Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Alexandria half T-2

M: off
T: off
W: 4.2 outside in the 90 degree weather. Felt ok, just slow during the run but very ick afterward from the heat.
T: 5 on the treadmill.
F: 4.5 on the treadmill, 4 at 7.6
Sa: off
Su: 5 on treadmill

Summary: I felt pretty good after the marathon. I had mild aches but nothing debilitating. I took 2 days off just in case. My first run back was outside on our first 90 degree day. It was a slog but I didn't know if that was due to the weather or tired legs. Probably both. Other runs this week felt pretty normal. 19 this week.

My goals for the half... yeah. I have lots of goals. Obviously I'm super pleased with my recent 5K time but with it comes a lot of pressure. According to my trusty running calculator, that 5K time correlates with a 3:25 marathon (?!?!) and a 1:37 half. That's craziness to me. My life goal is to BQ (duh). A 3:30 marathon corresponds to a 1:40ish half. So that's my goal, I suppose, 1:40 or less? Of course, this time of year, the weather could really screw that up. Hoping next weekend is cool and pleasant.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

2017 Delaware Marathon (+ 5K! and Kid's Fun Run!)

I ran the Twilight 5K the night before the marathon because.... I don't know. It sounded like a good idea. But first, D ran his first race. Excuse me while I cry about how big this kid has gotten.

He was not super excited about the race. It was rainy and cold and overwhelming. I sort of thought I'd end up carrying him the whole way but once the other kids started running he took off! It was so fun to watch him run and hear the cheers. He seemed to love it. We've watched the video of him running many times and he seems to think it's super cool.

The 5K was just after D's race. It was still drizzling and chilly. I was worried about slipping on the boardwalk. I thought the race was on the small side but the results say there were 455 finishers! I started near the front and immediately tried to tag along with 2 tall guys that seemed to be comfortably running just under 7 minute miles. There were  a few women in front of me, but I wasn't sure how many.  The course was a flat out and back along the river. We started on the slippery boardwalk and then went into a lonely, kind of weird industrial area. I hung with the tall guys for the first mile, 6:42. I knew that was fast but I didn't feel like dying yet, so I hoped to hold on. There was a young girl (11 years old!!) not far in front of me, plus 2 other women. I made it my goal to hang with the young girl and hopefully pass her. I hoped she didn't know how to pace herself and she'd fade. Nope! She was amazing! Second mile I hung on at 6:54, 3rd mile started to fade but still pulled out 6:53. 6:13 pace for the nubbin (my watch said it was a little short but maybe screwed up by tunnels and hairpin turn). 20:55 finish. Holy cow. That's a PR by about 27 seconds! First time under 21 minutes. It's nuts. I was spent at the end but exhilarated.

Then we had dinner and the worst night of sleep. Ever. D was up from about 2am on, and we finally gave in and woke for the day a little after 5. Not a great way to start the day.

The marathon started wicked early at 7am. I met Tiffany and we walked about a mile to the race. It was cool and overcast but the forecast called for sun and mid-60's by the time we finished. I wore short sleeves and shorts and was pretty chilly at the start.

The race is 2 loops of the half marathon course. There was also a relay that somehow overlapped part of the marathon course. It was all very confusing. There were about 800ish half marathon, 330 marathon, and 92 relay finishers. This meant that the first loop of the course was busy and the second loop was incredibly lonely. Our first loop was great, we were both in good spirits and chugged along nicely. Second loop was less inspiring. Tiffany did great but we both felt that long run discomfort. The aid station volunteers were awesome and supportive and we stopped and chatted and ate and drank. She powered through the end and I'm so proud of​ her.

We finished with enough time for a shower back at the hotel! I did not love this race. The small size meant there were times we were completely by ourselves and signage was lacking. There were huge sections with no crowd support. It was nearly flat and the weather was perfect but I can't get past how isolated it was. I'm glad to check Delaware off my list. #5 in the books.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Delaware marathon week 20!

The reckoning!

M: 4.1 on treadmill
T: 5 including 4 @ 7.6
W: off
T: 4 on treadmill
F: off
Sa: evening 5K before the marathon.
Su: Marathon!

Summary: 42!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Delaware marathon week 19

Almost done!!!!

M: 5.1 outside (I think? I can't remember..)
T: 5.1 on treadmill
W: 5.1 on treadmill, 4 mi @ 7.6 (half marathon goal pace)
T: off, did a little strength stuff
F: 5 on treadmill
Sa: off
Su: 9.3 outside. Felt good, very spring-y which is a sign that taper is working!

Summary: 34.7 which is ehhhhh not so taper-y but still felt like a break. Since this isn't a "goal" marathon for me, and I don't need to be ready to race all out, I'm not as worried about tapering. I'm giving my body a break, yes, but I also don't want to be taking a ton of time off just before my goal race, which is the half in 2.5 weeks. That half is my "am I ready for a BQ attempt in the fall" race, so I'm trying to keep some level of intensity until that race. It's tough because a marathon is still a big deal and I know it'll be hard on my body, then I need to turn around and really put it out there 2 weeks after.

Here's a kid picture. Not enough of that around here lately.