Stats for 3/27:
Fastest Mile- 7:45
Less Fast Mile- 9:11
Overcast and cool day on the Orting trail with Janna and the Fleet Feet Training team.
My Marathon Training plan called for 18 miles with a 4 mile tempo run at the end. I have been adding miles every week so I thought that a 20 milers with 3.1 tempo (aka Race for the Cure) at the end would be GREAT!
Janna is training for her first Marathon and is a 40 year old ball of energy, I LOVE HER!! I finally felt my energy level back to normal and channelled my inner super hero with my outfit.
What you don't see is my pink Asic Kayano 15's that I scored at Sports Authority for $75 with a coupon!!! Asics will cross the Eugene Finish line. It was overcast but I still ended up with a reverse farmer tan, too funny to have white arms and tan shoulders.
The miles passed quickly while chatting with Janna and Paul, the owner of Fleet Feet. One of the coaches had Kazoo's at mile 2 and told us that if we could not get the Kazoo to work we were going too fast. Hmmmm...well we were talking the whole way so I don't think we were going too fast.
There was a Team in Training 5K and 10K Race going on and I saw a guy that I played Volleyball against, too bad there was no time to chat, so I waved and told him I would miss the next game. At the 10 mile turnaround I needed to stretch my IT band, I turned off my Garmin. Is that cheating? I am thinking my next training run of keeping it on for stretching, water refill, etc...
Janna and I talked about how I was HOPING I had the steam for the tempo run at the end. She said that I should just go and she would keep up if she could. Around mile 17 she dropped her phone and I kept going, stopping is not good for me late in a LONG run. The mile chimed and I was OFF!
Tall Mom Race for the Cure 5K:
I could see a few runners ahead of me in the RACE so my game plan was to pick them off one by one. My pace quickened and I saw 6:45 on my Garmin, "Way too fast, you will burn out!" So I slowed and was happy to see 7:45. "Keep it steady!" I was not tired, I felt like a machine, arms pumping as I sped easily past two women. Janna held strong to my left arm but I could tell she was struggling with labored breath. Around mile 18 there was a man 200 yards ahead, so I kicked it up and left my pretty little friend behind.
First mile 7:45!! Head up, arms strong, legs quick, passed the guy... Hmmm no one else ahead of me, I am WINNING :) Then I saw the Rollerblader that we have seen many times on the trail, "Could I pick off a dude on blades?" Worth a try! As I crossed an intersection I saw a girl no taller than my elbow on a pink bike. I thought about all of the people who have donated to Marathon for the Cure and the AMAZING things that can come out of donations big and small. This little girl could get screened early and catch it before it rules her life or better yet this little girl could live in a world without Breast Cancer! IMAGINE!! By the power of my size 10's racing for the CURE!! Second mile 7:45.
Oh I was getting tired, I could feel a blister forming on my right foot. My calves were on fire. Really my mind was tired, not my body. This was a HUGE CONFIDENCE BOOSTER!! I could see the roller dude but he would win today. The Finish was just ahead. The Fleet Feet people stood as I zoomed passed to get in the .1 . Last mile 8:07 and .1 in 7:25.
5K= 24:24 (7:51 pace)
***For some reason I did not eat right away and was running around to get ready to go to the beach. LESSON LEARNED!! Eat or you will feel nauseous. I was car sick the entire 3.5 hour trip to the beach.
******I did not do my usual icing of my knees and calves. LESSON LEARNED! My legs were sore and I know it was mostly inflammation.