May the wind stay at my back and may angels give me wings to fly.

I started avidly running in April of 2007, 8 weeks after my little boy was born. I was only running about 15 miles a week just to lose baby weight but a friend of mine was thinking of running the Honolulu Marathon. I made the bold move of doing it with her with the simple goal of just to finish. I finished my first marathon in 2008 with a time of 5:13. In 2009 I started running more miles, up to 40 a week when my schedule would allow that much. I signed up for my second Honolulu marathon and finished with a time of 4:48. That was with only 6 weeks of training, two of them being taper weeks. I finished with tears of joy and one other thing, the strong desire to run every runner's dream...BOSTON! I have some real good days and some real bad days but I hope someone finds inspiration in my spirit and strength. If you dig deep enough you will find the strength to do whatever your heart desires. "Don't follow your dreams...CHASE THEM!"

Sunday, January 17, 2010

This weeks training...

This week's training was a good one! My coach mixed things up for me a bit and made the runs fun. Along with my usual core and strength exercises I had a 36 mile week. All my runs this week were very good but Friday's run was like running with lead in my pants! Thursday was a 7 mile fartlek run, my first attempt at this type of speedwork. It went great! The plan was to do a 8:30 fast pace, 9:30 slow pace. Well, I ended up being able to do a 8-8:30 fast pace, steadying out at 8:15 mostly, and then I kept the 9:30 slow pace. I really worked it that day and I was very proud of myself! Friday called for 6-8 miles but I had to split it up. I managed to get 4 done before 6:30am and grudgingly did another 3 at 5:30pm with my little boy in the stroller and my daughter riding her bicycle. The morning run was very slow, 10-10:30 but evening I somehow found energy reserves and managed a 9:30 pace. Today I ran 13.1, my first long run since the marathon and it felt nice to be out that long again. It wasn't the pace I was shooting for but I stayed around 9:15 most of the run so I am ok with that. Just have to learn to run race pace when not racing... That's hard for me without my adrenaline rush!

I've also started a series of core, leg and arm exercises all of which I am sore from all the time, but a good sore. I'm trying to lose an inch in the hips since I gained a bit from marathon training. That is going well. Cutting out the pastas, breads and sauces is not easy but a little will power and it's quite doable. :) In one week I've lost a quarter inch in my waist and hips.

My nutrition has improved, my strength, my speed and I don't know that I would be doing this well right now without Mickey's help and advice. Also, I recommend Hammer nutrition. It has don't wonders for the healing of my muscle's after each training session! Unless I do a powerhouse run like the fartleks, I am running on fresh legs every run and that is a wonderful feeling.

Repeating this week for next until I get my new weekly plan. Run hard, run fast, be happy!

God's speed!

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