6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Last LONG Run B4 M Day

Stats for 6/19:
8.02- Miles
Time- 1:06:03
Pace- 8:13
Drizzly run, surround with natures creatures and a YUCKY stomach ache.

My last LONG run is in the books for Marathon training. We are taking a little trip tomorrow so I opted to get it in today on my lunch hour++. Hard to believe that I am nearly on week 16 of my training, wow does time fly when you are running. Because I am a busy working Mom, I opted for a VERY BASIC Rookie 16 Week Marathon Training plan. I added tweaks here and there, goals for speed, hills training, added mileage, etc., but overall I just followed the plan. Today this is what my plan looks like.
Yes I like to check things off. I missed 3 total days due to travel for business or fun. I was short on mileage on a few and ran additional on others. I am VERY proud of what I have been able to accomplish!!

Today I left the locker room wearing my Capital City 1/2 Marathon long sleeves and no hat. The weather in Seattle area has been amazing dry for 29 days, this morning it rained. When I looked outside the pavement was dry, when I went outside it was drizzling.

Drizzle+Long Hair+ 8 Miles= No pretty for work

The first few miles the refreshing rain kept me company. I took my usual green route along the river path. Along the way I felt like a Princess in a Disney movie surrounded by natures creatures, swallows swooping in front of me dancing on the breeze, a squirrel drinking from a puddle, and a tiny baby bunny hopping to stay one lucky foot ahead of me. The animals were happy to have the rain. The trail had a pungent fresh green fragrance when the rain stopped.

As I approached the underpass there was a man who resembled a Saturday Night Live spoof of a German Body Builder, "I Want to Pump You Up!" style. He had a thick head of blond curly hair, jean shorts, over sized calves and was walking a poodle. It took all of my restraint not to LAUGH OUT LOUD. As I passed I realized that my stomach was not doing well. I know better than to EVER eat bacon but my salty urge got the best of me in the cafeteria this morning and I paid for it. My stomach was bloated and irritable the rest of my 4.5 miles, UGH!!

I thought a lot about my Goal for the Marathon and if it is realistic to hope for a BQ. My plan for this training run was to finish with 8:13 pace. If I run an 8:13 pace in the Marathon that will leave me 262 seconds or over 4 minutes to play with at the end of the race (that is if I don't rely on the pacer).

I ran through the stomach pain, itchy legs, slight irritability in my right foot and being hot in my long sleeves, not the best run ever. And when I plugged in my Garmin friend I had run 8:13 Pace!! Not consistently mind you, I admittedly suck at pacing myself, but to hit my goal flat on, that has to be a sign from the Running Gods.

Wishing all good luck in races this weekend, I hope you hit your pace!! Thanks to everyone for your comments on my last post, I truly cherish the Inspiration from others..


Being Robinson said...

yaya nice job on the 8 miles. and uhhh, i'm pretty sure you ARE clearly a disney princess! :) i have no doubt you will BQ! and really you do inspire me, being a running mommy and working so hard at all of it, you rock. like i've said before, i wanna be like mel!

RunToTheFinish said...

you are absolutely on track for a BQ, your training and attitude have been so wonderful!!

shoot no rain and after a run = no pretty hair fo rme

Relentless Forward Commotion said...

262 extra seconds? very symbolic!! You are on an awesome track to BQ!!

Marathonman101108 said...

Go for the BQ, but don't be hard on yourself if you don't accomplish it. Your first marathon goals should be: 1) To survive; 2) To finish; 3) To have FUN!; 4) To BQ!. I know you're a very competitive person, but try to remember to enjoy the marathon experience also. Sorry to be so "lecturing."

Felice Devine said...

BQ!!! I'm sending you all kinds of BQ vibes. Definitely. Yes!

IzzyBubbles said...

You're going to do so awesome this weekend, I see a BQ in your future!! And if not, don't lose sight of the fact that just by finishing, you're doing something truly amazing that very few people actually experience in their lives. I can't wait to hear a race report from you! Have a great, great time!!

I Run for Fun said...

Wow! That is an awesome pace. You sound like you are totally on track for the marathon. Good luck!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

you're ready. Enjoy the moment and be proud of your journey there. :)