Saturday, March 23, 2013

Week 12 - the week before Ireland!

9 miles last Sunday,  passed my second test on Monday (6 more to go!), 48 hours of scrambling during the remaining four work days, a gym session, yoga, and the perfect email:
Raise your right hand and repeat after me, ‘I will not think about work while I am in Ireland. I will not think about statistics. I will trust that everything is fine. I will simply focus on listening to cute Irish men speak.”
I can't promise that I won't think about work, but I will focus on enjoying every moment of this vacation!   Tomorrow I fly to ireland!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Seattle's Saint Patrick's Day Dash

My plan for surviving marathon training has been to book a zillion (yes, that is right, a zillion!) races so I keep up the motivation needed to complete my long runs.  So far it is working! 
Though my watch was a liar today, I got the miles in, and I think at a pretty good pace! 

I started the morning off with some fruit puree (trying a runner's magazine suggestion for miles 6-10) and a strawberry fruit bar.  Not bad!  Waiting to start this morning was chilly, but once we got going the sun peeked out and the red wave was off running!  I haven't ever run this race before, and was I in for a surprise - it was crowded!  4 miles weaving around people was a new experiance, but it kept me busy, and I love a race involving costumes!  At the end there was kind of race expo, I grabed a bottle of water and a few snacks (which I tucked into my waist belt for future runs).  Next year I need to allow time to enjoy the expo! 

I had stopped my watch as I crossed the finish line, but somehow in the crowd it got bumped and the time was running while I was working my way out of the Seattle Center - Bummer!  Here are my race stats for proof:
Age: 34
Location: Seattle, WA
Division place: 537 out of 766
Gender place: 2734 out of 3978
Time: 42:36
Pace: 11:42
I stopped for a vanilla GU, and then I was headed home, saddly my watch and I had another difference of opinnion.  I spent about 1.5 miles at 6.36 miles.  *sigh*
Oh well, the miles got done and I am feeling pretty happy with week three of marathon training!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Week 11

Week 11 was out to kick my butt.  
I ran the Hot Chocolate 15k, made it to 4 gym workouts, 1 session of hot yoga, and studied until I couldn't possibly jam any more information into my brain.  :)
Tomorrow I am running a 6k Saint Patrick's Day Dash - and then home - for 9 miles, to be followed by.... you guessed it, more studying!  lol....  Test on Monday, fingers crossed that I pass!  :) 

Hot Chocolate 15k

March 3rd I ran the Hot Chocolate 15k.... didn't train for it, just went out and ran 9 miles.  Yes, it was awesome!  lol....  I was nervous, I always am at the start of a race, and was really feeling the butterflies knowing that I hadn't done any training to work up to that 9 miles. 
The day started out cold.  I was early so I ran in to the drug store for some tissues and gloves - both were needed!  I sipped a short latte trying to stay warm and then we were off!  The sun came out and it was a beautiful run.  I could have skipped the hot chocolate at the end, it was too sweet and the bananas so green I couldn't open it, but I love the sweater (instead of t-shirt you would typically get with a race), and the weather just made for the perfect day. 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Week 10!

Ok, sunshine at the beginning of March is glorious.   Two weeks of marathon training done, and studying for my RPA2 test coming up in a week (eek!).
:) I am off to go take a nap in a sun beam.  :)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Week 9 aka week 1 of marathon training!

Last weekend was spent in Puyallup with the ever so lovely Mrs. Kasper - so nice to relax with some girl time, a mani/pedi and delish cocktails!
Changed my schedule a little this week to work in some morning gym/running time: 4 miles, hot yoga, weights and a 15k tomorrow.  I made it through week one of marathon training!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Simple goals for Match

Study in a coffee shop
Let things go
Show my love
Count my calories
Read in a sunbeam
Stick to the marathon training plan
Have a blast in Ireland!