Marathon #3!!!

So after watching my friends run a marathon Memorial Day weekend, I was inspired.  I’ve done 2 full marathons before and a bunch of half marathons.  I had a great experience with my first marathon in spring 2011, and I even started my blog a week afterwards.  After my last marathon in spring 2012, I wasn’t sure I would do another full.  I had stomach issues the whole time (it was HOT race day!) and I threw up at the finish.  I took about 40 minutes longer to finish my second marathon too.  So, I needed a break from the big 26.2.

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After looking at a few FALL marathons, I found the Steamtown Marathon in Scranton, PA.  This race is known as a “fast course” because the first 23 miles are down hill.  Yes, like ALL down hill.  Sounds good, but I’m still scared of the course!  I am following the Hal Higdon Novice 1 Marathon training plan again and I am finishing week 2 today.  I was supposed to run my 7 mile long run on Saturday, but with travel for my husband’s Ironman 70.3 it didn’t work out.

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Here is my Garmin for the past week, including a 20 mile bike ride with my Dad on the rail trail.  I am still getting used to the heat, and I know it is only going to get worse.  I’m hoping that since I have so much more free time over the summer I can get up early to run.  I am worried about training for a marathon, along with teaching classes at the gym and getting used to my new CXWORX class!  I know I will make it work and hopefully all the cross training will make my legs nice and strong for the race!

If you look at my Garmin stats above, the third one down is only 0.27 mile.  That’s because it was my first run with this little lady…

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Oh I know you missed her!  That little Bella can run fast, but gets tired!  She’s still only 4.5 pounds and almost 7 months old :)

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Just for fun… Bella tried out some swimming this past week!! I went on Amazon right away and ordered this little life vest to keep her safe :)  We love her so much!!!!

Lake Placid Trip

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We just got back from a quick trip to Lake Placid, NY this weekend!  Colby is training for the Ironman, which is July 27.  My friend Amy and her husband went with us, since Matt is training for the Ironman too.  The guys wanted to ride the bike course (112 miles) this weekend.

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While the guys rode their bikes, Amy and I ran around Mirror Lake (where the swim is for the race).  Amy is running a marathon this Sunday (!) so she wanted to go easy and run 8 miles.  We ran 7 and then walked the last mile.  We stopped and took pictures and didn’t worry about the time.

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I’ve actually been running a lot this week.  I’ll have to post more about that later, but I’ve been getting up before work and running outside.  This is huge for me!

 

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Colby stuck his feet into the freezing cold lake!  I hope it warms up by his Ironman in July!

 

 

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Getting Ready For DC

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Things have been busy the past few weeks.  I’m so ready for summer and nice weather!  A few weeks ago, I was supposed to run 10 miles on the weekend to prepare for the Nike Women’s Half in DC – April 27.  It rained all weekend, so I ran after work on a Monday with Amy.  Looking back at the stats now, it doesn’t look that bad – but it was a bad run for me.  I had high hopes of really pushing my pace and I got so tired.  The wind didn’t help and it is tough doing a long run in the afternoon.  After that 10 miler, I was having a hard time feeling motivated for the race.  Since I PR-ed last year, I really want to again on the same course.

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I started feeling better the next week and had a few good short runs.  The one above made me really happy.  Negative splits after school and it was windy.

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This past weekend, I decided to change my training schedule.  I ran my 12 miler a week early, so I can back down this weekend with 8.  I want to go to the race with fresh legs and I’m going to have a hard time fitting in any long run this weekend with Easter.  I’m still teaching BODYPUMP over the next two weeks, so I need to take it easy.  My gym isn’t launching BODYPUMP 89 until May 28, but I have it memorized and ready to go.  I listened to the music two full times while I ran my 12 miler and did the choreography in my head.  That will make any long run go a little faster!  I really like 89 and the music has grown on me so much.

Besides all of that…

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Baby Bella got her first hair cut!!  She did great job and weighed in at 4 lbs at the vet this past weekend.  She is almost 5 months old (20 weeks today).

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She can finally jump up and down off the couch and chairs.  I about had a heart attack when I looked over and saw her laying on the top of the couch like a cat!! We are so scared of her falling/jumping off the sides or back of the couch so we always keep our eyes on her!!  You can see her playpen in the “piano” room.  She has taken over our house! :)

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9 Miler and Graduation

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I ran my 9 mile long run this morning with Amy!  It went very well and I had a goal to not walk and keep my splits under 9:30.  I just missed my goal with a 9:31 mile 2, but was so happy my average pace was 9:25.  I was tired, but I haven’t done a long run like this in a long time. I was happy to pretty much reach my goal even while I talked to Amy the whole time.

Next weekend I have 10 miles and I want my splits to be under 9:25 and hopefully have a faster overall pace.  If I can gradually increase the speed of my long runs a little bit, I will feel better about race day! It is coming up soon! April 27!

 

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Today was Bella’s last day of puppy school at Pet Smart!  She even got to wear a little graduation cap for a picture! She is getting a little shaggy, so we are hoping to get her first hair cut in a few weeks.  We need it to warm up!!