Marathon #2: Week 16, Tulsa Run Week!

Monday.  Another sleepy start to the week.  I realized I was falling asleep, standing up in class (to keep myself awake) when my knees would buckle and jolt myself back awake.  Good grief.  But a nap perked me up, and later that night I headed out for a recovery run in my neighborhood.  I’ve been loving my recovery runs lately.  I’m doing better about keeping the pace down to at least race pace, which is not ideal for recovery pace, but I’m doing better than I used to.  Tonight was another sweet run, and I wanted to keep going, but…sleep’s on the schedule as well.

Tuesday.  Track night really happened this week.  It was an easy track night.  We ran just 2 miles at Tulsa Run (15K) race pace to test the pace.  One of my training buddies and I ran the two miles together at 9:00 min/mile.  I think that’s a doable pace for 9.3 miles…I hope.  I’m feeling a bit nervous.  I’ve never sustained that pace for 9 consecutive miles. With a warm-up and a cool-down, I got in just a little over 4 miles.

Wednesday.  Tonight is the last night for my intermediate training group.  They only have 2.5 miles on their schedule, so I ran 4.5 miles on my own at a sub 9 minute pace and then caught up with them for the 2.5 miles, again at a sub 9 minute pace.  That was a fast 7 miles, but it makes the pace I want to run this weekend seem more doable.

Thursday.  I’ve been avoiding leg workouts as much as possible this week since it’s race week and I want to be well rested.  Today in class, since we’re studying resistance training, we partnered up to create workouts for and train our fellow classmates.  My first training session!  I loved it!  Anywho, my “trainer” put my through a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout since I told him my goal was muscle endurance.  It was an amazing workout, but my legs were a bit sore when we finished.  Shoot.  Here’s to quick recovery.  I’ve got a PR in my sights!  No running today obviously.

Friday.  Rest day.  And Tulsa Run expo day!  My exercise today consisted of walking around the expo after picking up my race packet, looking at all this cool running gear.  I’m excited for tomorrow morning, race day!

Saturday.  Tulsa Run day!!!  I’ve been dreaming about running this race for an entire year now.  First, you have to know that the Tulsa Run is a huge event.  Between the fun run, 5K, and 15K, something like 7,000 runners participate.  This year was the 39th running of the race.  Last year the Tulsa Run was the longest race distance I’d ever run.  It’s a hilly course, and 2 of the biggest hills come at the end of the course when you’re tired.  Last year, I caved and walked halfway up those last 2 hills.  While I still beat the time I had set for myself, the fact that those hills beat me has gnawed at me.  So I vowed this year would be different.  I’ve been training hard on hills this year, working on maintaining effort instead of pace, focusing on anything but the fire in my legs.  Today we’ll see if my training pays off.  Besides, it’s on our marathon training schedule as a 15K time trial.  So 7:30 a.m. A training buddy and I meet to get in a 5K warm-up.  Plus, we wanted to get in at least 12 miles today.  Even at 7:30 it was hot.  Crazy.  It’s the end of October, and I’m running in a tank top and shorts.  Thankfully, it doesn’t feel as humid as the 64% humidity that was predicted.  9:00 a.m.  The starting gun goes off, and we’re on our way.  I decided to run with a pace group, especially since I discovered my watch was acting wonky and won’t show my pace.  I wanted to run fast enough to get a PR, but not so fast I couldn’t maintain the pace.  Because of the heat, I decided to go with a 9:08 pace which ended up being pretty much the perfect pace.  The miles ticked by quickly, and we turned the corner for the last mile leading up to the finish line.  There they were.  Those hills that have haunted me.  “Vindication,”  I said.  “Here we go.”  I shortened my stride, pumped my arms, forgot about pace and just maintained my effort.  I got to the top of the first hill thinking, “That wasn’t so bad.”  At the top of the second one, I couldn’t understand why I’d had such a hard time with those hills last year!  They didn’t seem bad at all!  Maybe that hill training did pay off!  I could hear the cheering of the crowd at the finish line, so I kicked it into high gear, left my pace group behind, and crossed the finish line at 1 hour 25 minutes and 10 seconds.  PR!  And a total of 30 miles for the week.img_1284

My goals for next week:

  1.  Run 30 miles.
  2.  Begin to gather nutrition needed for the marathon.

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I saw all kinds of fun costumes at the race.  What will your Halloween costume be?

Author: Juanita

Thanks for dropping in! I'm Juanita. People tell me I don't look like a Juanita since I'm red headed and freckled with super pale skin, but what's in a name, right? I'm a 40-something, single (as in no kids, never been married) gal from Oklahoma. I'm a nurse and most importantly, a follower of Jesus. I love chocolate, am scared of heights, and petrified of snakes. After my fortieth birthday and coming to grips with the fact that I was obese, I discovered I'm a runner and a CrossFitter, and that there's a whole lot of life left to live. I just had to get past the fat, stare down the fear, and realize that 40 is not too old for new beginnings. So this is the story of my struggles and adventures in the quest to live a healthy life in mind, body, and soul.

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