Workout – 3.7 mile run. easy. shockingly easy pace. I was surprised when I looked at the clock and saw the pace. but it was the slow pace I wanted to do. right around 8 minute miles. part 2 of the run to happen later today. I’m very hopeful. I didn’t have time this morning. my husband and I are doing a very good job of sharing the morning workout hours. go us. *edited to add – run #2 did happen. because my husband is just fabulous and came home for me to squeak out a 3.3 miler for a 7 mile total for the day. same pace as before. keep the hope. and keep around a good husband who knows how much his wife needs to run.
Yesterday – a 10K/6.2 miles is a good run. I really like to start my week off with a nice chunk of miles done, so 10+ is perfect. I went back out to complete the days running. I didn’t bring a watch, I just ran a nice comfortable pace. But I did check the clock before and after I left. I did 7 miles at about a 7:35-40 pace. good stuff. 13.2 miles total for the day. there’s my half marathon. really good stuff. at 20 miles for the week. and it’s monday. happy monday.
Lets chat about yesterday. the race. my thoughts. epiphanies. running highlights. and what not.
I’ve run this Iron Horse Half Marathon every year since 2009. I love it. It was going to be my goal half for sub 1:25, had my spring races and running not blown up in my face. blah blah blah. condensed version of the happenings surrounding this race in a little flow chart….katie actually does something before the deadline and signs up for IronHorse half way back when running was nice to her —-> poor little katie has shin splints and can’t run, for awhile. or do speedwork. which she loves. or train. in any significant way for 6+ weeks. and is really good at making excuses. and talking in the 3rd person. super fun sometimes —-> poor little katie has a couple bad marathons that kind of mess with her head —-> poor little katie realizes running is not the be all and end all of who she is and is really not so much the poor little katie. life goes on. go with it. lemonade out of lemons and every other “pick yourself up and make the best of life” cliche saying you can think of —-> a couple more weeks off of running to recoup from what I thought were disaster marathons —-> goal half is not going to happen because healthy strong katie would put too much pressure on it and even though she could probably place top 3 women, she does not want to be poor little katie again all beat down about running —-> there will be more half marathons —-> I will run a fast half this year —-> not on June 3rd —-> but….
my friend was running the 10K. hmmmm. that’s an option. I’ve never run a 10K. I have no pressure on myself about it. I have no idea what I can run these days. I miss racing. I just want to be at this race. here’s my in. without having to do the half. 10K it is.
My husband says, what’s your plan? I say, I have no plan. He says, are you starting in the front line. I say, of course I am starting at the front line. he says, then you have a plan. so here’s what this race has given me. we’re gonna gift this one out…
Gift #1 – The gift of running knowledge. I always have a plan. I always have an expectation. a big one. a winning one. I always plan and expect to run my best. to run my race. to race. always. and that might just be enough for me. I start adding more pressure on myself and I crumble. I went into this race totally untrained. totally open to any possibility. totally unsure of what the outcome would be. completely sure of how I would run. and completely content with that plan. I would run my run. to the BEST of my ability that day. it was kind of exciting. because I had never done a 10K. and I’ve been out of running for a bit. and I’ve been out of running fast for a longer bit. I had no idea what my legs and my body and my heart would do.
Gift #2 – gift of new beginnings. I had to start over with running after my spring marathons. but I didn’t know where to start. I didn’t know where I was at with running; what I had lost or gained physically. I’ve been floating around in running land for the last 3 weeks since I’ve gotten back into it. Sometimes you just have to put it all out there, see what you can do and find a new beginning. in my dreams, I would be able to run a sub 40 half, on this 10K race day. literally, in my dreams. I had dreamt about it the night before, probably because I did one quick pace calc right before my head it the pillow. sub 40 would mean less than a 6:25 pace. right. I knew 100% that I was capable of it at some point in the next couple months. I knew I was capable of it and faster 3 months ago. but my recent training and runs would dictate that this was not possible. but it was possible. my little long legs thought it was possible. and my new happy little running heart really wanted it. just because it wanted it. without causing my little happy sensitive running soul to be crushed if it didn’t happen. because in my heart, it truly didn’t matter if sub 40 or any other time goal happened or not. yesterday, my plan and my expectation was just to run my best run that day. my happy little running heart and my little happy sensitive soul liked that plan. and that will be the plan. always.
Gift #3 – gift of life. I was spared by the racing powers that be. I was slightly concerned that karma would strike me down in the instant that I started running, for the fact that I kindly cut in front of about 15 half marathoners to get to the porta potty because it was 7:28. my race started at 7:30. theirs started at 7:45. and I needed to pee. and kindly, I was not punished for kindly jumping ahead in line. it worked out that the race started a few minutes late because the start line was about 1/2 mile further up than I thought. and that was my sprint warmup. to the start line.
Gift #4 – the gift of athletic wear. I have my next lululemon running skirt picked out. I’m actually quite upset that it is not in my possession as we speak. My lululemon stalking has not paid off. I spied at least 2 runners wearing the flash colored Pace setter skirt. why do they have it and I do not. I almost threw a bratty tantrum as I saw them run by. that top is the flash color.
and it’s on a skirt. I would like to own it. it’s really more about my safety. you can see that color a mile away on the road in the wee hours of 5 am. that is all. that is not all. that look on my face can best be explained by me watching my daughter ride her bike into an art easel and take the whole thing out. no children were harmed. clumsy runs in the family.
I just realized that it was THIS BLOGGER at the table. Hi Kari! Thanks for the shorts! I should have listened to you and taken the medium but I will squeeze my hiney into these suckers until I can’t feel my legs, then I will take them off!
Gift #5 – gift of wearing racing flats. I love me some light shoes. I especially love an excuse to wear them. I don’t really wear these on my daily runs. I loved these yesterday. they loved me. it was happy union.
Mizuno Musha. go get yourself a pair. and have fun running. wouldn’t they look so fun with my new flash colored lululemon skirt? I thought so too.
I will wear these up to half marathon distance for now. I would wear them for a marathon. I will work up to that. maybe my fall marathon. they just worked like a charm. did what they were supposed to do and kept every part of my feet feeling happy and strong.
Gift #6 – the gift of second. second place is not a bad place to be. I would much rather be first. but let’s review how I am always second. aside from the 2 april races. we are going to blot those out from racing history. lessons were learned. and the races can be forgotten. anyway. 2nd place review – dating back to Hartford Marathon Fall 2011: 2nd place in age group
Harrisburg Marathon Fall 2011: 2nd place female overall
Cheshire 5K Fall 2011: 2nd place female overall
Colchester Half: ruined my 2nd streak and came in 3rd female, but gave me a new PR, on a hilly windy course
St. Patty’s Day Shamrock 5K: 2nd place female overall
April Races? What April Marathons? I do not know what you speak of.
IronHorse 10K: 2nd female overall. this is interesting though. perhaps only to me, so just skip this paragraph if you are grabbing at pencils to stick in your eyeballs from the sheer length of this post. I would apologize for the longevity, but I’m not really sorry. you can stop at anytime, but I think it’s probably kind of like watching a train wreck. so just keep reading.
I started at the front. I always do. From when the horn went off, there was girl 1, girl 2, and me. I had my eyes on them. Girl 1 was about 200 yards ahead for about 1/2 the race. I actually have no idea how far ahead. that number sounded good. she was a distance ahead, but I could see her. Girl 2 was never more than 10 feet ahead of me. I flew out of the start. naturally. 6:08 first mile. slowed it down a bit. I was feeling great. Did not feel like I was pushing it 100%. I was very cautious for the first 5 miles of this race. I would say I was at 80-85% effort. I kept getting stuck in this pack of 5 or 6 people, Girl 2 and a couple guys. Between mile 3 and 4, I decided to take Girl 2 because it was now or never. I sprinted ahead of the pack and stayed ahead of Girl 2. I took a Gu. So glad I did. I could see Girl 1. We passed 10k’ers on the other side of the road that were still at the beginning of the race. At mile 5.25, the 10k converged with the 5K, and all went toward the finish. this was a bit of a downer. I was in the front of a fast group of 10K runners, to be greeted by some slow 5k’ers, and even some walkers. momentum killer. I got back into it and continued to run my race. not worried about Girl 1 in front of me or who was behind me. I ran. I started pushing it harder probably right around mile 5.4 when the 5k’ers were raining on my 10k running parade. Got back in the groove and was pretty confident I had my second place finish. I lost Girl 1 in the 5k crowd. saw 39:20’s as I approached the finish. ran through in 39:40. happy. elated.
Fast forward to awards with the unofficial results, and they announce me as Overall Female placing 3rd. 😦 3rd is great, but not when you didn’t see a 2nd place between you and Girl 1 for the entire race. I don’t know where she came from. I started on the front line and it was me and Girl 1 and 2. no mysterious alter-second.
It’s a mystery. Official results came out and 2nd place, elusive ‘2nd place’ was not on there. I kind of suspected. and I held my 2nd place that I thought I had at the finish. This is what I theorize. when the 5K joined with the 10k, at mile 5.25, to finish with the 10k peeps. they were splitting off from a stream of 10k’ers that were still in the first couple miles (the 5k started 15 minutes later). so either this ‘2nd place’ was a 5k lady that got clocked in as a 10k, or it was a 10K that didn’t want to run the whole race and took the shortcut to the finish with the 5k group and didn’t run miles 2-5. my theory. I never saw a 2nd place. I was 2nd place from when I passed Girl 2 at mile 3ish until the end. and every volunteer person I passed from that point on said, ‘you’re second female, you are awesome and fast and stylish and you run like a gazelle, go get it!’ or something to that effect.
my splits: (my garmin said 6.31 miles, and an avg 6:17 pace. I don’t think my garmin is that off. I think I was doing some serious dodging and running all over the road – it was not closed to traffic. or walking 5k ‘racers’. and I’m kind of a spastic runner. haven’t figured out how to run the shortest tangent. ever) So these splits are a tad faster than my official pace, but not so far off.
6:08, 6:22, 6:22, 6:07, 6:31 (hello 5K walkers), 6:18, 6:03 for the last .2
And there I hold my second place finish. I hope to have a first place streak sometime. that would be thrilling.
Gift #7 – the gift of good friends to go to fun races with. it was a really nice morning out for a nice quick race. followed by eating some really not so tasty but very thoughtfully prepared by the boy scouts pancakes. with a very good friend that had a very good race. life is good. and so are the good things in it. as with many running lessons, I think all things learned can be applied to a lot of things in life. gifts abound everywhere (and I get sappy and emotional these days like you wouldn’t believe. or you would believe if you have endured this post. pretty sappy) like the gifts my sweet boy brings into my home in the early hours of the day. I swiftly sent him outside where he carried his pet froggy around like it was an accessory.
froggy boy. love him.
In conclusion to this short long essay, I am very much looking forward to watching the bachelorette tonight. and that statement scares me, but it’s the truth. I said it. I am also very much looking forward to doing some core work and some massage sticking whilst I watch the bachelorette. that is a more suitable statement for me. I still can’t do much strength work with my bum arm, but I do what I can.
My brain is far too tired to think about questions. so fill me in on your weekends please!!! and chime in with comments or children bringing you frogs for breakfast, your favorite fast running shoes or anything of the like.
last thing. I PROMISE to the best of my ability to keep a promise, that I will answer questions about my STAIRMASTER and other things like running fast next time I am on here writing an insanely long post! promise. with my pinky.
And it looks like I raced it too.
My first 10K
Offical results for now:
2nd Place Female
24th overall out of 545
beloved Mizuno Musha. happy feet.
And then I came home and got gift wrapped for my daughter’s imaginary horse/gymnastics/dance/acrobatics show. quite the afternoon.
Full race recap/story/life lessons/world ponderings to come in a post tomorrow.
for now I’m going to go hang with this gentleman.
the big one, not the little one picking his nose with pliers. I’m not sure where the parents are. we found this little boy and thought he was cute and we’d keep him. didn’t realize how much work he would be.
I hope everyone has had a fantastic weekend!!
Tell me about the fun you had?
Tell me about the races you had?
Did your children try to gift wrap you too?
To run or not to run.
that is the question.
We shall find out tomorrow am. That’s all I’ve got for you peeps right now. I just sat through a 3 hour dance recital. that is endurance, my friends. It was actually completely adorable and precious and makes the year worth of dance classes totally worth it. my girls are going to be superstars. and the horrible mom that I am has not one picture to document the beautiful day. fail. we will remember it in our hearts. we will also remember it because I did take some pics at the dress rehearsal. which is exactly the same thing.
I will be back tomorrow with a normal post. I think I promised something like stairmaster info in ‘tomorrow’s post’. which would have been yesterday’s post. which didn’t happen. which by now you should know that promises made for info in ‘tomorrow’s post’ is synonymous with ‘the next post’ or ‘one of the next three posts’. so it will be. stairmaster info and other things you need to know. in one of the next three posts. there will be some good info coming your way. but you also know that weekends are chock full of those fun things mentioned above – dance recitals – and this weekend a bridal shower, and a lot of rain. and it looks like maybe a race.
What races are going on this weekend?
Who attended or has attended a dance recital?
Who is a dancer? definitely not me. I fall down when running. uphill.
#1 Item of Business:
I think I have quite a few days of workouts to record here. where do I begin…
Thursday night Family Track workout
There was a lot of this going on…
and not a lot of running. but we made it to the track.
Much of what I expected. I just did 2 miles. really not even worth it, but it was my last run in my 20’s. farewell. It was more of a let’s see how the legs are feeling kind of track run. they weren’t feeling so hot. not because I ran a marathon 4 days before, but because something is just really tight in my right leg. much better today. but solidified that I will not be running much at all until the next marathon. surprise.
1/2 mile warmup, 1 mile @ 6:23 (cruising, didn’t feel like I was pushing it) (but it was only 1 mile), 1/2 mile c/d. big time. I’m pulling reverse psychology on marathon training – called don’t run at all for 4 weeks leading up to a marathon and have big expectations. solid training.
some mild not dramatic at all self talk following the little unnecessary, not useful for anything track run:
oh good God in heaven, my leg is broken, that hurt so bad, I’m never going to run again
there’s nothing wrong with your legs, katie, you are 100% fine, it’s just a little numb feeling and you should definitely run 10 miles in this 75 degree weather
oh dear Lord my leg hurts from my glute to my big toe and it will surely need to be amputated. maybe I could be an elite amputee runner. that could work.
I pulled myself back down to earth and am preparing to run with a decent amount of leg discomfort on Saturday. marathons do hurt. it is a fact. I will not say pain because certain unnamed people (mom and nana) will get upset if I say I am going to run with pain.
Side note business…
I’m trying to keep out of my conscious that it’s been one month since I called it on extensive amounts of running. I think I could count on one hand the # of runs I have done, none of which have exceeded in miles the # of fingers I have on one hand. I have 5 fingers on my hand. I don’t have a freakishly odd number of fingers on my hands. they’re normal. that’s not a lot of running. staying positive. making smart choices. riding the line between taking it easy and preserving my running body- and overdoing it and killing my running body. I don’t want that. I’m really taking it easy, and that’s not necessarily by choice but by the fact that my right leg will eat me alive if I push it through a run before another marathon
I put my taper hat on and called it a complete rest day. I am technically tapering. how did we get to one week before a marathon again??? I am SO EXCITED to run this marathon. more on that in uno momento.
In the new cool racerback. another item of clothing everyone should experience. along with a pair of designer jeans and lululemon wunder unders. complete wardrobe right there.
Pretty decent cross training at the gym
1 hour elliptical – I wanted to push it a little bit so I did level 20 alternated with level 16 intervals – alternating forward and backward motion. fun.
20 minutes speed intervals on stairmaster.
Leg strength training – seated leg abductors (great for IT band issues), seated leg press, squats with shoulder work, planks.
#2 Item of Business:
30th Bday Business
Recap in pictures. because I’m pretty sick of talking about myself, my birthday and all other things going on. I was treated like a queen. as it should have been.
Birthday eve cupcakes from the madre
I took a little nibble pre pic. couldn’t wait.
approximately 3 hours later
possibly three of the most wonderful things all together in one package
only to possibly be trumped by these that came on my birthday. that came to me for free. doesn’t get better.
These will get an entire post of their own. but I love them. thank you mizuno. you are awesome. and comfortable. and make my feet happy in every level of stability.
I couldn’t decide which to put on first. so I wore one on each foot around the house.
mizuno musha to the left. mizuno wave precision 12 to the right. fab.
birthday rocks. everyone needs birthday rocks.
according to my children it’s because it would be ‘sad if I didn’t have anything to open on my birthday’. thoughtful.
because my girls were so generous and gave me precious rocks from the yard that are now sitting on my nightstand, as naturally that’s the only place for them – I in turn took them for a little bday girls day to the salon to get their haircut for the first time and to get their nails done. I guess salon Katie in the bathroom wasn’t good enough for them.
to finish off the bday, dinner with the hubs and a trip to lululemon to spend the bday money appropriately and quickly before it got spent on something like food or gas. fashionable athletic wear is far more important.
here’s my only dinner pic. it’s a dark picture. I wore the target shirt. that was not ugly at all. hangin’ with my peach kicker in a jar. it was super tasty. no pictures of food. it was super tasty too.
the peach kicker had peppers in it. that’s a first for me. drinking an adult beverage with a vegetable in it. I’m 30 now. I can do adult things like that. another first for me was entering “age 30” on the cardio machines at the gym. honesty is the best policy.
#3 Item of Business
I’M EXCITED TO RUN A MARATHON IN LESS THAN A WEEK. really excited.
While I have put ZERO pressure on myself to achieve a certain outcome, I still have tucked away in my mind an adjusted and possibly tangible, but possibly tough to reach goal. one that will still make me work. but one that I’m holding onto loosely because I’m not letting this race be my new goal race. this is my fun race. and this is my race that I want to love running. but one that I know will be hard….
because my last long run (not including gansett marathon) was in February
because I have taken a huge break from running in this past month
because my right leg still does not feel great. or near great.
but one that I will be mentally prepared for….
because I am going to remember the training that I have done
because I’m going to tell myself that I am more than capable of achieving what I want to do
because I am going to be confident in my running abilities aside from the speedwork and tempo runs and track work and long runs that I did or did not do. I have an ability to run. and I am going to hold onto what I know I can do.
because I know it’s going to hurt. I know my threshold and I know when the hurt is making me a better, stronger runner and when the hurt is truly a potential injury. sometimes it’s a fine line and I’m learning how to ride it because I’m not convinced I’m truly injured. I’d like to get completely off the line and just be a stronger runner. a work in progress. balancing work and rest. I’m in that phase of training where I had upped my miles quite a bit and upped the stress on my body with speedwork and my body is responding and trying to adapt to this stress.
According to The Runner’s Body by Runner’s World, when running and training – there are three stages your body can go through:
Running places a stress on your body and induces an alarm reaction. this can go either way – lead you to adapt, become a stronger runner. If the stimulus is too much, it can lead to injury and bodily breakdown. If the stimulus is too little, you won’t see improvements. Certain things that determine which way your body goes are Volume (duration, frequency), Intensity and Recovery. The right interaction of these things determine how your body adapts. very interesting.
Your body moves into the ADAPTATION phase.
If you put too much stress on your body, you move into the EXHAUSTION phase. which can be managed by understanding and changing the volume, intensity and very importantly recovery (and rest)
I’m learning how to REST. I probably came close to the exhaustion phase. not in the sense that I was physically exhausted, but like I said – walking the line between becoming a stronger runner and getting really injured. when things start to go wrong, it’s really important to REST. it gives your body a change. and a new way to adapt.
It’s very hard for me to rest. it’s becoming harder to not run. but I want to run for a long time. not just the next time I want to go out for a nice 10 mile jog. patience.
So I’m excited to run this marathon. with no pressure. in hot nashville weather. with my little girls at the finish line and my little sister running the half. listening to country music all the way. fantastic.
Tell me about the races this weekend?!? Who did what?
What is your favorite type of flower?
Cupcakes or brownies? you must pick one of the two. no other options.