2014 Running Resolutions – Round UP

A few hours ago, I ran my last mile of 2014! Then I ate my last burrito of the year, and now the final blog post. We’re having a pretty low key new year’s over here: just some relaxing on the couch, catching up on the walking dead, and plowing through episodes of buffy the vampire slayer. Can you think of a better way to ring in the new year? I really can’t. Although, one of these days I would like to find a race that starts at 11:45pm, so I can run right into the next year. Anyone else interested in this, or is it just me?

2014-12-31 17.44.00These feet have run their last 2014 mile.

Now, time for some administrative detail, aka: the last time you have to hear me yapping about 2014 resolutions! One thing I think I learned this year is that keeping monthly tabs on my resolutions is a bit excessive. For 2015, I’ll give less frequent check-ins, but more on that later…like, when I get around to a resolution post. All in good time, folks.

Let’s hop back to my list of resolutions, taken directly from my original post about it way back in january.

Amy’s 2014 Running Goals and Resolutions

 1.) Complete a 1/2 Marathon in Under 2 Hours – DONE! This is the first one I knocked off the list back in April. I put in a LOT of work for this one, and it was awesome, and hard, and so worth it!

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2.) Keep up with my Running Blog – DONE! I’d say I get a big fat A on this one! Specifically, I wanted to post regularly, and also follow and comment on other blogs. I totally did both.

 3.) Run a Marathon – I spent more than half a year deciding whether or not I wanted to do it, and then DONE! Training was good, but man was the race a rough one. I didn’t hit any of the time goals I set (even the “easy” ones), but hey done is done, right?

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 4.) Keep a Running Journal – I tried. I hated it. DONE!

5.) Join a Running Club – NOPE. I made an effort at this one, but then I backed out. How antisocial is it to not join a running club because I think I’ll probably move away in the next year, so I don’t want to bother meeting new people? That sounds bad, doesn’t it? It’s totally on the list though, for when I do move, and want to meet new people in my new place.

6.) VolunteerDONE! And it was kind of fun. If another opportunity presents itself; I’d do it again. I’ll need to find some more free time first, though.

 7.) Run 2014! (kilometers, that is) – NOPE…not even close really. Even when I lowered my goal from 1250 miles to 1000, I still couldn’t quite muster it. But, I knew this one was a bit of a stretch to begin with, so I’ll take my 950+ miles with a smile. 🙂

 8.) Beat Jeff’s 5k PR NOPE. I didn’t do any 5k specific training, but last year, I got faster anyways. I guess now that I’m 30, that doesn’t happen anymore. haha! Next year though…5k, I’m coming for you!

All in all, not too bad!

How’d you do on your 2014 list? Chances are, I already know…I swear, I’ve read a million 2014 resolution wrap-up posts! For those of you haven’t written one, but plan to, I look forward to reading it!

Cheers! 

 

2014 Resolution Check-In – It’s November Already?!

Two months to go in 2014! That went quickly, didn’t it? It’s been quite the year so far. Let’s take a look at where I am on my running resolutions. Hopefully I don’t have too many left. 🙂

You can find the detailed list here.

 1. Complete a 1/2 Marathon in Under 2 Hours – Done! 4.27.2014

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Woot!

2. Keep up with my Running Blog – Success! – I’m killing it at this one.

3. Run a Marathon – Check! Most recent resolution crossed off the list.

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My form looks pretty similar to above….but I was going oh so much slower.

4. Keep a Running Journal – Done! I learned that running journals aren’t my thing.

5. Join a Running Club – I decided that I’m not doing this…another year, I think.

6. Volunteer – Check! I stuffed packets like a boss!

7. Run 1000 miles – (Revised down from 2014k/1250 miles) – Working on it…about 135 miles to go.

8. Beat Jeff’s 5k PR – I’ve got two (maybe) holiday 5ks in mind. We’ll see how my legs are feeling after marathon recovery.

So, that’s my progress so far. It’s crunch time!

How are you doing on your resolutions? Done yet? Still keeping track?

Race Volunteering

For day two of race week blog-a-thon, I’m unearthing a blog post I started a while ago but never finished. Very fitting for the season…the post that came back from the grave….ooOOOoooo

The ghost of unwritten blog posts…I’m haunted!


Moving on from that silliness….a little over two months ago, I tackled a running related New Year’s resolution of mine that didn’t actually involve running: being a race volunteer.

It took me until August to do this because I was a tad incredibly lazy about looking for opportunities. And to be completely honest, I didn’t stop being lazy about it, the volunteer request just showed up in my inbox one day. I get lots of emails advertising area races, and one of them that came through had a “volunteer registration” button alongside “race registration”. I don’t think I’d seen this before, and if it wasn’t so easy to sign up I wouldn’t have thought to help out. Nice job, race director.

Anyways, once I had signed up I got a call to confirm and to check my availability. Turns out they needed people to help get race packets together in the week before the race. That worked perfectly with my schedule, so I arranged to do that for a few hours a couple of days before the race.

At the designated time, I drove to my local YMCA and found my way to race headquarters! Sounds exciting, but it was just the gym, with two people stuffing race packets. There was one other volunteer, an older man who admitted that his wife had added volunteering at the Y to his “honey do” list. Haha! The race was put on by the YMCA (but you probably already guessed that?), and the other person stuffing packets was the Y employee in charge of putting on the race. This was her first time being in charge, and occassionally some of the people helping her would pop in when they had a free moment.

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Me running through the park where the race started. At a VERY different time of year.

When I showed up, the race numbers were already stuffed into mini, race number sized envelopes with runner’s names on them. My first job was to put 4 safety pins in each one of those envelopes, and then stuff those envelopes into corresponding larger manila envelopes.  It sounds super boring, but I had a good time. I enjoy repetitive tasks, I find them calming.

Our next step was slightly more involved…we stuffed the manila envelopes with race shirts. This is where things got a little dicey, in my opinion.  The first 100 runners were guaranteed a shirt, and their manila envelopes had a “T” on them to indicate this, as well as a requested size. Everyone else just had a size. As it turned out, the race director had ordered enough tshirts that everyone that registered would get one…but maybe not the size they requested.

We started stuffing envelopes that had a “T” to ensure that if someone was guarenteed a shirt, they would get the size they requested. Then Ms. Bossypants showed up. Ms. Bossypants was another Y employee who had experience with race planning, and had planned 7 other YMCA races. She came in and kind of took over the show. She started filling all the envelopes with shirts, regardless of a “T”, and had us all do the same. Eventually, we ran out of some sizes, and this resulted in some runners with the “T” not getting their requested size.  This really bothered me. I didn’t think it seemed fair, so I tried my best to sneak around and switch shirts so that all the “T” packets had their requested size. It just seemed right that if you were guarenteed a shirt, you should have size priority over someone who is just lucky to get a shirt. Don’t you think?

My guess is that Ms. Bossypants doesn’t race very often or ever, because in my experience, runners take our shirts VERY seriously.  And let me tell you, these were AWESOME shirts. I’m lucky they over ordered because they offered me one for my help…good thing I wear an apparently upopular size. 🙂

Notice how the logo on the shirt is the same as the park statue you can see in the picture above! Cool.

Sweet shirt, right? They had ladies sizes, and ladies shirts were sleeveless. Probably one of the nicer race shirts I have, that fits…too bad I can’t claim I ran it.

Aside from Ms. Bossypants cramping my style, I had a really good time volunteering. I would definitely consider helping out again, and probably will. The YMCA has a whole series of runs throughout the year, so there will be plenty of opportunities, it’s just a matter of scheduling.

And now, some questions for you all:

  • Have you ever volunteered for a race?
  • Do you enjoy repetitive tasks?
  • What do you think – just stuff the envelopes as quickly as possible or give the “T” runners size priority?
  • Do you feel as strongly as I do about race shirt sizing? (I get really mad/disappointed when I don’t get a shirt that fits)

2014 Resolution Check-In: Bring it, August!

Somehow, July is over. Time flies when you’re having fun! So, here’s where I’m at with my resolutions (detailed list here).

I started with a list of 8 goals, so far I have completed three: Run a 1/2 Marathon in Under 2 Hours, Keep up with my Running Blog, and Keep a Running Journal.

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Oh, yeah!

I’m working on/planning out three: Run a Marathon (I’m “this” close to signing up for a marathon, and I think that’s going to happen this month), Volunteer (At the end of July I signed up to volunteer at a race which is happening in early August.), and Run 1,000 miles (I’m at 545 miles for the year. This is a little behind schedule, but I’m closing the gap and I’m not worried about it.)

I’ve changed my mind about one: Join a Running Club –  I’m postponing this one for a while. I didn’t love the options the local club has for group runs, and right now I’m happy with the way my running schedule is and I don’t want to change it. I think this one may be coming off the to do list until the next time we move (not that we have set plans to move right now), and I want to meet new people.

And the last resolution, I’ve made no effort towards, but I’m hoping it will just happen: Beat Jeff’s 5k PR, which is 3 seconds faster than my 5k PR from last December. He helped pace me to my PR, and we didn’t even realize how close he was to beating his PR, so I threw it on the list thinking, “Wouldn’t it be neat if….”. We’ll see what comes of it.

I’m happy with my progress, and am excited to cross another one off the list in August. 

How are you doing on your resolutions? 

Juuune, she’ll change her tune… – 2014 Resolution Check-In

My title is stolen from April Come She Will – great song. Who doesn’t love some Simon & Garfunkel? Anyways, not to be confusing, I know it’s July, but this post is recapping my goals through June, so it makes sense. Plus, in June I got to the point of the year when I started asking myself why I wanted to do some of these things in the first place which makes the lyric even more appropriate. Because I’m changing my tune. Get it?

Anyways, let’s see where I’m at (detailed list here).

 1. Complete a 1/2 Marathon in Under 2 Hours – SUCCESS! 4.27.2014

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I just keep this same pic in every resolution post. You didn’t remember that until I mentioned it, did you?

2. Keep up with my Running Blog – SUCCESS! – I’m killing it at this one.

3. Run a Marathon – Ummm, errrr….we’ll see. I MAY BE CHANGING MY TUNE. 

4. Keep a Running Journal – Success? I did this for 3 weeks. I hated it. For quite awhile I thought I should try again, but I don’t think I’m going to. I think the training log I have is too intense for me, and it ended up making me feel bad about myself.

5. Join a Running Club – I emailed someone about this; that’s progress! 

6. Volunteer – Nothing on this front. If I manage to ever get myself to a running club, they will have races for me to volunteer at.

7. Run 1000 miles – I was at 444 miles by the end of June, so I have a little ground to make up. This is another goal I changed my tune on; originally it was to run 2014 km (1250 miles). 

8. Beat Jeff’s 5k PR – Currently I have no plans to train for this effort, so we’ll see how that goes. 

So, that’s my progress so far. I don’t think I’ll be crossing any off the list this month since I haven’t yet and July is already half over. (True to the song again! – July, she will fly, and give no warning to her flight). But I’ll make some more progress towards my 1000 miles goal, and maybe also the run club one.

How are you doing on your resolutions? Done yet? Change any? And isn’t it crazy how much sense that song made in my post? 

Welcome to June – 2014 Resolution Check-In & Other Info

It’s June already; where does the time go? May was mostly recovery for me, so I didn’t make much progress on the list, but I’m still going to check-in on my resolutions (detailed list here). At the very least, it’s a refresher on what I should be working on.

 1. Complete a 1/2 Marathon in Under 2 Hours – SUCCESS! 4.27.2014

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2. Keep up with my Running Blog – SUCCESS! – as long as I don’t blow it later in the year.

3. Run a Marathon – Undecided.

4. Keep a Running Journal – Success, but I hated it. I might try again. We’ll see.

5. Join a Running Club – I haven’t done this yet. I really should get on this one. 

6. Volunteer – Haven’t done this yet. I’ll shoot for finding a local race to help out at over the summer.

7. Run 1000 miles – I’m at about 385 for the year so far. It’s a little shy of where I should be, but not insurmountable.  

8. Beat Jeff’s 5k PR – Planning to attempt this sometime in the fall. I don’t really have a plan for any target workouts, I’m just hoping that running long will make me fast like last fall/winter.

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In other news, I’ve been doing a Summer Stretching Streak in place of the Summer Running streak. I am a notoriously bad stretcher, but have had some issues with tight hamstrings and calf muscles. I know it would be good for me, but I just can’t ever seem to keep it up.  Just like the run streak, I started on Memorial Day, and so far so good! I’ve now stretched for 7 consecutive days.  This is some kind of crazy record! I deserve ice-cream or something!

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I did a quick 25 min easy run yesterday. I went out at 9:30 AM and it was HOT! I can’t believe last week it was in the 40s and now we’re up to the 70s! Yes, I know that it’s not that hot, but it really feels like it because of the drastic jump. I better start getting myself ready for running in the heat. Whatever that means!

How are your resolutions going? Are you doing a streak? Is it getting hot where you are?

 

It’s May – 2014 Resolution Check-In

Hey, it’s May! Time to check-in on my resolutions (detailed list here).

 1. Complete a 1/2 Marathon in Under 2 Hours – SUCCESS! 4.27.2014

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2. Keep up with my Running Blog – SUCCESS! – as long as I don’t blow it later in the year.

3. Run a Marathon – Cape Cod? Manchester? Time to start training! More on this later.

4. Keep a Running Journal – Success, but I hated it. I’m going to try again.

5. Join a Running Club – I hear they do group runs of 5 or 8 miles on Saturdays. I haven’t done anything with this information, but I know it. And knowing is half the battle.

6. Volunteer – Haven’t done this yet. I’ll shoot for finding a local race to help out at over the summer.

7. Run 2014! (kilometers, that is) – This one is officially changing; 2014k (1250 miles) was an aggressive goal, and I’m just not going to make it. I’d have to run more miles per month for the rest of the year than I did in the peak of marathon training last year. That’s unrealistic. I am now aiming to Run 1000 miles in 2014. This is 100 more miles than last year. 

8. Beat Jeff’s 5k PR – I’m thinking Fall or Winter for this one. I’m not sure I’ll run a 5k before then.

I think I’m keeping on track so far. The year is not even half over!

Twin Lights Half Marathon – {04.27.2014}

On Sunday morning I finally got to put my training to the test by running the Twin Lights Half Marathon. Going into the race I had 5 main goals, but breaking 2 hours was THE BIG ONE, the one I have been working towards for 12 weeks. I knew I had trained well, but it was far from a sure thing, especially because I chose to make my attempt on such a hilly course.

Prior to race day, I was tempted to abandon my goal, but with the help of some confidence boosting blog comments, I decided not to sell myself short. I refused to let myself focus on my doubts, and I showed up on Sunday morning ready to jump in with both feet.

Race Morning

I woke up at 6:10 AM in order to give myself an hour to slowly get ready. I like to have plenty of time to fart around in the morning, and I’m usually an early riser so this wasn’t a problem. I had plenty of time to eat breakfast, dress in my race day duds, pack up my things, and do some light stretching and foam rolling.

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Breakfast of Champions. (Not pictured: Glass of Water)

By 7:10, Jeff (aka: my personal support staff) and I were out the door. The race wasn’t set to start until 9 AM but packet pick-up started at 7 AM. I wanted to get there early so I could get a t-shirt that fit and we could get a parking spot in the more convenient lot, so we had over an hour to kill after packet pick up. It was cold (40F) and rainy, so we spent most of this time in the car, but with 20 minutes to go, we ventured out to check out the scenery.

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“I’m running a race today! And we’re at the beach!”

Before heading over to the start line, I did some warm up running. Usually, it takes me about a 1/2 mile to get moving and I didn’t want to waste any time during the race for warm up. Of course, I’ve never done this before and ended up standing around for 15 min afterwards, so I’m not sure if it really made even a little bit of difference.

Finally, it was time to line up. I gave Jeff my gloves and jacket, he wished me luck, took one last picture, and I found a spot between the 9 and 10 min/mile signs. They had played the national anthem when the walkers started, so there wasn’t a lot of standing around at the start line. Before long, we were off!

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Mabye I should have left my gloves on.

Early Miles

My goal for the first three miles was to ease into race pace. I did not want to go out too fast, and I focused HARD on staying calm for the first mile. I found a place in the pack (near the middle of the road) and stayed where I was. I purposely avoided zig zagging around people, and I allowed myself to get passed without freaking out. This was difficult, but I knew that keeping up with everyone around me would be a mistake, so I spent the majority of the first couple miles being passed and convincing myself that this was no big deal.

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I’m on the far right in the middle of the road.

I knew from the elevation map that the first three miles were a climb. What hadn’t sunk in when studying the profile was that in addition to the big hills the course was really just one small hill after another after another (rolling hills sounds deceptively pleasant). I guess the 3 large hills masked this fact. Having run in Gloucester and Rockport before this didn’t exactly come as a shock; I just kind of thought to myself “Oh, okay, so this is how it’s going to be.”

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I was tricking myself when I thought this was “only 3 big ones”.

With this realization, I made a decision that I think really affected my entire race. I decided not to hold back on downhills. I’ve never been good at running uphill, (with a lot of hard work and practice I have gone from being abysmal to only slightly below average), but down hills are a different story. I can go pretty fast without feeling out of control and it’s much more comfortable to do this than it is to hold back. For some reason though, I usually force myself to slow down and keep an even pace. I’m not sure why I do this (another question for another time?), and I don’t know what the smart choice is, but in the early miles on Sunday I decided that I was going to let myself fly down those hills, focusing on effort and not worrying about pace.

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I came out of the first 3 miles having run 44 seconds faster than planned. This was pretty perfect. It gave me a little confidence boost going into the middle of the race, but it wasn’t unwisely fast.

Middle Miles

Mile 4 started just as I had finished climbing the first “Big” Hill. At this point, it was time to start pushing the pace a little. My plan was to run “comfortably hard” through mile ten, aiming for 9 minutes per mile. Because mile 3 had come pretty close to this pace I tried not to speed up too much right away, but with a huge downhill mile 4 flew by.

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Rockin’ a downhill.

Despite (or because of?) some decent climbs after this initial downhill mile, the next few miles passed in a blur. These two big hills, one right after another, slowed me down, but there were several distractions that helped take my mind of how hard everything felt. We ran along the coast and through downtown Rockport. The view was amazing and then running through town was fun, as it was the most spectator-ed section along the course.

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Not bad to look at.

As we ran out of town, I ate my first gel (I took an entire mile to finish it) and the fast runners started passing us in the opposite direction. I counted them for a while – 20 men before I saw the first woman – as I climbed one of the hills.

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When my watch beeped at the 7 mile mark, it snapped me back to the moment. I was done with the gel, and we had been out of town for a while. Distractions are great for running up hills, but I needed to stay focused on running. My last few miles had been slower than what I was aiming for, so I needed to get moving.

I started running faster, and it didn’t actually feel that bad. I think the caffeine had kicked in from the energy gel, and then I hit another bunch of downhill sections. We had looped back through town again, which was just as fun as the first time. There were more people out this time, despite the bad weather, and their cheers helped keep me moving.  It was just what I needed to get myself back on track.

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Leaving town for the second time.

As I left the town and spectators behind, my watched beeped for the end of mile 9. I was glad to see another good split time; I had one more mile before my final push. My legs were starting to get tired from all the hills, and the wind and rain had picked up. I was cold – my hands freezing, and it was hard to see the nice views while squinting against the wind and rain, but I was riding high from two speedy downhill miles and cheering strangers. Even though I knew there were a few more hills coming up, I wasn’t afraid. The last two miles had given me a boost, and I’d already climbed the worst hill, so I was feeling confident.  Imagine my surprise when I looked up and saw:

THE BIGGEST HILL I’VE EVER SEEN.

I can’t even understand how that’s possible, I’d already climbed a bigger hill that day and I barely even remember it.  But that one I was coming to…that one was the thing nightmares are made of. I started to laugh. As I passed the last few spectators, one shouted “Don’t worry, there’s no hill there!” And I laughed even harder. It doesn’t sound very funny now, but at the time I thought the whole thing was hilarious. So, in good spirits (delusional), I started to climb.

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You’re kidding, right?

The steep hill lasted for about a half mile before I got some relief (ha!) in the form of small rolling hills. I wasn’t looking at my pace at the time (probably the only reason I didn’t completely give up), but checking after, I found I was over 13 min/mile at some points. There weren’t many people around, but of the ones that were, a few were walking. At the time I thought they were geniuses, and I seriously contemplated walking, too. But I had no plan for walk breaks. Hope was not yet completely lost, and I knew that if I started walking without a plan I would allow myself to walk longer than I should and I would continue to take walk breaks after the hill was over. I have nothing against walk breaks, but I had serious qualms about deviating from THE PLAN.  So I kept running, and after what felt like 20 minutes later, I reached the top of the hill.

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Although my split times weren’t a consistent 9 min/mile pace for these seven middle miles (thanks to the hills), they averaged out pretty perfectly. I finished this section only 1 second slower than planned.

Final Miles

Going into the final miles, I was losing confidence that I would make my goal. I knew that I still had a cushion (~45 seconds) from running a little fast in the early miles, but I also knew that the last three miles needed to be my fastest. (8:50, 8:40, and 8:30, what was I thinking?) The mountain I climbed in mile 10 had really taken it’s toll, and my legs were zapped, but I had promised myself that I would keep pushing, even if I needed to shoot for sub 2:05 instead of sub 2.

The conversation I had in my head when my watch beeped at mile 10 went something like this:

Me: Ugh, 9:28, that was slow.

Smarter Me: So what?! Go faster!

Me: I don’t think I can do this.

Smarter Me: That doesn’t matter. Go faster!

Because I’m so smart, I listened to my inner speedster and tried to find another gear. I knew the worst of the hills were over, and it was time for my second gel. Besides, mile 11 was only supposed to be a little faster than mile 10, I could worry about the last two miles later.

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“The hill is over. Run faster! You’re having fun!”

As I ran over the final miles of rolling hills, I chanted my wish list paces in my head and just did the best I could. My legs were fading from the constant hills, but I was not giving up and I was running as fast as I could. I had switched the display on my watch so I could now see distance, pace, and overall time, (I had been viewing only distance and my split times until this point), and being able to see the clock ticking was good motivation for the end of the race.

In the last 3 miles, I did not hit a single one of my goal times. I finished miles 11 through 13 over a minute slower than I had planned.

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Lucky for me, a half marathon doesn’t end at mile 13.

When creating my pace wish list, I gave myself 2 and half minutes to run the last tenth of a mile. I built in this extra time in case my Garmin distance didn’t match the course or just in case I was close and I needed a little extra time.

When my watch beeped for mile 13, I saw that I had been 30 seconds slower than I wanted, but that didn’t matter. I could see the finish line, and I knew I had plenty of time to reach it. I sprinted the last tenth of a mile and crossed the finish line – exhausted, thrilled, and with a final time of 1:58:29!!!!

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Just like Meb.

I did it! It certainly wasn’t easy, but I pulled it out – and with time to spare! I had my doubts during training, and I certainly had doubts during the race (basically every time I ran up a hill), but I made the decision not to listen to them, and everything worked out just fine!

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Who doesn’t want a picture on the beach with their finisher’s pint glass?

 

 

 

 

 

First week of April – Resolution Check-In

Well, it’s April. It doesn’t exactly feel like April because Spring has taken it’s sweet time getting here, but the calendar still says it’s time to check in on my resolutions (detailed list here).

  1.  Complete a 1/2 Marathon in Under 2 Hours – I’ll be attempting this at the end of the month!
  2.  Keep up with my Running Blog – Could not be doing better!
  3.  Run a Marathon – I’m 100% sure I want to do one in the fall. Just need to pick it and sign up. And train for it of course. 🙂
  4. Keep a Running Journal – I did this for 4 weeks and did not like it. I still want to give it another chance, though so I’m keeping it on the list for now.
  5. Join a Running Club – I think I’m going to do this after the half marathon.
  6. Volunteer – I’ve been checking out some options on Volunteer Match, but haven’t signed up for anything yet.
  7. Run 2014! (kilometers, that is) – I need to run 113 miles per month for the rest of the year to do this. Given my normal training load, that seems pretty unlikely. But it’s not impossible. I’ll probably revise this down to a more realistic goal when it moves from unlikely to impossible. I am not upset about this at all; I’m psyched about my mileage this year. Last March I ran 27.8 miles (I wasn’t even injured), this March I ran 102.5 miles. I have run twice as many miles this year as I had at the same time last year. That feels like success to me.
  8. Beat Jeff’s 5k PR – No progress on this goal, but I am doing speed work for half training, does that count?

Fun Fact: I don’t like making posts without pictures in them. I’m not really sure I have one that fits for this post, so I’m not even going to try. Here’s a picture of some Panda cupcakes Jeff and I made a couple years ago.

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Too cute to eat? Ha!

It’s March – Resolution Check-In

I feel like I just gave an update from January (probably because I didn’t do that until February was almost half over.) Time to check in on my resolutions (detailed list here).

  1.  Complete a 1/2 Marathon in Under 2 Hours – Training is going well, I did a 10 mile long run last week!
  2.  Keep up with my Running Blog – Check! I’ve upped my goal to two posts per week. And I’m enjoying reading all the other running blogs I’ve found, too. 🙂
  3.  Run a Marathon – I’ve got my eyes on the Cape Cod Marathon in the fall, but nothing’s set in stone.
  4. Keep a Running Journal –  I fell a little behind on the journal, but it’s not a lost cause. I don’t think I really like it. I’m hoping to stick with it at least through the half marathon.
  5. Join a Running Club – Not yet. Waiting until I’m ready to start running outside (it was 5F out this morning?!), because that’s where running clubs meet up.
  6. Volunteer – Not yet.
  7. Run 2014! (kilometers, that is) – I’m pretty far behind. I think I bit off more than I can chew with this one, and I might have to downgrade this to a more realistic 1,000 miles.  I’m pretty happy with how much I’ve been running, though, so it’s not a big deal. (138 miles so far this year! Compared to 93 miles at this time last year.)
  8. Beat Jeff’s 5k PR – Not yet; haven’t run a 5k yet this year.

I’m happy with my progress so far, and I’m looking forward to keeping at it in March! Who can believe it’s March already?!

And March means St. Patrick's day!

And March means St. Patrick’s day!

Ah, Ireland. Someday we will reunite.

Ah, Ireland. Someday we will reunite.