Sunday, September 27, 2009

Easy Week

After the big race last weekend, I decided I deserved an easy week this past week. I was back in Manitoba for work and I only did 2 runs, about an hour each. One morning, I even had company, with a colleague from the Toronto area and one from the local area as well. It was really nice to have someone who knew the area lead us on our run, we did nice comfortable loop and it just flew by with the company.

Today I got out for an easy 50 minute run. These fake dog walkers are out in Carroll Gardens and they were really annoying, taking over the sidewalk with these leashes without dogs actually attached. It was a relief to see that they were just in my neighborhood so I promptly left and ran a loop through Gowanus and then Red Hook.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

We Won!

Had a great time at the Reach the Beach Relay up in NH this weekend! And my team, No Sleep Til Brooklyn, won - we were top overall womens team!! 207 miles in 26 hours and 38 minutes, averaging 8 minute pace, not too bad... Prize is pretty good too, we each got a new pair of running shoes!

My legs went pretty well too. Here's a recap:
Leg 1 - 8.9 miles, 68 min at about 2:30 pm Fri. - This leg was beautiful, bright and sunny running in the White Mountains. But, I just didn't feel it for some reason. It was pretty hilly and I just didn't have it on the uphills. My splits were all over the place and I never felt like I got into a good rhythm. I found myself wondering how would I ever make it through 3 more legs.
Leg 2 - 3.9 miles, 28 min at 10:30 pm Fri. - Felt much better. I'd done quite a few doubles leading up to this so I knew what to expect going into this second run. Felt nice and strong, kind of liked running in the dark, especially watching and catching the runners with their blinking red lights up ahead of me.
Leg 3 - 6.89 miles, 50 min at 8am Sat. - Again, felt good on this one. I didn't get any sleep, but somehow when the sun came up about an hour before I had to run, I got a second wind. It was refreshing and actually felt like a new day was starting, even though we'd run through the night. I passed a lot of runners again, and it motivated me to keep a strong pace.
Leg 4 - 3.4 miles, 23 min at 3:30 pm Sat. - I was flying! This one was great, nice and short and I just booked it. It was exciting knowing I was about to finish and that after one more runner ran, we'd be done! And, right before I started, I saw the team that had the next fastest womens seed and we were ahead of them! So I was psyched going into this one. I just went as fast as my tired legs would take me. I couldn't believe when I looked at my watch afterwards and saw I ran sub 7 min pace!

It was a great time, I'd definitely recommend this one if you have the chance.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Last Run before RTB!

We found out yesterday that due to an injury one of our Reach the Beach teammates has to drop out... So now its 11 women, 200 miles. I'm one of the lucky ones early in the rotation that now gets to do 4 legs instead of three. So I've got 8.9, 3.9, 6.9, 3.4 for a total of 23. At least the later runs went from hard to easy according to the leg descriptions.

I've been taking it easy this last week because of the race. Went to the first of the fall PPTC Speed Sessions last night, got to see some others that are doing the relay and we talked about it non-stop as we took it easy on the tempo-ish 2.5 miles coach had us do. Just got in my last run before the big race, an easy half hour down in Red Hook. My body isn't handling this taper well, I had lots of weird aches and pains but I stretched a bit once I was done and I know I'll be fine. The pre-race nerves are starting to kick in!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Tapering!

I'm taking it easy this week, with the Reach the Beach Relay coming up in just a few days! Got in a comfortable 4 mile tempo run 10 days out and so I'm feeling pretty confident. Got together with about half of our relay team for an easy loop of Prospect Park and then for coffee afterwards to go over last minute plans...

I can't believe its already race week - It seems like it came up so fast, all of the traveling I've been doing this summer really made the time just fly by. Fortunately, I'm back home all this week so I can get lots of rest in before heading up to New Hampshire on Thursday afternoon. I went through the predicted start times to see I have it relatively easy compared to some others in the rotation - I'm second, so I run at around 3 and 11 on Friday and then at around 10:30 on Saturday morning. But I probably make up for the timing with the mileage - 8, 9 and then 4 - all pretty hilly according to the course descriptions. It's definitely going to be a challenge, let's hope I'm ready for it!

Monday, September 07, 2009

Happy Labour Day

I'm still in Canada - so its Labour day for me this year. Got in a nice run this morning, about 5.75 miles, it was warmer than it has been, around 15C when I went out, but it was also pretty windy so it didn't feel nearly as warm as I'd expected. I actually ran into some coworkers that also go for a morning jog, it was dark and it took until I was right up next to them to realize it was them, I'm not sure if they knew it was me... I had my sweet new headlamp on, I wonder what I look like in the dark when I have that on. Also, it felt really strange to run by people I know, being up here.

Yesterday, I did a nice 9.5 mile loop which literally went around the whole town. I felt surprisingly good going longer in the early morning which was encouraging. That was my last longish run before the relay next week (I can't believe its next week already!). And the taper begins...

Friday, September 04, 2009

Its really flat here...

I'm in Brandon Manitoba for work again but this trip I'm doing much better with my running, so far. I made it out yesterday morning for just over 6 miles, early before the sun came up. Got to see a really neat full moon, bright orange and huge on the horizon, and got to test out my new headlamp that I got for Reach the Beach. The headlamp made the run much easier. Its really dark here when not on the main roads with streetlights. Also, I was able to see more jack rabbits than I would have otherwise... (They are huge!)

I didn't make it out this morning, the extra hour of sleep won out, but this evening after work I got out for a relaxed 5 miler. I felt OK, although I can definitely feel that I don't drink enough water when I'm away from home and that I've been working long days... At least I got it in. And the taper begins, just 2 more weeks until Reach the Beach!