Sunday, January 20, 2008

Bring it Miami...

Decision's been made. I'm in. I'm doing the Half on Sunday.

I am happy to report I had three FANTASTIC runs this week. Jeremy and I ran 4.6 on a beautiful and cool (51 degree) Tuesday morning. Leg tightened a bit at the end, but no pain at all. Then we ran 5.6 on Thursday which was the best run I had in months. While, we didn't run it fast and I felt completely out of shape and tired the entire run, there was no pain or tightening at ALL. I was so excited. I'll take exhausted over painful any day.

Then Saturday morning I ran my final run of the season with my Miami Marathon Training Group (Roadrunners). I designed some running t-shirts this week for our group to wear after the race. We should be getting them in sometimes this week. I can't wait to see how they came out.


I am pretty sad that this is the last week we will be running together and a little bummed that right when I am starting to feel better and run with them again, it's ending. But I have to say, it is going to awesome to get to sleep in on Saturday mornings again. This whole getting up between 3am-4am to run every Saturday morning, especially since I have been biking most of these runs since October, has gotten very, very old. I have been getting up early to run on Saturday mornings since October of LAST year. And by last year I mean 2006, not 07. Jeremy and I have been training for something it seems like FOOOREVAH. Sooooo ready to hit the snooze for a few months.

Anyway, the final run was great. Other than feeling EXTREMELY tired and out of shape again, I felt really good. No pain or tightening at all and we ended up doing about 9 miles. Thats the farthest I have run since Columbus, and it felt great.

So, I am going into the race this weekend with a lot of confidence. I have zero hopes for a PR, but I am pretty sure I can run the distance without too much discomfort. At this point, I think the hardest part will be the fitness part. When I run lately, I just feel like I am running through a vat of Jello. I am not sure if it is just me not used to running, or the humidity. Whatever it is, I can live with it. Like I said, as long as I am not in pain, I'll be OK.

I am also pretty excited to meet up with Jess and Sonia afterwards. It should be a beautiful race day guys. Hope you are ready! :)

Tuesday, 1/15 - 4.6 miles/45:39 - 9:58 pace
Thursday, 1/17 - 5.6 miles/55:44 - 9:57 pace
Saturday, 1/19 - 9 miles/1:39 - 10:59 pace
Sunday, 1/30 - Gym, lift, 30 minutes elliptical, stretch

Total Weekly Mileage: 19.20


Marcy said...

Swwwweetttt!! Great job on the shirt! Dang, I want to meet Jess and Sonia. Have fun!!

Lori said...

Those runs look great! I hear you on the pain-free being the only thing that matters. Have fun with the blogger meet-up!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you had some pain free runs and were able to get some distance in too. Good luck this weekend. I am sure you will do great. The shirts you designed are awesome.

Sonia said...

9 miles!! What a great come back! You're definitely as ready as you can be for the half. It's going to be great to meet you =) We don't own cell phones so we should try and set up a place to meet each other before I leave Friday! After that I'm totally off the internet!

Those t-shirts looks spiffy! :o)

P.O.M. said...

Yippy! YOu'll do fine for the half. I am going to try for 10 next week, then I'll be as ready as I'm ever going to be. Just not expecting and PR's or anything. Just a nice, solid finish :)

Cute shirts. Do you ever do freelance stuff?

Jess said...

Yay! Can't wait to meet ya!

Michelle said...

Woo hoo!! You will do great!

Love the T-shirt! Wish I could have one!!!! :-)

My Life said...

Oh my... I guess I hadn't really thought about how long you've been training. 2006 seems soooo long ago.

Have fun this weekend & I love the shirts! I would totally hire you ;)

zanne said...

you've been getting up at THREE AM?? lord, and i thought i was awesome for getting up at 4:45 to run. sheesh.

it is so so so nice when you can finally run pain free ... have fun at the race - can't wait to hear all about it.

Before I'm 35 said...

Good luck!

P.O.M. said...

Good luck again! Take lots of pics.

Jess said...

Sorry, did not get your email. My address is if you want to re-send.

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