Tuesday, April 28, 2009

3rd at Country Music (half) Marathon


Thursday:AM: 50min run
Friday:AM:40min jog, drive to Nashville for the CMMarathon
Saturday:AM: 2.5mile w/u, 13.1 mile race 1:26.01 (ouch!) for 3rd, 30min walk/jog c/d
Sunday:AM: 30min easy
Monday:AM: 35min easy
Tuesday:AM: 60min relaxed (8)

{sound of a bomb dropping}...
Well sooo country music did not go over as well as I would have liked. Before the race they kept us in corrals for like 20 minutes while the tempature progressively got hotter and the people beside me progressively got stinkier. The race was hot, miserable, and I was dead by 3 miles. I went out to hard and decided to slow down..and then I just stayed slow.

The high light of my race was when a women in 4th place caught up with me with a mile to go, and I ended up beating her by over 40 seconds...must have been a monster of a kick.

SO what did we learn...we learnt to never try to run half marathons after march in the south. We also learnt that 3 halves ina month and a half is to much, we learnt that 3 months of race prep for the half is probably not enough. we learnt that we should probably take it easy for a week or so.

I know I haver really not been running alot, and I am planning on changing that in the near future. Its just that everytime I take my miledge up, my legs get very fatigued.

On another note, some one asked me about a possible cool prize (seeing as the full pays 10K for the winner, and another 10K for the winner of the mens/womens time competition) this is what I wrote on his facebook wall:

"Well elite racing called my phone whne I was already on my way back to starkville and convinced me to go back. they fed us a nice meal and i got to mingle with the other elites...and had my picture with the biggest loser contestants! umm but yeah not really much of an award really. They were very good to me but I hate to say that I will not run this race next year.I know that the times were not terribly fast in the half, but over all it was a very good race. If you look at the results there were women and men from all over coming out to run the half. For a full marathon that pays 10K for the winner (+another 10k for the male winner), I felt like the least they could do was give us a pair of shoes or a useful piece of running apparel from their big new balance sponsor. they had all these huge sponsors set up for the expo that they could have scored something cool from.I should have stayed and ran the double decker in oxford and saved my self 8 hours of traveling....the awards for the half were a joke.."

hope everyone had a great week...saturday I will be walking for my masters..tuesday I start my new job!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sleepy

Wednesday: AM:3miles relaxed
PM:17min w/u 12min c/d, 10min, 6min, 4min, 2min at half marathon pace
I think I was about 6:10-6:15 at the mile in the 10min segment and felt pretty good, the 6min segment was to fast, in the high 5:50's..4min was fine...2min I ran on the track instead, a 600 in 1:58. then I was spent actually.

Been sleeping alot lately. must be the weather, its getting pretty hot here...mississippi in the summer is miserable....but some reason i cant leave this place.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

4 days out from Nashville

Monday: AM: 10miles in 1:10:07, w/ 4 miles at relaxed tempo in the middle (6:49, 6:41, 6:40, 6:24) went out very relaxed for the first few miles, then tried to pick up the pace after 6.
Tuesday: AM: 5omin easy run

really taking it easy this week. I am in my last 2 weeks as a student EVER as I will be graduating with my masters on May 2nd. Even though I have been finished with the MBA for a semester, I am still completing the classes for my minors in marketing and sports administration.

only 4 days away from Nashville. Getting pretty excited...starting to feel pretty good with this taperish week.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Tempo

Friday: AM:50min run PM:30min run
Saturday: AM: 16min w/u, 20min c/d
6mile tempo (broken into 2X3miles w/2min recovery)
18:12, 17:27 total of 35:39 for 6 miles

felt a little sluggish for the first 3, felt much better on the second 3, but my hip was pretty tight at 4 miles. just tried to do what ever i could to keep it from locking up. Over all, it was an enjoyable workout. Simone and I ran together, it was a good change from running solo.

Sunday: pm:50min(like a snail)-guess I am trying to taper a little bit for Nashville on saturday. I dont know whats wrong with me, but I want to sleep all the time...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bulldog Miles

Am: 2mile shakeout (because I was working out before noon)
Mid-AM: 2mile w/u 1mile c/d (ran out of time for more miles)
Bulldog miles 5k pace workout (on road-mugshots+sanderson)
4X300m w/100m jog
2x800m 90sec-2min rest
1x1609m 3min rest
2x800m w/ 90sec-2min rest
4x300m w/100m jog

60,62,60,60, 2:41, 2:41, 5:21, 2:37, 2:39, 59, 58, 58, 58

decent workout for me. The last two 800's we usually run on mugshots but there was crazy traffic and I was getting freaked out, so we went straight out on the sanderson loop. I was really nto looking forward to that, because last time I ran a workout on the sanderson loop I could not even run 6min pace (its really hilly). But, its a good workout to do to get ready for Nashville.
This workout was 20seconds faster than the last time I did it. It could have been about 25 seconds faster, if I would have run the mile alot smarter, and the last two 800's on mugshots...but I will take 20 seconds.

Nice warm day for a workout.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Mid week...not much

Monday: AM: 15miles, with the middle 11 at a nice pace.
7:33,6:46, 6:53, 6:55, 7:09, 6:46, 6:58,6:52, 6:41, 6:59, 7:10, 7:04(exited on to the track to drop simone off), the last three miles were slow and relaxed at 7:30.
Tuesday: AM: 38min easy (? forgot to start watch) PM:20min easy
Wednesday: PM: 9.5 miles in 71min (5 with Houston in 36min, 4.5 with the womens team)

Its been a busy week. I have accepted a new job that starts May 5th, and I have alot going on this week. Tryoing to reduce my miledge a little bit for Nashville next weekend.

Not much time to write...Bones is on.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter

Friday:AM:50min run (skipped the afternoon run)
Saturday: AM:2mile w/u 8 mile tempo on campus loop in 49:10 3mile c/d
Sunday:am:55min and stretch

Yesterdays workout was good through 6, but my hip cramped really bad on 7 and 8 and i lost cordination again and could barely get my leg to work. i was angry, but I felt like it was starting to loosen up again, and may have been alot looser on mile 9. maybe not though. I felt really good through six, so without the cramp i knew i could maintain. I have not been doing my exercises so its partly my fault. 6:01, 6:07, 6:03, 6:05, 6:11, 6:07, 6:13, 6:20

i was really suppose to do this workout at 6:15, which would be goal half marathon pace but that felt to slow. maybe if i would have stayed at 6:15 i would not have cramped up? hmm.
(the picture is SEC conference meet junior year, thats me in the Mstate with #1 as my hip number)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Big decisions ahead...

AM:2-3mile warm up, 4x1 mile at 5-10k pace w/4min rest, 2 mile cooldown
on the mugshots loop from the middle-yeah Houstons trying to make it harder on me (goal was sub 5:30 on the fast miles, sub 5:35 on the slow miles)
5:35, 5:15, 5:34, 5:28

I was a little disappointed after this workout...I had traffic on the first one so I had to slow down throught the lights. I also want the run better on the 3rd one..even though it is almost completely up hill.

I have had a really rouhg week. I cant eat sleep or stop shaking. I have had 4 job interviews this week, and three offers. I am a little relieved that I do not have to go to any more interviews, as I have had 15 this semester.
I really have to sit down and decide what I want to do. I know where I want to be and what job I want, but I need to really look at the long term plan.
I know whats going to make me happy. Now I just have to call 10 otehr people and tell them I am not interested. Not looking forward to it but all in all thats a pretty good problem to have.

I think the game plan for this weekend is to get a long tempo run on saturday, and then another solid long run on monday. I really need to do something about my appetite because I felt my legs start to cramp this morning. I need to eat more. I am thinking of an appetite stimulant. Any ideas?
Wine might help, but I would probably be asleep before it took any effect. I am not much of a wine drinker to tell you the truth.

Its after five and I am off for the weekend! Bye y'all.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Busy Week

Monday: AM: 26min PM:36min
Tuesday: Am:30min (4) PM: 58min (8)

today was suppose to be mile repeats, but I had to drive to jackson today and did not get back till later, so I am pushing that till tomorrow.

Cant wait till tomorrow afternoon. Im tired already.

In other news, I talked to some out at the Country Music Marathon in Nashville on the 25th...so now I AM RUNNING COUNTRY MUSIC!

Really overly excited. guess we are scrapping the 10k stuff.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Never OVERestimated your competition

Saturday: AM:2mile w/u 2mile c/d 5k in 17:35~17:45 (had to estimate with mapmyrun.com and my GPS, because I was lead almost 1 mile off course..and I still won..interesting.)
PM:26min jog
Sunday: 50min run, + M.E's workout (she had a 1200m timetrial, a hard 400, and some 150's)
Monday: AM:16.0 miles in 1:52.10 (not sure about the seconds)

So Saturday was an experience...I decided not to drive to New Orleans to race....(only to look at the results to find the race was won in 18:24 which is 24 seconds slower than I ran there last year and about 50 seconds slower than I probably would have run this year (kiss $1000 good bye))...but I had a short tempo on schedule, and decided to jump in a local road race. I ended up leading from the gun, not a single male around to help the pace. The police car lead me for about 16min, when it just left. I had no idea I was only 400m from the finish...but I was lead the wrong way. Yeah, not like a few hundred meters or anything...a freakin mile!
1 mile they sent me off course. When I finially crossed the finish line, two males had just finished... I basically ran a 4 mile tempo, but I doubt the last mile was very fast, as I stopped a few times to ask for directions (that nobody knew). I was really mad when I was finished.All the race director just told me "you still won the womens".

Why is it that these people do not understand? (this is not the first time this is happened to me.) Its not about beating other females, its about beating EVERYONE. All the frat boys and avid sanderson goers...the guys that need a good butt whipping from a female.
....Oh well, I still cleared a 50 dollar gift card. Only 950 less than I would have made if I would have took that trip to New Orleans. Fantastic! (hint of sarcasm there)

So that was saturday. Sunday, I had to workout with Mary ELizabeth. I had a time trial on her schedule, and I was so pumped up all day. Too pumped up, because when she got to the track I could tell she just was not feeling my enthusiasm.
And why would she? she got kicked in the knee playing soccer the day before. I lead her threw 3 SOLID laps at 6:00 pace, I was so excited. She, on the other hand, got freaked out and started crying, telling me her knee hurts. I made her stop, a lap short of the mile. She just sat on the ground a cried. Probably out of embarrasment and disappointment.

Good thing Houston was there and helped me calm her down. I made her finish the mile, but I did not want her to be upset. She did what I told her to do, run 6min pace for as long as she could. ANd as long as she could that day was 1200m. This year, this child has learned so much. Everytime she leaves the track I feel like I have pumped her so full of information that her head might just pop off. This is the hardest year of running, the first year. But I know she likes it, and I know she wants to win, she just does not know the difference between running "hurt" and physical "pain". And like I told her, that is the hardest thing to "learn" and somepeople never do.
So that was sunday, monday was a long run in the AM. I shot out of bed at 4:30, only to find it nasty cold, and windy...extremely windy. I ended up averaging pretty well ,minus the first and last mile that were barely under 8 min pace. Many of the miles on the farm were very unpleasant...to say the least...because I had wind right in the face. The last 4 miles, were brutal. My face hurts from expression of agony that I held for 8min short of two hours.

thats it. I think. no clever closing. just...it.

Friday, April 3, 2009

2 Halfs, 2 weeks, 2 2nd place finishes, No New Orleans this weekend..

AM:9miles in 65min w/ 4X20sec strides during last mile
PM:20min jog (why, because I was bored...)

Finally, here are the results from knoxville: http://www.milliseconds.com/participants/final_list/division/75739
So I didnt really want to drive the 5 hours to New Orleans this weekend. I am not to tired from Germantown and Knoxville, but those were both fabulous performances for me and I just dont want to end up hurt in a month...like the last two years. I think this year I want to make it to Canadian National Cross, everything I do must be about that race. I want to finish on a good note before I get pregnant...or swith to the marathon...because that seems to be the direction I am heading.

I am trying to get into the Nashville country music half marathon on the 25th, I am going to forgo running the mississippi race series and focus on some bigger races and running some fast times.
I may not make as much oney on the roads this year...but Im going to have a real job again in a few weeks, so none of that really matters any more. This is the way I would rather do it. I think.

I just hope that race is won in sub 17 so I am not mad I didnt go.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Half marathon recovery week

Monday: AM:35min elliptical + weights
Tuesday: AM:55min easy
Wednesday: AM:2miles PM:65min easy
Thursday: AM: 30min PM: 2mile w/u, 2-3 mile c/d 6x800m w/2min recovery on mugshots(from the middle)
2:40, 2:45, 2:36, 2:33, 2:42, 2:42 (from the middle, 2, 5, 6 would be up hill)

Todays workout went fairly well, seeing as I am just 4 days recovery from my half marathon. I am a little frustrated about the race because I ran 10 miles solo. There was a pack about 40 secounds a head that I really should have caught by about mile 10, but it would have taken alot.

I just had way to much at the finish. I recovered way to fast.

Today the workout felt pretty relaxed. I was suppose to do between 6 and 8, and decided that today was not the day to empty the tank. Now I need to decide what I am going to do about the weekend, and if I am going to stay or travel to NO for the bridge run I did last year. We will see.

Its past 10 and I have had an extremely busy week. Im out.