Y'all?!?!? I am having one heck of a racing season!
Saturday I ran the New Moon Quarter Marathon. I had no specific plans or thoughts for this race, expect go out conservatively and finish strong. Oh, and my fellow life guarding friends were running it with me so of course I wanted to beat them.
Between the long drive there, parking forever away, picking up my packet, and using the bathroom, I had less than 10 minutes to warm up. I took a stroll around the block and did some pickups. Everything felt great. It was going to be a good day.
I started out what I felt was comfortably. Dave said the look on my face would disagree with this statement. However, I was able to have a conversation with him and everyone around me early in the race. At the first turn, the girl in front of me, who was running the half marathon, got a bike escort for first place so I knew I was cruising and doing well.
Mile 1 - 7:36
Mile 2 - 7:40
This is where I saw Dave and he told me I was in 4th place.
Mile 3 - 7:29
I passed the lead half marathon female going up a hill here. I saw Dave somewhere again in here and he told me I was in third. Actually I was in third the whole time since he didn't know the girl initially in front of me was doing the half marathon. I was now hunting down the girl in second. I was FLYING and felt great.
Mile 4 - 7:19
Mile 5 - 7:13
I caught the second place girl in the sixth mile and was now within sight of the first place girl. I wanted her bad.
Mile 6 - 7:31
I chased and chased in the last half mile (0.69 miles according to my Garmin). I was now going full-on and basically sprinting. I was putting everything I had into it.
Last 0.55 (0.69 Garmin) - 6:45 pace
I did not cross the finish line first. She was right ahead of me. But she started in the corral ahead of me and each corral was held for 30 seconds, so in the official results I won.
I FREAKIN' WON!!!!
Wouldn't you know, there were no awards for this race? What the heck? But, my medal does glow in the dark which is really cool.
Fridays are track days. The kiddo is at preschool (for one more week) and I am able to spend a little bit of time by myself usually without interruption. The last couple of weeks the track and football field have been filled with middle and high schoolers playing games and running around. It has made for an interesting time, but I've been able to get in my workout. This week it was one minute to five minute intervals at fast times. The one minute interval was done at a sub-6:00 pace and the five minute intervals was a 6:26 pace. I was moving! Getting faster!
But that's not the most interesting thing that happened to me at the track.
Another runner came to the track that morning and he looked serious. He warmed up off the track and then came back and did some drills. The dude could drill. I stopped to get a drink and he started talking to me. He asked me about my Hokas and if I liked them. Funny, considering he was covered in head-to-toe Saucony. Literally - shirt, shorts, shoes, spikes. Everything. He asked me what I was training for. I then said, "you look pretty serious." He said, yeah, that he trained in Ann Arbor (boo!) that he ran the 1500 and that he was heading to Philly for a race this weekend. He asked me my name, I asked him his, we shook hands, and went about our workouts. I watched him run. Holy crap was he fast!
When I got home I googled him. Of course. And I found out he's kind of a big deal. His name is Julian Matthews and he runs for New Zealand's national team. Yes, he's sponsored by Saucony.
And he's a nice guy. I left him a message on his Facebook page and he responded wishing me luck at the aquathlon world championships. He listened and seemed to care. Cool guy.
So maybe I ran those intervals fast because the training is paying off and I'm getting more fit. Or maybe it's because one hell of a stud athlete was sharing the track with me and I wanted to save face. Either way, it was a great day at the oval office.
Every month I hope for a hundred miles of running and so far I've fallen short. I either get sick or have a total meltdown and lose momentum. April was no different. I had one week where I just said fuck it and tried to survive life. So here's the numbers, in all their glory.
Swimming - 16,800 yards ~ 9.5 miles
During vacation I did not swim at all. Then I had a week where I just didn't want to do anything. This number should have been higher. I still had a great swim test, though. Swimming is coming along. I'm getting faster and learning new things. There might even be a swim meet in my future.
Running - 78.38 miles
The week I was on vacation I totally rocked my runs. Of course, I had baby sitting and didn't have to figure out when to go to the Y and run on the treadmill or when the track would be available. The week after I hardly ran at all. One of these days I'll put it all together. I did have a great 5K while on vacation. That's fun.
Strength - 1.75 hours
I'm trying harder to do basic strength training, mostly core work. I know this is important for being able to race fast and to keep from getting injured. These workouts only take 15 minutes. I hope to keep this up. My abs are starting to look pretty good. :)
I had a pretty good week last week. I'm trying to not get caught up in all the details of life that are dragging me down and just be. Here's how it all went down.
Swimming - 4950 yards
I bailed on one swim that was not going well. And then I had a meltdown. Then I was able to put together two good swims including one that included lots of fun stuff. Hopefully more on that in a few days.
Running - 16.93 miles
I didn't get to do my long run this morning as I had the world's longest in-service at work and spent over 4-1/2 hours in the pool without a break. I plan on doing this run tomorrow. The week did include an amazing speed workout that was 4 x 6 minutes at descending paces. I hit my last one at a 6:35 pace. That was after 50 minutes of running! Now why can't I put that together in a race??
Strength - 0.25 hours
I only got in one strength workout but it was a doozy. The whole thing was done with a kettlebell and was basically all squats and lunges. I was sore for days.
Next week is a fall back week. I couldn't be happier about it.