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Coming Up For Air

11 Feb

Wow! I cannot tell you guys how busy I have been over the past several days. I came up with a pretty brilliant idea over the weekend if I do say so myself. I decided to take that idea and run with it. I have been glued to the computer in all my waking hours for the past … umm, what day is it? Yea, you get the idea. I have no concept of time at the moment. So, the big unveil. I have created an online running magazine for my local area. I’ve created social media outlets (you know, facebook and twitter) to go hand-in-hand with it and I just took it live. I have worked my butt off in the last 4 days and I seriously need a break. Continue reading

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Goals Moving Forward

24 Nov

I got out for an easy 3 mile recovery run this morning. It felt great. My legs have practically no pain whatsoever. My right calf is a tiny bit tight but I expect that to loosen up by tomorrow or the next day. I keep hearing from different people here and there that this is a sign of being properly trained. Perhaps that’s true. I certainly don’t want to push things. Actually, I have no need to do so and I’m just going to take things very easy over the next week or two.

I was thinking about my pace in the marathon, my overall average pace was 8:41 minute miles. Do you know that this was my average pace for my debut half marathon, my first big goal race, 2½ years ago? A 1:53:54 debut HM isn’t too shabby and in two years I transferred that over to my debut marathon pace. I’m really proud of that fact.

I am now entering winter mode. I have no goals with my running right now. I’m not even going to schedule anything but simply go run when I feel like it. In fact, I am ditching both my Garmin and my Ironman watches and not even keeping track of pace or mileage until I’m ready to get back into training. I am going to run whatever I feel like running from day to day with absolutely no guilt. My focus is now shifting back to the weight lifting. My main goal with the strength training will be to build my running muscles, particularly my quads, glutes and core, and prepare them for some major hill training. I’m talking major.

Since I definitely plan to run Boston in 2011 I am going to have to be strong for the hills. In preparation for Boston I have decided that the Steamtown Marathon will be an ideal training race. I can take a break from the heavy training, ease back into it next Summer and then continue with the endurance training until Boston. However, I am not losing sight of my love for half marathons and plan to train for our local race, the Lehigh Valley Half Marathon. I have a fondness for this race, probably because I train on parts of this course and it is beautiful. Also, it is super convenient since it starts about 15 minutes from my house.

I recently stated on the kickrunners forum that may main running goal in 2010 is to improve my speed. Over the Spring and Summer I want to focus on improving at the 5k distance and get back into track workouts. I never thought I’d love them as much as I do.

I am looking forward to the next couple months of easy running and change of focus. This is about as far as I’ve gotten with extended goals for the time being.

Just A Quickie

22 Nov

I did it!! I finished my first marathon today, I beat my goal time/pace and I qualified for Boston!!

I’ll be back tomorrow to post more details.

Finishing time: 3:47:43

StatCounter

20 Oct

I love StatCounter. It is so interesting to see how people land on my site via keyword searches, which countries are represented in my stats and which pages are popular. Simply by having a blog roll I can bring in even more traffic to this blog that otherwise would not visit me. More information than I’ll ever need. I can also see trends and figure out who is visiting.

So, dear blog visitor from Macungie, PA, step up and reveal yourself. You’re right here in my neck of the woods and I’d love to know who you are.

And I'm Off!

18 Oct

It’s dark o’clock and I’m heading out for a two hour drive to the Jersey shore for the Seaside Half Marathon. Race starts at 10:00 am. Hopefully by then any expected rain will magically disappear, the skies will open and the sun will shine.

Hey, you can wish you know.

The weather right now is calm and the temperatures for later this morning are the same as they were yesterday, maybe up a degree or two. They are forecasting 100% rain and winds so nothing has changed there. That’s okay. I’m going to do this.

I’m trying to eat my oatmeal but I’m sick to my stomach. Good and bad. Race nerves I can handle but I need my nutrition.

Yesterday’s distraction was PERFECT! I saw my high school field hockey friends at my alma mater’s field hockey reunion. 50 years of field hockey and representatives from the 1960’s through the 2000’s. It was very, very neat and we watched our nationally ranked #1 team, Emmaus, kick butt on the field. Being a nationally ranked field hockey team our school now has an astro turf field, ball girls and they play under the big lights at night. (Ball girls – think tennis and the ball boys. Same thing.) Such a far cry from when I was playing 26-23 years ago. A group of us met up for lunch and then spent the rest of the day and night together. I didn’t want to go home but it was 8:30 pm and I needed my sleep. Afterall, today is the big day.

I’ll be sticking around after the race to join in the post-race celebrations so chances are I may not be posting results until tomorrow.

Now That's More Like It

8 Oct

Ahhh, my sneakers did not arrive like I was hoping. Hopefully in the next day or two. As of 12 am this morning they were in Illinois. Gotta love UPS tracking.

I ran over at the Parkway again this afternoon. It was pretty crowded with the retiree fishermen today, probably because it was so gorgeous outside. 65° and 35% humidity. It even felt a little too warm toward the end of my run. Two back to back 50+ weeks had taken their toll on my legs earlier this week. My legs were feeling just a bit fatigued and it felt harder to hit my paces. I think that running in the afternoon as opposed to first thing in the morning is a definite factor as well but I will surely get use to that as Autumn progresses. I decided to skip my scheduled tempo run today and just do an easy run as a way to help my legs recover and get ready for my race weekend coming up. No, not this weekend, next weekend. I’m glad I did. I ended up having a really good run, back to hitting my 8:30 paces far easier than in the last couple of weeks. It felt good. My breathing was easy. I was a little worried there for a minute but if I just drop the mileage a bit I should be fine.

Recovery Running

7 Oct

Remember in my post yesterday where I was questioning the possibility of afternoon running effecting me negatively? I think it’s true. I got up this morning for an easy recovery run and let me just tell you that the entire effort felt much more natural than the afternoon running. Thing is, the afternoon running isn’t going to stop. Getting up in the dark for some of my longer mid-week runs is really tough and when I don’t actually have to run then and I can instead run in the middle of the afternoon. I’ll pick the afternoon any day. Especially this winter when it will actually be the warmest part of the day with the most sunlight. I just have to get use to it.

The past few mornings have been pretty chilly, low 40’s chilly. So, I set out capris and a long sleeve top for this morning only to open the door and get hit in the face with low 60° temperatures. So, back inside to change into shorts and a t-shirt. That was much better. I almost, almost, skipped this morning’s run. Running in the rain was kind of a turn off for me and since I have a free hour and a half later today I could always push the run back until then. Egh. I decide to go for it and I’m glad that I did. The rain cleared up and the sun is even starting to shine right now.

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of some new sneakers today. I hope they arrive today. It would be great to be able to run in them tomorrow. I am totally hooked on these New Balance 769’s. My first pair, the pair that I won over at the Runners’ Lounge last Spring are still going strong. I am at 300 miles with no leg issues. In the past in all other brands of sneakers that I’ve tried (Asics, Saucony, Puma) I develop shin splints once the shoe mileage hits 250. I have become the biggest fan of the NB769. This time I ordered the bright pink breast cancer 769. Now I’ll be able to differentiate between the first two pair and this one. My first two pair are both the exact color, white with orange trim. I can no longer tell which is the new pair and which is the old pair so I’ve written on them with a Sharpie so that I can distinguish which is which. It was time for a new color.

I keep forgetting to point you in the direction of Amanda‘s blog. I’m trying to win a pair of Moeben arm sleeves in her giveaway contest and I get one entry for a link back. Go check out her site. I’ve been following her for quite a while now, good stuff ….