Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tuesday Training

Tuesday training was last night. It was a gorgeous night for running! Perfect conditions. Did 2 lower loops and one cat hill. My legs were still a little tired from the weekend, so I took it easy.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Running filled weekend

Definitely did a lot of running this weekend. Got up on Saturday for my last long run prior to the marathon. And it was raining. And not a little bit of rain, a lot of rain. But marathon training does not wait for nice weather, so I ran. In the rain. Got the 20 miles done. I felt good, towards the end I started to get some rubbing in my shoes from the wet socks, but other then that it was a good run.

On Sunday, I did the Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff 5M in Central Park. It was cold (only 53 degrees), but a nice cold. Ran it nice and slow (still recovering from the 20 miler, so no need to push it) and finished in 47:46 - a 9:33 min per mile pace. Not bad for my first race from Chicago.

Only 20 days until Philly!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Good run

Had a great run last night. I couldn't run on Tuesday night with the Team because I was bag watching (all mentors take turns bagwatching so everyone else can run), so I ran last night. And since it was gross and rainy, I ran inside. Typically, I don't like running on the treadmill. I usually find it boring and extremely tiring. But last night, I had a great run. After warming up for 5 mins, I ran for another 50 mins at a 10:00 min pace and even some for a 9:50 mile pace. Felt comfortable, prolly could have kept running. Feeling back to myself for Philly!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Weekend Run

Went for my first "true" long run since Chicago this weekend. Did about 13 miles and let me tell you it was tough. My legs definitely took a long time to feel good again. But I did it and its over. One last long run next weekend - 18-20 miles - left before Philly.

On a side note, went looking for road bikes this weekend so I can do some tri's next year. I am freaking nuts!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Its official!

It's official - I have lost my mind! I just registered for the Philadelphia marathon. Holy crap, I'm crazy!

Monday, October 15, 2007

This weekend

Got a nice and short run in this weekend. Ran 5 miles on Saturday with the team. Before our run, we had a meeting with Coach Ramon to discuss the Philly Marathon and logistics. Looks like its gonna be a team of about 40 or so people. Insane!

Friday, October 12, 2007

All recovered

Well, I'm all recovered from Chicago. My quads are still a little tight, but nothing too bad. Believe it or not, I'm ready to start running again. As I said before, I'm considering doing the Philly marathon on the 18th. Ramon is holding a meeting tomorrow morning to discuss. Can't believe I'm so insane! But some of my teammates are considering doing it, so I'm not alone :) I'll keep you all posted on my decision.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Chicago Re-cap

Well, the Chicago marathon has come and gone. And let me tell you, it was one for the books. While I finished, it was most definitely one of the hardest things I've done. It was super hot in Chicago - so hot in fact that it was record breaking. Yup, record breaking. The temp reached close to 90 degrees. It was insane out. I just tried to drink as much water and gatorade as possible in order to stay hydrated. It was not an easy job. I was drinking 2 cups of gatorade at every station and pouring as much water on me as possible to stay cool. I was also putting ice in my hat to keep my head cool. The ground was un-godly hot. By Mile 17, my feet were on fire. And to top it all off, at Mile 23.5, the marathon was CANCELLED. That's right, cancelled. We were allowed to continue, but we're encouraged to walk. I still got to complete the entire 26.2 and cross the finish line. It was unreal. There were ambulances everywhere and people collapsed on the side of the course due to the heat. The heat just got to everyone.

I did finish, and I am very proud of it (especially considering the heat factor), but I do feel like I missed the true Chicago experience (although I won't be running there again for a while). Some of our team members weren't even able to finish! Ramon is organizing a team for the Philly marathon on November 18th for people who feel "cheated". I am seriously considering running it. Hmmmm. I'll be making a decision soon.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Less then 1 week!

OMG - the marathon is in 6 days. I can't believe its here already. All season it seemed super far away and now its here. YAY.

This week is all about the taper and relaxing. No working out this week. 40 min run on Tuesday and 30 mins on Thursday and that's it.

This past week we ran for 50 mins along the westside highway. The weather was gorgeous and perfect for a run. People running long had a great day for it.