Gotta getta Garmin…

11 Feb

This past weekend I ran with my friend Heather~ who also PR’d at 1:51:55. GREAT time! Heather got a new Garmin 405 recently and brought her old 205 along in case I wanted to try it out during the run.I was a little leary at first~ my last run I did I threw a few “new” things into the mix and it totally threw me for a loop (i.e BAD run!). After getting a quick introduction to how easy it is to use, I decided I’d go for it… and I’m SOOO glad I did. I know I haven’t posted the full race recap yet (waiting to get the pic’s all in order) but I was really disapointed that Surf City didn’t have a single clock out on the course. When I ran the LA R&R I could judge my time a bit at the various mile markers ~ but Surf City didn’t have a single one!

The Garmin told me not only how long I had been drudging running through the course, but also my current pace. I was given some expert advice (wait for the recap…) to keep my pace down for the first three miles (9:15) the first 5k and then pick it up to a 9 min pace after that. I wouldn’t have had the slightest idea what I was doing had it not been for the Garmin. And with it’s help, I was totally able to meet beat my goal!

So now I really gotta getta garmin… thinkin I’ll get the 405 ~ I’ll keep you posted how that works out. (I have been all over ebay the past few days…so I should have good news soon!!!)

PS Heather’s a blogger too! Check out her review of her new Garmin HERE!

Me messing with my borrowed Garmin~ Note to self...smile at the nice photographers on the course....

2 down, lifetime to go…

7 Feb

Yesterday I ran my second half marathon.  I am still on a runners high!! It was awesome!! I’ll post a full recap later, but seriously, the race was awesome. I went out there with a goal to break 2 hours and I got 1:58:46 according to the official chip time. I am soooo hooked! I can’t wait to sign up for my next one. My girlfriend and I were chattin’ and thinking how cool it would be to do 6 this year, so, now I’m off to find a half in April… Run Through Redlands? It’s close and it’s cheap! Hmmm…. gotta make sure I get a spot and I can fit it in my schedule!

Are you hooked? I seriously can’t wait for the next one! Even though I can’t walk today….

Packing for #2

5 Feb

It has been a HECK of a few past weeks…3 birthdays, vacation, training, BIC Bands has become a bit of a big thing, LIFE>…. I was telling myself at one point, I wish I had a pause button on life that I could push, run around catch up on everything, and hit play again. Wouldn’t that be nice? Ah, but alas, God didn’t make life that way…

Here we are, the day before my SECOND half marathon. When I last posted I was asking about if I should run with the hubs or my own race… well, shortly after that he experienced his first running injury and has bowed out of the race. Poor guy! His ankle is giving him a heck of a time, and he doesn’t want to hurt it~ it’s starting to feel better, and I can tell he’s wishing he was running this weekend.

Instead of running with my Man (next time Hun!!) I’m going to get gutsy and run with my friend Heather whose out from Utah to race. She’s a little faster than me (I ran 2:03 at LA) but after comparing our training runs, I think we’re going to be a good fit. I’m also ready to let her speedy legs take off so I don’t KILL myself if need be.

So, I’m sitting here packing and I’m second guessing so many stinkin’ things.. do you get like that? When I ran all my training runs, I just grabbed my clothes and headed out. Now I’m thinkin, what about the sports bra… which one do I like the best, what about this, what about that… UGH! I’m driving myself nuts! I think hubby’s gettin annoyed too! But I think I’ll take his advice~ just go with what you always did. I’m not changing anything up… except for that new skirt that’s going to match my new BIC Bands tank I had made… But I already run in those…

OK~ I gotta get the kids some clean clothes before I head out for a fun weekend, so I best be running….haha! that was funny!

SURF CITY here I COME!!!

Weekend Wrapup

16 Jan

Week in running review:
Tues: 5 mile run w/ My Man. Felt good.
Thur: 5 miles run reversed w/ My Man. Hills sucked on this!
Sat: 12 miles! W/ My Man. Tough run but felt great.
Total miles: 22 (right on track for my 1000 mile year)

In other running news…
I’ve been overloading on race recaps. Between those goofy friends who ran Disney and those that Rocked Arizona this weekend I feel the excitement for my next race building!

Which leads me to my next exciting point… Thanks to my good running friend Michelle, I’ll get to run Surf City on Super Bowl Sunday. I literally jumped and did “the happy dance” (my favorite dance that I do quite often around here). I can’t wait to run my next half! And to top it all off, My Man is going to do it too. He wasn’t sure a few weeks ago, he had the “I don’t know if I really can run that far” thoughts going on but after our 10 miler run he’s feeling it. (The 12 this weekend really confirmed to him that he’s going to rock it!).

Now my dilemma- we’ve been training together for the run and have about the same pace for training runs but when we’ve raced together before (just a 5k) I really liked to push it more than him. Do I run Surf City with him or race it?

12 mile review…

15 Jan

Wow. I was not looking forward to this run. Thank goodness I’ve got my Man as my running partner~ he’s been pulling me a long on days I don’t feel like it. Having a running partner keeps you accountable, and he has definitely done that for me these past few weeks. My husband has this spot he loves to run. It is beautiful, quiet, and serene. BEAUTIFUL place to run. Every time I run through I think I need to bring my camera so I can share the beauty with all of you. The place is great to run…. except for the HILLS! The road leads you down into a valley, and to get to the valley, you gotta go down. It’s an out and back run, so while the down hill is great on the way in, you get the hills on the way out. Ugh!

Today was the longest run in our training for our half marathon. 12 miles. And today it happened to be windy… and the wind like to go down hill, again, great on the way out, but on the way back, we were running uphill into the wind. SUCKED!! BIG TIME!!! But, as with all runs, when you get through it, it SO becomes worth it. I felt like I could conquer the world!

And since we’re training for the Surf City half marathon (which I managed to get in…)  the hills are going to make our race feel like a walk in the park! Here’s the elevation of today’s run. (Which doesn’t look as crazy as it felt…)

You can’t see it too well, but there’s about a 700 foot elevation change from start to finish.

Here’s Surf City’s elevation:

Less than 100 foot elevation change. And, it’s 1800 feet lower elevation, so that is going to be nice too.

Time wise, we kept a 10 minute mile average, but we stopped every 3 miles and fueled up. It was a nice break~ and was also a time for My Man to stretch… his knees and ankles have been buggin’ him. For his LONGEST RUN EVER I thought he did AWESOME! LOVE that he’s out there with me =) Thanks Babe!!

How about you, do you run with someone? And what about training harder than the race~ do you think that’s a good idea?

Oh and one more thing… my nike+ is really ticken me off. The thing shuts off out of nowhere, after the first mishap, I’ve started wearing a watch. Today it did it again, and I think I’m DONE with it. Thinkin’ about a Garmin.  Any advice on which one to get? I’m lookin at the 305, the 310 or the 405’s. I like the size of the 405, but price wise, can get a lot more for my money with the 305 or 310.

Some things I’ve learned and want to share with you!

11 Jan

In the past week, I’ve received so many messages and seen a ton of posts on Facebook of people getting back into running. This makes me SO happy~ I know how a good run makes me feel, so to know that others are getting into the sport makes me stoked! I wanted to take a quick second and share a few gleams of info that I’ve received over the past year that have helped me out tons.

1. If you are serious about getting into running, get fit for shoes. Find a local running store and have them fit you into the proper shoe for you. And I don’t mean an over-commercialized “Sports Depot” type store that pays its employees minimum wage and they really have no idea what they are talking about… For me, my local store is The Running Center (and I know I have a lot of my friends reading this blog~ so go visit the Redlands store. The staff is GREAT!)

As far as shoes…my Mizuno’s work great for me, but might be terrible for you! Each foot is different and you need to have the shoe that fits your foot properly. Throw your desire for “a cute shoe” out the window. Running shoes have a specific purpose, so you might not find your perfect shoe in pink… The shoes are going to be expensive, I’ll save you the worry now… but in all actuality, it will save you tons in the long run~ you won’t find yourself with an injury because you’re in the wrong shoe ~ at that point you’ll have to give in and go buy the right shoes (and maybe even pay for a doctors visit….) Once you’ve got your perfect shoe, the shoe will last about 300+ miles, and after that, go find that same pair online…

2. Find a plan that you can stick to. If you want to run a half marathon and are looking at training plans~ find one that fits your schedule. If you can’t commit to running 6 days a week, find a different one! If you are just getting back into running, I really recommend starting with the Couch to 5k program. ANYONE (seriously ANYONE) can start from here and be up to running a full 5k in 6 weeks.

3. If you have a day that your supposed to run and just don’t want to, do it anyways. I’ve found that the days that I really didn’t want to run, I needed it most. I was going to either sit on the couch and vedge cause I was in a mood, or take the 30 minutes and move my butt! And after the run~ the endorphins start a workin’ and you feel like you could conquer the world! So get out there and move!!

I know I’m still new to this whole running thing (only been at it for a year) so PLEASE share in the comments section YOUR advice for new runners too! And if you’re reading this and are one of the new one’s out there, leave a comment too!

Writer’s block…

10 Jan

BLECH! I’m going a bit nuts right now. I have some great things I want to write about, and have a few great posts started, but as soon as I start to write them, the words just don’t come out right. Am I the only one that this happens to? It seems like I’m trying to write in a different language… the words just aren’t there.

So, on that note, I’m going to wait till tomorrow morning and try again. Maybe the words will flow a bit more then…

When you can’t write, what’s your remedy?