Looking ahead to 2016…

I hope everyone had a great holiday season!

So I’m doing things a bit different for 2016: I’m not setting any super specific running goals.

While I did complete two out of three of my running goals for 2015, I think I need a year to really try to reclaim my enjoyment of running. After running seven different races in the first four months of the year (with four PRs and one 120+ mile month), I got severely burnt out. I enjoyed coaching my Couch to 5k group during the summer, but running on my own during that time was practically torture. I really want to get back the pleasure I once got from running.

Since half training takes up so much time and I have other things going on that I need to be around for in the coming year (decluttering and fixing up my house to sell being the most involved), Jonathan asked if I could cut back and not run any half marathons. I was already committed to the Nashville Rock ‘n’ Roll, so we agreed I would only run that one (and he’s running it with me!) and then just focus on shorter distances for the remainder of the year. I don’t want to get too much out of shape, but I definitely need to get some of my time back…at least until we can get my house on the market and sold!

Thus, my main running goal for the year is to just relax and not worry about the training plan!

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Five for Friday

Sometimes there’s things running and non-running related that I might like to write about, but don’t deserve a full post. I’ll put those things here.

  1. I somehow talked Jonathan into running the Country Music Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Half with me in April. I think he already regrets it.
  2. We just got back from a four day cruise to the Bahamas. We ate like kings (ask Jonathan about the filet mignon) and survived renting a car on Grand Bahama Island and driving on the wrong side of the road.
  3. gold rock beach

    The end result was worth it – we had Gold Rock Beach all to ourselves!

  4. I ran once while on the cruise, so I’m averaging about once a week at the moment. My leg does feel better, though, so I expect to start ramping that up soon.
  5. While on the cruise, we did not gain all the weight back that we lost on the 21 Day Fix, just some of it. I will eventually get around to posting the results, but we mostly gave up at the end and didn’t even take after photos.
  6. nassau port

  7. I can’t believe Christmas is a week away. I’m only half done with shopping, and the outside of the house has just one sad strand of lights over the garage because Target ran out of the lights we need to finish it.

Race Report: Mt. Juliet Holiday 5k – December 5, 2015

This race consists of a half marathon and a 5k which start just before the Christmas parade in Mt. Juliet. This appealed to me when I was signing up, as it meant there would possibly be spectators along some of the route from the people who were waiting for the parade to start; I like spectators.

As I’ve mentioned, I initially signed up for the half, but as it got closer and closer, there were increasing signs that I shouldn’t run it. My training had not gone great. While I had made it up to an 11 mile long run, it was painful and hard and not fun. And after that long run, I started getting weird aches up and down my left leg (sometimes in my knee, sometimes in my calf, sometimes my ankle…it moves from day to day). In the week before the race, I considered dropping the run altogether and transferring my bib to someone else. Then Jonathan said he would run the 5k with me if I switched to it, so I decided to go that route and made the change three days before the race.

Race Day

The 5k didn’t start until 10:55am, so it wasn’t too early of a morning. We got up, Jonathan ate some eggs, and took our time getting ready.

We arrived at the school where the start and finish is around 10:30. We went inside for a final bathroom break and then came back out to cheer on the half marathoners as they started at 10:45. I felt some pangs of disappointment that I wasn’t running the half, but I knew it was for the best.

mt juliet holiday half and 5k

Ready to start!

Soon it was time for us to start. This wasn’t a huge race; the half and the 5k had maybe 200 people each. We placed ourselves in the middle of the crowd and soon we were off.

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from this race. I definitely didn’t have any time goals. I hadn’t run three miles straight through since the beginning of November (right before that 11 miler), so I mainly just wanted to complete the thing without walking, but that was going to be dependent on how my leg felt.

Mile 1: 10:54
At the start, Jonathan kept trying to urge me to speed up, but I was insistent that I not go out too fast. Even though he never runs, he is a lot speedier than me, so he’s not used to getting passed in races. We were doing a pretty steady 11 min/mi pace, and I told him to deal with it, hehe.

This mile was all along the parade route. We heard lots of kids yelling, “Look, elves!” as we ran by and I gave out a few high fives. Definitely the best mile of the race.

Mile 2: 11:21
On mile 2, we turned onto a residential road so the spectators were gone. A very hilly residential road. This mile was almost completely uphill, hence my slow down.

Jonathan ran ahead of me most of the time, but I was still determined not to push too hard and have to walk.

There was a water stop around the halfway point, which I was desperately thankful for.

Mile 3: 10:06
I began to push a little bit more, knowing this was the last mile. My leg was killing me and I was starting to have some GI discomfort, but I just tried to hang with it. Jonathan told me we should run this entire mile at his pace (7-8 minute miles), and I just looked at him. Crazy man. I told him I would when we got to the last tenth of a mile.

Last 0.1 (0.15 to my Garmin): 1:13 (8:09 pace)
As soon as we came out of the residential area, I began to really push with a final surge of a 7:20-7:30 pace. Jonathan still managed to eke by me at the finish though. 😛

Official Time: 33:32

Not too shabby. Even though it’s nowhere near my 5k PR, I was happy with this time considering how much discomfort I was in by the finish. I don’t think I could have pushed any more.

Photo Dec 05, 12 39 03 PM

Race Review

This was a pretty good smallish race. I liked the spectator support on the first mile, though I wish it would have continued throughout the whole race.

Packet pick-up the day before was no problem. The email they sent out said IDs would be needed and you couldn’t pick up other people’s packets, but when we got there, they didn’t check IDs and people were getting packets for their friends.

The shirts were unisex, which I didn’t realize when I signed up or I would have gotten an XS instead of a S. The goody bags had a couple nice little extras, like Chapstick and some plastic sunglasses.

The medals for the half looked nice; I’m sad about not having it!

The post-race food was good. There were bananas, chips, cookies, granola bars, and chili.

The awards ceremony seemed a bit disorganized. We missed the door prizes at the beginning because we didn’t realize where the ceremony was going on (it was in the school gym). There was supposed to be a costume contest, but we must have missed it. I don’t know if they did it before or after the age group awards, which is all we saw.

Overall, however, it was a holly jolly good time!

Week of 11/23/15 – 11/29/15: 21 Day Fix Round 2, Week 2

week of 11/23 - 11/29

Monday: Total Body Cardio Fix
Tuesday: Upper Fix and 3 miles (11:24 avg pace)
Wednesday: Lower Fix
Thursday: Pilates Fix
Friday: Cardio Fix and 3 miles (11:26 avg pace)
Saturday: Dirty 30
Sunday: rest

Yeah, we skipped yoga this week because Sunday was too busy.

I’m not going to bother posting our meal plan because we only planned three days because of the four day weekend. Yes, I did eat cake (and Oreo cake balls… *drool*) on Thanksgiving, and, yes, it was delicious.

Honestly, this round of 21 Day Fix feels so much harder than it did last time. We are hungry. All. The. Time. Like we eat a meal and ten minutes later we are hungry again because vegetables are not filling. It makes us grumpy. I think it is making us not sleep well, and so we don’t want to wake up early to work out.

Week 3 (and I realize this post is about week 2) has been terrible. We’ve only worked out like twice. Guys, we gave in and went to Mellow Mushroom on Wednesday. Back when I was doing this alone and so Jonathan wasn’t also hungry all the time, he was able to encourage me. Now we just enable each other because we both just want real food.

I need chips and queso.

Abs aren’t worth this.

In running news, my leg still hurts, so I ended up downgrading the Mt. Juliet Holiday Half to the 5k. But Jonathan is going to run it with me now, so there’s that. Assuming we can make it through without any fuel in our bodies. I haven’t ran since last Friday because of my leg.