Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Providence is right around the corner!

Seven weeks until the Cox Providence Marathon! Seven!

This has to be my craziest marathon training cycle to date. On the home front, we have been busy. So very busy, that I haven't been thinking much about training. Everyone also got sick again, but for whatever reason the sickness didn't really impact my running much. The children have been cranky, phlegm has been flying around, and let's not forget about that sea of snot, but my running has been fine. And so, for the most part, I'm dealing well.

Last week I didn't run long, but I did have two great 10 mile workouts, one which wound up being at half marathon pace and the other was at marathon pace. This past weekend I did a 20 miler with my favorite running buddy, AM. Holy cannoli! It wound up being fast! My first three miles were around eight minute pace. Then I met up with AM, we started around 7:40ish pace, and just kept getting faster. My last 5 miles were around 7:27 pace. Now I would be lying if I said it was a super easy run, but it didn't feel too crazy hard either. I do think that AM had an easier time than me though. She is going to be kicking some serious butt when she starts racing again.

I was a bit stiff after the 20 miles and nervous that I might have run too hard (the final pace was 7:38), which would leave me feeling sick for the day and sore the following days. To my pleasant surprise, however, I didn't feel sick and I wasn't sore the next day! Phew! I hate it when I feel like I'm going to vomit, or have to walk down the stairs backwards.

With seven weeks to go, I'll probably run two more 20 milers. And then, it will be time to start tapering! Wow! Marathon training passes by fast when you're busy and sick and have kids. ;)

On a completely random note, I've been streaming Netflix in the evening after the kids go to bed. Lately, I've been streaming this show Roswell. If you haven't heard of it, that would be because it's over a decade old. Anyway, I am addicted. There are aliens, clones of aliens, and teen drama. (No, I'm not joking.) It's like an alien soap opera! Generally, I hate soap operas (and most TV in general), but somehow this cheesy alien soap opera has sucked me into it's web. Netflix is dangerous. Anyone else out there love streaming Netflix?


Karen said...

Are you willing to share all that speed with your readers? ;) I sure could use some!!

I'm convinced that you're Super Mom. Running 7:40/mi long runs: wiping noses with one hand, downing Gatorade with the other. Where's your cape?

Raina said...

Great running, Katie! Your race is getting so close. Won't be long and you'll be tapering. Fantastic run you had with AM. Wish I could join some time. :)

Netflix has me in it clutches. I like series stuff because I don't usually want to watch an hour and a half straight. Right now I am watching some adrenaline survivor type show where these people have to find their way out of the rainforest of Venezuela with just some survival gear. They can push a button at any time to get a helicopter out. I have no idea what's on TV though, since we have no reception.

Hope you all get healthy and enjoy the long run weekend!

Jenn said...

LOVE Netflix. I am SO behind on everything current in TV and movies and this is my late night temptation:)

You really are running GREAT! 10 miles at HMP-WOW! I have never been able to run that in training!! Yes, you and AM are so lucky to have each other for some of these long runs. Two speed demons tearing it up! That's a great long run and running so strong at the end! 7 weeks till something BIG for you!! So exciting!

lindsay said...

i love random tv shows on netflix. i got into "secret life of the american teenager". i don't even know how. it was slow in the beginning but then i got hooked on the (lame) story line (it is teenage drama afterall) so now i'm seeing it thru. i also liked greek (college sorority/frat life of course) and make it or break it (wanna-be olympic gymnasts) in case you need a few more cheesy shows to watch! :)

i heard your run with AM went well (over on her blog earlier this week) - woo hoo! you guys are incredible. one day, i want to be like you when i grow up.

Ana-Maria RunTriLive said...

Loved that run! So much fun! Always great to run with you, Katie! Maybe someday we can do some track work together. Would love to chase you:)

But seriously, running a 20 miles @ 7:38 is the bomb! You are on your way to a huge PR, and now that you are running the long runs on tired legs, the paces will really correspond to what you will do in the marathon. 7:38 is MP for a 3:20. And 7:27 for 3:15. Woot, woot!

Kat (Eating The Week) said...

Cracks me up that I'm mustering all my mental energy up to a single daunting 20-miler in training, and you're whipping through 3!

Netflix is both the bomb & the bane of our existence. I get a lot of yoga workouts from there (yay), but our 5yo discovered all the seasons of Power Rangers on there (sigh).