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.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

17 miles and a 5K

Welcome new Tall Mom Bloggy pack members!!! I am often asked how I can keep up with everything. Working full time, running, being a wife and mom and Blogging. Well most times I can, right now fitting everything in is TOUGH!! So the Tall Mom Virtual Race for the Cure Results will be delayed a day as my Computer is acting up and my brain is TIRED :) Thank you for your patience!!!

Stats for 3/27:
Time- 2:56:06
20.1- Miles
8:45- Pace
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.


HAPPY TUESDAY!!

36 comments:

Marlene said...

first. ;)

I'm on a roll!

Marlene said...

CONGRATS on a strong 20-miler and super-speedy 5K at the end. Finishing fast will make you SO strong on race day!

I love, love your all-pink outfit. So pretty!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Great run, as usual! Such a rockstar! And although you tacked your 5K onto the end of a 20 miler. I am going to take pride in the fact that for this one time (And probably the only time) my 5K time was faster than yours! Hey, you got to take what you can get!

Katie A. said...

Whoo hoo! Love, love, love that pink outfit of yours! ;)
You are doing amazing things with your running right now, be proud. That is a great time for a 5K after 17 miles!!! I am very impressed :)
Happy Tuesday buddy!

Emily said...

I think it's only cheating if you do it during a race!

Mel you are just rocking this training! I am so pumped for EUGENE and your BQ!!!

Awesome LR. Love the pink outfit.

Lisa said...

Wow! Great run!! Definitely need to take time and refuel and ice up after a long run. I learned that lesson last summer!

Great price on your Asics! Score!!

Robyn said...

You are such a fast runner! Random question, but what is the point of arm sleeves? I've never seen them before. Is it better than just wearing long sleeves?

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Great long run with Janna.

I loved your race report! Only you would race a rollerblader! I bet you could have taken him if not for the other 17 miles you already ran!

Alison said...

Awesome race, well done. I want to see pictures of the reverse farmer's tan :P

Stacie said...

Congrats on a great run :) I can only dream of going that fast. Amazing!!!!

teacherwoman said...

Nice job on the run! You are super speedy! Lovin' all the pink!

Denise said...

great job picking it up at the end of the long run. that will definitely help you come marathon day when you're getting that BQ.

I Run for Fun said...

Awesome 20-miler! You are so ready for that BQ!

Carly said...

That run sounds fierce! Way to go!

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

I love your outfit..it's totally a supermom outfit! :)

Woohoo on the awesome 20miler and 5K race! You did amazing! You are going to do great in your marathon!

Hannah said...

Way to go, speedy! And at the end of 20 miles? I would be in speed-heaven if I could do that! You ROCK!

EricaH said...

you did not run 17 miles then turn around and rock out a 24 min 5k. The Eugene marathon doesn't stand a chance, amazing job!! and i love your pink running sleeves where'd ya get em??

Velma said...

Sweet run!!! Good you learned the lessons now - make sure to stay healthy for the marathon!!

TNTcoach Ken said...

That is just toooooooooo much pink! Way to go with the long run. All you blogging women are rocking the road!

misszippy said...

That's a great run--good job. Love the pink get-up!

Running Diva Mom said...

love all the pink -- you rock it well!

marathonmaiden said...

love the outfit and in pink!! awesome :)

way to rock EVERYTHING. you are so hardcore :)

akjenniekt said...

Sounds like a great run! Glad to hear that you're back to feeling healthy.

April said...

You amaze me!
First of all, yes you look like a superhero in your pink get up, love it!
Second, running a 24:24 5k is tough for me when I'm rested, running it at the end of a 20 miler is auh-mazing!! You Rock!

Allie said...

You look adorable rocking out the pink and way to go on the 5k, you're supa dupa fast!!!!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

those busy days post run are both a lot of fun and kind of a problem for recovering like we know we should!

you are the queen of pink, it's so cute!

MCM Mama said...

You are amazing!!! I could never run a fast 3 miles at the end of 20 miles. You are going to rock that marathon!

Heather said...

What a speedy finish to that long run! Impressive. Love the superhero pink outfit, too.

Jameson said...

KILLER outfit

ajh said...

Love the outfit! You rocked that race for a cure at the END of a long run! Wow! And I always turn off Garmin during training runs.

Sunflower Kisses said...

You rocked that pink outfit!
And "WOW!" What an awesome job on that run.

Jancalligrapher said...

HI, found your blog from the GU quarterly that I received in the mail today. Also a GU grad! Artist and here is my blog, jancalligrapher.blogspot.com
Keep running, you are an inspiration.

Rio said...

Wow- great deal on the Asics! Doing great!

RunKathyRun said...

Congrats on an awesome run; my donation was late, but it's there now - I hope you made your goal.

J said...

Love the pink outfit! great job on those last 3 miles! very speedy especially after 17 miles! Way to go!

Erica said...

your sooooo speedy..you need to change your name to : Tall Speedy Mom on the run!