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RECAP: Seattle (Half) Marathon 2013

3 years ago my first race was the Seattle Marathon. I was undertrained and overconfident. Needless to say the race didn’t go as planned, which you can read here.

I woke up at 5:30AM sharp! Got ready and caught the bus  to the Seattle Center. The bus was 5 minutes late, go figure!  I arrived and walked fairly quickly to the start to get into the mass corral. Lucky I arrived with 15 minutes to spare. Though I didn’t have enough time to check in my bag. A friend was nice enough to hold it. I made my way to the corral, but for the life of me couldn’t find an opening through the barricades. Me, and everyone else, climbed over the barricades into the corral. I made it just in time. The National Anthem was starting.

BOOM! The gun goes off. It took a few minutes to get to the start line and for the crowd to open up. I started my Garmin. It was the last time I would look at it until the finish line. Miles 1 -4 were great! Running under the monorail tracks, through downtown and then eventually onto the I-90 Express Way. I was running at a comfortable pace. I felt really good.

After coming off I-90, the course turned onto Lake Washington Blvd. Miles 5-6 are my  favorite miles of the entire course. Running by Lake Washington and the great views of the other side of the lake. This part seemed to go faster than I expected. I didn’t want to run too fast, so I ran behind people who were running a decent pace.

I knew what was coming up. The part of that course I wasn’t looking forward to, miles 7-9. Hills. Big hills. These hills kill my legs. I knew that I couldn’t power up them. I ran to the top of the first hill and had to walk for 30 seconds before running up the next hill. Geesh! Needless to say I was really happy when I was at the top.

Miles 10-12. I was starting to run out of steam. I popped a couple of Cytomax chews. It gave me the boost I needed to get through miles 10 and 11. Mile 12 was tough. I was spent! I knew I ran at race at a faster than I wanted to pace. Did I mention this race was the furtherest I ran since my ITBS injury earlier this year? And it was the first long run for my LA Marathon 2014 training.

Proof!

Proof!

The last mile I gave it my all. I knew the finish line was close. Before I knew it, I crossed the finish line. I did it! I got my revenge on the Seattle Half Marathon!

I finished in a faster time than I expected – 2:00:05. I planned on running a lot slower, easier pace and not pushing myself too much. Overall not a bad training run!

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LA Marathon 2014 Training – Week #2

Definitely getting back into my

I used my Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 instead of the Mizuno Wave Sayonara. I realized at the end of this week that I like running in the Mizunos more. My ankles moved too much in the Adrenalines, which caused my ankles to be very sore this week.

Had to cut my 5 mile run on Saturday short due to the ankle soreness. I rested on Sunday and didn’t  run my scheduled 6 miles to rest my ankles. From this point on it looks like I will be mainly using my Mizunos.

The weather is slowly getting colder and colder. Luckily it has been pretty dry – no rain!

DATE TEMPERATURE MILES GOAL PACE TIME SHOES
11/19/13 46 3 3 8:56 0:26:49 Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13
11/20/13 34 5.04 5 9:19 0:46:58 Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13
11/21/13 28 3.6 3 9:25 0:33:53 Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13
11/23/13 28 3 5 9:28 0:28:24 Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13
11/24/13 6

LA Marathon 2014 Training – Week #1

The first week of LA Marathon 2014 training is complete!

I have to admit, the first few days were tough. It’s been awhile since I’ve done back-to-back-to-back runs. I’ve taken a different approach to my training this time. I’m running my mid-week runs a lot easier than I have in the past. They are about a 1-2 minutes slower than my normal pace. Pace control isn’t one my strong points, needless to say it’s been a bit of a challenge. Overall  a really good first week.

I will be using two pair of shoes for training – Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 and Mizuno Wave Sayonara.

DATE TEMPERATURE MILES GOAL PACE TIME SHOES
11/12/13 48 3.05 3 10:02 0:30:38 Mizuno Wave Sayonara
11/13/13 52 5.36 5 9:21 0:50:04 Mizuno Wave Sayonara
11/14/13 46 3.01 3 9:15 0:27:48 Mizuno Wave Sayonara
11/16/13 39 5.07 5 9:16 0:46:59 Mizuno Wave Sayonara
11/17/13 46 8.88 9 8:57 1:19:56 Mizuno Wave Sayonara

Hood to Coast is a few weeks away. What to bring?

Hood to Coast

Hood to Coast is a few weeks away. I’m making a list of what I need to bring with me. It’s never too early to plan. Plus I love making lists. Oh, and buying new gear.

Hood to Coast has a great recommended packing list here. I used their list and added/removed items to make my own list.

□ Three sets of running clothes
□ Running shoes – Hard to run without my running shoes!
□ Change of clothes for beach
□ Gloves for running – Just in case, but most likely won’t nee them.
□ Sandals – Bringing a pair of flip flops.
□ Glasses – Can’t run without my glasses. I will run the wrong way!
□ Towel
Sleeping bag/small pillow – Will just use a hoodie or rolled up clothes.
□ Toiletries (Deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste, etc.)
□ Reusable water bottles – Have plenty to bring!
□ Reflective vest (for nighttime legs) – Recently bought the Amphipod Xinglet Flash LED
□ Plastic Bags/Ziploc bags for wet clothes
□ Handy Wipes, antibacterial
□ Extra Batteries for headlamp
□ Cell phone/charger
□ Petzl headlamp
□ Sunscreen
□ Camera/charger – So my iPhone doesn’t die taking a bizillion pictures 😉
□ GoPro Camera plus head mount and cables – It will be fun to document the journey!
□ Hoodie  for the “cold” nights
□ Compression sleeves – A must for recovery.
□ Headphones to listen to tunes between legs
□ Backpack to hold all my stuff
□ Arm strap to hold iPhone while I run

Cytomax was generous to donate a lot of nutrition for the team. They are the best! Thank you Cytomax!

I’m sure stuff not on this list will make its way into my bag. Never fails.

LA Marathon Training – Week #18

The last week of training has come to an end. It’s been a crazy roller coaster of 18 weeks!

I’m still dealing with a tight IT band. I’ve been icing, stretching, foam rolling and seeing my sports chiropractor regular to allevate the tightness. It’s a bit better than it has been.

I decided to only run2 of the 3 schedule runs. I opted out of Wednesday’s 4 mile run to allow my legs and IT band to rest.

Tuesday – 3 Miles
Weather: 54 degrees
Actual Miles: 3
Pace: 8:49
Time: 26:21
Notes: Not my prettiest run. I made sure to keep a slower pace (failed at that. Doh!), because my IT band was pretty sore. Tried out an IT band strap. Not sure if the strap worked or not since I was still pretty sore from my sports chiropractor appointment.

Thursday – 2 Miles
Weather: 52 degrees
Actual Miles: 2
Pace: 9:31
Time: 19:03
Notes: Last run before the LA Marathon! Ran with Jon from Gametiime. Knee was a bit tight. IT band was a tad sore higher on the leg. Looks like my marathon pace might be in the 9-11:00 minute (most likely on the slow-ish side) range now.

Total Week #18 Miles: 5 miles
Total LA Marathon Training Miles: 269.36 miles

LA Marathon Training – Week #17

My right leg feels good. However, my IT band started to scream at my this week. I hope to get it mostly worked out before the LA Marathon next Sunday. Looking forward to the upcoming low mileage (only 9 miles total) week!

I’m still seeing the sports chiropractor, but only 3 times a week. The last day I will see him will be a few hour before I fly out to LA!

Tuesday – 4 Miles
Weather: 46 degrees
Actual Miles: 4.10
Pace: 8:34
Time: 34:57
Notes: The first two miles my right leg felt fatigued and a little strained. Last two miles I felt stronger and leg didn’t feel too bad.

Wednesday – 6 Miles
Weather: 44 degrees
Actual Miles: 6.05
Pace: 8:34
Time: 51:59
Notes: Another wet run and soaked socks. Felt pretty strong toward the end of the run. Leg was a tiny bit sore/stiff. Not bad though.

Thursday – 3 Miles
Weather: 46 degrees
Actual Miles: 3.10
Pace: 8:06
Time: 25:02
Notes: Faster pace than I expected or wanted, but I went with it. Definitely NOT the pace I will be running the LA Marathon next weekend.

Sunday – 8 Miles
Weather: 48 degrees
Actual Miles: 7.08
Pace: 8:58
Time: 1:03:25
Notes: My IT band started to scream at me around mile 6 and a half, which is probably due to my sports chiropractor working on it the day before with graston. It tighten up and I finished my planned 8 miller at 7 miles. I ran marathon pace (around 9 minute pace). I slowed myself down when I noticed I was running too fast. I felt myself tighten up my legs and relaxed them. Wore some of the items I will be wearing for the marathon. A semi-dress rehearsal.

Total Week #17 Miles: 20.33 miles
Total LA Marathon Training Miles: 264.36 miles (total miles was really off the last few posts)

LA Marathon Training – Week #16

I’ve been seeing the sports chiropractor the entire week. They have definitely helped my leg with a combination of deep massage, graston technique and taping. It feels a lot stronger than it did. I was able to put a good amount of miles on it this week with minimal issues.

I will continue to see the sports chiropractor up until a few days prior to the LA Marathon. Though it will only be 3 times a week.

Tuesday – 5 Miles
Weather: 46 degrees
Actual Miles: 5
Pace: 8:34
Time: 43:01
Notes: Thought my strained right leg would hurt. Not the case! Took the first mile slow (9:11/mile), but felt good enough to speed it up a bit. Really enjoyed myself during this run!

Wednesday – 9 Miles
Weather: 49 degrees
Actual Miles: 9.10
Pace: 8:42
Time: 1:19:12
Notes: Wasn’t sure what to expect during this run. Started out slow, but felt strong after a few miles. It felt as if I wasn’t injured. Schedule called for 8 miles ran 9. Could have made it to 10 but didn’t want to push my luck.

Thursday – 4 Miles
Weather: 47 degrees
Actual Miles: 4.05
Pace: 8:25
Time: 34:03
Notes: I wasn’t really feeling the run until about 2 miles in, which seems to be typical. Overall a solid run. Leg definitely feels strong!

Sunday – 12 Miles
Weather: 46 degrees
Actual Miles: 2.54
Pace: 8:42
Time: 22:16
Notes: Should have been a 12 miler, but felt the strain at 2.10. I probably could have ran slower and got the 12 miles, but didn’t want to push my luck.

Total Week #16 Miles: 20.69 miles
Total LA Marathon Training Miles: 244.03 miles

LA Marathon Training – Week #14 & #15

I strained my right leg two weeks ago. I could feel the muscle pulling when I tried running, so I stopped running. I rested, iced, and stayed off of it for a few days. However it did not get better. So I started seeing a Sports Chiropractor last week to get this muscle strain worked out. I’ll be seeing him every day for a week to get the strain treated. The doctor is hopeful that it will be good to go for the LA Marathon.

Needless to say, it has been a frustrating last couple of weeks. I still have hope that I will be able to strong enough to run the LA Marathon in a few weeks!

Total Week #14 & #15 Miles:  13.43 miles
Total LA Marathon Training Miles: 209.91 miles

LA Marathon Training – Week #13

Finally back on track with my training schedule with less than 6 weeks to go until the L.A. Marathon! Overall a pretty strong week. I was extremely lucky with the dry weather this week. Definitely surprised myself this week!

Tuesday – 4 Miles
Weather: 46 degrees
Actual Miles: 4:14
Pace: 8:27
Time: 34:55
Notes: Woke up early to get my run in. Nice to finish before 8am. Not a bad run. Right leg felt a little sore and stiff. Overall not bad. Found $2 on the ground during my run. Ran to a store and bought two $1 scratcher tickets. Sadly my luck ran out there!

Wednesday – 9 Miles
Weather: 47 degrees
Actual Miles: 9.3
Pace: 8:39
Time: 1:20:29
Notes: The weather was perfect. I ran a few hours later than planned, but less people were out. Legs felt a little off and I almost wanted to stop 2 miles. Yup, one of those runs! But powered through it and came out with a not-so-bad time.

Thursday – 5 Miles
Weather: 47 degrees
Actual Miles: 5
Pace: 8:13
Time: 41:14
Notes: I could definitely feel that legs and hip were sore. Thought I could only run 3 miles, but hit my 5. I thought I was running slower than usual. I thought wrong!

Saturday – 18 Miles
Weather: 41 degrees
Actual Miles: 18
Pace: 8:34
Time: 2:34:39
Notes:  Felt pretty good for miles 1-13. But miles 14-18 were pretty tough! Had to take a few breaks to catch my breath. Overall a pretty good run with prefect weather.

Total Week #13 Miles:  36.83 miles
Total LA Marathon Training Miles: 209.91 miles

LA Marathon Training – Week #12

Not one of my best training weeks. Didn’t get my long run in, but I did manager get my mid-week runs in. <insert-every-runner-excuse-in-the-book-here>

Tuesday – 4 Miles
Weather: 45 degrees
Actual Miles: 4.01
Pace: 8:27
Time: 34:00
Notes: Made it outside before the rain started. Picked my route as I ran to make it interesting. Overall a good run. But I think I’m pushing myself too much and need to pull back a little.

Wednesday – 8 Miles
Weather: 48 degrees
Actual Miles: 8.1
Pace: 8:27
Time: 1:08:24
Notes: Checked the weather, said it would there would be ‘dry conditions’. Not the case at all – sprinkling rain. Oh well, still ran and killed it. Ran one of my first running routes. It was nice to run it again!

Friday – 5 Miles
Weather: 46 degrees
Actual Miles: 3.1
Pace: 8:00
Time: 24:46
Notes: Whoa! Really surprised myself! My left leg was bothering me the other day and still bothered me a bit today. But I ran my fasted 5k yet! And my last mile was under 8 minutes (7:55). In total shock.

Total Week #12 Miles:  15.21 miles
Total LA Marathon Training Miles: 173.08 miles

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