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Running Log ~ April 10th

My first running log of April.

I completely forgot to write about my run last Sunday.  I also had internet issues, but we won’t get into that.

Last Sunday I ran the Bridge to Brews 8k.  I wanted to run the 10K, but then decided to just do an 8k again and try to beat my time.

My cousin and I before the race

My cousin (the tall one) and me (the short one) before the race

Here is the map of the run

Bridge to Brews course map

But you know what it doesn’t show?  The bitch of a hill at the VERY END of the race.  For the last mile we go from an elevation of 26 feet to 135 feet!  With the last 1/4 of a mile raising something like 80 feet!

I wanted to run the whole five miles with out walking, which would give me a better time.  Which was the result I was looking for in this race.

I ran with my cousin and we are about level with our pacing, so all we had to do was keep together.

When we got to the Broadway bridge, the second bridge, the on ramp was an incline, and I decided I just wasn’t going to run it.  So I walked up the ramp and caught back up with my cousin on the other side of the bridge.

When we got off the bridge is when the hill started and I made it part way before I decided I just couldn’t run up it.  It was just too steep and I was just too tired.  Maybe I could have done it, but at that point I was pleased with my results and I felt it was just fine that I walk a little.

I did start running again towards the finish line, I wanted to make sure I was running when I crossed!

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During the race I had the Map My Run app going so that I would know my pace.  The difficult thing with this is that you have to start and stop it.  I started as we crossed the start line, but I forgot to stop it, so that added a couple of minutes to my total time and thus my average pace.

However, the app breaks down my pace for each mile.

Mile Pace (min/mi)
1 11:28
2 11:13
3 10:38
4 11:51

Can you see that?

Our third mile we were rocking under an 11 min/mi pace!

I finished just under an hour at 59:13 min and since my cousin didn’t walk when I did at the very end she finished about a minute and a half ahead of me.  Which is awesome because she hadn’t done a 8k until this run!

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the ‘sweaty selfie’

I am pleased with our progress and of course because we are crazy, we are going to run a half-marathon at the end of August.

What?  Did I just say that?

A half-marathon is 13.1 miles.  So that is just like running two 8k races, and I can do an 8k, so it will be easy-peasy.

 

Just. Keep. Running.

C25K interval information can be found here

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Running Log ~ March 20th

I decided that instead of running the 10k for the Bridge to Brews race I am going to do the 8k again.

I want to beat my time and attempt to run the whole way.

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So how has training been going?

Weeelllll…..

It has not.  I didn’t run Monday because I had run the race the day before so I had to recover.  Tuesday the Hubster didn’t get home till after 9 so I couldn’t go to the gym.  But Wednesday night I was going to go, so it was OK.

I read Ian his story and said goodnight, I then went and changed into my running gear.  At which time Ian came in and asked me to lay with him.  I thought about saying no, which is usually the case.  I decided to say yes, because I thought he would go to sleep faster and I could leave for my run.  He was, after all, exhausted and I knew if I went in there he would be out in five minutes or less.

And he was, and so was I.

I woke up almost two hours later….too late for me to go to the gym, and I was obviously exhausted as well, so I went straight to bed.

Tonight though, I have a date with a treadmill.

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Just. Keep. Running.

C25K interval information can be found here

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Running Log ~ March 17th

Hi my name’s Dawn and I am an addict.

I am addicted to races.

I am not just addicted to running, but I am addicted to the actual race event.

I love preparing for the event.  I love training with a goal in sight.  A tangible goal that I can point to on a calendar.

And I am not gonna lie, it feels great to finish.

Even though I was one of 35,000 people participating in the event, I still finished.

With my own personal best time and distance. (4.97 miles in 1:00:56, place 5909 out of 6939)

Yeah, OK, so I have never done a race before, so I have nothing to compare it to, but still…

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Let’s talk about the run.

I ran the first 3 miles, and then did walk/run intervals after that.  I made sure that I was running as I crossed the line.

I found it really difficult to maintain a slow pace at the start.  Everyone around you is running, some are passing you, you are passing others.  It is really easy to get motivated to run.  The excitement is palpable.  You feel great, and you know you can run faster.  But I also knew if I ran too fast at first I wouldn’t be able to keep it up and would end up walking more than I wanted to.  So I had to keep telling myself to slow down.

Here is the course map:

8k Course Map

8k course

The hardest part of the course, for me, was the straight away.  You are just running in a straight line and you see all the other people who have already turned around and are heading back.  It was kinda boring and a little frustrating, mostly because I had set a goal that I wouldn’t let myself walk until after the 3 mile mark.  And I knew that wasn’t until after the turn around!

I realize now that I never should have walked.  It was much harder to keep running after walking than it was to just keep running.  I never walked for long, but I kept talking myself down.  I kept thinking, I can’t run the whole time, I need to do walking intervals, it will be easier if I walk for a minute.  But I was wrong.

I probably could have kept running, if only my mind would have kept its voice quiet.

 

I really want to be able to run a race a month.  Races are expensive, but the money goes to charity, so that’s a good thing.
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I have already signed up for my next race in April.  I will be running the Bridge to Brews.  You run across some bridges and after you get beer.  What could be better?

 

Just. Keep. Running.

C25K interval information can be found here

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