I would be pretty upset if I was close to this.

Now to pick out my outfit. Priorities!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Pirate 5K

Spoiler alert......

PR!!!!

1st in AG!!!!!

Okay, now to the deets.

64-ish degrees with high humidity still, so it was a ~touch~ warm for me. I'm a hot runner (I mean, it hurts to look this good. kidding, I mean temperature hot) so 50 degrees is perfection for me. even lower is okay.

So the start - I ALWAYS start too fast and this was no exception. I don't know what my deal is! I probably just don't want to be beaten by the 8 year olds. Only 1/4 mile into the race and my breathing was way off - which could have been nerves as well - so I just tried to stay relaxed and breathe! I calmed down and started feeling better and hit:

Mile 1 - 7:48

WHAT?! That's my new mile PR! I can't believe I just clocked a mile in a race in the 7's! I can do this!!! About mile 1.5 I was REALLY hot and having a hard time breathing, I tried to keep it strong since I did so good in the first mile but it HURT. My legs felt amazing but my breathing was all over the place. There was a 15 year old girl in my sights about 20 yards in front of me and I just tried to hang with her.

Mile 2 - 8:22

And I'm dying. I'm really dying. Why does racing matter? No, no, you can DO this. hang in there, only 3 songs left. I'm walking, this is stupid. NO, you are strong, finish strong! Holy crap I passed the 15 year old! YES! Hold her off. Holy crap I'm going to puke. Hmmm, legs still feel great. weird.

Mile 3 - 8:36

I'm still in the 8's?? awesome! I really thought that last mile was in the 9's. Strong! .1 left, Do it, do it! (I'm going to pass out). CRAP! 15 year old girl just out kicked me!! Sprint to the finish!!!! 

last .15 (little long) at 7:36 pace

I finished and tried not to collapse had my hands on the knees leaning over, gasping for air. 3.15 miles in 25:56 (8:13 pace). MAJOR PR. My last race 5K was 27:27. I was 5th female overall and 1st in my age group. (the 15 year old in front of me runs cross country. I didn't catch her)

Although I still didn't break 25 minutes, I did AMAZING for me. I'm really proud of myself and know I can just keep getting better. woo to the hoo!

It is really amazing how badly 5K's hurt. There are just no words. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Race Prep



Weather forecast: low of 57, high of 71 - race starts at 9am, so I'm thinking 60-ish degrees?

Race time Prediction

What I know I can do: 27:00 (8:41 average)

What I can do with good weather: 26:24 (8:30 average)

What I think I can do with good weather: 25:53 (8:20 average)

What I hope to do: 24:57 (8:01 average)

Race playlist

Music sounds better - Big Time Rush
What makes you beautiful - One Direction
Lightening - The Wanted
Heels Over Head - Boys Like Girls
Alright - Hot Chelle Rae
Girl Like That - Every Avenue
Runaway Baby - Bruno Mars (just TRY to not run fast to this song)
So What - P!nk
Starships - Glee Version
She Likes -  - Forever the Sickest Kids

~ 29 minutes

That means I put my best RUN FAST song about 6 1/2 minutes from the end which should give me my last push to the finish line, and I have a minute or two to play music at the start of the race.

Now to pick my outfit...


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sleeping in can pay off

This morning when my alarm went off at 5am, I grudgingly got up and heard this weird sound outside. I looked out the window and saw rain and wind so strong it looked like the trees were bending sideways.

Back to bed it is.

I thought I would take the 2 little boys in the bike trailer (it can turn into a sort of jogger stroller) and do my tempo run when the rain stopped. 6 miles tempo with 1 mile warm up and cool down = 8 total.

one mile into my run I realized how stupid this was. the blasting wind created this crazy parachute out of it and I could barely "run" faster than a walk. I did 3 miles and called it quits. I'd tackle the last 5 when Dave got home from work (Thank HEAVENS he doesn't stay at work until 9pm any more).

5:45pm, I head out AGAIN to do my 5 miles at (hopefully) a 9 minute mile pace. I knew I'd be back by 6:30 if I was successful. I hit my one mile landmark I checked my garmin to see what kind of speed I was holding and realized it never picked up the satellite signal. hmmm...

It took Mr. G thirty-one minutes to pick up the satellite and start recording distance. After it got the first mile at 8:38 I realized that I didn't need to do an entire 45 minutes. I was thinking I'd stop at 43:30 and then map my route once I got home. So I map it and get 5.12 miles = 8:29 average pace.

My 5 mile race I did in March - 8:44 average pace
5K in June - 8:45 average pace

I DESTROYED all my best times tonight! hahahaha!!!

Oh, and that's on no caffeine. :)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Power of Positive thinking (or just plain competitiveness)

I haven't been sleeping well lately. I am tired but I can't turn my brain off because I have a lot going on and am excited about some stuff. 2 weeks of no sleep and my morning running is suffering. Big time.

Yesterday morning when my alarm went off at 5am I wanted to cry. I turned it off and went back to sleep until 7. That meant I would have to run that evening when Dave got home from work. Problem? Not really because it was super hot yesterday and a cool front would be coming through in the evening, making my run much more enjoyable. (especially since I had speed work on the agenda.)

Husband home, leave the house at 6pm, 78 degrees and 183645% humidity. That's right, cold front won't be hitting until midnight. dagnabbit!

Well, I was to do five 800's with 3 minutes of rest in between and because recently found out the Dave's sister (who only started running very recently) ran her first 5K and clocked in at 24:15!!! That's a 7:50 minute mile pace - in case you were wondering. I've never even run ONE mile at that pace before!

::enter competitive woman::

So now I feel like I have to try really really really really really really hard to come as close as I can to that time. (Items to note, her 5K was 40 degrees outside, and she probably weighs 100 pounds soaking wet. So I've got 25 pounds on her and every 5K I've ever done has been about 80 degrees)

Anyways, I wanted to do those 800's as fast as I could to see what I could do (I usually hang around a 7:50-8:10 pace for 800's.

In the middle of the first 800, I want to die. I can't breathe, I'm HOT, and it sucks.
By 800 #3, I seriously want to die. I don't know if I've ever hurt so bad in my life.
#4 - I think I'm going to black out and I'm not getting air anymore. How is this possible to breathe so hard and not get any air?!
last one - FINISH STRONG. THIS IS IT. Holy crap I'm not going to make it home.

DONE, and lean over on my knees gasping for air. I go home and plug in my Garmin to see what my times were (I haven't figured out how to check it without my computer).

First 800 - 7:04 (WHAT?! No wonder I wanted to die)
7:08
7:32
7:40
7:32

2.5 miles in 18:28. (7:23 average) That is the fastest I've EVER gone in my life. e.v.e.r.

Now I'm wondering how I could have done if it wasn't 78 degrees. What if it had been 53 degrees? When it's hot I overheat really easily. I'm wondering if I just haven't been pushing myself enough or if it's so hot most of the year that I just try to finish without overheating?  Can I really do this? Has my mind and doubts been keeping me back this whole time? Can I run longer distances in the low 8's?

I'm pretty proud of myself. And a little excited about embracing the pain on Saturday to see what I can do. 25 minute 5K - I CAN do it. I CAN.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

October, what?

October, huh? hmmmm...

I'm not sure I'm ready for this. October means Halloween. Which means candy. Which means the beginning of the holiday season that I ALWAYS indulge in and gain 5 pounds.

Always.

We'll just have to see how I hold up this year. Here's my goals and how I'm doing.

go the whole year injury free!!! IT band faded for a little bit and started hurting again after my 14 mile run Saturday. When I bike, it feel better, so I'm making sure I cross train as much as possible.

1 mile timed run each month 
January outside- 8:05
February treadmill - 7:35 <-- almost="" br="" died="" style="background-color: white; color: #1d1c2d;">March - ummm, oops.
April - yeah.

May - In my defense, I was out of town for 3 of the 4 weeks in May.
June - too dang hot. seriously, the second I walk out the door I'm covered with sweat.
July - ummm, I did some mile repeats at 8:15, so there's that.
August - I'll do this again when it cools off. This is just ridiculous.
September - I did some mile repeats inside of a bigger workout about 8:14's or so. Still haven't done this.

Run/bike/swim 2000 miles combined
Run - 105.85 <-- 100="" first="" mile="" month="" over="" span="" the="" whole="" year="">
Bike - 52.05 - (maybe this is why my IT band hurts, it always feels better when I bike more)
total for July - 157.9
Total miles - 1347 (652 miles left with 3 months to go. Not sure this is happening)

Run a sub 2 hour half marathon. Race in 3 weeks.

run a sub 25 minute 5KJune race - fail. Next attempt in 9 days.

bike a 15 mile bike ride averaging 19 mph. not yet.

race a 10K under 58 minutesnot happening this year.

weight training at least 2x a week.  doing pretty good.

maybe try a duathlonmaybe next year.

Things are going well this year, Dave graduates with a program from UNC on November 5th and graduates with his Master's degree in December AND starts a new job in the middle of November which means...I get my husband back!!!!! yay!!!!

2014 is looking really good for training and races because I'll have a husband around to watch the kids. The last 2 years have been really hard. Time to finish 2013 strong!