Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Three Things...I mean, Track Tuesday

1. I'm so glad that it has warmed up and all the snow has melted. This means I could head back to the track for this morning's run instead of a treadmill.

1 mile warm up
5 x 1000 @ 4:32 w/ 400m RI (4:20, 4:22, 4:28, 4:26, 4:28)
1 mile cool down

2.The girls and I are running in the Jingle Bell 5K in Freeport on Sunday. I am so excited because we are running as a team with matching outfits! This race benefits the Arthritis Foundation and if you would like to help just search for our team, Rail Trail Chicks here to donate. Thanks!

3. Wow, I think I need to go back to bed. Ten minutes into writing this post, which I had originally titled "Three Things Thursday," hence numbering my topics, I was trying to think of a third thing to write about and I realized it is actually Tuesday. Geez...

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Versatile Blogger Award

I mentioned this morning that I had been tagged by Jen from Running With The Girls for The Versatile Blogger Award. It is something fun that gets passed around the blogging world and helps us learn new things about the people we are connected to through our blogs.

 The rules are this:
  • Thank the person who tagged you. 
  • Share 7 random things about yourself.
  • Tag 15 other people for the award.  
Thanks Jen! You are awesome!

1. I am obsessed with HGTV and DIY. I built our entertainment center and bed headboard from scratch. I paint, drywall, and tile. Now I feed my obsession by working at The Home Depot. If you need help wiring a light or replacing a toilet, I'm your girl!

2. I went to the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England for a semester in college.  During this time I had the opportunity to backpack throughout western Europe and visit Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Lyon, Monaco, Rome, Pisa, Venice, and Edinbourgh. I also learned how to rock climb and climbed on the cliffs of Cornwall. 

3. I still hold the Wiscasset High School record in the 300m hurdles. That was over 17 years ago and was also the day I won the Maine Class C State title in the event. I was so crazy about track that I even purchased my own starting blocks and had senior pictures taken with them...what a dork.
The back of my shirt said, "What exactly did you think I was?"
4. My middle name is Alice, as is my mother's and grandmother's. It was my great-grandmother's first name. I hated the name when I was younger and wished my middle name was Marie or Anne. Though today I'm a little sad that I can't pass on the name since we have two boys, their middle names are after their grandfather and great-grandfather, which is just as good!

5. When I was younger I wanted to be a meteorologist when I grew up. Instead I went to school for Mass Communication and haven't used that degree at all. 

6. I have volunteered for Habitat for Humanity twice. Once to participate in a build and more recently to create the Volunteer Orientation video for the 7 Rivers Maine chapter.

7. I play the clarinet. I even went to band camp at least three times...maybe four, I honestly can't remember.

It's going to be hard to tag 15 people since I don't have that many followers yet and a lot of those I do have have either already been tagged or do not have a blog. If you have already been tagged before, I apologize! 

I pick:
1. Morgan @ The Hartastic Blog
2. Mandy @ Caratunk Girl
3. Michelle @ Average Girl Doing Average Things
4. Jen @ Miles, Muscles & Mommyhood  
5. Erin @ Skirts Rock!
6. Theresa @ Barefoot Mama
7. Lisa @ Running.Fitness.Health
8. ...ughhh...I think that's it! I hope I can keep my award! ;-)

If you do follow me and you haven't been tagged I'm so sorry that I missed you. I can't wait to read your posts if you choose to participate!

Double Digit Run and Getting Caught Up

Wow, I feel like I am so behind on this blogging thing. December is such a busy month already and throwing starting a new job into the mix hasn't helped with having any extra available time.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. We did and I ate entirely too much, but it only comes once a year and I thoroughly enjoy all the delicious food! I tried heading out on Friday morning for my tempo run to run off all the calories, but last Wednesday's storm left several inches of snow on the track. I scaled the four-foot snowbank and ran one lap before scrapping the idea.

Yesterday I completed my first two-digit run ever! The girls and I met up at the rail trail for nine icy miles and I turned around for one more when we got back to the parking lot. Despite the ice, the run was a lot of fun. It's exciting to think that all I have to add to the run is a short 5K and it reaches half marathon distance. I have no doubts of my ability to complete my first half in April.

Jen from Running With The Girls has tagged me for The Versatile Blogger Award and I will be fulfilling my requirements shortly with a post later today.

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Track Tuesday

It was the coldest outdoor run of the season for me, thus far. A chilly 18 degrees had me wearing three layers - my long sleeve YMX, long sleeve Champion shirt, and because I didn't want to go back upstairs and disturb the sleepers to fetch my Brooks vest, I wore my L.L. Bean vest. I knew this vest would make me too warm, but it actually worked out for the workout I was about to do.

The moon was just a sliver, but you could still see the full circle. That, with the silhouette of the trees against an growing orange sky, was really pretty. Pretty enough for a picture, but I didn't have my camera. Of course.

Today's run - 
1 mile warmup
4 x 1200 @ 5:30 w/ 400m RI
1 mile cooldown

My paces - 
#1 - 5:33
#2 - 5:33
#3 - 5:33
#4 - 5:33

I'd say I am consistent!

I was definitely warm on the running portions and had to pull up my sleeves, but was sure thankful for my vest to keep me warm during the rest intervals!

If I don't get another post in before Thursday, have a happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Long Run Sun.

I had a great eight-mile run on the rail trail with the girls this morning. Temperatures in the mid-forties and clear made it easy to warm up quickly. My schedule hasn't allowed me to go in the last couple of weeks, so I'm glad to be back running with them. I've said it before, but it is even more fitting this week before Thanksgiving, that I am so thankful to have the opportunity to run with these lovely ladies. We may not run fast, but it's all about being together above all else. So thank you, Jen, Stacy, Jill, and Jess (and today, Kim)!

I woke up a little early today because new registration for the Mid-Winter 10 Mile Classic opened this morning at 6 am and I wanted to make sure I got in. And I did! I think this will be a good warm-up distance for my first half the first weekend of April.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Three Things Thursday

1. Today's tempo run was awesome. I can't believe that I can run comfortably in a t-shirt in mid-November at 5:30 in the morning!
The run: 
1 mile warmup (9:09)
1 mile ST @ 8:00 (8:11)
1 mile easy @ 9:35 (9:21)
2 miles ST (8:15, 8:03)
1 mile easy (9:14)
1 mile ST (8:06)
1 mile cooldown (9:23)
8 miles total in 1:09:46, 8:43 pace

2. I've been invited to join a relay team for the Reach the Beach Relay, a 200-mile race from Wachusett to Westport, MA that takes place in May of next year.

From reading how exciting the West Coast's Hood to Coast Relay from various blogs a few months ago was, I got it in my head that I'd like to be a part of one of those some day too. Here's my chance, but I'm still trying to convince the hubby that it's a good idea since I'm already going to be training for my first half and full marathons next year. What do you think? Good idea or should I wait?

3. Since the end of the year is fast approaching and it is a natural time to be coming up with goals for 2012, I told suggested the non-running hubby do the same. He may just have agreed to run a 5K with me at some point next year! Yay!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Worm Track Tuesday

I first want to apologize to all the poor worms that I may have squashed at my track workout this morning. At first it was dark and I didn't realize that you guys were scattered all over the track after last night's rain. When it got lighter I tried my best not to step on you, but seriously, get back on the grass!

My right shoe has developed a squeak that was quite annoying, but I'm hoping it was only because the track was wet. We'll have to see on Thursday's run.

Today's workout:
1 mile warm up
6 x 800 @ 3:36 w/ 1:30 RI
1 mile cooldown

My splits - 
1 - 3:34
2 - 3:35
3 - 3:28
4 - 3:30
5 - 3:27
6 - 3:31

Somehow, these 800s seemed much easier than the 10 400s I did last week. I'll take it though!

In other news, I'm going to be a part of Team Tough Chik! And you can too!

It's a wonderful company with a great mission that has developed a team that anyone can be a part of. It was just fate that I happened to be wearing my Tough Chik "i run" tee when I got the email.


They are accepting members from now until January 1st, so head over to the Tough Chik blog here or their website for more information.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A New Job

I had my first day of training at my new job today. I'm still keeping my old one, but an opportunity arose and I snatched it up. It's by no means the best job in the world or the highest paid by any means, but it's with a company that I trust, in a field that definitely has my interest, offers a great benefit package, and has many opportunities for growth. So, I'm proud to announce that I'm the newest member of The Home Depot team!

Going in today meant I missed my long run with the girls on the rail trail this morning, but I want to get training out of the way as fast as possible and agreed to come in today. You can't say no right off the bat! But we're headed to out to Long Island (Maine, not New York) tomorrow for probably the last time before winter so I can have my run out there. There aren't many other places more beautiful to run than there.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

It's Thursday!

Yea, nothing super special, just wanted to let you know that it is Thursday.

I think I have officially gotten to the point where I have become obsessed with running. With the RLRF program only having three running days, I really miss it on the off days. And the fact that I run before anyone else in my house is awake, so when the day's activities continue, it feels like it was forever ago that I ran...like a whole three hours ago at the time I'm writing this. By tonight, I will struggle to accept that it was this morning that I ran and not yesterday, it will seem to have been so long ago. Now I have to wait until Sunday to run again. Maybe I'm now to the point where cross-training on my off-days will be doable. My increased energy level could also be due to the fact that I actually got nearly seven hours of consecutive sleep last night. The one time I woke up was because I had to pee, not because Finn woke up. Thanks Finn!

It was sprinkling a little this morning as I stepped out the door, but was nice and warm at 52 degrees. I drove through a downpour for the 1.5 miles to the track and seriously considered stopping at the Community Center to run on a treadmill, but thought to myself, "You sally, it's warm out...run outside while you still can!" I'm glad I did. It was just misting during the whole five-mile run.

The run:
1 mile warm up (10:00)
3 miles @ 8:00 (8:08, 8:00, 7:50) Woohoo, negative splits!
1 mile cool down (9:31)
Total time: 43:31

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Few More Pics from the Great Osprey 10K

Pictures from the finish of the Great Osprey 10K Ocean Run have been posted so I thought I would share...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Track Tuesday

Even though the time change has screwed with my boys' sleep, I love that it is light early, as this is the time when I run. I was very excited to see the sky already turning pink in the east at 5:30.

My left calf is still feeling a little sore/tight from Saturday's race, but it felt good to get out there again. They have finally cleared the soccer timing tables off the first lane of the track and the snow and ice has melted, so it was clear sailing for this morning's run.

On the schedule:
1 mile warm up
10 x 400m @ 1:46 w/ 1:30 RI
1 mile cool down

My splits:
1 - 1:33
2 - 1:34
3 - 1:36
4 - 1:36
5 - 1:36
6 - 1:33
7 - 1:36
8 - 1:37
9 - 1:37
10 -1:33

I thought I remembered the pace being 1:37 for 400s, so I was thinking I'm right on or below the whole way. When I got back home I realized that I was supposed to be running 1:46 splits. Oh well, better faster than slower, I guess!

In other news, my official start of half marathon training starts four weeks from today! Oh, and don't forget to get out and vote!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Great Osprey 10K Ocean Run Recap with a PR

It's very exciting that the last three race recaps I've written have PR as part of the title. With one more 5K to go for 2011, I'm hoping to write another in about a month.

Saturday was a perfect fall day for running. It was a bit cooler than I expected at 36-degrees at race time, so I opted to keep my tights on for this one. The sun was shining with little wind for the field of 294 runners that toed the line.

I got to Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park in plenty of time to pick up my bib and shirt and warm up. As the runners were milling about trying to keep warm in the sun waiting for the start, I ran into an old friend, Maggie, who I ran against in high school and with in college. She was there running with her twin sister, Mollie.
Mollie (left), Maggie (right)
The race began down a narrow trail/road out of the park...super congested, but we made it through. There aren't too many exciting things that happened during the race or that I can think of that is blog-worthy, other than it seemed that there were more uphills than down! My goal for this race was to PR, with a secret goal of sub-50. I wasn't taking my secret goal too seriously, though. A sub-50 is actually a goal I have for 2012 and wasn't going to be disappointed if I didn't get it.

Mile 1 split - 7:58 and feeling good. The pack of runners had spread out and I noticed the cameraman taking pictures as I was passing a guy on the opposite side. Can you see me?

I was trying to keep a steady pace, right around 8-minute miles.  

Mile 2 - 7:54

Mile 3 - 7:48 (downhill on this one) 

Mile 4 - 8:07 Still feeling okay, breathing is hard, but only 2 miles and change to go.

Oops, heel strike!
Mile 5 - 8:02

Wow, this is on pace for a easy sub-50 if I can keep it up. Oh, what is that? Another hill? I don't remember this on the elevation profile. It looks really steep. It feels steep. I want to stop. Oh, a head wind. Awesome. My lungs feel like they are about to explode. I am moving soooo slow.

Mile 6 - 8:55 POOP!!!!! Pick up the freaking pace!

Mile .2 - 1:24

Official finish time - 50:11, 8:06 pace SO CLOSE!!!

83 out of 294 overall, 21 out of 150 females, 9 out of 50 in my age group (30-39). By far my best finish in the standings with the number of people racing.

I have to note that when they posted the times after the race my time was 50:16 (gun time). When I went back to look at the results online it was changed to 50:22. How did it change after the fact? But I'd like to go by my watch time 50:11 (I started it when I crossed the starting line).

I was a little disappointed with mile 6 and wondered if I should have/could have pushed it more. I would have gotten that sub-50. But you know what? I am very happy with the outcome and I am more that confident I will get it next year. No problem.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Last 10K of 2011

Tomorrow I'm running the Great Osprey 10K Ocean Run in Freeport. It's the 30th Anniversary of the race that starts and finishes at Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park...beautiful. I'm pretty excited for this race, the weather is on my side - sunny and in the 40s. For me, that equals perfect running weather! And while not the most important thing, I think another PR is entirely possible. I mean, my current 10K PR was on an insanely hilly course in a torrential downpour. The only course map I could find was on MapMyRun and I am unsure as to its' accuracy, but it looks really promising!

When I started running in February I thought I would mostly run 5K's, but I'm finding that I really enjoy the longer run too. This will be my fourth and final 10K of the year and second to last race. I'm looking forward to comparing numbers and seeing how far I've come in nine months and creating new goals for next year. I know I've got so much more in me.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Track Tuesday and My Fiftieth Post

I think my days at the outdoor track are numbered for this year. The snow from Saturday night/Sunday morning hasn't melted on the back straightaway of the track and footing was a little slick. Temperatures are supposed to get into the 50s this week, but that portion of the track is shaded. It was fine as long as I didn't step in any of the footprints that must have been made yesterday which froze overnight. The snow was just a thin crust and running on it was fine. Still, it made hitting my paces difficult. 

On the schedule:
1 mile warmup
1600 @ 7:27 w/ 400m RI
1200 @ 5:30
800 @ 3:36
400 @ 1:46 
1 mile cooldown

My paces:
1600 - 7:40
1200 - 5:44
800 - 3:40
400 - 1:35 (I really sprinted the last 100 meters!)

Not too bad considering...

Last month was another record-setting mileage month (which they all should be from now on), with 57.2 miles run. It would have been over sixty, but I didn't do my 10-mile long run due to the storm. One of these is going have to be my new friend real soon -

Last week was also the first time I've gone over 20 miles in a 7-day stretch and each one was great! And today's run brings my all-time mileage total over 300 miles, well since I started running again!

On Sunday we had fun in the snow. It was perfect for building snowmen and snowdogs.

The boys had a great time yesterday for Halloween and I'm happy to report that I got their costumes done in time.

Finn the Bumblebee and Peter "Zeke" Pan

And so concludes my 50th blog post!