All posts tagged: Marathon

BAA Half Marathon

The BAA knows how to put on a race. This was my second half marathon and I had scheduled it for two weeks prior to the looming full Marine Corp Marathon as part of my tapering mileage. (As an aside, anything that considers a half marathon “winding down” is absolute insane.) I figured an actual race day would get me mentally prepared for the big one – and it certainly helped. Except, this course was absolutely sadistic. Always beware the term “relatively flat” in Boston. Relatively flat to what, guys? Vermont? No. This course was not flat. On the bright side, I got my shot at doing any hill work I had conveniently ignored done all in one run! Despite the evil climbs though, I maintained my pace fairly well. My first half last spring measured extra long – about 14 miles – and it took me almost 2:40 to finish it. This one, per the Garmin watch, was much more appropriately measured at around 13.4. I clocked in at just over 2:19 on the official …

Marathon: Week 5-9

A bit of housekeeping, if I may.  I am indeed still running. And cooking and sewing and blogging (in my head). However as you can see from the running calendar, life has gotten in the way of running, cooking, and putting the inner monologue blogs into words – in the best way possible.  The last few weeks for your favorite ginger included a proposal (eeek!), the concert of the summer (I ❤ you JT), a week long jaunt through Europe exploring Iceland,  London, and Paris, and somewhere in there, even a few long runs. I’m still processing everything. It really is a lot to take in. There will be more to come (lots more!) on all of the above. For now the only thing I really know how to recap is where I’m at in this training program. I knew when I started this, I would need some “off” weeks.  It was a good call to build them in, because they have come in handy. Two weeks off in a row from long runs was unnerving, and I …

Marathon: Week 4

To say this week wasn’t a struggle would be an absolute lie. It was hot. It was humid. I missed a midweek run. I had one of the most painful 3 mile slogs of my entire life. I questioned more than once… ‘Why the hell I’m doing this?!‘ I can’t say I feel 100% optimistic again, but there’s always something empowering about finishing the long weekend run, reminding you that this is not impossible. It’s hard because it’s supposed to be. If this shit was easy everyone would do it. Sunday’s 8 mile LR was surprisingly successful given the fact that I decided to throw in a whole bunch of new factors at once, breaking one of the most fundamental rules of running. I wore shoes I’m still breaking in and carried hydration for the first time (save for an incident with a water belt last year that really didn’t go so well) all while continuing to adjust to running without tunes. The shoes are improving, but I have a wonderful blister that has formed …

Marathon: Week 3

Even though I’m in Week 3, this felt like my first ‘real’ week of training. Four runs and 15+ miles logged, it felt like I was running for a reason.  While the total mileage is less than the original training plan I posted, that has been somewhat deliberate.  This week had my longest run since May 2012 when I fractured my heel, and I’m so prone to plantar fasciitis that I want to proceed with caution. So, even at about 2 miles shy of where the schedule says I should be, let’s celebrate some little milestones, shall we? An 8:11 mile Friday during my run home from work.  I was late, and people on the sidewalk were really annoying, so I tried to get it over with as quickly as possible.  Perhaps all my races should take place on the sidewalks of Boston during Friday afternoon rush hour. My furthest run in almost 14 months (and feeling amazingly good afterwards). I’ve been following Galloway intervals (3:1 on most the runs) and I’ve had to accept that while …

I’m Running A Marathon

There. I said it. Isn’t that just about the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard? Well, be prepared to hear a lot more, because in addition to foodie goodness you’re about to get hit with some weekly running updates as I train. Approximately 18.5 weeks from now I’ll be questioning my better judgement, along with two of my dear girlfriends, at the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, DC. I’m a goal oriented person, so here you go. Once in writing on the internet these officially become part of my permanent record. Let’s see what that does for my accountability. Complete my training. I’ve already built in 3 weeks of buffers in case of injury, travel or I’m-Just-Not-Running-This-Week-Goddamnit attitudes. I WILL complete the mileage. Someway, somehow. Finish. No seriously, that’s my only goal for the running aspect of this race. I have a weak mind at the end of 10+ miles. If I don’t say “F*ck it all” at mile 22 (or 11), that’s a win. Stay injury free. If you know me, this will be the …