Friday, December 31, 2010

The TwentyTen WrapUp

2010 was a pretty good year for me, personally.  Running wise I lost track of the miles when I injured my hip and became frustrated with them (sorry Tall Mom), but I'm pretty sure I logged a bunch!  In terms of PR's I set quite a few:
5K: 23:33; Blue Back Mitten Run; 12/15/2010
5 Miler: 37:38; Wallingford Turkey Trot; 11/21/2010
10 K: 54:51; Mari's Miles for Smiles; 9/25/2010 (part of a 18 mile training run, but it's my only 10K)
10 Miler: 1:24.30; Soundrunner Sea Leg Shuffle; 8/1/2010
20 K: 1:43.18; New Haven Road Race; 9/6/2010
1/2: 1:51.31; Ironhorse Half Marathon; 6/6/2010 (My real PR in the 1/2 still remains my split in a full... have to do something about that in 2011)
Full: 3:45.56; Hyannis Marathon; 2/28/2010

I ran a total of 10 races in 2010, including 2 marathons.  I'm looking foward to racing even more in 2011.  So far, I'm going to be running the Chilly Chili 5K tomorrow on 1/1/11 (also my bday :)) and then the Country Music Marathon on 4/30/11.  I'm also considering rerunning Vermont City Marathon on Labor Day Weekend.  And the rest, we shall see. 

Happy New Years Everyone.  Have fun and be safe. 

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Trying out the New Toy

Yesterday, I tried out my garmin on a 7.57 hilly run.  I have to agree with everyone that Garmins are amazing. I had such a fun time running with him/her ( I guess he/she needs a name).  I can see how addictive they might be too.  What I really found interesting was my hill running and how it took me longer to regain speed following a hill than I would have thought.

I also enjoyed the G-min beeping at me towards the end of my first hill that I was at 3 miles.  I always knew it felt like a 3 mile hill, nice to know I wasn't imagining it!

How's everyone's holidaying going? I just signed up for a new years day race, which also happens to be a birthday race for me!!!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Santa loves runners!

Hi all.  Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. We had a fantastic Christmas this year.  Eric and I hosted our first holiday by having Christmas Eve at our house.  For years my mom and i had gone to her best friend, Sue's, house.  Sue always did an incredible job of hosting the perfectly festive, delicioius, ))warm, and fun Christmas Eve.  Even though we weren't family, it couldn't have felt more like we were.  When Sue passed away 2 years ago, I made my mind up to, someday, honor her memory by hosting a Christmas Eve like she always did.  I can't say I did as good a job as she did, but it was a start and I'm sure she's proud.  

On Christmas Day, Eric and I had our first married Christmas.  Eric knows me well and many running inspired gifts were unwrapped: ipod shuffle (in ORANGE!!!), new running shirts, running Times mag, run for the cure shirt :).  We had a great first Christmas together and then went over to my mom's.  Amongst many other incredible gifts, Santa left a GARMIN 405!!!!! Woot!!!!  We had a nice brunch and then went over to our family friends. We had a very fun time there, as we always do.  New sneakers will be coming my way and the day was full of laughs.  (not to mention drunken requests/orders? for "nieces/nephews" but that's a story within itself).  

Today, I slept in, put on new running gear, made a new playlist and went out for a run.  With Eric!!! (well at least for the first 2 miles).  Then my mom, Eric and I met up with my friend/teammate/roommate from UVM, for brunch.  She's since moved to Autstin, then Boston, then Michigan, then Chicago and now Montreal (We only graduated 6 years ago!) so it was fun to catch up.  Neily's one of those friends that no matter how long it's been, we step right back in like old times.  We even dressed alike today!  

Now we're back home, watching the Giants...and the blizzard.  I'd say a pretty wonderful holiday!  

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

10 best things about winter running (a repost)

1. Reflective gear is super sexy
2. Winter runners are hard core
3. I can go for a run and immediately go out for bfast, to the grocery store, etc. and not feel as gross as I would post hot/humid run.
4. When your fuel belt freezes, it acts like a nice little ice pack.
5. Chapstick; who doesn't love smooth, fruity smelling lips
6. Pockets: lots more pockets in vests, jackets, etc.
7. Headbands help to keep your ear buds in place
8. Numb muscles don't ache as much
9. You burn more calories running in the cold
10. 7th graders think you're way tougher than they thought you were before they saw you running in close to zero windchill.  (Still waiting to see what the results of this new perception might mean for work completion...)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Some Pics (It's been awhile!)

This is from the New Haven MADD Dash; my first ever trophy!!!

Some pics from the Baystate Marathon!  Finishing in a stadium was pretty sweet!

And some pics of our first Christmas!  

Freezing Rain

Normally, I pride myself in running in any weather.  In fact, my favorite runs are in the winter when it's still dark and my breath lights up as it passes through the stream of my headlight.  Winter running really is a joy for me.  However, there is an exception to this rule: the freezing rain. There really is nothing a runner can do when the rain creates a solid, slippery, sheet on the pavement.  Not only is it a dangerous surface to run on, but it's dangerous for the cars that can potentially slide into a brave/foolish runner as well.  Therefore, today's weather kept me off the roads for our first Team in Training meetup :(.  It was cancelled due to the weather.

Luckily, I got my longish run in on Saturday morning.  I left the house at 6:00 a.m. in a crisp 22 degrees.  It was just the way I like it: empty roads, a thin layer of snow had fallen the night before, the sun was starting rise and cast a glow that slowly turned into an all out shine.  I got in my 11 miles in time for a spin class. Perfect way to start the weekend in my book.

The rest of this weekend has been a mix of Christmas prep, massive grading attempts, and dodging this yucky sunday weather.  I actually can't believe it's Sunday night!  How was everyone else's weekend?

Total Mileage for this week: 27
Pace: Not keeping track yet
Fundraising Total this week: $455!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Holiday Spirit

I can't help it, I just love the holidays.  Anyone see Glee last night?  You know Brittany?  That's me this time of year.

I had such a great time on my chilly 6 miler today.   I don't really have a training plan right now, but will in just a week or two, so I've been enjoying running what I'm in the mood for, when I'm in the mood for it.  The only problem is, I'm starting to really feel the marathon bug again and I want to be running all the time!  I'm trying to make sure I continue to take it easy during the "off season."  But it is starting to get hard!  However, I have been good about laying low speed wise.  Today,  I just was checking out the lights in people's yards and smelling the pine on the wreaths and garlands they were hanging on their picket fences!

Now I'm home reliving the Glee Christmas special and writing out Christmas cards.

Hope the season is treating you all well too!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Where Have I Been?

Well I could blame getting married for the busy summer that brought an end to my blogging at chasing forrest, but to be honest, being married had nothing to do with the busy schedule that ensued post-marital bliss.  We were away all but 2 weekends throughout the summer and thus, blogging ceased. 

However, running didn't.  I continued to train for the Baystate Marathon in October, and though I was babying a hip injury, I did manage to get all my long runs in.  My mileage was nowhere near where it was for my Hyananis training, but it was enough to pull me through.  I finished Baystate with a 3:46.49 and was mostly pleased.  This was one of those races that you learn a lot from.  Going into it, I was hoping to bq, but for the most part, I wasn't expecting to.  Therefore, I had NO plan.  I didn't know how my legs would react to so much less training.  Well, the result was interesting.  I maintained a 3:30 pace for the first 15 miles.  "Hmmmm."  I thought to myself while running alongside a young man aiming for 3:30 at the 14 miler marker, this will probably not end well.  And then, shortly after I heckled the Pats fans out on the course with a "Go G-men!" my legs proceeded to die.  This was not a slow death, but a halting, painful, humiliating leg demise.  Needless to say, I got what I deserved in the long run, (no pun intended) and laughed myself across the finish line.  I definitely recommend this race and would do it again, just with either more miles behind me, or a much more conservative (or present) plan. 

I've also tried out some shorter distances since my last post.  I've done a 10 miler, a 10K, 2 different 5 milers and a 5K.  Each race has brought out a PR (the 10 miler and 10K were my first, so I guess that's not really fair but...) and the two 5 milers brought trophies (one in the shape of a turkey!)  Running, it seems, has been going relatively well.  Though my hip still isn't one hundred percent and I'm a bit nervous going back into marathon training. 

What's next on the running front?  The Country Music Marathon on April 30th.  I'll be running my 4th race with Team in Training and I am psyched to be back at it.  I haven't planned out my exact plan yet, but am not sure if I want to stick with pfitz or try something new.  I'd love to get back to 60 mile weeks, but I've got to be fair to the hip as well. 

What's up in life.  Well, I'm still teaching 7th grade.  I'm loving my students this year, so it's been fun to go to work!  Eric and I are enjoying marital bliss.  We just got our first Christmas tree and may even be hosting Christmas Eve Dinner.  

That's all for now.  I've got some grading, planning, and fund-raising to get to! 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

I'm back

New email address just made it so much easier to create a new blog.  Hope some of my old followers find me again.  I've missed you guys, but have managed to lurk on you a bit.