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10K, half-marathon, 10K, break

Posted Mar 13 2013 9:13pm
Since I've let plenty of time pass since my last couple of races, I'll keep the race reports short.

Memorial Hermann Half-Marathon: Brrr, it was chilly. I bust out my tights in lieu of shorts maybe twice a year and have never actually raced in them here in Houston. About halfway through the race, it dawned on me that maybe I should have worn them for 33 degree weather.

This was the same pancake-flat double-loop course I ran last year, only about 30 degrees cooler with zero humidity. Woot! Finish time was 1:53:47. I originally placed seventh in my age group but was later bumped up to sixth because another runner was disqualified. I guess the race officials meant business with the multiple "no headphones!" emails!

Three cheers for arm warmer weather!
I was initially a tad disappointed with my finish time because it was only 11 seconds faster than last year's. My Garmin went on the fritz in the second half, so I ended up not having any splits to send off to Coach Celia . But when I saw the official results, I was pleasantly surprised to see that I kept a consistent pace throughout the whole thing (8:42 for the first half, 8:44 for the second), which I certainly couldn't say for my previous half in January. Pretty solid first long run in marathon training, if you ask me.

Bayou City Classic 10KAfter  nearing PR territory at the Rodeo Run 10K on an almost identical course two weeks earlier , I had high hopes for this one. But when I got myself to the start on Saturday morning, it was already pushing 70 degrees and I was sticky with sweat from the humidity after just my warm-up mile. Finish time was 52:45, a little more than two minutes slower than last time. Someday I will run sub-50. On to the next.

After three straight weekends of racing with not enough time to blog between each one, I think it's safe to say I need a break! My next (and only) races before Newport are a four miler, 5K and half-marathon in April.

In between the races, Celia has been updating a Google doc with my scheduled training every week. Right now I'm in the middle of a 40-mile week and I'm thinking I'll peak at 50. Celia's had me do two speed/tempo workouts so far and here's how they panned out
Four-miles at tempo pace, preceded by a 9:25 warm-up mile (not shown),  final mile cool-down.
Warm-up, 3 x 1 mile repeats with 0.5 mile recovery jog in between, cool-down.Note: that first split is really a whole mile. My Garmin hates my neighborhood.
This weekend I'll ek out 15 miles, which finally feels like marathon training territory. In the meantime, I'll share some recently-acquired things that I like
Believe I Am training journal

I was always hesitant to buy a hard-copy training log because I figured I'd slack on writing entries (that's what the blog is for, right?). I impulsively ordered it when they had a Christmas special offering journals signed by co-creator Lauren Fleshman herself. I have kind of slacked on the detailed entry front, but I am pretty good at filling out the daily workout lines. This has been great for helping me keep track and not slack on doing corework and weightlifting once or twice a week.

Hamilton Beach single-serving blender/to-go cup

Found this on sale for $15 at H-E-B. I make smoothies almost every day and this cuts the clean-up process in half. Current favorite combination: frozen mangos, mixed berries and coconut milk.

Gaiam Intro to Core Power Yoga DVD , $12.99 at Target, Embark yoga mat, $10 at Target

EB's home yoga studio, AKA my den.
I like to do yoga at least once a week and am much more motivated to do it solo at home rather than driving to an overcrowded and over-priced class. This DVD is about 75 minutes long and I always feel like I've gotten a solid stretching session when I'm done. Tip: Do it after your long run of the week. I recently did it the day before a 10 miler and was pretty sore at run-time the next morning.

Any favorite running (or not) related finds to share?
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