Monday, February 5, 2018

Not all roses

CIM






It seemed that everyone that raced it in December had a fabulous race, a new PR or an Olympic Qualifer
Perfect weather 
Fabulous crowds
CA










Not me

I disliked the course with its unrelenting rolling roads 
My legs were beat up by mile 8. I disliked the boring roads. Really one of my least favorite courses.

I had the best half of a marathon ever. Fast. On target for my 305. 
Nope.
Stomach blew up. Legs cramped. I knew it by mile 15. I walked. Yes. Walked. 
I finished and my gosh I was happy about that. My best time in over a year, but, so far from my goal.
Onward we go. Onward I march. 
One day it will be mine. Not CIM ever again for me though. 






I raced Yuma AZ half marathon last week 
Great race. Love AZ.
On target. Legs felt heavy from 95 mile weeks in January. My fitness is coming straight along.
A podium third was wonderful. Not a PR but I was not going for one.Tokyo training 






Tokyo 3 weeks.
Huge thank you to my coach.
Michael Crouch 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

5ks and turkeys and Flagstaff

Three weeks ago I was in my home state of Michigan 
I had a 5k sandwiched in a 20 mile session) leading up to CIM marathon.








The day was warm and grey. Overcast. Felt good. Strong. 4 mile warmup. Changed out of warm up gear. Ran to the start. Found the pace. Held it. 
Yes 
First women. Lovely.

5ks are not not my race ever of choice, but I am getting better at them! Happiest with the win

Then I jogged into my 10 mile session.
My best Friend ran as well and came in first in her age group!!!!!




Next I had a 5 mile turkey day race
Cold cold cold
Warmed up with three

The race was good. My watch stopped after 2 miles lol so I just gauged the pace.
On track and strong. 
Came in fourth women and 1st age group 











Fun day with teammates





This was after a brilliant weekend running in Flagstaff AZ for training. All at 7,000 to 10,000 alt



















Brilliant in Flag. Excellent training miles I had there 
Ready to go back ............









Sunday, October 1, 2017

Back to back

Akron
It was planned far in advance I was trained and fit
Ready for 26.2
Not ready for the heat 
Prepared well and arrived at the start early- not ready for 67 degrees.Started and was drenched by mile2, I pushed and followed my plan. At mile 7 I decided to stop at 13.1. I made this choice as it was not a PR day for me and I was really quite overheated then. I picked up the pace and brought it in. Finished out with 20 miles.




Regret? Yes
A PR I could of had? Perhaps 
Lesson learned? Gut it out







The next day I raced a 10k with my CMS team






I felt great even only after 3 hours of sleep. Legs not ready for an all out, but definitely a solid effort
Brought it in and scored for the team! Thrilled!
We came in second!
So happy and a small piece of redemption from Akron.
Again lesson learned. Arrive and do not think too much, just RACE