Thursday, May 21, 2015

Goals for Bayshore

It's race week!  I'm really excited and can't wait for Saturday.   This training cycle has been the best I have ever had.  I have felt better and stronger than at any other time while simultaneously having a more challenging training cycle than ever before.  At this point, I am just ready to run already!

We got up to Michigan late Monday night after lots of packing and last minute things around the house.  Packing for three months and getting through the travel with two little ones felt like a marathon all on its own :)

So what are my goals?

I would love to say I hope to get a BQ and there were times when I thought I might go after it, but I have ultimately decided this isn't the race for that.   It's possible that there could be a slim chance I could get a 3:3x if all the stars were aligned and I had my best running day ever.  But in my heart, I don't think I'm there (yet) and I don't want to be so focused on what may be an unrealistic goal that I miss the excitement of a strong race and a PR.

I have started every marathon too fast and have always fall apart a bit around mile 18.  My biggest goal for Saturday is to run a strong race where I start conservatively and pick up my pace during the last half.  I think learning how to race a marathon wisely will be a big step in helping me get that BQ in a future race and I would rather save the real BQ attempt for when I know I'm ready and when I'm confident I can do it.

So what does all of this mean?  My 'A' goal is something in the 3:42-3:45, my 'B' goal would be to cross in 3:45-3:48 range (the pace range where I will start), and my 'C' goal would be to PR (sub 3:59).

You can track me here (bib #768) or follow me on Instagram to see how it goes!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bayshore marathon: week 15

I could definitely feel the effects of the taper period this week - my legs felt light and it was a huge contrast to running so much on tired legs during the training cycle!

Monday:  rest day

We were heading out for a short stay at a lake-front resort a couple of hours away and it was a good day for a rest day because getting packed up and out of the house with the boys is not a small task.

We got some pool time before dinner and it made all the packing and hustle of the morning worth it :)

Tuesday: 9 total: w/u, 9 x 800, c/d

The plan for this workout was to negative split my 800s to work on controlling the pace and not starting too fast - the 1st 3 @ 3:45, the 2nd 3 @3:40, and the last 3 @ 3:35.  I was excited for this workout.  I felt confident about the paces, I went to bed early, I slept well, and the temperatures had dropped so it was really cool.  I was excited about this workout and was looking forward to it.  They started okay, but I got really frustrated during the fourth and fifth one when I couldn't get my time down and felt like the workout was really slipping away from me:  3:49, 3:40, 3:46, 3:48, 3:56.  After I saw the 3:56, I thought about just calling it off and not finishing, but decided to just run, dial in my focus, and not pay attention to my watch.  Something about that clicked because the next four went a lot better: 3:26, 3:25, 3:25, 3:26.

We spent the rest of the day in the water with the boys and they had a blast!

Wednesday:  rest day

This rest day was going to be later in the week, but it was easier to use today as a rest day because of the travel.

Thursday: 6 total: 2 easy, 8 x 1 min hard & 1 in easy, 2 easy

Brian and I got up early and he did his run on the treadmill at home and I went out early so I could be back by the time the boys woke up.  I felt light on my feet, enjoyed the pick-ups, and the run was over before I knew it!

Friday: 4 easy @ 8:56 avg pace

I got this one done before the boys woke up again.  The combination of Brian not having 6:00am hockey practice and it getting light so early has made it so much easier to run outside and be done before the boys wake up.   I felt light on my feet again and had to hold back to keep it easy and not go further.

Saturday: 5 total: 2 easy, 6 x strides, 2 easy

My plan was to do this run before the boys woke up while Brian did weights in the gym....but the boys woke up an hour early, just as I was about to leave.  So Brian got his lift and I got the boys up and then we traded places when he was done.

The rest of the day was spent packing.  We get to split our summers between Michigan and the Jersey shore and this was our last weekend in town.

Sunday: 10 w/ the last two @ 8:20-8:30.

Brian and I both had a lot to do in order to get packed up and get some things done around the house before we left, so I got a sitter to watch the boys.  My sitters are college students, so I can't always get them to come over as early as I would want to run :)  By the time I started this one, the sun was out and it was humid.  I ran a route with lots of rolling hills for the added challenge.  I hit the last two miles at 8:22 and 8:19 and the weather and course were both more challenging than the race will be.

Total mileage = 34

Do you have any regular summer get-aways?

Do you like the taper period or do you get restless?

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday favorites

Favorite way to end my day:
Brian and I both have a 'Mom's/Dad's One Line A Day' memory book that we write in at the end of the day.  They are 5 year memory books we got when the boys were born and they have a couple of lines where you can record what you did that day, something funny that happened, a milestone that was reached, etc.

 Favorite new running toy:
A new Garmin!  It was my Mother's Day gift from Brian and I was shocked and am so excited about it.  I also got a new pair of shoes and they are what I'll wear for Bayshore next week - Saucony Zealots.  I love them, they feel like the best of the Kinvara and Triumph combined in one shoe.  I ran so well in my first pair and am excited to have shoes for race day that will have so little milage on them.  

Favorite time with the boys:
A few months ago, we got a voucher from Living Social for a lake-front resort that was a couple of hours away and we booked it for earlier this week so we could get away for a couple of days.  We had so much fun with the boys.   

We took them out on a paddleboat and let them splash around in the pool and play with fountains in the pool. 

They turned into little water bugs and it made us really excited for the summer.  

Favorite new website:
I found this website when looking for a track while we were away and bookmarked it right away - it lets you search for tracks in your area and made it so easy to find a track where I could do my workout.  

Favorite things I made:
Sweet potato black bean pizza - I used a premade pizza crust, subbed 1/2 pepper chopped for the chipotle peppers, and I have used the Manchebo cheese and also subbed fontina cheese one time (both were good). 

Crock pot Santa Fe chicken - this was a hit and so easy, a crock pot dish in the true sense because there wasn't any prep before it went in the crock pot (I love those!)

Favorite things I read:
First-time marathoner wins race by a mile - literally - this is an amazing story of a 23-year-old girl who ran her first marathon, got led off-course by the lead bicyclist, regained her lead, and broke the course record and won the race

Shalane Flanagan on her Boston marathon: 'A bad day at the office.' - I love her perspective and in this interview and I really love this quote and the fact that she stuck it out knowing she wasn't going to hit her goal when she could have dropped out:
In life you can't expect everything to go your way, every single time. I realized at one point when I was heading up through the hills that it wasn't my day and they were pulling away. But these are the defining moments of character. Obviously if I had an injury or something, I would have had to drop out. But there was nothing that was ailing me other than my body wasn't cooperating with my mind. It wasn't a valid excuse to drop out at that point. 
9 simple ways I'm raising my kids to be good people

How many miles do you put on your shoes before replacing them?  I replace Kinvaras at 400 miles and Triumphs or Zealots at 400-450.  

What are your favorite pizza toppings?  

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