Friday, May 4, 2012

Spouse abuse, long run, podcast, and GREAT news

Happy Friday everybody!

I had an early start this morning and got my 16 miler done. I am doing my long runs on Fridays for now because it is Josh's easy/late morning of the week, Josh is often gone on Saturdays, and on Sundays it is hard to get a very long run done before church. I have found that I actually really like doing my long runs on Friday mornings, having a lounge/recovery day the rest of Friday (which is usually a lazy day/night for us anyway) and then having the weekend ahead of me. :)

Since the course for the Utah Valley Marathon (June 6!) is mostly downhill (check out this elevation map) I am trying to get all my long runs done with lots of downhill running to get my quads ready. I have done other races with similar elevation profiles and have never had any problems, which I attribute to race specific training.

I live in a valley surrounded by mountains, so Josh drove me out to what we call "the south end" and dropped me off at the top of the pass so I could run home. There are three decent uphill climbs in this run (one that is a full mile long), but the large majority is downhill, so it is a great route to get ready for UVM.

We left our house at 5:25am and it was dark and raining. As we drove south, the rain got steadier and heavier. Josh told me that it felt like spouse abuse to drive me out to the middle of nowhere in the dark and kick me out of the car in the pouring rain, many miles from home. :)

To be honest though, the worst part of the run was just getting out of the warm, dry car. Once I got running it wasn't too bad at all (except for maybe when it hailed for awhile) and I always enjoy my runs.

The plan for this run was 2 miles @ 8:30 pace to warm up, then 2 miles at 8:15, 2@8:00, 2@7:45, 2@7:30, 2@7:15, 2@7:00 and then 2@8:30 to cool down.

My actual splits were 8:26, 8;21, 8:15, 8:08, 7:54, 7:55, 7:35, 7:40, 7:29, 7:21, 7:13, 7:11, 6:46, 6:37, 8:42, 8:27. That 6:46 was the all uphill mile. I didn't look at my Garmin, I just ran hard and hoped I made the 7:00 time goal. Then once I hit the top of the hill shortly into the next mile (goal of 7:00 pace) it felt so much easier and so good to run fast that I got carried away and went with it since it was my last "fast mile" of the run and I love to finish fast/strong anyway.

My legs were definitely happy to get to the cool down section of the run. :)

I was completely soaked from head to toe and my feet were squishy in my soaked socks and shoes, but it really was a fun run. I will take cold and wet over heat ANY DAY.

This training plan definitely seems to be to get me used to running fast on tired legs. Gone are the days of easy-paced long runs. :) That's fine by me!! I like the challenging workouts and can see how these runs are going to make me a better marathoner. Yesterday my run was a 10 miler followed by 4x800's on the track, which was another good workout. Tomorrow will be an easy, easy 10 miler with Josh which I am really looking forward to.

I got home and got out of all of my wet/cold gear and into warm, dry clothes. After a good session of stretching and rolling with my stick, I got into an ice bath, even though it was the last thing I wanted to do since I was already wet and cold. But I am a believer that it helps my muscles, so I do it.

Now after a hot shower and some oatmeal, I am wrapped up in my favorite blanket, sporting my compression gear, and laying down with my legs up and resting while Noah climbs all over me. Life is good! It is STILL raining and we have a quiet, lazy family night planned here at home.

Yay recovery!!
 Thanks so much for all of your kind words and great feedback on my last post about finding joy and not comparing. I had several people think that I wrote the post for them specifically, and lots of people say that I could have written it for them, which makes me smile since I was writing it for myself. :)

This week I am featured on WalkJogRun's podcast, so if you want to hear me babble away about my schedule and running etc. you can find that by clicking here. :) It is about 27 minutes long and the "play" button is down under the second picture.

And, in the best news in a long time, the super amazing, world's greatest friend and virtual cheerleader is coming to see me in August and while she is staying with us, she will be running her first marathon here!!!!! Go give three cheers for Jennifer!!!! (And shout out for the Pocatello Marathon. I love this race. Love it! It was my first half marathon ever and my first BQ race.) Getting to run Jennifer in to the finish line of her first marathon in Pokey is going to make this race a million times more special for me. (And yes, I will be running it too). I am believing that Jennifer is coming all the way from Florida because she loves me, thinks I am cool, and wants to hang out with me, although it could also have something to do with the pancakes Josh has promised to make her. :)

Happy Friday everybody and I hope you have a great weekend.

17 comments:

Jen@runfortheboys said...

I do love you, think you are cool, and want to hang out with you...but we both know it is all about the pancakes ;)

Hail? Are you flipping kidding me? You are one hard core mama!!!

And I am OVER THE MOON that you are willing to run me in during my first Marathon. You are the BEST. Love you!!!

Teamarcia said...

What an awesome long run, rain and all. I too will take rain over heat any day.
Have a fabulous weekend!

susette said...

I've been following your blog silently for quite sometime now and really love what I read each time. You are truly an inspiration. I live in Utah Valley and will be running the the Half marathon. Sadly though we won't cross paths.

Yolanda said...

I come here Erin and always leave with a smile, encouragement and a great piece of device. Today was my LSD and I ran 8 miles my fastest yet 1:22:26. I was pumped and then had a recovery shake.

Caroline said...

Oh same here..rain over heat always..anything over heat..!!!

Terzah said...

Aw, come on, you know you love hail!

I meant to comment on the "not comparing post" too--you mean you didn't write it for me? My worst fault? :^)

I bet Jennifer will love running up there after training all summer in Florida. H-U-M-I-D!

MCM mama said...

I'd much rather run in rain than heat, but it is hard to get out in the wet and cold to start.

Nice job on hitting your paces!

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

I love those quiet evenings at home! I'm so impressed that you 1. Ran in hail, who even does that?! and 2. Hit 6:30's on tired legs! That's awesome!

Mallory said...

Great job on your long run! You are truly a machine!!!

Elle said...

You look so cute wrapped up in your blanket! I love reading about your training!

Jill said...

That's so awesome you are moving up to speedier long runs, shows how strong you are getting!! It has been such an incredible journey watching you transform in a few short months. UVM is going to be one spectacular race!!

i Run said...

What's a BQ?

kathrynellen said...

Hi,
I listened to the podcast and I was so inspired by your comments and answers. Would you be willing to share with your blog readers about your strength routine and stretching routine? With your mileage levels, I am amazed that you have kept yourself free from injury. That takes a lot of dedication. I'd love to have an idea what you do.
Thanks for your inspiration!

Christy MyDirtRoadAnthem said...

Great job with the run in the rain! I bet that hot shower afterwards felt great!

Kathy said...

Awesome run! I love running in the rain (OMG, sounds like an opening on a dating website). Best of luck with Utah!

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

Thanks for sharing the plan for your 16 miler! It's something we can all get ideas from and then tweak a bit for ourselves.

Ugly said...

Pocatello! That is Ugly's neck of the woods....My wife and I will be running Pocatello again....

I'll say Hi if I see you two at start....havent decided on Marathon or Half-Marathon yet....

Good luck to you and your buddy....

The Pocatello Marathon is definitely becoming one of the Nations premeire events....Mike Calley and Larry Bell have done very well with this event, and it gets better every year....

Pocatello is a mecca that every runner should do at least once....