Welp, it’s not super fun when your workout yesterday had slower splits than the same workout that you did 2 months ago but it happens and you just keep plugging along. Checked off this workout and onto recovery.
PS It started out FREEZING and I did my last interval in a tank top.
Things started off at the BYU track but we found out that 200m of the track was pure ice so we quickly changed plans…
and went to another track. 20 x 400m (with standing recoveries after each one) and I had friends for the first 10 of them. Yesterday was proof of how much I am motivated to run fast when I am doing it with other people because those last 10 were harder than ever. Luckily, my watch played my music for me so I didn’t have to carry my phone with me for the intervals.
I did the first 12 one direction on the track and then remembered to switch directions for the rest and I’m happy to report that my calf felt great the whole way.
I forgot to start my watch in the beginning a few times but somehow Strava recorded the mile splits so here they are but I’m not sure on the exact numbers for the first 4. I’m guessing I averaged around 84/85 seconds for these.
Finished up my run with Skye and between my w/u, workout and c/d I did 14 miles.
Skye and I have the same excitement for cookies…
Chicken Tortilla Soup for dinner with rolls and chips.
Thank you so much for sharing your amazing finish line stories with me. You are going to love these and I’d love for you to share yours with me too! [email protected]
Danielle!!! “I had my son in December of 2014. In January of 2015, a friend of mine convinced me to enter the lottery for the Marine Corp Marathon. She had run it once, and spectated and it was near and dear to our hearts. A friend of ours was a Marine and he passed away in a training exercise. His dad has ran the MCM every year since his passing. I told my friend I would only do it if I got in with the lottery. I never had any desire to do a marathon, and I had just had a baby! Fast forward to March and the email came that I was in. We all trained together and then we were off to D.C. in October. The day was perfect! I had the biggest smile on my face! I crossed that finish line with the biggest since of pride and purpose, and then shook hands with a Marine who then gave me my medal. I’ve since ran 3 more marathons, but I still remember that first finish line! It’ll always hold such a special place in my heart. ”
Elise!!! “I just finished my 8th marathon at Chicago last week. A year ago I was almost 8 months pregnant and talked my parents and uncle into signing up to run the Chicago Marathon with me at 10 months post partum. My uncle agreed to pace me to a BQ and (hopeful PR). Fast forward to this year, 10 months post partum, 4 months of training later and we arrived. I was so shocked during the race that I was able to keep my paces and was capable of it all. I was pretty surprised throughout. Throughout the race I felt Nauseous at certain points, and had some self- doubt but kept plugging away. At the finish line I was so excited and proud to have beaten my previous PR by over a minute and BQ for 2021. I love that the finish line pictures show my uncle and I high-fiving. I immediately felt like I was going to collapse, pass out, or get sick. My uncle quickly put his arm around me and helped me through the finishers chute. I felt terrible but was also in disbelief of what I showed myself I could do and so so proud. Such a special way to end this journey with family by my side (and luckily able to literally hold me up until the post race endorphins kicked in).”
Sara!!! “I am 43 (almost 44) but relatively new to running. I never ran in HS or College. My “running career” dates back to 2013: that Fall I started training consistently after moving from upstate NY to Philadelphia. My husband was settling in nicely at his new job and my (at the time) 10 year old daughter Nicole was doing well, adjusting to 5th grade. I was at home, trying to make new friends and doing my best not to fall into the somewhat depressed state I fell in 6 years earlier when we moved from Texas to Upstate NY. I am not a gym person, never been, so I decided to step up the running I was doing pre-move. Running became my exercise, what got me out of the house at least every other day, my therapy. A few months went by and decided to sign up for the 2014 Philadelphia HM (the only race I had run before that was a small town 5K with my husband and daughter). Completely unprepared for the pre-race routine, the cold and no fuel at all, I ran it with a pair of old Adidas shoes and managed to finish in 1:36. Fast forward to the Fall of 2015, I signed up again for the Philly HM, still did not consider myself a serious runner, but I finished in a respectable 1:33. After the race, happy with my PR and category placement, I started considering the option of going longer and I decided for the Philly Marathon in September of 2016. All of my training was based on a plan that I got off the internet, alternating long and short runs. I was not paying attention to paces or fueling, always running fast. I ended up finishing my first marathon in 3:06 and change. I BQ’d for Boston 2018 without even knowing what it meant. But I was hooked up, I thought I could do better with a different training plan and I really wanted to run under 3:05. So I signed up for Philly 2017, looked for a different plan from the Web and started training. Training went well, at least based on comparison with the previous marathon training cycle. I was running a lot more, I thought I had it. My daughter, 14 at the time, had signed up to run the Rothman 8K that same weekend but unfortunately a few months before she tore her ACL, had surgery and was unable to run it. Those months were not easy and my physical and psychological wellness started to decline. I was running a lot, not eating enough and going back to a somewhat unhealthy relationship with food that I had on and off since my late teenage years.
I ran Philly in 2017 in 3:22, still BQ’d for Boston 2019 but I ran so much slower than my goal. I was crushed. The picture in which I am hugging my daughter is from the finish of this marathon. I was not happy but held it together for her, she had been sidelined from soccer and running due to her injury and I owed it to her to be ok with my result: after all I was really starting to focus on running Boston in April and I considered this just a hiccup during the process. Without a break in training or someone to guide me I started my road to Boston. It was hard, my body was in awful shape, I was over training without realizing it and I was barely eating. As I got closer to the race, I had problems keeping easy paces and run longer than 8 miles. I still decided to go, did not want to waste the registration and hotel money as well as disappoint my family, after all the time I had put into training. The horrible weather conditions of Boston 2018 completed the picture. I started but could not finish – DNF, something I never consdered could happen. I had to drop out at mile 10 because of hypothermia. It was heartbreaking. After Boston 2018, I kept running, but could barely run more than 4 miles without stopping. I let summer go by and then got back into a soft training, thanks to my daughter. She was back playing soccer and running after a painful year on the sideline and she wanted to race the 8K that she could not do the previous year. We both signed up for the 2018 Rothman 8k. We ran it together, and finished in a little over 40 minutes! That was the fastest I had run in close to a year and it was the beginning of my recovery. The second picture is of my daughter and I at the finish line. It was a new beginning for both of us.
Since then, I worked back to being more healthy and taking care of myself physically and emotionally. With the help with my family and a friend who has been coaching me I was able to start and finish Boston 2019 in 3:42, missing the qualifying cut by 2 minutes, but I did not care. My biggest victory was crossing the finish line and being back to the road of health.
Since April I trained for a few shorter races and I had two big goals for this fall: run a 1:30 HM and qualify for Boston 2021. I had to be patient, I had to keep reminding myself that my body needs fuel and rest, to trust the process, I had to re-frame why I run and what I am worth… but my speed has been coming back!!! I am doing workouts I never thought I could and running paces that I did not know I was capable of.
Fall goal #1 was accomplished a couple of weeks ago: I ran the Valley Forge HM in 1:29:25! It was even faster than my goal!
My marathon goal race is in 6 weeks (Dec. 7th), workouts are going well, I feel strong and just can’t wait to see what I can do!
Chloe!!! “My finish line pic is from the Gold Coast Half-Marathon in July this year. I finally ran a PR of 1:55:46 – my previous PR was 1:57:15 from 2013, right before I got pregnant! I’d wanted to bring that time down but we went ahead to get pregnant after the 1:57 because we found out that my husband had a malignant tumor. He got it excised and went for radiation therapy and is officially in remission now.
I had 2 kids in 2 years and was really frustrated with my comeback after each pregnancy. I just couldn’t sub-2! Ended up burning out after my last attempt in 2018, when I ran 2:04, then bit the bullet and got a coach.
We went up to Gold Coast this year with the kids and my mum and brother, and my husband paced me all the way. He wasn’t able to get as much training in as me so he was pretty tired but he kept up the pacing and at the end was yelling “YOU’VE WORKED SO HARD FOR THIS! THINK OF THE PAST 9 MONTHS! COME ON!!!”.
And then we crossed the finish line and he threw up on the finishing mat – basically right after the photo was taken. Hahahaha.
Allison!!! “My story is from my first half marathon in 2018.
Have you done any of the above races?
SEND ME YOUR FAVORITE SOUP RECIPE PLEASE. I want soup every night lately!
What’s your speed workout for this week if you are doing one? Did you already do it or are you doing it later on this week?
Do you have a track near you that you can use?