Sunday, September 26, 2010
or at least half the distance!! I just registered for my first half marathon!!! I am still freaking out just a little bit, but it is just nervous and excited all at once. I have a 12 week training program and I have finished 6 weeks of it, so I feel pretty good about the rest. The mileage definitely goes up a lot these next 6 weeks, but then it will all be over. I run November 6th. I still think 13.1 miles sounds pretty intimidating, especially to someone who doesn't feel like a runner. But I have run 7 miles already and know my training will get me there just fine. I found a race time predictor and based on my 5k times it says I should finish the half in 2 hours and six minutes. We will see how close to that I get on race day!! I have heard lots of good things about this race and am really hoping for a very positive experience. For now my focus is to complete the training as scheduled and not hurt myself between now and then. I most likely will not run any more 5k races between now and then so I can focus on the proper training. And the weather finally broke today and it was a fabulous fall day. I hope the next month or so stays the same. Wow I am excited!!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
The top picture is my finish from this Saturday morning. It was my new personal record!!! Once again I am totally freaked out by how evenly matched my training partner Amy and I are!! Look at our finish in this race! We hit the line at the same time:) I think out of the three races we have run together there may be only one or two seconds difference in our times combined. That is just really crazy to me:) Anyway, these aren't the prettiest pictures, but hey, at least I finished and I am improving. I think my pace for this last race was around an 8:48 mile, which I am happy with. I hit the first mile at 8:19 and slowed down a little from there, which is fine. I have never run a mile faster than 7 minutes and something seconds, which was at the peak of my fitness in high school and college soccer, so to be that close at this point in my life is not bad:) At least I don't think so! I need to go out and just run a flat mile to see what my time would be. Then I would have a better comparison. Anyway, I plan to sit the race this weekend out. I am tired and don't want to race three weekends in a row. The old body needs a little break. Plus I have been trying to get a few more miles in each week on my bike and my poor little legs can only do so much! I did a very hilly 6 miles today and it felt great. Besides the fact that it was about 94 degrees when I rode this afternoon. Yuck! Oh yeah, I also did my first swim last week. I guess you can say I have officially started my triathlon training since I have done all three events now. Amy and I ran and then swam, which was fun. I am not too worried about the swimming. My main goal is not to drown, and to not get out of the water last. Other than that I should be fine. I think I am a fairly decent swimmer so I am not too worried. I may be wrong though!! The plan is to train in all three events over the winter (well not much swimming I guess) and then hit things pretty hard in the spring to get ready for some tri's in May, June and July. My goal is to do one. If I like it enough I will do another one! I am toying with the idea of doing P90x during the worst winter months (or Insanity) to get my fitness and strength training in when the weather is bad. I hate the cold so I won't be doing much running or riding for a bit. I would love to get a bike trainer though, and be able to ride indoors. May have to look into that one:) So many toys and so many gadgets involved! I am having a ball though and loving this new phase in my life so much:)