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Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Marathon 7 Day Countdown

I over did it on the taper this week but I would not have been able to do much more running if I had wanted to. Houston has been out of town since 5:00am Thursday morning, so I have been in one-parent mode during a busy week/weekend.

Monday: 9 miles very easy, M.&D.
Tuesday: 7 miles
Wednesday: 2 mile w/u, 3X2 mile w/ 3 rest, 1x1 mile on roads, 2 mile c/d (11 miles)
5:57, 5:45
5:46, 5:48
5:44, 5:56
5:49 ~ felt really good so I cut it short. I did this workout alone at 4:45am on a hilly route.

Thursday: 5 miles (Maddy woke up in the middle of my run, ran out of time)
Friday: 10 miles, 69 minutes
Saturday: 12 miles in 80 minutes w/ 5 miles in the middle at marathon pace, 6:18
Sunday: Recovery, planned 8-10 miles

My legs feel good. The heat at NOLA is not something I am worried about, I have been doing a lot of long runs and hard workouts on the treadmill in my house with the heat kicked up to 75 degrees. The humidity...that's another story.

On another note, I have enjoyed the Mom…

Sof Sole FIT Insoles Product Review

I recently was given a pair of Sof Sole FIT Neutral Arch Insoles to wear-test and review on my blog.
When I was given this product I was not wearing an arch support (my current training shoe is the Brooks Launch, I have been wearing them ever since I wear-tested them in 2009). When I first started running, I used to use a small arch insert because if I didn’t, I would end up with Plantar fasciitis.  In college I switched running shoe brands and became a minimalist and had never-ending problems with my plantar fascia. Every time I was given a pair of orthotics my feet would cramp up so bad I just took my shoes off and ran without (we had grass fields, one thing I still love about the Mississippi State Track).  After college I tried MORE orthotics and had some success but I have since not been able to afford the $300 price tag.
In my experience, orthotics are expensive, heavy and uncomfortable.
Now I’m not saying that Sof Sole is the replacement for orthotics.  I am starting to believe may…

Just this weeks log....

Monday: 10 miles
Tuesday: 70 minutes
Wednesday: 80 minutes (11 miles)
Thursday: 3 mile w/u, 4X Mile/800m w/ 90 sec rest btw sets/reps, 2 mile c/d (12 miles- treadmill)
Set 1 pace: 5:46/5:30
Set 2 pace: 5:42/5:27
Set 3 pace: 5:39/5:27
Set 4 pace: 5:36/5:20 (this was actually a 1200m because I forgot how long I was running)
Friday: 10 miles (71 min)
Saturday: 15 miles @ 6:45 avg ( a few miles at 6:20 to get the legs feeling good)
Sunday: 60 min recovery run

2 weeks until NOLA. Feeling good, a bit tired on the run today but took it pretty relaxed compared to a normal long run.

Might be a good thing with this marathon in two weeks.. might not!

Mercedes Half-Marathon Race Recap: PR, 2nd Female.

As I have already posted: Mercedes Half-Marathon: 1:19:38 for 2nd female
$500 (spent most of this on registration/travel/bad hotel)

Running this race was a logistical nightmare. We (Husband, Maddy, myself) did not have anything planned out and were scrambling last minute to try to make things work. Not the way I like to do things, but worth it.

On Saturday after running group, Maddy and I drove to Birmingham to pick up my race packet just in-time to watch about 7 heats of 3000m heats on the new indoor track facility in Birmingham, the CrossPlex. It was a great evening for the team, several PRs for some of the younger athletes on the team, men and women. Unfortunately, we didn't get away early enough and I missed the scheduled dinner with M., K., and D.

After driving around for almost an hour, we finally settled on Moe's. Not what I had in mind but I knew they had some chicken/rice bowl thing and Maddy likes cheese and nachos. In the end, Moe's was the right choice and I am…

Mercedes Half-Marathon Race Prep Workout

So after 3 weeks of going back and forth on whether or not I should race the Mercedes Half-Marathon or the 5k at Choctaw Trails (the female who runs under 17:45 at Choctaw gets a $500 gift-certificate to fleet feet) I made a last minute decision to register for Mercedes. Very last minute, the last day you could even register.

And why give up the possibility of a shopping spree at an awesome running store to run a hilly half in Birmingham, Alabama? Well M, K, D are planning on running the Marathon and Meagan Nedlo posted on her blog that she was planning on running the half.

Now I have no idea how my legs will respond on Sunday, but Meagan will keep it honest, and even if I can't be dragged to a fast time, it will still set the tempo for a good run. For those of you that don't know, Meagan just ran 2:41 for the Marathon at the Olympic Trials. Part of me hopes she goes out a little conservative (having that she just raced a marathon) so I don't get dropped in the first 1200 …

4 weeks and an almost marathon simulator.

Monday: 87 minutes 12 miles hilly run
Tuesday: AM: 20 min, PM: 57 min
Wed: 2.5 mile w/u, 6X 1 mile on treadmill w/ 90 sec recovery, 5:46/5:42/5:38/5:36/5:32, 2mile c/d
Thurs: 65 min recovery
Friday: 80 minutes
Saturday:4 miles (28:30) 12 miles at Marathon Pace (6:18 pace for 75 minutes), 1 mile c/d
Sunday:planned recovery run about 70minutes

Not a huge mileage week but my daughter is not feeling well and I have been tired. Tuesday I slept in and ran during my lunch break. Friday I slept in but managed to get out the door just before 5:00AM, just enough time to get 80 minutes in.

Being that I have a race, 20 mile run and another possible race sandwiched together, I skipped the marathon simulator and ran a long run with 12 miles at marathon pace instead.

I ran this workout on the treadmill in our bedroom with gels/salt/water within reaching distance. It was surprisingly relaxed, with the exception of a bathroom break and hip cramp at mile 8. The bedroom was also 75 degrees (I feel like …