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The long weekend was pretty nice, with a house party and fancy cheeses and a recording of Doctor Atomic on our giant screen. But it was dominated by the Dublin Marathon, which I already wrote up half a race report for that got eaten by the internet, so I will briefly summarize there.

I ran it in 4:51, which is a PR by 17 minutes! The main reason I signed up for Dublin, which is a flat road race with tons of runners, was to go for a PR under 5 hours so on that account it was a success.

But, I had a hard time motivating myself before the race. Running for time didn't sound fun, and I was interested in seeing the course but not nearly as excited as I was, say, for the Causeway Coast race. I signed up for this marathon nutrition study, to get a bunch of free stuff, and even as I was doing it I knew that changing up what I ate was going to be a mistake. But I did it anyway, and I didn't get good sleep the couple nights before the marathon. And so the first half of the race was nice, easily keeping a good pace through city centre and Phoenix Park and some cute little suburbs... but then just past the halfway point I started feeling really nauseated, probably as a result of the large quantity of untested gels I was having. By the time the nausea had passed I had slowed way down, and was feeling tired and achy, as well as bored with the surroundings. There were tons of people cheering along the course, but actually when I'm not feeling well I think that's a net negative for me! By mile 20 or so, I realized that I was going to easily make my time goal even if I continued running slowly, so I just waited it out. I'm definitely pleased with my time even if it feels like a very soft PR. But I'm not sure pouring everything into a road marathon is my cup of tea, not when you compare it to crazy trail running.

It's also possible I'm a bit burnt out from doing so many races this year. I ran two half marathons, a marathon, a 50k, and two 40 mile races (well, one of which was a 50 mile races that I ran 40 miles of). And I got a personal best time at every distance, plus increased my record distance in a day by 10 miles! That is pretty cool. But I think I'm ready to run a bit less and change things up a bit, maybe with more things in the gym now that it's dark most of the time.
clevermynnie: (and then?)
I spent June recovering from the Mourne Ultra, and then had that great half-marathon at the beginning of July which seemed to indicate that I was ready to step up my activity again. So I had been thinking about what to aim for, both in terms of workouts and in terms of races, and then after following the Hardrock 100 last weekend and thinking wistfully about whether I'll ever be able to run it, I felt motivated to sign up for some races and make a plan.

First, I'm hoping to keep weights and swimming in my regular schedule, rather than drop them when races loom as I usually do. And I think that'll be easier with a workout schedule. Also, since Ben has expressed interest in running to work, that'll give me the chance to do more short runs and get my overall mileage up. We ran to work together this week! It was pretty awesome, the first time I have actually run with Ben. And it's extendable mileage-wise, since I can run on the grass track once I'm here, or do yoga or whatever seems reasonable. So here is my weekly plan from here on out:

Monday: Run to work, yoga
Tuesday: Weights
Wednesday: Group run
Thursday: Run to work, yoga
Friday: Swimming
Saturday: Hike or bike
Sunday: Long run

This week I'm doing as much on the schedule as I can, at least before we have weekend houseguests... which means I had sore glutes for two days from restarting deadlift, and then still have sore glutes because of the tough group run. I love my running group, but the pace really challenges me and I didn't go at all in June. Hopefully by the time August starts this schedule will feel alright.

And, I signed up for races! I love signing up for races. It's exciting and gives me a solid goal to work toward. I'm doing the Causeway Coast Ultra in September, 39 miles which I now know I can complete, and then the Dublin Marathon in October because it's local, flat, and for the life of me I can't stop wanting to break five hours for my marathon PR. In between now and then I'll do a mix of long runs on trail and flat, and I've actually already put all my long runs with distances and locations on my calendar. It seems anal-retentive, but it's giving me a good idea of what weeks I'll have to work around travel and such, and hopefully it'll eliminate last-minute surprises where I schedule weekend activities only to find I forgot I was supposed to spend 5 hours running. (I am remembering a long run in Philly where I got home, took a very fast shower, and then ate a sandwich in the car on the way to D&D where I was quite tired.)

We'll also see how my body does with this. I was a little wary of doing two fall races, because the last time I did 4 marathon or greater distances in 7 months, I ended up with plantar fasciitis. But I have done all sorts of things to try to prevent that from happening again, plus I am noticing a trend where I never have the same problem twice with running as I level up my muscles, bone density, and form, so hopefully that will not happen again? In any case I will of course be listening to my body and trying to optimize its function. And hopefully this will lay some groundwork for doing a 50-mile race next year.

I'm really excited!


Feb. 11th, 2012 04:56 pm
clevermynnie: (smile)
I had the best run today. Last weekend I did 12 miles and for whatever reason I started feeling tired and backache-y for the last hour which was no fun, so my expectations were somewhat low for the 16 I was planning to run today. I felt so great the whole time, though! I did negative splits and actually the last 3 miles I was able to speed up a lot. I always feel so good after a run like that, strong and content.

Remember my 2012 race list? I've now signed up for the first two, the Wicklow Half in March and the Greenland Trail Ultra in Colorado in May (at the end of my wedding/parents states visit). I'm pretty set on trying the Mourne Ultra but their signups still aren't open... well, actually I suppose I am waffling a little because I worry that with a race so much longer and in such tough terrain, I wouldn't be able to finish. I'd probably get a lot out of the attempt, though, and I would like to see the area. I'll leave signing up for the Highlands race until later in the year, though, when I see how all these other things have played out.

I think it was really awesome for my running that I had a period with plenty of free time but no races. A lot of my previous training periods, before some marathon I had signed up for, I would be doing the maximum recommended mileage increase per week three weeks out of four. I've been keeping detailed running logs since 2008 and I can see this in the numbers, where I tended to putter and do fewer runs when I didn't have a goal race, and then for goal races I kind of cranked it. This worked okay and my body did adjust over time, but consistently doing more mileage would have been less risky for my health and given better results. Which is exactly what I've been doing the last few months, moving up in mileage very slowly and actually acclimating to run lengths rather than suddenly realizing I've got 6 weeks to go from an 11 mile long run to a 20 mile long run.

I guess we'll see whether there's actually any difference in my race performance, but even if there isn't, it feels very good mentally to have consistently had time for running. I get such a mood boost from it!
clevermynnie: (mask)
On Saturday I ran the Delaware Trail Marathon, which is part of the Triple Crown Trail races. The whole thing is put on by a church organization, and benefits homeless shelters, and has a low entry fee and minimal frills (but, a post-race barbecue! some frills are more important than others). I ran it in a personal record for slowness, which is pretty reasonable given the trail difficulty. I would call this my first real trail marathon (Febapple was also real trail but an ultra), with single-track and lots of ascent and descent, and a few obstacles like fording a stream and logs to go over and under. But overall it was very laid back and fun.

more details )
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I had a good recovery month after my last marathon, and while we were in New Mexico I had a lot of good workouts, but then in New Orleans I ended up just walking a lot... every time I had time for a workout, it was that or explore/relax with Ben, and I ended up just vacationing. But now I am back, my next race is alarmingly soon and technically an ultra, so more rigor is needed.

One thing I realized during the intermarathon period last fall is that I do better with a workout schedule. I was decent at getting in everything I needed to, workout-wise, but I think with a schedule I'd be less stressed about getting things in (I'm making the assumption here that a schedule will help form habits). The schedule I came up with:

Monday - Weights + Easy Run (4)
Tuesday - Tempo Run (6)
Wednesday - Bridge Run (8)
Thursday - Swimming + Speedwork (5)
Friday - Weights
Saturday - Long Run
Sunday - Yoga

I may swap the Saturday/Sunday thing some weeks but I'll stick to this otherwise. I'll do some lessened version of this this coming week, to get into the swing but not ramp up too fast, then stick to it from then until I need to taper for Febapple... which won't be that many weeks, actually. But then after Febapple I can use this same schedule to train for the trail marathon in late April.

To close, this is my favorite picture from my vacation. It's me on my way up from Bayo canyon, and I got Ben to come out and take the photo from my mom's house. That run was one of the best parts of being in New Mexico! Which is why I am so excited about the upcoming trail races; I love being out on the trails so much.

my climb
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One of the cool things about running a marathon with someone else's Garmin is getting splits from a race. These aren't 100% accurate, because trees and cloud cover sometimes threw off the GPS, but you can see how my pace stayed ok until I hit mile marker 20, then slowed way down. And you can see that a lot of mile 25 was walking uphill. Good old data.

NCR Trail Marathon Garmin splits
clevermynnie: (al fresco)
I ran the NCR Trail Marathon this weekend and did not have a good race. It was the second most unpleasant marathon I've run, after the one where I spent the second half alone and in pain from a tendon issue. But at least I finished, and did two marathons in 8 weeks, and had a good training experience if nothing else.

Read more... )
clevermynnie: (al fresco)
If you have ever wondered what it is like to work an aid station for a big city marathon, it seems to consist of the following:
  • Get up too early (in my case 4:30am)
  • See how beautiful your city is early in the morning
  • Put on a warm, free sweatshirt
  • Stack tiers upon tiers of cups filled with Gatorade
  • Wear plastic gloves over your normal gloves so that you can put your fingers in the Gatorade without worrying about it
  • Be really excited when the elites start running through and you can hand them Gatorade
  • Be really dismayed when you realize that elites don't slow down to take cups so most of the Gatorade ends up on you
  • Realize that the volunteers at the water table probably won't be sticky at the end of the day
  • Panic as the mid-race crush hits and you can't pass out cups fast enough
  • Panic more when you realize no one is filling new cups
  • Reach a happy equilibrium, and manage to cheer and give Gatorade to your friends running the marathon
  • Get very excited about your own upcoming races
  • Give Gatorade and encouragement to back-of-the-packers
  • Be thanked a lot for volunteering
  • Feel sad when the broom wagon comes, signifying the end of the race and picking up those that weren't fast enough to make the cutoff time
  • Clean what feels like a billion cups and sticky gel packets off the ground
  • Score a surprisingly large amount of leftover gel
  • Congratulate your friends who ran!
I had a surprisingly good time, and am definitely glad I did it. I will probably do it again next year!
clevermynnie: (smile)
I have running on my mind. Firstly, next weekend (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) is the NCR Trail Marathon, in Maryland, which is a pretty flat race that I'm hoping to do well at. I would love to finally break 5 hours, but I'm a little afraid that the more people I tell about that goal, the less likely it is. I have had a great fall with running, though. I'm tapering now and I feel very fast and very good! Doing another marathon 7 weeks ago seems to have been great practice, since this has been the best marathon recovery I've ever had. It's possible that I will implode during NCR because of the other race somehow... but not likely. And I think I have been doing better at eating enough during races and long training runs, which should also help. High hopes!

But more immediately, tomorrow is the Philadelphia Marathon. I am not running it, obviously, but my two running-est friends in Philadelphia are, and I signed up to help with the aid station at mile 17/22 (it's an out and back course). I volunteered at the Philadelphia Marathon last year too, but only for the expo. I feel like working at a water stop is sort of the quintessential race volunteer experience... it might be unpleasant, a long time standing outside in the cold handing people cups that they throw onto the ground and you pick up. But I want to do it at least once, and of course I want to help out at some of the races around here since every race I do relies on volunteers. And it will be cool to see my friends run through, near the end of the race, and tell them to keep going! I am excited, although I have to get up very early because my shift starts at 6 AM. But maybe that can kickstart my week of getting lots of sleep.


Nov. 7th, 2010 06:52 pm
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I think the most fun thing I did this weekend was go with Melanie, the friend I did Freedom's Run with, to Baldpate Mountain preserve in New Jersey for 14 miles of trail running.

My recovery from Freedom's Run has been amazing, the best recovery of any marathon I've done so far, which is great because the NCR Trail Marathon is three weeks from now. I recently started doing Yasso 800s, a type of speed work, which I am finding really enjoyable and surprisingly effective. I actually have to start tapering again very soon, but I am having so much fun with running right now. Other than fun, the reason I am poking my head into trail running is that I have my eye on doing more trail type marathons (I like the marathon distance and I am casually working towards 50 states) and I have my eye on trail ultras. I have to admit that I have always had my eye on ultras... it is amazing to think that they are even in the realm of possibility for me. I am reasonably sure I will try to run the Febapple 50k in New Jersey in the spring (50k is 31 miles) and see how it goes.

Running through the autumn forest on a brisk, clear day made me so excited, about everything.
clevermynnie: (mask)
Friday after work, my friend Melanie picked me up and we drove to West Virginia together to do the Freedom's Run Marathon. It was about 3 hours' drive from here, meaning that it's in the near part of West Virginia, and the course went through four national parks: Harpers Ferry, the C&O Canal, Antietam National Battlefield, and the Potomac Heritage Trail. long story short - hilly race, PR, fun times! )


Sep. 30th, 2010 07:34 pm
clevermynnie: (mask)
I have been remiss with lj, busy with work and the Women&Power conference and evening events. Life is going pretty well, though.

The big thing that I am thinking about right now is Freedom's Run, the marathon in West Virginia that I am doing in two days. I'm running it with a friend, who has a similar pace to me so hopefully we will be able to spend a fair amount of the run together. I have another marathon in 8 weeks, in a flatter area, so I have designated this the "training marathon". It's just another long run, with aid stations and trails and no music... right? Because of the hills I doubt I'll be able to go very fast, i.e. I don't intend to PR, so I'm trying to just relax and enjoy the race. This is something I am terrible at, because I always want to gauge progress and see results and I like to quantify things. But at the same time, doing a marathon is very, very fun, so I'm hoping that I'll isolate the fun and the challenge and the accomplishment but not have the time pressure. The course goes through four national parks, including Antietam (the site of the bloodiest battle in the Civil War), so it should be lovely. And even though it's muggy and humid and warm right now, Saturday morning is supposed to be cool and sunny.

I think my biggest concern is that I recently switched to new shoes, Saucony Kinvaras, that are fairly low-support. They have thinner soles than any of my old marathon shoes, and no rigid supports or medial posts or anything. So running in them is a bit harder on my feet and lower legs, in that they require more strength out of those regions, but they aren't as minimalist as my fivefingers. I've done a 20-miler and a 22-miler in the Kinvaras, and my ankles felt more tired but I was otherwise ok, so I think at the very least I will make it through the race with them. But I'm a little nervous that I won't do as well with them as I did with my previous style of marathon shoes.

Of course, there are people who do these races barefoot (somehow I wanted to write "naked" there, which is untrue... that I know of). I hope to have an enjoyable race, and I also used the opportunity to fundraise for the Women's Sports Foundation again which I'm happy about (somehow I wanted to write "Women's Science Foundation"... ok, time to go home).


Aug. 11th, 2010 01:29 pm
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I was recently reminded of this great post about endurance sports and one of the reasons why they are appealing.

But in truth, it's a defining part of the marathon experience. When you push yourself through this barrier, moving forward despite everything your body is signaling, you learn to trust your will. You find, on the other side of that wall, that you are far more courageous than you thought. You engage, and build, your character. You finish a stronger person.

In a nutshell, that's really it. What lies beyond the challenge is what defines you. By overcoming your own perceived limits, you face the undeniable truth that you are stronger than you thought, and thus must redefine your self image as a more confident and capable person.

I think this describes what I like about challenges in general, not just those of a physical nature.
clevermynnie: (Default)
It's important for me to have things to look forward to. With running, after the half I did in awful weather in mid-June, I started trying to get up to a certain mileage per week, with the idea that I would find a fall marathon to do. Well, after a couple of false starts in planning, I signed up for not one, but two marathons this fall. I am pretty excited!

What happened is that I tried coordinating a few trips oriented around doing a marathon, but they initially all fell through. So I eventually decided on the NCR Trail Marathon, in Maryland about 2 hours from here. Ben suggested that I ask a friend of our who recently ran her first 50-mile race if she would want to do it with me (partly so that he wouldn't have to come to the race), and when I did, she said she'd sign up for it... but then counteroffered that I could go do Freedom's Run with her, another trail marathon that's hillier and in West Virginia, 3 hours from here. Both races look great, and they are 8 weeks apart, so I looked into doing two marathons less than a few months apart and asked around for some advice... the most useful thing to read was the Hal Higdon page on multiple marathons, which has a specific training plan for running two marathons 8 weeks apart. So I ended up signing up for both, and I'm planning to take the first one slow and easy like a training run (especially since it has so many hills), then go for a PR on the second, flatter race. I will have to listen pretty carefully to my body which will be good practice as well.

In the meantime, it remains unpleasantly hot here. The conditions in which I go running are usually 80-85 degrees and significant humidity, which is very sweaty and makes chafing a real issue. I have been getting up earlier and earlier for weekend long runs, just to avoid the heat later in the run, and a lot of times if the weather is going to be cooler on one day I shuffle everything around to run that day. At least the summer is more than half over... I am definitely ready for the weather to start favoring outdoor activity rather than punishing it.
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I am back from Indiana and the marathon. First, a race report.

play by play )

So in the end, my time was 5:12:07.3, which is 8 minutes less than my PR. I have to admit, I was hoping to drop more time than that... when I did swimming races, the first time I swam an event, I would usually do pretty badly, then I would improve a lot, and over time my improvement from race to race would flatten out asymptotically. I thought that would happen with the marathon, and figured that my Providence time was the same as my Philadelphia time due to injury... but clearly that wasn't quite the case.

What I was happy with, though, were my splits. I may not have taken off a lot of time, but I did run much more evenly than I had in the past. My half split was 2:33:30.6, meaning that I ran the second 13.1 miles only 6 minutes slower than the first 13.1 miles. That's really good! When I was looking at results online I looked at the first half split of all the people who finished near me, and I had one of the slowest splits--which is the same as having one of the most even paces. Even if I didn't take off a ton of time between last year and now, that is one way in which I've really improved as a runner.

It's also possible that it takes more time to see the benefits of higher mileage weeks than I had. I ramped up a bit slowly, due to laziness in June and travel in July, so although I ran a ton in August and September, that may not have been enough time for my muscle composition or ability to change a huge amount. I'll just have to spend more time at higher mileage before whatever marathon I end up running in the spring. Because happily, after this race experience I am just raring to do another! Well, after my muscles stop being so sore. :)

washed out j&j, originally uploaded by clevermynnie.


Oct. 11th, 2009 11:28 pm
clevermynnie: (I see beauty)
The Indianapolis Marathon is this coming Saturday. I am getting excited! I fly out Wednesday night, spend Thursday and Friday with Jeanine/Andrew/Aislinn, and then Saturday will be running and flying back here.

My strategy for this cycle was to have more runs than in previous cycles and try to get my weekly mileage higher. That was a success, although with the extra mileage I was tired more (especially initially) and my pace was not always great, even on short runs. I was not generally running a faster pace than when I trained for Providence in the spring, which I found somewhat depressing. But, I had an amazing 8-mile run today! I accidentally left my normal running shoes at work after running to work Friday, so I had to run in my fivefingers, which I'm usually slower in. But the mileage taper is working its magic--my pace was amazing for me! The faster pace I've ever run, for any distance, by :30/mile; on top of that, I hadn't been within 1:00/mile of the pace I ran today since before Providence, when I was training with fewer miles. And the best part, I didn't have to push much at all! In the past when I managed fast paces, I was usually pushing a lot, and today it was so easy. Granted, near the end of the run I was elated by the pace I was keeping and that probably helped me to stay fast. But it's very encouraging and makes me think I might have a really good race Saturday.

I'm still a little nervous because of how bad Providence was. But less so now that my training feels like it's coming to fruition. I don't really know what time to shoot for, since I didn't perform up to my potential in May so I don't have a good idea where I stand. I'm sure I can take off 20 minutes or so and come in less than 5 hours, which would be a psychological victory (you know, time starting with a smaller number overall). Beyond that I don't know; it seems like I should be able to go even lower but I don't have any way of knowing, and I am afraid to start out too fast and have something like the calf pain happen again. My recent even split long runs are encouraging though; they make me feel like if I start at a slow pace, I will definitely be able to maintain it and not fall back or something. But I don't know! I kind of wish it were Friday night already and I could go ahead and do this!
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I usually want to spend Saturday like this:

emmy on a bed, originally uploaded by clevermynnie.

...but end up doing chores and miscellaneous things. Today was a liquor run to Delaware, starting cider fermenting to make hard cider, making pancakes and fresh grapefruit juice, reading a bit, and getting very lucky with a gorgeous red coat which I got very cheap (I'll have to take a picture sometime). This week was really good in general, though. At work I spent a bunch of time silver soldering (what you call it if you're a metal jeweler) or brazing (what you call it if you're a miniaturist). It was really fun to teach myself, and useful because of these wire connections we have right next to a heating stage, so normal solder can't be used. I'm waiting on a smaller torch tip, which I think will make my joints even better and damage the surrounding things a little less, and then I'll be set next week to finish with this and start running experiments again. I'm kind of antsy to get back to experiments, and intended to go in this weekend until I realized I would have nothing to do Monday except wait for the torch tip. Now that the first paper on our previous stuff is in press, I want to follow it up and go into more detail.

I also had some delicious food because it was the final days of Philadelphia restaurant week. On Friday I went to Devon Seafood Grill with my lab and had excellent lobster bisque and creme brulee, along with this macadamia-crusted tilapia with beurre blanc, fresh berries, and asparagus which was amazingly good. And on Wednesday, Ben and I went to Xochitl, an upscale Mexican restaurant which was really a great dinner. We had:

cut for drool inducement )

And actually, looking them up now to link to them, I see that they do a prix fixe thing every Sunday. If only we could afford to go more! But I like normal Mexican food too, which luckily can be found at Taqueria Veracruzana in the Italian Market. It took me two years to find good Mexican food here, but eventually my cravings were satisfied. (It helps to have ~5 containers of Bueno green chile in my freezer, too.)

Oh, and to balance all the rich food, this week was the most mileage I have ever run in a week. I ran 43 miles total, 21 of which was in a great long run Monday morning where I pulled even splits (i.e., the first half took the same amount of time as the second half). 43 miles in a week is actually not a lot for a marathoner, and it's a little embarrassing to admit that I ran my first two with even less mileage... :D But now the Indianapolis Marathon is less than a month away, and I'm hoping the extra mileage will boost my speed in the race, as people with more experience than I have said. I'm still a little bit skittish after how bad Providence was, but I am feeling good about my training. Oh, and I'm pushing to increase my bench press, which is fun... perhaps someday I'll be able to do less terrible push-ups.
clevermynnie: ((open your eyes))
On Sunday morning, shortly after I returned from a 14-mile run in very high humidity, a huge thunderstorm went over my house. Sheets of rain, no delay between flashes of lightning and loud cracks of thunder, cats freaked out and hiding. And while our power wasn't affected, something came up the line and fried our dsl modem, router, and the network card in my computer! It was a really impressive storm, but that is not very convenient. I'm glad I wasn't caught outside, though.

This weekend was the first weekend that Ben and I spent entirely in Philadelphia since June. It was pretty nice, running errands, barbequing ribs, cleaning up the plants gone crazy in our backyard. We are starting to get big tomatoes, and our herbs finally picked up and started growing huge. Back when we were having trouble with slugs eating our basil, we got six basil plants and put them in different areas. And four of them survived and got really big. Yum.

I finally signed up for the Indianapolis Marathon, in October. I kept putting it off until right before the fees went up, I guess because of how disappointed I was with the Providence Marathon in May. But I changed my training so that I'm less likely to irritate a tendon like that (added more drills, hills, miles, and five-finger running), and I feel like I could have gone under 5 hours in Providence if that hadn't happened... so it seems like with another several months of training, it will be even more likely to happen in Indianapolis. We'll see. What's exciting is that my friend Jeanine who just had a baby in May will be running too, in the 5K. I love that. I'm also considering a half a month after Indianapolis, in New England with my friend Steph, which I think would be fun and low-key. There is an awesome half the same weekend as Indianapolis, the Applefest Half-Marathon, which I would really like to do (maybe next year). It's apple-themed, you see.

On my Sunday run I ended up running through the course for the Philadelphia SheRox triathlon, and seeing the frontrunners on their running and biking legs. I really, really want to do a tri. Since that one bike lesson I have had a hard time finding time to practice, since I don't own a bike and every possible practice configuration ends up not working. I have to make time though, because I want to practice a few times this year, maybe get a cheap bike once I am ok with it, and be good enough to do a tri next year.

Here is what I would love long-term for distance events:

1 year from now: first triathlon (probably sprint distance)
5 years from now: marathon time sub-4-hours (the BQ time for my age group is 3:40, which would be amazing), first 50 mile race, normal distance tris
10 years from now: ultras (100!), more marathons, an Ironman!

Somehow endurance sports fit my mentality very well. I'm kind of surprised at how long it took me to realize that.

new cycle

May. 13th, 2009 04:20 pm
clevermynnie: (wealthy young woman-about-town)
The Providence Marathon came and went and now I'm in the month or so recovery period before I can do the same number of workouts per week again. Last week I went swimming on Thursday, for my only workout, and man was it hard! I was walking there and felt so energetic and happy, and then after 200 yards of free (which is very, very little) I started feeling so tired! I was going slowly but I only did about 1000 yards because it took so much out of me so fast. Ha. This week I did 10k on an exercise bike and 1400 yards swimming and am feeling more energetic. I'll start to ease the runs back in next week, but slowly and not too much at once.

I'm thinking about running the Indianapolis Marathon in October. Jeanine, who lives nearby and is currently extremely pregnant with a due date of Friday, agreed to run the 5k with me if I sign up! But in the meantime I want to do things in such a way that I'm unlikely to have the tendon inflammation problem I had in Providence.

I want my next training cycle to have more miles and more things that are good for my running technique. And the same amount of cross-training because I think I've got it just right. Here is what I am thinking in terms of a weekly schedule:

Monday: morning weights, afternoon 4 miles in fivefingers
Tuesday: 6 miles intervals/drills/hills
Wednesday: 6 miles pace
Thursday: morning weights, afternoon 4 miles in fivefingers
Friday: 2500 yards swimming
Saturday: long run (11.5 mile loop initially)

That would give me a minimum of 30 miles each week with a lot of stuff that should improve my stride, feet, etc. For the afternoon runs, it's genius, I would be bringing workout clothes and the fivefingers to campus with me for the morning weights, so I would just put them on again at the end of the day and run home in a roundabout way. It already takes me 20-25 minutes to walk home, so turning that into a 40-minute run is not a big loss of time. I don't like carrying a bunch of stuff around but it uses stuff I'd be carrying anyways! I'm proud of this schedule.

Of course, it'll probably be mid-June before I get up to that full thing, what with building the mileage and all. That's ok though. Plus the drills and such will give me new stuff to work on, which means variety, which means more mental engagement and less focus on "how fast am I" which I got really sick of this spring. This break is refreshing but I'm excited about what's next.


May. 4th, 2009 08:21 pm
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The Providence Marathon was yesterday!

finishers, originally uploaded by clevermynnie.

gory details )


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