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

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Tale of 3s

3 Runs:
  • Monday Intervals=
The day after my hilly Half Marathon it may have been a little silly to PUSH it and do intervals, but I am desperate to get back on my training plan. So I did 7 miles with 3 mile repeats, I ROCKED this work out!!! 7:20, 7:12 and 7:28 interval mile splits!!! And a total of 7 strong miles.

  • Recovery Run with AC=
Tuesday I did not have my Garmin so AC (Alex the Canadian) and I went for an easy 4 miler. He has a BIG Hockey tournament this weekend and wanted to get his heart rate up. Due to vacations and work travel we have not been able to run together for well over and month. It was nice to get caught up and have some company on my lunch run.

  • FAMILY 3 Miler=

I was having an off day confidence wise yesterday..and I made it very public on Facebook and Dailymile. With 5 weeks to Eugene I am feeling tired and like I have not put in the miles to get my BQ! UGH!! I am generally so confident, but there are days when Polly Pessimism sneaks in. So I asked muscle Man to go for a run. The first mile chimed at 8:23, which is my BQ pace.. LOL!! If that is not a sign I don't know what is. Mental Block lifted and focus restored. It was 70's so I was testing an awesome Sugoi top. Can you believe that Spring has Sprung???

3 Half Marathons:
I thought it would be interesting to analyze my 3 Half Marathons. The courses for the 3 races were very different. The FUNNY similarity is that I do no have a Half Marathon medal, I need to start picking races with hardware.

Capital City: Rochester: Mercer:

Mile 1: 7:03 6:55 7:59

Mile 2: 7:23 7:24 7:48

Mile 3: 7:48 7:39 7:30

Mile 4: 7:48 7:56 7:50

Mile 5: 8:02 7:58 7:44

Mile 6: 7:56 8:03 7:56

Mile 7: 7:39 7:58 8:01

Mile 8: 8:00 8:16 8:17

Mile 9: 7:25 8:13 8:05

Mile 10: 8:46 8:27 8:33

Mile 11: 8:31 8:35 8:06

Mile 12: 8:21 8:36 9:01

Mile 13: 7:45 8:22 8:42

Mile .?: 6:55 7:52 9:03

Time: 1:43:39 1:47:25 1:47:35
13.1 13.37 13.21
*Started my watch late

What do we learn from these numbers??? Tall Mom starts strong and gets progressively SLOWER.. So that will need to be factored in to my race and pace plan for Eugene. More details soon. And HUGS THANKS to Aron for her advice :)


1. We got the house!!! The inspection went great so now we WAIT... I am SOOOO excited, this has been our goal and I know the new house will be the perfect place to raise our family. This next month is going to be filled with paperwork, price shopping (Blinds, fridge, fence, etc) and MOVING!! The closing date is the week of Eugene.. Hmmm?? Is moving heavy furniture considered Taper?

2. I am still SICK! Cannot get this crud to leave my lungs and sinuses. I just want to be healthy and have my energy back. And I got the Little Studs and Muscle Man sick.

3. My Music needs an update. OK this is not that stressful, but I have had the same tunes since May of 09. And I am TIRED of the songs, I spend half my run hitting SKIP. Some of my Bloggy buddies have sent me CD's, thanks Ladies!! Now I need to find a couple hours to upload the FAST TRACK songs and revamp my Ipod.



Marlene said...

WAHOO, FIRST!!!!!!!!

Now to read your post. :)

Unknown said...

congratulations on the house!! So exciting!!

Marlene said...

Intervals after a half? You are a machine! I know you are trying to catch up... just don't push too much!

TOOO perfect that your first mile dinged at BQ pace. Definitely a sign. You've still got this!!

Can't believe you are still sick, you poor thing. GET WELL!

CONGRATS on the house, soooo exciting!

Too funny that you mention MUSIC. I just emailed you earlier this morning for your address because I have a CD with your name on it.

Chat soon!

Pining for Pinterest said...

That is awesome news about the house!!! I hope you get better soon :(

April said...

love the Sugoi top! Very nice!
Those times are fantastic on you half marathons. You are def consistent!

Congratulations on the new house!! How exciting!!
Hope everyone feels better soon!!

Jill said...

Wow, Mel! I did a half on Sunday in Atlanta and I couldn't walk for two days. haha. I did some killer mile repeats though yesterday. Nice job! Congrats on the new house, hope it's everything you need!! Happy almost weekend!

teacherwoman said...

Girl, you are lookin' HAWT in the outfit with the Sugoi top! NICE!

And get going with that music! I think you have plenty to choose from, right?!

misszippy said...

Love the top...great color. Looking at your splits, maybe you want to focus on negative splitting? Makes all the difference, imho. Ok, enough unsolicited advice!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the house!!!

Don't forget to relax and let your body heal after your half marathon. Taper time is coming, and is just as important as all the hard work you've put in thus far. Key: TRUST in your training, and maximize it's benefits through proper rest, recovery, and fueling! (Coming from someone who hated tapering and resting for meets, only to discover at the very last one that it was critical for fast racing).

I have confidence in your training! You've done so much and worked so far! A PR is ahead of you. You can do it!

Kelly said...

First off, CONGRATS on the house going through...such exciting news :) Secondly, you are awesome! Your times are great, i am so jealous! ;) I am like that too, I start off too strong then progressivly get slower. I always tell myself to slow down at the beginning, but i always seem to think that no matter how fast I go at the begininng, that I will still get slower. Hmm, I should try it though! ;) Have fun shopping for the new house, so fun!

Lisa said...

Congrats on the house! So exciting!

You look super cute in the pics! I am so excited for Spring. Our weather out here has been up and down the last few weeks & I think it'll stay like that for a bit longer, unfortunately. Oh well, at least we know warm weather is on the way!

Have a great day and I hope you feel better soon! You're gonna rock Eugene!

No Longer Using said...

congrats on the house!!!!!

i found your half marathon comparison really interesting! need to see mile-progressions side by side like that. although it's hard to compare b/c races can be so different from each other for so many different reasons.

RUN HAPPY :) (love the tee)

Dion said...

The ladies over at Run like a Mother, the book, are having a giveaway that is all about music. After the giveaway, they are complying a master list. Might be worth checking out.

Katie A. said...

Congrats on the house!!! Whoo hoo! Way to pack everything in at once: BQ + moving = on crazy Tall Mom! But if there is anyone who can do it, it's you Mel!!!
I saw your posts on FB and know that sometimes you just need to sit in the funk of failure so I didn't comment. I am glad you were able to turn things around. I know you have a BQ in you, now just get back on track and you will do great! Hugs to you!

Irene said...

Congratulations on the house!!!

What ever flu you have has been going around everywhere. We all passed it around here in February. I hope you get over it soon!

Take care!

Carly said...

Yay for the house! I can only imagine how excited you must be.

Heather -Momma Running Amok said...

How exciting about the house!!!
I am having the same problem with my music. Lately I have been compairing my ipod music to those days when you open the fridge, hoping there is something exciting in there that you didn't know about....even though you have not been shopping...(like opening up the freezer thinking someone may have snuck a pint of Ben and jerry's in there without you knowing!) I turn on my ipod hoping someone confiscated it overnight and put oodles of new songs on. I too feel like my entire run I am skipping skipping skipping over every song!!

Velma said...

Feel better and get people to help move the heavy stuff. Don't break your back before the race!

Anonymous said...

Wow you're so consistent!! You definitely need to find a half with a medal ;)

X-Country2 said...

Congrats on the house! That's huge!

And thanks for the tip on my blog about "I'm having twins" verses "we're having twins." I changed it right away. :o) We both hate "we're pregnant" so very much, that I tend to over-compensate. Yes, this is most certainly a WE thing. He's stuck with me forever now!

Stephanie said...

I just read your article on the Run Like a Mother Blog...sooo cool! Like I commented on their blog, I LOVE your blog! It was one of the first that I started following, and my first one that I go to each morning to see if there are any new updates. You make running seem so FUN! Thank you for your posts each and every day!

Kerrie said...

The other night on a 6-miler I got bored of my music and listened to the Legally Blonde the Musical soundtrack -- mostly the fast songs. It is hilarious and kept my mind off of the time.

Being Robinson said...

i think it's normal to have all those doubts. but sign indeed friend. can you believe it's already almost time for marathon II!? yay. and dang it, i forgot i had that kansas bloggie 10K CD i made for you. need to send. not sure i have your address. i'll hit you up via email tonight! keep your spirits high, you WILL BQ!

run with Jill said...

Great work on the intervals.

I was also like you and went out way to fast in my races. Wearing a pace band has really helped and I've run a few races with negative splits.

Just a tip (it works for me).

ShutUpandRun said...

Happy Thursday to you!! Congrats on the house and your speedy intervals. I have no adviced, solicted or otherwise, about what your comparison of race times tell you. Just that each race/day/weather is different - there are so many factors. It might be less about you, personally, and more about the other stuff.

Aron said...

hey lady - relax that brain of yours!! i have learned sometimes we think things through way too much and sometimes we just need to run. finish off the next couple weeks strong, then you will be tapering and getting those legs ready to race. don't try to cram, just keep trusting your training and follow it along.

pacing is going to be KEY in your marathon so start trying to practice it a bit... even with what i told you, going out TOO fast will hurt in the end. 26 miles is a very long way so try and practice that coming up.

keep up up we all believe in you!

J said...

Can't believe you did intervals after the half! great job! Glad they went well for you!! Keep up the great running! Hopefully your cold will be gone soon! Take that vitamin C!!!

Badgergirl said...

Congrats on the house!

RunningFromCancer said...

congratulations on the house. Sounds like you have found your perfect home. I remember when we found our current house - my oldest was 4 and the youngest 7 months. I knew it was where we wanted to live and raise the boys - ENJOY!!!!

I really really hope you get rid of the gunk. Sounds like it is really sticking around. ;-(

RobinLK said...

Congrats on the new home, Mel! Fabulous news!!! And no, moving furniture not so good during taper! :(

Still want to get info to you about an arm pocket to stash junk during race. Missed you guys' half last weekend...insane life right now. FAIL. Sorry! But have been reading to catch up.

Found a great arm pocket thingy that doesn't move, molds to your arm (in a good way), and is made from earth-friendly materials. SCORE!

More soon... will email you/donate/sign up for virtal 10K on Friday.


Running Diva Mom said...

WOWSERS -- YOU LOOK FANTABULOUS in that green tank!!

Unknown said...

I can't believe that you have kept all of your stats from the past 3 runs. I've got to go tech.

Rest and feel better. Spring is here and you need to be able to really enjoy it.

Katye said...

Mel you look amazing! that outfit suits you, you look so toned and atheltic! Keep it up hott Mama!