Thursday, May 28, 2009

May 28 Pacers - Bagel Run

Time: 47:50 Minutes
Distance: 5.88
Weather: It was dry but very humid, 93% humidity
Temp: 64
Time: 5:30 AM
Terrain: Typical Thursday route, relatively flat, and a killer hill at the end. All pavement!

Comments: I went at a pretty comfortable pace, but as the training continues that pace continues to get faster, which is always great. After my run was over my legs felt a little sluggish and I developed a nice blister on a toe on my left foot, boo!

I also was told by someone much more experienced then me that I need to look into pro-nated shoes, so it's time to switch shoes up again next time around.

Days until MCM: 150 days

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

May 26th Pacers - Greenberry Run

Time: 43 minutes,
Distance: 5.3
Weather: Pouring rain!
Temp: 69
Time: 5:00 AM
Terrain: Hill at the end stunk, and flooding everywhere we ran

Comments: I went at a pretty quick pace I felt, but I started to slow as my feet became more and more soaked. By the end of the run I felt like I was running on sponges!

Days until MCM: 152 days

Saturday, May 23, 2009

May 23rd - Long Run

Time: 1:03
Distance: 7 miles
Weather: Cold!
Temp: 76
Time: 7:30 PM
Terrain: The route was pretty flat, a bit of a downhill early and straight up hill at the end...other than that though pretty flat and paved the whole way
Route: To be mapped

Comments: We went at a pretty quick pace early on but when we hit Georgetown we hit massive tourists and got a little tired with the weaving and the heat from all the cars...we relaxed a bit going over the Key Bridge and then tried to pick it back up heading up the hills of Lee Highway but were still pretty tired. When it was over, we did 9 minute mile average and felt great about it!

Days until MCM: 155 days

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

May 19th Pacers - Greenbery Run

Time: 43 minutes,
Distance: 5.3
Weather: Cold!
Temp: 45
Time: 5:00 AM
Terrain: The route is pretty flat, except that stupid hill!

Comments: Today we went on a pretty quick pace, and near the end I was feeling a bit tired. I was able to push hard and really work myself this morning. After the run I had a great protein shake and a 15 minute nap after my shower...that was amazing! No shin pain or any other I'm back to feeling great!

Days until MCM: 159 days

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

May 12th Pacers - Greenberry Run

Time: 42 minutes, give or take
Distance: 5.3Weather: Dry...but VERY cold
Temp: 50
Time: 5:00 AM
Terrain: Relatively flat, except the hill at the end, which is slowly becoming a cake walk!

Comments: I started pretty quick and felt like I kept up the pace the whole way through. As we got to the hill at the end I still was full of energy and finished pretty strong. I am getting really good at the short distance runs and am slowly adding some speed onto it, hopefully it translates over to the long runs!

Days until MCM: 166 days

Monday, May 11, 2009

May 9th Pacers - Long Run

Here's saturdays run, just a few days late!

Time: about 90 minutes
Distance: 5.88Weather: Humid!
Temp: 74
Time: 8:00 AM
Terrain: Relatively flat, except half way through going up and down Capitol Hill
Comments: I started out WAY TO FAST, apparently we were going at about a 7:55 pace for the first 3-4 miles, which I REALLY regretted at the end of the 10 miles. I had to walk a couple times, once at aboug 7.5 and once at 9.5ish...oh well, I will get used to the heat and learn how to pace myself better as the training moves on.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

May 7th Pacers - Bagel Run

Time: 48 Minutes
Distance: 5.88
Weather: Rain stopped shortly before the run, it was amazing!
Temp: 60
Time: 5:30 AM
Terrain: Typical thursday route, relatively flat, and a killer hill at the end. All pavement!

Comments: So I have run now for 3 days in a row, and boy my legs are tired! I went at a quicker pace then I'm used to, but it felt great to go that quick and just cruise, but at the end the hill seemed that much worse! When I am going at a slightly slower pace the hill beats you up but I really feel like I am conquering the hill because I am almost done and I still have energy, whereas today...I was counting the steps until I reached the top of the hill and the end of that run! So tomorrow I get an extra 2 hours of sleep and wake up at 6 rather than 4...CAN'T WAIT!
Days until MCM: 171 days

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

May 6th Short Run

Time: 25 Minutes
Distance: 2.8
Weather: No rain...paths were wet but it was dry!
Temp: 56
Time: 5:00 AM
Terrain: The first half is pretty much down hill and the second half is pretty much all downhill...not a flat spot at all!

Comments: I wanted to start picking up my weekly mileage and going to 3 weekdays and a weekend run, and today I finally got out of bed to get it done! I did a short run just to help me build it up gradually, I think the goal is to make this about a 5-6 mile run where I am going as slow as I can, just to help me get out one more day a week but not to injure myself. Today I was going out trying to go as slow as I could...and I ran about a 8:50 - 9 minute mile...I'm bad at the whole "go slow" deal but maybe I'll get better at it and can teach myself to go at 9 1/2-10 minute miles (but I doubt it).

Days until MCM: 172 days

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

May 5th Pacers - Greenberry Run

Time: 42:32
Distance: 5.3
Weather: Rain clouds were looming, but not a drop fell!
Temp: 53
Time: 5:00 AM
Terrain: Relatively flat until the end, all pavement as usual

Comments: We ran at what I thought was a pretty quick pace, and in the end it was moderately quick, about 8 minute miles. I don't think I could maintain this pace for a whole marathon, not yet at least but maybe soon. After the run I went right to my chocolate soy and strawberry protein shake and iced my left knee out of precaution for 15-20 minutes. My knees haven't been hurting at all during or after the run, but I'm trying to be cautious and make sure they don't hurt!

Days until MCM: 173 days

Monday, May 4, 2009

Spring Marathons

So now that I'm picking up training for the Marine Corps Marathon, I'm definitely feeling 'out of shape'...yes I know it's stupid that someone running 10 miles and still having plenty of energy can't possibly be out of shape...but I was at a much different fitness level after last years MCM, and I wish I was going into this training, at that level. Therefore I have made a decision that I must run a marathon this spring, but I'm struggling between which two to run. I think I already know which one but if anyone wants to give me some insight, feel free to e-mail me or comment.

Washington, DC
March 20, 2010

This is one that I almost ran last year, it offers a half option as well but I think I would definitely do it as a full, just to force myself to stay in peak shape over the winter. I first heard about it last year but decided against running it, because running in a marathon a month after my wedding would have meant I did not train seriously at all and what's the point of shelling out for a race that your not trained for.

- Located in DC which = no hotel or travel costs
- The hills in the early part of the race will help me learn how to run a smart race
- A small field will allow me to run a race without being surrounded start to finish
- I'll have some friends running the half that might be able to help pace me


- It's a hilly course early on so the chance of a PR is slim to none
- The course is a little further north then the VA Beach marathon, so it's just that much colder!
- It's not the most scenic course in the world (but you do get to run the mall)

All in all I think this is the race I'm going to do if I really do sign up for a spring marathon, but here's the other race.

Virginia Beach, VA
March 21, 2009

I thought about running this one as well last year. I heard about this race (as well as the national) at the MCM Expo and it seems appealing, if I don't do this one this year...I will definitely make sure it makes it onto my calendar in the future. Here's the pro's and con's

- Weather should be a little bit warmer then Washington, DC
- You get to run by the beach!
- It excites me if for no other reason it's in honor of St. Patricks birthday!
- It is apparently a very flat course so it is definitely a BQ course if I train well (hence why I may do it in 2 years not this year)

- I have to travel which creates extra costs - food, hotel, travel
- No one else I know is running it so I would definitely run the whole thing alone
- The beach, though scenic could create a killer head wind

So I don't know which to do, National is also less expensive if I register early (July 4-12)!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

May 2nd - Pacers Saturday Fun Fun

Time: About 85-90 minutes
Distance: 10.1
Weather: A little humid, but I'm getting used to it
Temp: 61
Time: 8:00 AM
Terrain: Felt relatively flat, but their was a little bit of a hill according to the elevation chart. The best part was that most of it was on gravel so my legs were very appreciative.

Comments: I got to run mostly on gravel today which made the run very nice on the legs and I felt no pain. After the run I had a great protein shake with frozen strawberries, a banana, and chocolate soy milk...yumm

Days until MCM: 176 days