Weekly Recap

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It was a hectic week as usual!  After last weekend getting to visit with Lauren, I had a busy week running and working.  This past week, I ran two 30 minute runs during the week and a 15 miler on the 4th of July!  The 15 miler was tough… I won’t lie!

The last two marathon cycles have been training in the winter months… I looked at my last 15 miler that I did while training for the Flying Pig and the temperature was 25 degrees!  Training during the summer is a different story.  I had to keep reminding myself of the quote I had heard all week “summer runners make fall marathoners”.  I had to wake up crazy early (5 am—that is very early for me), so I could beat the heat.  It was 60 degrees at the start but 90% humidity and by the end of the run it was 72 degrees.  I had to switch up my intervals a bit—walking and drinking water a bit more than normal.  I have a 17 miler in 2 weeks… I’m hoping for a cold front to come thru!

The one thing I am really enjoying is the fact that these “long long” runs do not come with a “long walk/run” the day beforehand.  When I did the Disney and the Flying Pig Marathon… the day beforehand, I did a half marathon the day beforehand!  Well, I had to train for doing that.  So the day before a “long long” run, I would have to do a “long walk/run” the day beforehand.  Before my previous two fifteen mile training runs, I did 7.5 miles the day beforehand.  It was so nice this time just to focus on the one long day!

Besides running, it was a busy week at work.  2 of my first 3 swim lesson sessions ended and then I ended up working on Friday and Saturday.  I was supposed to have Friday off, but since I didn’t have any plans, I decided to work and save the day for when I go to Disneyland!  That’s when I will really need the time off.

On a side note, I was getting fed up with my cable/internet service.  I have 2 boxes, HD, DVR, internet and basic cable including Showtime (I love Homeland, The Affair and the now cancelled Nurse Jackie) and I paid $185 a month!  That is just ridiculous in my book!  So, I called and explained that I was going to switch unless they lowered my bill.  They ended up lowering my bill $25 a month ($300 a year—that could be a flight to a new race for me!) and now I have HBO and all the other movie channels as well… this could be dangerous.  I’ve already watched 5 movies in the short few days I’ve gotten it.   So if you think you’re paying too much for your tv services, call your provider and maybe you’ll luck out like I did!

Have a great running week all!

Kathleen

July Goals

I cannot believe it is already July!! June flew by with a lot of rain, storms, and humidity so while I’m sure the humidity will stick around (probably get worse!), I hope there are less storms!

I have another race coming up this weekend, the Freedom 4 Miler on the 4th, and then my next race isn’t until the lululemon Seawheeze Half in August. I have been doing so many races lately that it will be nice to have a break and really focus on my training runs for the half.

I have many goals for this month and here are just a couple:

1. Commit to my half marathon training plan

– I have noticed myself slacking a bit when it comes to half marathon training. It’s not that I haven’t been training, I definitely have!, but I have not been really following any plan that quickly. Instead I’ve been doing about 3 runs during the week, and then 1 long run on the weekend. I definitely want to amp this up in July and do some longer training runs during the week. My goal is to get a PR in Vancouver, so I know I really need to bear down and commit to a training plan in order to achieve this.

2. Continue with my cross-training activities

I don’t mean to brag, but I think I get an A+ for cross training in June. I did a full month of Shred415 going at least 3 times a week, and I definitely see improvements in my body. I don’t think I’m going to be able to sign up again (too expensive!) but I am going to try to replicate the workouts I’ve done at the gym and through some of my cross-training DVDs.

3. Pack and get ready for the big move!

Justin and I are moving at the end of July! We’ve been at our place for a year and a half and have definitely outgrown it. We actually bought a two-family house in our same neighborhood and are so excited to move. We will be living on the bottom floor and then renting out the top floor. It will definitely be a new challenge, but we are both looking forward to it. One thing I am not looking forward to is packing, but it will be a good time to get rid of some stuff I have no use for any more!

I hope you all have a great start to the month! Feel free to share your July goals in the comments :)

Lauren

Midyear Review

Wow, it’s already the halfway point of 2015!  I cannot believe it.  As I always say, time is flying.

I’ve done 16 races—2 marathons, 6 half marathons, 2 10ks, 1 8k, 1 four miler, and 4 5ks.  That’s 4 more races than 2014 and the year is not even over yet.  I wish I could say that the second half of my year will be as jam packed with races, but sadly it is not going to be L.  So far, I’ve added 7 new states (Florida, Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, and Kansas) and I’ve really enjoyed all of those races!

I’ve logged over 600 miles and gone thru 2 pairs of shoes.

What is the plan for the rest of the year?

–Spend the summer training for the Chicago Marathon!  I have my schedule and I’m sticking to it.  I’m at 13 miles right now… so I’ll be working up to 20 by August!

–Add 3 new states—California, Iowa and Oklahoma!

I cannot wait to embark on the rest of 2015!

Kathleen

Weekly Recap

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What a week!  It was my 3rd week Chicago Marathon Training with two 30 minute weekday runs (both done on the treadmill since it was too hot outside after work to run) and my long run of 13 miles on Saturday.

Unfortunately, my Saturday long run was not ideal as I had to split it up… 2.5 miles before the Country Sole 4 miler and then 6.5 miles in the evening.  It’s ok because I know I can do 13 miles no problem.

The race on Saturday.. the Country Sole 4 miler is a race I will definitely not be repeating in the future.  I’m probably just spoiled but I knew it wasn’t going to be great when they couldn’t find my bib!  The volunteers had no idea where it was (supposedly it wasn’t just me who this happened to) and there was only 1 staff member reassigning bibs!  Unacceptable.  In addition, the course was poorly marked and maybe had 10 volunteers total on the course.  Plus, I did the race with a friend who likes bling but doesn’t like to train, so we walked more than we ran for the race.

This week the training will be a little lighter and I’m hoping the following week to start meeting with a trainer!  This upcoming weekend is also exciting because Lauren is coming up!!

It’s looking like I will end 2015 with a total of 19 states– number 20 just isn’t working at all and I’m not going to do a crappy bling state just to get it done.  I still need to register and get hotel for Iowa and get flight and hotel for Oklahoma.  Other than that, I have nothing else to get done for 2015!  But 2016 is shaping up to be AMAZING!!  I cannot wait to reveal all of it to you soon enough :)

Kathleen

5Ks…Done for Awhile!

When I didn’t get into the Chicago Marathon originally, I decided to spend this summer focusing on shorter distances and going for PRs in the 5k and the 10k distance.

Before my first summer 5k on Memorial Day weekend, I had only done 3 timed 5k races.  All three were not raced at all.

My first “raced” 5k came on Saturday May 23rd.  I had heard about my local town race called the Elgin Fox Trot a few years ago. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out last year for me to run and I wasn’t sure if it would work out this year either.  Especially since my outdoor pool opened on May 23rd!

I decided the day beforehand to register for the 5k.  In my half marathon training, I needed a 5 mile run, so I decided that I would run 1.5 miles there, run 3.10 in the race and then run .4 miles home (and walk the rest of the way back).

I’m actually really glad that I was able to run to the race site b/c they were already blocking off roads all around the route and by my house (there was also a 10 mile race… so lots of roads were blocked off for that).

Elgin is a very hilly area.  The downtown boosts lots of hills and sure enough there were hills in the race!  I raced as hard as I could and ran a 30:36.  It was good enough for 5th place out of 28 for my age group!  I was happy, but I know I could have done better… I was less than 1 minute from placing 3rd in my group and getting an award L It was a PR for me… but I still really wanted that under 30 time.  I knew that the next 5k would need to be flat, fast and if I wanted to race well, I’d need to just focus on 3.1 and not do warm up miles.

The second 5k of the summer came on June 7th in the southwest suburb of Chicago in a race called Running for Hope.  The registration fee was for a children’s hospital.  It was advertised as a flat and fast course… just what I needed for a 5k PR attempt to break 30 minutes!

Unfortunately, I started out very fast in this race… my first mile was 9:01… that is fast for me!  I knew that if I was going to break 30 minutes, I would need to pace myself.  I tried to slow down to conserve energy but it was hard and by mile 2, I was getting tired.  By the time mile 3 came around, I knew I had to continue to push a little bit so I could get that PR and break 30 minutes.  I squeaked in and finished the race in 29:29!!!  I was so happy!!  I finished 16th out of 59 in my age group.. not too shabby for the middle of the pack girl.  Literally as I crossed the finish line, it started to pour!  I was so glad I got done in time to avoid the crazy rain.

I was extremely tired after this race… keeping a fast pace is difficult for me.  I would honestly rather run a half marathon than a 5k.  I prefer running long distances at a 10 minute mile pace rather than trying to run super-fast (9:30 is  super-fast pace for me) for 3 miles.

So for now, I am done with 5ks… honestly!  I have the Disneyland 5k in September, but the only reason I am signed up for that is character opportunities in the park and just to have fun!  We’ll see if I can break my 55 minute 5k that I had in Disneyworld in January.

As for my 10k goal of 1 hour… we’ll have to see when that happens… maybe I’ll save that for next summer!

Kathleen

What I’ve Been Doing

Hey everyone!!

Sorry for the lack of blog posts. I’m going to blame the humidity for this. I have to wake up at the crack of dawn to get my runs in since it gets so hot so early, and then at the end of the day when I am normally writing the blog posts, I don’t feel like doing anything except relaxing! I know, a poor excuse! I will try harder!

The past week I have been doing a lot of exercising. I really think I might be addicted to Shred415. They have an unlimited monthly special for new customers, so I bought one of those which I have been using as much as I can (aiming for 4 days a week). I love Shred415 so much and feel great after, I only wish it was cheaper so that I could get an unlimited monthly for the whole year! I think after this month I might buy one more month, and then just buy a 10 class pack and go from time to time. I am learning a lot about different floor exercises I should be doing and different interval runs on the treadmill to help with my speed. I really think after I go to more classes, I will probably be able to make up the workouts on my own at my YMCA which doesn’t charge a ton for a monthly membership. Unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to have the amazing trainers going this route, but I need to afford to buy food. HAHA.

I have a BIG running weekend ahead of me! A 10 miler on Saturday and then a 5K on Sunday. It’s going to be HOT both days, so I will probably be freaking EXHAUSTED! But I am really looking forward to both of them. My main goal for Saturday’s race is to go at a reasonable pace and try to stay consistent for all 10 miles. On Sunday, the course is apparently downhill so I definitely want to get a PR. AND if I happen to place in my age group you get an apple pie, and I think that is definitely some motivation for running super fast! Hopefully my legs will be as motivated after my 10 mile race on Saturday. Better remember to ice! LOL.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and is being safe out there with your runs. REMEMBER, HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE!

Lauren

What a Week!

What a crazy week I had!  Not so much work craziness, but life craziness!

After finding out on Monday afternoon that I was in fact selected for the Chicago Marathon, I quickly realized I needed to create my marathon training schedule.  Since my last half marathon on May 9th, I had quickly just gotten back to an 18 week training schedule for my half marathon in September.  That means my furthest run was 5 miles.  Now I was looking at an 11 mile run this week to jump start the marathon training!

Since my weekend was pretty busy, I decided to do my 11 mile long run on Thursday and do my 30 minute run on Sunday(this worked out perfectly because I did my 5k in 29:29).  It was a tough run on Thursday night on the treadmill, but I was happy to have finished it after a long day of work.

Sunday, I was signed up for my second 5k of the summer.  My big 5k goal of the summer was to be under 30 minutes.  I know some people think since I run half and full marathons, this should be an easy goal.  I love running, but I am not speedy by any means.  I can run my first mile just as fast as my last mile.  I knew this would be a tough goal for me.  I came close 2 weeks ago at my local 5k with 30:36 and that course had hills!

This 5k called Running for Hope 5k was advertised as a flat and fast course.  I knew this would be the real opportunity to go under 30 minutes.  I’ll recap the race on Thursday and even though it was partly a struggle, I still did the 5k in under 30 minutes… 29:29!

This week’s running slows down a bit which is a great thing because we start swimming lessons at work!  Never a dull moment!

Kathleen