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Tuesday Totals & Shamrock Shuffle Recap

So let’s recap Week C shall we??

Monday, 3/18 – rested after my 18 miles the previous day.

Tuesday, 3/19 – taught strength (heavier weights today!) and did 4 miles on the TM (0:37:50) – legs were definitely feeling fatigued.  Snow day for the kiddos!!

Wednesday, 3/20 – Yoga – oh man did this feel good – especially happy baby pose!

Thursday, 3/21 – 7 mile tempo run on TM (1:03:27)  First 2 miles I slowly increased pace from 9:40 to 8:50 pace.  Middle 3 miles did at 8:41 pace (just under 10 K pace and about 10 sec over 5K pace).  Last 2 miles did at 9:20 pace.  This definitely felt tough, but not impossibly so.  I just had a general feeling of fatigue but the run was much needed and I was happy with it. Did some extra foam rolling and stretching… I will not let my left hamstring stop me from getting to the Country Music Marathon!

Friday, 3/22 – taught SPIN.  Week 9 of our 12 week training program leading us to Race Day.  Week 1 of Intervals… played some fun Irish tunes and a couple new songs that my pal R on Twitter introduced to me!

SPIN playlist

SPIN playlist

playlist 2

Saturday, 3/23 – well this was supposed to be my rest day and I was going to tackle 20 miles by way of Eastern States race on Sunday but my running partner for this one broke a rib a few weeks ago (so sad, right!!) and I couldn’t convince anyone else to do it with me.  Normally, this wouldn’t be an issue but because Eastern States is a point to point race the logistics and the time needed to actually get to the race, let alone run the race, started to bum me out.  So, a friend’s husband, G, is training for Boston and had a 22 mile run on his schedule.  We chatted and decided he’d run to my home and then we’d run a 20 mile loop from here.  So, that’s what we did!!  It was so great to run with someone.  Not only does it make the time go by faster but it keeps me out of my head.  It was a cold day with some wind here and there… I think when we started it was a feels like temp of 22* if I remember correctly.

 

Here we are at Mile 8.  Still looking refreshed.  Stopping to take some ENERGYbits.

Here we are at Mile 8. Still looking refreshed. Stopping to take some ENERGYbits.

Okay, starting to look a little more ragged (well at least I am!  G - what the heck?).  Had just climbed a bunch of hills and were fueling up with more ENERGYbits for our final 5 miles.

Okay, starting to look a little more ragged (well at least I am! G – what the heck?). Had just climbed a bunch of hills and were fueling up with more ENERGYbits for our final 5 miles.

 

Some decent hills... but not overwhelming.

Some decent hills… but not overwhelming.

Pace - nice and easy.  (yes, slow)

Pace – nice and easy. (yes, slow)

HR - love that my HR stayed pretty low ... and didn't go too high on the tough hill near mile 14/15.

HR – love that my HR stayed pretty low … and didn’t go too high on the tough hill near mile 14/15.

 

 

That afternoon I took 3 of my kids to their cousin’s birthday party.  Fun! (My other daughter had her first lacrosse scrimmage and they won in a GREAT game that apparently went point for point all the way to the end.  Sorry to have missed it.)

And that night we went out with friends to a fun charity dinner!  I really wasn’t sure high heels were even going to be in the cards, but surprisingly they were!  I attribute that to our slower pace.  The more I think about it the less bummed I am about our pace.  I think it was supposed to be that way for a reason.  And NO!  Not just so I could wear my cute high heels!  LOL Keep reading to see what I did the next day!

Girl talk in the bathroom! LOL

Girl talk in the bathroom! LOL

These girls will be part of my Reach the Beach team in May!  So fun!

These girls will be part of my Reach the Beach team in May! So fun!

 

Sunday, 3/24 – (Happy Birthday Sis!) – again, another rest day turned non-rest day.  :)  Back a couple months ago (well before I decided to train for the Country Music Marathon) we, as a family, signed up for a local Shamrock Shuffle.  It has a few fun runs for the kids and then a 2 mile race.  I kept going back and forth in my head… jog it as a recovery run…be a spectator… jog it… spectator… run it?… spectator.  Aaaaah!  Finally I decided to just run it.  My dad was at the race (his wife ran her 2nd race ever!!!) so he could watch the kids while my husband and I ran.  So that’s what I did.  I thought maybe I’d just run super slow.  Or maybe I’d run with my husband.  I asked him what he thought of that.  He said ‘no’.  LOL  We are kind of two peas in a pod when it comes to running.  We like our music in our ears and don’t want to worry about anyone else.  So, in the end, I did what any responsible runner would do.  I raced it.  :)  It didn’t start out that way.  I was way back in the 11:00-12:00 corral with 3000 runners taking part.  I had a LOT of people to get by, strollers to run around, etc.  It was pretty frustrating.  just frustrating enough to make me want to get away from them all, so that when I did find a good stride I didn’t want to stop!  My first mile was a 9:03.  Certainly not fast (not even my 10K pace) but on the way back down the crowd seemed to thin out so I had way fewer people to weave around and ended up running 0.98 miles in 7:24!  I couldn’t believe it.  (Actually, I didn’t look at my splits til a while after the race.  I was just pleased with my 16:27!!  I thought on a good day (read: not having run 20 miles the day before) I coud’ve done 17:00 and been happy.  But 16:27?!?!  Sweet!  I did push myself that last mile.  I could hear my breathing over my music.  I could feel my quads burning, but I kept going.  Well except for having to come to a near screeching halt because a kid (maybe 9 years old) decided to suddenly jump out in front of me so he could jump over something in the road!  He looked back at me with a scared face when he realized I was all of a sudden about to land on top of him!  Hopefully that’s a learning experience for him!  LOL  I also may or may not have clipped someone in his arm as I ran by him but it wasn’t on purpose.  Hopefully he forgives me and realizes I was as close to the edge of the course as I could be and thought I had plenty of room to get by him!

My 5 year old doing the little dash.  Didn't see him start but he finished maybe 5th. My 3 year old did a dash too, but I was running behind him so no picture.

My 5 year old doing the little dash. Didn’t see him start but he finished maybe 5th. My 3 year old did a dash too, but I was running behind him so no picture.

shamrock bib

instagram of family

instragram of race results

place

Top 11% for my age group!! WOOHOO!

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2 Responses to Tuesday Totals & Shamrock Shuffle Recap

  • Good job on your long run and your race! Were there lots of costumes worn for the race? I love when people dress up!

    • Katherine says:

      There were LOTS of cute costumes and pieces out there! I am always amazed by those who can run in hats and oversized ties and skirts and knickers and beards and ginormous sunglasses and, and, and! LOL I had one bead necklace on and had to tuck it in for my race… which is where it stayed until we were out to lunch when I remembered I even had the thing on! LOL One guy had on a complete leprechaun outfit! So fun…

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