Flying Pig Half Training: Week Three

This week was exactly what I needed. I started out with an amazing run and was able to keep that momentum throughout the entire week. My total miles still may be low, but I felt great on every run. I wanted to make sure I got out of my rut and enjoyed running. Luckily I did, and not only did that help me with my pace, but it helped me with  my distance. My best run this week was Wednesday, I originally had 4 on the schedule and was ready to take on 40 laps on the track. I quickly noticed that my pace was sub 9:00 and told myself not to go out too fast. I fell into a comfortable pace and noticed that mile 2 and 3 were still 8:58. I only had one more mile to do, so I kept with it. Finishing up mile 4 at 8:49, I figured why not see how much more I can run, I would probably end up tired within the next mile. Mile 5 went on by and soon I was on to mile 6. By this point I was just above 9:07 per mile and knew I wouldn’t be going that much further. Once I hit 70 laps, I finished, but I was more than excited about my run. I had just done my long run on a Wednesday night, and ran mostly at a sub 9:00 pace, putting me at a 1:02 finish. It truly made me believe that sub 2:00 is possible this year. I don’t know where it came from, or how I was able to run for that long on the track, but I was so glad I did. I felt like it was exactly the run I needed. Plus, the stress of my long run for the week was over.

My other runs were shorter, but my pace was under 9:30, and I kept them pretty easy. I had hoped to enjoy a longer run outside on Sunday with the beautiful weather, but after I forgot to eat lunch, and running at 7pm left me with little energy to get out the door.

I also had my first Yoga-lates class this week. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I figured  my abs would be screaming at me. To be honest, I felt like 90% of the time was just stretching. I wasn’t sweating like a good run, and I was ready to go home before class was over. I felt relaxed, but I didn’t feel like I was working hard. And then for the next two days, I felt like I couldn’t lift my arms. I was sore in places I didn’t know I had muscles, and could completely feel the benefit of yoga. I’ve realized I’m more of a Pilates person, but I’m hoping to enjoy the rest of my classes (only three left) and become relaxed, something I haven’t been in a while.

Monday: 3 Miles

Tuesday: Rest Day

Wednesday: 7 Miles

Thursday: Yoga-lates

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: Rest Day

Sunday: 1.5 Miles

Total Miles: 11.5 Miles

Low total mileage, but great workouts, very pleased with this week. This next week is supposed to be a low mileage week, but I may push it to see what I can do. I’ll be running in my hometown over the weekend, so that can only mean great runs! I also have the decision to make about which race to do Sunday morning. Early flat 5k or late hilly 5k…

How was your week? Are you running a St. Patrick’s Day race?

St. Malachi 5 Miler

I keep referring to 2012 as the year of the races, and this weekend proved just that. I had no idea what to expect from St. Malachi. All I heard was that it was tough and hilly, and the weather can be unpredictable. To top it off, nothing about this race was part of my normal race ritual. This meant no IcyHot, I had a pre-run Gu snack, and two different breakfast bars. The weather was perfect, and the race shirt actually fit me. So much for never trying anything new on race day…

I was even more excited that I got to see some pretty awesome running ladies. Kimi, Christie and I carpooled together and met up with Heather and an old Muskie friend, Melissa. This definitely made the race seem more fun, and my little bit of nerves instantly disappeared. Melissa volunteered to run the race with me and catch up since she now lives in Virginia. My first thought was that I’m not used to running with others, this could become an interesting race.

The first mile was so busy and I knew my pace could be off. But even while talking, we ran the first mile in a under 9:30. Decent pace, but hopefully talking doesn’t get to me and slow me down for the rest of the race. Second mile clocked in at 8:21. What is this pace? At this point I was concerned my body thought I was running a shorter distance, I knew I couldn’t keep this pace up for another three miles. Next up was mile three, 8:40. This mile included the half way mark and the water stop. We got slowed down with a falling runner and everyone stopping to get water, but this pace was still quicker than what I was used to. I don’t remember mile 4 time, but I do remember this is when the hills started really showing up. And they kept coming, was there an end in sight? We finally got to the bridge and I knew the end was just around the corner, it actually caught me off guard.  I crossed the line at 42:25. Umm, hello PR! I cut 5 minutes off my 5 mile time. I had no idea I had this kind of speed in me, I really don’t even know where it came from. I felt amazing afterward and I was even able to dominate the hills, thanks to Dover hill for all the practice this year.

Muskie race buddies!

So there we have it, first race of the year complete and it was a PR. 2012 year of the races? I think so. Next race is the Sole to Soul 5k on March 31st. I think by having a few races under my belt before Colorado, I’ll feel better about that race and the rest of the year. Everyone had a great St. Malachi race, so that means that everyone will have a great 2012 right? 🙂

Platte River Training: Week 11

I must say that I can’t complain with this week of training. Week 10 ended with a tough long run, so I took this week as recovery and a way to regroup before I hit the 12 and 13 mile marks the next couple of weeks. I kept the mileage this week relatively low, and ran every other day. My legs were a little tight in the beginning of the week, but I think with the way I planned things, I was able to really benefit towards the end of the week.  Each run felt great, even my 4 miles on the treadmill. One of the best moments, was the run I did on Tuesday. Apparently I had my fast pants on because I saw a sub 8 number on my Garmin, haven’t seen that in a while!

Hello speedy!

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 2.5 Miles

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 4 Miles

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 5 Miles-St. Malachi Race

Sunday: Rest

The week ended with St. Malachi, race recap to come tomorrow. This week I’ve got a 12 miler on the schedule for Sunday and need to decide on the Cleveland 10 Miler before race fees go up. But even more excited, only one month until Colorado!