I guess I run marathons now….


Oh yeah.. and 125 finally happened a couple weeks ago. :D :D :D

Signs around town, twitter & facebook posts, volunteer sign-up, a video preview of the course:
The marathon is coming, the marathon is coming! The marathon is coming! Did you know the marathon is coming? 2 weeks. TWO WEEKS. I *thought* I’d be in taper now and going crazy with the extra energy but I’m not! Instead, we’ll get grade A Elizabeth nerves since she’s missed a solid month of marathon training at kinda THE CRUCIAL TIME. Ready for this? The marathon is coming!

I’ve been slacking on keeping this updated. Boo. I’ve been sick?

Sat – 10 mi run, f&v = 11

Sun – f&v = 1

Mon – 3.1 mi run, f&v = 4.1

Tues – 1.5 mi walk, f&v = 2.5

Wed – 1 mi walk, f&v = 2

Thurs – sick :( = 0

Fri – sick :( = 0

Week 3 total = 20.6

Sat – sick :( = 0

Sun – sick :( = 0

Mon – sick :( = 0

Tues – 3.5 mi run, f&v = 4.5

Wed – f&v = 1

Thurs – 5.1 mi run, f&v = 6.1

Fri – 1 mi walk, f&v = 2

Week 4 total = 13.6

Blech. Sick last week, but a couple lovely runs since then.

I love the Garmin I bought in August (610 for those curious). I’ve had a couple snafus uploading data, but I haven’t lost anything. I track my running on dailymile (though I wish they wouldn’t round tenths of miles) so I like that dailymile can pull data from the Garmin site.

I’m please with running this year. It’s my main passion, though I do enjoy biking, swimming, and yoga.

Running accomplishments:

1) I ran my first (3) half marathons this year

2) ~7 minute 5K PR – I was due for this by the time I got it (September), but it really took training for a half to get it. When I ran my first 5K in 2008 I eyeballed the sub-30:00 time with envy. I ran the same 5K in 2010 with a similar time to 2008 (running hiatus), but waited until I knew I could get the sub-30:00 to do another 5K. I got a very solid 28:31. PS – remember this graph? Not too far off (I predicted sub-30:00 in 10/2011; got it 9/2011). Pretty cool, eh?

3) ~11 minute 10K PR – similar to the 5K but with 60:00, but not nearly as strong a desire as the sub-30:00 5K. I surprised myself with the 57:45 (59:45 would have been great!). Upon reflection, I realize the advantage of warming up. My first mile was significantly longer than any of my others.

4) Settling into negative splits. This makes me happy. :)

5) Injury & injury recovery. I got runner’s knee while training for the half and lost a month to the injury. I hopped back into the training and pulled off the half. The injury affected my performance (mile 11 in my race report), but running Lake Sara (first real run after the month off) and finally completing the IL Half proved to me that injury doesn’t have to be the end of running. When I stopped running in 2008 it was due to injury, and it took a year and a half to get out of the mindset that you can’t run without getting injured so why bother. Of course I’ll get injured (currently staving off plantar fasciitis in left foot, post-tibial tendon pain in right foot, and runners knee in both knees), but it doesn’t have to be the end. It also reinforces the idea that I need to be proactive about injury prevention (stretching, foam rolling, strengthening).

6) I’ve begun consistently using running to fight depression, which I’ve struggled with on and off for more than a decade. It doesn’t always work, but it’s a tool. I love the endorphins and I’ve never regretted going for a run.

7) I’m having a great time easily getting run pace averages under 10:00/mile. When I started this year a particularly speedy run was low 11:00s average. Now I can get down to low 9:00s. Very very cool. :)

Sat – f&v = 1

Sun – 10 mi run, f&v = 11

Mon – 1 mi walk, f&v = 2

Tues – 1 mi walk, 20 mins stretching/strengthening, f&v = 3

Wed – 1 mi walk, 5 mi run, f&v = 7

Thurs – 1 mi walk, 1.5 hr yoga = 5.5

Fri – 2 mi walk, f&v = 3

Week 2 total = 32.5

Sat – f&v = 1

Sun – 14 mi run, f&v = 15

Mon – 20 mins stretching/strengthening, f&v = 2

Tues – 4 mi run, f&v = 5

Wed – f&v = 1

Thurs – 3.1 mi run, f&v = 4.1

Fri – f&v = 1

Week 1 total = 29.1

Last weekend I participated in this race for the second time.

It was a lovely sunny day, just after the DST time change. My 10K PR (from last year’s race) was 1:08:21. In early June of this year I rocked a 1:12:54 in the first heat of the summer (I actually placed really well there compared to other races). In September I knocked 6 minutes of my 5K PR so I was hopeful I could get a decent 10K and *gasp* possibly even sub-60:00??

Here are my splits:

1: 10:08
2: 9:30
3: 9:19
4: 9:29
5: 9:09
6: 9:29
.2: 9:02 pace

Do y’all have any idea how insane those splits are for me? Ridiculous. I definitely see the value in warming up (why do I want to run 7 miles instead of 6.2?). This is also only ~40 seconds over 2x my 5K PR. AND those 40 seconds possibly could have been eliminated if I’d warmed up.

The wind was in-frickin-sane. There was a wall of wind and part of that was uphill as well. Headwind and hills. The gigantic hill I remember from last year was a breeze (thank you, San Francisco).

The website still hasn’t been updated with results (this seemed to take forever last year as well) but I came in around 57:4x. Ridiculous. I was so pumped! ~11 minute PR!

Also, I’ve officially lost 18 lbs in one year. :) Updated picture someday soon…. I look so different from the picture in last year’s post.


UPDATE – Time: 57:45 :)


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