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  1. Great run! That temperature and humidity is hard anytime, but it's even worse when you've been training through the super cold winter. Great attitude also!
  2. The secret is getting up super early and finishing your run before everyone else gets up (I do this on every family vacation). Enjoy, and congrats to all!
  3. Glad to see you back and I of course remember you from the original Loop (I was ForeverRun, a.k.a. Sara there). The Friday 5Ks sound awesome, and I don't even like 5Ks!
  4. And you did it carrying an old railroad spike! You're incredible!
  5. SIbbetson

    This is NOT a Stress Fracture!

    I'm glad it was a false alarm!
  6. You should write your own and share your hard work! I jot things down as they happen throughout the month so it's pretty easy to finalize.
  7. I love those earmuffs!
  8. After Anna was my top pick of these - I need to add a "favorite book" category! I don't watch TV so I end up reading a lot, especially when it's cold out.
  9. March 2019 in Review Total mileage for the month: 320.4 Feb. 25-March 3: 90.3 (2:40 strength training) March 4-10: 86.2 (2:37 strength training) March 11-17: 77.7 (2:21 strength training) March 18-24: 71.3 (1:01 strength training) March 25-March 31: 50.2 (1:37 strength training) Matching March! Races: March 24: Chisholm Trail Marathon in 2:57:18 for 3rd overall female - because why not bust the rust with a full marathon after 6 months of not racing?! I was this excited before the marathon! Workouts: March 6: 5 mile tempo at 6:23 via 6:28, 6:25, 6:24, 6:26, 6:15 (3 warm up, 4 cool down). I figured if this workout went really well I could start at 6:30 and finish at 6:15, so I was pleased to do nearly just that! It was 11 degrees, which is colder than I'd prefer for a workout, but the wind was almost nonexistent, which helped a lot. Although I want to work back down to running my tempos 20+ seconds/mile faster than this, this was the best workout I'd had since my injury in September (a streak which continued through my other March workouts). March 10: 12 miles at marathon effort at 6:41 via 6:56, 6:49, 6:44, 6:40, 6:44, 6:44, 6:41, 6:44, 6:43, 6:35, 6:33, 6:20 (3 warm up, 3.3 cool down). Since this was my only long run workout, I really needed it to go well, and it did! The 6:20 final fast mile was certainly harder than marathon effort - but I was stoked to be able to throw that in there. I still felt pretty good afterward, and my cool down miles ended up being faster than expected (7:19 with a quick drink stop, 6:56, 6:52) and my average pace for all 18.3 was 6:56. I was super tempted to run 20 miles instead of stopping at my car at 18.3, but I didn't want to over-cook myself 2 weeks out from the marathon so I restrained myself. It was really nice to feel good enough to want to do that though! March 13: Progressive split tempos of 4-3-2-1 miles with 0.5 recoveries (1 warm up, 0.6 cool down). My splits were were 6:39, 6:40, 6:35, 6:33 / 6:37, 6:27, 6:30 / 6:22, 6:22 / 6:13. Since it takes about 10 days to get gains from a workout, this was my last real effort before Chisholm Trail and I wanted to make it count! I'd set my goal paces at 6:45, 6:35, 6:25, 6:15 for the 4 portions, but since we were in a wind advisory on workout morning I figured I'd have to adjust. Once I got going, though, I felt really strong and ended up exceeding those goal times (averages of 6:37, 6:31, 6:22, 6:13)! The 4 mile and 3 mile repeats felt brisk but comfortable. It's funny how 6:30-6:40 felt like a pace I could sustain for quite awhile, but dropping a little from that for the 6:22s and 6:13 was pushing a lot more. All in all, I was pleased with this solo workout in 20+ mph wind (I ran a 0.8 mile loop course so it split up the wind at least). I typically would run a much longer warm up and cool down for any workout (I need a 2 mile warm up minimum!), but the total volume of this as I did it was already 13.1 miles and I didn't think I needed to be running any farther than that 10 days out from my marathon. It would have been a better workout to do within a long run, but I didn't have any more of those left! March 19: A little final tune up of 3 x 1 mile at marathon goal pace (6:41, 6:38, 6:40), 0.5 mile faster (6:01) with 0.5 recoveries (2 warm up, 1.5 cool down). I ran this on gentle rolling hills to make myself focus on effort and not my watch. I was trying to stay between 6:40-6:45 on the miles, so I was very close. As per always, marathon pace felt awkward; I always want to either speed up to tempo pace or slow down to over 7:00, because it's not easy but it's not hard. I will never understand those people who say their marathon pace feels easy and run it or faster all of the time in training - I will never run mine in training without purposely targeting it! The faster half mile was the fastest I've run on anything except strides in about 6 months, so yay. Doubles on March 6, 7, 11, 14, 18. Strides on March 1, 9, 12, 18, 22, 23. Favorite workout: Both of the long ones - March 10 and March 13! Baby Peck is joining us for runs now! Thanks to Daylight Savings Time, it was again pitch dark when we finished our runs for awhile Sunrise miles at the end of the month! Long Runs: March 2: 23.2 miles (7:23). I was thrilled with how strong I felt on this run (more about it here). I ran by feel without looking at my watch, and was pleasantly surprised to see that my final 5 miles were 6:50-7:04 pace, which I figured was about my current marathon pace (I revised that to 6:45 after my March 10 workout). It's nice when your longest long run of your training cycle is also your fastest paced up to that point! I ran with Claudio and Rebecca (plus Jack for the first 8), and the miles went by very quickly. I drank both nuun energy and Generation Ucan before the run, and had nuun energy and one Accel gel during, which all sat flawlessly in my stomach and are all part of my race day nutrition (on race day day I eat breakfast 3 hours before also, and I take 3 Accel gels during a marathon). March 10: 18.3 miles (6:56), described in workouts above. March 16: 12.2 miles (7:25). I ran the first 3 miles with Amy, then the rest solo. I tried to run the final mile at marathon pace by feel, but it ended up being 6:26, so I guess I felt good, because that was faster than my current marathon pace! March 24: 27.6 miles via the Chisholm Trail Marathon (6:45 for 26.2) plus a little warm up and cool down. March 30: 12 miles (7:24), in a final blast of winter with Rebecca and Claudio. We had to start late due to thunderstorms, then the temperature dropped throughout the run and it was ridiculously windy. I felt good for being 6 days off a a marathon but knew I shouldn't push it, and this distance worked out well since that is what they were doing with their marathon tapers. Favorite long run: The 23.2 was fantastic! The marathon wins the favorite race category, clearly. :-) We approve of 23 milers Smile if you ran 23 miles! On March 16, Amy ran 22 & I ran a measly 12 Highlights/thoughts/randomness: I hit my first official 90 mile week on a Monday through Sunday week! I'd been hitting 90+ on the rolling 7 throughout that week, with a best of 93.5, but the Monday through Sunday total felt a little more official. I front-loaded the week slightly since we were supposed to have a snowpocalypse on Sunday, but I was able to run outside, albeit in a snowstorm, on Sunday morning. The winter weather didn't stop me from finishing the 90 mile week, but it did stop me from running any farther that day than I needed to get to 90 (6 miles)! The week was easier than most weeks I'd run in the 80s since I only ran 3 miles of it hard! I ran double digit runs on the treadmill two days in a row due to windchills below zero, on March 4 and 5. I can't believe I did this either! After some really bad weather runs wore me down in January, I decided I wasn't going out when it was below zero. I learned that I don't mind the treadmill when I go to my friend Amy's workout room while she does the elliptical next to me and we chat the whole time! People told me that fitness comes back in waves; often you don't see a linear decline in paces but suddenly things improve dramatically. I didn't believe that until it happened! I averaged 6:41 pace for 12 miles on March 10 during an 18 mile long run (then ran two 6:5X miles during my cool down), when not long before I could barely hold that pace for 3 miles. My March 13 workout was also a huge jump from anything I'd run in recent months, and in retrospect was probably overly ambitious to attempt, but I did it. I then ran a marathon at 6:45 pace when less than two months before I couldn't even average 6:30 on mile repeats. Although I hope to build from here, I was so thankful to have these break-throughs, and am thankful to be feeling SO.MUCH.BETTER. Maybe my body just hates winter! Post-marathon insomnia struck again; I couldn't sleep on Sunday night at all. I worked on Monday, and didn't feel as bad as I expected to. I recovered well from my marathon; I was a bit sore in my quads and hamstrings for two days after the race, then I was back to feeling pretty good by Thursday. I had a work trip a few days post-marathon that left me tired, but we had a lazy weekend March 30-31, which was nice! Rolling 7 day mileage PR I pulled out my screw shoes for a March 3 snowstorm run! I am often angered by how unhelpful this is; even after I ran a 2:57 marathon with it, it still predicted I could run a 2:40 marathon... Life events: Albani had spring pictures at school. Albani had spring break from March 11-15 (right after daylight savings time started, which I think is brilliant on the school's part). She and Jon visited my in-laws, and the Tulsa zoo with cousins. We started many seeds for our garden, and did a lot of transplanting. We had a great family weekend in conjunction with the Chisholm Trail Marathon, with my parents, sister, niece, and nephew. My 16-year-old niece ran my shake out run and strides with me the day before the marathon! School picture day Backwards night at Awana Art After my pre-marathon shake run Balloon animals at the marathon expo Cousin love Sister love Books this month: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold After Anna by Lisa Scottoline Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley Feared by Lisa Scottoline Joy School by Elizabeth Berg I See Life Through Rosé-Colored Glasses by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, & GPS Technology by Caroline Paul Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand Talk Before Sleep by Elizabeth Berg Theme of the month: Giving myself grace. I have certainly learned that I can't force fitness or any certain paces, but that doesn't mean I still don't get mad at myself about that inability at times. In February I stopped trying workouts because I wasn't enjoying them and they felt terrible. This month I had the itch to get back into them, and I was nice enough to myself to celebrate each improvement instead of comparing to where I used to be. I went into Chisholm Trail knowing it wouldn't be anywhere near a PR, but ready to celebrate whatever the marathon brought! After the race, I didn't allow myself to be upset about narrowly missing 2nd place and not being able to reel in 1st, because I truly gave all I had that day and no one can do more than that!
  10. My mom bought that shirt for her and I love it! And thank you, that means a lot.
  11. SIbbetson


  12. Thank you, I appreciate that! I love reading other's race recaps too. There are always many things to learn from everyone's experiences.
  13. Aww, thanks! We all have ups and downs, so I know there will be more of both, but running is certainly a joy overall!
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. Being the cool aunt is the best (on one side I am the only aunt so I am by default, haha!).
  17. I hear that distance running is about 80% mental and only 20% physical.
  18. That training thing DOES work!
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. You never cease to amaze me!!
  23. I about died laughing at the inclusion of Bre Tiesi-Manziel in the results!
  24. 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.
  25. 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?
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