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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 24th

Why is the biggest obstacle our minds?

Who is that negative voice in my head?  Where did she come from?  I surely didn’t invite her in!

Monday night’s run was mentally challenging.  I was tired, I am board of running inside, my son didn’t want to go to bed, I had a million and a half things to do to get ready for his party this weekend….and the list goes on.

But what I really wanted to was to run.  I wanted it, I needed it.  So why was my brain trying to talk me out of it?

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As I stated before I am all about distance now.  I know how far I want to run, eventually.  I have another 8k in a couple of weeks and I want to run the whole time.  So my workouts are all about how far, I can’t stop until I go the distance.

I have done it before, I know I can do it again, it’s only 4 miles.

Why won’t my brain listen to me?  Why does it keep telling me to quit or slow down?

Monday’s work out was a constant battle with my brain.  She kept telling my legs to quit….I kept telling my legs just half a mile more.

The first mile was the hardest, the second was the easiest.  By the third mile I almost listened to the Negative Nancy in my head.  (no offence to anyone named Nancy, I am sure you are not in the least bit negative)

I almost said, ‘Three miles is good enough’

 

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But I didn’t .  I told myself, if you want to be done, run faster.  You have to get 4 miles behind you, so the faster you run, the faster you can finish.

So I upped my pace to a 11 min/mile.  I thought “11 minutes, that’s nothing, it’s like 4 songs.”  I can do this.

Before the first song was up I was ready to slow down.

But I didn’t and before you know it, I had a half a mile left.  And I upped the pace again.  Because, the faster you run, the faster you can be done.

 

 

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I then went home and did some restorative yoga.  Because running and yoga are good for the mind and body.

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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