Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tuesday Catch Up

Okay, I guess I really lost track of time over the last week! Things at work are picking up and, after spending all day working on the computer, I've been keeping the laptop closed at night. I'm sure many of you can relate!

The weather at our TEAM run last Saturday started out really crummy. It was cold, rainy and windy when I awoke at 5:30. But, by the time I arrived at our practice and we got started with announcements, the rain stopped and the wind calmed down. Sidestepping the rain puddles in the dark was the only challenge, and a fun one at that. I think I had more water in my shoes than the lakes around here. But once dawn broke, the weather turned beautiful.

We're tapering at the moment, so I only had six miles to hammer out. I thought it might be a struggle -- especially since my iPod wasn't charged -- but it felt soo good. It was the longest I've run since my 14 miler over a month ago. I just took it nice and slow, and didn't have to stop once to walk. I never felt any pain in my ankle during -- just a little stiffness after -- and it seems my lungs are finally catching up. Coach was truly happy to see me back out there -- I just wish I hadn't missed as much as I did. I found part of me wishing I could still do the full ... maybe next time ...

A good portion of my TEAM left Friday for the Rome Marathon -- I haven't heard how everyone did, but I'm sure they all rocked the house! I couldn't imagine a cooler race than that. But I'm sure Big D will hold it's share of thrills ... or at least I'll be able to read the street signs ...

Anyhoo, I've been thinking a lot lately about my goal finishing time. And I'm not really sure where to start in predicting it. It took me over 3:20:00 to do my 14 miles, but I stopped and hobbled quite a bit. It took me 1:21:00 to complete my sixer, which is probably a pace I can keep up for awhile. I definitely want to finish in under 3 hours. So maybe 2:55:00 for the half? Seems kind of slow on paper, but is probably realistic.

Speaking of times and half marathons, I must say I was pretty darn impressed with The Biggest Loser contestants doing half marathons last week. I couldn't believe some of the finishing times!! Not to take away from anyone's amazing accomplishment, but I think the inside track runners had a slight advantage over those running outside in the elements and non-flat terrain. But still, kudos to them all. Tara's 2:24:00 finish will surely beat mine!

Tomorrow I get to finalize all of my paperwork / donations and pick up my race-day jersey ... exciting!!

10 comments:

Racn4acure said...

I bet you will break 2:55 Katie, but don't get hurt doing so. You have plenty of marathons ahead in those legs, I predict.

Now that my decision is made, I am looking forward to doing my first half-marathon. It no longer feels bad. For one thing, it will be a PR no matter what once I cross that line. :) I am hoping to break 2:45, won't come close to that 2:24 that you mentioned. fun 10K this weekend for me!

Marlene said...

Sounds like a beautiful morning for a run - once the rain stopped!

Glad to hear the ankle is holding up. Almost race time!

Your OCP Advisor said...

Best of Luck Katie!
Love your blog!

TNTcoach Ken said...

I love that you hammered out six miles. It's always nice to get back with the team and you should be excited. I saw where Vegas had you running under 2:55.....

lindsay said...

glad the weather cleared up for a great run :) nice job on the six, you will do great next weekend!

Adam said...

I was super impressed with the biggest loser people too!

I hear you on the strugle on setting a realistic pace. I never quite know what to set, settle on something too fast, and end up peetering out at the end. Probably not a good strategy!

Katie said...

Holy cow, it's almost here! Good luck - I'm sure you'll have a blast!!

Sonia said...

It's coming so fast!! So excited for you =) I also think you're going to do way better than 2:55 but no pressure, you're getting a PB anyway!!

Jennifer said...

Katie - run strong and steady at the Big D! I'll be thinking of you and sending good vibes your way!

Running Around Acres said...

congrats Katie on all the hard work and preparation. Go out there and stomp some Big D half a$$. Can't wait to hear how well you did after. I got another week before I hit the road.

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