Sunday, August 28, 2011

Mama's got wheels.

A good week of training. Still had a few days were I was pretty drained, but all in all I can't complain.
Monday: 80 minutes
Maddy during her only calm moment at Ruby Tuesday's on Sunday!!
Tuesday: 60minutes w/ strides
Wednesday: 3.5 mile w/u, 2 mile c/d, 8X1000m at L. Threshold (3:33.9 avg) w/ 60 sec rest.
Thursday: 80 minutes
Friday: 50 minutes recovery
Saturday: 20.5 miles,  w/ first 7 miles at relaxed, 13 at marathon pace (6:37 avg)
7:50, 7:09, 7:12, 7:01, 7:00 6:53, 7:01
6:46, 6:43, 6:42, 6:33, 6:28, 6:42, 6:39, 6:27, 6:37, 6:34, 6:42, 6:36, 6:34, 6:47
.5 mile jog
Sunday: 2 mile walk/run w/ M.E., + a 60 minute recovery run

Miles for the week: 75-77. I typically don't keep track of miles, but I know that if I want to get down to 2:50 for the marathon, I've got to start averaging closer to 80 miles a week. Because of my responsibilities with Maddy, family, and work, 80 miles is my max. After I get through running everyday, life takes over.

Wednesday I joined the Women's XC team for "1000s" on the fields at the Starkville Sportsplex. Houston told me repeatedly that this workout was L.T. and nothing faster. Feeling very relaxed and going through the first 1000m in 3:18, I told him "there is no way in hell that is 1000m meters". Still, we continued on, running them all around the same or faster. Clocking 3:01 for my last one, it was very clear that the course was short, and Houston did end up going out and remeasuring. It turns out that the course was only 900-915m and all our times had to be converted. All in all, the workout was a walk in the park and I am hoping that I will still be able to jump in with the team later in the season when they start doing their fast stuff. Fingers crossed!

Saturday I was scheduled for another 20 miles, and after realizing Thursday that I was completely out of SaltStick, Houston made a last minute trip to boardtown bikes to get me some endurolytes (thank you, Mr. Amazing). I am not familiar with endurolytes, but I was desperate at this point. Mississippi in August is not the most ideal conditions for a 20 mile run. Fortunately for me, the temperatures were pretty mild compared to what they have been and I did not experience a single cramp. To be honest, after 7 miles at a relaxed 7:00, 6:37 pace started feeling like a jog and I ended up with 13 miles at goal marathon pace (6:37). Again, no complaints here.

Sunday morning I expected to wake up with a throbbing achilles and an aching back, but I felt neither during my 60 minutes at a snail pace. I am hoping to continue riding this fitness train until October 2nd when, thanks to Meagan Nedlo,  me and Mr. Half Marathon (aka my arch nemesis) will meet for the final time in Atlanta this year. Wish me luck. It might get ugly...for Mr. Half Marathon I mean.

On another note, I know that a few of you probably got your new copy of Running Journal yesterday. This issue has been dedicated to Mr. Charles Reagan, and if you open the cover there i a short article about him. Mr. Charles recently passed in a tragic way, and once I saw the article my heart sank. I never knew him personally, but I would remember that bright purple singlet and shorts anywhere. In March of this year I ran the first half of Germantown Half Marathon with Mr. Charles, he was friendly and helped keep me positive through the first half. It seems that Mr.Charles was one of the South's best Grand Master's runners- he was this years Grand Masters Running Journal Grand Prix Champion. He won the 45-49 age group four straight years in a row. The video of his tribute is below. It is beautifully done, I encourage you to watch it.

Reader Reviews- Running Duds We Women Swear By.

After the running skirt review, these fabulous readers gave 
some advice on their favorite running shorts, tights, and skirts. 
Thanks, all. Read on!

Blogger Meg O @watchmegorun said...

 I have three different brands (of running skirts) - champion, nike, and lululemon. My favorite is hands down the lululemon skirt. It fits the best (as you get numbered sizes rather than small, med, or large) and it's the best length for me (it isn't super long as I don't really like that either) 

Blogger Jenn

I wear mostly Brooks and I LOVE it but Lululemon really makes some comfortable shorts. They make a lot of comfortable things if you want to pay $54.

Blogger Ana-Maria RunTriLive

Yes, I am voting for shorts too. And yes, Lululemon speed shorts are awesome - short, nice waste band lower on the hip, wicking material, the most comfortable shorts in the summer! Be careful though, once you get a pair, the $54 price tag becomes worthwhile and pretty soon you find yourself justifying more and more purchases.

Blogger Miss Erosion

 I really like the Nike Pro Girls Boyshorts. I have always wanted to try out the lululemon clothes; but I have a very hard time forking over that much $$$.

Blogger Lize Brittin

Ha! You might have me switcing to a skirt despite my former protests. It is cute. 

Blogger Tina @GottaRunNow

 I like my North Face skirt with three pockets.

OpenID ayedubbscclark

As for shorts, I like the moving comfort spandex shorts. Hardly ever ride (unless they are getting old) I also like the longer spandex shorts, too.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

My Review of A Running Skirt (and a training update)

I had a great week of training with the exception of two bad days. School started back this week so our office was super busy and I was just too tired to run a lot on Tuesday and Friday.

Monday:86 minutes
Tuesday:48 minutes
Wednesday:18 min w/u, 5x1600m in 5:47, 5:12 (fast mugshots mile), 5:36, 5:35, 5:40, 25 min cooldown
Thursday:78 minutes
Friday:50 minutes
Saturday: 4 miles at 7:00, 10 miles at marathon tempo: 6:29, 6:36, 6:36, 6:25, 6:15, 6:28, 6:28, 6:33, 6:19, 6:29, 2 miles cooldown (7:30), 16miles total
Sunday: 60 min run

Saturday's long run was planned to have 10 miles at relaxed tempo in the middle. So when the group took off that morning, I hung back for a couple miles at 7:00 to get my legs warmed up. A whole slew of Starkville High's Mens XCountry Team was in attendance, and I watched with pure joy as they took off flying at the start. I caught back up with their front pack at the second water.
After a very brief gatorade break, I impatiently explained to them that it was getting hot and we needed to get going. I couldn't help but notice the glazing eyes and red faces... I knew then that I was about to have some great fun.

He next two legs I hammered out with absolutely no one in site. Though the splits may not look impressive, I swear I had (which I rarely have) trouble with my Garmin as it failed to pick up a consistent reading. Miles where I clocked 6:28 or 6:29 felt much faster and harder than 6:15 or 6:19, and for once I finally disagreed with the watch (no freakin way). But regardless the run was excellent. By 8:00, it was hot a heck and we were all dripping with sweat. I am looking forward to seeing what I can really do when things start to cool down in a month or so.

As for the skirt...
Sunday morning before brushing my hair. No garmin today!

Yes I did wear it, last weekend for a super easy run with my friend ME. I almost didn't put it on because I thought she would laugh at me (she is in 11th grade) which I think she did anyway. I don't even know how I did it, but the skirt I got from brooks actually matched one of my sports bras. So not only was I wearing a skirt, but I totally matched also.

You may not be able to see it, but my cup actually says "PLAN TO WIN." Every single time I use this cup Houston tells me, "Plan to win today, OK?" It doesn't sound funny, but he has done it so many times that I feel like punching him.

So back to the skirt. Well after the initial weirdness of running in a skirt wore off....actually no, it never wore off...I felt  sorta comfortable. To be completely honest, I did like the waist band, and the tiny shorts in the legs didn't ride or bunch up. I know I am a Brooks ID, but I do think Brooks did a fabulous job with this skirt (I bought it, they never gave it to me). The craftmanship was excellent (ok, I am trying to sound like I know what I am talking about here, but they always ask me about the "craftmanship", which I assume is how the thing is put together).

The cons... for me, the skirt was  long, but if you like it to be long to hide figure flaws, I completely understand that. I also feel that all the extra stitching may rub a great deal in a long run...but I don't know for sure because this run was only 6 miles.

I would also like to point out that the skirt fits a heck of a lot better than any of the shorts I am wearing now-a-days. I am a tights tights because I never have to mess with waist bands and extra fabric. The band on this skirt never moved during the entire 6 miles.

I don't understand why sports apparel manufacturers cannot get women's shorts right, yet we can purchase running skirts that fit beautifully. We need shorts that are much more than just a shorter crotch length and tighter waist band different than that of the same style of men's short. We all have hips, regardless of how many miles we run.

The running skirt I purchased can be found on the Brooks online store at This review was completely unbiased, not "unbiased" like the "unbiased" review Joggers World did on the Nordic Track treadmill Houston and I purchased about 8 months ago (they rated it a Joggers World Best Buy). HA! Not according to the man that had to come fix it for the millionth time...I mean, I could have just lit a few thousand dollars on fire. Thanks a bunch, Joggers World.

If you have a runner skirt or favorite pair of shorts that you swear by, let me know. If you review them, send me the link to your post in a comment and I will post a link to your review and your site. I am all about running in clothes that fit. If you have good info, you should pass it on.

Maddy and Daddy. Maddy is 10 months!
My Maddy turned 10 months this week! Not walking yet but certainly falling all over the place! Can't believe she will be over a year when I run my next marathon!

Happy running all.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

This week in training...

Monday: 80 Minutes (10.5~ miles-can't remember and cleared my Garmin)
Tuesday: 40 minutes easy (fever)
Wednesday: 10.5 miles with 6 miles in the middle at half marathon race pace with garmin (6:13) (felt so relaxed!)
Thursday: 10.5 miles w/ Kelly (77 minutes) with 5 miles in the middle at Kelly's marathon pace (sub 6:52)
Friday: 50 minutes at snail pace
Saturday: 2:17 (19.65 miles) 7:55, 7:10, 6:34, 6:48, 6:59, 6:25, 6:49, 6:42, 6:54, 6:44, 7:16, 6:59, 6:59, 6:58, 6:58, 6:52, 7:20(.65), 6:29, 7:04, 7:35 (w/ Garmin)
Sunday: Recovery run of 45 minutes

Really recovered on the easy days this week. Caught another sinus infection that wore me out in the beginning.

Ran my tempo run at a relaxed pace...I guess this would be true tempo...and felt amazing!

Made the mistake of forgetting my salt on my 20 miler and paid for it with a massive cramp in my diaphragm the last few miles. The route was massively hot and hilly.

Overall, not a bad week in training.

Too busy to write much more.

OH--Yes, I wore the skirt. (Review coming!)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

New plan: Getting ready for the Niagara Falls International Marathon

Monday: 81 minutes w/ M.&;D.
Tuesday: 73 minutes
Wednesday: 2 mile w/u, 2 mil c/d, 8X800m on Mugshots, 2:41 average
Thursday: 70 minutes recovery run
Friday: AM:20minute shake out PM: 20 min w/u, 20 min c/d, 3.3 mile race in Oxford, 1st: 18:44 (17:40 through 5k, 5:40.6 avg)
Saturday: 14miles in 1:35 (6:47 avg ), 1 mile super easy (15 miles)
Sunday: AM: 40 minutes

Besides not meeting my miledge goals, I had a great week of training. Even though the week started off with a terrible case of weakness syndrome.

Monday I woke up with another sinus infection (great) and M. and D. practically had to drag me through an 80+ minute run.  By Wednesday, I felt fresh and had a fabulous workout of 8*800m on the mugshots loop at 4:45am, getting down to 2:33 on the down hills, averaging about 2:41 for the whole workout.

Friday we drove to Oxford (the school up north) to run the 3.3 mile Endurance weekend race.  Though they had advertised it as a 5k, I knew it was a long course going in because the map they had advertised clearly showed that it was long.  Warming up I noticed that all the cones kept us on the right side…thus, we ended up with 3.3 miles in total race distance according to Garmin.

At the race start I felt good, and as we went through the first mile that included a nice uphill, I clocked a 5:36, not bad.  I didn’t feel labored at all, mile 2 told me I was running about the same pace, but as I caught up to Kyle Lewis at about 1000m to go (a former 14:03 5k guy at ole piss who has not ran since march ) I felt my body cramp up and my legs just tank.  The last kilometer had another 500m climb then a flat to the finish; I passed through what should have been the 5km mark in 17:40 (not bad for this course).  Though I was fine with this, I am frustrated that I cannot hang on through the last mile.  Most of this is because my focus is now marathon/half-marathon type training and my 5ks will suffer. Oh well, they were never my specialty anyway.
Maddy, 9 1/2 months
Saturday morning I had planned to gut out 15 miles at roughly 7 min pace.  However, I felt good from the start, and averaged 6:35 for most of the first half.  My hip starting tightening up at about 11 miles in and I slowed down to run closer to 7:00 pace towards the end.  Positive: 6:30ish pace is easy to maintain for quite a while and I am looking forward to the next round of training.

So, whenever one door closes, another one opens.  And I am very excited to announce that I am now running the Niagara Falls International Marathon on October 23.  I am ready to run another good race (pending everything goes perfectly in 26.2 miles) and am grateful for the opportunity.

I am also looking forward to another half marathon towards the end of September, and a 5k coming up later this month.  I finally have a game plan!  Anyone else running a fall marathon?

Happy running, All! (Oh, BTW, the skirt came in last week.)