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Old 04-03-2013, 07:16 AM   #121
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After Saturday's 8 mile disaster, I was glad to go back out yesterday. It's funny that despite my recent PR's, improved fitness, weightloss, and overall feeling so much better as a runner, I really let that one bad day get into my head. I was underhydrated, under nourished, and it was really hot and sunny out. Bad combo, but I still let it rattle me more than it should.

I went out yesterday with DW for a nice, easy 3 mile run. No problems there. We both had solid runs. This morning (less than 12 hours later), we headed out for a 5 miler. We had another solid run. It was slower than my normal pace, but it usually is when I run with DW, but I didn't care. I felt good and had no issues and felt like I could have just kept on going.

I'm doing another 3 mile run tomorrow and then a 10-12 mile run this Saturday morning as my last "long run" before next weekend's half. I'm honestly not shooting for another PR next weekend. My only goal is sub 2 hours, but I won't complain if I do PR. Everything will be determined by how I feel.
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:05 AM   #122
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I went out yesterday for my 3 mile run with the intentions of just running my 1/2 pace (every mile under 9 minutes). I was running a route that I knew the total distance and half way marker, but I didn't have individual mile markers so when my Garmin acted up yesterday, it caused a little panic. I decided to just run to feel and not look at my watch until I hit the 1/2 way point.

When I got to that point, it was obvious I was running fast, but since I still felt good I decided to keep up the pace. I ended up running a 5k in just under 25 minutes. It wasn't a PR (almost 1:30 slower than my PR), but it was the 4th fastest 5K I'd ever ran.

I figured I'd take that! I felt great afterwards. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's long run. I'm also praying for DW to have a great long run. She needs a great confidence booster since this is her last long run before her 1st half next weekend and she's had some tough runs lately.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:04 AM   #123
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Saturday's run was a great victory for me and DW both! We both nailed our 10 milers and she gained so much confidence for this weekend's half (her 1st). I also felt confident about another possible PR this weekend as I completed my 10 mile run averaging a 8:40 per mile pace. I felt pretty strong as I finished. My last mile was around 8:20 so I feel confident I could break the 1:55 barrier this weekend if my run goes as good.
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:57 AM   #124
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Ah the taper week. Nice 3 miles yesterday and another 2 miles today. Almost time for my 3rd half of the year. I'm hoping for my 3rd half PR of the year also! I'm not going to go out in search of a PR, but if I feel good, I think I can get one again this weekend.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:04 AM   #125
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Had a nice 2 mile run this morning. Yesterday, DW's Garmin couldn't locate the satellites. Today, it was mine. They both need to work Saturday! lol. We had a good run despite only one of our watches working. I'm having so much trouble getting out of the bed in the morning lately to run. With the temps steadily rising, I need to get over that and fast! It's just too dang hot to run in the afternoons and I have to get my runs in.
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:23 AM   #126
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Just popping in to say that I read your journal even when I don't post a reply! Love how well you and DW are running together!
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:32 AM   #127
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Saturday's half was tough! It was easily the hilliest route I have ever run! The flyer said there were "several rolling hills". It should have said non-stop uphills because that's what it was. Despite that, DW and DSIL completed their first half marathon and I PR'd for the 3rd time this year! DSIL actually beat me by a few seconds. Her goal was to run it under 2:10 and she finished in 1:54! I finished it in 1:54.16 which was more than a minute better than my last half a few weeks ago. I am more proud of DW than I am of myself since she had not trained on a lot of hills and she had never ran more than 10.10 miles before.
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:13 AM   #128
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This week was tough. I missed my Tuesday run due to getting to work at 6am and not getting home until after 7pm. I did go out Wednesday morning for a 3 mile run at a moderately fast pace, especially considering I just ran a hilly half this past weekend. Wednesday night I suffered a painful leg injury playing basketball. I could barely walk later that evening and had trouble much of the day Thursday.

Late yesterday, the leg began to feel better so I went out for another 3 miler this morning and had no pain or after-effects. I was certainly thankful for that healing! I have a 4 mile trail race tomorrow. It's a local run, but it's the one I have to do wearing a Snow White costume since my kids at church won a challenge I gave them to raise canned goods for the food bank at our church and this was the "punishment" they chose. There will be a nice group of them there to cheer me on. Honestly, they're just coming to get pictures of their youth pastor wearing a Snow White dress in a race, but I don't care.

They did a good thing for the food bank, so I can make an idiot of myself tomorrow. It's not like I don't do that on a daily basis anyways.
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:48 AM   #129
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I had a fun race Saturday. It was my first trail race ever and this was a beautiful and challenging trail run. There were several tight trails and the conditions were a little muddy. There were quite a few dowhills covered in roots with switchbacks so I had to keep my eyes peeled the entire time. I did fall once on one of the dowhill switchbacks, but popped up quickly.

I did the 4 mile run in 33:13 and finished 3rd in my age and in the top 20 overall. I was happy with my finish and enjoyed the run. And yes, I ran it in a Snow White dress. I have to be the ugliest "princess" ever, but it was for a good cause.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:01 PM   #130
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I had a fun race Saturday. It was my first trail race ever and this was a beautiful and challenging trail run. There were several tight trails and the conditions were a little muddy. There were quite a few dowhills covered in roots with switchbacks so I had to keep my eyes peeled the entire time. I did fall once on one of the dowhill switchbacks, but popped up quickly.

I did the 4 mile run in 33:13 and finished 3rd in my age and in the top 20 overall. I was happy with my finish and enjoyed the run. And yes, I ran it in a Snow White dress. I have to be the ugliest "princess" ever, but it was for a good cause.
Aww sounds like a lot of fun! Great job! I ran The Color Run over the weekend! Had fun but not sure I'd do it again!
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:44 PM   #131
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Aww sounds like a lot of fun! Great job! I ran The Color Run over the weekend! Had fun but not sure I'd do it again!
There is one this weekend here in my town, but we'll be at WDW. As much as I'd like to run one, I'll take WDW over it anytime!
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There is one this weekend here in my town, but we'll be at WDW. As much as I'd like to run one, I'll take WDW over it anytime!
I don't blame you one bit there.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:59 PM   #133
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It's official. I registered DW and I for the 2014 Donald Half Marathon! After going back and forth over whether or not I'd do the full again next year, or maybe Goofy, I opted for the half since the training for the full during my busiest time of year kicked my butt! Not to mention the recovery for the half is nothing compared to the full.

I'm excited because we have 4 other people who have never done a half before but are Disney junkies and newbie runners that are going to run this with us. I'm excited for them and looking forward to a great and fun weekend!
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:52 AM   #134
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I had a great run with DW this morning! She is really getting faster and I couldn't be prouder of her than I am now. We did a little over 3 miles in under 29 minutes. This is a faster pace for her as she normally is around 10:15mm or so, but since she completed her 1st half a few weeks ago she's gotten faster. I guess her confidence is sky high right now!

After registering both of us yesterday for the WDW Half in January, we discussed possibly running the Disneyland 1/2 next year and completing the coast to coast. Our anniversary is in August so we could make it a late Anniversary trip.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:03 AM   #135
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It's been a while since my last update. After that 4 mile trail race, I took a few weeks of taking it easy. I only ran about 12-15 miles per week and only a few days per week. I'm back at it hard this week. My goal to hit 1000 miles this year is on track. I'm just over 300 miles which you might say, that won't put you on pace since it's over 1/3 of the way through the year, but I just created my schedule for the rest of this year and early 2014 so I could properly line up my training for future races.

Based on my current schedule, I should break 1000 miles with about 30 or 40 to spare. That will give me some wiggle room for days I miss my run or have to cut one a little short. Either way, it'll be a challenge, but I can accomplish this. I was extremely close last year and only missed it by about 20 miles so I'd love to beat this goal this year.

If you read my journal, you'll know I signed up already for the WDW Half in 2014. I've decided to do the Albany Full Marathon 6 weeks later. I've done that Half twice and that's my hometown so I felt like it would be a good one for my second full marathon. I worked my training schedule so the WDW Half would fit perfectly into my training, especially since I'm planning on taking it easy and really enjoying the WDW Half. I plan to get plenty of pics this time as opposed to this year's full where I only stopped for pics once.

I've also rethought my pace. When I trained for the full last time, I slowed my pace down dramatically. This summer, I will work my way up to 15 continuous miles at a sub 9 minute pace. If I can maintain that through the summer heat, I feel confident I can increase the mileage at the same pace once the temps start dropping (just in time for my marathon training) and I'd be on pace to finish in under 4 hours.

My current half marathon pace is around 8:40mm so I think a 9mm is doable. My speed has gotten so much better this year since I've focused on it and I've PR'd in every race I've done so I know I have it in me. I'm also down about 12-15lbs. from where I was at the marathon earlier this year and I plan on dropping another 15lbs. or so by the time that rolls around next year.
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