Nike Women’s Half Marathon

So, I’m not JUST a lazy, slacking blogger who never posts. That is true, of course, but the plain fact is….the last post was the last run I did. And in fact, even though it appears I ran a few steps, we walked over half of that event. We also walked Bay to Breakers. So the last run I actually did was a 5k on May 7th.

I took a complete running hiatus to heal the hip injury I mentioned. It had gotten so bad that I was in pain all day – limping at work, hobbling up my stairs, etc. So I did not run at all in June.

What DID I do? I did hot yoga once or twice a week, I did heat and ice, I got two massages, and I lost 8 pounds by changing my eating habits. (Because in April/May, when I first stopped running, I gained over 10 pounds in an instant).

And now it’s July and I am back, baby! I took that rest and I worked on getting healed because it’s training group time. And not just any training group, the training group for….

THAT’S RIGHT!!! I am coaching the Nike Women’s half marathon group at Fleet Feet Vacaville and I am STOKED. We had our informational meeting on Thursday night and it’s going to be a wonderful group! About 35 people, many first timers, a lot of people to coach that I have never met!

And have I mentioned that I have been wanting to run this amazing race for three years? I am so happy I’ll be able to be a part of it and earn a gorgeous finisher’s necklace at the finish line. I may never take it off.

Some of the past necklaces:

Some I think are great, some not quite as pretty. Can’t wait to see what it looks like this year!

Tomorrow morning, 6:30 am, we start at a simple 4 miles. And I can’t wait to build my running back up, and coach some new people along the way.

Shamrockin’ half marathon!

In 2009, I ran 3 half marathons and one full marathon.

In 2010, I got injured. I ran zero half marathons.

But in 2011, I’m back.

And those miles were done all in a tutu.

Sooooo happy to be out there again. Now to just get faster….

Thursday night speedwork

Tonight the group did 4 x 800. Not on a track, out on the road. I ran with a cool woman in the group who is training for her first half marathon ever. I felt strong and was definitely coaching her on pacing. On the last one I pulled ahead and was cheering for her to follow.

I’m very happy with the split times:

I’m looking forward to the next time when they are ALL under 10 minute pace. Told you I was slower than I used to be, but I’m finally feeling strong and like speedwork is worth my time to make me stronger.

For the love of running

Heather, Becky, Nicole, Carol, Me

We had an amazing, strong, beautiful 9 mile run this morning. My speed isn’t all the way back yet, but my strength is returning, and my spirit is intact. Happy day.

It’s hard starting over

This morning, I ran the farthest I’ve gone since my injury last year. My last long run was the Solider Field 10 miler on May 29, 2010. After that, I took months off, then slowly started coaching a 5k group in the fall, and didn’t run more than 5 miles at a time for the rest of 2010.

This morning, I did 8.

Definitely not the fastest pace I’ve ever gone, and I did have to get dragged down the road by my running buddy for the first 3 miles, but it turned out ok. We took a walk break at each mile, and got it done. I didn’t feel pain like I had for most of 2010, and I rolled on the foam roller when I got back to the store.

It’s hard regressing, though. I am SO MUCH slower than I used to be. And I was never really that fast, anyways. It’s hard watching people that used to be much slower than you are pass right by you. It’s hard coming up from the bottom again (and really, just shooting for the middle). It’s tough that when I got injured last year, I was training to run a 2:11:00 half marathon, and now my goal has to be just to get that medal injury-free. It can be so disheartening.

But then I realize that I haven’t regressed all the way to the beginning. I’m not starting out like a non-runner. I can run more than a mile straight without stopping. I can run 8 miles with walk breaks, stretch, and go about my day as if it ain’t no thang. At least I have a little bit of a base.

And I feel good that I ran 8 miles today. I feel strong. I’m looking forward to training these next two weeks and hitting double digits again, 9 months after my last 10 mile run. I will definitely bask in that success.

Turkey Trotting

On Thanksgiving, my No Boundaries group ran in the Solano Turkey Trot. As a coach, I ran with them. So did Coach Nicole:

I ended up settling in with some of the runners in my group that I figured were right about the speed I could handle (i.e. I was NOT racing this — I’ve been out injured for FAR too long to be able to race it. Plus, depressing that I’m so much slower than I was). So imagine my shock when the girl I was running with, Katherine, negative split her first race perfectly… and left me in the dust in the final mile. I still got some negative splits and a time that impressed me, though!

Mile 1: 9:50
Mile 2: 9:40
Mile 3: 9:30
final .1: 9:09 pace

I ended up with a Garmin time of 30:10 and a final time of 31 something (it was chip timed but not at both ends). A 30 minute 5k is actually really great, considering my PR is 27:23 and that was a year and a half ago, amidst marathon training. I’m actually pretty stoked about it and it gives me hope that my running is coming back. :)

Meanwhile, the race itself was quite unorganized and none of the turnaround points were marked. This caused the 5k leaders to run 3.8 miles (I did get turned around at the correct spot myself) and ALL of the 10k runners went over a mile too far and ran a 7.3 mile race that Thanksgiving morning. Ouch.

Yet they still finished with smiles on their faces! Here’s my friends Becky, Ryan, and Carmen heading to the finish line:

In conclusion, even if the race itself is severely messed up, I still love the Turkey Trot in general. There is no better way to start of a gluttonous holiday than with a race and time with your runner friends.

Solano Stampede 2011

Guess who got elected to be officers of the Solano Stampede running club next year?

That’s President Jaqueline and Vice President Holly to you!

We’ve got ideas (themed fun runs! Dogs! Families! Capes!) and an action plan and a whole lot of enthusiasm.

Look out, Solano County runners. It’s gonna be a wild ride.

On the road again…

I finally just uploaded my Garmin data from the last two months, and check it:

Hahah that chart shows me I forget to bring my Garmin on Tuesday nights a lot!

No Boundaries is Tuesday and Thursday nights, and the Vegas Half Marathon and California International Marathon is Saturday mornings. As you can see, I’m starting to run a little bit more and a little bit faster.

And tonight, I met up with my favorite running buddy, Jaqueline, and we finally got an after work run in, which was kind of appropriate considering that was what we were doing for the first time one year ago. I’ve been injured for so long and she’s been running stronger and faster and I had to get back to where I could run with her. Tonight was awesome! (Except I ran out of steam on the last mile, ugh).

I am so happy to be running again. :)

A good, hard run.

Maybe it was only 2 miles. Maybe it was a 3/1 run/walk pattern. Maybe I went too fast at the beginning and kinda crapped out at the end.

But it was a good, hard run.

No Boundaries

I’m coaching a No Boundaries group this fall, and it’s getting me to start building my running base again. We are doing a run-walk pattern and training for the Solono Turkey Trot 5k. So far, it’s been awesome. I am enjoying coaching again, and the 1.5 miles we’ve now done haven’t re-inflamed my injury. So I am one happy runner these days. Just gonna keep building the base, and my plan is to start training for a half marathon in January.


Now, here’s a little ’tis the season – who wants to win these adorable handmade pumpkin decorations?

You could totally win them over here at the giveaway at Self Love and Running. Enter away!

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