…smells like fall.
…sounds like leaves crunching under my running shoes.
…feels cool, as in breezy long-sleeved shirt and shorts running weather.
… tastes like berry smoothies.
Sunday 29 April 2012
This was not one of my best races in recent history. And I truly felt awful. More on that later, but I did finish in 1:45:04 which comes out to a 10:30/mile pace.
Saturday night I slept fairly well, though I probably stayed up too late watching the rest of Forrest Gump. I love that movie. I woke at 6:30 without the alarm and started getting ready. Typical Colorado spring morning – chilly with a forecast for sun and increasing temperatures. In this kind of weather I always struggle with choosing running clothes! Long sleeve? Short? Crops? Tights? Shorts? Gah. I ended up with my black Lululemon shorts and my green Under Armor short sleeve shirt. And at mile 2, I was happy with that choice despite being a bit chilly at the start.
Around 2000 of the 10,000 race participants opted for the 10 mile course, and we started at 7:45 (the 5 milers and 5k started around 9:15 or 9:30). I kept a good, easy, 9ish pace for awhile and I felt really good. But I started to feel dizzy and lightheaded and just… weird around mile 5. I’m going to go ahead and blame Claritin D for that. I’ve been taking it for a few weeks now, and I do feel really weird on it. The pseudoephedrine is jacking me up – rapid heart rate, anxiety – but its the only thing that works right now. *sigh*
The second half of my race really suffered. I saw Carol and Miles (so cute cheering on the runners!) at mile 7. I stopped for a minute to chat and kiss my little guy (so cute that he started to run after me!). Really, the rest of the race was a blur. I kinda just wanted to get to the finish and go home.
I really wanted to enjoy this race because I really do like it. The 10 mile course was new this year, and I liked the route through Cheesman Park and down 7th Ave. This race is fun with a lot of runners and great support. Its too bad I didn’t do well and I didn’t feel well.
- no Claritin D!
- don’t forget gels or blocks!
- start slow and build my pace
- totally dressed appropriately
I’ll go ahead and begin with the good stuff:
*Hunger Games: We totally nerded out on this one; my friend Megan and I have been looking forward to seeing this movie for months. And it did not disappoint! I’m still fired up. Began re-reading the second book!
*Bike Ride: Saturday was a beautiful day. I love Colorado, especially in the Spring. Mr Garmin ran out of battery while riding, but I think I went for 15 miles. Nice and easy because of the long run I had planned for Sunday. Saw a lot of people out on the bike path.
*10 Mile Run: This was the fastest 10 miler I’ve done in years (1:38). I was on track for a really good time until I hit mile 8. Mile 8 took me over 12 minutes to complete because I stopped to walk. I’m not sure if it was a mental thing, whether I need to HTFU (harden the f*** up), or if I just ran out of gas. I, uh, did not eat or drink smartly the day before – beer margarita and raw oysters the night prior. oops!
*Mad Men is back!
*…and my NCAA bracket is beating JJ’s. Ha!
*Quilt Bee Blocks: I finished the Dutchman’s Block for Sabrina and got to work on the ‘x’ block for Linda. I had never made either of these blocks before. Sabrina sent out the fabrics pre-cut for the flying geese, and she said she wasn’t too concerned with the points not being ‘pointy’. Linda put together a tutorial on her block and included it (with color photos!) with her fabric. I’m going to leave it to her to square up since I don’t have a 9.5″ square ruler and I don’t want to mess it up!
…and now the bad stuff:
*Coffee Date Dress: UGH. I totally jacked this up. Like really messed it up. I’m not even sure how to salvage it. To accommodate my shape, I shortened the front darts. I also lengthened the bodice by 3″, but didn’t account for the curve at the waist to meet the hips. The front and back skirt pieces were considerably wider than the bodice front and back. So, there is about a 2″ hole on either side of the waist. My sister suggested adding a panel of sorts and that should be fine. I’ll take care of that later. The frustration… UGH. I put it away.
Oh dear goodness, what a run.
It was cold. Like 20 degrees cold. And I went out way way way too fast. And starting fast makes the rest of the run uncomfortable! I should know better by now right?
And another plug for technology: I love my Garmin. Love it! Its going on 4 years, and the battery doesn’t hold the same charge as before. Meaning, it typically craps out during anything more than 4 hours (marathon, Copper Triangle) – despite my best power-saving moves. But what I love is the data. Oh, lots of data! And yesterday morning I set it to auto-lap at each mile.
Such motivation for me to see my 38:23 4.38 mile run broken down mile by mile. I can see where I hauled ass (mile 1 = 8:42/mi pace). I can see where I started to lose it (mile 3 = 9:19/mi pace). And I can see where I just wanted the whole thing to be over (mile 4.38 = 9:05/mi pace).
I’m happy that I raced last weekend. It was the catalyst to get my spring training/racing mentality going. And seeing my race photos also motivated me to tighten up my diet (yeesh, I am chunky!). I’ve started logging my food on Calorie Count (w/ free iPhone app) and logging my exercise on Daily Mile. I’m trying to follow (at least 90%) of the time the Paleo diet. I still put 1/2 and 1/2 in my coffee. I’ll drink a glass (or three) of red wine. I’ll put a little bit of cheese on my salad. Outside of those exceptions, I’m sticking to it pretty well.
I also just set up my spring race calendar. Here’s what’s happening::
* 3/25 RMRR MTS1 10 Mile
* 4/1 RMRR TS#4 4 Mile
* 4/15 RMRR MTS2 10 Mile
* 4/29 Cherry Creek Sneak 10 Mile
* 5/6 RMRR TS#5 5 Mile
* 5/20 Colfax 1/2 Marathon
* 5/28 Bolder Boulder 10k
I’m also looking at doing an Olympic distance triathlon. And maybe, maybe a 1/2 Ironman distance tri towards the end of summer or early fall. I gotta get my butt in the pool.
I still need to plug weekday training into my calendar. Even though I know I won’t follow a training plan exactly, I still need to have some sort of structure to follow. Fortunately, I have a flexible schedule at work. And there is a pool and lots of space to run near work and Miles’s day care. I really have no excuse to get at least an hour of running or swimming in after dropping Miles off and before going to work. No excuse.
So, that’s the plan for the spring. We’ll see how it goes!
I just got back from the best weekend. There’s so much that I love about the weekend, I can’t even begin to tell you about it! Friends! Food! Drink! Running!
This trip had been in the works since summer; I sent an email to my running friends back in August proposing a meet up in New Orleans for the race. We came from all over: DC, Texas, North Carolina and Colorado; we left the stresses of work and family to meet up for the weekend. It was just what I needed. You could say I was the common denominator with this group of seven. Five of us were stationed together in South Korea; 3 of us are friends and West Point classmates. (For those who visit my blog via my crafty-ness, in my former life I was an Army Officer)
New Orleans, thanks for being a great host.
Our hotel was 1/2 a block outside the French Quarter and we took advantage of it. Lots of walking. Lots of eating. Lots of drinking. With a 13.1 mile race thrown in to make us feel better about all the eating and drinking!
One group photo before we split into our start corrals. We’re of varying speed and training and we were not planning on running as a group of 7. Two of the girls qualified for the Boston Marathon and ended up running a 1:40ish 1/2 marathon. Another girl declares herself ‘not a runner’ and prior to training for this race had a long run of 4 miles. And she did awesome!
I started the race with my USMA girls and the first 7 miles we played the Alphabet Game (movies and songs A-Z), making the miles seem to fly by. I lost them at a water point, and thinking they were ahead of me, I hauled ass trying to catch them. That pace lasted about a 1/2 mile! And since my training plan could have been titled “ifyoucanrun7youcanrun13.1” I kinda quit around mile 10. Well, quit for about a 1/4 mile before running again. Thanks to the spectator holding a sign near the end that said, “Make this last stretch your bitch!” Just the motivation I needed that last 1/2 mile. Chip time of 2:08:08.
Here’s me and my USMA girls at the finish. Being photobombed by some random dude.
New Orleans, you Rock.
Finishing up bee blocks for the MBB2:
Finally getting to work on items for my FTLOS2 swap partner. Here’s the biggie, and I’m just about done!
And here’s one of the smaller items I’m sending along to her as well. I really love those zip pulls I got from zipit! Used the fantastic tutorial from noodlehead. This is like the 5th zip pouch I’ve made.
And I finally started another knitting project. I’m not sure why I’m torturing myself with lace. But this yummy, squishy sock yarn (Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Lepidoptra) is so so pretty. I’m making the Haruni Shawl and here’s my Ravelry project page if you’re on Rav. (And if you’re on Rav, friend me! I’ll friend ya back!) Can I just say that I’ve only been working on this for 2 days and I’ve already ripped it out and started over 3 times? Yeah, see that pink embroidery floss? That’d be a lifeline. I’m sick of redoing the garter tab start! Gah!
And yes, I’ve been running. But not nearly enough for my 1/2 marathon in 4 days. Double Gah!
How’s your week so far?
… you’ll feel better if you do.
That’s what I told myself. I actually brought my running stuff to work with me yesterday. Anticipating the 60+ degree weather, I was looking forward to running. Except I realized, as I was walking to my building gym bag in hand, that I left my running shoes AT HOME.
So I worked late instead. Not a happy substitute.
With this greeting me this morning
there was no running outside. Its too cold to push Miles in the BOB and the gym has child care. Off to the treadmill. I typically hate the treadmill, but with JJ gone I’ve had to get creative with my time. And learn to be flexible. I’m learning to get over myself and the guilt of taking my kid from one day care to another. But I need to run. Miles needs me to run. And my half-marathon in a week needs me to run.
So, I did. I ran. I ran and ran and ran. Lip synching along with my iPod. Doing half-mile intervals from 6.4mph to 7mph. And I picked up my kid and went home and played and played and played with him.
Time well spent, all around. No guilt.
My training plan called for a 6 mile run, and coincidentally this month’s Trophy Series Race was a 10k. Perfect, because there was no way I’d go run 6 miles by myself in 25 degree weather.
I hadn’t been to this part of town, ever, but Denver is great for running (as expected right?) in that there are so many parks and fitness trails. The course was a nice out and back along a wide, paved bike path. We got just a bit of snow yesterday, and, yikes, it was slick and icy in some spots. Yay for Yaktrax.
I am so happy with my performance this morning. The handicap start had me starting 9:14 after the gun, with a predicted finish time of 1:00:21 or a 9:43 pace. I was sure I wasn’t going to be able to run that. I was thinking between 10-11 min miles actually. But I was so cold that I took off at a quick pace for the first half. Mile 5 is where I lost it, but I had built up such a margin at the beginning I knew I’d make it under my predicted finish.
And I did it! Despite the cold (just below 30 at the start) and ice, it was a good morning to race. I love running.
RMRR Trophy Series #1
Twin Lakes Park
6.2 miles in 59:47
Weather: Sunny, no wind. 28F
Well, happy new year right? A week into 2012 and I feel really productive. Anyone else still settling into a routine, or is it business as usual?
I’ve been back at work for 4 days. Miles started a new day care. JJ is gone Army training. Its taken some creative scheduling and doing things differently to get it all in, but we’re managing. But man, its lonely around here after Miles goes to bed.
I’m happy to report that I’m training for the NoLa 1/2 (week 1 of 9), following this plan over at Runner’s World. The track workout Tuesday sucked, but wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. And my splits weren’t as slow as I expected. And the tempo run on Wednesday went well, considering. All good signs.
In terms of sewing, I am on a roll! I finished up most of that mystery quilt top; I’m still deciding on whether to add the borders or not. We’ll see. I think its plenty big enough already. And plenty bright.
Denver Fabrics (the real store, not the online one) had a huge sale on New Year’s Day – 30% off everything. Everything! I picked up these lovelies. mmmmm. There’s enough fabric there for 4 dresses and lining for 2 skirts.
I’m beginning work on the Beignet. The fabric is prewashed and ironed. The pattern pieces cut. I’m debating which fitting method I’m going to use. Make a muslin? Tissue fit? Baste seams or pin fit? We’ll see.