Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hiking - Twin Falls

Hiking is maybe my favorite form of exercise (tied I think with boxing, yoga and running tied for second place lol....).  Sunday morning I hiked the short and sweet Twin Falls trail with some friends from work.  We had a few sprinkles, but the pack of bernese mountain dogs (and their owners) hiking just ahead of us kept us going.  Busy weekend!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Seattle's Best 15k!

My longest distance to date! 
While my time was very slow compared to the rest of the runners today I was pretty happy. 
Seattle's Best 15k!
9.3 miles finished in: 1:55:54 with an average pace of 12:26.
I did learn a couple things today though,  so it really was good practice for the half marathon... 
My watch was dead, I must have left it on after my last run, here on out I will be charging it before long runs, I spent the whole run wondering if I was going too fast or too slow, it really messed with my head!
My shoes were too new and tied too tightly, my feet kept going numb.  I'm not too worried about this for the half marathon though, I feel pretty confident that my shoes will be well broken in by then.
David met me at the finish line and took pictures but they didn't work!  I was too tired to suggest using my phone, but for the half I need to make the effort!  I was really disappointed to find I didn't have any pictures from such a big day.  I would also like to try to take some video while running the half.  :)
Fuel! I had my fuel belt today, both bottles filled with juice and water which is what I train with and I like, but I had some sharkies and didn't eat them!  This was a bad move on my part, because I was nautious by 8 miles and then had a pretty hard time forcing myself to eat and drink once home.  I am going to need to take in fuel at 6.5 miles, and maybe again at around 9.5 miles.
So a few problems today, but at the end of the day I finished, I did it!  Oh, and I certainly can't say that it was totally awful because tomorrow I am going hiking! Lol.....

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Adding miles

With the half marathon looming I have been really good about getting in all of my long runs.  The short ones?  Not so much.  ...and that is a bit scary.  My distance pace isn't where I thought it was going to be, I was really hoping to be running 10 minute miles by now, but for anything over five miles I am doing closer to twelve or thirteen minutes per mile (well, I do a bit better when I am not getting lost in a very scenic neighborhood filled with dead end streets lol....). 
Next weekend is the Seattle's Best 15k.  Goal #1:  have fun, enjoy the scenery, be thankful when you finish.  Goal #2: finish in under two hours.  Goal #3: try to finish in under 1:45 (this is a stretch, but I really want to push myself and be proud of my time in the end).