*September review*

September has come and gone. (I’m okay with that though because I adore October!!!) It was good to me and although busy, there were some really great moments!

September Review:

Total miles: 133.75

Longest run: 26.2

Total days running: 24

YTD mileage: 1,603.75

Miles to goal (2,014 for the year): 410.25

Some of my favorite September moments included:

  • The start of the new school year and the milestones of senior year and 7th grade/middle school.
  • Running my first ever Warrior Dash with a great friend and some new ones too.
  • Marathon #6 in the books. The Oregon Marathon, despite my sub-par performance, was a beautiful run and well-organized.
  • Registering for, and getting accepted into, the 2015 Boston Marathon!!!
  • Participating in the Gorgeous Relay with five fantastic peeps including BFP.
  • Witnessing my cross-country team run their first meet of the season and totally get fired up!
  • Winding down summer with a few fun gatherings with friends and family.
  • Watching my daughter play her heart out on the soccer field.
  • Proudly watching my son enjoy running.
  • Being offered, and accepting, a job that is perfect for me right now.
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*Weekly mileage*

Mileage for the week of September 22nd – 28th

Total weekly mileage: 28.75

Total XC mileage: 2 (included in weekly mileage total)

Total September mileage (to-date): 128.5

Total year-to-date mileage: 1,598.75

Run review:

9/22       No run/rest/sick day

9/23       2 miles w/XC

9/24      39:11 min./4 mi./9:48 pace

9/25      21:34 min./2.5 mi./8:38 pace

9/26       27:55 min./3.25 mi./8:36 pace

9/27       22:26 min./3 mi./7:29 pace

9/28       2:12:28 min./14 mi./9:27 pace

Still slowly recovering from the Oregon Marathon two weeks ago. I’ve backed off my overall mileage and effort, keeping most runs easy, these last two weeks. (Except for the one this past Saturday, in which out of nowhere, I ran at an average 7:29 pace for three miles. WTH?) I’m feeling stronger every day and am  just enjoying running right now. No pressure. It is kind of nice even though I know I will soon tire of not having some goal to focus one. One day at a time, I suppose.

*Weekly mileage*

Mileage for the week of September 15th – 21st

Total weekly mileage: 21

Total XC mileage: 2.75 (included in weekly mileage total)

Total September mileage (to-date): 99.75

Total year-to-date mileage: 1,570

Run review:

9/15       No run/rest/recovery day

9/16       2.75 miles w/XC

9/17      No run

9/18      25:43 min./3 mi./8:33 pace

9/19       41:49 min./4.75 mi./8:48 pace

9/20      No run

9/21      Gorgeous Relay

Leg #1   44:18 min./5.48 mi./8:05 pace

Leg #2   46:49 min./5.22 mi./8:58 pace

I’m a day late (and a dollar short. Ha!) getting my weekly mileage posted. Nothing too exciting to report anyway. Perhaps one of my lowest mileage weeks all year in fact.

Recovery from the Oregon Marathon has been slow going. I’ve been super busy. I got sick. I’m on the mend.  End of story.

I’m feeling a bit better today and hopeful that by taking a day off yesterday, I’ll kick the bug I’ve caught sooner than later. I ran a fun little relay on Sunday with a few new-ish friends and BFP that I look forward to recapping within the next few days.

Until then, I’m off to celebrate the arrival of my favorite season. Happy Autumn!!

*The waiting game*

In the midst of marathon recovery, and cross-country, and sick kids, and work, and laundry (oh the never. ending. laundry), and… you get the idea, I registered for the Boston Marathon yesterday.

I’m not celebrating yet… not until after I receive final confirmation that I’m in. However, I feel like I’m one step closer and it is so exciting!

Well, except for the part about having to run a marathon… at least right now. I have not yet run since the Oregon Marathon on Saturday. Sunday I was a mess. Every dang inch of my body hurt. I took it easy. Real easy. Like I only got up off the couch to prepare food. And speaking of… what the hell? I’ve spent the past two days eating practically non-stop! Today my appetite seems to be a little more balanced thank goodness. But seriously, my hunger was out of control!

Anyway, yesterday I felt a lot better, walked a teeny, tiny bit while I was out with my XC team and did some stretching. Today, it seems I feel back to normal and this afternoon I will attempt my first run. Something easy with the team… probably 2.25-2.5 miles. That will be the true test.

If you’ve only recently begun reading Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking, the inspiration for this little space on the web was inspired by my desire to train for my first marathon, qualify for, and run, the Boston Marathon. Of course, running in general, is the underlying passion that inspires me to write and share my story. My path to qualify for Boston took some detours along the way but what a great feeling to know that I did it. Even if for some reason I don’t get in, I qualified and proved to myself that I can achieve whatever it is I dream up.

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Coffee? Check! Boston shirt? Check! Boston registration submitted? Check!

So, now I play the waiting game. I’ll keep you posted! ; )

*Weekly mileage*

Mileage for the week of September 8th – 14th

Total weekly mileage: 37.5

Total XC mileage: 6 (included in weekly mileage total)

Total September mileage (to-date): 78.75

Total year-to-date mileage: 1,549

Run review:

9/8       No run/rest day

9/9       2.25 w/XC

9/10      53:27 min./5 mi./10:42 pace

9/11      1.25 w/XC

9/12       2.5 w/XC

9/13      the Oregon Marathon   3:59:08 min./26.2 mi./9:07 pace

9/14      No run/recovery day

I ended up utilizing a few easy runs with the cross team to supplement my regular runs since I was trying to reduce my mileage and needed to keep my distance and pace in check. It seemed to work okay, though I totally confused myself when trying to calculate it all. HA!

At this point, I’m not sure what this week will bring. First and foremost: RECOVERY. Probably a few easy runs with the XC team… Next Sunday I am running a one-day, 6 person relay with a few friends so I want to feel good enough to enjoy it!

*Another one bites the dust*

Yesterday I ran my 6th marathon and it proved to be my most challenging yet. It has me questioning my ability to run 26.2 miles feeling good, especially late in the race. (Does ANYONE feel good running 26.2, or more, miles??) It has made me face the fact that my body really does not like running that many miles. I’m feeling incredibly sore this morning… every inch seems to be aching.

I am taking into consideration that the Oregon Marathon yesterday was my 6th marathon in just a little over 14 months but never before had I walked during a race. I started walking at mile 20. A super grumpy psoas was causing my entire right side to tighten and the heat was starting to get the best of me.

Like most races, it started off great. I was even extra careful to not start too fast which is something I struggle with. By mile 2, I settled into my goal pace of about 8:10, and held on there until mile 10. It was around that point I started to feel the first twinges of pain that raised a little flag but I ignored it and continued on, though my pace started to slow just a little.

Just past the halfway point, things took a turn for the worse. Literally. We turned onto a gravel road that was covered in big, loose rocks. The switch from pavement to the gravel sucked and my pace dropped. It was starting to heat up and there was no shade, anywhere. I will say that I was impressed with the number of, and well placed, aid stations. I took water at every single one because I knew the temperature would be rising quickly with a high near 90 degrees forecasted.

My pace continued to slow and I was in a lot of pain. There had been a girl ahead of me for nearly the entire race that I noticed was starting to slow too. Just past mile 20, she started to walk. I caught up to her and asked her if she was okay because she had looked really strong. Her quads were giving her trouble and she asked if she could run along side me. We ran, and walked some, the rest of the race together. It was her second marathon and she was hoping for a PR, which she did. I was grateful to have someone to run with those last few, miserable miles and that I got to see her cross the finish line and fulfill her goal. (Because I was WAYYYYYYYYYYYY off from my goal.)

My hope, of course, was to get a PR myself. I was hoping for anything under 3:35:00. Given the amount of discomfort I was in, I was just glad to finish. And given the amount of walking I did, glad to finish with a (barely) sub-4:00 hour time.

My official time was 3:59:08. I was the 20th female overall and 4th in my age division.

I am humbled by the experience. It has left me considering the need to reevaluate my relationship with the marathon.  My body was truly unhappy yesterday and as frustrating as it was, I knew I needed to pay attention. I want to run for many, many years to come and if I wreck this precious vessel, I’m screwed. So I feel fortunate that even as disappointed as I am in my performance, I played it smart which I’m sure will serve me well in the long run.

The Oregon Marathon was done really well and I really have no complaints other than the gravel sections of the course. The course was primarily flat on rural roads in Oregon farm country. It was truly beautiful. The course even takes you through the oldest covered bridge in Oregon, built in 1916. I thought that was pretty cool!

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Blogger fail. The ONLY picture I took yesterday. Day of packet pickup.

The event company, Uberthons, does a great job. It seemed to be well-organized and I loved the fact that the day of packet pickup was held indoors with plenty of space for runners to chill out and take advantage of the restrooms. I already mentioned the aid stations, but really, I thought they did a great job providing adequate numbers of them along the course. I didn’t stick around for any of the Oktoberfest fun post-race but next year I will. (I’ll be running the half marathon next year!)

Compared to how I’ve felt post-race on the last few marathons, I have a feeling I’m in for a longer recovery from this one. Today is dedicated to resting. The only thing I want to do is eat and nap so that is all I’m going to do! Because being that I’m a runner, I’ve got an event next weekend to get ready for. Fortunately, it is NOT a marathon!!

*The Oregon Marathon ~ training update*

You know what they say… time flies when you are… flying by the seat of your pants?

Gathering with a few of my running buddies this morning I was reminded that I am tapering. Say WHAT? How in the heck is it possible that The Oregon Marathon is already just 7 days away?!

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I’ve been so busy with the whirlwind of the start of a new school year, coaching cross-country, my children’s activities, the daily grind of laundry (and yes, I still feel like I’m being eaten alive by laundry!) and household management, etc., that I really hadn’t given much thought to the process of tapering for my upcoming marathon.

I guess if I were going to get technical, I’ve been tapering for a couple of weeks now.

My last long run, 20 miles, was three weeks ago. My original plan was to run another long one last weekend but the days were so full with activities and family fun that I didn’t do it. I didn’t feel bad about it either!

At any rate, I’m starting to embrace this whole taper thing and beginning to really mentally prepare for my race one week from today. While my calendar is still quite full, I’m blocking out time throughout the week to make sure I’m getting a little more rest and downtime. As I wrote before the Vancouver Marathon in June, here, my diet doesn’t change much but I will be introducing a few more high-carb meals to my routine mid-week. Of course, hydrating like a crazy lady will be a top priority, especially with the little heat wave we are currently having in the Pacific Northwest (it is predicted to hit 95 degrees today!).

Most important, I’m going to try really, really hard to not stress about what I hope/want to happen. There is a super slim chance, and I mean SUPER SLIM CHANCE, that if I PR that day, I might be able to make it into the third wave of entries for the Boston Marathon before it closes that evening. If you aren’t familiar with the registration process, this is how it works:

General registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon will open on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 10:00AM (ET) for those Qualifiers who have met the qualifying standard by 20 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.

  • If space remains, then registration will open on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 10:00AM (ET) for Qualifiers who have met the qualifying standard by 10 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.
  • If space remains, then registration will open on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 10:00AM (ET) for Qualifiers who have met the qualifying standard by 5 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.
  • Registration will close on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 10:00PM (ET).
  • If space remains, then registration will re-open on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 10:00AM (ET) through Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5:00PM (ET) for all Qualifiers who have met the qualifying standard.
  • If space remains after this initial two-week period, then on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 10:00AM (ET) registration will re-open to anyone who meets the qualifying standards on a first come, first served basis. At that point, registration will remain open until the maximum field size is reached.

(Information taken from the Boston Athletics Association website: www.baa.org.)

If I don’t PR… well, I will just have to hope that there are still opening available on September 15th and be grateful that I qualified in the first place. (Which I totally am!!!)

Anyway, as of today, right now as I write this, there are still 16 entries available for The Oregon Marathon! If you’ve been waiting to register, wait no longer. If running alone doesn’t entice you, the race boasts access to Mt. Angel’s famous Oktoberfest (BEER!!!), where the event starts and finishes.  I’ve heard there is wine too! ; ) You can register here.