Monday, June 20, 2011

long(ish) run ...

In case you failed to notice, I'm running the San Francisco Half Marathon in 41 days. It's a race I have been looking forward to for almost a year, ever since G and I decided it would be our "Girls' Weekend" for 2011 (In 2010, we ran the Bermuda Half Marathon). Anyway, the goal for this race was always "to have fun", but when I was training for National, G and I realized that I should be able to pace her to a sub-2.

But then, I crashed. And my base basically went back to zero.

Oops.

Now with just about 6 weeks left before the race, I am starting to feel like we can get G that sub-2. I'm feeling stronger. I'm running more. And I am ignoring the fact that the last time I ran a double digit run was a 10 miler on April 21. Who cares? That's such a minor detail.

As of Saturday, my longest run since my surgery was 6 miles and about 58 minutes. And every time I had run that distance, it kicked my butt. So, you can probably understand why I was apprehensive about my Sunday long run this week.

8 miles - I was going to have to run for over an hour.

Thankfully, I was with about 300 other MTT runners and had S (who always keeps me entertained) by my side, every step of the way.

Was it the best run?

Well, no.
It was brutally hot.
Miles 4-5.25 was straight uphill.
Auto-pause on my Garmin was a total fail.

BUT ...

We finished the 8 miles, my longest run in two months, in 1:15.
We looked wicked cute while doing it.
I wasn't totally wiped afterward. In fact, I am confident that I could have held that pace for a few more miles.
I finished the week with 28.1 miles - almost twice as many miles as I ran in May.

All in all, I'm calling it a success ...

24 comments:

taylortubbie said...

WOW!!! Very excited for you! Love your blog

fancy nancy said...

Totally a success! You are coming back so quickly and getting so strong!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

Success? Yes! We will get G too that sub 2. 41 days, is that all?

kimert said...

You are my hero! Seriously, you are such an inspiration. You've bounced back from that crash amazingly strong.

Running Ricig said...

Awesome job!!!

S Club Mama said...

great job! I love that you're pushing yourself but not enough to re-injure. :)

Marlene said...

That's definite success - so good to see you building back up again!!

Jodi H said...

Definitely a success! Great job out there!! Nice mileage on that comeback trail!!

kceverymileamemory said...

Yay! Love that you are coming back. Remember it's supposed to be fun no pressure! That's still not a bad time considering all the time off. You rock lady! If you give everything you have then you have done everything you can.

kceverymileamemory said...

Yay! Love that you are coming back. Remember it's supposed to be fun no pressure! That's still not a bad time considering all the time off. You rock lady! If you give everything you have then you have done everything you can.

kceverymileamemory said...

Yay! Love that you are coming back. Remember it's supposed to be fun no pressure! That's still not a bad time considering all the time off. You rock lady! If you give everything you have then you have done everything you can.

kceverymileamemory said...

Yay! Love that you are coming back. Remember it's supposed to be fun no pressure! That's still not a bad time considering all the time off. You rock lady! If you give everything you have then you have done everything you can.

kceverymileamemory said...

Yay! Love that you are coming back. Remember it's supposed to be fun no pressure! That's still not a bad time considering all the time off. You rock lady! If you give everything you have then you have done everything you can.

Finallyfit2011 said...

AHHHH this is so awesome!!! I loved & was so encouraged reading your post! Sooo happy for you!

P.s. Could you PLEASE tell me where you get your awesome socks??? knuffkim@gmail.com! xoxo

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

You may just surprise yourself since your legs are all rested up, and you guys do look wicked cute!

Alma said...

You're going to be fine. 6 weeks is a long time & your muscles will remember what to do in no time at all.

Runners Fuel said...

Great job getting back into it!!

momof3 @ Neurosis of the Stay at Home Marathoner said...

HEY NOW!

Wifey said...

Wicked cute is right.

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Courtney @ I CAN DO THIS said...

That's awesome progress! And very encouraging for San Francisco!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

You are so well rested that you are going to blow away your goals in 41 days...and you will again look wicked cute doing it!

Amy said...

Yay for you!!

Rachel McPhillips said...

You are an inspiration! You definitely looked cute running! P.S.- I just ordered two pairs of Little Miss Matched socks for my running... :)

Julie D. said...

nice job, T! Your comeback is inspiring! g, will have that sub-2 fo' sure. no doubt about it. jealous of your girls' weekend!