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Man, I don't even remember the last time I blooped. For the last 6 months or so I haven't been able to get onto the loop anymore so I'm super excited about this new platform.

I know I've been quiet on Loopville, too, but that doesn't mean I haven't been running. This year has been all about picking up speed for me. After my first ever age group win at a 5k in February (27:38min) and DH finally starting to run again more regularly, I had the idea to improve my 5k time this year to sub 25min. What followed were many track and hill sessions with some of the other more ambitious runners from my new running club.

 

Then DH suggested to run the Michigan Ragnar relay in September and we worked up to running 5 times a week on a training plan I put together for us. It worked well for me but unfortunately he's been having ITB issues that ended up causing him not to be able to finish the race. I have some aches and pains in my left hip also but foam rolling has been keeping it in check so far. The end of October is typically when I start getting back into yoga more regularly because there isn't so much to do on the farm. I expect that the yoga and foam rolling will take care of my ITB.

Anyway the relay race was awesome for me and DH wants to sign up for another one next year to make up for this one. We are looking at the Bourbon Chase in Kentucky.

As for the 5k goal, I had another race in August and was down to 26:35min there. I am signed up for a 5k on November 11th and just found out that that race actually has pacers so I'm planning on gluing myself to the 8min pacer. I'm not sure that I can reach sub 25 there but a 25:xx time should be possible. Stay tuned.

In September I finished a 5k race (not really 5k, the race was maybe 2.9 miles long) that was set up by my employer as first overall female and won $65 towards a race entry of my choice so I signed up for the Gazelle Girl half in Grand Rapids in April. My current PR is 2:28:xx, set at the Loopphest in Philadelphia last year. I initially thought about training for a time goal of sub 2:10 hours for the Gazelle Girl but as I was doing some research yesterday I found out that with a sub 26min 5k time it should be realistic to train for sub 2 hours (of course only if you put in the necessary training miles). Now I'm super excited about this and have the training plan already printed out and ready to go even though training for that will only start on January 29th.

So overall I'm amazed by how much impact the miles and the speedwork have had on my speed. I no longer feel slow (of course I still am but that's completely besides the point 9_9)

Oh, and by the way I missed you. All of you.

 

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Congrats on the wins!

That sub-25 will happen. And I agree that you should shoot for sub-2 at the half. More miles will get you there. And the yoga will help you not get injured.

Good luck!

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Just completed my second Bourbon Chase.  It is a great event, just make sure you are ready for some hills! 

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12 minutes ago, temmett said:

Just completed my second Bourbon Chase.  It is a great event, just make sure you are ready for some hills! 

Thank you, yes, I figured as much and will build it into the training plan.

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1 hour ago, Dave said:

Yoga-schmoga. But you're having fun, which is the main thing.

Dave, non the wiser about yoga yet, I suppose?

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Nice Bling! Speed is all relative. My non-running friends think I'm some sort of elite athlete (or a machine). Of course now that I've had enforced time off & it's taking a long time to get my speed/fitness back, even my few running friends think I'm not that fast!

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3 hours ago, ChocTop said:

Nice Bling! Speed is all relative. My non-running friends think I'm some sort of elite athlete (or a machine). Of course now that I've had enforced time off & it's taking a long time to get my speed/fitness back, even my few running friends think I'm not that fast!

I have some fast runners in my running club and I know I'm not ever going to get to their level because I have no natural talent. If hard work can get me to the point where I'll win some age group awards now and then and I can establish myself in the first 3rd of the pack at my races, that'll be enough for me. When I started running 3.5 years ago, I would have never thought that possible but now it seems within reach.

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It was great seeing you at Ragnar.  Thanks for letting me join your team!  I hope DH's ITB is better.  It looked miserable when he ran in to the exchange point.

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14 hours ago, RunSplendidly said:

I have some fast runners in my running club and I know I'm not ever going to get to their level because I have no natural talent. If hard work can get me to the point where I'll win some age group awards now and then and I can establish myself in the first 3rd of the pack at my races, that'll be enough for me. When I started running 3.5 years ago, I would have never thought that possible but now it seems within reach.

It's awesome you can surprise yourself through hard work. The best version of myself is always my goal.

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