Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Yikes...I'm Running a Half Marathon in a Month!

((Hey Oh)). Long time no post ay? I think between trying to adjust to a new job/schedule and making the most of summer...I'm spending a LOT less time in front of a computer. At work blogger is blocked. If I'm not working I'd rather be pool side. I'm also a sucker for summer TV. The Bachelorette. Shark Week. Jershey Shore. Does it really get any better?

I'm not going away, but bear with me if my posts and comments aren't all that frequent. I'll figure out a balance eventually. Side Note: From January-June I was pretty unhappy with the lack of direction in my life so I ran and blogged A LOT. Both were my outlets. Obviously I still love to run and write, but I'm happier than I've been in a loooong time, so I'm obsessing less over both.

My training has been less frequent this time around, BUT I'm running faster than I have in my life. I've done 3 miles runs with an average pace slightly below 9 minutes per mile. Tonight I ran 8 miles in 1:18:14 (Including the downtime when the treadmill shut off at an hour and I drank some Powerade.) That's an average pace of 9:46 per mile. If I can keep this pace up...hopefully I'll get a decent half time. The heat could do me in though. I've decided this race "Is What It Is" and I'm not sure training during the summer is really my cup of tea. I'm also not sure how I've managed to get faster except that when I run 3 miles at a 9 min/mi pace it makes a 9:50 min/mi pace seem a lot more comfortable and easy.

Between now and September 5th I want to do a 10 mile run and an 11 mile run. Whether I run 9 miles or not is TBD. I might be running out of time. It's pretty crazy how methodical training has become to me. It's a lot less mental and a lot more about forcing myself to do something I know I'm capable of. I wish I had higher weekly miles, but if I continue to hit the long runs at the pace I want, I guess I can't complain. I'm less burnt out and not over training.

Other Random Thoughts Floating Around In My Brain:

  • Finding out a guy likes to run is a turn on for me. I wouldn't say that MUST RUN is a requirement, but it's like we instantly get each other. It's cool :)
  • Runner's High makes me more absent minded than a drunk. I pumped gas after running 8 miles and drove home without putting the gas cap back on. I didn't realize this until I got home. Luckily the gas station attendant found it or a good samaritan turned it in. I also left my change of clothes at the gym. Geez Louise. I'm probably lucky I made it home in one piece.

Songs I LOVE right now:

Well, Dynamite is still my absolute favorite. It's my ringtone :)

Teenage Dream-- Katy Perry
"We'll Be Young Forever" YES PLEASE.

I Like It-- Enrique Inglesias ft. Pitbull
Huh. And to Think Enrique sang Hero and Pitbull sang Holiday Inn.

Love The Way You Lie-- Rhianna ft. Eminem
I actually haven't been that excited about Rhianna's new stuff and prefer a lot of rappers to Eminem. However, this song has increased my appreciation for both of them.

Club Can't Handle Me-- Flo Rida
Thank God Flo Rida is back. I've missed him.

And you [more than likely] heard it here first. This is yet to hit Top 100 downloads on iTunes......

Could It Be You-- H*wood. Sooooo good!


WannabeRunner said...

Glad to hear things are going better in your life! :)
Best of luck in the 1/2....sounds like you are going to rock it!!

Anton said...

Good to see you back and glad to hear things are going so well.

I am sure you will do great in the half Marathon. Look forward to hearing how it goes :-)

Miss Organizized said...

We're like the same, it's crazy! My Half is in about a month (Sept 12) and my training has been WAAAY toned down from my last Half. And I totally blame it on the summer. Gross. SO hard to run. Somehow running in 12 degrees is way preferable?? haha! Thus I'm sort of going about this Half as a "Is What It Is" scenario too. There's no way I'll beat my PR which sucks because I ran the last one three days after the stomach flu. So you'd think ANYTHING could be better than that. haha! Anyway good luck in this final month!! Sounds like you've got the speed thing down which bodes well!

Good song choices by the way!

Julie said...

Welcome back! I don't know how I missed this post:)

I have a feeling that you are going to do fantastic at your half marathon! Good luck with the training:)

NewbieRunner said...

I can't wait to hear how your half goes! I can't believe it's coming up. That was fast. I feel like you just started training. I have a feeling you are going to make your time goal. Oh and about this St. Louis boy...do fill me in! St. Louis is a great place to live! Well I think so at least. :) Oh, and I'm glad you like your new job. How's your new home?

Adam said...

wow, you hit the nail RIGHT on the head about the runners high. Totally makes me feel mindless too.

Having run 10 miles before the race will totally put you in the right space.

Enjoy summer! Blogging will be here when you get back all bronze from the pool.