Thursday, June 21, 2012

Three for Thursday

1. I've joined Running, Loving, Living's Virtual Run. Toni always puts together an incredible event with awesome race sponsors. You can choose to run a 5K, 10K, or both and by sharing the event and various other tasks, you are entered to win some really great prizes.

I ran a 10K this morning as my last run before Sunday's half marathon. I was going to do six miles anyway - 1 mile easy, 4 miles @ MP (marathon pace = 8:49), 1 mile easy , so adding the .2 wasn't a big deal.

My splits - 
Mile 1 - 9:13
Mile 2 - 9:00 (close to pace, but this was uphill)
Mile 3 - 8:48 (PERFECT!)
Mile 4 - 8:38 (better than perfect)
Mile 5 - 8:50 (close enough to perfect)
Mile 6 - 9:45
Extra .3 - 2:14 (yes, .3 - I estimated where .2 would be)
Total time - 56:59

So even though this was a "race" I didn't want to push it too hard because of Sunday, but I am very happy with the results. It was a sweat-fest being over 70-degrees at 6 AM and I was so thirsty that I could barely wait for my Nuun tablet to dissolve before chugging it.

I think I will use the last 3.1 miles of Sunday's half marathon for the virtual 5K...that's allowed, right? The Welcome to Summer Virtual run runs through the 25th, so there is still time to head over there to register. You can click on the logo below or on my sidebar.


2. I've also joined Jess's Marathon Weight Loss Challenge over at Run with Jess. Over the course of the next thirteen weeks, the participants are encouraged to help hold each other accountable with healthy eating and exercise with the hopes of losing 26.2 pounds. And you don't have to lose the full 26.6, any goal is welcome. I don't have that much to lose, so I've entered the Lose a Half Marathon Challenge in the hopes that I can drop these last 10 pounds to get back to my high school/college weight. While it could be difficult to lose weight during marathon training, I hope that being more conscious of my eating (caloric intake and cutting out the junk) will make the difference. Some say that for every pound lost, you gain two seconds per mile in speed. While there would be a point where losing too much would start slowing you down, I'm at the upper end of a healthy weight and BMI and 10 pounds would be ideal. That 20 seconds per mile could be the difference between running a 4:00 marathon and a 3:50. Jess will be giving out prizes over the course of the challenge so click on the button below to join! Registration runs through June 25th.


3. I received an email about Mizuno's Mezamashii Run Project. In the hopes of creating "brilliant" run experiences, Mizuno is giving away thousands (yes, thousands) of their shoes throughout the rest of the year. Fingers are crossed that I get accepted, I'd love to try out Mizuno's. Anyone can apply, just head on over to the Mizuno website by clicking the image below.


9 comments:

  1. just wanted to say I love that you love running skirts. :)

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  2. I love you love running skirts too and I am also pretending youre doing all.that.running for me too.
    that works, right?


    MizFit

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    1. I don't think I could/would ever run in anything else. I love them for so many reasons...though I am still in search of the perfect one. I have one that comes close.

      And you can live vicariously through me, I don't mind! :-)

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  3. It is absolutely crazy that it was 70 at 6am!!! Scheduling threw me off (and sleeping in) - so I went at 8 & it was 80! But you are far more motivated than I am and I only did 3 miles today. Ugh! I'm on my way to Peacock Beach with the kids and I'm not going to shower. Care to join us?

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  4. Love the new header!

    Ok, you know it's hot when it's that hot in Maine! It will all make you stronger for fall!

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    1. Thanks! That's what I'm hoping for. I'm just hope it will be just a tad cooler on Sunday. It's calling for a low of 58 and a high of 78...fingers crossed is doesn't heat up quickly.

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  5. Very nice job on the 10K! I've signed up for the 10K and 5K so I need to get moving. I'm seriously thinking about doing Jess's weight loss challenge as well.

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  6. Haha, love the image about the half marathon - I should probably try to lose a half marathon. :)

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