Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Where have you been!?? (I have a good reason, I promise!)

Yes, I've dropped off the face of the earth! Not really, but I have taken a temporary leave of absence from the running world. More on that in a minute, but first a recap of the last 6 months.

L and I finished the Seacoast Half Marathon in record time and went right into training for our next half, which WAS going to be the Great Bay Half on April 11. Our main goal was to run through the winter. We got through January ok, but then I found out that..... I'm Pregnant!

We got up to a 9 mile run, which I have to cut down to 8 miles because I was so tired...hummmm, maybe my body was telling me something!!

Once I found out I was pregnant, we stopped training for a half marathon, but kept running 3x a week, 3 or so miles. I have to say it was not fun. Kinda like begin a beginner runner, but with all kinds of new pains (I won't go into detail, but it was not fun!) By April, I was walking more than running and finally threw in the running towel at 16 weeks pregnant. I know many women run throughout their pregnancy, but I was so uncomforable, that I couldn't keep it up.

So now it's May - I'm 20 weeks pregnant, due October 7. I'm still exercising, but not running. I do prenatal yoga, pilates (with modifications) and walk. My hope is that I can "just start running" again in the fall with "Buddy." (Buddy is our nickname for the little guy/gal.)

I will post occasional baby news throughout the summer. In the fall you can follow my journey back into running!!

Later!

Friday, November 20, 2009

PR at my second Half marathon!


I finished my second half marathon!!! WOOHOOO!

It wasn't my fastest 13 mile run (I did that 4 weeks before the race,) but I finshed and dropped about 4 minutes off my official time - My new Half PR to beat is 2:45:12! L finished about a minute ahead of me with a time of 2:43:58! She rocked it! My legs were DEAD after mile 10, and she took off the last mile and a half. I couldn't go any faster! My brain wanted to sprint, but my legs were barely moving! I'm not sure what when wrong. Maybe too little food for breakfast? Too little GU? I'm guessing it was a combination of too little running the last 2 weeks before the race (I was sick for a week, then I had a quad strain) and lack of strength. My legs were so sore after the race I could barely lift them. I'm never THAT sore! So lessons learned from the second half marathon:

1. Cross train! Build strength in my quads and gluts.
2. Don't taper too soon - I had no choice being sick, then pulling my quad, but in the future I will only taper a week.
3. EAT! I need to experiment with more pre-race foods. The english muffin I've been eating before all my runs isn't cutting it!

So what's next? L and I are using a Runner's World "Smart Coach" plan to train through the winter. My only goal right now is to keep running through the snowy months!!

I'll try to blog more - I promise!

Monday, October 12, 2009

World Wide Half

L and I had a great fall run on the Seacoast Half Marathon course. It was just a training run, but we both got a half marathon PR at 2:43:51!! Hope a repeat performance at the real Seacoast Half in 4 weeks!

I posted my time to the World Wide Festival of Races that was held this weekend.....1500 people running all over the world...how cool is that!
http://www.worldwidefestivalofraces.com

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I can't believe it.....

I can't believe I haven't blogged in a month!
I can't believe I've made it to Week 7(of 15) of Half Marathon Training with no major injuries!
I can't believe I finished the Saunders 10k, August 20, 3 minutes faster than last year!
I can't believe I finished the Fox Point Sunset 5 Miler, Sept 12, in just 53:28! I 10:40min/mile!
I can't believe my one year wedding anniversary is less than a month away!
I can't believe it....

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Half Marathon training Week 4!

Yes it's true. I've made it to week 4 of my half marathon training! It's been VERY hot here in new hampshire, but I've managed most of my scheduled runs. This week is a 8, 4, 4 week, but I have a 10k race tomorrow so I'm shifting the schedule to a 4,6,4 week. I'll post a full race report by the weekend.

So the question of the week is, what to call our team of 2 (L and I) for the half marathon race? Some ideas are:
2 fast 2 fabulous
Super heros in training
13.1 Double L
Gu & Brew
Thoughts?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Half Marathon training has begun!



Yup, you read that right....I'm going to run a half marathon AGAIN!

This time I'm training with L and her husband using the training plan from Galloway's Book on Running by Jeff Galloway. Galloway has a pretty basic half marathon training plan that includes 3 days of running and 3 days of XT. The longest run in the training plan is 17 miles!! My hope is I will be able to RUN the whole half marathon, instead of running 10 miles and walking 3.1!

I just finished week one of training with a 2.6 mile, 2.8 mile and 6 mile run for a total of 11.2 miles for the week. I'm also walking 5 days a week (during lunch) and doing pilates twice a week. No wonder my legs are tired today!

If you are new to Jeff Galloway, check out:
http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/half_marathon.html

If you are looking for a fall marathon or half marathon in New England, check out:
http://www.gfrcrun.org/marathons/halfm.htm

Later!