Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
We met up with the ladies on our team at the Old Spaghetti Factory and enjoyed a fantastic pre-race meal. I also acted like a total goofball and showed off one of my new Bondi Bands - this one says my favorite running slogan, "Some girls chase boys - I pass 'em!"
Saturday morning brought a 5:30am wake-up. I got ready and headed downtown to meet my team for a team photo in our Run for Mercy shirts and to wish everyone well.
The weather wasn't as hot as it could have been. We've still been having some 90 degree hot and humid days down here, but some rain on Friday cooled things off a bit. It was still warmer than I'd prefer for a race, but I'll take it.
The race started with the first couple of miles being run downtown. In case you're not familiar with Nashville, the downtown section is pretty hilly. My legs felt like lead, I already felt hot and sweaty, and I was not pleased with the hills. I was managing to keep a 9:00 pace for those first few miles, and I found myself just hoping I could hang on to it and finish the race in about 2 hours as I intended.
I'm pretty pleased with the results. I placed 37 out of 553 in my 25-29 age group. It's crazy that 36 people were ahead of me because I felt like I ran so super fast, but I'm thrilled to have placed so high in the group. I was 222 out of the 3819 women in the event. I'll take that.
Would I do this race again? It's hard to say. I'm so NOT a pink girl, and I knew when I signed up that I was getting on board for a whole lot of pink. If everything is pink every year, I'd get tired of getting all that pink loot. Even the reusable goody bags are pink.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
The longest run I've had since the SF Marathon on July 25 has been 16 miles, but I figure that 5 extra miles can't be SO bad. It should be in the mid-60s when we get started, but the high that day is 93... so it could end up getting quite warm before we're done. It doesn't matter in Tennessee that fall officially begins next week... it can stay warm and humid for weeks.
It's a little early in terms of when my next marathon is to be running this far, but I want to take advantage of the group training run. Plus, I have a half marathon and a 15K coming up as well as another half marathon I'd like to PR at, so it makes sense to me that solid long runs now are wise.
Not to mention I've got that Goofy thing looming... I suppose more long runs now will help that, too.
So 21 miles it is... catch ya on the flip side.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I love how there is the opening to see into the kitchen. It makes everything feel bigger, and I can still hear my computer or tv when I go in there.
This shot was taken standing at the entrance into the apartment. Kitchen is to the left, and the hall is to the right.
I totally had to have a spot for my medals, and I decided the entrance to the guest bedroom was best.
My bedroom. The only thing I don't like is that I don't have an overhead light in there, so I have to make do with lamps.
Another angle of my bedroom, looking out into the hall. Apparently, Tucker thought he heard something out there.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
When Tonic took the stage, we headed down front for a little up close action. I know they're a total 90's band, but I still like a lot of their stuff. I'll admit to having a song or two on my running playlist.
I was pretty excited that we were able to spend part of the evening in the VIP tent. I don't think it'd be worth it to pay for the tickets, but free was nice.
I only spent $1 all evening, and that was only because we had to pay $3 to park and my carload split the cost. I think it's proof that you don't have to spend money to have a lot of fun.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
I'm not sure when it happened, but somewhere along the way long runs have stopped feeling like long runs. This could be temporary, so I'm trying to not get too terribly excited over it.
Friday night, I enjoyed a laid back evening going to the Frist Center to see the coutour and Chihuly exhibits with Amy. If you live in Nashville and have any interest in couture, go see it before it closes on Friday! The Chihuly paintings and glass were pretty amazing as well, and now I want to go see Chihuly at Cheekwood as soon as I find someone to go with me.
When I got home, I made some macaroni and watched a little tv before crashing at a somewhat reasonable time. I was up at 5am, got ready, and headed to pick up Matt to drive to the Stones River Greenway.
The Striders were doing 20, but I knew that jumping from 14 to 20 might not be ideal. Matt, Amy, Liz and I all headed out to hit the hills. We were chatting and keeping a decent pace. The weather was awesome! It wasn't humid, and it actually felt downright cool outside until the end when I could feel it warming up.
Amy decided to run a bit extra out since she was going for 20, so Matt, Liz and I turned back at 8 without her. Somewhere along the way we were running along with Laura, a new gal we met and quickly became new friends with... something that can be easy to do on a long run.
We finished 16, and while my legs were tired, I felt pretty good.
I never had that long run dread before the run. I never felt like I was dying during the run (much of that is attributed to it not being hot). I was tired, but I felt like I could have kept going if I needed to do so.
Am I little intimidated that I'l be jumping to 21 miles at the Kroger to Kroger training run next weekend? Yes. But after doing 16 so easily, it doesn't sound so bad. I'm starting to feel pretty confident about being able to improve my endurance over the next couple of months.
As for speed, I'm not so sure. I really want to PR at the half next month, but I'm not entirely positive about it at this point. I've got speed workouts planned, but there may not be enough time to reach the point of keeping 8:45 for 13.1 miles. We shall see.
Friday, September 3, 2010
What's on the agenda?
- Finally going to the Frist Center and seeing the couture exhibit
- A training run with the Striders
- Coffee with a new friend
- Lounging by the pool with books and magazines
- A trip to the mall to pick up a wedding gift and to use an awesome coupon at The Limited
- More tv on dvd
- Visiting a church I've wanted to check out in town
It's going to be nice to do some things that I've been wanting to do as well as relax and not have to be rigid with my schedule.
I'm debating how far I'm going to run at the training run. The plan for the run is 20 miles, but I don't really NEED to do that much at this point in my training. Plus, the longest I've run in the past 5 weeks since the San Francisco marathon has been 14 miles.
Granted, I ran that race on 16 miles... so jumping from 14 to just 20 hardly seems terrible. And the weather forecast in the morning? It won't be above 70 until the end of when I could be running. The humidity looks a little high, but it won't be terrible. So a part of me feels like I'd be a pansy to cut it short at 16-17 miles when other people are doing 20. Besides, I really want to do well at all my fall races, and a few more miles tomorrow could be wise.
We'll see what I decide. I may just go by feel tomorrow.
One thing I know for sure? I'm having lunch at the Pizza Hut buffet today. I have a coupon for $5, and it'd be some great carb-loading for however many miles I tackle at the run.
Woo to the hoo... it's going to be a good weekend.