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  1. Staying healthy is always the #1 goal! Without it, nothing else ever falls into place. I had a really good stretch from mid-2014 through Sep. 2018 so I hope I can get another 4+ year stretch, but I am thankful for each day.
  2. The short: I love running marathons! On March 24, I finished the Wichita Chisholm Trail Marathon in 2:57:18 (6:45 average pace), placed 3rd overall female, and extended my sub-3:00 marathon streak to 7 in a row. And as always, I grew as a person during those 26.2 miles. The person who finishes a marathon is never the same person who started it! Official results are here. Requisite clock shot! The long: It's been years since I've trained for a marathon without a specific time goal that my workouts are targeted at and my mind is focused on. After I returned from 8 weeks off with an injury in October-November 2018, I had some rocky training in January and February 2019, and started to wonder if I'd ever get fit or feel strong running again. It seems like some people bounce right back from time off, but that has not been the case for me! I got in 3 solid workouts in March (details coming in my March recap), and a 20 miler and 23 miler; based on of those 5 runs I figured I was in shape to run about 6:45 pace for a marathon, although it sounds kind of ludicrous when I write it like that, because we all that 5 runs does not a solid marathon make! My main goals were to run evenly and by effort, to place as high as I could in the women's field, and to smile while doing it. Race morning brought sunny skies and 45 degrees. I was so pumped to run another marathon I could hardly contain myself and could barely sleep the night before the race due to excitement! From the gun, I had to really restrain myself not to go out too fast, which is actually rare for me. My goal for the first mile was to not run any faster than 6:50, and I hit it in exactly 6:50. That was the only time I looked at my watch during the race. I ran by feel and by the field of runners around me. I used to really micro-manage my splits in races, but I think I'm more successful when I don't monitor them. I was in 4th female from the gun. The leader went out pretty fast (I'd guess under 6:20), and I could see two women running together between the leader and me (I'd guess 6:35 for their first mile). It's hard not to chase when you're running for place and feel so good so early, but I knew it was a bad idea and that if any of them could maintain that pace I couldn't stick with them anyhow, and I wouldn't get the best out of myself if I tried. My top marathon advice: always, always, ALWAYS go out slower than the pace you hope to average. No one ever won a marathon in the first 10K, but many have lost them! After the field thinned out I found myself running with a man, Leroy, who I've done some training with when visiting my parents for holidays. We ran side by side and caught up a little from mile 1 until almost 6. He'd recently dealt with an injury as well, and wasn't quite sure what to expect from the race. Around mile 6 he told me he was going to drop back a bit, and I was eyeing the two ladies in front of me, so I focused on gradually pulling them in. Miles 2-6 were 6:47, 6:54 (incline), 6:46, 6:45, 6:41, and my 10K course split was 42:04. There was a clock on the course at the 10K, so I saw my split but I wasn't sure what pace that was, aside from sub-7:00. With Leroy around mile 5 I was passing quite a few half marathon runners, including the 1:30 pace group, and feeling good. I was dying to reel in the two women in my sights, but told myself to be patient and not accelerate just to catch them so early in the race. I decided to try to pull up on them gradually, and then fall into pace with them. The female leader was so far ahead I didn't think catching her was realistic, so I figured those two were my biggest competition. Miles 7-10 were 6:38, 6:48, 6:41, 6:44. I pulled up with the ladies and a man who'd been running with them (who I had also met at the start through a mutual friend, so I knew he was Victor who was aiming for 2:58). The women asked if I was another half runner, since a couple had just gone by them, and I told them I was in the full as I settled in with them. I recognized one of the women as Jalayne, a friend of my friend Amber. Amber had mentioned Jalayne to me after I ran against Jalayne in the Bill Snyder half last year, and again mentioned that Jalayne was running this marathon. Since I'd only beat her by about 40 seconds at Bill Snyder, I knew she would be tough to beat in this race because I was nowhere nearly as fit currently. I am generally really good at gauging what I have to give, and the pace we were at felt sustainable for 26.2, plus having a group to run with usually helps me run faster. Miles 11-13 were 6:35 (decline), 6:53, 6:50, and my course half split was 1:28:26. Like at the 10K, there was a course clock, so I knew my half split and figured I was on track for a high 2:56 or low 2:57, which I was happy about because as much as I tried to push it out of my mind, I wanted to keep my sub-3:00 streak alive and knew it could go either way in this one! Julie, guy in blue I didn't know was there, Jalayne, me, Victor I nearly died laughing at this picture because all 4 of us look like we are in terrible pain (this was just before the half, so we weren't) Jalayne and I officially introduced ourselves, and I met the other women in the group, Julie. Julie and Jalayne said they had been training together like crazy for 20 weeks for a 2:55 marathon, and learning that wasn't exactly confidence-boosting when I considered that they started their training cycle when I wasn't running at all. But, I was running within myself and hoped I could draw on my mileage and past experience to make up for my shortage of workouts and long long runs. I stayed with Jalayne, Julie, and Victor, and around mile 15 another man named Damien joined us. It was great having a group to run with, especially because the last time I ran a marathon in Wichita it was essentially a time trial from the 10K to the end! Miles 14-18 were 6:41, 6:49, 7:02 (incline), 6:42, 6:37. I could tell that Jalayne and Damien were both feeling really good, and the three of us were pushing the pace a bit, while Julie and Victor didn't seem as perky. Damien pushed ahead slightly just before mile 18, and I told myself to go with him, putting myself into second place female. My family was cheering on the course around that time, and told me that the leader had about 1:30 on me but she looked like she was really hurting. Mile 19 was 6:31 and my course split at 19.1 was 2:08:50 (random, but it was a two lap course of a big rectangle, so it had been the 10K timing mat on the first lap). Damien taking off with me trying to follow around 18 Just before mile 20 we turned west into the wind for the final 10K. On the first lap the wind hadn't been too bad, but it had picked up a lot during the race. The only drawback of straight marathon courses is the potential for long stretches against the wind. I tried to draft off Damien, but he was feeling really good and I couldn't hang on (I later saw on Strava that he ran his final 5 miles between 6:05-6:20 pace and finished in 2:54!). Being out there solo after having others to run with for so long was tough, but I kept reminding myself that anything can happen at the end of the marathon and if the leader was really struggling I might be able to catch her. I also knew that the other women could very well come back for me. Miles 20-22 were 6:45, 6:56, 6:47. Around mile 22-23 I really started to feel my shortage of workouts and really long runs. Around 18-20 I thought I'd have a lot left and really be able to throw down the final 10K, but by 22 I was having much more trouble getting my legs to keep turning over. I think my endurance is really good from all of the easy mileage I ran, but there is certainly a reason you need both mileage and workouts! I knew that keeping on to the finish wouldn't be a problem, but my legs sure wanted to slow down, and the headwind wasn't helping. Spectators kept telling me that I looked stronger than the leader and to "go get her", and at mile 20 I was really working on that, but by mile 23 I was just trying to hang on. Miles 23-25 were 6:53, 6:44, 7:07, although they felt like about 9:00 pace, as per usual at that point in a marathon. Just after I passed 25 I heard someone coming up behind me and just hoped it was a man, because I didn't feel confident about a fast final mile. It wasn't a man, it was Jaylane. She pulled up next to me and we encouraged each other, and then ran side by side for a half mile or so. Her training consistency trumped my "unique" cycle, and as I fought with all I had she pulled away. By the time we were nearing the 26 mile mark, I knew she had me, although I didn't give up because anything can happen. I couldn't will my legs to go any faster but I gave it my all! Mile 26 was 6:58 and my final kick was 6:19. You can barely see me, but I love my parents taking pictures/videos and Albani standing on the course! The announcer called my name as the third female finisher, after announcing Jalayne in second. I stumbled through the finishing chute ecstatic to be comfortably under 3:00 after all I've been through in the past 6 months, but of course wishing I would have had a little more to hold onto 2nd, or a 6:30ish pace final 10K to take over 1st, who finished in 2:55:59. I'm not there yet, but I'm closer than I was! Before the race, one of my friends was considering pacing me (which did not work out), and he asked what pace I thought I'd run. I told him 6:45, and low and behold I ran exactly 6:45 pace per the course! I was almost more excited about my accurate prediction than the actual marathon! Post-race I found my family, was interviewed by the local news station (clip can be seen here - my dad and I are each in it twice!), and attended the overall awards ceremony. Media tent I'd like to thank Goodr sunglasses for hiding my face as much as possible! I had a wonderful experience and plan to write more about the event and my post-race thoughts soon! Not long ago I did not think that I'd be able to run this marathon at all, and even a month ago I sure didn't think I'd be able to run it at 6:45 pace. We make plans, then God makes better ones, right? "Run in such a way as to get the prize." - 1 Corinthians 9:24b Family shot/Albani's distracted I couldn't do any of it without him! My mom bought Albani this shirt & I love it! 3 x sub-3s Official results & course splits It's not every day you cover 30 miles on foot!
  3. Being the cool aunt is the best (on one side I am the only aunt so I am by default, haha!).
  4. I hear that distance running is about 80% mental and only 20% physical.
  5. That training thing DOES work!
  6. SIbbetson

    The quest.

    Yep, I have a wrist one and it is pretty wacky when running sometimes so I don't put any stock it in. I've had it say my HR was 100 on tempo runs and was 200 on easy runs. It does seem to be fairly accurate (consistent with my doctor's office) on resting HR, though.
  7. SIbbetson

    The quest.

    Do you use a wrist HRM or chest strap? The wrist isn't very accurate when running, so if it's the wrist I definitely wouldn't stress.
  8. Anything 10K-30K would work! One with prize money would be preferred (easier to justify the trip, hah). My only for sure spring races are marathons on March 24 and June 22, otherwise I'm pretty flexible with dates. If there is one you'd want to run too that would be best!
  9. You never cease to amaze me!!
  10. I about died laughing at the inclusion of Bre Tiesi-Manziel in the results!
  11. Your winter has been quite a bit worse than ours, even though we aren't that far apart! I really try to avoid the treadmill, mainly because I just don't get the same joy from it.
  12. I'll let you know! I haven't really planned any races outside of 3 marathons for the year, but I need to run some others...any recommendations there?
  13. We love Skip-Bo too! When did you live in Springfield? We love it here.
  14. SIbbetson

    Snow Busted

    I'm at times a little obsessive about it (e.g., someone else is stopping to grab something out of their car, and I run an out and back while they do because I'm not stopping!), but I believe it's a really valuable training principle.
  15. SIbbetson

    Snow Busted

    It's not completely back, but it is improving and I am thankful - but mostly thankful for how much I enjoy it!
  16. SIbbetson

    Snow Busted

    I'm super blessed - we have a group of around 15 of us who meet up here and there, and on almost any given day I run with at least one other person!
  17. SIbbetson

    Snow Busted

    I love that Dave puts together the Snowbuster Pikermi every year. I always enter, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually run a hard 13.1 miles for it. I typically take the longest or best run that I have within that date range and enter it. This year the weekend fell 3 weeks before my next marathon, so I had my longest long run of this cycle planned – a 23 miler! After a really rough patch in January, I took 8 days off running and decided I wasn’t going to run my March marathon after all. It’s an inaugural race near where my parents live (where I grew up). All along I was planning to run it completely for fun (without a time goal) prior to getting serious about a PR attempt at Grandma’s Marathon in June. At the end of January, I was feeling terrible and getting slower by the day, so I figured there was no point in running my for fun race when running wasn’t fun! However, I guess those 8 days off plus another week easy was exactly what I needed. Once I started running again (sans training schedule) I felt the best I have in months and was improving. I was running quite a bit of mileage simply because I felt like it. On February 23 I decided that if I could run 18 miles that day, then follow it with a 20 miler on March 2 and a 23 miler on March 9, I could do a 2 week taper and run my planned marathon after all – and I passionately wanted to! February 23 didn’t exactly go as planned; I ran 20 instead of 18 and felt amazing doing it (I'd run an 18 in January so this wasn't completely unreasonable). That meant I could do my 23 miler on March 2 and still have a 3 week taper in my long run distance, which is my preference, so I decided to run 23 miles on snowbuster day. This also allows me to do a long run with a workout on March 9, but that's another post... I have several training buddies who are also marathon training, and two of them wanted to get in 21-23 miles that day as well, so it worked very nicely. The weather was great; 32 degrees with a windchill of 26 degrees. Since my training cycle has been rocky to say the least, I simply wanted 23 steady miles with nothing fast or fancy (i.e., no workout). I really wanted to finish strong because I really needed that confidence boost to tackle a marathon on fewer long long runs that I typically do. If I bombed this one I couldn't exactly say, "It's okay, my other 23 miler went great!" I told my friends that I didn’t want to run anything under 7:30 pace during the first half of the run, and that if I felt good I’d be open to dropping the pace later, but I left my watch under my sleeve for the entire run so really didn’t know what we were doing. I am a big proponent of running by feel, and sometimes ignorance of pace can be bliss! I started the run with Claudio, Rebecca, and Jack. Jack is a high school junior who has been running with our group to prepare for track season, and his long run was 8 miles, so we began with an 8 mile loop and dropped him off. I’d set a small bottle with a gel taped to it on the back of my car and picked it up on the run. I like to practice marathon aid stations like this during long runs; I never stop my watch to drink or fuel because race clocks don’t stop. We then tackled a 13 mile loop because Claudio was aiming for 21-22 miles. The miles flew by and I felt strong. The pace never felt hot and we talked the whole time. Rebecca had a bit of a rough day and dropped back from us around mile 14. I've run enough long runs that I can typically tell how things will hold up, and I felt like I was going to finish the 23 strong. We eat 23 miles for breakfast At 18 I knew for sure that 23 was going to be no problem at all. I didn’t really realize we were speeding up, but my splits tell me that we did. We made it back to our cars at 21 miles, and Claudio said he’d do 22. I felt fine with finishing up a mile on my own after he stopped, but then he said he’d go to 23 with me, which was even better! After we finished, he made a comment about our sub-7:00 miles, and I said, “I don't think I ran any miles under 7:00” and he said, Yeah, yes you did”, which I discovered was true when I uploaded my run. My last 5 miles were all 6:50-7:05, and my average pace for the entire run was the fastest I’d run a relaxed long run this season. Before my injury in September 2018, I was running my entire long runs at 6:50-7:05 pace, and while my fitness is not back to that level yet, this was a small glimpse that it’s coming back. I also set a PR on my rolling 7 days mileage this day! I was pumped about this volume, but will admit that it was easier than most weeks I've done in the 80s with workouts (I did only one baby workout, a 3 mile tempo run within a 10 miler, plus a couple set of strides - the rest was easy running). Our forecast called for 5-8 inches of snow overnight on March 2 into the morning of March 3. I woke up on March 3 to about an inch of snow, and finished off my weekly mileage while it was still coming down. We ended up getting very little more, so I'm going to say my snowbuster run worked to bust the almost all of our snow. I hope the Snowbuster Race Series continues every winter! Now come on, spring! Splits It wasn't flat either
  18. SIbbetson

    Six Weeks to Boston

    Marathon training can really play tricks on us with how we feel day to day, but all of those miles will be good for something in 6 weeks!
  19. You're awesome! Mine was warmer and longer, and did bust the snow...guess I need to do a post.
  20. The escalator-like stairmill is HARD! Kudos to you for doing this.
  21. February 2019 in Review Total mileage for the month: 245.0 Jan. 28-Feb. 3: 3 (2:06 strength training, 12:52 cross-training) Feb. 4-10: 30.3 (2:00 strength training, 8:10 cross-training) Feb. 11-17: 73.4 (1:57 strength training, 2:00 cross-training) Feb. 18-24: 85.6 (2:35 strength training) Feb. 25-March 3: projected at 90 if all goes as planned - peak week! It's important to look at these totals within the bigger picture; before the off/light weeks from Jan. 28-Feb. 10 I'd been running mileage in the 70s-80s for 2 months straight, and I have a history of that kind of mileage for about a year now. Normally one should never go from 3 to 30 to 73 and beyond! Frosting February! Races: Nope Workouts: Feb. 22 - 1 mile at tempo (6:16) within a 5 mile run...since workouts are what get me, I am either not running them or doing baby workouts for awhile! Feb. 26 - 3 mile at tempo in 6:20 via 6:24, 6:25, 6:12 (3.5 warm up, 3.8 cool down). Baby workout #2 down, and I never thought I'd be so happy to run 3 miles at 6:20 pace! This was actually the best workout I've run since my injury in September, and it was the first workout I felt good during since September also. When I attempted workouts in January, I was dying on every one, but I felt strong on this one even with 92 miles on my legs. While the pace isn't where I want to be, I am feeling a lot better about working to get back to where I want to be. This was only my fifth workout since September, and my first one in 5 weeks, so I think it could have been much worse! Doubles on Feb. 12, 13, 19, 21, 25, 26, 28. Strides on Feb. 14, 18, 20, 25. Favorite workout: I grew to really like strides this month, hah! But I was happy enough with the one workout I did on Feb. 26. Monthly KC meet up with Jessi Long Runs: Feb. 9 - 12 miles (8:08) solo with a 10:45 a.m. start. I'm done with negative and single digit temperatures so I waited until the windchill was "only" 10 degrees to start. When I left I told Jon I might run 3, I might run 6, or I might run 12. I ran 12. It was nice to be out in the sunshine but it also felt like I hadn't run double digits for 16 days (perhaps because I hadn't). My pace was slower than usual but miles are miles! Feb. 15 - 15 miles (7:41) for another episode of "running long a day early due to impending winter weather" -- I've done this a lot this winter. Ice was supposed to start coming down about 2 hours after I finished this run, and it was expected to be so bad that school canceled on Friday before there was even anything on the ground. Jack, a high schooler who has been training with our group, joined me for 5 miles in the middle, and the other 10 were by myself. I felt MUCH better than the previous week's long run, and was thankful for that! I started the run with the goal of going at least 12, so it was really nice to feel so good that I wanted to extend the distance. I probably would have gone farther if I hadn't had to get to work! I was able to run outside the weekend after this, but both days had to go in the afternoons because the roads were ice covered in the mornings (I ended up running 12.2 miles on Feb. 17, which we will call a medium long run). Feb. 23 - 20.2 miles (7:33). To make a long story short, once I began feeling good running again and was racking up mileage, I thought maybe I could run the Chisholm Trail Marathon after all (for about a month I'd decided I was definitely not running it). I figured if I felt good I could run 18 on this day, then a 20 and 22, then taper. I felt fantastic on this run and Rebecca was running a 20, so I went for it! Certainly not a standard marathon build, but I'd run an 18 in January so it wasn't that crazy. Favorite long run: The 20 obviously - because it was 20 and I felt amazing! More #frostingfebruary Amy & I had on matching shoes & headbands on this day, & it is daylight when we finish now! Highlights/thoughts/randomness: Check out my athlete page on the nuun website here! I took 8 days total off (plus another light week), between the end of January and beginning of February, for a tendon that scared me. While it was completely fine after those days, my confidence was not. I was suddenly terrified of running! My October-November calf injury was hard on me, but this little scare changed my outlook more. I had quite the difficult time trusting running for a bit, and kept worrying that it would hurt me. But at the same time I will always love it and I know that when it's good it's the best! A fellow runner said, "It's like an abusive relationship!", and you know, it kind of is... After that my resolution was to run for enjoyment/stress relief and not for training. I decided not to target any spring races, although that doesn't mean I won't jump in some for fun (e.g., the Chisholm Trail Marathon). I love to chase PRs, but I also want to run consistently and I am just not sure I can do both right now, based on my recent experience. Putting goal races on the schedule means I will train hard no matter what, and I don't think that's the best thing for me at the moment. I'm confident that taking those 8 days off recently saved me from needing 8 weeks off later, but during serious race focus mode I don't know if I'd have taken them. Not worrying about mileage and workouts on bad weather days definitely reduced my stress level! I didn't realize how anxious it was making me until I stopped following a training schedule and it was no longer an issue. I was also getting worried about how I'd feel on each run and whether I could run what I was "supposed" to in January, especially because I was feeling like crap. This month I just went into each day knowing that if the roads were bad I just wouldn't run, or if I felt like stopping after a few miles I'd just stop. Then I ended up running an awful lot of miles during the second half of the month, but it was because I felt like it, not because I "needed" to. On a related note, I set several rolling 7-day mileage PRs! Between Feb. 21-27, I ran 93.1 miles! On Feb. 19 my rolling 7 day total was 92.4, which was my first time over 90. Prior to that, on Feb. 17 my rolling 7 was 88.7, and on Feb. 15 it was 88.3 (both PRs at the time), so I'd been creeping up on 90 for a bit. I was really pumped about this milestone! It was actually a lot easier than most of the weeks I've done in the 80s because I didn't run any significant workouts, but my goal is to get comfortable with the mileage now and add true workouts starting in April (in March I will do a few more baby workouts). Whoop whoop! Bandit was skeptical about frosting February Life events: We dreamed of moving south! Albani did some fun Valentines crafting, and gave her "Valentine" at school a gift. She even asked me to curl her hair for school on Valentines day! We played a lot of Uno and read a lot indoors. I binge-watched Fuller House with my friend Amy while we put in hours of cross-training in her basement. It is as cheesy as expected but very addicting, especially if you watched the original Full House as a kid. I had a CARF survey at work, and my department did amazing, as did our whole company. Albani had some fun events - an Awana talent show, a Valentine's tea party with some friends, and a field trip to try out different band instruments (she is interested in the clarinet). Albani won 3rd place in our running club's 2018 Runners of the Year competition, and I won overall female. We picked up our awards this month. Valentines construction Finished product Jon jokingly locked her out in the (little) snow We love our running club! Honored Post-20 miler - Rebecca is running her first marathon in April! Books this month: Far From the Tree by Robin Benway The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer Something Like Happy by Eva Woods A Man Named Dave by Dave Pelzer Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb Winter Street by Elin Hilde Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple Three Things About Elise by Joanna Cannon The Stranger in the Woods by Christopher Knight Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella Theme of the month: Recovering. I had the tendon scare, but I also had to dig myself out of a hole that started with a rainy 33* (22* windchill) 18 miler on Jan. 12 (advice: do not run 18 miles in cold rain). A sleet/rain/wind 10 miler the following week made it worse, and then a workout in feels like 2* on Jan. 21 really put the icing on the cake. I pretty much felt like crap from Jan. 22 through Feb. 12, but after that the pep in my step started returning, and the end of the month went pretty well. I didn't realize quite how terrible I'd felt until I started feeling good again. I was SO thankful for each good run after that. Hopefully someday I will return to PR fitness, but I'll embrace running regardless!
  22. SIbbetson


    I am in for the Snowbuster, although ironically I hope to run it before the snow hits us...
  23. SIbbetson

    Grinding it Out

    It was just an off day - you'll feel better next speed session!
  24. SIbbetson

    The Fatigue Chronicles

    Trust the process!
  25. Winter can suck it.
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