Sunday, August 29, 2010

Week # 2 Day Four 6 mile run - Regular Run: Regular Run on 08/29/2010

6 miles was on the schedule for today. Decided to venture out into horse country again. 3rd time, but I only saw the horses once on my run, so all was good. I ended up driving to the parking lot by the intersection near horse country, which is right past my housing community. Parked and started the run.I started by running across the intersection to the beginning of the 3 mile square of side streets. The first mile was okay, but I was feeling it before I even got to the 3 mile mark. Then once I passed 3 miles I got a second wind. I then was back on the first street of the 3 mile square, and kept going until I got to the park. Did a lap around the park, and ended up on the other street of the 3 mile square. Came down the opposite way of that street and decided to lap around the park again. Did not know that was going to add .5 miles to my run. Got back to the end of the square, and did not know that I could've stopped there. That was my 6 miles. Ended up runing back across the intersection, past my car, and ended up at the first entrance of the housing community. Finished in 1 hour 7 minutes, and 4 seconds. Then had to walk back to my car. Overall it was a good run. Seemed like I was out there forever though. My calves are sore, and I have a bloody toenail. lol. Time to soak in the tub, rest day tomorrow. : )

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Week # 2 Day Three 3 mile run

Didn't run Thursday, was too tired. Thankfully we have 4 days to run in a week, so its a little more flexible. Ran on Friday instead. Made the mistake of getting Round Table pizza on the way home from work for our dinner. Got Garrett an Ultimeat pizza and I got myself the Garden Delight. Had a few slices when I got home, and then decided to run about an hour after eating. Big mistake. I wanted to get done with my run early, instead of waiting until 7 or 7:30pm. Ventured out to horse country again, and did a 3 mile loop. Felt fine up until after I passed mile #2. Was on my way to breaking 3o minutes, and began to start tasting my pizza. I felt like I was going to puke, and had to slow down. I kept running, but was almost to a shuffle towards the end. I ended up finishing in 30 minutes and 26 seconds for 3.03 miles. Lesson learned, do not eat an hour before I have to run. Usually I dont eat until after I run, and its always something light. But I finished, and now tomorrow is the long 6 mile run. Still trying to figure out my route for that one. Rest day today, leaving to go see Vampires Suck in a few minutes. : )

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Week # 2 Day Two 4 mile run

4 miles was on the schedule for today. I was so tired when I got home from work that I took a 30 minute power nap. Finally ventured out of the house a little after 7pm. Decided to run somewhere new tonight instead of the usual route. Mapped out my run on, and went for it. Felt good when I started. I decided to do a big loop near the houses with horse properties. I hate horses, but only because my sister Laurie loves them. lol. Luckily I only saw 2 of them. It started to get dark on my way back. Not many people were outside on this route, but I could smell BBQ as I was passing by some of the houses. Better than smelling horses. Finished 4.33 miles in 44 minutes and 58 seconds. My run ended a 1/2 mile from my front door, so it was a nice cool down walk to the house. - Regular Run: Regular Run on 08/25/2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Week #2 Day One 3 mile run

3 miles was on the schedule for today. Did the 3 miles, but was kind of dead. Did my first mile in 9:30, too fast. Was just trying to go nice and easy. Slowed down, and finished in 31 minutes. Glad when I was done. Saw 3 lizards running into the bushes on the sidewalk. Also heard something bigger moving in the bushes, but did not want to investigate that one...

ET Full Moon Midnight 10K

One of my co workers found out about this race called the Extra Terrestrial Full Moon Midnight Marathon, 1/2 marathon and 10K. It takes place on the Extra Terrestrial Highway, near Area 51. You have to wear reflective clothing, carry a flashlight, and run in the middle of night. We signed up for the 10K, since we had to be doing 5 miles at that time anyway. I didn't want to drive 2 and 1/2 hours to the race, so i opted to take the bus that was bringing runners to the race from the Hard Rock casino. I got a reflective vest from Walmart and a small flashlight. they gave out glo necklaces at the race.
They changed up the order of the bus drop offs, and the 10K runners got dropped of last, about a minute before the start of the race. I literally got off the bus, threw my bag down, and got in line at the starting line in time to hear " 28 seconds til we start ! ". My co worker James had driven down earlier in the day, he was camping out there. I couldn't find him at the start. We would always run together at Boot Camp class, and he had a habit of sprinting by me at the end every time. It made me mad every time. lol. So I was determined to find him in the race. The race started, and it took about 30 seconds before I got to the actual start. Once I crossed the starting line timing mat I pushed start on my watch.
I was suprised that my legs felt as good as they did considering I just got off of a 2 and 1/2 hour bus ride. I was runnng at a good pace, and looking for James. I began passing people, and kept looking. at the first mile marker I heard him talking to his roommate who was running the race also. We said hello, told him I had to start way in the back, and that was about it. I took off, with the thought of him sprinting by me all the time in my head. I continued running, and began to use my old high school cross country running strategy, of trying to pick people off one by one. It worked. I got to the 3.1 mile turnaround and looked at my watch. 30 minutes. I was doing better than I thought ! I just kept going, and kept trying to pick people off. I saw James on the other side towards the turnaround and kept thinking of him sprinting by me. By the time I got to mile 5, the furthest I'd run since high school, I was so happy. I kept going. I could see where the finish line was, but it seemed like it was not getting any closer. Finally I saw it, and just kept going. I crossed the finish line at 1 hour 1 minute and 15 seconds. I ended up coming in 51st out of 245 runners, and was the 7th woman finisher in my age group. I was so happy that I had finished, and was happy with my time. I waited for James at the finish line, and we drank some nasty HEED drink, and then some gatorade. Got a pretty cool finishers medal with an alien on it. i got back on the bus for the 2 and 1/2 hour bus ride, and got home at 6am. Was a fun race, and overall great experience.

Getting started...

I've always wanted to run a marathon. Never thought about it too seriously though. Until this year. I had started taking a Boot Camp class at the local rec center in January 2010. I signed up for 4 days a week, Monday through Thursday, from 6pm to 7pm. I'll never forget the first class. After the instructor introduced himself and told us what was in store for us ( and after I stopped drooling because he was pretty built ) he told us " go run a mile ! "on the indoor track. Our first day of class was inside because it was actually raining in Nevada. 14 laps equaled a mile. I had run all through high school, on cross country, indoor track and track teams. All 4 years, all 3 seasons. Wasn't the fastest, but I was determined, and really liked it. Did the mile and 2 mile races in track for meets. Thought nothing of running both of those in the same afternoon, just liked to run.
I hadn't run in years, and the thought of running a mile made me so nervous. I was out of shape, wasn't happy with my weight, and had been lazy for the past few years. I started that mile, and just took it nice and easy. I finished it, and then I was hooked again. Of course I couldn't walk that whole week after doing those classes. But I stuck with it, and my running felt better as the classes went by. I had convinced 3 of my co workers to join the class with me. They did 2 days a week, and we all shared in the pain and the drooling over the instructor. He was hot, and he made you work. I needed someone to yell at me and tell me to work out. I did that 8 week session, and then another 8 week session. Then two 5 week sessions in the summer.We usually ran a mile each class, sometimes he had us run 2 miles. In July a co worker asked me if I wanted to do the Las Vegas Marathon with him. I said if he was going to do it I would do it. So he got a book on marathon training and we printed out the training schedule. 16 weeks of training.
We had to train for our training. The first few weeks we just had to run 30 minutes to build up a base. By that time another co worker decided to join us in our marathon voyage. So there are 3 of us in this journey together. We check in with each other, make sure we're all doing the runs we're supposed to be doing. Our first week of official training started on 8/16/10. We have to run 4 days a week. This week consisted of having to do 3 miles, 4 miles, 3 miles and the 4th day 5 miles. We decided to do something a little different for our 5 mile run.