Photos from Niagara Falls International Marathon

This is somewhere around mile 23. This is the guy that saved the race for me, we talked for a good mile then eventually I pulled away. I didn’t see him when I finished, but I would have thanked him. He was the distraction I needed to keep running the last few miles… without him, I probably would have finished 30 minutes slower.
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Smiling? During a Marathon? I don’t remember this!

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I’m excited to be done with Marathons for a while. I spent the whole year pretty much “training” for Marathons… but my training would always start well, then I’d lose focus. I need a mental break from Marathons. As I’ve said, I’m hitting the trails next year… maybe all the hill work will help my endurance. Then when the right Marathon comes up – I’ll train for it and qualify for Boston!

The Dirt Cheap Stage Races are coming up this weekend. I am so excited for this… it was my favorite 2 days of racing last year. 3 races in 2 days and a total of… about 19 miles? I can’t wait!

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6 days till Niagara Falls Marathon

Training Update:

Week of Rochester Marathon: I ran 31.2 miles (includes Rochester Marathon)
4 weeks till Niagara:  I ran 26.5
3 weeks till Niagara: I ran 18.5
2 weeks till Niagara: I ran 27.5 miles

Only 6 days till Niagara Falls…

The only thing I’m worried about is how tight my calfs are. I did an 8 mile run Saturday, and immediately had sharp pains high on my left calf, almost behind my knee. But I did the run anyway to see if it would go away, and eventually it wasn’t too bad. I foam rolled and poked around at my calf after the run, found a couple good pressure points/knots. Tried to rub them out on my own, and got a little bruising. Ugh.

Game plan is to pretty much stretch and roll out my legs every night this week. Possibly fit in some yoga today or tomorrow. I can’t decide if I should try an easy run or elliptical this week?

I’m not stressing out about the Marathon, I’m gonna take this one a bit easier. I don’t want to be hitting the wall at mile 18 – I’d like to postpone that as much as possible. So I’m taking the first half much easier so that I can start to pick it up for the second half. I’m not worried about qualifying for Boston, I won’t be running it next year anyway. I’d love to be under 3:40 again, ultimate goal is still 3:35, we’ll see what happens.

Niagara Falls – two weeks

Training Update:

Week of Rochester Marathon: I ran 31.2 miles (includes Rochester Marathon)
4 weeks till Niagara:  I ran 26.5
3 weeks till Niagara: I ran 18.5
2 weeks till Niagara: So far – 10 miles

Last week I made it to the gym twice, and ran 8 miles Saturday. This week I really want to be one of my better weeks… got up at 5 am yesterday and did 10 miles on the elliptical (in 1hour 8min!) I was cruising. Up at 5am again today, planning on going for a run. I don’t really have a mileage goal for this week… just more than what i’ve been doing. Then i’ll take next week easy.

October is flying by, it’s crazy. Niagara will officially be my last Marathon for a while – Except for one or two trail Marathons next year 🙂

There are so many series races I’m discovering. I want to do them all. I’m starting to really figure out a good race schedule for next year, the majority will be on trails. Except for Freezeroo and Runner of the Year races.

Runner of the Year Series
Trail Runner of the Year Series
Eastern Grip Trail Series
Trail Runner Trophy Series
Freezeroo Series
Snow Cheap Series
Dirt Cheap trail Race Series

well… I don’t want to put my early wake-up to waste…

Time to run.

The End.

Quick Niagara Falls Training Update

Training Update:

Week of Rochester Marathon: I ran 31.2 miles (includes Rochester Marathon)
4 weeks till Niagara:  I ran 26.5
3 weeks till Niagara: So far I’ve done 6.5 miles

I feel like I haven’t been doing anything, but at least I’m getting miles in. I’ve been working 10 hour days the last 2 weeks, to make up hours I missed while camping in the ADKS. Yesterday was a pretty good gym session, I ellipticalled for 30 minutes (4 miles), then treadmilled for 20 – about 2.6 miles. The night before I did a bunch of weight and strength workouts… I wasn’t sore during the day yesterday, but after the gym… yeah. Deadlifts and walking lunges… never fails at making me sore.

I have less than 3 weeks till Niagara Falls Marathon… game plan is to elliptical pretty much everyday. Saturday I have the day off, so I’ll try and do my long run – probably the only long run i’ll be able to do.

We hiked 2 more high peaks over the weekend while camping in the ADK’s. Esther and Whiteface – We hiked from Marble Mountain trail head to Connery Pond, about 12 miles. It was cool not having to do an out and back. I’ll post a recap of the trip soon.

 

Training Cont’d – onto Niagara Falls International Marathon!

Training Update:

Rochester Marathon Training
Week 1: Goal 31 miles – I ran 28.6
Week 2: Goal 41 miles – I ran 40.4
Week 3: Goal 46 miles – I ran 22.25
Week 4: Goal 46 miles – I ran 42.4
Week 5: Goal 51 miles – I ran 36.3
Week 6: Goal 36 miles – I ran 21.3
Week 7: Goal 51 miles – I ran 28.1
Week 8: Goal 53 miles – I ran 46.6
Week 9: Goal 52 miles – I ran 31.3
Week 10: Goal 41 miles – I ran 32
Week 11: Goal 57 miles – I ran 31.3
Week 12: Goal 55 miles – I ran 33.3
Week 13: Goal 49 miles – I ran 24.5
Week 14: Goal 44 miles – I ran 20.8
Week of Rochester Marathon: I ran 10.25
–Niagara Falls Training Starts – 4 weeks–
Week 16: I ran 31.2 miles (includes Rochester Marathon)

It was a hectic week after the Marathon – I wanted to jump right back in and start running, but something would keep coming up and I’d run out of time. Yesterday I could finally go for a run and I wanted to make it a long one – I felt good for 3 miles, but then started getting these weird sharp pains in my calf. So I stopped and tried to stretch it out, but nothing helped. I decided I would cut my run short – but I was still about 4 miles from home, so I ran another mile or so, and had to stop again. I walked, then I’d get tired of walking and try to run, then I’d have to walk again…. it was the longest 2 miles ever. I got home and I’ve never had a muscle hurt like my calf did…. It hurt to move my leg, move my foot, I could barely touch it – it was so sensitive. I tried to roll it out, but that was an awful idea…. I iced it, that didn’t help. Finally I took a shower, and that seemed to loosen it up. It’s still sore and I can pin-point the spot…

I don’t think I’ll be doing much running before Niagara – Were hiking some high peaks in the ADK’s next weekend. I’m going to the gym today to elliptical, and planning on the gym all this week. Need my calf to get better before the hike – and don’t want to risk injuries for Niagara.

Other things I accomplished this last week – I made an Adventure Time cake for a friends birthday. Made out of 4 different kinds of cake, AND a brownie on the bottom. The character is Jake.
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I made a very similar cake for Kyles B-day last year. I think this one is the best I’ve done so far. His eye’s are birthday cake oreos.
Also – here’s some pics from the Rochester Marathon.
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The End

Rochester Marathon Recap

I wen’t into the Marathon knowing at some point it’s going to suck and be hard. But I forget just how hard it gets. The Marathon really doesn’t begin until mile 20, that’s where you can either start fighting or start giving in.

I was feeling good for the first half. I was taking it easy – so I thought. It felt easy. I would even back off if I looked at my watch and I was going under 8. I passed the half-way point, and was right where I wanted to be – 1 hour 45 minutes. I was happy, and still felt good, and getting excited that this might be the day I qualify. I also still knew there would be a wall… no matter how good I felt, the wall was coming.

Around mile 15 my legs started feeling tighter and stiffer. Around mile 16 it was getting harder to hold my 8 ish pace. Mile 18 I accepted the fact that I won’t be qualifying this day. Mile 20 my only goal was to not walk. Mile 22 one of my running  friends passed me and I broke down. I was a mess till mile 24. Mile 25 I pulled things together and picked up the pace for the last mile.

I am proud that I didn’t walk. It was still my 2nd best Marathon time. But how the heck did I run my first Marathon?? I haven’t been able to get close to that time. It’s crazy.  Here’s my Garmin map of the race –

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I learned some things for the Niagara Falls Marathon next month. I’m going to take it much easier in the beginning. I will stretch/roll out my muscles before the race. I wen’t into this Marathon with tight calfs at the start. I will probably force myself do use a gu/gel earlier in the race. During Rochester I only used one gel at mile 11. I had another with me, but I didn’t want it.

I have a month till my next Marathon – I’m thinking as soon as my muscles recover from yesterday I’ll keep my mileage high for a few weeks, then have a few weeks to taper. If I don’t qualify for Boston next month, then thats fine… I’ll have a year off (road) Marathons, while I run tons of trails next year!

Here’s my results:

Time: 3:48:49 (8:44 min/mile)
8th in my age group out of 33
192 overall out of 603
40th female overall out of… 200ish? (not sure exactly)

 

The end.

Training Update & Pre Marathon issues

Training Update:

Week 1: Goal 31 miles – I ran 28.6
Week 2: Goal 41 miles – I ran 40.4
Week 3: Goal 46 miles – I ran 22.25
Week 4: Goal 46 miles – I ran 42.4
Week 5: Goal 51 miles – I ran 36.3
Week 6: Goal 36 miles – I ran 21.3
Week 7: Goal 51 miles – I ran 28.1
Week 8: Goal 53 miles – I ran 46.6
Week 9: Goal 52 miles – I ran 31.3
Week 10: Goal 41 miles – I ran 32
Week 11: Goal 57 miles – I ran 31.3
Week 12: Goal 55 miles – I ran 33.3
Week 13: Goal 49 miles – I ran 24.5
Week 14: Goal 44 miles – I ran 20.8
Week 15: Goal … ? – I ran 10.25

I didn’t really have a goal mileage for this week. My training plan said 44, but phhh I think thats crazy. I was planning on doing a 3rd run yesterday, but ended up hanging out with my new work crew instead…. which seemed equally as important.

So the Marathon is TOMORROW…..

As the days have been leading up to it, I’ve been getting more nervous. Everything seems to not be going in my favor. Killer headache yesterday. Girl problems started yesterday – come on! (sorry guys – TMI) – Couldn’t sleep in today, I was up at 6:30am…. I woke up and my eye was all puffy…. !!?? What’s going on?? Horrible timing body…

I’ll be bummed if things go bad tomorrow – it’s been a long 15 weeks. I trained 450.2 miles, which is the most I have trained so far for a marathon. I do have another marathon next month – Niagara Falls – which can be looked at as my back-up plan. But I’d like to do well in both.

Girl problems and running don’t mix well. Anyone had to deal with this during a Marathon?

Training week 14

Training Update:

Week 1: Goal 31 miles – I ran 28.6
Week 2: Goal 41 miles – I ran 40.4
Week 3: Goal 46 miles – I ran 22.25
Week 4: Goal 46 miles – I ran 42.4
Week 5: Goal 51 miles – I ran 36.3
Week 6: Goal 36 miles – I ran 21.3
Week 7: Goal 51 miles – I ran 28.1
Week 8: Goal 53 miles – I ran 46.6
Week 9: Goal 52 miles – I ran 31.3
Week 10: Goal 41 miles – I ran 32
Week 11: Goal 57 miles – I ran 31.3
Week 12: Goal 55 miles – I ran 33.3
Week 13: Goal 49 miles – I ran 24.5
Week 14: Goal 44 miles – I ran 20.8

I don’t think my training plan includes a taper…. but I didn’t follow it anyway. As expected… this week was just so crazy, I only ran the 2 days I actually made plans for running. One was a 17.3 miler Sunday, which turned out to be a really solid run – Thanks to Laura. And my other run was my hill workout – during the Dirt Cheap Trail Race. I feel like I didn’t run at all this week…. but I’m glad I at least got over 20!

Only one more week till the Marathon. I’m nervous, I have no idea if I’m ready. I’m scared Im gonna get sick. It’s gonna be a long week. I’m gonna try and do one last longish run tomorrow, then probably hit the elliptical for the rest of the week.

Dirt Cheap Trail Race #6

This whirlwind of a week is finally starting to unwind. We made it to NYC and back Monday – that was a 22 hour day. We left at 4am, and got home at 2am…. Of course I volunteered to drive. The outcome of that trip is pretty awesome (Kyles Tattoo), but once we were in the city… it’s just so crazy. Not enjoyable. Then I had to work Tuesday morning… Then Wednesday morning. All I wanted to do was sleep.

Wednesday night was the last Dirt Cheap Trail Race. It was 93 degrees out… and my foot kept getting sharp pains through my arch and heel. So I took it easy. I started in the middle of the pack, instead of at the starting line. But at 11 minutes I had stomach issues…. and had to stop and keel over for a couple minutes. I watched everyone pass by, I figured I was probably last now, so I started a nice slow jog till my stomach settled down. Eventually I could run normally, and started catching up to people. Only 3 out of the 6 races count towards the series total, so I was fine with taking this one easy – especially with the Marathon in pretty much one week.

Here’s the results:

I was 87th overall out of 244
21 out of 117 females
4th in age group out of 12
3.3 ish miles in 41:15

Overall Series Standings confused me. I thought I was 2nd female – according to the order they have it in. Turns out I was 3rd 😦 – I’m only sad because I waited for the awards last night thinking I had 1st in age group, and the prize included Once Again Nut Butter. On the way to the race I told Kyle I’d be so excited if I won the peanut butter…. but nope. O well… I’ll take 3rd, and 2nd in age group. I’m always so close… yet so far away.

**Update – some photo’s…

Im in the back with white shorts

Im in the back with white shorts


Attempted to smile

Attempted to smile

Training Week 13

Training Update:

Week 1: Goal 31 miles – I ran 28.6
Week 2: Goal 41 miles – I ran 40.4
Week 3: Goal 46 miles – I ran 22.25
Week 4: Goal 46 miles – I ran 42.4
Week 5: Goal 51 miles – I ran 36.3
Week 6: Goal 36 miles – I ran 21.3
Week 7: Goal 51 miles – I ran 28.1
Week 8: Goal 53 miles – I ran 46.6
Week 9: Goal 52 miles – I ran 31.3
Week 10: Goal 41 miles – I ran 32
Week 11: Goal 57 miles – I ran 31.3
Week 12: Goal 55 miles – I ran 33.3
Week 13: Goal 49 miles – I ran 24.5

This was a hectic week. I started my new job part-time until my two weeks are up at Staples. So that meant no days off. I started the week off well with my 20 miler Tuesday – but just ran out of time and energy to run for the rest of the week. I tried to do other things – I did a couple strength workouts, yoga, I managed to go to the gym and elliptical before both jobs on Friday….. Probably not the best marathon training method, especially with only two weeks left. But I feel better knowing I had one awesome run this week – and it was an important one, the 20 miler!

Training is tricky, whether you follow your plan or not, you still don’t know what’s gonna happen race day. I’m currently at 418 miles trained for Rochester Marathon – I only need 7 more miles to match what I trained for Chicago (425.9). I have three goals for Rochester – 1. Complete the Marathon with no walking – 2. PR – 3. Qualify for Boston

I can’t believe the Marathon is only 2 weeks away. It’s been taking forever to get here, and now that it is – Im nervous. And excited.

This next week is also going to be crazy. 0 days off again – except for Monday, which is just crazy by itself. Tomorrow (Sunday) Im meeting up with a fellow running blogger Laura for a 17/18 miler, then I work the rest of the day. Monday Kyle and I are on the road to NYC at 4am to get there by 12pm – which is when he has a tattoo appointment. Then were driving back as soon as he’s done. That’s 12 hours of just driving… should be exciting. He’s getting a tattoo by an artist that lives out west, but is coming to NY for a short time. Someone he’s really wanted a tattoo from – so it’ll be fun. Tuesday I work. Wednesday I work, then have the last race in the Dirt Cheap Trail Race Series. Then the rest of the week I work. I’m thankful for the running plans tomorrow and the race Wednesday… at least i’ll have 2 solid days of running. I’d also like to do one last track workout.

I don’t like that I seem to be working more than anything else. I do like my new job though, I am finally full time Mon-Friday. and will eventually have weekends off!? I started reading Scott Jurek’s “Eat & Run” – here’s a quote – “What mattered wasn’t how much money you made, or where you lived, it was how you lived.”

The end.