Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Monday, I tempoed. 8 miles total. 2 easy (around 6.7mph) 2 at 7:40 pace (7.8 mph), 2 at 7:20 pace (7.2 mph), 2 easy (6.7 mph). Total time was roughly 65 minutes.
Yesterday, my schedule called for 7 easy. I could not get warmed up for the life of me. I wanted to hop off of that treadmill and call it quits the entire time I was running those first 4 miles. Somehow, after mile 4, I warmed up. I ended up running 7.2 miles in 1:00:28. This is much faster than my easy pace is supposed to be, but I just wanted to get the run finished.
Now, it's Friday! :) I have another 18 miler on deck in the morning. My schedule reads: 12 easy, 6 at 8:10 pace. I'm secretly shooting for a 19 miler, but we shall see!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I woke up this morning not so excited about track. Rare, I know! But, unfortunately the norm as of late. The one thing that had me semi pumped up was that I got to try out my new shoes (New Kicks).
I got to the track early and warmed up a mile and then saw that we had the following workout:
2x2000, 800, Opt. 1600
Though, at this point, we all know that the 1600 isn't optional for marathoners!
Expected Times: 8:45, 8:45, 3:20, 7:00-7:10
Rest: 4 minutes after 2000's, 2 minutes after 800
My times: 8:40, 8:45, 3:18, 7:28
So, I didn't quite hit the last mile ... but the purpose of the optional mile is to get used to running on tired legs. If I can finish my marathon at that pace, I'd be ecstatic. My real goal was sub 7:30 on that!
The 2000's wore me out!!
I LOVE getting my workout done first thing in the morning. It makes for a very happy Jaime the rest of the day! :)
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
2 minutes rest in between (that's not very long)
Expected times: 3:20 for the 800's, 6:40 for the 1600
My times: 3:18, 3:16, 3:19, 3:20, 3:23, 7:29
I couldn't even attempt the mile. Like, seriously - I couldn't even hang for one lap! I wanted to stop at each lap and just finally had to tell myself that running a mile in 7:something was much better than quitting! I should be able to do 5x800 no problem! Not sure why I'm hurting so bad and so fatigued as of late .... this has got to go!
On a much more fun note ... I got two new pairs of running shoes after practice! One for speed work and short races and one for my longer runs and longer races! They're both new ... and much lighter ... and I'm excited to try them out. Will keep you posted! :)
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I landed at 1:30PM and all three of my sisters picked me up at the airport. They held me hostage until 8PM that night for my parents birthday dinner (at Amber's house). It was so much fun! This is how we revealed their birthday surprise!
As soon as they showed up at 8PM, my sisters told them they had a "big" present that they wanted them to open ASAP and that they had to complete a scavenger hunt to find it b/c it was too big to wrap. Here were the clues:
Then, they closed their eyes and I surprised them! So much fun! One of the best weekends I've had in a very long time! There is nothing better than family!! :)
So ... onto Saturday morning. I had a 16 miler on deck. Did I mention my parents live in the Smoky Mountains?? I had to toss aside all time goals and run for time ... After three miles of up hill and an elevation gain of over 1100 feet (miles 2-4), I had to turn around and head back down the mountain to the flat ground (i.e. rolling mountains).
For all of you number crunchers:
(First #: split, Second #: elevation gain, Third #: elevation loss)
1. 9:00 85 74
2. 9:27 187 34
3. 9:16 167 18
4. 10:36 258 15
5. 9:34 0 230
6. 9:19 0 165
7. 6:55 74 187
8. 8:49 50 89
9. 8:59 13 87
10. 9:07 64 11
11. 9:14 10 78
12. 9:24 64 43
13. 9:01 10 78
14. 9:07 43 0
15. 9:20 57 57
16. 9:19 48 21
2:26ish for 16 miles. Compared to running in flat Florida, this was tough. I never climb more than 5 feet per mile here!! :) Even though we have much worse heat and humidity compared to NC, this now FL girl could not hang with the mountains!! I seriously found the flattest ground/road possible when I got back down off of the mountain at mile 7 and if you look at those numbers, it still wasn't that flat!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I moved myself back down a group (it wasn't too hard to convince the coach - so I must have needed it). Moving up two groups within a month of San Diego may have been a little bit of an overachievement. Whether I'm making excuses or simply being true to my body, I'm still pushing myself - a lot! This speedwork isn't coming as easy as it used to.
I've even taken a new approach to the optional mile. I'm fine as long as it is sub goal marathon pace! :) No more, it has to be sub 7 requirement going on in my head! UGH! I can't do that after these practices. Maybe one day!
400 400 400 1600 800 400 400 400 Opt. 1600
Expected Times: 99 98 98 6:44 3:22 99 98 98
95 94 94 6:40 3:18 94 93 93 (optional in 7:29)
On paper, this is clearly a success! However, I'll be the first to admit that in reality it kicked my butt!! I still love Wednesdays, though!! :)
Monday, August 9, 2010
- I wanted to get started early (b/c the FL heat and humidity is brutal)
- I was running solo (nervous about starting early and the dark)
- I was having major feminine issues (sorry, I know it's TMI but it weighed heavily on my decision)
- It was raining
The normal route wouldn't work. I was already nervous about starting at 5AM b/c I was running solo .... but on top of that, the rain and "no bathroom stops" just weren't going to work. Unfortunately, this route is about 20 minutes away. I can't run near my house in the dark (not as SAFE ... I live off of a major road).
I went back to bed!
But, I couldn't go to sleep! I just laid there knowing that I needed to be running and was wanting to be running but couldn't seem to find the best solution. Waiting later really isn't an option when it's already 100 degrees at 5AM.
I got back up out of bed within 5 minutes and decided that since my scheduled actually said "Run 15 miles easy" and did NOT have any goal marathon pace miles included, that I could just suck it up and run downstairs at my little condo gym! So, that's exactly what I did.
I packed up two bottles of gatorade and headed down there! It was so nice and convenient to run that close to home.
I avoid the condo gym treadmills at all cost b/c they're not calibrated right! I don't know how off they are, but this is what I do know:
- My easy pace on the treadmill is 6.7 to 6.8mph. I usually start here for easy runs and end around 7.3mph.
- Anytime I run on this treadmill, I seriously start between 5.5mph and 6.0mph. Seriously!
- I hate running on this treadmill b/c it takes me way longer to run a mile and because I like to track all of my splits like crazy .... so I just don't do it.
So, I started ... at 5.9mph and I worked my way up to 6.9mph (which almost felt tempo-ish) but I hated the time that the treadmill was telling me AND I was actually feeling good!
I ran until the treadmill said I ran 15 miles - even though the time was only 2 minutes slower than my outside (horrific) 16 miler last week. So, even though I can't compare apples to apples, I had a great run. Dare, I even say fast since the splits don't show it.
Regardless, I ran for 2:16:48 on the TREADMILL! Not sure that I could make it a mile today. My ipod died at 52 minutes so I was entertained by Home Improvement and Sabrina the Teenage Witch! :) And, interestingly enough, no one else from my condo visited the gym during my 15 mile journey. No one! I had the place to myself!
I had a tempo on the schedule for today, but opted for a recovery run instead. I ran 7.3 miles in 1:07.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Monday: Took off ... still feeling blah
Tuesday: Had a little meltdown at work about still feeling blah about running. Ran 3 miles at lunch in the 900 degree weather. Avg. pace was 9:09
Wednesday: Track and I felt the worse I've ever felt which is reflected in my times.
3 x 1200 3 x 400 1600
5:06 5:03 5:17 (told you) 99 98 98 7:31
Thursday: 6 miles in 50:50 --> 8:28 pace :)
Friday: 8 miles in 1:07:25 --> 8:25 pace :) It was actually much faster than that! The first mile was 9:12 which makes the pace slightly faster! By the way, is it normal that I woke up at 3:50AM when my alarm was set for 4:00AM and decided to just go ahead and get up!?!?! I mean, who does that!
I want to get a few easy miles in tomorrow and am planning to run loooooooong on Sunday! My schedule says 15 easy, so we shall see!
Happy Friday! :)