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Thursday, December 18, 2008

I haven't written here since last spring. Yikes! Lots to catch up on. The top of my left foot was hurting after those two spring 5Ks. Not sure if I mentioned that because it wasn't exactly a running injury. A pair of new street shoes I bought was buckled too tightly and I think it caused some tendonitis. The top of that foot bugged me all summer. Fortunately it's gone now, but I haven't really done any speedwork this year because of nagging aches like that one.

My last blog mentioned my next goal of new PR in the 10K. It had been over a year since my last 10K so I was pretty confident I could run a PR, but the course ended up being harder than I expected it to be. My previous time to beat was 54:23. I set my goal at a sub 54. The first half of the race was relatively easy, but I had a hard time keeping the pace the second half. I felt my sub 54 goal slipping away, but I wasn't going to give up because I still wanted a PR. Fortunately the finish line was .04 mi. closer than the Garmin said it would be which translates to about 20 seconds. So according to the course and my chip time I did make that sub 54 goal coming in at 53:51. I'm pretty sure the Garmin would've put me just over 54 if I would've run the 6.2 according to the GPS. In my experience usually it's the other way around and the Garmin gives you a better time and says the course was longer than it should've been. Either way I feel the need to note the difference. Here are my mile splits and HR info. 8:32@187, 8:19@195, 8:57@194, 9:12@194, 8:47@196, 9:00@196. Average HR 194(95%). That was in July.

August was the first time I ran over 100 miles in a single month and I did it again in September. There were a couple of LSD records there too running 15 miles for the first time in August and 16 miles for the first time in September.

In October I ran my 2nd half marathon followed by 10 days of no running while we were on vacation. My 2nd half marathon was the same race as my 1st. Yes, I waited an entire year to run another half. I decided I'd try to beat my previous time of 2:06, but I wasn't going to go for sub 2 hours because my hamstring was bugging me and I knew I'd have another chance the very next month in another race I had signed up for. This race was so much better for me than the year before. The year before I ran it injured and discouraged and it was HARD! This year I felt strong and was able to run easy and still beat my previous time. It was such a great feeling passing all the same points I did the year before and remembering how bad I felt then compared with how great I felt now. I had no problem running a negative split and I came in feeling great at 2:03:30 confident that I could break 2 hours the next month. Here are my mile splits: 9:07, 9:21, 9:05, 9:35, 9:21, 9:05, 9:17, 9:23, 9:18, 9:24, 9:13, 9:14, 8:38.

In November my running highlight of the year happened when I broke 2 hours at the Big Sur Half Marathon. I was mentally and physically READY! Still no speedwork, but I knew all along that if I was healthy and I wanted it bad enough to really push myself, then I could do it. It was such a great race. I got plenty of sleep the night before, I was able to use the restroom right before so I didn't have to stop on the course, I fueled well before and during the race, and best of all I wasn't injured. The only thing I would've changed is I was carrying too much water on me, but I guess that's better than not enough. During the first mile I was reading the Garmin wrong and I thought it said I was falling further and further behind my goal, but actually I was running further and further ahead. What a relief when I figured that one out! LOL! Fortunately I stayed a good distance ahead of my goal the entire time according to the Garmin because this course ended up reading long. My Garmin time for the 13.1 miles was 1:57:58 (9:01/mi). My chip time was 1:59:23. I was really pushing that last mile when the Garmin said I was all done and the real finish line was no where in sight. I was ecstatic when it was over! I couldn't help crying. Such a great feeling, especially when you have to work for it. I was high for days. Here are my splits from that one. Miles 1-3 27:04@185, 9:01@189, 9:14@190, 8:59@187, 9:20@189, 9:10@190, 9:21@191, 9:12@191, 9:26@191, 8:54@193, 8:55@196. Average HR 190(93%).

Goals for 2009 include running 1000 miles, a trail race or two, and running my first marathon in October. There are a bunch of half marathons I'm looking at coming up, but I think I'll just run them easy. The next time I race a half with a goal in mind I'll attempt an average pace just under 9:00/mi. since I was only 2 seconds off that pace last month.

Right now I'm gearing up for my longest training run to date coming up this Saturday. 30K here I come!
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    Hey Sis, you sure know how to get a girl crying! emoticon I was so happy for you on that finish line at the Big Sur Half Marathon. I know that ecstatic feeling that you're so high you cry. So I cried as I read it and felt so happy that you've found a passion like this. I know it is second to Jesus...I can see that in you. But it is great you have this and that you're so into it. You use words I don't even understand...can we start with Garmin?
    You've inspired me to go past the sick feeling I get when I exercise in this humid, heat. If I can get past that, then I can get toward the good feeling that comes from exercise, from moving, from feeling alive. Thanks, I LOVE YOU!!
    4551 days ago
    oh Ivette...I am SO PROUD of you! You had an amazing year and your racing is nothing short of inspirational. You go girl! Love your profile picture..you look like a real racer in that one. Congrats on reaching your goals and here's to a great 2009!
    4561 days ago
    How exciting for you to be making such great progress!! Good luck on your goals this year, and thanks for being such a great inspiration.

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    4565 days ago
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    I just love reading about your progress. You have seen a big improvement in your running this year. I am sure in 2009 it will be even better!

    Here to you & a GREAT running year in 2009!

    4565 days ago
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    Ivette, you have had a fantastic year. I loved reading about it. Merry Christmas and my you reach all your 2009 goals. gail
    4565 days ago
    You're getting faster and faster, and now that you're running uninjured there's no stopping you! Good luck on our 30k. You can do it! Drop by SITD more often, we love hearing from you!!!

    4566 days ago
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