10k for Autism

After a failed attempt at this yesterday (I only made it 3.3 miles before having to charge back home. I’ll spare the details…), I managed to complete the 10k for Autism (virtual race) today. I opted for the treadmill so that I’d be closer to the bathroom, if needed ;) But all went well, and I had a pretty good run! I did mostly 2:30/:30 intervals, and was able to really kick it into high gear the last mile and a half. I finished in 1:02:50 for an overall pace of just over 10-minute miles.

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WHO wants to run for autism? Virtual 10k race. 1:02:50 NBZ2(3).

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I’ll most likely take a rest day tomorrow, and figure out what’s next from here. Stay tuned!

13.1, 5, 10k, 10k, 10 miles, and 10k

Whoops, I seemed to have missed the last couple of weekend’s long runs. Here’s a brief recap:

1/23/16 – I did the Run Free virtual half-marathon in the PureConnect 4s.

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1/24 was a 5-mile recovery run, in the Kinvara 5.

1/25 – 1/29/16 I did another virtual challenge – 5 5ks in 5 days.

1/30/16 – 10k in Kinvara 5

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1/31/16 – 10k in Newton Distance IV

2/6/16 – 10 miles in PureFlow 1

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2/7/16 – 10k in Newton Fate

I haven’t had any foot or shoe issues lately!

And in other news, I’ve been selected as an Ambassador Captain for SkirtSports! I’ll be doing a separate post on that soon (with a nice little discount code), so stay tuned :)

8 Miles – NB Vazee Pace

Well again, I didn’t make it 12 miles BUT my blistered toe was fine with just a band-aid over it. The only problem I had today was that I pooped out too early. This happens when I don’t slow down enough for my longer runs.  8 miles isn’t really a “long” run for me, but because I slacked off in November and December I almost feel like I’m starting over again.

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I tested intervals again today. I alternated miles doing 2:00/:30 and 1:00/:30. The first few miles ended up being an overall 9:40 per mile pace, so I played around with speeds for a while and got down to a 10:20 pace, but that was still too fast and after 6 miles I was already wiped out. My half marathon “race pace” is between 9:40 – 10 minute miles, so I should have been averaging around an 11:30 minute mile pace. Ah well, the virtual half is next weekend and after that I can concentrate more on the long, slow runs.

Today I wore my (2nd pair of) New Balance Vazee Pace. I think I’ve only worn these once so far because they gave me a little bit of arch pain. Today they were great, and have currently moved into the #2 spot of my current rotation (#1 is the Newton Distance IV). I wore a thicker pair of Injini (trail) socks and, as I mentioned above, had no problems with rubbing or messing with that blood blister.

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The rest of my “wardrobe” was another Skirtsports skirt, a Fabletics sports bra (I can’t link to it because they don’t have it anymore), and a tank that I ended up peeling off about halfway through.

On today’s menu is leftover Broccoli and Brown Rice casserole (I haven’t eaten anything yet other than a Gu) and then later some pineapple overnight oats with walnuts and (non-dairy) chocolate chips.

Today’s weight: 117.2

7 Miles – Newton Gravity III

As my shoe obsession (and therefore collection) has grown out of control, I’ve decided that I need to start documenting how my shoe (and other wardrobe) choices for each run go. Especially since I’m now training for a 50-mile race and will be adding more longer runs to my schedule.  I can wear just about anything for my shorter weekday runs, but it seems that when I have issues, they usually start at/around 10k.

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Ahem, please ignore the slippers on top ;) 

Today was supposed to be a 12-mile long run, but I knew by 10k (6.2 miles) I wasn’t going to make it. The run itself was good. I was testing out run/walk intervals on the treadmill. I alternated each mile doing 2:30/:30 and 1:30/:30. Doing 2:30/:30 my overall mile pace was around 9:30, and with 1:30/:30 it was 10:30. Tomorrow I’m going to try 1:00/:30 and 2:00/:30.

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I wore my new Newton Gravity III with Injini socks. Not sure if it was the socks (not thick enough maybe?) or the shoes, but the outside of my left foot big toe started hurting around 5 miles. I should have stopped and changed shoes then, but I didn’t. At the 10k point, I changed into Brooks Launch 2, but it was too late. I barely made it to 7 miles. Here’s why:

Ugh. Blood blister. When I stopped running it was immediately better. I did a .75-mile cool down walk with no issues, and then changed into my old trusty PF2s (Brooks PureFlow 2) and took Lucy for a 1.3 mile walk, again with no issues.  Oh, and speaking of issues, I had NO tummy issues today!! :)

As for the rest of my “wardrobe” all was good. I wore the Skirtsports Lioness skirt, VS Knockout sports bra (highly recommend!!!), and a basic tank top.

Today’s food log:

  • (Pre-run:) 3 cups coffee and a Flintstones multi vitamin
  • (Post-run:) Broccoli and Brown Rice casserole
  • Mashed potatoes and garlic spinach, Red Hot Blues, and Tahini-lime sauce.
  • 40oz water

Weight: 117.8

Sloppy Cuckoo 12-hour Challenge – I’m an #UltraMarathoner!

You guys!! I ran over 35 miles yesterday!!

I hauled a$$ through that finish chute!

I hauled a$$ through that finish chute!

My time wasn’t what I wanted, but OMG! That was the hardest, most challenging, awesomely awful thing EVER! Those trails were no joke!!

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I had to climb over fallen trees and huge stumps, run through mud and a creek, climb up and down unimaginable steep hills, and try not to kill myself on the wet rocks and gravel.

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I did wipeout several times, but I kept going!

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I completed 2 of the 3 goals I had set for myself:

  1. Complete at least 4 of the 6.55 mile loops. Check! However, the loops weren’t 6.55 miles – they were 7 miles!
  2. Complete (at least) 50k. Check!!
  3. Run the entire 12 hours. Nope. On my last wipeout I’m pretty sure I broke a toe. If not for that I know I could have done (at least) 1 more loop.

I got some awesome swag!

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I won a German Weatherhouse for completing 50k plus!

I can’t wait to do it again!! Lol! So my upcoming goals are to get some actual trail shoes, and to work on my coordination. Clumsy people on trail runs = lots of injuries!

Oh, and the fuel stops!! Seriously, the best ever! They had peanut butter sandwiches, Oreos, Fig Newtons, and so much yummy goodness!!

Oreos?! Yes please!! #getinmybelly

Oreos?! Yes please!! #getinmybelly

And the best part of the whole thing? I never once experienced any social anxiety! It was such a small field of runners (less than 500 I think) that I never felt smothered by gobs of people. I never felt overwhelmed. After the first 2 loops it felt like I had almost the whole trail to myself. It was awesome!!

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And I can’t wait to do it again!

Here's the outfit I wore, except I ended up swapping the shorts for one of my #skirtsports. I wore #Injini socks under a pair of Experias, and my New Balance Vazee Pace shoes.

Here’s the outfit I wore, except I ended up swapping the shorts for one of my #skirtsports. I wore #Injini socks under a pair of Experias, and my New Balance Vazee Pace shoes.

Holy crap, I’m an ultramarathoner!