6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Happy Saturday Half

Stats for 2/6:
Time- 2:02
13.17- Miles
9:17- Pace
Started at 36' cold but clear. As we ran it warmed up for a PERFECT running day.

I pulled in at 7:40ish because I wanted to have time to use the facilities and stretch. Not 1 minute later Zoe pulled in :) I am not sure when she took the picture above. I am a BIG FAN of un-posed photos, thanks Zoe!

The Fleet Feet group gathered waiting for announcements. I noticed the pack seemed smaller, every week new faces but I was sad to see the mini crowd, I hope this is not due to injuries. My plan said 12 but I wanted to do 13.1 to prepare for the Million Inch Run (15.78 miles) next weekend. We stood around chatting. TOUGH Zoe opted for short sleeves and no gloves, at 36'!! I was bundled up in my Golite hoody, Sugoi tights and Bondiband which kept my ears warm and I was carrying my Golite bottle and wearing Nike gloves. I am having soooo much fun with matching the Bondibands :)

We linked up with Janna and set out. My knee was stiff at first, but after a mile felt amazing. My legs feel strong, I have had very little soreness during this training. Miles passed quickly, with chatter including a Dumb and Dumber gloves reference, counting how many times Janna said "Butt" (8 total) and admiring the tan legs of a fellow runner. We passed the Water skier lake, again with a boat and skier. The worn house nearby had a loud barking dog behind a makeshift fence. We realized quickly what Mama Dog was defending, the most PRECIOUS brown and black puppies were playing near the front door. I joked about stealing one and running while holding it on the way back.

Up next the HILL! Not to brag but my new attitude about HILLS is helping me ROCK! We zoomed up and enjoyed the water stop at the top. ANNOUNCEMENT: My Garmin has a new name ZAG, for my Alma mater Gonzaga. When we set out to go down the hill Zoe reminded me to start "Zag." Zag and Gus played very well together chiming at nearly the same intervals. At one point we were running behind Jen and Tammy (sp?) and Zag said we were going 10:30 pace, so I passed them pulling Janna and Zoe with me.... Only to realize it was Garmin gremlins and we were actually trekking at 9:15 pace... OOPS!! Sorry ladies!!

One of the Fleet Feet coaches linked in with us worried about our pace. I have been running just over 9 minute mile pace for long runs for over a year, I do not plan on changing. She talked to us about relaxing our arms and staying injury free, very good tips. Funny when she was with us we were running 8:30 pace, it was like we sped up while she was talking.
Lioness Janna (she has a CRAZY mane when she runs) ran ahead and started snapping pictures. I focused on lifting my legs so it looked like I was moving. The photo-op mile was our slowest, but we laughed a lot. We talked about Sam and thought he may have relocated for Love. Then with about a mile to go there he was!!
Sam our Bald Eagle friend! Thanks for coming to the finish line buddy. Running bird watching is becoming one of my FAVORITE pass times. We glided into the finish, both Janna and Zoe have good kicks at the end, which will HELP me as I get S-L-O-W-E-R toward the end.
Self portrait. We stood and chatted while friends passed by. We talked to Angie, a friend from high school, about her 5 month old baby and training while breast feeding. She was inspired by my blog to start running and is passing on her passion to others. That made me soo happy! Then Melissa (HERE), another high school buddy, passed running with a BIG DOG, she was mid-way through her 6.2 mile run....GOOD WORK Melissa and Angie!! Zoe must have thought I knew everyone on the trail, it was just funny timing.
We ran 13.1 miles, a Half Marathon for training. It was a GREAT way to start a Saturday. Huge thanks to Zoe, Janna and the Fleet Feet training peeps. I can't stop smiling thinking about these longs runs and can hardly wait for the Million Inch Run next weekend. We are already planning our outfits since it is the day before Valentines :)
HAPPY SUNDAY!
PS. I am floored by the response to the Recovery Socks Giveaway!! There is still time to enter if you haven't..

40 comments:

marathonmaiden said...

wooot! awesome half girl :) you rocked it. and it's really funny how i speed up too when i'm chatting with someone while running. or running with anyone really haha

Ewa said...

Congrats on a great half! Cool pics!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Hooray! It sounds like you had a great run! I love runs where my legs feel awesome and strong..it makes all the training worth it!

Ohh..and I love your bondiband. I have 3 myself and they just rock! :)

Melissa said...

amazing!! Good job! Love all the pics. I want my Bondi Bands to hurry up and get here!

Jen said...

You definitely rock. I only have one BB... but hope to get more soon.

Aneta said...

awesome! looks like u had a great run!! yay!!

ajh said...

Sounds like a lot of fun. You are meeting your goal of running with friends, big time!

Badgergirl said...

Sounds like a fun long run!

Jill said...

Those are great pictures!! What a great run for you, how sweet those are! Happy Sunday!

Barefoot AngieB said...

Great pictures and so glad you run went so well!

Kerrie T. said...

Sounds like a good run. I hope I can run WITH you guys someday. :)

I think I'm still in for the Million Incher. My foot was a little tender toward the end of 8 today, but not bad. I will bring Ibuprofin. :)

PS: I tried finding the pink Champion shirt at Target and they are all out of pink!!! (At TWO different Targets!) :(

Jill said...

Great run! Fun to run into old school buddies! I need to go our to Orting Train and run...seems like a great place.

Oh and I love that picture Zoe took of you...so pretty.

Erica said...

I just orderd the Bondi Bonds when I saw the one that said "run like a mother" I was totally hooked had to have them!!! I got myself two and my each of my little girls one so we can all match! I cannot wait until they get here!

Speaking of running like a mother! Way to go!! You rocked it!

Sarah said...

Congrats on running a half for fun! Thats awesome that you guys got out to do that...it was such a beautiful day!

Rio said...

Congratulations on your half! That is a mighty cute Bondiband too!

Heather said...

Nice job on an awesome run! I need to order some Bondibands, so cute.

Bethany + Ryan said...

Bondibands look so cute on u! Why not say goodbye to the Garmin Gremlins for good and set it to show u average pace rather than instantaneous pace?? I always ran with mine set for instant pace and ryan always made fun of me. Finally I changed it to average pace and it was like a huge DUH moment for me. Its soo much better and your splits will be dead even and it's a huge help with racing bc all u need to know is ur average pace to qualify. As long as u see 8:20 u'll be good. And it will not jump around on u at all! Like u cld see 8:20 instant pace and think ur golden but ur average pace cld really be 8:29 or something, ya know? Just something to think about :-)

J said...

Great job on the 13.1 miles! Reading about how much fun you have in the Fleet Feet Group makes me think I should join my FF group! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

You smoked that 13.1! Way to go Mel! You make long runs sound so fun!!

Jo Lynn said...

You should have taken a puppy - best running bud EVER! ;)

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Sounds like a great run! Don't worry about your pace. You know what you can do!

Love the matchy matchy! You look great!

onelittletrigirl said...

Unposed photos are the best!!

Looks like Gonzaga might give the NCAA madness a run for their money- the boys are looking good!

Janice {Run Far} said...

I have a black bondiband.... I really like the colorful ones best. better get shopping.

I Run for Fun said...

Sounds like a wonderful run. What's better than a scenic run with friends?

jacqueline said...

congrats on your half! i am super happy for you...and very inspired!

fancy nancy said...

I wish I lived closer so I could join your runs! They sound so fun! LOVE the bondiband! I am having a hard time choosing...I wear a hat but am getting an awful tan line across my forehead!

Michelle said...

Woohoo! Awesome run! Love the bondiband - totally adorable!

Marlene said...

Sounds like a GLORIOUS run! So glad things are going great with the training group. It's so fun having people to meet when you have a lot of miles to run.

Love the photos!

I'm with you and the unposed are always my fave. That is a great one that Zoe snapped. (Look how slim & trim you are!)

SideofSneakers.com said...

Awesome run!! Woohoo!

Tri Mommy said...

You rock - I did an 8 miler and thought that was good... but 13.1 blows it away!

Staci Dombroski said...

Way to go!!! You are awesome!

melissa said...

Hey thanks for the link!!! It was sooo good to see you. My blog isn't nearly as cool as yours though!!! You are one amazing lady!!!

objectsevents said...

nice long run!!!!!!!!!! i loooooooooove that first photo of you. artistic! and i love your top!!!!!

yehahhh "zag" :)

The Shabby Princess said...

Way to rock a 13.1 mile training run!

Zoƫ said...

Yay for ZAG! Zag and Gus are immediate buds. Apparently we like the three letter names. Zag, Mel, Zoe, Gus, Sam. Ha ha!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

I love the unposed pic. You look amazing!

Keeping my fingers crossed for the Recovery Socks!!!

CE Webster said...

Great Run! Way to go.

Anna said...

Mel, that is a gorgeous photo of you. Framer for sure!

ChristieisaRunner said...

Wow. Running a half marathon for training!! Good job. Glad you saw Sam again and he didn't leave you for another.

teacherwoman said...

Nice job on a great half! :)