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Racing Ahead

As rough as 2016 has been, I am still in denial that Thanksgiving is this week, more like tomorrow.  How is that possible?  It just can’t be!   That being said, I am looking forward to one part of 2017…

My race plans!!!!

I would say schedule but considering they’ve already hit a drastic snag due to well…life.   I had originally planned on running Surf City again on Super Bowl Sunday.  3rd try’s the charm right?  Plus running it 3 years in a row qualifies you for Legacy status, it’s the little things right?   But like I said 2016 has been rough and I will be attending a family memorial that weekend.

So with the need for something to look forward to, I took to the internet.  Man, there are a lot of cool races out there!  However, I am limited to those within driving distance.  😛  So, tentatively, I am looking at an early 2017 that might look something like this-

January-  Carlsbad Half Marathon

This one is coming up fast, I won’t lie.  I’m not registered for it yet.  It won’t be a race race but more of a super awesome long run with thousands of other people along for the ride.  The course looks amazing and I think it would be an awesome start to the year.   I want to see how the first few weeks of December running go first before I register.  I have a discount code for it and I would rather pay a little more than lose it all, you know?

February– Buzz Half Marathon

Keeping it local…and small.  So small, the race doesn’t even have a logo  😛  This race takes place entirely on a nearby army base and it always been in the back of my mind to run but Surf City is usually the week before, so this year is looking good!

MarchWine Country Half … or Livermore

More than likely Wine Country.  It’s small, it’s local and it’s one of my favorite races.  I’ve run it 5 times.  I broke my streak last year, boo, so I am looking forward to getting back out there.     I know this course extremely well and love it.  Even with the hill of death at mile 12.3.

May–  Destination Races Santa Barbara

I get to run this race with BibRave and I am so excited.  I have never heard a bad thing about any of the Destination Races.   Plus running near vineyards is kind of my jam and one of my favorite things to do.  I’ve also wanted to run a race in Santa Barbara but never been able to make it work.   Plus with the start in Santa Ynez and the finish in Solvang, it  makes me feel nostalgic.  My grandparents lived in Santa Ynez when I was growing up and it brings back memories of many family trips.   I am also thinking that May is perfect timing for a challenge race.   That G word is still a 4 letter word in my book but I am liking the idea of a challenge for 2017.  But more on that later.

Now that’s all to say I don’t do something crazy in April.   I won’t lie, I am having crazy thoughts about April but we’re going to let those percolate a little more.  😛

Do you have any plans for 2017 yet?

How far out do you plan races?  Register?

1/4 Mile At a Time

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Or in my case I die 1/4 mile at a time.   😛

In my phone call with Coach Jenny with Ekiden last week we discussed the partial training schedule she had for me.   She had intervals scheduled for this Wednesday.  Sweet!  I love intervals even though I know I do them wrong.  Run like hell than slow jog (walk) for a bit?  I’m all over that.  Except I noticed the plan doesn’t say recovery.  It said float.

Wait a second- what the hell is FLOAT?!

So I asked.  Float is less of a recovery and more of a push.  Instead of a recovery pace, you run closer to tempo pace.   The logic behind it is two fold.  One is that you get used to running the intervals on tired legs without a full recovery.  Second is that your tempo pace should feel a little more comfortable post speedy interval.   Ok, makes sense.  Sounds intense but makes sense.

But could I do it?

Well, kind of.  I headed to the lake path on Wednesday since I knew I would need flat and easy for this.    My legs have been achy so I even had compression socks on for a shorter run.   I had programmed 5 intervals into my phone but had a feeling I would only be completing 4.   Yep.  😛

After a 1.25 mile warmup, I hit the first 400.  8:03 pace, yes!  First float? 9:08 pace.  Sweet!  But I felt like was going to lose my cookies.  Could I keep doing this?

Set 2-  7:50     9:16
Set 3-  7:48     10:49
Set 4-  7:50     10:37

So my speed intervals sped up but my float intervals slowed down.   That crap was hard!  There were a few times I came to a complete stop just panting.  Granted those times were also to avoid being hit by a car or a kid on a motorized mini motorcycle thing but I milked them for all they were worth!

I cooled down with another mile but man I was toast.   I felt pretty good but out of shape at the same time.   It’s frustrating but it is what it is right now.  It gives me something to work on, right?  Or whine about.  😛

Do you like speed work?

Ever heard of a float interval?

Happy Friday!!!! What are you doing this weekend?




Training Thoughts

Alright, time to be honest.   It’s been a long time coming, I’ve hinted at it but let’s be real here.   The training I did for 17 weeks for City to the Sea was a mess.   I phoned it in.  I knew I was phoning it in but I kept on running in denial.  But actually, let’s look at all the half’s (halves?) I’ve run this year.

Surf City- 2:19:00
Wine Country- 2:06:05
Shoreline- 2:14:29
City to the Sea- 2:12:40

Surf City was the very beginning of my training cycle so it really was just a very well supported, expensive long run.   Also the 25K trail race seven days prior made for some sore legs.  The race was a bucket list race, you could say just running it was checking it off the list.   That said, the 2:19 isn’t bad.

Wine Country was in the middle of SLO training.   I was using a McMillan training plan for SLO and Wine Country was built-in as a tune up race.   I went into it with zero expectations but had my best race of the year.    Which I hadn’t expected as I was having some issues with my legs, achy knees and super tight calves.

I was best trained for SLO but even that was mediocre.    I would say I followed 75% of my training plan, my very nice, designed just for me McMillan plan.  What a waste.   I still believe I could have PR’d that race had I not eaten asphalt at mile 5.  Throw in the gnarliest stomach issues I’ve ever had running for the last 5 miles and I am still damn proud of that race.

Shoreline was a last minute decision to add a race in the middle of July.  It fell on my birthday so why not?   Under trained and 75% humidity- why not?  Shockingly, I met the goal I set for the race- sub 2:15:00.

City to the Sea was supposed to be my goal race, my time to shine; I was finally going to run a sub 2:00:00 half marathon.  Except yeah.    A few weeks ago I wrote a post about how I wasn’t in PR shape and a sub 2 just wasn’t in the cards right now.  But why not?   A hill in mile 9 kicked my ass and I didn’t recover, but why?  It was 200 ft, not a mountain, why?

Let’s talk about that training plan.  17 weeks, right?   Running 3x a week with one easy, one speed and one long run.  In theory it was just what I needed.   3 days was what I could handle having to deal with some serious stress at work and my stupid stomach.   On a side note, it has occurred to me that all the stress at work is exacerbating my stomach issues but that’s not the point.    So what was wrong with my training?

Choosing quality over quantity means those runs actually have to be quality runs.  They weren’t.  They were time fillers.   Speed work was rare.  You can’t race faster if you don’t run faster.  Want to know how many double-digit runs I completed in those 17 weeks?  One.  One lonely 10 miler on a random Friday afternoon.   9 milers?  Maybe 2.   So how was I expecting to meet my goal when I wasn’t putting in the work for it?   Yeah, I have no answer for that.   I was more than a slacker, #slackerindenial.

So it’s time to buckle down.    Once I figure out what that means.   And what it will look like for a Slacker.  I know I will never be one to throw down 50 mile weeks and it’s not about the miles, it’s what I put into them.    I’m pulling out my dusty running books and looking at that McMillan plan again.   I don’t have any races planned for the beginning of 2016 but I’d like to have a solid start to an actual decent base with good running workouts by the end of the year.   Can I do it? 

I have one half marathon left this year.   23 days away to be exact.   I thought about trying to make it another goal race attempt but I think that might make me pissed off at running.   Right now I am mad at myself and it should stay that way.   Plus, this a travel race and I really just want to enjoy the scenery.  It’s Monterey and Big Sur!!  And I may be stalking fangirling Kara Goucher the day before.  Or trying to.  I may be distracted.   😃

The sad thing is that as I write this, I have only attempted 1 mile since Sunday’s race.   Unfortunately, I got sick this week. I actually left work early yesterday I felt so crappy.   I’ve gone to work with a concussion, so going home sick is kind of big for me.   My goal is get in a couple of solid runs this weekend.

So tell me, can a slacker get real?  #slackergetsreal

Training thoughts you want to share?

Any books you can suggest?

Wear and Tear

Happy hump day!!

The weather man was predicting 100% chance of rain on Tuesday and while I highly doubted it, I moved my easy run to Monday evening anyways.    Tuesday did dawn rainy and it poured for a bit but just a bit.   It was sunny and clear by early afternoon.   Boo.  We needed more rain than that.

Running on Mondays always feels harder than it should.   It’s probably all in my head but I feel like I put out more effort and get less back.   My mom wanted to walk so I headed to the river path to meet up with her.  I walked with her for most of the first mile before running on.  She had a meeting to get to so she was turning back early.  I wasn’t sure what I wanted to run yet.   It was also my third run in my new shoes.   4-7The run turned out to be a little too fast to be easy.   Oops!   I wasn’t paying much attention to my pace and took a couple of short walking breaks when I needed to.    I had just finished mile 3 and noticed someone about 1/4 mile ahead who looked like my mom.  Huh?  I thought she had turned around long ago.  Either I was moving faster than I thought or she had slowed down.    Turns out, it was a little bit of both.    She had done a ton of yard work that day and was feeling super sore.  I slowed and chatted with her a bit before running ahead to finish out 4 miles for the day.    The temp was dropping and my ears were freezing.  Had it not been for that I would have run more.  My ears are my weak spot, once they are a cold, I turn into a big baby.

As I stretched out, I noticed that my new shoes are already dirty.  What gives?!  They have less than 20 miles on them!  In other thoughts, how do I kick myself right there?

Do you see that spot?
Do you see that spot?   Not the best picture.

I think running a 25K and 2 half marathons in the last 65 days has caught up with my feet.  Oh and training for half marathon #3 of the year in 18 days added to that.    I think my one toe will never be the same.  It can’t decide if it wants to lose or keep a toenail, for now it has 2.    The same toe on the other foot is losing it’s nail per usual as well.  Yesterday I discovered a giant blister/ callus on my left heel.  How did I miss that?  I am trying to determine how much of it is from the consistent (for me) training and how much is from the new shoes.    Urrrgh.

I am so glad it’s Thursday. How has your week been?

How do your feet fare during training?

Weekend plans?