Sunday, July 31, 2011

I just signed up for the San Jose Rock and Roll Half Marathon. Yesterday, Raybon signed up for Big Sur Marathon. He posted it on FB, with lots of positive comments and likes. I kinda wanted to post that I signed up for SJRR, but I figured people are sick of hearing about me signing up for races. I told Raybon that, and he said "No, that's not true." Then Rory piped up, "Yay! Good job!" Sometimes it surprises me when he says something so appropriate and sensitive. I swear he understands so much more than I give him credit for.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Jungle Run - 2011

I did a half marathon this morning, in about 2:17. My P.R. for a half is 2:03.

I felt good for about the first 9 miles, and then I hit a wall.

My race strategy was to not push too hard and listen to my body for the first 6.5 miles, and then look ahead for people to keep in my sites. I started to kinda hurt after I started passing people, and then when I went up a hill somewhere in mile 8, I felt the palpitations and sick to my stomach feeling that means the best I can do is find my way to the finish line.

I maintained a good pace for the first half of the race, and felt really good. My miles were a little over 9 minutes mile pace after I got out of the thick crowd. Since my pace was good, and I felt good, I probably should not have pushed. Listening to my body was working just fine as a race strategy at that point.

I hadn't done any training runs over 10 or 11 miles, and I hadn't done tons of those. Compare that to my P.R. race on Halloween 2010, where I'd run up to 15 miles, and my weekly mileage was more. I run 3 miles a day on every day I feel good, except my long run days, where I've built up to a couple 10 mile runs, which I only do every other week, since I'm trying to fit in speed work every other week, too.

I also mostly just tried to listen to my body and my heart rate monitor on that race, and held back from any aggressive mindset. Maybe that strategy is a better one for me. Looking for people to pass worked for my 10K a couple months ago, but didn't work well for this race. Maybe it was the slightly hillier course, or maybe it was the distance. Maybe it was just the day.

So I have some thinking to do about where to go from here. I had a goal of maintaining half marathon shape for this year, and I'm not sure I'm doing that. I may have just had yet another bad race, or it may be that the training I'm doing is not getting me into the shape I want.

Options:
1) Train more
2) Train the same, and learn to hold back a bit
3) Train the same, and do shorter races

Can I train more? I don't regret scaling back my training. I've given up using the childcare I was using when I was training more, and I think that was the right decision. I could cut back the swimming. I could hire a babysitter. I could let Rory sit in the stroller a little longer.

I would kind of like a "do over" but since I'm limiting myself to local races, there aren't any comparable Half Marathons on the horizon. There is a local half on trails in August, but my body isn't used to trails, and I don't think I have time to get used to them. Maybe I'll find a race in the fall and do some Aquathlons in the meantime. Another tri? Again, it would be tough to train unless I found someone to watch Rory at least once or twice a week.

On the positive side:

1) I'm feeling better overall lately
2) I think I'm losing weight
3) I'm glad Rory isn't going to childcare I feel iffy about
4) I had P.R. 10K's and 5K's in May
5) This Half was 18 minutes faster than my last one, and I felt at ease until I started to look for people to pass.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Random Things That Make Me Happy

In No Particular Order

Fruit Salad
New Chest Freezer Full of a Quarter of a Grass Fed Cow
Epsom Salt Baths
Nuun
Popcorn Microwaved in a Paper Bag with Smart Balance and Nutritional Yeast
Fair Trade Chocolate
Local Raw Honey
Fake iced mochas (with Cafix instead of coffee, raw local honey instead of sugar)
Odwalla Red Rhapsody
Feeling like I'm getting a handle on my nutrition and workout routine

Wow, almost all of those thing are food or food related. Even Epson Salt Baths are about the magnesium.