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Inspiration for Tuesday

Happy Running.

5 weeks from RnR NOLA....just a log

Monday: 70 minutes  - very easy (hamstring very tight from running along hwy 389 for 13.1 miles)
Tuesday: AM - 20 minutes very easy PM - 70 minutes (hamstring)
Wednesday - 80 minutes @ 7:10 pace
Thursday: 2m w/u, 3 miles hilly tempo @ 5:54, 5X800m at 5:40pace w/ 60-90 rest (On the road, alone at 4:45...legs still pretty dead..bathroom break after number 2 ) 3 mile c/d
Friday - 78 minutes w/ M and D
Saturday : 20 miles w/ 11 @ 6:49 avg, next 9 @ 6:36 avg. Felt great, relaxed the first half. I had many 6:20ish miles in there. I forgot to set my watch up to auto lap so I don't have splits except for when accidentally hit the lap button.
Sunday: 1 hour easy

My legs are starting to cooperate. I really thinking I'm capable of running a good one....if I do...we will see. I've got 5 weeks to make mistakes. Or not.

Frostbite Half-Marathon Race Recap

Frostbite Half-Marathon Results: 1:20:07 for 1st female (course record!) 3 mile w/u + 30 min c/d
I know this race was a week ago but its better late than never.
Frostbite Half-Marathon starts 13.1 miles from Oktibbeha County Hospital, in the “blink and you miss it” town of Pheba, Mississippi.  My husband graciously agreed to drive me and my running pals out to the start about 20 minutes before the buses were leaving so we all got our 3 miles in.
The temps were great, but I was a little unsure of my legs.  I had done a lot of work in the last few weeks and I was running this thing tired.  I did not intend to run a PR, although breaking 80 was in the back of my mind.
Quickly after the buses arrived, the 400 or so Mississippians (and one Canadian - me) positioned ourselves behind the spray painted start line.  It was time to get started
The group I was running with went out way too hard the first half mile, something like 5:38 pace.  One of the local high school stars was being sucked in, Jose…

What about the coach?

I'm always going to be close to coaching. My husband is a coach, I coach, my friends coach. I'll never get away from it.

As an athlete I don't think we always think about the coach. We don't think about the time, effort, faith that our coach often puts into us. When we give up or stop trying, we also give up on our coach. We forget about them, we forget that it is not always about US.
I think the hardest thing for a coach to accept is when athletes don't want to try, don't care, otherwise give up before their coach gives up on then. All that time and effort that they have invested in that athlete is completely wasted.
Running is a very selfish sport. My husband works very hard to make sure I get my runs in, but he also enjoys coaching. When I ask him for training advice he drops everything. It is his passion, he was made to be a coach. 
My job as an athlete is to give back in performance. If I can't preform to the best of my ability, I can show I care by puttin…

Just this weeks log...

Monday: 13.55 miles in 1:33 (treadmill, starting out relaxed and working down to 6:40pace for the last half)
Tuesday: 67 minutes ( 9 miles)
Wednesday: 2 mile w/u, 4X2 mile on treadmill, 3 jog recovery
1st segment- 5:56 pace
2nd segment - 5:52 pace
3rd segment - 5:49 pace
4th segment - 5:46 pace
2.5 mile c/d (12.5-13 miles)
Thursday: 10-11 miles with Kelly
Friday: 7 miles + strides
Saturday: 3 mile w/u, race half marathon in 1:20:07 (course record!), 30 min c/d (19-20 miles)
Sunday: Recovery run

Good week for me. Race recap coming tomorrow.

Suck it up.Get it done...Rant.

Warning...this is just a rant.

Maddy was rearranging our book shelf last night when she happened to pull out one of my training diaries from college. It was nice and neat, pretty detailed. Maddy took a pen and started scribbling in it. I happened to glance at the page she was on...the week before conference, senior year.

My worst track season ever leading up to the conference. Curious, I made a trade (I gave her a copy of THE ZONE by Barry Sears). I wanted to revisit those last few weeks before "that race".

"That race"..... All spring I dealt with major back/hamstring/hip problems. I flipped through a few weeks...a good run...3 days of "can't run: bike"...can't run: elliptical...tried to run: failed.

The week before that race, I was successful in completing 8x1min on for a total of 35 minutes of running, a few 15 minute jogs. The day before my race I limped through 20 minutes.

I'm not saying that I'm the standard of what is considered &quo…

Olympic Trials Shout Out (and a training update)!

I’ve been waiting on Olympic Trials results all morning like everyone else (even though I’m not American, this is still exciting).  My training is obviously not the exciting thing right now, but I have got to post!
Before that, a few shout outs!
In American Marathon Olympic Trials news, my friend Robert Scribner (Hanson-Brooks) ran 2:18. He went for it, suffered just a bit the last 3 miles…but a PR in the end. Robert will be 2:15 next time…so proud of my former teammate!
Meagan Nedlo ending up scoring a HUGE PR, running just a tad over 2:41. She has an awesome blog for those that don’t know, you can check it out here.
If you have not seen the results, you can find them here.

I felt good on Monday even though I had gone 20 miles the Saturday before (with 15 at my friends marathon pace).  The pace work Tuesday was not difficult, the 300’s were probably faster than they really needed to be, but I was really not confident in my ability to run 5k at anything faster than 17:45 right…

Progress. (8 weeks from RnR marathon.)

Monday: 84 minutes
Tuesday: 78 minutes
Wednesday: 2.5 mile w/u, 5x1 mile in 5:32, (2 rest), 3 mile c/d
Thursday: AM 40 minutes, PM: 30 minutes
Friday: 80 minutes
Saturday: M,K & D's marathon simulator run.
2.5 mile w/u, 15 miles with first 7 miles @6:48, next 8@ 6:28, 2.5 mile c/d (20 miles total)
Sunday:planned 60-70 min run for 80~ miles
Good week for me. I'm still having some tightness in my hip and my calves are super tight but I'm probably exactly where I should be. I still have 5 weeks of hard training to accomplish before my legs start feeling really good.
2012 is going to be about over coming fears, branching out, and taking chances. My first step...I'm running a 5k on the track next week in Birmingham. I have not raced on the track since my senior year of college...May 2006. That's a long time ago.
To add to the excitement, I ordered a new pair of spikes. More than likely I will not end up racing in them Thursday....but I will at least once this year.

Feature on Marathon Olympic Trials Qualifier: Ariana Hilborn

In June 2008, Ariana Hilborn completed her very first marathon (Grandma's) in a respectable time of 4:36. This Saturday she hopes to complete her eleventh (11th) 26.2 mile race as one of the best female marathoners in American.

A member of the Brooks Inspire Daily Program, Ariana Hilborn is a 31-year-old teacher living in Scottsdale, AZ (originally from Greendale, WI).
When Ariana qualified for the Olympic Trials in January of this past year (2:45:35) she decided to take a year off teaching to train. Currently, she works part-time at Sole Sports (a local running store).

With the help of her support team, husband (Matt) and black lab (Tank), she set a huge personal best at Grandma's marathon (6/11) of 2:37:29, well under the trials standard of 2:46:00.

Ariana is from a family of aspiring runners. The day after she toes the line at the USA Marathon Olympic Trials, her sister, brother, and father will all be running their first marathons at the Houston Marathon. What a fabulous way t…

Feature on Marathon Olympic Trials Qualifier: Rachel Jaten

Entering my third year with the Inspire Daily program, I am trying to reach out to other athletes in the program and read/hear their stories.

One thing I have recently realized, there will be a large number of IDs toeing the line for the Olympic Trials next week in Houston. One of these athletes is Rachel Jaten.

Rachel is a 36 year old marathoner out of Spokane, WA with a PR of 2:45:47 (Dec, 11). When she is not logging miles, she works as a UPS Driver.
Rachel was one of almost 30 women that qualified for the Olympic Trials at the California International Marathon (CIM) in December, leaving her with just a little over a month to get prepared. Clearly CIM is her most memorable race for many reasons, including perfect weather, running in a huge pack through 21 miles, and getting to the line in OT qualifying time.
That day did not go "perfectly", however. There was a point at mile 25 where a volunteer shouted out to her that she still had an "outside shot" of qualifying. …

Change of plans. Racing NOLA instead.

Ok, so I changed my mind. I never had a good feeling about Snickers. NOLA is not as far away, it seems like it is a better feels SAFE....less stress. It does not have the hills I want but it is close to me!
I'm excited.
Monday: 85 minutes w/ M&D, good pace
Tuesday: 78 minutes w/ K
Wednesday: 2.5 mile w/u, 5X a mile at 5:32 avg, 3 mile c/d
Legs are feeling a bit better but I'm still being careful.