"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity" ~ Seneca

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mommy got some new gear

I treated myself yesterday.
I was due for some new shoes, so I went & talks to the folks at the running room. They set me up with a pair of New Balance- the only shoe I've ever used & a Garmin Forerunner 210 SE. The Forerunner was a splurge, but they had it on sale for Mother's Day and said they were selling like hot cakes. I was originally looking at the Forerunner 10, but they said you couldn't connect that one online to get your splits, so I went with the 210. I'm hoping it will keep me motivates for the half at the end of June, and who knows maybe even improve my pace?!
Happy Mother's Day everyone, be sure to treat yourselves.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Overdue Race Reports

I have been remiss in reporting on the 2 races I have run.

I ran a 10K back in April (the 13th to be exact).  I had been back home less than 24h when we hit the pavement for the MEC Calgary Race #2
I ran an 'okay' race, especially for not having run for 10 days prior. I cam in 109/126 with a time of 1:08:42.
5 minutes off my PR, but again battling jet lag & a huge temperature differential I can't complain.  Though I will complain about the hill just before the turn around point.  While it was fine running downhill to the turnaround I conceded and walked up the hill as I figured it would be easier for all interested parties.

This past Saturday was the MEC Calgary Race #3.  This one was a big deal for me as I signed up to run 15K.  I've never run more than 10K in a race.  So between the 10K race in April and this race the first weekend of May I ran 12.5K and then 10K to prep.  My goals for this race were to not come in last and to try and beat a time of 1:45. I'm pleased to say I accomplished both.  I was 70/75 with a time of 1:40:43.75
But the big surprise was I acquired 4 black toenails. Lovely.

Now I am toying with running a half-marathon at MEC Calgary Race #4  What 21.1K? I think I've lost my mind. While I haven't signed up for the race yet, but I have started an 8 week training program.  I am following this training program (courtesy of Runner's World Magazine).  One modification is I will try to run my 'long' runs on Saturday's rather than Sundays as our race day is a Saturday.