So, looks like some of you
So far, this is the list of peeps who are on board for the challenge. If I missed your name or you would like to join, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you :)
Heather at Junk Miles
April at Mommy's Fit for the King
Sarah at Looking for Serendipity
L.B. at Muddy Runner
Jill at Finishing is Winning
Marcia at Running off at the Mouth
Sam at Operation Jack
Morgan at Caution: Redhead Running
Only 8 of you? I've got more readers than that! Put yourself up to the challenge and no matter what you WILL be a winner! Remember also, if you post a link to the challenge on your blog, you can get an extra entry - just drop me a line when you do!
Sunday I have a half marathon on the books. I am running the Shamrock Half Marathon in Sacramento and I am really looking forward to this. I even bought a cute green sports bra to wear! After all, I'm 100% Irish and need to celebrate besides drinking beer :) I am still fighting off my cold, and that was all too apparent last night when I was running and coughing. And even though everyone I talked to who ran this last year and said it's a great course for a PR, I don't think that will be my plan for Sunday. I am in no shape to set a PR, my PR for a half is 1:36, I don't think my lungs will hold on for that! So, I am going to run a conservative race, keeping it at around 8:00 miles which is my full marathon pace. I also have to add some miles for the day as I have 20 on the books. I am planning do to 2 before to get my legs warmed up, run the 13.1, then finish off after with another 7. I think this will be a good training day with the race and finishing with some heavier miles.
After work tomorrow we are going to head up to Sacramento and stay with my Bro and my SIL Suz. He has already scoped out a great Indian food restaurant for us that I am wicked excited about! My miles this week haven't been crazy, but I am hungry alllllll the time!!! So food is a big priority on my list right now! :)
On to the running.
Monday, I did 7 miles on the dreadmill to get a speed work out in.
7 miles 53:28 7:38/mi pace. I started out the run at 8:00 miles then worked it down, finishing my last mile at 6:52. It was a hard run, but it felt good to be running fast.
Tuesday I set out and it was getting windy and cold. For a split second I thought I probably shouldn't be running in this weather with my cold but dropped that idea like a bad habit. Wrong idea. I headed out and right away my lungs were burning and I was coughing! I lasted two miles before I yelled mercy and called Ari to pick my sorry, sick butt up.
Wednesday I decided to hit the treadmill at home again because I had to go back to work in the evening to keep working.
7 miles 55:41 7:57/mi pace. This was a great run - I think mentally because I got a break from work and just got to run!
Yesterday I went home at a decent time with the thought that I would be heading back to work. I decided to do my run outside and it felt great. It's funny all the things that you smell more when you have a cold. The bus fumes and cigarette smoke I smelled waiting at stop lights would get me coughing and choking! Usually I don't even notice it!
8 miles 1:03:21 7:55/pace I wanted to do more but my lungs were not having it! As it was, when I stopped, I coughed and choked for a good 10 mins! My body is feeling better but my lungs are still a wreck! Needless to say, I never made it back to work- I was wiped!
Not a huge mileage week but I'm getting the runs in and they have been pretty consistent in pace. That is all I ask for right now. I am trying to really stay in the 7:55-8:00 mile range to train myself what it feels like. Each time it is more and more comfortable.
Lots of races this weekend! Aron, Tara & Page are all running Shamrock with me! Whoo hoo! I see some PR's in their futures :) Sam has marathon number 13 for the year for Operation Jack, good luck buddy! And the Redhead is pacing her friend to a PR - rock it! L.B. has a little 5K, too - you're gonna smoke Danny! And to all the peeps who are racing that I may have missed, good luck! And to all of you rockin' the long run - run strong!
Happy Friday and Happy Running Peeps!