On Wednesday, Admin at my work sent out an email asking if anyone wanted to participate in the 5K for Heroes that was that very Saturday. I think I was the only was that said, “I’m in!” So this is the first of 3 races (all small, 10K and under) of April and then another short one in the beginning of May.
It’s been pretty helpful using these as tempo runs. A major goal this training cycle is to get faster!
Plus the 5K for Heroes is a cause I can definitely get behind!
Do you guys pick races for the charity they’re supporting?? I do sometimes but mainly I’m just looking for what works for my schedule!
So after work on Friday night/Saturday morning, I drove on over to Papago park for a quick race. It was a pretty small crowd, which I never mind but when it’s small like this the course is never blocked off so we we’re running on the sidewalk for a bit and then through the park with a lot of other park-goers and cyclists and it got pretty crowded. I almost ran straight into this 2 year old who was on the left side of the sidewalk and right then his mother (who was oblivious!) decided it would be fun to “race” her kid who immediately ran to her cutting across to the right side of the sidewalk just as I was coming up behind. Pay attention to your surroundings, people.
But it has been fun getting out to new paths and seeing new places to train. Like this race was uphill for the first 1/4 mile or more so I definitely logged that course in my brain to come back again and train for all those bridges in the NYCM!
Either way, it was a good race. It was a nice cool day, not too hot yet. Gotta get in as many races as I can in AZ while it’s still still bearable outside. I felt pretty good and didn’t have any stomach issues which is always plus. I went paddle boarding on Tuesday and ran hills on Wednesday and really taxed out my knees. I RICE’d as much as I could in the past few days and my legs felt fine for these 3 miles. I’m petrified of getting injured and really screwing up my training for New York! I’m going to be extra vigilant!!
In the end, I was :46 seconds over my goal of finishing under 30 mins. Here’s how my splits shook out. Still no Speedy Gonzalez over here but I’m counting this as a negative split!
Whoa that month went by quick! I knew when I got into the marathon that even though I had 8 months till the big day, time was going to fly by and I had no time to slack off.
But then I kind of slacked off… It’s been an interesting month full of ups and downs and I learned a lot about health and life.
In terms of vacation plans, I already spoke to my aunt and I’m all set to stay with them for the weekend. I have a hotel in the city for just a couple nights. I have my plane ticket and my ticket for an actual BROADWAY SHOW! Guys, I’m beyond excited! I picked Dear Evan Hansen (I tried to justify spending the $$ for Hamilton but… nope I couldn’t go it.)
I have all my workouts planned, now it’s just a matter of following through with them. And getting my eating back on track. I’ve been on vacation and even thought I stayed in town, I’ve had plenty of dinners out and really enjoying my time off. I always forget to take pictures but I did have a truly amazing dinner at Nobou at Teeter House in downtown Phoenix that was so indulgent and so worth it. But I did try and balance out my vacation with some outdoor activities and exercise.
But I’m back in the swing of things at work and back at the comfort of a routine.
I have lots of goals! I’ve been running but it’s been a lot of easy runs and junk miles. I haven’t been pushing myself nearly enough and time if ticking away!
> I definitely want to work on my speed and get faster overall
> I want to get back into weights and strength training x2 a week
> I want to cross train x1 a week. Mostly yoga but cycling at least x1 a month
> I want to drop about 15 lbs before the marathon
7 months to go!!! I’m so so so excited for this race and I want to do it proud!
I went to the gym! It’s been too long since I’ve actually lifted a weight and it felt really good to get back at it.
I had unexpected errands to run before work yesterday that took the allotted time I had planned for a gym session but (miracle of all miracles) I got out of work 2 hours early so I ran over to the gym and did a quick kettlebell leg workout.
Gotta do what you gotta do, right?
Then I came home to this friggin cutie. His dog bed is literally 1 foot to the right of this. Spoiled little monster.
Then this afternoon, I went on quite the eventful run. I work nights so ‘my mornings’ are really midday and I didn’t start out till 3pm. It was already 85 degrees and I was feeling it. It was hot! I have marathon training alllll through the summer and then I’m going to fly to NYC in November; I’m quite worried about the temp change. I don’t know how I’m going to combat the heat and still get in 20 mile runs. I guess I’m gonna have to make fast friends with the treadmill.
So I start out already sweaty and pass a homeless man who told me I had good form! Ha hey thanks man. He even noticed that I didn’t “toe out.” What can I say? I try!
So I keep going and look down at weird thing with my shoulder and BAM. I literally ran FACE FIRST into a tree.
Guys, I ran INTO A TREE. Day 3 of NYCM training and I run into a tree… it’s gonna be a long summer.
When I applied for my first marathon back in 2011, the St. George Marathon, even though there is a lottery, all Washington county residents were guaranteed acceptance, so I didn’t have a thing to worry about. In 2015, now a Maricopa county resident, I put in for the lottery and won! When they had the drawing for 2016, I put in and won! (But unfortunately couldn’t do the race that year after all.) My mom can’t get over how lucky I am. But getting into the NYC Marathon? I cannot honestly believe I made it.
This racing season has not been an easy one for me. Lots of sickness and an injury and all around self doubt. I’ve been bored on my long runs with no motivation to stick it out or work harder. I’ve been in a major slump that has been growing exponentially with every bad (or missed) race.
But now? I’m so excited and motivated to hit the pavement again! I want to do well in NYC and I’m more than willing to do all the work that it takes to cross the NYCM finish line strong and proud.
It’s such a great feeling to regain that love of running. To have a goal that I’m excited and have that fire in my butt again. I don’t want to lose focus this marathon training cycle so I’m going to do whatever it takes to keep this fire burning. There are a lot of places I can go so I’m not running the same old path every long run. I’m making a list now of all the trails in the valley- especially ones with hills since NYCM is a notoriously hilly/hard course. New music/books/podcasts saved special for runs. Sprints and fartlek and interval training runs. And maybe even through in some rewards for hard runs 🙂
There’s so much to do! Not only in regular old marathon training but in vacation planning and logistics of it all. There’s plenty of time to figure everything out but I cannot wait to get out there!!!
I’m running the NYC MARATHON!!!
Holy freaking cow, I’m shaking. All of my life, really, all of my life I’ve wanted to go to New York. I’ve wanted to BE in New York and running the New York City Marathon? I mean it’s iconic. And I’m gonna run it! It’s absolutely insane!!
These past few years, I’ve settled into half marathons. They’re long enough that I feel accomplished and short enough that I can walk the next day. I honestly didn’t think I was going to do a full again. They’re hard. I didn’t have the motivation to run for 4 hours on the weekend. To push myself to that breaking point. To train that hard & give up that much. Nah, I’ll stick to half marathons thankyouverymuch.
BUT then I got the bug. When I saw that registration (or the lottery) was open for this years NYC marathon, I started to get excited for it. I talked to a friend that ran it in 2014 and she said it was her fav race and totally worth it. So I put in half hoping to get selected, half hoping I wouldn’t!
I started to get excited to run again. That excited feeling I got back in 2011 when I was training for my first marathon. The kind of excited that makes getting up literally in the middle of the night and running for hours all worth it. The kind of excited that will push me 26.2 freaking miles.
It’s gonna be hard. The course is not easy. It’ll be crowded. It’ll be expensive but damn it, I am so so so excited!!!