Sunday, December 18, 2011

And the Winner is....

I won a free entry to the 13.1 Los Angeles Race!
Thank you to Becca over at See Becca try to tri!
I am so happy!
I did not have a race on the calendar for January.
This Half Marathon is January 15, 2012...4 days after I will turn 26 again.
Check out the pretty cool spinning medal they have for the finisher:
I need to figure out how to adjust my training plan.  This race will come 5 weeks after the Holiday Half that I ran last week and 3 weeks before Surf City.  I am not used to have that many races close to each other and those are also all Half Marathons. 

This week coming off my super Holiday Half Marathon PR Race...-yes I had to plug the PR again: I am milking this one- I did this not knowing I would do the January Half Marathon.

Mon: Rest, My quads were hurting pretty bad thanks to the hills.
Tue: Painful 3 miles on the TM.
Wed: 3 miles outside much better.
Thu: 3 miles in the wind...legs almost back to 100%.
Sat: 3 miles on TM.
Sun: 8 miles. It went pretty good, 10:15 pace, for me that is good for that distance.
Total: 20 miles.

My plan is to stick to 5-6 days of training and do this for the 4 Long Runs I will have: 8-9-10-11 miles.  I usually run 6 days a week but between now and the next race we have Christmas and the New Year and the boys home.  So I may have a couple of weeks of 5 days of running and just cut one of the shorter runs out.  Next week, I will have to do the 9 miles on Christmas Eve because Christmas is at my house.  So for the Los Angeles race I think I am OK with what to do but what do I do for the 3 weeks between that one and Surf City? One of those week will be post race and one will be taper....

I am thinking this for the long runs:

01-15-12: Los Angeles Half Marathon: 13.1 miles
01-22-12: LR 8 or 10 miles ???
01-29-12: LR 10 or 11 miles ??
02-05-12: Surf City

If you have experience in back to back Half Marathons and you have advices for me I am open to it! :)

Do I pick one race to "Race" and the other to have fun?
They both have course along the ocean..I know it sucks for me and both look similar as far as elevation goes.

After all that I think I will qualify for the first level of Half Fanatic...not sure.
This will be 3 Half Marathons on 57 days.

We had some family pics taken a couple weeks ago because well all the ones we had I looked like this:

Now we have these new ones! The first one is my favorite!


XL said...

I think you are a total Half Fanatic...whether you meet the official rules or not :) Can't wait to see how awesomely you run in these two upcoming races :)

Carrie said...

Congrats!!! Enjoy the race. Your family photos are fantastic. Beautiful!

Michael said...

So glad you won the race giveaway - maybe my "extra" entry put you over the top :)

Love the family photos. Terrific!

Michael said...

Oops, just realized that wasn't even the same race entry..... still glad you won! Have fun!

Zaneta said...

YAY!! That's so exciting!!! :) Congrats and good luck with your training!!

Elle said...

Beautiful pictures. And nice going on the win!

Pam said...

Congratulations on your win!

Your family photos are gorgeous. :)

Boston Bound Brunette said...

Love the family photos!! I am so jealous that you won haha!! Congratulations!!

Jim ... 50after40 said...

Congrats on the free race. I wish all my races were free ... in fact, it someone would pay me to run them, that would be even better. Beautiful family pics. Families are such a gift. Your's is wonderful and you can tell that you are a great mom and you guys are good parents! Have a great week!

Black Knight said...

Congrats on the free race. Here we get the free entry only if the organizers made a mistake the year before (bad organization, wrong path ecc.) or if you are a top-runner.
About the 2 half in a row, I did it; only one tip: take the first easy.
Great family pics.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Congrats on the free race!!! That is awesome!!!! And I love the medal too!!

Anonymous said...

Love the pics. I've got a similar set.

I would make SC my "a" race just because it's the last one of the've got more time to tune things up.

Christine said...

Wow, you are hardcore!! So many half marathons in such a short period of time. You go girl!!! Great family pics :)

MCM Mama said...

Congrats on the race!

You look awesome in those photos and your boys are too cute!

Rebekah said...

Love this medal!! I'll be there to cheer you and my dad on! Love the new family pictures! :)

Jim ... 50after40 said...

I just read the comment you left on Miss Zippy's blog - thank you. You are too kind and I can't begin to tell you how much the kind words you always leave mean to me. Have a great week!

Giorgio said...

What a beautiful way to start my day by getting a comment from a new running friend :) Thanks for reading and comment my blog, Caroline!

It's easy to see that you have a wonderful family!
Caroline, I'm wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!

Colleen said...

WOOHOO! Free race entries are awesome!

What great family pictures Caroline! :)