Monday, September 29, 2014

fall back week - Harrisburg Marathon Training

I just wanted to quick post about my running last week.

I did some solid weekday runs.  I ran 5 miles with a friend around wildwood lake.  Felt great and was at a conversational pace (surprising to me that was under 10 minute miles).

Tuesday I ran TO my car mechanic.  This was awesome because it was a 4 mile run that got me from point A to point B.  It also helped save time.  I was able to get my exercise in as well as picking my my car.

Thursday I had a nice run with a friend that felt great.

Saturday I ran 8 miles which felt great.  We did Negly backwards which is a hilly course.  I didn't bother to do an ice bath.

I have a fairly easy week this week too.

The training schedule I'm using is the "Jeff Galloway to finish marathon training."  This is much more relaxed.  I'm not concerned about my finish time (nearly as much as I have been lately).  I'd like to get a PR which would be under a 5:30 marathon.  I'm fairly confident that as long as I am healthy and the weather is reasonable I likely will get closer to a 5:15 or 5:00 marathon.  I'm not nearly as obsessed as I typically am about this.  I'm enjoying my training and taking it a step at a time.  I'm having more fun this time too.

Friday, September 19, 2014

23 Mile training run

Today it became quite real that I am training for the Harrisburg Marathon November 9th!  I'm going to keep this post brief, but I wanted to mention a few highlights.  First, most of my run was in the shade which was wonderful.  I ran a part of the greenbelt that goes around Harrisburg that I had never run on before.  I also connected a portion of the green belt that I typically run with a part I had never seen before.

Second, I appreciated being able to run out in the fairly cool weather.  I was wearing what I typically would wear in the summer and I saw some people wearing sweaters.  I would say until the last 3 miles I did not feel hot.

Third, I appreciated being able to have the time to run on a Friday.  My old schedule would have made that difficult if not impossible.  It was nice to knock it out and get the job done.

I ran on some of the race course today.  I did do the hills of Wildwood.  I have a greater appreciation for what that experience is going to be like on race day as my legs were tired when I got to those hills. I made and it and with a smile on my face.  I eat hills for breakfast.

That actually leads to another important point.  I did not eat anything before I went out for this run.  This was not a good thing, but I did not have anything I had tested before that I could eat.  I felt the negative ramifications of this at mile 20.

My fueling:  I had my Nathan hydration.  This worked well and I was grateful for the water fountains still working at wildwood.  I'm not sure I could have made it without the additional water.  Other than that all I had was hammer nutrition the gel.  This was not enough for this run.  This is good information that I can use to make my 26 mile training run go more smoothly.  This run will happen on Friday October 10th.  I have a writing seminar that is of utmost importance on Saturday the 11th.  I'm not sure if I'll have clients that day or not, but hopefully any clients I schedule will be after lunch and I can get it in early.

Anyway, that's my update.  I have a lot more to say and if you want to know my thoughts feel free to comment or ask me when you see me in person.  Thanks for reading and please comment with your questions.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

recovery week

Ok, so this week has been mostly rest.  I have only gone out for two runs this week.  The first one was a very slow very short distance of 2 miles.

My second run was 6 miles today.  I was able to push my daughter in the stroller.  I did sub 10:30min miles for the run.  I was pretty proud of myself and very grateful that I pulled this off.  It was a "daddy/daughter run date."  I pushed her in the stroller.  I'm very curious of there is a "correct" or "best/better way" to push a stroller.  I plan to run a half marathon next year pushing my daughter so I better find out :-).

Anyway, this week was very scattered as the rest of my life impacted my running.  I know that I must run or else the rest of my life gets way out of balance.  Looking forward to running with friends at 5:30am Monday morning.

Thanks for reading and I have an exciting race announcement for next week... let's just say I'll be running another marathon before the end of 2014.  Have a great Sunday!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Race report for the BIH half by my friend Jodi

You have to check out this race report that my friend Jodi did.  It's awesome and it has lots of photos.

Thanks Jodi for sharing!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

2014 Bird in Hand Half Marathon Race report

Today, September 6, 2014 I ran the bird in hand half marathon.  I ran this race last year and I haven't stopped talking about it since.  I think all my friends should run it at least once.  I plan to be back next year.  I believe that this is my "must run" race each year.

Friday afternoon I picked up my race bib as well as a friend's.  It was super quick and easy to pick them up during the afternoon.  Last year was a little bit more challenging.  This year I chatted with a few of my friends while we waited for the one and only Christopher McDougall to set up his display.  My friend bought a copy of his book Born to Run and I just introduced myself.  It was cool because he made it a point to know our names.

Race day morning was uneventful.  I was able to get out of the house close to my target and I did not have any issues parking or being able to use the porta pots.  I ran into a few of my friends at this point.  We wished each other best wishes.

I started the race with the 2 hour pace group just in front of me.  I twas very hot and humid so I knew that I needed to keep my goal of a sub 2 hour half marathon in check.  I know on a good day I'm more than capable of doing that.

I used the run/walk/run ratio of 2:00 of running and 30 seconds of walking.  This kept me at a 10 minute pace for the first few miles  I was OK with this but I was only able to keep up with this pace group for a few miles.  I did not get discouraged because I knew that I still had lots of room for a personal record.  At this point in the race I was still hoping for at least a sub 2:15 half marathon.  Little did I know that what I did do was even more important and satisfying.

I would say for the first of the race I was suffering fairly quickly.  By mile 6 I really wanted the race to be finished.  I'm not exactly sure when I met up with two other runners but I do remember that we were struggling, but I kept up with most of my run sections.  Anyway, one of my fellow runners and I were talking about all kinds of different topics.  This was excellent because it helped me forget how much I was suffering in the heat.  We kept up "most" of the running, but we extended some of the walk breaks.

Then later on another runner heard that we were doing run/walk/run and she wanted to join us.  This made it even better because we were able to exchange stories.  My favorite story was when we all shared about how running the marathon (especially our first) how it changed our lives... it made it so nothing was impossible for us.  I told them that this helped me to get my LPC to become a professional counselor.  I am so grateful to running.

Now, the best story is what happened in those last few miles.  We ran we walked.... and then walked some more.  I know that I could tell that my heart rate was higher than normal at points because of the humidity.  Anyway, we decided that we were all going to finish at the same time.  It became something so much bigger than ourselves.  It wasn't about my personal time... I wanted to help others get across that finish line.  Let me tell you... I do feel amazing emotionally even though I had one of my not so great times... but I feel so much excitement and gratitude for being able to meet some really cool runners along my journey.

This reminds me that what my friend John said is so true... "Have a good time and your time will be good."  I didn't get a personal record, but I got way more today.  So thanks to those two runners who helped make this a meaningful experience.

I truly believe that... if I can do this... then YOU can do it too :-).  Until next time!