Thursday, July 29, 2010

Your attention please

We interrupt this usually rather quiet blog for a midweek post:

Someone please remind me to never again train for a half marathon in the summer. Unless I move to Alaska. Or Maine.

Never. Ever. Ever. Ever.


That is all.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Disneyland Half Marathon Training: Week 8

How amazing that the race is 6 weeks from today! I can't believe how fast it's going!

Monday - 50 minute run/swam 8 laps (1/4 mile)
Tuesday - 40 minute bike ride
Wednesday - rest
Thursday - 50 minute run plus form drills
Friday - 30 minute bike ride/swam 16 laps (1/2 mile)
Saturday - 4.4 mile run
Sunday - rest

I was pleased to get swimming in this week! A friend of mine has taken up Couch to 5K and she's also started swimming, so twice this week we met to let our kids play and swim while we got our lap swimming in! She is a super fast swimmer, so as soon as her endurance builds, she will be dominating the swimming. I think I've convinced her to do the My First Triathlon with me next spring!! I think it would be so much fun to have a big group of ladies doing it together! :)

Friday's 16 laps was the most I have ever done before. I was excited that I was actually able to do it! I did 4 sets of 3 laps, then the last set I did 4 laps! I remember just a few months ago when 2 laps made me feel like I was going to drown! I think next time I will try to do 4 sets of 4 laps. I have only been doing 8 laps which is the distance I will need for the triathlon, but I think I will keep working on 16 laps. It sure can't hurt to be able to complete twice the distance, especially since the swimming will be at the lake instead of a pool.

Running this week went well, despite the heat and humidity. We've been having heat advisories all week - heat index in the 105-110 range. On Friday when we left the pool, my car said it was 105 outside. That's just miserable! I go running at dawn and it's already dreadfully hot and humid. I'll really be glad when it's fall.

So this was the last week of dropping back in distance before taper madness! It's 3 weeks of hard work from here! I know I can do it, but I admit to being nervous about doing it in this weather! The key will be to stay hydrated! :)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Disneyland Half Marathon Training: Week 7

I'm now officially halfway through training! It's so exciting!!

Monday - run 50 minutes
Tuesday - bike 40 minutes
Wednesday - rest
Thursday - run 45 minutes, plus form drills
Friday - bike 34 minutes
Saturday - 7 mile run
Sunday - rest

This week was a good one for training, though I didn't get to go to the pool to do any laps. We were really busy with appointments and activities, and didn't get to the pool even once. :( I'm hoping to get to the pool this coming Friday since my "long run" on Saturday will only be 4 miles!

I got my outfit/costume all ready for the race! I'm going to be wearing a white singlet, a red athletic skirt from RunningSkirts.com, a black bondi band, and a Minnie Mouse headband. It's going to be very, very cute! There is a chance that the ROTE runners will be able to order a red sequined skirt from SparkleSkirts.com, but it will all depend on how fast they can get them in. It would have to be to me within 2 weeks so I could at least do my 8 miler and 10 miler in it to make sure there are no issues. We'll just have to see. Sparkles would be way too cute, but plain red will be fine as well! :)

On to the last half of training!!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Disneyland Half Marathon Training: Week 6

The humidity returned, as I knew it would! It makes such a huge difference! UGH!

Monday - bike 40 minutes
Tuesday - run 45 minutes
Wednesday - rest
Thursday - run 45 minutes, plus form drills
Friday - bike 31 minutes, swim 8 laps
Saturday - run 6 miles
Sunday - rest

It was another good week for training (except for the humidity). I was especially glad to get some time in the pool yesterday. The lap lanes were full, though, which was a bummer. The lifeguard suggested I could share a lap lane with someone but that was too far outside my comfort zone. I muttered something about being a bad swimmer and not wanting to ruin someone else's workout and decided to try to swim laps in the regular pool area where other people were. It was OK, but not nearly as good as a nice quiet lap lane. I'll be glad when everyone goes back to school and I can have my pool back again! LOL I did manage to do two sets of 4 laps, or pretty close to it anyway. And I also got to experience what it feels like to have people splash you and have rougher water than a lap lane provides. It's going to be really interesting to try to swim in the lake. Blech.

Today's "long run" was actually shorter than any long run since March. I think my legs were probably wondering why we were stopping already! But it'll be good to get a little down time on the legs before next week's push up again!

I wore my new shoes all week. I'm really liking them! I hope they continue to work well for me, and that they will last until Christmas when I can ask/save up for some new shoes! :)

It's hard to believe that I'm nearly halfway done with training already! Oh, and can you believe I got a jury duty summons for the first week of August? That's the 2nd to biggest week of training! Of course, that's what I worry the most about, not the fact that I don't have anyone to watch the children and my husband might have to either take them to work with him or try to work from home OR we might have to leave the 14 year old home in charge of his sisters all day. Nah, that's not what I'm worried about! LOL It's all about my training schedule! ;) I'm sure it'll all work out... guess I'll be running at 5:30 in the morning!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

My first Peachtree!

Around the Atlanta area, if you tell someone you are going to "Run the Peachtree" they don't bat an eyelash. They know that you are talking about the annual 10K road race held each 4th of July in the downtown area. It is billed as the world's largest 10K race, with 55,000 participants and it even sells out within days of the registration opening! My mom works for one of the sponsors, so I got to register early as guests, which eliminated any registration pressure!

The size of the race really intimidated me - did a number on me for sure. I was so nervous that I didn't really get to enjoy the idea of the race. I was just so nervous. I left at 5:10 to pick up my BFF so we could head to the train station to go into downtown.
Here I am in at the start for our wave. It was an absolutely lovely morning... the skies were clear, the temperature moderate, low humidity!
My BFF got a good shot of me running! :)
I loved seeing the Atlanta Skyline in the distance! We were heading that way! :)
And in the end, I got the coveted "Peachtree Road Race Finisher's Shirt"! :)

The atmosphere was so much fun. I've never seen anything like it, not even at the Princess. At the Princess, there were some slow areas where there were no characters or people cheering and it was quiet. There wasn't a quiet spot on this course! There were bands, and restaurants, and people cheering through every single section! Yes, it's half the distance, but it was just amazing! I wonder if the Disneyland Half will be more like this since it runs through a city?!

I ended up having a great time and look forward to running this race again in the future! :)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Disneyland Half Marathon Training: Week 5

It's going by so quickly!

Monday - run 45 minutes
Tuesday - bike 31 minutes
Wednesday - rest
Thursday - run 45 minutes
Friday - bike 30 minutes
Saturday - rest
Sunday - Peachtree Road Race (10K)

The oppressive heat and humidity continued all week long. It's really hard to get out and run when it is so miserable outside. It's definitely unpleasant. I find myself longing for the cold weather again! It's nuts! :)

But it appears the weather is taking a turn for the better just in time for the race tomorrow! The forecast calls for it to be 67 degrees and 75% humidity at the start time for my wave. That would be lovely compared to the 74 degrees and 97% humidity I've been running in the last few weeks!

On a side note, I got the wave start placement screw-up fixed and I'll be starting in the correct wave! My husband drove down to the offices during his lunch hour on Tuesday and switched out bibs for my BFF and me! He's really such a good guy! This means I'll be starting (and finishing!) 20 minutes earlier, which can mean a big difference in the GA heat!
I'm still quite nervous about the race tomorrow. There are 55,000 runners!! That's a lot of people to put on a road together. And we're going to have to take the Marta system (subway) which I'm not very familiar with. And then there is the matter of "cardiac hill" during the 4th mile. So my nerves are on high alert! LOL But I'm sure it will all be fine, and I'll be sure to take my camera with me so I can take pictures! Check back tomorrow afternoon for updates!