Saturday, November 26, 2011

28 miles and I'll be "Ready to Rumble"

I hope everyone understands my last post.  My intention was not to exclude anyone.  I enjoy reading running blogs of all kinds and all paces.  I feed off the joys/trials of newer runners.  I also love reading the posts from faster crowd.  I love to "dream" through their posts - ha.   I also, enjoy reading blogs of similar paces and I noticed I follow fewer blogs that fall into "my category."  For those of you who made recommendations - I thank you.

Last weekend I went to a 5k in Luling, LA.  The Rock N Run 5k.   I had researched the 5k market for Sat. Nov. 19th, in search of a "flat and fast" 5k.  (I know my strengths and I know my weaknesses.  I'm not great, or even good at racing on hills.  (this is something I really want to work on, but currently my focus is on running as many PRs as possible, while I still can.  I can race on hills down the line when my PR opportunities have passed me by)

This is a great small race.  I loved the tag line....."If you wanna Rock, you gotta Run"  As you can see, this was the 2nd Annual R N R, and I must say, they have their act together.   I'm always a little nervous about going to new smaller just NEVER know what you will get.  I REALLY HATE going to a race, with a PR opportunity, and finish the race to find the course wasn't accurate (2.9 miles, etc)    This race was very organized, great giveaways, and accurate (3.11 = happy me)
I won a Rock!   The rock says 2nd place overall "YOU ROCK" on it.  Cute!  (small race indeed - maybe 80-90 runners)
So I left the race with a new friends, a rock, I won a paper shredder and a PR. 

I'll spare you the details, but I'm happy to report I had a PR race.  I always like to run a 5k close to my marathon.  It tells me a lot about my current fitness.    I went into this race with very little speed work, but after the recent 10k PR, I hoped, and felt like it would be a good day.  I wasn't disappointed!  I'm excited that I ran 22:59 (this was my 2012 goal - to run sub 23).  I'm VERY excited and looking forward to my training in Jan. -March.  I intend to focus on the 5k which I have never been able to do in the winter because I always opt for marathon training instead.  Early 2012 will be different.  Good things ahead for 2012.  

Week of:
Nov. 14th - 57 miles running with a 5k, 2.5 miles walking, 3 days of Supreme 90 day, and 1 yoga class
Nov. 21st - 44 miles running with 3 X 1 mile @ 7:28 avg. on Thurs. and 13 @ 9:31 avg. today (sat), 5 days of Supreme 90 day, 1 yoga class.  Sunday will be a walk day/recovery 5-7 miles of walking this week- (depending on how far I walk on Sunday)

So, I have decided that I will run 25-28 miles before the marathon on Saturday.  I  followed this program for 12 weeks, as called for, with 2 exceptions....

**the Bar Harbor 26.2 mile training run (not on the plan)
**and as Jill so astutely noticed, my 20 mile run 2 weeks ago at 8:52 avg (with 10 miles at 8:32) was NOT on the schedule.  (Yes, I went off the reservation, but I did miss my 12 mile marathon pace run because that was the wk of the marathon, and I wanted to run it slow because of the added distance (26.2 miles @ 9:44 avg) blah, blah, blah, blah blah.    

any hoo - I'm sticking with the plan this week......
25-28 miles and I'll be "Ready to Rumble", Sat. (3rd)
in Baton Rouge, LA

**If you want to pick a mile - (18-25 - because that's when it get's TOUGH), and share a mantra or thought, I would LOVE IT!


Ana-Maria RunTriLive said...

Oh, no one should feel offended by your last post. It is so helpful to follow people who run the same paces as you. It has helped me a ton during this past year.
Congrats on the 5K and GO GET THEM at the marathon!

Christine said...

Congrats on your PR! I love the fact you got a rock :)

talso said...

Congrats on your PR and good luck on your marathon! I like the rock too!

Lisa said...

I use the phrase "you rock" all the time, so am bummed I couldn't participate! Nice job :)

And as mantras go, my most recent one is "It's supposed to hurt when you push". That's helped me during my last couple of longer runs/marathon.

Go rock that marathon!!

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

Congrats on the pr and 2 nd place finish! I hope br beach is a huge pr for you too. I'm kind of considering running it after all... We shall see...take it easy this week!

Jennifer said...

Holy Cow Ginny! I didn't realized you had PR'd, that's amazing and good for you. You are the hardest working runner that I know and love hearing you talk about your training and your goals. Can't wait for next weekend!

HappyTrails said...

You ARE ready to rumble! Congrats on the PR!!! Ok, I am just a dumb, non-structured trail runner but WHY can't you train long AND have a fast 5k??? The speed work will enhance your long training. I think you can manage both!!! :-)

Jess A @cajunrunnerjess said...

Congrats on placing 2nd and getting a PR! You ROCK!!!

runnergirl training said...

Congrats on your placing & PR!!!

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

Lisa - THANK YOU! That one is so perfect for me....
"It's supposed to hurt when you push"
"It's supposed to hurt when you push"
"It's supposed to hurt when you push"

and HappyTrails - I totally believe that you can NEVER go wrong with speed work. However, at my age, I don't think I can MOST effectively dual train any longer. to do MY absolute BEST, I need to focus on marathons, or 5ks. This 26.2, 12 wk program had 3-4 speed work days in it. That is not a lot for me to max out my 5k time. Also, for 5ks, I would do some shorter speed work, like 200s, 400s.

With all of that being said, I totally agree, speed will help distance, just as my high mileage this summer/fall helped my 5k speed (PR).

lindsay said...

A paper shredder! Woo hoo! Lol. Congrats on 2nd overall! And I wasn't offended or anything - I knew you were just looking for more bloggers at "your pace" :)

Jill said...

YAY, you did the sub-23 - yahooooo! So happy for you, I know it was something you've been wanting for so long! I admire your strength to run those 5k's, they almost kill me every time and I just cough for eternity after (I have some exercise-induced asthma). You always inspire me to be a better runner!

Love the rock award, the geology geek I am an all :). Congrats on the AG placement and the fabulous time!!