Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Back on track (I mean the trail)

Well after the week of the 14th I am back going strong. I did do a slow 3 mile run Thursday which really loosened everything up. Saturday's 7 mile was no problem. Did a lot of stretching afterwards that really helped. I did play volleyball that Saturday, but took it easy, and didn't feel any problems.
Thanksgiving week I started getting back into a little bit more of a "normal" routine. Ran Monday 3 miles, Tuesday morning 3 miles (brrrr!) and then 8 miles Saturday morning. Felt really good after the Saturday 8 miles. Was all ready to play volleyball that afternoon, but forgot that it was cancelled because of Thanksgiving. Which worked out fine, because I got up early Sunday and since I didn't have to sing in choir I decided to run the 4th Sunday Run at Lake Merritt. It was also Run to the Far Side, which is sort of like a smaller version of Bay to Breakers (lots of costumes). I really wanted to see where I was at in regards to speed. Well, I did the 10k (6.2 miles) in 47:05!! I placed 5th overall and 1st in my age group (once again, I was the only one in my age group!) I was very happy with my time. I ran 2 minutes faster than my previous personal best (in July at Run to the Lake). Very happy! Plus I had run 8 miles the morning before, so I have a feeling I may have been able to shave off another 30 seconds. The next time I run a 10k, I hope to break 46 minutes.
Just an idea of how far I've come in about 11 months:
mid-January 2005 ran my first mile on the treadmill. Over 12 minutes and almost died (at least I thought I was going to).
February 2005 start running about 2 miles in about 24 minutes.
March 2005 start thinking of marathon training and start my own little program to get myself ready for training. I ran 3 miles in 33 minutes.
April 2005 I ran around the lake with a person I met (Lara) and inspires me to run my first race. April 24, 2005 I run my first race 4th Sunday Run 10k (Lake Merritt) in 51:04. I had a goal of 60 minutes. I was blown away by my time! I placed 1st in my age group (the only person in my age group) and 11th out of 23 overall.
May 2005 I picked my first big race, Bay to Breakers in San Franicsco. 12k in 1:10:36. I finished 2770th out of 68,000 (or about that, don't remember the number) Now it took me over 5 minutes just to reach the start line, so it was more like 1:05:36. Oh well, the next time I'll push my way to the start line!
June 2005 I started my first AIDS Marathon Training, Honolulu December 2005. Very excited. I ran my 3 miles in just over 21 minutes and was placed in the "Hansen" group (9 min/mile). Had a great time with those guys!
July 2005, more marathon training. Found out that my OEBGMC concert was December 10th & 11th, the same weekend as the marathon...very disappointed!
July 10th, 2005 I ran my second 10k. This time Run to the Lake in Castro Valley. It was a very hilly course (trails along Lake Chabot) I came in 76th (out of 267) with a time of 49:19. Sub 8 min/mi!!
July 31st, 2005 I ran my first 1/2 marathon, San Francisco Marathon in 1:55:34 placing 532 out of 1766. I replaced a 12 mile run in my training program with this race instead, so I took it at a training pace (not a race pace).
August 2005, had a talk with the NAMTP director. He agreed to let me switch training programs. My new training would be New Orleans February 2006, starting in September.
August 29-31, Hurrican Katrina hits New Olreans.
September 2005, still training with the Honolulu group. Just finished a 18 mile run! Very excited and ready to run a marathon! Not sure if we will still be running the New Orleans marathon
October 2005, now training with the New Orleans group in the city. Announcement made at the end of October that will we be running in Miami instead.
November 2005. 3rd 10k at 47:05! Almost a 5 minute improvement in just 7 months!
The coming months will be continued training for the Miami marathon (January 29th). Will be some excitement this Saturday when we run 17 miles!
Running in December in Iowa will be a new adventure!! Hopefully there will be a warm spell!


Blogger FreeThinker said...

Well, you beat me in the Run to The Far Side! Keep it up, I admire your running ambition!

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

uhm - you might want to think about finding a treadmill - hasn't been above zero all since Saturday... Just so you know...LOL

6:33 PM  

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