Faster than ever!

Breaking 4 hours in the marathon at the end of January got me even more excited and determined that I can and will qualify for the Boston marathon. During my week off I purchased “Faster Road Running” by Pete Pfitzinger. Since the plans in his “Advanced Marathoning” book worked so well, I decided to stick with what works. Having a couple 5k’s on the calendar I figured I’d start there. I was on the training week where there was supposed to be a practice 5k and ran one in Frisco, Texas with my best friends Stephanie and Angel.

To my surprise I ran a 22:05 for this 5k!!! tying my PR from 2008!!! I couldn’t believe it! And still am questioning, since the course was short according to my watch. But I will take it! Since the beginning of this training block I’ve been averaging about 45-50 miles per week and doing 1 workout per week with intervals and 1 with 100 meter strides. The rest of the mileage I take it pretty easy, except for a general aerobic run, where I run a little bit slower than tempo pace, but not too fast to get tired. For me, that is about a 8:45-9 min mile pace.

This past weekend I decided to sign up for a 10 mile race close to home, in Mooresville, Alabama. It was the prettiest little town! The post office there is the oldest post office still in use in Alabama, dating back to the 1800’s. I went into this race thinking that since I almost beat my 2008 5K PR the week before, maybe I could break my 2008 10 mile PR? I didn’t put too much thought into it, since I didn’t tell anyone about the race, and honestly didn’t think I could do it.

I warmed up for a mile and got to the wave start. My starting group had all (fast looking) men and one other woman. I immediately stayed back with the other woman, but noticed our pace was 8:30.. this would not get me to break my 1:20:30 record. I picked it up to an 8 min mile pace and stuck with the group of men. This made me nervous, cause there’s no way I could keep up with these guys right? The pace felt easy, but that has tricked me before. I decided if I’d still feel this good at mile 5, I would push the pace to a 7:55 from there to finish. From mile 2 to 3, my watch pinged a mile about 2 minutes before the 3 mile marker. I immediately knew with this 2 min error, I had no change for a PR. I should just relax and enjoy this pretty route. But then I thought.. well, I feel great, so lets pick up the pace instead, maybe I can still do it. I picked up the pace to run in the 7:40s. By mile 4 the course had corrected. (my guess the wind blew over the mile marker and someone just put it back where it ended up) I was feeling great still, so kept my pace. By mile 8 I felt like I was flying, my legs were moving fast and I still didn’t feel like I couldn’t breathe. The last mile I picked it up to 7:20 pace. That got me! but who cares, I was almost there. I flew (what I felt like) through the finish line with a new shiny PR of 1:17:30!!!

None of my miles even hit 8 minutes! I cannot explain how good it feels to see my hard work over the past year pay off. It has taken 1 year and 3 months of consistency and discipline to see progress I want to see. I’m so excited to see how much faster I can get.

Keep Dreaming

So much has happened within the last time I’ve posted. We’re still working on our house, but have come so far!! More on that later, I wanted to keep up with this blog,but we got so busy with the house and I kinda just forgot about it. I also can’t decide on the true content of the blog.. house building, me as a foreigner being in the USA, running, traveling, music?? I have so many different hobbies and things I love.. I can’t even decide if it should be in Dutch or English… but since most Dutch people can read English, I’ll just write in English. Also who besides my mom even reads this?? haha I’m way overthinking this so I’ll just use it as my own online diary that I can maybe later on in life look back on.

Anyways.. I’ve had so many goals and dreams over the years and looking back, they have all come true! Even becoming an American citizen is becoming a reality in the near future.

So I decided it’s time for another goal. To many people this will mean NOTHING, but I would love to qualify to run the Boston marathon. To those unfamiliar with running Boston is a marathon you can’t just run, you have to qualify with another marathon run at a certain time for your age group. And let me tell you, these are some super fast times!!! The time for my age group is 3:30! this is running 8 minutes per mile for 26.2 miles. Just typing this makes me wonder if this is a goal I should even make public, cause.. what if I fail? My first marathon I ran in 4:46 and the most recent 4:12. I’m getting faster, but not fast enough. In order to qualify to run Boston,I need to shave off over 42 minutes of my fasted time! But I believe this is possible. I’ve read about other people that have done this and am learning all the mistakes I’ve made. For example.. I take about 3-4 months to train for a marathon, with a mileage per week that peaks at 30.. mostly around 20.. and I run about 4 times a week. I recently read that to run any kind of decent marathon time that’s considered beyond “recreational” I would need to be running at least 55 miles per week!! That’s doubling what I’ve been running.

I’ve got my heart set on running the Panama City Beach marathon on December 5th, 2020. That means I have 9 months to realize my goal.. LET’S DO THIS!

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