So, I have been slacking in the blogging department. :-) The past two weeks I have stayed on track with my training.
The week of April 11th I got in 2 days of strength training along with 11 total miles. I also got CPR/AED certified so I am well on my way to becoming a personal trainer. I incorporated some speedwork into my runs and also started a new gym routine to break things up a bit. I was scheduled for a 5k on 4-18-10 but overdid it at the gym so decided to sit it out.
The week of April 18th I got in 2 days of strength training along with 13 total miles. I have noticed lately that I am struggling with the runs that I do outside. I don't know if I have grown too accustomed to the treadmill or what my deal is but I am trying to make a conscious effort to do all of my runs outside from here on out. My pace is improving from a 9min/mile down to 8:30min/mile. The pace itself is a good pace for me right now but once again I have to work on my breathing. I find myself out of breath and have a hard time getting a handle on it.
Overall, nothing too exciting in the past two weeks. I am staying on schedule and trying hard to be injury free. Next week I begin my marathon training! I am excited/nervous but ready to start getting into it.
I have a 5k scheduled for Saturday which I am hoping to do well in. I will also see my first marathon start in person at this race as well so I can see what I am in for in a few months!
Wow! So much to say about last week. As far as working out/training goes it was a "fair week" I got a long run in last Sunday (6 miles) along with a 3 miler on Tuesday. I have been incorporating core work into my routines the past few weeks so hopefully I begin to see some results!
Ok so the BIG news is I got into the NYC Marathon for 2010! Holy Cow! As you know I have committed to running Chicago 2010 on 10.10.10 as my 1st marathon. The back story to this is I put my name into the NYC Lottery thinking there would be no way I would get in on my 1st try. There have been people waiting for YEARS to get into the NYC Marathon via the Lottery system so my plan was to apply for it 3 years in a row and of course be turned down so in 4 years they would have to let me in per their rules. Well....things worked out a little differently for me. Last Tuesday night I was checking my bank account online and saw that $185 had been taken out for the NY Marathon. I stared at the screen in disbelief for quite awhile. I then realized that the "official drawing" wasn't until the next day (4.7.10). I came up with all kinds of excuses in my head....they just wanted to check everyone's card to see if they had the funds available...maybe they charged you for just being in the lottery....etc...etc...
The next day at work at 11am CST I tried to access the "Live" drawing of names for the NYC Marathon and was unable to get to it. So I went to lunch and came tearing back into my office at 11:30 on the dot to check my profile page that I had set up on the ING NYC Marathon site to see if I had indeed gotten in. I was shaking with excitment as I typed in my username and password and then clicked "Submit". I held my breath as the page loaded....and there right before my eyes were the words Congratulations....Accepted! I rolled back from my desk in disbelief. And then it hit me....I am running NYC!!! Oh God...I am running 2 marathons this year with about 3 weeks in between each other and I have never run a marathon before....
I am still trying to wrap my head around this. I am excited but the nerves have started already. My plan as of now is to run Chicago as a "training run". I don't plan on pushing myself hard at all in this race although I am aware that 26.2 miles will beat you up whether you run or walk. Does anyone have any advice out there??
Ok so on to my other big news...I ran my 1st 5k of the year last Saturday (Ann did not end up running in this one) and I got my best time ever (25:25), I won my age group and came in 2nd overall female. It was a smaller race (48 ppl) and the field was not as competitive as I've seen in races in Chicago but it was an incredible confidence booster for me and was just what I needed!
So, last week was a week of GREAT news and a GREAT run....let's see if I can keep it up!
I had a really awesome week last week as far as training goes. I got in a 6 mile long run last Sunday followed by 2 more 4 milers, 2 weight training sessions, and a 10 mile bike ride for cross training. This has been the best week this year for me. I'm hoping I can continue along this track.
Last Wednesday I went for a physical since I will be significantly increasing my training to get ready for the marathon in October. I have mixed feelings around the physical. On the plus side my blood pressure (98/58) pulse rate, and all of my other vitals were great. On the down side the doctor literally spent about 3 minutes checking me out which I was a little disappointed with. It is not that I wanted her to find something wrong but it seemed like she could have spent a little more time checking me out. I just have to have faith that she is the Dr and if she saw or heard something abnormal she would have ordered more tests. 26.2 miles is such an incredible distance that I feel myself getting anxious/nervous already and I really haven't even started training.
I am looking forward to my 5k this coming Saturday with Ann. It will be her 1st 5k and I am going in support of her (and also to see if I can pull out a medal in my age group!). Here's hoping for another great week of training injury free!
My blog will follow my running journey up to and through my 1st Marathon... Chicago 2010! You will read about my inspirations, PRs (hopefully!), and of course my struggles. So feel free to share your stories as well!