Mountains2Beach Marathon on the Schedule

I know that you probably think that all I can focus on and talk about right now is the Boston Marathon that is only 17 days away.  You are partially correct, but I have added another race to this spring’s schedule.  It is the Mountains2Beach Marathon in California on May 26th.  The race starts in Ojai and ends on the beach path in Ventura.  Combining 2 of my loves…running and the beach…sign me up!  I can’t wait!

I was scheduled to run this marathon last year in an attempt to qualify for Boston, but my son’s appendix decided it didn’t want me to go away that weekend.  Instead, I traded a hotel bed in Ventura for a hospital chair next to my son and traded some race day Gu for some Starbucks that my friend brought us.  It was a worthy trade.  My son told me after his surgery that he was sorry that I missed another race (I had missed one the month before when he broke his arm).  I told him there was no place I would have rather been at that moment and I wholeheartedly meant it.

Yes, that is also a cast on his was a rough month for my little guy!

After appendix suregery and, yes, that is also a cast on his arm…it was a rough month for my little guy!

The race director was kind enough to defer my entry to this year.  I am so appreciative of that because I know most races will not do this (and I have lost my fair share of registration fees these past few years to know!).  I also hear that this race is a good Boston Qualifier, and I’m really hoping to qualify so I can run Boston in 2014 since it will be on my birthday!

What makes this race even more exciting (if it could get any more exciting), is that I get to run it with my BRF (best running friend), Sherri.  We ran our first marathon together over a year ago at the Phoenix Rock n Roll race and have been trying to run another marathon together ever since.  May 26th will be our time, finally!

Sherri and me running the Phoenix Rock n Roll Marathon, January 2012

Sherri and me running the Phoenix Rock n Roll Marathon, January 2012, that’s me with the jazz hands

Anyone want to join us in California?  There is also a half marathon and 5k.

Marathon Monday – It’s Getting Closer!

Look what I got in the mail this weekend:

boston paperwork

I cannot believe that in just 3 weeks I will be running the streets of Boston, pinch me!  My bib number is 17771 and I am in wave 2, corral 9.  The start time for wave 2 is 10:20.  I have never started a race that late in the morning, so that should be an interesting experience.  Hopefully my body will still be on Mountain Standard Time and it will feel like 8:20, because I only ever run in the mornings.

I had a decent week of training.  I ended up taking 2 days off, which wasn’t planned, but I was listening to my body, so that’s the way it went.  Here is a recap of the week of training:

Miles ran: 50.5.  Unfortunately, I’ve been stuck on the treadmill most of this week thanks to daylight savings and it not getting light out until about 6:45 in the morning.

Monday – 9 miles on the treadmill, including 2 x 3 mile repeats just slightly faster than marathon pace.  My marathon pace that I’m using to base my training off of has been 8:34 which translates to a 3:45 marathon, which just happens to be my Boston Qualifying time.  Do I think I can run this fast at Boston in just 3 weeks?  Nope, not really, but I do hope to run this time sometime in the next 6 months so I can qualify for the 2014 Boston race.

Tuesday – 7 miles on the treadmill, slow recovery run.

Wednesday – Rest day, yay!

Thursday – 12 miles on the treadmill.  Seeing as this was a long mid-week run, I had to get up at 4:30 to get to the gym, get the miles done and get home in time for kids, shower, work.  I finally hit my marathon pace run, thanks to the mill.  As I’ve mentioned the past few weeks, I just cannot seem to hit marathon pace while running outside.  So, seeing as I was “forced” (there was really no forcing, I love the treadmill) to run on the treadmill, I knew I had a better chance of hitting the 10 miles I needed at marathon pace, but I was still nervous since it was such a long run.  The run went great and I indeed got those 10 miles all around pace.  Unfortunately, I don’t know of any indoor treadmill marathon races in which you can qualify for Boston, so I guess I will just keep trying to work on my outdoor speed…

Friday – 6.5.  This was supposed to be a 7 mile slow easy run, but just before 6.5 miles I felt a new niggle pop up in my hamstring.  I decided it was not worth it to finish the last half a mile, so I just stopped and did some extra stretching and foam rolling.

Saturday –  Took the day off because of the hamstring niggle.  As one of my friends told me, “It’s better to get to the race a little under-trained than over-trained.”  I keep reminding myself of this.

Sunday –  16 miles.  I had planned on running 16 on Saturday, but since that didn’t happen, I decided to give it a try on Sunday.  Although, I was not at all sure how it would go, thanks to my cranky hamstring.  I decided to take it super easy and did a little run/walk plan.  I walked about 45-60 seconds each mile.  I ran 4 miles and then met up with my friend, Sherri, and she kindly agreed to do the run/walk with me.  We did another 12 miles together and I was happy that my hamstring cooperated.  I was so grateful to have her company on this run and just be able to talk away the miles.

Have you ever done a run/walk program or used it in a race?  I did it in a marathon a year and a half ago and it was the first time that I went sub 4 hours.  I’m thinking maybe I will do this in Boston since I’m definitely under-trained and have not done many long runs.

Thoughts on under-training vs. over-training?  Do you push it to the limits in your training and hope for the best? 

SPIbelt Contest

I talked about my love for the SPIbelt here.  I used it a ton while I was in New York City for what ended up being my own un-official NYC Marathon thanks to Hurricane Sandy.  But I also use it for things non-running related, like when I go for a hike on the trails near our house or a quick walk to the grocery store.  I know I’ll be sporting it once again when I run the Boston Marathon next month because I want to have my iPhone handy to whip out and take pictures along the course.

Sporting my handy SPIbelt with the NYC skyline in the distance

Sporting my handy SPIbelt with the NYC skyline in the distance

Through April 15th SPIbelt is having a video contest to show how people use their SPIbelt for different purposes in every day life.  If you have a SPIbelt or have been wanting to get one, I suggest you go grab it and film a video showing how you use it.  You could win 2 airline tickets!  I know I could certainly use some free airfare to help support my racing addiction.  Here is the link to the SPIbelt contest.  Good luck!

Do you have a SPIbelt?  If so, what do you use it for?

If you won 2 airline tickets, where would you fly to?

Marathon Monday – Spring Break Week

I’m back from Spring Break in Tucson.  It was great to get away and relax for a bit.  This was my view for much of the week:

poolI love visiting my dad in Tucson.  He lives in a beautiful retirement community with pools and golf courses and he takes great care of us while we are there.  I’m so blessed to have such an awesome dad.  The weather could not have been better, in the 80s most of the week we were there.  Perfect lounging at the pool weather.  The kids got to swim every day and I got to rest and relax, all in all, a much needed vacation.

On to the week of training:

Miles ran: 32.  This was not what I was hoping for, but I had to roll with the punches this week.  I got a stomach bug for 2 days that kept me in bed, so running wasn’t even an option.  The third day of missed running this week, was purely for fun and a mental break.

Monday – 6 easy miles on the treadmill before hopping in the car to drive to Tucson.

Tuesday – I woke up with a terrible stomach bug and proceeded to not get out of bed all day.  Not the best way to start a vacation.

Wednesday – This is usually my rest day, but I had hoped to be up and out of bed and get to do the workout I had missed on Tuesday, however, I was still really wiped out and hadn’t eaten in 24 hours, so a run was about the last thing I wanted to do.

Thursday – 10 miles outside in Tucson.  Thursday’s are a marathon pace run day in the Hanson’s Training Plan, and I have yet to hit one of these workouts since my injury.  I gave it a try, but only managed 5 miles at marathon pace.  Definitely disheartening, as it was supposed to be 9 miles at pace, but at least I got some miles in, and it was a gorgeous day in Tucson, so I’ll take it.

Friday – 6 easy slow recovery miles

Saturday – 0.  This was supposed to be a 10 mile day, but when my husband suggested that he blow off his workout (he is training for an Ironman in June) and we go for a walk, I thought it sounded great.  This is huge for me, seeing as I am rather Type A when it comes to my marathon training plans and I rarely miss a workout, unless due to injury.  I felt only a little guilty not getting my run in, but mostly I let myself enjoy the nice walk we went on and embrace the time with my hubby.

This is what blowing off a 10 mile run looks like!

This is what blowing off a 10 mile run looks like!

Sunday – 10 miles back home in Albuquerque.

4 weeks to Boston!

Do you ever blow off a work out?  If so, do you feel guilty about it?


Marathon Monday – High Mileage Week

Can it really be just 5 weeks until Boston?  While I’m excited and cannot wait to get to Boston, I’m also a bit in disbelief that it is coming up so soon.  The good news is that I had another great week of training.  I feel that my calf issues are about 90% gone and for that I am very grateful.  Let’s get to the recap of last week’s training:

Miles ran: 57!  This ties my high mileage week from when I was training for the New York City Marathon last Fall.  Most of the miles are still on the slow side because I’m choosing to trade the speed for some extra mileage right now as I’m coming back from injury.  It may not be the smartest way to do it, but it’s working for me and I’m loving running this amount of mileage.  Plus it is matching up with the Hanson’s Marathon Plan that I am following.

Monday – 7 easy miles on the treadmill

Tuesday – 9 miles outside, including 3 x 2 mile repeats.  I made myself do this workout outside since I usually find comfort in doing the faster paced workouts on the treadmill and I know I need to challenge myself to hold pace outside where it seems so much harder for me.  It was good to push myself out of my comfort zone, although I’m still not back at full speed because I am hesitant of how my calves will hold up.

Wednesday – Off

Thursday – 11.5 miles outside.  Another run that I made myself do outside.  With the Hanson’s Plan, the Thursday runs are supposed to be at marathon pace, but this just hasn’t been happening for me (unless I head to the treadmill, which I’m trying to break myself of).  So, instead, I took a route that has a good bit of hills in so I could at least get some slow paced hill work done.

Friday – 6.5 easy slow recovery miles outside with Maverick

Maverick and me after our morning run

Maverick and me after our morning run

Saturday – 16 miles outside.  I managed to do 14 miles last weekend, so was hoping to get to 16 this weekend, which is the longest run in the Hanson’s Plan.  I did the first 9 with my running buddy, Sherri.  Sherri is coming back from a stress fracture and nailed this run.  It has been great to run together again and we are training for an upcoming marathon that we are going to do together (more details coming in a later post).  After Sherri left it was difficult to head back out for another 7 miles, but I forced myself to continue on and gutted out those remaining miles to hit 16.  My longest run of this marathon training cycle.

Sunday – 7 miles on the treadmill.  After running outside most of the week, I took the easy way out this morning and went to the gym.  With the time change it was still dark out when I had to get started and I decided to hit the treadmill for an easy, mindless recovery run.  Not a single person was working out when I got to the gym, it was a little lonely.


My view at the gym on time change morning

Coming up this week…Spring Break!  We are going to my dad’s in Tucson, where I cannot wait to warm up and soak in some sun by the pool.  And, of course, get in lots of running and maybe even a bike ride.

Anyone else on Spring Break this week?  Plans to go anywhere?

Is it warming up where you live?

Do you like the time change or not?  I like that it is light out later in the evening, but not that it is dark now in the mornings, just when I was getting used to getting outside for my morning runs.