Spring Thaw recap

Written by abbynormally
February 24th, 2014

Hey! Hey! Hey! How’s it going?

It’s good here. I had that 15 mile race on Saturday and I feel pretty blah about it.

It was sunny and “warm” (around 45 at the start), but brutally windy; I think somewhere around 22mph winds. I had the goal to run it under a 9:00 min/mile pace. According to my Garmin, I met that goal (8:54)…but according to my chip time, I ran it at 9:01. The discrepancy has to do with the GPS, because my Garmin read it around 15.3 miles, while the course is officially 15 miles. The race is 3 laps of a 5 mile lake loop north of Pittsburgh. I’ve run it a number of times and both my Garmins consistently have the same readings, sooo I think the course needs to be officially checked.

My chip time and my Garmin are about the same: 2:15:06. Which is a big PR, because in 2011 I ran this race in 2:24:20.

It’s not really a big deal. In fact I don’t really know why I feel so unsettled about it because I did fine. This was a training run and I ran it comfortably. My goal was conservative because I wanted to run conservatively. I was hoping to have some energy on the last lap to push, but the wind was exhausting. That is probably where my disappointment stems from. But I felt completely fine and recovered within minutes of finishing. I went for a run today (in new shoes! hallelujah!) and felt amazing. I ran 7 miles in 57:55. I intended an easy run, but I felt so good that I just let my legs take over. I’ll try hard to take it easy the rest of the week because it’s technically a setback week. I might squeeze a hill workout in, but other than that I’ll be sloooowwwwww.

I did learn one HUGE thing that should save my butt in the marathon: watch the *time* not the average pace. I had my Garmin set to show me distance and average pace, but I really should have been more concerned with time. So now I know that I’ll get a pace tat for a 4 hr marathon and watch my Garmin closely to make sure my splits match.

That night, Lucy didn’t sleep well, which means I didn’t sleep well, so I still feel like I’m catching up on rest….so I think I’m going to go to bed. Probably not, but it’s a nice thought. Dave is encouraging me to do core exercises with him, and I can’t just let him think he’s more hardcore than me, so I guess I’ll go embarrass him now.

Abby out!

What’s your bedtime? We usually go to bed between 9:30 and 10:00. Dave gets up around 6 and I get up around 7 (although I may lay in bed for awhile). Dave always brings me coffee in bed before he leaves for work. He is so cool.

How do you set your race goals? I just try to think of my long term goals and take into consideration how I’m feeling close to the race.

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5 Responses to “Spring Thaw recap”

  1. I usually go to bed between 10:30-11 and get up at 5:30.

    Right now, I don’t set race goals. I’m just finding it too hard to train consistently with my job, a baby and my hubby’s work schedule. Sigh…

    Congrats on a PR, I wish you felt better about it, but I definitely understand that too. I’ve been there myself!

  2. Shaun says:

    Congrats on hitting your goal!!

    Me and my wife usually are in bed around 11ish. I get up at 6:00

    I set my race goals based on the distance and if there is a big race coming up.. Sometimes I will use a 10 or 5k to work on race pace for a marathon.

    Also I am so pissed that I missed the spring thaw race, really was hoping to do it

    • abbynormally says:

      Thanks! You didn’t miss much. I am so conflicted over the race, but mainly because I am generally disappointed with Elite Runners and Walkers’ events and this was no exception. I don’t like racing on Sundays and they have a monopoly on Saturday races in the area. I was going to run the Just a Short Run race at the end of the month, but I don’t think I will.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Hi! I’m new to the Pgh blogging community and am enjoying everyone’s blogs.

    Sounds like you did great! I was reflecting this weekend that my fastest interval speed pace (8:30-9:15) is most runners’ slow pace. I’m a slow runner so I think this is awesome even though it wasn’t exactly what you wanted.

    I start falling asleep around 8:30 but try not to go to bed until 9-9:30, LOL! But I get up at 4:45 to work out and then take the dog for a decent walk before work.

    • abbynormally says:

      Nice to meet ya! Thanks for stopping by!!! I’m so impressed by your early wake up call. I am NOT a morning person in the least. I will occasionally set an alarm to run before my husband goes to work, but we both laugh knowing that I won’t get out of bed. I’m so predictable!

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