sigh

My first race of summer did not go well.  It was the one that runs right by my house, and is at night time, so it’s usually my favorite.  Saturday morning I took the kids to the farmers’ market and to story time at the bookstore.  Then we chilled at home for a long time and went to the parade.  It was pretty hot out, but not too humid.

Red ran the kids’ race at 7:30 pm.  I ran it with her .  It was like any other race, super congested and then a bit faster at the end.  I think she was frustrated with the crowd, now she knows how I feel.😉

I went home and hung out in the AC.  At 8:30 I ran a mile on the treadmill and then ran to the starting line.  It felt hot with all the bodies waiting and it seems like night time brought on more humidity.  It was probably about 72 degrees though, not bad.

We started and I felt a little on the tired side but didn’t think much of it.  I did not run with my Runkeeper.  Right before the first mile I landed on my leg and felt something slip.  It was like a mild sciatic pain for the rest of the race.  Annoying, but shouldn’t have been a big issue.  No one was saying the time at the 1st mile.  The 2nd mile I started to struggle.  Felt hot and annoyed at my leg.  Crossed the 2 mile mark in 13:25.  I was sad to hear this.  My new goal was to finish in under 27, but I knew that would be hard.  Third mile I felt crampy in my stomach.  I think I need to lay off the pop again.  Just was discouraged and not feeling it.  At mile 3 the timer said 20:30, I think.  The last mile is the one by my house.  E was sleeping on my mom in the yard and Red was helping hand out water at the stop.  I ran by and waved.  Didn’t get a great boost from it and really struggled up the hill.  Finally turned and just kept chugging along.  I could see one female in front of me but didn’t really try to pass her.  No one had passed me since early in the 2nd mile, so maybe everyone was struggling.  We made the final turn and they started announcing the finishers.  the highlight of the race was that the announcer said here comes (my name) who has been running this race for many many years and ran with her little one earlier:)

I crossed the line in 27:20.  wah wah.  I was expecting 26:30-40ish.  Based on my training, I really think I should have been able to run 6:40s. But nothing seemed to be clicking for me during the race.  Before the race, I felt fine.  So I guess I am not sure what happened.  It wasn’t my night.  I think I have a great race in me somewhere.  My legs could really use a rest, but marathon training.

Sunday I ran an easy 3 on the treadmill.  Monday I ran 10.25.  Tuesday I ran 6.5.  Wednesday I ran a fast 2.  This morning I ran 6.5.  I felt pretty crummy during this run and discouraged but then towards the end I felt good.  The plan is to run 6 tomorrow and 16.5 on Saturday so I get in 50 miles.  Next week I hope to get in 50 miles again and complete an 18 mile long run.  The next week after that will end with the 7 mile hilly race that I am hoping will go better for me.

 

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Last night I did my first long run in a long time.  I did 14.5 miles on June 3rd.  I had an 11 miler and a few 10s as well between then and yesterday.  When I checked the weather it said 90% chance for storms during the time I planned to be running.  So I mentally prepped myself for a long treadmill run.  Luckily, they were wrong again.

After work, the kids and I went to Target.  E was bad and running away from me and refusing to sit in the cart.  So fun.  When I got home it was looking like rain so I quick put on my running stuff and hopped on the treadmill to get in a couple miles first.  I actually got sucked into a Real Housewives reunion and ran 3.25.  Looking out the window I could tell that the rain had blown over and now it was sunny.  It was also humid but not terribly hot for June- around 78 degrees.  So I started out on a big loop.  Ended up doing 4.5 miles in that loop and then changed my shoes.  I was wearing my new Under Armour shoes that have a lot more cushioning than I am used to.  They felt like they were squeezing my toes too.  I was happy to switch back into my Nike Frees that have the holes in the toes.

Got back on the treadmill and ran 2.75 miles before deciding to head back outside.  I had 4.5 miles left and eventually just decided to do the rest outside.  I slowed down a lot but I also think my Runkeeper was having issues.  I ended up completing 9.1 miles total outside and 6 inside.  Outside miles were 8:10/mile and inside were about 8:15-8:20/mile.  About 30 seconds slower than GMP, so that’s good.  I did not fuel since I had eaten dinner not long before.  I felt pretty fine the whole time, just had some stiff legs and lower back at times.

My next long run will be in 2 weeks after the local 4 mile race.  I guess my goal for that race would be to get in the 26s.  The lower, the better.  Then my long run the next week will be 16 or 17 miles.  I am just making up this training “plan” as I go, so I need to do some calculations to see how many long runs I have left.  The marathon I want to do is Sept. 25 but there is another one in October I might do as well.  So if the Sept one has hot weather again or crappy weather, I will have a back up.  Neither race will sell out.

 

you trapped me in your bubble dungeon

So my races didn’t happen.  I was actually signed up for that mile race and then I heard about a 2 mile race the same afternoon.  I figured that would be a better workout for my upcoming 4 mile race.  So I was registered for one race at 4 and one at 6 p.m. and didn’t end up doing either.  Because FLU.  Yea, I had a terrible flu for like a week.  Would not go away.  Missed a long run that I am going to make up tomorrow night.

While I had the flu, it did give me an opportunity to run short and fast workouts.  So even though I missed the short fast races, I did get in some good treadmill runs while delirious on ibuprofen/dayquil.  However, I seem to have strained my same damn hamstring that was busted all last summer.  I am being optimistic though and hoping it’s just soreness that will go away in a few days.

Last night was unusually cool, so I figured that I would take E out in the jogging stroller.  I banged out another fast workout (3.33 miles at 6:36 pace) and then got ready to go.  Well somehow we end up hitting a curb and the brake came on and we fell over.  And it was like 2 minutes into our run and super scary.  So I called it quits.  Also, embarrassing.  Not sure who saw it happened.

E has been still struggling to go to sleep at night.  Especially if she naps.  So that has been happening for about 2 months now.  Longer than any sleep regression should. :(  Other than that, she has actually been less fussy and grumpy and generally very loving and cuddly.  She says Yes, No, Hot, Dad, (calls me DA! too), more (sounds like mom), and sometimes she will repeat random stuff.  Red didn’t really start talking until 2 and a half, so we got a ways to go.

I read 10 % happier by Dan Harris and have been trying to get in some meditation every day.  It isn’t that easy because I forget, or I get bored during it, but I really want to get into a routine of it.  If I do it at night after the kids go to bed, I pretty much fall asleep.  Any other time of day, I am working or with kids, so it’s hard to keep at it for more than a few minutes.

Work is very busy and I cannot wait to get some time off to do some fun summer stuff with the kids. Red got to go to VBS and Superhero Camp so far this summer.  She is starting swim lessons next week.   I took off July 5, so I will have a four day weekend, but first I have to suffer through this week.

Summer bummer

My last update was the half marathon.  I haven’t raced any since then.  The next race I am registered for is the one mile microbrew thing.  I ran a mile on the treadmill the other day in 6:19.  I want to be closer to 6:00 but the race is at 4 in mid June, so you know…heat.  Also, I have never raced just one mile before.  Could be tricky.

My training has been going pretty good. Knock on wood.  I went once to a chiro who specializes in sports injuries and it was like, BOOM, fixed.  No more hamstring issues.  I just need to work on strengthening it now so I don’t injure it again.  Easier said than done.  Most of my runs end abruptly with no time for strength as I am hurrying to get E or take a shower before they wake up.

E has been doing a sleep regression. She will not go to bed at night.  And then she wakes up multiple times and then gets up early like it’s NBD.   Plus the dang sun is so bright, so early, it is throwing everyone off a bit.  At least it’s been easier for me to wake up earlier and earlier.  My mileage in May was 182.  I think April was around there too.  I did a 14 miler the other week and it was surprisingly easy for me.  I did it in the early afternoon, so it was hot, but I was well fueled.  I hope to do 15 later this week, probably in the evening.

 

Fresh

This will be a fresh race report.  I ran a half marathon this morning.  The only reason I get to update this is because I am at work.  So I am doing this because Sundays are slow.

Conditions were rainy this morning but otherwise, everything was nearly perfect.  Low 50s for temps, overcast (obviously), and my stomach felt great.  I was a little panicked about getting my packet and a parking spot, but it ended up being fine and I had a half hour to kill before the start.  Right before the race started, the rain began to pour down.  The sky was pretty light so I thought it would be on and off, but nope.  It rained the whole time with varying intensity.   Running in the rain doesn’t bother me, this was cold rain, so I did feel a bit stiff at the beginning.

I started the race listening to Serial season 2, which was underwhelming.  I had to hold my  phone because it was too big to fit in my flip belt.  It’s a couple days old so I am still getting used to it.  I had Runkeeper going and I checked it maybe 5 times.  I started out at a comfortable pace and decided I just wanted to have a nice comfortable long run.  I guess I took that a little too seriously though.  My pace for the second mile was 7:55, which I only saw after the race.  I could tell I was going pretty slow for me but I just didn’t want to feel like crap at the end.

The race is basically two out and backs.  The first few miles seemed long.  We turned around at 3 miles out and ran back to the start area.  Then we turned and did another out and back for the last half of the race.  It was pretty boring.  My music started up after one episode of Serial and that pumped me up a bit.  I started checking my pace and seeing that I was a bit on the slow side.  So I picked it up and started passing people one by one.  I passed a lot of people in the 2nd half of the race.  I didn’t want to really kick it in until the last 5k, so I kept holding back a little bit.  Once I crossed the 10 mile marker I finally felt good and ready to go.  So that mile was around 7:20.  The next was 7:11, and the last mile was 6:54.  Whoops.  I definitely had too much left in the tank.

My time was mediocre for me but pretty much where I wanted to be.  1:38:50-something.  I got a medal, bottle of water and flower then walked to my car.  I changed out of my soaking shirt and drove home shivering.  When I got home, I looked at my splits and saw the huge negative split.  So that was cool.  I actually felt really awesome at the end especially when I was passing so many people.  I wish every race could be like that.  But that would mean taking it really easy the first half.  I will try to remember that during my next marathon.

So Overall, the race was a bit boring but I always look back with rose colored glasses when I finish strong.  So I am happy with my time and hope it will be a catalyst for a strong summer of running.  Looking forward to my next race (I need to find one!)

For the record- breakfast- turkey roll-up and Snickers bar.