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, April 11, 2010

23.3 DONE

Stats for 4/10:
Time- 3:29:55
23.3- Miles
9:00- Pace
Fastest Mile- 8:01
Less Fast Mile- 10:03
Cold day with WIND! We did 5 laps around a 5ish mile trail very hilly!!

The Little Studs got up before I left for my LONG RUN. They are usually in bed still, we got to talking about moving to the "Big House," before I knew it I was LATE!! UGH...

I arrived 5 minutes before the group set off and sprinted down to the restroom not a minute too soon. Yes I would start my 23++ miler with an upset tummy, YIPPEE!! I did not see Janna so I texted, she was late, everyone set out so I waited, and WAITED and WAITED... finally my wonderful runny buddy arrived. I am very glad I waited because I really needed her today, Janna played cheerleader and kept me going even when I was not feeling well. Here is a bullet point version of the FUN parts of the run.

-Hills, and hills, thankfully we were running past the zoo, beautiful water views, lush Forrest's and where Muscle Man and I were married. We did the 4.7ish loop 3 times one way and twice the other way... FYI it is just as hilly both ways.

-CRAZY characters, one man, Janna called Jose, who wore loose sweat pants under compression shorts WEIRD, a dude driving slow to check us out with and "I love s$x" sticker in his window, people steeling from our water stops I asked them for $1 and cut in front of them I PAID for this, etc..

-One of the Fleet Feet coaches told me I looked "Lean" and that I had trimmed up over the months.. LOVE IT!! And later as Janna and I ran past walked they called us "Fast." Oh how I love positive comments :)

-The funny part about a loop is you see the same people over and over and over. One tall man we saw first pushing a stroller with a woman running next to him, the next 2 times he was solo. I gave him a high five the last lap.

-My legs felt like led and the wind was rough. Janna and I were using positive self talk to keep going. Things like "Wow am I glad that this hill is here," "The wind is really helping" and the one that got the most laugh when I said "Wow I feel so light on my feet today."

-Janna busted ahead at the end and I coasted as best I could. I had a hard time getting down Gu and was running on FUMES.. Good news is that Eugene is pretty flat. With an overall 9:00 pace for 23.3 on all hills, I am CONFIDENT that I am ready.

-I tested a pace band I cant wait to tell you all about. I am still LOST on my water, nutrition and clothing for race day.. UGH!!

-TAPER....well not really I have a couple 8 milers this week. But the last long run preparing for Eugene is in the books and I am soooo PROUD!!!

I love how this photo makes Janna, who is 95lbs soaking wet, look to be the same size as me. I was sooo tired that I plopped down on the wet grass to stretch...

OK off to bed.. Up at 4:30AM because I have to work Sunday... Hmmmmm...thankfully I have black recovery socks to keep my legs alive.


How did you runs and races go??

****I will be announcing another Virtual Race for the Cure and Giveaway soon.

39 comments:

MCM Mama said...

Great job!!! You are going to rock Eugene.

I ran my 2nd 20 this weekend and my fastest mile was the same as your slowest. ;o)

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Janna is tiny but you have gotten "Lean" alright!

Great job on your long run.

Wow 4:30 to work on Sunday! I hope your recovery socks work wonders for you!

jen said...

Great job on the loooong run Mel! Especially on a hilly course. Sounds like you two had a fun time. I love the "This wind is really helping" line, ha!

Yay taper!!

Suzy said...

Woo hoo!!! Congrats on a great training run. You are ready and you'll kick butt at Eugene.

Jill said...

Great job, Mel! Hills and wind are the worst...but look how strong they're making you!! Congratulations...now let the taper come and rest your legs and fuel your body with all the glycogen you'll need to land you across Eugene speedy!! Hugs!

Rachel Wasserman said...

Sounds like you rocked this run! You are looking VERY lean. Every time I see your pics it seems you are leaner than the last time...

Question: are those "real" arm warmers you are wearing or are they homemade? I LOVE THEM!!!

Kerrie T. said...

Great job Mel and Janna. I love that picture of you two in the grass. You guys look awesome, even after 23 miles!

I know you are ready and am getting really excited for you.:)

teacherwoman said...

Nice job on your last long run before Eugene. You are so ready!

I had a 6 miler on tap today and was able to push out 6.3. I felt strong and was satisfied with this run!

Happy Sunday!

Heather said...

Wow, what a huge rn - awesome job!

marathonmaiden said...

great long run! you are so going to beast eugene! :) and way to do multiple loops, i can handle it for shorter runs but i think i'd go crazy for a 20+ run. props you are awesome :)

Lisa said...

wow. that is a looooong way to go. great job!

findingmylegs said...

That's the funny thing about those hills - what goes up must come down - both ways! I've been reading for a while, but new to comment. Thanks for being such an inspiration to this 5'10" girl!

Erica said...

you guys look awesome....after 23.3 miles they would be scrapping me off the ground :) You ladies still find the energy to smile! You are going to rock! Eugene..have a great week!

J said...

Great job on the 23 miles at such an awesome pace for running hills! You are totally ready! I am sure your clothes, fuel, etc will fall into place! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your weekend!

Molly said...

gotta love it when someone says you look lean! All that hard work is showing!

I had a great 7.5 mile training run yesterday, was afraid of the hills, but I conquered them, no prob!

have a great night!

Janice {Run Far} said...

That picture is so cute. You don't look as though you just ran 23 miles. You are so going to rock on marathon day. I am excited to hear all about the pace braclet.

Laurie said...

Great job on your last long run. Those hills will really pay off. Even though Eugene is mostly flat it does have a few inclines, one right at the start, so you'll be ready!

My house is right on the course a little bit before the 1 mile mark and we always go out and cheer on the runners. We'll yell extra loud for you. Good luck!

misszippy said...

Nice work on the 23-plus. Those are the BEST confidence builders! Now kick back and start that taper.

The Happy Runner said...

Great job Slim Speedy!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Awesome Job Mel! I hope you are feeling strong going into your taper. I know you are going to do fantastic.

The 10 miler was great. Well, except the last two miles. But I am still psyched!

Bethany + Ryan said...

great job, Mel! you looked great at the end! what's your long run for next week? my "long" run this week was 12 and ryan's was 10...ahh, gotta love the taper! :-)

Marlene said...

23++ miles!!! That is one LONG run! Congrats!!! Very nice pace.

I dealt with some hills and wind today too. Will post tomorrow!

5 loops must have been mentally tough. Sounds like you had good company, though!

And FYU, you *are* lean AND fast! :)

Lacey Nicole said...

you are a lean NICE running machine :) lots of hills!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for that many miles- gahh! you are a solider honey, way to take control of this run. i bet your quads and butt are gonna be SORE!!! ice bath?!?! you are on firrrre! :) 23.3 is amazingness. way to go :)

Kerry said...

I had my 5th half marathon today :)

Congrats on your run this weekend!

Wifey said...

Congrats on your run! And, great picture. As a fellow "Tall Mom" I so get you on the size difference!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Chelsea said...

1) You are SO LEAN.

2) 5 Mile Drive isn't 'a little hilly'. It's MONSTER HILLS. If you kept up 9 min miles on that course...you are going to rock the beans out of Eugene!

Michel said...

Great job!!!

Cynthia O'H said...

It sounds like you're ready for 26.2. Now you can start to take it easy.

Momma Twitch said...

You're going to do AWESOME at Eugene! My cousin's gonna run it with the elite runners. I can't wait to hear how it goes for ya!!

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

So AWESOME!! 5 Mile Drive is no joke! And I know you are right, hilly no matter which way you run!!!

And you are a lean machine chica!!!

akjenniekt said...

Great job on your long run! You'll rock Eugene for sure:)!

Michelle said...

Great job!! Great pictures!

I Run for Fun said...

Eugene, here she comes! You are so ready to knock this one out of the park. Great job!

nrmrvrk said...

I thought that you were talking about running at Pt. Defiance. Congrats on the successful training run. Enjoy your taper.

My race went pretty well. I'm pretty sore now though. Thanks for asking!

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

Woohoo on your awesome LAST long run before your race! You did awesome, especially considering you weren't feeling well! You are going to do so great in your race!

I had my 1/2 marathon this weekend and it went pretty good. Although I didn't make my #1 goal, I still got a PR and am super happy with my time! I hope you have a good week! :)

Tricia said...

whoohooo

and love the pic!

Lisa said...

Great job on the run! Sounds like even though it was tough, you still had a good time! You're always so positive, I love it!

My question is: how did the guy get the compression shorts on over loose sweatpants?!?! Seems like that wouldn't be too comfortable!

Great job!!!

Emz said...

Love that I found your blog. It's awesome.

Thanks!!

Alisa said...

Great job on that run girl!

You definitely look long and lean =). Love the arm sleeves!