I feel like I start every post with “wow, it’s been so long”, but this has probably been the longest stretch of time. I definitely considered quitting blogging altogether, it kind of seems pointless, you know? I think the reason I enjoy blogging though is because I genuinely enjoy writing and it really helps to get stuff out. I am no longer writing on any other sites, so writing kind of disappeared from my life all at once.

This is a running blog and I feel like I can finally talk about running because I am finally back to running again. After last year’s quad injury that led to another DNS of the New York City Marathon, I just felt completely defeated. I barely trained for the Rehoboth Half and then pretty much sat on my ass from January to April.

It felt like starting from scratch again, even though I could still technically run 4-6 miles. It’s been been tough coming back. I struggled with motivation every single day, and still do, but I feel like a runner again.

I spent most of May going to barre, yoga, and pilates classes. I needed something that would hold me accountable and signing up for these classes was exactly what I needed. If I canceled too late, I would be charged money, so I figured this would be a good way to get me back on the exercise wagon. It definitely helped, but after my 3 weeks of unlimited classes was up, I found myself with zero motivation once again.

June is where running finally picked up. I realized how little time I had before 100on100, which is the only race I’m signed up for this summer. I have about 16 miles total to run and running in Vermont is no joke. It was incredibly difficult last year and I have some work to do so I don’t end up killing myself while running the race.

I’ve spent the last 4 weeks building a base, running 14-20 miles a week and they’ve all been super easy miles between 10 and 10:30 average. It’s hot, I’m out of shape, and there’s no reason to push right now, I need to work on running regularly again. I’ve also been focusing on extending my long runs and will go up to 10 miles before the race. I have no desire to run long right now, 10 is plenty!

Anyway, to get to the point of why I decided to blog again is that I ran a race last night and I feel really good about it! I ran the Al Goldstein 5k that is held every other week in Prospect Park over the summer. I’m sad I didn’t take any photos, but it totally happened.

When I decided to run it a few weeks ago, I had a goal of just running a sub 27, which in the old days would be no problem at all, but I haven’t run 9 minute miles in a while, nevermind anything that started with an 8! I forgot my watch, which bummed me out, but whatever, it was only a 5k. I started off with Em, but I quickly lost her once we reach the one and only big hill in the race, which is 1/4 into the race, so we parted ways pretty early on. I decided to just give it my best, to push myself, but not kill myself.

It felt like a miracle race! It was just one of those races where everything clicked and I felt great! It was hard not knowing what mile I was in or how fast I was really running. I just kept telling myself to keep putting one foot in front of the other and I was happy to not feel burnt out quite yet.

My official finish time was 26:45, an 8:38 average pace. Technically I finished at 26:25, since it took me 20 seconds to cross the start, but they don’t account for that since there isn’t a mat at the starting line. Either way, an 8:3x pace makes me ecstatic. It has felt impossible to get back to where I once was and this gives me a little glimmer of hope.

I’m DEFINITELY going back in 2 weeks to race again!

05. June 2014 · 5 comments · Categories: life, race, Relay, running · Tags:

I feel like my whole summer is already planned out! It’s all good, fun plans though, so I am really looking forward to doing #allthethings.

June

I’ve already talked about all of the wedding things I have planned in June, so once that’s over, marathon training starts!

Image from therunivore.com, which was one of the blogs I read in search of HMM info!

I have decided to do the Hansons Marathon Method this time around and I will officially be starting on June 30th. This will be a whole new plan for me, more running days, more super easy runs, and shorter long runs, but I am super excited about it. I spent about a month this past winter researching the plan and reading anything and everything about it. I read the book, read blogs from people who have used it, and I started to feel pretty confident and excited about using it. I definitely plan to blog weekly recaps about my training, so that’ll be here before we know it.

July

In July I have another bachelorette party to go to! This one is going to be a really fun trip and just in case the friend that it’s for reads my blog, I’d rather not mention where we are going because it’s supposed to be a surprise. Hoping for a beautiful, warm, and sunny 3 day trip!

August

Originally I was planning on going to Bend, OR for the Oiselle Team Camp. Everyone on the team was invited on a 5 day camp that involves running trails around Bend, doing yoga, and the chance to bond with your teammates from around the country. I am SO SAD to be missing out on this opportunity, but I absolutely cannot afford it. The plane tickets are outrageous and I can’t make it work. Sad.

Instead, I am going to do the 100 on 100 relay race in Vermont with Lauren and #cheesebaby! We have our team just about filled, we may need 1 more person, but it’s going to be so much fun. Lauren and I have talked about doing this race and I’m so glad we can make it work this year. If I’m missing out on Bend, I want to at least do something fun that weekend that won’t cost $1,000.

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I also have Abby’s wedding to go to in the beginning of August, she’s going to be a gorgeous bride and I can’t wait to see her and Anthony get married.

September

I plan on running 2 races this month, I have not signed up yet, but it’s on my list to do. The 5th Avenue Mile on September 13th and the NYCRuns Queens Half in Flushing Corona Park on September 14th. It will be a double race weekend!

I’m intentionally not racing a lot this summer because I plan to stick to my training schedule as closely as possible and the Hansons Method doesn’t leave much room for racing. I am planning on using the half in September as a gauge and tune up race, so hopefully that goes well.

What are YOU doing this summer? Is it all planned out just like mine?

 

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?