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February ended. March began. Goals were not recapped or created. Oops!

March 3 = time to fix that

Feb goals: 

1. PR in Hyannis – HUGE YES. PR by 14 minutes.

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2. Buy & make something with kale – No.  I haven’t been to the grocery store in multiple weeks. Will happen, but hasn’t yet.

3. keep running outside – yeah. this shouldn’t even count as a goal. Its been so mild outside this hasn’t really been an issue.

4. twice a week yoga –  gigantic fail. I think I went to/did yoga maybe 3 times this month.

5. commit to a March race – another no. but I did commit to bootcamp!  I will continue running through this program and will probably do a 5K in March, but haven’t registered for a race yet.

March goals:
1. Stick with bootcamp – I run. Sometimes I go to classes at the gym or do a DVD at home. I am NOT comfortable on the free weight/fancy equipment side of the gym.  These workouts are going to be a challenge for me. I’m excited about it and nervous at the same time.
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2. Do at least one double digit run – I’m not training for anything and probably won’t be for awhile.  I feel like I’m always following a plan, so being without one is going to be different. I don’t want to lose my endurance – a double digit run is necessary.
3. Finish the book for book club –  I downloaded it last night. Book club is Friday. We all promised to finish this one, since only one person finished last month. (ha! oh and I still haven’t finished that one. oops)  For this month, I’m 16% in already! but there’s a lot of book left before Friday.
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4. blog more frequently –  self explanatory.
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any major accomplishments in Feb? fun goals for March? 
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Last weekend’s 12-miler had me pretty confident all week. I didn’t stress going into this weekend.  I decided that 2:15 was my goal. 2:10 might be in reach.  (trying to beat my 2:22 from August)  So I’m aiming for a solid 7 minute PR..

Yesterday’s wind make me nervous.  Gusts so hard, you hoped to stand your ground, never mind keep moving.  As of when I went to bed last night the forecast for today looked like this:

no thanks.

How do you dress for that kind of wind? I have no idea. That was probably my biggest concern this morning.

I put on a long sleeve shirt, windbreaker, vest, tights, gloves.   I ended up taking the windbreaker & gloves off mid-way.

The race was pretty well organized, though I should’ve picked up my bib yesterday. The hotel was a MOB SCENE this morning. No line, but almost impossible to get it & out of the building – people everywhere. Plenty of porta-potties outside though and the race started on time, which is always good.

at the start

It was a little crowded at the beginning especially at the turns, but with 4200 half-marathoners, I don’t think thats avoidable.  I lined up by the 10:00 min sign. People went out FAST. I had to make a conscious effort to stay at 9:30. For the first two miles or so, I felt like everyone was flying by me.  I had to remind myself repeatedly not to get sucked into the pack, settled into a comfortable pace and just went.

Miles 2-8 were comfortable, a little windy at times, few small hills, but good.

A little after hitting 8.5, I saw 1:20 on my Garmin. It took me a minute to realize it, but if I kept that pace, I’d be on track to finish just over 2 hours. INSANITY. I’m aiming for 2:15.  I knew I couldn’t hold my sub 9:30 pace for 4.5 more miles though. There was just no way, but I was on track for a serious PR.

Mile 9, I was excited.

At mile 10, I started to struggle. By 11, I was dying a little.  By 12, I just wanted it to be over.  Those last 3 miles were brutal. I took a few walking breaks, yet somehow my splits aren’t that much slower.  Surprised, but I’ll take it.

Official results – 2:07:56 

Garmin: 

that’s a PR by 14 minutes.

14 minutes!! 

Needless to say, I’m excited. I’m going to be in pain tomorrow, but soo worth it 🙂

Panera for lunch and a Fribble for the ride back to Boston. amazing.

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have a few more pics to share that my Dad took of the race.

🙂

Congrats Dawn on your killer 12 minute PR!!

any other PR’s out there?  Congrats to everyone who ran!!

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Super Sunday recap

Superbowl Sunday wasn’t so super after all, but the Super Sunday race was a great start to the day.

colder than it looks

I’d call race 1 of the year a success.

Official Results: 46:02

average pace – 9:13

a little bit slower than my 10K PR but I’ll take it 🙂

It was great small race. It started on time which makes me happy. The course was good, though I didn’t expect there to be as much traffic. Cambridge St wasn’t shut down in either direction, so cars got pretty annoying.  Lots of runners were wearing Pats gear, which was fun.  Its close to home & a cheap, fun race.  I would definitely run it again.

plus an automatic PR. love it.

anyone else race this weekend? any shiny new PR’s out there? 

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February goals

oh hello friends.

another month begins.  February is my least favorite month, for a bunch of reasons.

1. its cold and snowy

2. there’s little hope of it being not-cold anytime soon

3. the year isn’t new anymore. excitement is gone.

4. no long weekends

Yet, this year – its really not that cold. There is no snow.

oh hello legs! oh yeah - I ran in shorts tonight. It was glorious

Maybe spring is coming soon?! please.  and I finally work for company that respects the Presidents. (but not MLK oddly enough?! but I’ll take what I can get)  So yeah, I’m thinking that maybe this February is going to be less depressing than I remember every other Feb being.   Let’s hope.

February goals –

1. PR in Hyannis – Since I didn’t run in Philly, 2:22 is still my one & only for the half.  I need to crush it.

2. Buy & make something with kale – I’ve eaten kale once and liked it. Given that its like a crazy super veggie, I want to work it in more. Yet, I never buy it. If I put in writing, I might get that done.

3. keep running outside – Not only is running outside better for racing, but its probably better for my head too. let’s hope the weather keeps cooperating.

4. twice a week yoga –  I’ve been good at once a week, but I really want to get there twice. Once at the gym, and once hot yoga at the new studio, which I did try last night. It was good.  I forgot how hot & sweaty heated classes are. Excited to go back.

5. commit to a March race – one race a month, right?   the race I was looking at is morning after St. Patrick’s Day.  Does that sound like the best idea I’ve ever had? No.  I have a few alternatives in mind, but I need to figure it out and register.

who’s running super sunday this weekend?  hyannis in a few weeks?
any fun goals this month?

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