Sunday, February 12, 2012

Weekend Update

Like many other runners out there Saturday was a day to dedicate and run some miles for Sherry.  I had already planned to attend the Love'em or Leave'em 5K so I printed out a bib and attached it to my coat.  I counted 10 other runners with bibs attached to there backs. Just be fore the race was about to start we were lining up and I had several ladies ask me about the bib.

I started in the back of the pack in my normal location and at the last minute I moved up to the 12 minute mile area. The run starts out a little slow and bottle necks about .25 miles in where it slows to a walk. I focused on my breathing and just started looking for people to use as marker's and pass. First it was lady with fuzzy leggings, then it was girl in tutu, moved on to a woman with super red hair and so on. Before I knew it I was at mile one and glanced at my watched and noticed I was under a 12 minute mile. I thought to myself I don't know if I can hold this pace but I am going to try. The race never really thinned out like I am used to, mile two came and I was still holding strong under 12 minutes. I was a little shocked and told me self to keep pushing. I started to lose steam in mile 3 and took two very short walk breaks and pushed on. The last .1 felt like a million miles, I thought for sure I was going to die. Of course this is where the race photographers were located ate, can't wait to see my sweet photos.  When I got home and checked my Garmin my last .14 was at a 9:59 pace, for me that is fast and would explain my feeling of wanting to die. But you know what I am actually so happy that I was able to push myself and prove to myself that I won't die if I try to run faster.  My final time and new PR was 36:59.


Yes, I am happy about this new PR!

Sunday was supposed to be my long run day, but I wasn't feeling it. It would have been my third day running in a row and my day was packed with stuff to get done. I was finally able to get down to my bike at 8:30. I put in 30 hard minutes on the bike, followed by a short arm circuit and some abs and called it a night. Some days you just got to get in what you can.  The plan for this week is:

Monday - Spin
Tuesday - 6 miles
Wednesday - Spin
Thursday - 6 miles
Friday - Rest (may switch Thursday and Friday we will see how I feel)
Saturday or Sunday - Long run, the other day will be rest

I am leaving the end of the week flexible, I feel that way I won't feel the pressure to run. Instead I hope to want to run. Less then one month until my next half.

How was your weekend?


16 comments:

  1. Way to PR for Sherry! Congrats. My weekend was packed and fun-filled. :D

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  2. Congrats on your PR. I find it hard to run long the day after a 5k too...something about racing that makes it the priority for the weekend. That red headband is super cute.

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    1. headband is from ActiveBand :)

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  3. Congratulations on the PR!! Great job!

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  4. Yay on the PR! Way to push it!

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  5. Awesome PR! Congrats on a great race!! And, yes, why are the race photographers always at the worst spot? :)

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  6. YEA! That is so awesome! When I run Green Lake, the last part always seems like a SLOG, maybe it depends where you park?

    Reeling people in is fun. You would totally be reeling me in. Cannot wait for the day that I can get through with that few walk breaks. Pacing is good! Yea!

    Congrats!

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  7. PRs are always fun- way to get a new one so early in the year!

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  8. congrats on the PR!! way to go!

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  9. Nice work on the PR! That's the BEST, and it's still WINTER! I love that head band you're rocking as well!

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  10. Congrats on your PR!!! I love the headband, too.

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  11. Great job on the PR! :)

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  12. Congrats on the new PR :)

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