Sunday, May 12, 2013

Run Like A Mother (5K)

Run Like A Mother (5K) - May 12, 2013
time = 23:34
pace = 7:35
3rd in my age group (40-44)
placed 19th over all (all women)

yesterday i ran 9.23 miles in lapham peak. i decided that training for the 1/2 coming up in a month is more important than winning the 5k i would be running the following day... so i got my mileage in even tho' i knew i was racing the next day. even so... i think i did quite well given the fact that my legs were totally fatigued throughout the entire run. it was cold (40 degrees) so i was layered up and subsequently over dressed for the race once it began. i think that accounted for my being a bit slower than i would have been if i had been dressed appropriately. i FELT a lot slower than i ACTUALLY was. i was really surprised by my pace when my app spoke to me after mile 1. by mile 2 people were passing me and i thought i was slowing down considerably but really it was just by seconds. still... in a race situation that makes all the difference.


as my splits show... i was slower and slower as the race went on. oh well... it was a fun race given the circumstances. wish i would have been faster but it felt good to get out there and run fatigued. i like to push my body and see what it can do in any given situation. i like to know that it can perform even under less than optimal circumstances. i've been feeling not so great this last week so it's good to know i can pull it out when i need to.

running is so fun! happy mother's day to everyone!

my son did the 1miler kid run and came in second! he was even running on an injury incurred yesterday during a lacrosse game! pulled quad muscle. such a trooper! second place! wow! ran a 7:12 min mile!


Saturday, May 4, 2013

let's talk about trail running

now... i'm no anton krupicka (that guy is a silly little mountain goat and quite possibly 1/3 machine) but today i successfully ran a black diamond rated trail called the moraine ridge trail.
watch this! to see what i mean about anton krupicka...

it's supposed to be 7m but i lost my little black signs a few times and had to double & triple back a few times so my run ended up being longer. the hills on this trail were killers. admittedly, i walked up the majority of the steeper hills... ok, maybe almost ALL of the steeper hills but hey, it was my first time running in lapham peak state park that wasn't a 5K.

it's been raining for the past several days so today there were tons of flooded areas in the meadows and many flat spots. lots of spots where i had to stop and try and walk through or around to try and avoid fully submerging my shoes. no luck there tho'... my shoes were submerged, water logged, and FULL of mud!


after my initial run i took a bathroom break and then took another loop around on the green loop (now with purple signage!) just for a cool down. i really enjoyed the run because it held my attention on the run. usually when i road run my mind wanders to all sorts of other things and the next thing i know i'm done running or i'm so focused on pushing my speed that i'm not paying attention to anything else. trail running forced me to slow down and truly be present in the moment. to pay attention to what was around me. the rocks, branches, and roots under foot. the water, the trees, and all the glorious nature that was surrounding me.

it truly made for one of the most amazing runs i've ever been on.

i have to do that more and more often for sure! perfect really.