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

Friday, January 21, 2011

High Five Friday

SPEED? Oh SPEED? I did SPEED work yesterday and boy can I tell that I have not been focused on my SPEED.. Since I did 2.5 unplanned miles on Wed night with the family I opted to cut the warm-up and cool-down portions of my run yesterday and do 6 instead of 7 miles..

Warm-up Mile 1: 8:23- Should have been slower

Goal 7:45-7:54 Half Marathon goal Pace

Mile 2: 7:38- Oops a little too fast

Mile 3: 7:50- Dying by the end of the rep, had to stop and catch my breath. Stopped Garmin.

Mile 4: 7:42- This was mostly through the CREEPY part of the trail and I swear I stepped in dog poo because I could smell something for most of the mile. I stopped just before the last rep to rub my sneakers in the Grass.

Mile 5- 7:48- There was another runner, he is a fastie and I knew he was gaining on me. This mile had a BIG HILL, I swear part of the hill is Uphill BOTH WAYS :) At the end of this mile I stopped to stretch my tight calves..

Cool-down- Time? I sprinted at the end to try to get sub 8's for the workout but the smokers were in the way.. BOOOO!! I did rest and stop my Garmin 3 times so that is not really accurate anyway :)

Solid effort and this confirmed that I am NOT in Half Marathon PR shape. There is a FREE Half Marathon next weekend I was thinking of running, but I may give it a few weeks to get my SPEED back..

  • One thing that is holding me back is my CORE.

Mom of 2 + No Ab work= Flabby mid section

I put a call out on Facebook for the Winsor Pilates DVD's, I did the workouts religiously before I got married. HIGH FIVE to my buddy Kim at (Just) Trying is for Little Girls HERE she replied quickly and the package arrived this week. Thanks Kim!!!

Maybe if I actually do the workouts I can get a have a HIGH FIVE worthy set of Abs like the ladies below who I BELIEVE are part Alien or Robot, I have not been able to confirm my belief.
Steph @ Steph's 50 Marathon Challenge. HIGH FIVE to Steph and her new Marathon PR 3:21:05, read all about her race HERE!! Strong from head to toe Steph. Pretty sure I am going to be Steph's Sherpa across the Boston finish line if she has too many celebratory beverages along the course to Finish her 50th State. Oddly enough just 30 seconds later at Rock N Roll Phoenix finish Line came the pretty lady below...
HIGH FIVE to the AMAZING abs of Emz HERE, WOW!! Emz earned a 3:21:35 at Rock N Roll Phoenix Marathon, she felt dizzy at mile 15, fell just out range for the PR she was hunting for and finished STRONG.

***Results like those pictured above are not easily achieved, but I know that a solid CORE will be an asset for me as a Runner..

HIGH FIVE Racing & Events:
Coming soon- I need to snoop around. Leave a comment if you would like to be added.

HIGH FIVE Great posts:
Looking for links, will add soon..

HIGH FIVE Giveaways:

**Special Thanks to Zoe HERE for this list

Run Zoe Run $50 CSN- Ends 1/21
Running: My Anti-Drug's iFitness Belt Giveaway - Ends 1/21
That Girl Is a Running Fool's $35 CSN Stores Gift Card - Ends 1/22
Blonde Ponytail's NUUN & Nike Giveaway - Ends 1/22
Momma of 3 Bondiband & #9 1/22
Frugally Green Mom's My Lip Stuff Giveaway - Ends 1/23
"Because all the cool kids are doing it" Road ID/GU/Ryders Giveaway - Ends 1/25
Laughing Lindsay's $100 AMEX Gift Card Giveaway - Ends 1/26
Being Alison's $100 AMEX Gift Card Giveaway - Ends 1/27
Impossible is Nothing's Allied Medal Display Giveaway - Ends 1/28
A Mom's Impression's $100 AMEX Gift Card Giveaway - Ends 1/30
Winter Follower Giveaway Tour - $950 Total Cash Prize - 3 Winners - Ends 1/31
How Sweet it is $1000 Social Media/Small Business Hop - Ends 2/14
MissZippy: Pacific Energy Giveaway ends 2/2
Kiley- Run Necklace- Ends 1/28

  • What do you deserve a HIGH FIVE for this week? Leave a comment.


kimert said...

I have hopes that one day my speed work will be like that of awesome runners like yourself! Great job!

I have a giveaway going on too.. Run Like a Mother (the book)... giving away that awesome read on my blog.

TNTcoach Ken said...

Who wants abs like that? Then I would have to maintain them........ HA

Unknown said...

Wow! You are amazingly fast! Nice job on the speedwork, Mel.

The pics of Steph and Emz are fantastic! And even though the results are not easily achieved, one can always dream....

Anonymous said...

Ew for dog poo but yay for speed! And I deserve a hou five for just making it to Friday hahah. Is that a good enough reason?

Unknown said...

I want Emz's abs too! If the discs work for you, I just might need them back:) Enjoy!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Nice speed workout. I'd stop my garmin too if I stopped running.

Those girls have such enviable cores. If only I'd do the work!

I was to be running a race in VA this weekend but life's little curve ball has derailed that. There will be other races on sunnier days.

enjoy your weekend!

Anonymous said...

Hubby and I are running our first 5km tomorrow in Puyallup!

Denise said...

it's just not fair...how do people get abs like that????????

Emz said...

That was Steph?


I wish I would have known! She rocked.

I feel famous. seriously. Being on TallMom is like being on the red carpet. honored.

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Mel, You are smoking your miles!! I feel like every time I read your pace is improving.

And, I feel you on core...I NEED/HAVE TO make time for it!!!

Have a FANTABULOUS weekend!!

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

I'm giving myself a high five for my Monday exercise. 2.6 miles in the morning, 7.3 miles after work, and then my crazy The Bachelor Workout idea, which ended up making me 120 push ups. Holy crap. It was a good day for fitness.

Kim (Book Worm Runs) said...

Nice job on the speedwork! :) And those abs are seriously amazing...well, we can dream, right? ;) Have a great weekend!

Christina said...

I am dreaming of abs like that. I wish I could just order some from Facebook like you got the DVDs. :) Not a very good high five week for me. But I did get in a treadmill run at a friend's house. And I did it with three kids running around me. :)

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Congrats on your ranking! http://brokenheartedrunner.com/

Laura said...

Great job getting the speed work in!
I have a CSN Stores $35 giveaway currently going on at my blog:

Have a great weekend!

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

LOVE YOUR BLOG!! Seriously, those ladies have some killer abs. GREAT WORKOUTS speedy woman:)

Anonymous said...

Shucks, I'm a day late on commenting, but I have an awesome GoLite running tight giveaway on my blog! racingitoff.blogspot.com

Kassie said...

I want those abs! I did an ab workout for the first time in a long time yesterday ... I'm sure I will pay for it today. Awesome on the speed work!

Heather -Momma Running Amok said...

abs are made in the kitchen...at least that is what I have been told by ladies with killer abs....workout doing a lot of card but it boils down to what you eat. I am running Miami ING Marathon next Sunday, the 30th.

Unknown said...

While I may not look like those ladies, I look better than I did post baby #4 and that is what counts.

Marlene said...

I see I have some amazing race reports to catch up on!! Thanks for the heads up!

Oh what I would do for Steph or Em's abs!!!!!! (and speed!)

Amanda@runninghood said...

Love this! Man, I'm so behind on your blog...must catch up soon! Like now.

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