Monday, June 16, 2014

Marathon Training - First 2 weeks.

So I have officially finished my first 2 weeks of marathon training.  Week one was a bit more successful than week 2 but I am not beating myself up about it.  (anymore).

Week 1:

Monday - 3 Miles.  After 2 weeks off from running my legs were heavy and it felt humid but I got it done.  Even with proof that I do in face run on Candy (lane that is LOL)

Tuesday - I planned on running to Weight Watchers as per usual but I got out of work later than expected so I just drove straight there.  I am glad I did because when I got there I got the news that my leader had passed away.  I was shocked.  She apparently got into a car accident and died from complications of that.  I really liked her a lot.

Wednesday - 3 miles.  National Running Day.  I found out later in the day that members of Team Chris were getting together to run The Grid course.  I rushed over after work and ran 3 miles of it with Erin who I had met at the I Did the Grid race.  We realized right away that we were both doing the 3:1 run walk and we are close in pace.  We chatted and enjoyed the day even if it was super humid -  we had to slow down and we walked more because of it.

Thursday - I had 3 miles on the schedule and there was a local 5k so I did that.  I met Colleen there and Erin found us at the start so the 3 of us hung out for the whole 5k.  It was still pretty humid but we enjoyed ourselves.

Colleen, Erin and I

Erin and I

Saturday - My first long run day.  6 Miles.  I had long ago signed up for a local 4k and I had to do a virtual 10k so I figured I would do the race and then come home and finish with 6 more k.  It was a small event and didn't even start until 10am.  There were so few people doing the 4k run I just knew I would be last. (There was also a 2k walk and I guess most people were doing that)

Got my Digital Running gear on and my new shades from Nicole

I am not sure why it keeps going sideways....but you can see the front of the pack and I was at the back of the pack LOL.
It was just a 2 loop of the parking lots of the school but as far as parking lots go it was very nice but super hilly.  We finished up on the track.  There were people behind me but I assumed they were from the 2k walk that started a few minutes after the run started.  I did not beat my 4k PR but with the hills I was actually pleased with my results.

28:18 - There were 104 runners total so not top 50% but better than I expected.
I grabbed a water and banana and tried to head home as fast as possible to finish up the run.  However they locked all the gates and it took me over a 1/2 hour to get out and then another 15 minutes home. I have plotted out my planned route on Friday but as I was getting home I realized that it was graduation for the HS that is next to my neighborhood.  This could effect my run if I wanted to change to avoid getting hit by a car since pretty much every person who drives to this school think they are the only one who matters and the roads are put there for them and them alone......

Sorry it is sideways again.....I can't figure out how to fix this.......Note the wonderful elevation in my neighborhood.  
I decided I was going to just do the route I planned.  I didn't feel like figuring it out as I went.  I just had to be extra careful when I got near the school.  By now it was just about 11:30 and it felt HOT and HUMID (it really wasnt that bad according to the weather but it felt brutal).   The uphill areas seemed much steeper than any other time I ran them.....I was so tired.  My splits reflect how I felt.

Mikes Hike 4k

Balance 6k

Leave me here to die......

Yup.....I had a hard run.

Week 2 - 

Monday -  3 miles.  I had a virtual 5k to do so I just headed out to do my usual 5k loop in my neighborhood.  I thought last week was was like running in soup!!!

Horatio has resumed waiting for me to come home.  He has been mad at me. LOL

Only 94% humidity?  

Wednesday - 3 miles so I figured I would try the Sketchers GoRun3s that were sent to me to try.  I would just do my usual 3 mile loop.

The Sketchers GoRun3 that I am going to try out have arrived.
As part of GLIRC they asked who would try them and keep up a log.
I jumped at the chance and they finally came!  

So pretty!

Love the colors and they are so extremely light it felt like I was holding almost nothing.
Insoles come separately in the box

And the shoe is finished inside so you don't even need them if you want a more minimal shoe.

They felt like you are wearing aqua socks.  So light and the outer part is so soft and stretchy you can move your toes freely.  My heel felt a little higher than the rest of my foot.  I was in love so far!  Out for a run I went.  Now when I get new shoes my neuromas hurt almost immediately.  With these they didn't.  In fact they didn't bother me until just before 3 miles!!!  My only concern was when the road was pitched my ankles seemed to lean in the direction of the road.  It didn't hurt or bother me but I was aware I was running differently. Even with what seemed like a lot of walking it was faster than my run have been.

Friday - I was heading to DC for ROC race so I packed to do the 7 miles at the hotel on the treadmill.  I brought the Sketchers to see if on the treadmill if my ankles would still roll in.  However, with the storms my flight was delayed so we go to DC just in time for dinner and bed.  I figured I would get up early Saturday morning to do it before ROC.

Saturday - 3 miles (ROC Race) - I didn't get up early so the 7 miles didn't happen.  No big deal I would do it Sunday.  So Dave come to the hotel and then Dave, Chris, Gabby and I headed to RFK Stadium to meet up with Stef and Kevin.  It was such a nice day.  We had to wait a loooooong time for our way but once we got going we had a great time!!

Very wet after LOL
We all headed back to the hotel to shower and go to dinner.  Dinner took longer than it needed to but it was good.  We went back to the hotel then Kevin, Stef, Dave and I went to the Pentagon memorial and the Air Force memorial.  It was a beautiful night and the walk felt great!  When we got back to the hotel I set my alarm to get up for my 7 miles.

Sunday - I woke up to Stef texting me that they were going to alarm didn't go off.  I must have woke up in the middle of the night and shut it off.  Now I was pissed.  Only my second week and already I missed a day - a long run at that.  UGH!  We headed to Union Station to get Dave to his train and have lunch then got me to the airport.

Well today starts week 3 and today is my long run.  5 miles.  Luckily it is also the start of the NYS Parks summer series and it is a 5 miler :)  I will do better!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Catch up post.

I have not posted in a couple of weeks and I have so many things to write about but as happens life has gotten in the way and since I want to write about marathon training as it happens with (hopefully) weekly posts on each week.  So this post is going to cover the Superhero Half Marathon, I Did the Grid 4 miler and the Color Run.  They will each be quick so I don't bore you with a super long post and I am sure I will forget stuff too.  LOL

The Superhero Half.

I was excited for this one because I would be staying with my running bud Kim yet again.  We always have fun.  A lot of people dress up as super heroes for this one but Kim had a great idea to dress like a soldier as they are the real heroes.  She made signs for us to wear pinned on our outfits with soldiers names on them.  She is so crafty.

So the Thursday before the race I tripped over nothing while on a walk with Tom and really twisted my ankle.  I have never been the graceful one.

So Saturday in the early afternoon I headed out to NJ to meet up with Kim at the hotel.  There was a bit of traffic as is the way of the Cross Bronx Expressway and the GWB at all times.  Luckily she was able to get my packet for me.  We went to dinner and picked up some snacks and just went back tot he hotel to eat cupcakes, set our stuff out and hang out.  We actually didn't have to be to the eace super early for the first time ever!!!

We got to the race to meet up with the other Kim who was coming out from LI and I was so proud of her, she had not been training but she was coming out and she was going to do it for her superhero....her mom.  We also met up with Eileen and Dawn too!!

Island Girls Running - In Jersey

The race was pretty small which was going to be nice.  No corrals or anything we all just went to the corner to line up and we were off.  Right at the beginning a girl fell and she was very hurt I think because she was screaming....poor thing but I saw she was with 2 people and then I saw a Police Officer heading her way.

Thats me in the middle of a Kim sandwich LOL
I knew this was going to be a loooooong run.  I was planning on walking anytime my ankle started to hurt.  Just after the first mile I saw a porto potty that I had to visit....I had to pee so bad!!!  I told the Kims I would catch up.  I caught Kim L. first we chatted for a few and she was going to walk so I went off to meet Kim P.  It was a beautiful day and the course was gorgeous I must say.  Sort of hilly but not bad.  The first half was past houses and the second half was in a park.  We were walking a lot due to my ankle and then it was just hard to get running after all the walking.

We were just having a great time as usual.  Running, walking, chatting and taking pictures.  We finished in over 3 hours so the end was not a good one.  We crossed and there was NO WATER!!!  We went to the gazebo where the food was but no drinks at all!!!  We waited for the other Kim to finish and we headed out.  Normally here is where I would post some of the professional pictures that were taken but out of thousands of race photos there was not one of us.  This stinks because I buy at least one pic from each half marathon even if it is a shit time but there were none.  We just went back to our cars.  We went to the hotel showered and headed home.  I won't be doing this race again but I loved being there with my girls.

I Did the Grid

I would never properly explain this race and the meaning behind it.  You see my Team Chris shirts and this race is because of Chris.  To learn more about Team Chris and Cpl. Christopher Scherer go HERE  So I am just going to post here what is on the website:

Our son, Christopher, was born and raised in East Northport and grew up playing in the neighborhood he fondly referred to as “the Grid.” On the first day of Memorial Day Weekend participants of all ages can experience four miles of the grid streets of East Northport while running, jogging, walking or cheering from the sidelines, all starting and ending at Pulaski Road School.

On this morning of the race we ask that you promise not to forget, nor let your children or their children forget that Chris and his fellow warriors died so that we might live fee.  To honor Chris and all of the men and women who have given their lives in service to the United States of America we ask that you give up any personal awards for this day. Instead each race bib will have the printed name of four fallen heroes from either Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Each participant will carry those names and upon completion of the course will ring a bell four times to signify that each Airman, Coast Guardsman, Sailor, Soldier or Marine named on the bib will be remembered for making the ultimate sacrifice.

While the sacrifices we will make training and completing a 4 mile run or walk may not be equivalent to patrolling and fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan,  if we dedicate every step to these extraordinary men and women, hopefully they will know how much we appreciate how their efforts, and, too often, their sacrifices protect us here at home.

As the members of Team Chris complete each mile, we will be proud of Christopher, proud of our military and proud of ourselves for “Honoring the Fallen and Supporting our Troops.”

Your participation would be greatly appreciated!  One hundred percent of all donations go to purchasing supplies for our servicemen and women serving in harm’s way, helping our wounded warriors and veterans.  Thank you.

The rainbow of Team Chris

There were 3 runs.  A competitive 4 miler, a 1 mile fun run and then a 4 mile run/walk.  I did the first one with Team Chris and it was kind of somber as I thought about the boys - YES boys who's names were on my bib.

After the first run I met up with the Island Girls and decided to run it again with Renee and Niqui.  

Just after we started we caught up with Colleen so it was the 4 of us for a bit.  Niqui was feeling really good and wanted to see how good she could do.  I am pretty sure her goal was to get in under an hour but then we decided I was going to push a bit and she what she can do.  We stuck to the 3:1 for most of the run with just a bit more walking at the end.  We finished in just over 51.  It was her fastest miles I was thrilled for her!!

Color Run Queens

For the Color Run we don't need anything but pictures.  I will just say we had an AWESOME TIME!!!!  I know the pictures are out of order but they are being a pain in my ass......... LOL