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.

Gypsy Summer

Yesterday I woke up in Plano, Texas, went to bed at home in Cullman, Alabama, drove to Nashville in the morning and  am now on the way to chicago! 

2 weeks ago I was super excited to get to stay at my best friends house and hang out for 2 weeks while I worked for Cadillac at the golf tournaments. 

Pretty fancy huh? 😉 the days were long and busy, but it was fun! Got to meet some great new people. Now time to let the blisters on my feet heal. 

So glad I got to spend some time with my best friends in the whole world. Of course me and steph had to practice our newly found love for yoga together and forced Lauren to as well. 

These pictures were our best effort. Some of the other ideas we carefully planned out from pinterest were a complete disaster! It’s crazy how we can just be in the same room and have the best time. We won’t see each other for months but it’s always like nothing changed when the 3 of us are together. 

After a dreaded 10 hour drive home I got to see my favorite person in the world and my puppies. As much as I love to travel, I really hate to be away from Charlie. I always get homesick. But I can’t complain with the jobs I get to do. 

So this morning, I went straight to Nashville and me and Natalie headed out to Chicago!! One of my favorite cities ever!! Me and mom went there when I was 16 and I still think about that trip often.

A little week with the sockrockerz! Gonna be fun! Stay posted for the stories!