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  1. SandiBeach

    May (yes, May) in Review

    Congratulations on such a wonderful May full of amazing things!! Huge PR and wedding AND business recognition on top of it all! Awesome month!! I can't wait to read about the 5Ks when you get around to writing them up. I know how that is... I have a RR from June 1st that I need to post still.
  2. SandiBeach

    Keep showing up

    I can't wait to see the results!! It's exciting to think about!
  3. SandiBeach

    Keep showing up

    I am tempted by the OC 1/2 too as a prep race, but that one has a bridge...such a mountain for south NJ AND it's run 2 times! HAHA! AC is much flatter! I've been thinking about the weather, its around the same time as when Sandy hit, as well as the one year that there was the snowstorm on Halloween... Hoping for some nice fallness to see the heat training payoff! The tempos/long intervals have been hard, and I'm slowing about 45 sec/mile. After an easy 30 minutes today, I'm thinking anything harder than easy will be a no-go Friday-Sunday. Hoping the avoid the storms and get something a little harder in tomorrow.
  4. SandiBeach

    Keep showing up

    Definitely keeps me from rushing to finish, which I would do EVERY run with distance-based plans. It's especially helpful in the heat to keep me from forcing a certain distance when the conditions just don't allow it.
  5. SandiBeach

    Keep showing up

    When I was 15 I visited San Diego, and I thought I was going to live there someday. It was beautiful! Just need to convince the rest of the family now! Ha!
  6. SandiBeach

    Keep showing up

    I always thought distance-based was better, but I found myself running hard to get easy runs done faster - not really the point of easy runs. With time-based, running faster doesn't make the run end any sooner, so I find it keeps me from "hurrying" easy and recovery runs.
  7. SandiBeach

    Keep showing up

    I've made a commitment! Sort of a commitment that is. I picked a marathon to attempt a BQ, but I have until August 31 to sign up before the price increases. As such, I have not signed up yet, and really haven't made any commitment to the race yet. (Working on baby #2 might come first--we'll see) The commitment part is only that I started a training plan (good training for possible future pregnancy too). The goal race is the Atlantic City Marathon, and my training plan started on July 1st. I'm using the Marathon Advanced plan provided by Garmin, which is time based and starts at around 30-35 miles per week at my paces. So far, I've been pretty good at completing a majority of the assigned runs, but have "failed" at two workouts. The first was a 90 minute long run that I cut 2 miles short due to lack of bringing hydration with me (DUH it was close to 90*), and coming off of a summer cold, The second was a hour-long run with 40 minutes at a "steady pace." I managed two miles of the steady pace before a cramp made me decide that finishing the run in quarter miles of running with walking until the cramp subsided was not worth it. First two weeks = 27 miles per week - not exactly marathon training distances (but it IS only week 3 - I was running around 30 miles per week before starting the plan), and the current week is going better - for now. I'm at 22 miles so far, with completing (yay hydration!) a 90 minute long run on Sunday and a 3 x 10 minute tempo run (5.7 miles total) today with easy runs to fill in the rest. That same "steady pace" run looms ahead, along with a handful of "recovery threesies" to total 16 more miles - big jump in mileage... We'll see about the steady run based on the record-setting heat and humidity predicted for later this week. I might cut it to an hour of easy, or 40 minutes (or 30 - same as last week) with 20 at pace- also depends on whether I can find time for DH to watch DD- it will likely be too hot at the times I can get out for long stroller sitting. I'm getting on the bandwagon to complain about running in heat and humidity. Don't get me wrong, I really do LOVE 90* and low humidity days for living (less happy about the high humidity we've been having, and the almost 100* coming this weekend), but summer is THE BEST! However, I don't enjoy seeing my paces slowing with each hard effort. I keep telling myself, that I will see AMAZING things once the temp/humidity drops, but since I've never before trained outside through the summer, it's hard to convince myself this is true...I'm stubborn-HA! Every so often I miss the treadmill, and its predictability of weather and paces. Anyway, I'm going to quote Des Linden, and just "keep sowing up" and optimistically dream about the zoooooming that will happen in September/October! 😎 Enjoy the sun and sweating everyone!
  8. SandiBeach

    Summer Sucks.

    Your efforts definitely appear to be solid. Looking forward to reading about when the benefits start to show! I'm trying to embrace training in the heat, and keep telling myself that it will pay off in the fall. For the record-setting heat and humidity here in the mid-Atlantic that ocrunnergirl referenced, I'm repeating Des Linden's "keep showing up" quote/mantra and trying to ignore pace for the time being (running by effort only). However, it is hard mentally to see slower times than 4 months ago.
  9. SandiBeach

    2019 Vermont City Marathon RR

    That dropped ice pop that must have felt devastating at the time. I'm glad there were more available to grab!! Sounds like great spectators at that marathon. Congrats on another marathon!! I'm excited to read about your summer training and fall marathon plans when you get them sorted out!
  10. As a Mother’s Day present from my Mom, she offered to watch DD while I ran a 5K race in Cape May, NJ – a 2.5 hour drive for her. (DH had a horrible work schedule for the past month or so and has been stuck working weekends). I really wanted to see how fast I could run a 5K with my current training. I haven’t tried to race a 5K in almost two years. For that last race I finished in 21:43, which was good enough for 2nd in my age group and a cupcake from the local bakery (still my favorite prize ever)! My goal was to beat that time, and possibly be under 21 minutes. I chose the Great Cape May Footrace mainly because it is a certified course, but also because it is a combined 5K/10K, and the 10K gives out prize money, which makes the 5K less competitive, and just for fun I wanted a shot at placing overall in a race. Looking at the past results, my goal time would have been first last year, but there was bad weather last year, and you never know who is going to show up for a race, so i didn't want to get my hopes too high. Race morning, I got up nice and early, packed DD up and drove the 1.5 hours down to Cape May. We got there at 6:40 for the 8am start. Upon arrival, I had a PoP emergency. My Mom wouldn't arrive for another 20 minute, so wasn’t sure what to do with DD. Quick decision - I strapped her into her front carrier and took her into the PoP with me. Luckily, it was very clean and hadn’t been used yet (that I could tell). DD LOVED being in the "little blue room" and wanted to touch EVERYTHING! HA! I took care of my business and managed to keep DD from getting her hands on too much – Success! Weird, but a success, racing always makes for “fun” experiences! We crossed the street, picked up my number and met my Mom at 7am. My Mom and I walk, a lot, it’s just what we do. So, we strapped DD into her stroller and took a walk down the promenade. After a two-mile walk, we were back to the start, and I ran a few strides in an adjacent parking lot. Everyone in both the 5K and 10K gathered, and I was standing next to one of my favorite run-bloggers (outside of the loop of course), Fueled by Lolz/Hollie (she is much faster than me and was running the 10K - see fast people go for the prize money! 😀). We chatted for a few seconds – she is super friendly. They played the National Anthem, reviewed both courses, and we were off with a shouted “GO.” So very different, and just as fun, from the high-production starts of Run Disney. We ran about 100 yards before a quick right turn off the street along the beach and into the neighborhood house-lined street. This road consisted of the first of the two hills on the course (about 10 feet elevation gain). I took off a little fast but settled in to a “hard but I think I can maintain” pace. I could see four women in front of me, including my new friend – GO HOLLIE! I tried to hang with her and mile one ticked off in 6:27. I passed one of the women as we made our way back to the road along the beach. We stayed on this road for 1.5 miles. A woman passed me here, at about mile 1.2 in the race. We passed the start/finish at about the halfway point in the race. I waved at my Mom and DD as we passed, a nice little distraction, but the super suck of a 5K was really setting in now. I took a quick look at my watch expecting to be close to mile 2, and it read 1.65 – ugh. However, the woman that passed me wasn’t pulling away, so I just focused on keeping her close. Mile 2 came in at 6:43, and I noticed that the woman was fading and I was closing the gap. I passed her just before the 5K turnaround around mile 2.15. The turnaround was the first point that you could see who was running each race. Thrilled, I saw all three of the women ahead of me continue straight! I made the turn and headed for home, so happy to not be running 10K! I saw the woman I just passed was also in the 5K, and I was struggling hard now. Right after the turn was the second approximately 10-foot hill to get onto the elevated promenade. I was worried I was going to catch my foot on the steep incline and fall on my face. Thankfully, this did not happen. I pushed as hard as I could the last mile, with only two thoughts, try to run under 7 minutes for all three miles, and try not to get caught. I wasn’t about to glance back to see where woman #2 was, but since I was fading, I felt the pressure behind me. The finish line is in sight for about half a mile. It is such a tease, as it doesn’t seem to get closer with each step. The “6 mile” sign for the 10K felt so painful since I thought it was the “3 mile” sign, but then realized I still had 0.2 miles left not 0.1. Soul-crushing in a 5K - HA! Mile 3 6:54. I could see the race official yelling “1st woman” when I was about 50 yards from the finish, and they stretched the banner across the line. I wasn’t sure what to do. Do I raise my hands, and hit it with my stomach/chest? Are they going to lift it over my head, and my raised hands would catch on it? Crap, I never had to think about this before. With the last three steps I decided to raise my hands up. The banner wrapped around my stomach in a wonderful hug – one of the best feelings EVER! I won a race!!!! I can’t believe I won a race!! The second woman faded more than I did and finished about 25 seconds behind me. After catching my breath, and suppressing the vomit, we congratulated each other. My time was 21:08, not under 21, but significantly better than my last 5K, so yay! I picked DD up and gave her the biggest sweaty hug. 😍 She’s the best training partner and helped me get so much stronger than I thought possible! It was a beautiful morning, so we took a long walk all around town looking at the beautiful houses, strolled on the beach, and went back for the award ceremony. I picked up a cool-looking clear medal, and an engraved beer glass that I have since used for all my drinking- both beer and water! 😊 My new friend Hollie, although not thrilled with her pace, was 2nd in the 10K – Congrats to her in the much harder race!! I was much happier running only half the distance! 😀 I was hoping for a picture of the finish line, but sadly, I haven't been able to find one, even though there were a bunch of people taking pictures.
  11. Thank you!! I almost don't want to start putting her in the stroller without the car seat insert... almost. That will be a 12 pound weight reduction. Maybe I should just add weights to the pockets to keep it equal. Probably I should just start doing some strength training instead...
  12. Thank you! Being done before she woke up used to be easier a month ago... I miss those amazing two months of sleeping through the night! Ha! Now we're back to waking up a few times a night, but I'm sure she'll get the hang of sleep again soon... I hope. 😊
  13. SandiBeach

    When Ya Know

    Amazing and so inspiring! You're a wonderful role model for your little ones, especially your daughter! Go you!!
  14. RunDisney races- always early, well-organized and IMO Super-fun! This weekend was Star Wars themed. Now, I used to be a huge Star Wars fan. I nerded-out reading all the published books that expanded on the original three movies and loved it. Then the new movies came out, and, of course none of them followed the books I read, so the world I envisioned was destroyed, and although I was happy to see the new movies, I never became a huge fan. However, I couldn’t object to a trip to Disney for a race, and the original movies are a big focus of the races. Plus, the course should be the same as the last 10K I raced prior to the baby adventure (I thought the course would be the same in August when I signed up for the race – it was not). Dark and early wake-up at 2:30am I usually can get ready in 15 minutes for a race, but this time. I needed time to pump milk and get completely dressed before my brother arrived at 3:15am to watch DD sleep during the race. Everything went smoothly and I was on the bus to the start by 3:30. I like to arrive early to avoid any stress and get in the corral when they open so I can start towards the front without too much of an issue. The 10K doesn’t require proof of time for getting in the first corral, so there is small amount of people that provide the wrong estimated finish time, and then force their way to be on the line at the start. I’m not about to get in the middle of that trampling-pushing-mess, but I like to start in the first wave (where I should with my predicted pace). 5:30 start time – right on time and with a beautiful firework sendoff, and obligatory StarWars music. I started a little farther back than other times I’ve run Disney, about 15 seconds off the start, but in the first wave, so not a big deal. I didn’t want to waste energy, so I tried to keep an even pace and avoid weaving around people too much, and there were a lot of people to weave around. However, it only took less than an 8th of a mile to get by the mess and settle into a comfortable pace. My plan was to pick a “comfortable hard” pace and only look at my watch when the mile buzzed. Mile 1- nothing much to note after finding my place and comfortable pace. It felt like a sufficiently easy pace that I could probably maintain. BUZZ BUZZ- my watch read 7:06 – Well, that’s faster than I thought -cool! I wonder if/when I will crash. Just keep going until you can’t. Mile 2- This is a completely straight road and feels maybe slightly downhill, but probably is just perfectly flat. There was some video screen entertainment and remixed StarWars music, nice to keep you moving along. I kept moving at what felt like a consistent effort, maybe I felt a little more strained, but still “comfortably hard.” BUZZ BUZZ – 6:55 – huh, that’s even faster, and I don’t feel like crap – maybe my watch isn’t working right, but the mile markers are matching up. Just keep going until you can’t. Miles 3 and 4- This is where the hills were located. Florida hills (i.e. overpasses), but still- hills. I felt powerful on the up hills and cruised to recover my breath on the downhills. I guess pushing approx. 50 pounds up slight hills during training was useful! I passed 2 women on the hills but was starting to feel like I was working some by the end of mile 4. BUZZ BUZZ – 7:06 then BUZZ BUZZ – 7:00. Still holding pace, I’m probably going to slow, but maybe 45 is going to happen! Just keep going until you can’t. Just keep going until you can’t. Just keep going until you can’t. Mile 5 – You enter EPCOT and there are a lot of turns through this mile. I was feeling it now. It was starting to hurt, and 1 of the 2 women I passed on the hills was able to pass me back on the flat. I kept her in my sight, but knew I couldn’t reel her in, at least not the way I was starting to feel. BUZZ BUZZ – 7:30. Crap- that was a lot slower but felt even slower than that. If I hold this pace, I will be under 45!!!! Just keep going until you can’t. There’s only 1 mile left…Give it all you got. You can push through pain…do it now! Go, go, go! Mile 6 – Around the world of EPCOT – I’ve run this numerous times. A nice curved loop of 5 - 10 foot slight hills. I could push it-I KNOW THIS LOOP-JUST GOOOO!. It was a new sensation, and a wonderful one at that. Like never happened before in a race for me, I was able to pick up the pace in the final mile. I could feel the increase in speed- So much fun! One-two-three-four, One-two-three-four, One-two-three-four- Just keep going until you can’t. I like to count to 4 over and over and over again when I want to distract my brain. It also serves to keep my step cadence up and regulates my breathing. These were the only thoughts in my head for the last 1.2 miles – Even the loud remixed Starwars music couldn’t distract me. BUZZ BUZZ – 7:14!!!! Only 0.2ish left – PUSHHHHHHH ITTTT!!!! My tangent running isn’t too bad, but I know it’s always going to be more than 0.2. The finish line – I could see the woman in front of me – about 10 - 15 seconds. There was no catching her in less than a quarter mile, and I wasn’t concerned about that – I just wanted under 45 at this point. You can see the line with about 30 seconds left of running. The announcers call out the finisher’s names at this point since there are not too many, unlike later in the race, when there are so many finishers they could never keep up. I heard them announce the woman in front of me – followed by “she’s a top-ten finisher.” The clock is well under 45, and I was off the start…45 minute 10K here I come! Wait – what? Did he just say she was in the top ten? She was probably 10th – still 11th would be awesome. Yay! - “My Name” was announced! Two male names - sprint! Don’t let them pass! Well under 45 minutes now! Did he say anything after my name – I don’t remember – oh well. Across the line YESSS– the clock is STILL well under 45!! I DID IT!! Wait, I just heard the next woman coming down the home stretch’s name, and she’s in the top ten too… That means I must be in the top ten! Is that right?? Could I be in the top ten finishers?? At this point, I was stopped by an official writing my number down – I guess I am in the top ten – nobody has ever cared about my number before. TOP TEN!!!! Weeeeeeee! Cue the tears and overly large stupid grin on my face. Final official time was 44:28 - I couldn’t believe that I crushed my “A” goal AND came in 7th overall woman (8th by net time) and 2nd I my age group! It was my fastest 10K in over 5 years, and my 3rd fastest ever – less than a minute off my PR! Watch out PR – I’m coming for you! Plus, on the bus and back to the hotel before DD woke up for the day! Now I can’t go to a RunDisney weekend without doing the “challenge” of the 10K on Saturday and the Half marathon on Sunday… stay tuned to see if I “blew up” on the Half or not! Last time with the same training plan but on the treadmill, I ran a 45:32 10K and had a “super-happy” half marathon finishing in 1:44. My goal for the Half was to “run happy” again, and see what time that resulted in. In the back of my mind I was hoping that would result in under a 1:45 since I had done several 10 mile runs during training at around 8:15 min/mile.
  15. Not a joke at all. Best glutes and triceps I've ever had!😀
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