January 2013 in Review

This month I ran 90.01 miles compared to 81.62 last month.

I ran two half marathons in January:  Mississippi Blues Half Marathon and Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon.  Both races were very different course wise and weather.  I enjoyed both of them and was very pleased with my finish times.

Next month I only have one race on February 10th in St. Petersburg.  It should be warm and sunny and I am looking forward to it.

I love that my training plan only includes three runs each week.  However, I am so bad with the cross training.  I just don’t like it.  I find it boring.  On the days that I have to cross train, I find an excuse not to do it such as “I’m too tired”.

This is my new friend.  I love how this makes my legs feel after a run.  Don’t get me wrong, it does hurt when I use it but it still feels good.

January in Review


Weekly Workouts, January 21-27, 2013

Workouts this week:

Tuesday  – 12 x 400 (90 sec RI)

Thursday – 1 mile easy, 2 miles @ mid tempo, 1 mile easy, 2 miles @ mid tempo, 1 mile easy
Saturday -9 miles at HMP, 10 minutes walking

Total ran this week was 22.80.

I just love my speed workouts!  This week I alternated speeds of 7.0, 7.1, and 7.2.  My goal is to eventually do all of them at 7.2. Next week’s workouts should be interesting: 400, 600, 800, 1200, 800, 600, 400 (90 sec RI)

Do you like or dislike speed workouts?

Just Keep Running!

Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon

Done, state #12 and my second race of 2013.  This is the first of many Rock ‘n’ Roll races I will be doing this year.

I arrived in Phoenix on Saturday morning and took the light rail to meet up with my friend L at the motel. From there we went to the expo.  I love, love the expo!!  As mentioned in a previous post, I bought lots of goodies.

Race morning came and I was up at 5:30 am.  I got dressed, made coffee, and ate a Clif Bar.  I was still hungry so I also ate a waffle.  Doesn’t it look delicious?



It was dark when I arrived at the start line.  I got in line to use the port-a-potty and then checked my bag.  I was cold.  But ready or not, I was going to rock ‘n’ roll!!  It was such a beautiful morning once the sun was out.

Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Half Marathon

My goal was to set a PR (2:20:00).  I got a little ambitious and decided to run with the 2:15 pace group.  See, I even had a cute wristband to help me stay on pace.  I was doing good until about mile 4.25 when I stopped to eat a Gu.  I then tried to keep up with them but they were about 15 seconds ahead of me.  Do the pace leaders ever stop to drink water or gatorade or eat a Gu?  I ate another Gu at mile 8 but by then my legs felt like lead so I decided to take a walk break.


See the cute Bondi Band headband?  It fell off at mile 6.  Yeah, I was disappointed.  I felt it slide down and then turned around to pick it up but by then there were other runners coming towards me and I was not about to cause an accident there.  On the website it is advertised as “no slip”.  Hmm, that was not the case here because it did slip.  Oh well, I think for next time I will secure it with bobby pins.


The course was flat and I was very happy about that.  There was a slight and long incline around mile 8 but I hardly felt it.  The sun was shining but it wasn’t hot at all.  I don’t remember much about the course except that it was flat.  I wish I had taken more pictures but I guess I was focused on staying on pace.


Did I PR?  Nope.  My finish time was 2:20:49.  I missed it by less than a minute.  I am disappointed but yet happy at the same time.  However, I did run faster than the Mississippi Blues Half Marathon.  I know that I ran strong and I will PR this year in another race.

Overall, it was a great race with perfect weather.  Flat course which is always a plus!  The volunteers did a great job and the crowd support was AMAZING!  I am not  a big fan of RnR races because of their prices but I purchased a TourPass which gives me “free registration” for their races this year. Next race is in St. Petersburg and it is advertised as “flat and fast”.  Looking forward to it!

Just Keep Running!

Weekly Workouts, January 14-20, 2013

Workouts this week:

Tuesday – 6 x 400 (400 RI)
Thursday – 1 mile easy, 2 miles @ mid tempo, 1 mile easy, 2 miles @  mid tempo, 1 mile easy
Did not do this.  I had a meeting at school till 8:30 and was too tired to run afterwards.
Saturday – Half Marathon
Done but ran on Sunday instead of Saturday.Total ran this week was 18.17.

The speed workouts were easier than my warm up.  Weird!  I set the treadmill at 5.8 to warm up and had to stop and walk because I could not keep up with it.  I ran the next 6 x 400 repeats alternating between 6.9 and 7.0.

Yesterday I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon.  Great race and awesome weather!!  I will write a recap in the next day or so.

Right now I have a cold.  🙁  Thank goodness I have the day off so I can rest, grade papers, and watch the Presidental Inauguration.

Just Keep Running!

Rock ‘n’ Roll Expo in Arizona

I LOVE their expos!!!

I bought a Brooks shirt, Pro Compression socks, two Bondi Band headbands, SnuggBuds headphones, and a pink Fellow Flower.

I saw Frank Shorter but almost did not recognize him because of his beard. I think he is a handsome man but the beard is a no no.

For the first time I had the Gatorade Cucumber Lime flavor. Delicious!!!

For sure I am looking forward to the next expo in St. Petersburg next month. Let’s see what I buy there.

Just Keep Running!