Thursday, January 27, 2011

"My get up and go must have got up and went..."

Today marks (only) the FIFTH time since the half marathon in December that I have actually ran. *sigh* I guess not running lately has been a mixture of wanting to rid myself of any lingering shin splints and IT band issues and being a little lazy (ok, a lot). I can't stand being uncomfortable and in pain so wanting to rest was a big part of my absence. In addition to that...I like sleeping in during the winter.

All of that is over and done, however, because today marked a mile stone. I ran a mile in 11:12 and 1.25 miles in 14:00. My PR was set at the first 5K I did last March; finished in 34:29 which is roughly an 11:06 pace. But today...after not setting shoes to pavement regularly for almost 2 months...I did just over an 11 minute mile! I signed up for my February race which will be on the 19th. It's called the Las Vegas 2011 Fat Boy 5K. Hahahahaha. I can't wait! Rumor has it...there will be beer, brats, and donuts after finishing. I hope there is an awesome shirt too!

March will bring the Six Tunnels to Hoover Dam 5K on the 12th and for April I am seriously contemplating doing the Inagural Summerling Half Marathon on the 9th. It sounds so fun! It is limited to 400 people though, I'm just trying to decide if I want to do it or now. Doing it would mean getting back to a set training schedule. Goodbye sleep....goodbye life....but on the other hand....HELLO CARBS!! It's just in over 2 months too...that's another factor.

*Internal dialogue* I don't know...I want to do it, but I know what a large committment it is to train.

I think I probably will end up doing it. As long as I don't come in last....I'll be fine. : )

This whole goal-setting thing I have made is actually working out!

Here's to 9 more races!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Race Wrap Up #1

I did the Running from an Angel 5K on January 8 in Boulder City, NV. I was super excited to start the year off right after I made the goal of doing one race per month. I went to Boulder City the night before to pick up my race packet and the shirt we got is so cool! Definitely the best shirt I've received so far. As we all know...it's ALL about the shirt.

So, Saturday came around and my mom accompanied me to the race. It was pretty cool to have a "coach" come along. She carried my stuff, toted my water bottle, took pictures, it was awesome. There were not very many people at all! Maybe a few hundred total. The event consisted of a 50 mile ultra-marathon, a marathon, half, 10K and 5K. The 5K started at 8:45 a.m. The weather was pretty nice - the temperature was in the low 50's at race time. I was pumped and ready to go; had visions of bolting out of the chute and breaking my PR. To make a long story short - it didn't really end up that way. First of all, right out of the chute was allllllll uphill for about a 1/4 mile. Ugh. Not a good way to start off in my opinion. As I climbed I was regretting not warming up enough - my thighs were ON FIYAH!!! So, I cleared the top of the hill and was keeping a pretty good pace. I felt really winded, like I couldn't catch my breath (which is unusual) and had to take a walk break about a mile in. I started running again after a minute or so and could see an aid station up ahead. I grabbed a cup of water and headed on. Little did I know that the aid station was THE TURN AROUND for the 5K. Let's just say it was NOT clearly marked...and I didn't realize it until I was about a 1/4 mile past it. Stupidly, I had to ask a guy who was approaching behind me and he assured me that the turn around was behind us. I was so embarassed. With my head hung in shame I turned right around and went BACK the 1/4 mile to the turn around. I ran through at top speed so as not to be recognized. On the way back I felt pretty good, but I was so mad I missed the turn around. I kept on and descended the big hill we had gone up at the start with some serious speed. I crossed the finish line in 41:22. Unbelieveable. My first 5K was 34:29. That's like a 7 minute increase! Talk about disappointment. Good thing I've made the goal to do a race each month....that means many more opportunities to redeem myself.




The shirt!



I haven't decided on a race for February but I did jump ahead to March and signed up for the Six Tunnels To Hoover Dam 5K on March 12 as planned. This race was my first ever last year so I'm looking forward to doing it again. This time my friend and sister have both committed to doing it - so I can forsee a little competition going on.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Running Wish List...

Before I die, or before my knees give out (whichever comes first), I want to run the following.

- Alaska:
+ Big Wild Life Half Marathon

- Arizona:
+ Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Half Marathon
+ Sedona 5K

- California:
+ Disneyland Half Marathon
+ Lake Tahoe Half Marathon
+ Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon
+ Paso Robles Wine Country Runs 5K

- Hawaii:
+ Maui Half Marathon

- Illinois:
+ Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon

- Massachusetts:
+ 13.1 Marathon Boston

- Missouri:
+ Bass Pro Shops Half Marathon
+ Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis Half Marathon

- Nevada:
+ Red Rock Canyon Half Marathon
+ Running From an Angel 10K* (changing to the 5K - course is super hilly) - CHECK!!!
+ Running With the Devil 10K
+ Six Tunnels Half Marathon
+ Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon (again, and then probably again after that)

- New York:
+ New York City Half Marathon

- Utah:
+ Bryce Canyon 5K
+ Logan Top of Utah Half Marathon

- Washington, DC:
+ SunTrust National Half Marathon

- Washington:
+ Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Half Marathon

There are some cool international races too. Maybe one day I'll travel far and wide for one.

Brrrr?

It snowed yesterday! Not a lot by any means, but enough to satisfy me. I'm a sucker for snow.