Archive for April 2014

The Boston Marathon: One Week Later

 

It’s been a week since the Boston Marathon and, like many of you, I spent a good chunk of the day watching the runners on my laptop. It’s such an inspiring race to watch and not only the elites but the every day people that crossed the finish line for hours. It was a dream come true race for so many people and it’s that kind of inspiration that gives me motivation!

 

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If you haven’t read Shalane Flanagan’s interview with Runner’s World Magazine and you are curious about what she was thinking during the race, I would highly recommend taking a few minutes to read it. You can find it here. Shalane’s race was spectacular. She was strong and determined and I wish it would have had different results for her but she left it all out on the course and did her best. I can’t wait to see what she brings to Boston in the future!

And Meb, what can I say about Meb? He’s amazing and the race was inspiring. Watching him cross the finish line was emotional for this girl (can I still call myself that?) from Kansas, watching on my laptop. I obviously have no connection to him other than the fact that we both share a love for running but to watch him win the Boston marathon is a memory I won’t easily forget!

 

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I ran my own race on Monday, a virtual run with the Boston Marathon World Run. Over 13,000 runner’s from all over the world pledged to run a total of 740,185 miles and then logged the miles after completing them. I pledged to run 6 miles but I really ran 6.2. If only I could have ran the 26.2 that all the Boston marathoners were running that day!

 

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Weekly Workouts

Monday: 6.2 miles (9:50 pace)

Tuesday: 4.05 miles (9:24 pace)

Wednesday: Rest Day

Thursday: 4.51 miles (9:18 pace)

Friday: 3 miles (9:31 pace)

Saturday: 8 miles (9:58 pace)

Sunday: 30 minutes Spin Bike + 20 minutes core and arm strength

 

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Run This Year | A Mother's PaceOne of my main goals for 2014 is to Run This Year in kilometers. That’s 2,014 kilometers or 1,251.44 miles.

Weekly Running Miles: 25.76

Weekly Average Pace: 9:41

April Running Miles: 97.42

2014 Running Miles: 408.07

2014 Running Kilometers: 656.73

 

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Did you participate in the World Run? Did you have any friends or family running the Boston Marathon?

 

 

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Race Week Menu Plan

We are actually home this weekend and that means that I’m taking the time to meal plan. I have a few pictures of some recent food I’ve been eating and then I’m down to business with my meal plan.

[breakfast] These egg cups have been great for quick meals in the morning. It’s nice to just warm and serve. No dirty pans and a quick, healthy meal!

 

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[sweet snack] Sometimes you just need a little bit of chocolate, right? This is one snack that I fall back on when I’m craving chocolate and it really hits the spot!

 

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[dinner] We’ve been grilling out a lot lately with spring in full swing now. We usually throw something on the grill and some veggies in the oven to roast while the grill is going. I’m sure once it gets warmer out we’ll skip the oven and put the veggies on the grill as well. I just can’t get over how good roasted veggies are though!

 

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[side] Sweet potato fries are the go-to veggie at our house right now. They are so good and when we fix these I don’t even miss regular fries at all.

 

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[dinner] My favorite veggies to pair with pasta are brussels sprouts. There’s just something about that mixture that I love!

 

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[drink] My all time favorite beer is good ole Sammy Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout. We don’t buy it often because it’s a treat, but when we do I sure enjoy it.

 

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Now that we’re caught up with what I’ve been eating lately, here’s a look ahead to next week.
[monday] Frittata

[tuesday] Fajitas

[wednesday] Quinoa Burgers

[thursday] Leftovers

[friday] Pasta (Carb loading for my race!)

[saturday] Leftovers

[sunday] Grill Out (post race protein!)

 

What meal do you eat to carb load for a race? Do you grill out a lot in the spring/summer?

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Easter Sun Run Race Recap 2014

Earlier in the week, before this race, I was trying to figure out my long run plans for Saturday. It was Easter weekend and we were traveling Saturday afternoon to meet family for Easter.

The Easter Sun Run is a race I’ve done in the past and enjoyed so Thursday (two days before the race!) I just decided to make my long run a little shorter and run this 10k instead. I know that a lot of people sign of for races the morning of but that’s not me and so this was a very last minute decision for me.

The weather was perfect. It was in the 50′s and before the race started there was only a slight breeze. It picked up a little during the race but it wasn’t bad at all.

The Easter Sun Run takes place at the Sedgwick County Park. It’s mostly nice wide paths and it’s a park I’m very familiar with because I run it a lot.

My goal for the race was to test a 10k pace that would translate into a sub-2 half marathon in a couple of weeks. According to Greg McMillan, if I want a 1:59 half (a 9:05 pace) I should be able to run a 10k at an 8:35 pace.

 

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As soon as the race started people went out fast. I did not start too far ahead with faster people because I ended up passing a lot of the same ones later in the race. It was mentally tough to just let people fly by me at the beginning but it’s much better than burning out and having them fly by me later in the race!

One way that I tried to keep my goal pace was to run the race in thirds. I ran the first two miles with my head, the third and fourth with my legs and the last 2.2 miles with my heart.

It was a great mantra to have in my head throughout the race. During that first mile repeating, run with your head, run with your head, helped me SO MUCH to NOT take off with everyone flying across the start line. I knew my goal pace was 8:30 and even though I ran my first mile at an 8:02 pace (way too fast) I actually slowed down quite a bit to run my own race.

 

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I felt great in the 3rd and 4th miles and just settled in to the pace. My legs were strong and I repeated the second part to my mantra, run with your legs, many times during these miles.

At the 5k mark they called out 26:15…just 21 seconds off of my PR. Not bad for doubling the distance. I also saw my family just past the 5k mark. They are the best looking cheering squad out there!

 

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 (Photo Credit: My Mom)

 

During the 5th and 6th mile I sped up a little (running an 8:21 pace) and the negative self talk seeped in. I repeated run with your heart over and over but I was still making deals with myself. “Why do I do this? I promise I won’t make myself do this again after Chicago and so on.” (Oops, yes, I’m running the CHICAGO MARATHON in the fall…I haven’t officially made that announcement on the blog yet!!)

Of course, as soon as I cross the finish line I’m looking forward to the next race and all my bargaining before the end of the race meant nothing.

 

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I crossed the finish line with an official time of 52:35. It’s over a 1 minute PR and at an 8:28 pace I made my goal of hitting a pace that translates into a sub-2 half.

 

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Official Distance: 10k

Nike+ Distance: 6.2 miles

Official Time: 52:35

Nike+ Time: 52:36

Offical Pace 8:28

Placement: 171/544

Age Placement: 11/65

 

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This is my 3rd bib of the year and with 4 virtual races it brings my 2014 race total to 7. I’m half way to my #14in2014 race goal of the year!

After the race was finished I had thought about running home to complete my 10 miles for the day. Instead I found out that my son had been going down some serious slides while I was running and I wanted to spend the time watching him. I’m so proud of this guy. Until just a few days ago he wouldn’t even go down the slide in our backyard! The girls did a fantastic job on the slides as well. We are starting Little E going down them early so maybe she won’t be as scared of them.

 

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The Easter Sun Run is a fantastic race for the entire family. There are various races (including a 2 mile run and a 2 mile walk) and a BBQ afterwards that smelled amazing. We had to leave so I didn’t get to enjoy it this year. My children did enjoy getting a face tattoo and just missed the Easter egg hunt by a couple of minutes!

After this race, I plugged my time into Greg McMillan’s running calculator again and it has changed my expected finish time for my half marathon coming up. According to the graph below, I should be able to run a half with an 8:57 pace and finish in 1:57:14. I’m going to shoot for it and hope to finally get my sub-2 half!

 

Easter Sun Run Race Recap 2014 | amotherspace.net

 

Want more? Read my 2 other 10k race recaps! River Run 2012 10k and Easter SunRun 2012

 

 

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