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I’m Coming for you Phoenix.

There is less than a week until my second marathon.

To be honest, this race has snuck right up on me.  It feels like yesterday when I began debating if I wanted to make this my goal race (in reality that was 4 months ago). Now it’s less than a week away!  It’s hard to believe that six months ago I was dealing with a stress fracture.

As I limped into work August 22, I knew my fall racing and marathon schedule were out the door.  

Was I done running forever?

No, of course not…but I was done running for at least 2 months.  I rested and recovered the entire two months.  It was an injury and time that I felt no need to strenuously cross train through.  I didn’t want too and I didn’t crave workouts…Looking back I was extremely burnt out and needed the rest.  I didn’t feel pressure to cross train because I wasn’t training for anything.

After completely recovering, I took two months to build up some mileage (smartly).  It was then (3 months ago), I decided maybe I could run another marathon (Why I chose the Phoenix Full).  So here I am now less than a week before the race.  I’m still in denial it is coming up so soon.  With my previous marathon, it felt like months of preparation and weeks of build up.  With Phoenix it feels like…surprise…time to go to this race (although I’ve talked about it a lot).

In less than a week, I toe the line (and bum the line in runderwear) at my first goal race of 2015.

I’m nervous.
I’m excited.
I’m ready.

With any race, people ask goals and racing strategy.  The answer is I honestly don’t know.  

I do know for the Phoenix marathon I want to finish healthy and strong.  I have only raced one full marathon and it was 18 months ago.  I don’t remember what racing that distance is like.  Sure in the last 18 months, I’ve run close to 10 different 20 milers but 20 miles and 26.2 miles aren’t the same.  I would know as I rode the pain train at New York. I might dry heave and collapse after mile 20.

The internet never forgets. 

Mile 13ish

Might as well be happy right?

Might as well be happy right?

Mile 22: Get me out of this place. 

Marathons are so fun!

Marathons are so fun!

Thanks to the famous jewelry designer Erica Sarah for this shot.  #Neverforget the dry heaving at mile 24.

Thanks to the famous jewelry designer Erica Sara for this shot. #Neverforget the dry heaving at mile 24.

My primary goal for any race, especially a marathon is to finish healthy. It always has been my first goal and it always will be.  If I can start and finish a race healthy than I consider it a success.

My B goal is to finish under 3:20. A 3:20 puts me around my PR of 3:17. I’m going into Phoenix much less trained. While the course, the race and logistics are different, it doesn’t make up for less training. I wouldn’t have trained any harder or any more and I am running this racing coming from an injury. A big positive is, I won’t have to be up 7 hours before the race. I also won’t have to travel into a large overwhelming city.  I will be at peace in the morning and be able to relax.

With any goal race, a PR is always the reach and major goal. I do think it’s a huge reach goal for this time but I’ve remained pretty healthy post stress fracture so I don’t think it’s out of reason.  I’ve been smart with my training and rested when I needed too.

In summary, I would like to continue to get comfortable with the full marathon distance.  My main goal is to enjoy myself and finish injury free.  Any time you can finish a race healthy whether it’s a 55 sprint to a marathon is a good day.  I want running to be life long and once race (good or bad) will never define my running.

On any note, I’m coming for you Phoenix with runderwear and racing flats.

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February to March Run Chat

When I look back at February I don’t really know where to begin.

In summary, this month was confusing, shocking and not what I expected.  I did a February goals post here where I talked about not knowing what would happen.  If January seemed like a blur, February was much more blurry.  I guess that is also because it’s 3 days shorter.

Running wise, with each race I seemed to get faster.  The sad part is that all three races were faster than the 5ks I ran in January.  I guess it’s not sad since it means I’m getting back into shape.

Races:

Super Hero 4 miler

In summary of the race...running half naked.

Summary of the race…running half naked.

Virginia is for Lovers 14k

Summary of the race: Power the last mile or you'll regret it

Summary of the race: Power the last mile or you’ll regret it

Lake Effect Half Marathon

Summary of the race: Just these three photos.

Summary of the race: Just these three photos.

Total miles: 295 (goal 300)

Longest run: 16.5 miles

Shortest run: Warm up 1.15 miles

Best Run:  Lake Effect Half Marathon easily

Best Training Run: Tempo run last week with 7 miles around 7 min pace

Range of pace: 6:06-9:49

Total rest days: 5

I also had very productive training weeks.  My mile totals were 62, 76, 82, 62.  My runs began to feel good that I was no longer slogging miles and an 8:15-8:30 pace seemed to feel easy.  There has never been a point in my training where that pace has felt so effortless.

Edit: This final week into March I can say the majority of my runs have been slogged.  The half marathon really took a lot out of me.

Goals of March:

So without further ado I’m laying it out on the line.  If the weather is good and my training goes well for the next two weeks I want to PR at Shamrock.  I would like to find a tune up race the weekend before but we will see.

Tentative: Looking for a 5-10k March 9-10th.  Does anyone in NJ have any recommendations?

March 16: Shamrock Half Marathon

Then lots of rest.

Maybe March will be the month I’ll reach 300 miles but I’m not as worried about miles right not as quality miles.

Long story short: My goals for March are to PR at Shamrock and to keep quality training going on. 

As far as the rest of my life, I am making some big changes in life and in March.  I can’t wait to share them with you.

Questions for you:

How was your month of February?

What are your goals for March? 

2014 Goals

I keep a personal journal for all my dreams and goals.  I make to do lists, goal lists, things I should be doing…things I want, it’s honestly a center piece of my life.  My entire thought process is in that book and it keeps me sane and organized.  To give you a glimpse of what that book looks like I’ve typed up my 2014 goals for the year exactly how I wrote them down.

In 2014 I want to conquer the world.  Though 2013 was fun I’m ready for a year where I live in the same place.  Thinking back, going to college you don’t spend a full year in the same area.  When working in Oswego I didn’t spend a full year there either…I am now spending the first full year living anywhere since 2007.  That blows my mind!

Here is my 2014 bucket list:

Break 18 minutes in a 5k (PR=18:35)

Break 39 minutes in a 10k (PR=39:21) (Possibly ERR?)

Run a 3:10 marathon (Either Chicago or Wineglass)

Bigger goals:

Run a 1:23.XX half marathon (Shamrock, NJ half…who knows!)

Raise 2000 dollars for the Lake Effect half marathon and eating disorder awareness!  You can still donate and/or email a story or information!  I really want to reach 1000 before January 15 and I’m currently at 680 dollars!  

Life goals:

Find a big girl job that I enjoy.

Get out of my comfort zone.  That is always something on my yearly to do lists.  As most people know I suffered from social anxiety a few years ago and I’ve been slowly working on it.  Not slowly because I don’t want to change but slowly because it’s been a life long commitment.

Continue to live the dream.

Questions for you:

What is the longest you have lived in one place?  Shortest?

What are your goals for 2014? 

Core Updates

 Well it’s the end of the first month.  Did you see that on the calendar too?  I only made one goal this year and that was to do my core workouts.  I don’t deny I’ve nearly fallen off my personal bandwagon several times.  But I’ve still managed to do 50 crunches every day or some sort of core workout if I’m more overzealous.   

So long story short…have I made my New Year’s Resolution for January?

Yes.

Was it like pulling C’s in college?

With a few B’s in there too.  A couple guess induced A’s if I’m lucky but C average.

This month with settling in, I hope I’ll be able to do some more stronger core workouts.  Plus my strength training has begun so I’m able to do core and strength together meaning I don’t wait until last minute before bed. Extremely short post from me today.

Question for you:

Have you been making your New Year’s Resolution?  (Though I know most people didn’t make them.).

What is your favorite core workout? 

December Running Goals (?)

December already?  Well now isn’t that fun?  Every month I say…X month already…where did time go?  Wasn’t it just July and I was celebrating my 22st birthday?  Or last December when I was celebrating finishing my first semester as a health major?  Anyways-December 2012…goals…

I’m literally typing this post on the go because I just found out where and what I’ll be doing. (More on that later but I’m staying in Upstate until June!).  So this makes it extremely easy (minus injuries) to kind of schedule some December goals.  I’ll be home December 12-January 20th.  I plan to take some of my graduation money and go for a personal vacation to Seattle in that time.  (My oldest brother just have a child with his wife so I want to visit!).

Here are the races I tentatively have for December.  I’m focusing on 5ks, I wanted to do the Surf N Santa back home but sadly I can’t leave Upstate in time.

December 15: Santa Run 5k in Binghampton, NY

December 22: Dad and I are going to spectate a 50k and possibly do a longer run.

December 31: Beat the Ball 5k (The race starts at 11:35pm and you try and run a sub 25 minute 5k to beat the ball drop).  (Norfolk, VA)  Last year at this race was the first time I ever ran a sub 6 minute mile!  

My goals for December are easy enough I suppose.  I want to continue getting back into running, possibly log some above 60 mile weeks (?) and just keep on keeping on. Doing a few races I think will be beneficial to see where my speed is at, without actually doing any speed work.  I want to get back into weights but I’ve lacked zero motivation for that and zero motivation to be outdoors in the cold.   Which is hard getting back into running during the winter time but whatever.

I guess I don’t really know what I’m saying for this month.  Really, I just want to get back into running high mileage again and this was a roundabout way for me to realize that.   I’ll do another post about the next 6 months about my future soon but as for now, I’ll be in VA in December and most of January and start my job back in Upstate in late January.

Questions for you:  Have you ever been in limbo of life?  What are your goals for the month?  Anyone racing?

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