Weekly Training Report – Week ending Feb 5

6 Feb

Okay so…

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It took me a while to get some motivation this week and I didn’t hit ALL of my goals (well, any of them actually…)

But I did get out and get some miles in

Here’s what happened compared to what was planned….

Tuesday – 4.5 Miles – Storm turned out to be more ice than snow and, well, I bailed on my run.
Wednesday – 7 Miles  No excuse whatsoever but I once again didn’t run…this isn’t looking too good…
Thursday – 4.5 Miles – Um….Seriously I need to get on this!
Friday – Always a Rest Day – I was pretty fed up with myself by Friday afternoon so went to the treadmill for 3.25 slow miles Yay me!!
Saturday – 10 Miles – It was cold. It was windy. But it was also sunny and beautiful and my first long run since Wine and Dine was done! Though I ended up at home after 8 miles, it was good to get out there
Sunday – 5 Miles – plan said 5, I did 4

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Lots of layers and I survived!!

All in all, not a stellar performance – and I need to get back to a better pace but I think my motivation may be returning. And I feel like I’m re-learning some stuff. Like, proper fueling, especially the night before. I partially blame my low mileage on Saturday on poor fuel Friday night. And dressing for the weather — I was comfortable for the most part while running but didn’t realize til I got home and took off my outer layer that I was DRENCHED in sweat and therefore FROZEN once I stopped moving!

Coming up this week —

Tuesday – 5 Miles
Wednesday – 8 Miles
Thursday – 5 Miles
Saturday – Rest day
Sunday – 10K Race 
(I don’t have anything in the calendar but will run 6.2 – or close to it – on Sunday!)

Hopefully my motivation REALLY has come back and I’ll get all 24 miles done this week!!

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And coming up tomorrow — some exciting news (that you might already know, but maybe not!!)

 

 

Time to Get Back At It

31 Jan

Happy Tuesday!

 

I can’t believe it’s already the end of January – and honestly I feel like I’ve gotten NOTHING done. That’s probably pretty close to accurate too.

But that stops today!

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I have a shell of a race schedule for the year – at least the first few months – and first up is the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon on March 4. So, yeah, 4 weeks away!!

Usually, I’m fine with heading out to a half marathon in a semi-prepared mode. This one is “flat and fast” though so I’m really hoping I’ll be able to do well enough to not be stuck in the back corrals at races that do that sort of thing (I’m looking at you runDisney!). This means I need to get some miles in.

So with that in mind, I bring you

THIS WEEK’S RUNNING PLAN!!!!

Plan consists of Cross Training on Monday which I usually use for stretching and that sort of thing – I’m not really 100% sure what I would do to cross train – maybe longer dog walks?

The Running:
Tuesday – 4.5 Miles We’re expecting a ‘storm’ today so hoping I’ll get a chance to run in the snow this afternoon!!
Wednesday – 7 Miles
Thursday – 4.5 Miles
Friday – Always a Rest Day
Saturday – 10 Miles
Sunday – 5 Miles

I bet you can’t wait until Monday to hear how I did!!! I know I’m on the edge of my seat!!

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And this also means I only have 4 weeks to figure out what to wear!!! You know that will include some awesome Skirt Sports (more on that next time!!)

Have a great Tuesday – and if you’re in New England get out there and get your supplies!!!

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It’s French Toast Weather!!!!

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Happy (Lunar) New Year!!!!

28 Jan

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Ah.

So here we are – Yes, we’re 3 weeks in to the New Year (4 weeks?) and it’s like I’ve been in hiding right?

What about consistency Anne? What about better blogging Anne? Where have you been ANNE???

You are absolutely right!

I started the year with a trip to Disney — which really makes it hard for me to re-adapt to the real world. But it was Disney and it was fun so I don’t feel *too* bad about it! But more on that later (see, I didn’t say “soon” so… 🙂 )

And that consistency thing? Well, I’ve actually been working on that – behind the scenes as it were.

How you might ask?

Well, let’s see….

I’ve been planking every day — and it’s HARD. Though I’m up to 90 seconds so that’s some progress
I’ve been working on more consistent meals during the work week – batch cooking on Sunday. And it’s been healthy batch cooking too!
I’ve been making sure that there are no dirty dishes in the sink when I go to bed at night.

They’re baby steps but better than I usually am!

I really do have to step it up though – my 2017 race dance card is filling up with my first Half Marathon of the year in FIVE WEEKS!! So really need to get back to running, right?!!

So starting this week – tomorrow even – I’ll go back to posting my weekly run schedule and my progress with sticking to it. It truly helps me stay on track. And keeps me – what? – that’s right, Accountable.

Wish me luck!!! And send those good consistency vibes my way!!

Oh, and, really – Happy New Year!!!

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Well. This is Embarrassing.

30 Dec

 

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First off, thanks for stopping by — 2016 was not the best for this site. I was MIA for most of it. I would plan a post, get it mostly written out (you should see my draft folder!) and then need pictures from my phone or camera and then…..crickets. Then a couple of weeks later I’d do the same. And again and again.

Then, I would be all “Well, I haven’t posted about June so I can’t jump in to August and now look it’s New Year’s Eve Eve and dang….lost the whole year”. Frankly, I beat myself up a lot about it. Which is dumb but I do dumb sometimes!

And, somewhere along the line I lost ALL my mojo — my running mojo, my eating right mojo, my MOJO! I had little motivation to do much of anything.

Hopefully 2017 will be different – I am hoping to be completely mojo’d out! Or, at least be better than I was in 2016

A friend of mine (probably a few friends actually) chooses a word for the year and I’ve determined that for 2017 my word is CONSISTENCY.

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Consistency in everything I think and do.

That means, consistently following through on my plans.

Consistently following a training plan for whatever crazy runs I sign up for this year.

Consistently working towards a much healthier diet

And, consistently posting here – and not kicking myself for days when I don’t. I had hoped in the beginning to use this blog as a means of being accountable to myself and that has just not happened as much as I’d thought.

So, being consistently accountable for my actions (good, bad and otherwise!) is a big goal. Probably the biggest of all.

Of course I also have the usual “lose weight” “get stronger” “do new stuff” resolutions ….but more on that soon.

Really.

If you’re here, thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll keep in touch. And if I happen to write something you like, share with your friends.

Hope to see LOTS more of you this year

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Goals are Scary

26 Oct

Since Halloween is right around the corner, I figured I’d write about something that is scarier than I thought it would be.

GOALS!

That’s right, I said Goals. They’re scary things, goals are. Here’s my thoughts on this.

I’ve never been real big at setting goals — sure I throw some New Year’s Resolutions up once in a while or, I promise I’ll blog more (that’s a goal, right?) and I most definitely have an “ideal weight” goal.

Goals = Commitment. Goals are promises we make ourselves. I am NOT at all good at keeping the promises to myself.

With running, my ‘goal’ has always just been to finish. To not quit. To not get pulled from the course. And honestly, that’s done by me being stubborn more than anything else.

This year, I’ve tried something a little different. Since about mid-July, I’ve set time goals for most of my long training runs and half marathons. They line up with my expectations for the Marine Corps Marathon in 4 more sleeps (yikes!). It’s really very helpful that the Marines give us some very definite cut-off times for certain points on the course. Clock times along with a pace per mile limit.

MCM has some hard cutoff/diversion times on the course.

This year the kind folks at MCM are also enforcing “The Gauntlet” – this is a spot around mile 17.5-18 (15.5 this year) as you are about to enter The Mall. If you miss this ‘cutoff” at 12:38 you will be diverted to a spot further along the course and will not be considered an official finisher. I’m guessing you can take a medal if you want but you would know you didn’t run the full 26.2

If you’re familiar with the Marine Corps Marathon at all you’ve definitely heard about Beating the Bridge. The Bridge in question is the 14th street bridge, usually around Mile 20, but pulled back to 18 this year. In the past, in my experience, as long as you are *on the bridge* before the cutoff, you’re good. Apparently, though, you actually have to be *ACROSS* the bridge, which adds another mile + to the equation! If you don’t make this cutoff, you get on a bus and you get a ride to the finish. No running up the hill to the monument. No medal. (Edit: I found this on the MCM App after I’d written up this post – All MCM participants must reach the intersection of 14 and D Streets before the 14th Street Bridge by 1:15 p.m. This is located just past Mile 18. So yay, looks like we’re good here!)

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Started making notes…

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Mile by mile breakdown…

My goals are based on the original mileage/timing and are dependent on me crossing the start line no later than 8:08 am – this year with the Metro not opening early as in years past, the start line will not close until 8:55 at which time the 14 mm pace will be calculated/enforced. This start time should give us a little cushion (I am running with my friend, First Time Marathoner, Debby!)

As you know I am no speed demon but my goal is to hit my original times  and not think about any cushion built in.

The whole point of this post is this: I’m always kind of surprised when people talk about being nervous before an event, even if they’ve run it many times before. The ‘race nightmares’ (mine is getting lost on the course or not having my shoes!) , not able to sleep the night before. None of this has ever been my experience. HOWEVER, now that I have these goals I’m starting to get nervous.

Even though I’ve run more than 13 miles for training runs. And even though this will be my SIXTH time running with the Marines.  All these numbers are making me crazy and making me second-guess myself. I’m fortunate to have a TON of supportive friends around me to remind me that this is not an impossible journey!!

I guess this means I’m finally taking this running thing a bit more serious. Which is a good thing. I mean, it’s about darn time amiright? Let’s not get crazy, I’m not one of those “Oh my gosh I *have* to run today” people…but I am actually kind of enjoying it. So I have that going for me 🙂

So — What are some of your goals that might be trying to scare you these days?! 

Let the Re-Capping Begin!!

26 Sep

As I mentioned Friday in my ‘return to blogging” post, it’s is Fall Race Season. Or as I like to call it, “Sunrise Season” – on account of how many sunrises I’ll witness in the next few months!!

In my quest to stay on top of my race recaps (and get back in your good graces) I present to you – the 2016 Hogsback Half Marathon

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Kathy came over Friday night for an early morning drive up to northwestern CT – and it was an early, wine-free night of reality tv.

Got up dark and early to make my oatmeal and have time to digest it before hopping in the car. It’s really a pretty drive, once the sun comes up. I was aiming for good parking, if I can be honest! And, whaddayaknow, I got it! #Rockstarparking.

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Picked up bibs and shirts and got back in the car since it was chilly out! We had signed up for the early start (which is an awesome benefit to this race!) so didn’t have long to wait before we headed UP THE HILL to the start line. We picked up Kim and Tom on the way. Kim was starting early and I figured I’d see Tom later when he passed me  (spoiler, it was around mile 11.5!) It was a pretty decent group of early starters and we had our own pacers. 2:45 and 3:00. I was going to try to keep 2:45 in my sights but stick to my 30:30’s as long as I could hang in there.

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I managed to keep up my intervals and everything felt pretty good most of the way. I’m working on breaking in the shoes I plan to wear for Marine Corps but they are causing me some issues…so we’ll have to see what happens. If I need new shoes I need to get them pronto!

This is a beautiful ‘country’ course — an out and back of sorts along a river. This year for the first time there were a few families out in the yard cheering runners on. The run takes place on country highways but there isn’t a ton of traffic. The first finisher passed me around mile 5 – the next runners showed up when I stopped at mile 6 to take off my jacket! There was a HUGE gap between them – amazing!!

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Course elevation – first half is my favorite!!

Tom caught up with me about mile 11.5 and stayed with me a bit but he had a plan and took off after a few minutes. At some point, I had managed to let the 3 hour pacer catch me. Ruh-Roh!! Picked it up again but she passed me for good on “the hill” – about a quarter mile incline. That I walked up. I had given up on my goal apparently.

Heading across the dam to the finish line I passed Kathy! I don’t think I’ve ever beat her in a half!! Though, in her defense, she said her hamstrings were tightening up..whatevs, I still beat her!! haha And then I saw Kim and Tom waiting on the side of the bridge so stopped for a second – mainly to point out that I was beating Kathy! Then, ta-da!! The finish. And it turns out that I only missed my goal by 48 seconds.

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Small sample of the post race eats! Ziti, chicken, meatballs, cornbread muffin, TWO kinds of Rice Krispie Treats!!!

Post race is one of the best ones out there!!! LOTS of homemade food – chicken, pasta, cookies, muffins…NOMS. And great raffles. And time to hang with friends. And puppies. Did I forget to mention that there are puppies? The charity partner for this race is Running for Rescues and there were a few puppies visiting and hoping for a furever home. I don’t think I’m ready for 2 dogs yet…

And now I’m going to try something new for these recaps – maybe it will stick and maybe it won’t!

Welcome to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good
1. Early start ya’ll! When you register, there’s an option to register for an early start if you think you’ll take more than 3 hours. And it’s been a couple few years since I’ve finished under 3. The only caveat is that you get disqualified if you finish faster than 2:20 since this is the RRCA Championship event
2. The outfit. Please. (Tantrum Jette Skirt and Tantrum Lotta Love  top – converted to Eclipse Tank in Marine when I took off the jacket!)

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3. The post race party. The RD and her family do all the cooking and baking. Plus this year there was a new baby!! Congrats Kelly!
4. The medal.
5. The charity. Running for Rescues. Dogs dogs dogs. My house loves the dogs!!
6. My time – only missed my goal (per my MCM plan) by 48 seconds

The Bad
1. Newer shoes that I’m breaking in for Marine Corps. Found a bruise at the base of my Achilles tendon post-race. Need to figure out what to do
3. My time – missed my goal by 48 seconds.

The Ugly
1. This Hill. Mile 12.5 ya’ll.
2. Post-race crampy legs. Walking around helps
So, I really had to reach for the Bad and the Ugly cause this is really a well-run, fun, small race with a great family-like atmosphere

Except the Ugly. I really do hate that hill.

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Hello, It’s Me.

23 Sep

Once upon a time, I thought, “hey! I’ll write a blog! It’ll be great for accountability and I’ll meet new people and…it’ll be great!”

So here I am.

 

But haven’t been terribly consistently accountable.

I *think* I might be getting close to organized enough in the other areas of my life to jump right back in – and hopefully, to even eventually share some of the awesome things I’ve done so far this year but never posted. We’ll see. No promises, right?

And now it’s coming up on Fall Race Season – you know, that time of year when I spend several weekends either travelling somewhere to run or running at home (mostly the former though). Last year wasn’t completely disastrous. Until I got to the end of October and then beat myself up – privately of course – for my horrible performance at Marine Corps Marathon.  I swore that I would never again run a marathon without doing the training.

Well. For the last 2 months I HAVE been doing the training. Mostly. Yeah. I started late, missed a couple of the shorter long runs and more than a couple of the short mid-week runs.

But I’m hitting the road. And the treadmill. Ya’ll I did FOURTEEN miles on a treadmill when the temps were over 100 a few weeks ago. I ran nearly every day when I visited my dad at the end of August. Usually around noon. In Texas where, again, it was pretty darn hot. But it all felt good!!

Now I’m 36 days away from my redemption at MCM – and feeling confident that I won’t repeat last year’s mess. Because I’m spending a lot of time with hills. BIG hills

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Just an example of how things are running at home….this from my 18 miler turned 19.5 miler last week….

I’m kind of being helped along by a couple of changes being made by the Marines due to some logistical difficulties this year. The Guantlet and The Bridge have both been moved up by a couple of miles so SCORE! And, as I mentioned, I’ve actually done some training this year.

But before then, I have a few other things on my plate –

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Tomorrow is the Hogsback Half Marathon – I discovered this one on the Twitters when someone mentioned the great post-race feast and I’m glad I did. It’s a fairly small event, with a gorgeous course – seriously, no part of this course is ugly! – great post-race festivities. And, they offer an early start for us slower folks which is really nice because you’re finishing with #allthepeople and not straggling in

After that, starting in October, there is the Hartford Half Marathon – I did this one once before I moved to CT. A few years back they changed the course and this will be my second year running the new course. This is another fun post-race – particularly the Mile 27 Beer Garden (the Hartford Marathon Foundation also offers a full on the same day) and the longest drinking fountain ever! Instead of bottled water, you get a water bottle which is pretty awesome.

The following week I will be travelling to the Sweetest Place on Earth. That’s not a typo! I’m heading to Hershey PA for the Hershey Half Marathon. This will be my third time running this one and one that I plan to keep on my must-do list for as long as I can. I mean, great swag and fresh chocolate at mile 12? Yes please!  A few of my friends are planning to run this one as well which adds to the great weekend!

Then. Dun dun dun….it’ll be time to head down to DC and #runwiththeMarines. I’m not out to set records, but I am out to do the best I can. And again, lots of friends running this one as well but I will probably spend most of the 26.2 on my own. Laser like focus right? And I have a plan…

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My MCM Race Day plan – based on the original timing

My plan – for all of my events coming up but most especially for the Marathon – is to stick with the intervals I’m training with. No funny stuff!! And really work on not taking off so “fast” and holding back the first few…or first 10-15 miles.

Run my own race, work towards the goals I’ve written down. Trust myself. I’ve done it before and I can do it again, right?

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