Yesterday I ran my 10th half marathon! This was the 2014 Virtual Race for the Animals, put on by #vegrunchat. All proceeds are being donated to SASHA Farm– a farm animal sanctuary that offers a safe haven to animals in need of affection, social interaction, food, shelter, and lots of love! While I actually won my entry, I’ll still be making a donation to SASHA Farm :)
My friend Tammy also ran the half marathon and for the 3rd race in a row, she set a new PR! Go Tammy!!
I was about 5 minutes short of a PR, finishing at 2:12:02. I had a sub-30 5k and sub-60 10k, so I was hoping to finish at right around 2 hours. But at about 9 miles I started to struggle. My stomach started to cramp, and whenever I tried speeding up it got worse. I made it to almost 12 miles before I knew I was gonna have to use the bathroom in order to finish. So after, ahem… “taking care of business” I figured I’d breeze right through that last mile. Wrong. It was all I could do to get going again. I ended up doing 1:1 intervals that last mile and at that point I didn’t care how long it took – I would crawl to make it the full 13.1 miles! Overall though, I did pretty well, averaging a 10:05 mm.
2014 Virtual Race for the Animals
So, what to do now? I have decided that I’m NOT ready for the full marathon yet. And honestly, I don’t know if I ever will be. That doesn’t mean that I’ll stop training/trying. I’m just being realistic with myself. Maybe if I had someone to physically run with. It’s great to have virtual running buddies, but I think I need the actual physical interaction to get me through double the distance. Does that make sense? Maybe it’s just my sore feet talking ;)
I think my next set of goals will remain focused on the half marathon. And so, in no particular order:
Sub 2-hour finish. To work on this, I will be going back to the beginning with the Couch to 5k program, focusing on pace/speed.
Become a Half Fanatic. The “easiest” way is to start with Neptune, which is completing 2 halfs in a 16-day time frame, or 3 halfs in 90 days.
Run more races. Virtually or Physically, the best way to get myself motivated is by training for a race!
When I pulled out my calendar this morning I have to admit that I freaked out a little bit, and my first thought was that there’s no way I’ll be ready to run this marathon since it’s in ONLY 11 WEEKS! Eek! Then I took a deep breath and decided that I CAN do this! I went to Smart Coach at Runner’s World and plugged in the dates, modified my finish time “goal” to at/under 5 hours (I originally was going to shoot for 4 hours, but let’s just be for real about this, right?!) – my only REAL goal at this point is just to finish, and in one piece! It has most of my easy and long runs at right around a 12-minute mile with tempo runs and speed-work between 9:30 and 10-minute miles. This is totally doable! I usually do my easy/long runs around 10:30 minute miles, and my speed-work/tempo at 9 minute miles. So really, the hardest part is going to be slowing down! Here’s a glance at how it looks:
If all goes well through the month of September I’m going to officially register on October 1st! This brings me to September goals.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! 50 – 60 ounces of water daily.
Nutrition: I already eat 99% vegan/plant-based/healthy, so I’m just going to focus on eliminating that last 1% (dairy), especially since I think that’s the main culprit of my tummy issues.
Quit smoking. I don’t think I’ve ever ‘fessed up about this here, but I do smoke. About half a pack per day. Luckily it hasn’t affected my running, but this needs to stop.
I think that’s about it. I was going to post a short review on Runmeter, but I think I need a few more runs with it to figure out all the “bells and whistles.” The most amazing thing about it though – I absolutely LOVE that it automatically syncs to my icloud calendar!
Hey look! It’s the worst blogger in the whole world! ;)
First off, Happy National Running Day!
I had a good month! I’ve been back under 120 consistently since May 18th, and I ran/walked every day for a total of well over 100 miles! Yippee! I’ve also began marathon training (again) and am seriously considering the Bucks County Marathon in November. They have a field limit of 500 runners, so my crowd-anxiety shouldn’t cause me to bail out at the last minute like I did with the Philly Marathon last year. I’m still torn between 2 or 3 training programs because 1) I don’t think a 20-mile long run is far enough, and 2) I don’t have enough time for an 8 or 9 mile run during the week. So I’m strongly leaning towards the Jeff Galloway plan, but adding in more runs during the week (speed-work, hills, etc..).
I started this last week and here’s what I did:
Monday (5/26): 3.38 miles easy doing 2:1 intervals and 4 mile walk w/Lucy
Tuesday (5/27): 3.38 miles easy pace run
Wednesday (5/28): Cross training- 20 minutes Arc Trainer + 1 mile speed walk, and 1 mile walk w/Lucy
Thursday (5/29): 3.3 miles steady pace run and 1 mile walk w/Lucy
Friday (5/30): 1 mile slow run, 1 mile uphill walk and 1 mile walk w/Lucy
Saturday (5/31): Rest Day but did walk 4.5 miles w/Lucy
Sunday (6/1): 6.34 mile long slow run and 3 miles w/Lucy
So my goals for June are to stay under 120, really try to blog more (really!), run at least 100 miles, run a half marathon on my birthday (June 22nd), and keep a more consistent food/fitness diary.
What do you use to track your food/fitness? I’m always on the lookout for something new!
So I didn’t quite make 100 miles, but I did come close (93.11 miles)! I ran at least 4 days/week. And I did dip back under 120 but unfortunately it didn’t last. I did end up with a .4 pound loss though! ;)
All in all, it was a good month. I tracked my food more than I had been, but still not daily, and not “every” single bite. So that’s my number 1 goal for May. I’m going back to logging everything at SparkPeople and at Weight Watchers. That’s what got me to goal weight in the first place, so that’s what I always revert back to. I’m also concentrating more on my food choices. I’ve eliminated the little bit of dairy I had been consuming, and the only thing keeping me from being 100% vegan is my coffee creamer. It is non-dairy, but contains casein. I’ve tried all the options, but nothing compares to my beloved Cafe Mocha. I will continue to work on that. Progress, not perfection!
I also want to add in some longer runs. At least a 10-miler, and hopefully a half marathon. I’m thinking about signing up for the Bucks County Marathon on November 16th. It’s a smaller race that won’t have thousands of people, and it runs alongside the Delaware canal. My only issue is my tummy. I never know when my IBS is going to flare up, and that terrifies me! Sometimes I can’t even make it more than a mile around my neighborhood before “that feeling” overwhelms me :( Anyways, I’m going to decide by the 16th of this month, as that will give me 6 months to train. There’s also a half marathon there the day before, so that’s an option too.
And now I’m heading back out with Lucy for another walk. It’s a beautiful day, and I can get more mileage in for the #MayMiles challenge at SparkPeople :)