Three Things Thursday

1.  Finally done with school.  Time to travel, run, and have fun.  Enough said.

2.  I am leaving this afternoon to Madison, WI for the Ragnar Relay.  When I joined the team I was Runner #2.  I was responsible for running the following: 4.5 (Moderate); 4.4 (Moderate); and 6.2 (Hard).  Not bad right?  Well, I found out Sunday that now I am Runner #6 and have to run, ready….10.9 (Very Hard); 3 (Easy); and 5.8 (Hard).   Gulp!  I don’t mind too much running 11 miles but very hard?  I really, really hope they’re not very hard at all.  On a good note, I found out that “Runners who run leg 6 at the Ragnar Chicago have something extra to be excited about – besides conquering the longest leg on the course.  Be prepared to receive a special gift from Pacifico as you finish Leg 6!”  Free beer for a year?  I hope so!!

3.  I am debating whether to run the Women’s Half Marathon in Minnesota on August 26, the Philadelphia Half Marathon on November 18, or The Space Coast Half Marathon in Florida on November 25. Decisions, decisions.  Have you done any of  these races?  What did you think?

Run Happy!


May 2012 in Review

I am a little late with this post.  Blame it on “feeling blah” and “ready to end this school year” attitude.  This month I ran 81.4 miles compared to 35.3 last month. Total this year is 421.18 miles.

I ran four races in May: Run to Remember 5K, First Midwest Bank Southwest Half Marathon, Y-Me Race at Your Pace,  and Fleet Feet Sports Soldier Field 10 Mile.  I did not finish the Chicago Spring Half Marathon.  I did all of these races last year and managed to not only PR on the 10 mile race but also to improve my finish time from last year on 3 out of 4 races.  Yay me!!!

Upcoming races this month include.

Ragnar Relay Chicago
Late Night 6 Glo Run
Guaranteed Rate Disco Dash 5k/10K

I will also be doing a duathlon on the 24th.  I’ve never done a duathlon and am super excited about it.  First, I will run 2 miles, a friend will bike 11 miles, and then I will run 2 more miles.  I don’t own a bike and have not been on one in years.  Well, except for an 18 mile ride last year in Ecuador in which I fell and told myself I would never get on a bike again.  Maybe next year I can do both portions.  I don’t have a time goal for the duathlon except for us to finish it.  I can’t imagine why we wouldn’t but you just never know.

Run Happy!!

Three Things Thursday

1.  I have 7 days left of school (last day is Tuesday, June 5).  Well, maybe 6 since we are going to the Museum of Science and Industry the day before our last day.  I am so excited!  This has been my most difficult year with my students.  I’ve had so many problems with them.  I am hoping that next year is better.

2.  Once school is done I will be doing a Ragnar Relay from Wisconsin to Chicago.  I am excited and nervous too.  This will be the first one I do and have no idea what to expect.  I’ve met with one of the team’s captains and she explained a few things for me.  There is another meeting in June to meet the rest of the team and discuss final details.  I need to review my packing list and make sure I have everything.

3.  In mid June I will hike at Yosemite Mountains.  I purchased a 3 day camping adventure from San Francisco.  It will be definitely be an exciting adventure.  I hope I can keep up with the walking since this trip will be a few days after the relay race.  If I get too tired I can always head back to the tent for a nap.  🙂

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Yasso 800s

A few weeks ago I read a post on Yasso 800s by Run with Jess.  Basically you run 10 x 800m at a consistently hard pace to predict your marathon finish time.  i.e. If you’re able to run each of those 10 intervals in 4 minutes, you can run a 4 hour marathon (source: Run with Jess).  Interesting concept.  I read more about it here.  On Thursday I set out to the gym for these Yassos.  I managed to do four, each one in 4:30.  Hmm, does that mean I will be able to finish a marathon in 4:30 too?  Whoa!  Not so fast.  I need to be able to do 10 and not just 4.  On Thursday I will do 4 again and slowly build up so that I am doing 10.  According to Bart Yasso, my last 10 intervals should be about 2 weeks before the marathon.

Do you incorporate Yasso 800s in your training plan?  Was it accurate?

Run Happy!

Races, DNF, and Mistakes

For the past three weekends I’ve had a race on Saturday and Sunday.  I know, crazy me.  Too many races and not enough time in between to rest.  My results are proof.  I’ve done these races last year and my finish times this year are not any better.   So frustrating!!  I have no one to blame but myself.  However, I did place 2nd place my age group in one of the races. I’ve listed the races below first listing the finish time from last year then this year.

Wrigley Start Early 10K-1:06:16; 1:05:19, CARA Lakefront 10 Miler-1:49; 1:49:43, Alivio y Salud 5K-29:48; 30:38, Run to Remember-31:14; 30:17, Palos Heights Half Marathon– 2:26:16, 2:28:03, Y-Me Race At Your Pace-30:59; 29:52.

On Saturday I ran the Chicago Spring Half MarathonLast year I registered for the half marathon but then changed to the 10K.  So glad I did because it was cold and windy.  I should have changed it to the 10K this year too.  The race was along the lakefront and I knew it was going to be flat.  However, I did not pay too much attention to the weather.  Ugh!  Big mistake!  I arrived downtown at  about 6:30 am.  The half marathon began at 7 and the 10K at 7:30.  I used the bathroom, dropped off my bag, and used the bathroom again.  I use the bathroom a few times before a race.  I get nervous EVERY SINGLE TIME.

I was off to a good start.  Weather was great and no wind.  Mile 1 came quicker than I expected.  I looked at my watch and noticed that it was only .80 of a mile.  After each mile I looked at my watch and it was still off by .20 of a mile.  Oh well.  Just keep on running.  The turnaround point was a little before mile 7.  When I saw the mile marker, my watch showed 7.05.  OK.  Much better.  By then it was windy, cold, and raining.  I did not prepare for the rain.  I was wearing shorts and a semi-cotton shirt.  I am a big fan of Champions shirt and bought a shirt that was supposed to wick moisture.  Umm, I guess it is not the same thing as rain.  I was soaking wet.  I was cold too.  I knew I was not going to finish the race.

I saw an ambulance a little before mile 8 and asked the driver if he was heading over to the finish line.  Not yet is what I was told.  I got in the van and was given a blanket and heating pad to warm up.  Also, one of the workers gave me a plastic blue gown to wear.  I was close to a major street and thought that I could get a cab to get my car and go home.  Why bother running?  I was so cold and could not run anymore.  I realized that I had no cash nor a credit card.  I was so mad at myself because I usually run with one or both of them.  This time nothing!  I had no choice but to walk.  I saw mile marker 8 and realized I still had 5 more miles to go.  That is more than an hour.

Runners passed me up.  I was angry because I had not prepared for the rain; no jacket and was I wearing the wrong shirt?  I was even more angry because I had no cash nor a credit card for emergencies.  I had an emergency and I couldn’t do anything about it.  I had no choice but to keep on walking.  The rain stopped but I was still cold.  There were no other runners.  I was definitely the last one.  I realized that I’d better hurry up because I had left my bag at the gear check and I did not want to lose it.  Around mile 11 I alternated between walking and running.  I caught up with two runners from the race.

Finally I arrived at the finish line but did not cross it.  I had thrown away my bib because the plan was to not finish the race.  I was wrong.  I managed to finish it whether I wanted to or not.  I have no official finish time but I know it was about 3 hours after I started the race.  That was my first “DNF”.  I picked up my bag and went home.  Oh well, I guess runners have at least one horrible race.  I learned to ALWAYS, ALWAYS from now on run with cash and a credit card.  No buts.  I never want to go through that again.

Run Happy!