Saturday, December 31, 2011

Hello 2012 - My Goals for the Year

Time goals

1. 5k in 27 minutes (avg pace of 8:45 mpm) (current PR 29:19, avg pace of 9:19)
2. ½ marathon in 2:10 (@ avg pace of 10 mpm) (current PR 2:25:47, avg pace of 11:04)

In 2011, in the 5k I went from a 32:12 (9:51 mpm avg) to 29:17 (9:19 avg) so I think it’s do-able.
The half goal feels really ambitious, but I’m gonna dream big. ;o)

Distance goal:
1200 miles run (and/or walked) in 2012

Daily Mile has me at 1111 in 2011 but that includes bike miles and a few skateboard miles. I ran and walked 1004.26 miles in 2011. 96 more for 2012 doesn’t seem that bad…. Just need to do 24 miles a week every week, and I’ll have it. ;o)

2011 mileage breakdown:
1111.15 total miles  = 821.85 running miles + 182.41 walking miles + 100.23 cycling miles + 6.67 skating miles

Goodbye 2011

Squeezed in a 2 mile run this afternoon as my last run of 2011. Logged it into Daily Mile, and saw this as my total miles:
Thought that was pretty fitting total for the year. :o)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Thinking of trying out another running shoe...

Love my Nike Pegasus but I'm thinking about trying out some other brands. Gonna save the ones of looking at here, so I have them all in one place. :o)

Saucony Kinvara 2 Women's Running Shoe

Nike Free Run 2

Saucony Cortana

Monday, December 26, 2011

2011 Goal Recap

I know the year isn't quite over yet, and this goal review may seem a bit premature, but oh well; it is what it is.

1. Read 100 books
Since there's no possible way to read 22 more books in the next 4 days (I'm a fast reader, but not that fast!), I'm going to have to say I didn’t quite make it to 100.  BUT I did finish 78. Discovered that training to run a half marathon takes up a lot of reading time. :o) Wasn’t the 100 that I wanted, but it’s still a lot of books.

2. Run Charleston Distance Run (15 miler)
I focused on some other things this year (like goal #3) and deferred this one to 2012, but I don’t think I’ll get it then either. Due to scheduling and other events, I don’t think it’s a good idea. It’s only a few weeks after I’m due to finish the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure (60 miles in 3 days).  But someday. it'll happen.

3. Run a half marathon
Done! I ran the Marshall University Half Marathon on Sunday, November 6, 2011. Had a goal to finish in 2 ½ hours, and I finished in 2 hours 25 minutes. It was hard. It was painful. It was challenging. It was probably one of the most rewarding things I’ve done. I can’t wait to run the next one.

4. Pick up the pace to 10mpm
Done and then some (for a 5k anyway)! Worked on this one all year. First 10 minute mile 5k was the Great Teays 5k on July 16 (finished in 31:07, average of 10:02 per minute). 2 months later at the CDR 5k I got under 10 mpm: finished in 30:42, which is an average pace of 9:48 per minute. And I only got faster from there. Ran 3 more 5ks in 2011, and finished all 3 in under 30 minutes. Finished 2011 with a 5k PR of 29:17, average of 9:19 minutes per mile.

Still working on my goals for 2012, but I will say that they will involve some hard work and determination. ;o)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Racing Thoughts

Trying to put together a race schedule for 2012.  So far these are the races I'm shooting for:
  1. New Years Resolution 5k - January 7, 2012
  2. Winter Series Race 2 (8k) - January 8, 2012
  3. Winter Series Race 3 (10k) - February 5, 2012
  4. University of Charleston Half Marathon - April 29, 2012
  5. Komen Race for the Cure 5k - Saturday of Mother's Day weekend 2012
  6. Dirty Dog 15K trail run - May 19, 2012
  7. Run with a Cop 5k - June 2012
  8. Great Teays 5k - July 2012
  9. Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure (60 mile walk) - August 3 - 5, 2012
  10. Charleston Distance Run 5k - Saturday of Labor Day weekend 2012
  11. Marshall University Half Marathon - 1st Sunday in November 2012
  12. Huntington Turkey Trot - Thanksgiving Day 2012
  13. Run Run Rudolph 5k - December 2012
  14. Winter Series 1 (5k) - December 2012
Now that I've got it all written out, it looks like a lot. :-\  Is it too much?  Looks like I've got some more thinking to do....

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Winter Series Race 1 (5k) Race report

For some reason when I sent in the pre-registration forms for my winter races, I didn't realize until after I mailed them in that I now have 2 weekends where I'm running races both days - this weekend was the first of those.  Run Run Rudolph was yesterday morning and the first race of the Winter Series was this afternoon.

While yesterday wasn't exactly a bad run for me, it wasn't a great one either.  Today I felt more rested and more prepared, and was ready to run.  I didn't have any big plans or major goals for this race, except for maybe a course PR (last race on this course was the Run with a Cop back in June, which I ran in 31:36).

I set out at what felt like a nice easy pace and just ran.  It was a "Forrest Gump" kind of moment - "I just felt like running".  Started out farther back today than I did yesterday, so I didn't feel the pressure to be super fast at first, and I could just run my own pace.  Looked at the Garmin a few times, and was surprised to see the numbers that I did.  I wasn't sure I could keep it up, but I did, even managed negative splits.  

About half mile or so from the finish, a random guy running next to me looked over at me and said "let's pass those guys", so I took up the challenge and picked up the pace and passed those guys, and probably the next 4 or 5 people too. 

I don't know who he was, but I owe him a big "Thank You!!"  Not only did he give me the push to give me a new 5K PR, but he made me see that I can probably run the whole race  faster than I have been.  I'm starting to think about  my running goals for 2012, and I may need to revamp my goal 5k time to be a bit faster than I was planning  :o)    Three cheers for improvement!!!  So excited that I'm making so much progress.  And I thought I'd never be a runner!

Garmin Time:
3.14 miles, 29:17, avg. pace: 9:19
Mile 1 - 9:39
Mile 2 - 9:28
Mile 3 - 8:58
Mile 0.14 - 8:32

Run Run Rudolph 5k Race report

Saw an advertisement for the Run Run Rudolph 5k somewhere and thought it sounded like fun.  And I wanted to run some races in winter to keep myself  motivated to get out and run.  If I don't have something to look forward to/train for, it's way too easy for me to give in and stay snuggled up warm on the couch instead of heading out to run.  So I pre-registered myself for this race and a couple of others.

Since it was a race with a Christmas theme, I had intended to wear a red shirt, green skirt, and some really awesome red & white striped socks.   But I couldn't find my black tights (I've got multiple pairs of black running pants, but apparently no tights... and the socks just wouldn't work with regular pants)  So I switched and wore purple, with some awesome stripey socks, and my green santa hat:

Saturday morning was cold, so I added my running jacket to the above and hit the road for Huntington.  There were all kinds of activities going on with the race ("Reindeer Games" as they called them) and there was a lot of fun to be had.  Kids running everywhere.  Santa was there.  Rudolph was there.

I had decided I wasn't going to run this race hard or try for a PR or anything; i was just going to run for fun and see how it went.  At the race start I was a bit too close to the front of the pack so I took off a little faster than I probably should have, and by mile 2 I was feeling tired and had to slow it down.  Mile 3 was a little easier.  The running crowd was great and stayed close to the same bunch of people the whole way.  I was totally inspired by the blind runner I saw; absolutely amazing (I think she ran the Marshall half too...)

This wasn't the best run for me: I felt tired; I should've left the jacket in the car because I was hot; I wasn't properly hydrated.  In spite of all that, it was an opportunity to run and I mostly enjoyed myself - the atmosphere was awesome.  And even though I didn't feel the best and felt it was a tougher run, I still managed to squeeze in an under 30  minute finish (barely, but i made it!)

Official time: 3.1 miles, 29:54, avg. pace: 9:38
Garmin time: 3.09 miles, 29:59, avg. pace: 9:42
Mile 1 - 9:36
Mile 2 - 9:52
Mile 3 - 9:42
Mile .09 - 8:58