Thursday, April 8, 2010

this week

What a crazy week! I am back in my hometown in Ohio right now for my step mom's big 5-0. And yes she is so young! I looped it with a work trip so there is a lot going on right now.

I realized on my Tuesday run that I never "officially" said what I was training for. And Kim left a comment asking if I had officially announced a race. I realized that while I had a goal in my head I had not announced it! I started training for the Cleveland Marathon not really sure I would sign up but the cost was going up in April so at the end of March I officially signed up for the Cleveland Marathon again. While I don't expect fabulousness from this race I am excited because there are so many friends and acquaintances running the 10K, half, and full! I love having people I know running (even if it is from high school 13 years ago!) I would love to break 4 hours though I am not sure based off of my training it is going to happen this time around... I am confident in that I know the course and I know my abilities. I hope to not repeat my craptastic showing last year. And my sister is planning on running a few miles with me again!

So this week. I had two back to back 12 milers early in the week. I turned 1 into a 11 easy (Monday right after my intense LR) and the Tuesday run was 12 with 7 at tempo. Whoa mama, that hurt. I had fears and definitely thought there was no way I could run 7 straight miles at my desired 15K pace. It's crazy, every time I see a nutso plan on my schedule I've convinced myself I can't do it. But then I surprise myself and pull something out, amazing or not! As far as Tuesday's tempo, I will say I did take a small break in between some miles to load up on water and bloks but I came close to my desired pace. Not ideal but a heck of a lot better than I thought!

Since I am home in OHIO I knew it would be tough to fit in a 20 miler. So before my 5 1/2 hour drive Thursday I woke up at 5 am to run 20 miles. Originally I was going to run on Friday morning before work but heels after a 20 miles and walking around a hospital seemed much worse than my recovery socks in the car. I am not a morning person or good at early morning running... so my time not so good. BUT... I did it! My legs didn't wake up until 7 miles or so and my time SUCKED. But it was on an early Thursday morning after a previously very long travel day that started at 4 am and ended 17 hours later, (and while holding my bathroom break for nearly 12 miles because all the bathrooms were closed). I only hope I can pick up the pace race day!

I'm not sure what to think of today's run. I'm happy not to be too sore but I still have 11-12 more miles to get done this week. I felt so much better in the later miles but the start was absolutely horrible. I am not sure Cleveland is the venue to break 4 hours. I just hope I can do better than I did last year!

14 comments:

Jeri said...

20 miles is 20 miles sista fast slow or in between. :)

aron said...

that 12 with 7 tempo run is BRUTAL! great job getting it done, this is a huge week! exciting about the cleveland marathon - sounds like it will be a fun one :)

Marlene said...

You are busting out those miles! Good job getting that 20 done and enjoy the rest of your time in Ohio!

MCM Mama said...

Getting the 20 done was the important part! Way to go fitting all those miles in with your crazy life.

J said...

Enjoy the time at home, have a great weekend and great job on the 20 miler!! I have worn heels after a morning long run and I always wonder what I was thinking! It kills my feet!

kilax said...

I hope you are having fun at home! :)

Do you read eri-thon? She is running the Cleveland 10K I think (May 15th, right?). Way to go on your tempo run and 20-miler! :)

bill carter said...

Hi Jamie

I wish I was doing Cleveland this year. I really like that course and think it is one of the faster ones I have ever run. My wife's family is still mostly there and they would totally come out and support.

Take care and best of luck with your training.

BTW, I agree 20 miles is 20 miles...fast, slow whatever.

kristen said...

.....But then I surprise myself and pull something out....remember you said this. Don't underestimate what your capable of girl!

20 milers are no joke. Doesn't matter how slow. Good for you.

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runner26 said...

great job on the 20!! those are tough! and i'm sure cleveland will be a blast--sometimes when the pressure's off, great things happen!

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Whoa! Nice work!!

The Laminator said...

Wow, 20 miles, done! Great job!
I think you are well on your way to having a great time in Cleveland. Woohoo!

Susie said...

I just had to run a 4mile tempo run and struggled with it!!! Good Job!!!

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