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Funny Marathon Signs

Still haven't blogged on my last race. It's funny that when it goes well, we take forever to write a recap.

Because I have really no idea what to expect from my body next Saturday, I thought I would share a couple of marathon sign funnies. Most of you have probably seen these...either way, enjoy!

Photos from Canadian National Cross Country Championships

It's going to take me a few days to recap, but if anyone is interested in photos from Canadian National Cross Country Championships, I took almost 500 of them. The internet at this hotel is terribly slow, so its going to take me a few days to post all them, but you can see most of the photos on a public facebook (Canadian National Cross) album at:!/media/set/?set=a.10100478782802486.2407718.26504510&type=1


Cross-Country (Pre-Race)

I "raced" in spikes for the first time since college this past Saturday at a small cross-country race in Clinton, MS. With National Cross one week away, I ran the race as a tempo.

Still, I wasn't confident in my ability to hammer out 7k on a muddy XC course in Vancouver, Canada, so I opted for one more workout Tuesday, 4x 1 mile @ 5:36/33/33/24, it wasn't difficult but it made me feel better than running quarters.

I told myself that I would taper down a bit this week, but when I arrived in Vancouver Thursday afternoon, I realised that my "easy" week was still going to be in the neighbourhood of 80 miles. Surprisingly, my legs feel fresh and my pace has picked up. I'm not cramping near as much when I sit down for long periods of time (I've actually been taking a vitamin supplement for that). I've put on about 3-5 pounds since the summer, which is almost invisible to anyone but me...and because of this, I actually feel better. Before I felt like…

Spiked up on the XC Course

AM: 20 mom
PM:20 min w/u,
2x400m @ 77, 84 (oops) 200m jog
1x1000m @ 3:19
2x400m @ 78, 77 w/ 200m jog
1x1000m @ 3:15
2x400m @ 77, 77 w/ 200 jog
1x1000m @ 3:15
1x400m @ 76
10 min c/dI felt like this workout went on for ever, probably because there were so many quarters. The K's were no were near relaxed and 3:15 is a pace that is shockingly fast for my body right now. It was also pretty windy on half the loop, and Houston isn't exactly winning any awards for wind blocking. Regardless I was satisfied with this session, so much that I called it a day before the last quarter. I felt like I was done at that point. Many thanks to my husband who paced me through it.

Long run at Boardtown

AM: 20.2 miles w/ 9 miles steady, 9 miles @6:15-6:25, 2.2 @steadyThis long run/long tempo was not well planned and it was all my fault. When I checked the website to see this weeks route, I didn't notice that the whole thing was gravel and that it was going to be difficult to maintain a good pace and get accurate results.Still, Houston paced me through it and it wasn't too bad. We had some slower miles and some faster ones when we finally hit a stretch of pavement, overall it averaged out about right. We did stop once for a hip stretch (gravel makes my hip extremely tight) and again when Houston was bit by a dog (yeah that happened) but for the most part it was a good run and I was pleased.My next workout will be either Tuesday or Wednesday...and will be some combination of leg cramping, chest about to explode type session. Still, looking forward to it. I absolutely love this stuff.Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Half-Miles on Mugshots

AM: 20 min w/u
8x800m on Mugshots: 2:41, 2:45, 2:32, 2:30, 2:37, 2:40, ?:??, ?:?? (these times are +/- 5 seconds always on mugshots)
20min c/dGood workout yesterday. I ran pretty hard and got some junk in my legs early...which was the plan. I forgot the splits on the last two, probably because I was suffering so bad I forgot to stop my watch.After number 7 I almost called it quits, but I hung on for one more interval, went out like my pants were on fire only for my legs to completely die with about 150m remaining. I was actually pleased with this....this National Cross course is no joke. If I want to be competative at all, I've got to learn to deal with a little lactic acid...and quickly.After that....Rocket City!

XC Workout Success

Morning Workout on the Cross-Country Course
20 min w/u, 2x2K @ fast on the flat, 10 min jog rest, 1x3K on upper loop @ whatever I could do.

2K: 6:56 (mile @ 5:34)
1000m jog, stretch,
2K: 6:37 (mile @ 5:22)
1000m+ jog, stretch,
3K~ on the upper loop in 10:54
35 min c/d

After feeling like my chest was about to explode in the 5K last Wednesday, I was a little worried about this workout. One, I have not run on the cross-country course in a while; Two, I have not run under 5:30 pace for over a couple minutes in a really long time; Three, I was running with the women's team who have been training for 6K since August. I was more than a little worried.

The plan was to run the women's workout (2x2K at fast) and then add a 3K on the end around the outer loop. The outer loop of the MSU cross-country course is a 400m flat,  500m hill, a gradual up/down hill for the majority of the course until you get the last 400ish meters were it gradually flattens out. It is beautiful, rough on the leg…

New plans

After a number of doctors appointments and an extra week of feeling like garbage, I came to the conclusion that what sidelined me at Columbus was stomach flu, and that dropping out when I did might actually be a blessing.

The very next day coach John emailed me about National Cross Country Championships. I begged Houston to let me go, I even robbed all the piggy-banks in our house just to find enough change to pay for the flight (there are perks to being married to a change hoarder).
He agreed on one condition, that me ferritin levels come back over 30 ( actually it was  53!). So with the marathon on the back burner (maybe not completely) and a 7k through mud and snow in three short weeks, I am desperately trying to piece together workouts so that I don't get my doors blown off in the opening kilometer.

So far so good. One bad workout and two good ones. Tomorrow I have 2x3k with the women's which my goal is not to cry, die, or throw up ( though one of those will like…