*Weekly mileage*

Mileage for the week of March 16th – March 22nd

Total weekly mileage: 63.5

Total March mileage (to-date): 179.75

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 632.75

Run review:

3/16          No run/rest day

3/17         55:38 min./7 mi./7:57 pace

3/18         1:46:34 min./13 mi./8:12 pace

3/19         42:38 min./5.25 mi./8:07 pace

3/20         1:35:59 min./12 mi./8:00 pace

3/21         47:07 min./5.25 mi./8:59 pace

3/22          2:55:51 min./21 mi./8:22 pace

The delay in posting last weeks mileage is due to the fact that it is spring break here in Oregon (so sorry to my friends still covered in snow!) and we’ve been off having adventures! (Pics can be found on my Instagram page.)

Last week turned out to be a pretty great training week, culminating in a 21-mile run on Sunday. My longest training run ever! This week, things are off to a shaky start but I’m remaining optimistic. For the first time this training cycle, I opted to take a unprescribed rest day. My SI joint-related issues flared up a bit and I’m trying to play it smart and safe. Reactive, yes. But I’d rather react now than to push through the pain and find myself in a much worse state closer to race day.

Speaking of race day… the Boston Marathon is in 26 days!!!!!!!!!!!

*Run This Year*

Mileage milestones should be celebrated! That is one of the reasons I love Run This Year. Run This Year is an online community that is intended to not only challenge and inspire you to set a mileage goal for the year, but allows you to track your mileage and see what other runners are doing.

On the website, you can find information about how to set and achieve a yearly mileage goal and it can be any amount you choose. Each month you record your miles and when you hit a mileage milestone, you can print out a fun bib, like the one below, photograph yourself, and then share it for bragging rights!

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600 miles, Baby! #runthisyear

Yesterday, I hit the 600-mile mark for the year (606.5 to be exact) and am proud of my accomplishment! That’s a lot of miles!

You can also find Run This Year on:

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

It’s not to late to set a mileage goal for this year and you can join the community at any time! Happy running!

 

*That awkward moment…*

… when you view your race photos.

What would a race be without some godawful photographs to capture those special moments when you feel like you are dying, wish you were dead, or look like a bloated, drowned rat?

Bad race photos happen to the best of us.

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Really? This very moment was caught on camera?

Hideous photographs aside, I think it’s super cool that the Portland Shamrock Run offers photos of each participant free of charge to use as they wish. I’ve seen race photo packages run upwards of $70. Honestly, if this is what I truly look like while I’m running, I wouldn’t pay $.70 to save that memory!

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This might be okay if there was a zombie chasing me.

The consolation prize is that there is at least one picture I sort of like. I may have been miserable but fortunately, I don’t look it in my final sprint to the finish line.

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The best of the bunch.

Note to self: be more mindful of photographers on the course and try to look like you’re having fun. A smile wouldn’t hurt!

*13 miles for 13 years*

My memory of my own 13th birthday is still vivid in my mind. It was straight out of an episode of Full House. No, really. I actually stole the idea from D.J. Tanner, who on her 13th birthday, awoke and belted out “I’M A TEENAGER!!!!!”.

This morning was greeted with a little less fanfare as my baby, now officially a teen, made his way downstairs. But just like that, I’m the mother of two teenagers.

I thought it was appropriate to honor my son by running a mile for each year of his life. He is such a great kid! He has a huge heart and such a sweet disposition colored with a very comedic personality. He kills me with his facial expressions and impressions. (No doubt, he could potentially be the next Jim Carrey!) What a gift he has been and I’m so grateful to be his mom!

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Heading out for 13 miles to celebrate his 13th birthday!

*Weekly mileage*

Mileage for the week of March 9th – March 15th

Total weekly mileage: 37.25

Total March mileage (to-date): 116.25

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 569.25

Run review:

3/9          No run/rest day

3/10         48:58 min./1.55 mi./9:40 pace (*RGR)

50:03 min./6 mi./8:20 pace

3/11         57:15 min./7 mi./8:10 pace

3/12         8:03 min./.85 mi./9:29 pace (*RGR)

22:51 min./2.65 mi./8:38 pace

3/13         1:02:11 min./7 mi./8:52 pace

3/14         30:19 min./3 mi./10:06 pace

3/15           1:10:25 min./9.3 mi./7:34 pace

*I volunteered some time working with one of my favorite organizations, our local Run Girl Run program, which mentors elementary aged girls who train for, and run their first 5k.

It’s been a long while since my weekly mileage has been as low as it was last week. While I had hoped for a better outcome at my race yesterday after a light week, I’m sure the reduction of mileage is a good thing overall. I’m jumping into my final weeks of what will be some pretty intense training. The Boston Marathon is five (5!!!!!!!) weeks from today!

*A PR is a PR…*

As the story goes, I PR’d today. By three seconds. Not the outcome I wanted but not too shabby either, right?

While I had high hopes for something a little more significant, I’m grateful that I managed to finish feeling good and shaving three seconds off last year’s time.

Overall, I finished the Portland Shamrock Run in 1:10:25. Resulting in a pace of 7:34, 23rd in my age division, and 87th out of 2959 female runners.

 

*GBB, Shamrock 2015 edition*

Tomorrow I will race for the first time in 6 months!

The Portland Shamrock Run is a racing tradition and I look forward to it each year. While it is a very energetic and festive event, and seemingly most runners attend for the party-like atmosphere, to me it is still a race and I treat it like such. This morning during a conversation about race prep, carb-loading to be exact, I had an ah-ha moment when I realized that my caliber of training and racing are in a totally different class than many of my running friends and counterparts. And there is NOTHING wrong with that! I mean, sure, I love St. Paddy’s Day and fun runs as much as the next gal, but a race… for this competition lovin’ girl, game on!

(You’re probably not surprised to learn that I have family and friends that hate playing cards and games with me because of my competitive nature.)

Anyway, I implemented my pre-race prep strategy this week which has resulted in a reduction of my weekly mileage by more than 20 miles! It was a really busy week and while I could always use a little more rest and sleep, I’ve been doing my best to take it a little easier the past few days to make up for it, as best I can at least. I made another trip to the chiropractor and have been stretching a ton and of course, eating well and hydrating have been a top priority too.

Yesterday afternoon I spent a few hours working in the Portland Marathon booth at the Portland Shamrock Run Fitness Fair/Expo. (Several times during the afternoon I snuck over to the Nuun booth to refill my water bottle. WIN!)

Speaking of Nuun, how about 20% off most items when you order between now and March 26th?! Use my friends and family discount code: LuckyNuunFriends at checkout to help you stay hydrated and healthy as we move into racing season!

Back to the race and my goal(s)! As usual, I’ve set three *good*, *better*, and *best* (GBB) goals for myself, which are:

GOOD :: Set a new PR for the course. In 2013, I ran the 15k in 1:13:47. In 2014, I set a PR with a time of 1:10:28. I’d be happy with anything under last years time.

BETTER :: What I’m really hoping for though is that I can at least run the 15k at my best 5k pace which was a 7:18 minute mile, allowing me to finish around 1:08:00.

BEST :: If I’m going for the gusto, I’d love to be hitting lower 7:00 minute miles which could potentially put me finishing within the top 10 in my age group. Last year, I was the 17th finishing female in the F35-39 division, out of 860. Top 10 would be, well, pretty dang rad!!!

With that, I’m off to refill my water bottle and settle in for a little siesta. Have a great weekend and best to luck to everyone racing this weekend!!