Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Week 7 of Half Marathon Training and Spring Dash 5 miler Race Recap

What I did follows:

Monday: Stretch and Strengthen

What I did: I wasn’t able to get anything done on this day because errands and books overwhelmed me. L

Tuesday: 4.5 mile "easy" run
What I did: 4.6 mile "easy" run with the stroller:
I decided to go the the Centennial Trail and run with the stroller since it was a fairly nice day. I felt really sluggish but my pace was faster than I thought it was.

Total Time: 42:25 for 4.6 miles Average Pace 9:13/mile

Wednesday: 8x400 5k pace
What I did: I didn’t workout or do anything, I was exhausted since I was up till 3 am the night before and I just rested.

Thursday: 3 mile "easy" run + Strength
What I did: 1 mile “easy” as my warm up to 4x400 @7:03/mile pace & 4x400 @6:53/mile pace
With jogs in the middle and half mile cool down. I followed my run with 100 crunches, seated 140 lb leg press, 55 lb hamstring press, 55 lb quad extension, 50 lb hip adduction and abduction, 30 regular push ups and stretching

Run Time: 1 mile warm up @ 9:47 followed by 4 miles at 32:39 Average Pace: 8:09/mile

Friday: Rest Day
What I did: I rested J

Saturday: 4 mile Pace run

What I did: I rested since I had my race on Sunday.

Sunday: 9 mile run

What I did: Spring Dash Coeur d’Alene 5 mile race plus warm up


I didn’t sleep very well on Saturday night/Sunday morning due to Miss Bean waking up several times for nursing sessions. I planned to wake up at 7 am because the race was at 10 am and I wanted to get there at 9 am and it takes 20-30 minutes to drive to Coeur d’Alene. Miss Bean had other plans, she was nursed from 7 am to 7:30 am and then instead of allowing her to go back to sleep I just woke her up since I knew we needed to leave in an hour. I was planning to wear shorts but then the weather said it was 40 degrees and I don’t like being cold so I opted for my Lululemon Capris instead J We got packed up to go and then headed to Starbucks so my hubby could get some food and I got my pre-race drink of a short americano with 1 pump of cinnamon dolce. When we got into Coeur d’Alene at 9a m I had to go potty so I had my hubby drop me off at “The Shops” and I took my phone and said I would just run to whereever he parks because I needed to warm up. I knew that I wanted to run at least one mile because usually my first mile is the slowest so I needed to get that mile done with so that it wouldn’t be in the race. After I did my business I headed out of “The Shops” running while texting my hubby asking him where he parked. He texted back and I met him a couple blocks down the road and by then I was only at about a half mile so I told him I was going to run around a little more and meet him back there. I ran down a block or two and into a residental neighborhood and then back out and back up 2nd street where all the quaint little town shops are. I felt calm but I had an underlying gut of uneasiness because I knew that I REALLY wanted to qualify for Second Seeding for Bloomsday which is 5 miles in 37:00 minutes or less.


Let me give you a little history as to why I was unsure I could even attempt to accomplish this goal. Back in February I ran a 5k and didn’t hit anywhere near my goal, in fact it was over 2 minutes slower than I “thought” I could do. But, I was just coming out of an injury as well as I had gotten this awful cold and couldn’t breath well. I also hadn’t ran much in the 3 weeks prior to the race. SO I know that the race wasn’t really a RACE but it really had me doubt my abilites and I started to think maybe I wasn’t really as “fast” as I thought I was. A couple weeks after the race I was talking to my sister-in-law about Bloomsday and she had ran Bloomsday the year prior and would be automatically in the “Yellow” seeding which is towards the front but behind the Elites, Second Seeding and Corporate Cup. And I, even though I have lived in Spokane almost my whole life, have never ran Bloomsday. We were talking and she said “Oh you should see if you could race and get into the Second Seeding because they are right behind the Elites.” So we looked up at the qualifying time and I really didn’t thing it was possible due to where I was with training and I laughed and said “Yeah Right?! Maybe next year.” Now Fast Forward to the end of March and my training is going good and I hadn’t been expereincing an injuries and I had started speedwork and realized I was faster than I had been during my 5k (Go figure?!) I decided to ask my speedy friend Tasha at Healthy Diva to pace me for Bloomsday since my “fast” is her “slow” although knowing it’s 1 week after Eugene Marathon I wasn’t sure she would want to but I know she is a running phen so she probably would be running by then. She agreed to pace me. Then in April I was signing up for Bloomsday and it said that my proposed time to finish would put me in the Yellow Seeding however since they didn’t have a time on file of me running 5 miles or more at a 9:40/mile average that they could not guarntee me Yellow Seeding. Therefore, I then freaked out a little because Bloomsday has 50,000 runners/walkers/strollers/wheelchairs…you name it…it’s there! I’m thinking of weaving in and out of all these people and seeing my goal not being met due to the amount of obstacles I have to weave around. I message Tasha and she says to calm down and that there is another race (Coeur d’Alene Spring Dash) before Bloomsday that could get me qualified and that I could try for Second Seeding. I think “Oh ok, what was that time again to quailfy?” I didn’t remember the time but I did remember that I had thought before that it was out of my range. I looked it up and it was 37:00 for 5 miles a 7:24/mile average…hmm…still not sure so I told Tasha that I would do a “magic mile” the next day and then let her know. The next morning I ran my “magic mile” in 6:39 (recap can be found here). I then signed up for the race after checking runnersworld calculator to see if it was plausible, it said I could run 5 miles in 36:37 (race miles that is).

Sidenote end

While Running my warm up mile I felt anxious but then I calmed down a little once I saw my hubby. While running my warm up I realized that it was too hot for my long sleeve Under Armour Hot Gear top so I strip it off to just my running tank. I pinned my number on and we walked down to the starting line. Miss Bean was in her stroller and happy as a clam J I still had a half hour before the race started and I was jittery so I decided to go run more. I slowly jogged a little and then did some acceleration strides and then I jogged back to where my hubby and Miss Bean were. Then at about 15 minutes till start, I stretched a little and then a crowd of people started lining up for the race so I figured I better get up closer so that I don’t have to weave through people. Then they announce that if you are trying for Second Seeding that they have a section in the front for you, “Ooo…sweet!” I think but then as I was navigating through people to get to the front I realized not many people were up there and except one dude who didn’t look very fast and then 7 other runners that look like “pro” runners. I started feeling totally out of place and I started thinking “I shouldn’t be up here. I look like I’m trying to be fast and I’m not.”

Then they start playing EYE OF THE TIGER!!! LOL You have got to be kidding me!! I chuckle and smile. Thank You God for helping me lighten my mood!! A sweet girl, probably about 14 was  my guess, asked me what time I was aiming to finish, I told her sub 37 and she said she was aiming for 36-37. I told her that I bet she would do it. She looked fast, who knows she could be the next Shalane or Desi. Then they  announce that they are a couple minutes to start and thank everyone for coming and running and it’s their 30th Anniversary, yada, yada, yada. “Ok get started, already, I want to get this over with!”, I agnoized in my head. I remind myself of my splits I wanted to run“7:28,7:28, 7:19, 7:11, 7:11” .Then the countdown begins 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. I had my finger on my start button of my Garmin and clicked it right before I went over the line and it didn’t beep, ugh, clicked it again and BEEP it went. I’m running down the street and see my hubby and Miss Bean and I wave,

I then look down at my Garmin and it said 5:48/mile pace, “Ahhhh!! TOO FAST!! Slow down, Slow down, why does it feel comfortable running at this pace??” I continue to slow down and after about a ½ mile I was still in the 6’s and by the end of the first mile I was finally in the 7’s. “Oh shoot, did I screw up?” I feared. Then I encouraged myself, “Oh well, just keep going and slow it down, remember your splits 7:28, 7:28, 7:19, 7:11, 7:11”  My mile 1 was 7:07 and I was tracking at a 7:23 for the 2nd mile per my Garmin but then at 1.90 miles I passed mile 2 marker. “Are they joking? Oh crap is my Garmin that off?!” Then I start feeling the 60 degree weather and the sun and then there was a small hill. My paced slowed and people started passing me. I heard another runner say that her Garmin said she was at a 7:40 pace. I looked down and mine said 7:17. “What?!”  I know it’s all averaged out but I was starting to doubt how fast I ran.  I started to get hot and my Garmin average pace got slower and slower. When I ran past the 3 mile marker it said I was running at a 7:55/mile pace. I thought “Well I’m done, I’m not going to make it, that’s slow and there was no 8 minute miles in my plan.” However, I didn’t do the math at that point but my Garmin said 19:48 at mile 2.9…which happened to be right by mile marker 3, which is an average pace of 6:38 per mile at 3 miles. I knew the Garmin was off at this point. I thought that there markers could be off too. I knew that I had hit the button late and that it would be off a 1/10 of a mile but I wasn’t sure that I could keep up the pace for 2 miles. There was a girl running in front of me and I wanted to stay close to her because I knew she was either trying for a sub 37 or close because she kept looking at her Garmin. But I didn’t know now if her Garmin was correct either because mine was soo off. At this point the mental battle began and I didn’t know if I should just screw the Garmin and just run by feel or if I should just slow down and take it easy. I thought, “I’m just not fast enough, this is my “fast” I need to accept it”, the average pace was reading in the 8’s by then. I decided I would continue to run as best as I could and not look at my Garmin if possible. I hit mile 4 and my Garmin’s time was at 28:20 and I deducted it from 37:00 real quick to see what mile I would have to run to get 37:00. 7:40! I can do a 7:40 I thought. So I picked up the pace and started running faster but then there was a little hill and then another and I tried my best to power up the little hills without loosing speed but my Garmin said I was running an 8 minute mile and hadn’t been decreasing. Ugh!! “Why do I keep looking at this thing?!” I told myself to just run. I told myself that if I got up to the finish and saw that I missed it my seconds that I would probably be mad at myself but at least the McMilliman finish time predictor would be wrong because it said I could race 5 miles in 38:11. After I crested the little hill I ran down and knew there was only about .30 of a mile left. I powered my legs forward and started to catch up to the dudes that past me earlier. I saw my hubby ¼ a mile out from the finish line. He was yelling “GO!! GO!!” I saw my stroller but didn’t get a view of Miss Bean, my hubby told me she was clapping for me as I ran by, Aww!! Love!! I saw the clock and it said 37:11…Yesh!! I powered through as it clicked from 37:18 to 37:19….19 seconds…I missed it by 19 seconds.

My Garmin read 4.91 miles, I clicked it off at 37:36.  Technology…(que Kip from Napoleon Dynamite “I love technology”)…I hate technology or is it just because I’m stupid and I gave up because I didn’t know what time I was at because I wasn’t in control and didn’t know because my Garmin was off? What happened to the runner that didn’t have a watch and that loved to run because running was fun and freeing? What happened to the girl who set a sub 2 half goal before she knew anything about running and that a sub 2 goal was a lofty goal to set for your first half? Knowledge. Knowledge of my times by Garmin, although not always accurate. Knowledge of others times and wanting to be like them, to be “faster”. Knowledge that if you fail you have to write it out on your blog and everybody else gets to read how you failed. This race was an eye opener for me in that we can only limit ourselves. WE are the ones that decide what we think is fast or slow. My time for the 5 mile race was a good time. It was even a PR for me. I didn’t meet my goal but does that make me any less of person? I will not allow what the time on the clock is to make me feel bad about myself. I will pick myself up and try again. Because that’s what goals are for. They are meant to be met, if not today then another day. I’m not going to agnoize about how I didn’t meet my goal because the world is still turning on it’s axis. I will continue to run because I love running. I will continue to race because I love racing. I will continue to set goals to accomplish and I will continue to endeveour to reach them whether I reach them today or another. My point is this: Believing in yourself is about the ability to realize your strengths and your weaknesses and to continue to move forward even when you get knocked down. Believing in yourself is about not giving up when the going gets rough. Believing involves perserverance and endurance and following your heart when your head wants to lead. I’ve learned my lesson now and I’m back to what I knew before. Run for the love of it!
Miss Bean and I after race.

Official time: 37:19
Average Pace: 7:28/mile
124 out of 1,199
4th in Age Group 25-29 (awards for top 3, bummer!)

Total Weekly Mileage: 16 running miles

Do you run for the love of it or do you find yourself getting caught up with the time?


  1. I am so sorry your race didn't go as planned. However, look how far you have come! You are doing amazing Kris- absolutely amazing. I am so proud of you and I know that you will do great at CDA in May. Looking forward to Bloomsday, it will be fun. Hopefully I am not shuffling too much and can keep up with you! :-)

    1. Thank you so much!! You're right I have come very far from a year ago, dropped 5 minutes off my time, haha! Excited at Bloomsday and have my fingers crossed that you'll be up to running :)

  2. Oh man! So close! You are so, so speedy! It is very inspiring.

    PS: Great recap! I was reading it on my phone, taking a little mini-break, at work when the HR manager totally snuck up on me. Oops!

    1. Thank You!! I hope you didn't get in trouble :(

  3. I tried commenting on this a few days ago and couldn't get it through... in any case, I loved this race recap. I felt like I was right there with you! I did the same thing on my last 5k, started out way too fast and really felt like that did me in for the final stretch. You still came away with an awesome time! I don't know much about Bloomsday, but hopefully you can still reach your goals there even if you're not in the second seeding. Be proud of your pr!!

    1. Thanks Laura!!I'm trying to be more descriptive in my recaps but sometimes it's hard because I forget details, haha. I'm feeling better and am much more happy with my PR :)

  4. Girl you are SPEEDY!! Amazing run! Hope you are still able to meet up with Tasha and have a blast at Bloomsday!