I have no races in December. Whew, taking a break. Just kidding. I signed up for the Runner’s World 2012 Holiday Running Streak. I’ve pledged to run at least one mile every day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Piece of cake right? Sure. Not bad at all. Today was day #9 and I was at the gym before 7 to run that mile. I ran 6.53 yesterday evening so I was not up for running more than one mile. Tomorrow is an 8 mile run.
Also, this month I am “training” using the run less, run faster method for my first race of 2013 in Mississippi. Check out my list of upcoming races and hopefully you can join me. Last weekend I finally created a spreadsheet with all of my races and other relevant information such as hotel, flight, registration, etc. Whew! It’s helping me stay on track with my races.
Yes, I “signed” up. I have pledged to run 1 mile every day from Thanksgiving to New Years Day. Today was day #7 and I was at the gym at 5:20 am. I ran one mile and cooled down for .20 of a mile. Why didn’t I run after work like I normally do? I had a meeting after school till 4:20 and then met a friend at 5 to grade papers.
Tomorrow is a 6 mile run, 3 easy and 3 at short tempo pace based on the book “Run Less Run Faster”. I got my book on Saturday and spent Sunday working on my plan. The ideal plan for a half marathon is 16 weeks. I don’t have 16 weeks. My first half marathon next year is in Mississippi on January 5th followed by Rock ‘n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon in Arizona in the 20th. Let’s see how I do. 🙂
This race had an awful course with a lot of headwind. I was so happy when I was done with it. My finish time was about 2:41:06. Am I happy with it? No. However, I have no one else to blame but me. I did not run smart. I did not train properly. Anyway, it is done and I can’t do anything about it.
I did not get into Birmingham on time to pick up my packet so that meant I had to pick it up on race day. The hotel was nice enough to give those that were running the race a ride to the start line. I picked up my bib and dropped off my bag and it took less than 5 minutes.
The race was supposed to start at 8 am but due to some complications/problems it did not start till 8:30 am. Yeah, not happy about it. I was chatting with another runner whom I met in the hotel lobby as we were waiting for the hotel shuttle. The announcer mentioned that Ruben Studdard had arrived but I did not see him.
The race started and off we went. The first half of the race took us through the “not so nice areas” of Birmingham. There was zero crowd support. If it weren’t for the cars that were stopped at intersections by the cops to let the runners through, the city of Birmingham would not have known there was a half marathon going on in their city.
The headwind was awful. I thought it was never going to end. It lasted till about mile 10. Terrible!! By then I was running with another girl and we were motivating each other. She told me that we only had a 5K to go. Hmm, so simple but yet difficult.
Finally I saw the sign for mile 12. I was so happy to see it. I was struggling. My neck was bothering me and I could feel some blisters forming on the bottom of my right foot. I was annoyed about it. I rarely get blisters on my feet. I was wearing compression socks with my Brooks Glycerin. In the past I’ve worn the same socks with my Brooks Connect. Hmm, maybe the shoes?
I saw the finish line and picked up the pace. Not a good idea. I stopped for about 10 seconds to catch my breath and took off again. I heard the announcer mention my colorful shoes and my name. That made me smile! 🙂
I got my medal, picked up some food (pizza and chips with salsa) and walked back to the hotel. It was a gorgeous day to walk plus I think it helped my legs.
I want to run a race (marathon or half marathon) in all 50 states. However, not only do I want to finish each race but I want to finish in a decent time. Almost all of my finish times have been between 2:20-2:50. My ultimate goal is to do a sub-2 or as close as possible to 2 hours. Is it possible? I believe so. I might have been training the wrong way. Time to rethink the training plan.
I am going to purchase the book. I will read it carefully and take good notes. This book will help me get my sub 2 and run all of the Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathons next year thanks to the Tourpass.
Want to join me as I travel across the country next year to run a race in different cities? Please contact me. Click here for a list of my upcoming races.