Finding a Balance
Race Recap: Point Bock Run 5 Mile 2012

March 3 was cold/windy/snowy in Stevens Point, WI. It was kind of weird running outside and I felt oddly sensitive to the elements. I think it’s because unlike past winters, this winter I’ve been running indoors — which is actually kind of strange, with the mild winter we’ve had this year.

I ran with my friend Patti, who has done this race four out of the past five years I’ve run.

We got off to a slow start — but gradually picked up the pace. I ended up with negative splits which I credit to treadmill training.

Mile one: 10:52

Mile two: 10:40

Mile three: 10:14

Mile four: 10:12

Mile five: 9:42

Overall time: 51:26 (two years I ran this faster and two years I ran this slower)

My legs were pretty tired when I tried to run yesterday at the gym. I took a spin class today to give the legs another rest (from running) and have a 3 miler planned for tomorrow!

PS — why do I always look terrible in photos that are taken at races?

Epic finish! (kind of) Race recap to come!

Epic finish! (kind of) Race recap to come!

Off to Wisconsin I go!

I’m heading to Wisconsin today for one of my favorite annual events – the Point Bock 5 Mile. This will be my 5th year running this race. In honor of my anniversary, here are my top five reasons why I love this race:

1. I love the 5 mi. distance

2. It’s my official “kick-off” to the running season

3. The weather is unpredictable (this can be a negative, also)

4. I get to see some friends in Wisconsin that I don’t see nearly enough

5. There is free beer from the Point brewery after the race (there are also cheese curds!)

Woo! On Wisconsin!

Point Bock 5 Mile Race weather (Saturday) (Taken with instagram)

Point Bock 5 Mile Race weather (Saturday) (Taken with instagram)

Race Recap - Lifetime Fitness Indoor Tri 2.19.12

So this is a bit overdue, but I recently participated in my second indoor triathlon.

If you’ve never heard of these before, let me explain…

The Lifetime Fitness Indoor Tri is held at the LTF clubs that have pools, around the metro area. It is made up of a 10 minute swim in their lap pool, a 30 min bike on a spin bike and a 20 min run on a treadmill. Because it is set times, you get points based on your distance. It’s a great way to ease into a triathlon because there is less pressure (unless you look at other people’s machines, you have no way of knowing if you are ahead or behind – it’s more about competing with yourself) and you don’t have to worry about the weather!

My distances:

15.5 lengths of the pool
16.5 mi on the bike
1.89 mi run

I placed 40th overall out of 65, which isn’t very exciting – but placed 16th out of 36 females.


I AM happy though that I improved on all fronts from my last Indoor in 2009!
14 lengths of the pool
8.5 mi on the bike (almost doubled my bike distance)
1.81 mi run

I plan to do one more indoor tri before the summer and would really like to improve my swim and run distances. If you’re interested in trying one, here are the remaining dates.

Another race…

Well, my credit card was charged $80.40 this morning — looks like I’m running the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon!

This will be my third half marathon. I did the Monster Dash in 2009 and the Minneapolis Half in 2010. Besides the fact that training for this race will be great for the Twin Cities Marathon, I reallllly want to aim to break 2:10, if possible. For me, (a 10-minute-mile-or-more-kinda-gal) this means it will be a challenge. To run a half marathon in 2:08:54, you need to maintain a 9:50 minute mile. I’ll be following a Hal Higdon program again this time around.

I ran the Monster Dash in 2:12 — a time I was super proud of.

The Minneapolis Half was a disaster on all fronts considering I hadn’t run more than 6 miles leading up to the race, and I ended up injured. I took almost 6 months off from running. My time was 2:29 for that one. While I ran the Monster Dash after a summer of training for the Ragnar Relay and the TC 10 Mile, I’m hoping that with the addition of cross training and strength training, I’ll be in even better shape this time around.

Also, my friend Jenna Bennett got into the half and this will be her first! Follow her training on her tumblr here.

gympact:

“Have fun when you workout and it won’t feel like work.” #wordsofwisdom

gympact:

“Have fun when you workout and it won’t feel like work.” #wordsofwisdom

I’m easily influenced…

I have to say that my decision to run the Twin Cities Marathon this year had a LOT to do with this blog post.

Give it a read! Even if you don’t feel inspired to run a marathon after you read this, I’ll bet that you WILL be inspired to sign up for something.

The Runner’s Diet. (Good read so far! ) (Taken with instagram)

The Runner’s Diet. (Good read so far! ) (Taken with instagram)

Guest Post: A Novice (in every sense of the word) Training for a Half-Marathon

Today’s guest post is from Meghan (who is currently living in Boston for grad school!) We’ll be checking back in with her more as her training progresses.

Let me know if anyone wants to do a guest post!

Let me start by saying that I do not consider myself a runner. I so often find articles and blog posts about those completing their third or fourth marathons, or those that have been runners since high school, so when Hyedi asked me to guest blog about my experience with running I was happy to contribute from the perspective of a beginner!

I decided to take up running in the spring of 2011 because I wanted a way to complete my cardio workouts in the shortest amount of time possible. That’s probably a really silly reason, but I didn’t want to spend 2 hours walking when I could run for 30 minutes and burn the same amount of calories. I started really slow – completing 2 miles was a major accomplishment for me! And the prospect of actually running just a 5k all the way through was very daunting. Slowly but surely, I completed training for the Tufts 10K for Women in Boston, which was in October. Despite the fact that it was the most miserable running day I could imagine (80 degrees, sunny, humid), I was extremely dehydrated afterwards, and had an all around terrible race experience, I felt an incredible sense of accomplishment after finishing the race in 1:08.

To my surprise (and to most people who know me), I decided soon after that I wanted to attempt a half-marathon. I wanted to give myself plenty of time to train, as the 10K was the furthest I had ever run in my life. I signed up for Boston’s Run to Remember on May 27. I began training in December, and am following the Hal Higdon novice training program. I doubled the training time to 24 weeks because I really wanted to ease into it. My long runs are around 6-7 miles right now, and it is tough, but I’m kind of amazed by what my body can do. I’m tired at the end of those runs, but I also feel like it wouldn’t be that difficult to keep going, which is a great feeling!

Training for the half is going to be a struggle for me – both in terms of the distance, as well as my incredibly busy schedule. I am finishing up two Masters degrees and writing my thesis this semester, so it will definitely be a challenge to keep up with training. I’m starting to think I’m crazy for even trying! But, I am excited about accomplishing this, and am hoping it will be the good experience that I expect it to be!