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.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Tall Mom and Tink the Trainer for Twenty

Most of my Fleet Feet Buddies ran their LR on Friday.. THANKFULLY Carol-Ann AKA Tink was game for 20 mile. Check out Carol-Ann on her new Blog HERE. We set out at 7:30 hoping to beat the CRAZY rain clouds about to open. The night before the Run I had taken my Mom out to Mexican, BAD IDEA, and I was not able to get in a PRP, so I hope my stomach would make it the whole run.

Carla HERE came up and said Hi and took this photo. Nice to meet you Carla :) I love it when people say Hi, meeting new running buddies is GREAT!! Keep that in mind if you see me on the trail or at a race...just say Hi Tall Mom, I promise I won't bite, but you will get a dimpled smile..
I truly could put Tink in my pocket.. this photo proves it.

  • SIDENOTE: I was testing the Nike shirt I was hoping to wear for Boston.. Gear FAIL!! The shirt grew 2 sizes as it got wet and sweaty, the tights did not play well with the skirt, so I had to constantly pull up the skirt the whole run. UGH!! Back to searching for my race day ensemble.
The first half of the run I felt pretty good, tired but good. The baby cows were out and too cute. A few runners here and there and no wind or rain.

Half Marathon time- 1:57:22

I made the mistake of telling my buddy that my plan said last 8 miles at race pace, my goal is about 8:33 pace or sub 3:45 Marathon. I also said I was not feeling well and didn't think I could pull out those fast miles... EXCUSES!! Jillian-style she SPED UP at mile 12... Pretty sure she keeps her Pixie dust on the trail somewhere, I wish she would share ;)

The rest of the run went like this-

8:33, 8:27, 8:46 (a bit slower than pace), 8:33, 8:23, 8:20, 8:31, 8:26, and 8:22.

Mind you the RAIN came at mile 14 and I had horrible stomach cramps the last 7 miles. It was TOUGH!! I had to pull out all of my MENTAL tricks to keep up with my little trainer buddy. SO GLAD to have her today, I needed someone to chase. Thank you Tink, you are one hardcore little trainer. We ROCKED this run!! Soggy and FREEZING post run.. BRRR!!! And I wasn't done running.... I am PROUD to say I ran 33.1 miles this weekend... But the second HALF is a story for a different day.

  • How was your Weekend?
  • 5 weeks to BOSTON!!
HAPPY MONDAY!

19 comments:

Velma said...

You are such a rock star!!!! I am so proud of you.

carol-ann said...

this run made my weekend!

fancy nancy said...

OOOOOOOH it's getting so close!!!! I'm so excited for you! From what you did this weekend you are so ready!

She is a cutie pie! I need some pixie dust too!

Marlene said...

She is so tiny next to you! Congrats on a SOLID run and way to nail the race pace miles. I can't believe you went out and ran half marathon distance the next day. You need to do GOofy some day! Potential meet-up... hmmmm!

Amy said...

Sooo glad you have such good running partners for your long runs. . . would be so hard without their support! Good Job Tink! And of course, you are just AMAZING MEL!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Too bad that shirt was a fail---it looks good on you...or YOU make it look good!

GREAT JOB--I am so impressed that you did this while feeling sick and battling the mysterios side pain! INSPIRATION as usual!

Rose said...

It sounds like despite everything *trying* to go wrong, you had an EXCELLENT workout. I love running buddies who truly push me.

marathonmaiden said...

awesoooooooooooooome. great job. bummer you didn't hit 33.THREE hahah :)

Carla said...

Ack! Sorry the photo came out blurry. I must've moved. Great job, you two!

Laurie said...

Great job pushing through for an awesome run! Too bad about the outfit though.

Cori said...

So bizarre about that Nike shirt. I have the same one and it is my go-to shirt for race day because it never lets me down!

Great job on your 20 miler! I'm about to start training for my first full mary and those super long ones scare the bejeezus out of me!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

What a weekend! You rock! And sorry about the wardrobe fail. Can't wait to see what you wear!

Cynthia O'H said...

It just goes to show how important it is not to try anything new on race day. I'm surprised about the shirt; I have the same one and love it.
Nice mileage, Mel!

Julie said...

Too bad about the shirt fail. I really like the rich color!
Great job on your long run :-)

Deb said...

Congrats on a great running and fabulous running friends. I consider myself motivated, but there are still times when I really need someone to pull me through.

Alecia said...

I just recently started fallowing you, so this is the first time that I get to see how tall you are compared to others. I think I will definitely recognize you at a race. :)

Kate said...

Awesome! Way to power through those last miles on pace, even when you were feeling lousy. You're going to rock Boston.

I had a GREAT weekend! Ran my first 21 mile run on Saturday (which actually sucked big time...Spiderman would've had trouble climbing the wall I hit, but I got through it eventually) and then participated in my first adventure race on Sunday. 10 miles of hiking/running (mostly hiking) and 27 on the bike. Soooo fun. :)

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

This run was great practice for a race that doesn't go you way. You just proved to yourself (again) that you have the "tricks" to reach down within yourself and pull off a successful run, no matter the day!

Beth said...

Wow that is a speedy 20 miler!