Friday, October 14, 2011

Race redemption... it IS coming.

My race-day meltdown at mile 10.5 hasn't settled well with me.

I have ALWAYS had negative splits in my training runs. Always.

I've done the 13.1 distance 3 times already. I had two 11 mile runs in training, and two 10 milers.

There is no good reason I couldn't push through that nonsense.

Except for me just sabotaging myself all on my own.

I'm scratching my current training plan completely. Well, not COMPLETELY, completely. But I'm certainly changing things up.

Part of that changing is modifying my racing goals through the end of the year.


Tomorrow, I'm running the Chapman 5K with Team Sparkle, and all 3 of my kids. I know, I'm a crazy person. #1 is actually racing (I think), but #2, #3, and I will be run/walking for fun.


On October 30th, I'm running the Richard Leary 6-Hour Challenge, benefitting Tragedy Assistance Program for and Train 4 Autism. This is a 1 mile loop, and you just run until you... don't feel like it, I guess. I'll run whatever distance is on my training plan for the day, slow and easy. Just the way I like my runs. And my men. Just Kidding. Really.


November 6th, I am running Athleta Iron Girl 5K with #1. This one... I am planning on racing this one, hard. I haven't done speed work in a few weeks (one week off for The Shin, and another week for taper... and this week), so I don't know how much I can eek out, but we'll see. It will be a good gauge to see where I stand.


Followed immediately by Mission Inn Half on November 13th. You know that one, that I am pretty sure will kill me because it's sooooooo hilly?? (Chacha, that's for you). This one is strictly a training run. Slow and steady. No PR's will be set on this day.


Holiday Half 5K. This race is put on by the same folks that do Long Beach, so I'm anticipating a stellar race. This is my goal 5K. Speed work and hill repeats will be a strong part of my new training plan in the coming weeks, so I expect great things to happen. If they don't, I might just quit. (that's a lie, I'm too cheap to waste the registrations I've already paid for). The H and #1 are running this with me, along with my Internet BFF and her husband. (Of note, I need to find a baby sitter for #2 and #3 this day.... I don't know what I'm going to do with them while the rest of us are running. Poor logistics, there, me).


Operation Jack Half Marathon, December 26th. I'm toying with the idea of trying to PR here... it's a super flat course, and weather should be faavorable.... We'll see.

The only additional possibility in here is a trail race that I'm considering - 17K on December 11th. I've been itching to get into trail running, and this course is on my favorite hiking trail... hard to pass up. We'll see.

One of these... one of these has to be my magic race.

2012 is the Year of the Full Marathon. True story... that's happening. Multiple times. You can blame this girl for the Crazy.


  1. WOW. I LOVE IT.

    "One of these... one of these has to be my magic race." Agreed. Yes. Or more than one :)

    "2012 is the Year of the Full Marathon" --- LOVE IT. Yay!!!

    I can't wait to continue to follow along on your running adventures. And hopefully a meet up at your first full next year?!?!?!?!?!?

  2. That is a lot of races coming up! AWESOME! Makes me jealous, there are no races around here for a while. BOO

    Good luck with all yours!

  3. I will be at Mission Inn but just the 10k

    Then I will be in Pomona for the half on Sunday but also Saturday just for the mile run for my kids.

    Next week I am doing a 10k at the Rose Bowl.

  4. WOW! You are a racing queen. I am so impressed. You... seriously this is awesome.

  5. Sooo, basically we are running the same races from 10/30 to 11/13.


    Hope there are PR's all around today to make up for last weekend.

  6. You've got so many races coming up--I see many more PRs in your future. Love that you say 2012 is the year of the marathon--awesome!

  7. I know Becka is prime crazy, but don't I get a little crazy credit for convincing you on Seattle? ;-)

  8. I like how you're ending your year... and I'm a little jealous!

    What I am excited about is how we end this year with some bangs and then next year we get to run together Again! More blogger dinners! More catty gossip IN PERSON!! Yay!!

  9. There's so many heart-filled messages on your blog. Love it! Your fitness enthusiasm is so great!

    :-) Marion


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