I have really fallen behind on my blog lately and for that I apologize. It’s been incredibly busy this year, trying to go from directing 5 races in 2012 to 10+ events in 2013! We just put on the Lake Lowell Marathon, Half, 10k and 5k over the weekend for about 350 racers and that is just 3 weeks after directing Bruneau Beast. Last weekend, we headed out of town for my third Weiser River 50k and I used it as a training run for my upcoming BQ effort at the Famous Potato Marathon and that went exceptionally well. I ran a PR 50k – 4:56 (bettering my previous time on the course by 9 min, which I was happy about.) I kept the heart rate under control and reminded myself constantly to not “race” it and stuck to the plan!! I ran conservatively enough (about a min per mile slower than BQ pace on rocky terrain) to jump right back into hard training the rest of this week and for that I’m grateful! I was 5th female and 10th overall, which was just icing on the cake! 🙂 We also got to camp out which was a highlight for the five kids!
This past week has been a marathon effort by itself! I got up early to run or ride several days in a row and had so many race director duties that I was just running on empty. I also put on a big birthday party for my son, Joshua’s 11th birthday, which was a fun break and a nice chance to do something special with the family.
I am thoroughly exhausted. I slept less than an hour Friday night (race directors often get very little sleep in the 3 days leading up to a race and I think I got a total of 6 hours in the last 3 nights). Last Saturday I ran a PR 50k and I trained pretty strongly this week, so my body was literally on the brink — which is exactly how it’s supposed to feel as you peak in training two weeks before a marathon, so when our other running pals bailed on us this morning, Ryan A. and I decided to do a RTYP (Run Till You Puke) half marathon run, which is something our buddy, Tony firmly believes in doing two weeks before a strong effort marathon (and Tony has BQ’d more times than anyone I know, so we listen to Tony!)
This was only the second time I’ve done a RTYP and the last time I did one with Tony, Ryan and Dennis, Ryan ran with me and we chatted most of the way, so I never felt it was an all-out effort. That day was a 1:50. My “official” best half marathon time is from the only flatter half I’ve ever done – 3 years ago and that time is 1:53:05 (it might be time to run another this summer…)
Today I ran a 1:44 – better than anything I’ve even done in training (I have ran 1:46 3 x — once in a marathon, twice in a training run that was not a RTYP.)
I collapsed to the ground when I finished, the grass was wet. I didn’t care. I felt tired, hot and ELATED at my progress!!!!!!
I feel as ready as I am ever going to be to BQ in two weeks. I need to be smart with rest, recovery and keeping the legs loose and I think I can do it – FINALLY!!! 😀
Ave HR: 178
Max HR: 188
Mile 1: 8:12
Mile 2: 7:57
Mile 3: 7:53
Mile 4: 8:05
Mile 5: 8:02
Mile 6: 7:56
Mile 7: 7:59
Mile 8: 7:55
Mile 9: 7:52
Mile 10: 7:47
Mile 11: 8:16
Mile 12: 7:58
Mile 13: 7:48
Last .10: 6:45
P.S. I did another 5 miles after this which consisted of slow jogging, then walking and finally SLOGGING! I think I’ve reached the end of my energy rope! Time to recover a bit and start getting my mind in a great place before my marathon!!!!