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2012 Stratton Faxon Fairfield Half Marathon!

27 Jun

I’m officially a half marathoner! This Sunday, after months of training, I ran my first half marathon.

The 2012 Stratton Faxon Fairfield Half Marathon had an 8:30 am start time, so Matt, my mom and I met up and headed out early to make it to the race by 7 am. I had two eggs over easy, toast and an apple for breakfast. Parking was sparse even by the time we got to Jennings beach.

A pre-race photo on the beach.

It ended up being a gorgeous day, warm with a bit of a breeze. Though this was my first half marathon I’ve done plenty of races, so it was interesting to see how this race was set-up. I was a little confused picking up my number because they were not sorted by name. Instead you had to find a separate table and look-up your number then return to the table to for your number.

The race had separate start lines for men and women, which I wasn’t a big fan of. I couldn’t quite figure out the reasoning behind this because everyone merged after a mile. Some couples that were running together disregarded this so there were a few men in the women’s start.

Matt and I standing by the start line.

I felt prepared for the race because I heard ahead of time that it was hilly. I took the first 3 miles out kind of quick I was running about 8 min per mile. After this I slowed down. My goal for the race was to just not stop and if possible finish under 2 hours. Around mile 4 I started to get a cramp, but there were plenty of water stations every couple of miles and this helped, the cramp slowly went away. I slowed down for the water stations since it was hot I wanted to stay hydrated. Also, along the course there were plenty of sprinklers, I ran through most of them.

Nearing the finish line. Only a few more meters left.

There was a good amount of shade throughout the course. The toughest part for me was the last 3 miles. Although this part was relatively flat it was mostly in the sun. It was hard keeping up my pace, but I did it. I finished the race in 1:59:12 with a 9:06 pace per mile. I was so happy to be done and that I made it under 2 hours.

It was also great being able to run the race with my mom. She also had a great time and finished in 2:33:56. We both had an amazing sense of accomplishment.

The post race shot. Check out the medals.

I felt really prepared for the race. The Nike training program definitely helped with getting my endurance and strength up. Although it was a major commitment to make sure I went on my runs and did workouts, I’m glad I was prepared. It also gave me some great new workouts I can start to use when I go back to my regular for-fun training. I will incorporate more speed work and weight lifting into my routine.

What has been your personal favorite race? Why?

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Joys of Tapering

19 Jun

With just five days left until my half marathon I am in taper mode and it feels amazing. After all the longs runs and hard work, this week is the calm before the storm.

I think the importance of taking it easy before a race can be taken for granted. The weekend after the Spartan Race I ran the Litchfield Hills Road Race which is 7.1 miles long with a killer hill at the end. I ran it in 1:01:41, at a 8:41 pace per mile. This isn’t a bad time, but it’s slower than I ran it last year. My time last year was about 4 minutes faster at 57:54 and a 8:10 per mile. This years race was hotter so that could of had something to do with it, but I also just think my body was tired from training so hard early in the week and not taking it easy before the race.

This week the Nike Twitter training program really pulls back on the mileage.

Monday- I should have done a hill sprint workout which I passed on for strength training since I wasn’t in an area with a hill.

Tuesday (today) – Tempo Run 2 easy miles. I took this really easy with a 8:33 pace.

Wednesday – Strength training or Off – As of now I think I will be taking the day off.

Thursday – 2 mile endurance pace

Friday – Off

Saturday – Off

Sunday – Race Day! 13.1 mile

I’m super excited for Sunday, I will update on how the race went Monday!

What are some good pre-race meals?

New Running Shoes and Month Two of Training Begins

3 May

So to follow-up on my last post, I went to the doctor on Friday and they basically recommended that I stop running in my old running shoes (which I already suspected) and they also gave me some exercises to prevent plantar fasciitis. Some of the pain I was experiencing was starting to show signs of plantar issues. They told me to continue to ice, use ibuprofen for inflammation and use different shoes.

Right after my appointment I went to Marathon Sports right in Cambridge. I’ve heard  a lot of great things about them, specifically that they will fit you for running shoes. When I got there they had me take off my shoes and walk around to determine my gait. Then they had me run outside in a pair of shoes to view my running form. They told me that I have a normal gait, which was surprising because I’ve heard that I over pronate in the past.

After that they brought out a bunch of sneakers for me to try out. I was able to try them on and jog outside on the sidewalk in them to get a feel for them. It was a great experience and I’ve never been to a running store that was that thorough.

I ended up with a pair of Asics Gel Excel 33‘s and I absolutely love them so far.

My new running shoes!

I’ve done long and short runs in them and couldn’t be happier. I can’t stand heavy running shoes so finding something light weight was important to me and these shoes are not only light, but are nicely cushioned. The tongue of the shoe also stays in place while I run, which hasn’t been the case with some of my other sneakers. I wasn’t a fan of the color at first, but they’ve grown on me. I also haven’t been experiencing foot pain which is the most important part, so I’m happy.

This week I started month two of my training which includes some new workouts for the strength training days. Here is what my week looks like:

Monday

Track 6 x 400 Goal: Time Yourself. Beat Your Time with each 400 that you run. Optional: Strength Train WO

No strength training for me, but here were my 400 times:

1:47
1:44
1:38
1:35
1:28
1:26

Tuesday

Tempo Run: 2 miles EASY

I ran this in 16:07 on the treadmill.

Wednesday

Strength Train A

There were a bunch of new workouts and I’m really sore today.

Thursday

Tempo Run 2: 2 mile Goal: Meet/ Beat Tuesday’s Run Time

I did beat Tuesday’s time at 15:50 outdoors. I caught a bunch of traffic lights so this could have been faster.

Friday

Off – resting to get my PR in the 5k on Saturday

Saturday

5K Race – Beat your PR

Sunday

Off

To follow the training schedule I ended up signing up for a 5k this Saturday. I haven’t run a race in a while so I’m excited. I just looked at the weather today though and it’s expected to rain on Saturday. I’m still going to try my hardest to get my personal record and I will try not to let the weather deter me from that. I’ll post soon to say how the race went and also to list the strength training exercises I’m doing this month.

Does the weather effect your runs?

Done With School! Half Marathon Training Wks 3 & 4

26 Apr

I have major news. I had my final presentation on Monday and I am basically done with school! I need to show up for class next week to watch a presentation, but then I graduate on May 14. I’m so excited to finally be done and be just weeks away from having my master’s degree in marketing in my hands. All the hard work, long nights, lack of sleep and social life all paid off and now I can sit back, relax and enjoy.

Due to the fact that the end of the semester was super busy I got behind on posting my training schedule. So I’ve listed what I’ve been up to for weeks three and four of my Nike half marathon training program.

First I need to note that I’ve been experiencing a lot of problems with my foot and I think my sneakers have been causing all this discomfort.

I bought the Nike Lunareclipse +2 running sneakers in the beginning of February and around that time I’ve been experiencing some major issues. Tendinitis flareups and ankle and joint pain. My last pair of running shoes were also Nike’s and I loved them after I wore them in. These shoes felt great the first two weeks, but I started to notice more problems. I’m thinking this shoe just wasn’t meant for my foot.

I’m going to the doctor tomorrow and will hopefully be referred to a specialist, but the Lunareclipse’s have been retired until further notice. I’ll be going back to one of my old pairs until this gets figured out. I’m going to bring them to the appointment and see if the doctor thinks they are causing the issues. I really hope not since they were a bit of an investment on my part. I’m really hoping I didn’t drop $120 on a pair of running sneakers that could be causing injuries and I won’t be able to use. If that’s the case my running sneaker search will be starting again.

Well on to my training.

Week 3

I switched around the workouts in the beginning of the week to work around my schedule.

Monday

Tempo Run: 3 miles EASY

Ran this in 23:53.

Tuesday

Strength Train A

Wednesday

Track 5 x 400 Goal: Time Yourself. Beat Your Time with each 400 that you run.

My times:

1:49
1:42
1:35
1:34
1:28

Goal = success!

Thursday

TR2: 3 mile Goal: Meet/ Beat Tuesday’s Run Time

I ran this in 24:13. I didn’t beat Tuesday’s time because I think I took it out too fast earlier in the week.

Friday

Strength Train B

Saturday

5 mile run- flat with some rolling hills

I was able to run my regular route which I haven’t done in almost a month, since I started this program. I ran this in just around 42 minutes and I felt like I was dragging.

Sunday – OFF

Week 4 (This Week)

Monday

Took the day off since I had my final presentation and needed some rest. Here is the workout I should have done: Hill Repeats: Warm Up 10 min. flat. 10 x 20-30 sec hill repeat: 30 sec rest between each. Cool Down 10 minutes flat  Optional: Strength Train WO

Tuesday

Tempo Run: 2.5 miles EASY

This was a nice easy run. I’m surprised there are still so many short runs involved in this program. I think it’s to increase my quickness to get a PR for the 5k, but I’m getting nervous I won’t be ready once the distances start to increase. I ran this in just about 21 minutes.

Wednesday

Strength Train Workout A

These workouts are super tough. A lot of step ups and squats. My legs were dying after this one.

Thursday

Tempo Run 2: 2 mile Goal: Meet/ Beat Tuesday’s Run Time

I just completed this workout and absolutely destroyed Tuesday’s time. I ran it in19:08.

Friday

Strength Train Workout B

Saturday

4 mile run- flat, comfortable pace

Sunday – OFF

So that’s what I’ve done to date and what I’m scheduled to do for the rest of the week. I’m hoping my appointment tomorrow goes well and I can get in with the specialist right away to determine what’s going on with my foot.

I hope everyone’s having a great week. Anyone have any races coming up?

Half Marathon Training Week 2

15 Apr

Training continues. As I mentioned in my last post, my grad classes are coming to an end so these last couple of weeks have been really hectic and I can’t post as often as I would like.

Last time I wrote I was getting ready to head out with my parents who were visiting. We did brunch, shopped and walked around Cambridge for a bit. It was a lot of fun and it was great to see them. I do talk to them regularly, but with classes I don’t see them as often as I would like.

Brunch pic with my mom. I had a tasty gingerbread waffle.

Me and my dad walking around the city.

Matt came up after my parents left later in the afternoon and we went out to dinner Friday night and went dancing Saturday. I had an awesome weekend and I barely thought about school which was nice.

Training Week 2

This week was tough. It was a lot of work just trying to get my runs and workouts in around my schedule, but I made it work. There were quite a few early mornings. One downside was earlier in the week my tendonitis started to flare up again so I cut out one of my running days and switched my training around to be able to take a few days off of running. I do think it helped,my foot has been feeling a lot better. I’ve been doing a lot of preventative icing, stretching and taking ibuprofen.

Monday

I took today off to rest my foot. I’m really trying to avoid any injuries so listening to my body was important.

Tuesday

Strength Train A – This week I did all the sets. It was tough and I was pretty sore. I didn’t want to run today to give my foot another day off so this was a good way to still get a workout in.

Wednesday

Hill Repeats: Warm Up 10 min. flat. 10 x 20-30 sec hill repeat: 30 sec rest between each. Cool Down 10 minutes flat.

I live in an area with basically no hills so I did this workout on the treadmill. If you can do a hill sprint workout outside I would recommend it. The treadmill sounded like it was going to break on me. I completed this workout in 30:20.

Thursday

2.5 mile. I ended up running about 2.66 miles in 19:43.

Friday

Strength Train B. This was a super tough workout with a lot of leg work. I did a lot of squats and lunges and my legs were definitely feeling this.

Saturday

4 mile run- flat with some rolling hills. I was super sore from my workout Friday. This was a great run because Matt did most of it with me. I completed this in 31:52.

Sunday (Today)

A much needed rest day. My legs are sore and it feels good to have a day off.

This week I have a bunch of group meetings and a paper due, but I will try to check in again at the end of the week.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Half Marathon Training Week 1

6 Apr

It’s been a while since my last post. School and work have been nuts. I like the end of the semester because I know it’s all coming to an end, but it’s also the most stressful time with papers, group projects and wrapping up work.

My silver lining for this week is that I officially started my half marathon training program from Nike. Since I’ve been so busy I’ve had to had move around my workout schedule. I’ve been doing a lot of early morning workouts instead of going after work. I’m actually enjoying them. Getting a run or strength training in the morning is a great way to start the day and I actually feel really energized.

Great motivating quote!

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So here’s what the week has looked like so far:

Monday:

Track 4 x 400 Goal: Time Yourself. Beat Your Time with each 400 that you run.

My splits were 1:49, 1:45, 1:36, 1:32

Tuesday:

Tempo Run: 2 miles EASY

Did this at a super easy pace of about 18:00

Wednesday:

Strength Train A- perform 1 set, getting familiar with the exercises.

I got a sheet full of exercises. They are pretty simple, but I had to look up a bunch of them online since I had never heard the names. Also, a nice easy workout day.

Thursday:

TR2: 2 mile Goal: Meet/ Beat Tuesday’s Run Time

Ended up at a slowish pace here too, but completed this in 16:39.

Friday:

Strength Train B- perform one set getting familiar with the exercises.

Again, I looked up the exercises they listed. I will do another post later in my training to describe these more in depth.

So this has been my week to date. I’m scheduled to run tomorrow and have a day off Sunday, but I’m going to swap those. It’s been super tough for me to start with such low mileage and low reps, but I know it’s going to increase in intensity each week so I’m trying to hold my self back from doing more.

This was also a week to focus on pacing. So though this was slower than I normally run 3 to 5 miles in, it’s probably a good pace for a half marathon.

On to something more personal, it’s my birthday! I’m 25 years old. I never actually feel older on a birthday, but 25 seems significant. I’m definitely thankful to be healthy and where I am in my life. I have a great family, boyfriend, and friends, I’m less than a month a way from getting my master’s degree and I have a good job. I really can’t ask for much more than that.

I took a vacation day off of work and right now I’m actually waiting for my parents to come visit. I’m really excited because I haven’t seen them in a while so it will be nice to catch up. We are headed to brunch and probably to check out the city a bit. Matt’s coming up later in the day and staying for the weekend.

Do you every change your schedule to work out? Wake up earlier or push plans later to fit everything in?

Signed Up to Run My First Half Marathon!

26 Mar

This weekend I signed up for my first half marathon! This will be the longest distance I have ever run. I’m running the race the last week of June and although it’s still pretty far away I’m a little nervous and excited.

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I’m also excited because my mom plans to run this race too. She has wanted to run a marathon for years so doing this half will be a great way for her to get started toward that goal. I’m hoping before the race we can get a few runs in together too.

I will start officially training April 1, to start the 12 week program on time.

I’m going to try and follow the plan I received from Nike. They emailed me the full plan last week. There are four running days and two strength training days a week. I may have to switch some of the days for the week around to work with my school schedule, but it seems like a good plan. I will give a weekly rundown of my training.

One thing I noticed is that the first month consists of some relatively low mileage compared to what I’m used to, but they have a note right on top of the page that says ” The volume may be lower than you are used to running but PLEASE stick to the recommended mileage.” This is going to be really hard for me, but they are the experts so I’m going to stick to it.

So this last week before my official training starts I’m going to stick to my current routine and stay between 3.5 and 8 miles.

What’s the longest road race you’ve ever competed in?

Nike 1 on 1 Twitter Personal Training

2 Mar

I just wanted to add a quick update that I’m pretty excited about. I was recently contacted on my Twitter account by Nike to be one of the first people to try out a new one on one Twitter personal training program.

I told them two fitness goals I am currently pursuing for this year. One is to complete a half marathon and the other is to beat my current personal best at the 5k of 22’13”.

It looks like the program will be revving up soon and they sent me this video via Twitter last night.

I will keep everyone updated on how this goes. I’ve always thought of Nike as a high performance company so it’s exciting to get some one on one training from one of their performance experts.