Saturday, October 30, 2010

I ran 20 miles today.

I don't have the energy to come up with a better title. Why? Because I ran TWENTY MILES TODAY.

And to be honest, it was a much easier run than my 18. Now I'm not saying it was easy but it was easier. I hit a wall at 17 or 18 and just shuffled the last 2 miles. But I did it. And I'm proud.

That being said, I think I need to re-evaluate my marathon goal time of 4:30. I just don't think there is ANY way that will happen. And I think I'm actually OK with it. This is my first marathon. I'm not trying to break any records. I need to just run MY race and enjoy myself.

See...I had time for some soul searching during that 20 miles.

Daily Mantra:

Just run your miles. The right pace will come.

Rules To Run By - Day 32

Distance running is like cod liver oil. At first it makes you feel awful, then it makes you feel better.

OK, so cod liver oil is a bit dated too. Does anyone even use it anymore? I don't know but I totally agree with the saying. Especially today.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Rules To Run By - Day 30

There is nothing boring about running. There are, however, boring people who run.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Rules To Run By - Day 28 & 29

28. If you say, “Let’s run this race together,” then you must stay with that person no matter how slow.

29. Think twice before agreeing to run with someone during a race.

So here's another two for one. My opinion on the above...have a long talk with your running "partner" before race day. Know what the other is expecting. You may be going for a PR and your partner may want to take it easy. Or what if one of you tweak your knee at mile 7. Now what? Just make sure each of you knows up front that there might be a possibility that you will have to split up. Or make a pact that you will stay together to the end. Whatever you decide, just do it BEFORE race day. Then all will be fine.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Rules To Run By - Day 27

Be modest after a race, especially if you have reason to brag.

I missed my Rule yesterday! So sorry. Guess I was just too tired from my 18. :)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

18 and life to go.

(Yes, that’s right. I just referenced a Skid Row song. I’m not sure what’s worse – that it’s showing my age or or my taste in music? It’s a toss up.)

So 18 miles today. EIGHTEEN. That is officially the furthest I’ve gone. WAHOOO for me. I ran 16 last Saturday. I didn’t write about it because it wasn’t a great run. And I know, I know – they aren’t all great. But I really felt like I didn’t put much into that 16 so what I got from it was…not much. This 18? Well, I can’t say that I put a ton into it either but it’s different for some reason. Maybe because it was EIGHTEEN MILES?

I ran the first 10 with my regular running girls, Serene, Dianna, Robin, and Kim. It was a slow 10 (Dianna and Robin are running their very first FULL marathon next weekend in DC, The Marine Corp Marathon). The last 8 miles I did on my own. They were actually a bit faster pace than my first 10. Not much faster but some. It’s weird. I prefer to run with people but I run so much better when alone. I get into that kind of zen place when I’m by myself. I don’t seem to beat myself up as much. Again, weird.

My only real complaint about the day…I had to run up the hill at Glen Oaks 3 times. THREE TIMES PEOPLE (you McKinney folks know what I’m talking about). AND the hill in front of the Starbucks – TWICE. I swear I wanted to punch those people sitting at their little tables drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes when I passed by that second time. And yes, I realize I just said I was in a zen place. Whatever. Obviously, my zen is different than yours.

And I’m feeling pretty great right now. Considering. My feet and ankles hurt but that’s about it. It’s amazing how far I’ve come. I remember not that long ago hardly being able to walk after 13 miles. Could I have done 8 more for 26.2? I don’t think so. That’s a little scary. That 18 was all I had in me. 26.2 seems light years away. But I’m sure I’ll get there. Eventually.

Daily Mantra:

One foot in front of the other.

Rules To Run By - Day 26

The best runs sometimes come on days when you didn’t feel like running.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Rules To Run By - Day 23

Keep in mind that the harder you run during training the luckier you'll get during racing.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Rules To Run By - Day 22

No matter how slow you run it is still faster than someone sitting on a couch.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Toenails are for sissies

I've been thinking I should just have my toenails surgically removed. They couldn't look any worse than they do now. And they definitely couldn't feel any worse. Right? But then I looked up what having your toenails removed entailed. Do you know? No? Well, I think it involves pouring acid on them. Not totally sure but I don't want any part of it. That kind of stuff is for you crazy Ultrarunners. I think I'll keep my black, lumpy, sore toes.

Rules To Run By - Day 21

Approach running as if the quality of your life depended on it.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Rules To Run By - Day 19 & 20

Day 19

Don’t always run alone.

Day 20

Don’t always run with people.

(19 & 20 go so well get them both. Yay, I get a day off tomorrow.)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Rules To Run By - Day 18

Don’t talk about your running injuries. People don’t want to hear about your sore knee or black toe.

(I actually don't like this one. I always want to hear about how people are feeling. Besides, how I am going to self-diagnose when I'm feeling the same thing?!)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Rules To Run By - Day 17

Talk like a runner. “Singlets” are worn on warm days. “Tank tops” are worn to the beach.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Countdown Update

(Per your request Kelly)

You may noticed I updated my Countdown Clocks over there. Tyler Rose is done and gone.

San Antonio Rock N Roll Half - 31 days
White Rock Full - 52 days
New Years Day Half - 79 days

New Years Day Half Marathon is the newest race added. It's a small race, only 200 participants allowed, at Watters Creek in Allen, TX. I've run the trails at Watters Creek a couple of times. It's a nice flat course. I should be able to get a PR. That's what I'm hoping anyway. Not sure what my goal is right now. 2:08 or 2:05 maybe? I don't know. I'll have a better idea of things the more I train. Maybe.

But It's difficult to try to calculate what pace I am going to be or need to be. I don't wear a watch on my short runs which I really thinks makes me go faster. But when I don't wear a watch on my long runs, I go too fast. And when I do wear a watch, I don't know my exact pace until after the run is over anyway. And this brings me back to one thing - The Garmin. I was really thinking maybe I didn't need one but now I think I do. I would like to stay at a 10:30 or 10:45 pace throughout my marathon and I need a Garmin to tell me I'm on track. To slow me down when I go too fast. To speed me up when I go too slow. Yep, I need a Garmin. Crap.

(BTW - Kelly, I blame you for this. I had completely convinced myself I didn't need a Garmin but noooooooo. You had to go and bring it up again.)

Rules To Run By - Day 16

A bad day of running still beats a good day at work.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Dad, your head is really gonna swell.

Sunday's race brought back so many memories of races I went to with my Dad when I was younger. Obviously, just as a bystander then but the feeling was the same.  I haven't been to one of his races that wasn't a marathon in a long time. And since he's been out of the game for much more than a year because of knee surgery, Sunday was the first time I had seen him in his element in a while. With all his East Texas runner friends.  I actually think they were all a bit surprised to see him too. I heard numerous "is that Tony Collins?" and a few "Tony's back!" In fact several told me "that they could kiss first place good bye now that Tony Collins was running again." Another asked "if I knew my Dad was a legend?" Ha! Yes, I know. I know very well.  

Dad said "he isn't a legend. He is just able to outlast most folks." I don't know that I agree with that but it was fun to be around again. And now that I'm on the other side of it, not just cheering but a participant, I can appreciate it so much more.

Run Tony Run.

Rules To Run By - Day 15

Getting out of shape is much easier than getting into shape.

Monday, October 11, 2010

2 hours and 15 minutes of hill training

Yesterday was the inaugural race for the Tyler Rose Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k. Tyler has a great running community and this was great race. It was very well managed, volunteers were amazing, and the course was beautiful.

But that same beautiful course was the hardest course I've ever run. (Not that I've run that many but still...hardest ever.) Hilly doesn't even begin to describe it. I honestly don't really even know how to describe it. The hills were so steep and so long and there were SO many. SO MANY. They never stopped. Ever. 13.1 miles of hills. And the few downhill areas were so steep that you had to slow down for risk of hurting your knees. Or falling. It was tough.

My time was actually pretty decent considering - 2:15:54. I was running a 9:15 pace for the first 6 miles. I just kept waiting for the hills to end. There had to be just a few flat miles somewhere. They never came. By mile 7, I hit a wall. I just couldn't keep that pace anymore. By mile 11, I had tears streaming down my face. I have never wanted something to end more. The full marathon folks were passing us going the other way now. I must have looked bad because a guy running the full looked at me and said "You're almost done. Don't give up." Are you kidding me?! REALLY? I just got encouragement from a guy who's already run 17 or 18 of these hellish miles and he's telling me not to give up?! CRAP. I've got to suck it up. And I did. Kind of. I didn't finish strong but I finished. And I earned that 2:15:54. Not my best time but definitely not my worst. I am happy.

Will I run it again? Probably. I'm sure I'll forget how hard it was in a years time. Right?!

Dad and his 1st Place Age Group Medal

And what shoes did I choose to wear? The tried and true - Sauconys. I don't know if it was that right choice. The Newtons probably would have made those hills a little easier. Maybe.

And how am I feeling the day after? Pretty good. Muscles aren't too sore or stiff. I am completely surprised. I do have a weird pain in my groin though. Can girls even pull their groin? I don't know but I feel like I did. I'm sure I'll google it today, self-diagnose, then figure out how to fix it. No worries. ;)

Rules To Run By - Day 14

When standing in starting lines, remind yourself how fortunate you are to be there.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Rules To Run By - Day 13

If it was easy, everybody would be a runner.

(Another one of my favorites. Although, I like my dad's version better...if it were easy, they'd call it golf.)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

Rules To Run By - Day 11

Keep in mind that the later in the day it gets, the more likely it is that you won’t run.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

What to do?

So I can't make a shoe decision for my half marathon on Sunday.

1. Newton

Do I wear my Newtons? I love them SO much but I'm not up to 13 miles in them. I jumped from 2 miles to 6 miles and my arch paid the price. It seems stupid to try to run 13.1 in them but again, I love them. Seriously people, running up a hill in Newtons is a cake walk. Simply delicious.

2. Saucony

My tried and true Sauconys. They have never ever steered me wrong. It makes sense to wear these right? You would think so but since wearing other shoes, my Sauconys feel like I'm running in a pair of boots. So very heavy. And they have a ton of miles on them.

3. Brooks

My Brooks Launch. Ohhh I love these shoes too! They are OH SO LIGHT. They feel like I'm wearing a pair of socks. Cushy, comfy socks. Only drawback is they have no real support for my flat arches. I have to really concentrate on my form at all times. Around mile 10, that is a little difficult. But the laces say "Dig Deep" on them. And yes, I know that's not a legitimate reason to choose a shoe...but it kind of is, isn't it?! Yea, I think so.

So what so I do? Please tell me because I have no idea.

Rules To Run By - Day 10

All runners are equal, some are just faster than others.

(This one may just be my favorite.)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Rules To Run By - Day 9

Don’t compare yourself to other runners.

Rules To Run By - Day 8

Keep your cell phone in your pocket. One day you’ll need to call for a ride.

(I changed this one. Originally it said "Keep a quarter in your pocket." Dated much? Are there even any pay phones left?)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sunday, October 3, 2010

What a difference a year makes

Saturday was 10 miles on my training schedule. When my alarm went off at 5:30am, I calmly got up. Got dressed. And headed out the door. No anxiety. No thoughts of any kind really. Just ready to run.

While announcements were being made, I couldn't help but think about this time last year. How nervous I was about the long miles. How much I dreaded it. I couldn't sleep the night before. And then I thought about how I felt the next day. And how difficult it was for me to get around.

Wow. What a difference a year makes.

Daily Mantra:

You've come a long way. Just run.

Rules To Run By - Day 6

When doing group runs, start on time no matter who’s missing.

(This is one that I do not feel that strongly about. If it's a small group, wouldn't you just wait?)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

Rules To Run By - Day 4

During group training runs, don’t let anyone run alone.

(Unless, of course, someone wants to run alone.)