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, June 6, 2010

Summer training week 1

Well, I've finally gotten into a groove with my summer training after a week of a stomach virus that kept me down. But...this week I logged a total of 49 miles, 14 were cycling miles. I swam, I ran, I cycled, I did weights, I did yoga. I felt great and I can see the improvement that the crosstraining has given me. My schedule is challenging with Rick's work schedule but I juggle it pretty good now that I found a gym where my kids can have a play area while I exercise. They are troopers too! I had a total of a hour and a half in the gym one day last week so I was able to do a hour on the treadmill and a half hour with weights. Then I come home, eat lunch and take them to the pool while I do laps. It all works out great and I'm loving it all!

Yesterday I did a 9.5 mile run and it was my fastest so far. I averaged a pace of 9:03 and I think if my warm up lap would have been faster I would have been sub 9. I was below a 9 pace 95% of my run and even went below my mgp of 8:35 and hit an average of 8:31 on mile 8.

Today's run was not as fast because my hamstrings were sore from yesterday but still a good run. I think I had at least 2 miles sub 9, 99% of the time but then I got tuckered out in my legs so I eased up.

It was a very successful week and I am happy with my results. It's weeks like these and runs like yesterday's that encourage me and help me believe in myself. I always think of what I have to do to qualify for Boston while I run and it helps me. All I can do is my best in training with what time and opportunity I have available to me.

It is a challenge for me but this is one week down and successful!

I live. I dream. I run.

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