Pictures from my first 2 races
First one Susan G Komen 5K: I look like I am about to die. My time was 35:02. I was wearing pants that kept falling and a long sleeve shirt. I walked during the race.
Second one: Carlsbad 5K one month later: YES those are BASKETBALL shorts. I walked during that one also. Time: 33:58.
Pictures from my recent races
24 Races: 3 Half Marathons, 6 10k, 14 5k and one 8k with Dean K.
- 1st 5K: 35:02. BEST 5K: 29:29
- 1st 10K (Nov 2010): 1:12:04 BEST 10K: 59:38
- 1st 1/2 Marathon (Jan 2011): 2:42:00 BEST HM: 2:26:38
I am not on my way to Boston or the Olympics but there's progress. Somewhere along the way, I learned a lot of stuff about running, most of it from you and your blogs and the gals at Run Like A Mother so thank you.
Today I had speedwork on the plan. I had not done intervals since my last Half Marathon and so I was a bit worried and looking for any excuse NOT to do my 10x400s.
It went from Oh it is cool outside, I should really just go for a 5 miles run and take advantage of the cool temps (by cool I mean not 90, as I type this it is 102. In September.) to I should try to go see the Dr and have her take a look at my leg with the nasty varicose vein that has been hurting me, if the Dr can see me, I must go and skip my workout. Then I realized I was acting like a 12 yrs old and after I dropped the kids at school I went to the gym and I did my 10x400. I started by telling myself, ok do 8 and that will be good enough. It was not easy. I could tell it had been a while since I did any of those. The first reps were not the greatest; 2:15 and 2:14 with 1:30 rest in between. Then it got better; 2:12, 2:10, 2:11, 2:09, 2:10, 2:10, 2:11, 2:09. I am happy I did all 10 but I did feel like crap after....dry heaves at the gym...not very lady like.
I did make a Dr appt for my leg just to make sure everything is OK. We'll see what she says Tuesday and I will get the results of all the blood tests I had done on Monday.
Yesterday I got a massage. I have never done that before except at 2 races where they offered freemassages after the race. At the Disney half, the massage therapist said I should consider getting massages at least once a month..he said I had lots of knots on my back and neck and that it would help to get massages. I decided to give it a try. A friend recommended a place not too far and with good prices. I checked them online and all the reviews were good. The massage therapist was great and he said that I had lots of knots and asked if I was stressed!! I told him about my running and he did stretching for my legs and also massage. I did feel pretty good afterwards, I do think it takes more than just one massage to feel a difference. Do you get massages? Do you like them?
I have been thinking about a plan for the Long Beach Half. I plugged my recent numbers in the McMillan running calculator. I entered my best times for 1 mile, 5k and 10k. I get different results for each. I think what I get based on my best mile (in a race not 1 mile alone so 7:58) is not realistic for me at this point, not even close: 2:07:34. If I enter my 5K PR I get 2:16:17 and with my 10K I get 2:13:08. So clearly I take the info from the 1 mile out of the plan. Makes no sense to use the time from the shortest distance anyway. I don't know what to make of these numbers. This is far from my best Half Marathon. What does that mean....I am not consistent? I don't push enough? I have a bad race plan for the HM? I start too fast and cannot keep the pace I should be able to keep? Not yet able to finish strong? ALL OF THESE probably. Of course there are other factors..weather, fuel-hydration, stomach...other pain. I think about this way too much now, I can only imagine how it will be during taper week....2 more Long Runs and 16 days to go until Half Marathon #4. This will also be race #25 for me.