Why, was the full particularly hard for this race? It’s in SF, right? Hilly?? :)
I love running in San Francisco (I am glutton for hills!). My favorite marathon to date is the San Francisco Marathon (held in July) because you run through the whole city, including the Golden Gate Bridge. The problem with the Nike Women’s Marathon is the course (it is a completely different course than the SF Marathon). You have to pass the finish line two times before you actually finish the race. I do not like to see the finish before I finish a race. I LOVE Nike Women’s but I definitely recommend the half versus the full. Even in the half, you have to pass the finish once before you finish.
This morning I had the opportunity to run with my sister and her run club in Willow Glen (area of San Jose, CA). I happened to join them on their “magic mile” track day. I ran 2.5 miles to meet the group, then another 2 miles with the group to the track. I was interested to see how fast I could go on the track. I ran the first 400 in 1:32 and thought that I may be able to pull off a 6 min mile but in the end I came up short. I did however come in first, beating all of the competitive men in the group. I am rarely the fastest person so this was a first for me! It was actually pretty funny to see how much it upset the guys that a woman beat them at the track today. Overall, it was a great morning. 5 miles with the group + 2.5 on my own = fun!
I stumbled upon your blog, and I would like to know how training for an ultramarathon (50 km) compares to marathon training?
Good question. I am still very much an Ultra novice. The main difference is adapting to trails and unexpected terrain. (Do not attempt trail running for a significant distance without trail shoes. They make a huge difference!) Marathon training was my base. Training for my first Ultra consisted of running 2 marathons in less than two months beforehand as well as a lot of 2X a day workouts. I did not follow a ultra training plan but I do train with a group of experienced ultra runners who advised me along the way (they run 50+ miles a week, I ran 30-40 miles a week). I think that if you have run a marathon you can definitely train for an Ultra you just need to be sure to add several trail runs. Happy running!
This was my first virtual “race”. You may recall that I won a free entry to this race (Thank you Nike!). The goal was to run a 10K sometime within the last 24 hours while wearing a Nike+ system and load it online. The race benefited Students Run LA, which is an awesome organization that trains at risk high school students for the LA Marathon. While there was not an actual “race”, there was an after party in downtown LA to celebrate She Runs LA but due to work obligations I was not able to attend.
Last night I joined my friend K and my usual Wednesday night running partner R to run 10K. This was K’s second 10K and the first time she had run in the last 6 months (I do not advise going from zero-6 miles, but K is in good shape so I was not worried that she could not make it). My roll was to coach/pace K through the 6.2 miles. We took it easy and ran it Galloway style (run/walk). K did a great job! She made it through 6.2 and the three of us had a great time. I could not find my Nike+ and therefore did not load my time. (I am a Garmin girl but I do have a Nike+ pod somewhere around here)
She Runs LA Swag - Cute pink tank top, Luna bars, make up remover facial wipes, and lip gloss.
I may have mentioned before that my husband is a scientist (the PhD of Biological Chemistry variety). He just finished a blog post for our friends at Saarloos and Sons Winery in Los Olivos, CA. I thought some of you might find it interesting. Enjoy!
People who learn how to wait are ultimately the people who know when to make a move. Whether this means the understanding of when to have a crucial conversation, when to approach your boss about a new assignment, when to open and offer our hearts, when to say yes, when to say no, or when to stop looking at our watch and run with joy all the way to the finish line–we will only know how to go for it if we have truly learned how to wait for it. Patience is power, my pretties. - Kristin Armstrong
This reminds me that I have not bought Kristin’s new book yet. Did any of you see/meet her in Boston???? I really want to meet this woman and give her a huge hug.
Congratulations to my friend/spin guru/Ironman Reilly (pictured above with current Ironman World Champion Chris “Macca” McCormack)!!! Rei accomplished his dream of making it to the Ironman World Championship in Kona this year!!!! Follow him on his journey: http://reillysmith.tumblr.com
If you are ever in LA, come check out one of his spin classes at Revolution Fitness or Up Dog Fitness. It is the hardest spin class you will ever take… hence why I show up 5 classes a week.
Birthday week is here and so far it’s a good one! There have been some surprises (free entry to She Runs LA!) and generally I have been in a good place. I woke up at 4:20AM this morning to run and sleep almost won the battle but since I have over slept so many of my Thursday runs lately, I dragged myself out of bed and made my way to the trails. The sunrise over LA was beautiful. One of these days I will remember to bring my camera so I can post a picture. The run was tough - my legs have been really sore lately. I am not sure if it is the crazy spin classes I have been taking (I am fairly certain my spin teach is possessed) or if I am still recovering from the marathon. In any case, I am hoping that this too shall pass.
Workouts this week: Sun double spin, Mon 4 mi hills, Tues 5.25 tempo am, spin pm, Wed rest, Thurs 7 trails, Fri double spin, 4 easy, Sat BIRTHDAY 10 mi trails. Mileage 30.25
My husband turned to me a few days ago and said “It would be okay if you wanted to run a race at Disney World next year”. Of course my answer was “Game ON!”. I would not fly all the way to Orlando to race and not run the full Goofy Challenge. Anyone else out there that has run Goofy or is intending to run Goofy in 2012???
the previous record was held by wellington herself and she broke it by over 2 minutes.
just a shift of perspective for the runners out there… she pulled off a 2:52:54 marathon time… … … within the ironman (2.4mi swim, 112mi bike, 26.2mi run)
There are no words. Chrissie takes it to a whole new level. I love what she said towards the end of this video “I do it not for me.. but to raise the bar… of what women are capable of..” ROCK ON SISTER!
This morning I chose to do a double spin instead of a long run. Well, I actually thought I would still go out for a long run but then got completely sucked into watching the Masters. Did you see that Irish kid? I felt so sad when he began to unravel on the back nine. Baseball has taken up the rest of my day. Luckily I am not training for anything in particular at the moment. I am still mapping out my training schedule for the next few months. Decisions, decisions. Stay tuned….
Yes, I have seen them live several times. I highly recommend it. One of my favorite shows was one I happened upon by accident at the inaugural “Boarding for Breast Cancer” event at Sierra-at-Tahoe. They played under the pseudonym “Quasar”. As soon as they hit the stage my friends and I went nuts realizing that it was actually the Beastie Boys playing a small stage in the spring snow. AMAZING! Somewhere around here I have pictures of that day….
The 7 miler this morning could be categorized as distorted bliss. It was bliss to be back on my 5AM running schedule but distorted because my legs felt like lead. My running partner cranked out 7 minute miles the last two miles of our run and I felt like I was running in slow motion. She encouraged me by saying that I would be back on track by the end of the week. I know that she is right.
Now to the title of this post. During our run this morning, we talked about a recent article in the NY Times by Chris McDougall of Born to Run fame. The article is entitled Born to Be a Trail Runnerhttp://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/18/born-to-be-a-trail-runner/ It is worth a read and brings up a good point about racing. Does a race always have involve a medal/reward? Increasingly for me, the answer is no. I want to find the “Fat Ass” runners around LA and run a 50K with them. Or maybe I should start my own??? Anyone in the LA area want to run 50K in the hills for the heck of it???
I would like to blame my lack of running in the last week on my work schedule and other unexpected events that came up but instead I am going to chalk it up to recovering from the marathon. Through writing this blog I have come to realize that I need to improve my taper and recovery regimens. After LA, I wanted to jump right back into my normal training schedule (not the smartest thing). I ran 8.5 miles after spin class last Sunday and felt wretched. I overslept my Tuesday run and skipped my Thursday run due to work. I ran 5 miles slow and easy on Wednesday night at run club. It actually felt pretty good. I planned to run 12 yesterday but instead spent the day working. I feel ready to run again and have high hopes for training this week. Since American River fell through, I am hungry for another race. I am thinking of a full marathon or 50K in May or possibly San Francisco marathon in July as a training run for Santa Rosa but we shall see. Decisions, decsions…
Workouts (or lack thereof) last week: Mon rest, Tues spin, Wed 5 mi, Thur rest, Fri spin, Sat rest, Sun spin. Mileage 5
Workouts planned for this week: Mon yoga, Tues 7 tempo am, spin pm, Wed 4, Thurs 8 trails, Fri double spin, Sat 12, Sun spin Mileage 31