. . . well, it just is.
. . . well, it just is.
With everything that happened this week, I've been distracted and have just gotten around to picking the PROBAR winner. Thanks to everyone who entered. I used random.org to pick the winner and that is . . .
Congratulations, Jeff! Please email me at felicehalf [at] yahoo [dot] com with your mailing address so you can get your bars!
Have a great weekend, everyone. Thanks for stopping by!
|My first marathon.|
|Pre-race with my 2 year old.|
|Racing with my almost 3 year old.|
|Jingle Bell run with Jen, Bridget and Janis.|
|Winter Series with Amanda, Suzy, Janis and Bridget.|
|Future running buddy for sure!|
|High-fives from my little guy in the half marathon.|
|First half marathon with Janis, Bridget and Amanda.|
|Mother's Day race.|
|Boilermaker with Elisa and Bridget.|
|Refreshment after the Schroon Lake half.|
|More high-fives from my little guy!|
|Love the NJ Marathon group!!!|
|Boilermaker with Bridget, Sheila and Amanda.|
|Strong Running Mamas at the Mohawk-Hudson half marathon.|
|Finishing the half!|
|Enjoying the post-race moment with my boys.|
|Strong Running Mamas in NYC -- happy and ready to run.|
So, on Friday, I wrote this about the race:
"Whatever happens, as long as I run a smart race for the day and the situation, I'll be pleased."
I wasn't lying. And, fortunately, I ended up pretty pleased with my race.
But let me backup before I get to the finish.
The More/Fitness Half Marathon is an all-women race that takes place in Central Park in Manhattan. I traveled with my good friends Bridget and Elisa down to NYC on Saturday morning. We spent the day walking around the city, eating, going to the Expo, eating, people watching, taking in the sights, and eating some more. Really, we did a lot of eating.
|Bridget, Elisa and me|
|Go, Strong Running Mamas!|
Race weekend is here!
I'm running the More/Fitness Half Marathon in NYC on Sunday with two friends, Bridget and Elisa. Tomorrow morning we'll head down to the city and enjoy the day before pushing ourselves through the hills of Central Park Sunday morning. It should be a great time!
Since it is a weekend in NYC, we want to have fun but, of course, we do have a race to run. Which means I should probably develop some sort of race plan. I've been putting it off and putting it off . . .
According to the McMillan calculator, I should be able to run a 1:45 half. I would love to run a 1:45 half. And, some day, I plan to do just that. I just don't think it will be this weekend. Sure, a 2 minute PR would be awesome. But, the More/Fitness course is notoriously hilly (two laps around hilly Central Park) and crowded, so the conditions aren't ideal for a PR. And, like I said, it is a weekend away and I'd like to enjoy myself with my friends.
So, I'm not gunning for a PR and I'm totally OK with that. But I would like to run well.
My goals, then, for the half look like this:
B goal: Finish in under 2 hours. My slowest half was the ZOOMA Cape Cod half that I finished in 1:59:57. It was a tough, tough race for me so I imagine that, unless something dreadful happens, I should be able to beat that time on Sunday.
A goal: Finish in under 1:55. Totally doable. That's 8 minutes slower than I ran in October so even with the hills and the crowds, I should be able to run 1:55 or faster.
I plan to pace myself over the first half of the race and run around 8:30 miles or so. I tend to take off faster than I should in half marathons, running under 8:00 pace for the first 4-5 miles. I can't hold that pace over 13.1 miles. I know this. I know it is better to start slower and not burn out. My plan is to start slower on Sunday. Run at an 8:30 pace for the first 6-7 miles and then see how I feel. Maybe I'll hold that pace for the whole race. Maybe I'll speed up. Maybe, if I'm feeling cruddy, I'll slow down. Whatever happens, as long as I run a smart race for the day and the situation, I'll be pleased.
So, that's the plan. Now, I can continue obsessing about race day weather and what to wear!
(Yes, it looks like perfect racing weather. Still, I obsess.)
|The forecast could not be more perfect!|
Bars, bars, bars! Let's give it up for bars!
I'm talking about energy bars, here . . .
And right now I'm enjoying PROBAR protein and meal replacement bars. A big reason for my enjoyment is this:
I've been so busy enjoying my latest review product, I forgot to post the actual review!
I was sent a big package of Simply Snackin protein snacks (beef and chicken sticks) to try out recently:
"High protein, low calorie Simply Snackin gourmet dried meat snacks are the preferred choice of on-the-go people leading or adopting active, healthy lifestyles. Although often referred to as "jerky," Simply Snackin products deliver an experience unlike any conventional jerky -- bite after bite of moist, lean, savory chicken breast or beef sirloin is paired with flavorful mangos, apples, blueberries and other artisan ingredients."
March was a full month. First day of spring. My longest treadmill run ever. My longest outdoor run of this training cycle. My first race of the season. Lots of sugar-free experimentation.
Overall, a good month.
I feel like my training for the More/Fitness half marathon in two weeks (gulp!) has gone fairly well. I've gotten in plenty of miles, even when the weather and my body haven't completely cooperated. I've been (knock on wood) healthy and injury free. All good things.
The only bad thing in March was that my treadmill started crapping out at fast-ish speeds. I still haven't had anyone look at it so I'm not sure what is the matter and I need to get on that. Fortunately, it works at regular running speeds so I've been able to use it almost as much as I've needed to.
Anyway, here's a look at the month that was.
|Warming up for stroller running!|
|Runnin' of the Green with Bridget.|
|Snow at the beginning of the month.|