10. January 2014 · 6 comments · Categories: cats, HM Training, life · Tags:

Happy Friday!

I woke up and ran this morning before work! I can’t even remember the last time I did that. Things are going pretty swimmingly so far in 2014. I know a lot of people hate January, but I always have my birthday to look forward to this month. After that, I’m done with winter.

I considered writing a whole post dedicated to 2014 goals, but I don’t have many so it seemed pointless. I have specific time goals for every race distance that I would love to achieve, some more important than others, but those are things I’m constantly striving for and they will always be goals until I meet them. I listed my time related goals here, since none of them were achieved last year, they remain the same.

Other things I want to do in 2014? Run the NYC Marathon and do whatever makes me happy. I just want to have a strong and injury free year of running and I’m going to work on making that happen. Major goal of 2014 = Work hard in both running and life.

Monday kicked off training for my first goal race of the year; the B&A Trail Half Marathon in Severna Park, MD. I am doing 12 weeks of training and I’m super excited to start with a better and faster base than when I started training for Rehoboth this past September. I’m still being super careful building my mileage and I’m excited to see what I can do this time around. This will be my first shot at going sub 1:50 this Spring.

I don’t plan on recapping my training weekly, like I’ve done in the past. I’ll be sure to update every few weeks though, I got sort of bored writing about it every single week, I would much rather write a solid post about the runs that stick out to me during training.

On a different note, my husband and I just adopted 2 of the most adorable kittens in the world! We are technically fostering to adopt, since we can’t legally adopt them until they are both fixed, but we’re working on it. 😀

Please welcome Fry and Ellie to our family!

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How freaking cute are they?! Fry is the orange cat, he is about 2 months old, and Ellie, the tiger cat is about 3 months. This is the first time I’ve ever had kittens and I freaking love them so much. I don’t know how I’m going to get anything done at all. Ever.

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They are an early birthday gift from my husband. Best birthday gift ever! Little Ellie is schedule to be spayed next Wednesday, while Fry needs to gain a little more weight before he can be neutered. They were both strays and we got them from a rescue shelter called K9Kastle, check them out if you’re looking for a pet, they are a great organization that I can’t support enough.

Fry is named after Futurama and Ellie is named after Jurassic Park. It took us a while to think of Ellie’s name, but Fry had his name picked out long ago. I’ve always wanted an orange cat and after Leela passed, we knew we wanted to keep the Futurama tradition alive (even though she wasn’t originally named after that).

I’m running the Joe Kleinerman 10k tomorrow in Central Park with a bunch of friends. I’m not racing, but I’m hoping to pace this girl to a sub-60 finish! Then we are off to brunch to celebrate my birthday, which isn’t till Monday.

Have a great weekend!

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Race day manicure that looks okay from far away!
I never seem to finish out my blog posts when I decide to write about my training every week. I always leave out the last few weeks, but not this time! Here are my last 2 weeks of training, even though they aren’t very impressive.

Week 11

Monday: Rest (Foot hurt)

Tuesday: 60 min. stationary bike (~15 miles)

Wednesday: 30 min. upper body strength

Thursday: 5k Turkey Trot

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 8 cold, but incredible miles done at a low 9 pace

Sunday: Rest

Total: 11.1 measly miles (It’s taper, right?)

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Week 12

Monday: 3 miles

Tuesday: 4 Tempo miles, slower than normal

1 mi. w/u, 2 @ 8:49, 1 mi. c/d

Wednesday: 20 min. stationary bike

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 16.3 miles

Rehoboth Beach Half Race Day! + 3.2 miles with Em at the end of her marathon!

Sunday: Rest

Total: 23.4

And that’s that! Sort of a boring post, but I felt compelled to post about the rest of my training. Check out my goals for the race here!

Looks like the weekend is going to be crappy weather. I’m having serious flashbacks to VCM! Not going to let it ruin my enthusiasm though because no matter what, it’s going to be a kickass weekend!

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I’ve been thinking about my goals for this race before I even started training.

When I made the decision to not run the NYC Marathon, I was hanging out with Beth and I said, “well, I better freaking PR the shit out of the Rehoboth Half then”.

Well…that’s not going to happen and I am completely fine with it. My training didn’t go perfectly, but it went pretty damn well. I had a few setbacks due to my foot, but I also had some really strong runs along the way. Day 1 was spent running 1 mile, then I completed a 30 mile week 16 weeks later.

Honestly, it’s crazy to look back on my training and realize it’s all over. It’s been 18 weeks since I’ve been cleared to run. It feels like just yesterday I was wearing the boot of shame and sweating to death in 90 degree weather.

IMG_3199.jpgMe and Em from last year.

The races are reversed this year, half for me, full for her!

Anyway, the day is here and I’m so excited to spend the weekend with some of my absolute favorite people. Derek, Em, Nick, and I will be driving down Friday and we will be spending the weekend running and drinking a ton of Dogfish Head beer! I am also super psyched to see Elizabeth and Jess, and to also meet Katie!

Before I get into my goals, which I know is the point of this post, I have to say that I am completely unsure of what I am capable of right now. I definitely don’t feel confident that I will PR, but I’m not sure what will be pushing it, I just feel like I’m going into this race blind.

Goals:

A: Sub 1:55 (8:45 avg.)

B: Sub 2 (9:09 avg.)

C: Have a strong race and then drink lots of beer!

A+ Goals:

I think I care more about Em and Derek’s races than mine. Em is running her first marathon and she is so ready. I just want her to have a great race! Derek has had a really rough training cycle. His knee was bothering him, now it’s feeling much better, but now his foot hurts. He’s most likely running on Saturday, and I just want him to have a successful race.

I will be extremely happy with my A or B goals. Either one will be a great jumping off point for my goal Spring Half. This training cycle has gotten me back in shape and it has built up my base, so either way this race will be a good way to see where I am at.

It’s hard to tell if I am being too ambitious or not ambitious enough! How do you figure out your goals? Is it based on your training and do they change from the beginning to the end of your training?