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.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

McMillan Says

Wow Thank you to everyone for the Fridge and Vacuum recommendations. Seems Dyson is the big winner, will have to see if it fits in the Tall Mom budget once all the new House stuff finalizes....

Yesterday my Fleet Feet Marathon Training plan called for 1.5 warm-up, 5 tempo miles...with 3:00 minute breaks between and 1.5 cool-down. I was pressed for time so I just started running FAST...

1- 7:20
Feeling good, breezing past the walkers and feeling the WIND.

2- 7:16
I was running so fast my Garmin could barely keep up. The trail is close to power lines so I would look down and it would say 12:12 quickly followed by 6:45 pace. Darn Garmin gremlins!!!

3-7:23
I was getting hot so I stripped off my long sleeve shirt mid run, wrapped it around my waist and re tucked my Ipod cord into my Sugoi tank. All while keeping pace, GOOD TRAINING!!

4-7:27
I felt myself slow a little, my breathing was becoming labored and I was BORED on the trail. I realized that I needed to refocus, just then a slender male runner passed in a bright red visor. He was ZOOMING and gave me a nod, as if to say "Impressive pace!" LOL!! I took the look as a compliment and my pace increased.

5-7:20
I know my plan only called for 5 x 1 mile "Aerobic capacity intervals" but once I realized that I could possibly break my 10K PR I sped up. How could I stop at 5 miles??

6-7:18
I was getting tired, when I get tired and want to slow I focus on my form or my music. Anything to not give in to the demons in my head. Mental toughness is sooo important to get through the tough workouts and especially on race day. I just read the chapter on Mental Toughness written by Sarah in the "Run Like a Mother" book. GREAT CHAPTER!!! FYI Wednesdays are fun days at RLAM because they do Hump Day Giveaways, go check it out HERE. Please tell them Tall Mom sent you, I need to earn the AWESOME hat that Sarah kindly gifted me it was a little big for Marathon day but I am thinking of sporting at and my Run Like a Mother T-shirt at the Eugene Expo....LOL!! Walking advertisement :)

2- 6:50ish (hit start to my watch on accident)
The last .2 seems to go FOREVER, there was a man just near where I knew I would be finishing. Looked at him, then to my watch, then to him.. FINALLY I made it and was ready to stop. He said "That watch was not going to tell you what you wanted was it?" Heheheh!!

10K= 45:37 (7:21 pace) New PR!!!
Previous 10K time= 45:54 (7:24 pace)

YIPPEE!! Ran a cool down 1.8 miles (9:18 pace) to finish with 8 miles. I am totally happy with my speed today. I felt strong!! The wind tried to hold me back but I powered through. 18 days to Eugene Marathon!!!

I am slightly addicted to the McMillan Running Calculator HERE. Have you ever tried this?? What you do is put in your time from a recent race and it will calculate what you can POTENTIALLY accomplish at all race distances up to the Marathon.

MCMILLAN SAYS!!!

Marathon for Tall Mom: 3:34:05

Hear that legs?? Hear that Running Gods?? I CAN DO IT!!!

HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

25 comments:

Tricia said...

whoohooo!!!! Thats awesome!

Marlene said...

CONGRATULATIONS! That is one lightening fast 10K, and you did that in a training run on your lunch hour? Fantastic! There are many fast races in those legs.

I share your obsession with McMillan. I think he's right. :)

J said...

Great job on the 10k! That is a great pace! I am also obsessed with the running calculators! I really do spend too much time looking at them!

Laura said...

Wooowww! You just get speedier and speedier.
I have to stay away from the calculators right now..they are freakin me OUT.

marathonmaiden said...

awesome job!! you rock :)

i try to not look at mcmillian because i can get too obsessed sometimes hahah

Kerrie T. said...

You CAN!

PS: Didn't get to comment yesterday, but we looooove our Roomba. We also have a Dyson and the Roomba picks up with the Dyson doesn't (they say it doesn't lose suction, but I think it does). Just thought you should know.

Teamarcia said...

Of course you can do it!
FWIW MacMillan has never let me down.

MCM Mama said...

Great pace! You are so going to ROCK this marathon!

TNTcoach Ken said...

MacMillan and the rest of us say it's so............

Barefoot AngieB said...

How inspiring is that! You are fast lady! Can't wait to see how the marathon turns out! I think you are going to totally rock it!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Awesome 10K! You have jets in your shoes!

I love McMillan. It's almost
always dead on. BQ is in the bag.

kara said...

Sweet - Your training is working!
I'm just running the half - so you might pass me at the cut ; )

The Devil's Starchy Fingers said...

With numbers like that you are going to rock Eugene.

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

WooHooo! You are beyond fast!!!! You are going to crush your marathon. I have to be so high already...new house, cruising into a new PR for your marathon! Life Is Good!!

Lacey Nicole said...

alright! fist pump! you really blasted thru that. the going got tough (ahh i can just feel the heavy breathing now.. it's sooo hard to keep pushing for another MILE and... another mile!!!!). you broke thru, pushed the pace, and rocked it! congrats on the time!

ajh said...

I love McMillians. Good luck!

Alison said...

Sounds like a great run, I can't wait to hear about Eugene!

Navy Wife on a... said...

You rock! Do you fuel on these "short" runs?

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

holy crap fast lady! I am heading to mcmillan now to see how slow it says I am

I know your busy so wanted to make sure you don't miss the giveaway I've got going on for running gear http://runtothefinish.blogspot.com/2010/04/3-changes-challenge-prizes.html

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

Woohoo for an awesome run and a new PR! You are so amazing! I love the McMillan calculator. I think I'm addicted to it too...he he. I'm always entering info. and seeing how things change. It's an awesome resource! :)

The Jesse said...

you are sooo speedy! high five :)

fancy nancy said...

You never cease to amaze me by how fast you are!!!! You are going to awesome in your marathon...then you can come here and kick my bootie into shape!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Awesome speedy run Mel!!

The Happy Runner said...

Great job -- go get that 3:34!

H Love said...

Of course you can!! Go girl!