Monday, December 20, 2010

I've been tagged!

I've been tagged by Jeff! I recently started following his blog and really enjoy seeing the dedication this guy has. While I am being a chicken about the cold, this guy is out there pounding the pavement in 10 degree weather!

Here are the five questions that I was tagged with:

1) What are you most fond of accomplishing in 2010?
Wow, I am not so sure I can pick one! I have quite a few personal records this year that made my overall year a success. My May 5K with a 6:59 pace is pretty memorable. I also ran my 2nd marathon in hot weather, felt awful once I hit mile 14 and still managed to squeeze out a PR.

2) What are your running goals for 2011?
Run 2 marathons and hope to BQ. That was my goal when running the Chicago marathon, but it didn't happen. So I am giving it another shot! I want to continue trail running and hope to break my 'instant' trail half PR and finish the race in 2 hours or less. I want to be as fast and as strong of a runner as possible. This will require lots of dedication and I am ready to take it on!

3) What is your favorite race?
I'd have to say my favorite race this year was my first trail half marathon. Its such a different experience then road racing.

4) What is your favorite holiday guilty pleasure?
All the sweets! I have really gone overboard these parts couple weeks. Come the January first,

5) What was your most embarrassing running moment?
I do not believe I have had any embarrassing moments.

I take that back.

While running the Chicago marathon this past October, I had a period where I was basically delirious. I saw Chris at the mile 16 marker, started to run off course and into an empty parking lot because I had to use the bathroom really bad. Chris managed to get me back on course and told me to just "go". So I did...I ended up peeing my pants. Thank god it was a hot day and people were spraying hoses at the runners. I was able to "rinse" off. After I finished the marathon and was dry, I saw Chris and my brother in-law and they both said I smelled really bad. The "pee" smell was so strong even I was grossed out! Guess that is what happens when you pee your pants on a hot & sunny day.

I am tagging

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

2010 Race Recap in Photos

February 14, 2010: 4 Mile Race; 30:04 7:31 pace 6th/18 age group place

March 20, 2010: 5 Mile Trail Race; 38:47 7:45 pace 1st/18 age group place
*I am in black behind the girl in blue. It's the only picture I have from this race.

April 25th, 2010: Trail Half Marathon; 2:03:40 9:26 pace 7th/39 age group place
*of course, this picture is where we are on a bridge and not the trail.

May 21, 2010: 5K Race; 21:38 6:59 pace 1st/22 age group place
*no photos from this race

June 6, 2010: Half Marathon; 1:40:47 7:42 pace 12th/183 age group place
*I am almost emarrassed to even share this photo!

August 7, 2010: 12K Race; 56:05 7:31 pace 3rd/15 age group place

August 28, 2010: Half Marathon 1:40:02 7:38 pace 2/12 age group place

October 10, 2010: Chicago Marathon; 3:44:00 8:32 pace 220/3,097 age group place
*At mile 14

October 31, 2010: 10K Race; 46:52 7:33 pace 6th/88 age group place
*another embarrassing photo! and believe it or not, we were running up hill! it's a weird angle shot.

November 20, 2010: 5K Race; 22:51 7:22 pace 2/48 age group place

Noveber 25, 2010: 10K Race; 46:59 7:34 pace 8th/445 age group place

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Weekly Running & Exercise

Monday: Rest Day

Tuesday: 5.5 mile run w/ speed work on the treadmill, core, push ups 6 x 15

Wednesday: 5 mile run on the track

Thursday: 4 mile run w/ hills on the treadmill

Friday: unplanned rest day

Saturday: 6 mile run on track, strength training for shoulders, biceps, triceps

Sunday: 6 mile run on track, strength training for back, core, lots of snow shoveling!

Total Mileage: 26.5 miles

Friday, December 10, 2010

A not too shabby race photo

Only because it's posed! 1st, 2nd and 3rd place 30-34 age group winners at Blitzen the Dotte 5K

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Weekly Exercise and Running

Last weeks stats. I am really looking forward to marathon training in January. I am enjoying the break, but I like the strict routine I have when it comes to marathon training. I've also been doing majority of my running at the gym so it will be nice to know that I "have" to run outside!

Monday: rest day

Tuesday: 6 miles "hills" on treadmill, push ups 5 x 15, abs

Wednesday: 4.54 miles on treadmill & track

Thursday: strength training; legs, upper body, P90X Ab Ripper, push ups 3 x 15

Friday: unplanned rest day - sore hamstrings and lower back

Saturday: 7 mile run on the track (5 miles, lifting, 2 miles), strength training; biceps, shoulders, chest

Sunday: 6 mile run on track, strength training: back, triceps, core

Total Mileage: 23.54 miles - definitely not where I am trying to be. I want a minimum of 25-30 miles per week.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Bayshore Marathon!

Dad and I are officially registered for our 3rd marathon. We have chosen a spring marathon that falls on memorial weekend; Bayshore Marathon. The marathon runs along the coast of Lake Michigan in Traverse City. It's a flat, fast, out and back course. Now it's time to research and chose the best training program. This will be my 3rd marathon and my 2nd try at a BQ. I am so happy that I will have my dad running along my side. He will push me when I need it so I can reach my goal!