Friday, April 22, 2011

Jelly Bean and what's next?

What a good morning! I got up and ran five miles with Jenny super early (we were home before 6:30am) and then after I got the kids off to school and Josh off on his 18 miler (he is training for his first marathon. So cool!!!) I decided to jump on the treadmill quick and do my Jelly Bean 5K Virtual Race! I love Jess, who is hosting this virtual 5K, and I thought this sounded way fun (you can run a 5K or 10K any day this week to participate and there are tons of great prizes!) I signed up knowing that this was the week after my marathon and that I may not feel much like "racing", but I knew I'd be able to run 3.1 miles and if my time wasn't great, so be it.

My legs have felt really good these last couple of days so I decided to go for it today. I didn't want to be stupid and push too hard, but I did feel good enough to run pretty fast. I finished with a time of 22:23. My last 5K was last summer and my time was 23:33. I had not done any speedwork before that race at all, and since then I have done quite a lot. I figure that running the 5K on the treadmill this morning made it somewhat easier, but having it be so soon after my marathon made me not go all out, so I am hoping when I do a 5K or two this summer I'll be able to cut some decent time off of my PR. Anyway, it was fun and I feel great.

Here are the pics I sent in to Jess for her virtual race :)

This was literally seconds after I finished, so red, sweaty face are in full effect
I have had a lot of people ask me now "what's next?" I am definitely still celebrating my sub-four marathon and what an awesome experience the SLC Marathon was, but I am also already looking forward. Right now the answer to what is next is RAGNAR!!!! Seriously, if you are a runner and have never done a Ragnar Relay, you are so missing out (and they have races all over the country now). I was lucky enough to get to be on a team last year and it was crazy crazy fun. I loved it! I knew that Ragnar Wasatch Back sells out faster each year, so shortly after Ragnar last year I put a team together. Team "See Moms Run" is made up of myself and 11 super awesome running moms. Ragnar is June 17 and 18 and I can hardly wait. We are going to have such a blast. Two days of friends and running and a party atmosphere. Does it get any more fun?

I am runner #6, so I have a 6.7 mile "very hard" leg (one mile steep uphill, then the rest is super steep down hill on dirt... ran it last year... I have never been so hot and dirty in my whole life). My second leg is a "very hard" leg that is just over 8 miles up a mountain pass (butt kicking!) and then my last leg is a three mile "easy" leg that is mostly flat.

I am all signed up to run the Star Valley Half Marathon on July 9. I have done three full marathons but only one half. I have gotten much faster since I ran that half (with a time of 2:04) so I am excited to see what I can do at the half distance now.

There are a couple of 5K's I will probably do over the summer, and after Ragnar I will be training for the Top of Utah Marathon on September 17. Jenny has really wanted to run Top of Utah and we've been planning on it for a while, but she has something that day and may not be able to, so we are looking at a couple of other marathons around that time as well. I feel confident that I could run a marathon, take a couple of weeks super easy and then run another, so if Jenny picks another race I will do it with her. The two we are looking at are the Pocatello Marathon  (we ran the half last year and it was great. Got to love a race that gives you a great backpack, tech shirt AND a bag of potatoes!) and the Layton Marathon.

And of course the NEW YORK MARATHON announces on Wednesday who gets in to this year's race through the lottery on Wednesday!! I told myself I would not get my hopes up but man oh man would I LOVE to go run that!! I figure if I don't get it this year I will just be one more year closer to my guaranteed entry. :)

Josh really loves the idea of the Rock n Roll Las Vegas Marathon being at night this year (this was my first marathon in Dec. 2010 and Josh's first half). We did have a very awesome time. I don't love the thought of a late afternoon marathon, but if he decides he wants to go again, I am in.

And then early January is the Goofy Challenge. Yeah baby! If you are thinking about signing up for any of the Jan. 2012 Disney World Marathon weekend races, the prices go up here soon, and the Goofy challenge is already 50% full! Apparently there are lots of other crazy people out there. :)

Have a great weekend everyone! I have another cool giveaway coming up soon, if you haven't yet entered my Planet Gear giveaway, please do!! And please help spread the word, especially to any active mom's to be you know. :)

10 comments:

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

That's quite the schedule!

And I am making up your mind for you - I am running the half at Vegas. You are too.

Becky said...

We have the same leg for Wasatch Back! I am SO nervous. I was looking at the course maps yesterday and I really don't know if I'm ready for the hills. Any words of advice since you ran it last year? What should I expect? I've done one Ragnar so I'm used to the set up...I'm just curious about my actual legs.

Jen said...

Vegas at night seems awesome!

Kerrie T. said...

I wish I could do more races. Would love to the Vegas at night, one!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

Come to RNR CHicago and we can rock out to Bret Michaels afterwards together!

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

Can't wait to see if you get into NY...we'll come watch and cheer you on!!!

Kiley said...

Hey, what's your e-mail address?!

Renee said...

Wow! That is such a great time for your 5K not even a week after your marathon. Kind of in awe right now. The Ragnar sounds so fun!

Anonymous said...

My 17 year old son Colin's next race will be kind of/sort of in your half of the country. He will be doing the Kanab, UT 10k on May 7. Yes it is a very long way from Home!! A number of years ago we took our older children to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT. It is a wonderful, wonderful place. Especially for my 9 year old son who really prefers animals to humans!! For Christmas we decided that our youngest 2 should get to go-so I am taking them in early May. Colin is going along to assist me with the kids. Although the kids have no identification of special needs-yet-there are clearly issues there so I can use some extra help. That is why I am taking Colin. While we are there Colin will run the 10k.
Thank you for you VERY prompt answer to my email regarding Colin several weeks ago. I took your recommendations to his high school coach-very much a running veteran-who assures me that he has Colin on a similar type program. I have not had a lot of time to follow-up with the coach lately, but I will soon. He ran a very strong 30k on a grueling course several weeks ago with little effort- but still no decision on the marathon.

Congrats on the SLC Marathon! I was thrilled to see you break 4 hours.

Marg

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

That's awesome that you're running Ragnar. I'm doing the New England Relay June 11/12 and I'm psyched!! It should be a very different experience from any of the solo races.

Also, I totally want to do the Goofy Challenge eventually. Maybe 2013. Might need to do a marathon first.