Category Archives: 1/2 marathon

All Hot and Sweaty

3.1 miles 32:08

That sounds like the title to a bad song, sorry about that. Well, I did my run for the Jelly Bean Virtual Race! I chose to run a 5k (since I have one that I’m getting ready for at the end of April) and finished in 32:08 for an overall pace of 10:22. MUCH closer to what I would like my “regular” pace to become! WOO! I did, however, start out WAY to fast, and had to try to recoup during mile 2, so I need to work on that.

It was a nice day, on the cool side but very, very humid. We had some bad storms move through our area last night, so it cooled things off, but whew… you could cut the air with a knife (so cliche, I know…again, my apologies). Later the kids and I headed to the gym and I ran another 2 miles, bringing the total for the day to 5. I’ll take it.

I hope you all (all 2 readers… Mom and Beth) have a GREAT Easter weekend!

HE IS RISEN INDEED!


Yay!

This is my run from yesterday. I decided to throw some fartlek training into my schedule, so I warmed up a bit for 3 minutes and then did 6 1 minute intervals, then ran at the slower pace for 5 minutes, then a cool down. This run was…. AWESOME! I felt great through out the whole run, and finished 3 miles in UNDER 30 minutes! It doesn’t take me much to make me happy.

Here’s a shot of my splits. Technically Nike+ said I only ran 2.99 miles (when I transferred it to Daily Mile it said 2.99887 or some number like that… REALLY Nike+??), so my last split would be around 9:44. Today my legs feel fantastic and am not sore at all. This really makes me think I can do this speed increase thing! I looking forward to try my shoes on a longer run. Hopefully I can fit that in Wednesday or Friday.

Hope you all have a great Easter!

Faster?

Okay, so I’ve realized something. While I recognize I will probably never place in my age group (unless of course I’m still running when I’m 99 and there are only 2 other people in my category), I can run faster than what I’ve been telling myself I can run.  I think I’ve been phoning it in lately, and I’m not sure that I like that. It’s been two years since I’ve started this journey, and I think I’m finally ready to BAM, Kick it up a Notch (but just so we’re clear.. NOT a Carl Lewis notch).

To help with this endeavor I purchased some new shoes:

After much research I went with Asics Gel-Neo 33. They are more along the minimal line than my current shoes, but are still in the Stability category. I’ve run about 6 miles total in them so far and gotta say, I LOVE THEM. I think they encourage a mid-foot strike much more than my Kayanos, and they are much lighter to boot (8.5oz compared to 10.4). Both runs were around 3 miles and I averaged 10:54 on Friday  and 10:13 today. While this isn’t jaw dropping, it is much faster than I usually run. I wasn’t sure how much I’d like the black, but it’s growing on me….plus it was my only color option. During and after my legs felt fantastic. I did feel a little more “tiredness” (for lack of a better description)  in the ball area of my foot, but I think that could be due to the whole mid-foot strike thing. The next day, my legs still felt great. So I’m taking that as a good sign. I’ve yet to wear them on a longer run, but will do so soon.

I’m running a 5k in April, and my goal is to train to feel comfortable at a 10:00  to 10:15 avg. pace. I’m also thinking about signing up for Longview’s Alley Fest 10k in May and seeing if I can PR. My overall goal is to have a faster “base” when I start training for the Tyler Rose Half in June (the half is in October). We shall see how all this goes.

In the end, my running has to be fun or I won’t do it. But at the same time I think I can give more than what I’m giving. I like the idea of pushing myself a little bit further (every 2 years isn’t too bad).

 

Happy Running (or whatever makes you happy)!

 

Tyler Rose Half Marathon

Yes, well… I’ve been absent from blog land for quite some time. I don’t have any really great excuses, just life and job and commitments have set some limits on my time. Including my time for running. Since April I’ve been off and on with running, fitting it in when able and doing some cross training too (elliptical, etc.)

Way back on 01-09-11 I posted this about the Tyler Rose Half Marathon. I was excited and had every intention on training for it, like I had for the Waco Half. I even filled out my calendar with my training schedule and everything. Then, well, LIFE got in the way (hate how that seems to happen) and I promptly FORGOT that I had entered. Which meant I didn’t start training either.

About a week ago (one week before the event) I got a reminder email about the Half. The first thought I had was, “No way am I even going to run that thing. That would be craziness!”

Well, I guess I’m crazy.

The more I thought about it the more the idea of a “DNF” (did not finish) bugged me. Plus, there was this small idea of  “you only live once” germinating in my brain. I mean, I’m healthy and have been keeping up with exercising so I wasn’t out of shape. It’s just that I hadn’t been TRAINING for a half… so it would be crazy to participate, right?

I prayed and talked about the pros and cons with God on my way to work. The race had a 6 hour time limit, so I knew even if I walked the whole thing, I could still finish. I texted Phil, “You are going to think I’m crazy, but…” and decided to go for it.

I also decided I wanted to keep this personal. Just Phil and myself knew, and I really wanted it to stay that way. I’m not sure why, maybe less pressure to perform but it is what it is.

From the get-go I threw any goals out the window. My ONLY goal was to finish. Whether that was 3 hours or 6 hours, I didn’t care. This was for fun, for the joy of getting out there and enjoying the process of running. Enjoying the course. That’s it.

I settled on a very easy 2/1 interval with a very relaxed pace on the running part. I wasn’t sure how my legs would respond so I also decided on walking the hills (and it was a hilly course). On Friday (the race was on Sunday) I headed out for an easy 3.5 miles to see how that interval felt. It was super easy, so I felt good about the prospects for the Half.

On Sunday, I set out a 6:05 am to head for Tyler. Phil got up to make coffee and see me off, but didn’t go with me. Our plan was for him to drop the kids off at church (we attend one in Tyler) and then head over the the finish line. It felt weird not having him with me; but I got all checked-in, pinned my bib on and found a good spot to wait for the start of the Half at 8am.

Number 527, pretty good if I say so myself.

One of my favorite things about races are all the people, and people watching. Purple spandex on men should be illegal, by the way (especially if worn by itself). Beth, I think this same guy was at the Waco Half. Remember the guy with the rainbow lei’s?

Anyway, the weather was perfect and the race was great. We started right at 8am, and I finished right at 11 am… 3 hours. I did some MAJOR walking at mile 11 and then for mile 12-12.9 I had to switch my interval to 1 run/2 walk. But I finished the last .2 miles or so running, and ran over the finish line, so I was happy.

See how happy I am.

Phil was waiting right there at the finish. He said he had only been there about 5 minutes before I crossed the line (he was actually worried that he had missed me). I got my medal and a bottle of water and walked around for a bit, then found a bench to sit.

Time to sit.

Overall, I felt GREAT. My legs were a bit crampy, but that’s really it. Of course, I was tired, but never felt taxed that way during the run. I was tempted SEVERAL times to run longer than what I had settled on for my plan… that whole pride thing I think. But, each time I told myself that’s not what I was there for. It was a good run, and I have my second Half medal.

My mom asked if this was motivation to train more now. I’m not sure. I’d probably like to run this one again next year, and maybe just make it an annual thing. However I think it would probably be good to get at least a couple 9 milers in before hand (ie: a little more training that I had for this one).

So, if there is something out there that seems like it would be pure craziness to do… you might want to reconsider.  Sometimes you just have to do something that makes no sense at all.

Have a GREAT week!

What’s Next.

So, I ran and finished this thing called a Half Marathon, and some of you may be wondering “What’s Next”?

I want to keep fresh goals and races in my future, to help keep me motivated. After the Half, I took about  week off, and really think it helped me refocus, and get ready to run. I felt great coming back and my legs haven’t been giving me any problems! WooHoo! Now that’s what I’m sayin’.

So, what is next up for me?

In March I have the Azalea 10k run. If you’ve not been to Tyler, TX during the Azalea Trails, you are really missing out. This course meanders through the Historic Azalea District, with all it’s flowering beauty. I’ve heard there are some hills in this course, but I think it’s going to be fun. I’m looking forward to the 10k distance as well. Right now my daily runs are right around 5 miles, so I think I’ll really enjoy this distance. The run is scheduled for March 26th at 10am, so it’s actually a Saturday run.

Then in June I’m hoping to run the Cherry Festival 5k in Illinois. A lot depends on our summer schedule, but I’m penciling it in right now.

Then comes the next big race in October… another Half Marathon! I’m very excited and think I can train even smarter for this one. Again, I’m not going to get super hung up on time and speed, but know I’d really like to finish stronger than I did with the first one. I dropped the cross training toward the end of training for the Miracle Match, and think that really effected by performance. SO….. this time, I’m diligently sticking with weights and elliptical work on my cross days. I’m not running 4 days a week, but think I can make up the miles of the day with 2 days of cross, so hopefully I can still meet the 1000+ challenge.

Right now, for the past week or so, I’ve averaged about 19 miles total- 3 days of running (2 weekly and 1 long) and 2 days of elliptical. It will be tight, but I’ll come very close to meeting the challenge.

It’s good to be on the other side of the Half, and I feel like I have really accomplished something important. I have a friend who has been running for 15+ years, and I hope to follow in his footsteps! I’d love to be 70 and still running (he’s not 70… I’d just love to be 70…).

Thanks for sticking with me! Here’s to another 13.1 miles to go!!

Miracle Match Recap

My family! I couldn’t have done it without them!

Here it is… finally! My race report. Life has been crazy lately, and I’m just now getting a chance to sit down and get it done. Let me say first I am SO glad I did this. It was a wonderful experience and I’m glad that I stuck with it and finished what I set out to do. My “A” goal was to complete the race and I did that. I didn’t accomplish my “B” and “C” goals, and I can finally say that’s okay. I’ll be honest, there was a bit of disappointment with time, but I’m giving myself grace on that issue. My whole family was there to support me, which made it an incredible experience! The only thing better would to have been to actually run it WITH Beth, but we will do it together SOMETIME! Now on to the recap!

PHOTOS

Fueling up before the race. Notice it’s still dark…. don’t ask about the face, because I don’t know. Notice the nice straight hair….

 

My number. I was glad that “13” was it there, since it’s one of my lucky numbers! Again, don’t ask about the face… it was early.

 

I placed myself at the very END of the starting line.

 

Beth, Jude (my kiddo) and I. I think I’m talking to Rachel, but I’m not sure.

 

Me and my biggest Cheerleader!

 

My Mom. I’m telling her not to cry… but she cried anyway.

The cutest Cheerleader EVER!!

 

My support crew. You can’t read Judah’s sign, but it says “Run.” yes, with the period.

 

I think this is around mile 5ish, maybe 5.5

 

Giving the 2 thumbs up! I was feeling so good at this point.

The first part of the run was fantastic! The weather was perfect and I was feeling strong. My left calf hurt through the entire race, but it was a “bearable” hurt. You know, the kind that is there, but you can put it aside and just run through it. There were so many watches beeping, that it took me a while to get used to it, and not look at mine every time one went off. The course took us through the zoo, and that was fun. There were so many people out cheering us on during that part of the race. I was in a groove and feeling very good up until the massive hill around mile 9.

Letting the crew know that Chris and Hunter were on their way to join them. Either that or I was doing the hand jive…

 

Between mile 12 and 13. I was working through the WORST leg/ calf cramps of my LIFE.

That hill took it’s toll on me! I think I made the mistake of trying trying to run up it, instead of just letting myself walk it. Rookie mistake, probably. I think that decision brought on the massive leg cramps at mile 10 that stuck with me the rest of the race. I have NEVER had cramping like this before. My right quad felt like a huge golf ball, and my calves were making my toes curl under! At every station I would fuel and grab a banana, but none of that helped. Needless to say, this caused me to walk much of Mile 10-12. I was bummed, but what are you going to do. At least I didn’t quit!

The final stretch. I “sprinted” to the finish line…. kinda… but I was running!

 

My medal! Notice the not-so-nice not straight hair….

 

My family! (Beth, Chris and Hunter are behind the camera)

My finishing time was 2:54:12; about 10 minutes slower that what I would have liked it to be. I know that I did the best I could under the circumstances, but it made the moment a little bitter-sweet. BUT, I had my whole family there cheering me on. Every time I saw them I’d get this huge boost and renewed determination. Coming into the end, I saw my Dad up on the bridge and I knew I could finish and finish strong. It was GREAT and  I’ve already signed up for my next half, on Oct. 9th and am really looking forward to it!

The trophy Phil got for me. This is what it said:

“CELEBRATING THE SUCESS OF

MINDY ARMOUR IN FINISHING THE

HALF MARATHONG RUN ON

JANUARY 30, 2011″

Phil got me a trophy! Poor guy stayed up late one night to order it, and you can see what the inscription said. He has a replacement with everything spelled right, but there is NO WAY I’m replacing it! Who else has completed a “Half Marathong”? We were all trying to figure out which half it was…..

Thanks for sticking with me through all of this adventure! Your encouragement and support has been one of the things that has kept me going. THANK YOU! I plan to keep on running with a 10k scheduled for March and then the half in October (perhaps another half next January?). This has been an incredible life changing journey, thanks for sharing it with me!

Until then, happy running!