Thursday, April 30, 2015

Taper Week ~ run #2

Last night was my second run of the week. I'm scheduled for two more but I'm only going to do a short one tomorrow to work out any tightness.

My run last night was great.  Totally different from the other night.  I was so tired and didn't really feel like running, I wanted a nap.  But I laced up when Mr. Basbe got home and had him drop me off in town.  I actually ran the first three miles of the half I'm doing on Sunday. I ran the back 7 a few weeks ago so I've got almost a complete picture of the course.  It's nice being able to preview the race ahead of time.

 On our way into town I downed a GU, with 20mg of caffeine which I regretted at 10pm since I don't drink coffee anymore I've very sensitive to it.  I felt full of energy and ready to take on the course.  The road has a slight uphill but I actually felt strong.  By the time I was a half mile into it though, I felt slow and sluggish. I felt like I was working too hard and running too slow.  Then the my app tells me I just ran mile one in 9:30. I was pretty stoked and a bit shocked.

 The rest of the run felt pretty much the same till near the end of mile 3.  I started to get dizzy and lightheaded. I felt like my chest was being compressed. I though for sure this was where I was going to collapse but I pushed through. There was a time I would have stopped because the feeling freaked me out but I've learned that this happens when I'm running hard and not breathing well. So I tried to concentrate on my breathing a bit to settle it down. I felt much better when I took control of my breathing.

Over all the run felt great. I ran 3.09 in 26:41. My fast time ever. It's a fun feeling to realize I'm getting stronger and faster. I told Hubby that I might even take on trying to get a sub 25 5k this year.

Now to get one last, slow and gently run in before Sunday.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Taper Week ~ run #1

I have a love/hate relationship with taper week.  I love the lower mileage, it's nice to take a break from training but I hate the feeling like I'm not running like I should. I feel like the lower miles makes me less prepared.  I know that's not true at all. I've seen how the short break before a race can really improve my running.  

 Last nights run was supposed to be 3 miles. I made it 2.5 miles at a 9:41 pace, which shocked me. I felt like I was running a 11:30 pace. My legs felt like lead, my bad ankle ached, I got a bad side stitch (which I rarely get!), the muscles between my shoulder blades knotted up and I couldn't catch my breath at all. Plus, after the way I ate last week, my stomach has been a mess for two days.  I finally broke down and called Mr. Basbe to come pick me up. I've not called him to rescue me since my marathon training days.  I really didn't have a choice, I had to go. Where I was running is called Corporate Drive and there are a ton of businesses with security cameras. No way was I finding a ditch to squat in around there!  So this time I happily cut my run short and had Hubby rescue me. 

Two more light runs this week. Hopefully they'll feel better than this one did.  

Saturday, April 25, 2015

First Half Marathon

Next Sunday I will be running my first half marathon, Binghamton Bridge Run. I honestly don't feel like I'm ready. I probably am though. I was plagued with a back injury that kept me from the first 3 weeks of training. Then the weather was so horrible that I wasn't getting outside to get my runs in and frankly, anything over 6 miles on the treadmill is downright torture. I've gotten most of my long runs in since then but not all of my weekday runs. I have a goal of 2:30 or better for my time. I believe I can accomplish this if everything goes ok.  Since it's my first half, it will be an instant PR no matter what I run!

Looking forward to this year.  I have more longer races planned than I was initially going to run.  The Vestal XX will be a personal triumph (I'll explain later), the CanLake50 will be my first ultra and the RW Half & Festival will one big party of running and meeting more of my friends-in-my-phone.

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