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Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon Race Recap!

Monday: 20m upper body

Tuesday: 6.9m 8:06/pace

It’s about that time to share with you the race day details! Usually I need a week to absorb the race, reflect, plan and hello…Celebrate!! This was a huge PR for me (3 minutes and 18 seconds!) and I’ve been enjoying a week off from running to revel in racing success.

So let’s jump right into it!

At the start during mile 1 my body was relaxed, but I felt like this pace was too easy for what I wanted to do that day. I figured this would be my warm up mile since I didn’t have much time to actually do a warm up. I figured you can’t bank time and i’d pick up the pace as the crowds fell. My first mile beeped at 7:54, I could have swore it was a 9:30/pace, so my heart jumped and I kept repeating, “I CAN PR TODAY.”

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Mile 1

Shortly after I found some space and sped up, I overheard a couple who were talking about their pacing strategy and the guy said, “We’re at a 7:16/pace I think this is a good pace…” I couldn’t agree more and I kept up with them until the marathon & 1/2 split at mile 7. I didn’t realize they were running a full marathon at that pace! It was slightly deflating, but at the same time, I was running my own race and just used their calm, even pacing as inspiration.

I felt really good at a 7:15-7:25 pace and basically tried following the tangents as best as I could while enjoying the music playing. I can honestly say I felt really great this entire race. Then I saw the number 8 spray painted on the asphalt and remembered i still had a ways to go. This is when i juuuuust started feeling tired.  This gave me a lot of confidence cause usually i’m blowing up by mile 9 or 10 and struggling and slowing to the finish.

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After a quick body check–>legs felt good, posture good, tunes good…I decided it was time to work. I picked up the cadence and focused on getting to mile 10 and then pushing the final 5k.  I kept positive by focusing on my goals and trying to keep a soft smile on my face as often as I needed.

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effort & focus

I couldn’t maintain much of a smile during those last 2 miles. I was incredibly uncomfortable, but I refused to slow down. I pumped my arms so my legs would have to keep up. I kept repeating, “don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done.” and “You’re not slowing down, your brain is just getting tired” both mantras helped me continue until the final right turn toward the finish.

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And just as the wheels were coming off, and my legs were hurting so bad I couldn’t feel them I heard my best friend, Marie yell out, “CORRII!!” I turned my head and they were right there watching me in the final stretch. I can’t describe how badly I needed to hear a familiar voice of encouragement because I felt like I was slowing down and the finish line was a bad dream where you’re running but you aren’t going anywhere.

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Across the finish line where my legs finally got to rest, everything felt fantastic. I have never crossed a finish line more proud, elated and satisfied. I’ve been searching for that feeling of running a smart, but left it all on the course, race.

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I started this race with my head, and finished with my heart. As cheesy as that comes off, it’s how I will forever race, running with my head then with my heart.

And of course shortly after the race I had a burger & beer with Marie 🙂

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I have a ton of thoughts and a few reasons why I’m so thrilled with the outcome of this race:

-There was no pain in my IT band, or any area for that matter.

-I did the first 4 miles in under 30 minutes (something i’ve always wanted to do) and the first 10k in 46:34 (my best 10k ever)

-I negative split the course. I haven’t done this in YEARS.

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-I broke into the top 100 female of a major race. This was a dream goal…

-3:18 off of my 1/2 time is a huge step toward someday getting under 1:30 and qualifying for Boston.

88th Female, 19th in age group 1:36:07 7:19/pace 

What are your go-to mantras!

Have you had a “best” race?

 


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So Many Sports

Monday: 30 min mobility work

Tuesday: 7m tempo 7:36/pace, 20 min shoulders/core

Wednesday: 3m easy 9:20/pace, 15 min legs

The last few weeks back at work and normal life have still been pretty awesome. We went to a Nationals game, they didn’t make playoffs so we got tickets for $10. Beautiful game that went 14 innings and kept us entertained for a Saturday night.

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Sunday we went to the Capitals last pre-season game. YAY IT’S HOCKEY SEASON!! Again, Cameron found tickets for $5. I’m not joking! Cheap seats, good sports & beer. Gotta love it.

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And I wasn’t joking on instagram, i actually do wear Pro Compression socks under my jeans all the time, especially in winter because i’m always cold.

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In between all the fun, sports, beers etc. Ive been doing a really good job at staying hydrated, getting extra sleep and hitting my workouts. I’m one month out from the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon and i’m feeling PR ready. I still have to grind out these last weeks and keep focus. In the past, the hard part of following a training plan has been getting lazy with workouts before the actual taper. I keep dangling the PR carrot, and 2 weeks off running after the race. Don’t get me wrong, I love running and hate taking time off. Since the injury this spring, I felt like I haven’t stopped, and i’m looking forward to this race then a little time off.

if possible, I’d like to squeeze in a 5 or 10k in the next two weeks just to test out the speed, but overall i’ve been confident that my workouts have been solid. I’ve been running 4 days per week, i’m hoping the next two weeks I can make it 5 days per week before tapering. I have been a little conservative with training this fall, but the 4 running workouts have a purpose. It’s not just a ton of easy running. If anyone out there thinks they can’t train for a half on 3-4 days of running you’re wrong! There are so many training plans out there that can fit your schedule. With less time to train, it just means your running schedule will call for more speed work than normal plans.

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Most of my clients, and members of the gym assume I work out 7 days per week to do what I do. They are always surprised that I only run 4 days a week, strength train 2x and generally those are on the same days as I run. I take off 2-3 days per week. It’s just how I find balance with work, life, and running. Just like my running schedule, my strength workouts have purpose & intent so i’m not wasting precious extra minutes on stuff that’s not helping me. Our boss, Danni put together a Crossfit workout that all of us trainers did Saturday afternoon:

12 minutes- AMRAP (As many reps as possible)

6 DB snatches/ each arm

12 weighted butterfly situps

12 burpees to box jumps

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That’s it. 12 minutes. As many as you can do. I can probably speak on behalf of all the trainers to say it was effective! This is also why i have a hard time when people tell me they “don’t have time to workout.” I’m pretty sure everyone has 12 minutes. You just have to WORK for the short amount of time you have. I’m going to put together a few example of 10-15 minute workouts and share them with everyone here this week.

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What’s your go-to workout when you’re short on time?

Anyone follow hockey? 

Week of Sept 28th- Oct 4th

Monday:  Rest

Tuesday: 8.5m interval 8 x 800s (4 @ 6:30/pace, 4 @ 6:35/pace)

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 5m easy 9:20/pace, 30 min core

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 5m easy 8:30/pace, 12 min crossfit

Sunday: 10m 8:26/pace

Total Miles: 28.5 


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Wine & Race Entries

Monday: 5000m row, 25 pull ups, 50 pushups, 100 sit ups

Tuesday: 5.5m intervals (8 X 400s, 6 @ 6:00/pace, 2 @ 6:15/pace)

I finally have a few races on the schedule! It helps to commit to a race when you have a great cabernet in hand.. No joke: it lowers your inhibitions, makes taking the credit card out a little easier and makes your goals more exciting than ever.

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I really need to see where my fitness is so I can nail that sub 20:00 5k this spring. And a great thing about training for a 5k is that there is almost always a local 5k every weekend, and generally it’s a cheap entry fee. I signed up for the Potomac Valley Track Club’s By George, 5k! The course description says “totally flat.” I’ll totally be the judge of that. Sounds like a good way to wake up on Valentine’s Day and get a workout in before the day starts.

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I also threw my name in the lottery for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler back in December and got in. Everyone in the DC area raves about this flat, fast & beautiful course. I’m also excited to race a new distance this April!

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And finally I choose my fall ‘A’ race. The Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon. I really want to hit a fast half and I’m taking my time to rev up for it. This race is in November, which gives me plenty of time to find another half for a practice race in August/September.

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And what better way to attempt my 1:30 half than by being in my home state of Indiana with my closest, best friend of all time!?

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us just being classy--also this picture is like 8 years old.

us just being classy–also this picture is like 8 years old.

Last Week

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 5 Rounds w/30lb bar: 8 Overhead shoulder press, 15 front squats, 10 thrusters, 5.75m easy 8:01/pace (ranged from 7:22-8:20)

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 20 min running drills, 8 miles (intervals- 8 x 800s), 30 min core

Friday: 3500m Row, 30 lateral wall ball slams, 35 pushups

Saturday: 12m easy/long, 8:06/pace

Sunday: Rest

Mileage: 25.8

Fall races picked out yet?

Goals??