Monday, February 20, 2012

1/2 Training Plan and Marathon Questions

I figured out what training plan I'm going to use for my half marathon in May.

Hal Higdon's Half Marathon Training: Intermediate

There is 14 weeks until my 1/2 marathon so I'm going to wait for 2 weeks to "officially" start training but at least I have an idea of what I'm going to do.

My plan is to start running 3-4 days a week the next 2 weeks and make sure I'm fully recovered. I ran yesterday and I felt good. I also have determined to take it slowly and listen to my body and change plans if needed.

I chose the Intermediate plan because I already used part of Hal's Novice plan for my first Half Marathon and ended up switching to a Runner's World plan because I wanted to do speed work and the Novice plan didn't seem very challenging.

One of my goals is to incorporate some good strength and cross training into the plan. I believe one of the reasons my hip and back went wacky is a muscle imbalance so I will be making sure I fit one of these exercises in: Jillian 30 Day Shred, bicycling, swimming, StairMaster, yoga, elliptical, weights.
I will also be paying attention to my form and making sure I'm running correctly even if I have to run slow! I have to be especially careful pushing the stroller (since I think this was where it started) and running on the treadmill.
I need to look like this...
Not this!! LOL

As for my FULL MARATHON training I have not yet determined which plan I am going to use. Most of the plans are anywhere from 12-20 weeks long and I will have 22 weeks from my 1/2 to train therefore, I'm going to wait till I run my half and start officially training a couple weeks after. I will actively rest after my 1/2 marathon because I believe resting is good for the body so that I can give my full marathon 100%

And I'm 90% sure that I will be running this marathon:

It looks beautiful and I really love running in nature and by water, so this is PERFECT!!
The only cons are that the course is Hilly and I'm not sure about running my first full marathon on hills but, the location is far more important for me than trying to be fast since I'm just running to finish at this point.

Questions for you:
 Have you tried Hal Higdon's training plans before? Do you like them? If not which one would you suggest? ( Kerrie you said you did, what do you think of it?)
 Suggestions for Full Marathon training plans?
 (I really would like to run more than 20 miles on a training run prior to my marathon, do you think this is a good idea? obviously it would be in my plan, since there are a couple that do)
What do you think of running a first marathon on hills?

Thank You for your answers!! :)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Today I DECIDED to Run a Marathon

I Woke up this morning to Miss Bean saying "Hi!"

That's her word, "Hi!", really I'm not joking, that's the primary word she says!

She says Dada and Mama, tries to say Kitty and she says Hot! But primarily she says, "Hi!"

Got up and changed her diapee and then allowed her to play until she decided to put some random particle in her mouth and then I couldn't get it out because when I tried to she kept her mouth closed tightly and went Mmmm and then before I knew it she started coughing up the thing she swallowed and spit it up on the floor. Great!

So I decided to then feed her and put her down for a little nap.

She went to sleep...for 30 minutes and then woke up.

While she was sleeping I was trying to figure out what training plan I want to use for a marathon...yes I said it...a MARATHON...a FULL 26.2 MILES...A FULL MARATHON!!

I'm excited because yesterday I DECIDED that I wanted to run a Marathon and start training now and then complete it in the fall.

I was going to wait till next year but I don't know if I want to wait that long because next year Miss Bean will be 2 and that's when hubby and I were talking about maybe trying for another little bean but who knows that might not be for another year but yeah that's why I want to run it now! That and I just WANT TO RUN LONG!! I also want to train for an Ultra, 50 miler, but that might have to wait till I'm done having kiddos. All I know is that I have DREAMS, lots of them and I told my hubby today about them and He said start training now and run as many marathons as I want to and run an Ultra if I want to. I have his support now, so WHY NOT?! I think that's what held me back before because I didn't know if he would be cool if I went running for 5+ hours every Saturday and if he  would want to come and support me at my races. But HE DOES!!  So what am I waiting for?

On that note I've been pondering why I have not been happy the last couple days and one of the reasons was, I wasn't running! Running is where I spend time with God, I think, I pray, I reflect on the complexity of the universe and it helps me BE a better person. Ultimately I can do all those things while not running but running is a gift that God gave me and I want to accomplish all the things that are in my heart to do. See we all have gifts that God gave us not only for His purpose but for our enjoyment. I believe that the primary reason for the gifts is to reach other people. Not just for Salvation but for Love, God IS love and to be like Him you need to be In Love. If you are not In Love, you are not In Him. I'm not talking about "conditional love" or the Twilight kind of love. I'm talking about selfless love, a love that's unconditional, love that does something for another not because they receive something from it but because they truly desire to see that person happy.
I know I seem to be getting off topic here but, well it happens all the time to me!! In my brain these things connect, in fact I have to know there is purpose in something in order to set out and do it.

Now Back onto my day...

So when Miss Bean woke up I decided to go for a walk down to the coffee shop. Therefore, she could get a nap and I could get a coffee :)

It's a nice walk down to the coffee shop, Forza, it's about 3.5 miles round trip.

Miss Bean got her Nap

I got my coffee
Mmm, all done, tasty Venetian Latte!

Our walk totaled 4.4 miles taking 1 hour 17 minutes
Trying to take a self portrait...trying is the key word

So yes, this was a good day because I DECIDED to run a Marathon!! :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Partners in Pain 5k Recap


That is the word that described my feeling during this race because my hip and back did very well and I didn't experience any pain however, I didn't feel conditioned and I still did run with caution to avoid a possible injury.

Janice and I Pre-Race
My Hubby and Miss Bean before the race

The race was delayed for 10 minutes due to a fire in the neighborhood and the race directors allowed people to go move their cars if they had parked on the street(s) near the fire. My race partner actually parked on one of the cross streets so we jogged to see if her car would be fine and it was thankfully. Plus it was a nice warm-up because I didn't get to run a mile before the race like I had planned.

Waiting for the race to start.

When the race started my race partner, Janice, and I stayed side by side sort of jogging to get into a rhythm once I felt no pain I was all of sudden energized to run quicker but Janice was not feeling the energy so she said I could go on without her. I didn't know if I should stay with her or if I should go ahead I stayed with her for a little bit then started weaving between people and then calling back to her to come but she just wasn't feeling up to it. Therefore, at about a 1/2 mile into the race I decided I would do the best I could do. I picked up the pace and started passing people left and right and felt pretty I really wasn't going that fast and they were probably running the race for fun! My first mile was 8:10, which wasn't bad but I knew I had to make up some time if I wanted to try for my goal. I continued to pick up the pace and when I looked at my Garmin I saw avg pace at 7:30/mile so I kept plugging away. Then after about a half mile I started slowing down a bit because the congestion in my sinuses and chest made it hard to breath very well. Then people started passing me left and right! I didn't really care because there was not much I could do about it since I didn't want to push myself past what I could handle. My 2nd mile was 7:45 so if I could try and hold that pace I could make it but I had already slowed down and my Garmin read 8:30something and I knew that I would have to try harder in order to go faster and my lungs just didn't want to and I kept coughing so I just chugged along as best as I could. It was funny because I kept hearing these heavy foot steps coming behind me so it kept me going than at the last quarter of the mile I let down because my sinuses were making my head hurt, so then ANOTHER person past me!  Ugh! 3rd mile was 8:28. I finally could see the finish line and thought it said 26something and was like, Oh why bother!, then I saw it said 25something and thought I can give a little sprint and kicked it up a notch and ran fast through the finish line. After I got done my head felt like it was going to pop and my chest was burning. I wasn't totally upset that I didn't meet my goal because I was more happy that my hip and back felt better. I didn't stop my Garmin when I crossed the finish line so I didn't know what my actual time was because I also didn't look at it when I went through so I had to wait till today to get the official time.
Garmin Time:
3.19 miles at 26:27.66
Avg Pace 8:18/mile

Official Time:
5k @ 25:41
Avg Pace 8:15.9/mile
Me coming in to the finish line

You can see the anguish on my face! LOL
I'm obviously okay with embarrassing myself
This guy raced Janice to the finish, lol

BLAH!! I look like I'm high...I swear I'm NOT!

Our team placed 4th out of 15 female teams in our age group.
I was aiming for sub 24 minutes as my A goal or sub 25 minutes as my B Goal so I guess my C goal was sub 26 minutes.

Given the circumstances I think I did alright and there is always another race.

I'm just happy my body is healing well :)

As for the cold, I am starting to feel better today and the congestion is dissipating.

Friday, February 10, 2012

No Race Goals?!


Is the word that rings in my brain when I think about the 5k race coming up on Sunday.

I really wanted to race it but here are the reasons I don't think it's going to happen.

1) Due to my hip/back issue that started 3 weeks ago my training has been derailed and I don't feel fully prepared nor confident to run my guts out.

2) My Body (hip/back), will it cooperate with me to run fast, I tried to run quickly the other day and my hip started to bug me, odd thing was it was my other hip...hmmm, but then I did some stretching and it felt better. When I ran I felt my cardiovascular output could increase but my hips weren't going to let my legs run faster since they felt tight.

3) I'm fighting a cold now. Just a little pesky one...that I'm hoping will go away by Sunday. But still, it's an annoyance.

So there are my excuses pre-race for not having race goals.

Initially in my mind I wanted to run sub 8 min miles but who knows.
I will try my best and it is what IT IS.
I could be expecting too much out of myself since my body is not what it was before I was pregnant and I really have only been back running (continuously) for 4 months now.
I just need to remind myself to:

Tomorrow I'm going to try and walk in Honor of Sherry Arnold but I'm busy helping a friend all day and hoping she will want to walk with me if the weather is nice. If not I'm going to run my race in honor of her and I'm keeping her family in my prayers.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Feeling Better....BUT

So my hip and back are feeling much better but my hips are still a little tight even though I have been doing A LOT of stretching.


I'm thinking of going to a chiropractor because Healthy Diva was dealing with the same thing and went and it has helped her A TON. I just am still a little unsure about someone cracking my spine, a massage sounds so much more relaxing!

Thoughts on Chiropractors? Massage Therapists?
Also my mother-in-law suggested Acupuncture which helped her when she had a bulging disc...not to sure about the whole needle thing either. Thoughts on Acupuncture?