Longest run yet.

•February 28, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Sometimes I like to push the limits.

I did that today.

15 miles this morning, longest run to date; by both time and distance.

I think I am starting to get the pre-race nerves. Not sure what kind of progress I’ve been making with my training, hoping to perform well at the 15k to make sure my next 1/2 is better than my first. So naturally I decided to pick things up a notch today and see how my body would respond to 15 miles and close to 2 hours of running.

A few highlights.

  • 13.1 miles in 1:41:55 – only 43 seconds slower than AZ and this was definitely not a max effort run, mind you.
  • 15 miles on the dot in 1:57:38. Not too shabby.
  • Finished feeling like I worked hard but definitely wasn’t done.

36 miles for the week.

Onto the next.



2011 – My First Full Year of Running

•February 22, 2011 • 1 Comment

This year I plan on doing a lot more than running across a few finish lines.

I plan on setting a ton of goals and kicking every one of them in the butt.

  • This year I will run atleast 1500 miles.
  • This year I will run a mile in under 6 minutes.
  • This year I will run a marathon in 3:30 or less.
  • This year I will run a half marathon under 1:40.

Also, this year I’ll look good doing it in my Lunaracer’s…

Current training looks like this:

  • M: rest
  • T: Speed Day – Track or Tempo
  • W: Easy Effort – 6 miles or more at 140 BPM
  • Th: Fartlek or Hill – This is where I’ll really get stronger as a runner
  • F: Medium Effort – 7:30-8:15 average pace.
  • S: XC – Bike/Elliptical
  • Sun: Long Run – Slow and long

I lift weights 3-4 times a week switching between focus on slow twitch and fast twitch and always putting emphasis on my core and balance.

Love it.


There Is No Finish Line

•February 21, 2011 • Leave a Comment

October of 2010 I decided to run a 10k. The Portland Run Like Hell.

I ran like hell, and it felt awful. A few weeks later I signed up for a half marathon, the Phoenix Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon to be precise.

I trained hard, tried to be smart and most importantly I was incredibly consistent. Three short months later I ran across the finish line on January 16, 2011 with an official time of 1:41:12.

All of the sudden, I was a runner.

I’ve started this blog to keep myself accountable.

2011 goals as of now are as follows:

  • Shamrock 15k in Portland on March 13th.
  • Whidbey Island 1/2 Marathon on April 10th, to crush my current personal best.
  • Portland Marathon, October 9th, my first marathon.

More importantly, I plan on enjoying every step of the journey.