Go Run and Play

Happy to report I am FINALLY back to exercising 5 days a week.  Spent one of the 5 days doing 30 minutes stairclimber, 100 squats and some weights.  Woke up the next day sore which tells me I need to incorporate this workout into my regular routine.

I had a day off from work yesterday so I spent the day cleaning and  organizing.

My job requires me to be on my feet for the majority of the day.   I am in no way complaining, in fact,  I love this aspect of my career.The reason I mention it, though, is that I was amazed at the difference in my run yesterday.

I ran 6.50 miles and it just felt easier.  I guess I don’t realize how much being on my feet all day tires me out.

In other news, I have really been enjoying my December.  A group of us went to see the Nutcracker at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and it did not disappoint!

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See?!! It was amazing!

My dad used to take us to a local production in Wilmington (Hotel DuPont) when my sister and I were little  girls and I just love it. So, we are making it a yearly tradition.

What else?

Well, I have discovered a love for theater.  Who knew? I went to see West Side Story and had no idea how much I would enjoy it.  I had an opportunity to see Wicked and declined and now I am kicking myself.   I am currently making a bucket list of plays I want to see.  Next up is Gypsy.

Got to celebrate my nephew’s 9th birthday with him at Friendly’s.  While I am not a fan of the food I do love the ice cream….and the company.

 

Last night was dinner with friends- great food and great conversation.  We laughed, got a little serious, and laughed some more.

Tonight I am going to see a band play with my cousins and sister. This is much overdue and should be fun and eventful.

See, told you December has been a good month!

 

 

 

 

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Upcoming Plans

So what’s the plan?

My plan moving forward is to run the Caesar Rodney Half on April 3, 2016.

I also plan to run a 5K in Chesapeake City on New Years day.

I realized over the last few weeks that I enjoy doing slow, long runs.  I have really enjoyed just being able to zone out and run almost effortlessly.  I used to do them regularly and would like to keep on doing them.  This should help to get me in “half marathon shape.”

Although, I realize that in order to hit the paces I want in April, I am going to have to do some real work.  I will actually have to run at goal pace for at least 12 miles in training to hope to be successful on race day.

I plan to work on my pace while remaining  injury free. As injury prone as I am, this will be no easy feat so I must be smart about my training.

April should give me plenty of time to safely bump up mileage and pace.  I will stick to the 10% rule and work up from there.

I need to commit to outside running.  I am so, so bad about it but I know it will be a game changer.

Then in the spring/summer I want to focus on running 5Ks.  As I said in my random running facts, I want to break 22 minutes.  I am putting it out there to keep myself accountable- I want to do this in 2016!!

 

The Results Are in…..

It wasn’t pretty, but I ran the Rehoboth Beach half marathon today in 1:58:40.

Here are the positives-

  • I did not have a single issue with my knee!!
  • The course is beautiful and so runnable
  • My friend ran a PR and so did I!
  • Perfect amount of water stops

The negatives (and there are only a few)

  • The parking
  • They ran out of running bags and running swag-sorry but I really hate that especially since I paid $140 for the race.

I plan to eliminate both these issues next year by staying in a hotel close by (night before race packet pick-up) and signing up right when registration opens. It will be much cheaper.

My only physical complaint were my calves. The left calf was worse than the right but very tight around mile 10 and still are! Going to foam roll.

I ran the race in 1:58:40.  Was I happy with that time? Honestly, even though I am just coming off an injury, I was hoping to be in the 1:48 to 1:50 range.

Initially, I was disappointed. However, I am working on this thing called happiness.  I should really be thrilled with the fact that I ran injury free and an under 2 hour half marathon.  So, I am. Simple as that!

Below are my splits and they are pretty telling.

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As you can see, my pace was pretty good (for me) until mile 8 when the wheels fell off.   I signed up pretty late for this race and only had 3 weeks to complete long runs.  This data shows me that I can definitely improve. Look for an upcoming post where I talk about my upcoming plans to do just that.

Bringing Back the Long Run

I am running the Rehoboth Beach Half Marathon this coming weekend on December 5th.

I have been struggling with a lingering knee issue for the past 9 months but after completing 5 weeks of  PT, I was able to get back to my regular running.  I decided, albeit hastily, that now was a good a time as any to run another half marathon.

I ran this same half marathon it back in 2010 as part of my marathon training.  The course is beautiful.

I felt that I had a pretty good half marathon base so I just incorporated a long run on Saturdays into my training.

I started out a few weeks ago with a 9 mile long run and have progressed to 12 miles.

All of my running has been on the treadmill (per the advice of my physical therapist) to hopefully keep me injury free.

Yesterday, I did my last 12 miler with the help of an audiobook, The Orphan Train.  I have never listened to an audiobook, but I was reading the book at home before my run and simply couldn’t put it down!

I listened to it for the first hour of my run and it did help make the time go by quickly. I switched to music for the second portion of my run.

All in all, I was happy with how it went.

Here is what it looked like-

1st portion-7.26 miles in 60 minutes average pace 8:16/mile

2nd portion-4.75 miles in 38 min 46 sec average pace 8:10/mile

12 miler the week prior was done in 1 hour 42 minutes.

Hopefully these times will translate to the road but we shall see!  Initially they were saying 50 degrees and showers but now there is only a 10% chance of rain!

 

 

 

 

 

25 Random Running Facts

Hello, I know we are just meeting so I wanted to start out with something kind of old school and fun….like me 🙂

Remember when everyone posted their 25 Random Facts?  I loved reading everyone’s facts!

This gave me the idea to apply it to running like I do most things in my life.

So here are my 25 Random Running Facts-

  1. I try and run 4-5 times per week.
  2. I have awful bunions and need surgery badly but I refuse to take the required 6 wks off after the surgery.  I will wait till I can no longer stand the pain.
  3. I like to run no less than 6 miles every time I run.  I am trying to be less OCD about this.
  4. I am super grumpy when I don’t get my run in.
  5. I am working on rehabbing my right leg-for good this time.
  6. I hope I can run until I am 80 (if I live that long).
  7. I admire every runner I see-fast , slow, male, female, young, old.  I see someone running and just think, “Yes, they get it.”
  8. I love to run in Nike Frees.  Most people in the running community will tell you they are the devil though.
  9. I LOVE the treadmill and would rather run on it than outside any day.
  10. I can’t stand running in shirts with sleeves.
  11. I have run every race distance but a 10k.
  12. I am a negative splitter.
  13. My proudest running moment was when a girl at the gym told me that another gym-goer (who happened to be a running coach) told her to “watch my stride and try running like her.”
  14. My least proud running moment was running the Disney marathon. I was hurt and should’ve opted out.
  15. I think my lack of confidence hurts my running sometimes.
  16. The running injury I am most terrified of is plantar fasciitis. It just seems near impossible to beat.
  17. I dislike every other form of cardio except running. This makes cross training a bear or a cross to bear if you will 😉
  18. I love to run in tight fitting clothing for comfortability but it can make me self conscious.
  19. I didn’t start running until the age of 27.  I never exercised at all prior to that.
  20. I get extremely nervous before races and can’t seem to find a way to channel it in a positive way.
  21. I cannot run without music.
  22. I would love to find a running partner.
  23. I hate hill running even though I know it is a great way to improve.
  24. My # 1 running goal above all else is to stay healthy.
  25. My other running goal is to break 22 minutes for a 5k.

Tell me a few of your random running facts!!